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by 7_lives_left
7 May 2013, 12:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The age of bike
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: The age of bike

At least Boris appears to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to cycling. Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Boris. Not his money, London Tax payer's money perhaps. He is spending some of his political capital on cycling however. I am also familiar with some of the places that he mentions on ...
by 7_lives_left
21 Apr 2013, 7:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tricycles on British roads?
Replies: 56
Views: 2992

Re: Tricycles on British roads?

Well, we now know what the pannier rack is for, it's for holding the battery...
by 7_lives_left
16 Apr 2013, 10:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... why cyclists wear sunglasses?
Replies: 78
Views: 5992

Re: ... why cyclists wear sunglasses?

I wear goggles if I am riding a recumbent. Without them I can't see for tears on fast descents, which is a worry. Lying back with the wind blowing up your nose seems to provoke tears. The goggles seem to help. I won't bother with tinted lenses or UV blocking. I need perscription lenses to see clearl...
by 7_lives_left
13 Apr 2013, 8:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tricycles on British roads?
Replies: 56
Views: 2992

Re: Tricycles on British roads?

This article on cargo bikes from Cycle Magazine - June / July 2012 might be of interest. It has examples of two and thee wheelers that could be suitable for transporting child or fragile goods.
by 7_lives_left
7 Apr 2013, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 SG-501 hub servicing
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Alfine 8 SG-501 hub servicing

Thanks for the reply.

I have had a go with some WD40 but no luck yet. I will give it some more time to work in.
by 7_lives_left
6 Apr 2013, 10:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticky HB gel
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: Sticky HB gel

I think 3M make something like that. We used to use it in work. It comes on reels with a red tape to seperate the layers. You discard the red tape when you apply it. It is clear, glutinous and about 2 to 3 mm thick. Is that the stuff ? Edit: I think it is called "high tack adhesive transfer tap...
by 7_lives_left
6 Apr 2013, 10:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Using Veolia household recycling sites on a bike

I haven't tried to use a municiple dump by bicycle I am ashamed to say. I seem to vaguely remember that the dump on the road between Old Amersham and Chalfont St Peter has (had) a restriction on pedestrians. I don't know who operates it. It is situated so far from anywhere that it is unlikely any pe...
by 7_lives_left
6 Apr 2013, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 SG-501 hub servicing
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Alfine 8 SG-501 hub servicing

I have an Alfine 8 speed SG-501 hub that I want to service. I have the oil and the dunking container to drop it into but I cant get the dust cap on the RHS off. The marking on the dust cap shows to turn it clockwise to loosen when viewed from the RHS side (i.e. left hand thread) but I can't shift it...
by 7_lives_left
10 Mar 2013, 4:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Don't be shy!
Replies: 58
Views: 11296

Re: Don't be shy!

Pedersen's are supposed to be slightly flexible. I wonder if the machine sags in the middle if it is fully loaded. I guess we are unlikely to find out.

Thirdcrank, I really enjoyed your description of groupseats.
by 7_lives_left
10 Mar 2013, 12:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A place to record long distance utility rides
Replies: 56
Views: 7041

Re: A place to record long distance utility rides

Rode my recumbent trike to my mother's house for a pre-mother's day visit since I won't see her on Mother's day. 57 miles there... and 58 back. It was a pleasant 3 and half hours down there with a tailwind but it was an ugly 5 hours back up the road into the wind. I don't undertake distances of thi...
by 7_lives_left
6 Mar 2013, 5:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driving a safety 'brake-through'
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Driving a safety 'brake-through'

This is about Volvo selling more cars. This system is going to stop SMIDSY's and close overtakes by wrestling crontrol of the car away from the driver? Where's the fun in that? And when the system fails do what is claim of it, I predict what the result will be: "My client accepts that his motor...
by 7_lives_left
6 Mar 2013, 11:08am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driving a safety 'brake-through'
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Driving a safety 'brake-through'

The article the OP links to mentions Forward Collision Warning (FCW). I used to work with someone who owned a Volvo car which had this system fitted. This driver loved it and felt that it made the car safer. As a passenger in the car I found it very alarming. There were bells (chimes) and whistles g...
by 7_lives_left
3 Mar 2013, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking Sram hubgear
Replies: 37
Views: 3168

Re: Squeaking Sram hubgear

Is that how it is then. That the lowest of these eight is lower than the i-motion9's nine and perhaps the highest higher? If that's not the case it looks like Sram are saying they cant make anything more reliable than an eight. My only experience with Sram hub gears is the Spectro 7, which I liked....
by 7_lives_left
3 Mar 2013, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking Sram hubgear
Replies: 37
Views: 3168

Re: Squeaking Sram hubgear

Weird. You'd have thought they'd go for more gears not less. I disagree. I live in a hilly area and I would go for a wider usable gear range, particularly at the low end. I suspect providing fewer more widely spaced gears would help and probably make the component more robust compared to one with m...
by 7_lives_left
26 Feb 2013, 4:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I'm passionate about this post
Replies: 46
Views: 1467

Re: I'm passionate about this post

Regarding ugly corporate-speak buzz-words: one that really gets me frothing and steaming is 'excellence'. How about "World Class". This came from the managing director of a firm I used to work for. I think he was testing it out on us staff prior to using it on a customer. The products we ...