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by LollyKat
13 Sep 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango Banshee 200 pro max
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Vango Banshee 200 pro max

Caledonia64 wrote:Vango are affordable and not perhaps considered top of the range ...

They are not only affordable but IME very well designed, reliable and robust enough for Scottish conditions. Probably not 'sexy' or fashionable enough for a lot of people but they would always be my first choice.
by LollyKat
12 Sep 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking on the pavement to be banned!
Replies: 141
Views: 6807

Re: Parking on the pavement to be banned!

I have an 80-year-old disabled friend who gets about with an electric wheelchair. Recently she set off to her local social club but had to turn back because of a police van parked half on the pavement. A lack of dropped kerbs and a blind corner meant that she couldn't find an alternative route. She ...
by LollyKat
12 Sep 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 44
Views: 1488

Re: Handwriting

I have a Lamy safari and I love it - as you say it is very comfortable and the nib moves very smoothly. When I was at school a long time ago, writing with ink was introduced in Primary 4 (8-year-olds). We used scratchy steel dip pens and school ink, mixed from a powder which settled into a sludge in...
by LollyKat
12 Sep 2019, 11:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 44
Views: 1488

Re: Handwriting

Here you are: https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.XzNdIRlor6monyyvTKSi8AHaHa&w=221&h=220&c=7&o=5&dpr=1.36&pid=1.7 Wooden barrelled fountain pen for children, the Lamy abc . They also do ballpoints and pencils. The grips and caps are still plastic, though. You can get kits to make ...
by LollyKat
10 Sep 2019, 3:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 1052

Re: Speaker of the House!

From the BBC News link on the previous page: Such is the anger with the Speaker at senior levels of government, it has been suggested he could be blocked from getting a peerage when he retires. Ministers are furious at what they see as John Bercow's "bias" during Commons debates on Brexit....
by LollyKat
9 Sep 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 44
Views: 1488

Re: Handwriting

I don't have the Parker one but my Lamy Safari screw plunger is very similar - when the pen is empty or nearly so, dip the nib into the ink, then screw the plunger first clockwise to fill the empty space in the reservoir, then anticlockwise to suck up the ink. It's really easy to control - no wobble...
by LollyKat
9 Sep 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 835

Re: The Scottish midge

mercalia wrote:from the size of it been feeding on large Scotish legs and arms


Not just Scottish ones - think of all those unsuspecting (or unbelieving) foreigners!
by LollyKat
8 Sep 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 44
Views: 1488

Re: Handwriting

Plus a Parker fountain pen I forgot I had minus cartridges or reservoir. Quink ink bottle too. Need to buy a reservoir I think. Which is best? Plunger type or the ones with a metal outer that has cut out sides with a soft plastic / rubber reservoir inside you squeeze to force air out and then suck ...
by LollyKat
7 Sep 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 835

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: 3443

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: 893

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: 39
Views: 3139

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: 893

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: 490

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: 1068

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!