Q&A

Driver is claiming against me - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I’ve been in a traffic incident and would like to understand the potential consequences. It happened on an unregulated intersection. I was riding straight on and an oncoming driver was turning right. My bike is damaged, as is the car – his front bumper and left door. Luckily, a police car was passing by and stopped. I have a CAD number, the driver’s details, and a photo of his car showing the number plate. I don’t know what the police registered in their files.

 
 
Escaping labyrinthitis - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I had labyrinthitis recently, causing nausea and balance problems. Is it cycling related? How can I avoid it?

 
 
Different width tyres - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
My alloy/carbon road bike has 23mm tyres. I’d like to fit something wider, having switched from 23mm to 28mm on another bike, with noticeable improvements to comfort and rolling. But although I have room for 25mm on the front, there is very little clearance under the seat stay bridge. Would there be any advantage in having a 25mm on the front? I suspect it would be better the other way round but that won’t work. Would there be any disadvantage in having odd tyre sizes?

 
 
Mounting & dismounting - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
At the age of 84, I can cycle well enough but I’m having trouble getting on and off my bike easily. I’ve considered a step-through Dutch roadster but they generally have a limited range of gears. I’ve lowered my carrier and my saddle to get more clearance. Maybe there’s a simple solution that I’ve overlooked?

 
 
Heart-rate spikes - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I have been alarmed by some readings on my heart-rate monitor. I am a fit, 63-year-old cyclist. My maximum heart rate used to be around 180, but I’ve had the odd spike above 200. Normally, these spikes occur near the start of a ride. I discussed this with my GP who, after a 24-hour monitor, pronounced me fit and well. Last night, I did a 10-mile time trial without warming up properly. My HR quickly went up to about 220, and stayed high for a few minutes.

 
 
Restoration problem - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I have a 1982 Mercian, which had a Regina 5-speed freewheel and double chainwheel until 2010, when the block fell to bits. The rear dropouts were 122mm or thereabouts. I had the stays opened out by a frame builder to 130mm to take a modern wheel, which it did perfectly. However, the chainwheels will no longer line up satisfactorily with an 8-speed cassette. On the outer rear sprockets, the chain line is so far out that it eventually pulled a side plate off the chain.

 
 
Saddlebag support - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I’ve bought an anatomical saddle after years riding on Brooks leather ones. It is comfortable but lacks eyes under the seat to support a saddlebag. I want these bag loops.

 
 
Double-leg cycle kick stand - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I am looking for a strong, stable but lightweight double-leg cycle stand. Can you recommend one?

 
 
Adjusting gears - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
Is there a technique for setting the Shimano derailleur gears found on mountain bikes? With constant use, these gears often start to miss a cog or will not go in at all. I’m struggling to adjust them as I do not know which screw is which. Could they not be different colours?

 
 
Better braking - 20 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I have a Batribike 20 tricycle but am struggling to apply the rear brake effectively due to tenosynovitis in my left hand. This rarely causes trouble, except that I now live halfway up a steep hill and need to brake my trike fairly forcibly. In the last month, I have ridden the trike a lot in Holland where I had no trouble at all. Have you any helpful ideas?

 
 
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