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by rfryer
12 Jan 2020, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Entry Level v More advanced bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1273

Re: Entry Level v More advanced bike

For that kind of event, your (aero) position on the bike is the most important factor. I'd be looking at that, plus aero helmet, before thinking about the bike. FWIW, I recently bought a sub 1K winter bike to supplement my expensive all-carbon best bike. I've found that I'm not significantly slower ...
by rfryer
6 Jan 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 239
Views: 8270

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

This is all an argument over things we would probably agree on. So I'll summarise. It's bad the op got injured cycling. It's bad there's street signing there which isn't hivviz or lighted to prevent such accidents This shouldn't be the way it is. This is how it is across the country. I bet there's ...
by rfryer
5 Jan 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 860

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

I was on the verge of giving up and phoning for a lift at the time. I think this is illustrative of one of the major changes in recent decades in cycling culture and in the mindset/outlook of most who have taken up cycling as a leisure activity during that time. There may be some truth in that, but...
by rfryer
5 Jan 2020, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 860

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

I've had two personal experiences of (ride-affecting) punctures in tubeless tyres. I'm still pro-tubeless, but accept that they have limitations. One was a friend's bike, where his tyre suddenly went soft. A quick re-inflation (with a Fumpa pump) and spin of the wheel, and he was on his way. Big win...
by rfryer
4 Jan 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 860

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

The problem tyre is quite happy to be inflated, and deflated without any 'pop' whatsoever. Deflated, it is easy to move the beads inside the rim - so it isn't seated in place. Maybe apply soapy water to try and assist seating. I don't want to add sealant until I'm sure its seated properly, since I ...
by rfryer
22 Dec 2019, 7:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone
Replies: 257
Views: 6438

Re: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone

The SNP's first manifesto promise is Independence. Ergo, a vote for the SNP is by extension a vote for independence. This is most definitely not the case! Although the SNP want independence, they have never suggested trying to make it happen against the will of the people, i.e. without a referendum...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What considerations for buying a new Brompton bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1374

Re: Introducing myself and question about Brompton bike

Both luggage options work well on the Brommy, I switch between favouring a front bag, and a rear rack bag. The front is more convenient, and gives a nice handle for towing the bike. The rear is more aero, and takes heavy loads better, but risks heel strike. For lighting, dynamo lights are very conve...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 6:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying front lights ( for bike & helmet ) @ <= £100 each
Replies: 22
Views: 1054

Re: front light

... but the B&M Ixon IQ can be used with non-rechargeable batteries. It is also an excellent light with rechargeable batteries! I like battery lights because it's very easy to carry a set of spare batteries, none of the worry about what happens if the batteries run out. So far, they never have,...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 12:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying front lights ( for bike & helmet ) @ <= £100 each
Replies: 22
Views: 1054

Re: front light

Are you looking for sensible beam
patterns for road use, or retina-seering power for off-road?

Hopefully not retina-seering power for on-road!
by rfryer
17 Dec 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Switching handlebars: Solutions for quick cable interchange
Replies: 33
Views: 1098

Re: Switching handlebars: Solutions for quick cable interchange

I'm pretty sure that Moulton once did a cable separator for the front brake, which had the inner separator inside a cage, effectively creating a short bare cable run. I can't find any evidence of it, though.
by rfryer
16 Dec 2019, 7:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small cycle computer for Brompton
Replies: 22
Views: 3259

Re: Small cycle computer for Brompton

I use a rubber band mount, but rotate it round the bar until the Garmin is vertical when mounting and removing the unit.
by rfryer
4 Dec 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2562

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

You can still put all your effort into cycling on an eBike. You'll just go faster on the climbs. What's not to like? :mrgreen:
by rfryer
4 Dec 2019, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

Dim, thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear! There will always be some classes of bike problem that most people can't be bothered to carry the kit to solve, at least on short rides, for example a badly shredded tyre that can't be booted. I'm wondering if, with tubeless, tyre issues requiring an in...
by rfryer
4 Dec 2019, 1:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Another couple of scams.
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

Re: Another couple of scams.

Many couriers give you a two hour delivery window. If the crook is receiving that notification, they just need to sit outside the house for a couple of hours, then collect their free iPhone
by rfryer
4 Dec 2019, 12:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

Dim, just curious, how often have you had to resort to an inner tube, and why?

I've switched to tubeless more recently, and am wondering whether carrying an inner tube is excessive, in addition to the plugs & sealant.