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by mmcnay
14 Nov 2020, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1341

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

I believe a circular hole is require at each end, to prevent tearing. Which makes me think slow, careful drilling might be the start point, making the two circles that can then be joined by cutting. Anyone tried drilling holes in leather? Does any particular type of bit work best? I drilled some la...
by mmcnay
1 Aug 2020, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade on gear shifters help!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: Upgrade on gear shifters help!!!

My wife has a cheap commuter she got from her aunt - 21 speed twist grip shifters. It wasn't running very well. I'd been meaning to sort it for ages, but never got round to it. At the start of the lockdown, I gave it a good scrub. Then I changed cassette, chain, brake blocks - and all the cables. Ab...
by mmcnay
1 Aug 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring food
Replies: 72
Views: 2481

Re: Touring food

I carry plenty of oats and dried noodles and a bar of chocolate for desert. You do realise Wee Jimmy Krankie you refer to wasn’t popular enough to become First Minister took the hump and won’t help you one iota. 8391E6CD-2E2A-4A0F-BC60-A27A3498745D.jpeg My most polite name for the person being ment...
by mmcnay
12 Jan 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Last edited by Graham on 11 Jan 2020, 10:20pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Analogy outrageous Why is the analogy outrageous I wonder? I agree - it was a suitable analogy despite the scale of the harms being much lower for the cyclists. The point about such analogies is to show that exactly the ...
by mmcnay
7 Jan 2020, 12:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

It's a shame when a reasoned view amounts to, even if not deliberately, "I'm OK, s*d everyone else". Increased visibility of some can mean increased danger to others. I think I've shared this before but it is relevant - one dark evening I was driving along a poorly lit narrow road in the ...
by mmcnay
7 Jan 2020, 9:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

But hi-viz does make one more visible, (I'm not going to argue about this point, as far as I am concerned it is a fact.) Another hi-viz advocate whose blind faith trumps evidence that it's more about contrast and shapes and that wearing dazzle camo can be a bad idea in some settings. Why do you wan...
by mmcnay
7 Jan 2020, 7:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

What happens with unlit debris in the road, what about a fallen branch/tree, what about an animal, what about a broken down motor vehicle with no electrics, sounds like you and a few others are going to slam straight into these, what with having no hi-vis or lights on them ... :roll: I'm not going ...
by mmcnay
6 Jan 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Lights are necessary to see with in unlit areas. They're not necessary to be seen. Loads of stuff without lights on can be seen. I see them. Trees, animals, kerbs, walls... Why can't you? I was talking about night time, or times of low visibility. I can of course see things during the day. But, not...
by mmcnay
5 Jan 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Lights are necessary, to see and be seen. If you agree lights are necessary, then why not hi-viz? (Unless you are a fashion victim that is.) Hi-Viz improves the be seen aspect. I live in the country and cycle home in the dark. I see other riders more clearly when they have hi-viz - so I assume I am ...
by mmcnay
4 Jan 2020, 8:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Couldn't find anything online so going to make something up -- just to see if it can be done -- the fibre itself won't weigh anything but may need a side entry prism adapter at the rear lamp. Good thing about it is the cable itself will only fail off. Just mount the rear light where you can see it ...
by mmcnay
30 Dec 2019, 9:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Alasdair Gray is Dead
Replies: 37
Views: 960

Re: Alasdair Gray is Dead

Great writer. I've read quite a lot of his work, fiction and non-fiction.
1982, Janine is a masterpiece.
by mmcnay
26 Dec 2019, 10:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

I live in the country. When I go down the shop I don't wear hi-viz. I wear what I have on when I realise I need somethign from the shop. My Raleigh 20 has a dynamo, so don't worry about lights. No gloves, unless it is really cold. When I'm out for a longer ride on my tourer, unless it is lovely and ...
by mmcnay
20 Dec 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

What sort of opinions do you dislike hearing expressed? Do you think the holders of these sort of opinions read as drunk? Did I say 'dislike'? Don't think I did. Looks like I just walked into a pub filled with . . . I just assumed that you might dislike walking into a pub full of opinionated drunks...
by mmcnay
20 Dec 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Asking any questions on this forum about hi-viz, helmets or lighting is like walking into a pub filled with opinionated drunks and asking, 'Anybody fancy a debate on political philosophy, religion or Brexit?' What sort of opinions do you dislike hearing expressed? Do you think the holders of these ...
by mmcnay
20 Dec 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23949

Re: Why wear black?

Asking any questions on this forum about hi-viz, helmets or lighting is like walking into a pub filled with opinionated drunks and asking, 'Anybody fancy a debate on political philosophy, religion or Brexit?'