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by Mick F
14 Oct 2021, 10:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We Are Eating Less Meat ...
Replies: 93
Views: 1271

Re: We Are Eating Less Meat ...

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Porridge?
Have as much of it as you want, and you can have all the porridge I haven't eaten!
Can't stand the stuff.
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 4:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 444
Views: 37948

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Bit of news regarding Wetherspoon's at Plymouth.
Sounds a bit smelly.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-ne ... ts-6052433
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 4:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 81
Views: 1068

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

We are going round in circles on this subject on this forum.

If we were to merge all the Brexit threads, and the "complaining about the government" threads, plus complaining about the First Past the Post system, and Thatcher, Corbyn, Major et al ..................... etc etc

It would run into thousands of pages.

I'm a Labour supporter and a Brexit supporter (but not the Brexit that the tories organised), and think Johnson is a prat, and Thatcher shouldn't have been elected in the first place, and FPTP should be consigned to history, and Corbyn was a thoroughly decent bloke, and Major was a prat but not as much of a prat as Johnson.

Get that lot out of the way.
Over and out.
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 3:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 81
Views: 1068

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Sigh ..............

Going round the buoy yet again.
The ship's crew are getting dizzy.
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 3:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 45
Views: 893

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

rjb wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 7:08pm King Dick !
I'm not bragging but mine's 12"
How big is yours. :lol:
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What's the significance of the square hole in the centre of the spoke key. I've a similar one but with a diamond ?
I have 12" too, but mine's made in China! :D

Square hole in the centre of my elderly spoke key is for ..................

I have no idea!
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 9:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We Are Eating Less Meat ...
Replies: 93
Views: 1271

Re: We Are Eating Less Meat ...

Sociable in the pub, and out of it too. :D
When I go to pubs, I'll have a couple of pints and then leave. Rarely have more than two.

We have a thread about greeting other cyclists ........ and walkers, and people we meet.
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 9:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We Are Eating Less Meat ...
Replies: 93
Views: 1271

Re: We Are Eating Less Meat ...

No bacon this morning.
I had poached eggs on buttered toast.
Bacon tomorrow maybe.

We're having Steak and Ale pie for tea today, with gravy made from home-made chicken stock, and spuds, carrots and swede, cauliflower and broccoli. :D
by Mick F
13 Oct 2021, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: no H and L on mech screws
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: no H and L on mech screws

Moulton came with Tiagra front and rear.
Bought new March 2016.
Still have the same front mech.

Rear mech is now Shimano Deore XT and recently bought another as they are no longer made. The spare I have was probably the last one anywhere. Photo of it newly fitted shows it still had a sticker on it.
Tiagra Front Mech.jpg
New Rear Mech.JPG
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 6:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We Are Eating Less Meat ...
Replies: 93
Views: 1271

Re: We Are Eating Less Meat ...

Hi John, and good evening.
I have a long thread on the subject on the Health section.

Précis about it:
Took "rugby balls" of statins - 80mg - for ten years.
I developed headaches and then severe headaches, plus aches and pains and stiff joints.
I put it down to being "old", but the headaches became so bad, only Cocodamol would work and I had to go to bed and sleep. Honestly, it was terrible.

One day, I read the leaflet in the stains packet (Atorvastatin) and saw I was suffering from almost all the side effects.
I was on Atorvastatin because the doc had tried me on other ones and Atorvastatin was the best for me ............ but ten years later it was awful in the extreme. Stopped taking them.

Saw the doc, and told him I wasn't going to take them again, and asked him what he was going to do about it.
I was referred to the specialists and he found my circulation and health and heart were all tip-top but my cholesterol level was too high.
I asked him what he was going to do about it as there was no way on God's Earth that I would take statins again.
He prescribed .............
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolocumab
The rest is history, and this Friday I will be injecting my 134th ............... that's 25 per year, so it's 5 years or more.
No regrets whatsoever.
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 6:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 45
Views: 893

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

Spoke key!
Circa 1970's perhaps.
Still have mine - rarely used for many a long year - and use a Spokey Pro.

This one is my old one! :D
Four different sizes.
IMG_0822.jpg


As for the Freestyle jacket, it says Sports on the label. Just looked.
Freestyle was a Plymouth manufacturer.
Boyfriend of our younger daughter was into kite-flying and often bought off-cuts from them. Going back to the early/mid 1990's then.
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 5:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: no H and L on mech screws
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: no H and L on mech screws

What plastic?

My Shimano mech on Moulton doesn't have any plastic (other than the jockey wheels).
Second Shimano rear mech on that bike, and neither that one or this one, has any plastic.

Another thread about plastic on a front mech.
Never had a front mech with plastic on it either.
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 5:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink-drive get-out?
Replies: 33
Views: 636

Re: Drink-drive get-out?

Exactly TC.
You know better than most of us.
If you kill or injure someone, morals come into this of course.

Say one drives along and hit some railings or street furniture or something. One's car is wrecked. One has been drinking and is perhaps over the limit.

Some folk see the damage and phone the police, but meanwhile one walks down to the nearest hostelry and get legless.
The coppers and the courts don't have a leg to stand on either.
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 5:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We Are Eating Less Meat ...
Replies: 93
Views: 1271

Re: We Are Eating Less Meat ...

Oldjohnw wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 5:00pm
Mick F wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 3:30pm Processed meat eh?
I am a healthy, active, strong, fit, outgoing, sociable, cyclist, non-overweight, never-smoking, rapidly approaching 70 year old chap.

I enjoy my food and my lifestyle. Full stop.
Bacon?
Who gives a damn? :D
I believed you have high cholesterol. A good reason to look at your diet.
Well remembered. :D

My high cholesterol is familial, and not dietary.
Had a blood-test check only a week or three ago and all was fine.

Take injections every two weeks on a Friday. Next one is on Friday this week.
Statins are the Devil's work.
Read my thread all about it.

For the record, when I went for a test yonks ago, my level was 11.4.
Now down to 5 or 6.
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 5:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?
Replies: 451
Views: 19599

Re: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?

Always makes my laugh, not only today.

I used to be a werewolf, but I'm ..................................... :D
by Mick F
12 Oct 2021, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 45
Views: 893

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

rjb wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 4:11pm
Mick F wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 3:18pm
Clothing, I still have a lined Goretex jacket from the late 1980's still waterproof though the yellow is very faded. Bought it from Devon Cycles, Frankfort Gate, in Plymouth ........... long since gone. :cry:
I remember Devon Cycles. :D
The owner established the shop on the back of a pools or premium bond win in the late 1960's
Bought lots of bike bits from him, none of which i now have, apart from a pair of acrylic socks to stop the bottom of my jeans catching in the chain. :oops:
Devon Cycles eh?
Wonderful memories. :D

They had a glass cabinet under the counter with it sectioned off with Campag on one side and "other stuff" on the other.
I remember them saying that Campag was getting so expensive, they were going to stop selling it.

At the far end of the shop, they had the racks of clothing, and that's where my "Freestyle" Goretex jacket was hanging.
£80 ish back then, but it was worth it, as I still wear it ......... riding or dog-walking.

This is where the shop was.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.37188 ... 384!8i8192
Plymouth isn't the place it used to be.
Maybe all town centres have gone the way Plymouth has.