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by meanredspider
Sun Jul 29, 2018 07:46 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Being Prosecuted on the back of reporting someone else?!
Replies: 40
Views: 3379

Re: Being Prosecuted on the back of reporting someone else?!

In which case your ire at the cabby is somewhat ironic, you’ve also heeded the traditional Arab saying of ‘before going seeking revenge, first dig two graves’ as you seem to have buried yourself here with your own evidence. Yup - or as The Bard put it “hoist with your own petard” (blown up by your ...
by meanredspider
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Shall we have a Brompton thread?
Replies: 73
Views: 4078

Re: Shall we have a Brompton thread?

TGOTB wrote:MRS - No need to keep repeating yourself - I think we've all got the message that you don't like Bromptons...


:wink: <<<<
by meanredspider
Fri Jul 27, 2018 08:29 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Shall we have a Brompton thread?
Replies: 73
Views: 4078

Re: Shall we have a Brompton thread?

mroli wrote:
Jonny_Trousers wrote:
The guy in the shop I talked to told me that if he was just using a Brompton for either end of a train commute he’d opt for a M, as it’s noticeably more comfortable and handles better.


Doesn't look as good though. :evil:


You can’t polish a turd :wink:
by meanredspider
Thu Jul 26, 2018 14:09 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: TRP Hy/RD - To bleed or replace? Disk brake help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1203

Re: TRP Hy/RD - To bleed or replace? Disk brake help needed

I very much doubt they need bleeding. People bleed full hydraulic brakes far too often. These aren’t even full hydraulic. From what you describe, my money would be on early faulty design (not compensating for wear) or incorrect installation after cable install (which even LBS do)
by meanredspider
Sun Jul 01, 2018 13:45 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Who's still commuting on rim brakes?
Replies: 58
Views: 3566

Re: Who's still commuting on rim brakes?

hyd disc may have a different feel as the pad wears out, but on mechanical Ive had it several times where Ive started off feeling comfortable with stopping power starting off and mid ride pulled the brake lever and nothing happened as youve just worn enough of the material off the pad so it makes n...
by meanredspider
Fri Jun 22, 2018 21:40 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Expected lifetime of a Di2 Battery? Dead after 3 years?!
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: Expected lifetime of a Di2 Battery? Dead after 3 years?!

7 years, 5 years and 3 years and counting....
by meanredspider
Mon May 21, 2018 18:23 pm
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: Opportunity to TT on a motor-racing circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 3028

Re: Opportunity to TT on a motor-racing circuit

I'm not certain but I'm fairly sure Castle Coombe is hired and all the events there are arranged by a volunteer cycling enthusiast. You may well be right but it must be peanuts to hire because they can’t be using the track for cars at that time and, if you were hiring the track at motorsport rates,...
by meanredspider
Sat May 19, 2018 08:33 am
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: Opportunity to TT on a motor-racing circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 3028

Re: Opportunity to TT on a motor-racing circuit

More circuits should do this. Castle Combe does it once a week and throws the circuit open from 5.30pm until dusk. Good PR in the local community and no impact to the surface.
by meanredspider
Thu May 10, 2018 17:22 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Dent in alu. fondriest frame
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Dent in alu. fondriest frame

Veronese68 wrote:I’d ride that.


Me too. Aluminium tends to strain harden so it might actually be stiffer. Inspect it for cracks every now and then to be sure. But, frankly, I would not give it a second thought.
by meanredspider
Mon Apr 30, 2018 20:39 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Discs: Big thread?
Replies: 113
Views: 3547

Re: Discs: Big thread?

I wasn’t going to bother posting but people seem to think this post makes sense. It actually has most of the misconceptions that exist about braking. Greater stopping power in throughly wet conditions. In dry conditions the stopping power of rim brakes always exceeds the grip of the tyres Which is e...
by meanredspider
Fri Apr 27, 2018 19:50 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Shall we have a Brompton thread?
Replies: 73
Views: 4078

Re: Shall we have a Brompton thread?

Did you pull a wheelie ;-) That picture BTR has posted shows just how easy it is - with the saddle pushed back because the frame is so small, your butt is almost behind the contact patch of the rear wheel. Sitting upright and giving the pedal a bit of oomph, the front wheel is up before your know i...
by meanredspider
Fri Apr 27, 2018 15:15 pm
Forum: Campaign
Topic: Latest Dutch road death statistics are alarming.
Replies: 6
Views: 5484

Re: Latest Dutch road death statistics are alarming.

It’s difficult to compare stats between the two countries. My own experience is that when I was actually on a normal road, it was FAR more dangerous in NL than UK. It’s almost as if Dutch motorists aren’t expecting bikes on roads and don’t know how to deal with them. I had more near misses in a coup...
by meanredspider
Sun Apr 22, 2018 18:28 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Shall we have a Brompton thread?
Replies: 73
Views: 4078

Re: Shall we have a Brompton thread?

What’s not to like? Horrible to ride, frames too small (or won’t fit between Dutch train seats), pull unintentional wheelies at every set of lights, very non-aero position, stupidly expensive baggage, crappy dynamo and horribly unstable - if you slide, you’re going down... :evil: :wink: Fortunately...
by meanredspider
Mon Mar 19, 2018 16:26 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Cycling glasses recommendation
Replies: 75
Views: 4790

Re: Cycling glasses recommendation

Assos Zegho's are by far the best glasses I've ever used. The Carl Zeiss lenses are superb, they don't fog up, and they are huge so you get full frame free vision. They don't put pressure on the side of your head, but also don't slip, in fact they are so comfortable that it's easy to forget you are...
by meanredspider
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Bedding in new winter studded tyres?
Replies: 58
Views: 2960

Re: Bedding in new winter studded tyres?

Not read the whole thread but I quickly learned that I might as well be on Ice Spiker Pros on my MTB as Marathon Winters on the CX. There was only a small amount in it on my 25km each way commute but the Ice Spikers were 100% reliable on even the worst ice. Because Marathon Winters are so heavy, the...
by meanredspider
Wed Feb 28, 2018 17:08 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Rejecting a 2nd hand car ?
Replies: 39
Views: 1588

Re: Rejecting a 2nd hand car ?

I rejected a used car from a dealer a year or so back. They were going to repair it but they kept reneging on their promises. I then just rejected it. I even got costs for returning it from Bristol back up to Inverness. I’d just outright reject it. It will focus their minds. It also puts a timeline ...
by meanredspider
Wed Feb 21, 2018 17:47 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Alpe d'Huez Beginner
Replies: 134
Views: 8727

Re: Alpe d'Huez Beginner

and the chances are you'll hit that gear on the first ramp, and stay in it for the rest of the climb. Ha - on my 6th ascent of the Alpe in the day, I was so mentally exhausted that I did the first 3 ramps in my 28 rather than my 30 before I realised. I trained mostly on the total flatness of N Holl...
by meanredspider
Sat Feb 17, 2018 17:22 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Earthquake!
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Earthquake!

The luck I’ve had recently, the bloody thing didn’t even damage the house so I’m still going to need to pay for the demolition and rebuilding! Would it have appeared suspicious if just the bit I need knocking down went whilst the rest of the area hardly noticed the tremor?
by meanredspider
Sat Jan 27, 2018 09:05 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Do i buy disc brake road bike?
Replies: 40
Views: 3735

Re: Do i buy disc brake road bike?

I run a HyRd on a 160 disc on the front and a BB7 on a 140 disc on the rear.
by meanredspider
Fri Jan 26, 2018 18:22 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Do i buy disc brake road bike?
Replies: 40
Views: 3735

Re: Do i buy disc brake road bike?

Limiting factor [for discs] is rubber to road grip , it's very easy to lock up if your not careful or take your weight off the saddle. I’ve mostly stopped posting but this statement is simply wrong (regardless of what brakes you are using). Brake progressively with just the front wheel in anything ...

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