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by millimole
16 Sep 2019, 8:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: School Run
Replies: 38
Views: 1088

Re: School Run

. If you feel the picking up area is too small (they often are) go and talk to the local authority that designed and constructed the school, not the teachers who had no say in how the place was laid out. . The school at the end of our cul-de-sac was rebuilt a few years ago - a huge drop off area &a...
by millimole
9 Sep 2019, 6:46am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: physical membership card
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: physical membership card

I wish organisations would stop replacing thin peel-off laminated membership cards with plastic ingots where this is not needed. National Trust and Cycling UK both did this. I just looked and I have 14 credit-card sized cards of the standard 0.76mm thickness in my bulging wallet. Funnily enough, th...
by millimole
7 Sep 2019, 6:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2246

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

The last time I used a film SLR, I shot 6 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film. Even with Jessops low prices, the cost was a considerable chunk of the cost of an entry level DSLR. At the time, even though I had a digital compact camera, the cost of the film, developing and printing caused me to give film...
by millimole
6 Sep 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2246

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

Here's an alternative view I'm one of Tangled Metals in between people. I want to jog memories, I want to take interesting photos, I want to enjoy the taking of the photo. I'm not flush with cash, I am technically poor (but learning) and I don't take a lot of photos. I use film cameras. Shock! Horro...
by millimole
3 Sep 2019, 4:10pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Shouty Helmet wearer
Replies: 36
Views: 1299

Re: Shouty Helmet wearer

I've never had a comment about my choice of headgear. I wonder if it's related to the rest of the outfit? Do riders in 'all the gear' get these comments if they're unhelmeted much more than riders in casual attire? (As you might have guessed, I tend towards everyday clothing and flat cap) I'm a tren...
by millimole
29 Aug 2019, 5:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 121
Views: 4304

Re: Bells on bikes

You can never get it right all the time, though. I had a similar experience when riding slowly on a towpath, except that when I said "Excuse me please" one turned round and snarled, "Why don't you ring your **** bell?" To which I replied, "I did - three times!" :roll: ...
by millimole
26 Aug 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police Incident?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: Police Incident?

Over the years I've come across a couple of closed roads due to RTCs - being pleasant to the police officers at the closure, and explaining the issue of the detour has allowed me through on each occasion. I don't take this for granted, and show respect at the actual scene and make sure I don't make ...
by millimole
18 Aug 2019, 8:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Team building: survival courses etc
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: Team building: survival courses etc

I experienced several shades of "team building" exercises during my years attempting to climb the greasy pole of NHS management. Without exception they were toxic, disturbing and unhelpful. I saw grown men reduced to tears; experienced female managers fighting like cats, and friendships of...
by millimole
16 Aug 2019, 7:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: “Dutch” bike brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 900

Re: “Dutch” bike brakes

brynpoeth wrote:I love my back-pedal or coaster brake
So do I - I've used them for many years.

I'm seeing disc brakes appearing on newer bargain-basement machines, I would guess these will be the first point of failure.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my gormless idiot phone.
by millimole
11 Aug 2019, 2:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out
Replies: 34
Views: 980

Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

These comments mirror what a lot of people in the analogue photography world are saying. Certainly the non-proffesional digital photographer will 'spray & pray' whereas film makes you ensure that every shot counts. (Or in my case, you attempt to try to make it count!). With film there's less ten...
by millimole
10 Aug 2019, 8:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out
Replies: 34
Views: 980

Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

120 roll film still in production and available at Jessops https://www.jessops.com/p/ilford/fp4-plus-120-roll-19454 Ta. I couldn't find any some years ago. I might give it a go. A long time I worked in a local newspaper darkroom, so I have some skills remaining but I have none of the equipment left...
by millimole
30 Jul 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 332
Views: 54488

Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update

Like you Sweep I have 2 of the battery ones and one of the original Lithium ones. I keep that in the fridge cool section. I have glued a short cable to that one as I intend to run it from a smallish powerbank. Good lights but they now cost too much. What do Aldi do? Aldi have also rather lost it on...
by millimole
27 Jul 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: It’s time to ban bikes at peak times - tow paths
Replies: 61
Views: 7598

Re: It’s time to ban bikes at peak times - tow paths

I said on Twitter that this was a London-centric issue, and was taken to task, but I stand by it being a big-city problem. I probably spend more time on towpaths than most due to my volunteering role with the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and see all sides of this. Most of the towpath network is perfe...
by millimole
20 Jul 2019, 5:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.
Replies: 29
Views: 4764

Re: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.

At least he (or his minion) seems to have read your letter. No matter how individualised my letter is, my MP (also Tory) only ever responds with two line preprepared "thank you and sod off" letters.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my gormless idiot phone.
by millimole
6 Jul 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The joys of being a PoB
Replies: 11
Views: 3121

Re: The joys of being a PoB

When I was fit - a long time ago. I used to ride a heavy black roadster (you know the type of thing - a 'policemans bike') to & from work. Saving my decent bike(s) for weekends. There is a long deceptive drag, not that steep, but long, up to the lights near my house. I used to delight in seeing ...