Search found 4238 matches

by PDQ Mobile
28 Sep 2021, 7:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nights are drawing but there’s Hope
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Nights are drawing but there’s Hope

I have a single Hope LED type with cord and separate battery case.
It was expensive and quite well made.
The light better than the case.

I would not buy another for the simple reason that as the batteries start to fail the light goes out. :shock:
It is exactly what I DON'T want on narrow unlit lanes. No warning, just Poof!
And I have cursed it as a bad design for cycling more than once.


I now use a 3AA battery, cheap black plastic Lidl (or Aldi?) single LED type.
It simply gets steadily dimmer. Three modes. Only one brightness.

It has a simple double rubber band type mount which has proved very robust and stable. Easy to put on and very fast off the bike.
Sadly not seen another like it.
by PDQ Mobile
27 Sep 2021, 12:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is a flashing rear light during the day a good idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 1162

Re: Is a flashing rear light during the day a good idea?

simonineaston wrote: 27 Sep 2021, 11:44am
My entirely personal feeling is that I get given more room from passing vehicles when I show a flashing daytime light on fairly narrow Welsh A and B roads.
I can imagine that effect would probably withstand scientific scrutiny. I wonder if anyone's done that sort of research. The trouble is, as has been suggested upthread that the sort of light that's visible in daylight, is also likely to be so bright as to have negative effects on those who may look into it, at night.
I'm at my wit's end to work out what goes through some bike/light users minds that I meet on cycle paths - not so bad on roads as the angle between oncoming bikes is wider. Surely it must have dawned on them that the super-bright light they have sort out has 2 connected properties 1) they are highly visible and 2) they can and often do, dazzle the oncomer, or follower, regardless of the type of vehicle the party is using, thus making it harder for them to see where they are going !! Same is true, but to a lesser degree, when said lights are used in daylight.
i was only referring to rear lights.
I use one "bog standard" 3 LED type.
It's quite bright but not blinding.
Three settings. Constant. All 3 flashing. And an across the light type flashing.

I consider flashing an advantage over constant, for a number of reasons already stated by others in the thread.

I do have a similar type of front light, that is cheap but bright enough to negociate unlit lanes.
I sometimes use a flashing mode in daylight. It is done and decided on the basis of prevailing road conditions.
Otherwise just as a normal light at night.
by PDQ Mobile
27 Sep 2021, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 769
Views: 20781

Re: Europe 2021

The link works on my old device, albeit with a "maybe not secure" warning.
I get the same from some weather forecasting sites!! :roll:

It states:- "In France, the COVID certificate is issued to people who have tested negative or who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency or one of the equivalents to these vaccines.
In order to facilitate the stay of non-European tourists in France, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs set up a specific mechanism for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence which is valid on French territory..............."

<snip>
by PDQ Mobile
26 Sep 2021, 8:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Been everywhere
Replies: 60
Views: 1417

Re: Been everywhere

Mick F wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 10:38am This is on the BBC News website.
Sounds a good idea eh? :D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-58651483
And here's another.
Might be just the thing!
Endless!
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/ ... mind-cover
by PDQ Mobile
25 Sep 2021, 9:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 769
Views: 20781

Re: Europe 2021

willem jongman wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 9:18pm It is all about authentication, whether with paper documents or a digital one. So in the Netherlands you can also present your EU printed QR code.
Yes.
My paper copy, issued by the Welsh NHS, has codes on it. A small square and a bar code.
In conjuction with a Passport it's pretty reasonable proof of who I say I am.

I have very much valued your input from the NL Wilhelm.
by PDQ Mobile
25 Sep 2021, 8:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 769
Views: 20781

Re: Europe 2021

willem jongman wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 8:24pm Your UK printed document will not be accepted either.
So what do folk who have no smart phone do?
They do still exist. Like dinosaurs.

My personal recent hassle free experience across 3 European frontiers suggests they will be accepted without any issues at all.
France Germany and Switz.
Though the latter two didn't even check my passport!!
I'll let you know about Italy!
by PDQ Mobile
25 Sep 2021, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is a flashing rear light during the day a good idea?
Replies: 43
Views: 1162

Re: Is a flashing rear light during the day a good idea?

My entirely personal feeling is that I get given more room from passing vehicles when I show a flashing daytime light on fairly narrow Welsh A and B roads.
by PDQ Mobile
25 Sep 2021, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe 2021
Replies: 769
Views: 20781

Re: Europe 2021

Why worry about the App?

A paper copy/certificate will do the job.
And do it well. No techie issues!!

We do not all have such modern internet devices.

Indeed from my perspective it seems unnecessarily complicated chasing multi country compatible "Apps".
by PDQ Mobile
25 Sep 2021, 9:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 1416
Views: 34587

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

Paulatic wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 9:04am We still have the fuel ration book from the seventies. :D
Mrs P reminds me it’s why we got married as we lived 40 ml apart and fuel for visits was getting hard.
I saw what you did there. :D
Are you sure it wasn't a convenient ruse? :shock:
by PDQ Mobile
23 Sep 2021, 10:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 26
Views: 641

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

Yet this is a screen shot of the BBC's live feed today.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-58662328

Prof. Sarah Gilbert and others seem to be suggesting a waning potency of the virus.

Some things are strange.
Wales's present high Covid incidence rate amongst them, despite some of the highest vaccination levels anywhere. Higher than most European countries with lower vaccination rates.
by PDQ Mobile
23 Sep 2021, 10:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 159
Views: 3297

Re: Anyone for Gas?

Jdsk wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 10:20am
We need to switch to renewables and reduced consumption as quickly as possible. Timescale of 5y, 10y.

>snip<

Jonathan
But there are those of us that have said that for décades.
And watched while various Govts have done just the opposite.
In those decades not only has traffic increased but vehicle are for the most part ever larger and more powerful.
And the bulk of (UK) railways remain unelectrified. There was something that should have been done while copper was plentiful and cheaper. Terrible decision making.

So while your sentiment is one I hear very often, the reality is that it is,for the most part, unobtainable in the short term. IMV.
And remains nothing but wasted breath.

A sort of cursory nod to a utopian dream but without any grounding in reality.

See Johnson's "gassing off" above.
by PDQ Mobile
23 Sep 2021, 9:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 159
Views: 3297

Re: Anyone for Gas?

Oldjohnw wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 9:06am

Prenez un grip!
:D
Pourquoi? Et Non!
by PDQ Mobile
23 Sep 2021, 8:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 159
Views: 3297

Re: Anyone for Gas?

Plenty of "gas" from Johnson this morning.
He wants to address the global issues of "coal, cars, cash and trees".
Though "cash", unless it's bitcoin or some such, escapes me.
Yawn!

And he takes the opportunity to promote his capitalist agenda into the areas of "green". Saying the two will dovetail or some other such demonstrable double think.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58657887

This from man who has just announced, to small fanfare, the resumption of methane producing ruminant meat exports ACROSS THE ATLANTIC and further across and into the USA.

While removing, in the last years, a huge market available a few miles away, and accessible by electric train.

The Sheep!
Arguably the animal most responsible for woodland destruction and reduction in plant diversity of the whole domestic UK animal "palette".
Especially in over subsidized conditions.

This Govt, really get my goat!
by PDQ Mobile
22 Sep 2021, 10:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in the 50's
Replies: 56
Views: 1848

Re: Touring in the 50's

I think the greatest difference between touring now and in the 50's and 60's is traffic levels and speeds.

The start of a tour to Wales from central England led two young cyclists along the A40 in those days!!
And it was ok.
I would not contemplate it now.
by PDQ Mobile
21 Sep 2021, 11:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone for Gas?
Replies: 159
Views: 3297

Re: Anyone for Gas?

Jdsk wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 9:28am
PDQ Mobile wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 9:23amI have seen venn diagrams that suggest around 50% of the food on the plate "is oil".
What is being measured to get that figure of 50%, please?

Thanks

Jonathan
As I understand it it is the dependency of food on fossil fuel energy input from cultivation, transport, storage and fertilizer production.

From what I see on terms of agriculture on my travels and in my own rural community, I think it perfectly feasable.

I might add that domestically I manage a very low carbon establishment. Producing lots of food.
But it is not carbon neutral.