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by ndmbike
6 Jun 2020, 9:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: how can I fix my back pain?
Replies: 44
Views: 1234

Re: how can I fix my back pain?

Hey Spark0, I feel for you - literally. I've had back issues since 1993 and they are always there in the background. Sometimes just a niggle other times shocking. I've seen (at the last count) 26 people ranging from sports masseurs to a back surgeon who now practises as a musculoskeletal specialist....
by ndmbike
22 May 2020, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting fed up with abuse etc from some motorists.
Replies: 65
Views: 3039

Re: Getting fed up with abuse etc from some motorists.

< garbled quotation removed > I am bewildered by this post and am planning on using it with my students, to explain how to communicate in a trustworthy manner (or not). What does "actual exposure value to motor traffic to people on bikes" mean? What do you mean by... "massively lower&...
by ndmbike
19 Apr 2020, 6:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit by car
Replies: 23
Views: 1944

Re: Hit by car

I suppose if Chris Grayling can door a cyclist and avoid giving the required information then we are in a pickle. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2016/dec/15/transport-secretary-chris-grayling-knocks-over-cyclist-as-he-opens-his-car-door-video I especially was unimpressed with the way the...
by ndmbike
14 Apr 2020, 5:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nasty bit of abuse
Replies: 21
Views: 1826

Re: Nasty bit of abuse

On Sunday I was passed closely by a big car as I was indicating and trying to turn right. So I waved my hand (not fist, nor finger nor V fingers) at the car. He took the right turn and pulled up at the next junction, only 50 m away, waiting for me then gave me enough abuse for me to feel scared enou...
by ndmbike
9 Apr 2020, 8:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Time to shut your mouth.
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Time to shut your mouth.

Hopefully there was a spider nearby,
and also a bird,
and a cat...
I think you know why...
by ndmbike
3 Apr 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A cheap way to clean your chain
Replies: 34
Views: 1603

Re: A cheap way to clean your chain

That takes months. I can't wait that long It seems to take a week. The white spirit, no longer clear, shows the colour of beer. Surly grit in the bottom of the jar. A magnet lifts sludge from stone I gather in miles. Better than a coffee filter that chokes on it, slowing the amber flow. Links coate...
by ndmbike
28 Jan 2020, 11:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where can I buy a bike box in Nice
Replies: 17
Views: 2338

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

Re train travel from Nice. Travelled to Calais from Nice last year with 4 fully loaded touring bikes. Go to the station buy some tickets you may have to place your bike in a plastic bag I found advance booking saved me little and I prefer the flexibility of on the day. I have never had a problem wi...
by ndmbike
1 Sep 2018, 7:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 99
Views: 3415

Re: France & getting by with limited french

I've been getting by with very limited French for the last 20 Yrs. I've recently realised that the best thing is to have several introductory phrases ready which you can speak sounding like a local. Also to match the local etiquette. The people I have encountered are very polite, e.g. they would say...
by ndmbike
18 Jul 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day rides in France
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Re: Day rides in France

Thanks iandriver, that is really useful. I shall be heading towards Provence and there are lots of day rides from your link that should be good. Thanks Graham, Via Michelin and geoportal are both on my favourites and I have been using them to scheme and plan. I have also found via Michelin to be the...
by ndmbike
15 Jul 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day rides in France
Replies: 4
Views: 549

Day rides in France

I'm not sure if this is the best place for this question but couldn't find a better location... I'm off to France in the car and will be stopping at a place I like and then doing a few day rides. I will start in the north eastern part of the country (the Jura) before moving on south eventually headi...
by ndmbike
25 Jun 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: LCC Close Passing Survey
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: LCC Close Passing Survey

Survey completed; spleen vented.
by ndmbike
21 Mar 2018, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MTB freehub servicing (tools?)
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: MTB freehub servicing (tools?)

I had to make a tool to remove the internal cup in the freehub body from an old ultegra hub. It is a nice hub so worth the time spent grinding down a socket wrench part that fitted into the body. It was pretty mucky and seized inside but with new ball bearings, grease and thin oil for the pawls, now...
by ndmbike
16 Mar 2018, 8:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Crockery
Replies: 19
Views: 1472

Re: Crockery

I seem to have settled for the following: Use the pot for a drink and later for a meal instead of additional crockery - if I am trying to minimise. Otherwise, in addition to the pot, a cheap rip-off of the orikaso folding bowl and an 'unbreakable' polycarb 1/2 pint glass. The folding bowl doubles as...
by ndmbike
18 Feb 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Flashing or Steady Lights?
Replies: 36
Views: 3261

Re: Flashing or Steady Lights?

Flashing bicycle lights front or rear should be banned as many are now high power and momentarily dazzle/blind you so you cannot see anything as they are aimed up into your eyes then they go out so you cannot even see the cyclist and back on blinding you again and so on. The lower power ones are at...
by ndmbike
15 Feb 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: South America, water purification
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: South America, water purification

I've used these people's filters on a climbing expedition to Peru. http://drinksafe-systems.co.uk/ I have also used a 'drinkstraw' that they do as an emergency back-up when in the mountains in Morocco. They seem cheaper than most other products. I also carry some tincture of iodine. A few drops per ...