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by tatanab
31 Jul 2020, 1:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 67
Views: 1956

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

That said, when I was in the city (Saint Louis & Basel) or skirting Basel EuroAirport it was amazing how much more room I was given compared with using a bike. I lived in St Louis for 5 months in early 1999, but only had a bike with me. In 2010 I revisited as part of a tour on a trike - upright...
by tatanab
31 Jul 2020, 12:04pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 657
Views: 354408

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Order placed 11:50 with standard delivery. Dispatch notice 15:20. Order received 10:30, less than 24 hours from placing it. Well done Spa, and the Post Office too.
by tatanab
31 Jul 2020, 7:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1233

Re: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

Brucey wrote:I'm not sure they qualify as 'quality', bearing in mind the number that have failed in use. Maybe they are better now....? They should be.... :wink:
I returned two because they were to tight to screw on to a vintage hub (almost irreplaceable). That was about 4 years ago.
by tatanab
30 Jul 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replace bottom bracket on O’Brien -Sapphire
Replies: 14
Views: 432

Re: Replace bottom bracket on O’Brien -Sapphire

Philip Benstead wrote:Does anybody have any knowledge of this frame builder?
Not a frame builder as such, just a brand of cheap bikes sold through mail order catalogues in the 1970s. Catalogues that your mum probably had such as Kay's and Littlewoods.
by tatanab
28 Jul 2020, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1233

Re: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

Just strip and rebuild it with the parts that are there having cleaned out and replaced old grease. Replace obvious things like tyres and probably tubes, maybe cables, but reuse everything else and I am sure it will be fine. I rebuilt a bike for a friend back in 1980, so 10 years older than the one ...
by tatanab
28 Jul 2020, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...about lead times for custom builds?
Replies: 23
Views: 992

Re: ...about lead times for custom builds?

^^^ especially with small builders it depends on their order book and what they want to do. A frame I waited 9 months for was due to a full order book in a one man business. In mid 2003 I ordered a frame from George Longstaff. Discussing what I wanted, he said "that fits in with my plans"....
by tatanab
27 Jul 2020, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: To help, or not to help?
Replies: 18
Views: 782

Re: To help, or not to help?

The modern bugbear of INSURANCE. Just in case something goes wrong or is claimed to have.
by tatanab
26 Jul 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2399

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

If you truly are getting bored with it all then pack it in. Or move house, if at all practical. About 25 years ago I virtually stopped riding other than commuting. Everything within about a 30 mile radius was just too familiar. I would think about going out, then think to myself "yes but that ...
by tatanab
26 Jul 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Coronavirus: GPs to prescribe cycling in new obesity strategy [BBC News]
Replies: 80
Views: 2432

Re: Coronavirus: GPs to prescribe cycling in new obesity strategy [BBC News]

What is really needed to make cycling more acceptable for newbies? Their perception of what cycling can entail. A few years ago, in a country pub, the young bar maid said she could not cycle because of getting hot and sweaty. I asked if she got hot and sweaty when walking somewhere. The answer of c...
by tatanab
26 Jul 2020, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...about lead times for custom builds?
Replies: 23
Views: 992

Re: ...about lead times for custom builds?

I wonder what effect has been +/- on the custom frame makers Custom frames have always been wildly variable, regardless of whether it is a one man business or there are several builders under the one umbrella. My first custom frame, back in 1972, was done in a remarkable 6 weeks. My most recent in ...
by tatanab
26 Jul 2020, 11:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out-and-back or circuit?
Replies: 77
Views: 2399

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Circuit, although it really doesn't matter. I remember being instructed (CTC club rides 50 years ago) that a cyclist does not like to use the same piece of road twice in a ride, other than very local or town roads. Even if I am going somewhere with a purpose (possibly a farm shop) I am very unlikely...
by tatanab
24 Jul 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Shopping on the High Street
Replies: 57
Views: 1351

Re: Shopping on the High Street

Who still rides in Plusses, either 2 or 4? MM True plus 4's, as modelled by Frank Patterson, had disappeared by the time I started riding in 1968 but we all used plus 2's, just called plusses. I remember trying "breeches" from Hebden Cord which were meant for walkers but they were an inch...
by tatanab
23 Jul 2020, 9:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: short break tour
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: short break tour

I'm with the others - go west or north. Back in the 1960s we spoke of Solent City of the future when Portsmouth and Southampton merge. These days it is pretty much built up from Bournemouth to Brighton and a fair way inland is consequently busy. I moved away 20 years ago and when I visit Portsmouth ...
by tatanab
22 Jul 2020, 3:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Basic tadpole trike question - brakes
Replies: 24
Views: 587

Re: Basic tadpole trike question - brakes

The 1983 regs state:- Both fronts off one lever and the back off another one. That is not my reading of 1983 paragraph 9(2) https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1983/1176/pdfs/uksi_19831176_en.pdf It says that in tadpole configuration the minimum is two independent REAR brakes. If you have ever ridd...
by tatanab
22 Jul 2020, 11:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice please-new cyclist
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Advice please-new cyclist

Clearly the limiting factor with regard to distance is my bike. Not really. Just think how posh your bike is versus one your grandfather rode. A great improvement would be to fit slick or relatively slick tyres. You do not need tractor tyres on a hard surface, although as you say it will be more of...