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by CliveyT
13 Jan 2021, 6:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Short-termism - Ooops
Replies: 22
Views: 774

Re: Short-termism - Ooops

And from a low point of 5% woodland cover after WW1 we now have 13% woodland cover. Those last figures are pretty poor in European woodland cover terms but we've had no net woodland loss since WW1 and an almost tripling in size isn't bad. . But how much of that growth is in non-native pine woods, w...
by CliveyT
13 Jan 2021, 6:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 925

Re: Commuting Luggage

tatanab wrote:Only ever used a Carradice saddlebag, on a quick release of one sort or another so I could lift the bag off and take my tools and bag contents (clothes, grub) with me.

exactly the same. Fortunately I don't need a suit or equivalent, and I leave a pair of shoes at work.
by CliveyT
1 Jan 2021, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 80s Raleigh headset Qs
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: 80s Raleigh headset Qs

Brilliant thanks all. I had wondered about the knurled ring but I looked at the serration and thought that can't be right.
While I'm messing with it I may well slap some more grease in now until I can get some bearings of the right size and then I'll do it properly. It should outlive me after that.
by CliveyT
1 Jan 2021, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 80s Raleigh headset Qs
Replies: 5
Views: 182

80s Raleigh headset Qs

Hi all, it's a bit cold for bike fettling but I've got nothing better to do. I've fitted nice new mudguards to Mrs T's much loved Raleigh Richmond ladies and noticed some play in the headset, not enough that it raised comment on our Christmas day ride, but definitely there. I drag my headset spanner...
by CliveyT
26 Dec 2020, 3:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's good about winter cycling
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: What's good about winter cycling

Everyone's more friendly. We did a very pleasant 30 miles on Christmas day. A few pedestrians for the first 10 but no other cyclists but after that a decent number and a hello from all of them. Downside was we had to replan the route several times because of flooding, although that isn't just a wint...
by CliveyT
26 Dec 2020, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Booze cruises
Replies: 31
Views: 1689

Re: Booze cruises

If you ever want to see a booze cruise then catch the ferry between Stockholm and Turku/Helsinki that stops in the Åland islands. The Ålands are part of Finland and the Eu, but also have duty-free status. Seeing Finns and Swedes with access to duty-free booze is quite an experience
by CliveyT
23 Dec 2020, 9:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's good about winter cycling
Replies: 60
Views: 2072

Re: What's good about winter cycling

What's good about winter cycling?

No other cyclists getting in my way :wink:
by CliveyT
17 Dec 2020, 12:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?
Replies: 99
Views: 2341

Re: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?

Dutch and the Scandinavian languages of German descent also help with learning other Germanic languages. For example, having some exposure to German, plus learning Norwegian, I can understand a fair amount of written Dutch. Actually this helped me. When I first went to Finland it was to a largely b...
by CliveyT
17 Dec 2020, 11:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 30 Crossings of River Tamar
Replies: 60
Views: 1861

Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

[quote="Mick F"] Ride to Plymouth via the Tamar Suspension Bridge and take the train from Plymouth station to St Germans via the Royal Albert Bridge. From there, ride back to Plymouth via the Torpoint Ferry, and thence back to Plymouth station for the train to Gunnislake, then ride home. 3...
by CliveyT
16 Dec 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 315
Views: 7532

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

Just to add I haven't been vaccinated yet, but my name is on the list of volunteers for trials and I know some people at work who have received a trial vaccination already (or possibly a placebo). If you work as an immunologist you really have no excuse not to
by CliveyT
16 Dec 2020, 5:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 315
Views: 7532

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

1.Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers 2.80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers 3.75-year-olds and over 4.70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 5.65-year-olds and over 6.16 to 64-year-olds with serious underlying healt...
by CliveyT
16 Dec 2020, 2:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?
Replies: 99
Views: 2341

Re: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?

I would say I speak German but to a German I probably speak some ungodly chimaera of Hochdeutsch (as I was taught when I was a lad) low German, Swabian and some form of Bavarian. And even then I went to Zurich for a week and I had no clue. It's useful to me because I collaborate a lot with groups in...
by CliveyT
14 Dec 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Currently listening to .......
Replies: 361
Views: 52162

Re: Currently listening to .......

I'm currently listening to Finnish commercial radio. It's incidental music when I'm coding and when I want to relax I can try and improve my Finnish by listening to the adverts. One day I'll get good enough to understand the disclaimers at the in real time/
by CliveyT
14 Dec 2020, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: its a 5 minute job
Replies: 5
Views: 631

its a 5 minute job

I've mentioned it before but Mrs T has a much loved 80's Raleigh Richmond ladies. She also has a PhD in animal nutrition but the technical aspects to cycling are left to me. A few weeks ago she complained that the pedal was going around without engaging the wheel. I quick spray of GT85 got the freew...
by CliveyT
14 Dec 2020, 10:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst ride of the year
Replies: 21
Views: 1583

Re: Worst ride of the year

If you can find them these days, having a pair of nitrile/latex surgical gloves keeps your hands clean and slightly warmer while changing a tyre. There are advantages to working in a lab. I usually grab a handful and stick in my pockets so I have them available when I need them during the day. Occa...