Mudguard gashing #cycling

To save on gashing one’s legs with mudguard stays:

  
First you need some rubber tape:

  
Cut off a piece:

  

Wrap/stretch around the end of the stay:

  

Trim it with some scissors:

  
The trimming helps mush the end up nice and good.

Clippy pedals #cycling

In all my years of cycling I’ve whimped out at the thought of clipless pedals (a.k.a. clip-in pedals). The price of them and shoes seemed to be putting me off too.

But it turns out there are cheap ones available and £60 will buy you shoes, SPD (Shimano) cleats and pedals. Before Christmas I purchased the shoes and cleats with a view of fitting to my single sided touring pedals that I’ve had in stock since I bought a bike several years back, that didn’t happen. Then I acquired some double sided SPD pedals from my brother, so I then had a couple of options that didn’t happen.

Yesterday:

  • I cleaned bluebell before swapping winter tyres for normal ones (she was pretty dirty and it’s a good idea to clean a bike before swapping tyres because you can then store the clean tyres).
  • I degreased my chain and tightened up the eccentric bottom bracket.
  • I fitted new brake blocks.
  • Re-indexed my gears…. Only kidding, I ride Rohloff 🙂

Then, I got carried away and in a fit of madness I fitted the pedals and put on my new shoes, cleats as loose as possible… Test ride around the garden… I don’t know what I was scared about!

   
These Shimano SH56 cleats allow easy sideways slide, twist or angled disengagement (I said it, it must be correct). The SH51 cleats are not for me and scare me, they are not for a learner like me. Since the cleats are cheap I may one day switch to them, but I can’t see why I would.

Other brands may be better or worse, I just went for what’s cheap and popular.

Here’s my attempt at a video showing my hand pulling and pushing the shoe in the right directions and then angling my foot (fishing???) to detach the shoe from the pedal:

  
First and probably last video! The birds in my back garden were mocking / heckling me.

Don’t fear cleats, just get easy release ones and setup the pedals for easy release.

I rode to work and back without falling off too, so can you!

I love new brakes.

Rohloff gear slipping #cycling @Rohloff_DE

A couple of weeks ago one gear on my Rohloff started slipping. I don’t know which gear, the numbers don’t matter to me and wore off my shifter years ago, but a guess would be 5.

Anyway, the slippage didn’t go away and happened every time I attempted to engage that gear.

After a week or more I got fed up and eventually decided to do something about it. I drained the oil, filled with Rohloff cleaning oil then road it for a week (10 X 12.5 miles). During the week it appeared to happen less and less until I forgot about it.

I then drained and re-filled with 50/50 oil and cleaning oil until the weather warms up (it’s not that cold here, but the mornings can be below 0C).

Cleaning oil did seep out and even made it onto my rim – which made for very odd rear wheel braking, mostly overbraking and locking the wheel up. Anyway, I cleaned the wheel, nothing else of course.

Bluebell is back to full working order and maybe next winter I’ll add a little cleaning oil.

New bike #cycling

I know some bloggers have a love and hate relationship with Halfords, but we picked up a fab looking bike and matching helmet for £75: 

 

I will straighten the handbars, don’t worry 🙂

The microphone/loud-hailer will hopefully break quickly.

My son has a balance bike already, so I’m debating removing the stabilisers, any thoughts appreciated.

Disconnected Entity Framework entity problems #dev #EntityFramework

Entity Framework is both a nice ORM and a confusing one, by default you get features that work well within a context scope, but outside (I.e. disconnected) it doesn’t work nicely. For example exceptions get thrown or navigation properties are emptied.

For work I wrote my own repository classes (as a lot of people do) that sit on top of Entity Framework and I use it a particular way. I’m more than happy with it and I can mix stored procedures with it when I need to.

I’ve put together some test cases that show some of the problems and some manual ways you can use it differently:

https://github.com/piddle/Piddle.EntityFramework.DisconnectedRepo

Granted, this might not be that useful to anyone other than me, but I don’t know until the gits voice an opinion.

New job means a new route #cycling #work

Today I celebrated the New Year with a test ride to the office I will be working at from Monday.

From the main roads there’s a choice of lanes or the horse poo covered tracks that take you over a lovely little bridge:

  

Which is over a little river that winds its way around the office, underneath the access road and another office:

  
From the road you go over the access bridge:

  
Around the back of the office:

  
And into the rack  

   
Notice the map (google maps print out) on top of my bar bag, no fancy gadgets for Christmas, not even a proper map!

Bluebell has a nice view from her parking space:

  
Much nicer than an underground car park.

The new route is 12.5 miles, longer than my previous normal route which was 8 miles, but less than the crazy mileage I did before that.

Winter gloves #cycling

I tried (and failed) to buy winter gloves, the reviews were either very positive of very negative. What works for one person doesn’t for another. They are expensive and without knowing which are good and which are bad there is no way I can buy them verses my normal winter solution.

Normally I wear full finger cycling gloves from autumn to spring, when the weather drops below (5 – 8C) I reach for a cheap pair of (thinsulate style) gloves to wear over the top. The full fingers gloves have cost £13 – £24 in the past, but currently I tend to be paying around £16 per pair. The cheap gloves I wear over the top cost between £5 and £10 per pair.

I prefer to pay £5 – £10 for gloves that sort of work vs taking a risk on £25+ gloves, given the fact that I already own the long finger gloves.

I fully expect I’d be more than happy with any of the winter gloves, maybe I need to go shopping to a real cycle shop and get my hands on them in person. What works for you?