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by KEELIEDW
17 Sep 2008, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet more powerful LED dynamo front light!
Replies: 17
Views: 2815

Yet more powerful LED dynamo front light!

This has just been announced:
http://www.bumm.de/index-e.html

It seems B&M have beaten their own Fly IQ with this new model. Should be on the market in time for Santa to get one for me.

(Click :Catalogue/Headlights/Lumotec IQ Cyo)
by KEELIEDW
17 Sep 2008, 11:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sussex University Campus - worth having a bike?
Replies: 8
Views: 1326

Sussex University Campus - worth having a bike?

My daughter starts in hall at Falmer campus at the end of this month. Can anyone tell me how bike-friendly Brighton is? The distance, less than 4 miles to the sea-front & town centre shops, would seem to be ideal for cycling. But is there a reasonable route?
by KEELIEDW
7 Sep 2008, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Viking Tandem / Alhonga Brakes - IMPORTANT WARNING!
Replies: 2
Views: 3532

We bought the Viking Salerno this summer. It's slightly downmarket from yours, I believe the only difference being that it has Tektro V brakes instead of discs. I chose this option after reading adverse comments (possibly posted by you?... if so thanks for the tip! ) on a website concerning the disc...
by KEELIEDW
26 Aug 2008, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrying a surfboard on a bike.
Replies: 6
Views: 958

Carrying a surfboard on a bike.

I'd very much appreciate any info on racks and/or trailers, particularly d.i.y solutions.
by KEELIEDW
20 Jul 2008, 12:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommended short fun touring ideas to get wife on bike...
Replies: 23
Views: 2346

Just did the Kennet & Avon canal sustrans route with a reluctant-ish wife, Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire to Reading, bed & breakfasting (but noticed plenty of campsites). Very peaceful, mostly flat , lots to see, mixture of quiet lanes & towpaths. We both enjoyed it.
by KEELIEDW
8 Jul 2008, 11:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Comprehensive website for UK b&b/guesthouse accommod ?
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Comprehensive website for UK b&b/guesthouse accommod ?

Planning a Gloucester/Wiltshire/Berkshire tour,I've been trawling through various websites, but find disjointed information (eg one site has no b&b's listed for a village, whereas another shows several) . Can anyone recommend any sites that hopefully list most available places?
by KEELIEDW
29 Apr 2008, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dynamo & narrow tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Conti Ultra Gatorskins with the big-pulleyed Axa HR bottle have been a good combination for me. No unusual sidewall wear, no slippage in wet despite lack of dynamo sidewall track.
by KEELIEDW
17 Nov 2007, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon S - fitting 700c narrow
Replies: 27
Views: 3038

Schwalbe Marathon S - fitting 700c narrow

Previous correspondents have warned of the difficulty of fitting this tyre in narrow sizes. I've just fitted a 700 x 28, and experienced the frustration of the cover spreading sideways & forcing itself off the rim as I worked around bedding it in. The problem was easily solved by threading tight...
by KEELIEDW
24 Sep 2007, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: halfords V brake lever: possibly fits drops
Replies: 7
Views: 1954

Re: Halfords a double bolt clamp V levers dont fit drops

Alan H Bradley wrote:KEELIEDWs.
KEELIEDW:
what was the nature of the fettling you had to do?


Just a bit of grinding away at the contours of the handlebar clamps to make them conform to the slightly fatter drop-bars. I used a small hand-file, plus an abrasive attachment in an electric drill.
by KEELIEDW
6 Jun 2007, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: hit by a bat - again!!
Replies: 20
Views: 4448

hit by a bat - again!!

Do not believe wildlife experts who state that bats' radar is infallible. I've just completed a very pleasant ride home from a favourite hostelry and I wish to report a suprisingly high-impact blow to my right shoulder from a bat who was clearly not concentrating ( witnessed by 2 cycling companions)...
by KEELIEDW
30 May 2007, 1:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No cycling with YHA??
Replies: 38
Views: 9513

There is a noticeable reduction in long-distance hikers, once the bedrock of the YHA (cyclists also playing an important role). I am very familiar with the Pembrokeshire coast footpath, and there is a clear year-on-year reduction in the number of "serious" walkers making the full-length tr...
by KEELIEDW
19 May 2007, 11:50am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code Changes & Roads For Bikes
Replies: 15
Views: 5951

Just signed. I was bellowed at & beeped by motorists in Belgium for the sin of riding on a suburban road which had a parallel bike track. As a visiting tourist, I had no idea that it was even there ! If British motorists get semi-legal backing to intimidate us like this, heaven help us. Cycling ...
by KEELIEDW
18 May 2007, 9:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: bike mirrors?
Replies: 64
Views: 16396

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/474_HPNX0061_1.jpg http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/474_HPNX0062_1.jpg I have an old handlebar fitting mirror which gives a car-quality image, no shake & a wide field of view, see attached. It's branded "S/Napoleon/7", I've had it for years, it may have ...
by KEELIEDW
15 May 2007, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing gear range on old tourer
Replies: 30
Views: 4720

Some good ideas above, but I really think you'd be better off getting a decent 2nd hand tourer with the right gear set-up already fitted, they're getting surprisingly cheap. You'll get easily-available 700c tyres, also the safety bonus of modern brakes, etc. Start pricing all of the components you'r...
by KEELIEDW
11 May 2007, 3:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Persistence wins the day
Replies: 2
Views: 1411

Persistence wins the day

I attach a link to a sad case (non-cycling, the victim, now permanently disabled, was in a car) where the original prosecution was effectively dropped, and only reopened by the doggedness of the victim. I know this is a motorist-on-motorist case, but it's a classic example of the sort of treatment t...