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by hamster
13 Dec 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Introduction of Scottish Tourist Tax
Replies: 19
Views: 670

Re: Introduction of Scottish Tourist Tax

Most other countries in Europe tax per night in hotels, typically €1-2. I can't see what the issue is. Alternatively you can increase the NI on employees, or corporation tax, or rates....which will still filter through to the cost paid by tourists.
by hamster
13 Dec 2019, 10:02am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 112
Views: 4371

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

I've never personally know anyone who has actually had flu in my 59 years of life (some people get a bad cold and say it's flu, but it's not) also, the companies that develop these flu vaccines don't know what flu strain will be present when they develop the flu shot, so they just guess then .... h...
by hamster
12 Dec 2019, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+

Blaupunkt are just a marketing company these days, so beware that it's probably just a generic Chinese product.

See their relationships here:
https://www.blaupunkt.com/en/navi-footer/brand-partner/
by hamster
12 Dec 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

The biggest problem I have with a phone GPS is that the screen is not readable in sunlight when flat on the bars. The dedicated units tend to have transreflective displays, which while less beautiful, work better in outdoor conditions in fixed installations. Personally I prefer to use paper maps mos...
by hamster
12 Dec 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Singlespeed chain & freewheel- what am I missing
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: Singlespeed chain & freewheel- what am I missing

I don't think you have done anything wrong. Are you sure its not the other way round, with a 3/32" chain and 1/8" freewheel? It sounds like the chain is too thin and the inner link pair cannot engage on the freewheel. Otherwise, it sounds like the chain is defective and the inners too smal...
by hamster
10 Dec 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: Microsoft 9 speed bar end shifters

9 speed from Shimano is all the same for road and MTB. It's only from 10 speed that things diverge.
Front shifting is different regardless of speed.
by hamster
10 Dec 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: Microsoft 9 speed mtb shifters

They will work, but beware that they will have clamps to fit 22.2mm flat bars, not road diameter drops.
by hamster
10 Dec 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: ITV4 is driving me mental with bad 'PDC' and 'Series' tagging
Replies: 17
Views: 989

Re: ITV4 is driving me mental with bad 'PDC' and 'Series' tagging

It's odd. I have a Panasonic Freeview box and never get these problems. Similarly in the past my TVOnics box (a company founded by former Sony engineers in Wales) was also reliable on recording, although it would occasionally record repeats. The main issue is how companies interpret the spec, for ex...
by hamster
10 Dec 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?
Replies: 41
Views: 1235

Re: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?

Because people can't read simple instructions and fit the wires into the correct holes. :( It was fine back in the day when red was live, and Red went to the Right when wiring the plug. Then they came up with Brown for live, with the little rhyme "brown is hot, blue is not". :P Except for...
by hamster
10 Dec 2019, 8:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 52 36 or 50 34?
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: 52 36 or 50 34?

I'm in a similar position - my Litespeed will take 23C and nothing larger. Having a look at bicyclerollingresistance.com was a revelation to me. The fatter tyres perform better as pressure is reduced, and the chance of pinch flats is minimised. A lot has changed in tyre construction, and clearly wid...
by hamster
9 Dec 2019, 9:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 52 36 or 50 34?
Replies: 22
Views: 1212

Re: 52 36 or 50 34?

Who the heck uses 28c tyres? :lol: My road bikes can just about accomadate 23's, the 'winter' bike gets 25's which look like flippin' tractor rubber :roll: i can do 100rpm but i'm most comfortable and hence efficient @ 90rpm 28c can offer lower rolling resistance these days with modern tyre constru...
by hamster
6 Dec 2019, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carerra Removeable V Brake Post: Size
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Carerra Removeable V Brake Post: Size

There are 6,8 and 10mm in my experience, with 10 definitely in two threads as well. Try some B&Q bolts, or take it to your local bike shop.
by hamster
6 Dec 2019, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?
Replies: 41
Views: 1235

Re: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?

The one thing I would say , having now viewed both sides of the PCB, is that the overall build quality looks amateurish at best. Placement of some of the components doesn’t match with markings and a fair bit of the soldering is astonishingly bad. It even looks like they have bridged a (broken?) tra...
by hamster
5 Dec 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?
Replies: 41
Views: 1235

Re: No fuse in battery charger for 8.4v bike light battery?

@Brucey: Agreed! Would need detail of the component markings. However the PCB slot to avoid tracking looks appropriate.
The design actually looks reasonably decent with attention paid to gaps and clearances, far better than some I've seen.