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by pwa
15 Jun 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: About bike shops for big people?

It occurs to me that as Thorn Cycles make tandems for the weight of two adults plus baggage, they should be able to make a solo bike for one heavy adult using the same wheels. If it were me, I'd ask them. They happily supplied me and the Missus with a tandem that carries my weight (14 stone?) plus t...
by pwa
15 Jun 2019, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 94
Views: 4542

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

Maybe a shorter stem is required. To analyse this you need to ride the bike and put your hands where they would be if the stem were, say 1cm shorter, both on the brake hoods and the drops. If you are feeling stretched out getting to the hoods I think your stem is a bit too long for comfort and it wo...
by pwa
15 Jun 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jokes about murder.
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Jokes about murder.

Re JB: Anyway, it's reported she's apologised and I'm happy to believe it's sincere, rather than just a damage limitation exercise. Me too. I wanted and expected her to apologise for a clumsy ill-considered joke and she has done just that, and I don't think anyone would think of her as someone who w...
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bolt types and sizes
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: Bolt types and sizes

SJS Cycles are a pretty good source of bolts for bikes. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/nuts-bolts/ https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/chainsets/ta-alloy-chainring-fixing-bolt-set-tad222-silver-pack-of-5/ Given the relatively low cost of hex head bolts it is my policy to keep a few of each commonly required si...
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jokes about murder.
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Jokes about murder.

Having seen the results of acid attacks I would find it difficult to laugh at any joke with that concept in it. Cyclists have been victims of wire traps. Did the police look into Parris's joke"? No idea, but I don't find that joke any funnier. For me to laugh enthusiastically at a joke with th...
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jokes about murder.
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Jokes about murder.

At a time when we are all concerned that politicians cannot walk the streets and meet the people without risk, JB's joke was a bit naff to say the least. It implied, jokingly, that throwing battery acid at Farage might be okay. Not seriously. But JB believes in equality between the sexes, so would s...
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New build parts recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: New build parts recommendation

If I were paying 7k for a bike I would expect to be able to test ride it first, not hand over the readies then ride it to see if I like it.

(Also my Missus would string me up if I spent that on a bike)
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jokes about murder.
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Jokes about murder.

I'd say both were unwise and in poor taste. Both MP and JB are usually people who take a rational, non-violent approach to things, so I'm a bit disappointed in both of them. I expect JB in particular will be wishing she could reel that one back in and do a bit of editing. Joking about violence is di...
by pwa
14 Jun 2019, 8:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Things that make you disproportionately happy.
Replies: 47
Views: 953

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

To add to the excellent suggestion of a tail wind, I once did a 200k Audax ride from Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham on a very windy day. It was a big mistake. The weather person on the telly had forecast gale force winds and advised against unnecessary journeys, but Audax folk are tough and don't liste...
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorists' visibility mark II
Replies: 31
Views: 6110

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

For various reasons there will be occasions when a driver has to reverse without being able to see along the pavement either side of a driveway, and there are a few of things that can be done to reduce the risk. Firstly, avoid getting into a situation in which you need to do that reverse, if possibl...
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 10:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Walking boots - warranty claim query
Replies: 60
Views: 930

Re: Walking boots - warranty claim query

Waterproof membranes are really only temporary That's my feeling, though B should be entitled to expect a few years of moderate use before the membrane gives up. The boots were not cheap. The doubt about membranes is the main reason I stick to leather when choosing hill walking boots, and preferabl...
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 9:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Walking boots - warranty claim query
Replies: 60
Views: 930

Re: Walking boots - warranty claim query

Waterproof membranes are really only temporary That's my feeling, though B should be entitled to expect a few years of moderate use before the membrane gives up. The boots were not cheap. The doubt about membranes is the main reason I stick to leather when choosing hill walking boots, and preferabl...
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 8:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Walking boots - warranty claim query
Replies: 60
Views: 930

Re: Walking boots - warranty claim query

As an enthusiastic hill walker I understand your discomfort. You find a brand of boot you like and learn to trust, and you feel good every time you do the laces up. Then something happens to undermine that faith. And the maker is awkward about dealing with it.
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 8:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Things that make you disproportionately happy.
Replies: 47
Views: 953

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Being greeted enthusiastically by a dog. I don't have a dog but friends have a Springer Spaniel who greets me like a long lost relative every time we meet.
by pwa
13 Jun 2019, 8:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Things that make you disproportionately happy.
Replies: 47
Views: 953

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

My Felco secateurs, a simple and perfectly formed bit of engineering that I have been using since about 1990. Apart from a bit of worn plastic coating on the grips they are in great condition and still cut perfectly. Very occasionally I dismantle them (it?) and clean everything, sharpen the edge wit...