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by Mick F
21 Oct 2021, 9:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV Advertisements in Britain
Replies: 14
Views: 180

Re: TV Advertisements in Britain

Yes, adverts can be a few seconds with YouTube, but that's all it is before you can skip.
What it isn't, is a few minutes.

BBC radio advertises BBC telly progs as well as BBC radio progs.
They never used to, but they're there almost every hour nowadays.

Live BBC radio is full of BBC advertising themselves, and you can't skip them.
It's been many years since I watched live telly, but no doubt BBC telly is full of BBC adverts too.

They can sod off.
by Mick F
21 Oct 2021, 9:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mittens
Replies: 15
Views: 155

Re: Cycling Mittens

What gear controls do/did you have?

I have Ergos on Mercian and indexed DT shifters on Moulton.
Both with dropped 'bars.



Addition to my OP:
What about operating a phone?

Touch-screen Garmin will work with any glove finger/thumb, but a phone needs a conductive digit. I have a pair of gloves with such a system ....... which work fine.

What about mittens?
by Mick F
21 Oct 2021, 9:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV Advertisements in Britain
Replies: 14
Views: 180

Re: TV Advertisements in Britain

I was watching a few things on YouTube yesterday evening, and the option is there to skip the adds.
Only a click, and they are gone. End of.

Chatting (heatedly!!!!!!) with Mrs Mick F earlier today about if we were going to watch anything on the screen this evening.
We have a telly licence now, and I made the point that I WOULD NOT watch anything on BBC or any live telly, and that the TVL is for her, not for me.

We pay for Netflix and we pay for a broadband provider, and I would, maybe, sort of happy to pay for Amazon Prime perhaps as you get added benefits .......... but BBC telly?
Not on your nellie.

Adverts?
They can get stuffed as well.
YouTube adverts get short-shrift and are ignored and clicked off.

It's bad enough listening to R4 in the morning and hearing the BBC advertising. Some of that, I turn the volume down.
by Mick F
21 Oct 2021, 9:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mittens
Replies: 15
Views: 155

Re: Cycling Mittens

hamster wrote: 21 Oct 2021, 7:46pm I have a pair of these, have used them for several years, very happy.
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLCARULCR ... ter-gloves
These look excellent! :D
Thanks.
by Mick F
21 Oct 2021, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mittens
Replies: 15
Views: 155

Cycling Mittens

I'm suffering from Dupuytren's contracture.
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It's getting worse, and there's a waiting list for getting it sorted.

The weather is becoming cold ........ even here in the Tamar Valley ........... so riding a bike needs full-fingered gloves.

It takes me some minutes to put gloves on, especially the left one, and it hurts getting the pinkies in. They go, but it's a slow process. I have a couple or three options, and they are all equally hard to put on.

Normal cycling mitts need to be turned inside-out and my fingers can be inserted and the mitts "unfurled" over my hands. Cannot be done with "fingered" gloves, and I have tried! :shock:

Question:
Do cycling mittens exist?
Are they tough and strong and will take the punishment of dropped handlebars and be able to allow for aero brake levers and Ergos on one bike and DT shifters on the other bike?
by Mick F
20 Oct 2021, 7:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling Proficiency Test
Replies: 10
Views: 151

Re: Cycling Proficiency Test

Mine.
Cycling Proficiency Certificate.jpg
by Mick F
20 Oct 2021, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 828

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

A simple basic screwdriver is gently magnetic ............. as I showed with my photographs.
It will pick up a couple of balls (brand new) and then they aren't magnetic afterwards.
Pick 'em up, and drop them into the prior-applied grease in the bearing race.
They stick to the grease.

Simple, basic, no special tools required, no worrying about a Bic biro lid ............... just a basic common or garden small screwdriver.
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 828

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

The idea of using anything other than a slightly magnetised tool, seems fraught with dropping issues, especially as the balls will be small and greasy.
Yes, Allen keys come magnetised as do screwdrivers. Small ones have less magnetism of course.

We have a very big horseshoe magnet which I purloined from an I Band radar magnetron years ago. Consumable items, so I brought one home.
We use it to fish out nails and screws from the fire-grate as we often burn scrap wood and we have been known to burn chopped up pallets too. Loadsa scrap iron in them!

It's too big and powerful to use on a bike bearing. Could be used for armoured tank wheel bearings though! :wink:
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1307

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

Just found this in the workshop.
Unused for years and years.
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by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 828

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

Photos to prove my point.

Two brand new balls in an alu roasting tray.
One small flat-blade screwdriver.
One iPhone to photograph it.

The two balls were shoogled about in the tray and didn't stick to each other.
I lifted them both out with the screwdriver, photographed it, and then dropped them back into the tray.
The balls still didn't stick to each other, and neither did they repel.
I repeated the test, with the same results.
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by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 11
Replies: 31
Views: 670

Re: Windows 11

We're in a detached bungalow with quadruple aspect.
Band B for Council Tax. :wink:
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 8:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 828

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

rogerzilla wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 10:05pm
Mick F wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 6:53pm Not clicked on the YouTube link...
They suffer zero "wear particles".
If you did, you'd see ball bearings are rather easily magnetised, and stay like that. So any metal worn from the races or balls sticks to the balls. Unless you have a microscope, you wouldn't see them.
Ok, I'll experiment shortly.
Just having a cuppa post breakfast, and I'll pop into the workshop with my favourite screwdriver and test brand new balls.

Balls in a bearing situation cannot "stay like that" as they are continually rotating and will lose whatever tiny amount of induced magnetism is there.

No doubt if you left a ball on a big magnet for a spell, it would have some magnetism in it, but a small screwdriver wouldn't matter a jot.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 7:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pointless!!
Replies: 18
Views: 376

Re: Pointless!!

I doubt it somehow.

I tend not to like "modern" music these days.
Nice bit of classic stuff is more up my street.

Fave at the moment is Shostakovich Waltz No 2.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 6:59pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1222
Views: 46060

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

thirdcrank wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 5:35pm When I see a vehicle marked HORSES IN TRANSIT I have been known to remark "That's not a transit." (Cries of "frequently!")
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Exactly!
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 6:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pointless!!
Replies: 18
Views: 376

Re: Pointless!!

Still never heard of him.