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by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 443

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: 443

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,...
by cjchambers
2 Apr 2016, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's the next "Big Thing"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1194

Re: What's the next "Big Thing"?

Here's the latest offering of a wide range cassette (10 - 50) to enable a wide gear inch range on a single front ring. 10 years ago it was probably unimagined by most people I don't know about that . . . . 10 years ago, I was riding a single chainring with a Shimano 11-34 tourney megarange. On a 19...
by cjchambers
2 Apr 2016, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting

My beautiful new Ortileb Back Roller Classics come with an assortment of plastic inserts to accomodate rack rails of varying thickness. I am having great difficulties getting the inserts into the clips. The instructions seem to indicate they go in from the side: ortileb.jpg But this feels very diffi...
by cjchambers
2 Nov 2015, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why so many gears?
Replies: 54
Views: 1923

Re: Why so many gears?

Some of the combinations are not really intended to be used. Some of them are just very rarely used. It's no big deal.

I have a 3x7 setup and do 95% of my riding on the middle chainring ring. However, I couldn't do without 1x1 gear for the hills and the 3x7 for fast descents and tailwinds.
by cjchambers
18 Oct 2015, 9:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is Britain full?
Replies: 126
Views: 2591

Re: Is Britain full?

The south east of England is approaching full. Since this seems to be what many politicians/media types mean when they say 'Britain' . . . :roll:

Here is a map of the UK scaled according to population, from http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov ... index.html
popmap.jpg
by cjchambers
12 Oct 2015, 10:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 10 - Can I relax now?
Replies: 46
Views: 2613

Re: Windows 10 - Can I relax now?

I'd still wait. For me . . . W10 is the most unstable operating system I've used since Windows 98. I'm experiencing an average of one hard reset per week. Colour management seems to be controlled by some sort of virtual coin toss - sometimes it loads my calibration profile and sometimes it doesn't. ...
by cjchambers
1 Oct 2015, 6:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Shipping To USA
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Shipping To USA

There's a gocompare-type website for parcels, I always use it when I send unusual parcels - worth a look:

https://www.parcel2go.com/

Interestingly it was introduced to me by a bike shop (a distant LBS) when I needed to return some faulty goods to them.
by cjchambers
26 Sep 2015, 4:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Would left hand cars help cyclist?
Replies: 47
Views: 6606

Re: Would left hand cars help cyclist?

maxcherry wrote:Why are cars in the UK right hand drive ?

It dates back to medieval times - drivers of horse carts would sit on the right so that they could in could raise their whips without hitting overhanging timberframe buildings.
by cjchambers
26 Sep 2015, 4:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: GB v Johnny Foreigner
Replies: 55
Views: 2000

Re: GB v Johnny Foreigner

I was once electrocuted by a drill with a metal casing. Ouch! Did you ever find out why? Loose connection inside? Frayed lead? Damp? At first I assumed it was a bit of swarf causing a short circuit, but given that it shocked me for several terrifying seconds (4 or 5 maybe? until it leapt out of my ...
by cjchambers
26 Sep 2015, 10:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: GB v Johnny Foreigner
Replies: 55
Views: 2000

Re: GB v Johnny Foreigner

When my old Black&Decker drill (with metal casing) needed new brushes, the B&D repair centre refused to sell them to me because the drill wasn't double insulated. Luckily, a later - safer - model used the same brushes, so I was able to obtain them by pretending I had that type. I was once e...
by cjchambers
15 Sep 2015, 9:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: AI - should we worry?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: AI - should we worry?

Will AI take over the world? Probably not.

Will AI take all our jobs? Probably.
by cjchambers
6 Sep 2015, 12:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1609
Views: 445942

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

Seriously nice bike, Captain Slow. :D A nicely built-up LHT always tugs at my wallet-strings :oops:

I'm intrigued by your front light arrangement - is the clamp clamped directly onto the fork? Is it a non standard fork?
by cjchambers
16 Aug 2015, 6:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows Defender
Replies: 7
Views: 2628

Re: Windows Defender

There are independent tests done of antivirus software, and Windows Defender frequently comes at the bottom of them. Have a look here, for example: https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/ There is no need to spend money to get decent protection. Bitdefender is my personal (free) favourite...
by cjchambers
2 Aug 2015, 11:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New cycle lane seems dangerous - opinions please
Replies: 46
Views: 10074

Re: New cycle lane seems dangerous - opinions please

Yes, it introduces additional hazards not present to a rider just riding on the road as normal. Standard on nearly all of these shoddy 'pavement-to-cycle-path' conversions. You are unlikely to have any luck challenging it and will just have to wait until all of the paint wears off. Plenty more examp...