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by sjs
8 Jun 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1806

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

Speaking of cheap bikes,a couple of months ago whilst out for an early morning walk I noticed an MTB sticking out of a skip......such bikes up and down the country that could be put to good use.D Yep, have to admit I wish I hadn't binned my Specialized Tricross frame in 2016. Made perfect sense at ...
by sjs
8 Jun 2019, 7:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1806

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

There was a thing in Singletrack years ago where Chipps took Halfords’ cheapest “MTB” round the Towneley without fiery death. If memory serves it had no suspension and wasn’t quite a BSO, though they did have to shim the seatpost clamp bolt as it kept slipping. Seems a common complaint on this foru...
by sjs
3 Jun 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1806

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

I bought my daughter a Carrera Parva (£230 I think it was then, cheaper now) a couple of years ago to replace a university bike that got stolen. Alu frame, 7-speed freewheel, reasonable brakes. With a rack and mudguards added it was (and still is) fine. With a change of tyres it was even good for a ...
by sjs
27 May 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 16845
Views: 404774

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

I left school in 1968 they were still a Secondary Modern then. Was sometime in the 70s when things changed I left in '69, and went to the local grammar. Secondary moderns definitely still existed in our area for a number of years after that. And in those places where grammar schools still exist the...
by sjs
25 May 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?
Replies: 43
Views: 2478

Re: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?

There are one or two places of shar ownership. The NT always was and is a private charity. EH was originally an executive arm of government charged with looking after ancient monuments and listings, but in order to save money was recently hived off to become Historic England and English Heritage, n...
by sjs
22 May 2019, 9:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 171
Views: 3267

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

Years ago when looking for my Ford escort replacement a local village garage had Astra estates and Ford fusion mini MPVs for sale. The fusion cars were 2 autos and 1 manual. The garage owner told me that the performance figures for the auto were better than the manual. Ford designed it that way. Ha...
by sjs
19 May 2019, 11:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A Mars a day helps you work rest and play!
Replies: 40
Views: 881

Re: A Mars a day helps you work rest and play!

Mick F wrote:Choccy bars are awful nowadays.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk used to snap, but now it just bends.
Easter eggs likewise. The bits would smash off, but now they just fold off.

Rubbish.


That's down to climate change.
by sjs
18 May 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are you going to Watch the Eurovision Song Contest? 2018
Replies: 84
Views: 7055

Re: Are you going to Watch the Eurovision Song Contest? 2018

mercalia wrote:not watching but listening to 2019, rubbish music as usual, turned off after a few "songs" The UK "effort" was rubbish. Shame that Brexit dont mean we dont have to suffer this musicagendon


You don't have to. It isn't compulsory.
by sjs
12 May 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 16845
Views: 404774

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Could not agree more.
by sjs
12 May 2019, 1:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric car windows
Replies: 41
Views: 899

Re: Electric car windows

Second anecdote alert. I have a phone app which monitors various things about my car, including the state of the door locks. Sometimes it points out that the doors are unlocked (which will happen if my wife is driving it, for instance), and asks whether I would like to lock them via the app. If I sa...
by sjs
12 May 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric car windows
Replies: 41
Views: 899

Re: Electric car windows

My daughter drives the 07-reg Clio I bought for her sister and her to learn to drive. There was a time when the the remote locking wasn't working because of a flat battery in the key. And the only actual keyhole is on the passenger side (those continentals eh). So, she had parked the car, got out, a...
by sjs
11 May 2019, 10:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Blocking Post From Users.
Replies: 44
Views: 1276

Re: Blocking Post From Users.

brynpoeth wrote:Ignoring is good, fortunately my enemies do not know where I live
Besides, 'she who has many enemies, has many friends' :wink:


Are your enemies enemy enough that you would worry if they did know where you live? That sort of enmity would go beyond the kind of bickering that seems to happen here.
by sjs
11 May 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?
Replies: 38
Views: 1163

Re: Planning routes when you are on tour. PC? Tablet?

I recently discovered Locus Map Pro (recommended on here many times I know). Used with the Brouter routing app and a biggish SD card for maps and routing data it provides very decent offline route planning, at least for Android. Gpx's can be transferred to the irritating old Oregon 450 via an OTG ca...
by sjs
6 May 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bedford pubs bike ride
Replies: 18
Views: 452

Re: Bedford pubs bike ride

pete75 wrote:
Paulatic wrote:I never knew there was another Cardington :)
Thought that was going to be a hell of a ride to Shropshire.


Cardington in Beds is very well known if only for these - the biggest sheds in Britain. They were put up for airships.



Until recently one of them still housed the Airlander vehicle.
by sjs
6 May 2019, 2:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bedford pubs bike ride
Replies: 18
Views: 452

Re: Bedford pubs bike ride

thirdcrank wrote:
... Distance ridden for the ride was a tad over 24miles. I did 8miles in and came a slightly shorter ride back of 7miles, making my day about 40miles. ...


Not sure what your point is. A tad over 24 plus 8 plus 7 is about 40 isn't it? Or is it surprise that Mick can ride that far on ten pints?