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by IanH
12 May 2021, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best wishes for Brucey
Replies: 507
Views: 33367

Re: Best wishes for Brucey

Dear Brucey,
Great to hear you're back The forum's not been the same without you.
Regards, Ian.
by IanH
9 May 2021, 6:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Headphones for watching television
Replies: 51
Views: 1246

Re: Headphones for watching television

I recommend the Sennheiser which I have been using for several years.
Their base unit plugs into the "headphone out" socket on most TVs and sends a wireless signal to the headphones. The wearer adjusts the volume as required using the volume control on the headphones. The TV volume can then be adjusted in the usual way by others in the room as required, with no effect on the headphones.
The sound quality is good and the batteries in the headset are AAA rechargeable. I've never run out of juice!
by IanH
22 Apr 2021, 5:09pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Chatting to a mate today ..........
Replies: 47
Views: 2005

Re: Chatting to a mate today ..........

Lovely day for a bike ride in the Blackdown Hills!
My electric bike is a West Hill Classic step-through, so quite heavy but comfortable!
Took the electric bike and stayed in power level one; rode 40km at an average speed of 18.7 km/h. Battery at 50% on completion. Quite hard cycling as the route included one big climb and lots of smaller hills and lanes, so no high speed apart from the Blagdon Hill descent. I'm guessing I'd have achieved similar figures on my self-propelled Croix-de-Fer.
So what? Well it's great to have options, especially for those who can't pedal as they might wish. At power level 2 or 3 (out of 5) it would have been much easier. And it was a lovely day.
So after 6 months I'm converted. Ride your pushbike, but don't give up on an electric bike. It's a whole world better than staying home!
by IanH
28 Mar 2021, 5:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lost my MOJO
Replies: 29
Views: 1273

Re: Lost my MOJO

This is a sad tale. I think we've all experienced this at some time, and I'd like to suggest trying a new route or maybe a different bike, or perhaps a new activity altogether. Either way, I'd say that "tomorrow will be a good day" (in the words of Captain Tom). Remember, it's a ride, not a race.
I hope your MOJO comes back soon.
by IanH
26 Mar 2021, 7:30pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Is it time for a helmet?
Replies: 65
Views: 2326

Re: Is it time for a helmet?

I wear a helmet as my wife asks me to! Simple really. I have bigger fish to fry!
by IanH
18 Feb 2021, 5:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 50
Views: 2024

Queen Victoria Postboxes

I spotted a Queen Victoria postbox on my exercise ride today. How many of these long-standing antiques are still in use?
(And yes, I fear for my sanity.)
by IanH
4 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: blood doning
Replies: 49
Views: 1476

Re: blood doning

On a positive note, I've had no problem with the Blood Donation Service in Somerset. I've always been "In" and "Out" in good time and the appointment schedule / timing has been very reliable. The staff are attentive, cheerful and enthusiastic - not an easy task when the duties are inevitably repetitive and, for the donors, occasionally stressful.
So, members please, if you can, give it a try; get out and donate!
PS. I have no links to, or other interest in, the BDS!
by IanH
1 Dec 2020, 8:57pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: blood doning
Replies: 49
Views: 1476

Re: blood doning

I'm male, 67 yrs old, and have given blood many times. I've been lucky and have never had a problem after giving blood. Last visit, I had a biscuit, but no hot drinks. Apparently hot drinks are a victim of the virus! Maybe it'll ease up after lockdown.
I'd give their Help Line a call. Good luck!
by IanH
18 Nov 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JogLe - oldest man to do LeJog is back doing it the other wa
Replies: 34
Views: 20565

Re: JogLe - oldest man to do LeJog is back doing it the other wa

Chapeaux to Laurence Brophy!
At 88, the oldest cyclist to complete LEJOG's 874 miles!

Oldest man to ride length of Britain did it twice to be sure
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/ ... cle/103857
by IanH
21 Aug 2020, 1:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Aargh! Bitten - Attack of the insects hoards
Replies: 72
Views: 4835

Re: Wasp Sting - whole body itchiness!

Update on my wasp sting.
Sympathetic GP has advised me to continue as usual. Any further problems should be reported asap for further consideration.
Note to self: Don't get stung!
by IanH
19 Aug 2020, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What has the bike stuff fairy brought you today?
Replies: 113
Views: 5368

Re: What has the bike stuff fairy brought you today?

I've got a new TRP HY/RD front brake. Despite my best efforts, the old one would screech under severe braking and I've run out of patience! It had to go! So what shall I do with the old one?
by IanH
18 Aug 2020, 7:43pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Aargh! Bitten - Attack of the insects hoards
Replies: 72
Views: 4835

Re: Wasp Sting - whole body itchiness!

Update from OP.
I'll be consulting my GP this Friday and will pass on his advice.
Regards to all.
by IanH
17 Aug 2020, 9:27pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Aargh! Bitten - Attack of the insects hoards
Replies: 72
Views: 4835

Wasp Sting - whole body itchiness!

Out on the road today, a wasp inserted itself between the slats on my cycle helmet. Despite my best efforts - emergency stop and helmet removal – I was stung on the top of my (bald) head! The pain was quite severe, but bearable and I was home within 20 minutes. As I approached the house I realised that I had an intense need to itch my groin, both sides! I entered the house and rushed upstairs to remove my cycle shorts and deliver an essential (although not recommended) scratch. I then realised that my armpits also required my immediate similar attention. A hot shower seemed to relieve the symptoms although it may just have provided a distraction.
I have since researched my symptoms:
https://www.healthline.com/health/wasp- ... naphylaxis
and discovered that itching in areas of the body not affected by the sting is a symptom of an allergic shock following a wasp sting.
Fortunately my symptoms soon disappeared and all is now well. For a short while however I was quite scared, mostly because I had no idea that this could occur!
by IanH
10 Aug 2020, 5:23pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: The age concession: a crisis of conscience
Replies: 80
Views: 4499

Re: The age concession: a crisis of conscience

Third party insurance has been mentioned a few times in this debate. FWIW, I've checked my own Home Insurance Policy and it includes the following statement:

Occupiers and Personal liability – up to £2,000,000 to
cover your legal liability for injury caused to a third party
or their property;

Is this sufficient? Or comparable with Cycling UK Third Party Cover?
Further investigation clearly required.

Anyway, I've voted against.
by IanH
6 Jul 2020, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advise on Garmin or similar
Replies: 18
Views: 742

Re: Advise on Garmin or similar

I recently bought a Garmin Edge 530 and it's taken a few weeks to learn how to use it! I've read the instruction booklet and viewed the on-line videos and I feel happy to recommend it, even to technophobes. I used to use my Smartphone with OS maps but I wasn't happy with it on my handlebar and consequently was obliged to stop to examine my phone and check my route. This often entailed putting on my glasses as well. A frustrating process, even though I'm not usually in a hurry.
The Garmin offers decent maps, a clear display, turn by turn routing and a decent battery life. There are lots of other features, but I'm happy to focus on the maps and its use for navigation.
Sorry if this sounds a bit like an advert, but I'm just keen to pass on my advice. I'm sure other, equally capable, bike satnavs are available!