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by PW
2 Mar 2012, 11:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has 'Peak Car' arrived?
Replies: 92
Views: 20294

Re: Has 'Peak Car' arrived?

The oil itself is there a'plenty but there's a hitch.... There used to be loads of pressure to push it to the surface, either from gas or underground aquifers where the oil was nearer the surface. As it gets deeper and the individual oilfields smaller then energy (yes that's from oil....) has to be ...
by PW
2 Mar 2012, 11:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist awareness training for HGV drivers
Replies: 7
Views: 6710

Re: Cyclist awareness training for HGV drivers

It's universal I think. Most wagon drivers around Chesterfield/N. Derbys are great even in rush hour conditions, and I personally have no bother with buses either (but I'm KNOWN!). Skip drivers all seem to have umarried parents!
by PW
2 Mar 2012, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine Di2; lost the plot?
Replies: 85
Views: 13452

Re: Alfine Di2; lost the plot?

The whole idea of a modern hubgear is reliability and low servicing costs/intervals. You're right Bruce, they've got this one around their necks. :roll:
by PW
2 Mar 2012, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo front mech options
Replies: 29
Views: 4500

Re: Shimergo front mech options

That chainset has a nice 12T jump between outer and middle rings, so it'll take a current Shimano mtb front mech. It's chainsets with a 10T gap which need the road triple to avoid the inner cage plate hitting the middle ring. So stick an LX or similar on it and you shouldn't have a problem. For thos...
by PW
2 Mar 2012, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hi everyone
Replies: 44
Views: 1971

Re: Hi everyone

Whether a touring bike is expensive depends on how you do it and over how long. I've run, typically, 3 bikes for the past 30 odd years, and been car free for about that, which is my justification. If one of us needs a bike I can get the frame made to measure for £600 ish depending on tubing (Edison ...
by PW
1 Mar 2012, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2106

Re: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

With a Schmidt you'd get that vibration at slow speed on a work stand as the poles go past the magnets but it feels smooth as silk on the road.
by PW
29 Feb 2012, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this bike beyond repair?
Replies: 22
Views: 1727

Re: Is this bike beyond repair?

When the wife got hit I scrapped a Dawes Horizon 501 frame with less damage than that. Most of the parts went in the cannibal bin for building winter irons. I coughed up £600 for a 725 made to measure but if I'd been skint it would have been an old frame with the Dawes bits on it.
by PW
29 Feb 2012, 7:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: mobile phone and music/touring
Replies: 10
Views: 1056

Re: mobile phone and music/touring

The mobile gets charged before I go and switched on for incoming calls 7 - 8pm every night. It'll last 3 weeks at that. The other thing is a radio with L/W on it for the cricket, news and weather forecast and maybe R2 fm if I'm feeling musical. A packet of Duracells in the barbag takes no space and ...
by PW
29 Feb 2012, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo bearings front wheel
Replies: 20
Views: 2739

Re: Campagnolo bearings front wheel

The cup races last years. I've had 60,000 out of a set of Tipo hubs. The cones are the sacrificial bit because when a ball splits the flat edge grids them to bits. I think Mick will confirm that Mercian in Derby are the best source for spares.
by PW
29 Feb 2012, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bicycle stand for garage/shed
Replies: 28
Views: 2668

Re: bicycle stand for garage/shed

Cheapskate solution, a row of small nails along the shed wall top beam, hook the front wheel/bars to it via bungee straps and leave the back wheel on the floor, possibly with a brick or something to scotch it. Takes no space, costs now't ant the bikes are easy to get down when you want to use them.
by PW
29 Feb 2012, 9:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!
Replies: 41
Views: 9539

Re: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!

If the lights have a detector box on top there's a 50% chance it's infra red. (May also be Doppler Radar). The I/R ones can be switched with a TV remote or a halogen headlight aimed high. :wink:
Dopplers sometimes react to being waved at but don't bet the house on it.
by PW
28 Feb 2012, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Searching for old Sakae / SR Chainset
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Re: Searching for old Sakae / SR Chainset

I've got one in the shed but the teeth are worn out. Some of these are bolted together, others are swaged. If it's one of the latter it's a bin job. One of Spa's Stronglights with a Shimano B/B cartridge is probably the best bet. They'll know the axle lengths, but I should avoid the Stronglight B/B ...
by PW
26 Feb 2012, 7:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticky Stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Sticky Stuff

I removed some frame name stickers with the wife's hairdryer. :wink:
by PW
26 Feb 2012, 7:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: French thread HS - Fool me once...
Replies: 21
Views: 1458

Re: French thread HS - Fool me once...

The Surrender Monkey phrase is popular in certain British military circles I'm familiar with. :lol: Especially after they threatened to pull out of Afghan not long back. Stronglight chainsets are good stuff - mostly Sugino anyway. It's the bottom brackets and those steel 24t granny rings you need to...
by PW
26 Feb 2012, 7:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain breaking stress
Replies: 9
Views: 1008

Re: Chain breaking stress

5dr Disco 200TDi; family heirloom for 20 years now.... bit old and slow, but runs sweeter now (105K) than it did for the first 60K. Apparently they (zer chermans in zer Bosch factory) shipped the injectors with a preserving fluid coating that didn't dissolve in diesel .... :roll: so the two-stage i...