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by axel_knutt
19 Mar 2020, 2:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 585
Views: 11772

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

David9694 wrote:Can’t really hoard fresh fruit/veg

https://twitter.com/BrexitBetrayed/stat ... 0292025344
by axel_knutt
6 Mar 2020, 8:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Routes around Keswick
Replies: 22
Views: 933

Re: Routes around Keswick

Castlerigg, back of Thirlmere, Dunmail Raise, Grasmere, Ambleside (either direct via Rydal or via Red Bank and Elterwater), Kirkstone Pass, Glenridding, Dockray & return. If you want quiet, the eastern dales (Swindale & Mardale) are nice, but they're dead ends so you have to do some backtrac...
by axel_knutt
22 Feb 2020, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does angle of stem matter?
Replies: 95
Views: 3191

Re: Does angle of stem matter?

I've got a fair bit of steerer above my stem. I'd like to saw it off. But I worry (just a little bit) that at some point in the future I might want higher bars. There in a nutshell is why threadless headsets are such a hare-brained idea, if there's one thing above all else that would put me off buy...
by axel_knutt
12 Feb 2020, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone painted their bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1123

Re: Anyone painted their bikes?

I once saw a kid in town who'd been busy respraying his bike. He'd done the lot, frame, wheels, tyres, sprocket, chain, chainset, brakes, handlebars....

He must have been in a hurry to ride it, the only bits that weren't painted were saddle, pedals and handgrips.
by axel_knutt
10 Feb 2020, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Guardian Does Cycling and Hostels/B&B in the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: The Guardian Does Cycling and Hostels/B&B in the UK

I see the latest in YHA design is bunks clad with steel mesh cages lined up like trolleys in a an A&E corridor.
https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-liverpool-central
by axel_knutt
4 Feb 2020, 11:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: I found keys lying in the road today
Replies: 22
Views: 1162

Re: I found keys lying in the road today

Took it to the local Police station about 200 metres from where I found the phone. I couldn't find a way to get in. You'd never find the public entrance to our police station if you didn't know where it is. It's hidden in the woods at the side of Sainsbury's car park: https://goo.gl/maps/Ax3wZwAn4R...
by axel_knutt
3 Feb 2020, 10:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cleaning dog pooh off tyres
Replies: 31
Views: 3856

Re: Cleaning dog pooh off tyres

The first thing I notice is when I am inside and then too late. I trod in a big pile when I stopped for a pee at Herne Bay once. Unfortunately I didn't notice until I'd already got back on the bike, so not only was it forced into the rat trap, but I'd also managed to brush the pannier as I swung my...
by axel_knutt
1 Feb 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Polished roads. surface grip, traction and slipperiness
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Polished roads. surface grip, traction and slipperiness

In the 70s and 80s, the A12 southbound approach to the Army & Navy used to have grooves worn in it deep enough to steer the car if you let go of the wheel.
by axel_knutt
31 Jan 2020, 10:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling deaths
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: Cycling deaths

Risk compensation: make people feel safer and they take less care.
When seatbelts were made compulsory, pedestrian and cyclist deaths went up.
by axel_knutt
30 Jan 2020, 10:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Double ended inner tubes
Replies: 25
Views: 1181

Re: Double ended inner tubes

iandriver wrote:I've never found fixing a puncture without removing a wheel that much of a problem.

Neither did I when my eyesight was better, but I struggle to find the puncture without taking the tube out these days.
by axel_knutt
29 Jan 2020, 10:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 124
Views: 3115

Re: Democracy

Mick F wrote:
Stradageek wrote: ................ first past the post system is NOT democracy
Utterly and completely agree.

Taken to extreme, a two party system with 50.1% winning, leaving 49.9% unrepresented is a stupid system. Always has been.

Or even 52% to 48%.
by axel_knutt
3 Jan 2020, 12:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dyson vacuum replacement.
Replies: 26
Views: 629

Re: Dyson vacuum replacement.

I've got one of these, it must be about 30 years old by now:
Hoover.jpg


The previous one was my gran's old 1949 Hoover Junior 119:
Hoover Junior 119.jpeg


I can't imagine batteries for cordless ones being available for 30-40 years.
by axel_knutt
26 Dec 2019, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 42
Views: 2108

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

If your bike weighs ~10kg then it has to see an acceleration of ~10G for the load on the rim to exceed 100kg. 100kg is the approximate load in a single spoke, so the load on the rim in this case is not wildly dissimilar to that seen when a single spoke breaks. 10G is quite a lot; if sustained then ...
by axel_knutt
12 Dec 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Waste Disposal (Bath)
Replies: 17
Views: 504

Re: Waste Disposal (Bath)

Mick F wrote:
philvantwo wrote:Mick F.....it'll be soaking wet with condensation under your new floor within a couple of weeks, mould, wet rot, dry rot!!
:|
No it won't at all.

It will if you haven't fitted a vapour barrier. Google interstitial condensation.
by axel_knutt
8 Dec 2019, 12:16am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Exercise addiction
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Exercise addiction

That's where I was 8 years ago. Every waking hour was either exercise, planning exercise, or analysing training records. As my performance declined I used to come home from every ride in an absolutely foul temper. When I got blue lighted into hospital I felt elated because it was the excuse I needed...