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by tatanab
20 Nov 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Motorcycle users group, seriously !
Replies: 83
Views: 2129

Re: Motorcycle users group, seriously !

There were several reasons I disliked the BMW R80 which I had for a year, a tool for a job. My R80 had RT bars so I was sitting almost bolt upright, like a monkey riding a camel. Bear in mind that I was used to a rather more tucked position with British café racers then a Ducati Monster. I disliked ...
by tatanab
20 Nov 2018, 8:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Motorcycle users group, seriously !
Replies: 83
Views: 2129

Re: Motorcycle users group, seriously !

I did the Hardly Dangerous thing the wrong way around ie in my early 20s not late 40s :wink: I was coerced into buying an 883 Sportster which was a total waste of time so I swapped it for a 1200 Sportster after a couple of weeks.....which was no faster,no better at stopping and generally as bad as ...
by tatanab
19 Nov 2018, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bikes as good as they were?
Replies: 77
Views: 3099

Re: Are bikes as good as they were?

Do you know how many specialized tools you would need to install and service a cup/cone BB? None. As a schoolboy I used to do this with a hammer, screwdriver as a punch, and my dad's stilsons if I wanted to shift the fixed cup. Try doing that with your Shimano style unit. Of course that was in the ...
by tatanab
18 Nov 2018, 7:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Motorcycle users group, seriously !
Replies: 83
Views: 2129

Re: Motorcycle users group, seriously !

Anyone a member of the triumph owners motorcycle club ? https://www.tomcc.org/ I was back in the 80s. I had cafe racerised 500 and a 750 Triton. After that I had Ducati, Guzzi and a bike I really did not like - a BMW R80. I've had nothing since 2001, no need, no use, it would be a very seldom used ...
by tatanab
17 Nov 2018, 1:32pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Cycling Club Names, Z - A
Replies: 38
Views: 2780

Re: Cycling Club Names, Z - A

We have a local cycling group who call themselves 'The Wheezers'. Their strapline is 'A drinking club with a cycling disorder' Much like the Slob CC. We peaked at 4 members, but we were CTT (RTTC in those days) affiliated and we did compete. We were all members of other clubs as well. This was our ...
by tatanab
16 Nov 2018, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle

I've posted a few times that I have 5 of them because they suit me straight out of the box. I've been using them for 7 or 8 years now so have some that have seen considerable use and some that have had very little, but I can jump on and ride any of them perfectly happily. Supple - just like any leat...
by tatanab
16 Nov 2018, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these (mystery, unidentified, Ebay frames) are any good?
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: If these (mystery, unidentified, Ebay frames) are any good?

Brucey wrote:Is it my imagination or is there a braze-on low down on the back of the seat tube?
There being no bridge between the chainstays, I think this is probably a mounting point for a mudguard. This is something that Salmon did on some short wheelbase frames back in the 90s.
by tatanab
15 Nov 2018, 3:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ministers etc resigning
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Ministers etc resigning

A serious question What happens when a minister resigns? Are they just resigning the post of minister and falling back to being an elected MP or do they go off and stack shelves? If an MP resigns I guess there is no fall back except to go and flip burgers. In each case do they have to serve an exten...
by tatanab
14 Nov 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 60
Views: 2293

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

5 of my 8 machines have Gilles Berthoud Aspin.
by tatanab
13 Nov 2018, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Standard versus compact gears
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: Standard versus compact gears

Assuming "standard" means" 42 small front and "compact" means a 34. You already have a low gear, going lower will/may make the climbing easier but also slower - unless you put more effort in. So the other guys will pass you just the same. As irc suggests - tend to the engine...
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 57
Views: 1971

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

KM2 wrote: I would see this as a way of illuminating the cyclist.
I suspect it would have to be rather bright to show the shape of the rider. This would the cast a shadow ahead, just like riding in company when the rider behind has a hyper light.
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano 7 & 8 sp sprocket spacing
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: shimano 7 & 8 sp sprocket spacing

As further evidence that it works, I have some old Deore thumbshifters with 7 marked positions, but also an 8th unmarked.
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 57
Views: 1971

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

Sounds similar to the front light that also illuminates the front of the rider by a wash of light backwards. This was on the market only a year or so ago and may still be so. Why shine lights onto reflective patches? Isn't that what motor vehicle lights will do much more effectively?
by tatanab
11 Nov 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kissing Gates
Replies: 46
Views: 1188

Re: Kissing Gates

As I said in my OP, this was seen as an issue for those with electric bikes and the new to cycling/us older folk - we are supposed to be encouraging new cyclists not putting up barriers! From dim memory, it is about 8 years since I used that junction, the horse bypass is only on the side of the roa...
by tatanab
11 Nov 2018, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pashley rear brake cable
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Pashley rear brake cable

The torque arm from the brake should be fixed in that slotted rectangular bracket. The torque arm is the black bracket now at the rear of the bike. The black lever that is now pointing upright is the brake actuation lever to which your cable should attach. This lever should hang down more or less ve...