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by rfryer
2 Sep 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Folding work stand review
Replies: 6
Views: 9342

Re: Folding work stand review

Many stands allow you to clamp the seat tube, so would work ok on bikes without a "cross tube".
by rfryer
31 Aug 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal Standardisation
Replies: 55
Views: 2417

Re: Pedal Standardisation

I know a lot of people are happy with SPDs, and I wouldn't try to convince them to change. However, for me, Frogs are better; free float and easy release avoids knee issues, the pedals are easier to maintain, and the simplicity of the pedal means you don't end up with a rusty-looking trap attached ...
by rfryer
31 Aug 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal Standardisation
Replies: 55
Views: 2417

Re: Pedal Standardisation

I know a lot of people are happy with SPDs, and I wouldn't try to convince them to change. However, for me, Frogs are better; free float and easy release avoids knee issues, the pedals are easier to maintain, and the simplicity of the pedal means you don't end up with a rusty-looking trap attached t...
by rfryer
31 Aug 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal Standardisation
Replies: 55
Views: 2417

Re: Pedal Standardisation

It looks as though, although the Frogs don't seem to be discontinued, Speedplay are putting a lot more focus on the Syzr, which seems to be aimed at the same market segment. I'd like to try them, but I'd miss the simplicity of the Frog design, which is pretty much faultless.
by rfryer
30 Aug 2019, 8:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 2019 SG-S7051-11
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: Alfine 2019 SG-S7051-11

I don't know if it helps, but I've been happy with the JTek bar end shifter for the Alfine 11, now have two of them on different bikes :)
by rfryer
26 Aug 2019, 9:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 3333

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

I humbly suggest that the thinking one is more efficient is post-purchase rationalisation and any lack of security on a flat pedal is a defect with that particular pedal not the concept of riding unbound. In my experience, security on a flat pedal increases in proportion with its ability to rip the...
by rfryer
26 Aug 2019, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 3333

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

I've used SPD-style clipless pedals for commuting for some years now (latterly Speedplay Frogs), but more recently have started using flats for some of the time (so that I can avoid needing a change of shoes). I'd recommend clipless because they train you to keep your foot in the right place on the ...
by rfryer
26 Aug 2019, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?
Replies: 13
Views: 779

Re: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?

There's a data field available on the Garmin IQ app store called "Bike Pace Field". I've not used it, but it claims to do exactly what you want.
by rfryer
24 Aug 2019, 6:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any last minute Lake District campsites?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Any last minute Lake District campsites?

There's a large camping field at the farm behind the pub at Hesket Newmarket. Limited facilities (a single loo / washbasin) and you can't book, but only a fiver (if you can find someone to pay) and a great drinking hole on you doorstep.
by rfryer
15 Aug 2019, 6:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3618

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

Oldjohnw wrote:I do wonder if Mr Tingling rides a carbon bike.

No, a hobby horse! :lol: :lol:
by rfryer
1 Aug 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old rubber - out of date? dangerous?
Replies: 10
Views: 1715

Re: Old rubber - out of date? dangerous?

IME, brake blocks usually go hard and turn into rim-wreckers. Thanks for the warning. My mint-condition '94 Dynatech has original everything, including Open 4 CD rims, blocks, tyres and tubes. Sounds like modern blocks might be a good investment. The (Pirelli, 20mm) tyres are looking a little dried...
by rfryer
31 Jul 2019, 4:53pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar
Replies: 8
Views: 2972

Re: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar

My experience is that cyclists behind occasionally register, then disappear. But that's not much of an issue; a target that appears immediately behind while on a group ride is probably a cyclist, one a long way back will be a vehicle. I was impressed when it was active on a railway platform; as a tr...
by rfryer
31 Jul 2019, 8:03am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar
Replies: 8
Views: 2972

Re: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar

There's clearly no way I can argue that having this would have prevented either of those collisions, though there's a possibility that having the frantically flashing light as the cars approached might have helped. In terms of price, it is expensive, but I find that it enhances my cycling experience...
by rfryer
25 Jul 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar
Replies: 8
Views: 2972

Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar

I'm not sure whether it classes as trolling to post a review of this product on this forum, but anyway, here goes! What is it? IMG_20190724_114657.jpg It's a rear light, with a built in radar to spot motor vehicles approaching from behind. When vehicles approach, the light flashes extra hard. In add...