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by tatanab
20 Sep 2020, 11:20am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Boardman says people riding bikes without helmets is “quite wonderful”
Replies: 26
Views: 976

Re: Boardman says people riding bikes without helmets is “quite wonderful”

Simple 1.motorists may view wearers of helmets with greater respect,reasoning that reckless rider without a helmet desrves less protection Yet we hear that helmet weares get closer pases because they are seen as"protected". 2.wearing a helmet make for a conspicuous rider Matt black helmet...
by tatanab
20 Sep 2020, 7:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you run a rear dynamo light from any Busch + Muller front dynamo light
Replies: 21
Views: 518

Re: Can you run a rear dynamo light from any Busch + Muller front dynamo light

Are you sure? 20awg can carry 5amps, more than enough for a rear light? In many applications the current capacity is irrelevant, it is voltage dropped due to the resistance of the wire that is a killer. 20AWG is roughly 10 milli ohms per foot. My background includes electrical installation requirem...
by tatanab
19 Sep 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 90
Views: 2717

Re: The whole glasses thing

Mine Optilabs are Driveware. Not sure that I'd pick them again, as they're tinted even in the dark. Difficult wearing them in the evenings or early mornings on the bike. I am absolutely certain that recently (within the last 4 or 5 years) the lens option for driving was marked as not suitable for s...
by tatanab
17 Sep 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9153

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

So why not learn to approach such provision with a bit more care, much as you would with cattle grids. Cattle grids run across the direction of travel and so are not a problem. These lines on the cycle part of the shared footway run along the direction of travel and so grab or guide a wheel. Riding...
by tatanab
15 Sep 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Pedals

Stick with what you've got, at the very least until you have some experience of them. Some years ago there was snobbery amongst "road" riders that anything that looked MTB (e.g SPD pedals) were definitely out. Thankfully that has faded. I use two bolt SPD style fixings everywhere and for e...
by tatanab
15 Sep 2020, 4:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 32
Views: 1223

Re: Operation Close Pass

Jdsk wrote:We called them "Swedish lollipops" and used them a lot in the 80s and 90s.
I remember them. I never saw anybody other than utility riders using them, and very very few at that.
by tatanab
14 Sep 2020, 2:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gear ratios, in inches
Replies: 43
Views: 1597

Re: Gear ratios, in inches

I've counted/calculated current gearing 46x13 , which gives about 90" , Which is as big or bigger than I used for time trials and track racing 40 years ago. Even then, I and my club mates favoured something around 65" for general club runs and touring. I still ride 65" (ish) on the r...
by tatanab
14 Sep 2020, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: dropped handlebar advice ...
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: dropped handlebar advice ...

i have brought a longer Cinelli 1A stem If this is a new/recent stem it will be 26mm diameter, so a common modern size. If an old one from the bottom of somebodies bit box it might be 26.4mm which may cause problems with fitment. Handlebars - I don't find any particular problem with changing machin...
by tatanab
14 Sep 2020, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA "post Covid"
Replies: 51
Views: 1961

Re: YHA "post Covid"

Ear plugs - Foam - depending on the shape of the ear cannel, I find that I cannot keep usual foam plugs in place, however these 3M E.A.R push in ones can be "screwed in" so stay in place and are the most effective ones I've used, including custom made ones https://www.3m.co.uk/3M/en_GB/com...
by tatanab
13 Sep 2020, 1:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gang of six-impact on Xmas
Replies: 210
Views: 4344

Re: Gang of six-impact on Xmas

And when Boris tells you to sacrifice your first born child to save us from C-19, after all thats what the science says, you sheeple will do it ..... No doubt your signing up as Covid Marshalls as i type .... The same "science" can be interpreted quite differently and essentially says &qu...
by tatanab
13 Sep 2020, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 90
Views: 2717

Re: The whole glasses thing

Peripheral vision - just in from 35 mixed roads miles with my Optilab Deltas during which I specifically tried to find any issues. Even at home, because the lenses are curved the frames are at the very limit of peripheral vision and I can barely make out the fuzzy shape if I try hard. it is very dif...
by tatanab
12 Sep 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 90
Views: 2717

Re: The whole glasses thing

Photochromatic are not a problem. I've been using them for 15 years and more. Absolutely clear after dark, and on a winter's day they darken a little to the outside observer but are perfectly for the user. Caveat - mine are from Optilabs and meant for cycling. Perhaps the horror stories are from len...
by tatanab
12 Sep 2020, 1:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 90
Views: 2717

Re: The whole glasses thing

Contact lenses - several decades ago (1994) I tried contact lenses after wearing specs for the previous 30+ years. Apart from ownership faff I found that there was a definite downside - that year I rode the raid Pyrenneen and found that with low climbing speed and dry air the outside of the lenses g...
by tatanab
11 Sep 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2020 Tour de France
Replies: 103
Views: 3755

Re: 2020 Tour de France

I went up Puy Mary with touring kit about 4 years ago, the same way up that they went. I remember it was fiercely hard with that long steep straight before the single hairpin bend. So I could really sympathise with the riders, especially those at the back. I also remember the sandwiches in the cafe ...
by tatanab
11 Sep 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: clothing
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: clothing

Sheet of brown paper or newspaper. Advantages are that they are generally free, disposable, bio degradable and low bulk for carrying. Works fine until a more substantial jacket is needed as temperatures drop.