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by RickH
23 Oct 2021, 1:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 131
Views: 2248

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

rjb wrote: 22 Oct 2021, 12:06pm Well I checked today and I am now eligible for the booster, last week I wasn't despite being over the 6 month interval by a few days. Tried to book but the nearest centre offered was 20 miles away. The local ones in town and on my bus route were not available. There appears to be a rush going on at the moment. Levels of covid in the West country area are the highest in the country after they discovered 45000 incorrect PCR all clear tests. Looks like they are only offering slots up to 5 days ahead. I will try again next week after the half term rush. They are just offering it to younger age groups and suggesting that the 6 month interval between jabs is reduced to 5. This will put a lot of pressure on the jabbers. :(
The precise criteria when I booked mine were 6 months & 1 week (189 days) after your 2nd jab.

IIRC although it only gave 5 days, I think there was a (not too obvious) link below them to show more dates. Some places are accepting "walk ins" too, at least at certain times.
by RickH
22 Oct 2021, 12:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it

Punctures are a somewhat random event. On my old bike I had a glass cut that wrote off a Conti Gatorskin after about 3 weeks from getting the bike new. But, after that, I only had one other puncture caused by something penetrating the tyre (gatorskins eventually replaced by GP 4 Seasons) in the subsequent 9 years.

Rear punctures are more common, IMHO, due to a number of factors. It is easier to swerve the front wheel round something that you spot at the last moment. Most sharp objects (shards of glass, nails, thorns) are unstable & will generally lie flat on the road/path but may be kicked up by your front wheel & not have fallen over again by the time you run over them with your rear wheel. There is generally more weight on your rear wheel so there is subsequently more force driving anything you do run over sharp side up into the tyre.
by RickH
19 Oct 2021, 11:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 131
Views: 2248

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

Mrs H & I both had texts to invite us to book for boosters. Mrs H had hers yesterday (& has a sore arm but otherwise no ill effects so far) mine is booked for tomorrow.

We both had our flu jabs at the beginning of the month. Having had proper flu a couple of times (rather than just a bad cold/other virus that people tend to call flu) I've no desire to repeat the experience if at all possible. As I am eligible for the jab it seems like a "no brainer".
by RickH
17 Oct 2021, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What force does a quick release skewer create?
Replies: 36
Views: 1192

Re: What force does a quick release skewer create?

gxaustin wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 11:29pm I tighten mine so I can undo them. I can tighten them more but then need tools to undo them.
It also helps if you orientate the lever so the end of it is in open space rather than along a frame tube or fork leg (without going into Velominati rules about QR orientation in this discussion :wink:). Then you can get your fingers behind the lever to release it, even if you have been a bit too enthusiastic with the tightening! :D
by RickH
6 Oct 2021, 9:37pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Coccyx Pain
Replies: 30
Views: 1740

Re: Coccyx Pain

horizon wrote: 29 Sep 2021, 12:59pm I can't think of a disadvantage of this bike compared to a standard tandem except the price:

It's sad that a bike that can replace a car costs alsmost as much as one, about £6000 IIRC. And it would solve the OP's issue.
There is also the similar, but somewhat less expensive, Circe Morpheus. (I've no personal experience but have had a conventional pattern Helios in the fleet since 2010.)
by RickH
6 Oct 2021, 6:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Problem sorted by thick gel pad in shorts. Question.
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Problem sorted by thick gel pad in shorts. Question.

Of course it depends somewhat on what is the cause of the "pimples" - a slight infection/reaction or pressure/chaffing.

Pressure or chafing wil probably be helped by better, not necessarily thicker, padding.

Infection will be helped by cleanliness. Many pads are antibaterially treated. Although some people can react to the chemicals in the treatments. For a number of years I got a reaction on my undercarriage from bio washing powders/liquids. I don't know if it me that has changed or the washing stuff but I don't seems to get that problem.

Having said all that...

I recently got a couple of pairs of Endura 3/4 FS-260 Pro bibs and have found the pads to be some of the best for comfort that I"ve tried. They are also antibacterial treated so should help with problems in that respect unless, of course, you suffer from a reaction to the treatment.

Hope that helps.
by RickH
6 Oct 2021, 5:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A Hardy Horse Rider
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: A Hardy Horse Rider

Since 1972, Jane, 80, has been heading on this annual trip on her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, travelling 600 miles on horseback.
Remarkable that she's been riding that 13-year-old horse all those years! :twisted:
by RickH
4 Oct 2021, 8:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stand-alone GPS
Replies: 48
Views: 1459

Re: Stand-alone GPS

simonineaston wrote: 3 Oct 2021, 3:05pm
the evidence of your eyes trumps what the map says.
I get the idea, as an example of the importance of navigational accuracy, but agree analogue over digital, for sure, up on that icy ridge !
Although one time we were out walking on relatively benign, not particularly high moorland. It was snowy, the paths ill defined & the terrain rather featureless for getting good old fashioned compass bearings.

The situation suddenly became more "interesting" when clouds suddenly rolled in - we went from sunshine to whiteout in a couple of minutes or less. I was grateful for the OS maps & GPS on my phone to use to backtrack our route, along a close approximation of the footpath/bridleway we had nominally followed, off the moors.
by RickH
29 Sep 2021, 10:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...which waterproof trousers to purchase
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: ...which waterproof trousers to purchase

I got some Marmott Precip full zip trousers a few years back & they seem to be holding up pretty well. Their big plus is the full zips (jacket style) - when I've had them on for walking I've taken them off without stopping. They aren't cycling specific but are a fairly slim leg fit. I don't wear them often on the bike but they don't get too sweaty & kept me dry on the 7.5 miles to the station on Monday in atrocious conditions.

This was the first link for them that Google came up with - ... ant-p11048
by RickH
23 Sep 2021, 6:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 1586
Views: 38278

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

Oldjohnw wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 6:00pm I see BP are introducing rationing.
I pulled into a Shell fuel station earlier as I was passing & we were getting lowish on fuel. No diesel there, for whatever reason, & it looked like most of the petrol pumps were out of action too (although I didn't look too closely as I was after diesel). I didn't pass any other fuel stations, of any brand, on my journey so don't know if it was just a one off or not.
by RickH
19 Sep 2021, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR Gravel wheels - tubeless.
Replies: 24
Views: 771

Re: QR Gravel wheels - tubeless.

I got a pair of Hope wheels, so I could run 2 sets of wheels with different tyres & switch easily - Pro4 hubs & their 23mm Endura rims (now superceded by Fortus 23 rims - ... -23-pro-4/ - no idea what the difference is). Pro4 hubs have a QR option (which is what I have). Mine seem to have been pretty bombproof in almost 4 years of use.

Quick edit to add I'm running nominally 40mm tyres on them.
by RickH
19 Sep 2021, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rim tape for Ryde Sputnik/Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Rim tape for Ryde Sputnik/Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour

I never managed to get tyres to seat properly on Sputniks when I had some fitted, so gave up with them fairly quickly.

I think they have been made oversized which doesn't seem to be uncommon.
by RickH
19 Sep 2021, 5:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shipping bike Canada to UK
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: Shipping bike Canada to UK

Our son has just moved from Vancouver to Ireland. As part of his move he shipped a bag using, which seemed work well. They claim to be cheaper than taking stuff as baggage. I note they offer a bike shipping service too - - but have no personal experience.

If you take your bike as baggage double check the fees, etc. for the airline you are actually flying with. When Mrs H & I visited our son in 2019, we booked our tickets through Delta but actually flew on KLM aircraft. Delta's rules were your bike could be part of your luggage allowance so we paid for 2 lots of baggage (23kg a piece I think) & took 1 (shared) suitcase & a bike bag. That was OK going out but when checking in to fly back the KLM staff at vancouver insisted I needed a separate bike booking, so I'd paid for general baggage which I wasn't using & had to pay for the bike. I wasn't left with much choice as we were at the airport & I wanted to get my bike home.
by RickH
17 Sep 2021, 11:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Blue jerseys?
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Blue jerseys?

Mick F wrote: 12 Sep 2021, 8:23pm These! :D

Well spotted Paulatic!

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That's not the leader's Jersey that's the ToB points jersey. The leader's one is darker blue
by RickH
17 Sep 2021, 9:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1170
Views: 31039

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Oldjohnw wrote: 17 Sep 2021, 5:00pm We didn’t want an EU army but it’s looking like we are on the way to being part of the US army.
Next step is to rename us as Airstrip One! :twisted: