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by bigjim
9 Dec 2018, 3:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Libraries, public, renaissance of: DDC 020.336
Replies: 156
Views: 5854

Re: Libraries, public, renaissance of: DDC 020.336

Plusminus? That dreadful capitalist Carnegie funded many libraries for ordinary people :wink: .. It is one thing that Manchester has a grand central library, it is a bit like a temple, church, museum, but what are the libraries in the suburbs like? .. Changed the thread title: 'renaissance' not 'de...
by bigjim
6 Dec 2018, 10:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: He wasn't in a Wange Wover
Replies: 61
Views: 1861

Re: He wasn't in a Wange Wover

But to speculate the headmistress is a "cyclist hating motorist" is simply not worth stating. Did you not notice the,'who knows'? A man with a problem I would say. Right back at you! I did notice. But thought it excessively speculative, as I said. A little politeness goes such a long way....
by bigjim
6 Dec 2018, 8:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: He wasn't in a Wange Wover
Replies: 61
Views: 1861

Re: He wasn't in a Wange Wover

But to speculate the headmistress is a "cyclist hating motorist" is simply not worth stating.
Did you not notice the,'who knows'?

A man with a problem I would say.
Right back at you!
by bigjim
6 Dec 2018, 2:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Aldi/Crane Sports Stocking of larger sizes
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Aldi/Crane Sports Stocking of larger sizes

In common with a number of thrifty cyclists, I get a lot of clothing from Aldi and Lidil. For some time now, Aldi has been a real disappointment. I am six feet tall and most tops and bottoms need to be XXL. Aldi's size guide on their special buys pages go up to XXL listing corresponding chest and w...
by bigjim
6 Dec 2018, 11:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: He wasn't in a Wange Wover
Replies: 61
Views: 1861

Re: He wasn't in a Wange Wover

i see it as the headmistress wasting police time to support her own personal agenda. The guy and his son was apparently well known to all and her. Maybe she is a cyclist hating motorist in her spare time, who knows? Nobody was frightened. Good luck with frightening older kids these days by a cyclist...
by bigjim
4 Dec 2018, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2610

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

yes but if you like it a particular way you won't be 100% happy with it some other way, and in fact it mightn't work at all; this applies to any simple thing in fact, be it bikes or your favourite apple pie come to that. Some folk are just fussy over some things like paint. Others about everything....
by bigjim
4 Dec 2018, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2610

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

each degree of seat angle is 'worth' about half an inch of saddle setback adjustment on a medium sized frame. This is a lot. If the seat angle is wrong enough you won't get the saddle in the right place at all, and if it is only a bit wrong you might get the saddle in the right place to be comfy bu...
by bigjim
4 Dec 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2610

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

How many different designs is it possible to come up with on a DF steel bike? Surely the designs reached a ceiling years ago?
by bigjim
4 Dec 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2610

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

jb wrote:You can do many things on a CNC lathe especially a five axis one, but turning out a frame from a solid block of carbon fiber would certainly be a thing to behold.

Quite agree, but I was not talking about, nor did I think the discussion was about carbon frames.
by bigjim
4 Dec 2018, 1:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2610

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

I can't see how a hand-built frame would be better built than one from the Far East, manufactured on a super high tech, fine tolerance, mutli axis cnc lathe. You would have to be an extreme version of the human frame not to be able to correct fit with the variety of stems, seatposts etc available. I...
by bigjim
29 Nov 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 63
Views: 1876

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I have quite a few bikes. Old and modern. Some with DT levers or bar end or STI. Triple and compact. I don't like the drop from outer to inner on a compact plus I'm constantly on local rides using it. I prefer a triple. I like the Brake hoods on STIs but I only have one bike with an STI triple and t...
by bigjim
28 Nov 2018, 6:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EV 3 Paris south
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: EV 3 Paris south

I've done a lot of that route. Used a 90s Raleigh Royal with 25c front 28c rear tyres. Cut inland to follow garonne down to Beziers though. Rode the coastal bit down to Biarritz on a modern road bike with the same tyre combination. I'd use 28c all round next time I think. Easy enough route. Coastal ...
by bigjim
26 Nov 2018, 6:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 744

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

ambodach wrote:With low sun my only routes for heading out cycling head roughly SE straight into the blinding sun. If I have difficulty seeing I have no confidence in dozy drivers so go for a walk instead.

Same here. Though I've managed to do a bit of jogging the past few months.
by bigjim
26 Nov 2018, 3:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 744

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

The low sunlight puts me off riding at this time of year. I like a good English grey cloudy day for winter rides. I have to admit being dazzled myself at times on the bike, especially where there are low hanging trees and the road goes from extremely dark to super bright in seconds. Still no excuse ...
by bigjim
26 Nov 2018, 3:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Motorcycle users group, seriously !
Replies: 78
Views: 1868

Re: Motorcycle users group, seriously !

There are so few motorcyclists now, one is rarely troubled by them

Why do you think that is?