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by profpointy
6 Nov 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Screws - why oh why can'tm they keep things simple?
Replies: 14
Views: 548

Re: Screws - why oh why can'tm they keep things simple?

Standards are great - so let's have lots of them !
by profpointy
22 Oct 2019, 10:07am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: May only motorists teach Bikeability?
Replies: 27
Views: 1910

Re: May only motorists teach Bikeability?

I think that having driving experience would undoubtedly be a considerable help in being able to teach good cycling practice. Without personal experience of real driving trying to explain putting yourself in the motorists' mind set is going to be a challenge if based purely on theory. That said, the...
by profpointy
15 Oct 2019, 6:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes
Replies: 27
Views: 1218

Re: Cantilever brakes

I have cantis on my Thorn tourer and they are superb - at least compared to the Weinman centre pulls on my old bike - and to be fair the Weinman's , whilst old, weren't bad compared to my childhood bikes. The cantis were Avid Shorty, subsequently "upgraded" to the suntour self energising o...
by profpointy
13 Oct 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 23
Views: 883

Re: Support vehicles and "rules".

Once when driving up to John o Groates we came up behind and extremely slow van doing maybe 8 mph uphill. In due course we passed, to discover it was the "support vehicle" for a John-o-Groates lone cyclist. Seemingly the van had driven the whole way 10 yards behind the cyclist. Bizarre !
by profpointy
7 Oct 2019, 11:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 524
Views: 51781

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

Pastychomper wrote:"What's a Grecian urn?", I asked the antiques dealer.

"About a thousand Euros a month," came the reply.


And what's the capital of Greece?

"about 500 Euros"
by profpointy
29 Sep 2019, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear adjustment screws - What screwdriver?
Replies: 130
Views: 7793

Re: Gear adjustment screws - What screwdriver?

so.... flat blade it is, then.... :wink: cheers Unless you have a nice mech like this Mavic which only needs a 2.5mm Allen key. This is how they all should have been. image.jpg :D That's what I could never understand. Why, if every other fixing on a bike are "Allen bolt". Why are the dera...
by profpointy
9 Sep 2019, 2:05pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: The Scottish midge

I remember a visit to the small grocer in Glencoe some years ago and noted they only had about two vegetables for sale but had a choice of six different kinds of midge repellent. I thought that rather telling - and perhaps indicated that none of the repellants worked that well else they'd only have ...
by profpointy
22 Aug 2019, 10:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks saddle, a newbie question.
Replies: 29
Views: 1913

Re: Brooks saddle, a newbie question.

Re: breaking in. Most of mine were comfy from the off -2 x B17s and a team Pro, the latter very very comfy, but a Swift took me a while. My conclusion is that I have a Brooksian buttock (word was substituted and clearly the wrong word, albeit related - this is a bit silly if discussing saddles) and ...
by profpointy
22 Aug 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks saddle, a newbie question.
Replies: 29
Views: 1913

Re: Brooks saddle, a newbie question.

duplicat
by profpointy
19 Aug 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6728

Re: What3words

We already have national grid numbers which you can directly find on a map just by looking, as do other countries. Or you could use lat and long.

Clever gimmick but the BBC should really know better than to advertise someone's commercial product
by profpointy
19 Aug 2019, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: That Lidl are selling a heated saddle!
Replies: 16
Views: 1128

Re: That Lidl are selling a heated saddle!

Next week I believe they are selling a job lot of waterproof catflaps for submarines
by profpointy
16 Aug 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 3100

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

Like all things, it is a balance between convenience vs comfort & efficiency. I used toe clips for many decades and hated riding without them. More modern times I've gone for so-called clipless and whilst these are better-in-use than toeclips and straps, you then need special shoes, albeit I can...
by profpointy
16 Aug 2019, 9:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Extreme horse hazard
Replies: 21
Views: 1444

Re: Extreme horse hazard

I recall an occasion in the West of Ireland a long time ago. I was on the back of my mate's motorcycle when we came across a herd of cows ambling down the road. He pulled to one side and I got off, intended to guide the cows past the bike so they didn't push it over. Then I saw this big bull at the ...
by profpointy
29 Jul 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling
Replies: 25
Views: 3803

Re: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling

Looks like a fair enough post to me, with some worthwhile suggestions, not all of which will everyone will necessarily agree with.
Poo-poohing him merely for having an opinion seems a tad churlish

To the OP - good for you !
by profpointy
19 Jul 2019, 4:50pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Public Liability Insurance?
Replies: 13
Views: 2956

Re: Public Liability Insurance?

Wearing one of my work hats, I have been roped into organising a work-related bike ride in Sep - for various reasons (mainly that we’ve not done this before…) the numbers are relatively small (about 12 people) and it’s not open access (all the other participants are work colleagues). I’m told we’ll...