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by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 10:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15338

Re: Living without owning an internal combustion engine

I've never had a car, never had a (full) driving licence, never taken my driving test. Never had a problem that imho is worse than many friends and acquaintances have had with vehicles that do drive/have vehicles. Sometimes there are problems and I have to admit that I have relied on friends with ca...
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Sleeping matts

All inflatable mats can fail. With self-inflating mats, the foam core delaminates from the shell and all the air goes into a big bubble. With air-bed style mats (Neoair, Downmat etc), the problem is baffle failure, as experienced by the OP. Neither of these are fixable, unlike punctures, which are ...
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6608

Re: What3words

Hmm, I've had a look at What3Words. From what I see I will suggest that its totally created for an anglophone user base. How memorable or useful are the 3 words to a non-English speaker? Maybe if we keep saying the 3 words slowly enough and loudly enough the foreigners will understand? https://www....
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Sleeping matts

Sorry - I've no experience of the thermarest mat. After only having a closed cell mat of the Karrimat type for years, I recently bought a Multimat Adventure 38 self-inflating matress . It's not an expensive mat in relative terms (but shop around to get a good price)and it hasn't had a lot of use yet...
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Help Choosing A Helmet
Replies: 55
Views: 2181

Re: Help Choosing A Helmet

Er no, it's someone relating an experience (no reason to think anything was invented) and asking for a bit of advice on a practical choice. Sometimes things can be just so simple. Did you get a new lid witterings? Would be interested in what you went for. Er no, as well as vaguely relating the deta...
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 1:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6608

Re: What3words

My problem with all app-based and phone-based system is that it relies on several key things: The phone is with you It has a charge It is undamaged It has a signal It has the App Take any one of these away and you are stymied. Although I roughly agree with that and I agree that to rely on a phone f...
by freiston
26 Aug 2019, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Pump
Replies: 28
Views: 1250

Re: New Pump

My "workshop" pump is a cheap but good (in my opinion) Lifeline pump - they've only got the silver one in stock at the moment at £30 but when I got mine in black, it was a fiver cheaper than the silver version. It's got a rather nice metal chuck for a pump at that price. Interesting. Wasn...
by freiston
25 Aug 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6608

Re: What3words

:) No, sorry, I wasn't, but I knew it would raise a comment! Yes, I was right at the signposts. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.5035189,-4.4069689,3a,75y,356.59h,78.21t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sSZirDxv2KAul8HQDgcg2Yg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DSZirDxv2KAul8HQDgcg2Yg%26output%3Dthumbna...
by freiston
25 Aug 2019, 5:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Pump
Replies: 28
Views: 1250

Re: New Pump

For that budget and wanting a pressure gauge (accuracy issues aside), I would go with a Zefal frame-fit pump and a separate pressure gauge (but personally I wouldn't bother with the gauge). The HPX has been lauded in this thread but I'd like to speak up for the plastic Zefal Reversible (models are n...
by freiston
25 Aug 2019, 5:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1176

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

From https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/guides/observations/how-we-measure-temperature it seems that the met office take four different types of temperature measurement - air, grass minimum, concrete minimum and soil minimum. From the OP's description, theirs is a fifth method. I would think that,...
by freiston
25 Aug 2019, 2:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet design features
Replies: 23
Views: 1296

Re: Helmet design features

I just weighed some hats: Waxed cotton wide brimmed hat - 126g Legionnaire style baseball cap - 67g Synthetic Altura cycling cap - 35g Specialized Max cycle helmet - 405g I used to wear trilby style hats of felt and of heavier cloths though don't have any now but IME, the waxed cotton hat is similar...
by freiston
24 Aug 2019, 4:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7405

Re: McDonald's

I suspect the Costa news is this:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49432367
by freiston
24 Aug 2019, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7405

Re: McDonald's

robing wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:
robing wrote:Why?

For me especially, to save money and avoid increasing economic activity
Other reasons are available

If you want to boycott them, fine. But don't make it we.

You can count me in, brynpoeth :wink:
by freiston
21 Aug 2019, 7:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 260
Views: 7405

Re: McDonald's

I've used them (other than for a toilet visit) once in over 30 years. I'm not familiar with the menu and so when I got to the front of the queue and asked about what was on offer, not only did I feel that I had upset the factory production line that it seemed I was part of (and to the annoyance of t...
by freiston
9 Aug 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...
Replies: 536
Views: 16169

Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Smerk tabs, drink beer, eat biscuits, come gamble, all Alphonse Mucha-style. Tempting, ain't it? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-owoNKHeCN7Q/UXQES3MNlhI/AAAAAAAAM5I/MlgcpHP5Gq0/s1600/Alphonse_Mucha_-_Job_Cigarettes_1.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Alfons_Mucha_-_1897_-_Bières_de_...