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by mountainman531
7 Sep 2012, 11:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Computer
Replies: 21
Views: 4847

Re: Cycle Computer

I've never had a problem with cateye but wrapping the computer unit with cling film prevents ingress of rainwater and therefore shorting across the contacts.
by mountainman531
12 Dec 2011, 10:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kevin Mayne has a new job.
Replies: 22
Views: 4970

Re: Kevin Mayne has a new job.

With the CTC as just a membership organisation it was stagnating as the membership became older and couldn't attract enough new and younger members. If such a situation had been allowed to continue then eventually the CTC would have ceased to exist. The CTC in recent years widened it's scope to attr...
by mountainman531
7 Sep 2011, 9:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists revenge, good stories, thoughts etc.
Replies: 224
Views: 24720

Re: Cyclists revenge, good stories, thoughts etc.

About 8 years ago I was on a fairly busy and wide maion road where everyone was giving me plenty of room when a car came past as close as he could. two young men and two young women in the car and they looked back to see if they had scared me. I memorised the registration number and about 1/2 an hou...
by mountainman531
14 Apr 2011, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn cassette
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Worn cassette

I usually have a cheap sram chain which I change every 1,000 miles or so for the longevity of the cassette. However, I've obviously overdone it this time as I changed the chain and the new chain jumped and not just on the mid-range sprockets. So I have put the old chain back on. The chainrings are h...
by mountainman531
26 Mar 2011, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Car racks
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Car racks

I am considering getting a tow bar fitted rack and I am inclined to go for one where the wheels sit secured in the rack rather than one with top tube clamping.

Does anyone know of the pros and cons of each type which I may not have thought of?
by mountainman531
18 Feb 2011, 10:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: That'll teach me.
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: That'll teach me.

I once did a 70-odd mile ride over remote fells, inadvertently without tools, puncture repair kit or spare tube and got away with it, (this is the exception that proves the rule!) Also, years ago during the autumn hedge cutting season, I had 5 punctures in one day and ran out of patches so, thinking...
by mountainman531
9 Feb 2011, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's wrong with 3 in 1 oil and WD40?
Replies: 51
Views: 20701

Re: What's wrong with 3 in 1 oil and WD40?

As I understand it 3 in 1 is a vegetable oil and it is better to use a mineral oil.
I use tf2 in summer and in the winter whatever goes in the car engine.
I use the cheapest srqam chains and change them after 1,000 miles. This way a cassette lasts a long time.
by mountainman531
7 Feb 2011, 12:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Protecting Chrome
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Protecting Chrome

Until quite recently most of my bikes have been kept in the house. Now most are in the garage which is a lock-up and it's damp in there in the winter. I've sprayed the nuts and bolts with white grease which forms an effective barrier against moisture (it sticks like the proverbial to a blanket!) But...
by mountainman531
26 Jan 2011, 10:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Van driver reverses over cyclist
Replies: 8
Views: 1034

Re: Van driver reverses over cyclist

2) Is a bit harsh - especially as you may legally but not morally be the sole owner (I can't register our family car in joint names...) Besides a sale would raise some revenue for the victim up front (of course you can buy your own vehicle back at a fair market rate... The life of the cyclist and t...
by mountainman531
2 Nov 2010, 8:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lighting up
Replies: 12
Views: 1213

Lighting up

On Sunday I was out at dusk for the first time this season and so I put my lights on and to a man all following drivers gave me loads of room, much more than in broad daylight with no lights and it wasn't actually dark. I have noticed this in the past but is it common nationwide or does it vary in d...
by mountainman531
23 Sep 2010, 4:25pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: CTC Membership Services
Replies: 212
Views: 23461

Re: CTC Membership Services

I've already tried that and drawn a blank, there are rides reports and meeting minutes but Sections were obviuosly not as keen on membership lists as HQ are today.Perhaps they were all out cycling.......
by mountainman531
22 Sep 2010, 9:45pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Self Employed Instructor
Replies: 4
Views: 52038

Re: Self Employed Instructor

You don't need to employ an accountant, HMRC are very helpful and they run courses to help peopel complete their tax returns and they tell you what expenses you can claim and how to work out the proportion of business use.
by mountainman531
22 Sep 2010, 9:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Traffic Accident Help
Replies: 16
Views: 1695

Re: Traffic Accident Help

Let us know how you get on.
by mountainman531
22 Sep 2010, 9:27pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: CTC Membership Services
Replies: 212
Views: 23461

Re: CTC Membership Services

The membership department person told me that they had records going back to the 1940's but presumably that must be for people with continuous membership. It does seem inequitable that those with a gap in their membership are treated differently.
by mountainman531
14 Sep 2010, 8:31pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: CTC Membership Services
Replies: 212
Views: 23461

Re: CTC Membership Services

Having reached a certain age and being fairly confident that I'm going to be cycling for many more years last week I enquired about life membership. I was given a qoute based on having been a member since 1989. However, I was also a member between 1971 and 1979 when I lived at my parents address. Lo...