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by cjchambers
14 Jan 2020, 6:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Radio 4 issues!
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Radio 4 issues!

I think it's because they used to send a 'radio car' with a broadcast-quality link (microwave?) and a trained/qualified person to operate and oversee things. Now I suspect they're using internet-based VoIP things like Skype on people's own devices. Great in theory but often not great in practice. In...
by cjchambers
13 Jan 2020, 11:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 825
Views: 134976

Re: A positive thread

I was last there as a young boy over 45 years ago when my dad used to take us to the swimming baths on the sea front! Optimistic is the word. I well remember playing footy at school in Hartlepool and getting so cold even a hot shower wouldnt thaw my fingers enough to get my shirt and tie on properl...
by cjchambers
13 Jan 2020, 1:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cow Bells
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Cow Bells

I’ll stick with my whitebred shorthorn or their crosses Blue Grey :D Think this might be your man https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/environment/farm-of-the-week-shades-of-blue-grey-in-the-uplands-1-6168195 Aha yes, good find - all fits together now! I walked down into Swainby from the moor so pr...
by cjchambers
12 Jan 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cow Bells
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Cow Bells

I was on Scarth Moor Wood between Osmotherley and Ingleby Arncliffe. It's National Trust land, actually - linked to Mount Grace Priory, I believe.
by cjchambers
12 Jan 2020, 7:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cow Bells
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Cow Bells

Certainly might help finding cows on the Alm, summer pasture in the Alps At the start of summer the cows are dressed up for the Almauftrieb, ascent to the summer meadows, at the end of the season is the Almabtrieb, ceremonial descent Like in Wales, Hafod (summer house), Hendre (old house lower down...
by cjchambers
12 Jan 2020, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 2134

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

Surely that's just not normal? Back when I was commuting all year round, my brown Swift (proofided top and bottom) got wet on a regular basis. I never thought anything of it. After 10ish years there is some slight discoloration on the very tip of the nose which could well be water damage but it's pr...
by cjchambers
12 Jan 2020, 6:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cow Bells
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Cow Bells

A little while ago before Christmas, I was walking on the edge of the North York Moors and came across a herd of fairly rustic wild-looking cattle. A few of them were wearing cow bells. It was a lovely sound and quite familiar, probably from all the cycle racing I watch on TV! But it suddenly dawned...
by cjchambers
12 Jan 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 825
Views: 134976

Re: A positive thread

I got my Revolution Cuillin out of storage in my dad's garage where it's been sitting gathering layers of dust from all the cars he's spray painted over the years since it was put there. Spent the day cleaning it up and re-lubricating everything. Couldn't possibly pass up on the chance of a dusk tes...
by cjchambers
2 Sep 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's it worth?
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: What's it worth?

Have a look at similar bikes on eBay. Most importantly, there are options on the left hand of the search to look at sold and completed listings. This is often quite telling as you can see what prices they didn't sell at. You'll probably find huge variations between sales, and unfortunately it will p...
by cjchambers
18 Jun 2018, 8:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to improve safety at a junction
Replies: 17
Views: 3138

Re: How to improve safety at a junction

Just had a look out of curiosity. The current cycle lane is an excellent example of infrastructure that encourages cyclists into dangerous situation. I would be terrified to ride that close to a kerb on approach to a junction and I certainly wouldn't pass give way markings so close . . . recipe for ...
by cjchambers
8 May 2018, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stems & Panniers
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Re: Stems & Panniers

Another vote for Ortlieb - I have the Back Roller City. Incredibly high quality, and the quick release is an absolute dream. I am a 'single pannier' person and always 'pannier on the right' so I love that they're symmetrical - I can wear them out one at a time rather than amassing a collection of un...
by cjchambers
5 May 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tyre Pressures
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: Tyre Pressures

My car has two tyre pressures listed in the manual - 'Comfort' and 'Eco' (latter about 5psi higher than the former, if I recall correctly). After a few months of ownership I pumped them up to 'Eco' - no change to the fuel economy but it now steers much better. To my mind, they are either overinflate...
by cjchambers
12 Mar 2018, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Power Banks
Replies: 32
Views: 4768

Re: Power Banks

Be careful with the very cheap ones . . . they tend to have either over-stated capacity (as nirakaro mentions) but worse than that, some have poor charging control and can overcharge, overheat etc. EE gave away over a million cheap ones and ended up recalling them all at huge expense after someone g...
by cjchambers
9 May 2016, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2486

Re: Handy Roadside Bodges?

I just carry a cable. Hmm well so will I, now I've learned the error of my ways! Some good replies, folks :) I'm intrigued by this inner tube knotting trick. Hope I never have to try it. I heard a story (perhaps Apocryphal!) about a CTC tour of the highlands in the late 50's. Apparently someone hit...
by cjchambers
8 May 2016, 11:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1660
Views: 473997

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

smallforforum.jpg My Raleigh Pioneer-framed tourer still going strong. Original bike cost me £70, plus about £250 slowly upgrading wheels (Mavic Open Sport, Deore XT(F) and LX(R) hubs), brakes (Tektro CR720s), Saddle (Brooks Swift) fitting drops (Nitto B105). I must have been more than 10,000 miles...