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by Philip Benstead
19 Apr 2021, 11:06pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: European Super League: Ministers say they will work to block breakaway group
Replies: 8
Views: 138

European Super League: Ministers say they will work to block breakaway group

European Super League: Ministers say they will work to block breakaway group

Am I the only one to see parallels with a national cycling organisation?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56807515
by Philip Benstead
10 Apr 2021, 7:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4532

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

Define polities

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dicti ... h/polities

Definition of 'polities'

polities
in British English
PLURAL NOUN
See polity
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

polity
in British English
(ˈpɒlɪtɪ)
NOUN
Word forms: plural -ties
1. a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc; constitution
2. a politically organized society, state, city, etc
3. the management of public or civil affairs
4. political organization
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Word origin
C16: from Latin polītīa, from Greek politeia citizenship, civil administration, from politēs citizen, from polis city



Then I suggest much of viewforum.php?f=6

would have to be banned.
by Philip Benstead
9 Apr 2021, 8:55am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: The end of Gift Aid
Replies: 77
Views: 2974

Re: The end of Gift Aid

thirdcrank wrote: 9 Apr 2021, 8:53am
Can anything be done?
My recommendations are to accept the situation and move on.
Move on to what?
by Philip Benstead
9 Apr 2021, 7:19am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: The end of Gift Aid
Replies: 77
Views: 2974

Re: The end of Gift Aid

thirdcrank wrote: 8 Apr 2021, 7:48am Speaking as an aunty, I feel vindicated. But we are now in 2021.
Can anything be done?
by Philip Benstead
8 Apr 2021, 7:33am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: The end of Gift Aid
Replies: 77
Views: 2974

Re: The end of Gift Aid

Save the CTC and others warn you this would happen, you only have your self to blame.
by Philip Benstead
4 Apr 2021, 3:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boat Race 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Boat Race 2021

I am watching the boat race but for a moment I thought I was watching a panel show on ITV?
by Philip Benstead
31 Mar 2021, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have you ever been defeated by a tyre?
Replies: 85
Views: 3455

Re: Have you ever been defeated by a tyre?

Re Help with Tyre Hands

I read with interest that some of you are having problems regarding the fitting of tyres e.g. Schwalbe Marathons on Brompton wheels etc.

I have been described by some to have hands of a gorilla and even I have had difficultly in the past performing this task. But I have note recently when I purchase one of the above tyre and place on a new Brompton rim I had very little trouble it went on first time with no need to perform any tricks listed below, I either must be getting stronger of the tyres are getting larger?

If you are still having problems using metal tyre levers place a tyre on to a rim without an inner tube and even better without a rim tape and do this operation on very tight tyre say 4 to 6 times you will find that the stretching of the bead of the tyre is sufficient so that it can be put on normally with ease.

Do ensure the valve is free moving and is pointing to the centre of the hub, if the valve is stuck tight grip with pliers and push the valve up so that the inner tube is not trap.

Some tips


PUTTING TYRES ON

Park Tools Tyre Seating Tool

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/park ... lsrc=aw.ds


This tool is designed to quickly and easily "seat" stubborn tyres

I have not used this product it looks like it is suitable for large section tyres


VAR TYRE LEVER

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/var-tyre-levers-prod27539/

http://www.sjscycles.com/Instructions/V ... ctions.pdf

I have used this product it does work but still s degree of hand strength for it work it is not be suitable for large section tyres

Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack

http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Be ... B001AYML7K

I have used this product find it works well but can not be used on large section mountain bike tyres


TAKING TYRES OFF

Lezyne Sabre Cro-mo Tyre Lever/Pedal Wrench

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lezy ... lsrc=aw.ds



I have used this product I found them work on the tightest tyres.


LOSES FITTING TYRES


If you have loses fitting tyres do not forget to put talcum power between the inner tube and the tyre. It lubricates the moment of the tyre over the inner tube and prevents the inner tube from lifting the tyre of if it sticks together.
by Philip Benstead
31 Mar 2021, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Club mates brake etc
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Club mates brake etc

I know this forum is populated by club cyclists but I wonder if you have been surprised by the poor mechanincal state of any members of your cycling group/club bike particulary the brakaes?
by Philip Benstead
27 Mar 2021, 7:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ugly Duckling but still Ugly after a strip down
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Ugly Duckling but still Ugly after a strip down

Ugly Duckling but still Ugly after a strip down.

I have previously posted the frame of this bike on here and the result was massive negative response. After a complete strip down, you were correct it a terrible bike.

He chainset is almost impossible to use losses bearings, the brakes flea and the steering geometry is poor.
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by Philip Benstead
4 Mar 2021, 8:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Census 2021
Replies: 121
Views: 2724

Re: Census 2021

merseymouth wrote:Hello all, Yes Thirdcrank, I to suspect the safety & security of this Census!
The basic Idea of making responses be completed on-line is not a sensible one, nor do I believe it will be as useful for research as previous Census's have been. Corruption of data for future retrieval may be an issue, which was always an issue with the pre-1911 Census, enumerators errors, typos, all cause issues.
As one reads the 1911 Census one does get a more relevant set of data, that being the first Census when the householder actually completed the form. I found one piece of information of family interest in that form, my maternal grand-father having filled in the form? It told me that in the period between his marriage,1903, and 1911 he had become literate! "X" was his mark on the marriage lines.
But as I don't feel confident about the technical obsession I I feel certain stuff will go wrong! "The Pen is mightier than MS Word"! MM


I complete my 2011 census on line
by Philip Benstead
2 Mar 2021, 8:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 414
Views: 10187

Re: I don't like living in England....

Mick F wrote:We've not lived in England since the summer of 1985.
Moved from Scotland in May, moved to temporary accommodation in Plymouth, then moved out of England to Cornwall in August 1985.

35 years here, soon to be 36.
Considering I'm 68, and been living 36 years "not in England" it's most of my life out of there. Can't say I'll ever want to go back.


I suggest you will need to go private for your medical need instead of exploiting the NHS.
by Philip Benstead
28 Feb 2021, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Restoration
Replies: 18
Views: 709

Re: Restoration

robert17 wrote:People, the old frame was removed from my father's garage in August. With the virus and all, it has taken a while but it is done. Really pleased. Many thanks to the forum members who sold me parts and gave advice. Robert.

1965 Holdsworth Mistral


Toe straps need to have turned in them though the pedal to stop them moving, Old mechanic trick
by Philip Benstead
28 Feb 2021, 6:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 414
Views: 10187

Re: I don't like living in England....

pwa wrote:
Philip Benstead wrote:
pwa wrote:I'm sure that is true. I'm relatively lucky here in S Wales with a pretty good network of quiet lanes to play with, but I know areas of England where I'd probably not bother cycling for pleasure anymore if I lived there.


For example?

Well, where Greater London meets Kent, country lanes are far busier than I find pleasant. And my old stomping ground of the North West, around the Bury, Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn area, quiet road rides are few and far between. I could string a fairly quiet ride together, but doing a second quiet ride on different roads the next day would have me scratching my head. If I still lived up there I might have ditched the bike (for leisure) and resorted to more hiking instead.


There are still plenty of quiet rides in Kent, Surrey and even in Greater London, there's still interesting rides if you can read a map.

Regarding Bury, Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn area, I would have thought that area would have been busy in the 1970s. Are you thinking back to the 1950 ?
by Philip Benstead
28 Feb 2021, 5:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 414
Views: 10187

Re: I don't like living in England....

pwa wrote:
Syd wrote:Part of the problem is that, with city boundaries expanding, those country lanes are also getting further away [emoji57].

I'm sure that is true. I'm relatively lucky here in S Wales with a pretty good network of quiet lanes to play with, but I know areas of England where I'd probably not bother cycling for pleasure anymore if I lived there.


For example?
by Philip Benstead
28 Feb 2021, 11:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Census 2021
Replies: 121
Views: 2724

Re: Census 2021

simonineaston wrote:I did collection twice, in 1981 and 1991, the year that Star Wars influenced the religion Q. I found it a bit depressing, dealing with the folk who don't want to subscribe to the idea. Post 'net, things will have got harder for enumerators, not easier, I imagine - Good Luck Phil et al... :-)


I have done the census 1981, 1991, 2011. In 1981 I did 1 and 1/2 rounds the 1/2 round I took on because the previous enumerator gave up and my boss recommended me to the next area boss.

The round included Railton Road Brixton. I was on the streets the day after the riots. I did that round in 3 days working from 3 pm to 9 pm. I got all but three people. My second boss was astonished, I got a mention in the official census report. So any after that anything else is easy.