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by DaveP
6 Jun 2020, 11:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sell the jam-jar, obscure the index mark... why?
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Sell the jam-jar, obscure the index mark... why?

Of course anyone buying a car is going to need to carry out various searches, so of course a seller has to divulge the necessary details at some point (fairly early in the dialogue IMO). It's not irresponsible to do so because otherwise there isn't going to be a sale. But what you don't have to do i...
by DaveP
4 Jun 2020, 11:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hip protection for road riding?
Replies: 39
Views: 11539

Re: Hip protection for road riding?

Eek! I had a hip replacement in October, and this is the scenario I don't allow myself to think about... Re reading what I wrote all those years ago, I still think a three wheeler of some sort would be a logical choice, but although I was attracted by recumbents at the time I think my current choice...
by DaveP
4 May 2020, 1:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New bike help needed
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: New bike help needed

A note of caution: Buying a bike and then feeling the need to upgrade it next year is usually an expensive way to proceed. If you have a secret yen for, say, a specific groupset, much better to wait until you can buy a bike already equipped with it. A new bike is generally a bargain bundle compared ...
by DaveP
4 May 2020, 1:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast to Coast - East to West
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: Coast to Coast - East to West

Get a map, follow the white roads and just begin pedalling. For me it would be a mistake to plan. I'm so jealous. For a variety of reasons, whether it's pre booked B&B or le camp sauvage, I have always found it desirable to know where I will be laying my head at the end of the day. I really dou...
by DaveP
4 May 2020, 1:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 99
Views: 3405

Re: France & getting by with limited french

Geting back to the thread title - I think I must have had my last school French lesson around about '68. One of my abiding memories was that every single French master told us "O level French is a standing joke in France". Forty odd years later I went on a tour in France. I made an effort....
by DaveP
4 May 2020, 12:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?

Crikey! Most of the envelopes I get these days aren't wide enough to handle sums like that - I'd have to break out the Sinclair Scientific... As I said, I picked the sprays up because they were there, but I've never found a use for them. I tried them out on a semi auto rifle once. Dry lube was consi...
by DaveP
2 May 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?

Yes, this is clearly an area which needs to be kept clean and greasefree. Part of the reason why I refitted dry, in fact. The other part is that I wondered why theres no factory lube in there - in fact you could be forgiven for thinking that the metal parts had been degreased. Carelessness? Or some ...
by DaveP
2 May 2020, 2:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with bulky camera gear
Replies: 48
Views: 2719

Re: Touring with bulky camera gear

I reckon there are three main factors to consider when considering carrying camera gear on a bike - size, weight and the cost of the kit you are putting in harms way. You seem to have missed the number one factor of what you want to take photos of! CJ's love of the wide angle wouldn't be much use t...
by DaveP
2 May 2020, 1:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?

Thanks, I had seen the pdfs but they seemed a bit ancient at the time. Seemed more relevant this time around! I had another session today. Started out to make a fine adjustment - two hours later... At least I think I now have a procedure sorted out: Start in Low and set a modest amount of cable tens...
by DaveP
30 Apr 2020, 9:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Hello Again! Is there a Brompton derailleur expert in the house?

Until quite recently I doubted that I would ever post here again - I stopped visiting because Arthritis stopped me getting on a bike and there didn't seem to be much point. A couple of years ago I bought a Brompton for a variety of reasons, not least the low step over but even that soon became too d...
by DaveP
11 Apr 2020, 12:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 38
Views: 2001

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

I have actually been priviledged to witness a bike tyre dying under the onslaught of a forecourt air pump. It was my first job after finishing school. So long ago that we actually had to do the dispensing! Anyway, a quiet Sunday morning, so quiet that we were reading the papers. While our backs were...
by DaveP
10 Apr 2020, 11:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with bulky camera gear
Replies: 48
Views: 2719

Re: Touring with bulky camera gear

I reckon there are three main factors to consider when considering carrying camera gear on a bike - size, weight and the cost of the kit you are putting in harms way. I would reccomend buying used Nikon kit from a reputable dealer. Something like a D3300 or newer body is small light, very capable an...
by DaveP
12 Nov 2016, 11:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Nipping down to the shops
Replies: 9
Views: 1025

Re: Nipping down to the shops

Mick F wrote: I'd be more impressed if he could get back in after jumping out! :lol:

Didn't someone manage something of the sort during WW2? Problem with the static line...
by DaveP
12 Nov 2016, 11:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rememberence
Replies: 80
Views: 5081

Re: Rememberence

I must admit I get annoyed with all the politicising of everything. Whether I think we should get involved militarily in a situation or not these guys/gals put their lives on the line for us so I'm happy to help. The rights and wrongs of why they're there - that's political and I cast my votes acco...
by DaveP
12 Nov 2016, 11:07am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Stings
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Stings

24 hours and symptoms getting worse rather than better? - Seek medical assistance of some form without more delay.
Get well soon! 8)