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by francovendee
25 Jun 2019, 8:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Language pedants
Replies: 50
Views: 624

Re: Language pedants

Jeremy vine, great show! JV replaced Jimmy Young when he retired. JY's programme was basically the same, and JV carried it on. The main difference is that JV allows people to phone in and rant. JY used to read out the comments. His show may be ok if you like that sort of thing, but it's his voice a...
by francovendee
25 Jun 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle Brinkmanship....?
Replies: 25
Views: 701

Re: Bicycle Brinkmanship....?

I only have the one bike and try to run it on a shoestring, brakes do get proper attention but steering bearings, pedals etc get used way passed their best. I use a different 'yardstick' for my wife's bike. She has little mechanical sympathy so things on her bike have to work properly. I know what's...
by francovendee
25 Jun 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain ring bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Chain ring bolts

I did wonder about grinding out the centre of an old screwdriver but I'll take the bolts apart first and see if I can get them to tighten up after I clean and grease them. Thanks
by francovendee
24 Jun 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain ring bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Chain ring bolts

The inner nut/bolt has two very narrow slots on the outer edge that I'm finding very hard get a screwdriver in. I can't stop the whole thing turning and I don't think it's tight enough. Any suggestions?
by francovendee
24 Jun 2019, 8:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: NO quote for service is that a joke
Replies: 24
Views: 703

Re: NO quote for service is that a joke

Any shop giving a quote is taking a risk. Yes, you can may an educated guess what the parts and the time to fit them would cost but although fairly simple machines bicycles can put up unexpected problems. If the shop had given you a quote but then asked for more money you may be the type that would ...
by francovendee
23 Jun 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 151
Views: 3617

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

What a terrible outcome for this chap. I read he could have counter sued but didn't. The lady in question was the major factor that caused the accident and received under £5000 for damages. The bulk of the cost was from legal charges and it would have been fairer, in my view, to have made them joint...
by francovendee
23 Jun 2019, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Quality?
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Schwalbe Quality?

I never suspected low tyre pressures but as all my failures have been in the wall you might have pointed to a cause. I use the gauge on the pump but did check it once with an old car tyre pressure gauge, the type that looks like a metal pen, and it seemed about right. Off now to put some more air in...
by francovendee
22 Jun 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Quality?
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Schwalbe Quality?

I've been using Schwalbe tyres for a number of years and found them pretty good. I'd always bought Land Cruisers in 26" x 1.75. but then had 4 tyres go with wall defects. I then bought a pair of Marathons having heard they we're a good tyre. Today I had a rear tyre blow out, caused by the wall ...
by francovendee
22 Jun 2019, 7:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 548
Views: 10444

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

and Boris drops his first clanger. A domestic dispute with his latest woman and the cops were called. Seems like was so loud a neighbour recorded it :lol: So get your copy of the Sunday Press - Read All About It :wink: May be there is a god after all :D https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/police-...
by francovendee
21 Jun 2019, 8:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 16882
Views: 405679

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

reohn2 wrote:Liam Fox has been quiet lately :?


Remind me, wasn't he the clever chap that managed to sign up all the trade deals when we leave the UK? :roll:
He's been so successful I'm sure he's having a lie down
by francovendee
18 Jun 2019, 8:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are people lazy?
Replies: 48
Views: 1143

Re: Are people lazy?

I think a lot of people are lazy. I'm not thinking of the old and infirm but of normal people. We live about a mile from our village and non of our neighbours ever walk there, always choose to drive. We normally either cycle or walk and our neighbours think we're the odd ones. Strangely enough a nei...
by francovendee
18 Jun 2019, 8:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 548
Views: 10444

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

And the Tory party faithful think he's the best thing since slice bread :shock: :shock: :shock: That said there's many others think the same of Nigel Farage :roll: It must be something in the water.......... Farage is also a threat to some labour areas because of Brexit. Just because Corbyn sticks ...
by francovendee
16 Jun 2019, 8:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tower Block Disaster
Replies: 431
Views: 14454

Re: Tower Block Disaster

2 years on :- There are still over three hundred blocks in the UK needing the cladding stripping off and replacing There are 17 families still waiting to be found permanent housing after being promised to be rehouse within weeks of the disaster The inquiry is still no nearer completion and no one h...
by francovendee
16 Jun 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 65
Views: 1871

Re: About bike shops for big people?

Probably too small a market. The Surly Long Haul Trucker has a max rider weight of 300 pounds or 136kg. The number of cyclists heavier than that must be tiny Too small for a viable market? I agree,the market isn't large enough to sustain such a business. That's something that may change in time wit...
by francovendee
12 Jun 2019, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 711
Views: 105773

Re: Cycle Travel question!

RickH wrote:
francovendee wrote:Hijacking the thread, but is there a 'legend' for the map on cycletravel, something like that on a paper OS map?

Yes - in the top right corner of the map click on the (not very obvious) link named "Key".


Thanks, I'd never have found it.