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by james01
28 Oct 2016, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: generator hubs
Replies: 79
Views: 4757

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: 4516

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: 3098

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: 1276

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: 823

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: 2501

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: 2450

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: 4533

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: 2194

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...
by james01
12 Jul 2016, 11:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cheap,large seat bag!
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: cheap,large seat bag!

http://spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b5s73p2256

This Carradice claims 7 litres capacity, it's cheap, but maybe a bit smaller than you were looking for.
by james01
12 Jul 2016, 10:05am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cheshire willage tries cyclist ban
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: Cheshire willage tries cyclist ban

I agree with most of the replies above. However I think it must be acknowledged that large groups of athletic types can generate a macho atmosphere that can lead to uncharacteristic behaviour. On littering, I've often witnessed the blatant jettisoning of drink and food wrappers by some cyclists ( an...
by james01
6 Jul 2016, 10:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?
Replies: 106
Views: 7315

Re: Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?

If it's a busy road, it would be impossible to pull in every time there were a few cars behind you, he just wouldn't get anywhere, . Agreed. And more to the point, having pulled over into a lay-by in can be horrendously dangerous trying to rejoin high-speed traffic (I write as one who helped on a f...
by james01
6 Jul 2016, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Nice - best accommodation strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

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: 106
Views: 7315

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: 1067

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.