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by profpointy
4 May 2012, 7:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Removal of bike lanes in Canada.
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Re: Removal of bike lanes in Canada.

i don,t know if bike lanes are somehow better in canada, but in the UK i've yet to see one that was of any benefit to me as a cyclist so my instinctive view, would be "good thing too!" even if the bloke is generally anti-bike, he may be doing cyclists an inadvertant favour.
by profpointy
25 Apr 2012, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in a new leather saddle; best method?
Replies: 16
Views: 1559

Re: Breaking in a new leather saddle; best method?

I'd just stick it on the bike and ride it. Not really a believer in "softening" it by various treatments or receipes, which will likely just reduce its life. My B17 was fine from new, though must admit my new (two years ago) swift is still not particularly comfortable - should have just bo...
by profpointy
23 Apr 2012, 11:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike clothing sizes - a moan about consistency
Replies: 1
Views: 701

Bike clothing sizes - a moan about consistency

Why oh why o why? - to keep to the traditional start of a moan, but i've had no end of trouble getting sensible size kit. For example, i have a genuinely superb pair of wiggle / DHB "finchdean" bib 3/4 length in medium size. Decided after a while to get another pair - so fair enough, they ...
by profpointy
24 Feb 2012, 8:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT
Replies: 15
Views: 2024

Re: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers no

Excellent suggestion, that's the spirit !
by profpointy
24 Feb 2012, 8:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT
Replies: 15
Views: 2024

Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT

The guys on yorkshire-divers.co.uk ( which is the de facto forum for scuba in the uk despite its regional name) are having a debate on cyclists, and whilst to be fair, it isn't entirely Clarkson / Daily Wail as there are some of "us" also of the diving pursuasion. However thought it might ...
by profpointy
22 Feb 2012, 9:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: You're most unfavourite sky scraper
Replies: 32
Views: 1641

Re: You're most unfavourite sky scraper

Centrepoint at the top of Charring Cross road must be a contender, defacing probably the best street for bookshops in the world. Apparently it's listed too. Pull it down I say! And I quite like some brutalist buildings too eg the Goldfinger flats, Barbican, and from the phto above, even the disparag...
by profpointy
6 Feb 2012, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Porthole driving...
Replies: 30
Views: 1344

Re: Porthole driving...

Got sent the company car drivers winter advice flyer from our leasing company the other day. Amongst the usual teaching-your-grandmother-to-suck eggs type of thing all written in mangement speak, they did address this very point, with the spelindid phrase "don't drive off like a tank comander&q...
by profpointy
1 Feb 2012, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Water Bottle Choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 1153

Re: Water Bottle Choice?

My local supermarket does some rather good ones for around 99p. They usually have 1l and 1.5l sizes and 1l is probably best for bottle cages. Beware of the square ones which are less well suited to bottle cages. All come filled for no extra charge wi various varieties of mineral water. My favourites...
by profpointy
30 Jan 2012, 8:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: guttersnipe
Replies: 120
Views: 10408

Re: guttersnipe

I'm pretty convinced you're having your chains pulled here. I'd have left you all to it and not have commented but a lot of effort is being put into to some of these explanations, so I'd only to persist if you're enjoying the game
by profpointy
20 Jan 2012, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will this cause an accident?
Replies: 11
Views: 1036

Re: Will this cause an accident?

Can't see much wrong with your solution, though as others have said, it would be better if the nut had a flat surface. Bear in mind it only needs to be nipped up enough to stop the cranks slipping on the splines, so shouldn't really need to be bollocked up tight - unless it started slipping ie knack...
by profpointy
4 Jan 2012, 7:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A petition worth signing
Replies: 8
Views: 1861

Re: A petition worth signing

Actually I don't agree at all. Virtually every cycle farcility I've seen has been inconvenient or downright dangerous, at best merely useless. Given the track record of wasting extra money I'd rather it wasn't spent on cycling at all. Merely providing facilities make motorists resent us even more, e...
by profpointy
20 Dec 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All time top 3 favourite films
Replies: 89
Views: 16341

Re: All time top 3 favourite films

the ladykillers - the original one (obviously) the wrong trousers triplets of bellville cassablanca - can't really leave that out third man - zither music in vienna anyone? fifth element helpmates - stan and ollie's greatest film two lane blacktop - obscure road movie but a true masterpice severn sa...
by profpointy
23 Aug 2011, 7:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to buy a bicycle?
Replies: 31
Views: 2394

Re: Where to buy a bicycle?

although earlier posters have correctly stated you won't actually gain much over the galaxy (a rather fine bike) i am liking the n+1 bike excuse used by qnother poster. With this in mind how about a fixed-wheel bike? Against all reason I bought a rather nice (condor) fixie on the bike-to-work tax fi...
by profpointy
26 Jul 2011, 11:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I have no answer to that
Replies: 28
Views: 9210

Re: I have no answer to that

skicat wrote:Scene: Sunday. I'm reading the papers.

Me: "I see they've finally found a Higgs Boson".

Mrs Skicat (with apparently genuine interest and enthusiasm): "Where was it?"


Answer "Switzereland !"
by profpointy
26 Jul 2011, 9:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I have no answer to that
Replies: 28
Views: 9210

Re: I have no answer to that

it's a fair question; switzerland is the answer.
and they may have found another one in America