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by flat tyre
13 Jan 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Had my first puncture today
Replies: 41
Views: 1742

Re: Had my first puncture today

It's a good idea to practise taking the wheel and tyre off and putting it all back on again at home, using the tools you carry on your ride. This avoids you having to work out what to do when stopped beside the road, often in less than ideal conditions. Also avoids finding out the hard way that the ...
by flat tyre
12 Jan 2019, 7:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good average speed to aim for??
Replies: 31
Views: 1450

Re: A good average speed to aim for??

How long is a piece of string. I'm not too bothered about my own average speed, but when I go out on my own I tend to set myself some challenges, eg no of feet climbed in the ride, overall distance or getting back home by a certain time.
by flat tyre
28 Dec 2018, 9:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Potholes again
Replies: 25
Views: 1022

Re: Potholes again

It's more than just repairing potholes properly. I was out on a 45 mile ride this morning and what I noticed was that in several places there were obvious signs of blocked rainwater drains, where water was flowing across the road, add to this heavy vehicles, the occasional deluge and a bit of ice an...
by flat tyre
25 Dec 2018, 10:49am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: How things have changed!
Replies: 4
Views: 7060

Re: How things have changed!

Still a long way to go in some areas - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46524148
by flat tyre
24 Dec 2018, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!

I used tubeless on my road bikes for about 18 months. The technology worked ok in that puncture related stops decreased significantly, but the tyres don't last very long on wet and muddy Hampshire lanes (less than 1500 miles). There's also a lot of faffing about required at home to make repairs to t...
by flat tyre
15 Dec 2018, 7:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheelbarrow inner tube 4/4.8 -8
Replies: 41
Views: 1461

Re: Wheelbarrow inner tube 4/4.8 -8

Good grief, it's a wheelbarrow not a touring bike! Solid tyre placement wheel £12 on Ebay. Perfect on my allotment wheelbarrow.
by flat tyre
10 Dec 2018, 2:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The whole CO2 inflator thing
Replies: 142
Views: 5522

Re: The whole CO2 inflator thing

The best inflator I've found for road tyres is the one by Genuine Innovations. It's lightweight and small with no flow regulator. A 16 g capsule gets a 25mm tyre up to over 90 psi in a second. You need to be careful not to hold the CO2 capsule as it inflates the tyre though, otherwise it ends up fro...
by flat tyre
9 Dec 2018, 3:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What to pack when riding my first road bike
Replies: 40
Views: 1682

Re: What to pack when riding my first road bike

Here's what I take: Multi tool 2 inner tubes Pump 2xCO2 cartridges and Genuine Innovations inflator (almost always use these instead of the pump) Tyre levers Emergency patches 1 pair disposal gloves Tyre boot Lock Lightweight packable waterproof jacket in case it rains or I get cold All of the above...
by flat tyre
4 Dec 2018, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: He wasn't in a Wange Wover
Replies: 113
Views: 12804

Re: He wasn't in a Wange Wover

Move along, nothing to see here, Daily Mail clickbait.
by flat tyre
3 Dec 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike cafés: a questionnaire
Replies: 80
Views: 2373

Re: Bike cafés: a questionnaire

Brucey wrote:offer 'cyclist packed lunches' which are wrapped and can be stuffed into a back pocket (thinks; do they know about Cornish pasties thereabouts...?)


Noooo Cornish pasty in back pocket...a disaster waiting to happen!
by flat tyre
3 Dec 2018, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike cafés: a questionnaire
Replies: 80
Views: 2373

Re: Bike cafés: a questionnaire

As far as I'm concerned; requirements for a cycling café are - cakes, coffee and tea plus plenty of water, quick lunches with carbs but not huge plates (e.g. macaroni cheese, quiche, bacon sarnie, filled baguettes/rolls), overflow seating area in case it gets busy, bike parking. Re the bike parking,...
by flat tyre
27 Nov 2018, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can the UK follow the Netherlands as a successful utility cycling country? - Student project.
Replies: 109
Views: 2725

Re: Can the UK follow the Netherlands as a successful utility cycling country? - Student project.

Notwithstanding the various considerations already mentioned, I'm wondering if topography is a serious factor in limiting cycle use. The Netherlands is predominantly flat, whereas large parts of the UK have hills of various shapes and sizes, making a short utility trip a fairly major effort in some ...
by flat tyre
27 Nov 2018, 9:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?
Replies: 37
Views: 1799

Re: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?

I haven't lost weight, though since I started age 4 ... yes I know other people have made that point. Cycling did, however, cure me of a horrible bout of depression in my late 50s. Better than any prescription, though there were a lot of miles involved. I don't know whether I have suffered from dep...
by flat tyre
25 Nov 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Single Pannier on the left or the right ?
Replies: 49
Views: 6228

Re: Single Pannier on the left or the right ?

I only use a pannier on my shopping bike and it's always on the left. This is because the kickstand is on the left and as long as the shopping load isn't too heavy the bike will stand quite well on the stand with the pannier.