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by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 8:21pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Sundry items for sale - free postage
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Sundry items for sale - free postage

MASSIVE clear out, as I find that I have bitten off more than I can chew... stuff likely to come on-stream over the next few weeks, so will start with tasty Shimano 10-speed Bumber Fun Pack :D :D :D
Shimano zee mech, matching XT 10-speed trigger (M780), 11-36 10-speed XT cassette / 11-32 10-speed XT cassette. The ensemble has seen very light use - less than 250 road miles, while the 11-32 cassette is unused.
£50 inc. postage to any UK postcode - please see pictures here
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 7:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

My radio has an array of five buttons, the outer two select 4 extra, the inner two, R4 & the middle one R3. Job done... smart enough for me :D
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 5:19pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Chatting to a mate today ..........
Replies: 16
Views: 271

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

I deliberately plumped for some kit that left my Brompton pretty much normal so I could just carry on cycling-as-usual and just use the 'leccy for the stiffer hills. I got the conversion done round about the time I moved from low down (not far from the course of the river Frome, although you'd never know it, it running in subterranean culverts these days) to higher up, on what used to be a wind-swept common, at the top of Ashley Hill.
Funnily enough, my current place is in flats named after WG Grace and my old local used to be his, too ie The Fox Tavern, which was said to overlook the Frome, folks arrving for a pint by boat and the beer cellar being so close to the water as to keep the walls cool!!
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 4:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

Drifting away from the topic of the smartness or otherwise of the meters, the whole tariff thing makes me quite upset. The idea of letting market forces apply isn't in itself a completely daft idea, except that it's not a proper market. You don't go out to buy utiltiies in the same way you shop for carrots or cars - one unit of domestic electricity is indistiguishable from the next, of course! And so the suppliers make up these artificial 'tariffs' as if that gives us the customers any real choice, when in fact the real-world variations are controlled ny the companies and applied to us, in the form of pre-payment and default tariffs, over-estimated bills and most sickening of all - delayed return of over payments...
And they have the temerity to try to reassure us by telling us its all over-seen by a so-called industry watchdog - don't make me larf!! I wait with baited breath to see how I'm treated by Utility Point, who actually (and I can hardly believe this!) get positive feedback from the Citizens Advice Bureau...
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 4:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

The more I read about so-called smart meters, the more it sounds to me as if the whole inititive was simply pressed into being to pay lip-service to some political target or other, and has been a pointless and expensive white elephant. The companies engaged to carry out the initiall roll-out will simply have passed any extra costs to us the customer, ticked the boxes, trousered any government grant available and walked away...
I now know for sure that my latest supplier (bearing in mind we the consumers are encourged to switch - otherwise, we are reminded, market forces will not operate properly... whatever that means!!) have confirmed in writing that they will not utilise the possibilities of my "smart meter", so I find myself having a) paid indirectly for the pleasure and b) effectively am now back to pre-smart-meter days ie having to submit my own meter readings periodically... otherwise risking estimated charges ie erring on the side of the suppliers.
And they call this progress.
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 10:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Swedish red cabin paint
Replies: 8
Views: 153

Re: Swedish red cabin paint

I asked my work colleageue - she's Swedish - and she said, "Whatever you do, don't go for the Surströmming!" I only mention this 'cos it's in a red can and you might get mixed up...
by simonineaston
20 Apr 2021, 8:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much to build up a frame-set?
Replies: 18
Views: 677

Re: How much to build up a frame-set?

Edit: it’s only upside down (for me) if I click on it. Weird.
The only image I've added to a post since the upgrade flipped the image through 90° too...
by simonineaston
19 Apr 2021, 7:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Think I'm a bit sad (Stumley Archer)
Replies: 20
Views: 825

Re: Think I'm a bit sad (Stumley Archer)

When I was young I couldn't spell Sturmey either. I thought it should be Stur - men - ey and of course I realise now how wrong I was. You live and learn, innit...
by simonineaston
19 Apr 2021, 12:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

...the take-away fact seems to be the suppliers work pretty much in isolation and that they will not carry out any of their 'promises' unless forced to and even then, they won't do it very well. What they do appear to do quite well is overcharge customers and then hang on to their overpayments... Cheers, Mrs T - thanks for nothing!!
And while I get that low-income / low social banding customers may represent a higher risk, with respect to payments, it cannot be right that the supplier's reaction to that is to raise the cost of the product for the customers perceived to be the highest risk.
by simonineaston
18 Apr 2021, 8:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

Thanks - am able to read the text on the linked Which pages :D I see this jolly snippet
Switching supplier when you have one can cause it to revert to being a ‘dumb’ meter, and you’ll have to submit meter readings again.
Looks like my 10p is safe...
by simonineaston
18 Apr 2021, 8:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 757

Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

Turns out I have a so-called smart meter. At the week-end I dug out old tech - a clamp and an energyhive hub, but the contact at the end of the tech support email address told me it was old and I should get a smart meter which are in some unspecified way, better... anyone know about smart meters and their benefits? What does it do that might benefit me, as opposed to the supply company?
(original picture is portrait...)
(original picture is portrait...)
As can be seen, the original supplier was e-on and predictably I no longer use them. I bet a whole shiny 10p that there will be issues with supplier B, C, D etc using a smart meter from supplier A - I can just feel it in my bones... ! ;-)
by simonineaston
17 Apr 2021, 11:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Camera... and a ****
Replies: 29
Views: 1091

Re: Cycling Camera... and a ****

The amount of bad driving I see out on my walks and rides seems to be worse than ever!
Of course it is - the number of new car drivers is rising inexorably, Covid or no Covid, increasing the number of cars trying to fit into a fairly finite road estate. Anyone who expects levels of skill and consideration to gently potter uphill meanwhile is set to be disappointed. Until somebody comes up with an alternative to cars as personal transport, the situation for cyclists will continue to deteriorate, as cycists remain low in the pecking order, due I suspect to the small contribution that the cycle industry makes to the country's economy, relative to the collossal multi-billion contrib. of the motor-transport industry. Or to put it another way, we don't count and no-one cares!
by simonineaston
17 Apr 2021, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag
Replies: 25
Views: 771

Re: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag

At one stage, I took to carrying all my luggage as dry-bags, strapped to the bike, either to the pannier rack, or more relevantly, to the seat-post, and under the saddle. Can't see any reaason why it can't be done. Much depends on the efficacy of the straps - I have some fabulous rubber straps, both tough and slightly elastic and with reliable buckles, which I aquired after one year's Bristol Bggest Bicycle Ride which really did the trick... as far as I can recall, they were used to attach signage but were repurposed with glee!
by simonineaston
16 Apr 2021, 11:03am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Dentist - Cleaning out Socket Post Extraction.
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Dentist - Cleaning out Socket Post Extraction.

I don't know if it helps, but most decent practices have a page on their website, where example prices for a variety of procedures are listed. I link to one such at random here. This might give you an indication of the sort of ball-park figure to expect for the work you're about to have done. Hope all goes well for you - tooth pain can be so horrid!
by simonineaston
15 Apr 2021, 3:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: if a Moulton would...
Replies: 80
Views: 2311

Re: if a Moulton would...

Any more comparisons, anyone?
Not really the subject of this discussion, but it so happens that I have two bicycles available at the mo', both based on identical TSR framesets, one built up as my ideal (or near...) touring bike and the other, as my ideal fast, day-bike (or with me on it, languid, day-bike...). The former weighs 25kg, the latter 18kg.