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by dan_b
23 Jan 2009, 12:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cylists
Replies: 39
Views: 3564

Maybe it's different in London, but I've never in my life seen a cyclist riding on the middle of the road. It's not all that different in London, no - at least in the bits I ride through (zone 1 and some bits surrounding). The only cyclists I see riding along the white lines are (a) overtaking stop...
by dan_b
19 Jan 2009, 3:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear levers for SRAM Dual Drive...
Replies: 4
Views: 646

The SRAM dualdrive I have is specced for the Xn derailleur mechs with 1:1 cable pull ratio (X5,X9,X0 etc) - shimano mechs won't work with the dualdrive twist shifter, and presumably vice versa. I think the pitch on the cassette itself is standard, though (we're running a sram pg-930, which afaik the...
by dan_b
15 Jan 2009, 1:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 17
Views: 1788

I'm in two minds. As an old-school linux curmudgeon, I do think the current crop of "user-friendly" distributions have diluted what made it special - the setup I have on my personal machines has changed only incrementally in 15 years and is still command-line orientated (it's faster when y...
by dan_b
14 Jan 2009, 5:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most useless purchase ever?
Replies: 83
Views: 8473

I've got a buff, I found it worked quite well to keep my neck warm during the recent cold snap.
by dan_b
14 Jan 2009, 3:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hokey Spokes...hummmm?
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Shame they don't fit to 20" wheels, or I'd get some for our brox
by dan_b
14 Jan 2009, 12:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: might never happen
Replies: 45
Views: 2979

Carbon forks disintegrating is my favourite. For that matter, tyre blowouts on descents worry me.
by dan_b
13 Jan 2009, 1:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Have Sussex Police got it wrong?
Replies: 66
Views: 6355

AllanJ wrote:Possibly, but with a GPS on your wrist it'll experience higher peak speeds than your body as your arms swing

Is what I had in mind, yes
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by dan_b
13 Jan 2009, 10:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

The difference is that on many (if not all, I don't know) shared use paths, the walkers do have priority. Which doesn't mean we can't all be courteous about it - and I'm sure you are - but it's worth keeping in mind that we're there on sufferance, rather than by actual right as we are on the roads. ...
by dan_b
13 Jan 2009, 10:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Have Sussex Police got it wrong?
Replies: 66
Views: 6355

That's interesting, and probably accounts for some of the wildly optimistic max speeds I used to get with a wrist-mounted gps unit.
by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most useless purchase ever?
Replies: 83
Views: 8473

I did the el530->fenix upgrade too, when my el530 spontaneously stopped working

I don't think the el530 was a bad light (although, I concur, the bracket was rubbish), but it's so far outclassed by the newer technology LEDs I really wouldn't get one again.
by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 8:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most useless purchase ever?
Replies: 83
Views: 8473

Mick F wrote:Words cannot describe the uselessness of this.

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I see you and raise you this (the pump, not the scales)
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Still, at least it's light, hey?
by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 7:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

I'm not a big fan of the bell. Too many cyclists in shared-use areas seem to use it to say "get out of my way, I mistakenly believe I have priority" rather than "I am approaching you and will pass you with care when it is safe to do so" and I'd rather not be associated with that ...
by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 7:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

I think the public would be better protected if the "not a complete bike" loophole were closed, but one could still buy a non-conforming bike by agreement, by putting one's signature to a list of those aspects of said bicycle that deviate from the approved specification, such as brakes co...
by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 7:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

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by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: CTC Water Bottles
Replies: 5
Views: 554

I use Milton sterilising fluid on my collection of drinks bottles. Don't know if that helps you with yours or if it's already too far gone.