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by profpointy
19 Aug 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

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: 721

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: 35
Views: 1058

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: 848

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: 3661

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: 2515

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...
by profpointy
10 Jun 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on how to maintain a bike when living in a flat.
Replies: 13
Views: 736

Re: Advice on how to maintain a bike when living in a flat.

In my flats I simply brought the bike in. It (they) lived on the landing - flats were respectively 1st and 2nd floor so bikes had to come upstairs. Admittedly both were older properties converted from originally quite grand houses so they were roomier (as were the stairs) than most modern flats. Tha...
by profpointy
20 May 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: other hobbies.
Replies: 116
Views: 10166

Re: other hobbies.

Not a church, but some years ago we visited the Wallace Monument near Stirling, which commands a superb view from the top. That is also ascended by way of a narrow spiral staircase. Bad news: as I was climbing it, there was a man in a kilt also climbing the steps. Good news: he was below me, not ab...
by profpointy
11 May 2019, 9:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What do Conductors do?
Replies: 32
Views: 856

Re: What do Conductors do?

One of the back desk 2nd violinists was late for a concert so was rushing in to get to his seat. He was about to apologise to the worried looking impresario who cut him short "never mind that, the conductor is stuck in traffic, you'll have to conduct the band tonight". "But I'm not a ...
by profpointy
7 May 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended Cantilever Brakes
Replies: 29
Views: 1277

Re: Recommended Cantilever Brakes

My Thorn tourer came with Avid Shorty cantilever and they were great. I did "upgrade" some time later with the Suntour ones (self-energising on the back) when SJcycles were knocking these out extremely cheap, but can't say they are any better than the avids - they would have been a costly ...
by profpointy
3 May 2019, 9:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Greatest Post War PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1012

Re: Greatest Post War PM

Memories are short, especially those of people who weren't born when the people they're judging were in office. WRT Winnie, he was a great man and he was a post-war PM. I'm not so sure he was both at the same time. Quite ! He was even a great PM when it really really mattered, maybe more than ever ...
by profpointy
9 Apr 2019, 11:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: safe to eat old eggs?
Replies: 21
Views: 662

Re: safe to eat old eggs?

To br fair, it's not really to check that the egg is OK to eat, but to avoid cracking open a rotten egg and stinking the kitchen out - you ain't going to eat a rotten egg after all. I do still do it for eggs that I've had a bit too long.
by profpointy
5 Apr 2019, 3:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2

Whilst I'd buy park special purpose tools for bike-specifc jobs, I'd not buy their generic tools as they seem overpriced and maybe a bit shabby even. Pliers / cutters - LIndstrom are the rolls royce of such things, albeit pricey, spanners, sockets, screwdrivers, allen keys: facom, bahco and so on. A...
by profpointy
9 Feb 2019, 9:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist
Replies: 96
Views: 14663

Re: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist

Why the f is this remotely considered a driving offence rather than at theserious end of assault. You'd get a stiffer sentence for even carrying a knife never mind stabbingg someo r
by profpointy
16 Jan 2019, 1:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium bars - 3 year life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1845

Re: aluminium bars - 3 year life?

Mmm, 10,000km is around the life of a tyre - in fact my front tyre has likely done twice that. It seems pretty poor to have to replace handlebars more often than tyres