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by montmorency
17 Apr 2009, 12:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The new Rail Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: The new Rail Con

Sorry... bit late here, but may I ask the OP what sort of railcard he was talking about?

If it's a "Network Railcard" (i.e. for the South-East), these have had a £10 minimum fare for simply ages haven;t they, before the recent changes to fare structures, etc.


Confused,
Regards,
M.
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 11:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 18
Views: 1397

Re: Electric cars

After seeing small electric buses in use on the smaller streets in the historic parts of Florence, I was converted to the idea that at least in similar circumstances, they were probably a good idea. Better than the huge particulate-emitting diesels common in England at the time. However, I also had ...
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Bottom Brackets (oldish bike)
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Raleigh Bottom Brackets (oldish bike)

Many thanks for that. I'd forgotten about Sheldon ...

... by the way, from the dates underneath his picture, does this mean he is no longer with us?

That would be very very sad. I knew that he had been ill. Can't find his journal or whatever now.

...ok, found it now.

Regards,
M.
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 11:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Going on a diet... :sad:
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Going on a diet... :sad:

Manx,

If you have not already read it, I strongly suggest reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" (US title), or "The Diet Delusion" (UK title), by Gary Taubes.


Or anything by Barry Groves.


Regards,
Mike
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 10:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Bike Manufacturer??
Replies: 32
Views: 2414

Re: New Bike Manufacturer??

Perhaps Sun Microsystems.

They are not the cheapest but they are among the best (at both hardware and software) and I like for example, the way they make it so that their latest hardware will still run very old editions of their operating system. Good upwards and downwards compatibility.
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 10:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Guardian 04.10.08: Be the best at road cycling
Replies: 6
Views: 578

Re: Guardian 04.10.08: Be the best at road cycling

I've always been shocked/impressed at the incredibly high cadences in the TdF, even in extreme conditions. Fortunately, in the last 18 months or so, I've managed to lose about 2 and 1/2 stone and a lot (although not all) of unwanted belly fat, so I can now at last get right down on the drops for tha...
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 10:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you name your bike(s)?
Replies: 36
Views: 2734

Re: Do you name your bike(s)?

Of course it's twee, but it's still a good idea in my book :-) I knew of someone who called his Raleigh "Sir Walter", and in similar vein, my wife called her Raleigh "Oriana", because this was a name sometimes given to Elizabeth 1st (we used to sing in a madrigal choir, and it ca...
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 10:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coolest cycling vid ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Coolest cycling vid ever?

What a guy.

BTW, can one still find the traditional style of racing hats (i.e. the ones that _don't_ look like baseball caps)?


Regards,
M.
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 10:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tax on Chocolate!
Replies: 30
Views: 1459

Re: Tax on Chocolate!

I don't eat chocolate these days, because the sugar is bad for me. However, after some googling about cocoa (as in the unsweetened powder one can make into a drink), I started to get interested in cacao, which is where of course all chocolate and cocoa is derived from. It seems there are quite a few...
by montmorency
16 Apr 2009, 9:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Bottom Brackets (oldish bike)
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Raleigh Bottom Brackets (oldish bike)

[Have not visited the board for quite some time I'm afraid, and had a feeling I had asked this question once before, but cannot find it in my old posts. I've found the answer to a similar post from 2005, but it may not quite cover my question, and the source mentioned may no longer be valid] So... I...
by montmorency
6 Aug 2007, 12:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Obesity
Replies: 109
Views: 14888

glueman wrote:- They probably top drum and bass playing teens for Pavlovian foaming at the sight of a cyclist . ?????????????????????? please enlighten Maybe it's just me? If I hear dum..dum..dum..dum approaching from an open car window, I can virtually guarantee at least a comment from the front p...
by montmorency
5 Aug 2007, 11:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Pump?
Replies: 20
Views: 3591

I said at the beginning, I have a frame pump . Sorry, I only noticed this after posting. Was wondering what your objection to just carrying the frame pump was, but no doubt you have your reasons, and were looking for an effective and perhaps novel solution. I suppose the CO2 cartridge idea is ok, g...
by montmorency
5 Aug 2007, 11:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Elevated cycle tubes
Replies: 17
Views: 2972

There are lots of reasons why this is a bad idea, and should not even be contemplated, but one obvious objection is simple practicality. "Lifts _could_ be provided...."? hm...well, assuming for a moment, no lifts, how were the cyclists supposed to reach these tubes? Sloping ramps? So, the ...
by montmorency
3 Aug 2007, 12:28am
Forum: On the road
Topic: School run or work commute - how far?
Replies: 33
Views: 4856

Currently commuting about 9.5 miles each way, on Thorn Club Tour (which I guess is similar to a Dawes Galaxy, but I think it's nicer :-) ). I live in a relatively small, former market town, and commute to somewhere well out in the sticks, so my journey is a little bit urban-style riding, a few villa...
by montmorency
2 Aug 2007, 6:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do you Prefer Your Hills?
Replies: 56
Views: 6994

Never cycled either of them, but there is what looked like a ridiculously steep hill in the middle of Biddulph (I think), Staffs, and almost as bad, near the County Council offices in Matlock.


But what do I know. I'm a suvverner. Maybe it's all like that oop north! :-)