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by Mike_Ayling
15 Jun 2019, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 12
Views: 305

Re: About bike shops for big people?

It occurs to me that as Thorn Cycles make tandems for the weight of two adults plus baggage, they should be able to make a solo bike for one heavy adult using the same wheels. If it were me, I'd ask them. They happily supplied me and the Missus with a tandem that carries my weight (14 stone?) plus ...
by Mike_Ayling
14 Jun 2019, 12:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem crank offset front/rear: eccentric bb
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Tandem crank offset front/rear: eccentric bb

We use both systems. On our touring tandem, we have been running the cranks out of phase for over 30 years, with the captain's cranks 90 degrees in advance of the stoker's cranks. That works better for us when climbing while fully loaded. On the racing tandem we have the captain's cranks about two ...
by Mike_Ayling
10 Jun 2019, 11:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Advance Australia Fair
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: Advance Australia Fair

I've just watched the triathlon medal ceremony. An Aussie won. It seems a pity they did not go for Waltzing Matilda for their anthem. The one they chose is the usual dirge. http://theconversation.com/how-advance-australia-fair-waltzed-with-matilda-and-won-21564 Listen to "I am Australian"...
by Mike_Ayling
10 Jun 2019, 8:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Advance Australia Fair
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: Advance Australia Fair

I've just watched the triathlon medal ceremony. An Aussie won. It seems a pity they did not go for Waltzing Matilda for their anthem. The one they chose is the usual dirge. http://theconversation.com/how-advance-australia-fair-waltzed-with-matilda-and-won-21564 Listen to "I am Australian"...
by Mike_Ayling
21 May 2019, 11:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 171
Views: 3221

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

on dumbing down - about 20 years ago we did a safe driving course where the presenters suggested that auto allowed the driver more time to concentrate on the road conditions ahead without having to worry about when gear the driver should be in. They also suggested that when driving an auto one could...
by Mike_Ayling
21 May 2019, 12:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cold Calling - "Can I speak to Mr Stupid, please?"
Replies: 32
Views: 825

Re: "Can I speak to Mr Stupid, please?"

RickH wrote:A fiend of a friend keeps a loud whistle by their phone & if callers are persistent will give them a blast with it.



I am also one of those fiends who use a whistle.
It is very satisfying.

Mike
by Mike_Ayling
13 May 2019, 12:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric car windows
Replies: 41
Views: 891

Re: Electric car windows

I bloke that worked with about 20 years ago told me that drivers of a certain make of FWD in the outback always carried a decent sized hammer inside the vehicle to break a window in case of the electric windows failing due to flooding or any other reason.

Mike
by Mike_Ayling
13 May 2019, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No stopping power on my disc brakes
Replies: 40
Views: 1822

Re: No stopping power on my disc brakes

pyruse wrote:The more I read about disc brakes the more I wonder what is wrong with rim brakes! They always seem to work fine and are easy to fix.


My thoughts as well!

Mike
by Mike_Ayling
8 May 2019, 11:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wedding presents
Replies: 90
Views: 1666

Re: Wedding presents

Well as the thread started on 8 May I have to advise that Mary and I married on 8 May 1971 at St Augustines Church Hammersmith. Being a Sarf Efrican at the time who followed rugby union and Mary not interested in sport at all we did not realise that it was the Cup final that Saturday. Anyway there w...
by Mike_Ayling
5 May 2019, 7:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1362

Re: handlebar bag

I can't advise on a suitable bag but if you go Ortlieb get the Rixen & Kaul clickfix mount instead of the Ortlieb mount. Clickfix is easier to mount your bag and can be removed /replaced without messing with a securing cable which Ortlieb advises to be single use only. Mike I rate the Klickfix ...
by Mike_Ayling
4 May 2019, 12:09am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 54
Views: 11808

Re: Off road history.

OK, fat tyres are not necessarily wimpy. Fat tyres are very practical even on tarmac,I ride 37mm slicks on the road and they're supercomfy as well as being PDQ. [quote] I have 36 X 622 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on my Thorn Mercury but do not regard these as particularly "fat" Fat to me i...
by Mike_Ayling
1 May 2019, 12:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue
Replies: 16
Views: 585

Re: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue

+1 for the contact adhesive which allows flex in the materials joined whereas the araldite tends to crack.

Mike
by Mike_Ayling
28 Apr 2019, 1:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New words/vocab on these fora
Replies: 268
Views: 24026

Re: New words/vocab on these fora

Cugel wrote:
Do you mean "a railway station"? :-)

Cugel, not a Yank speaker.


Regretably 99% of Australians are also using the dreaded Merkan word.

Mike
by Mike_Ayling
23 Apr 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Talk of old vehicles
Replies: 46
Views: 1106

Re: Talk of old vehicles

For a while I drove a 1971 P6 V8, not quote as my everyday car buts as my seasonal summer car. It was more than up to the job and quite reliable. However, the fuel consumption was horrendous, and the older, more environmentally mentally aware me now shudders at the thought. But now cars are just wh...
by Mike_Ayling
22 Apr 2019, 12:10am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 54
Views: 11808

Re: Off road history.

True, but speeds were much, much slower in that day. I suspect that today's faster speeds are due to the new technology, wimpy fat tyres and suspension stuff plus better brakes rather than the cyclists abilities! Mike Big difference betwen "suspect" and "having seen/having ridden&quo...