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by Nigel
27 Aug 2009, 11:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to work scheme ... on a clapped out old bike!
Replies: 38
Views: 2854

Re: Cycle to work scheme ... on a clapped out old bike!

Man, if I could get 25p a mile for my commute, I'd be putting an extra £150 a month in my pocket. Wishful thinking alas... I can't claim for the commute, only for the miles done during the course of the day, which varies. Last month was 65 miles. The month before was about 20. This month'll be abou...
by Nigel
25 Aug 2009, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech setup
Replies: 12
Views: 838

Re: Front mech setup

Just checking; this is a MTB mech with MTB shifter, or Road mech with Road shifters. Shimano seem to make road and MTB differently on the front mech, whereas the rear is pretty much interchangeable (gear capacity excepted). Other than that, I would check the mech is truely parallel to the chainrings...
by Nigel
24 Aug 2009, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake levers for Cantis for straight bars
Replies: 10
Views: 580

Re: Brake levers for Cantis for straight bars

There were some flat-bar levers which had two positions for the cable attachment to the lever; I have some on bikes which are about 9 or 10 years old. This gave the option of two different amounts of cable pull, cantilever or V-brake. The Shimano tech documents show a similar two position cable atta...
by Nigel
20 Aug 2009, 8:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?
Replies: 35
Views: 2487

Re: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?

I agree. Easier just to drop VAT on bicycles. There are costs in a leased bike financed over three years. The bike is not paid for for three years, so someone is having to take a loan out to buy that bike. If the loan cost is a 12% increase in the bike price, then that doesn't seem excessive; try t...
by Nigel
18 Aug 2009, 6:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?
Replies: 35
Views: 2487

Re: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?

Most of the people I read on forums already have sufficient bikes to commute and use the scheme as a canny way to get a cheap bike. Fair enough but it leads to acquiring the nearest bike to a thousand quid rather than the best tool for the job. The employer-shop links seem very restrictive anyhow -...
by Nigel
18 Aug 2009, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo switch
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Re: Dynamo switch

I don't know why the Shimano switch isn't suitable, if its on/off for one of the supply leads, its doing all that's required. When I did a similar hub upgrade, I fitted my own switch into the body of the B&M lamp (oval body, bulb with LED standlight type). I used a single pole miniature toggle s...
by Nigel
16 Aug 2009, 7:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?
Replies: 35
Views: 2487

Re: What bike to buy with £1000 budget?

There are caveats - you couldn't just buy a frame, it has to be a complete bike. You have to buy through a Cyclescheme dealer, but there are many of those (have a look at the website). As long as the dealer has the bike in stock or can order it, then you can have it. You can even buy a bike for mor...
by Nigel
16 Aug 2009, 5:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New bike confusion
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Re: New bike confusion

Someone I know quite well bought a Royal fairly recently. On delivery, the paint was poor, and it came away fairly quickly. The shop contacted Raleigh and then agreed to replace the bike. After waiting for the new one to arrive... it had a legion of minor niggly faults, nothing an experienced bike t...
by Nigel
13 Aug 2009, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Shimergo

I'm taking my data from here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=3946 From that, it says the pre Q/S (and very recent) Campag 10 speed shifters operate 8-speed Shimano without hassle. Or will operate 9 speed Shimano with the cable attached to the rear mech using the "hubbub" a...
by Nigel
10 Aug 2009, 3:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dating my Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Dating my Dawes Galaxy

Frame number might help a Dawes expert.
It might even be enough for Dawes to tell you; I've no idea if they still have records back that far.
by Nigel
10 Aug 2009, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front derailleur help
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Re: Shimano front derailleur help

1. You might need to change the BB if the chainline is wrong or 2. If your chainline is wrong you might need to change the front mech with one with the right seat-tube diameter. As I understand things, the chainline is dictated by the rear gear cluster, the chain running forward dictates where the ...
by Nigel
4 Aug 2009, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain falling off hub geared bicycle
Replies: 10
Views: 2283

Re: Chain falling off hub geared bicycle

Take some legal advice, if you are a CTC member, perhaps the helplines would be useful. Otherwise, the local trading standards office might give you some assistance. From what you've reported, I think you've a claim for damages (cost of new bicycle and some consequentials such as bus fares, refund o...
by Nigel
4 Aug 2009, 3:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo on alu frame
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Dynamo on alu frame

Aluminuium is a decent conductor. However, you can get corrosion at the junction between aluminium and some other metals, and that corrosion won't be conductive. The surface of all (commonly available) aluminum is a thin oxide, not the metal (*). Two wires may be simpler in the long run. (* aluminum...
by Nigel
1 Aug 2009, 9:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: L-E-L
Replies: 20
Views: 1331

Re: L-E-L

I'll repeat Vernon's "Chapeau". Depending what time you went through Gamlingay, I might have seen you. I was there from about 09.30 to 20.15, though had a 1hr trip out during the morning to fetch chain oil & inner tubes, and to dump rubbish at Biggleswade (rubbish dumped at the officia...
by Nigel
1 Aug 2009, 8:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords bike to work scheme.
Replies: 7
Views: 3225

Re: Halfords bike to work scheme.

I've just tried to get going with this cyclescheme buisiness too - my NHS employer uses it but I've ben given two different messages from employer and bike shop. ..... In addition the cycle shop wanted to load the purchase price 5% for buying under the scheme. Is this allowed ? Doesn't it just star...