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by profpointy
5 Nov 2018, 3:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Paying for a bike in cash - why?
Replies: 35
Views: 870

Re: Paying for a bike in cash - why?

Cash payment protects the seller - examine item, shake hands, hand over cash, hand over item - everyone happy ! Pay by bank transfer - these can sometimes be reversed / bounce-later eg the various overseas scams. Pay by paypal - then buyer claims item is defective or "you never sent it" de...
by profpointy
2 Nov 2018, 4:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?
Replies: 153
Views: 2534

Re: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?

Since, I’n Mr Gove’s words “we’ve had enough of experts” we can just get non-experts in to do these sort of jobs - brain surgeon, aerospace engineer and so on; it’s all on YouTube these days after all
by profpointy
2 Nov 2018, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quality allen keys
Replies: 59
Views: 1997

Re: quality allen keys

From the discussion on brands I'm tempted to go for this hex bit ratchet from Wera as a safe bet. not to say it’s a bad tool per se but I’ve not found that type of arrangement that good for Allen screws - a screwdriver handled ratchet is often easier for keeping the tool in the hole - and longer le...
by profpointy
2 Nov 2018, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden
Replies: 19
Views: 856

Re: Sweden

no useful advice on touring, but do try and see the Vaasa in Stockholm. it is their equivalent of our Mary Rose - the most powerful warship in the world ... for about 20 minutes. Despite 300 years on the bottom it is intact due to the brackish water. highly highly recommended
by profpointy
2 Nov 2018, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quality allen keys
Replies: 59
Views: 1997

Re: quality allen keys

mmm - none of the Draper stuff I’ve seen has been anywhere near Germany - though do concede they may be better these days. If you think I'm lying just say so don't bloody hint at it. Better these days - I'm talking about stuff I bought back in the seventies. This'll be why a lot of their stuff back...
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quality allen keys
Replies: 59
Views: 1997

Re: quality allen keys

mmm - none of the Draper stuff I’ve seen has been anywhere near Germany - though do concede they may be better these days. you do have to be wary of some of the “label” as opposed to manufactuer’s brands. in the 80s I had a full set of Kamassa sockets ina green tin and it was fantastic. it got nicke...
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why didn't she notice the trap door?
Replies: 80
Views: 1904

Why didn't she notice the trap door?

Maybe she can,t see that well, maybe she stepped backwards - after all you don’t expect a hole in a shop floor.

that said, a big fine seems a bit pointless, but your comment on “sectioning” the victim seems crass in the extreme
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quality allen keys
Replies: 59
Views: 1997

Re: quality allen keys

good makes include bondhus, Elkinds, Facom -none of which I can fault, and a basic set and / or fold up set is cheap enough from any of these and will be top notch. I do also have a stupidly expensive falcon t-bar set too - daft price at £70+ but it is really nice and I don’t regret it. a screwdrive...
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 8:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wills & Testaments
Replies: 38
Views: 951

Re: Wills & Testaments

I disagree with the “everyone should write a will” point. Eg my mum didn’t and everything straightforwardly went to my Dad. My Dad hasn’t (so I understand) so it’ll come my way. so far so good. my mrs and I have done wills as we don,t have kids so have to cover the scenario where we’re both killed i...
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 3:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wills & Testaments
Replies: 38
Views: 951

Re: Wills & Testaments

brynpoeth wrote:What happens if one dies with net negative worth?


your creditors inherit in that case
by profpointy
1 Nov 2018, 1:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wills & Testaments
Replies: 38
Views: 951

Re: Wills & Testaments

step 1 - buy a book which explains (uk) wills and the probate thing. read this and you’ll be better informed regarding diy or solicitor - -nd in any case will help you think it through, and explain the mechanics if you diy 2 are your affairs complicated - eg separated but not divorced , or cutting o...
by profpointy
29 Oct 2018, 8:13pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Compulsory Helmets in Local Group.
Replies: 89
Views: 37329

Re: Compulsory Helmets in Local Group.

Lots of get outs there. CUK advocates choice but what is that choice? One choice could be to ride with the local group and obey their rules or not ride with them. Personally I feel that if members vote to wear helmets on their rides it is the wish of the group. To go against the will of that group'...
by profpointy
27 Sep 2018, 6:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Weird interactions with other road users
Replies: 31
Views: 1451

Re: Weird interactions with other road users

in my day the kids shouted 'oi, mate your back wheel is going round'. And if the cyclist stopped to inspect their bike the kid would should,'its ok, its stopped now'[/quote]

... the traditional response is "so's your mum" (substitute wife or girlfriend where appropriate)
by profpointy
30 Aug 2018, 5:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Industrial heritage sites that you find interesting!
Replies: 60
Views: 1277

Re: Industrial heritage sites that you find interesting!

Dinorwic slate mining museum in Snowdonia. Absolutely fantastic. The site is all the supporting trades which underpinned the actual mining. Thus: machine shops, and iron foundry, woodwork shops for the paternmakers associated with the foundry, giant waterfall and so on. Great for a bad weather day w...
by profpointy
14 Aug 2018, 11:57am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping Bag Advice
Replies: 23
Views: 799

Re: Sleeping Bag Advice

Looks pretty good on paper at least and a good price for a down bag, even a summer one. Decades ago I bought a snugpak (Cotswold's own brand) synthetic bag for the summer and it was excellent for its size and weight. Dunno if they're still as good That said I migth even get the decathlon one for mys...