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by cjchambers
19 May 2009, 6:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Single carriage way same speed limit as single country lane?
Replies: 40
Views: 1184

Re: Single carriage way same speed limit as single country lane?

people in these parts seem to think the speed limit is simultaneously the statutory minimum!


I know exactly what you mean - as well as on small roads, it's quite obvious in bad weather too. Note to drivers - putting your wipers on 'super fast' doesn't turn your car into a hovercraft! :roll:
by cjchambers
17 May 2009, 6:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Etape Caledonia vandalised
Replies: 106
Views: 10326

Re: Etape Caledonia vandalised

Hmm I'm unconvinced this was an 'anti-cycling' action. To me, it appears more like an 'anti-huge-sporting-event-descending-on-my-home-town' action. Dangerous, wrong, ill-thought-out, probably counter-productive, but not an attack on cyclists in general.
by cjchambers
30 Apr 2009, 9:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Spot the road hump game
Replies: 16
Views: 1473

Re: Spot the road hump game

That's pretty bad! I had to look quite hard. I came across an interesting variation on the 'camouflaged hump' problem lately . . . . . the entrance to Hamsterley Forest (in County Durham) has two speed bumps at the entrance to the visitor centre, only about 2m apart. The second bump is easy to spot,...
by cjchambers
13 Apr 2009, 11:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I am a disgrace!
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

Re: I am a disgrace!

I had a similar experience recently, although it was a combination of lack of tools and feeble forearms! I met two girls pushing their pink/purple, heavy, full suspension mountain bikes on a shared user path - they asked me for help, and it transpired that one of their chains had jumped off the smal...
by cjchambers
6 Apr 2009, 11:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Silliest Comment You've Had...
Replies: 76
Views: 4085

Re: The Silliest Comment You've Had...

My favourite is:

"Your wheels are going 'round!" (accompanied by lots of frantic pointing at the wheels)
by cjchambers
30 Mar 2009, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Computer Accuracy
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Computer Accuracy

I've found I can get very accurate calibration by doing a 'Rollout test', as described at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/cyclecomputer-calibration.html#rollout . This takes into account many of the variables including tyre pressure and rider weight. There's loads of other advice on cyclecomputer calibr...
by cjchambers
26 Feb 2009, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: lidl
Replies: 85
Views: 8441

I've already spotted a pair of Lidl panniers on eBay at almost exactly twice the price! No wonder there's none left for the honest bargain hunters!
by cjchambers
25 Feb 2009, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Youtube/photobucket cycling videos-how to improvce quality??
Replies: 3
Views: 246

It's a common problem . . . . . . Streaming video services like Youtube work by sending the pictures down your internet connection bit by bit, while the video is still running - if you have a slower connection, the data doesn't get to your computer fast enough to keep up with playback, so it stops. ...
by cjchambers
21 Sep 2008, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flashing/Rotating Orange Lights
Replies: 57
Views: 5023

A blue one on the front would certainly be useful for causing great anxiety to dangerous drivers! Until you came across a policeman, of course! I use a 12V 7 amp-hour Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery. (think 'house brick'). Its main job is to power a 20W halogen bulb mounted on the handlebars. The des...
by cjchambers
21 Sep 2008, 7:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flashing/Rotating Orange Lights
Replies: 57
Views: 5023

If anyone likes the idea of a flashing rear light for a 12v system, these are excellent: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=2041 Just make sure you get the RED version, not the BLUE!! Originally designed for house alarms, and easily brighter than any LED flasher I've ever seen!
by cjchambers
19 Jul 2008, 12:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle Shock!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2220

If the tops are deforming, is it perhaps that riders accustomed to plastic saddles don't know that leather saddles should be kept dry? I strongly suspect this is the cause in some cases - I regularly see Brooks saddles (usually quite new-looking B17s and B72s) left out in the rain. Brings a tear to...
by cjchambers
16 Jul 2008, 8:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Corrected Fork Neccesary?
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

This uses the same frame but has fixed forks which are not suspension corrected. Ahhh . . . well spotted - thanks :) By the looks of it, the trailfinder has a pretty much horizontal top tube compared to the Cuillin, so that'll be a good starting point. how much travel is in your current forks? A me...
by cjchambers
15 Jul 2008, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Corrected Fork Neccesary?
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

Thanks DaveP :)

Hmm - considering how expensive suspension corrected forks are, I think I may just leave it alone and put up with the heavy suspension!
by cjchambers
14 Jul 2008, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Corrected Fork Neccesary?
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

Suspension Corrected Fork Neccesary?

Hi, I'm considering replacing the Suntour XC60 suspension fork on my bike with a rigid fork. (Bike is a '05 Edinburgh Revolution Cuillin) Do I really need a 'suspension corrected fork', or is this just marketing hype? Does anyone have any idea what geometry issues might arise if I just use a 'normal...
by cjchambers
2 Jul 2008, 2:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Helmets - useful or waste of money?
Replies: 137
Views: 14599

I saw this in my local paper today, and instantly thought of this thread. Cleveland Mountain Rescue seem to have made up their minds on the issue . . . . link shortened I personally think that they're probably right, and that for MTBers in particular, helmets are probably a good idea. However, it so...