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by slowster
12 Mar 2020, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daughter wants a new bike
Replies: 109
Views: 4320

Re: Daughter wants a new bike

Have a close look at the bike before ordering parts. For example, the rear rim braking thickness might be such that re-using it would not make sense. Future rim wear might also be more of an issue given the hills compared with her previous flat commute (and I would expect to add to the budget Kool S...
by slowster
11 Mar 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daughter wants a new bike
Replies: 109
Views: 4320

Re: Daughter wants a new bike

I don't know what she wants Something for both of you to consider is that very likely neither does she know what she wants. By that I mean that if she already had experience of doing that particular commute or one very similar for a few years, and if she had owned different types of bike over the y...
by slowster
11 Mar 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury
Replies: 50
Views: 1819

Re: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury

With regard to the necessary changes that will have to be made being 'draconian' - that is an emotive word which implies that because they are so, they are wrong and should not go ahead. Draconian measures can indeed sometimes be the right measures (as we currently see with Covid19). However, climat...
by slowster
11 Mar 2020, 1:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - safety release?
Replies: 17
Views: 1201

Re: Mudguards - safety release?

There is nothing even remotely dangerous about mudguards, even without brakeaway clips. The worst thing that can happen is that heavy wet clay accumulates beneath them (if you try hard enough). If you think that mudguards are dangerous, don't ride bike, because spokes are much more dangerous. Just ...
by slowster
11 Mar 2020, 9:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury
Replies: 50
Views: 1819

Re: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury

If you can magic away very long commutes, that would make a lot of people happy. But unless you tie housing to employers, how do you do that? And how do you deal with households where the members have different work places? People change their jobs a lot these days, so does that mean they have to r...
by slowster
11 Mar 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - safety release?
Replies: 17
Views: 1201

Re: Mudguards - safety release?

the clip has a plastic part (fixed to the steel stays) which fits (by sliding) inside the other plastic part which is attached to the mudguard eye. I suspect it was designed like that in order not to infringe any patent or design rights held by SKS for the Secuclip design. In other words not only w...
by slowster
4 Mar 2020, 10:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Contemplative cycling.
Replies: 33
Views: 1514

Re: Contemplative cycling.

Maybe we could start up a club to encourage more people to try that style of riding?
by slowster
4 Mar 2020, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple chain set advice please
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: Triple chain set advice please

in fact all that is necessary is that the new 'top sprocket' is the integral spacer type; it can be the second smallest from the cassette if needs be. However a drop of Loctite on the lockring isn't a bad idea in this case, because there are not always serrations (which engage with the lockring) on...
by slowster
3 Mar 2020, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple chain set advice please
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: Triple chain set advice please

Since it's hard to find wide ratio cassettes without small sprockets any bigger than 11 or 12 teeth, I've been varying the chainring sizes on my bikes to vary the overall gearing while sticking with the same rear ratios (12-28, 7 sprockets). Ideally I'd go for bigger sprockets but it's hard to find...
by slowster
3 Mar 2020, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clunky gear changes
Replies: 6
Views: 376

Re: Clunky gear changes

If you remove and refit a wheel with the bike off the ground in a workstand or upside down, when you've finished working on the bike and place it on the ground always undo the quick release and tighten it again so that gravity will ensure that the wheel is properly in the dropout.
by slowster
3 Mar 2020, 8:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 182
Views: 9321

Re: Modofied e bike case

I suppose the evidence presented might have convinced the jury that his driving was not careless, but I don't see how he got acquitted of the charge of driving without a licence. But you would have seen how if you had read the existing thread: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=124...
by slowster
2 Mar 2020, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 35mm or 28mm tyres
Replies: 45
Views: 1916

Re: 35mm or 28mm tyres

I'm also waiting for a response from decathlon, but it looks as if they only advise the 35mm versions of SKS so I may have to stick with the Kinesis. Decathlon only sell Bluemels mudguards in 35mm size, so they will probably not be willing or able to tell you if 45mm Bluemels or Chromoplastics will...
by slowster
2 Mar 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: UPDATE Komoot? O.S.? Mapping"App." for off-road?
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: Komoot? O.S.? Mapping"App." for off-road?

If a bridlepath becomes a "white road" before I reach a "yellow road", then that white road is necessarily of at least bridlepath status; unless I am expected to get off my pony, pick it up and put it in my pocket before continuing on foot. I've occasionally found my armchair of...
by slowster
2 Mar 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 35mm or 28mm tyres
Replies: 45
Views: 1916

Re: 35mm or 28mm tyres

I've have got PDW mudguards, and IMO they are functionally inferior to SKS Chromoplastics and SKS Bluemels (and they are now ridiculously overpriced). In particular I dislike the safety release on the PDW mudguards, which relies on a grub screw holding the single stays in place. That introduces pote...
by slowster
1 Mar 2020, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: UPDATE Komoot? O.S.? Mapping"App." for off-road?
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: Komoot? O.S.? Mapping"App." for off-road?

Cycle.travel is great for road cycling. The mapping obviously isn't O.S. standard but at least there are enough labels that its pretty obvious where you are. It will go down some paths, I understand its based on Open Street Map, so somebody needs to tell OSM that its a public bridlepath. I think th...