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by LollyKat
7 Sep 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 527

The Scottish midge

From time to time there are posts asking about the Scottish midge. First-time visitors sometimes wonder whether it really deserves its ferocious reputation - this recent photograph by James Milligan taken in Ardnamurchan (one of the midgiest places in Scotland) may help them decide for themselves: h...
by LollyKat
7 Sep 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A Cyclist and Rough Justice
Replies: 51
Views: 2619

Re: A Cyclist and Rough Justice

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/download/file.php?id=62623&t=1 Actually the advice is contradictory and unhelpful: Give traffic plenty of time to see you and stop before you start to cross. Wait until traffic has stopped.... ...traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing...
by LollyKat
5 Sep 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Short cranks and saddle height.
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Short cranks and saddle height.

Think of it as being a bit like climbing stairs. A deep tread requires more effort but if you have the strength you can climb faster, though you will tire sooner. A shallow tread needs more steps, easier to climb but slower, though you will be able to keep going longer. At least, I think that is a r...
by LollyKat
5 Sep 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike security
Replies: 30
Views: 1593

Re: Bike security

How do you lock the bikes to them? As far as I can see my D-lock would only have the reach to lock a wheel to the stand, which is hardly secure. But I may be misreading the picture. (Though all my bikes have mudguards so I wouldn't be able to use it anyway)
by LollyKat
4 Sep 2019, 10:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Short cranks and saddle height.
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Short cranks and saddle height.

But crank length is related to leg length, not overall height. A crank that's "too long" makes the knee bend too much at the top of the stroke and causes injury, while one that is "too short" leaves the feet spinning round without much forward motion. If I was a foot taller becau...
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: And on a lighter note.
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: And on a lighter note.

If you want to remain unnoticed surely it's better to stay motionless - movement attracts the eye.

The researchers could test this by launching real owls over stuffed voles, some of them stationary, and some clockwork and moving, to see how many of each kind the owls attacked.

:D
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2019, 10:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pocket wheel truer??
Replies: 31
Views: 990

Re: Pocket wheel truer??

2Phat4Rapha wrote:Can use a cut down spoke rather that a GT85 straw and you even have a light to see by :D

Like it!
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2019, 4:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Short cranks and saddle height.
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Short cranks and saddle height.

Is 150mm very short? Note that I said it "seems" short - maybe it isn't, but it is unusual and more likely to be seen on kid's bikes. Your scaling up of adult heights to 150 - 180cm doesn't take into account that the inside leg length is only about half the total height. Your examples sho...
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2019, 4:15pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Shouty Helmet wearer
Replies: 41
Views: 1849

Re: Shouty Helmet wearer

mattheus wrote:I've had the same. Idiots.


Same here - I usually just ignore them, or better still smile and wave. Occasionally I've pointed out that cycle helmets didn't exist when I learnt to ride in the 1950s. :lol:
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Short cranks and saddle height.
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Short cranks and saddle height.

Years ago, for the sake of my dodgy knee I went from 170mm to 160mm - I had to raise the saddle 10mm and to keep my leg extension the same as before, otherwise both my knees would have felt worse. I raised the bars too, so that my general riding position was the same as before. Yes, it was a longer ...
by LollyKat
2 Sep 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...
Replies: 24
Views: 881

Re: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...

I can also recommend the natural deodorant sticks mentioned above. They last for years and years and are unscented, so don't impart their own odour to garments the way that the usual deodorants do. I'm interested in those natural deodorant sticks as I begrudge the price of the ordinary stuff.... Bu...
by LollyKat
1 Sep 2019, 9:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...
Replies: 24
Views: 881

Re: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...

...the armpits on my clothes still whiff a little...Not sporting clothes mind, just everyday clothes. Any suggestions as to what to do, rather than just wash them hotter? Make a paste of the washing powder and apply to affected areas? I used to have this problem in the past, when wearing synthetics...
by LollyKat
1 Sep 2019, 4:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A Cyclist and Rough Justice
Replies: 51
Views: 2619

Re: A Cyclist and Rough Justice

If this is a genuine situation and all your facts are correct, then the cyclist is largely to blame: Highway code rule 195 Zebra crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing, look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross. If you are referring to the rec...
by LollyKat
30 Aug 2019, 6:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Celebrants
Replies: 12
Views: 674

Re: Celebrants

Assuming you are using an undertaker or funeral parour, they should be able to recommend someone, either ordained or not. I have been to humanist funerals as well as church ones - they have all been very well done.

My sympathies for your loss.
by LollyKat
30 Aug 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Taken out by flatbed truck
Replies: 33
Views: 3417

Re: Taken out by flatbed truck

Deliberate assault. :x