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by slowster
26 May 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 15818
Views: 381934

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

According to the BBC Labour has lost the borough of Islington to the Liberal Democrats. The borough forms part of Jeremy Corbyn's constituency. It would be interesting if the Liberal Democrats won the largest vote in all the boroughs that make up his constituency. Jeremy Corbyn's preferred outcome a...
by slowster
26 May 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !
Replies: 38
Views: 724

Re: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !

Instead I think that those who pay to be nursemaided up Everest are the same type that will pay a company to do all the organising of a LEJOG including luggage transfers, and whose aims and attitude are summarised by the phrase 'bucket list' (which is precisely the phrase used on the 'Ride Across B...
by slowster
26 May 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !
Replies: 38
Views: 724

Re: Dying for a chance to summit . . . Everest !

That it is the peak bagging mentality which motivates, not the love of climbing and high places, is shown by the relative emptiness of the neighbouring Nuptse and Lhotse, and a host of other beautiful, challenging peaks. That mentality is the same everywhere, though not usually so life threatening....
by slowster
26 May 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 65
Views: 10903

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

That video was made in 2013, before Jeff Jones introduced his own grips. He still sells the ESI versions in addition to his own on his website , which makes sense because they are quite different in feel and squishyness/rigidity, and people's preferences will vary. With regard to the bar plugs, give...
by slowster
25 May 2019, 7:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Audax build photos
Replies: 36
Views: 1558

Re: Spa Audax build photos

Looking good, geocycle. Maybe a black Carradice would look better still? Agreed, and I'll raise your black Carradice with a Carradice Classic Saddlebag Rack , the new and improved version of the old Karrimor Uplift. Instead of just untidily dangling from the saddlebag loops, a saddlebag fitted to t...
by slowster
25 May 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Intimidating Motorists?
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: Intimidating Motorists?

In those circumstances I have tried to begin by telling them quietly that I was rather frightened by their driving. This may not be productive always, but at least is not immediately aggressive. I think that whatever you say, how you say it can be as important, or even more important, than what you...
by slowster
25 May 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Intimidating Motorists?
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: Intimidating Motorists?

When I am on the receiving end of some bad/dangerous driving, and the opportunity presents itself to speak with the driver, I always try to take the following approach: 1. Don't just be calm, be completely dispassionate and unemotional. That might sound quite difficult if you've just come within inc...
by slowster
22 May 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 65
Views: 10903

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Something also to be aware of is that the techniques of fitting the grips vary. ESI grips can be installed using iso-propyl alcohol, as shown in this video , and I've read that compressed air can be used. I've also seen mention of hairspray being used, but I don't know whether that is to reduce fric...
by slowster
22 May 2019, 7:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 65
Views: 10903

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Also thanks for mentioning the Chunky XXL and extra Chunky XXL grips,I was longing at some only the other day with the loop bars in mind,do you have first hand(sorry)experience of them and if so what's your opinion? I've got Jones own brand H Grips on my bars, but I had the chance to look at the ES...
by slowster
22 May 2019, 12:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 65
Views: 10903

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Many of the bike builders who fit Jones loop bars to their bikes fail to set them up properly, and just fit standard length grips. As a result there is a large section of the bar between the weld and the brake levers that has no grip or tape on it. That set up does not exploit the full length of the...
by slowster
18 May 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source
Replies: 33
Views: 1368

Re: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source

Have had Dawes Galaxys in the past, which were good when then fitted, but not getting on with the recent ones. Do you know why you found the previous ones good and the recent ones not so good? By that I mean can you specify the precise cause of the differences? If you can define the specific charac...
by slowster
18 May 2019, 8:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mysterious falling off bike
Replies: 21
Views: 1045

Re: Mysterious falling off bike

When you say there were no potholes, were you looking specifically for a broken road surface? In my experience even a relatively shallow depression in an unbroken road surface can present a similar hazard, especially if the curve of the depression matches your wheel. In that situation once the wheel...
by slowster
18 May 2019, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My new (old) bike - Miyata 1000 - Recomendations needed
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: My new (old) bike - Miyata 1000 - Recomendations needed

Although the bike is 40 years old, it was regarded by many as the best/finest touring bike (production bike) ever built and and some say that it is still the best touring bike ever made.... even the Late Bob Sheldon stated ' The mid-80s Miyata 1000 was possibly the finest off-the-shelf touring bike...
by slowster
18 May 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale

The only thing strange about that is I would have expected the fork blades to be bent back out of line with the head tube of it was crash damaged. In his book 'Touring Bikes' Tony Oliver stated that older* frames made with with Reynolds tubing had forks that were too strong combined with overly thi...
by slowster
18 May 2019, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My new (old) bike - Miyata 1000 - Recomendations needed
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: My new (old) bike - Miyata 1000 - Recomendations needed

It seems to me that you're getting carried away with plans for spending a lot of money on an old, second hand, mass produced touring bike. A bike which you have not yet even taken possession of, let alone ridden. To begin with, you probably just need to spend a bit of time riding the bike as it is, ...