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by gentlegreen
15 May 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Emigration
Replies: 153
Views: 3854

Re: Emigration

Embarassingly I had no idea that was the word for "puppy". :oops: - though I was certainly familiar with the similar word and its usage. :D Yes, there are several embarassing pitfalls in the French language - one which I made when I stayed there as a teenager and several I've since encount...
by gentlegreen
15 May 2015, 1:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Emigration
Replies: 153
Views: 3854

Re: Emigration

I can recommend France as a good place to live, certainly the part where I live ( the Vendee) I have evolving plans to emigrate to the pointy bit of Finistère in 5 years' time (I'm used to a bit of weather and like the sea to fight back a bit). I have a modest company pension I can take from age 60...
by gentlegreen
26 Mar 2015, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking saddle rails- need suspension seatpost ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Breaking saddle rails- need suspension seatpost ?

I fancy one of those with the handlebar lever - would make traffic lights less of a pain as I get older - though these days I hop off the saddle.
by gentlegreen
26 Mar 2015, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sputnik rims - thoughts
Replies: 11
Views: 2307

Re: sputnik rims - thoughts

I used to use (26 inch) Mavic rims on my MTB (only used on the road with relatively narrow tyres) but the rims wore through like butter and even when I fitted a disc brake, a rim cracked along the eyelets when I had it trued. My hypothesis is that competition MTB wheels are expected to get destroyed...
by gentlegreen
26 Mar 2015, 2:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking saddle rails- need suspension seatpost ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Breaking saddle rails- need suspension seatpost ?

I'm rather heavy at 18 stone / 114kg and ride a roadified MTB - higher gearing, relatively narrow tyres pumped up hard... For quite a few years I had a Rockshox suspension seatpost which eventually failed - first one of the clamp bolts, then the casting itself and I'd started doing longer distances ...
by gentlegreen
24 Jan 2015, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to loosen chain ring bolts
Replies: 11
Views: 803

Re: How to loosen chain ring bolts

how did you make chainrings last 14 years ? !!
by gentlegreen
8 Dec 2014, 7:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Work Stands
Replies: 23
Views: 2245

Re: Work Stands

I paid extra for the posh version of the Park tools stand - the one with the cam clamp - the EC one looks like it may be a screw clamp... The Park tools one looks quite a bit beefier - it took me three days to bring it home from work on my bike. It's made all the difference to maintaining my bike, b...
by gentlegreen
22 Nov 2014, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Smart lights
Replies: 13
Views: 2847

Re: New Smart lights

MikeF wrote:It doesn't meet German regs. It mentions lumens (bigger numbers!) and not lux on the road so light could go anywhere.

Indeed it's just another hideously bright strobing torch.
by gentlegreen
7 Nov 2014, 2:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the difference between these two lights?
Replies: 31
Views: 3406

Re: What's the difference between these two lights?

On my commutes I find most bike lights objectionable and not fit for purpose - front and rear - but it will depend on where you ride. In my case I have no routine need for a lamp like the first one - which appears to have no proper dipped beam. Hopefully for £300 it at least has a handlebar button t...
by gentlegreen
4 Nov 2014, 5:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1866

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

If it is a two way cycle lane is it possible they were put at that angle (first picture) to prevent cyclists leaving the cycle lane into the oncoming one way traffic/ It was barely wide enough to be a one way cycle lane even before those death traps were fitted there ! The irony is that people are ...
by gentlegreen
4 Nov 2014, 11:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1866

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

I arrived today to find they'd been putting some in at a point on the "facility" where it is in any case near impossible to be - given this is at right angles to the road and path - unless you're riding a BMX ...

The things are a lot safer with barriers warning you off !

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by gentlegreen
3 Nov 2014, 3:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Leaves in Cycle Lanes
Replies: 54
Views: 6344

Re: Leaves in Cycle Lanes

Much as I feel sorry for the ash trees, they are the worst offenders on my commute - especially this year.
by gentlegreen
3 Nov 2014, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1866

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

[XAP]Bob wrote:They're there to encourage you to use primary on the traffic lane...

:mrgreen:
Indeed - which was exactly what I did.
The daft thing is that by that point I was actually happy to ride in it ...
by gentlegreen
3 Nov 2014, 3:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1866

Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

Before I approach the estates department of this site, does anyone know what these are ?
Encroaching dangerously upon an already very narrow lane ...

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by gentlegreen
2 Nov 2014, 10:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Unbelievable
Replies: 27
Views: 2669

Re: Unbelievable

I've been cut up twice at the same mini-roundabout by instructors without pupils (and Youtubed them) - I got a reply from the school on one occasion - though it wasn't clear whether she was excusing the unaccompanied instructor... (unusually I didn't actually swear ! - the car horn is mine) "Bu...