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by Stradageek
21 Aug 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books
Replies: 24
Views: 526

Re: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books

Anyone like me and completely abandoned fiction?

Nevertheless, from the days when I did read fiction, I'd say that 'Les Miserables' was definitely my number one read (how it could thought suitable material for a musical beggars belief!) probably followed by 'War and Peace'
by Stradageek
21 Aug 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 28
Views: 508

Re: McDonald's

Watch BBC's 'War on Plastics' Episode 4 to see how McDonalds UK HQ treated two primary school girls who arrived to complain about all the throw away plastic toys given out with Happy Meals. :x

You'll never go to McDonalds again.
by Stradageek
16 Aug 2019, 9:02am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Energy on longer rides
Replies: 25
Views: 618

Re: Energy on longer rides

Best advice I've ever had - pretty much mirroring the advice above - is that when out on a long ride:

Eat before you get hungry and drink before you get thirsty

Prevention is much better cure
by Stradageek
14 Aug 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 266
Views: 13298

Re: Living without owning an internal combustion engine

Legislation is the only solution - there just aren't enough eco-warriors or potential converts out there. Governments wont legislate because it would be unpopular and they wouldn't get re-elected and it would therefore disrupt the politicians path to an overpaid executive directorship or five when t...
by Stradageek
14 Aug 2019, 12:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling related male personal problem
Replies: 8
Views: 465

Re: Cycling related male personal problem

+1 for lubricant with my recommendation being 'ButtonHole' chamois cream. For many years since moving to recumbents I found that cycling shorts, whilst generally the most comfortable option, can ruck up between the legs and the dangly bits and rub the inside of my thighs. A moderate splodge of chamo...
by Stradageek
14 Aug 2019, 12:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: TV personality driving ban reduction
Replies: 68
Views: 1553

Re: TV personality driving ban reduction

The simple solution, much practiced in Nordic countries would be "Ok, we'll let you do the series and then the ban will come into effect"

In other words, nice try sunshine but we've still got you!
by Stradageek
10 Aug 2019, 11:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out
Replies: 34
Views: 913

Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

I have an old Weston light meter, picked up at a jumble sale for £5. Unfortunately, the germanium photocell degrades with time so the calibration is now a bit wide of the mark. I still have a full B&W darkroom, stocks of paper and 35mm B&W film but it is rarely used. I thought initially it w...
by Stradageek
10 Aug 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer Dual Drive
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Sturmey Archer Dual Drive

Thanks Brucey, I think I understand all that.

Long axles would also allow me to fit a standard AW3 hub to an aluminium frame that can't be cold formed to the smaller OLD (I like converting old MTBs into nice town bikes) - any idea where I can buy them?

Thanks again

Stradageek
by Stradageek
10 Aug 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Things we need not invented yet
Replies: 91
Views: 2603

Re: Things we need not invented yet

The equivalent of a dropper seat post but which can alter the seat angle on a recumbent on-the-fly.

A more upright position is better for hill climbing, a more reclined position is better on the flat/downhill or against a headwind.

Can't be that hard - maybe I should...
by Stradageek
10 Aug 2019, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer Dual Drive
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Sturmey Archer Dual Drive

This is probably a question for Brucey (again!). I have an SRAM 3x7 dual drive on my BikeE which works beautifully and I'd like to build a similar system as a little bike project. I have an old Hercules 3-speed hub with a screw-on sprocket. The screw thread accepts a 5/6/7 speed block but this is of...
by Stradageek
1 Aug 2019, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to remove a handlebar stem?
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: How to remove a handlebar stem?

I removed the mother of all stuck stems thus: Cut off the stem so that the forks can be removed Drill a 5 to 6mm hole in the stem and insert a good solid metal rod (I used an old Allen key) in the hole Find a bench with a good solid bench vice Apply heat and penetrating oil liberally Sitting under t...
by Stradageek
31 Jul 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Elkington to Winwick, Northants
Replies: 0
Views: 1329

Elkington to Winwick, Northants

Simple question to save me cycling a fair distance to find that I'm on the wrong bike - Is the Elkington to Winwick bridle path/road navigable on a road bike? My bikes are all recumbents so rough stuff can be a little difficult for all except my BikeE for which the distance is more of a challenge. A...
by Stradageek
26 Jul 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....
Replies: 109
Views: 10728

Re: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....

+1 Edit:- gangs of youths can be anything from totally benign to outright menacing,there's a gang of youths probably 16 to 18year olds I pass regularly on a cyclepath in a rough area.On first encountering them I have to say I felt vulnerable but said "alright lads" they replied " aye ...
by Stradageek
26 Jul 2019, 10:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....
Replies: 109
Views: 10728

Re: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....

This is going to sound a tad paranoid. The UK is changing. Rapidly. Behavior is getting worse. Most people seem to have a growing sense of injustice and resentment. Austerity didn't help, and Brexit has taken things down to another low level. Social media is another main culprit. My general advice ...
by Stradageek
24 Jul 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....
Replies: 109
Views: 10728

Re: Gangs of youths on national cycle route.....

Please, please just chat with them. Start with something they can show off doing to help them establish some level of much needed self esteem. My favourites are "Can you pop a wheelie" they usually can. Then complement them "blimey I wish I could do that" then ask them how long t...