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by Stradageek
9 Jul 2020, 4:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: paraffin blow torch
Replies: 18
Views: 280

Re: paraffin blow torch

Sad to say I couldn't contact the secret society and so keep the blow lamp as a decoration more than a practical tool. I did get it working for about 5 minutes at a time but speculated whether I had the correct grade of paraffin. The clear stuff I have seems a tad more viscous that the famous ESSO b...
by Stradageek
9 Jul 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY dynamo light
Replies: 19
Views: 502

Re: DIY dynamo light

Greystoke wrote:This forum is full of folks who do things because we can or would like to rather than whether it makes financial sense.
I like that.

Me too :D
by Stradageek
9 Jul 2020, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY dynamo light
Replies: 19
Views: 502

Re: DIY dynamo light

I think Brucey is being a bit modest, he knows chapter and verse about how to do this but his advice is probably apt if you've no electronics background. However, if you want to learn and like solving interesting problems this can be a lot of fun. My early attempts are discussed here https://forum.c...
by Stradageek
5 Jul 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Re: Antisocial cyclists

Blimey guys, what have I started with this thread; please chill out :( you're coming across as antisocial cyclists :D
by Stradageek
5 Jul 2020, 12:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2516

Re: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?

I have a Speedmachine and a Bacchetta Strada, I'd recommend the combination. Speedmachine for cold, foul and very windy days, the Strada for long sunny rides or anywhere with significant hills and when cycling with non-recumbent friends (the Strada provides a little tow the Speedmachine none). Findi...
by Stradageek
1 Jul 2020, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 51
Views: 1667

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

My dad came off his bike a few miles from home, and broke his arm, at the age of ninety. After that he agreed it was worth carrying a phone with him on future rides. :D I take your point but I fear for regression to the state in which I found one of my elderly friends. She was wandering around a sh...
by Stradageek
30 Jun 2020, 12:49pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike choice
Replies: 16
Views: 344

Re: Trike choice

You might also want to consider a two wheeler - these are faster still, but you need to learn to ride a bike again. Weakness in one arm *probably* won’t matter too much on something with hamster bars, and you can end up being pretty fast uphill as well ( still no honking , still some additional wei...
by Stradageek
30 Jun 2020, 9:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Re: Antisocial cyclists

When out on the bike I would normally acknowledge a fellow cyclist, raised hand, morning etc. However, sometimes just looking at an oncoming cyclist and you get the impression that this one is probably not going to acknowledge me. Still I acknowledge them. I always think there is no harm in acknowl...
by Stradageek
29 Jun 2020, 7:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Re: Antisocial cyclists

Syd wrote:There is no need, in my opinion, to have any unnecessary vocal exchanges with anyone, especially strangers.

Ah... that explains it
by Stradageek
29 Jun 2020, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Re: Antisocial cyclists

Think I'll modify my complaint and simply campaign for:

a) If you don't want to talk, than at least wave or smile
b) If you do want to say something, please say something pleasant/encouraging/friendly

And, once again, apologies for starting another repeat thread

Happy cycling :D
by Stradageek
29 Jun 2020, 8:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Antisocial cyclists

Having abandoned group cycling to avoid COVID, I find myself longing for a passing word and/or friendly brief (distanced) chat with any other cyclist I might meet on the road. There being so many more cyclists on the road these days I assumed this would be a general need. So what is it with the aver...
by Stradageek
18 Jun 2020, 8:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 51
Views: 1667

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

I must admit that mapping is the one function for which I can see a benefit - but then again my current technique (memorise the approximate route the night before and leave the rest to chance) has yielded much more fascinating rides, less focused on the destination more on the ride itself. On which ...
by Stradageek
16 Jun 2020, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 51
Views: 1667

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

Luddites rule ok, 55 years cycling without a mobile phone so why do I need one now?

Sad admission; my wife has insisted I carry one (the oldest and smallest possible) because I once nearly missed a visit from my hermit like brother who turns up unexpectedly every 5-10yrs, I was out riding
by Stradageek
16 Jun 2020, 8:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Liberated by Dominic Cummings!
Replies: 44
Views: 1217

Re: Liberated by Dominic Cummings!

Well if the 'Russian Report' (remember that?) Ever gets to see the half light of day we might be a little wiser on that score. Nice to see that there are at least two of us who haven't forgotten this report - I wonder what the final excuse will be for the delay; "couldn't buy the necessary bla...
by Stradageek
14 Jun 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 6th Gear Virus
Replies: 32
Views: 1080

Re: 6th Gear Virus

Sounds a reasonable explanation thanks Brucey. So the rough-ish running on my Speedmachine (SRAM chain and Cassette) could also be due to cassette wear getting ahead of chain wear, especially on a much used and heavily loaded sprocket. So, theoretically if I were neglect the Speedmachine chain and/o...