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by OldGreyBeard
26 Jan 2016, 10:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

Even rear lights in the dark were introduced for additional visibility; they were not proposed as a new minimum standard, which is why the CTC was so resistant to them at the time.


I've heard that the CTC was opposed to compulsory rear lights before. Where can I find out more about this?
by OldGreyBeard
26 Jan 2016, 10:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

I have to say I'm not at all sure BUT drivers are just so unobservant. Perhaps flashing lights help and red ones are only used by bicycles.
The issue raised by drossal is valid: it becomes the norm and not having them is contributory negligence
by OldGreyBeard
26 Jan 2016, 10:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Daytime red flashing lights

I've noticed quite a few bikes with red flashing rear lights switched on in daytime. This is in good weather.
Is this becoming standard practice?
What do people think about it?
by OldGreyBeard
23 Dec 2015, 12:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

I did get the suggested AA to D convertors for the lights and they work fine with the old lights + LED bulbs. A big differnce to the weight as well. Two D cells weighs 302g but two AA + convertors weigh 104g. Rechargeable AA cells are much easier to find and cheaper than D versions plus my other lig...
by OldGreyBeard
13 Dec 2015, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

My Brompton has the AXA bottle dynamo and I changed the front light from a Basta 425 Halogen to a B&M LED with standlight. Works fine. Much brighter and it doesn't go out when you stop. Looking at the old halogen, a NL412 dynamo LED bulb from Reflectalite looks like the right one. However, you'd...
by OldGreyBeard
12 Dec 2015, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

Thanks for the link. My other lights use AA or AAA and rechargeable D batts are quite expensive. Much more costs effective as well as lighter to use as adapter
by OldGreyBeard
12 Dec 2015, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

Thanks for the advice re the AA to D convertor. The EverReady FrontGuard light plus batts weighs a massive 502g but the batts are 306g of that so worth using a lighter battery. I do remember cycle touring with this light and having to take a spare set of batts. You might wonder why I'm bothering wit...
by OldGreyBeard
11 Dec 2015, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

Of course changing the bulb does nothing for the weight. However I reckon I could use a AA to D convertor like this one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/d-battery-converter-4-pack-l65aq
by OldGreyBeard
11 Dec 2015, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

What I've found with the EverReady FrontGuard is that the filament bulb gives a more defined cross pattern. With the LED its more fuzzy although brighter. The Duracell front & rear lights work better. They have different lenses to each other. The rear one is more about even spread. The original ...
by OldGreyBeard
10 Dec 2015, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

I bought NL322 for the front light (both Duracell and EverReady Frontguard) and NL317R for the Duracell rear light. The EverReady is better made than its predecessor, which I still have (!) but the Duracell lights are very robust. The EverReady fits the light bracket on the front fork of my Galaxy. ...
by OldGreyBeard
10 Dec 2015, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1759

Re: Dynamo bulbs

I've bought some LED bulbs from Reflectalite for an Ever Ready FrontGuard and a couple of old Duracell lights (front & rear. The ones that lock to the bike). The bulbs arrived today and I am mightily impressed by the difference they make. Better with the Duracell lights as I think the lens is mo...
by OldGreyBeard
10 Nov 2015, 1:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton

I've done backpacking with a tent so its just the bike element I'm really adding. I reckon a loaded Brompton wouldn't be any wider than usual (I normally use the T Bag) and would certainly be narrower than the Galaxy with its panniers. I think everything would go in the T bag apart from a sleeping m...
by OldGreyBeard
10 Nov 2015, 10:27am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Pondering cycle camping on a Brompton

Hi one & all, I used to cycle tour a lot around 30 years ago and then got into long distance footpaths etc. Then work, children, family camping etc etc. Back in the 80s there were lots of Youth Hostels so I didn't cycle camp but now there are a great many fewer of them, mores the pity. I do have...
by OldGreyBeard
5 Sep 2013, 12:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 2808

Re: Hub gear bikes

I hadn't thought of a Moulton as the name makes me think "lovely but expensive"! Possibly not entirely true.

I do like the responsiveness of the Brompton so small wheels aren't all bad.
by OldGreyBeard
5 Sep 2013, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 2808

Re: Hub gear bikes

Basically I'd like: flat bars Rear pannier rack ability to tow a trailer - I have one of these already for going to the allotment etc hub dynamo mudguards! wheel size 26"/700C No need for: QR wheels disc brakes suspension I'm 5'8" with 30" inside leg and given my user name, male, 54 w...