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by bigjim
14 Apr 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 44
Views: 1339

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

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by bigjim
14 Apr 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 44
Views: 1339

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

I usually fly my bike out boxed up. I dump the box at the airport. I find the CTC bag too big and heavy to carry on tour. So I buy a cheap bag off the bay for about a fiver. It is very flimsy but covers the whole bike easily. It is covered with pictures of bikes so no arguments at check in. It is a ...
by bigjim
7 Apr 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: My Lidl helmet - and fall
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: My Lidl helmet - and fall

That's it. Well done. Lovely happy video
No helmets just kids discovering the joy of cycling.
by bigjim
2 Apr 2019, 11:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days

I've done this sort of trip with a Carradice Barley. When packing it is easy to reduce the volume using one of those large Vacuum bags you find in £1 shops. Pack all your gear you don't need till the evening, seal the bag and open the valve. Sit on it until all the air is forced out and close the va...
by bigjim
2 Apr 2019, 11:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3200

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

I don't see the problem. Just go round him, taking the lane. Carry on with your day. :) He is entitled to be there, just doing his, at times, difficult, job.
by bigjim
31 Mar 2019, 7:38pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: My Lidl helmet - and fall
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: My Lidl helmet - and fall

There is a video doing the rounds somewhere of a little girl trying to master riding a bicycle. It's in somewhere like Sweden. Time and again she falls off that bike. She never hits her head. Always lands on her hands. I am amazed that parents stuff these huge helmets on a toddlers head while they a...
by bigjim
30 Mar 2019, 1:03pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: My Lidl helmet - and fall
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: My Lidl helmet - and fall

They do a hell of a lot of cycling in Denmark but you rarely see a helmet.
by bigjim
26 Mar 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 64
Views: 2609

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

Can I ask where you got that adaptor bigjim? Do you have a link? Do youuse it a lot - ie - is it reliable/safe? I have an adaptor which does the same thing but not like yours - it just goes on top (OK - side when it is laid down) of the cartridge but doesn't ensure that it's outlet stays the right ...
by bigjim
26 Mar 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 64
Views: 2609

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

I prefer gas. I use a £4 adapter to enable me to use the common cylinder type containers. They cost me about €2 each last time I was in France. Last for ages and available everywhere.
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by bigjim
23 Mar 2019, 2:15pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2157

Re: cycliing and ageing

Motor cars are perhaps one of the worst toixic, highly-addictive profit-makers. I read a comment once by the hated J Clarkson, I think he is quite a good writer actually. He said there is no money in car manufacturing and if one was to go into business it was the last thing one would do. I think he...
by bigjim
23 Mar 2019, 11:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Local accents - what be yourn?
Replies: 45
Views: 3980

Re: Local accents - what be yourn?

I was born and lived in Ireland as a child. When I came to England and was enrolled in English schools I was bullied mercilessly for my strong Irish accent. It didn't help that I lived in the UK as part of a large Irish family and every holiday was spent back in Ireland. I worked really hard to lose...
by bigjim
23 Mar 2019, 11:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hedgehogs vs Cats!
Replies: 9
Views: 1673

Re: Hedgehogs vs Cats!

cats are a menace should be classed as vermin. There is a big fat white cat that hangs around at the base of the tree that the local squirrels use to get into the big trees, in the hope of getting one I assume Well I have some fun with it with a laser pointer from my flat 3 floors up, have it runni...
by bigjim
23 Mar 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2157

Re: cycliing and ageing

I ride in Mallorca every year. In the winter months the hotels in Mallorca are populated by Spanish pensioners taking advantage of the free holiday provided by the government. Hence there are swathes of them strolling on the front. They are universally wearing the same beige outfits. I can't ever re...
by bigjim
22 Mar 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dandelions, thistles and moss
Replies: 35
Views: 3337

Re: Dandelions, thistles and moss

philvantwo wrote:My old tortoise loved em too!! :lol: :lol:

I always think tortoises have got it right. They just wander slowly though life, stopping now and them to chew on something appetizing and they live for what? A hundred years?
by bigjim
22 Mar 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 2735

Re: Replacing a fence

I had much the same choices to make. It's heavy work that needs to be accurate. I got a reasonable quote from a contractor so I used them. It was done and dusted in a morning. A very good solid job and I specified concrete base panels to keep the wood off the ground. I'd nave been there days and muc...