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by pliptrot
14 May 2019, 2:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake block fitting
Replies: 2
Views: 281

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: 414

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: 281

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: 16682
Views: 401025

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: 7002

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: 1401

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: 8532

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.
by pliptrot
11 Feb 2019, 9:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Has the forum hit rock bottom?
Replies: 222
Views: 15275

Re: Has the form hit rock bottom?

When I read the one about the birch I was confused: are we not 48 days too early for this nonsense? The forum does seem to be going through an unsettling time; it is a little distressing to see the cheerleaders of the latest shiny baubles being so sour and confrontational. I always thought that a li...
by pliptrot
11 Feb 2019, 9:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Britain's Most Boring Town
Replies: 126
Views: 8532

Re: Britain's Most Boring Town

It is worth pointing out that all meat used by McDonald's is pure skeletal muscle - of good quality and produced to high standards. The idea of "pink slime" (mechanically reclaimed meat), beaks, feet, tongues and offal finding their way into such food is quite wrong. McDonald's's buyers ar...
by pliptrot
8 Feb 2019, 9:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Insulting advertising targeted at "Seniors"
Replies: 22
Views: 1787

Re: "Seniors Insurance" Cr*p?

I am rather glad it was mentioned up thread how some adverts detract from the brand. There are numerous adverts I have watched which have annoyed me to the point where I know I will avoid whatever is advertised just because....However, if UK commercial television upsets, try America. Or indeed anywh...
by pliptrot
16 Jan 2019, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium bars - 3 year life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1794

Re: aluminium bars - 3 year life?

Surely bars that could break at any time are not FFP fit for purpose..... better not ride a bike then.... cheers Stories about equipment failures do make you feel like that sometimes. I am incredulous when I see some of the wrecks used as transport in the city. Some were fine racing machines too, b...
by pliptrot
16 Jan 2019, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: a nasty surprise for someone....?
Replies: 60
Views: 2489

Re: a nasty surprise for someone....?

brynpoeth wrote:One earnestly hopes the machine had a second hand-brake
And a back-pedal brake of course :wink:
Surely better if new?

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
by pliptrot
14 Jan 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3825

Re: How much for a decent bike?

It is no surprise that acrimony is to be found when money is one point of discussion. There are those who conflate price with quality and those who apply other scrutiny. Experience and knowledge tend to move folk into the second group. The industry (that is everyone who profits from making and selli...
by pliptrot
22 Dec 2018, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ceramic bearing life
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Ceramic bearing life

Thanks for that. It all underlines the possibility that the finest European equipment will see a significant impact in performance in a short time. I am amazed that a company like Campagnolo equip their top-of-the-range wheels and chainsets (the bearings come with the crankset, not the BB) with hybr...
by pliptrot
22 Dec 2018, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ceramic bearing life
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Ceramic bearing life

A little while ago someone posted a link to Hambini Enginering - https://www.hambini.com/ - which is an interesting site on bearings. One thing in there (under General Bearing Technical Information); Fully ceramic and hybrid ceramics have been popularized by companies like Enduro and Ceramicspeed. T...