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by Navara
16 Aug 2020, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10139

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

I was reviewing gravel bikes to see how they compare to my dawes 1-Down, thinking other King Alfreds Way soon to open. What I found not a single steel framed bike, most were carbon fibre and alloy. That surprised me with all the knocks that the bike would have to take I have an Aluminum CX and I ri...
by Navara
15 Aug 2020, 11:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Be careful what you tell Siri
Replies: 52
Views: 1288

Re: Be careful what you tell Siri

Mick F wrote:Prove it.
I'm not paranoid at all, so don't please don't think I am.

Some of your posts suggest the contrary :wink:
by Navara
15 Aug 2020, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aero bar help...
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Aero bar help...

If you are very careful you shouldn't have to bleed the hoses after cutting.I've cut many a Shimano hose on MTBs and never had to bleed.I'm assuming it's the same for Road brakes.If you do need to bleed you need a specific Shimano road bleed kit.Epic bleed do them.You will need new olives/barbs as t...
by Navara
15 Aug 2020, 11:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10139

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

Why would anyone WANT a bike that lasts for years? I just get bored. You just don't "get it". :wink: Do you buy a bike just to sell it later, so you have to consider depreciation? Most(?) of us buy a bike and keep it. My Mercian was first built up in 1986 and has gone through many transfo...
by Navara
15 Aug 2020, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10139

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

Not used a ludicrously light carbon frame, do not want to I understand they can suddenly fail in various ways Anything can suddenly fail in various ways.Almost everyone I ride with and have ridden with over the last 6 or 7 years ride carbon bikes.I don't recall any failures.I would really like to k...
by Navara
14 Aug 2020, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1080

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

It's one of those "illegal" things that most,IMO,do.Be it fags,booze,jewellery or whatever if we can get it in we do.It doesn't really make us smugglers or like drug dealers :roll: It makes us Human. What makes you think most people do it? I know I don't and I'm sure many others don't, an...
by Navara
13 Aug 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1080

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

What you are proposing is illegal. You intend to smuggle items with the intent of avoiding duty. Lots of things are "technically" illegal.1000s if not 100,000s of us would be in prison for "smuggling" if caught.It's one of those "illegal" things that most,IMO,do.Be it ...
by Navara
13 Aug 2020, 10:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1080

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

Import duty is only paid on new items sent by courier. If you bring it on a flight as part of your luggage there is no duty. Not true. If you have bought something in the USA and owned it less than 6 months then duty "should" be paid. A friend bought a very expensive target spotting scope...
by Navara
12 Aug 2020, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1080

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

Import duty is only paid on new items sent by courier. If you bring it on a flight as part of your luggage there is no duty. I know a couple of people who have taken a cheap £20 bike in their bikebox to the States when holidaying there specifically to buy a new bike there and avoid import duty :wink...
by Navara
12 Aug 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Headache after rides
Replies: 47
Views: 1577

Re: Headache after rides

Cyril Haearn wrote:In really hot bright weather I think it is best to stay at home


Possibly but as those days are few and far between some like to make the most of them :wink:
by Navara
12 Aug 2020, 9:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?
Replies: 109
Views: 2195

Re: Sea cruises: Why? Why not?

It is probably the most environmentally destructive holiday you can possibly take - it is something like 4x as much co2 per passenger mile than a airliner, they're a total nightmare. We point this out to our resident preachy environmentalist at work every year when he goes on one.His response?He of...
by Navara
12 Aug 2020, 9:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Public Footpaths - cycling?
Replies: 189
Views: 6064

Re: Public Footpaths - cycling?

I do stand firm and challenge, but from my own observations most don't. And it isn't because they are happy to meet an MTB on a narrow path, it is because the oncoming 65cm wide handlebars, waving from side to side as they approach, invite other path users to get out of the way. 65cm? They were con...
by Navara
11 Aug 2020, 4:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.
Replies: 113
Views: 2976

Re: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.

Not a good start! https://uk.yahoo.com/news/britains-first-dutch-style-roundabout-182625386.html Closed after a driver hits a beacon and drives off :roll: Not that good an article either. The incident happened 12 days ago, before the roundabout was properly opened. The novel design of the roundabou...
by Navara
11 Aug 2020, 9:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.
Replies: 113
Views: 2976

Re: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.

Not a good start! https://uk.yahoo.com/news/britains-first-dutch-style-roundabout-182625386.html Closed after a driver hits a beacon and drives off :roll: Alternative less snoopy link https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/10/britains-first-dutch-style-roundabout-closes-repair-works-car/ I don't ...
by Navara
11 Aug 2020, 8:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.
Replies: 113
Views: 2976

Re: Fendon Road Roundabout, Cambridge.

Not a good start!
https://uk.yahoo.com/news/britains-firs ... 25386.html
Closed after a driver hits a beacon and drives off :roll: