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by tatanab
23 Aug 2020, 10:27am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 866
Views: 60402

Re: Record attempt scheduled

GBR aren't interested in "firsts" as it isn't a record. If you're the second, you could beat the "first" and therefore establish a record. Fair enough, she is to establish a record by beating a target set by Guinness. Article in Portsmouth Evening News about her and GBR https://...
by tatanab
23 Aug 2020, 10:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1850

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

Find out exactly what you want. If you're happy with what you have now, but just wand a new frame, get one made to the same dimensions and you'll know it'll fit. Exactly. That was Dave Yates advice. Bring in a bike that fits you well and start from there. I did that on a frame building course - I w...
by tatanab
23 Aug 2020, 7:13am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 866
Views: 60402

Re: Record attempt scheduled

I read about that in the newspaper a week or so ago. She discovered that there is no recorded record for the end to end and return by a woman. This is a "record" attempt to meet Guinness Book of Records criteria. Like the RRA (Road Records Association), where there is no existing record a ...
by tatanab
23 Aug 2020, 7:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1850

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

I've had many over the years, probably more than 20 (Edit - having thought about it I count 9) with the first custom frame was in 1972. Too many to answer your questions. My advice might be to go to a local builder, somebody you can eyeball and talk to. The frame builder will have ideas about what t...
by tatanab
22 Aug 2020, 9:29am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Perverse Results
Replies: 43
Views: 858

Re: Perverse Results

Oldjohnw wrote:Universities will have to do a lot of catch up work for state students who have missed a while term of work.
Why? The last several weeks before exams is surely primarily revision.
by tatanab
20 Aug 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Favourite Bike of All Time?
Replies: 21
Views: 1515

Re: Favourite Bike of All Time?

Has it got three front wheels? No. The rear hubs are specific to the make of axle. They have a hexagon that mates with a hex on the drive shaft. It hasn't got a rear brake? Paragraph 9 of the Construction and use Act 1983 allows lightweight trikes to dispense with rear braking but retain redundancy...
by tatanab
18 Aug 2020, 1:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bending mudguard stays makes them weaker?
Replies: 30
Views: 876

Re: Bending mudguard stays makes them weaker?

If in doubt, try Flinger mudguard stays. They are kinked to stay clear of a disc. They come straight back from the forks for several inches before being kinked to head towards the mudguard. They are also thicker than normal which means you might have to make the hole in your mudguard fittings bigger...
by tatanab
18 Aug 2020, 9:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Back To School Essentials
Replies: 22
Views: 628

Re: Back To School Essentials

Hi, Have I missed a couple of posts? What the heck is "Going Postal" supposed to mean?? In the 90s (perhaps 80s) there was a rash of US postal workers going berserk in their depots and shooting a lot of their co-workers. As a result, "going postal" became the term for anybody ru...
by tatanab
17 Aug 2020, 5:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Back on the road advice
Replies: 12
Views: 571

Re: Back on the road advice

Just do it, shortish distances at first. You have the recent memory of what it feels like and how you might respond so just get out and enjoy it.
by tatanab
17 Aug 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Hand brake adaptions
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Hand brake adaptions

... one must have a hand-brake but there is no obligation to use it Which regulation mandates a hand brake, please? Paragraph 7 Construction & Use Act 1983. Admittedly it does not dictate a hand brake so some other operating system would comply, but I cannot readily imagine one that is on the m...
by tatanab
17 Aug 2020, 2:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing headset cups and headbadge
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Removing headset cups and headbadge

In the absence of the right tools, which few of us would have, cups can be removed by gentle use of a hammer and drift/rod/screwdriver. Head badge rivets can be drilled out but replacing them may be more difficult than expected. If the frame is to be professionally resprayed I would expect the compa...
by tatanab
17 Aug 2020, 1:01pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Hand brake adaptions
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Hand brake adaptions

I ride a cruiser with a coaster brake but with no hand brakes - naughty I know! Naughty does not come close - illegal. If in doubt of the potential consequences look at the case of Charlie Alliston. You are required to have a front brake - whether you have the capability of using it is another matt...
by tatanab
15 Aug 2020, 10:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: saddle bag for ultralight touring
Replies: 26
Views: 1324

Re: saddle bag for ultralight touring

I fear that the Camper Longflap would be too big, and would affect the handling too much You don't have to fill it and the additional volume might be useful at some point. I find the additional height of the sidepockets on the Campers particularly useful. The tent bag's diameter is some 12 cm, and ...
by tatanab
12 Aug 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1036

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

Import duty is only paid on new items sent by courier. If you bring it on a flight as part of your luggage there is no duty. Not true. If you have bought something in the USA and owned it less than 6 months then duty "should" be paid. A friend bought a very expensive target spotting scope...
by tatanab
12 Aug 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Higher cadence bouncing in saddle (fixed)
Replies: 32
Views: 994

Re: Higher cadence bouncing in saddle (fixed)

Practice. I started riding fixed over 50 years ago and recall some bouncing. That faded with experience. For many years I rode fixed exclusively so became adept at pedalling rapidly, I could touch but not sustain 200rpm. These days I would be uncomfortable at 150. The other thing I did at high revs ...