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Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 1:00pm
nickpaton wrote:You need a DC regulator between the dynamo and battery, as dynamo outputs nominally 6V alternating current (AC).

It might bear repeating that hubdynamo's are rated [6V, 3W] which they will sorta do at normal speeds when paired with the correct bulb. But it is misleading to think of them in turns of 6V, as they will happily turn out 240AC: you just have to pedal hard enough (okay, 125mph or so) and connect the right load. If a dynamo is left to it's own devices it will push 0.5 amps in to the system, the resulting voltage depends on the load.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:37pm
There was a lot in the CTC mag a few years back. It was surprising how many Sold Secure Gold gave in to a big set of bolt croppers. Stubby bottle jacks defeated almost everything.

yet another incident, in Stoke Newington London this time

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 11:50am
if mentioned any where else then delete or flag

Witness appeal after male cyclist seriously injured after argument with female driver

request for info by the police to catch this *************

http://road.cc/content/news/179375-witness-appeal-after-male-cyclist-seriously-injured-after-argument-female-driver#sthash.9QJw6JSd.dpuf

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 11:04am
661-Pete wrote:May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

In nearly 60 years of cycling, that's not too bad a record!
So have I. I was 13 / 14 and was adjusting my front brakes at the time!

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 10:47am
I don't have the link but it was a quick Google search. I'm too lazy to go beyond page 2 and most often page 1 so it should be easy to find. IIRC it's London cyclist or one of the magazine/commercial forum reviews where they use a retired, unnamed bike thief to test the locks. If it helps the site boasted that they've never failed to break a lock. Something about having the expertise of professional bike thieves.

IIRC this lock failed in less time than sold secure silver rating, then they upgraded the lock and it lasted about silver rated time but not gold. Basically got the impression that they considered it less secure than other gold rated locks.

There's a scene around the world for picking/breaking locks, even a world championships you know. I believe there's even a hack shop in London running classes in how to make the pick and IIRC it's called the anvil that.they work the pick against the lock mech with and how to use those tools. I reckon there's the expertise to pick any sold secure rated lock. The thing is always time.

Sold secure IMHO is not to be relied on. Look to the foreign standards and rely on them, not sold secure which is really an insurance scheme. I think the German or Dutch standards carry out more severe tests than sold secure.

Re: LLC - Harlech

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 10:25am
The hills behind Harlech were one of the highlights for me both times I've done LLC. I would do them. In particular the road through Eisingrug is superb, but it is very tough.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 10:10am
I'm assuming that your interview wasn't recorded?

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 10:07am
Tonyf33 wrote:As for the unexpected twist, an inspector is going to give me a call.

You are JB Priestley and I claim my £5

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:44am
Also look at the Axa headlamp which has a USB charging socket. Rose stock it.

Re: Backup drivetrain bits

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:43am
thornie1543 wrote:How do you guys get the cassette off to zip tie the freewheel to the spokes if you haven't got the tools? ( I,m sure I could do it in a pinch but tips are always good) and instruction on how to tie the freewheel to the spokes would be handy for me to know just in case ,thanks for any info.

You don't take the cassette off: simply run the zip ties through the slots on the largest sprocket and round the spokes. Ideally several zip ties is best.
In emergency use a front spoke.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 9:37am
brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)

I get this fairly frequently when I drive to work, so it's not just a bike thing. I need to turn right into the office car park, across 2 lanes; it's normally someone in either a van or a large 4x4 that stops in the outside lane, blocking my view of the inside lane. I don't move unless I know that both lanes (and the entrance) are clear, which often results in rude gestures from the person who thinks they are doing me a 'favour'. It's really a question of the driver not having a real understanding of the road environment, and that is a bit worrying - as often as not there is nothing behind the stopped car (in their lane) so simply continuing would have been better. When I cycle in, I approach from the other direction, so this issue doesn't arise.

Re: this video is going viral

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 9:33am
I think Kwackers' example is certainly one I'd have called out - to the point of 'politely' advising the driver there and then, to search for their number plate on the 'tube - at any rate!

But it's easy to say such things with hindsight. Often, one doesn't want to waste time - let it go.

And often enough I capture what I think may be something 'interesting' on my camera, but when I come to play through the video again, I think, "nah, not worth bothering about". In fact such an incident occurred yesterday. Same set-up as the 'Eastbourne' vid, but in my case what happened was a motorist overtook me, pulled in in front, then braked in front of me. This was on a downhill and I was forced to brake too. The motorist then turned into a private entrance on the left. I uttered a few choice turns of phrase at the time, but on looking through the video again, I don't think it's worth it.... so no upload to Youtube.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 8:49am
brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)
Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.

Having said that, surely someone ceding priority is generally trying to be helpful? I understand sometimes it is better not to accept their kind offer, depending on other surrounding events and traffic, but I would not shout at the "offender" - just adds to the anti-cyclist impression some folks have. Maybe it's different in Germany?

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 2:29am
Ortliebs are a good fit for a Condor Fratello owner, I reckon - quite smart and definitely quality. Just got to choose the colour.

My own panniers, old Karrimor Iberians, are a third lighter but a bit more faff with double bagging sleeping bag etc. They do have the terrific big rear pockets, great for the two 1.5l Volvics on the biggest sunniest mountain days. I'd miss those. They're odds-n-ends pockets when the weather is less scorchy.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:23am
Tonyf33 wrote:Nowt to do with the language and I told the pc we both exchanged pleasantries. . I called him a fornicating disgrace of a human being and that I was stood at least 5 metres away.

Anywsy it's pointless trying to get anything from the initial incident but if the inspector bothers to call me (was supposed to be today) then I will be making the complaint formal and wanting an investigation into why I was interrogated, bullied/intimidated as well as antagnoised through being rudely interrupted constantly and the constant and deliberate use of repeat signifying. I'm a member of the public that was requiring help and protection from an errant motorist whom on another day could have killed or seriously injured me, but I was spoken to as if I was a criminal being interrogated.
This person is out of control and needs taking out of the force, its clear what his intention was and I'm not letting this jerk get off scott free.
Maybe also keep jumping back to the fact that all you are trying to avoid somebody getting killed by a driver who considers totally unsafe driving around vulnerable road users acceptable. He was lucky this time but next time (and there is bound to be a next time) Police might easily be giving evidence at a coroner inquest.

Ian

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:17am
Nowt to do with the language and I told the pc we both exchanged pleasantries. . I called him a fornicating disgrace of a human being and that I was stood at least 5 metres away.

Anywsy it's pointless trying to get anything from the initial incident but if the inspector bothers to call me (was supposed to be today) then I will be making the complaint formal and wanting an investigation into why I was interrogated, bullied/intimidated as well as antagnoised through being rudely interrupted constantly and the constant and deliberate use of repeat signifying. I'm a member of the public that was requiring help and protection from an errant motorist whom on another day could have killed or seriously injured me, but I was spoken to as if I was a criminal being interrogated.
This person is out of control and needs taking out of the force, its clear what his intention was and I'm not letting this jerk get off scott free.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:04am
I feel quite sorry for the poor cyclist. In my opinion his own fault, but must have hurt, lapse of attention, maybe a bit tired and what was probably a good ride becomes a bad ride in no time atall.

Makes me feel a bit sad for the guy. I'm sure he had some nasty bruises and injuries to recover from and I'm sure wont be making the same mistake again. Lucky the car was not damaged. I did think that car driver was very reasonable. I could imagine quite a few drivers coming out furious claiming the entire back of their treasured car was ruined beyond repair and demanding insurance company details, etc.

Ian

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:24am
My reassuringly expensive Ortleib bike roller city's cost £51 from bike plus three years ago and have completed five tours, still as good as new.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 12:15am
May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

In nearly 60 years of cycling, that's not too bad a record!

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:08am
Having used Ortlieb for a dozen years and more I still haven't found anything that works better or is genuinely lighter with the same performance. The new fixings are very easy to set up and as my original bags are still in use without having replaced anything - well that takes some beating. The moral is buy well, buy once. (Btw - avoid the City bags, the closure system is awkward to use and you don't get the useful organiser.)

For a 10 day non camping trip i'd use a pair of front bags on the rear. Plenty big enough for all your gear but enough room for stuff you might buy on the way - books, gifts etc, it's easy to be so minimalist space wise you can't carry even an extra hanky! Of course i'd use a bar bag for the valuables and snacks and the spares etc go under the saddle in a seatpack - you don't want to be opening bags to get to that stuff, it'll almost certainly be raining!

You haven't mentioned your rack, i'd suggest a Tortec Velocity rack - minimalist, light but able to happily take your ten day load or more, bonus is the low price, under £20 in some stores.
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