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by tatanab
2 Feb 2020, 7:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1074

Re: Mont St Michel ?

I visited about 15 years ago when you could ride all the way along the causeway and leave your bike very close to the entrance. This was early one June afternoon and I did not get more than a few yards beyond the entrance because the crowds were so dense it was almost impossible to make headway. I r...
by tatanab
30 Jan 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Long service
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Long service

Many years ago there were badges but that got discontinued. In fairly recent times they reintroduced recognition of lengthy membership, I believe by letter of certificate.

I have been a member for 52 years, totally unacknowledged.
by tatanab
29 Jan 2020, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Storage over winter
Replies: 17
Views: 967

Re: Bike Storage over winter

Can you rent the bikes out to friends or family members? This way they are being used, batteries are being kept topped up and it may earn yourself some brownie points on your return 8) Otherwise, look for a Ctec charger - I use one on my spare car - it charges the battery and every now and then let...
by tatanab
29 Jan 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2308

Re: e-scooter commuter community

My main worry riding one of these on the road would be the appalling surface, particularly in the near the kerb area. This is not where a cyclist would be. I think the old DfT guidance said to be positioned 0.75 to 1metre from the kerb. Perhaps the sorts of people who would use these scooters are s...
by tatanab
28 Jan 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sober on the Rollers
Replies: 12
Views: 433

Re: Sober on the Rollers

Back in the early 80s I went to a cycling exhibition where a local club had a basic set of rollers with two people holding up anybody who wanted to ride. I asked one person to stand back and the other to stand alongside so I could rest a hand on his shoulder. As soon as I got going and let go he ste...
by tatanab
26 Jan 2020, 6:38pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Locking Old Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 780

Re: Locking Old Posts

The reason for doing this is to keep all the relevant info together.think of these topics like Wiki pages - we improve and build knowledge over time! Sometimes I wish more people would dig up old threads. Then we would not get the same themes repeated every 3 months - lights/dogs/shared use/ etc wi...
by tatanab
26 Jan 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quadracycles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1026

Re: Quadracycles?

Why not? Inherently more stable configuration than a conventional trike. Afraid not. Ask anybody who has owned an upright in that configuration and you will find 99% will tell you they are frightening at speed and cornering is more difficult than on a delta. Reasons being - this config works well w...
by tatanab
25 Jan 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do I need a new bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1146

Re: Do I need a new bike?

9 years old, 5000km ---------it is still NEW. If you want to change the gearing, then do so. On the other hand, change the question to "do I want another bike?" and you might find you have different answer.
by tatanab
25 Jan 2020, 7:26am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Evaluating the impact of cycle helmet use...
Replies: 14
Views: 882

Re: Evaluating the impact of cycle helmet use...

As per usual, nothing is made of consequential escalation. For example, a helmet less rider, is hit in the head, by an object, whilst riding. Loses control, due to being stunned, goes under a truck, the death is attributed to multiple injuries, no one looks at what started the chain of events, beca...
by tatanab
23 Jan 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Next Bike Purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Next Bike Purchase

I ride all year round. Commuting, club riding etc and have done for 50 years. I have rims that have been in use for 36000 miles and still have lots of life in them. These are lightweight rims, not tractor width, but I've never owned factory built wheels. Wear depends on where and when you. City ridi...
by tatanab
21 Jan 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Homemade electric tricycle
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: Homemade electric tricycle

Yes, that is one of the nasty axles used with small wheeled utility trikes. You will probably find that the drive shaft is solid, end to end, not split, and that the offside hub spins on the shaft using it as a plain bearing. Nasty! This is a conventional (conventional to club cyclists that is) conv...
by tatanab
21 Jan 2020, 2:32pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Homemade electric tricycle
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: Homemade electric tricycle

A photo would be good.

Beware if thinking of installing a 2 wheel drive unit such as the part I showed - the drive shafts must be very PRECISELY aligned. This will be beyond a normal home mechanic unless you have a pretty elaborate machine shop.
by tatanab
20 Jan 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 1294

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

Safe - yes, if correctly mounted. Also check that your car is able to support it. Some vehicles specifically state that tailgate mounted carriers cannot be used. Security - lock them to the carrier if concerned. Mine go inside. 2 is easy with front wheel off and blanket between, just inconvenient, b...
by tatanab
20 Jan 2020, 3:36pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Homemade electric tricycle
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: Homemade electric tricycle

I have got my hands on a tricycle conversion kit that I can strip down and hopefully learn how these things are made. A note of caution. If your conversion kit is a Higgins or a Rogers then it is well known and easily maintained - each side is just like an overgrown long bottom bracket. A Holdswort...
by tatanab
20 Jan 2020, 6:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 400km in 24hrs.
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: 400km in 24hrs.

400km, that's 250 British miles. Several CTC DAs (before CUk member groups) had standard rides of 240 miles in 24 hours. In answer to the questions - no sleep, or a couple of hours in a bus shelter; eat and drink normally.