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by CliveyT
22 Nov 2019, 11:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dirtiest roads
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: Dirtiest roads

Darkman wrote:I live in south Lincs - big sugar beet country, and they harvest that from September right through to spring.


Other issue with beet is it stays in the ground until the processor needs it and then the farmer has to harvest and transport it, regardless of what state the ground is in
by CliveyT
31 Oct 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cold weather and safety on the roads
Replies: 39
Views: 1778

Re: Cold weather and safety on the roads

Almost every year in the fens, we see drivers achieve this almost-impossible act of making their car fall over on ice! Maybe not so near impossible? To be fair in the fens they achieve the even more impressive act of doing this in the summer. You would have thought all the drainage ditches would ha...
by CliveyT
31 Oct 2019, 3:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cold weather and safety on the roads
Replies: 39
Views: 1778

Re: Cold weather and safety on the roads

I was really referring to the thinking ahead and leaving a bit more time to do a manoeuvre whether that's stop or simply make a turn. It won't stop you slipping if it's bad but it does allow for time to assess the conditions at points where you're about to change direction or speed. It's more likel...
by CliveyT
29 Oct 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How good is the world's most expensive whisky?
Replies: 48
Views: 1034

Re: How good is the world's most expensive whisky?

I remember the old fellahs in the Kingshouse (Rannoch Moor) always turned over the whisky glass to shake the last few precious drops into the heavy. You'll never get it all out that way, much better to pour some beer into the whisky glass and give it a swill. I do like a drop of whisky (and definit...
by CliveyT
9 Aug 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Things we need not invented yet
Replies: 91
Views: 2824

Re: Things we need not invented yet

Sitting here staring at torrential rain (it's gone off scale @ the University weather station). An up-to the minute weather forecast? (yes I know it was forecast for today- just need to know whether to set off for home or just head to the pub and wait). failing that what about a rain (and wind) defl...
by CliveyT
5 Aug 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh bottom bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Raleigh bottom bracket

Mrs T's much loved but venerable (reasonably- probably 1984) Raleigh Richmond needs a new bottom bracket. Originally 1x5, it was converted to a front triple in the early 90's and it now has what looks like a Shimano splined square taper bottom bracket. Haven't started taking it out yet, and photos w...
by CliveyT
17 May 2019, 12:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPD Touring Shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 1038

Re: SPD Touring Shoes

For some values of "normal", but as someone who tends to live in sandals 6 months of the year I use Shimano SPuD sandals for touring. Since the upper is somewhat minimal the fact that I generally find Shimano shoes far too narrow isn't an issue. Current model seems to be the SD5. Pete. Th...
by CliveyT
2 May 2019, 11:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: At the next General Election will you vote for the current MP should he/she/it be standing again?
Replies: 32
Views: 679

Re: At the next General Election will you vote for the current MP should he/she/it be standing again?

I'm in Heidi Allen's constituency who , even when she was a member, was probably the least Conservative Conservative I've ever come across. Before that it was Andrew Lansley and it was a waste of time to contact him because he was afraid of losing his cabinet position/ bound by collective responsibi...
by CliveyT
2 May 2019, 9:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc

A bit more information would be useful-
where in Finland?
How long have you got?
Budget/ how much ferry do you want? (yes there is a land-route, but it's a lot longer, especially if your target is something like Helsinki)
by CliveyT
12 Apr 2019, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end friction shifters
Replies: 33
Views: 2151

Re: Bar end friction shifters

reohn2 wrote:Marmite anyone? :wink:

It looks slightly more than 52/48 in favour but probably not enough to make a serious decision on :wink:
(ducks and runs for cover)
by CliveyT
11 Apr 2019, 11:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Favourite local climbs
Replies: 41
Views: 1773

Re: Favourite local climbs

Favourite climbs? This is the only climb I face on my 10km commute Screenshot_20190409_105853.png . That's right a whole 10m from bottom to top. To make matters worse the gradient is over 1% in parts. I can tell you're impressed 8) To make matters worse, this is sufficient of a feature that it's act...
by CliveyT
3 Apr 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1642

Re: Touring around Cornwall

Last time I was down there was out of season (aft end of September) I stayed mostly in pub gardens or pub campsites. TBH I spent as much time drinking and playing Euchre as I did cycling, but then I was back 'ome so I didn't really have anything I needed to see. That said you can't spit anywhere in ...
by CliveyT
3 Apr 2019, 12:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1642

Re: Touring around Cornwall

Sorry I'm a bit late to this thread, but what's all this North Coast bias ? :) If you're unlucky you stagger up to the top of the hill only to find you're now heading into a sou-westerly and making even less progress. At least down South you get a bit more protection from the wind. And there's the c...
by CliveyT
22 Mar 2019, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stuck chainring bolts
Replies: 16
Views: 1466

Re: Removing stuck chainring bolts

NUKe wrote:A bit off heat will usually help break corrosion. If you have a hot air gun give it try.

Plusgas and a match? Just not at the same time
by CliveyT
21 Mar 2019, 5:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 3028

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

So if you had a budget of £10M to reengineer these junctions so that accidents that affected cyclists / walkers never happed at these junctions what would you recommend? Hard to say on Bateman Street until we know what occurred, but ideally I'd close Homerton site's current entrances, give them a n...