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by rob_wales
5 Jan 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Work boots as hiking boots?
Replies: 52
Views: 2133

Re: Work boots as hiking boots?

Never understood the attraction of boots apart from in wet and muddy conditions. I did fell-running for 16 years wearing x-country running shoes. Hardly ever tripped, never sprained anything. They were fine. Now I just walk but I still mostly wear running shoes. There is less support than boots, but...
by rob_wales
16 Sep 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Over 55, are you fit?
Replies: 54
Views: 3910

Re: Over 55, are you fit?

I did 9.5 secs (aged 66). My wife (62) did 8.8. But we spend a lot of time exercising each week (about 14 hours). I doubt it is reliable as a fitness indicator. I would have thought being shorter with muscular legs (like me) would give you an advantage. I have exercised for 50 years, with very few p...
by rob_wales
31 Aug 2017, 7:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?
Replies: 60
Views: 4629

Re: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?

It's not bikes or cars, or lorries that are dangerous. It is some people who are dangerous. I stay away from roads, especially busy roads as much as I can. We were walking down a lane today. It was quite narrow and just enough space for a car to get through with us to the side. Every time a car pass...
by rob_wales
31 Aug 2017, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

I've only just watched that and it's really interesting both from the POV of her overcoming disability through personal determination and that of the innovation in the sense of getting all the complications of two modern combined brake/gear levers into one unit which works to that remarkable standa...
by rob_wales
31 Aug 2017, 7:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim
Replies: 185
Views: 13188

Re: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim

I'm very misanthropic, and with several notable exceptions think that humans are incapable of rational, sensible, and measured behaviour. Most people are, in general terms, very much at the mercy of their emotions. So when you have a minor incident on the roads only two things can possibly happen, i...
by rob_wales
30 Aug 2017, 9:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Should "fat" people wear lycra
Replies: 92
Views: 3707

Re: Should "fat" people wear lycra

reohn2 wrote:People are entitled to look as silly as the wish,it's non of my business.

Yes, and I love it when they do so because it makes me look very normal!
by rob_wales
30 Aug 2017, 9:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Should "fat" people wear lycra
Replies: 92
Views: 3707

Re: Should "fat" people wear lycra

I can't possibly answer this. But I can answer other questions. 1. Slim people shouldn't start eating cakes. 2. No one, absolutely no one, should wear flip-flops, especially for cycling. 3. No person over the age of 17 should wear three-quarter cargo pants. Especially with flip-flops. 4. No male sho...
by rob_wales
30 Aug 2017, 6:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

Different approach... My wife's bike is 20 years old - Trek 6500 MTB. If she bought a new MTB with hydraulic discs and had the levers swapped so the front disc was operated by the left lever (her better wrist), and the rear by the right lever. Would that give her more stopping power for the same lev...
by rob_wales
30 Aug 2017, 6:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 42489

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

I've watched my speed in Halifax since this matter arose, and I've never ridden at 18mph through the streets - 10 to 12mph is quite enough for me in the town centre. From the perception I've formed over the last few days of making note of my speed I think that 15mph is about the speed of other traf...
by rob_wales
29 Aug 2017, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

Very much like this: https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2010/06/polobrake-1.jpg Mine is very similar. I can see now, following some useful comments on here, that it could fail and lead to both brakes failing. https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WZgDhhG/0/c3f960cb/S/i-WZgDhhG-S.jpg
by rob_wales
29 Aug 2017, 12:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

So you want one lever that operates both brakes, and a lever to operate just one. Hence one brake has to be operated by either of two levers. A very expensive way is https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/cables/problem-solvers-cable-doubler-21/ Yes, that is a bit expensive. I just left a question with them a...
by rob_wales
28 Aug 2017, 10:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

alexnharvey wrote:I think two levers can act on the one brake, so long as failure of one doesn't cause failure of the other they're independent.

But the failure of the lever would result in the failure of both brakes. Whereas if one of the two cables snapped the other brake would still work.
by rob_wales
28 Aug 2017, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

Has either the fork or the brace on the seat stays got a mudguard mount hole. That's what usually doubles up as a calliper brake mount. Could your 3rd brake( to keep legal so independently connected ) fit there? Yes. But the front one has the hole on the shocks, so there isn't room underneath. The ...
by rob_wales
28 Aug 2017, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?
Replies: 99
Views: 5223

Re: two brakes, one lever - is it legal?

twin pull flat bar lever (matching one for the other side also available; see note for making set of left double/right single set like you probably need) https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-levers/sjsc-twin-cable-pull-brake-lever-for-straight-bars-right/ cable splitter; https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/ca...
by rob_wales
28 Aug 2017, 2:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The nights are drawing in, bike lights
Replies: 97
Views: 4548

Re: The nights are drawing in, bike lights

meic wrote:
rob_wales wrote:Is it legal to use a head-torch (on your head) for the front light?


Then there are the ninjas who have no lights whatsoever.

You refer of course to the dead ninjas. They tend to wear dark vests too.