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by Dave Cox
30 Jan 2011 17:04
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Is the bicycle now poised for hi-tech re-invention?
Replies: 2
Views: 620

I had CVT on my Mobylette in 1962 ! I'm not sure that these innovations intersting as they are really re-invent the bike but the new electric assist bikes are game changers for some. Belt drives are fairly common at bikes shows if not on the road. I think they work with the new improved multi-geared...
by Dave Cox
29 Jan 2011 18:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brompton gears
Replies: 0
Views: 502

Brompton gears

I've got a well used Brompton L6 with a 2 speed derailleur and 3 speed Sram hub. The derailleur up shift has been playing up this winter and liberal lubrication, half hearted cleaning and whacking the leaver across wasn't working any more. This is a pity because although having all six speeds is not...
by Dave Cox
29 Jan 2011 18:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2743

Hi Andy, I go it from Byercycles in Clifton Beds they advertise in Cycle. Its a steel frame imported from Taiwan and not especially light but Richard Byers built it up to match my Mercian so it fits me well. I might have another go at posting a picture but not so sure about the dismount!!
Dave
by Dave Cox
28 Jan 2011 07:33
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2743

Learning to ride a fixed wheel

Inspired by reading about Major Taylor and riding a Pinarello hire bike at Newport, I've done the late life crisis thing and bought a fixed. Before Nov the last time I rode fixed was a front drive tricycle over 60 years ago! Getting on fine with a few awkward starts in traffic. But then relaxed and ...
by Dave Cox
23 Jan 2011 06:50
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: GPS? - HELP!!!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2177

Have a look in for sale! I've been to busy to really get to grips with mine mainly at the interface with the computer. A car like model suits me better. I suspect its a generational thing. When I was in my prime Oscar was churning out my club run lists on a roneo!
by Dave Cox
05 Nov 2010 17:46
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Aldi Specials - 3watt LED Torches
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Isn't that a dynamo ?
by Dave Cox
28 Oct 2010 20:27
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Neil due respect mate but I cant see you in a small jersey unless its made for Americans. I tried a small T shirt in Glastonbury Connecticut and Sue and I could fit in it.
by Dave Cox
13 Oct 2010 20:37
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2202

My stems are all less that 100mm now, looks a really good stable bike that will haul a load. Just get the reach measured from any standard point on the saddle to the mid point of the bars where you want it. Looks to be a great bike enjoy !!
by Dave Cox
13 Oct 2010 13:42
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2202

Hi Neil, Top tube length is critical to my mind. To mitigate neck and shoulder ache, I've gradually moved to smaller (shorter) frames as I've got older and invariably replaced the supplied stem with a shorter one and angled it up. I've not found steering twitchy when doing this (although a Bike Shop...
by Dave Cox
17 Sep 2010 20:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Silly saddles hit the big time
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Just you wait guys there will come a day when this will be just the ticket. Especially when they stop manufacturing Assos shorts and we all have to squeese into these bib things.
by Dave Cox
17 Sep 2010 13:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: The Mysteries of Handlebar Tape
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

I dont clean the bars first - works for me with Bontrager. I think its the masochistic riding you do - are you sure you arent biting into the bars???
by Dave Cox
02 Sep 2010 18:54
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Major (2008) Todd Balf, Three Rivers Press

I picked this up in Barnes and Noble in Glastonbury CT while visting our daughter Juliet and couldn't put it down. In fact it caused my only "cycling injury" of the trip. It's a biography of Major Taylor World Champion in the 1890s during the days when track, sprint and paced cycling swept the US, F...
by Dave Cox
19 Aug 2010 07:28
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Thanks Steve others have recommended it too. Will be visiting W H Smiths at Heathrow later !
by Dave Cox
17 Aug 2010 21:23
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Its some time since I read it but I agree with Ruth. The issues of losing a partner at such an age and with children, if he were to write more about them, would clearly be a different book. I've just re-read the last chapter, it may be written from a male perspective but I do think it is self aware ...
by Dave Cox
09 Aug 2010 13:09
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 25246

CTC Phil Liggett Challenge 150k Stannington Sheffield

One of CTC's flagship events. Tour of the Peak District National Park. Clear signposting and basic direction sheet. Phil Liggett holding court at the start while he replaced cut tyre! Friendly atmosphere, nice HQ but Oscar's car parking management puts CTC to shame. Takes in climbs at Bradfield, Bol...
by Dave Cox
01 Aug 2010 22:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Halfords cheap mountain bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 1121

Halfords cheap mountain bikes

Returning from Seans's pacey ride to Evesham I came across a young couple trying to fix the front wheel on one of their new Reebok MTBs from Halfords. They had had a good ride to City centre on the canal and were in Bounville when one of them noticed that the cam on the front quick release was hangi...
by Dave Cox
28 Jul 2010 22:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Deaigns in Folding Bicycles
Replies: 1
Views: 455

I've been a folder enthusiasts for 15 years or so. Just completed a short tour on the Brompton. Train Bournville- Manchester for CTC meeting, train Manchester to Skipton, bike Skipton to Grassington to meet friends at Grassington House Hotel, bike to Kilburn and overnight at excellent pub, bike to A...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 23:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brooks saddles
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Brooks saddles

Recently, the Birmingham Brooks works replaced a broken frame on my neigbour's B17 for £12. They rivetted it on while he waited in reception and in time for our mini-tour in Yorkshire Dales. This B17 was on a second hand Galaxy I bought for commuting in about 1975 and he got it when he bought my "be...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 22:03
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: George has another STD
Replies: 28
Views: 2538

Obvious point but radio transmitters like at Elmbridge produce this effect. Perhaps a secret GCHQ transmitter has been secreted under Ankerdine.
by Dave Cox
08 May 2010 22:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Cassette or Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2229

Well done Darren - enjoy !
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 14:02
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax
Replies: 82
Views: 14872

Steve and others. If anyone fancies a B run attempt in the summer planned out like an assualt on Everest with back up lights then I'd be up for it.
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 13:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Cycling Business Today.
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Excellent Albert I usually enjoy this programme which seems to be timed alongside quality time in the bike shed. Will look out for this one.

Dave
by Dave Cox
05 Apr 2010 22:00
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: RAIN JACKETS
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

I mostly wear a Pearl Isumi polyester jacket which works well enough and is bright yellow. I've also got a Gortex packlite jacket which is better but not so much better as to justify the price. Both keep the rain out for a while and keep me wet and warm thereafter. They are not like hiking jackets t...
by Dave Cox
03 Mar 2010 17:34
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

They weren't the snow tyre wheels Steve! Ruth I think the cantilevers and Clarkes pads make a difference but the fancy Specialised wheels probably aren't that good. Where do you get your winter wheels? Were they ready made or custom build? Anyone else got any advice on what to get next. Cheap wheels...
by Dave Cox
02 Mar 2010 21:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Check you rims

Just cleaned winter bike. Examined rear rim and noted little black spot -query hole. Small screwdriver investigation created much larger hole. Foil thin. 3000 miles 3rd winter. Clarkes brake pads from Halfords probably a mistake. There were nice roval wheels with stylish large flange hubs ! Last rim...
by Dave Cox
13 Feb 2010 22:12
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Retro Bells
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Retro Bells

I borrowed bikes from hotels to do short rides in India last year. The bikes were utilitarian but they had nice retro industrial quality bells. So I picked one up in the LBS in Delhi's Khan Market . The bell on my work bike finally stuck like a Toyota throttle the other week. I fitted my Indian bell...
by Dave Cox
07 Feb 2010 16:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wiki-Cartography in action
Replies: 10
Views: 1653

I can see that I am going to have to get a Garmin. My very old 139 OS Map is missing some roundabouts near Lavender Hall Fishery !!!
by Dave Cox
04 Feb 2010 21:18
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Hi Adrian, This provoked quite a debate over dinner - there's so much to recommend although Sue's caveat is if you dont like something put it down dont flog through it. I've finished some pretty hardgoing books on the other hand. Not a yet classic but if you've just read Lolita then "Reading Lolita ...
by Dave Cox
31 Jan 2010 20:08
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Marathon Race seem to work well on my winter bike - they are tough and to my mind feel good as well.
by Dave Cox
11 Nov 2009 22:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2162

I've been really pleased with the BBB ones - very robust and pretty waterproof.
by Dave Cox
25 Jun 2009 22:24
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 3016

I mostly use first generation Specialised Body Geometry saddles and I have an Avator on newer bike. Not completely pain free - but generally good for a day ride. The real test of saddles and shorts is the End to End day after day!
by Dave Cox
23 Jun 2009 21:16
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Jockey wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 2321

I'm no expert but I'd be surprised if they needed replacing, I dont think I've ever replaced any.
by Dave Cox
22 Jun 2009 17:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Another miracle cure for the saddle bag
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Glad you are walking again Steve, its a long haul back from Shutford when you are in pain. A lot of Audaxers rely on Ibuprofen I think I'll be packing them in future. My usual fix anadin extra is really only for hangovers. Hope you get completely fit again soon.
by Dave Cox
25 Feb 2009 17:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Additional computer/lighting mount?
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Gary, I've tried a couple of these. A neat carbon looking thing from Acor bought from Bike Pro Kings Heath High St and the Minoura Space Grip which is quite widely available - On Your Bike Digbeth or Harborne Cycle Surgery. Always more stuff on the bike but they work well especially for commuting or...
by Dave Cox
08 Dec 2008 06:18
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: END TO ENDERS
Replies: 22
Views: 4724

Roger Green will be sending you an account of our 1990 trip
by Dave Cox
07 May 2008 18:52
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why aren't more people using GPS?
Replies: 42
Views: 4709

As someone who never quite made the switch from Scalextric to video rally games I guess I'm a bit analogue. I like my OS Map on the handlebars and mourn the Barts 1/2 inch. However, I've found the GPS in cars handy in the US where maps are hopeless because its all so big and the coast is often too f...
by Dave Cox
16 Apr 2008 21:48
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 25246

Hell of the North Cotswolds

Hell of the North Cotswolds 50/100km This is a classic mainly off road reliability trial timed to coincide with the Paris-Roubaix Hell of the North Classic. Organisers are the Winchcombe Cycling Club and the Cheltenham and County Cycling Club and these guys really know their bridleways and permissi...
by Dave Cox
12 Jun 2007 21:30
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Yes I read Chris Smith's book straight after his talk and really got into his quirky take on long distance cycling. I am now reading Alistair Humphries Mood of Future Joys about a ride down Africa - not as good but another example of internet publishing. I've also read some time ago Mark Jenkins Off...
by Dave Cox
12 Jun 2007 12:09
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 26730

Books

Has anyone else read Tim Krabbe 's The Rider ? Recommended by Matt Seaton on BBC bookclub. Captures I think the essence of road racing. Just read it on holiday trip. Happy to lend.