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by Randy_Butternubs
15 Nov 2017, 10:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crimping tools for dynamo wiring
Replies: 30
Views: 1366

Re: Crimping tools for dynamo wiring

There's no point in crimp connectors at home, they're used on production lines because they are quicker and cheaper than soldering, and require lower skilled operators. In order to get a reliable joint with a weatherproof, gas-tight seal, you need a calibrated tool, a connector that that was design...
by Randy_Butternubs
22 Oct 2017, 10:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Croggy - a new one on me.
Replies: 80
Views: 5559

Re: Croggy - a new one on me.

PJ520 wrote:I saddled a schoolmate home sometimes.


Is...is no one gonna touch that?
by Randy_Butternubs
9 Oct 2017, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1316

Re: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?

@ Brucey. Thank you. I hadn't considered that such issues were more important on the front than the rear.
by Randy_Butternubs
8 Oct 2017, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1316

Re: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?

Jan Heine is a proponent of metal mudguards with rolled edges. He claims that water is flung off the centreline of the tyre, hits the center of the mudguards and moves to the edges which makes sense. He claims that rolled edges capture the water and channel it to the ground instead of it coming arou...
by Randy_Butternubs
8 Oct 2017, 12:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: You can forget about your Dutch-style cycling facilities
Replies: 85
Views: 6972

Re: So there you go - forget your Dutch-style cycle facilities

I have never been convinced that the bleatings about traffic danger are what genuinely prevent people from cycling. The same people are probably the ones who drink to excess on holiday, cut me up when they are driving and have little time for protecting the environment if it involves effort on thei...
by Randy_Butternubs
7 Oct 2017, 10:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?
Replies: 22
Views: 1316

Re: Dynamo wiring under stainless steel mudguard - what glue?

LollyKat wrote:beta-cyanoacrylate gel


I'm pretty sure that's just a fancy way of saying 'superglue'.
by Randy_Butternubs
6 Oct 2017, 5:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: You can forget about your Dutch-style cycling facilities
Replies: 85
Views: 6972

Re: So there you go - forget your Dutch-style cycle facilities

I have never been convinced that the bleatings about traffic danger are what genuinely prevent people from cycling. The same people are probably the ones who drink to excess on holiday, cut me up when they are driving and have little time for protecting the environment if it involves effort on thei...
by Randy_Butternubs
5 Oct 2017, 8:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Branch groing across cycle track hit in the dark
Replies: 43
Views: 2873

Re: Branch groing across cycle track hit in the dark

Perhaps I've got the wrong end of the stick but aren't the vast majority of rights of way (footpaths, byways etc) not 'permissable'? I.e. the land is privately owned but the land owner has no right to stop people using them. I was under the impression that in this case users are allowed to clear any...
by Randy_Butternubs
4 Oct 2017, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS computer vs dedicated phone?
Replies: 52
Views: 3196

Re: GPS computer vs dedicated phone?

For those that like using paper maps but don't like getting lost - you can get an app for your phone that will give you your OSM grid reference at the touch of a button. It uses almost no battery that way.
by Randy_Butternubs
3 Oct 2017, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ebay pedal/electric/petrol hybrid
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Ebay pedal/electric/petrol hybrid

Ruadh495 wrote:The really scary thing is the vendor thinks it's legal on cycle paths (ie not on the road) with the engine switched off...


Wrong perhaps (I have no idea) but why scary?
by Randy_Butternubs
3 Oct 2017, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo rear lights
Replies: 86
Views: 3635

Re: Dynamo rear lights

For me a dynamo rear is worth having in order to always have lights. I've not had a huge amount of luck with them though. I had a B&M Toplight which quickly lost its standlight capability and now have a B&M Secula (?) which many are posting pictures of but it doesn't turn off when I turn the...
by Randy_Butternubs
21 Sep 2017, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 21 Gears - How Come Only Four Have Any Purpose?
Replies: 35
Views: 2078

Re: 21 Gears - How Come Only Four Have Any Purpose?

Mick F wrote:Just come in from a ride and thinking about this subject ......... and knowing I'm not a high-revving 2stroke, but a low-revving 4stoke.


Because I love being pedantic: generally speaking 2-stroke engines have lower rev limits than 4-stroke ones. But they fire twice as often per revolution.
by Randy_Butternubs
16 Sep 2017, 7:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Securing shopping to racks
Replies: 32
Views: 2447

Re: Securing shopping to racks

anytime I've used something non-elastic to secure luggage to a bike, it has been a faff to do and then it has worked loose. Bungies have their problems for sure but they are the thing to use. BTW the kind of bungy material that is used for the elastic element in tent guy ropes (similar problem) is ...
by Randy_Butternubs
16 Sep 2017, 12:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Securing shopping to racks
Replies: 32
Views: 2447

Re: Securing shopping to racks

I'm not a big fan of elastic for securing things. I find it hard to get enough tension. Cam buckle straps are good or just string (paracord is good) if you are handy with knots.
by Randy_Butternubs
15 Sep 2017, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?
Replies: 512
Views: 20369

Re: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?

landsurfer wrote:Down tubes drilled with "idiot" holes for those that may not realise that the seat tube cannot be extended for ever


I don't understand. Can you elaborate?