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by Zanda
19 Sep 2017, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heated Gloves
Replies: 25
Views: 8096

Re: Heated Gloves

Brian, I recently bought a used pair of heated gloves from ebay. The brand is Volcanic Heat. They are untested and I know one of the battery holders is missing its cover, although that case fits inside a purpose made pocket in the cuff of the glove, so they might be usable as they are. They're size ...
by Zanda
29 Aug 2017, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?
Replies: 42
Views: 3276

Re: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?

An interesting experiment and I await the results, perhaps after Brucey has ridden 800 miles. Incidentally, I rarely dispose of part-worn chains and now have a few of them, some single speed, some 6 speed, some 8 speed. The best way to store them is empty VHS cassette boxes, one chain per box. They'...
by Zanda
19 Aug 2017, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What do you do with old rims?
Replies: 22
Views: 1396

Re: What do you do with old rims?

I've made a composter barrel from planks of pallet wood with old wheel rims as the barrel hoops. The wooden planks are secured to the hoops with screws through the spoke holes. The open bottom allows for drainage and stops the contents getting too damp.
by Zanda
9 Aug 2017, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New to cycling, what do I need?
Replies: 24
Views: 1619

Re: New to cycling, what do I need?

Good tips MJR, and interesting info about the limitations of the 'Sold Secure' test. Yes, the best lights have a flattened beam shape, rather than the circle of light provided by a torch. (When you say "German supermarket special offers", can you name the supermarkets? Is this Lidl and Ald...
by Zanda
8 Aug 2017, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Asymmetric front/rear tyres?
Replies: 98
Views: 5584

Re: Asymmetric front/rear tyres?

It's not a case of either set up being 'better', I imagine Sheldon would have replied, it depends whether you're trying to achieve comfort or speed. In essence, he suggested narrow front is fast (but less comfortable), whereas wide front is comfortable (but less fast). His reasons are here . I think...
by Zanda
8 Aug 2017, 11:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Asymmetric front/rear tyres?
Replies: 98
Views: 5584

Re: Asymmetric front/rear tyres?

Sheldon Brown tried mismatched tyre width and wrote it up. He advocated a front tyre narrower for lightweight. But he also tried it the other way round - the front tyre wider - which he thought was better for comfort, giving a little more front line suspension at the fork and more shock absorption t...
by Zanda
7 Aug 2017, 3:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New to cycling, what do I need?
Replies: 24
Views: 1619

Re: New to cycling, what do I need?

Here's my packing list for commuting by bike . In addition there's a list of items not fitted to most new bikes that make utility cycling much easier. A bright front light makes cycling after dark a pleasure rather than a chore. I cycled carrying a rucksack until I discovered pannier bags, which mad...
by Zanda
7 Aug 2017, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage for folder: Rackbag, sqr, seatpack, something else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1465

Re: Luggage for folder: Rackbag, sqr, seatpack, something else?

I use a rack pack on my 20" wheeled Dahon, The Altura Arran. If I need to carry more, I can bungee things on top of teh pack. If I'm carrying something very bulky, I tie it to the rack and the saddle rails. A saddlebag is also an option.
MJR of this parish has just got a front rack.
by Zanda
18 Jul 2017, 12:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The *Doctor*
Replies: 38
Views: 1333

Re: The *Doctor*

I found Tennant's style rather 'panto' in this role, though I know he was hugely popular. Matt Smith's quietly detached Doctor was, for me, just right. Capaldi's characterisation works best in the light-hearted, fast-paced episodes, but is overly earnest in the serious ones. I never saw Ecclestone.
by Zanda
18 Jul 2017, 11:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Creating a light mount on a handlebar bag
Replies: 13
Views: 1031

Re: Creating a light mount on a handlebar bag

My experience of trying to mount LED lights on bag loops taught me not to bother. I spent ages getting the lights to point the way I wanted, and after I'd ridden the bike they were pointing a slightly different way, generally downwards, they were so floppy. Not good to be seen by, as the beam periph...
by Zanda
18 Jul 2017, 10:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if those mini front racks are good on a folder?
Replies: 18
Views: 1829

Re: ...if those mini front racks are good on a folder?

I had a front rack on my cro-mo framed Dahon. It was the kind that fastened to the mudguard eyelets and the fork crown (through the mudguard hole). There are photos here . It affected the fold such that the magnets didn't reach each other, but the folded package stayed folded without problems, albei...
by Zanda
15 Jul 2017, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carry Freedom trailer - deflection devices, safety strap?
Replies: 41
Views: 1472

Re: Carry Freedom trailer - deflection devices, safety strap?

Those deflection devices look sensible and important! Without them anything in the path of the wheel will make contact with the trailer's rotating tyre, including vehicles that you're passing, people's legs, bollards, gateways. The deflector - which of course is not rotating - would make contact ins...
by Zanda
10 Jul 2017, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What makes a good carry-bag for a folder?
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: What makes a good carry-bag for a folder?

I have the Dahon El Bolso bag - a padded cordura shopping tote. It's cumbersome but tough. It packs to the size of a summer sleeping bag. More useful is the thin slip cover I also own, which conceals the folded bike from sight and protects fellow train passengers from chain oil and brake cable snag....
by Zanda
22 Jun 2017, 4:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick release for saddle, rather than seatpost
Replies: 18
Views: 981

Re: Quick release for saddle, rather than seatpost

If you need the seatpost and saddle to be locked to the frame, you might consider a cable lock through the saddle rails and/or a nut and bolt instead of the quick release for the seatpost.