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by Marcus Aurelius
14 Dec 2019, 9:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is anyone moving?
Replies: 48
Views: 1103

Re: Is anyone moving?

I was considering bailing to Spain. I’ll let the Brexit dust settle, see where we’re at after we’re out, then take it from there. I’ve nothing against the U.K. I just prefer it if the weather is warmer for longer, each year.
by Marcus Aurelius
14 Dec 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1327
Views: 25801

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Well at least BoJo has a proper mandate to get stuff done, without interference from hand wringers. I’m not 100 percent comfortable with everything the Conservatives have planned, but it’s a lot better than what Labour had in mind.
by Marcus Aurelius
13 Dec 2019, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two out of three?
Replies: 25
Views: 854

Re: Two out of three?

mjr wrote:I'd ride much further out (a car door and a bit more) but I don't think it would have avoided that one. Taxi drivers are meant to be better drivers than normals but there's still much variation in it.


:lol: That’s one way of putting it.
by Marcus Aurelius
13 Dec 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two out of three?
Replies: 25
Views: 854

Re: Two out of three?

Taxi ‘Uees’ account for 5 of the 6 bike wrecking crashes I’ve suffered. The bloody things can ( and do ) turn on a sixpence, usually with no warning or indication. When I couriered in London, Black cab avoidance, was a really crucial skill. I ended up across the bonnet on more than one occasion. I h...
by Marcus Aurelius
10 Dec 2019, 4:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticky shifter
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Sticky shifter

Don’t be too quick to dismiss the cable before pulling apart, did you replace outer as well as the inner cables, on one bike I had where the cable became sticky the problem was the cable guide under the bottom bracket had worn. New cables can fray as well. Quite right, as the outers get worn, the s...
by Marcus Aurelius
10 Dec 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 31
Views: 1810

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

A large number of ‘branded’ frames are made in the Giant factory in Taichung ( Taiwan ) and ( until Trump’s trade war ) China. The materials and moulds tend to be proprietary, with each company’s frames, made in each company’s moulds. But the quality inevitably sufferers when you mass manufacture, a...
by Marcus Aurelius
10 Dec 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticky shifter
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Sticky shifter

This is typical of the Sora shifters. The ratchets start to ‘bur’ ( they shed bits of plastic ). They aren’t designed to be stripped down easily, it’s easier to replace them, however they can be stripped, and the bits replaced. eBay et.al. is a good resource.
by Marcus Aurelius
10 Dec 2019, 12:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do apostrophe's still matter?
Replies: 16
Views: 448

Re: Do apostrophe's still matter?

Do “apostrophe’s” what matter?
by Marcus Aurelius
9 Dec 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )
Replies: 35
Views: 2664

Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

It’s super tempting at that price. A quick swap to the 11 speed R7000 Groupset I have on my favourite ( but sadly dying ) winter bike, with a wheelset swap ( off the same bike) and that’s a serious bargain winter / sportive bike right there.
by Marcus Aurelius
7 Dec 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New to commuting by bike
Replies: 14
Views: 850

Re: New to commuting by bike

Good on you, you’re right, you can normally get where you’re going during ‘rush hour’ quicker by bike. As soon as you get used to the odd bit of crappy weather, you’ll be amazed how commuting by bike saves money.
by Marcus Aurelius
7 Dec 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Exercise addiction
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Exercise addiction

The addiction is to the endorphins / dopamine / 5 HT, flooding the brain. Elevated levels of these substances makes us feel good, unfortunately, the amount of exercise required to cause the production, doesn’t do our bodies any favours.
by Marcus Aurelius
7 Dec 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Steerer Tube Nut detached from Stem Bolt
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Steerer Tube Nut detached from Stem Bolt

It’s a compression plug. Torque it up to 7 Nm then it should stay in place. It’s an anchor point to tension your headset with.
by Marcus Aurelius
7 Dec 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 52 36 or 50 34?
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: 52 36 or 50 34?

If you’re spinning out a 50-11, on the flat, I’ll eat my bibs. There’s another option, 53-39 ( sometimes called a ‘standard’).
by Marcus Aurelius
6 Dec 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Leading rides on busy roads.
Replies: 61
Views: 5920

Re: Leading rides on busy roads.

"Car left" or right, as may be, is the one used for that round here. Or simply "on the left/right" (which I dislike as a call to others warning them that you're passing them, but is fine within a group IMO). And this is pretty much why I really can’t be buttocked with leading ri...
by Marcus Aurelius
6 Dec 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Leading rides on busy roads.
Replies: 61
Views: 5920

Re: Leading rides on busy roads.

That's my thinking too. IME/O many people in CTC groups are too ready to call at the sight of a car when there's no action to be taken or need to know about it (and too rarely call for holes). Audax groups I reckon are better in both respects. Given that, I can't understand why you'd need to be inf...