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by nirakaro
28 Sep 2020, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Navy ships off Plymouth
Replies: 77
Views: 1979

Re: Navy ships off Plymouth

Jdsk wrote:Any thoughts on how they're going to keep the ships going without fossil fuels?

Sails? :D
by nirakaro
27 Sep 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Navy ships off Plymouth
Replies: 77
Views: 1979

Re: Navy ships off Plymouth

Brucey wrote: ... even with electronic (rather than mechanical) magnetic compasses.

How does an electronic compass work? I imagine it to be a standard magnetic compass, scaled down to integrated circuit dimensions? In which case it would be subject the same distortions as any other compass?
by nirakaro
27 Sep 2020, 10:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Towns and Villages in Wiltshire
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Towns and Villages in Wiltshire

You started doing them in alphabetical order? Then changed your mind?
by nirakaro
26 Sep 2020, 9:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 34
Views: 916

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

You’ve found Helen Lloyd, who I guess is an essential read for your plan. As I recall, she rode down the west side of Africa, not along the Med. to Egypt. It would be a very brave/foolhardy cyclist who tried to ride across Libya these days!
by nirakaro
15 Sep 2020, 2:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The most countries in one day?
Replies: 45
Views: 2174

Re: The most countries in one day?

mikeonabike wrote: Mostly downhill too!

All downhill if you started at Lago di Lei - the only corner of Italy that drains into the North Sea.
by nirakaro
13 Sep 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 615

Re: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?

I too am seriously considering buying another lightweight tent to cycle tour with. My problem isn't so much the inner length as I am only 5'9'' but the inner height so I can sit up without touching the inner roof. I have looked at so many also considering the weight. At present my favourite looks t...
by nirakaro
6 Sep 2020, 9:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another seized-seatpost question
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: Another seized-seatpost question

Marcus Aurelius wrote:It can’t be stuck if it’s a liquid. Buy a Chef’s Brûlée torch, get the junction good and hot, it will release.

Liquid? You think I should melt it out? I know aluminium has a lower melting point than steel, but I'd probably have to retouch the paint job wouldn't I? :shock:
by nirakaro
5 Sep 2020, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another seized-seatpost question
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Another seized-seatpost question

The downside: my suspension seatpost (ali, in a steel frame) is well seized. A stillson wrench and a lump hammer make no impact at all. The upside: I have no need at all to remove it. I was really just trying out of curiosity. The question: am I doing any harm, or setting up bigger problems in the f...
by nirakaro
25 Aug 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hotels and bikes
Replies: 19
Views: 799

Re: Hotels and bikes

I’ve never booked accommodation more than a few hours ahead – more often than not, I’ve just turned up. I’ve never enquired about bike storage. It’s never been a problem.
by nirakaro
25 Aug 2020, 5:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Erotica and retro-cycling
Replies: 54
Views: 2554

Re: Erotica and retro-cycling

I'm surprised the forum smut-filter allows the thread title. I wonder what else it will allow? I think the rules are about particular words, not particular meanings. Excrement is permissible for example, but not its four-letter synonym. We could have fun seeing what we could squeeze past it, like t...
by nirakaro
25 Aug 2020, 8:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hotels and bikes
Replies: 19
Views: 799

Re: Hotels and bikes

Distressing, but not surprising, that the only report of unhelpful situations refers to places in England. I too have had only positive experiences on the continent. I do recall a hotel-cum-bar in a small town in Serbia that didn't want me to hump the bike up their narrow staircase, but assured me t...
by nirakaro
16 Aug 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bringing a bike back from the USA
Replies: 26
Views: 1069

Re: Bringing a bike back from the USA

Yeh, I smothered my granny with a pillow so I could inherit her house. Technically illegal I suppose, but everyone does it, don't they? :D
by nirakaro
15 Aug 2020, 1:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where does the load & wear take place?
Replies: 44
Views: 1301

Re: Where does the load & wear take place?

There's also some theory about prime numbers, but I can't remember what it is... I hadn't heard that but I'd put money on it being based on the concept that if there's no common factor of periodicity other 1 between meshing parts then the wear will be equally spread across the parts of each. See al...
by nirakaro
9 Aug 2020, 7:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How not to lock up your bike
Replies: 49
Views: 1968

Re: How not to lock up your bike

'Your' as a second person possessive pronoun, and 'saying' as (IIRC) a gerund rather than a participle? A rather old-fashioned usage, but quite elegant, I thought.
by nirakaro
4 Aug 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How not to lock up your bike
Replies: 49
Views: 1968

Re: How not to lock up your bike

Bmblbzzz wrote:"For the win" in this context.

"For the win"? WT[bad word begins with F] does that mean?