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by Audax67
24 Nov 2017, 10:24am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Government consultation on compulsory Helmets & Hivis for cyclists
Replies: 26
Views: 443

Re: Government consultation on compulsory Helmets & Hivis for cyclists

Yesterday I saw a couple of ski-stick-wielding pedestrians wearing hi-viz vests: on the pavement, in a modestly-sized town, in bright sunlight.
by Audax67
24 Nov 2017, 9:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Nuclear power safe?
Replies: 52
Views: 760

Re: Nuclear power safe?

20 years ago, a French minister of health observed that for every franc the finance minister earned from the tax on tobacco, the health service would spend three because of tobacco-related diseases. "Yes," replied the finance minister. "But I get the one franc immediately". Now a...
by Audax67
19 Nov 2017, 11:21am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?
Replies: 31
Views: 980

Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

I'm currently writing my own cycle-routing site based on Google Maps. I had one running a few years back, but it was based on CloudMade, who changed their marketing model from "free, help yourself" to "swingeing monthly fee". I know that there are plenty of routing sites out ther...
by Audax67
19 Nov 2017, 10:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The express is at it again
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: The express is at it again

sirmy wrote:https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/881350/cyclists-new-laws-dangerous-cycling-kim-briggs-charlie-alliston
...a storyaboittne increase g number of cyclists being took...

A little enlightenment needed


You can say that again.
by Audax67
18 Nov 2017, 5:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Patch recommendation...
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

Re: Patch recommendation...

I: if you expel all the air before capping it doesn't deteriorate. All the same, I'm thinking about the Lezyne Smart patches for use on the road. When it's cold as charity and blowing half a gale, simple is good. Most of my punctures are slow ones, discovered the morning after, so I'll keep the oth...
by Audax67
18 Nov 2017, 2:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Patch recommendation...
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

Re: Patch recommendation...

I've just purchased 48 feather edged round patches from a seller on Amazon for £1.49. Delivered from China in just under a week! Ditto, more or less: 100 eBay patches and 10 tubes of rubber solution for half nothing. That was a couple of years ago, and I'm still on the first tube: if you expel all ...
by Audax67
17 Nov 2017, 1:16pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Pressure sore?
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Pressure sore?

Are your legs the same length? Mine aren't, and I regularly martyred my left sitbone* until I got a supple leather saddle. Plastic saddles (Fitzik, Selle Italia, SMP and their ilk) were instruments of torture, likewise hard Brooks. The difference, BTW, isn't that appreciable: only 11 mm. I didn't re...
by Audax67
16 Nov 2017, 1:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 4162
Views: 117365

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

I can never hear the jaunty middle bit of the Italian anthem without my hindbrain singing along: "I need to go to the toilet, I need to go to the toilet...".

Apologies to any Italian members. Please take all the micturate you like out of "God save the Queen".
by Audax67
16 Nov 2017, 11:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 4162
Views: 117365

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Have another look at that "Varterland": German V is pronounced as F.
by Audax67
16 Nov 2017, 11:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Minimum price for Alcohol in Scotland
Replies: 61
Views: 1287

Re: Minimum price for Alcohol in Scotland

France has this sort of levy for as long as I can remember. The proceeds go to the health service. This thing here, that you see on top of a bottle of plonk, is the tax-paid seal. https://www.vigne-et-sens.com/pub/images_blog/Capsules/.DSCN5248_s.jpg Of course, the destination of the Scots levy will...
by Audax67
15 Nov 2017, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Bike rear light?
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Best Bike rear light?

Re shaped reflectors: they're excellent, certainly, but none of the mounts that I've seen on such lamps permit them to be slung under the bar upside-down instead of on top. I use a bar bag with a fork-crown-mounted IQ/Cyo looking out from under, which is fine. However, as a backup I have a Topeak ba...
by Audax67
15 Nov 2017, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Shock Absorption
Replies: 20
Views: 788

Re: Handlebar Shock Absorption

I find that the shape of the bars matters as much or more than the padding. My old bike had plain round bars, and I was forever mucking about with gel underlay and gel HB tape, and never getting it quite right. My current bike has slightly elliptical-section bars with the cables led quite closely to...
by Audax67
15 Nov 2017, 1:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 4162
Views: 117365

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Obviously a ploy to favour British-owned car manufacturers. You'll all be driving Morgans, McLarens or Caterham Sevens.

"Damn! Why is it always a McLaren?"
by Audax67
15 Nov 2017, 1:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bit of a shimmy
Replies: 27
Views: 1133

Re: bit of a shimmy

In general, I've found that gripping the bars tightly and trying to control the shimmy makes it worse, because your rigid body and arms then act as a feedback coupling from saddle to steering. It's hard to relax with the bike doing the twist, but it's often all that is required. I have a Ti bike tha...
by Audax67
15 Nov 2017, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone know if this workstand is any good?

Either that, or he had to do it that way because clamping on the seat-tube or -post would have made it overbalance. I'd want something with a wider footprint.