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by leftpoole
11 Jun 2021, 4:20pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Thorn Sherpa frameset size 560S
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Thorn Sherpa frameset size 560S

Wanted a Thorn Sherpa frame/ forks. Size 560S any colour but preference given to black!
I’m near Bristol but willing to pay postage.
Would appreciate direct messages of any offers please.
Thank you.
by leftpoole
11 Jun 2021, 10:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rape oil
Replies: 35
Views: 918

Re: Rape oil

Oldjohnw wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 7:10am I understood that the particular insecticide used is now/is soon to be banned because of the link with killing bees. It is now obtainable only by DEFRA permission. Without it many farmers will decide it is an uneconomical crop.
A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban on its use outdoors two years ago and an explicit government pledge to keep the restrictions.

Following lobbying from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar, a product containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam was sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beet seeds this year because of the threat posed by a virus.
by leftpoole
7 Jun 2021, 6:33pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike

The height is not something I should consider a problem. But I am very used to being on the road. I used to be a Driving Instructor and usual was in the road going nowhere around 98000 miles per annum mostly at a slow pace!
Actually I could be considered a grumpy person ( at times)’mmmmmm
by leftpoole
7 Jun 2021, 11:49am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike

Full of enthusiasm I drove a hundred miles to buy brand new!
Upon return home. It was setup length wise for me etc etc. First ride hard. Second ride hard. Third hard. But I only had a dozen or so rides and never managed more than 6-7 miles. Without any hills!!!!!!!!!
It’s up to you, but one only has to question why there are not many recumbents around?
Even with hard pressure in tyres. Not chance of going up a hill.
I cannot in all honesty recommend at all. Others will obviously disagree. In my opinion these things are suited to weekend track riding and demos or Cambridge- Oxford perfectly flat areas.
Best regards,
John
by leftpoole
7 Jun 2021, 11:42am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 616
Views: 74542

Re: Pictures of your tents.

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by leftpoole
7 Jun 2021, 11:40am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 616
Views: 74542

Re: Pictures of your tents.

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by leftpoole
5 Jun 2021, 10:16am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Pashley PDQ 3 Trike Wanted Or Hase Style Trike

I had one of these Pashley trikes some years ago.
Did I like it? Did I heck! It was like trying to pedal through a bog or treacle. Uphill? Not a chance. Dreadful thing.
Looked nice and attracted attention mostly in praise from passers by and other cycling people.
If I still owned it I would give it to the opening poster for free!
by leftpoole
4 Jun 2021, 2:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Just Turning Up at Campsites
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: Just Turning Up at Campsites

Generally. But... do not bank on it at some 'posh'(?) sites who are regimental. Camping in the Forest are usually happy. Camping and Caravan sites are hit and miss.
My experience has told me to phone a couple the day before, just to check.
Happy camping. I am camping from Sunday.
by leftpoole
3 Jun 2021, 12:22pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: David Millar on ITV4 making unsubstantiated claims re helmets
Replies: 14
Views: 1454

Re: David Millar on ITV4 making unsubstantiated claims re helmets

The utility cyclist wrote: 12 Aug 2020, 8:04pm Just listened to David Miller talk some right garbage regards how cycling helmets have saved thousands in the pro ranks, ignoring that there are more deaths since helmets were mandated than before the UCI stuck their noses in/reacted to a single incident.

People like that need to back claims up with facts not faith based drivel :twisted:
I certainly do not like David Miller. But his claims are correct.
My own experience proves so also. I have been in an accident on the road and whilst my helmet split, my head did not. Point of fact answered.
I will not be commenting further. The claims that helmets are not useful are patently incorrect. As is the claims that motorcycle helmets are not required!
Piers Corbyn? He goes around spouting nonsense. Get in touch with him, you could start a campaign.... LOL!
by leftpoole
1 Jun 2021, 8:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where are all the cassettes?
Replies: 62
Views: 2537

Re: Where are all the cassettes?

Mick F wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 8:31am I've been 10sp on Mercian since 2006 and I've always used Campag chains. First with Chorus, but they don't make them now, so on Veloce.
Record have hollow pins and lightened plates, but Chorus only have the lightened plates. Veloce looks just like a "normal" chain.

Campag chains last much longer.

I had Wiperman on Moulton but it was rubbish. I tried a KMC (can't remember which) and that wasn't very good either, so now Moulton has a Veloce chain too.

I have three chains, and swap them over now and again so I'm not using a a worn chain which wears the sprockets more of course.
In my experience and opinion both Wipperman and KMC are very good chains.
by leftpoole
1 Jun 2021, 8:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where are all the cassettes?
Replies: 62
Views: 2537

Re: Where are all the cassettes?

Sweep wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 6:34am
Syd wrote: 31 May 2021, 9:38pm
Sweep wrote:
£30 for a chain?
Remind me why you ditched that oh so last century 9 speed?
My best bike has a £90 KMC 11 speed DLC chain on it.

Why?

Because I want to. It’s all about enjoying life; not penny pinching.

You may as well ask why folk pay £x,000 or £xx,000 for a bike when one can be had for £x00 or even £x0.
My view has nothing to do with penny pinching, nor an inability to enjoy life or my many bikes.*
For my sort of cycling, no racing or competitive racing, just utility, touring, day rides, some long, some very long, I don't see any benefit to going above 9 speed. And with 9 speed I see no need (in normal times at least with normal prices) paying more than £10 to £15 for a chain. Can't see any benefit.
* Having a lot, not going above 9 speed also simplifies spares holding - I can sit out a fair bit longer of the covid hell supply issues. No panic buying here.
All mine are 9 speed except Moulton TSR 30 which is a 10 and I have no interest in going to more.
by leftpoole
1 Jun 2021, 8:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where are all the cassettes?
Replies: 62
Views: 2537

Re: Where are all the cassettes?

Syd wrote: 31 May 2021, 9:38pm
Sweep wrote:
Mick F wrote: 31 May 2021, 4:35pm Given that I use Campag 10sp chains at circa £30
£30 for a chain?
Remind me why you ditched that oh so last century 9 speed?
My best bike has a £90 KMC 11 speed DLC chain on it.

Why?

Because I want to. It’s all about enjoying life; not penny pinching.

You may as well ask why folk pay £x,000 or £xx,000 for a bike when one can be had for £x00 or even £x0.

Full marks for a voice of reason. I too squander when I can.
by leftpoole
30 May 2021, 10:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 895
Views: 21584

Re: I don't like living in England....

ClappedOut wrote: 30 May 2021, 1:16pm I would encourage people to unwind from waiting baited breath on every word the media and parliament spin and lies say as your going to be ignored and disappointed unless writing large cheques.

Investment in time with friends and family who will actually reciprocate instead of your 1500 plus Facebook "Friends," :lol:
Life becomes a whole lot simpler without buying into hysteria.

:lol:
Facebook. I have ,,,,,,, wait for it,,,,,,,,,, 13 friends and I’m past 70, so not much hope of new friends now! 😳
by leftpoole
30 May 2021, 6:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 895
Views: 21584

Re: I don't like living in England....

Ben@Forest wrote: 25 May 2021, 6:01pm Both NZ and Australia have farming systems which have greatly affected the environment in recent years. In NZ at least this is due to huge expansion in their dairy industry and the fact that there are no farm subsidies which means public benefits aren't bought (which is what UK and European subsidy schemes do to some degree). This is from Foreign Correspondent published in March 2021:

In New Zealand’s Southern Alps, braided rivers radiate turquoise from the glacial flows coming off snow-capped mountains. Breathtaking vistas like these have provided the backdrop for Hollywood epics like Lord of the Rings and underpin one of the world’s most recognised tourism campaigns, “100% Pure New Zealand”.

But behind New Zealand’s clean and green image is a dirty truth — its freshwater rivers are among the most polluted in the developed world. Last year, a government report found nearly 60 per cent of the country’s rivers carry pollution above acceptable levels, with 95 to 99 per cent of rivers in pastoral, urban and non-native forested areas contaminated.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government has renewed its promise to clean up the waterways but is facing pushback from one of the country’s biggest polluters — the powerful dairy industry. New Zealand’s pollution problem is pitting two of the country’s most valuable assets against each other: its global reputation as an unspoilt wilderness and its most lucrative export — dairy.

And now Ngāi Tahu, New Zealand’s wealthiest Māori tribe, is launching an unprecedented legal case seeking “rangatiratanga”, or chieftainship, over most of the South Island’s freshwater, a move that could reset who has authority over the country’s waterways.


In a New Zealand museum many years ago I saw a late 19th C photograph of native forest and a modern day photo of the same place now. All the forest had gone and it had been turned over to grazing land. Of course our ancestors did this too but it was interesting to see it shown with photographic evidence, and it gives the lie to the idea NZ is somehow a pristine wilderness.
As a right wing voter I must actually say Jacinda Arden is fabulous !
by leftpoole
30 May 2021, 6:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 895
Views: 21584

Re: I don't like living in England....

Oldjohnw wrote: 30 May 2021, 1:29pm
leftpoole wrote: 30 May 2021, 12:21pm
Oldjohnw wrote: 25 Feb 2021, 9:07am I love England. I love the scenery, the traditional architecture, the village churches and greens. The ordinary people.

I feel increasingly unwelcome here though. Every day I feel more of an alien. The self entitled are ever more distant yet trying to totally manage our lives. Government is corrupt like I have never known in my entire life.
Of course, if all you lefties voted instead of sitting talking about how your vote does not matter-you might against all the odds-get a leftie Government. thankfully Labour had Jeremy to wipe Labour out! Planted by right wing possibly or simply a total idiot?
What an odd thing to say. I have voted in every election I could for over 50 years. And I have never once voted Labour. And I am not, nor have been for many years, on Facebook.
I’m not sure what Facebook has to do with this. But the general tone of the Forum is left wing. So maybe my ascertained thinking that meant Labour, maybe it is actually worse! Voting Liberal LOL!!!!