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by JohnW
18 Feb 2018, 11:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How much worse does it have to get?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: How much worse does it have to get?

hjd10 wrote:...............Old Labour New Labour makes no difference..................

It did make a difference, actually.
by JohnW
17 Feb 2018, 7:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How much worse does it have to get?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: How much worse does it have to get?

reohn2 wrote:...............but for one sure thing.
The rich get richer at the expense of the poor,it as ever thus with the Tories.......

Absolutely John, absolutely.
by JohnW
17 Feb 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How much worse does it have to get?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: How much worse does it have to get?

We're still in Thatcher's Britain - what did we expect?
by JohnW
16 Feb 2018, 11:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How much worse does it have to get?
Replies: 29
Views: 685

Re: How much worse does it have to get?

francovendee wrote:Plenty worse! We live in a selfish world where everyone is encouraged to look after number one. Until we have a society where we lookout for every one's well being then nothing will change. Just my opinion, hope I'm wrong :(

+1 to that.
by JohnW
16 Feb 2018, 11:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The blood suckers circle around when the pickings are rich
Replies: 51
Views: 957

Re: The vultures circlearound when the pickings are rich

brynpoeth wrote:This is really the sort of thing that should be nationalised

+1 to that - absolutely.
by JohnW
13 Feb 2018, 8:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Libraries, public, decline of: DDC 020.336
Replies: 93
Views: 3329

Re: Public libraries, decline of

Mick F wrote:Personally, I think that they should close them all and the councils could spend more money on other stuff. Stuff that the people use, rather than a small minority.
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Mick...............surely that was said tongue in cheek.
by JohnW
12 Feb 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CyclingUK - New journey planner
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: CyclingUK - New journey planner

I've always used the Ordnance Survey. Anything within 150 miles of home that I travel to regularly I know the route - and variations - by heart now after all these years. I tried one of my regular journeys - I put the start point in, and I clicked the map at my 'destination', and clicked "start...
by JohnW
12 Feb 2018, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

Ah, well, you see Brucey, you've to get the balls out before you can clean them - that's the first task. Then you clean out the bearing cup and then you clean the balls. Paper wipes get soggy quicker than old rags, and they begin to disintegrate.............but each to their own - just don't forget ...
by JohnW
11 Feb 2018, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

Well yes, absolutely, but by the time the GT85 is out of the cupb'd I can have poked the balls out anyway. makes it easier to wipe the old grease out the hub too.... cheers Ah - I'm not sure that it would - the grease is easy enough to wipe/clear out when it's stiff, but the GT85 would just make it...
by JohnW
11 Feb 2018, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

Yes - there's always a snag Brucey - and I'd not thought of that either. The magnetised screwdriver doesn't always work for me because the grabbing qualities of the grease is sometimes too strong. just spray a bit of GT85 into the bearing and rotate it a few times; the balls will be much less tight...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2018, 10:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is this a Mercian?
Replies: 20
Views: 979

Re: Is this a Mercian?

Mick F wrote:The seat tube lugs don't look like Mercian.


My sentiment entirely Mick.

I know quite a few Mercians of up to 50 years vintage, and none of them have seat-tube cap profiles like that.

Of course, it's only a very small sample, and one can never be absolutely sure, but........................
by JohnW
10 Feb 2018, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

Just thought it worth a mention, that those cheap magnetic pick up tools (mine was from a pound shop) work really well for getting the balls out of each side of a hub when servicing, it pulls them all out nicely without losing any. Ah - thanks for that - d'you know, simple as it sounds, I'd never t...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2018, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

Just thought it worth a mention, that those cheap magnetic pick up tools (mine was from a pound shop) work really well for getting the balls out of each side of a hub when servicing, it pulls them all out nicely without losing any. Ah - thanks for that - d'you know, simple as it sounds, I'd never t...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2018, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cones & ball bearings
Replies: 23
Views: 888

Re: cones & ball bearings

The rule of thumb that I learnt many years ago is that you put in as many balls as the bearing will accept - this normally meant that there was a gap slightly smaller than one of the balls. +1. But, as Brucey says, with certain designs it's hard to tell exactly where the balls should sit, and there...
by JohnW
8 Feb 2018, 11:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: £800 bike
Replies: 40
Views: 1590

Re: £800 bike

I know that, at £985, the Spa steel tourer is out of budget, but for me - and for many reasons - that would be my choice. Workmanlike, dependable, robust, serviceable and whilst it does look good, no pointless fancy frippery. Several of my cycling colleagues have them without issues. Spa have made s...