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by sam
10 Sep 2010, 4:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: torture for amateurs
Replies: 17
Views: 883

Re: torture for amateurs

To be honest I never thought 40 was particularly impressive. As long as nobody comes along saying they can do substantially more, I'll accept scattered applause. I suggest you get up, have a cup of tea, do some stretching exercises, then a little running on the spot before tacking serious resistance...
by sam
10 Sep 2010, 1:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: torture for amateurs
Replies: 17
Views: 883

Re: torture for amateurs

Makes sense, except I'm talking as little as 15 minutes or a half hour after getting up, before the day has had a chance to tire me out. Don't know if it's a good idea or not, but my heart seems healthy enough. The reason I do it is so I can be halfway through before my brain completely awakens and ...
by sam
10 Sep 2010, 9:25am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: torture for amateurs
Replies: 17
Views: 883

torture for amateurs

Every morning I tumble out of bed and do 40 push-ups. (40 isn't some kind of mystical number; it's simply the amount I can do before my arms stop working.) After recovering from that rude shock I go on to do sit-ups and leg lifts, which are also loathsome but not the subject of this post. What seems...
by sam
10 Sep 2010, 9:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Headphones - Parents speak out
Replies: 37
Views: 2317

Re: Headphones - Parents speak out

How loud do you have your iPod? Taken as a survey question: Loud enough to block out traffic noise but not to induce tinnitus (knock wood. Sorry, was that somebody knocking?) I often cycle in London, and see no need to subject myself to the soundtrack of cars and buses. "Hearing is useful - bu...
by sam
8 Sep 2010, 2:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Great illusion
Replies: 32
Views: 1089

Great illusion

From the Scientific American. If you stare for a bit at either A or B you can see through this, but at first glance it's pretty amazing. I also quite liked the leaning tower one.
by sam
7 Sep 2010, 11:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What food keeps you going?
Replies: 18
Views: 1370

Re: What food keeps you going?

Malt loaf, bananas, and fig rolls are classics, but these are our latest favourites, the coco-orange flavour is great. The original Nakd bars are excellent too but maybe a bit too sweet, although they do just use the natural fruit sugars. Can be hard to find in the shops though, Tesco sell them som...
by sam
7 Sep 2010, 10:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Computers
Replies: 36
Views: 1568

Re: Computers

No. I don't like having anything on my handlebars, not even my hands.

I almost put one on my bike inside the house chained to a turbo, but decided that it wasn't necessary to be reminded when I'm going nowhere fast.
by sam
7 Sep 2010, 10:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are we Hated?
Replies: 40
Views: 1715

Re: Are we Hated?

I don't think we're hated. I think we're an annoyance.
by sam
30 Jul 2010, 11:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists not welcome at bike shop
Replies: 18
Views: 2265

Re: Cyclists not welcome at bike shop

I think the most bicycle friendly shop I've been to is Simpsons in north London, which has a rack outside and a sign on the window inviting you to bring your bike inside. I take a bike into all sorts of places if it's physically possible. Usually the staff don't mind. Used to park my folder (which i...
by sam
28 Jul 2010, 11:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Americans driving and phoning
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: Americans driving and phoning

I lived in Ohio for 4 years (you will see that they ban nothing). The driving test is laughable... I lived in Ohio for 18 years, and you're right, the driving test is laughable. By comparison the UK test is like trying to get into Mensa. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have an effect on driving st...
by sam
28 Jul 2010, 10:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New generation of electric bikes
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: New generation of electric bikes

My wife has worked her way through a few electric bikes - this was her last one. She's fit but not really that much into cycling, and too tired at the end of the day to be an enthusiastic peddler. We don't have a car and live about 2 miles from the station, which doesn't sound like much, but it's ju...
by sam
28 Jul 2010, 9:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: BBC 4 TV Tonight
Replies: 23
Views: 1734

Re: BBC 4 TV Tonight

Enjoyed Rob Penn's programme [iPlayer link good until August 8th] , especially the agonizing over the paint job. I was surprised that the Royce hub built into his wheels didn't rate a mention, seeing as they're British, though I have no idea if they're actually made here. I expect a lot of cyclists ...
by sam
14 Mar 2010, 5:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Moderation
Replies: 17
Views: 1124

Re: Moderation

glueman wrote:Forums certainly bring out the worst in people.


Even mums, apparently.
by sam
25 Feb 2010, 10:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Having kittens
Replies: 24
Views: 1042

Re: Having kittens

Si wrote:Are busily arguing about names now!


Schrödinger and Mehitabel, wotthehell
by sam
25 Feb 2010, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Identity Cards - Fancy one?
Replies: 37
Views: 1951

Re: Identity Cards - Fancy one?

I don't see what all the fuss is about. Got mine ages ago.