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by PaulS
2 Oct 2017, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo rear lights
Replies: 86
Views: 3812

Re: Dynamo rear lights

Indispensable. I have put dynamo lights on all my bikes, including Mrs S and the kids. Fit & forget. They always work, they are always there, they don't get nicked, or left at home. I don't have to remember to check the batteries, or remind the kids to. They are so convenient it makes me feel th...
by PaulS
29 Sep 2017, 11:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a standlight a legal requirement?
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Is a standlight a legal requirement?

I can get a rear standlight (with great reviews) for £6. How much did Ridgeback save by fitting rubbish to a £700 quid bike? Tar, ships, etc. Grump grump.

https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/axa ... aid:720050
by PaulS
29 Sep 2017, 10:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Damp-resistant bike tool
Replies: 32
Views: 1749

Re: Damp-resistant bike tool

Go cheap. I use a saddle bag, locked in place with ty-wraps. The tools inside are allen keys, screwdriver, and any spanner I need for that bike. The cheap chain tools work well enough for a few uses. There is also an inner tube and a puncture kit in there. The stuff will get nicked sooner or later -...
by PaulS
29 Sep 2017, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a standlight a legal requirement?
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Re: Is a standlight a legal requirement?

Thanks for the link and comments. Looks like Ridgeback did their minimum, and I will have to pay for some new ones. Not a huge expense, but annoying. This is an interesting bit from the link : "Dynamo powered lights are legal even though they go out when you stop. That’s allowed so long as you ...
by PaulS
29 Sep 2017, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a standlight a legal requirement?
Replies: 24
Views: 1049

Is a standlight a legal requirement?

I have just bought a new bike for my son. It is a Ridgeback Tensor, fitted with hub-dynamo lights. Annoyingly, both front & rear lights go off when the bike stops. I plan to change them for something better with a standlight, but I am cross with Ridgeback for cost cutting a couple of quid on a s...
by PaulS
28 Sep 2017, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bikes with mudguards rack dynamo
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Bikes with mudguards rack dynamo

Thanks for the replies. I hadn't thought about Decathlon, good call. Genesis don't do them any longer. There is surprisingly little choice anywhere for what is a basic requirement in a utility bike. In the end I bought a Ridgeback Tensor, which he is very pleased with, but even that doesn't have dec...
by PaulS
10 Aug 2017, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bikes with mudguards rack dynamo
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Bikes with mudguards rack dynamo

Number one son is growing out of his Islabike, and ready for an adult-sized bike. Are there any suppliers offering off-the-shelf road bikes already with mudguards, rear rack & hub dynamo? Or what brand names could I use to find such a thing on ebay? Any ideas? Lots of shiny LBS options but I wou...
by PaulS
19 Sep 2016, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest dynamo lamp
Replies: 28
Views: 4187

Re: Brightest dynamo lamp

Careful with the warranty if you buy from Amazon. I bought a B&M Cyo from Amazon because it was a bit cheaper than elsewhere. I was annoyed that it broke shortly after a year, but even more annoyed that Amazon wouldn't honour the B&M 2-year warranty, instead they offered a 1-year warranty, w...
by PaulS
13 Mar 2015, 11:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how to prevent glasses misting up?
Replies: 43
Views: 4612

Re: ...how to prevent glasses misting up?

Update on the Aqua Sphere Anti Fog I've been using. There are comments on Amazon about it, which sort of implies you shouldn't use it anywhere near your eyes. There have been some horrible injuries caused by the formaldehyde in it.
by PaulS
13 Mar 2015, 9:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nuts about presta valves
Replies: 31
Views: 3500

Re: Nuts about presta valves

Looks good, think I'll do this with the aluminium inserts. What do bond it in with?
by PaulS
29 Oct 2014, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: They should be banned/compulsory
Replies: 65
Views: 5504

Re: They should be banned/compulsory

The plastic caps on the ends of drop handlebars should be banned, they are a safety risk with no clear benefit. Recently, on a fast downhill stretch I noticed one of the caps was coming out, so I gave it a sharp hit with the heel of my hand to knock it back in. Immediately, and without warning, the ...
by PaulS
29 Oct 2014, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Lumotec Cyo 60 Senso N+ switch
Replies: 3
Views: 2524

Re: B&M Lumotec Cyo 60 Senso N+ switch

Thanks for your help. Amazon sent a replacement light, so I fitted that. 9 months (and about 1,500 miles) later the cap has fallen off that one as well. I was riding over cobbles today so that's probably what has rattled the cap off, although it was only a few hundred yards at about 10mph. I'm now h...
by PaulS
25 Sep 2014, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi cycle kit..
Replies: 60
Views: 6520

Re: Aldi cycle kit..

Looks like they don't sell the maintenance stands now. Shame.
by PaulS
15 Aug 2014, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hairline crack on carbon frame - advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 4686

Re: Hairline crack on carbon frame - advice please

Paragliders don't have anything structural made of carbon fibre, so might be worth checking your mate's expertise. Hang gliders though, do have structural bits made of carbon fibre and non-structural bits too, such as wing fairings and instrument pods, which get damaged. People repair the non-struct...
by PaulS
29 Jan 2014, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Lumotec Cyo 60 Senso N+ switch
Replies: 3
Views: 2524

B&M Lumotec Cyo 60 Senso N+ switch

I fitted a Lumotec a couple of months ago, but the black plastic cap on the back of the light fell off. I put it back on again but it kept falling off when I hit a bump, and I lost it. It's a bit of a flimsy design and looks like a new cap will just fall off again eventually, but it is a pain to ope...