Search found 3089 matches

by bigjim
25 Jun 2020, 2:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 655
Views: 18523

Re: C19 - Ending The Lockdown

mjr wrote:150 deaths a day even after months of lockdown is not a threat to public health? We must have different definitions of a health threat!

But the UK average death count is about fifteen hundred a day.
by bigjim
18 Jun 2020, 11:27am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling to lose weight
Replies: 90
Views: 11942

Re: Cycling to lose weight

I'm 15 stone and run regularly. I've been running regularly since my 20s. I suffer no injuries, knee or hip problems. At 71 my mileage and speed are well down but i find it an effective way to keep my weight in check and my spirits up. Always been a plodder though. Never a racing snake.
by bigjim
10 Jun 2020, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Greatest ever uk frame builder?
Replies: 123
Views: 11285

Re: Greatest ever uk frame builder?

Kieron wrote:Cheers, I've got a Raleigh Record Sprint. Not sure what forks are on it. But would you think 531 forks would be better? Cheers Kieron.

The Sprint was quite a light bike. The forks are quite slim and I don't think weigh that much. A very underrated bike. I've had three of them. The only weakness I've come across is the narrow chain-stays. I've found them to ride better than some 531 specced bikes.
by bigjim
9 Jun 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling to lose weight
Replies: 90
Views: 11942

Re: Cycling to lose weight

I run and cycle. Running is much harder on the body. You can never rest. I think you must burn many more calories running. I'm dripping with sweat after my pathetically slow run. Returning from even a hard bike ride I'm in much better shape.
by bigjim
27 May 2020, 12:52pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling to lose weight
Replies: 90
Views: 11942

Re: Cycling to lose weight

Has anybody been on those AI holidays when Spanish pensioners are there in their droves. The scramble for food at mealtimes is crazy. Plates are stacked high. Most of them are very overweight. That Mediterranean diet is not for me.
by bigjim
25 May 2020, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: Struggling with cantis

I am quite impatient as my long suffering wife will testify. I don't do queues for instance or suffer what I perceive as fools. I'm very much a Victor Meldrew. However, in the garage working on the bike I don't seem to mind. I usually end up doing most jobs twice, due to incompetence/stupidity I suppose and most small jobs always seem to turn into big ones. However I do seem to be able to carry on. I never use the LBS unless I don't have the tool for the job. If I'm stuck I'll use Youtube or ask on here. For instance one of my favourite bikes is off the road because I have a crankset that won't come off. I don't have that tuning style fork that you can put behind it and using a hammer, force it off. The LBS has one, but they are pulled out with work at the moment so, uncharacteristically, I'll have to be patient. Probably winter before I can get through the door. Pretty chuffed with my now, sharp full functioning Canti by the way.
by bigjim
24 May 2020, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: Struggling with cantis

The bike is being sold so better it is in original trim.
by bigjim
24 May 2020, 7:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: Struggling with cantis

Thankyou all.
All sorted. I found out after stripping it down again that one arm had a lot more tension than the other. Changed the spring in the low tension one and they lined up evenly. The cable did run through a slot but there are two slots so I changed the cable to the other slot and also fitted a longer link cable. Don't know if those latter options made a difference. There is a centreing screw on the drive side arm but it does'nt seem to do that much. I'm limited in how far I can lower the cable hanger due to the straddle link cables. I agree the sliding yoke system, with one straddle cable is a much better design. Some twiddling has now given me what appears to be a strong and effective rear brake. A ride out tomorrow will confirm. Yes I didn't pay attention during physics. My most hated subject. All levers, angles and pulleys.
Correct it is a very nice 90s Galaxy. Will be sorry to see it go.
Image
by bigjim
24 May 2020, 7:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 1586
Views: 38184

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

The lidl near me has a nice in store bakery. Also they are all over France and Germany. Very handy when touring as they have excellent rest rooms.
by bigjim
24 May 2020, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Re: Struggling with cantis

Brucey wrote:the brake cable is not routed correctly through the 'button'; it should be hooked over the projection into the presently empty slot in the back. But don't bother with that until you have fixed the other problems.

The brake blocks should not be that far through the eye bolts; the arms should be spread wider than that and the straddle set lower. Not sure how you centre-adjust that model of brake; it might be the sort where you can adjust it at the back of the LH arm (with the mounting bolt loose) and lock the adjustment by retightening the mounting bolt...?

The brake lever looks like one that will be completely unsuitable for use with a full V brake. BL-R400?

cheers

I can't set the blocks further back as they overlap the seat stays and that limits the travel.
by bigjim
24 May 2020, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 895

Struggling with cantis

I cant get these right. I had mini-vs on this but not impressed. However I'm selling the bike and wish to return to original spec. Re-installed these, but I cant get then centered. You can see the problem and I can't figure out the solution. Can anybody see where I'm going wrong. I'm thinking the brake link is too long but as it's orininal....? Plus will this Shimano brake lever pull a V Brake if I have to resort to this? Any help appreciated as always.
Image
Image
Image
by bigjim
10 May 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: C19 - Ending The Lockdown
Replies: 778
Views: 22838

Re: C19 - Ending The Lockdown

I wonder what all this cleanliness and social distancing is doing to the development of the immune systems in our precious little ones.
by bigjim
1 May 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: C19 - Ending The Lockdown
Replies: 778
Views: 22838

Re: C19 - Ending The Lockdown

Aldi, tesco and Asda near me have no flour or the local stores.. My wife has been looking for a couple of weeks..
by bigjim
30 Apr 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Careful out there - hit by a cab
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Careful out there - hit by a cab

Strange they open fine on my laptop.

Image
Image
by bigjim
30 Apr 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Careful out there - hit by a cab
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Careful out there - hit by a cab

Cameras are a must these days, and the instructions will certainly be online.

Spent some time googling and no instructions. No make or model on camera.
Image
Image