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by Ruadh495
28 Nov 2017, 10:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harry is marrying Ms Merkel?
Replies: 316
Views: 12700

Re: Harry is marrying Ms Merkel?

Isn't Harry employed? I thought he was a soldier. I wonder if an army captain's pay meets the Border Force minimum to be allowed a foreign spouse...
by Ruadh495
23 Nov 2017, 1:38pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: keeping "control" of children whilst cycling
Replies: 18
Views: 2941

Re: keeping "control" of children whilst cycling

I wish mine (8 and 9) were that good on the road. My older one tends to wander and doesn't always listen to direction. He really needs someone to follow, but I can't trust him behind where I can't see him. Found that out the hard way. I'm afraid I tend to control them by keeping them inside a big me...
by Ruadh495
23 Nov 2017, 1:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: USB regulator...
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: USB regulator...

Just remembered you don't have a pedal sensor, IIRC? Do you still have three control buttons? Middle one switches on, the other two are usually for PAS up and down. A long press of "up" turns on the lights (which is the output we are looking for), long press of down engages "walk assi...
by Ruadh495
23 Nov 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: USB regulator...
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: USB regulator...

Overlapped with my edit... I just though it could be an LED unit not an LCD. If there is a spare output connector on the controller it still might be worth trying holding down the increase assist button to see if that switches the spare output on.
by Ruadh495
23 Nov 2017, 12:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: USB regulator...
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: USB regulator...

The "black box" is what I'm calling a "controller" (mine's a silver box). Are there any unused connectors on it? Probably ordinary bullets. How do you switch on the LCD backlight? Is it "hold down the "up" button for two seconds"? On mine that switched the &qu...
by Ruadh495
23 Nov 2017, 10:40am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: USB regulator...
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: USB regulator...

Is there a lighting output from the controller? It will be 36V (mine is anyway) but easy enough to step down with a DC-DC converter. The controller must have regulated outputs for other things (the LCD for a start) but it might be quite difficult to tap them. They also might be quite easy to overloa...
by Ruadh495
22 Nov 2017, 12:34pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 255
Views: 15350

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

But I stand my my initial proposition that e-bikes will replace most bikes even if that's not all they do. Will you consider that prophesy to be realised if in five years 80% of cycles on the road are e-bikes and the share of journeys made by bikes has increased from 2% to 10%? +1 I don't think man...
by Ruadh495
21 Nov 2017, 3:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taken the plunge.
Replies: 60
Views: 6196

Re: Taken the plunge.

I also discovered the throttle when applied removes the speed limit. ;) Mine doesn't. Different controller programming perhaps? On uses for the "throttle"; I find it most useful for pulling away from a stop, especially up hill (maybe my bottom gear is a touch high). Throttle is much more ...
by Ruadh495
21 Nov 2017, 2:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How safe is cycling?
Replies: 37
Views: 3654

Re: How safe is cycling?

Carlp wrote:100% of all cyclists die. Fact.


Unproven.
by Ruadh495
17 Nov 2017, 3:48pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 255
Views: 15350

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

Not sure about that. The option to switch it off will still be there (or will it...) and on a typical hire bike you wouldn't notice the extra weight. Its also worth considering that if you are a visitor to a city you may be able to bring a conventional bike with you, but if you prefer to ride an e-b...
by Ruadh495
17 Nov 2017, 11:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling shoes on ice!
Replies: 16
Views: 1177

Re: Cycling shoes on ice!

It's an "interesting" experience, which I've had a couple of times, to ride up somewhere, get off the bike and promptly fall on your behind. And that's wearing ordinary trainers not cycle shoes. Proves how effective studded tyres on the bike are.
by Ruadh495
17 Nov 2017, 9:41am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16316

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

I'm thinking this is bigger than helmets (may be it needs to come out of the ghetto?), possibly bigger than cycling. It's about how society in general, and the school system in particular, safeguards children by restricting their freedom. I'm fairly certain that the OFSTED "safeguarding" r...
by Ruadh495
17 Nov 2017, 9:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 19248
Views: 475139

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Only the automotive brand. Rolls Royce aero engines is a separate company these days.
by Ruadh495
15 Nov 2017, 3:44pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 255
Views: 15350

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

I'm depressed by people being depressed by people on e bikes - last couple of years that I have toured in Holland and Germany in the summer being overtaken by hordes of "older people" on e bikes having fun - whats not to like I think it comes down to context (and people always seem to rai...
by Ruadh495
15 Nov 2017, 1:09pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes - too restrictive?
Replies: 46
Views: 2531

Re: E-bikes - too restrictive?

Just a comment on the poll itself: The two most popular responses appear to be almost identical. The current legislation is aimed at replicating (roughly) the performance of a reasonably fit cyclist and for many machines does allow power to be applied without pedaling (conversions and bikes first u...