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by tatanab
20 Jan 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?
Replies: 29
Views: 857

Re: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?

The answer is perfectly clear. You need a frame with a longer headtube which raises the front of the top tube so that your bars fit underneath. The existing frame can be downgraded for hack use. An excuse for n+1.
by tatanab
19 Jan 2019, 2:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 3498

Re: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?

Are they similar in quality and performance? Thanks! I used Koolstop some years ago and still have some in places where I am using up ancient stock, so they are fitted to machines used locally. Somewhat more than 10 years ago I tried Swisstop and liked them, so they are on my better machines. Some ...
by tatanab
19 Jan 2019, 10:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France Touring
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: France Touring

From Narbonne 3 years ago I went Carcassonne, slightly north of Toulouse, through the Causse de Quercy, across the Lot, Tarn and Dordogne valleys crossing the Dordogne a little west of Bergerac, getting to the Atlantic coast a little north of La Rochelle, headed straight north to pass west of Nantes...
by tatanab
19 Jan 2019, 8:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Roadini
Replies: 97
Views: 3112

Re: Grant Petersen’s Rivendell Roadini

I'm late to the discussion, so forgive me If I'm talking nonsense....... I think a previous poster wants to use ergo bars similar to this shape with a quill stem. Again I may be wrong, but I don't think a quill stem could be 'threaded' around the bars to arrive at the centre section, as some of the...
by tatanab
18 Jan 2019, 8:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duke In Rollover
Replies: 408
Views: 12175

Re: Duke In Rollover

pwa wrote: it is a bit early to be attributing blame, but I suppose there is an obvious suspected cause of the accident, namely a car pulling out at the wrong time.
Illustration from a newspaper report
by tatanab
18 Jan 2019, 8:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duke In Rollover
Replies: 408
Views: 12175

Re: Duke In Rollover

Same as MickF, at 66. Night driving has been uncomfortable for a few years, typical middle aged eye reactions to lights. Consequently I try not to drive strange roads after dark - this does not seem to be an issue when cycling. I am aware that reaction times have deteriorated and I am aware that I h...
by tatanab
18 Jan 2019, 7:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duke In Rollover
Replies: 408
Views: 12175

Re: Duke In Rollover

Dazzled by the sun say the newspapers. To us that is a familiar and oft used excuse. Whilst I admire Prince Philip, I am sorry sir, but this time I have to wonder about a charge of careless driving.
by tatanab
16 Jan 2019, 10:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: cycling in the sixties
Replies: 28
Views: 779

Re: cycling in the sixties

For desirable clothing in the 1960s, see the early pages of Bike Riders Aids 1968 http://classiclightweights.net/united-kingdom/holdsworth/bike-riders-aids-1967-8/ This is when I started club riding (aged 16) and any clothing like this was a couple of years away from my pocket. For the first year or...
by tatanab
15 Jan 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Country mouse goes to the big city
Replies: 38
Views: 860

Re: Country mouse goes to the big city

Similar experience to Fausto, I live in a small town. A couple of years ago I went to the branch of Evans in Birmingham. The sheer numbers of people in the city centre was amazing and horrifying. I was very uncomfortable. Fortunately Evans is only about 200 yards from the station so I did not have f...
by tatanab
14 Jan 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: cycling in the sixties
Replies: 28
Views: 779

Re: cycling in the sixties

I started club riding (CTC) in 1968 aged 16. I had been solo riding for some years before that, primarily as an excuse to get out of the house on a Sunday. It was 2 or 3 years before I got my first 531 frame or a cotterless chainset, all passed down through the local riders.
by tatanab
14 Jan 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Donacelli Bikes
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: Donacelli Bikes

Dancelli? http://velobase.com/ViewBrand.aspx?Bran ... 018&From=T
If it is then there is more info on the internet.
by tatanab
11 Jan 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone else doing reliability rides over the winter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: Anyone else doing reliability rides over the winter?

Modern reliability rides are not like old CTC reliability rides e.g. 50 in 4 or 100 in 8, where you had a fairly narrow window of time in which to finish demonstrating your reliability by not finishing very early or late. My local club had its event last weekend. 50 miles, good weather, the first bu...
by tatanab
9 Jan 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Jaden Moodie
Replies: 144
Views: 7106

Re: Jayden Moody

From a different news report His helmet had been knocked 10ft. He was trapped under the wheel of the car. It was horrific. What sort of person rides a moped with a helmet undone? One who is used to taking it off to avoid police pursuit perhaps. Just another circumstantial point which makes people su...
by tatanab
9 Jan 2019, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2418

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Those examples are already very much lower geared than anything around when I started club riding, and also lower geared than my touring bikes until about 20 years ago. They are within a few inches of the bottom gear on my touring machines on which I go cycle camping (aged 66). So I would say the l...
by tatanab
9 Jan 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2418

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Those examples are already very much lower geared than anything around when I started club riding, and also lower geared than my touring bikes until about 20 years ago. They are within a few inches of the bottom gear on my touring machines on which I go cycle camping (aged 66). So I would say the lo...