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by Stradageek
22 Oct 2021, 8:43am
Forum: Offered for Free
Topic: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub

Once again a very kind offer,

I could meet you at the M1 J15A services so as not to divert your journey and it's a nice bike ride along the river for me to get there.

Just let me know when you are travelling and we'll see if this could work.

Thanks again

Stradageek
by Stradageek
21 Oct 2021, 5:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV Advertisements in Britain
Replies: 28
Views: 442

Re: TV Advertisements in Britain

Beware! 'Blipverts' are coming next, make sure you're not overweight :lol:
by Stradageek
21 Oct 2021, 5:30pm
Forum: Offered for Free
Topic: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub

Hmmm, do let someone else have it if they ask.

I'm probably passing Oxford in a couple of weeks so may check to see if it's gone by then.

I use them to convert old MTB's into 3-speed city bikes (to be given away free to people who need but can't afford a reliable commuter bike) but no one is asking for one at the moment :wink:

Kind of you to offer
by Stradageek
21 Oct 2021, 12:35pm
Forum: Offered for Free
Topic: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Sturmey Archer AW 3 Speed Hub

Are you nearby? I'm in Northampton

Cheers

Stradageek
by Stradageek
19 Oct 2021, 8:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Just to show how much he is a man of the people who empathises with those from all walks of life try today's quote:

Writing in the Sun, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "the Greenshirts of the Boiler Police are not going to kick in your door with their sandal-clad feet and seize, at carrot-point, your trusty old combi"

And I thought Trump was a disconnected, privileged, elitist, narcissist
by Stradageek
15 Oct 2021, 9:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Currently listening to .......
Replies: 366
Views: 52736

Re: Currently listening to .......

Soft Machine Live at the Paradiso - classic

Going to see Grace Petrie this evening, a latter day Billy Bragg and the only concert where my daughter will be applauded for wearing her 'F*** The Tories' earrings.
by Stradageek
15 Oct 2021, 9:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pump repair?
Replies: 18
Views: 503

Re: Pump repair?

I struggled to find the correct size in any shops so bought these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141455807139

I measured carefully using a micrometer then assumed it was the closest standard size.

Worn O-rings have an obvious 'flat' so beware when measuring

Problem solved :D
by Stradageek
13 Oct 2021, 12:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Mike Sales wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 10:46am I may have posted this before, but the story so epitomises Johnson's M.O. that I risk repeating it.
The boy is father to the man.
When he was at Eton in the early 1980s, Boris Johnson did something that seems to have set the tone for the rest of his adult life.

Cast in the title role of a production of Shakespeare’s Richard II, he didn’t bother to learn his part.

The character of Richard II has 758 lines in his eponymously titled play. The part requires the actor to be on stage for most of the two-and-a-half hours running time. You can’t ‘wing’ Richard II. But Boris Johnson tried.

Pasting his lines on bits of paper about the place he hoofed the speeches and made up the rest – throwing in jokes whenever there was an awkward silence.

His father Stanley, who was in the audience, thought it was all ‘a hoot’. Nobody else did.

The other children who had spent hours attending rehearsals and learning their parts saw their hard work reduced to the ‘Boris show’. The headmaster, Eric Anderson, was furious.
Notice he leaves the mess for others to clear up, and expects to sail on regardless.
Cf. "No border in the Irish Sea."
Yup, all the evidence was there yet people still voted for him. He is just a lazy narcissist. As mayor of London it took him 2 years (and three dismissed incumbents) to find a deputy willing to do all the work while he swanned around doing nothing.

Ever noticed that at all the COVID briefings he only appeared when there was good news to tell?

More contemptible than Maggie Thatcher and possibly only marginally less dangerous.
by Stradageek
13 Oct 2021, 8:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Oldjohnw wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 1:26pm Since it's been mentioned, I wonder if someone who uses the term can tell us what 'levelling up' means. It doesn't appear to mean helping the people at the bottom of the heap.

I must say, today is the first time I have ever heard the word in connection with Brexit.
Strange isn't it, I don't remember 'leveling up' ever being mentioned during Brexit and I've also never heard where the extra 350 million per week that was going to the NHS has gone either :roll:

How about we start a 'Tax the Rich' movement (without wearing a big white dress) but disguise it by calling it 'Leveling Down'?
by Stradageek
12 Oct 2021, 8:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Pebble wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 8:19am But brexit for most was about levelling up and now without a mass cheap imported workforce, finally our low paid workers in the hardest jobs are starting to get recognised for what they do and rewarded accordingly.
I'll believe it when I see it.

Cheap European labour was encouraged to hide middle class wage stagnation, without it the middle classes will begin to see the truth and the Tories will struggle to cover up the fact that what is really needed to 'level up' is to tax the rich and give tax breaks to the poor. During the 'swinging 60's' the top rate of tax was 90%.

And as for the argument that such a high rate of tax will mean that all the richest people will leave the country, I'd just say to those concerned 'could we have that in writing please'. :D
by Stradageek
11 Oct 2021, 9:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1449

Re: What To Wear In Winter

rotavator wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 6:54pm If anyone has a surefire way of cosseting cold-sensitive feet when the temperature drops below ~8 deg C I would like to hear about it. I have tried merino socks, overshoes, hiking boots, chemical foot warmers but still get numb, cold feet after less than hour when cycling.
You have my sympathies having suffered for many years. I've now solved the problem thus:

The aforementioned mega-tog socks inside oversize Northwave winter cycling shoes AND with the addition of full length chemical foot warmers when it's really cold. The foot warmers last for many hours of toastie riding :D

Keeping the 'core' hot is also essential and when everything fails (before I found the foot warmers) I got off the bike and pushed for a 3 minute walk every hour.

PS getting cold feet (in shoes that aren't over tight?) at +5°C suggests you may have Reynards syndrome?
by Stradageek
10 Oct 2021, 12:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1449

Re: What To Wear In Winter

gazza_d wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 12:10pm Thin layers.
I normally start with a merino base layer, them add a long sleeved thermal top.
If it's a bit cold for that then I add another base layer or cycling shirt.
I usually stay in shorts and have different thicknesses of socks. I found that Lidl do really good thermal socks.
Thin full finger MTB gloves usually do the job.
I try and stay away from wind/water proof layers as I sweat too much.
The key is to dress for how you'll feel in 20-30 min as you will warm up. And it's important to be not too hot as you will perspire and then get cold.
It's very much an individual thing and will need experimentation to get right
+1
My combination is a thin Nordic polyester base layer (ex the now defunct Ozzo) a merino wool top (Aldi) then a windproof fronted fleece with a high, close fitting neck (ex Bike Jumbles). Over cycling shorts I add a pair of cycling trousers (not bib top or leggings; the trousers are warmer) and Pound Shop woolly leg warmers round the ankles. On the feet I use those ridiculously fluffy mega-tog socks (available at a market stall near you) inside some expensive but 'oh so worth it' oversize Northwave winter cycling shoes. Aldi, fleece lined, winter cycling gloves for the hands and for the head a fleece lined woolly hat (Thinsulate from a market stall near you - again). If it's truly sub-zero I add an Aldi buff around the neck and pulled up over the head under the woolly hat.

This lot copes with -5°C and bits can be removed as it warms. The key is 'mind the gaps' i.e. wrists, neck and ankles.
by Stradageek
10 Oct 2021, 12:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Edited to make less offensive so apologies if this does offend but I wonder why comments of this clarity are not more widely publicised :?
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by Stradageek
10 Oct 2021, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Conti Gatorskin sidewall issue
Replies: 29
Views: 3826

Re: Gatorskin Tyres

Jules59 wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 12:03am I had the same strip of material come away on both of my Gatorskins (I posted about it earlier this year).
I carefully glued the strips back down with Copydex after thoroughly cleaning the surfaces. Then did an LEJOG on them - no issues . Now using as my winter tyres - strips still firmly attached. The strips are not structural.

Upon reflection it might have been Evostick that I used - cant remember to be honest
+1, glued them back in place and ignored it until the tyres eventually wore out
by Stradageek
10 Oct 2021, 9:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30689

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Oldjohnw wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 8:37am Mr Johnson is now on holiday for a rare well earned break leaving us in the capable hands of Mr Raab.
A comment laced with eminently justified sarcasm; he's clearly trying to out do Trump who spent 30% of his time as president in 'Trump owned establishments' i.e. playing golf or George W Bush at 533 days holiday in 8 years