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by cjchambers
2 Sep 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's it worth?
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: What's it worth?

Have a look at similar bikes on eBay. Most importantly, there are options on the left hand of the search to look at sold and completed listings. This is often quite telling as you can see what prices they didn't sell at. You'll probably find huge variations between sales, and unfortunately it will p...
by cjchambers
18 Jun 2018, 8:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to improve safety at a junction
Replies: 17
Views: 2929

Re: How to improve safety at a junction

Just had a look out of curiosity. The current cycle lane is an excellent example of infrastructure that encourages cyclists into dangerous situation. I would be terrified to ride that close to a kerb on approach to a junction and I certainly wouldn't pass give way markings so close . . . recipe for ...
by cjchambers
8 May 2018, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stems & Panniers
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Stems & Panniers

Another vote for Ortlieb - I have the Back Roller City. Incredibly high quality, and the quick release is an absolute dream. I am a 'single pannier' person and always 'pannier on the right' so I love that they're symmetrical - I can wear them out one at a time rather than amassing a collection of un...
by cjchambers
5 May 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tyre Pressures
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: Tyre Pressures

My car has two tyre pressures listed in the manual - 'Comfort' and 'Eco' (latter about 5psi higher than the former, if I recall correctly). After a few months of ownership I pumped them up to 'Eco' - no change to the fuel economy but it now steers much better. To my mind, they are either overinflate...
by cjchambers
12 Mar 2018, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Power Banks
Replies: 32
Views: 4459

Re: Power Banks

Be careful with the very cheap ones . . . they tend to have either over-stated capacity (as nirakaro mentions) but worse than that, some have poor charging control and can overcharge, overheat etc. EE gave away over a million cheap ones and ended up recalling them all at huge expense after someone g...
by cjchambers
9 May 2016, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2421

Re: Handy Roadside Bodges?

I just carry a cable. Hmm well so will I, now I've learned the error of my ways! Some good replies, folks :) I'm intrigued by this inner tube knotting trick. Hope I never have to try it. I heard a story (perhaps Apocryphal!) about a CTC tour of the highlands in the late 50's. Apparently someone hit...
by cjchambers
8 May 2016, 11:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1613
Views: 449636

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

smallforforum.jpg My Raleigh Pioneer-framed tourer still going strong. Original bike cost me £70, plus about £250 slowly upgrading wheels (Mavic Open Sport, Deore XT(F) and LX(R) hubs), brakes (Tektro CR720s), Saddle (Brooks Swift) fitting drops (Nitto B105). I must have been more than 10,000 miles...
by cjchambers
8 May 2016, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2421

Handy Roadside Bodges?

Anyone got any good roadside bodges to share? I think it's useful to have a mental library of these sorts of things because you never know when the unexpected will happen! Thought I would share this on the offchance it might help someone else out. Unbeknown to me, my rear gear cable has been fraying...
by cjchambers
2 May 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords bike sizing charts - are they relevant?
Replies: 13
Views: 9671

Re: Halfords bike sizing charts - are they relevant?

A flat bar hybrid with slick tyres is an enduringly sensible choice and would be adequate for the great majority of on-road cyclists who cycle for utility or easy-going pleasure riding. As Colin says, many of the most common questions on the forum are from people who bought a racing bike but would h...
by cjchambers
2 May 2016, 12:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old rear rack "Made in England"?
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: Old rear rack "Made in England"?

Welcome to the forum :) Two reasons to believe it's genuine: a) The lack of makers mark is not suspicious. Even nowadays, many things do not have the manufacturers name stamped on every component. This was even more true in the past - I've handled plenty of vintage car and bike parts, and I'd say pa...
by cjchambers
1 May 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First cuckoo of the year
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: First cuckoo of the year

Heard my first one today, west of Newbury on the Kennet and Avon canal.
by cjchambers
1 May 2016, 7:26pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Very disappointed with ITV4
Replies: 15
Views: 10600

Re: Very disappointed with ITV4

For those interested in this sort of thing, here is the offending TV uplink plane(s) up and about today . . . . the other plane you can see (A Socata TB20) was on a similar route and had a French registration, interestingly.

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by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 8:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Overloaded bike pics…
Replies: 22
Views: 1533

Re: Overloaded bike pics…

LollyKat wrote:The one that always amazes me is this one: imagine if he hit a pothole....ouch!

If he hit a pothole, he would fill it with bricks, thus fixing the pothole. He's a clearly some sort of roving genius highways engineer.
by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting

Try and orientate the lower anchoring hook so that the panniers mount/unmount in the vertical axis. This gives a nice result.... Thanks. I know exactly what you mean - my rack has no dogleg on the rear spar so it's more of a very steep diagonal descent than a vertical. I've been playing with the bo...
by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting

Thanks all for the reassurance! Sat down this morning in a more patient mood and have got them all in - sideways, as indicated in the instructions. I have also finally realised that it's Ortl lieb , not Ort ileb ! Very pleased with them - three times the price of the Lidl copies I'm putting to rest,...