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by monkimark
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Seemingly trivial things that annoy you
Replies: 15126
Views: 474258

Re: Seemingly trivial things that annoy you

“0.5 inch”. That is okay in written form (or 0.5”) but just sounds wrong verbally. Should be “1/2 inch” verbally. In my world anyway. :wink: In my world it should be 12.7mm, but I'd probably round it up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7x-RGfd0Yk I worked on a site recently where we were building ...
by monkimark
Wed Oct 16, 2019 08:51 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Seemingly trivial things that annoy you
Replies: 15126
Views: 474258

Re: Seemingly trivial things that annoy you

I think they collect from before rush hour through until well after (I see the wagons out at 6am but my bins don't get collected until 10-11am). I guess they could stop for 2 hours from 7-9am but somebody would have to pay the overtime and nobody who did that would win any contracts. It is annoying ...
by monkimark
Wed Oct 16, 2019 07:24 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

I did the Thames path commute from Hampton court to Hammersmith a couple of times earlier in the year, pleasant ride as long as you're early enough not to encounter too many pedestrians/dog walkers. Kingston is a bit of a faff though and I didn't bother with the return leg as I figured it's be a lot...
by monkimark
Wed Oct 16, 2019 05:42 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

Nothing of note apart from seeing a couple of stags having a bit of a wrestle down by pen ponds. Rubber side down all the way home last night and I now have the cx bike ready to go with guards and lights this morning. I realised last night that I've only fallen off the road bike twice (i fall off th...
by monkimark
Tue Oct 15, 2019 20:09 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: New Commuter/all rounder ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: New Commuter/all rounder ideas

Doesn't really qualify as 'a bit different' but how about one of the planet x titanium bikes? I think the Tempest has rack and mydguards mounts. I've been considering one for similar purpose but it's probably a bit too nice for the abuse it would get commuting in and out of london, especially if I m...
by monkimark
Tue Oct 15, 2019 07:48 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

Very annoying commute today. Went into the garage to discover that I'd forgotten to put the lights on the cx bike when I put the road tyres and mudguards back on, forecast was dry so I set off on the 'good' bike which I gave a good clean on sunday, half a mile down the road it starts pissing with ra...
by monkimark
Mon Oct 14, 2019 16:18 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: New Jockey Wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: New Jockey Wheels

I seem to remember that some jockey wheels have a bit of play in the top wheel but not in the bottom one. I'm sure that is the case on my CX bike (and possibly on the road bike and mtb but I've never checked), i think there are markings to distinguish the wheels from each other.
by monkimark
Thu Oct 10, 2019 20:58 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Where to park in london on saturday
Replies: 25
Views: 716

Re: Where to park in london on saturday

I work round the corner from Westfield, it's a very short walk to wood lane tube station and I think parking is around a fiver for the whole day. There's also a lego store Kids are free on the tube, just go through the disabled access door things at the station rather than the turnstiles. The road u...
by monkimark
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

I wouldn't be so sure, google maps gives me estimated driving time from home to work and it's always way longer than it takes me to cycle (I'm in ashtead)
by monkimark
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

Depends how far out you're riding from and which route. For me the motorbike is 45 minutes, bicycle is around 1hr 10 (18 miles into shepherds bush) doing 50mph up the A3 gives the motorbike a big advantage but once I get to putney there's probably no much in it. Riding into London is quicker on a bi...
by monkimark
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Campaign
Topic: Ban SUVs
Replies: 114
Views: 2417

Re: Ban SUVs

Perhaps instead of banning them, just require an extended driving test to prove that you can park it in a multi storey space without going diagonally across the next space or that you can drive down a residential street without needing to use both sides of the road - that should thin out their numbe...
by monkimark
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: First Road Bike/Gravel Bike .
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: First Road Bike/Gravel Bike .

I didn't find it particularly hard to adjust to drop bars (bought my first road bike after probably 15 - 20 years of mountain bikes) - they are different and they feel different because they're designed to do different things but I don't think it's anything that would cause a problem. I'm sure most ...
by monkimark
Fri Sep 27, 2019 15:11 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Stopping at shops without a lock?
Replies: 53
Views: 2552

Re: Stopping at shops without a lock?

Clever. I like it.
Alex222 wrote:I take a small luggage padlock. You can then use that, combined with your helmet straps, to lock the bike up.
Saves having to buy a new lock (as you probably have one lying around) and it is lighter to carry.
by monkimark
Tue Sep 17, 2019 15:04 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Scared on descents
Replies: 64
Views: 3263

Re: Scared on descents

I remember being told about counter steering when I first started riding motorbikes - I'd been happily doing it for a year but when I consciously though about it during a corner, it was deeply unhelpful as I ended up overthinking something that came quite naturally anyway.
by monkimark
Tue Sep 17, 2019 09:58 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Silly commuting racing
Replies: 74787
Views: 3930815

Re: Silly commuting racing

Entering the asl after the lights go red is the same as running a red light so yes 3 points and £100 in the unlikely event that they are caught in the act. Many years ago when I commuted up the CS7, not long after it opened, there was a 'crack down' on drivers stopping over the asl. It involved PCSO...
by monkimark
Mon Sep 16, 2019 08:14 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: normal Brompton vs Brompton Electric
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: normal Brompton vs Brompton Electric

Normal Brompton from £950, weight from 10.7kg Electric Brompton from £2595, weight from 16.6kg Would you get enough benefit out of the occasional long commute to justify spending an extra £1600 and carrying 60% more weight? I couldn't imagine that being a reasonable trade off for me. Why not just do...
by monkimark
Sat Sep 14, 2019 09:06 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Knocked off bike this morning, what do I do regarding carbon frame
Replies: 41
Views: 2565

Re: Knocked off bike this morning, what do I do regarding carbon frame

If you don't still have the remainder of the 10 year warranty then you're not being put back to where you were before the crash. I doubt the bike shop would be willing to confirm that just by looking at the outside so I would say new bike time. For a bike that can probably be bought for £1200 or so,...
by monkimark
Wed Sep 11, 2019 17:25 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Replacing Jagwire Inner Cables
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Replacing Jagwire Inner Cables

Jagwire cable sets come with end caps that have a protruding sheath for weather protection. Is that what you're looking at?
https://images.app.goo.gl/38PX7zyX9U8Zksha9
by monkimark
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: The Hub
Topic: HELP! My crank has died and I have no knowledge to help
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: HELP! My crank has died and I have no knowledge to help

Fair enough. Once you've established what the problem is, Youtube is your friend for jobs like this. If nothing else, at least you'll know what is involved for a bike shop to do it for you. You can get a pretty small BB removal tool to use with a spanner for not much over a fiver. https://www.youtub...

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