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by pjclinch
16 Oct 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Children to be banned from riding bikes without number plates.
Replies: 130
Views: 3630

Re: Children to be banned from riding bikes without number plates.

Vorpal wrote:Well, the problem is mainly that 'dangerous cycling' tends to come very much from the perspective of people who don't cycle.


"Riding a bike", typically thought of as pretty dodgy... ;-/
by pjclinch
16 Oct 2018, 8:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?
Replies: 29
Views: 838

Re: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?

1982john wrote:I think it's a well known phenomenon that younger people are more open to taking risks


"Learning that we're only immortal for a limited time", to quote a Neil Peart lyric...
by pjclinch
16 Oct 2018, 8:04am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 30
Views: 542

Re: Keeping feet warm while inactive.

I don't generally get cold feet (live barefoot at home year round in a not-too-warm house, sandals and no socks for half the year at work and out-and-about, including on the bikes) yet when they do get cold they do a proper job of it, and what's noticeable (especially when barefoot or in sandals) is...
by pjclinch
15 Oct 2018, 4:16pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Beryl Burton - The Greatest
Replies: 76
Views: 2503

Re: Beryl Burton - The Greatest

My favourite sport is cycling of course :wink: Another great influence is the period one grew up or got interested: 1970s Which is really the point Is someone the "Greatest" because of personal bias and age? Until you have some objective measurement it'll be hard to take out personal bias...
by pjclinch
15 Oct 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

Years ago I replaced a totally battered re-soldered Optimus with a new multi fuel burner. Use gas for a quick brew up and paraffin for that 3 course meal (!) and winter camping. It's been very good. Stable and reliable. The thing also burns petrol and at a pinch diesel. But I don't really like eith...
by pjclinch
14 Oct 2018, 4:51pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Tent Materials
Replies: 27
Views: 729

Re: Ultralight Tent Materials

Also found this from another perspective, which gives an explanation why the best polyesters are not being used http://thetentlab.com/MoonLightTents/PolyNyl.html It's a bit selective, as these things are when they're justifying using one thing over another and describing other company's approaches ...
by pjclinch
14 Oct 2018, 3:19pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Tent Materials
Replies: 27
Views: 729

Re: Ultralight Tent Materials

Nylon does it, full stop. You get the same thing with wet nylon rope. It's a basic property of the material that it stretches when wet. This. (It's not just silicone coated nylon, it's nylon.) Polysester is less prone to this... but typically weighs more at the same strength (better UV performance ...
by pjclinch
14 Oct 2018, 3:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake blocks for chrome rims.
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Brake blocks for chrome rims.

I recall that chrome-plated rims are awful in the wet I remember trying to stop my Raleigh Olympus down a hill in the rain and they were never anywhere near as good as "awful", even with Fibrax blocks which were a big step up on the original equipment... I had a paper round with one paper...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 1:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

The thing that is important to me is that I buy meths or paraffin for about £6 per gallon in plastic containers. The gas costs that much for 500g of fuel and leaves a trail of pressurised cans behind you. I was certainly keener on spirit when I had a free supply of the stuff! Gas cans are typically...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

I wouldn't recommend meths to anyone camping for the first time because I don't know how they would get on with it. Trangias are popular with D of E groups, where they will often be the first portable stove a person uses. Certainly a lot more friendly in all sorts of respects than the parafin Primu...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 12:49pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Valverde.......A Worthy Winner............Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 853

Re: Valverde.......A Worthy Winner............Poll

I think it's a type of fraud, which is a crime which I feel is still relevant if the perpetrator is unrepentant. Valverde isn't exactly repentant in one of the few interviews in recent years touching on doping that he seems not to have ended or changed subject on. Yes, he should speak against dopin...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 11:21am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Valverde.......A Worthy Winner............Poll
Replies: 24
Views: 853

Re: Valverde.......A Worthy Winner............Poll

Valverde is a great rider a great tactician and a worthy champion. Yes he was banned for drug taking and served his sentence,after which he was given his licence back. Since then he's been clean. A worthy champion end of. He's unrepentant and ends interviews that ask about his doping IIRC... which ...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 9:08am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

the reasons you prefer x fuel type over y don't always have to be important to me or anyone else. But that's not the same as they will be unimportant to anyone else. Someone walks in to a bike shop, says "I want a bike, don't know much about them, what do you recommend?" What would you th...
by pjclinch
4 Oct 2018, 8:54am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

I wouldn't recommend meths to anyone camping for the first time because I don't know how they would get on with it. Trangias are popular with D of E groups, where they will often be the first portable stove a person uses. Certainly a lot more friendly in all sorts of respects than the parafin Primu...
by pjclinch
3 Oct 2018, 11:49am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia flame: what should it look like?
Replies: 75
Views: 2161

Re: Trangia flame: what should it look like?

BTW if you think the meths burner is fast then you'll love the gas burner for Trangia. No contest in the speed stakes. :) I always had a little Camping Gaz Bluet stove so knew that gas was quick. But I thought that meths would be very slow, you know, go off for a walk and come back half an hour lat...