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by MarkF
12 Dec 2015, 3:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A&E - I Was Shocked
Replies: 68
Views: 3393

Re: A&E - I Was Shocked

A&E staff are hard working, it can be relentless, I was not including them in my lazy, living-in-a-bubble comment about NHS workers. But unless there is an sudden and extreme change of public mindset, unlikely, then A&E will continue to be abused, the first stop for the most minor of ailment...
by MarkF
7 Dec 2015, 9:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A&E - I Was Shocked
Replies: 68
Views: 3393

Re: A&E - I Was Shocked

I've worked in A&E. Obesity and old folk are sucking the life out of the NHS, along with it's lazy, living-in-a-bubble "workers" that make up large % of it's workforce. A&E is a social place for many now, a place for folks to gather, I reckon less than 1 in 5 admissions are justifi...
by MarkF
31 Oct 2015, 11:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E-bike advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1874

Re: E-bike advice please

I fancied a trying an electric bike so bought a Sakura that was for sale locally as "not working". I bought new batteries (£70) and found the fault, the sensor for the stand. It was like new and cost £120 in total. It was fun and my daughter loved it, she could do 20+ miles without pedalli...
by MarkF
12 Sep 2015, 4:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Takeaways?
Replies: 56
Views: 3842

Re: Takeaways?

Big Burger, large chips and can of pop is going for £2 to £2.50 in Bradford, 4 x12" pizza for £12, the places are crammed at school out time. :(
by MarkF
24 May 2015, 9:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

Still looks like a commuting bike! Why would that matter to me? It'll just have to "commute" all the way from Bilbao to Malaga. :D I've done that trip on a Dawes 501 and a bog standard Sirrus Sport, both were fine all day long but I expect this to be comfier. I would be looking for a bett...
by MarkF
24 May 2015, 7:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

Can i ask which model it is and double check wheel size? Mine is a 520sx, 700 wheels, bought new in around 97 for £220 reduced from about £280. Most bits apart from frame, stem, bars and seatpost have been replaced over the years. This very weekend am upgrading it from 7/21 speed to the dizzy heigh...
by MarkF
23 May 2015, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

Am slightly confused mark. The adventure is a nice bike (i have one and may be in touch with questions now and again) but it's another hybrid. I'm not criticising the adventure but why couldn't you use any of your existing hybrids? My other hybrids are alu and get very well used, I could have used ...
by MarkF
13 May 2015, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

How much time have you got? I tour on my hybrids (3) and also have a MTB and a folder but still wanted a steel tourer. I couldn't justify another expensive bike so scouted for a bike to improve and eventually bought a well worn steel tange framed Ridgeback Adventure. I've replaced the wheels, cogs, ...
by MarkF
1 May 2015, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on a commuter bike?
Replies: 14
Views: 1510

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

I has a sirrus hybrid and I certainly woundn't have wanted to put loaded paniers on it,more because the wheels didn't look up to it,but I had the bottom of the range and the wheels were quite cheap looking but I wouldn't imagine those wheels were made for loaded touring either but more for lightwei...
by MarkF
1 May 2015, 2:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where can I buy a bike box in Nice
Replies: 15
Views: 1988

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

To find bike shops, put it into the search on google maps and it will show them. I've used this to locate nearby shops. I've pre-emailed bike shops before tours, all over France and Spain, and never yet been refused a box, and only once asked to pay (Green Bikes BCN who want to pack it up and charg...
by MarkF
27 Apr 2015, 12:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why we need to spend less on the NHS
Replies: 79
Views: 3581

Re: Why we need to spend less on the NHS

But all that beside the point, I agree that we should spend less on the NHS, and the way to do it is to get people healthier. More doctors should prescribe an active lifestyle, more companies should put in place programs to help their employees, and more should be done to encourage active travel. I...
by MarkF
9 Apr 2015, 1:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon
Replies: 43
Views: 6771

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

I rely on Autan, if I've remembered to put it on then I have never once been bitten. Once I fell asleep outside and the buggers bit the soles of my feet to bits, the only place not covered in Autan. :(
by MarkF
6 Apr 2015, 11:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Basic NHS services to be charged for after the election
Replies: 50
Views: 5473

Re: Basic NHS services to be charged for after the election

I work in a hospital, mostly in A&E, I joined after 25 years of working for myself. I find the hospital full of institutionalised crackpots, "Not my job" "Not my dept", "Not within my job remit", many are doing as little as possible, some are working their nuts off....
by MarkF
28 Mar 2015, 1:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe
Replies: 31
Views: 10031

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

I use my debit card, as well. I only carry enough cash for a taxi in an emergency, or to pick up a few things at a rural stop, if I can. I think cash is riskier than a card. If you don't want to use your normal debit card, get a prepaid one. This means you'll be paying a charge (in some way) on eve...
by MarkF
25 Mar 2015, 10:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The end of unpowered cycling?
Replies: 132
Views: 12651

Re: The end of unpowered cycling?

These machines are competing with the moped market rather than the cycle market. For some unknown reason people just dont go for these types of machine. I don't think they are, mopeds are expensive and you need tax and insurance and enter the complicated world of licenses and law. Importantly, they...