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by robbo
27 Mar 2007, 12:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling across Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 2522

I'm a bit concerned about you "taking your bikes as they are on Eurostar". You must either send the bikes registered 24 hours in advance or put them in a bag. Anyway, have you thought of avoiding changing stations in Paris and going via Lille? There is no direct service from Lille to Orlea...
by robbo
15 Mar 2007, 1:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bad traffic calming, what to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

Bad traffic calming, what to do?

Cumbria C.C. have just installed a chicane on an A road near here which as far as I can see from the DOT website is way below standard (no bypass for cyclists even though there is plenty of room). Already, within a week there have been several near misses of cyclists (and motor vehicles). So what ca...
by robbo
9 Mar 2007, 12:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Knowledge about Carlton Bikes, please
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

This might be of some help. 8) BTW, Check out the Carlton crank on that "fixie*" at the bottom, lush or what?. *Although I've Just noticed the Sturmey Archer type gear changer on the handlebars. The CL oon the chainrings stands for Chater- Lea , the "poser's kit" of the time.[/i]
by robbo
7 Mar 2007, 11:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Plusses
Replies: 15
Views: 4115

IIRC Ralpha have started to make a modern version of them - no doubt in the hope of appealing to the retro chic / courier-look market. Bloody expensive through. If anyone knows of somewhere that sellsmore traditional/affordable ones, then I'd be interested! http://www.spencers-trousers.com/plus_two...
by robbo
7 Mar 2007, 10:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Plusses
Replies: 15
Views: 4115

Plusses

Does anyone still ride in them? I know the more sporty type of cyclists use the term "plus Two wearers" in a disparaging way about the CTC, but surely it's years since anyone seriously cycled in them, apart from "classic bicycle" riders?
by robbo
2 Mar 2007, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you read a dial vernier caliper?
Replies: 14
Views: 2660

As a time served turner I wouldn't trust a dial caliper to .02 mm unless it was a reliable make (for instance Starrett, the 150mm is about £100) and had been properly calibrated which again is expensive, and an inaccurate sliding or rack caliper is notoriously difficult (read impossible) to correct....
by robbo
19 Feb 2007, 7:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: push me pull you
Replies: 15
Views: 4110

by robbo
7 Feb 2007, 2:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MERCIAN
Replies: 187
Views: 32720

There's an idea, a Mercian party.
by robbo
6 Feb 2007, 10:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Prison sentence
Replies: 41
Views: 5461

Re: in the jug?

[quote="Hugo"]Do prisoners in low security prisons have access to internet message boards and sites? On the whole, no, they can ask the governor for permission to use the prison's computer, in very special circumstances, such as planning an appeal, but otherwise not. In a few prisons they ...
by robbo
6 Feb 2007, 5:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Claud Butler
Replies: 8
Views: 2357

My father used to tell how he was shown into his room in a B&B to see a plaque above the bed, "Claud Butler Slept Here".

C.B. had a label on the back of his saddle bag, "I am Claud Butler".

I can't imagine the boss of Trek doing that.
by robbo
6 Feb 2007, 10:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1683
Views: 477061

I won't claim it's perfect, but on the whole I love it. Even with 8 sprockets I was plagued with broken spokes, none on the Rohloff. It's big advantage is what you don't have to do, like adjust gears every few days or change chains every few months. The noise has just about gone now, (having worked ...
by robbo
6 Feb 2007, 9:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do You Gawp?
Replies: 45
Views: 9278

Kentish Man wrote:
Jac wrote:Nice colour - pity about the bent bits at the back :roll:


Jac, 'the bent bits at the back' ... of a Hetchins?? Have you no soul?


When I was little my father had a Hetchins, as well as some of his clubmates, I thought all "normal" bikes had bent stays.
by robbo
6 Feb 2007, 1:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1683
Views: 477061

Here's what the nice people in Derby built me:-


Image

You can't tell what gear it's in.
by robbo
5 Feb 2007, 9:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1683
Views: 477061

Three bicycles, four sprockets for me.
by robbo
5 Feb 2007, 9:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Somethings been puzzling me
Replies: 30
Views: 6719

LOOK called theirs "safety pedals" when they first introduced them( 20 odd years ago now :shock: )