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by squeaker
9 May 2019, 11:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interlaced spokes, or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Interlaced spokes, or not?

Just lost a front spoke on a 2-cross 406 rimmed (32h DA16) wheel with SP dynohub. Built myself about 7 years ago (basically copied a disc braked wheel I'd had built professionally): failure at the point where the interlaced plain 14g spokes cross - suspect fretting + crevice corrosion, so probably s...
by squeaker
6 May 2019, 11:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A day of low pollution.
Replies: 36
Views: 814

Re: A day of low pollution.

It's not easy to find and buy such a place but .... why are all new builds not made like this or otherwise subject to harsh government penalties? IIRC, the 'Greenest Government Ever' (or one of their descendents) were heavily lobbied by the big housebuilding companies who said it was too difficult ...
by squeaker
4 May 2019, 2:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hi-tech voting?
Replies: 37
Views: 798

Re: Out for the count...

Just taken a break from the count: they're running hours late and haven't declared our District yet - and then they have to start on the Town (where Mrs P is standing....) I don't know whether the pencil/pen debate means anything, but I can testify (this is my first time at a count) that the proces...
by squeaker
4 May 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel size
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Wheel size

densmall wrote:What is the difference between a 650B wheel and a 27.5 inch wheel.
Both use confusing descriptions? :roll: Some useful info here.
HTH
by squeaker
30 Apr 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux
Replies: 21
Views: 1045

Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

edit - which is the Lidl light you refer to - do you use it on unlit country lane nightrides? the 'usb chuckaway' with the auto light level. (I do have the earlier 40Lux model too.) Yes, I use it on unlit roads, although having lived here for 40 years I tend to know most of the cycle friendly ones,...
by squeaker
30 Apr 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux
Replies: 21
Views: 1045

Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Any views on whether the battery cover opening system is prone to damage? FWIW the catch failed on my original IQ after a few years use so I fitted some Eneloops and glued the thing shut. Now charging via the port provided (an old Trelock charger does the business). Has worked for a few years but n...
by squeaker
30 Apr 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux
Replies: 21
Views: 1045

Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Sweep wrote:That mount is also used on a Duracell branded light (looks like a Smart but a low powered one) that turns up in TK Maxx sometimes - a good source of spare mounts and a cheap back-up light.
Lidl light fit B&M mounts too ;)
by squeaker
29 Apr 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 510
Views: 213571

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

It got a new light system, new wheels, various holes sawn into its shell, new suspension and drive train, an altered steering geometry to eliminate brake steer (it got tank steering), a small 250W hub motor to better cope with the frequent stop and go in the city, rear disk parking brake, etc. Very...
by squeaker
29 Apr 2019, 10:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?
Replies: 164
Views: 5584

Re: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?

https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/junction-malfunction-and-a-new-dawn/ What an excellent blog! From 2016, but worth reading annually by road users (and the M-of-Transport ... ) :) Agreed. This sentence really stood out Well if drivers expect to be prosecuted for committing offences they s...
by squeaker
27 Apr 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1251

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

Stradageek wrote:I'm often asked "where is you flag?" in fact almost as often as I'm asked "where is your helmet?"

The answer to both questions is simple "in the garage somewhere"
We really do need a 'like' button 8)
by squeaker
27 Apr 2019, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling Resistance measured on road
Replies: 17
Views: 910

Re: Rolling Resistance measured on road

Do I recall...Dr. Moulton studying rolling resistance in a blimp hangar to mitigate wind variation? Also through the fog, I seem to remember a test some 40 years ago where a group of professors & students studying bicycle tire rolling resistance built an instrumented teardrop-shaped cart (no ri...
by squeaker
27 Apr 2019, 9:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1251

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

Tangled Metal wrote:Yes, but how big was your 'bent flag? If you put your flag on an up wrong you'll be seen surely? :wink: :wink: :D :D

Flag?!? :roll:
by squeaker
26 Apr 2019, 9:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1251

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

I'm probably quite wrong then. I just recall seeing a few images/websites of the American hpv scene when I was learning about recumbents ahead of the purchase i made. There was a shell taken off a recumbent and underneath was a more upright recumbent. It certainly didn't seem as fast looking withou...
by squeaker
25 Apr 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: European Elections
Replies: 16
Views: 455

Re: European Elections

Mick F wrote:We haven't, mind you, there's a poster on our letterbox saying that we don't want any voting cards unless there's an anti-EU candidate available to vote for. :lol:


Widdecombe, Ann Noreen (new member of the Brexit party) not anti-EU enough for you? There's a 'kipper too :roll:
by squeaker
25 Apr 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Downs Link
Replies: 8
Views: 526

Re: The Downs Link

A bit more on surfaces can be found here (14MB dropbox file).