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by Ray
15 Oct 2020, 11:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freehubs cause me much distress. Why so noisy ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1042

Re: Noisy freehubs cause me much distress. Why so noisy ?

I was amazed to discover recently that there are videos and discussions on t'internet about how to make the freehub mechanism noisier . Advice usually included flushing out all the grease with WD40 or similar. It was acknowledged that this would drastically shorten the life of the bearings ... but t...
by Ray
2 Oct 2020, 8:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is Trump Mad?
Replies: 1051
Views: 41508

Re: Is Trump Mad?

Reports of Trump having had a positive test do sound authentic. But, given how many untruths have come out of the White House, you can't help wondering whether this might be another ploy in pursuit of political advantage. I must say, I don't really doubt that he's got it, but my reaction just shows ...
by Ray
29 Sep 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Surgical / Support stockings
Replies: 30
Views: 1259

Re: Surgical / Support stockings

I don't (yet) need an appliance to get the compression socks on. I sit on the edge of my bed. Roll fully backwards with legs folded back towards me. . . . Thus, gravity is bringing my feet closest to my body = no real effort The socks go on relatively easily. ( Surely everyone above a certain age k...
by Ray
29 Sep 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Surgical / Support stockings
Replies: 30
Views: 1259

Re: Surgical / Support stockings

This thread is drifting a bit, but since I was 'mentioned in dispatches', perhaps just a word about doing very long rides - Firstly, although my expertise only extends as far as 'listening to and knowing my own body', I believe there's little real evidence that long rides give rise to circulation pr...
by Ray
25 Sep 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 42
Views: 2368

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

We liked St Antonin Noble Val and the area around it so much we moved there. It's a way from the coast but is officially SW France. Ooh, another lovely area of France that we got to know during a number of holidays based in Castelnau-Montratier, south of Cahors. You lucky people! I hope all this Br...
by Ray
24 Sep 2020, 8:20pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Surgical / Support stockings
Replies: 30
Views: 1259

Re: Surgical / Support stockings

Interesting to see this thread resurrected after four and a half years. As for me, I still wear the stockings when not cycling (or sleeping), and my condition has remained much the same. Still cycling and walking pretty vigorously, with only minor niggles which you might associate with ageing (78 ne...
by Ray
23 Sep 2020, 9:34pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Very Low Geared Fat Bike
Replies: 17
Views: 506

Re: Very Low Geared Fat Bike

Poor photoshopping :roll:
by Ray
13 Sep 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 94
Views: 3134

Re: The whole glasses thing

My distance vision is fine, but I need correction to be able to read. I use these:
https://www.screwfix.com/p/bolle-iri-s- ... on-2/7681f

Absolutely excellent, and at £11 damaging or losing them is not a big worry. Don't make me look like a welder, either :wink:
by Ray
12 Aug 2020, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 197
Views: 11610

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Sounds like a lot of cooking. Doesn't it go all thick overnight? Guess I could try it and find out! It does thicken overnight - which is the object, really. In the morning it's more a case of re-heating than cooking. True, it seems a lot of time in the microwave, but there's no stirring involved, a...
by Ray
12 Aug 2020, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 197
Views: 11610

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

We cook ours for 4 mins in the microwave before bedtime. Another 3 or 4 mins in the morning and it's ready to eat; in my case usually with prunes and yogurt. Porridge oats are fine, as are Jumbo. We use half-and-half water and oat drink, which works fine, if slightly less creamy than even semi-skimm...
by Ray
10 Aug 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman
Replies: 16
Views: 792

Re: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman

An 'elephant bike' as formerly used by the GPO is one possility, simple, sturdy, not too expensive Certainly worth considering. I can see that you might consider the name less than flattering, but it would be easy enough to remove the name sticker, or simply tape over it. Or just tell yourself that...
by Ray
3 Aug 2020, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9975

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

Yeah, Beryl Burton cyclepath is still there; she was a nice woman. OK, something to look out for. I've ridden through the area many times, but it was only when doodling around on a test ride that I came across it. ..and I do get a commission on frame sales! Well, that was meant as a joke, not as an...
by Ray
3 Aug 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9975

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

I hope, but don't really expect, that as the frame designer you'll be pulling in a handsome 'royalty' for every frame that's sold :wink: Seriously, that's helpful because I wasn't aware that the Elan was laterally stiffer. Not sure that I'd want to get rid of my carbon lightweight (which does a diff...
by Ray
2 Aug 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9975

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

Thanks, Colin. I'm in Wakefield, so free to travel, and I certainly have it in mind to try a test ride, as I did before buying my Spa Audax. I like the Audax for its responsive ride - not much slower than my carbon bike, and more comfortable. If I were to buy an Elan, I'd think about selling my Auda...