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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3850 on: March 21, 2020, 08:34:08 pm »
I did a 44km loop heading west, and experienced very similar. Lots of walkers and cyclists, with the majority of the latter appearing to be 'non-enthusiasts' just out for a bimble. Drivers were brilliant too, with more than usual needing me to wave them through when they were being a bit too cautious.

It felt more warming than usual to have the acknowledgement from other cyclists.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3851 on: March 23, 2020, 11:44:01 pm »
Looks like the not-an arrow will need to be postponed?? No pubs open for a while and such like. I think I'll cancel my booking at the hotel tomorrow.
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3853 on: March 24, 2020, 09:10:32 am »
Looks like the not-an arrow will need to be postponed?? No pubs open for a while and such like. I think I'll cancel my booking at the hotel tomorrow.

I've just emailed to cancel my reservation  :'(  There doesn't seem to be a cancellation button.  I was really looking forward to the Not-The-Arrow.  We shall have to do it once this unpleasantness is out the way.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3854 on: March 26, 2020, 05:16:54 pm »
Fixie folk...

In the past I've got up TMNH on BJ the Fixie but its been a real struggle.  I had a go the other morning and had to get off and push up the steepest bit rather than do myself a mischief; its not a leg thing, I just run out of puff.

BJ's chain ring is 44T, at the moment his cog is 18T but I have a 22T which I could try.  Obviously I could just give it a go rather than ask daft questions here and I shall but does anyone else have experience of 44x22?  I imagine its quite spinny.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3855 on: March 26, 2020, 05:39:47 pm »
53-54 inches, could be difficult down hill and on the flat. Doesn’t hurt to try though.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3856 on: March 26, 2020, 06:27:02 pm »
53-54 inches, could be difficult down hill and on the flat. Doesn’t hurt to try though.

Actually, come to fink of it BJ has a flippy / floppy hub so I could put the bigger cog on the other side.  At the mo there's a freewheel on there, which I think I remember someone saying were bastards to get off but it's worth investigating.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3857 on: March 26, 2020, 07:07:55 pm »
From 18 to 22 might need a different chain length.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3858 on: March 26, 2020, 07:11:13 pm »
From 18 to 22 might need a different chain length.

Yes I had thought about that. I think once I have finished Fred’s cleaning, servicing and upgrade programme I will turn my attention to BJ. Dakota has already been done.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3859 on: March 26, 2020, 07:22:49 pm »
Actually, come to fink of it BJ has a flippy / floppy hub so I could put the bigger cog on the other side.  At the mo there's a freewheel on there, which I think I remember someone saying were bastards to get off but it's worth investigating.
If the hub is designed for free/fixed, the free side might not be threaded to accept a locknut to use with the fixed cog. Depending on the make/model of freewheel you'll need a specific tool (and from experience a very large spanner and the ability to put your whole bodyweight on it).

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3860 on: March 26, 2020, 07:32:42 pm »
Actually, come to fink of it BJ has a flippy / floppy hub so I could put the bigger cog on the other side.  At the mo there's a freewheel on there, which I think I remember someone saying were bastards to get off but it's worth investigating.
If the hub is designed for free/fixed, the free side might not be threaded to accept a locknut to use with the fixed cog. Depending on the make/model of freewheel you'll need a specific tool (and from experience a very large spanner and the ability to put your whole bodyweight on it).

If needs be I’ll walk it round to BFC’s house!  In my experience he’ll fix most issues in exchange for beer  :-*

Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3861 on: March 26, 2020, 07:58:03 pm »
Many years ago when I had a fixed cycle (a hobbs grass track)I ran a58 inch gear which I could just get up a 1in7 hill with. I found that it was easier to slow down than when I used a 72 inch gear. I remember riding the beech hill 200 using it and riding out to wild camp at the site of the Roman town of silcester , :)
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3862 on: March 27, 2020, 10:07:41 am »
I rode the lumpy old "Dorset Coast" 200km a couple of times on fixed. Firstly on 65", then lowered to 60" the following year, but to be honest I still walked the same steeper hills (Abbotsbury and Spyway, just about keeping up with Brian Callow on the latter, he tacking on the very narrow lane, back wheel hardly moving) and downhill was on the brakes a lot to avoid kneecaps going onto orbit.

In Essex at least, I find 65" best for winter and 72" the rest of the time, though 75" is good for the Fens and I have managed to grind it up the 10% climb of Canwick Hill south out of Lincoln. The advantage of a lower fixed gear in winter, to me (apart from generally lower fitness) is the ability to stay seated on climbs, which gives a bit more control and traction on slippery surfaces.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3863 on: March 27, 2020, 10:36:13 am »
If needs be I’ll walk it round to BFC’s house!  In my experience he’ll fix most issues in exchange for beer  :-*

Sensible approach - BFC will definitely get it sorted  :thumbsup:

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3864 on: March 27, 2020, 10:50:58 am »
If needs be I’ll walk it round to BFC’s house!  In my experience he’ll fix most issues in exchange for beer  :-*

Sensible approach - BFC will definitely get it sorted  :thumbsup:

I just have to finish re-taping Fred's bars, I've reverted from down tube to bar end shifters, and then I will turn my attention to BJ.  Not only can I have a look at his gearing but I have some Midge bars to try on him.  They worked really well on Son of Oscar the Ribble, not quite as good as the Salsa Woodchippers I have on Fred, but much less expensive!

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3865 on: March 31, 2020, 10:28:32 am »
I wonder if the doggers are still down at Hurrells Lane ford.  You'd hope not as I'm not sure social distancing works with dogging.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3866 on: March 31, 2020, 10:30:40 am »
I wonder if the doggers are still down at Hurrells Lane ford.  You'd hope not as I'm not sure social distancing works with dogging.
No need to social distance with members of the same household van  :facepalm:
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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3867 on: March 31, 2020, 10:59:41 am »
I wonder if the doggers are still down at Hurrells Lane ford.  You'd hope not as I'm not sure social distancing works with dogging.
No need to social distance with members of the same household van  :facepalm:

We should send someone to check.  Who lives nearest...?

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3868 on: March 31, 2020, 01:19:44 pm »
Jem has a fondness for getting dirty knees at Hurrells Lane ford, she may be happy to carry out a reconnaissance.

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3869 on: March 31, 2020, 02:26:07 pm »
Jem has a fondness for getting dirty knees at Hurrells Lane ford, she may be happy to carry out a reconnaissance.

Very public spirited!

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3870 on: March 31, 2020, 07:59:18 pm »
I wonder if the doggers are still down at Hurrells Lane ford.  You'd hope not as I'm not sure social distancing works with dogging.
No need to social distance with members of the same household van  :facepalm:

My brother (AKA The Danbury Dogger) says it's never been the same down Hurrells Lane since huggy sold his white van, you know, the one with the mattress in the back :o

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3871 on: March 31, 2020, 08:01:10 pm »
Jem has a fondness for getting dirty knees at Hurrells Lane ford, she may be happy to carry out a reconnaissance.

Very public spirited!

I'll point her in the right direction tomorrow morning on her way to work :thumbsup:

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Re: ACME Miscellany
« Reply #3872 on: April 01, 2020, 11:07:56 pm »
I wonder if the doggers are still down at Hurrells Lane ford.  You'd hope not as I'm not sure social distancing works with dogging.

Get down there in your NCN Ranger outfit and spray paint some 2 metre distancing lines.
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

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