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by toontra
13 Oct 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays

Shouldn't be a problem. That's well before peak rush-hour and in central London there are large numbers of cyclists commuting which gives safety in numbers
by toontra
25 Sep 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pothole crash death - a Total And Utter Disgrace
Replies: 24
Views: 1561

Re: Total And Utter Disgrace

Potholes on such roads are not considered a defect unless the are over 40mm deep Bizarrely the footpath defect limit is only 25mm before action is taken... I expect part of the reasoning is that roads are used by motorised vehicles with pneumatic tyres and suspension so larger defects are acceptabl...
by toontra
6 Aug 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: walking shoes for cycling touring
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: walking shoes for cycling touring

Etnies Scouts for me. Very light but very strong and pack small. I even run short to medium distances in these without discomfort. RRP is high but discounts can sometimes be found.
by toontra
3 Aug 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite smells
Replies: 60
Views: 3293

Re: Favourite smells

Cire Trudon Ernesto candle. Evokes all manner of emotions and memories. Truly remarkable - sadly also remarkably expensive!

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
by toontra
22 Jul 2019, 11:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash
Replies: 30
Views: 5018

Re: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash

On long rides (i.e. over 8 hours in the saddle on multiple days) you have to get this right or you will end up in a world of pain. Over many years I've established that what works for me is: Smooth saddle without much padding - ideally Brooks leather No underwear Padded cycle shorts Regular applicat...
by toontra
17 Jul 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Michelin Pro3 Race tyre, £20 at Decathlon
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Michelin Pro3 Race tyre, £20 at Decathlon

Sadly I've started moving over to 28mm tyres (and bigger), or I would be stocking up on these at £20 (I already have a couple in the garage). The GP4000II is probably favourite for long fast(ish) rides now, but they're very expensive! Why not the Pro 4 Endurance 28's? They are cheaper than the GP's...
by toontra
14 Jul 2019, 9:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First escooter death?
Replies: 124
Views: 7864

Re: First escooter death?

What does legal/illegal have to do with safety? Ever seen a bicycle ridden dangerously? What other laws are you happy to be ignored? Bicycles are legal to ride on roads. Some are ridden dangerously. Your argument is spurious as you well know and arguments like this usually lead to pointless forum s...
by toontra
14 Jul 2019, 9:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First escooter death?
Replies: 124
Views: 7864

Re: First escooter death?

I think the person who sadly died was what is termed as an internet "influencer". Their tragedy will hopefully influence others not to ride these things illegally around London, many of them dangerously, at least until a legal framework for their use is established.
by toontra
10 Jul 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

By design the hooks have a plastic covering, at least on all the trains I've travelled on in recent years. However it often seems to get damaged in use leaving bare metal where the rim hangs from it. The new Hitachi "shower cubicle" hooks are brand new - and bare metal. If I remember I te...
by toontra
10 Jul 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

1:27 onwards here suggest hanging by the wheel is the best way to carry a bike on a train. No rubber coating on the hooks these days - bare metal. Standards seem to be lower now! And look at all the space for bikes compared to the bloomin' shower cubicles we're forced to use on the new rolling stock.
by toontra
10 Jul 2019, 6:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

When the train goes over bumps the narrow bar that the rim hangs from exerts sudden force on a small area, seems obvious that it could cause damage That's what I would have thought. It's the localisation of the force. Not really comparable to the forces when riding either as the wheel is greatly pr...
by toontra
10 Jul 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

What about carbon-rimmed wheels? I have some Dura Ace C50's with carbon fairings - wouldn't fancy hanging a bike on a metal hook by those!
by toontra
9 Jul 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

One thing to watch out for is impact/twisting from other bikes. Here is my Cannondale en route to Plymouth in a new "Azuma" train..there is supposed to be space for another bike!! I was really relieved no one showed up with one though..it was hard enough wrestling my bike into place..ther...
by toontra
9 Jul 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

Spokes (Sapim CX Ray) re-tensioned by a good wheelmaker recently. https://i.postimg.cc/xJ1HKgGd/opr.jpg Is the 'good wheelmaker' partially sighted by any chance? That rim has clearly been cracked for a long time; all the fracture faces are badly corroded. I'd be pretty confident that the wheel need...
by toontra
9 Jul 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1292

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

Surprised at hanging spaces on a 125. They always have a guards van with "channels" in which the bike stands IME. Why are LNER doing it differently? They've been that way on the east cost line for the last 20 years, and probably since the 125's started on that route. Takes up less space i...