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by Stradageek
12 Dec 2019, 12:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 390
Views: 7609

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

I spent three years at Oxford university in the unavoidable company of far too many self centred, privileged, idiots like Boris. Oxford does attract the cream of British society but only in the sense that they are rich and thick. The thought of 5 years with our very own Trump-esq narcissistic misogy...
by Stradageek
11 Dec 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 537
Views: 52536

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

I had t-shirt emblazoned with:

"Life's too short to listen to Coldplay"

Wore it at a festival, reactions were amazing, 50% for, 50% against, and all extreme - felt like Brexit
by Stradageek
9 Dec 2019, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 210
Views: 9386

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

Fascinating collection of ideas Brucey - where do you get the time to try all this or were you an electronic engineer in a past life? Particularly taken with the 5x2 back to back LED configuration and the Zener ballast resistor is also a nice trick. All now stored in the memory banks (and on the for...
by Stradageek
9 Dec 2019, 8:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 210
Views: 9386

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

IIRC pound shop battery front lights draw ~100mA @ ~5V DC and rears a similar current at about half the voltage. I would imagine that they might have a very short life expectancy if you drive them using a rectified output from the hub dynamo; in the broadest terms you need some way of dissipating t...
by Stradageek
8 Dec 2019, 8:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1006
Views: 21228

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Sadly, long experience tells me that newspapers, and internet trawling are used selectively, by almost everyone, to support their established views and prejudices. I try my best. by avoiding all of these sources and sticking to published academic studies, but it's no guarantee that I wont fall into ...
by Stradageek
6 Dec 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 210
Views: 9386

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

Now a hub convert! Picked up an old Schmidt dynohub for £15 at a bike jumble, a bit of wiring some diodes and resistors and parts from two disassembled pound shop lights later I have a smooth, powerful, pretty much drag free and quiet all weather LED lighting system for less than £20. And of course ...
by Stradageek
4 Dec 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why is it always No.6?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Why is it always No.6?

Thanks for the info Brucey but on both bikes gear 6 is used pretty regularly (hence the annoyance) and neither transmission has done 1,000 miles yet. I've tried running gear 6 as much as possible in case the cog just needs wearing-in - but to no avail. The rough running doesn't feel like an indexing...
by Stradageek
4 Dec 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why is it always No.6?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Why is it always No.6?

I have a BikeE (SRAM 7-speed cassette, SRAM derailleur and gripshift) and a Speedmachine (9-speed SRAM cassette, Deore derailleur, SRAM centera gripshift) both with nearly new transmissions. Gear changes are rapid and flawless, up and down on both bikes and all the gears run silky smooth EXCEPT gear...
by Stradageek
16 Nov 2019, 9:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21334
Views: 522071

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

Try this for a summary of the status-quo (Latin for the mess we're currently in) words by Grace Petrie. [Verse 1] At the ending of last century I thought I knew the score The miner's lost the battle But the good guys won the war I stayed up with my folks They drank champagne til 6 A.M The morning th...
by Stradageek
10 Nov 2019, 11:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel building - my foray into the science and the art
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Wheel building - my foray into the science and the art

If I get my spoke tensioner out on my built wheels, what should I use it to do? Which came first: the true wheel, or the one with near-even spoke tensions? My general experience is that if the tension isn't equal-ish I'm probably building using a bent rim and spokes will eventually break. Possibly ...
by Stradageek
9 Nov 2019, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel building - my foray into the science and the art
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Wheel building - my foray into the science and the art

Wouldn't be without my tensiometer but never used a dishing gauge, always done it by eye - but I've always built rear wheels, never a front yet.

Would I likely have trouble with front wheel?
by Stradageek
8 Nov 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Future of CUK - survey
Replies: 24
Views: 1372

Re: Future of CUK - survey

Wow; I make a point of filling in surveys so I've seen lots of naff ones and this ranks up there with the worst. Poorly worded and/or unintelligible questions, unavailable options among the answers etc. etc. Would it not have been simpler to send an email to all CTC members and ask - "which of ...
by Stradageek
3 Nov 2019, 8:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

In my experience road building just moves traffic jams to the next pinch point - but I did enjoy a comment from an M25 traffic officer when asked what would happen if the M25 was widened to for lanes, answer "they'll fill it", five lanes?, "they'll fill it", six lanes "they'...
by Stradageek
1 Nov 2019, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SELCOF hollow pin chain
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: SELCOF hollow pin chain

pete75 wrote:
Yes. I bought some when Planet X had the offer. Using them without any problems.

Excellent, thanks Pete, I'll go ahead

Cheers

Stradageek
by Stradageek
1 Nov 2019, 8:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SELCOF hollow pin chain
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: SELCOF hollow pin chain

Very Freudian methinks Brucey and a product of too many years working in optoelectronics, while SELCOF is a defunct Italian bicycle components manufacturer a SELFOC to me is a Self Focusing lens.

However, my wife did laugh herself senseless at your interpretation :lol: