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by Carlton green
22 Feb 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting tips
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Commuting tips

You’ll get a lot of good advice here and have already. One thing I’d add is to try not to go hard core but rather to ease yourself into things. A MTB isn’t, I think, ideal for commuting but no doubt it can be progressively modified to improve suitability. Similarly clothing changes and you will find...
by Carlton green
21 Feb 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government targeting wood and coal burning.
Replies: 96
Views: 1712

Re: Government targeting wood and coal burning.

I have been involved in projects where woodland has been planted for firewood, and at the time it was billed as sustainable and almost carbon neutral. The idea is that you take a piece of low value land with little more than poor grazing on it and plant with fast growing trees (often willow) that i...
by Carlton green
21 Feb 2020, 12:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government targeting wood and coal burning.
Replies: 96
Views: 1712

Re: Government targeting wood and coal burning.

We can always copy the French and build lots of nuclear power stations to generate most of our electricity. It would be one way forward and if the right design was chosen (which is unlikely) not as daft as folk might think. Personally I’m in favour of more renewables in a balanced mix that increasi...
by Carlton green
20 Feb 2020, 9:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....
Replies: 33
Views: 1181

Re: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....

I've now added part two, with a couple of photos of the hub internal parts. One way of looking at it is that it doesn't matter how heavily built a hub gear might be, if there is the slightest weakness, someone will find a way of breaking it. RX-RD5 is one of the heaviest hub gears you can buy; abou...
by Carlton green
20 Feb 2020, 8:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....
Replies: 33
Views: 1181

Re: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....

For the UK climate a good reliable hub gear would be ideal on a utility or commuter bike but are ANY of them reliable apart from a 40 year old 3-speed??? a few are OK but they are the exception. In choosing between IGHs and derailleurs, it is arguably a question of choosing your preferred poison. c...
by Carlton green
18 Feb 2020, 6:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The next Labour Leader
Replies: 381
Views: 8119

Re: The next Labour Leader

Hi, For the sake of democracy, (this topic has gone cold), but we need at least one opposing party's of the gov? For me the leader vote is taking too long to be constructive in building a different party to the Tories. Bearing in mind that all the candidates are saying that labour did not get it wr...
by Carlton green
18 Feb 2020, 4:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Prison Sentences
Replies: 27
Views: 770

Re: Prison Sentences

The licence system is, apart from a very few who have whole of life tariffs, already universally in existence. All prisoners get out on licence after half sentence. The smallest misdemeanour gets recall. But an effective licencing system require a functional community probation service. That is alm...
by Carlton green
18 Feb 2020, 1:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Prison Sentences
Replies: 27
Views: 770

Re: Prison Sentences

I dont think theose thugs that motivated this threadhave much potential to society? They are not highly educated so if they went straight their legit income would be much lower than they think they deserve. Thats why such people become criminals their expected financial worth is greater than their ...
by Carlton green
18 Feb 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Prison Sentences
Replies: 27
Views: 770

Re: Prison Sentences

Be careful what you suggest lest it comes true with you getting caught out and ending up in prison till your end of days. Prison is a barbaric removal of human potential from society. For once in our nation's existence I would like to see real attempts at human rehabilitation not human storage in p...
by Carlton green
16 Feb 2020, 9:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1945 Footage of District Nurse
Replies: 25
Views: 951

Re: 1945 Footage of District Nurse

Don't worry folks. When petrol and diesel vehicles are banned, we will all be back to the good old bike! That's unless we have other forms of transport are invented. I wait in anticipation. Toodle pip. well it will be electric, but do we have the power stations to charge how many millions of eletcr...
by Carlton green
15 Feb 2020, 5:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diplomatic Immunity?
Replies: 192
Views: 4773

Re: Diplomatic Immunity?

As I understand it the root of the problem is that driving within the base is done on the wrong side of the road and that driving outside of it is done with vehicles that have their steering wheel on the wrong side. People make mistakes, sometimes very serious ones. The amongst best ways to avoid fu...
by Carlton green
15 Feb 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1945 Footage of District Nurse
Replies: 25
Views: 951

Re: 1945 Footage of District Nurse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8P8m7t6Jp0 Imagine trying to persuade modern medics to do their rounds like this! I suspect that the purpose of the film was to persuade Nurses to take such roles in 1945, a form of advert. (Edit. Spelling corrected.) That bike doesn’t look ideal to me, single speed...
by Carlton green
15 Feb 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 46
Views: 1714

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

IME forks vary a lot in stiffness, and this (along with tyre pressure of course) can be much more important than a few mm of tyre width in terms of the ride quality. A fairer test is to use different wheels in the same bike, rather than different wheels in different bikes. cheers Absolutely, I’m su...
by Carlton green
15 Feb 2020, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 46
Views: 1714

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

A couple of points that I forgot to add in my post above. I run the same brand and model 27 x 1&1/4 tyres on two bikes, and one of those bikes also has a mix of wider and narrower tyres of the same nominal size. There is a matter of just a few mm inflation width between them all but the level of...
by Carlton green
14 Feb 2020, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 46
Views: 1714

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

The rim in question is the old Mavic Open Pro Ceramic which, if memory serves, was recommended to have tyres no wider than 28mm. The bike (wife's) will be carrying her and 2 panniers, mainly on road but with stretches of carefully negotiated forest track. Any suggestions on tyres that may fit the b...