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by tatanab
14 Dec 2017, 7:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should having the right to a home be enshrined in law?
Replies: 26
Views: 440

Re: Should having the right to a home be enshrined in law?

Thorny question - if there is such a right, should it be where you want to live or where you are told to live.

e.g and 18 year old leaves his parent's home in London. With no income to pay rent, should he be housed right there or should he be told to live where housing is available 150 miles away?
by tatanab
13 Dec 2017, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 36
Views: 847

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

Don't bother. Bike goes in the shed without a further thought and I ride it again tomorrow and the next day. Once every week or so I splash a bit of a wet lubricant on it and all is fine. Chain, sprockets, chainring are removed and cleaned in the spring. My preference for several years now has been ...
by tatanab
11 Dec 2017, 10:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Touch screens in motor vehicles
Replies: 75
Views: 1943

Re: This absolutely beggars belief!

I just feel interacting with a touchscreen for car controls costs too much in visual processing( pretty heavyweight ) which takes too much away from attention too the road. Agreed. Especially if the item to be changed is down a level or two in the menus. Imagine to change the heating - select heati...
by tatanab
11 Dec 2017, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electrically-heated underpants (Women need not read this)
Replies: 47
Views: 1191

Re: Electrically-heated underpants (Women need not read this)

Gore Windstopper undershorts. Windstopper on the front only so does not restrict wind from behind :lol: Or cycling tights with Windstopper panels plus of course shorts underneath. I bought some Windstopper undies about 15 years ago after an exceptionally cold ride, but have yet to use them so cannot...
by tatanab
11 Dec 2017, 7:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1/8" chainring on Campag Record road cranks
Replies: 35
Views: 756

Re: 1/8" chainring on Campag Record road cranks

I'm not sure at all that one would. Can't honestly say one way or another, but if I were a betting man, I would say that the crank hole is not circumferential with the rest. Sorry Mick, but Gattonero is right. Square taper cranks with the hidden bolt use fixed PCD. I have a Record triple, like your...
by tatanab
10 Dec 2017, 6:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nice to st-malo
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Nice to st-malo

Since you are riding there, I think you need to tell us your outbound route to avoid duplication. Assuming you are using a ferry from/to Portsmouth, you could consider coming back through a different port such as Ouistreham or Cherbourg and so automatically having a different route. Also, how long y...
by tatanab
10 Dec 2017, 12:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Snow?
Replies: 48
Views: 909

Re: Snow?

South West Midlands, about 5" since 4 a.m. and still falling steadily. Some rural roads closed, motorists steadily turning main roads into ice rinks. I did not go out today because I would have had to remove mudguards to stop clogging and I could not be bothered - and it is nice and warm by the...
by tatanab
10 Dec 2017, 10:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!
Replies: 112
Views: 2439

Re: !

cars too need to see where they are going on unlit roads - so are we saying they need three headlight settings? Urban, unlit dipped, and unlit-full-beam? We did have just that in the not distant past. Early 80s - remember "dim dip"? Introduced for urban use so that everybody had the same ...
by tatanab
10 Dec 2017, 7:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much YOU have spent This year on Bike related stuff?
Replies: 79
Views: 1835

Re: How much YOU have spent This year on Bike related stuff?

I was doing well this year; no big projects so I had spent about £300 on bits and pieces. Then, suddenly a week ago, I decided to change a pair of handlebars and build a pair of wheels -- drat, that's another £400 gone. Next year could be a bit more expensive since I am looking at a respray on a vin...
by tatanab
10 Dec 2017, 7:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!
Replies: 112
Views: 2439

Re: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!

Maybe, just maybe, your incident had nothing to do with lights but more to do with where drivers look. Many, probably most of us, have had instances where motorist just miss hitting us and you can see the look of surprise on their face as we appear "from nowhere". What the motorist often d...
by tatanab
9 Dec 2017, 7:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring shoe recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Touring shoe recommendations

I like the classic look of the giro republic road shoe and I've also seen a pair of arturo leather shoes, the problem with these are they are not spd compatible shoes The Giro Republic are SPD compatible, but not of course SL. I've been using the LX (brown leather top version) for 2 years now as a ...
by tatanab
8 Dec 2017, 10:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Working out a gradient
Replies: 49
Views: 1234

Re: Working out a gradient

Probably good enough for your purpose, you can use this mapping to measure distance and gradient from which you can calculate a percentage if required. https://gb.mapometer.com/
by tatanab
6 Dec 2017, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Minimum Standard of Living
Replies: 102
Views: 2003

Re: Minimum Standard of Living

Respect to anyone who manages on eight grand, thats when a bike becomes essential Not at all. I include running a car in that. Total cost is somewhere between £500 and £600 a year, insurance and RAC membership make up more than half of that. I drive only about 1200 miles a year, using it only for l...
by tatanab
6 Dec 2017, 11:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano brakes campagnolo shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: shimano brakes campagnolo shifters

No problem. I've been using 8 speed Veloce levers with RX100 brakes for at least 15 years, this on a cycle camping bike so the brakes had better be ok.
by tatanab
6 Dec 2017, 8:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Minimum Standard of Living
Replies: 102
Views: 2003

Re: Minimum Standard of Living

Retired and single with no dependents, so the calculator shows I need about £8.5k, just a little more than the state pension. With workplace pensions I am somewhat better off than this, but I know for a fact that £8.5k is quite comfortable because that is more than I've been spending for a few years...