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by james01
23 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trimming when on the inner of a triple (STI shifters)?
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: Trimming when on the inner of a triple (STI shifters)?

Why do people use indexed shifting for the chainset? Old-fashioned friction is infinitely trimmable.

Actually I confess to fitting one of our bikes with indexed front - it's for my wife who possesses no mechanical sympathy and would happily ride for hours with the front mech rubbing the chain.
by james01
23 Sep 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Torch Mount For A Broke Student
Replies: 33
Views: 1123

Re: Bike Torch Mount For A Broke Student

Nip into a plumbers and get a suitable size "O Ring" loop over torch, under handlebar and over torch ... sorted for e few pence Agreed, this makes a perfectly solid mount. It's also easy to manually tilt while on the move to get fine adjustment. Personally I use tent-rubbers from camping ...
by james01
22 Sep 2018, 2:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: some wins for London
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: some wins for London

Positive news. I visit London rarely, but in recent years the improvement in cycle routes, and consequent number of cyclists, is remarkable. I recently cycled from Paddington to Tower Bridge via Hyde Park, Westminster and Victoria Embankment in the rush hour and felt almost cosseted by all the facil...
by james01
30 Aug 2018, 11:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do shopping centres detest two wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 1127

Re: Why do shopping centres detest two wheels?

I've got mixed feelings about bike parking facilities. Like most experienced utility cyclists I have an "instinct" for where I feel happy to leave my bike parked while shopping. All too often the official parking area is in a discreet corner where thieves can operate without being overlook...
by james01
1 May 2018, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 46505

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

since you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time? I'm mostly a dynamo user so don't use the...
by james01
24 Mar 2018, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 46505

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

[quotesince you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time?[/quote] I'm mostly a dynamo user so ...
by james01
24 Mar 2018, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 46505

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

I agree about silly unwanted auto functions, luckily this one goes to manual mode by simply pressing the button twice. First impressions of this 50 lux light compared with their 40 lux which I bought a couple of years ago are that it is noticeably a bit brighter, nearly as good as my Cyo dynamo lamp...
by james01
20 Jan 2018, 2:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Should you have lights on during the day?
Replies: 328
Views: 12717

Re: Should you have lights on during the day?

There's a local fast rural B road which plunges intermittently into heavily tree-lined sections where the sudden shade can make a cyclist almost invisible to the speeding motorist. I use powerful flashing lights on this road. I've also had some heart-stopping close calls here where oncoming overtake...
by james01
21 Dec 2017, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle facilities-a hick writes
Replies: 6
Views: 765

London cycle facilities-a hick writes

Wife and I rented Santander bikes on a recent rare visit to London. There's clearly been much recent detailed infrastructure work, especially at junctions, eg cycling from Paddington to V&A Museum via Lancaster Gate and Hyde Park is much less exposed to traffic, and the cyclist "enjoys"...
by james01
10 Oct 2017, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety- wide tyres on deep well rims?
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Safety- wide tyres on deep well rims?

Some tyre brands are incredibly easy to mount on modern deep-well rims without the aid of tyre levers, this seems especially true of fatter "Big Apple" type tyres. While under pressure this is not a problem and the tyres remain firmly mated to the rims. However, what about sudden deflation...
by james01
10 Oct 2017, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning delicate electric contacts
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Cleaning delicate electric contacts

The otherwise excellent-value Pico 30 dynamo headlamp has a problem with damp creating a deposit on the metal pins which meet up with the input socket resulting in unreliable connection. They're deeply inset and rather fragile, so normal mechanical methods of cleaning eg with an abrasive file are di...
by james01
23 Aug 2017, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 46505

Re: Lidl cycling gear

Front light with integrated Li-Ion battery (1300 mAh) max. light duration 10 hrs Rear light with integrated Li-Ion battery (300mAh) max. light duration: 3-6 hrs I do wonder why the batteries in the front and rear lights, in a set of lights, aren't designed to last the same length of time. I've got ...
by james01
1 Jul 2017, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dramatic bicycle and car crash .. but who had priority?
Replies: 182
Views: 7773

Re: Dramatic bicycle and car crash .. but who had priority?

Sorry about your crash, hope you're soon recovered. I agree with the other comments, but it has to be said that the design of British cycle paths invites this type of accident and you can often be safer staying on the main highway rather than risking a crash at every junction or driveway entrance. I...
by james01
1 Jul 2017, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 46505

Re: Lidl cycling gear

Going way back in this thread to the USB rechargeable lightset (comprising headlamp Article ref. 14129 XC-195A/ Ll 1 , Li Ion 1300 mAh, plus non-rechargeable rear lamp running on 2 x AAAs).... I bought one of these sets in a Lidl remainder bin a few months ago for £5.99 IRC. I'm a dynamo user myself...