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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: 1850

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: 1476

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: 738

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: 992

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.
by Zanda
24 Apr 2017, 1:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike advice
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Bike advice

- Revolution country 2 (but ?suitability for off road riding) Revolution is EBC's own brand. It's a touring bike, so it will be fine for canal towpaths and similar. - Jamis Renegade (but ?sufficiently low gears - 50/34 and 12-30 I think) Those gears are okay for most riding. You might need to get o...
by Zanda
29 Mar 2017, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Top Tube bags
Replies: 10
Views: 1655

Re: Top Tube bags

Each of the bags linked in the OP sit on the top tube. You can also get bags that hang from the top tube. Some of these are triangle bags that sit below the seat cluster. Others are ' frame panniers ' - a pair of pouches, joined at the top, that straddles the top tube just behind the headset. Frame ...
by Zanda
29 Mar 2017, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you choose a saddle?
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: How do you choose a saddle?

Numb hands are likely caused by poor bike set-up. That same underlying issue could affect saddle comfort. Colin offered a similar diagnosis upthread.

I've found an article by Peter White which succinctly deals with saddle position. I've summarised it and linked to it here.
by Zanda
19 Mar 2017, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone Ditched their Car Completely for a Bike?
Replies: 91
Views: 5860

Re: Anyone Ditched their Car Completely for a Bike?

In an urban area, car-free living is perfectly practical with some preparation. You will need to prepare for bad weather. This may investing in suitable clothing , or seeking alternative modes of transport (taxi/bus/train) and using them as your plan B, and/or delaying shopping journeys when the wea...
by Zanda
7 Mar 2017, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmets with flip up visors?
Replies: 24
Views: 1958

Re: Helmets with flip up visors?

I edited my post for brevity, before seeing mjr's reply. The gist is the same though. Test with something cheap to properly identify the problem and figure out a solution, then take it from there.
by Zanda
7 Mar 2017, 8:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmets with flip up visors?
Replies: 24
Views: 1958

Re: Helmets with flip up visors?

Just for testing, could you spend £5 trying builder's goggles like http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Safety-Goggles-Clear/p/186932 and http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Safety-Glasses-Clear/p/186931 ? If your guess is correct, you'll stream with the Glasses but not the Goggles. If the glasses are enough ...
by Zanda
6 Mar 2017, 1:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmets with flip up visors?
Replies: 24
Views: 1958

Re: Helmets with flip up visors?

Take a look at Kask Lifestyle and Uvex City V. The Uvex comes with tinted visor as standard; the clear visor is an additional purchase.
by Zanda
10 Jan 2017, 11:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Securing runaround bike from component theft
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: Securing runaround bike from component theft

I've written some tips on bike security, including parking places, here: http://cyclingfortransport.com/plan/security/ The point about making the bike less attractive is often overlooked, I think. It's very easy to uglify a transport bike. A friend resorted to pink paint, but there are temporary mea...
by Zanda
27 Nov 2016, 5:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Anti cycle retorick from councillors based on youth behaviour.
Replies: 23
Views: 4444

Re: Anti cycle retorick from councillors based on youth behaviour.

Would your elected councillors consider drivers of robbery get-away cars to be examples of 'motorists', I wonder? And if not, why not?

How about boyracers? Are they motorists?
by Zanda
22 Nov 2016, 12:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting drops to flat bars
Replies: 15
Views: 4396

Re: Converting drops to flat bars

Another thing to consider is that the bike you have (a road bike with drop bars) generally sells for a higher price than the kind of bike ideal for towpath rides with children (a hybrid with 35mm tyres). So the easy way to get what want is to sell the road bike and buy a hybrid.