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by Tangled Metal
17 Oct 2021, 7:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 231
Views: 6778

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

thirdcrank wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 12:11pm
Mike Sales wrote: 31 Mar 2021, 8:01pm
markjohnobrien wrote:
It’s a cycling forum, not a politics forum, and while I have strong political opinions, they are exercised in the appropriate channels: which isn’t on this forum.
It is plain that some posters enjoy discussing politics.
There is no compulsion to read political posts.
As far as I have noticed political threads are plainly titled.
Why not just ignore such discussions, rather than deprive others?
Six months further on and I get the impression that some people may have decided to ignore the forum completely.
I stopped visiting daily early this summer. Even more I'm only dropping in for certain threads. Nothing to do with no longer being a ctc member, never was. More to do with not having bike related matters and tea shop threads being simply politics or the same politics should I say. Nothing new with them IMHO. If I leave here it will be because of the way the teashop has changed of late.
by Tangled Metal
17 Oct 2021, 7:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 231
Views: 6778

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

Philip Benstead wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 4:07pm
Tangled Metal wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 2:18pm Define young people! Lol
UNDER 30 YEARS
You must be among the younger members on here with that answer! 😆

When you get called young man as you're edging closer to 50 years you'll know young is relative. P
by Tangled Metal
17 Oct 2021, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 231
Views: 6778

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

Define young people! Lol
by Tangled Metal
16 Oct 2021, 6:06pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?

Paulatic wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 8:40am I’m sure I’ve mentioned before the best set up I came across. A guy cycling from Kings Lynn to Glencoe camping gear on the rear with home made wooden box up front with Jack Russell on board. Going a fair pace too. Your Border won’t be or shouldn’t be much heavier.
Borders are generally a bigger dog than JRTs. Not much but she's too big for the front dog basket we used when she was a puppy.

We're trying to avoid a trailer and front basket. The one we had was up to 7kg, ours is above that now. Apparently there's a larger model up to 15kg! That's beagle weights.

The guide weight ranges often published for border terriers like our dog are wrong. You're talking kennel club breed standards but I know very few BT owners who dogs met breed standard. I've also met ones that were well above breed standards. Not fat just bigger. Our vet had 9.5kg for ours, she's never weighed more than 7.7kg. We watched them weigh her at 7.3kg then got the vaccine record home and it was recorded at 9.5kg! Mind you, the big BT we saw was probably over that, think smaller, gundog labrador size.

The issue with bar dog baskets is stability. My road bike couldn't take it even without the dog moving. Add in movement and you're in trouble. I'm looking for a rear rack mounted one, preferably one that allows for a longer basket and panniers to be used. My bike rack has the lower, wider spaced pannier mounting tubes which probably helps here.

Anyone got a rear rack dog basket. What are they like?
by Tangled Metal
16 Oct 2021, 5:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 64
Views: 1391

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

Just bought a new ravemen pr1600 front light. It could be that I'm the petty annoyance on the rough, gravel road through the industrial estate past the skip recycling place. 😆
by Tangled Metal
15 Oct 2021, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 860

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

Got the ravemen pr1600 today. It's a solid lump of light. I hope it fits in the bottom of the brompton bars next to the stem.

Hard to see how bright it is in daylight. It has the dipped beam which looks like a flat line in the middle of the beam rather than a cut off normal beam. The full beam looked bright. Then I noticed the screen saying 3 minutes. That meant it wasn't even on full beam! Pressed the button until screen said 1.0 hour and it's even brighter. Should be good on the rough bit. The good thing is the remote which is a simple velcro strap so can easily be moved from bike to bike. The mount that came with the light can go on. My normal bike leaving the extra small diameter mount for my brompton.

It looks solid and well made light. The remote looks a little disposable. I think the edge where you split it to put the coin battery in looks a little chipped at the edge. If I did that opening it then not impressed. Still I'm used to the button being on the light so if the remote breaks I'll not replace it.
by Tangled Metal
15 Oct 2021, 6:50am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: Do you lock your brompton

I've never needed a shopping trip with mine. Its out of the garage to station. Train within reach and eyes on of me or even my leg is touching it. Then station to a security keycoded room that only a selected, trusted people have anyway because things that go walking are stored there. There is no possibility of theft unless at home, work or with a struggle from me!

I reckon that's probably how most get used, so little need for bike locks.

Of course I have no idea of London and SE trains for bike storage. My train is mostly empty going in so I can easily sit within reach of my bike. Going home in standing over it all the way home as it's standing room only and often not much of that.
by Tangled Metal
14 Oct 2021, 11:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: Do you lock your brompton

Isn't it the point that you fold it so it can be stored somewhere safe with you, under desks, cupboards, etc. All places where you'd think they were safe. So why lock them?

Obviously some don't use it that way but that use is probably it's greatest selling point.

I don't lock bikes of all kinds in the garage and undercroft however I can't fit the rigid bikes under my desk or rather am not allowed to store a rigid bike in my old, empty and secure office like my Brompton. It's this difference that makes me ask about locking your bike. Do you not have a secure place to leave it? Do you not feel like you're able to carry your brompton or wheel it in shops so have to lock it? Personally mine is purely commuting tool so home or office only. If not there it's next to me on the train.
by Tangled Metal
14 Oct 2021, 11:18pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?

Off beat thread!

Our family of 4 has a border terrier as number 4. We used to cycle as a family along the canal at the bottom of our road. The dog learnt to run nicely alongside as a puppy. We also did trail centres. However with proper cycling trips like cycle touring holidays we had to leave the dog for 2 weeks with family.

Since then we have moved to a nicer, rural area without safe places for the dog to run with us on our bikes. Our son, number 3, is 9 and OK on the road. Well he's been OK for years but now his mother, number 2 yeah right, is finally sufficiently less stressed with him on his bike so she's OK with him on the road.

So my question is how to go cycling with a dog?

The dog can or could run up to 9 miles on an MTB trail but that left her a bit over tired and we had to keep stopping to give her water. However she is not road safe. We need to cycle from the house as its perfect cycling area part of many routes popular with cyclists. There's no off road routes nearby. So we're thinking trailer or rack basket. She's 7 to 8 kg and too big for front basket I reckon. We had one when she was a puppy but she got too big despite not exceeding weight capacity. Plus if any of us overtook her in the basket and she'd try to jump out.

What options are there?

My ideas are road bike rear rack basket, dog trailer, recumbent with rear basket or splash out on a cargo bike style option with a really big dog basket.

The last one would be very expensive. My idea is a circe morpheus with the recumbent second seat at the front in cargo mode. Or a rear cargo bike like I think surly and others do. Not sure that's financially viable for us.

So any ideas?
by Tangled Metal
14 Oct 2021, 6:50am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 64
Views: 1391

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

Electric scooters.

Cyclists who I don't know who insist on a greeting and if going your way a chat. I'm out for a ride, just want to enjoy my time not socialise with strangers.

Potholes you ride into and several seconds later ride out of again. Not joking or exaggerating!

Waste recycling and skip lorries. If you've experienced them you'll know why.

Overly bright bike lights that don't easily dip and a corollary to that is cyclists on the wrong side of the road with excessively bright trail lights stopping to have a chat with the lights facing oncoming traffic.
by Tangled Metal
13 Oct 2021, 1:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 106
Views: 1495

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

The EU is no paragon if virtue with regards to dodgy money and tax schemes. Iirc some of the most notorious, legal schemes involves Netherlands or Ireland. I doubt amazon could operate quite so profitably without certain eu nations and their tax wheezes. That's before you get to outright illegality. I think there was a bank that got in trouble in USA due to its European activities a few years back. Shysters and crooks are everywhere not just the UK.

Don't get me on to state aid against eu rules. According to an EU report UK had the best record in my breaching the state aid rules. Germany was one of the worst of the big economies for breaking those rules.

The other question is did people really vote leave because of the lies on the bus. I think if people talked about that it was a extra justification for leaving. I think the real issue was the disconnect with the politicians in Westminster parties. All main party leadership supported remain. What a great way to stick it to them, right? Since then boris was seen as that candidate for the right and Corbyn for the left. Imho the big issue is that a minority issue to the public, membership of the EU, was brought mainstream by the disconnect with political elites.

Right now there's no real political leader in UK politics. No opposition or government doing a good job of things. Nobody is really winning in the UK.

As to Scottish independence, wasn't it the SNP's economic guru who said independence would be like Brexit but 10 times worse? If that's the Scottish way out you're in it for the long game that's for sure. A big choice braveheart!
by Tangled Metal
13 Oct 2021, 1:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink-drive get-out?
Replies: 33
Views: 666

Re: Drink-drive get-out?

Bonefishblues wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 11:48am Being serious for a moment, that is an astonishingly high reading.

My belief, which counts for nothing, is that she had been drinking, was fearful/expected that she would blow positive if tested, and did indeed go to her friends and (over)load to ensure an alibi.
Good job she's not our friend. Firstly we don't have enough alcohol in the house. Secondly if we knew she'd been in a motor accident we'd refuse you give her any alcohol anyway. Probably drive her back to the scene of the accident too.
by Tangled Metal
13 Oct 2021, 10:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: Do you lock your brompton

simonineaston wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 10:48am
Do you lock your brompton?
Of course! And then again, no - not necessarily...
OK Splinters! :wink:

Please clarify when.
by Tangled Metal
13 Oct 2021, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 860

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

Currently using a volt 300 and a petzl nyo at 200 and something I think. Neither helps. I'm faster walking on the rough section. Even the downhill cut through there's enough bumps and holes to slow me down.

It's telling that from March until it was dark at about 7am I was 2 to 4 minutes early. Now I'm 2 to 4 minutes late. Part of that is train consistently 2 minutes late but the rest is from caution being the better part of valour wrt the bumps and holes.

1600 lumens top in mtb mode or 800 lumens Road mode. Is it too bright and could I save money getting the pr 1200 or pr 900 instead? What is bright enough for a small wheeled bike on gravel offroad? It's a road but it's deep gravel and as good as offroad. Wish I could film it to show but I'm not riding it holding my phone! Lol
by Tangled Metal
13 Oct 2021, 10:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: Do you lock your brompton

I can't imagine leaving it anywhere it would need to be locked. The point of mine is so officious tawts at northern rail and aviva can't stop me taking it onto the train as folded bikes are not treated as bikes so much as luggage. The added benefit is I can take it inside places with me. No more living up outside.

As such I can't see the point of a lock and never carry one when using my brompton when commuting.

I will point out that mixed modal commuting is it's only use. Leisure riding is full sized road bike or recumbent.

At work I lock it in my old office that's now a store room with very limited access. There's two keys, one with me they other main office in key cupboard.