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by Nigel
25 Sep 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 25
Views: 1697

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

Lights - B&M LED models. Seem to strike the right balance on price/performance and beam shape. I've got a reasonably recent front one, and a fairly old LED rear powered by the Dynamo. There are also battery LED rear flashers on the bike. Can't say how well the Shimano hub will stand up. I've had...
by Nigel
19 Sep 2018, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Navigation pain
Replies: 37
Views: 1390

Re: Navigation pain

Slightly left-field is the "Beeline" device, which links to navigation in a smartphone. At about £100. I think that sometimes it would work, and other times it approach could be annoying. Depends where your rides and thinking sit on the scale of things. Or a handlebar bag big enough to tak...
by Nigel
17 Sep 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddles (Probably Again)
Replies: 22
Views: 11800

Re: Saddles (Probably Again)

.......... We are progressively moving away from cycle camping and the main impetus is to, as previously stated find a saddle that is saddle bag friendly to utilise her audax bike for fast and light touring. I hasten to add that at our ages fast is not that fast and light is very light. Some time a...
by Nigel
8 Sep 2018, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small Panniers
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Small Panniers

Try Alpkit, they make some small panniers. Though I'd probably go with a small stuff-sack bungied to a rack, or a small saddle bag, or a frame-bag, depending on bulk of things being carried.
by Nigel
3 Sep 2018, 9:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crackdown: licences immediately revoked if a driver fails a roadside sight test
Replies: 66
Views: 2350

Re: Crackdown: licences immediately revoked if a driver fails a roadside sight test

I'm always amazed by the fact that you can pass a simple test in your teens and get a licence (yes - that IS how you spell it!) for life - no retest, no regular medical, just sign yourself off at 70 (I'm there soon!). What amazes me is how little vision one needs to pass the driving eye test. Readi...
by Nigel
13 Aug 2018, 4:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag/box at destination
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Bike bag/box at destination

Always a hassle with a linear route. As an alternative you could fly into and out of the same airport and take a train from your finishing point back to the start. That way you could fly with a more sturdy bike bag/box and leave it at a willing hotel (check before you book) awaiting your return. Al...
by Nigel
8 Aug 2018, 11:06am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: "Denialism" and cycle helmets
Replies: 165
Views: 6688

Re: "Denialism" and cycle helmets

I also like the fact that you now wish too limit "fast rides" to 20 mph. Many cyclists will be exceeding that by a fair margin, professionals for instance, with the average speed of Le Tour being 35 mph overall, and the slowest recorded completion (1919_ at 25 mph overall average The down...
by Nigel
2 Aug 2018, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Participants Wanted (with pay)! (Cycling) Delivery Research Project, North-East England
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Participants Wanted (with pay)! (Cycling) Delivery Research Project, North-East England

How does one ensure impartiality when the respondents are paid? Its normal practise for research to offer a payment to cover time/inconvenience, and if the study is well designed the payment won't be a cause of bias. - Nigel (Chartered Ergonomist, so has paid participants numerous times for researc...
by Nigel
1 Aug 2018, 8:52am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet may actually have saved a life...
Replies: 60
Views: 2663

Re: Helmet may actually have saved a life...

Nice reply. Thanks. :D Next question considering your good info. Why aren't the airbags etc designed so you don't need seatbelts? As Tigerbiten said, they do exist in some markets. And have bigger more explosive airbags, which can cause more injuries as a side-effect of the airbag deploying. The in...
by Nigel
31 Jul 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet may actually have saved a life...
Replies: 60
Views: 2663

Re: Helmet may actually have saved a life...

Slightly off topic, but they have been mentioned on this thread .............. car seatbelts. Now cars have six or eight airbags, crumple-zones, ABS, collapsable steering columns, laminated glass, head restraints .......... etc etc etc etc, do we need seatbelts any more? Excellent idea in the old d...
by Nigel
30 Jul 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Longer cranks.
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Longer cranks.

I ride bikes with cranks which vary between 170 and 175. I really don't notice the difference in the cranks, the differences are other factors in the bikes (weight, riding position, tyre size, etc., etc. ).

So, my guess is you'd not notice anything other than a reduced bank balance.
by Nigel
29 Jul 2018, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Need help finding perfect mudguards...
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: Need help finding perfect mudguards...

Rivets can be drilled out. The holes can be used for other things, re-filled with a new rivet doing nothing, filled with plastic filler, left alone, etc..
by Nigel
29 Jul 2018, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling Resistance measured on road
Replies: 17
Views: 935

Re: Rolling Resistance measured on road

Congratulations on the electronics and attempting to measure this sort of thing in real world riding. However, I wonder if a different approach could be taken, using standard (if expensive) bike devices. If the power input from rider is constant (measure with power meter) and the road/conditions are...
by Nigel
29 Jul 2018, 7:46am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet may actually have saved a life...
Replies: 60
Views: 2663

Re: Helmet may actually have saved a life...

Why not start where action might have a greater effect ? Because a large part of this is about the resentment that the majority (non cycling) has for the minority (cycling). Our choice to ride a bike is seen as self-indulgent, exhibitionist, provocative and egotistical. Thus we need to be taken dow...
by Nigel
28 Jul 2018, 9:23pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet may actually have saved a life...
Replies: 60
Views: 2663

Re: Helmet may actually have saved a life...

Having spent decades working in a trauma/intensive care hospital, I am familiar with both these devices and their efficacy. Same here, helmets save lives all the time. Would either or both of you care to elaborate? Maybe on a new thread. There is a certain received wisdom on these fora, in particul...