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Letters – A to B 48

Love It! Well done the Brentford boys! I bought my first Brompton eight years ago, and I loved it from Day One, but I soon created a long list of improvements I’d like. Each time Brompton does a product update, my list gets shorter until it’s now down to half a dozen items.Wider gear ratios, […]

Letters – A to B 47

Letters – A to B 47

  A Rheilen at Blaenau Thank you for giving me the opportunity to respond to your article on North Wales, and specifically to clear up any misconceptions about connections between the Conwy Valley and Ffestiniog railways. Clearly you had to act on the advice you were given that connections could not be guaranteed.This being a […]

Letters A to B 46 – Folder Restrictions, Giant Lafree

Letters A to B 46 – Folder Restrictions, Giant Lafree

By ‘Eck! I spotted this bicycle in a quiet (but hilly) Derbyshire lane near where I live.Talking to its creator, it’s based on a Giant Lafree electric bicycle, supplemented with a Heinzmann front hub motor and controller, and a generator providing a charge for the battery. Assistance can be adjusted to suit – from full […]

Letters – A to B 45

Letters – A to B 45

Jaundiced and Amateurish The consensus here is that you have not done yourself any favours with the recent Birdy Black test (A to B 44).Whilst we know people will form their own opinions, the feel of the test is both jaundiced and amateurish for what is normally a very professional publication. Our main bone of […]

Letters – A to B 44

Spuds at the Ready Lads… Great idea (Whacky Fringe, letters A to B 43) to let us have a go at scaring the wits out of the media.We need overtaking cameras on bicycles that dish out fines according to a set formula. For example, a gap of two metres between cyclist and passing car, no […]

Letters A to B 43 – front changers . regenerative braking . semi-recumbents . small tyres

Letters A to B 43 – front changers . regenerative braking . semi-recumbents . small tyres

Climb Every Mountain Regarding Brompton gears (A to B 42), those who own the 6-speed machine would no doubt do well to experiment with sprocket changes, but owners of older machines (which I believe cannot be economically upgraded) don’t have this option. I think that the principal objection to multiple chainrings is that, so far […]

Letters – A to B 42 – 150mm cranks . Brompton . GoBike . Peak Oil . ScotRail

Letters – A to B 42 – 150mm cranks . Brompton . GoBike . Peak Oil . ScotRail

Peaking Early? Martin Snelus comments on concerns over oil in A to B 41.When I went to school in the ‘60s I never expected to be able to drive a car – oil was going to run out before I reached driving age. When I was at University in the 1970s and went through the […]

Letters – A to B 41 – auto gears, cycle paths, electric folders, helmets, politics, tricycles

New Labour, Tired Old Policies While its title suggests that it is not exclusively a cycle magazine, I did subscribe to A to B expecting to read primarily about bicycle use, design and innovation, and I’m not entirely dissatisfied. But after two issues, I’m starting to get a little grudging about the space devoted to […]

Letters A to B 40 – Lights . Pavements . SolarTracker . Statistics . Trikes

Statistics & Damn Statistics I would like to throw a little light on the understandable confusion regarding the DfT’s cycling statistics that you discussed in the December issue (Mole, A to B 39).The recent change from showing a decline to a rise in cycle use, as I understand it, is related to the emphasis put […]

Letters – A to B 39 – Airlines . Azip . Bike-Hod . Brompton . Giant SuXes . Italy

Brompton Frame-Seat PLEASE could you tell us how you begged/borrowed/made/bought the Brompton tagalong Alexander is riding (page 33, A to B 38)? Maybe I’ve missed it, but I can’t find details of this in an earlier issue. We have been trying to find a solution for a while of how to carry bicycles for the […]

Letters – A to B 38 – Brompton . Ezee Forza . Ryanair . Solar power . Swing arms

Letters – A to B 38 – Brompton . Ezee Forza . Ryanair . Solar power . Swing arms

Wretched Ryanair Concerning ‘Airport Folders’ (Letters, A to B 36), I have seen handlers (literally) throwing bikes onto a trailer at Heathrow. Moreover, as the baggage carousels get larger, so even 700C wheeled bikes must take their chances with the hard cases. I am lucky enough to find myself in lovely places (usually for work) […]

Letters – A to B 37 – Giant Lafree .Mad Dogs . Rail . Sexism

Letters – A to B 37 – Giant Lafree .Mad Dogs . Rail . Sexism

Sexist AND Ageist! I really am rather disappointed to read that A to B feels it has to advertise for ‘young ladies’ to be available to act as hosts for the CYCLE 2003 show this Autumn, as per your advertisement.When I first saw this I thought it was a joke but on second reading, you […]

Letters – A to B 36 – Albert Winstanley . Brompton . Cycle Paths . International Rail Tickets

Useless Cycle Network The picture on page 41 of A to B 35 sums up the situation in Nottingham (and too many other British cities) as far as cycling ‘facilities’ are concerned – white lines painted along uneven pavements obstructed by signs, traffic lights, trees etc. If this is British best practice, I’d rather not […]

Letters – A to B 35 – Citybug scooter . Lights . Paths. Giant Lafree . Load-carriers

Old-tech Fights Back Thanks for the review of LED lamps in A to B 33.The case design of the new Cateye lamps certainly appears to be a bit of a let down. Given the slightest opportunity, moisture will always creep into the electrics of poorly sealed cycle lamps and terminals will need occasional treatment with […]

Letters – A to B 34 – Cycle paths . LED lights . Load-carriers . Rim failures

Hilly, Dangerous and Circuitous I was surprised to read views in A to B that I normally only encounter from non-cycling motorists (Geoff Green, Letters A to B 33). Although I sometimes use a car for work (when transporting people or equipment), I try to use my bike. As the journey takes five to twenty […]

Letters – A to B 33 – Airframe . Brompton . EZB . Virgin Trains . Zap

Wibbly-Wobbly Wings Thank you for your excellent review of the Airframe.You have certainly identified the most important features of the bike – the aluminium frame not only gives exceptional light weight but also an enjoyable sporty ride.When you combine this with the structure, you have a very comfortable ride and a bike that can indeed […]

Letters – A to B 32 – Auto Lights . Manuals . Suspension Seat Posts

Letters – A to B 32 – Auto Lights . Manuals . Suspension Seat Posts

A Jolly Good Machine! I read with interest your comments about the Giant LAFree Lite electric bicycle. A few days after reading your review, I stumbled upon a chance to test one. It proved to be everything you said it was.The bike is a revelation. It was indeed almost completely silent, and my best estimate […]

Letters – A to B 31 – Letters – Brompton . Buses . Electrodrive . Hub Gears . Night Sleepers

Teach ‘em a lesson! I’d like to add my voice to the recent debate (Letters A to B 29 & 30) on feigning injury after a crash. I have suffered two nasty incidents in the last few years – one where I was deliberately sideswiped by a motorist and another where a car passenger engrossed […]