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by Stradageek
18 Feb 2020, 1:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 77
Views: 1780

Re: Democracy

Interesting quotes from the latest book I'm reading called 'Rich Media Poor Democracy' "Neoliberalism is a political theory, it posits that society works best when business runs things and there is as little possibility of government interference with business as possible. In short Neoliberal d...
by Stradageek
17 Feb 2020, 8:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?

I see nine bikes in the lead by some margin. What does that say? Bragging? Consumerism? Need? Just hanging on to every one I've ever had? Different bikes for every purpose and season? I like to think that I've only ever bought bikes I thought I needed and given them away if the need proved illusory...
by Stradageek
7 Feb 2020, 8:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brucey
Replies: 35
Views: 2226

Re: Brucey

it feels very odd to be discussed (even in mostly flattering terms) in a forum. Time was when the CTC had a fully employed technical officer who would contribute to discussions of technical matters but those days are gone. I have considered writing a book but it would be a massive effort and it wou...
by Stradageek
30 Jan 2020, 8:27am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 77
Views: 1780

Re: Democracy

I can’t answer for others but I’m convinced that PR would make things different and (overall) in a positive way. The current first last the post system isn’t delivering good results and doesn’t put the wishes of the voters at the heart of decision making it puts the party political policy makers in...
by Stradageek
29 Jan 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 77
Views: 1780

Re: Democracy

Democracy has so many forms, it seems its what you make it. The events of the last few years have focussed minds on our outdated Democracys' shortcomings. As to how we will ever reform it the mind boggles. There is no incentive for a government with an 80 seat majority and the power to create so ca...
by Stradageek
29 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 77
Views: 1780

Re: Democracy

Not a bad point, if I didn't have a streaming cold I'd be out cycling instead of getting wound up by stupid news articles. Perhaps I'll go back to reading my book about a year in the life of the Robin :?
by Stradageek
29 Jan 2020, 9:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 77
Views: 1780

Democracy

Is it just me or does the current BBC news article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51281722 completely miss the most blindingly obvious conclusion: Given following excerpts: Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to Univer...
by Stradageek
28 Jan 2020, 8:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter cycling clothing advice
Replies: 10
Views: 530

Re: Winter cycling clothing advice

I echo the 'many thinner layers' mantra, what the layers are matters surprisingly little. However I do have a precious ultra-thin, clingy, loose weave, polyester base layer (ex-Nordic skiers stock) that I swear by. +1 for merino wool on top of this base layer. 'Wrap the gaps' is the other key, buff ...
by Stradageek
27 Jan 2020, 5:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?
Replies: 42
Views: 892

Re: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?

I ride recumbents and am therefore seen as a bit of a geek, the only bike I've ever bought new is my Bacchetta Strada - the picture tells the story
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by Stradageek
16 Jan 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unicycling: Why? Why not?
Replies: 30
Views: 914

Re: Unicycling: Why? Why not?

mercalia wrote:where do you put the bell or panniers?

It's amazing what you can put on a unicycle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD6JRZzt-vk bear in mind that filming the trip was one of the objectives
by Stradageek
16 Jan 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unicycling: Why? Why not?
Replies: 30
Views: 914

Re: Unicycling: Why? Why not?

I used shin guards initially (and glad I did) but don't bother with protective gear now.

As for gearing, I believe Ed Pratt had cranks with two pedal mounting points, so on a days of mountain climbing he could choose to operate a lower gear.
by Stradageek
16 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unicycling: Why? Why not?
Replies: 30
Views: 914

Re: Unicycling: Why? Why not?

Unicycles are great fun and can be surprisingly practical vehicles, I've seen unicycle commuters in Oxford and Ed Pratt has just cycled around the world solo unsupported, wild camping, on a 36" unicycle (Google 'Youtube Ed Pratt' and you'll access hours of excellent and very entertaining videos...
by Stradageek
11 Jan 2020, 8:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?

I want to get a unicycle, is it hard to learn to ride one, like riding a bicycle? Cannae remember learning that unfortunately I've still no idea how it's done, after a few weeks wobbling while holding a shelf I just thought lets just go - and away I went. The moment I start thinking about how impos...
by Stradageek
10 Jan 2020, 5:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?
Replies: 87
Views: 1995

Re: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own?

7, all different, all in regular use Stratton folder (1980's) used for trips <5 miles, tatty and 'undesirable' shopping bike Pashley Postie, heavy shopping, DIY trips Kettwiesel Trike, slippy roads and as half of our tandem HP Velotechnik Speedmachine - mostly winter cycling (30,000 miles and going ...
by Stradageek
10 Jan 2020, 9:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Royals Going It Alone
Replies: 127
Views: 3330

Re: New Royals Going It Alone

Don't get me wrong (I'm a staunch republican who would be very happy to see the end of the Royal family - after all we don't have hereditary doctors!) but looking at today's press headlines not one of them says: 'British media pressure causes Harry and Megan to quit: newspapers frantically looking f...