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by bigjim
9 Sep 2021, 4:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Similar vehicles to Vauxhall Zafira
Replies: 21
Views: 406

Re: Similar vehicles to Vauxhall Zafira

I'd be looking for a vehicle with galvanized bodywork. As far as I'm aware Ford's are still not galvanised. Evidently Citroen and Fiat are. The Doblo and Berlingo are a good size. I run a 20 year old Yaris Verso that turns into a small van if I need. I've used it as a camper. No rust as it's galvanized. Never had a mechanical problem with it. Shame they stopped making them. Do you need a big vehicle with such small mileage and mostly shopping duties? Bike and roof rack can spread the odd load.
by bigjim
9 Sep 2021, 11:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: DVLA nearly over 70 renewing licence
Replies: 81
Views: 2537

Re: DVLA nearly over 70 renewing licence

I was told I could keep my entitlements as long as I took a HGV medical. It was on the application form. Didn't see anything on there about any other fee. I didn't see the point so let the entitlements go. Evidently you can get them back by taking the medical and submitting it in the future.
by bigjim
5 Sep 2021, 4:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Modern bikes noisier?
Replies: 39
Views: 1142

Re: Modern bikes noisier?

In my experience one of the noise culprits are modern wheels. The fluted low spoke count ones seem to set up a whirring noise. My old 36 spoke wheels are almost silent.
by bigjim
22 Aug 2021, 11:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who designed this machine?
Replies: 31
Views: 761

Re: Who designed this machine?

I had a very physical working life into my 40s. Then i discovered I could earn more wearing a suit. So I gained some qualifications and worked 9 to 5 for the first time which also gave me time for quality excercise, not brutal labour. There is a big difference for the body. I've stayed fit and healthy till I hit 70. Now I have arthritis of the hips. Not bothering me much. But I have a recurring thigh problem that is keeping me off my beloved bikes and will not go away. I notice the long lived, 200 year old whales and tortoises just stroll, constant slow non stressful movement. Maybe a lesson there?
by bigjim
22 Aug 2021, 10:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: DVLA nearly over 70 renewing licence
Replies: 81
Views: 2537

Re: DVLA nearly over 70 renewing licence

I lost my HGV and other large vehicles entitlements on reaching 70. But it does say that to get these back you will have to undergo an expensive medical and a CPC for the HGV. I can't be bothered but I do see it as discrimination as I'm fitter and healthier than many much younger than me.
by bigjim
22 Aug 2021, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Manchester
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Avoiding Manchester

If you use deansgate and bury new road you don't see any tram tracks. The off road route will avoid Prestwich and the motorway roundabout, but you wil have to dismount a fair bit. It's quite slow and busy with dog walkers ect. It can be quite muddy and bumpy in parts. You have to leave it at Radcliffe to cross their town centre and rejoin at the canal. I've done it on a road bike many times. It's very flat. Personally though I'd stick to the road. You can go underneath the dodgy roundabout, supposed to be barred to cyclists but nobody takes any notice. I then ride the deserted pavement for a few hundred yards to avoid a busy junction. After that it's fine.
by bigjim
21 Aug 2021, 2:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Manchester
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Avoiding Manchester

Riding through the centre of Manchester is fine. Traffic is slow and they are used to cyclists. Just frustrating with the many traffic lights. Mick's route heading north is ok but Prestwich is very busy and crossing the motorway roundabout is not for the faint hearted or the roads just after. Once clearing those junctions it is ok through Bury and all the way to Blackburn and out to Preston. Some decent climbs but pretty steady.
by bigjim
16 Jan 2021, 3:08pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Osteoarthritis
Replies: 70
Views: 5801

Re: Osteoarthritis

I've got it in the hips and knees. Consultant says it's moderate and the joints are good. However I've been off the bike for 2 months because of pain in my left thigh when I ride. I don't know if the arthritis is causing this. I'm running 3 miles every day as I have no pain when I run and it seems to help. My consultant has said in the past that he had no problem with my running as long as I was comfortable with it. I woke up with a lot of pain in my thigh this morning. Been for my run and pain has gone. will be back tonight I presume. Arthritis likes us sitting around.
by bigjim
6 Oct 2020, 10:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flu 'jab'
Replies: 140
Views: 3942

Re: Flu 'jab'

Jdsk wrote:Sorry, I misunderstood. I thought that this was a serious discussion of how to develop safe vaccines as quickly as possible so I was trying to help.

Jonathan

You have obviously put some work into your answers and that is appreciated. I for one am much wiser for them. People are naturally sceptical as we have and are continually being fed so much lies and information that it is hard to get at the truth. Plus of course the shadow of thalidomide still hangs over a lot of the older generation. We now have the news of Johnson and Johnson owning up to the fact that they knew there was asbestos in their baby powder for all these years. Doesn't imbue one with confidence as they are also developing a vaccine.
by bigjim
6 Oct 2020, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flu 'jab'
Replies: 140
Views: 3942

Re: Flu 'jab'

Jdsk wrote:
bigjim wrote:Didn't it take 40 years to find the Flu vaccine? I wonder how they are going to develop the Covid vaccine so quickly? As far as I'm aware it can mutate constantly like the Flu and the vaccine can be a guessing game.

The available technology and particularly that used by the Oxford group is completely different from what was previously available. The vehicle doesn't have to be reinvented for each vaccine that uses it. The target has been deliberately selected to avoid the problem of mutation.

https://covid19vaccinetrial.co.uk/about

Jonathan

But doesn't that mean that there is a very short human trial. The effects can't possibly be known for a few years. Especially with pregnant women.
by bigjim
6 Oct 2020, 5:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flu 'jab'
Replies: 140
Views: 3942

Re: Flu 'jab'

Didn't it take 40 years to find the Flu vaccine? I wonder how they are going to develop the Covid vaccine so quickly? As far as I'm aware it can mutate constantly like the Flu and the vaccine can be a guessing game. Evidently it takes 10 years to develop most vaccines and a billion pounds. Still no vaccine for the common cold or HIV for example.
My wife had the Flu vaccine last year and had never been so ill in her life. Never again she say,s though the docs are bombarding her with texts, phone calls and e-mails to arrange an appointment for one.
by bigjim
11 Sep 2020, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can't solve this one.
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: Can't solve this one.

Thank-you for all the comments and advice. Much appreciated. A few things to work through. I've also thought that maybe its possible to draw a line where the chain side-plates are making contact on going over that area with a file. Not enough to weaken, but enough to allow the slight clearance needed.
Brucey. I've found in the past that the 8 speed Sora works very well with a 7 speed freewheel, and you don't notice the extra click. 7 speed Sora are quite rare now. I'm very much a DT guy but this bike is already set up this way.
by bigjim
11 Sep 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can't solve this one.
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: Can't solve this one.

Valbrona wrote:That a bike bearing components spanning four decades and a mix of 7 speed and 10 speed kit ain't going to work.

I'm afraid you are quite wrong. Firstly it is not 10 speed kit. It's a 9 speed crankset on a square taper. Square taper is still sold on modern bikes. I have used this setup on an 80s Raleigh Sprint. 2 80s Harry Halls and a 90s Raleigh Clubman. Steel frames lend themselves very well to modern components and ride very well. It sometimes just needs a little fettling. Something modern bikes don't lend themselves to quite as easily.
by bigjim
10 Sep 2020, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can't solve this one.
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Can't solve this one.

I have a very nice Woodrup bike. I can't work out if it is 70s or early 80s as it has had a respray in it's past by Bob Jackson. However. I've installed a modern 50/34 chainsetFSA compact on the front whilst retaining the freewheel on the rear hub. It has a modern 7 speed Megarange freewheel fitted. Sora 8 speed STIs up front. Whist in the 34 on the front and the higher gears on the back the chain rubs on the wall of the big ring. Slightly catching it at times. I assume it is the chain-line but can't figure out how to cure it. Anybody got any suggestions apart from cold setting the frame for a modern wheel?
Cheers Jim.
by bigjim
8 Sep 2020, 10:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: More drivers cleared after rider's death.
Replies: 55
Views: 1982

Re: More drivers cleared after rider's death.

Mike Sales wrote:
Phil Fouracre wrote:Have they deleted it? Oops didn’t know that, ridiculous!


I didn't either, so I have checked. That caution is still there.

Rule 126.

Stopping Distances. Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/general-rules-techniques-and-advice-for-all-drivers-and-riders-103-to-158

Read that it had changed in 2018 also they 2 second spacing rule. Will check again tomorrow. Think it was a motorcycle site.