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by Nigel
25 Oct 2018, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?
Replies: 63
Views: 2506

Re: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?

There's a few other practical considerations, 26" are apparently more readily available in some remote parts of the world, there's more road tyres available in 700C and more chunky tyres in 26" (Though the gravel trend has changed that somewhat) 26" has stopped being the norm for MTB...
by Nigel
22 Oct 2018, 7:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: French bike-friendly hotels
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: French bike freindly hotels

In the past, I've just emailed a few candidate hotels and asked. They're usually smaller hotels in small towns/villages. Many usually have a solution, such as a hotel garage, or an outside lockable storeroom which can be used.

- Nigel
by Nigel
22 Oct 2018, 7:00pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Countryside opening hours
Replies: 40
Views: 16165

Re: Countryside opening hours

our family farmed in the Scottish Borders until 2010..Unbeknown to any of us we had a footpath which ran straight across what was our front garden but many years before had been an orchard... The result was a legal challenge from them to remove the hedge and pear tree and re=open the long defunct f...
by Nigel
16 Oct 2018, 9:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Assisted Scooter With Pedals Mmmph
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Assisted Scooter With Pedals Mmmph

Your latter example might be legal or might not be - there are a few details which are not clear enough to be sure its legal, despite the seller's assurances. The seller's description has "removable pedals" - remove them and its definitely not an electrically assisted bicycle under UK law....
by Nigel
16 Oct 2018, 4:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Assisted Scooter With Pedals Mmmph
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Assisted Scooter With Pedals Mmmph

A scooter of the style posted in the picture above is a "motorcycle" in UK law. So, needs C&U approval, motorcycle helmet, motorcycle licence, numberplate, road tax, etc.. Use of them on the road without such is the same as riding an unlicensed or untaxed petrol powered motorcycle. An ...
by Nigel
16 Oct 2018, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords to sell Bromptons
Replies: 50
Views: 3081

Re: Halfords to sell Bromptons

They're UK-made in part because it allows the company to keep a close eye on production and keep their trade secrets, know-how etc. close to their chests, and partly for the branding value of being able to stick a union jack on the side. The London thing I've never been quite sure of; I suppose as ...
by Nigel
8 Oct 2018, 6:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: GPX for navigation not performance
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: GPX for navigation not performance

The older hand-held Etrex models would usually last 24hrs or more on one set of AA's (either rechargeable NiMH, or if extremely cold (winter Norway) on one-use lithiums). Those can have a bike mount fitted - its what I've used for more than a dozen years. But, not as slick as the bike-specific model...
by Nigel
8 Oct 2018, 4:05pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?
Replies: 511
Views: 18131

Re: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?

My wife considered doing a Breeze ride yesterday, that's helmet wearing women only.. I don't think Breeze has different rules regarding helmets to the rest of the Let's Ride programme. Helmets In compliance with British Cycling’s rules and regulations, helmets are compulsory for under-18s, and reco...
by Nigel
5 Oct 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum recommend speed with bike on roof rack
Replies: 29
Views: 2581

Re: Maximum recommend speed with bike on roof rack

I planning on taking my new Trek Madone 7 from my home in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to Phuket Thailand...... It's pretty much highway all the way with a maximum speedimit of 110 kh (70 mph). I will be using a Thule roof rack on the back of my pick up truck so half of the bike is protected from the wind...
by Nigel
5 Oct 2018, 6:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: auto high beam lights
Replies: 94
Views: 3587

Re: auto high beam lights

Still amazed and gobsmacked at the stupidity of auto full beam. It must be terrible on the unlit motorways at night as being dazzled from miles away isn't nice at all. It happens, I know, but if all cars had it ................... Can't answer for "all cars", can answer for mine. If there...
by Nigel
5 Oct 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: auto high beam lights
Replies: 94
Views: 3587

Re: Is it just me?

There's nothing in the Toyota statement which encourages dazzling of pedestrians. If a pedestrian is 200+yards away, and the driver is on dip, they won't be illuminated. On main they might be illuminated and easier to spot. The driver can still dip their lights manually as appropriate. They might b...
by Nigel
5 Oct 2018, 11:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sprintech Mirrors
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: Sprintech Mirrors

I used them a few years ago when I had drop handlebars. Initially I was very pleased. They were neat and easy to install/set up. But over time the plastic lenses became scratched, dull and less useful. Also they're rather small. All my bikes are non drop bars now and all have..... And for the drop-...
by Nigel
5 Oct 2018, 10:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: auto high beam lights
Replies: 94
Views: 3587

Re: Is it just me?

This is what Toyota say:- Automatic High Beam contributes by detecting the headlights of oncoming vehicles and automatically switching from high to low beam (dipped) headlights to avoid dazzling other drivers. Consequently, high beam can be used more often, meaning pedestrians and obstacles are eas...
by Nigel
3 Oct 2018, 5:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which campagnolo levers would be compatible with my Centaur 3 x 10 groupset
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Which campagnolo levers would be compatible with my Centaur 3 x 10 groupset

Even though you have had no luck replacing the broken part, I suggest you provide more details about exactly what part is broken, and what lengths you have gone to in order to find a replacement part. It's possible that someone on the forum who is more knowledgeable might be able to point you in th...
by Nigel
26 Sep 2018, 9:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian
Replies: 57
Views: 5207

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

Whereabouts in the lake district are they driving along green lanes ripping them up so farmers have to abandon their farms? Is this just one of your over the top, exaggerated posts? ............... If I'm wrong if really like to know about it. No idea how accurate this article is, but its one. I re...