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by pwa
26 May 2019, 6:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 160
Views: 2624

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

What sort of budget, age etc (in fact, much the same questions as we ask new cyclists who ask for bike recommendations! :D ) £10k or less would be best as we are helping our kids to buy homes and want to keep other spending down. I'm very much out of love with VW engines at the moment due to a stri...
by pwa
26 May 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 160
Views: 2624

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

Anyone got any ideas on the best "normal" cars out there? I'm talking good second hand and not very small (we already have one of those). Maybe a very efficient petrol engine. Don't care about it being a tad slow. I was looking at a Focus with a sub 1 litre engine. What sort of budget, ag...
by pwa
26 May 2019, 8:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 160
Views: 2624

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

Anyone got any ideas on the best "normal" cars out there? I'm talking good second hand and not very small (we already have one of those). Maybe a very efficient petrol engine. Don't care about it being a tad slow. I was looking at a Focus with a sub 1 litre engine.
by pwa
25 May 2019, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Audax build photos
Replies: 36
Views: 1558

Re: Spa Audax build photos

And while we are nit picking, that wall isn't the best. It has clearly been the subject of a hasty rebuild in the past and speed has got in the way of quality. :D
by pwa
25 May 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 100
Views: 1649

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

With the country having even less choice who the next PM will be! And all the while those who voted for brexit keep complaining about the EU's lack of democracy :roll: Good point about democracy. But don't you wonder if the No Deal hardliners are about to achieve checkmate in the game they are play...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 11:27am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !
Replies: 38
Views: 724

Re: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !

Seeing that ridiculous line of people queuing to get to the summit makes it look like a not very impressive stunt getting up there, but what we have to remember is that standing there on that exposed ridge so high up is like standing on a level crossing on a busy rail line, just so dangerous. Those...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Audax build photos
Replies: 36
Views: 1558

Re: Spa Audax build photos

I love it when people tailor their bikes to their intended use, rather than accepting the compromises of an off-the-peg bike. That bike looks like it has been put together with a clear brief. Very nice.
by pwa
25 May 2019, 11:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !
Replies: 38
Views: 724

Re: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !

Seeing that ridiculous line of people queuing to get to the summit makes it look like a not very impressive stunt getting up there, but what we have to remember is that standing there on that exposed ridge so high up is like standing on a level crossing on a busy rail line, just so dangerous. Those ...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 10:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 100
Views: 1649

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

The fall of May will please many with Remain sympathies but it will please the No Deal hardliners even more. There is a real possibility that we will be having a PM determined to take us over that edge, and I wonder if some who take a softer line will end up wishing they had backed May when they ha...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deep Rim/Short Spokes vs. Shallow Rim/Long Spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 557

Re: Deep Rim/Short Spokes vs. Shallow Rim/Long Spokes

I personally wouldn't favour a low spoke count or especially deep rims. Deep rims can catch a gust of wind worse than shallow rims and this is potentially dangerous; it is windier than normal over many passes and yet it is more important than normal to hold your line accurately on the road too. And...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 10:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 100
Views: 1649

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

The fall of May will please many with Remain sympathies but it will please the No Deal hardliners even more. There is a real possibility that we will be having a PM determined to take us over that edge, and I wonder if some who take a softer line will end up wishing they had backed May when they had...
by pwa
25 May 2019, 10:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 160
Views: 2624

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

I have driven auto and manual and have no preference. The only thing I have against auto is the feeling that there might be a bit more to go wrong.
by pwa
24 May 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inner Tube Blow Outs
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Inner Tube Blow Outs

Smooth off any sharp edge around the valve hole. And get a larger tube.

But where were the ruptures? Did they face outwards towards the tyre tread or inwards towards the wheel rim? If inwards you may have an inadequate rim tape / lining and / or something sharp such as a projecting spoke head.
by pwa
24 May 2019, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 100
Views: 1649

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

Well I'm possibly the only one here who feels Corbyn's Labour is failing to compete against a shipwreck of a tory party right now in a way that's kind of new. 97 tories opposition isn't as bad because 97 Labour was strong. 2019 Labour is bad because 2019 tories are so very much bad and disintegrati...
by pwa
24 May 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deep Rim/Short Spokes vs. Shallow Rim/Long Spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 557

Re: Deep Rim/Short Spokes vs. Shallow Rim/Long Spokes

I know there are differing views about this but I feel that I generally make faster progress on lighter wheels, and I reason that weight close to the outer edge of the rotating circle, i.e. tyre and rim, is more of a burden than weight close to the centre, i.e. the hub. This is true but if you calc...