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by Vorpal
20 Sep 2018, 6:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie... 2 bikes for £2k
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: Newbie... 2 bikes for £2k

I would suggest that the hardtail with slicks & mudguards would make a better winter commuter than a full sus MTB. Winter cycling is hard on bikes, and neither the drivetrain, nor the suspension will appreciate salt grit. Other than that, go ride the bikes in question. That's much better than fo...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!
Replies: 40
Views: 1446

Re: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!

Bonefishblues wrote:
Vorpal wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:Add Kona steel frames to the list above.

They were in the 'etc.' 8)

My 1994 Cinder Cone is offended by such relegation to the ranks of etc!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

(sorry, Cinder Cone)
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 10:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!
Replies: 33
Views: 1098

Re: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!

.... I have some torque wrenches, and the ability to calibrate them at work. FWIW, when I have found a torque wrench to be significantly out of calibration, the lubricant will have gone. I've not had them stay calibrated again, even if re-lubricated correctly. I wonder why they have not stayed in c...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 10:19pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Kiddyback tandem (ideally a Longstaff)
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Kiddyback tandem (ideally a Longstaff)

There's a Thorn on here, presumeably still available. Disclaimer: I have no connection with the seller & don't know anything about them. But I am a 5'8 Thorn Voyager pilot. I love our Thorn Voyager. It's one of the best investments I ever made. Littlest still rides it at 9 years old, and I will ...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 9:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you love your job?
Replies: 76
Views: 2274

Re: Do you love your job?

I've changed jobs at the same company, into another quality-related field that isn't quite either what I want to do, nor what I am educated to do, but I think it will be a little more interesting that the previous one.
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!
Replies: 40
Views: 1446

Re: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!

Bonefishblues wrote:Add Kona steel frames to the list above.

They were in the 'etc.' 8)
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)
Replies: 27
Views: 784

Re: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)

I'd say it depends upon what you want to accomplish, and if you have any sort of insurance. The simplest thing is to notify your insurance company & let the insurance companies sort it out. If that is not satisfactory, or you do not have insurance, I suggest that it would do no harm to speak wit...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)
Replies: 27
Views: 784

Re: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)

I am not suggesting that it's a good idea to ride out without looking, nor blaming the driver. I was mostly responding to posts which a) suggested that the OP was entirely at fault, and b) posts that implied drivers have no obligation to slow down on the basis that someone could come out from betwee...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!
Replies: 40
Views: 1446

Re: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!

Given the additional information, and the desire to proceed... Rather than looking for a particular brand, I would recommend looking for an older steel mountain bike frame. Specialized, Fischer, Raleigh, Marin, etc. from the early 90s. Make sure it's a decent steel, like Reynolds 501, Reynolds 531, ...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 1:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)
Replies: 27
Views: 784

Re: Emergency Advice needed please (crash)

It's a little hard to tell what happened from what the OP has said, and that's obviously only one perspective, however, it sounds like vehicles were parked too close to the junction. If so, this is illegal, and would probably have contributed to the incident. Secondly, we don't know the status of th...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 19
Views: 535

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

After touring, I usually feel inspired to ride my bike. When I struggle, it's usually getting up early after going to bed a bit late, the daily grind, busy doing stuff with & for the kids, bad weather, etc. It seems easier to get an extra half hour sleep, or be able to use the time to get my wor...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 12:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 80
Views: 17292

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

Is it really such a big deal to go a couple of miles at bicycle pace up a hill?
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 11:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 7014
Views: 195098

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Regarding Swdish anti-immigration rallies, 200 people out of 10ish mllion doesn't seem like much of a rally, especially since there were 1300 counter protestors, and rather fewer numbers than in previous years. More concerning is that the police stopped an unspecified number of Danes and Germans fro...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 11:41am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Private physio for bad back- update
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Private physio for bad back- update

A warning, anyone with back problems similar to these posts be very careful. Mine has turned out to be a badly bulging disc completely trapping the Siatic nerve and requires operating on, god knows when. I can only walk short distances with a stoop, and awful pain, its completely stopped my life. M...
by Vorpal
19 Sep 2018, 11:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 449
Views: 80546

Re: A positive thread

The blackberries were exterminated by the heat but I have just been to a plum tree in a secret place, picked enough for a couple of days, +20 There is an interweb site where one may publicise locations of fruit trees. Seems a bit perverse, why would one do that? Other people go and take all the fru...