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by Roadster
25 Nov 2017, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get oil out of Goretex Jacket
Replies: 19
Views: 4390

Re: How to get oil out of Goretex Jacket

Isopropyl Alcohol shifts oil from just about anything. You can buy it online. Thank you. I have some of that. I'll try it. I really wouldn't do that if I were you. Isopropyl alcohol is a volatile solvent which will merely dilute the oil, allowing it to be wicked into adjacent areas. Swarfega, on th...
by Roadster
21 Nov 2017, 10:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The paradox of having a good bike
Replies: 57
Views: 5867

Re: The paradox of having a good bike

As I recall, there was a spate of bike-theft muggings on the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal near Burnley a few years ago. The rural location meant few if any witnesses and hence relatively risk-free opportunities for the perpetrators, who merely had to wait for the next lone cyclist to come al...
by Roadster
6 Nov 2017, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute
Replies: 44
Views: 2214

Re: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute

Getting the right size is more important than getting the lowest price or the best bargain, otherwise it's just false economy.
by Roadster
6 Nov 2017, 2:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute
Replies: 44
Views: 2214

Re: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute

I'm around 5'8" with relatively short legs for size. Not sure if the S would be good? We can't be sure either but it's quite possible given what you say. Bike frame sizes used to go up in 1" increments but are now S, M and L on these modern hybrids, giving more latitude. Perhaps you could...
by Roadster
6 Nov 2017, 1:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute
Replies: 44
Views: 2214

Re: Bike purchase Advice - 8 mile Commute

You certainly don't need to fork out for a Rohloff with belt drive in order to enjoy the benefits of hub gears, least of all for your modest purposes. After a lifetime of derailleurs, I've been using Alfine 8 for nearly three years now and am a convert - it's been very reliable and I've never felt t...
by Roadster
5 Nov 2017, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: QR v Allen key skewers

Cam-operated skewers are called "quick release" not only because they can be tightened/loosened instantly with just the flip of a lever, but also because they do not require a tool for their operation. Wheel removal by qr skewer is no longer as quick as it was before the advent of "la...
by Roadster
2 Nov 2017, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended Cables
Replies: 43
Views: 2328

Re: Recommended Cables

Jagwire's Road Pro brake cables tick all the boxes:- http://jagwire.com/products/diy-cable-kits/2017road-pro-brake-kit Their less expensive Universal Sport brake cables have unreinforced coiled housings, which are plenty good enough for my roadster but perhaps not for a fast Road bike ridden hard......
by Roadster
23 Oct 2017, 7:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Solid tyres
Replies: 28
Views: 1638

Re: Solid tyres

They're okay for things like prams, pushchairs and sack trucks, but not for bikes. John Boyd Dunlop's pneumatic tyre swept them away in the 1890s and attempts to revive them have consistently failed ever since. Even wheelbarrows prefer inflatable tyres for their superior ride quality, handling and c...
by Roadster
23 Oct 2017, 4:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The paradox of having a good bike
Replies: 57
Views: 5867

Re: The paradox of having a good bike

Those two places were obviously not actually secure but merely pretending to be. I suspect that most site managers who are not cyclists themselves simply don't realize how prevalent cycle theft has become and seriously underestimate just how determined and "professional" these predators ar...
by Roadster
23 Oct 2017, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The paradox of having a good bike
Replies: 57
Views: 5867

Re: The paradox of having a good bike

A "secure" area provided by an employer can itself be a target for thieves, and I personally know two people whose bikes have recently been attacked in such supposedly safe areas. The first is a young lady who works for and is in fact the designated cycling officer of the local council. Sh...
by Roadster
22 Oct 2017, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help with frame identification.
Replies: 20
Views: 1667

Re: Help with frame identification.

Ugly makes a valid point. It certainly has the lugs, dropouts, design and build of a quality vintage bike, while weighing the frame might give you an idea of the tubing. You may never identify the maker but that needn't detract from the pleasure of owning and riding it. We're so accustomed to seeing...
by Roadster
22 Oct 2017, 4:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Roads Minister interview
Replies: 47
Views: 3950

Re: Roads Minister interview

The huge amounts of money earmarked by central government for High Speed trains would go a long way towards the cost of an integrated transport policy which truly valued the contribution offered by cycling. Moreover, the cost-benefits would be more widely distributed geographically and available to ...
by Roadster
13 Oct 2017, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do certain subjects appear to be forbidden on this forum?
Replies: 65
Views: 4164

Re: Why do certain subjects appear to be forbidden on this forum?

I've no idea what "retcon" means, mjr, but you don't appear to be "pro-choice" to me. You appear to be "con-helmets"!
by Roadster
13 Oct 2017, 7:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do certain subjects appear to be forbidden on this forum?
Replies: 65
Views: 4164

Re: Why do certain subjects appear to be forbidden on this forum?

I meant the others that questioned the OP's position - I wasn't referring to you. I basically agreed with your approach (as I said). Apologies for my misunderstanding of your meaning, horizon, and thanks for your support. Whether you posted before or after others is immaterial, mjr - you were fully...