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by dan_b
18 Sep 2008, 1:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't people signal?!
Replies: 60
Views: 4424

My objection to bells is that far too often they seem to be used by obnoxious "get out of my way" types. If you're on a shared path, the pedestrian has priority. OK, if the peds are walking three abreast and not moving then some degree of cheesedoffness is reasonable/appropriate, but otherwise as a cyclist don't expect that you can bowl through and have everyone jump out of the way. You wouldn't like it if motorists did it to you, why perpetuate a pecking order?

I prefer something that can't be as easily perceived as Mr Toad - for example, I will say "good evening" or "on your right" and "thanks". Or if I want to make progress, I will use the road.
by dan_b
18 Sep 2008, 1:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing
Replies: 14
Views: 1019

Something's a bit odd, because if I quote your post, the embedded quote inside it shows up perfectly, which suggests you're not doing anything wrong.

When you are typing the post, does it say "BBCode is ON" in the Options panel underneath the smilies. If not, have a look at your profile, or maybe contact a board admin.
by dan_b
17 Sep 2008, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can't increase Cadence.
Replies: 48
Views: 3093

Get a computer with a cadence sensor - that was the number one thing for me in improving cadence. There's enough to concentrate on while cycling already without having to count pedal revolutions while timing 60 seconds.
by dan_b
17 Sep 2008, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hills
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

The downside (so to speak) of flat rides is the headwind: there's no escape. I find headwinds far more dispiriting than hills: at least on an uphill you know it ends when you reach the top, whereas the wind can be entirely capricious
by dan_b
17 Sep 2008, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken chain: emergency roadside repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1600

KMC make a 10speed link that is apparently reusable - or at least, I have reused mine at least a few times without ill-effect so far
by dan_b
17 Sep 2008, 11:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano or Campag?
Replies: 36
Views: 2363

pete75 wrote:I sometimes think the toughest and longest lasting derailleurs must be those basic steel shimano sis ones. Fitted to 100's of utility bikes and they just seem to keep working with littleor no maintenance...

For some value of "working" - a lot of them make a hell of a lot of noise, and I bet if you stopped the owners and talked to them you'd find they were unable to get to certain ratios.
by dan_b
17 Sep 2008, 12:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can't increase Cadence.
Replies: 48
Views: 3093

If you're pedalling at 90 rpm and the need or opportunity arises to accelerate rapidly, I can see the usefulness of being able to "spin up" to 110 or 120 or whatever without having to ease off, mess around with gears, etc. That doesn't mean you want to pedal at these higher speeds ordinarily (and I agree with the other comments that it probably won't do much for average spped over any sustained period), just that it's another tool in the kit if and when the occasion demands.
by dan_b
16 Sep 2008, 4:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: riding with a cold
Replies: 15
Views: 1592

Sometimes you feel better for the fresh air, other times you don't. Do whatever's more comfortable.

From a racing/training POV, what kwackers said: don't. Training is about stressing your body and then letting it recover and "grow back stronger" - if you're not in a state to recover quickly, it's the wrong thing to do.

Coffee wrote:Get the fresh lemon, ginger and honey out!

Beer and a hot curry works for me. This is not medical advice
by dan_b
16 Sep 2008, 4:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why are gear inches rarely mentioned?
Replies: 24
Views: 1926

The gears on my nice bike run 35"-74 on the small ring and 52-110 on the larger, and I don't often wish for any more on either end (I don't think I've ever spun out on the top gear) but a change on the back is much snappier than the front, so I'm quite happy to have the five or so in the middle twice. If I were carrying luggage or touring the Dales it might be a different matter, but it's not a luggage bike it's a fun bike.
by dan_b
16 Sep 2008, 3:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: We cyclists should be re-named....
Replies: 8
Views: 1055

kwackers wrote: "he's ok mate - just doesn't like cyclists"

"That's fine, and I don't like dog owners. If he bites me, can I bite you?"
by dan_b
15 Sep 2008, 8:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police out in force in Richmond Park
Replies: 53
Views: 5820

If you don't know you're going slowly enough, slow down. I suggest that most of us can tell the difference between 12mph and 20.

Much the same advice could be given to drivers who don't have a breathalyser to establish whether they're sober enough to drive (say, the morning after a night out). If you want to push the limits you need to know them, but erring on the side of caution is unlikely to cause a problem.

[ edit: not wanting to argue against DaveP's point which I thought was fair enough, but I often see "but we don't have speedometers" used generally as a reason speed limits don't/shouldn't apply to bikes, and I for one don't buy it. Not being sent a tax return is no excuse not to pay tax on income that wasn't deducted at source ]
by dan_b
15 Sep 2008, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing
Replies: 14
Views: 1019

Jumping chain indicates chain wear and probably cassette wear, but the chainrings are usually made of sterner stuff and quite possibly still OK. If you're pally with your LBS, get them to proffer an opinion on it.

'Course, if you want to splash the cash on an upgrade anyway don't let me stop you :-)
by dan_b
15 Sep 2008, 7:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police out in force in Richmond Park
Replies: 53
Views: 5820

Dean wrote:A couple of years ago, a friend from London was staying in Scotch Corner

Isn't that in Knightsbridge?

gd&r
by dan_b
15 Sep 2008, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing
Replies: 14
Views: 1019

If you haven't seen it already, have a play with Sheldon's gear calculator, which will work out ratios for all combinations of chainring/sprocket you can throw at it, all at once.

I'd start by plugging each of your candidate options into it and see if they all have the coverage and the choices that you want. Don't forget that big-big and small-smll combinations will tend to accelerate chain wear (always used to be true, I assume it still is) so don't pick cogs that put your favourite ratios at one of these extremes
by dan_b
15 Sep 2008, 2:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: He has a point!
Replies: 21
Views: 1195

Youtube is an interesting case, because it has actually negotiated an arrangement with the PRS/MCPS such that artists whose music is downloaded on music get royalties paid. Presumably this is funded from ad revenue.

I'm not suggesting this is a perfect solution (if it's like most things the artist royalties collection bodies get involved in, I suspect it's rewarding the famous artists and fleecing the minor ones) but compared to most of the internet's nod-and-a-wink attitude to copyright infringement (ISPs practically collude in encouraging lawbreaking - how many of their customers really download 40 GB a month without stepping on any intellectual property toes?) it's an interesting one. Sorry, we're drifting a bit from TV licenses here ...