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by esuhl
14 Dec 2017, 7:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help fixing front brake
Replies: 18
Views: 866

Re: Help fixing front brake

They're known as "cantilever brakes". I haven't had any on my bikes, but do the videos in this YouTube search help:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... OR+bicycle
by esuhl
28 Nov 2017, 4:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview
Replies: 206
Views: 14757

Re: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview

Point of order: a great many of the people obsessed with cyclists wearing helmets are cyclists. This is pretty clear when you're exposed to the litany of "my helmet saved my life" stories that typically get trotted out. I've only heard a couple of such stories. But a lot of anti-cyclist p...
by esuhl
28 Nov 2017, 4:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The paradox of having a good bike
Replies: 57
Views: 5931

Re: The paradox of having a good bike

Maybe this is a dumb question, but what makes a bike look "expensive" or a target for thieves? Is it worth getting a really cheap frame and transferring the expensive components from your new bike onto it? Would covering the frame in 3M reflective tape disguise the bike's cost? Or sandblas...
by esuhl
28 Nov 2017, 3:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview
Replies: 206
Views: 14757

Re: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview

Why is it always the people who have never ridden a bike in their lives who are so obsessed with cyclists wearing helmets?! It's just anti-cyclist bigots trying to find any excuse to complain about cyclists (thus averting attention from their own recklessness). If road safety is the genuine reason, ...
by esuhl
16 Nov 2017, 1:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1036

Re: Rear lights

meic wrote:I have my weaker light on steady and my stronger light on flashing...


Yep -- I do the same for the same reasons.
by esuhl
11 Nov 2017, 10:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Safety Research ( Student Survey )
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Re: Cycling Safety Research ( Student Survey )

*snip* If you want more responses, I'm sure you'll get some if you post this on the "Public Transport and Cycling" forum on MoneySavingExpert.com. http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?f=225 I don't think new users can post links, so I'm happy to make a thread with a link t...
by esuhl
11 Nov 2017, 9:37pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Bikehut/Halfords track pump
Replies: 9
Views: 3588

Bikehut/Halfords track pump

I bought this pump about a year ago for £17 on special offer. It's £25 now. http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/bikehut-performance-track-bike-pump-with-gauge I'm really impressed with it. It clips on easily to both Presta and Schraeder valves (without need to change anything...
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks
Replies: 16
Views: 802

Re: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks

tyres make a big difference for sure; all tyres are a compromise of some kind. Any knobbly tyre is going to be slow on tarmac and will have iffy handling when you get cranked over; feel those knobbles squirm! But they are not meant for tarmac, they are meant for loose surfaces. Cranked over? Erm......
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 7:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?
Replies: 37
Views: 2612

Re: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?

Oh! That's the on the route I take to visit my friend -- only done it a couple of times a few years back, mind you. Yes -- the cycling provision is CRAZY. One minute you're directed onto a cycle path, 20 metres round the corner, then have to give way to traffic. Cycle lanes suddenly appear, with no ...
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 6:50am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Decathlon MTB range
Replies: 3
Views: 7839

Re: Decathlon MTB range

I bought a £500 Rockrider 8.1 a few years back, and I'm still really happy with it. The only "unbranded" thing on it is the frame, which is perfectly fine. Oh... and the handlebar grips, lights/reflectors, and saddle which you might as well throw away! Bikes with the same/equivalent compon...
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 6:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?
Replies: 53
Views: 2862

Re: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?

I use good quality Kenda tyres on my mountain bike. However, my riding style is very tame! I've probably got through about 10 tyres, two sustaining damage to the side-wall. The other eight just "wore out". I've never noticed any inner threads... I replace them when I notice a loss of tract...
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 6:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken derailleur?
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Broken derailleur?

I'm no expert, so I defer to those "in the know", but... I replaced my (factory-fitted) chain with a new one. The one I bought was about 10cm longer than the old one, so I had to remove the extra links. I don't know if this extra slack could also be contributing to the problem? Also, the r...
by esuhl
22 Oct 2017, 6:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks
Replies: 16
Views: 802

Re: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks

I'm really no expert, but I've been casually riding my MTB on & off-road for a few years... I'd say tyres make a BIG difference. Everyone will have their own preferences, but I really rate the Kenda Nevegal DTC (Dual-tread compound). They're insanely grippy in dry sandy conditions, over wet rock...
by esuhl
25 Jul 2017, 8:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The safest way to cross a roundabout?
Replies: 36
Views: 2421

Re: The safest way to cross a roundabout?

I always take the lane on roundabouts and indicate clearly. I approach cautiously at a fairly low speed (5 or 10 mph?) and continually look around to see what other vehicles are doing. The only time I've been knocked off my bike was at a roundabout, and it was awful. The driver gave me someone else'...
by esuhl
19 Jul 2017, 4:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woking to the City
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: Woking to the City

I don't know if it's too far out of your way, but from the far end of Staines to Brentford, there's a pretty good cycle track along the A30 and A4.