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  1. Over here in France, Mrs Stilllearning has noticed that the French government has got a scheme to offer a 200€ rebate on buying an electric assisted bike. So does anyone have experience of buying and using such a bike, and have any suggestions of makes to avoid, or any that you recommend?
  2. Canal Visit Numbers Doubled

    In an amazing turn of fortune - possibly linked to Robin Evans getting on his bike. The number of visitors to the canals has been doubled overnight. Forget the old 10 million visitors a year figure. A figure which like a fashion contest, is so last year. The CaRT website reports. http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/see-and-do/cycling Our canals and rivers attract over 21 million visits from cyclists each year and with thousands of miles of towpaths, which by their nature tend to be fairly level, it’s easy to see why. Where else can you take in such a diverse range of wildlife and the country’s finest heritage structures while you’re out on your bike?
  3. Weird bicycle freehub

    The freehub on my girlfriends bike (Specialized Expedition Elite) has given up after a little over 6 months use (it's sticking when trying to coast as opposed to disengaging when trying to pedal), very disapointing. I've taken the cassette (which is an Sram 8 speed) off and removed the axle and bearings as per usual. What I'm used to finding here is an tubular 8mm allen bolt that allows the freehub to slide off the hub, but an 8mm allen key goes right through. I tried a 10mm and that is also way too small, did a bit of Googling and it seems that some brandless hubs use 12mm allen keys (which I didn't even realise existed). I tracked down a 12mm allen key for under £2 in the plumbing section of Toolstation rather than the £8-9 Park Tools etc offerings but that is way too big, it wont even fit into the hole. Now before I spend time and money looking for an illusive 11mm allen key, can anybody tell me if I'm looking for the right thing. The picture shows some kind of grooves inside the hub, but they look much further down than I would expect and I'm not convinced they are for an allen key at all. I have some memory of the bike being advertised as having a "silent freewheel" (not that it was ever silent in the first place) but I can't find any info about that online now. There is no visible branding on the hub or freehub. If I do manage to get this piece of crap off (it's on a fairly nice double walled rim, as well) am I going to be able to replace it with a standard issue Shimano or similar or am I going to be faced with either tracking down another fragile "silent" freehub or rebuilding the whole wheel? Any help appreciated.
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