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by Slidingpillar
3 Oct 2015, 4:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Plastic bag charge - hoorah!
Replies: 111
Views: 3424

Re: Plastic bag charge - hoorah!

You can get cable ties that are meant to be re-used, I've got some. The locking bit has about 4mm of a lever attached, give the thing a squeeze in the right direction, the ratchet unlocks and the tie can be removed and re-used. Always carry a few in the tool kit, either for the bike or the vintage c...
by Slidingpillar
30 Oct 2014, 10:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: FM v DAB (continued)
Replies: 35
Views: 1629

Re: FM v DAB (continued)

If you want to set the time on something, you are actually sitting by something that has that ability, your PC. There are several free services that work out the delay from the server to your PC, by doing a test to and from your PC, then dividing by two and adjusting the sent clock appropriately. As...
by Slidingpillar
29 Jun 2014, 9:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: glueing Bakalite
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: glueing Bakalite

Bit late, but the rapid Araldite is not as strong as the traditional one. The rapid goes like cheese at the temperature of boiling water so is useful for things you might want to get apart again. The highest temperature resistance I've encountered is from JB Weld. American I think, but Halfords usua...
by Slidingpillar
16 Feb 2014, 1:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 13932

Re: New Mirror

Gimmick of limited value. What you see in the mirror will vary with hand position, so anyone using drops (as per the web site) would be forever moving it about. Bar end mirror is still going to be better.
by Slidingpillar
27 Nov 2013, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should I get a new computer?
Replies: 26
Views: 4003

Re: Should I get a new computer?

Windows 8 is pants, but if you do all the updates, you can upgrade to 8.1

Do that, add 'Classic Shell' and turn off all the touch features and it's liveable with. My new laptop is now ok, but it took me about a week to be happy with it.
by Slidingpillar
21 Nov 2013, 8:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chinese Meal
Replies: 19
Views: 2521

Re: Chinese Meal

Avast also doesn't like it for the same reason. I could overrule it, but I won't.
by Slidingpillar
15 Aug 2013, 2:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BBC perpetuating "road tax" myth
Replies: 73
Views: 20585

Re: From the BBC - the "Road Tax" debate

If they got rid of road tax it would be "I pay fuel tax". To which the riposte is, "there's VAT on Mars bars so I do too..." (For Mars bar, insert any sweet etc although most know the cyclist is fuelled by Mars bars). But to be truthful, best not to engage with morons as they'll...
by Slidingpillar
8 Jul 2013, 10:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We've got a new "Green Bin"
Replies: 20
Views: 3049

Re: We've got a new "Green Bin"

What gets me is my bins and boxes planned contents are not the same as my brother's and my mum's are different yet again. As a result, when anyone is visiting anyone else, we don't have a clue what is acceptable in which bin/box. And my lot complain about plasticised card, and use a cereal box as wh...
by Slidingpillar
20 Jun 2013, 8:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 130967

Re: frame strength after melting out stuck seatpost

Have you exhausted all the options in Sheldon Brown's page? I'd be trying very hard, although the thing that often gets stuck things working is time! I freed a stuck vintage car's speedo by pickling it in paraffin, but it was a month before anything started to move. But for something that hadn't mov...
by Slidingpillar
17 Jun 2013, 9:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How accurate GPS devices are?
Replies: 25
Views: 1290

Re: How accurate GPS devices are?

I've noticed that since I switched to 23c tyres my cycle computer and GPS usually agree to within about 1/10th mile per 10 miles. One of my cycle computers, the default setting is 23 on 700c wheels so that's good. Other than that, the sensitivity of GPS units is the thing. Early one were quite deaf...
by Slidingpillar
19 May 2013, 2:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike computer
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Bike computer

Another vote for wires!

I had a wireless one and it was nothing but trouble. You can install the the wire with a few thin bits of self amalgamating tape and make a very neat job. (Use insulating tape and eventually the adhesive goes yucky and attracts dirt).
by Slidingpillar
9 May 2013, 4:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Corroded zips
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Corroded zips

I think GT85 is the the same as WD40, only a brand difference. Probably the same result :? No, as far as I know, GT85 is a reasonable lubricant, and WD40 isn't! WD40 gets its name from being a Water Dispersant, but it does this by attracting water, and then the water falls away with the excess flui...
by Slidingpillar
11 Apr 2013, 1:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tricycles on British roads?
Replies: 56
Views: 2918

Re: Tricycles on British roads?

I've got an upright Longstaff trike (as well as a recumbent trike). It's ok on roads once you are used to it, but quite often hates cycle-paths, especially since some have width restrictors and my local council tends to start cycle-paths with a kerb riser and these are a tipping force.
by Slidingpillar
7 Apr 2013, 7:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Collision and then deliberately hit by car
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

Re: Collision and then deliberately hit by car

Assuming that is, he has insurance...

If you have his registration, lie and say you own the car (otherwise it'll cost you to find out) here
by Slidingpillar
29 Jan 2013, 3:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SMIDHY?
Replies: 16
Views: 1073


You can rest assured that however noisy or quiet your`conveyance is, I won't hear you anyway. I'm utterly deaf! However, it is true a noisy car is safer as a lot of people look but don't observe - ie look straight through you and if you are perceived not be a threat, duly ignored. SMIDSY really ough...