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by nickp
16 Feb 2015, 6:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is the muck on my wet rims black?
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: Why is the muck on my wet rims black?

Isn't it small particles of car tyres which have a (un)healthy amount of carbon black in them?
by nickp
2 Feb 2013, 8:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Photographic Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1090

Re: Photographic Question

by nickp
22 Jan 2013, 2:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Songs with girls names A to Z
Replies: 42
Views: 1497

Re: Songs with girls names A to Z

Henrietta - The Fratellis
by nickp
1 Dec 2012, 10:23pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Pennine Bridleway on a Hybrid .... possible ?
Replies: 14
Views: 37851

Re: Pennine Bridleway on a Hybrid .... possible ?

Well in my exerience you could usefuly avoid the whole of the PBW from Uppermill through to Hebden Bridge on a hybrid. I've cycled bits of it on a hybrid with 32mm tyres, bits on a hardtail with 1.75in tyres and all of it on a full sus MTB with 2.1in tyres. After recovering from the double vision on the hybrid, I came to the conclusion that having some suspension and wide tyres was better and having a rear shock was even better! There's no doubt you COULD ride it on your hybrid but as an enjoyable exercise day after day having something in your front forks would make it bearable. And that's without considering carrying camping equipment.

Specifically? The bit from the gate above Ogden Reservoir down to the M62 viaduct going north would be uncomfortably challenging on a hybrid. Then the bit up from Hollingworth Lake and short stretches from the Halixax Road through to Summit would have you sinking in the mud. Then London Road under Stoodley Pike would be another bone shaker. I'd be impressed by anyone without suspension riding all the way down to Walsden down those single track zigzags, but then I'm not much good at that sort of thing.

I think I'd be travelling light-ish on a mountain bike and using B&Bs. If its all as good as the stretch local to me it'll be a great trip.
by nickp
24 Sep 2012, 5:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wordpress blog and PDF
Replies: 14
Views: 8989

Re: Wordpress blog and PDF

Well, I've just uploaded a PDF file to a test WP.com site and inserted it into a Post using the upload Media icon. You get a link in the resulting Post which if you click will download the PDf file to your browser. If you've got the Acrobat plugin in your browser you can read the file. If not, I guess you will be prompted to either open or save the file. Is this what you wanted?
by nickp
8 Aug 2012, 9:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling Survey - My dissertation - Please complete
Replies: 29
Views: 10993

Re: Cycling Survey - My dissertation - Please complete

Q13: 13. Existing provision for cyclists in terms of dedicated, segregated cycle paths, shared cycle paths, designated cycle lanes on roads is perfectly adequate.

Perfectly adequate: does this mean "I am satisfied with the current arrangements" or "The current arrangements stink and we don't need any more" .....?

Bit of a loaded question isn't it?
by nickp
26 Feb 2012, 9:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The furthest you have seen on a clear day
Replies: 33
Views: 7217

Re: The furthest you have seen on a clear day

http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/WAL/FAMAU.GIF is a great site. This link shows you the view from Moel Famau in the Clywd hills with the Lakes and Bowland clearly visible. There's a whole bunch of other panoramas too on the site.
by nickp
25 Feb 2012, 9:29am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The furthest you have seen on a clear day
Replies: 33
Views: 7217

Re: The furthest you have seen on a clear day

I took this picture last February on Dog Hill up above Oldham looking West-ish. Fine view of Fiddlers Ferry power station. Larger version at http://www.flickr.com/photos/65978326@N07/6009665042/sizes/l/in/photostream/
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Then I started looking more closely at the hills at the right hand end that are barely visible in the murk. Blowing the image up to full size you can clearly make out the sharp east ridge of Tryfan over 90 miles away (and the edge of Snowdon in the clouds, and the Carnedds on the right).
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This triggered an interesting discussion on one of the climbing forums, the upshot of which was that seeing things 90 miles away was pretty commonplace but folk would get excited with views of over 100 miles.
by nickp
8 Jan 2012, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electrical derailleurs
Replies: 59
Views: 2608

Re: Electrical derailleurs

reohn2 wrote:Cables,good and simple.

Cables? What, mechanical cables? I was envisaging an entirely wireless connection between the Gear Changing Unit (GCU) and the OnRoad Bike Management System controller (ORBMS). In fact, you'd probably implement wifi and offer the option to offload the ORBMS to an iPad mounted on the handlebars (or Bike Directional Management System - BDMS). You really would get an app for that! This then opens up all sorts of opportunities for the user - full screen GPS which would report back the gradient of the current road and match the gearing accordingly. The GPS would also interract with the BDMS for the complete hands-off experience - no more of that fiddly steering business.

You'd have to watch out for clashing wifi channels - disreputable race teams would deliberately jam the channels thus preventing rivals from selecting the gear they wanted or even throwing the chain off completely while they sweep through to victory. And I dread to think the effect a virus could have on your tour.

Tradionalists would not have to use this system of course. They would probably prefer to use the Unix driven character based terminal with open source ORBMS but having to type "Change gear rear 32 to 28" would probably lead to a slow take up of the prooduct and it would eventually be seen as a curio from years gone by.

Batteries could be a bit of a challenge, but by then most bikes would be multi-seat vehicles anyway. Simply mount a small steam powered generator on the rear pannier rack and the stoker could return to their original role ... no, that's just getting silly!
by nickp
7 Jan 2012, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electrical derailleurs
Replies: 59
Views: 2608

Re: Electrical derailleurs

Brucey wrote:smart algorithms on cameras? Did you see?
http://jmblogger-latestgadgets.blogspot.com/2010/01/racist-camera.html
I'd hate to have that kind of system deciding when I wanted to change gear for me, ta... :roll:
cheers

Ah well, you see the equivalent would be the "Town Riding plugin" which detects red lights and engages the very lowest gear to prevent RLJing. Sadly Version 1 still can't tell the difference between traffic lights and other sorts of red lights leading to much twiddling. Version 2 will be available "real soon now" for those with the appropriate upgrade contract.
by nickp
7 Jan 2012, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electrical derailleurs
Replies: 59
Views: 2608

Re: Electrical derailleurs

reohn2 wrote:
Its a matter of instruction ie; you push lever A for harder pedelling and lever B for easier,similarly so with the righthand ....


But why would you need to push ANY buttons with an electronic shift? Everyone in this thread bar one is focussing on the shifting and assuming it has to be manual. All Shimano has to do is link the shifter to a small cadence and speed computer and program in the points at which the gears should shift. The user would dial in target cadences (or accept the default) and leave the system to do its own thing thereafter. Manual override would of course be possible. The upgrade would link it to a power meter.

Why? More consistency of effort over long distances. Better training patterns - think setting a cadence and sticking to it, think enforcing a recovery cadence, think improving the riding experience for newbies, think improving battery life on electric bikes, think swapping cadence profiles online like iPad apps ....

Its just the same as cameras indeed - camera algorithms get pretty clever with all sorts of parameters these days. Don't want it? Switch to manual. Really hate it? Stick with a film camera. Bikes ditto.
by nickp
5 Jan 2012, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling to the South Pole
Replies: 25
Views: 1129

Re: Cycling to the South Pole

belgiangoth wrote:I agree with Mick, I'd have picked a fixed gear.
But it would be such a pain not being able to freewheel back home down the 10,000 foot high Beardmore Glacier ....
by nickp
10 Dec 2011, 8:48am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: IT security - AVG
Replies: 38
Views: 1730

Re: IT security - AVG

I've been using the completely free version of AVG (ie not the 30 month trial) for the last few years. Its performed just fine picking up on the few nasties I've encountered on the web. In addition to the virus scanner on the computer, all my emails are scanned by my email provider as well.
by nickp
5 Dec 2011, 8:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Millington Proposal for Cycle Training for Motorists
Replies: 74
Views: 3877

Re: Millington Proposal for Cycle Training for Motorists

I think one way of getting this idea accepted would be to offer a discount to the driving test fee if the candidate presented their Bikeability 3 certificate. You'd have to price the test fee such that the cost of passing Bikeability plus the cost of passing the driving test came to say 20% less than the cost of passing the driving test by itself. So you'd still be able to pass the driving test without having been on a bike but it would cost somewhat more to do so. (All subject of course to accessibility provisions.)

In support of this I would then insist on driving instructors and examiners themselves having Bikeability 3 passes.

Then at the same time making Bikeability a sentencing option becomes less of a big step.
by nickp
1 Oct 2011, 9:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to pay when buying used bike.
Replies: 14
Views: 907

Re: How to pay when buying used bike.

If you are a seller who doesn't use Paypal too often, you may find Paypal hangs on to your money for a month or two after "payment" just in case of dispute. This may make some sellers less amenable to offers to pay in that way.

So for example, I've sold a handful of things over the years on ebay with a 100% record and only accepted payment via Paypal. PP advised me recently they would release any new payments to me only after 60 days. So as well as being charged an ebay fee, I also lose the (admittedly tiny) interest I would have gained on the proceeds of the transaction. Makes me think twice about using ebay AND Paypal to sell stuff. Buying's a different kettle of fish.