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by drossall
29 Feb 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ever ready bike light
Replies: 72
Views: 2742

Re: Ever ready bike light

... which is why we used to push a piece of carboard between the batteries, to stop them moving. That's what we did, quite successfully. The plastic-generation Never Readys were pretty reliable if you did that. I do recall, though, someone (Richard's Bicycle Book? Maybe.) publishing a piece pointin...
by drossall
27 Feb 2020, 10:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...
Replies: 587
Views: 22831

Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Mike Sales wrote:
Sweep wrote:
francovendee wrote:Oh the days of Ever Ready lamps. Often when you needed to use one it didn't work. Open it up and you'd find an 'orrible mess from the leaky batteries

The French Pile Wonder lamps were pretty ropey.

Most people I knew ended up buying Wonder because Ever Ready never were.
by drossall
27 Feb 2020, 10:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...
Replies: 587
Views: 22831

Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Oldjohnw wrote:https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/eveready-rechargeable-bike-lights-2pk-349098

They are called "Professional series". With a few honorable exceptions, sports equipment called "Professional" should not be touched even by a beginner. Not a good start.
by drossall
21 Feb 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: differences in chainring BCD.
Replies: 48
Views: 1408

Re: differences in chainring BCD.

Most modern chainsets seem to have a racing heritage. Anything that will only take a ring of 40T or larger. And I'd have thought the lack of standardisation was lack of incentive. Most manufacturers have been catering for a racing and derivative market for decades, at least where doubles are concern...
by drossall
17 Feb 2020, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 1124

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

alexnharvey wrote:It would be interesting to see the original article or post that compared several bike fit methods.

There was one in the comic a few years back that produced the same conclusion - different results from different bike fits.
by drossall
17 Feb 2020, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 1124

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

But was that a modern bike fit, or a traditional experienced eye? Sounds like the latter.
by drossall
16 Feb 2020, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 1124

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

For the same reason as you, I wonder whether it's really better than the traditional option of joining a club and letting the more experienced riders advise you.
by drossall
15 Feb 2020, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

Re: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?

I started with a Simplex plastic gear. When it failed, I don't recall how, I got a Svelto instead. I don't remember much problem with it, but then at that point I had no experience of anything better. Then I upgraded to Shimano 600s when those were new on the scene.
by drossall
13 Feb 2020, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SunTour 'New Winner' freewheel; state of the art in 1978
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: SunTour 'New Winner' freewheel; state of the art in 1978

I've still got a tool for taking apart Suntour (?) freewheels. Can't remember now exactly how it works. This one.

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Also on Sheldon, near the bottom.
by drossall
8 Feb 2020, 8:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ancient cycling sign in Chester
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

Re: ancient cycling sign in Chester

So where's that, is it it's original home, and of what should we be cautious? :D
by drossall
7 Feb 2020, 10:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ancient cycling sign in Chester
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

Re: ancient cycling sign in Chester

Bmblbzzz wrote:Ditto! Any photos?

Sadly no. A bunch of us started riding as Venture Scouts. I took quite a few black and white photos in those days, but they've disappeared somewhere. Quite soon, we joined the South Lancashire Road Club, now defunct, and rode with them all over Cheshire and the Derbyshire Peaks.
by drossall
7 Feb 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ancient cycling sign in Chester
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

Re: ancient cycling sign in Chester

Brilliant. I did all my early cycling round there, but I think I only passed it once. It's just stuck in my mind as an early memory. I tried to spot it on Street View just now and missed it.
by drossall
7 Feb 2020, 9:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ancient cycling sign in Chester
Replies: 22
Views: 4003

Re: ancient cycling sign in Chester

Slightly off-topic, but reminds me of the CTC's dangerous hill signs. I remember seeing one on the descent to the A54 from North Rode, in about 1976, which was still a long time for it to survive. Imagine it's gone now though.
by drossall
7 Feb 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1880

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

Will mobile phone repair shops undertake this kind of thing? They appear to have the skills. The one near us seems pretty reliable - I know there are some cowboys around, but there are some good ones too.
by drossall
27 Jan 2020, 7:56pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Locking Old Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Locking Old Posts

I've seen a fair number of discussions revived to very good effect, and not noticed any problems with out of date information. In fact (admittedly on a different cycling forum), I've just contributed to a thread that has been revived several times over a decade. Far better than starting again. So an...