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by rbrian
24 Sep 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1509

Re: Children learning to ride

I can still vividly remember my first ever free ride, shouting at my mum to let go of the saddle, reached the end of the road, turned to remonstrate and noticed she was about 100m behind me I have a very similar memory, except I was 4, I shouted at my dad not to let go, and turned to find him 30m a...
by rbrian
21 Sep 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany
Replies: 63
Views: 2292

Re: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany

brynpoeth wrote:A long-established cycle shop near me sells '€-bikes (and cycles)' :(


It always makes me chuckle when I visit the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative. Their slogan is "the revolution will not be motorised", plastered all over the shop, often right next to the massive ebike display.
by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4094

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

I bought an ebike this week. I'm trying to get my work to take back the stinking diesel van I'm provided with to carry a laptop and a small bag of tools. For the last few months, I've been leaving it on the yard, cycling in on a Brompton, then leaving it wherever I happen to finish and cycling home....
by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking on the pavement to be banned!
Replies: 58
Views: 2003

Re: Parking on the pavement to be banned!

I wondered if anyone ever just walked over the top of a pavement parked car if it blocks the way? Would that count add criminal damage? IANAL but I'd say it would. You would need some pretty serious justification to get away with it e.g. building on fire, could not escape due to blocked car . Not j...
by rbrian
1 Sep 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1509

Re: Children learning to ride

I had a plastic tricycle when I was so young I don't remember getting it. Then a miniature Raleigh Chopper clone, in fetching purple. My dad took the stabilisers off when I was 4. My nephew and neices all had balance bikes, moving on to pedal cycles at around 4 or 5. My friend's 4 year old triplets ...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How has your commute shaped your bike?
Replies: 32
Views: 2976

Re: How has your commute shaped your bike?

I started cycle commuting a few months ago, mainly for environmental reasons. I'm allowed to take my work van home, so for years I was cheap and lazy, but one day I was sat in stationary traffic, on a baking hot day, listening to the radio, and there was some news about Greta Thunberg, and I had a m...
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5892

Re: Bells on bikes

.....Bells are a warning of passing, not a get-out-of-my-way. Surely a bell is akin to a car horn? I.e be aware of my presence. Not be aware I am passing. That part should only be completed once you know the pedestrian is aware and it is safe to do so. That's exactly my take on it. My route to work...
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Re: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving

I once rode a mountain bike into a pond. Why? I was 15. 'nuff said. All was going well until my feet hit the water, and that caused my back wheel to lift, instantly losing drive, forward momentum, and balance. At one point I was completely submerged, as was the bike. Being 15, I ignored cleaning it ...
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

I've told him that, and he may be coming round, slowly. He's ordered a Revolution Courier Nexus for £399, we'll see how that goes. If it doesn't last any better than the last one, maybe he'll be persuaded to get a more expensive one.
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

Both! He regularly rides over 80 miles at a time, and is not even slightly handy - he'll keep riding for weeks wondering why the gears are noisy, and not mention it to me until something breaks. He can just about oil the chain, but nowhere near often enough. I replaced the drivetrain and brakes, gre...
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

The Rohloff is of course the gold standard, but he was hoping to get a whole bike for less than the cost of that hub!
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

As per title - a friend of mine has ridden his hybrid into the ground - and from London to Paris a couple of months ago - and destroyed his 3rd drivetrain this year. He's also gone through a dozen brake block refills, and I think it's time he considered something more hardwearing, hub gears and brak...
by rbrian
7 Sep 2010, 12:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: In Heaven or Hell who do you want to be with
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: In Heaven or Hell who do you want to be with

My heaven would be inappropriate for this forum.

Hell would be having a task, like what-his-name's rock, that just wasn't quite possible, combined with various snide put downs. Much like some jobs I've had!
by rbrian
7 Sep 2010, 11:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in the dark.
Replies: 118
Views: 7997

Re: Cycling in the dark.

I don't know what lumens means, all I know is I tried a few in a shop, and bought one with 4 LEDs, which I felt was plenty bright enough for use in dark campsite, and there were others much brighter - mine was only the second one from the bottom. I've never actually used it on the bike, my Cateye 53...
by rbrian
6 Sep 2010, 4:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in the dark.
Replies: 118
Views: 7997

Re: Cycling in the dark.

How about supplementing with an LED head torch? You can get a very bright 4 LED Petzl for about £30, and blindingly bright for a little more. It ought to help out with clipping in, seeing what gear you're in, and shining at drivers' eyes until they dip their lights.