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by james01
29 Nov 2016, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

Our phone just sits there until it's used. It's been there for years , and the batteries still work. They are a pair of 650mah AAA. Sometimes, the handset is sitting on the cradle for weeks on end as we rarely use the land-line phone. I can't believe that the phone manufacturer would put the batter...
by james01
28 Nov 2016, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 82
Views: 40128

Re: One solution to tailgating?

Tailgaters are so obsessed with sticking to the back of the car in front that they fail to note the bigger picture, eg traffic a few cars ahead slowing . Funniest incidents were when I used to drop off a friend regularly ,indicating and pulling carefully into the kerb to let him out. Many a tailgate...
by james01
28 Nov 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

I use pairs of rechargeable AAAs in rear lamps to supplement my dynamo lights. A simple method of recharging is to put exhausted batteries in handsets, assuming they use this size of battery, and put the fully charged ones in the lamp. We're a 3 handset household so there's always a ready supply of ...
by james01
28 Nov 2016, 4:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Axa Pico 30
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: Axa Pico 30

May be nothing to do with your problem, but my Pico (basic non-standby) became unreliable after a couple of years use in all weathers. It needed a sharp tap and or a "wire-wiggle" to recover. I found that water had caused corrosion in the plug in the base. I cleaned the terminals etc and a...
by james01
25 Nov 2016, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supernova E3 no tailight wires
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: Supernova E3 no tailight wires

Simplest solution is to insert an in-line switch in the live feed from dynohub to light, and run separate wires from the switch to the front and rear lamps. Always leave the front lamp's switch permanently on,otherwise you may overload the rear. Your new in-line switch will now be your master switch...
by james01
14 Nov 2016, 11:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 65831

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

Thinking ahead: let's say that "dirty" vehicles are rapidly phased out by rigorous legislation, and people change to hybrids or all-electric vehicles. Local authorities will lose the "pollution" argument against the motoring lobby who will push for full access to town centres in ...
by james01
28 Oct 2016, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: generator hubs
Replies: 79
Views: 4723

Re: generator hubs

It makes no real difference (wheel size) Indeed, many people use the 700C dynamos in small wheels (20" and less) so that full brightness is achieved at lower speeds, whilst some use the 20" version in 700 C wheels as it has slightly lower drag and if you're a fast rider you won't notice t...
by james01
25 Sep 2016, 3:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why not private companies to police roads?
Replies: 63
Views: 4441

Why not private companies to police roads?

Controversial topic warning! If we accept that road safety policing has become less effective, and will probably get even worse, why not employ "bounty hunters", a bit like private wheel-clamping companies? 1. If speed cameras were installed and operated by private companies who could then...
by james01
24 Sep 2016, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: "Uni" bikes (Warning: long and potentially boring!)
Replies: 27
Views: 3035

Re: "Uni" bikes (Warning: long and potentially boring!)

When preparing a Uni bike for your offspring the amount of time and money spent should be limited by the question: "How will I feel when it gets stolen?". :(
Anyway, it's very satisfying to hear of students using bikes for practical transport :)
by james01
31 Aug 2016, 11:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: On the Chimney
Replies: 27
Views: 1255

Re: On the Chimney

Even scarier than Hyde Park corner in the rush-hour :D
by james01
31 Aug 2016, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1.5v dynohub
Replies: 9
Views: 762

Re: 1.5v dynohub

I've had no experience of the low wattage dynamos but on the basis that the standard 6v dynamo front and rear lamp set requires a nominal 3 watts, you should expect poor performance unless you specify lights which have been downgraded accordingly. In view of limited choice of such lights, I don't th...
by james01
30 Aug 2016, 2:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Abuse from motorists
Replies: 33
Views: 2461

Re: Abuse from motorists

Your experience sounds about on a par with mine. Lots of single-track lanes with occasional passing places around here, this seems to guarantee the occasional aggravation. The absurd thing is that if I'm in my car and meet another vehicle it takes far longer to sort ourselves out than if I'm cycling...
by james01
22 Aug 2016, 12:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Good illustration re passing clearances.
Replies: 38
Views: 2419

Re: Good illustration re passing clearances.

When I was initially learning to drive my instructor was at pains to point out just how much more road space is needed if you drive right up to an obstruction and then have to pull out round it compared with moving out early and positioning yourself to pass parallel to the kerb. When that obstructi...
by james01
22 Aug 2016, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?
Replies: 35
Views: 4373

Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

I notice that the Halfords Parva has the "new" 27.5" wheels. Is it my imagination or are a lot of bikes with this wheel size being sold heavily discounted as rumours spread about limited tyre availability? A bit outside your budget but this Ridgeback Velocity at £320 ticks a lot of bo...
by james01
18 Aug 2016, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Snapped headset leading to injury
Replies: 26
Views: 2119

Re: Snapped headset leading to injury

Whilst some of the background aspects are a little confusing the picture shows the brake caliper and it's bolt through the fork crown. The break is in the steerer tube a short way above the fork crown. That's the way I'm reading it also. These (rare) failures are usually at the top end, possibly ag...