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by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 10:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Rear derailleur guard

Thanks for your reply, Brucey - very informative and it confirms my suspicions re.transferring the forces in a way that could be potentially more of a problem than damaging the RD or hanger. My hanger is part of the steel dropout - which I understand should be capable of being bent back into alignme...
by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Rear derailleur guard

In more than fifty years of regular cycling I have never damaged a mech in a fall, so I'd give that piece of ironmongery a miss. I put a gouge into a brand new rear mech first time out with it. It was rather silly and embarrassing - I went to a stretch of uphill on a little lane I know to test out ...
by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 12:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Rear derailleur guard

Thank you everyone for your inputs.
by freiston
16 Oct 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Rear derailleur guard

What are people's thoughts on these ( link to example here )? I noticed one on a photo today and it got me thinking. I've had a couple of tumbles in the past where my bike has gone down and the rear changer has got hit by the road. On one occasion, I suspect the derailleur might have gotten slightly...
by freiston
10 Oct 2019, 9:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 57
Views: 2620

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

PJ520 wrote:Yet another downside to bike capes appears to me to be the puddle that forms between your arms.

A downside! The puddle (and knocking the water out) is part of the fun of wearing a cape for me - it's a bit like the satisfaction of hearing the rain on your flysheet when you are dry in your tent.
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1465

Re: Initialisms

Posting in threads on bulletin boards, text-messaging and other social media is different to more formal or traditional written communication. It's more like conversation but without all the non-verbal stuff that helps manage conversation and clarify context, intent, etc.. In any real conversation, ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1465

Re: Initialisms

No, they aren't wrong, dictionaries themselves change with popular use/acceptance in modern language, thus they are correct in changing the meaning of acronym as people adapt and accept it in common use. This is what nirakaro was saying. Brucey did not say the dictionaries are wrong; indeed he put ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1465

Re: Initialisms

I like self-referencing acronyms - like the Linux facility for running Windows programmes: "WINE" which stands for Wine Is Not (an) Emulator. That particular example is classified as a recursive backronym by Wikipedia.
by freiston
27 Sep 2019, 10:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 66959

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Went to Rutland Water a week ago - Vango Mirage Pro 200:
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by freiston
15 Sep 2019, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1630

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

I use this Trangia when I am camping at a single location and touring the area. I'm guessing it might be a 1970's model. Does anyone know for sure? I bought it secondhand about 15 years ago. There is information on this site (but not necessarily that particular page) that might help answer your que...
by freiston
14 Sep 2019, 11:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: An unusual use for old spokes.
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: An unusual use for old spokes.

BTW re the OP, we need Brucey to do the metallurgy bit to tell us if in any way the exercise was worthwhile in terms of a functional knife that would hold an edge. The article linked to in the OP states: "At the beginning I wasn't sure if the spoke material was suitable for a knife blade so I ...
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1630

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

I only bought mine last year :oops:

I went for the Duossal pans.
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harmful 'phone calls
Replies: 43
Views: 1404

Re: Harmful 'phone calls

I suspect the caller ID number was spoofed. "024" is a Coventry code but I believe there are no Coventry numbers beginning "06".
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Does phone case/ phone type define you?
Replies: 48
Views: 1122

Re: Does phone case/ phone type define you?

My phone is a Samsung A8 2018 and it's in a leather flip case (hinged at the bottom). I don't have a contract but a GiffGaff prepaid monthly package. I'm 55. The rationale behind the phone was that I wanted something that could play .ogg music files (most of my music is ripped to Ogg Vorbis), I want...
by freiston
12 Sep 2019, 3:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: An unusual use for old spokes.
Replies: 20
Views: 655

An unusual use for old spokes.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Knife- ... Bespoke-K/

Ninety spokes will make an 8" chef's knife.

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