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by alanesq
25 Nov 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?
Replies: 112
Views: 3868

Re: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?

I have had such bad results with any painting I have ever attempted to do that I eventually just gave in and even painted my car with standard metal paint and a brush - lol But recently I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7onZGqrYyY&t=482s I wish I had seen this video many yea...
by alanesq
20 Nov 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Elderly / Child GPS Tracker - Locator - Fencing - SOS
Replies: 14
Views: 425

Re: Elderly / Child GPS Tracker - Locator - Fencing - SOS

This article by Big Clive on his experience of using a GPS tracker may be of interest/use?
http://bigclive.com/gps.htm
by alanesq
19 Nov 2020, 11:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wills DIY or professional
Replies: 23
Views: 648

Re: Wills DIY or professional

These page may be of use/interest:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/death-plan/

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/famil ... eap-wills/

btw - Don't know if it is happening this year but usually you can get one cheap in November
https://www.willaid.org.uk/
by alanesq
17 Nov 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Foldable cargo bicycle trailer
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Foldable cargo bicycle trailer

It is pretty easy to make your own, all you really need is some suitable wheels and the rest is just down to your imagination ;-) or as suggested above a cheap used one and modify it. I have built a couple - see http://alanesq.eu5.net/trailer.htm btw - the top one I am not too sure how good an idea ...
by alanesq
12 Nov 2020, 8:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

I have a hankering after one as well, but I have no ide what I could possibly do with it. In the 70s I built my own memory extensions for ZX81, I also built a Nascom (19" rack which also contained a stripped down ZX81 connected to a remote keyboard). I never did get that Nascom working, I don'...
by alanesq
8 Nov 2020, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 18650 batteries
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: 18650 batteries

Hi, The protected 18650 cells have a small circuit board attached on the end (you can usually tell them as they are slightly longer than a bare 18650) which cuts the power if it detects it is getting too high (e.g. if the terminals of the battery get shorted together) and also cuts the power if the ...
by alanesq
5 Nov 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Analogue Navigation Device
Replies: 23
Views: 1028

Re: Analogue Navigation Device

I used to have something similar for my motorbike many years back but mine was just a double sheet of plastic sheet between two rollers which you put the paper between the two sheets. Something like this should be pretty easy to make yourself as it doesn't require to be in a waterproof box. I guess ...
by alanesq
24 Oct 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can't signal left - turn indicator?
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: Can't signal left - turn indicator?

There is the left indication using right arm as shown in the highway code where it clearly states "used by cyclists", although I suspect most motorists would have no idea what it means
https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/signals ... users.html
by alanesq
12 Oct 2020, 11:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smart meters (again?)
Replies: 230
Views: 5149

Re: Smart meters (again?)

I see no real benefit to customers from a smart meter as you can easily read an old style meter and monitor how much you are using if you so wish. If interested in what you are spending on electricity I think a plug in device which monitors an individual appliances usage much more useful than total ...
by alanesq
11 Oct 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gps choices, can someone explain? please!
Replies: 13
Views: 408

Re: gps choices, can someone explain? please!

I find OSMAnd on an Android phone really good when cycling see: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/net.osmand.plus/ It stores the maps on the phone so no data is required whilst using it and it is completely free :-) There is an add on to view contour lines if required: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/...
by alanesq
11 Oct 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why drivers don't see cyclists?
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Why drivers don't see cyclists?

I wonder how often an "accident" occurs from the driver taking stupid risks/passing too close etc.and then just giving the excuse that they had not seen the cyclist...
by alanesq
25 Sep 2020, 10:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1548

Re: Operation Close Pass

Just posting some more sample data in case anyone is interested: This is captured whilst cycling along a pretty standard main road for a few hundred meters or so. Interestingly, of the 9 vehicles which overtook me, it looks like only 4 were 1.5 meters+ from me (and this is measured from my cycle fra...
by alanesq
24 Sep 2020, 9:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1548

Re: Operation Close Pass

Any chance of getting it developed commercialy? I'm sure there would be a market for it. I am surprised cycle cameras do not already come with this type of thing built in, especially considering the price of some of them. e.g. a built in doppler radar to display speed of oncoming vehicles. I like t...
by alanesq
23 Sep 2020, 3:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1548

Re: Operation Close Pass

I have just been out for a quick test on my bike. "luckily" I got reasonably close passed within the first 100 yards (at least you can rely on cars for something ;-) The attached graph shows the captured distance data from this event. I am pretty impressed with this result, it shows that t...
by alanesq
23 Sep 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1548

Re: Operation Close Pass

I gave it a try this morning. It shows promise as it did not just trigger all the time for no obvious reason which I thought it might. I had it set to trigger below 1m and there seemed to be very little traffic when I was using it so no one passed anything like that close. Ironically after I stopped...