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by tatanab
18 Sep 2019, 9:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 59
Views: 933

Re: Lucky baby boomers

merseymouth wrote:Hi all :D , Can someone please define for me "Baby Boomer", as I feel that Tatanab is too young to actually be one :oops:

67. Born in 1952 so probably the tail end of boomers. Neither of my parents were old enough to be directly involved in WW2.
by tatanab
18 Sep 2019, 8:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 59
Views: 933

Re: Lucky baby boomers

20% Deposit on my home back in 1975 Buying my first house in 1978 I paid 7% deposit, pretty much all I had. Solicitor was surprised since 10% was the norm, but I pointed out that I had recently declined a 95% mortgage on a property I did not buy. At that time the mortgage rate was about 7% and it w...
by tatanab
17 Sep 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime lights
Replies: 29
Views: 748

Re: Daytime lights

What is odd is that people will use very small or very weak lights in daytime. I spot the rider clearly 10s of seconds before I spot that they have a glow worm on the handlebars. Equally odd are those who have lights to rival the sun (ok, I exaggerate) such that if they come behind me when I am driv...
by tatanab
10 Sep 2019, 2:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Parking on cycle lanes
Replies: 16
Views: 816

Re: Parking on cycle lanes

Worst case here is probably a contraflow cycle lane. If obstructed, the cyclist would have to ride in road against the flow of traffic and so be liable to be being booked by police or at least verbally abused by those who cannot understand the situation. edit - but I imagine the powers that be will ...
by tatanab
10 Sep 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Does phone case/ phone type define you?
Replies: 48
Views: 1024

Re: Does phone case/ phone type define you?

^^^^^^^^ mine too. and it is switched off unless I want to use it which is about annually. I recharge the battery once a year, just before going on tour.
by tatanab
9 Sep 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking on the pavement to be banned!
Replies: 58
Views: 1621

Re: Parking on the pavement to be banned!

This was in the news and newspapers back in April. Are they regurgitating old news or has some MP mentioned it.
by tatanab
6 Sep 2019, 8:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 44
Views: 1336

Re: Handwriting

Until my late 30s (approx. 1984) my handwriting was very good and clear, all joined up unlike modern youth. This was because you had to write legibly for school etc and later on so the typing pool could read it. Then we had early word processors and started typing our own documents and the only writ...
by tatanab
1 Sep 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Children learning to ride

I did not learn to ride until I was 9 years old, in the early 1960s so money was tight. I came to dread Sunday afternoons because it meant being pushed up and down the road until I got the hang of it. A couple of months later I went on my first "day" ride with a school friend, all of 8 mil...
by tatanab
28 Aug 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Tadpole motortrikes.
Replies: 20
Views: 3068

Re: Tadpole motortrikes.

Iirc, those 3 wheelers have the option of automatically locking the tilt out below 5mph. Chris Evans reportedly owns one. Not the same thing at all. That is a 3 wheeled scooter, the machines at the TdeF are Yamaha Niken. It is a bit like comparing a shopper bike with a decent club riders machine. T...
by tatanab
28 Aug 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

Whilst not a recumbenteer (been there, tried all sorts many years ago) I have taken part in a few BHPC events, preferring the tighter circuits. I rode at York where the fast riders and slower riders were all out together, usually they are in separate events. I can report that the bronze coloured ful...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?
Replies: 73
Views: 2382

Re: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?

and the sort of rider who waves. How would you define the sort of rider? by his clothing at that time? By the superficial appearance of the machine? There seems to me that there is a disproportionate opprobrium against so called "roadies". How does one define a "roadie"? Perhaps...
by tatanab
27 Aug 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?
Replies: 73
Views: 2382

Re: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?

It is not just road cyclists (why the distinction). I find that OAPs cycling to the allotment don't acknowledge me, neither do school children on their way to school. We are all cyclists according to some thinking, so why do they not wave. MTB riders and recumbenteers are just as bad. AS for tandem ...
by tatanab
25 Aug 2019, 12:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bank holiday, are people mad
Replies: 92
Views: 2927

Re: Bank holiday, are people mad

Hasn't it been this way ever since motor car transport became the norm? I clearly recall large queues going to popular seaside areas in the 1960s. it did not make any difference to cyclists. We habitually went away just about every bank holiday. But of course we were not on the roads or in the areas...
by tatanab
23 Aug 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping mats and punctures
Replies: 59
Views: 3872

Re: Sleeping mats and punctures

laying on it there was a loud pop and now when it inflates it develops a large bubble at the top and does not inflate to its full capacity anywhere else . happened to my Neoair Trekker. Having had the same problem with light self inflating mats I thought I'd try a sturdy end of the Neoair range. I ...
by tatanab
23 Aug 2019, 7:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Forks on backwards
Replies: 54
Views: 2201

Re: Forks on backwards

Reversing forks on that bike made it difficult to ride in a straight line, and going slowly and turning a tight corner made it terrible. Putting them right, made it all very easy. Please explain. Having thought more about my comment on fork trail, your experience make sense. You balance a bike by v...