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by james01
6 Jul 2016, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Nice - best accommodation strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1053

Re: St Malo to Nice - best accommodation strategy?

As mentioned above, accommodation in the French high season can be scarce. It's quite stressful when evening falls and you still haven't found anywhere! I suggest preparing from internet research a list of phone numbers of B&Bs en-route so that you can guarantee (or not) by mid-morning each day ...
by james01
5 Jul 2016, 6:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?
Replies: 78
Views: 4619

Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3674032/The-conviction-motorist-cheer-Tractor-driver-fined-190-trundling-slowly-queue-FIFTY-cars-trapped-him.html Interesting that the police felt sufficient motivation to prosecute when they seem to ignore far more serious incidents. Later edit: just spotted ...
by james01
24 Jun 2016, 10:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The worst, most disgusting punishment pass!
Replies: 7
Views: 1062

Re: The worst, most disgusting punishment pass!

Another demonstration of the need for a legal minimum passing distance. Without this it's always going to be hard to persuade police to prosecute.
by james01
24 Jun 2016, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quill stems
Replies: 36
Views: 1627

Re: quill stems

In the handlebar department I'm a selective Luddite: a quill system, but with an Aheadset converter for easy front opening clamp handlebar swap works well for me.
(In other areas I'm still 100% Luddite eg. friction gear shifters, bottle dynamos 8) )
by james01
21 Jun 2016, 10:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Frightening horses
Replies: 87
Views: 6318

Re: Frightening horses

Same here, I'm very glad to see anyone who's not in a vehicle on the country lanes around here. It all helps to remind motorists that they're not the sole road users. I remember cows being taken for milking twice a day along public roads (excellent traffic-calming!), this used to be a regular sight ...
by james01
21 Jun 2016, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Definitely Draggy Dynamo
Replies: 16
Views: 3555

Re: Definitely Draggy Dynamo

Brucey wrote: < try switching it on and off >.

Did you used to work for PC World? :D
by james01
21 Jun 2016, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Definitely Draggy Dynamo
Replies: 16
Views: 3555

Re: Definitely Draggy Dynamo

My bikes all use AXA HR bottle dynamos running on German touring tyres with proper dynamo track, so no slip issues even in the most atrocious conditions. However I recently fitted a dynohub to one of them to see what I'd been missing. My thoughts: 1. Makes the bike look neater. 2. Silent. Lower drag...
by james01
31 May 2016, 2:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Measuring loose headset bearings
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Measuring loose headset bearings

Place bearings in a straight line in contact with each other, measure length of line with ruler and divide by number of bearings. The more bearings you use the more accurate the result. Simple way to line them up (the pesky things try to roll away) is to lay them along the centrefold of an open book.
by james01
31 May 2016, 2:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wearing helmet in UK - adults and children
Replies: 24
Views: 1948

Re: Wearing helmet in UK - adults and children

No, it's not a legal requirement for adults or for children.
The majority of young children tend to wear helmets, but this is not a legal requirement.
by james01
14 Apr 2016, 11:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: First time on a Boris bike.
Replies: 26
Views: 1328

Re: First time on a Boris bike.

I've used Boris bikes a few times when visiting London. They're a great way of getting around. A good compromise would be to allow 45 minute rentals - at the moment I start getting a bit stressed after 20 minutes. It's really worth getting the paper Tfl maps which give routes and docking stations, a...
by james01
19 Mar 2016, 11:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Spoilt day.
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Spoilt day.

Petrol has effectively come down in price, people will use cars more for non-essential journeys. I think the Chancellor should have bitten the bullet and increased road fuel duty in this budget, thus reducing pollution and congestion and increasing fitness of the public, but he couldn't face the fla...
by james01
19 Mar 2016, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Please help regarding B+M Dynamo light that won't turn on
Replies: 22
Views: 1480

Re: Please help regarding B+M Dynamo light that won't turn o

Are you sure you need the Shimano over-voltage protection device? In the bad old days bulb burn-out on fast descents was fairly common, hence people fitted regulators. As far as I know modern LED dynamo lights incorporate systems which render obsolete any additional protection, in fact it may even b...
by james01
19 Mar 2016, 11:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in groups
Replies: 35
Views: 2357

Re: Cycling in groups

Cycling in a large compact group can sometimes, but not always, be the safest method. The downside is that you really need to trust fellow riders not to do something stupid like sudden braking/swerving etc. Charity runs can often include riders who have never experienced this kind of riding; havoc c...
by james01
19 Mar 2016, 10:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling superhighways "damaging London...."?
Replies: 5
Views: 992

Re: Cycling superhighways "damaging London...."?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/lett ... eform.html

Today's letters page, about one third of way down, letter from upset motorist.
by james01
14 Mar 2016, 10:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: looking for a New Sub £300 ladies Hybrid bike
Replies: 38
Views: 1954

Re: looking for a New Sub £300 ladies Hybrid bike

Thanks for all these interesting links. By the time I buy a frame plus forks and various ancillaries it seems that I'd be better off buying a complete bike off the shelf. Maybe I'll get lucky and find a dealer who will substitute low gears free of charge :)