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by profpointy
14 Feb 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Yet another helmet thread (split from 4 year old...)
Replies: 18
Views: 211

Re: Yet another helmet thread (split from 4 year old...)

One clear reason why helmets must increase the likelihood of head injury is that they make your head significantly bigger - something between 50% and 100% bigger I would think - bear in mind risk of being hit is usually proportional to the cross-section of the target. Even if they mitigate the effec...
by profpointy
22 Jan 2020, 12:07pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Four year old killed by bike helmet.
Replies: 140
Views: 4041

Re: Four year old killed by bike helmet.

Whilst not exactly common, it has happened enough for statistics to be collected in Scandinavia. The thing that's bizarre about this is people seem to say you shouldn't wear a helmet to climb trees or playground equipment are often the same people who claim it's obvious that you should wear one on a...
by profpointy
20 Jan 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: WW1 cycling route?

The late Richard Holmes, a distinguished military historian, wrote a book "riding the retreat" describing his retracing the steps of the BEF's retreat in 1914. He does the route on horseback hence the title. It is a good read combine an expert's account of the events, horrors and all, wit...
by profpointy
20 Jan 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: WW1 cycling route?

The late Richard Holmes, a distinguished military historian, wrote a book "riding the retreat" describing his retracing the steps of the BEF's retreat in 1914. He does the route on horseback hence the title. It is a good read combine an expert's account of the events, horrors and all, with...
by profpointy
13 Jan 2020, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 1671

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

For what it's worth I left a Brooks saddled bike outside for 6 months. The saddle broke only 10 years later, but to be fair the leather was still OK. Mine was a black one
by profpointy
9 Jan 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any other motorcyclists here?
Replies: 184
Views: 3959

Re: Any other motorcyclists here?

Yup, we've got a triumph sprint Gt 1050 sports tourer. It was a bit big and heavy having not ridden a MC for 25 years, but it's quite docile really (but still heavy). It wasn't even middle aged rebellion as my Mrs very much pushed me into buying it - done a couple of Belgian trips, the Dolomites, Is...
by profpointy
6 Jan 2020, 12:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two favourite poems.
Replies: 49
Views: 988

Re: Two favourite poems.

Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss
Old fat furry cat-puss
Wake up and look at this thing that I bring
Wake up, be bright
Be golden and light
Bagpuss, Oh hear what I sing
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: 582

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: 2154

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: 1277

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: 35
Views: 1793

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: 643
Views: 57832

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: 7987

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: 733

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: 1994

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 ...