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by pliptrot
15 Oct 2019, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 19
Views: 859

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

This is the chap who states that (hybrid) ceramic bearings will be significantly worn after just a few hundred miles, and will from then on offer significantly greater friction than their steel equivalents. He had a graph on the site to show this but I can no longer find that. I think Campagnolo wou...
by pliptrot
10 Sep 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why does Trump lie so much?
Replies: 40
Views: 1105

Re: Why does Trump lie so much?

Somehow he has used his deep psychological flaws to tickle the underbelly of the American psyche. A sort of folie a deux. In my experience Trump is akin to many Americans, who are often full of braggadocio, a barely suppressed inclination to use extreme violence to "solve" even the smalle...
by pliptrot
9 Sep 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: my take on back-pedal (coaster) brakes
Replies: 28
Views: 1196

Re: my take on back-pedal (coaster) brakes

Interesting views. I have two bikes with coaster brakes, and (probably as I have always ridden fixed a lot (at least in the winter)), I like them very much, and have none of the problems of use mentioned here. Actually, I take my 3 year old to kindergarden on one of these machines, (5km either way) ...
by pliptrot
29 Aug 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: For my next utility bike build, I shall mostly be using...
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: For my next utility bike build, I shall mostly be using...

I spent rather too long as a child following my father around between youth hostels and watching with horror his SA 5-speed IGH slip more-or-less constantly in, IIRC all gears. he had far too much patience with that damned thing. This put me off IGHs (but not youth hostelling) for a very long time. ...
by pliptrot
15 Aug 2019, 12:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Disguised Remuneration. Any Sympathy?
Replies: 33
Views: 1193

Re: Disguised Remuneration. Any Sympathy?

We're taxed to the hilt on everything.If someone can get away with paying less tax then good luck to them.I know I would if I could. what a horrible point of view. We are not taxed to the hilt in any case. Maybe one day ( I hope not) you'll be stuck in hospital for a while and then you can reflect ...
by pliptrot
12 Aug 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Brutality of the Torys
Replies: 61
Views: 1751

Re: The Brutality of the Torys

al_yrpal wrote:As I understand it people on benefits get sanctioned for breaking the rules pertaining to benefits or recieving benefits to which they are entitled.
QED
by pliptrot
12 Aug 2019, 9:32am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Brutality of the Torys
Replies: 61
Views: 1751

Re: The Brutality of the Torys

There is another thread on this part of the forum that is about the Peterloo massacre (200 years ago). Make no mistake, those who purport to be leaders- who have segregated themselves from normailty and erected class and financial barriers to prevent social mobility and control the proletariat- have...
by pliptrot
29 Jun 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: in praise of cheap (sic) bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 615

in praise of cheap (sic) bikes

I have been a lifelong cyclist and one that the magazines defer to: if it does not have Super Record written on it somewhere then my ego won't allow it. In 2010 I moved to Berlin and we equipped ourselves (my wife and I) with "city" bikes. Both cost around e600 back then and came with Nexu...
by pliptrot
14 May 2019, 2:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake block fitting
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: brake block fitting

That's why I love this Forum: place an ill defined question betraying indolent thinking and you get an answer like that. With many thanks Brucey.
by pliptrot
8 May 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Induction hobs - your experience(If you have one!)
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Re: Induction hobs - your experience(If you have one!)

Well the electricity will come from gas, which is the least polluting hydrocarbon fuel, or nuclear power, which is a good idea if it can be regulated properly, or wind, or solar, or tides, or (those "ors" should be "ands."). Induction hobs are great but they are buggers to clean ...
by pliptrot
8 May 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake block fitting
Replies: 2
Views: 304

brake block fitting

I have some Suntour Superbe brakes (as part of a Superbe groupset - pre Superbe Pro). They need new brake blocks and so I bought a set of "universal" brake blocks from Clarks. These don't fit. They don't fit 2003 Campagnolo Record brakes, or Spidel (Mafac) either, nor Dia Compe BRS 500 (ot...
by pliptrot
16 Mar 2019, 2:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 19994
Views: 492604

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

I am a Briton living in Germany. I travel 3 weeks out of 4 outside the EU for work. I will leave for Australia on the 29th of this month and at the end of April may not be allowed back. It says much that free movement of capital is assured but people have no such rights. The British Government has p...
by pliptrot
1 Mar 2019, 10:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset
Replies: 60
Views: 7110

Re: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

If we were to engage in a prosaic assessment of a bicycle as a tool, then we would conclude that more-or-less everything since clipless pedals and indexing (5mm sprocket pitch for 7 and 8 speed seemed sensible) is just noise. Those who think it all as that, are likely to be guilty of critical and ob...
by pliptrot
26 Feb 2019, 1:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Police force discriminated against white heterosexual male
Replies: 17
Views: 1450

Re: Police force discriminated against white heterosexual male

When I read your comment I thought "there will be a nepotic twist to this, or some Spanish practise behind this." Then I read the article. QED. It is the nature of most of us to genuflect to authority, and this seems par for the course, given the relationships involved. I'm a trendy consum...
by pliptrot
11 Feb 2019, 9:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Britain's Most Boring Town
Replies: 126
Views: 8711

Re: Britain's Most Boring Town

Audax67 wrote:Ditto most of the country villages round here on a Sunday.
Yes, but you have the BBC to compensate. We have German TV and radio.