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by David Cox
2 Feb 2014, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle lights
Replies: 54
Views: 10202

Re: Bicycle lights

Interesting thread although lighting has improved a lot since 1970. As a regular cycle commuter across Birmingham I've always had 2 lighting systems on my utility bike. I don't think I ever went a whole winter without at least one of the lights failing quite apart from batteries going flat. Currentl...
by David Cox
29 Jan 2014, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: slipping seatpost folding bike
Replies: 17
Views: 8884

Re: slipping seatpost folding bike

It happened on my first Brompton. Overtightening can damage it. There's good advice in their service manuals as I recall. Had to clean the seat post and make sure there wasn't any grease on it and also the plastic sleeve. This usually works eventually I had the plastic sleeve replaced by a Brompton ...
by David Cox
7 Jan 2014, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bromptons - Not Impressed
Replies: 120
Views: 22852

Re: Bromptons - Not Impressed

I've got a Brompton (my third) and a Bike Friday NWT and enjoy them both - they are just different. The Brompton is the one vehicle out of several bikes and a car that I can't imagine doing without. It's an L6 with lowered gears and front pannier and mostly used in combination with a train, car or a...
by David Cox
26 Aug 2013, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Sirrus pro 2012-hybrid bike – cable routing
Replies: 3
Views: 1433

Re: Specialized Sirrus pro 2012-hybrid bike – cable routing

Phillip my Mercian has internal rear brake cable though the top tube but the whole cable inner and outer goes through and there is a conduit inside the tube so you dont have to go fishing for it.
by David Cox
26 Apr 2013, 9:05pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: There's lots going on in SUFFOLK and we need your help!
Replies: 5
Views: 98835

Re: There's lots going on in SUFFOLK and we need your help!

Good to hear about what you are doing over there Keith. I met up and did a short ride with Steward Bethell of Felixstowe Port at the Cycle City Expo conference in Birmingham this week interesting and very active chap - I assume that you know him?
by David Cox
24 Mar 2013, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute
Replies: 22
Views: 1603

Re: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute

And another thing when I specified the Thorn I went for a Sturmey Archer 3 speed because I was commuting on a flat muddy tow path and wanted low maintenance. Although I'd been happy with the 3 speed Brompton This was a mistake because within a month I'd changed jobs and struggled for 6 years with a ...
by David Cox
24 Mar 2013, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute
Replies: 22
Views: 1603

Re: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute

Over 40 years I've used and been very pleased with a second hand Dawes Galaxy, a Saracen steel no suspension MTB (with some remarkable Czech road tyres that did over 10,000 miles), 3 Bromptons (front pannier is great, easy storage, good sit up and beg position for traffic, hub gears low slung requir...
by David Cox
27 Feb 2013, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Query re changing Brompton Brake Levers
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Query re changing Brompton Brake Levers

Littlegreyrabbit has a query re Brompton Brake levers because of the way the thread developed it's in the Member Group section. Could Brompton levers be changed for some used on a Trek that seem much lighter and easier for arthritic hands? This was my reply. "Sorry I dont know the answer but I ...
by David Cox
27 Feb 2013, 11:15pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: Is there a CTC Brompton group?
Replies: 5
Views: 98139

Re: Is there a CTC Brompton group?

Hi apologies for delay in getting back to you. Sorry I dont know the answer but I am sure that if you post the question on the Technical section of this Forum you will get expert feedback. In fact I'll try to do this shortly. I looked at the latest Brompton levers today in a local shop and they are ...
by David Cox
11 Feb 2013, 10:32am
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: Is there a CTC Brompton group?
Replies: 5
Views: 98139

Re: Is there a CTC Brompton group?

Look forward to hearing your experiences. I do have other bikes which are obviously quicker and essential for group riding but there isn't much that I ride that I haven't done on the Brompton. This includes Birmingham to Oxford charity ride, 3 day tour in Yorkshire, Mt Tamalpais in Marin County Cali...
by David Cox
3 Feb 2013, 5:52pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: Is there a CTC Brompton group?
Replies: 5
Views: 98139

Re: Is there a CTC Brompton group?

Not to my knowledge but CTC National Council is close! There was a group on Twitter called Small Wheels whose main aim last year was riding the End to End for a charity.
by David Cox
30 Jan 2013, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Size matters?
Replies: 17
Views: 2087

Re: Size matters?

Lots of people with more knowledge than me will no doubt contribute but I would go for the smaller frame if it's not detrimental to your comfort. As Major Nichols said to me once when I wanted a 23.5" frame as per Richards Bicycle Book based entirely on inside leg measurement "it wont do y...
by David Cox
28 Jan 2013, 10:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Good news buried by snow?
Replies: 22
Views: 1405

Re: Good news buried by snow?

Mark1978 wrote:You doing 20mph with no cyclists in sight will do nothing to aid cyclists.

Its the ones I might not see that I am worried about! And there are pedestrians, kids running out etc etc
by David Cox
28 Jan 2013, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track Pump Woes
Replies: 16
Views: 1477

Re: Track Pump Woes

I use Topeak track pumps but Halfords have given me new valves in the past and you can certainly buy them. Never had one quite as clever as yours though all mine require me to choose the right end of the attachment.
by David Cox
28 Jan 2013, 6:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Good news buried by snow?
Replies: 22
Views: 1405

Re: Good news buried by snow?

If I am driving in a 20mph zone, I stick religiously to it and watch cars queue up behind me. At least this keeps the speed down in my little convoy. As the message spreads, and more drivers do this then it will be self-policing to some extent. Every little helps Me too Jezer - good example. I find...