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by Zanda
5 Aug 2016, 10:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC memorabilia - what is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: CTC memorabilia - what is this?

Lovely piece of CTC memorabilia. Thanks for sharing it.
by Zanda
5 Aug 2016, 10:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bars or 'bars
Replies: 19
Views: 1193

Re: bars or 'bars

Comma – after the quotation mark. Full stop – after the quotation mark, unless the quotes enclose a complete sentence, in which case the full stop is part of that sentence, and goes inside the quotes. I guess it's quite complicated, in that it depends what's being quoted and what's coming next. The...
by Zanda
2 Aug 2016, 9:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC memorabilia - what is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: CTC memorabilia - what is this?

What does the back look like? Can you tell how the badge fastens? Is that his address embossed at the bottom?
by Zanda
1 Aug 2016, 12:42pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder
Replies: 6
Views: 5088

Re: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder

I think 24" wheels are a good compromise between 'small package' and natural shock absorbtion. No accident that the Airnimal uses them. This is the sweet spot. Sure, you can get smaller folding bikes, by choosing smaller wheels, but they're not happy on potholed roads. So some bike makers add s...
by Zanda
1 Aug 2016, 11:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 101
Views: 5412

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

I guess a part of the problem here is the headphone wire. That piece of flex feeding the headphone with a signal also tethers the earbuds to a fixed point on the bike or on the rider's body. Tension in the wire varies when the rider moves his head. So the wire threatens to pull the earbud out when t...
by Zanda
29 Jul 2016, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surprise: nicer without indexing
Replies: 42
Views: 2299

Re: Surprise: nicer without indexing

Five years ago, I switched my bar end shifters to friction mode and haven't switched back. I used to think the most important difference between friction and indexed gearing was the clicks built into the shifter. It was Sheldon Brown who made me realise otherwise. He argued the component that makes ...
by Zanda
29 Jul 2016, 10:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Selling stuff in the classifieds
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: Selling stuff in the classifieds

You'll earn more trust by first contributing to the community, through joining some of the conversations.
by Zanda
28 Jul 2016, 9:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Daughter sold bike too big for her
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Daughter sold bike too big for her

Here is the Claud Butler page on bike size.

http://claudbutler.co.uk/sizing-guide/
by Zanda
12 Jul 2016, 9:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars n V'brakes.
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: Drop bars n V'brakes.

The vee brake levers for drop bars work well. I have some made by Tektro. There's no gear shifter in them, so it's bar end shifters or downtube shifters.
by Zanda
8 Jul 2016, 10:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Finger - either numb or pins/needles
Replies: 31
Views: 228070

Re: Finger - either numb or pins/needles

I also had pins and needles and numbness when riding for more than half and hour. The problem completely went away when I swapped the flat handlebar for a different type of bar. First I changed to a North Road bar and then to a drop bar. The advantage of the drops is the choice of hand positions and...
by Zanda
8 Jul 2016, 10:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike purchase - Advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 569

Re: Bike purchase - Advice please

We have had a Cannondale Quick in our household for three years during which time it's been used daily for a five mile commute. I fitted mudguards and a pannier rack, plus lights. The bike has an aluminium frame so it's reasonably efficient - meaning it's not too tiring to ride - with a carbon fork ...
by Zanda
5 Jul 2016, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing old wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Replacing old wheel

In the past I've managed to reduce a wheel OLN by replacing with slightly narrower locknuts. I've also respaced the fork on a vintage roadster (BSA branded) from 94 to 100, using an old axle, two pairs of wheel nuts and two 15mm spanners. Did it gradually and kept checking the width so as not to ove...
by Zanda
29 Jun 2016, 1:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: carrying a phone in the summer
Replies: 38
Views: 2252

Re: carrying a phone in the summer

I have a neoprene utility pouch on a belt. Smaller than a bumbag and the pouches sit either side, rather than above the bum. The look is more 'first aider' than 'roller blader', which is a good thing. Then there are these belt mounted phone holsters, though I'm not sure how well they'd work for cycl...
by Zanda
21 Jun 2016, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap pedals - are they worth servicing?
Replies: 12
Views: 735

Re: Cheap pedals - are they worth servicing?

The pedals came on used bikes and i've kept em assuming they're repairable. I'd be more careful than the previous owner, because I look after stuff, but I guess there are diminishing returns. Experience with cheap wheels showed the cones were made of hard cheese (Edam perhaps), and locknuts didn't l...
by Zanda
20 Jun 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Sudden Fatigue?
Replies: 30
Views: 1849

Re: Sudden Fatigue?

I got really tired when I started commuting 13 miles each day. I really enjoyed the rides, and rode hard enough to keep up with the flow of the traffic. But I was dozing off at 11am. Turns out I was using enough energy to need four meals a day rather than three. Once I twigged that, energy levels in...