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by tatanab
11 Sep 2018, 8:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Freeview TV problem
Replies: 14
Views: 373

Re: Freeview TV problem

I live in line of site from a relay aerial. Some channels on my TV are unwatchable, yet on my freeview Humax recorder they are fine. It seems to me that the TV must have a less sensitive receiver. Retuning does nothing to fix this. I've even tried retuning on a fine clear day just in case of atmosph...
by tatanab
5 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Misguided Badge of Honour?
Replies: 115
Views: 3236

Re: A Misguided Badge of Honour?

Yes, it's called a train :wink: ---- I'd rather not be disparaging, about car use or anything else. Well, maybe about those with so little imagination they can't contemplate anything other than using a car. I' rather not be disparaging about those with so little imagination that they can't contempl...
by tatanab
3 Sep 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Beryl Burton - The Greatest
Replies: 77
Views: 3141

Re: Beryl Burton - The Greatest

brynpoeth wrote:Who might be the greatest sportsperson ever?
Absolutely impossible to say. You would have to define what "sport" is to be able to compare cycling with boxing with golf with motor cycle racing with snooker with round the world yacht racing etc
by tatanab
3 Sep 2018, 1:39pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Are head injuries something you worry about when cycling?
Replies: 53
Views: 1532

Re: Are head injuries something you worry about when cycling?

NO. In 55 years of cycling I have sustained 2 head injuries. In 1971 I was hit pretty much head on by a car, impact speed probably only about 30mph, and sustained a minor concussion along with broken collar bone and many skin wounds. in 1975 I was racing on the track (velodrome) when things went wro...
by tatanab
31 Aug 2018, 6:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to hillstart on a steep lane
Replies: 70
Views: 2436

Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Of course the sensible way to overcome this problem is to ride a tricycle. No unclipping necessary, simply proceed when you are ready. :P
by tatanab
31 Aug 2018, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to hillstart on a steep lane
Replies: 70
Views: 2436

Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

It is a matter of pride that a clip or toeclip is picked up within the first half a rev of the pedals. OK, sometimes that fails. A lot of modern riders seem to need to freewheel while they clip in the loose foot, possibly needing to turn the pedal over. Solution - pedal on with one foot unclipped wh...
by tatanab
29 Aug 2018, 11:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre size poll
Replies: 38
Views: 1545

Re: Tyre size poll

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by tatanab
28 Aug 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7/8s Shimano STIs; not quite so horrifying inside after all
Replies: 23
Views: 1295

Re: 7/8s Shimano STIs; not quite so horrifying inside after all

similarly why no one has come up with a shifter that can easily be reconfigured to work with almost any system. There's Modolo Morphos https://www.modolo.it/products/components/modolo-morphos-lever/ I tried an early type in 1999, 7 speed I think. The problem I found was that braking was very spongy...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2018, 6:07pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Geraint Thomas....
Replies: 213
Views: 5081

Re: Geraint Thomas....

When were they invented for the general public? Early 1970s. USA reinvented cycling. With an increaing number of riders there was logically a related increase in injury, so the powers that be decided "something must be done". I believe that Bell were searching for new markets at the time,...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Geraint Thomas....
Replies: 213
Views: 5081

Re: Geraint Thomas....

I think it's simply that he's a product of a generation which almost universally wears them, and hasn't necessarily (evidently so in his case!) engaged in debate over their merits. Agreed. He came into cycling through competition, so was exposed to compulsory headgear from the start. I imagine that...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2018, 8:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speed Awareness Course
Replies: 170
Views: 3756

Re: Speed Awareness Course

I have never owned a car with a satnav built in. My most recent car is 10 years old, so possibly too old. On one occasion I had a rental car with one that the previous user had set up. Consequently it kept telling me to turn around. It took something like 10 minutes going through the handbook and wa...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2018, 8:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 85
Views: 3485

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

This has been immensely helped by the availability of Dutch route guide books for long distance tours such as Holland to Rome, Santiago de Compostella, etc (and now al with gps tracks). Over the years I have met several groups using these guide books. The books have an impressive amount of detail a...
by tatanab
24 Aug 2018, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which titanium frame?
Replies: 79
Views: 4195

Re: Which titanium frame?

gregoryoftours wrote:If you're very close you can do a little bit of filing to the bottom of the mounting slot depending on the caliper, it can gain you an extra mm or two.

Or an offset "holder" such as https://www.bdopcycling.com/BDop%20Offset%20Holders.asp or https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201359303200
by tatanab
22 Aug 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 12-32 10sp cassette
Replies: 14
Views: 551

Re: 12-32 10sp cassette

re the miche sprockets, I just noticed that the 32T one is only available in alloy, not steel. Might not suit you, that. cheers Caution - I found Miche 10 speed sprockets to be a bit soft and wear quickly, so perhaps 11 speed is the same. Of course you could buy a few of the most used sprockets rea...