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by Airsporter1st
17 Aug 2021, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using a stove to make a brew on longer day rides
Replies: 76
Views: 3475

Re: Using a stove to make a brew on longer day rides

Nigel wrote: 16 Aug 2021, 12:02pm
andrew_s wrote: 15 Aug 2021, 6:57pm
Airsporter1st wrote: 13 Aug 2021, 12:05pm There is a patent for a catalytic camping stove, which would ensure compliance with the regs, but I don’t know if there are any in production yet…..
https://patents.google.com/patent/US4588373A/en
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/ ... sr-reactor
From the review, absolutely no use for the "no flames" laws in some UK national parks.
The stove requires a naked flame lighter or sparking device to get it going, and there is clearly a flame involved....


- Nigel
I don’t see any resemblance between the catalytic stove referred to in the patent and the non-catalytic one reviewed.
by Airsporter1st
13 Aug 2021, 12:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using a stove to make a brew on longer day rides
Replies: 76
Views: 3475

Re: Using a stove to make a brew on longer day rides

There is a patent for a catalytic camping stove, which would ensure compliance with the regs, but I don’t know if there are any in production yet…..
https://patents.google.com/patent/US4588373A/en
by Airsporter1st
13 Jul 2021, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat Pedals vs Clipless
Replies: 51
Views: 2193

Re: Flat Pedals vs Clipless

Don’t forget that there are two types of SPD cleat. I use the ‘multi’ which, as the designation suggests, allow you to unclip in a variety of directions. Much less chance of falling over whilst still clipped in.
by Airsporter1st
17 Jun 2021, 7:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cordless Compressors
Replies: 43
Views: 2110

Re: Cordless Compressors

Probably a bit late to the party by now, but have you considered a cycIair pump? It uses a pull cord for motive power. I have one and it works very well. Quite a bit cheaper than an electric pump, too!

http://permaco.com/index.html?target=de ... lang=en-us
by Airsporter1st
6 May 2021, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Active cyclist protective driving?
Replies: 32
Views: 2793

Re: Active cyclist protective driving?

So in asking “Was I wrong?”, I guess you were actually looking for approval, rather than a conflicting viewpoint. Apologies for the misundertanding.
by Airsporter1st
6 May 2021, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Active cyclist protective driving?
Replies: 32
Views: 2793

Re: Active cyclist protective driving?

The only concern I have about taking such action as described by the OP, is regarding judgement. Who is to say that his judgement of relative speeds, road width/position etc., is accurate?
What happens if he makes such a judgement call and deliberately blocks a manoeuvre by another, when in fact there was otherwise ample room for that manoeuvre? It could all end badly for no good reason.
by Airsporter1st
2 May 2021, 1:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Egg’d
Replies: 56
Views: 4933

Re: Egg’d

Charco123 wrote: 26 Jan 2021, 1:41am Reading some of these that mention air guns makes my blood boil! Such ***** move to do to someone just because they at the side of a road! Isn’t it funny how it’s always young lads too! What happens to us when we get older do we get boring or just nicer [emoji23] I don’t know lol!!!! And I ordered a camera today after abit of research I went for crosstour which is like a go pro but just cheaper it’s amazing what technology you can buy these days for peanuts! So if it happens again I will be have footage for the old bill! Plus if it happens again I might be a right sado and make an account on youtube and any falil play il post it on there! I know if it was me being a **** I wouldn’t want it posted on the internet so it’s one way of getting back ******* [emoji1303][emoji1591][emoji1591][emoji1591]


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels
If I’m not mistaken (and assuming the law hasn’t changed recently), misuse of an air rifle or pistol as described by several folk above, constitutes a firearms offence, which is absolute and carries a 6 year jail term. The police should treat any such report accordingly.
by Airsporter1st
25 Apr 2021, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London Secondhand buying advice
Replies: 18
Views: 1043

Re: London Secondhand buying advice

My only recent experience of a bike shop which sells secondhand, is that they are very expensive in comparison to what can be bought privately.

Personally, therefore, much as I agree its good to support local businesses, I would be looking to buy privately.

I have 2 bikes bought that way - both hybrids, which I think would be what you would want. The first one was bought from a member of another forum I used to frequent. It cost him over a grand at a time when the RRP was £1250. He rode it twice and decided it was too much like hard work, so left it in his dining room for a year! I bought it therefore, to all intents and purposes a brand new bike (on which I had only to pump the tyres up), for £375. The second was from eBay. The guy bought it new for £750 and then realised it was too big for him, so he too, only rode it a handful of times. I bought it, again practically brand new, for £400.

I’ve certainly not got the expertise of many on this forum, but its not difficult to judge whether a bike is nearly new, well used but well maintained or a shed. Equally, its fairly easy to spot the genuine sellers.
by Airsporter1st
6 Apr 2021, 9:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anti-seize grease
Replies: 39
Views: 1766

Re: Anti-seize grease

Yes - the stuff I’ve linked to, Weicon, I have used industrially, predominately to prevent galling of stainless steel screws in stainless steel components. I’ve also used it on auto and bike parts to good effect. Coppaslip tends not to be used industrially these days, in my experience, I guess because of environmental concerns.

Rocol still do tubes of copper-based anti-seize, I believe, if the OP wants to stick with what he’s already used successfully.
by Airsporter1st
5 Apr 2021, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anti-seize grease
Replies: 39
Views: 1766

Re: Anti-seize grease

I use this stuff and have done for the last 20+ years. Always found it to do the job.

https://www.weicon.de/static/downloads/ ... -Seize.pdf
by Airsporter1st
5 Apr 2021, 1:59pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: My laptop, or has the forum typecast changed?
Replies: 35
Views: 2805

Re: My laptop, or has the forum typecast changed?

You should think yourselves lucky - one forum that I was on a few years back, issued permanent bans to anyone who said they didn’t like the changes!!!!!
by Airsporter1st
9 Oct 2020, 6:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thoughts on buddy rider?
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Thoughts on buddy rider?

I’ve had one in regular use for more than 3 years and can highly recommend it My dog loves it . As soon as I put my cycle gear on, he goes and stands by the bike.

My dog is 6 kg and there is no doubt that the extra weight raises the CoG and that we are a bit more susceptible to side winds, but I rapidly got used to it.

It does not interfere with straight bars at all. It is supported only by the seat post and is readily removable by pulling out a safety clip and removing a single pin.

Its designed and marketed in the US. I don’t believe it would adversely affect your insurance but then I’m not an expert.
by Airsporter1st
10 Aug 2020, 2:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dog trailers
Replies: 11
Views: 8769

Re: Dog trailers

This is what I use - up to 10kg (so no good for the OP, but maybe of interest to others). Teddy, pictured, is 6kg.

The advantage is that he is 'cradled' within your arms, so feels very secure and can see where we're going, which he clearly enjoys. It can also be quickly and easily removed by simply pulling out one lockpin.
The dis-advantages (for the sake of fairness) are a higher CofG and slightly more area exposed to crosswinds. This inevitably affects the handling, but not as much as a trailer, I would think (having never used one).

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by Airsporter1st
7 Aug 2020, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit from behind while commuting - advice please!
Replies: 82
Views: 3980

Re: Hit from behind while commuting - advice please!

I once pursued a claim for a whiplash injury against a driver who ran into me when I was stationary.

I contacted the RAC of whom I was a member, but as it was so close to being time-barred (I started to have neck pain around 2.5 years after the incident), the best they could do was give me the contact details of a nearby solicitor who they used.

I saw the solicitor, who was a senior partner in the firm and also, iirc, a barrister. He took the case on (at a substantial cost to me).

Shortly after, he sent me a copy of the response from the other guy’s insurers, which had me foaming at the mouth! They said that I was driving without lights in poor visibility (both untrue), that I was driving at excessive speed (I was stationary) and that I was not wearing my seat-belt (untrue) and so on.

I immediately rang my solicitor and he took the wind out of my sails with “this is all part of the game - don’t worry about it”. He had also previously explained that I would have a medical from ‘our’ Dr., which would indicate that I was at death’s door and a medical from their Dr., which would show that I was a prime candidate for the next olympics (his words)!

It went to the wire, but we settled out of court for £6000 (1982) and to put the icing on the cake, two weeks after I received that cheque, I received another for the full amount that I had advanced the solicitor.

The point I am making is that to the insurers (and others) this really is just a game. If I were in your position, I’d be responding to his insurers with a well-crafted letter, stating exactly what the facts were and indicating my intention to pursue their insured and themselves to the maximum extent. I would enclose a couple of quotes for repairs to my bike. Worst case is that they’d tell me to go for it (hoping to call my bluff), best case (and the more likely in my experience is that they would fold and pay up.