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by Pendodave
18 Jan 2021, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Foam sleeping mats
Replies: 50
Views: 1655

Re: Foam sleeping mats

For me, sleeping comfortably is one of the key criteria for enjoying a backpacking/touring trip. To this end, I would not use foam, as it would need to be pretty darned thick to provide sufficient comfort and would therefore be a b*****r to pack. My experience with air is that cyclists already carry...
by Pendodave
9 Jan 2021, 2:41pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mudguard advice
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Mudguard advice

Spa have the 26''x 65mm wide in silver on offer at the moment, £27 plus £ 4 shipping It's the Chromoplastic ones I like personally, not the SKS bluemels, I think that's what's on the red bike, not as nice quality. Other shops may have them in black (actually dark brown with black stripes down the c...
by Pendodave
8 Jan 2021, 1:05pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mudguard advice
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Mudguard advice

Nice looking Rockhopper by the way. Thanks. It's in good nick and has tidy deore bits. All for just over £100. Allowed me to smuggle it into the fold without protest. These old-school mtbs seem ideal for this purpose. Thanks to you both for the advice. I'm slightly troubled by the fitting process, ...
by Pendodave
8 Jan 2021, 11:27am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mudguard advice
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Mudguard advice

Thanks again. Time to get shopping...
by Pendodave
8 Jan 2021, 10:52am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mudguard advice
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Mudguard advice

Thanks. Your setup is what i had in my mind's eye when i picked up the 'hopper. I notice that your brakes have a centre pull with an inverted v shape allowing more clearance than my horizontal wire. (Apologies for terminology, I am new to this!). Is this likely to be a problem for me, and is it easy...
by Pendodave
8 Jan 2021, 10:23am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mudguard advice
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Mudguard advice

I've recently acquired an old specialised rockhopper to press into service as a gravel/easy trails tourer/bikepacker. It has no mudguards, which I'm keen to correct. The front wheel has a bolt through hole which can be used to secure something. The back has nothing in particular except a non threade...
by Pendodave
8 Jan 2021, 10:13am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling, covid and the immune system
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Cycling, covid and the immune system

The state of our public health is a national and individual sadness. When one considers the joy to be taken from being fit and well, and the discomfort and general life limitation of being overweight and unfit, it is profoundly dispiriting. Not that I have any illuminating insights on how this can b...
by Pendodave
4 Jan 2021, 3:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping in England
Replies: 31
Views: 1360

Re: Camping in England

I recently came across a book by Bettina Selby in our mess room and borrowed it to read over christmas. It was noticeable that she camps quite often in people's fields/gardens after knocking on their doors. As an arriviste in the world of cycle touring, I wondered if this was common practice. A coup...
by Pendodave
4 Jan 2021, 2:40pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Would you take a vaccine against CV? Vote now please!
Replies: 844
Views: 18814

Re: Would you take a vaccine against CV? Vote now please!

Or, if you hide the "New Cases" (by clicking on the "New Cases" label/key in the same way), the y-axis will re-scale to show the deaths more sensibly. Ian Done that, thank you. Though I'm still not seeing the upsurge (I'm just listening to Jeremy Hunt on the radio!) If you look ...
by Pendodave
30 Dec 2020, 2:43pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: (Half) Bloodshot eye
Replies: 11
Views: 418

Re: (Half) Bloodshot eye

Hi. Thanks for input. The redness has dissipated as predicted. Sent the photo to the gp and prognosis was as above. I visit the opticians every 18 months or so, so will have a physical examination then. Blood pressure (and heart rate) are pretty low at rest. I've never checked them when undertaking ...
by Pendodave
23 Dec 2020, 6:02pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: (Half) Bloodshot eye
Replies: 11
Views: 418

Re: (Half) Bloodshot eye

Thanks for the reply. Will tap them up tomorrow.
It does look a little like that (Apologies for focus). I'll read up the notes.
by Pendodave
23 Dec 2020, 5:30pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: (Half) Bloodshot eye
Replies: 11
Views: 418

(Half) Bloodshot eye

I noticed a couple of days ago that I had a deeply bloodshot inner half of one eye. From the corner up to the iris, top to bottom. No particular discomfort or vision issues. I remarked to my wife that this was perhaps the 2nd or 3rd time this year that it had happened, and that it had never happened...
by Pendodave
21 Dec 2020, 10:27am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid-19 : 2nd Lockdown 2020 : 3rd Lockdown 2021
Replies: 765
Views: 18231

Re: WInter 2020 : Covid-19 : 2nd Lockdown

quoted: There has been one notable empirical fact that must be taken into account here. That is, that the overwhelming majority of people who become seriously ill from Covid are those who are elderly and/or already suffering from conditions that would be expected to shorten life. It is no secret th...
by Pendodave
20 Dec 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction
Replies: 20
Views: 498

Re: Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction

Went out and saw it tonight. Lovely clear skies, which I don't think it will be tomorrow. Nice view of mars as well. A few years ago I bought my daughter a telescope for Christmas. Went out on a clear Christmas night and accidentally got Saturn in the field of view. One of my more pleasant surprises...
by Pendodave
22 Nov 2020, 4:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate? Vote now please!
Replies: 365
Views: 22434

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

Upgraded to majoring on groats Microwave them with lots of water, let them cool, microwave them again, add coarse oats, leave overnight, microwave again in the morning What happens if one forgets to prepare the oats the evening before? Not sure if by groats you mean the ground oatmeal that constitu...