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by JohnW
24 Nov 2017, 9:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: It is polite to THANK people who respond to your question
Replies: 20
Views: 429

Re: It is polite to THANK people who respond to your question

meic wrote:I think of such thank-you replies more as quaint than polite.

Surely you're joking meic :shock:
by JohnW
22 Nov 2017, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

I was affected by the Brompton recall on bottom brackets. To get it fitted by a Brompton dealer would take me probably 3 days and nearly a couple of hundred pounds in travel and accomodation cost. Yes I could parcel it up and entrust it to some carrier who cannot deliver items to me even when I am ...
by JohnW
19 Nov 2017, 5:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: halfords
Replies: 56
Views: 174493

Re: “Halfords

brynpoeth wrote:.................Businesses are so crafty now with prices, pack sizes ..................


Absolutely true - wherever you look - and the bigger the business the craftier - and in my opinion, more crooked.

If it was a 'Boardman' or other brand unique to Halfords, how are you going to compare?
by JohnW
18 Nov 2017, 11:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Wonders of Electronic Voting
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: The Wonders of Electronic Voting

"Most Bern city councillors were in favour of a new campaign to encourage people in the Swiss capital to get on their bikes, however on Thursday they accidentally voted to slash the campaign’s grant by more than half after some councillors pressed the wrong button during the electronic vote. &...
by JohnW
17 Nov 2017, 11:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1142

Re: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?

workaday bikes often have tubes with a wall thickness of 1.6mm. These are approximately ten times stiffer laterally and less prone to denting than lightweight tubes. Lightweight DB tubes are 0.5, 0.4 or even 0.3mm wall thickness. No-one in their right mind would bolt anything to tubes like that, an...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 10:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1142

Re: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?

Hi, if you think it is a good idea to hold via the top tube, talk to some professional bike mechanics; they all know some poor sod who has mangled a customer's frame. In most LBS's with several workstands/mechanics, gripping a frame by the top tube is quite rightly forbidden. cheers I shall change ...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 8:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1142

Re: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?

if you think it is a good idea to hold via the top tube, talk to some professional bike mechanics; they all know some poor sod who has mangled a customer's frame. In most LBS's with several workstands/mechanics, gripping a frame by the top tube is quite rightly forbidden. cheers I shall change my w...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 2:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

Stevek76 wrote:....................I think the national worship of the car probably did far more damage.


That's another subject, but yes...............the car and it's worshippers do untold damage.
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

If Wiggle et al shut down, you'd not notice - but we all notice if an LBS shuts down. Tens of thousands of people would notice. The bike shop nearest me shut down and I didn't know until someone mentioned it about two years later. Tens of thousands of people would just go onto another web-site. Two...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

................I rarely find anything in the high street that I can't get cheaper online............... Help? Advice? Human contact? Humour? Friendly conversation? Interest in you? There in emergency? You get all that from the likes of Spa, SJS, Geoffrey Butler et al , but they're not on-line reta...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 11:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

"I suppose OAP's struggle to adjust to the modern world" Just because some of us choose not to does not mean that it is a struggle. Always a mix of amusement and annoyance when assistants offer to help this poor old chap use the self-service or the automated banking machines. I say "...
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 11:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2778

Re: What premium to support LBS?

rmurphy195 wrote:Not any more, since we've lost several of my LBS' (One died, one retired, the other vanished).


Probably 'vanished' because on-line outfits had taken his trade and his living away.
by JohnW
16 Nov 2017, 11:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1142

Re: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?

The stand imaged looks similar to the lidl/aldi stands sold every 6months or so.................. Yes, it does. I have a Lidl one - it's not up to professional standards of robustness but for a back-yard amateur like me, it is "...sufficient unto the day thereof..."..................good ...
by JohnW
4 Nov 2017, 11:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NO LYCRA PLEASE
Replies: 35
Views: 2372

Re: NO LYCRA PLEASE

I have been wearing Lycra ever since it became commercially available to joe public. It is comfortable & fit for purpose when it comes to cycling along with a few other activities/sports, no problem there. I have found it unsuitable to walk around in lycra whilst shopping or visiting a café. Ju...
by JohnW
4 Nov 2017, 12:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Oil out of trousers
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Oil out of trousers

Some 'Forumers' will laugh - scoff indeed - at this, but I always have success in removing bicycle related oil marks from fabrics by cleaning with white spirit.

I'm not telling you what to do, I'm just saying what I do.