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EdwardZ

Member since Jan 2013 • Last active Jun 2017
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    Sealant to go? Mariposa Caffelatex comes in 60ml pouches. A single tubular takes around 30ml so it is sufficient for two tyres. The big bottles are cheaper but probably less economical. Conti Revo is quite similar and much cheaper but comes in larger bottle (smallest is 240ml) so need to portion out. Probably could fill into 30ml syringes-- available from your favorite chemist-- for the road...

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    Rather than the pressurised sealant cans, has anyone had success taking a bottle of something like Tufo extreme with them and adding in to the tub on the roadside after a puncture ?

    I used to sometimes carry a hypodermic syringe filled with latex milk. It did save the day on a few occassions as an emergency fix but was a bit messy. Mariposa now has a product called "Zot" that works in concert with their Cafélatex-- looks at least on paper a whole lot better and should suffer less from aging (latex emulsions needs to be fresh).

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    Not true sealant works even better with latex tubes but the sealant can cause the tube to stick together if left flat.

    That is the case with latex based sealants-- the ammonia used as an anti-coagulant evaporates. This should be less of a problem with Mariposa Caffélatex or Conti-Revo.

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    Or does 25mm tend to be a true 25mm?

    Tubulars tend, on the whole, to be pretty true to width. Depending upon construction their height, however, can differ a bit. Recall the shape of the tyre, in contrast to clinchers, is immutable to rim design. Tubular tyres are round. Given variation in roundness, etc. I'd avoid overly tight fits. Most frames, however, will accommodate 25mm tubulars. Some bicycles might have problems fitting Clement Campionato del Mondo (28mm) but they've been out of production for more than 30 years..

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    The frame is in Gan colours.

    My Gan livery Merckx is MXL.. Had it for 20 years and still love the colour scheme..

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    To save pubs.

    Might well have said "to find leprechauns, get their gold and balance the budget".. The impact of SDCs on the rural landscape is quite unclear. While the motorcar helped fuel suburbanization the SDC will quite likely fuel expansive urbanization.

    The assumptions needed, I think, to support SDCs as suporting rural pubs are (among others):

    • that rural pubs are interesting enough to get people wanting to visit them-- and they can retain their "charm", independance and real ale (many unique rural pubs were liquidated already decades ago).
    • that small British pubs can be profitable. Taxes (Ireland has the 2nd highest alcohol tax in EU, higher even than the UK which is placed 4th) have done much to undermine things and while leading to a stready decline of beer consumption in pubs has absolutely not "solved" bringe-drinking-- which remains particularly fashionable.
    • that people continue to have a taste for beer. On the whole, excluding binge drinking, beer consumption has been in consistent decline throughout Europe. Germany, for example, has seen average consumption constantly decline since the 1970s.
    • that SDCs are personally owned and have, if electric, sufficient range.


    In many urban areas special "bar" shuttles have been put in operation. They have not contributed much to increasing business but towards safety-- keeping drunks from driving.

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    I've asked this elsewhere but not in this (more appropriate) thread: Why does Speedplay package their "Coffee Shop" cleat covers as "Light Action" and "Zero" when the covers fit both and seem to be the same-- unless I've overlooked something?

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    Anyone experienced grease pouring out of the pedals after re-greasing?

    That is standard if you regreased-- as most people do-- by injection. This is especially true if the pedal was filled with black muck and one pushed grease through to purge the old.. The cavity gets so filled with grease that some fo the "extra" needs to go somewhere and that is ...

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    Oliver.. SDCs will indeed reclaim urban property. They transform motorcars into a service platform. Just we see the data center being shifted to some PaaS we also see vehicle ownership disolving into consumption of a service provided by some utility. SDCs don't need parking slots. Personally I see the future of SDCs being as a kind of public utility-- if not in many cases as a state operated service. Issues of road costs, taxation etc. parallel the issues with metropolitan rail, public bus services, electricity etc. in the last century. Sure we have seen re-privatization of rail and other services such as post and electricity in many places but other than telecommunications these moves have all failed-- often miserably. I might suggest the only reason that telephone communications has not crashed and burned was due to the extreme level of technological developments (and massive public investments)-- not that there has not been loads of crashes and burns in the telco sector (Colt, KPNQwest, WorldCom, Cable and Wireless, ....)

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