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by rfryer
9 Aug 2020, 3:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Simon Cowell breaks back falling from electric bike
Replies: 16
Views: 823

Re: Simon Cowell breaks back falling from electric bike

In the story I read, he's quoted as saying he thinks he fainted, maybe a good thing he was on an E-bike rather than driving one of his many sports cars. It is a bad news story. not just for Mr Cowell's back, but also for the impression it gives of E-bikes being dangerous. We don't know the details ...
by rfryer
30 Jul 2020, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long thru axle converter needed
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Long thru axle converter needed

Robert Axle Project

SJS cycles stock them in the UK.
by rfryer
27 Jul 2020, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: if having to buy a bike on frame measurements alone, whats MOST important?
Replies: 67
Views: 2258

Re: if having to buy a bike on frame measurements alone, whats MOST important?

seat tube angle , ETT, head tube height above BB , in that order. Then other stuff like BB drop, front centres, etc. cheers How does the person on the street looking for a bike measure seat tube angle? Is there a specialist tool for it in bike shops? Head tube height above bottom bracket? I've not ...
by rfryer
27 Jul 2020, 12:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-scooters
Replies: 42
Views: 1429

Re: e-scooters

I think we would agree that whatever else, they should be banned on pavements (or maybe limited to 2.5mph or 5m distancing from nearest pedestrian) with immediate confiscation where that is broken. I used one of the hire ones in Singapore. It was a great way to get around, but gutless on uphill slo...
by rfryer
27 Jul 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Roof bike racks
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: Roof bike racks

I use the Rockbros rack, which is a cheaper version of the Seasucker. I've been very happy with it; very easy to deploy when needed, then seconds to remove when it's no longer required.
by rfryer
23 Jul 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton TSR rear pivot
Replies: 395
Views: 19614

Re: Moulton TSR rear pivot

The bushes in that frame have been replaced, probably less than 1000 miles ago. :D
by rfryer
28 Jun 2020, 10:43am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Effort or Speed?
Replies: 99
Views: 2689

Re: Effort or Speed?

Why are eBikes speed limited in assistance and not effort limited in assistance? If they were effort limited, I could see their appeal. As they are, they take away the joy of climbing hills for me at least. It seems to me that eBikes are speed limited for legislative reasons, and because it's an ea...
by rfryer
22 Jun 2020, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Roof mounted racks ??? - Best choice
Replies: 36
Views: 939

Re: Roof mounted racks ??? - Best choice

Until very recently, I've always made every effort to carry the bike inside the car, both for the health of the bike, and for fuel economy. However, it does tend to result in done minor damage to the car trim over time. I've recently bought a Rockbros suction cup roof rack, a cheaper version of the ...
by rfryer
21 Jun 2020, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton TSR rear pivot
Replies: 395
Views: 19614

Re: Moulton TSR rear pivot

I replaced my bushings a couple of years ago with the factory ones, and didn't think to examine the housing in any detail. But, I'm now wondering, what's to stop one from fitting longer bushings, so as to increase the bearing surface and hence reduce wear? Are longer bushings available, and if so, a...
by rfryer
11 Jun 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kilometres or miles
Replies: 106
Views: 2562

Re: Kilometres or miles

Most human beings can just about cope with differences of speed of up to 20mph. Closing speeds much higher than that do not allow enough reaction time for the average not-so-very-attentive driver to slow sufficiently, or take avoiding action. Where does this come from? The number of times I've been...
by rfryer
11 Jun 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kilometres or miles
Replies: 106
Views: 2562

Re: Kilometres or miles

I've recently switched from miles to kilometers for cycling. The main reason was that I enjoy watching televised competitive cycling, where all the speeds and distances are reported in kilometers. I find that it spoils the enjoyment if I'm constantly doing mental arithmetic rather than simply being ...
by rfryer
28 May 2020, 1:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sorry, another fitting tubeless question
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Sorry, another fitting tubeless question

To expand on Marcus's comprehensive post, I'd also suggest that once the sealant is in you should make sure you also spin the wheels in an almost horizontal plane in order to get sealant on the sidewalls and beads. Good luck, I've been happy with the switch to tubeless. Not been hugely impressed wit...
by rfryer
26 May 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 916
Views: 36489

Re: Cyril's linguistic walkabout: 'can' & 'may'

How do you distinguish between actions that are possible but not allowed, and actions that are allowed and possible? By employing the richness of the language to ensure that my text is not ambiguous. And not just ambiguous to myself, but to any reader that might stumble across it. I don't like push...
by rfryer
24 May 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 916
Views: 36489

Re: Clarification on swearing

Bryn, can you explain how you think "may" and "can" should be used? Without checking official definitions, I think that both words are ambiguous, so find it hard to get upset about usage. "Can" is highly context dependent, meaning "able to", but without clarif...
by rfryer
21 May 2020, 5:49am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddle sores..
Replies: 35
Views: 2159

Re: Saddle sores..

I've started looking at saddles, what do you think of the ISM Touring saddle? Slightly odd shape but the cut out and shortness might help? At least in my mind it would.. My other half used to have similar issues until switching to use ISM Adamo saddles, though she has always used the less padded va...