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by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 4:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are you on Google Streetview?
Replies: 51
Views: 6402

Re: Are you on Google Streetview?

thirdcrank wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 3:56pm
I was on Streetview from when I was street cleaning ten years ago, the image isn't there any more.
Sorry if I've missed something here but with streetview you can wind back to the earlier versions. There are some busy roads which seem to get a visit every year or two.
Thanks TC, I did not know that. I took a picture of the screen a while back whilst it was still current, I think I was on there twice in one day , once working, and another gabbing with some workmates. :) . I'm not too bothered revisiting those 'King of the Road days' on reflection. I can see how much weight I've put on in the intervening years. :(
The Road Sweepers Anthem.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrhAC0dFis0
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 3:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are you on Google Streetview?
Replies: 51
Views: 6402

Re: Are you on Google Streetview?

Thanks anyway for looking Mick.
First London, then Hoscar, next the world !
As the saying goes down the the orchard, don't bite off more than you can comfortably chew..
Is an Apple filming car known as an Apple Cart do you think ?
It would be upsetting if it wasn't.
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 1:45pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Dyno hub and Race wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Dyno hub and Race wheel

coreydc wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 1:15pm Schmidts dyno hub, originally built into wheel 4 to 5hrs use only (went over to rechargeable lights). 32 hole with Hella compact headlight £40 plus P&P. or collect/meet as below

Shimano Ultegra front race wheel 16 spoke, runs true no damage or marks £40, collect or will meet Cumbria, Lancs, North Yorks or Scottish Borders.

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Yes plese for the dyno-hub and light, I'll pm you.
Edit; I don't seem to be able to get past the preview setting in pm's, perhaps you would be so kind as to pm me, thanks, colin
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 1:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any car experts here?
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Any car experts here?

rjb wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 1:01pm
Anyone remember the days when if you fan belt failed you whipped the tights of your partner to use as a get you home replacement. :oops:
Putting your thumb out with those on can't have fooled many ! :)
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 12:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 174
Views: 22429

Re: View from the bridge

Jdsk wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 12:31pm
The Chipmunks were brilliant. The tandem seated training gliders were fun, but the Sedbergh side-by-side seated gliders were very clumsy in comparison.

After those the RAF were kind enough to pay for my Flying Scholarship.

Jonathan
They used to have Sedberghs at Henlow, we called them Sedbarges.
They used to tow the gliders aloft from a wheeled winch trailer on the ground, 900ft as I seem to recall, then you pulled a release knob when the nose started to to 'hunt' at the extremity of the cable. I can remember the first time I went solo and pulled the release at the top of the winch, thinking, what the ... are you doing up here as soon as I'd parted connection to the ground, I have not changed my view. I love flying in an Airliner though, as long as someone else is doing the driving. I don't suppose I'll even be doing that do that again thinking about it.
All clear above and behind !
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 12:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 174
Views: 22429

Re: View from the bridge

Cowsham wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 12:30pm Is it HMS ringtail that's disappearing under housing or woodvale -- I think there's a training division there atm.
Ringtail at Burscough. I should take some photo's , I've no doubt the old hangars will come down for something newer when the remaining green space runs out.
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 12:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 174
Views: 22429

Re: View from the bridge

Cowsham wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 11:01am
Used to go over to southport every year for the woodvale international rally -- A fantastic event -- Ran by volunteers for over 50 years till some jobs worth decided asbestos roofs of old Nissan huts buried below ground somewhere on the 300 acre ww2 airfield would give us a disease if we walked over it.

I ride past there occasionally and still see the basic trainers the RAF use nowadays, taking off and landing. Air experience flights and gliding apparently. It quite took me back to my Air Cadet days, reading about that in the Wiki link below. DH Chipmunk air- experience flights at The Cambridge University Air Squadron at Marshals Airfied and Glider Training in what I remember as being called Kirby Mk 111's, though was probably one of these linked below, at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire, happy days. Sorry, I went a bit like the ' Fast Show's 'Jumpers for goal posts' nostalgia bloke there !
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slingsby_Tandem_Tutor Open with a Tandem cockpit anyway, I did my three required solo flights to get the first license, and decided gliding was not for me (terrifiying !); and I was too thick for powered training ! I think you had to be a bright 'A' level student with officer potential, for the RAF to spend the money required for that. Some cadets got their Wings tho' I think, but not many, I only remember one or perhaps two in our Squadron.
I see from this Wikipedia article, that Woodvale had an operational connection with the Fleet Air Arm Airfield at HMS Ringtail during The Second World War, at Burscough.This is rapidly disappearing under housing and masses of new industrial units even as I write, a massive site. They still use some of the remaining hard standings for car boot sales in the Winter and a lot of the old hangers and dispersal buildings are still there being used for various things it's still boggles the mind, the vast size of the war effort then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Woodvale
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 11:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?
Replies: 485
Views: 20537

Re: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?

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Cowsham wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 10:32am
Were you in full Lycra gear?
That reminds me, I watched Gogglebox on the TV last Friday evening and one of the couples who make up the previous
week's ' Great telly. ' critics, were having a conversation where the camera is showing the er...'traditionally built' husband dressed in racing shorts and top about to go out on a ride, his recumbent wife from the couch said you're not going out in those, the neighbours will have a field day. Go and put some proper shorts on !'.
I always get a laugh aloud moment at some point in the show, though having watched it for a few years, it appears to have become more contrived. Dave one of the show's family's Rottweilers is the star to me, if any animal documentaries are being shown it goes nuts in real time. Very funny.
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 10:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are you on Google Streetview?
Replies: 51
Views: 6402

Re: Are you on Google Streetview?

I was on Streetview from when I was street cleaning ten years ago, the image isn't there any more. I've a picture of it somewhere.
Two or three years back an Apple Car came past me whilst riding out the back of Newburgh somewhere, they are, or have released something called Apple Look Around.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Look_Around
I'm not sure if it's countrywide or not, they may have just been out for a drive.
I was here I think, or hereabouts on my bike, I possibly gave them them an encouraging hand signal of some description...

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.59254 ... 6656?hl=en
Hollowford Lane, Hoscar .
You're an Apple user Mick, perhaps you could see
if Apple LA has reached W.Lanc's yet ?
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 8:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A German Cyclist's Observations on Riding on UK (Manchester's) Roads.
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: A German Cyclist's Observations on Riding on UK (Manchester's) Roads.

Jdsk wrote: 27 Oct 2021, 8:08am “O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.”

Thanks for posting that.

Jonathan
Indeed that very poem's second line occured to me as I wrote the post !
Just to think;
If Auld Rab had been a cyclist, oh what poems we could have learnt...
Cranked out by besaddled-Rabbie,then recited over bridges, whilst pedalling o'er, owerflowin' burns.
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With apologies to R.Burns. and Scots folk everywhere.
(Signed) Colin Doggerel.
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 1:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A German Cyclist's Observations on Riding on UK (Manchester's) Roads.
Replies: 12
Views: 334

A German Cyclist's Observations on Riding on UK (Manchester's) Roads.

I re-read this blog-post on the excellent English language German website, 'starosterneradost' whilst replying in another thread. It is an experienced German cyclist's account about riding in Manchester, and lists his bewilderment about the state of British cycling infra-structure and motorists' behaviour towards cyclists; ring any bells here ?!
Title; ' Surviving in Manchester - Musings by a Pampered German Cyclist '.
When I first read this I was nodding my head in agreement at his observations, whilst thinking, yes, why do we put up with it ;
I couldn't come up with a good answer. Of course there is a lot of hard work being done around the country to remedy poor cycling infrastructure by a lot of people. Driver behaviour would seem to be getting worse though, not better, just my opinion from personal observation.
With pictures to illustrate and well worth a read :-
https://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2 ... n-cyclist/
Edit; A link added to the author's Son's long, and quite detailed article about canal towpath riding in the Birmingham area from the same website. I don't know the area, but it looks to be a very well thought out piece.
https://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2 ... -by-canal/
by colin54
27 Oct 2021, 12:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help with a vintage bicycle identification
Replies: 14
Views: 604

Re: Help with a vintage bicycle identification

I often read this English language,German web-site (blog ?) 'starostneradost'.The author writes about the vintage German and British bikes which he rides and collects. It may be worth contacting him about your 'Victoria-Werke' if you need any additional information. He has reponded to comments I've made on his posts and has answered a query, or possibly two that Brucey from this forum has sent him in the past. I find it an interesting site, giving a European perspective on cycling.
I meant to post this information before, but it slipped my mind, apologies.
https://starostneradost.wordpress.com/
by colin54
26 Oct 2021, 9:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??
Replies: 27
Views: 537

Re: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??

Chris Jeggo wrote: 26 Oct 2021, 8:58am
colin54 wrote: 26 Oct 2021, 7:21am Axle to fork crown distance.
tatanab wrote: 26 Oct 2021, 7:45am But the fork crown has not moved, only the bearing surface. ...
Exactly. The distance the OP wants to increase is not the axle-crown distance.
(The axle-crown distance can determine what tyre cross-sections and front brakes can be used.)
My apologies for my lax use of terminology. I should perhaps have said 'axle to fork crown race bearing seat distance', which is what I meant, and what I've always understood (perhaps mistakenly) ,the abbreviation AC in the context of this thread to mean, tho' I would normally abbreviate it as A-C length/distance myself .
by colin54
26 Oct 2021, 8:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 174
Views: 22429

Re: View from the bridge

Thanks John, I took a picture of something that may interest you the other day, I'll pm it to you.
by colin54
26 Oct 2021, 7:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 174
Views: 22429

Re: View from the bridge

I had a ride down the pier at Southport yesterday and took some picture of the Marine way bridge, an impressive structure.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Way_Bridge
Close-up.
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View from the end of pier across the mud at low tide.
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Picture at the foot of the support cables, with a cyclist for a better sense of scale.
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It crosses an artificial lake, which becomes a yachting lake a bit further north, I like Southport, lots to see and do for a holidaying visitor.