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by francovendee
2 Jun 2017, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grip shift cable change
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Re: Grip shift cable change

OH Dear, much as I feared. I don't know if Sram have tech docs on line? if they do I'll take a look at the numbers on the shifter. Thanks for your reply, it somewhat makes me feel it was right to stop putting more pressure on it. I was tempted to cut the cable and pull the nipple end out ( I can see...
by francovendee
2 Jun 2017, 7:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grip shift cable change
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Grip shift cable change

I offered to change the cable on an Sram gripshift. I have only ever worked with the trigger type Shimano changers so had a look on Youtube before starting. The method suggested is to retract the fixed part of the grip and then with a pulling, twisting, motion pull the part that moves the cable towa...
by francovendee
30 May 2017, 8:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Oak tree saplings
Replies: 40
Views: 6498

Re: Oak tree saplings

We are inundated with oak saplings and ash too. Also the awful sycamore things. They seed like weeds. Generally, they get strimmed with the rest of the weeds. If I pull them up, they come up cleanly. They tend not to have spread their roots sideways at all. When I pull them up. I chuck them away. M...
by francovendee
28 May 2017, 8:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Terrorism and UK Foreign Policy
Replies: 98
Views: 13304

Re: Terrorism and UK Foreign Policy

We've imposed our imperialism on Africa and Middle Eastern to the point where we've armed they brutal dictators to the teeth in return for cheap oil,minerals and precious metals. Then when they didn't dance to our tune by suppressing their peoples so we could asset strip their lands,we invaded thei...
by francovendee
19 May 2017, 8:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Currently listening to .......
Replies: 288
Views: 49031

Re: Currently listening to .......

Mick F wrote:Currently listening to .......
The clocks ticking, the rain gently falling, and the birds twittering and singing.

Bliss. :D

Will they let you out early for good behaviour? :lol: :lol:
by francovendee
17 May 2017, 1:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Came unstuck (stuck) today.
Replies: 4
Views: 5789

Re: Came unstuck (stuck) today.

Totally agree about the depth of the ditches, I've lost count of the number of cars I've seen nose down into a ditch, my son managed it once! Part of the problem is the French never expect to see another car coming towards them and this and the speed they drive doesn't give them a chance. I've tried...
by francovendee
16 May 2017, 8:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Came unstuck (stuck) today.
Replies: 4
Views: 5789

Came unstuck (stuck) today.

A ride to the coast meant we had to pass a Route barrée sign. Normally this isn't a problem, cars have a signposted deviation and if you're on a bike you can usually get through. The work in progress was the resurfacing of the road but everyone had gone to lunch. They'd sprayed molten tar and put so...
by francovendee
15 May 2017, 5:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crossing the Channel by Bus?
Replies: 10
Views: 4706

Crossing the Channel by Bus?

A friend has asked about a bus service to Europe he used about 30+ years ago. He used to book a place on the bus for himself and bike, the bikes were carried in a trailer and once across the channel the bus would start dropping of passengers with there bikes along a route. The bus would return in a ...
by francovendee
14 May 2017, 8:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Currently listening to .......
Replies: 288
Views: 49031

Re: Currently listening to .......

Pitchfork media's streamed Slowdive session recorded in NYC a few days ago (annoyingly starts about 7 minutes in! ) Slowdive, the album now number 16 in the UK album chart, the only Indie album to make it that high at the moment. https://youtu.be/Ewn0nTNploI Rather different from what one normally ...
by francovendee
14 May 2017, 7:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike repair dispute and advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1746

Re: Bike repair dispute and advice

I'd accept the offer. The guarantee has expired, even if, as you, say the bike has had little use. You bought a used bike so expect to have a few issues, all of which can be fixed but at a cost to you. Buying second hand has saved you some money but this could change if you've bought a 'wrong un'. I...
by francovendee
12 May 2017, 8:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: French laws for cyclists
Replies: 25
Views: 7453

Re: French laws for cyclists

There may be laws but judging by the huge number of cyclist out in groups, who do not have lights, then it's another law that isn't enforced. It would be stupid in the extreme to cycle at night without lights. So in towns and villages most cyclists use them. It's the youngsters who don't and they ar...
by francovendee
12 May 2017, 7:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Free drinking water - what are your rights?
Replies: 93
Views: 18171

Re: Free drinking water - what are your rights?

Mick F wrote:
pete75 wrote:
CREPELLO wrote:I've never been refused either, although I was once told I could fill my bottle up in the toilets. But if you're stopping at a pub, what are we supposed to buy?


A pint of course.
+1

Packet of peanuts too.


Maybe a bottle of water :lol:
by francovendee
10 May 2017, 3:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Feeding the birds
Replies: 326
Views: 46500

Re: Feeding the birds

Very pleased to hear they are still about. One bird I miss hearing here is the Skylark. I've only heard one in 15 years, it's likely due to the terrain. I used to hear these every day in the Summer when living in the UK. Another lovely sound. It may be related to farming methods. Skylarks nest on t...
by francovendee
10 May 2017, 8:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Feeding the birds
Replies: 326
Views: 46500

Re: Feeding the birds

I haven't lived in the UK for many years and a piece on R4 surprised me. They were talking about Nightingales and said they were a rare bird. I lived in the south of the UK and used to hear them all the time back then. No shortage here, they sing day and night, lovely sound. I can assure you, there...
by francovendee
9 May 2017, 8:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Feeding the birds
Replies: 326
Views: 46500

Re: Feeding the birds

I haven't lived in the UK for many years and a piece on R4 surprised me. They were talking about Nightingales and said they were a rare bird.
I lived in the south of the UK and used to hear them all the time back then.
No shortage here, they sing day and night, lovely sound.