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by Colin63
2 Jul 2018, 3:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1553
Views: 386446

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

In addition to the lovely Mercian, I picked up this bargain last week: A 2010 Specialized Hardrock. It needed virtually no work – A new rear tyre and brake blocks plus the platform pedals were broken. Other than that it's in near-perfect condition, and it cost me just £25.00 from a local charity sho...
by Colin63
2 Jul 2018, 2:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1553
Views: 386446

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

It's been a while since I last posted here. It's actually been ten years since I joined the forums and excitedly posted pictures of my new Mercian. To celebrate its 10th birthday I've splashed out on some new kit: Nitto Randoneur bars, a Velo Orange Gran Cru chainset and a couple of VO bottle cages ...
by Colin63
30 Jun 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Recommend me some books.
Replies: 17
Views: 900

Re: Recommend me some books.

Always difficult to recommend books, but your interest in history, philosophy and politics suggest that what appeals to you is human stories and the deeper narratives behind those stories and so I'd suggest looking to some of the more literary travel writers such as Jonathan Raban or more contempora...
by Colin63
13 Nov 2016, 3:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Key Largo to Key West Florida
Replies: 6
Views: 2550

Re: Key Largo to Key West Florida

It's a beautiful road... Shallow blue seas, coral islands to stop at and clouds of pelicans to watch as you ride. When it rains it's incredible yet dries out almost instantaneously but the heat can be a drain if you don't choose the right time of year. Key West is a lovely town. I spent New Years Ev...
by Colin63
13 Nov 2016, 3:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How old is your PC?
Replies: 42
Views: 2993

Re: How old is your PC?

I've got a 9 year old iMac. Too old to use the latest operating system and many software programmes eat up too much memory to function very well. The machine itself is still hail and hearty but just can't keep up, which is becoming a problem as I use it mainly for photography and video making and th...
by Colin63
31 Jan 2016, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre Booting materials....
Replies: 61
Views: 2718

Re: Tyre Booting materials....

Yes it's basically a patch of material bigger than the cut/split in the tyre that you put inside the tyre between the cut and the inner tube. It needs to be flexible to allow the tyre to keep its shape but non-stretchable so that it stops the inner tube ballooning out of the cut or making the split...
by Colin63
30 Jan 2016, 6:56pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Exercise is good: But it won't help you lose weight
Replies: 32
Views: 1988

Re: Exercise is good: But it won't help you lose weight

You might be interested to hear my experiences this month. I'm 5' 9" tall and at the beginning of the month I weighed 14st 5lbs. I started following the '8 Week Blood Sugar Diet' which can be found in the book by Michael Moseley currently being hyped like crazy. The point of the diet is that yo...
by Colin63
30 Jan 2016, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre Booting materials....
Replies: 61
Views: 2718

Re: Tyre Booting materials....

I'd never heard of booting before, so please excuse what maybe a stupid question. Are we talking about something to glue a split tyre so that it can be ridden again or an emergency fix that'll get you home? I once had a brand new tyre split on me on the first ride of a new bike. My solution was to g...
by Colin63
30 Jan 2016, 6:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small compact emergency light?
Replies: 16
Views: 2025

Re: Small compact emergency light?

I can't recommend this one enough. Very noticeable and the size of a matchbox. I use the rear equivalent and it's the best light I've ever had. http://moon-sport.com/product-detail.php?id=154
by Colin63
2 Jan 2016, 10:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Jura cycling clothing
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Jura cycling clothing

I agree about this company and their jerseys. I've one each of the long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops and I think that they're second to none. Beautifully made and really comfortable. They also don't have logos, which is something i appreciate!
by Colin63
6 May 2015, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Witney/Oxford area
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: Cycling in the Witney/Oxford area

So, it's been three months since I left the stone walls, fresh air and hills (and rain) of the north west. I'm sad to say that I've hardly ridden my bike since I arrived – just a few short rides to discover the neighbouring villages. I've not dared to ride into Oxford – it seems far too chaotic – th...
by Colin63
6 May 2015, 8:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Freewheel Pub
Replies: 1
Views: 573

The Freewheel Pub

Just came across this post on Facebook. A new cycle-friendly pub in Kent! How lovely.
https://www.facebook.com/MadCatBrewery/ ... 1861212909
by Colin63
16 Jan 2015, 5:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 53
Views: 4628

Re: Facebook

I like Facebook. I get to follow the accounts of many organisations that interest me, an that keeps me up to date with science, astronomy, cycling and natural history among other things. By playing around and following links I get to discover lots of new things too. I get to have regular contact wit...
by Colin63
7 Jan 2015, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Cambium C17
Replies: 11
Views: 2992

Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Today I was reminded why I like the Cambium so much. I don't know what it's like where you are, but in Lancaster it's pouring with rain and has been all day. On the commute home I decided to stop to do some shopping. I'm used to the terror of getting my old leather B17 wet, but with the Cambium I ca...
by Colin63
24 Dec 2014, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 25
Views: 2118

Re: Merry Christmas!

A very happy Christmas to everyone. Have a wonderful holiday wherever you are. If you're with family or other loved ones treasure the time you spend with them, and if you're alone... well, that's what bicycles are for!

Love to all

Colin