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by Stevek76
14 Jun 2021, 5:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often should one change one's D lock?
Replies: 21
Views: 632

Re: How often should one change one's D lock?

I'd be surprised if any beyond a few tubulars got picked on the street. Just in the same way that most houses are broken into through the window or similar and even the minority where the lock is attacked it's destructively via snapping or drilling. Picking requires knowledge and some skill, it's an ability of locksmiths, spies and hobbyists, not thieves. Picking at the kind of level that LPL is at takes thousands of hours of practice and should not be taken as representative.

The cheap pen trick just about crossed into the real world as it was almost zero skill, needed no tools and tubular locks with this flaw were almost universal in bike locks, even then it was far from reliable (doesn't work on my old dlock, the dedicated tools might but the heights in adjacent pins are too great for a plastic tube to deform).
by Stevek76
14 Jun 2021, 1:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommendations for front and rear cameras
Replies: 23
Views: 780

Re: Recommendations for front and rear cameras

I rely on front only at present and local police seem fine with that. I'd say it was preferable if they're happy to follow up close passes on it as it'll also let you capture people pulling out in front of you at junctions and ASL/red light infringements
by Stevek76
14 Jun 2021, 12:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 151
Views: 5145

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

gxaustin wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 7:28pm My push fit bearings lasted 16,000 miles at least. That's not bad, surely?
No, but they generally seem to have more issues than threaded and, given the typically expensive tools required to fit and remove (unless you like bodging) are very end user unfriendly as well.

Can't agree with much of the rest of nomm's list though.

Carbon is good
Internal routing I'm mixed on, they're a pain to replace (though designs are getting better) but external is more of a pain to clean the mud and stuff from under.
Hidden eyelets harm no one, if anything for those of us who like mudguards they widen choice with manufacturers able to support them without putting off the 'clean lines over clean bum' market segment
Gravel bikes are just another variant on the more rugged do it all bike, seem fairly ideal for what they're aimed at to me.
And bin tubeless? Really? :?
by Stevek76
14 Jun 2021, 12:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 611

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

thirdcrank wrote: 14 Jun 2021, 12:14pm I suspect that the only thing any lawyer can offer most people who receive a summons - these days generally from an enforcement camera - is pleading "exceptional hardship" to avoid a totting up disqualification.
Unfortunately not, a decade of cuts have left police and the CPS stretched so procedural mistakes do get made too often. Also those same cuts have left local roads in an appalling state such that signage and marking problems can often be used to escape points.
by Stevek76
14 Jun 2021, 12:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.
Replies: 43
Views: 611

Re: Today programme and reg. numbers for us.

Unfortunately the other nick (Robinson) is gaining form in the anything-threatening-driving bashing. He recently had to be corrected claiming (or parroting a guest's claim) that you 'cannot use your car' in an LTN.

So not surprising that he was willing to scrape mr poophole from the bottom of the barrel for his annual free advertising segment.
by Stevek76
10 Jun 2021, 10:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommendations for front and rear cameras
Replies: 23
Views: 780

Re: Recommendations for front and rear cameras

Can be worth investigating what your local police force considers acceptable for a submission, some are more strict than others regarding elements like hardcoded timestamps etc, particularly worth finding people who submit to that police force as sometimes what the police form says isn't entirely reflective of what they do or do not accept & action on.

I'm not sure a camera necessarily always defuses a situation though, sometimes it can exacerbate it. Best to avoid the argument in my view, just submit the footage and let them deal with the fine.
by Stevek76
10 Jun 2021, 7:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid-19 : 2nd Lockdown 2020 : 3rd Lockdown 2021
Replies: 897
Views: 22949

Re: Covid-19 : 2nd Lockdown 2020 : 3rd Lockdown 2021

You can pick boxes of lateral flow tests up at most pharmacies and test locations as well.

The self testing part of t&t did strike me as reasonably well publicised.

Re t&t more generally, while I have little doubt that ms Harding couldn't organise the proverbial brewery event, it's unlikely to have been helped by the consistent failure of the government to restrict incoming travel. Effectively peppering your country with covid cases is only going to make a tough job harder. Similarly lack of government support for those having to isolate is unlikely to be helping matters. Someone on the breadline has considerable incentive to not isolate (as they'll not be on anything more than statutory sick pay)
by Stevek76
10 Jun 2021, 7:00pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Re: Recycling helmets (helmets sub-forum)
Replies: 18
Views: 1331

Re: Recycling helmets (helmets sub-forum)

Well almost all are just made from expanded polystyrene and while it is a very recyclable substance in theory, few to no councils collect it in the recycling. Does vary and some take more things at the tip than they collect so check your council's website.

The hard outer shell can usually be separated and go in regular plastic recycling, as can any plastic fittings.
by Stevek76
10 Jun 2021, 11:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Batley and Spen By-Election
Replies: 20
Views: 400

Re: Batley and Spen By-Election

661-Pete wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 5:19pm The Greens are, perhaps wisely in this instance, not fielding a replacement. More effort is being focused on the Chesham and Amersham by-election, where the potentially damaging effect of the HS2 drilling is a significant local issue which the Greens are pursuing vigorously.
Spewing large quantities of misinformation in the process sadly. Very much a battle of the nimbys (or perhaps numbys?) going on in that one.
by Stevek76
7 Jun 2021, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I replace my v-brakes with disk brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Can I replace my v-brakes with disk brakes?

You'd have to replace or bodge (or lose) that rear pannier rack as well.

If you intend riding in foul conditions regularly it might be worthwhile, but even then probably only when you've actually worn the existing rims out.

If it's just for some summer messing about then not sure it is worth it, unless you've just got that itch to fettle a bike a bit... :lol:
by Stevek76
5 Jun 2021, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Woke
Replies: 65
Views: 1315

Re: Woke

As far as I understand it, the term originated amongst a small group of politically interested, heavy social media using teenagers & young adults in the US. It was subsequently seized upon and repurposed into a derogatory term by parts of the press and political classes as part of their culture war rubbish that caters for the kind of person who likes to be outraged (or triggered per modern speak) by whatever largely irrelevant issue that broadly amounts to humanity changing as it always has (and always will). The kind of change most were fine with when they were young but the brain's capacity for change freezes up as it ages, some cope with this better than others. I remain curious as to my own fate in this matter.

C'est la vie...
by Stevek76
2 Jun 2021, 3:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 1300
Views: 33425

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

thirdcrank wrote: 18 May 2021, 9:34am Over the weekend I saw a member of my extended family who is 33. They are going for their first jab today with somebody of the same age and it seems all their circle in that age-group have either already been or are on the point of going.
Age is still stuck at 30, the age limit went though the thirties very quickly as someone in that bracket there's people from across it still filtering through. What with stuff opening up, people are fitting them around other things and also wrestling with a booking system which you have to be a little persistent with to get one close and not tens of miles away. Seems second doses and moving them forward are getting prioritised at several places and then they open up remaining spots to 1sts at under a week notice.

Also AZ was (soft) restricted to 40+ a few weeks ago.
by Stevek76
1 Jun 2021, 11:05pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: I bought a helmet
Replies: 34
Views: 1595

Re: I bought a helmet

My main concern is there are literally 100s of kids/parents who ride off site to the village and back,most without helmets,and had the barrier hit a child the out come could be far worse!
So what about those walking out?
by Stevek76
1 Jun 2021, 11:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dom puts the boot in...
Replies: 121
Views: 3451

Re: Dom puts the boot in...

thirdcrank wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 5:26pm We've depressed wages by importing labour.
The only evidence I've seen that indicates that importing labour actually suppressed wages was comparing to an impossible hypothetical of somehow having the background economic growth of imported labour without the actual imported labour.

Regarding the government debt, interest rates of new debt remain very low and bonds are long term fixed rates. The overall effective interest rate paid on current debt is actually continuing to fall as old debt with much higher interest rates matures. Only around a quarter of government debt is owned overseas.

Another quarter is owned by the BoE so is effectively just the government owing itself money and paying itself interest on it.
thirdcrank wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 5:26pm The truly rich tend to benefit from inflation because it increases the value of assets especially land
Which is where the taxes come in to pull back in some of the money supply. The extensive wealth hoarded strikes me as the inflationary risk far more than government debt. Obviously in many respects they're two sides of the same coin but the current government and treasury seem to be worryingly leaning towards tackling the wrong side (i.e. more austerity)
by Stevek76
1 Jun 2021, 5:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dom puts the boot in...
Replies: 121
Views: 3451

Re: Dom puts the boot in...

Well by most economic assessments brexit will not have helped the inflation risk due to the consequential impact upon growth and productivity.

Increasing debt is an inevitably of a growing economy, the debt is literally the money supply, if there were no debt there'd be no money. The risk is if the money supply exceeds the size of the economy, either because the the economy is damaged (covid temporary, brexit long term) or just because too much has been printed.

The answer to the latter is taxes, the former is rather more problematic, cuts are demonstrably not the solution, that was shown very well a decade ago and in response to a temporary blip like covid would be a very grave mistake. The longer term drain of brexit should be able to be managed out and/or mitigated by the likely resumption of closer ties over time.

Of course much of all that is not going to sit well ideologically with the present government.