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by cjchambers
25 Jul 2015, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear view radar for your bike - whatever next?
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

Re: Rear view radar for your bike - whatever next?

Pointless. A car approaching from the rear, even at high speed, is not inherently dangerous if the driver is planning a well-executed and courteous overtake. To really work, the device would need a mind reading device too. It's also victim blaming nonsense, shifting the burden of avoiding an acciden...
by cjchambers
19 Jul 2015, 11:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Rear Panniers
Replies: 9
Views: 2102

Re: Cheap Rear Panniers

I use single Lidl panniers at the moment, but I'm quite a fan of throwover types, eg. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avenir-ACB927-Double-Pannier-Black/dp/B000RPGOW6 (just an example, definitely not colour-co-ordinating!) For beginners and smaller people this type are much easier to attach to the bike beca...
by cjchambers
15 Jul 2015, 10:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Morris Minors
Replies: 114
Views: 12102

Re: Morris Minors

1280px-2013_Hindustan_Ambassador_Grand_in_a_showroom..JPG What about one of these, then? A Hindustan Ambassador, built in India with the old tooling from the Morris Oxford production line. Not as cute as a Minor, but you get 1950s BMC styling with a bombproof 1990s Isuzu engine, even power steering...
by cjchambers
14 Jul 2015, 12:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Morris Minors
Replies: 114
Views: 12102

Re: Morris Minors

No, it's not Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, it's my Mam's 1965 Morris Minor. Bought in 1985, driven daily until she sold it in 2003. Fantastic car . . . why would anyone want a Mini when they could have a Morris Minor?!

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by cjchambers
21 May 2015, 11:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition
Replies: 26
Views: 1631

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

Nice. It really conveys that sense of freedom that one gets on a bicycle.

Spinners wrote:Impressive. Eurosport chopper pilots should be concerned...

. . . and those guys who sit backwards on a motorbike holding a camera as they accelerate to 40mph between the peleton and the tete de la course :?
by cjchambers
19 May 2015, 11:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boy and Girl on a Motorbike
Replies: 19
Views: 1038

Re: Boy and Girl on a Motorbike

Ah, we'll if we're on to 3 wheelers, here's my grandad in his Morgan (1926 model, 1096cc OHV Blackburne engine with 2 speed gearbox): MorganSmall.jpg.jpg The accompanying notes (he kept a fascinating book of notes detailing every car and bike he ever owned) say "Mixture of good and bad. Very fa...
by cjchambers
6 May 2015, 12:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1609
Views: 445906

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

Gaz, after studying your pic', I'm convinced that it is indeed the same frame as the 4130 chromo framed Pioneer's. I have one (a 98 model) and the frame looks identical I think yours is essentially identical to mine, Pioneer. I got it in 2008 and have always just guessed the age, so maybe my '20 ye...
by cjchambers
5 May 2015, 11:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1609
Views: 445906

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

Nice bike, gaz. Reminds me a bit of my Raleigh Pioneer, perfect geometry for an all purpose bike. Similar story too - it sat in the back of a garage collecting dust for the first 20 years of its life and has done >5,000 miles every year since I bought it! Still running those jockey wheels you sent m...
by cjchambers
3 May 2015, 10:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boy on a Motorbike
Replies: 15
Views: 1336

Re: Boy on a Motorbike

Thanks Motty. I see from the DVLA website that it was first registered in 1994. I don't know if that's when it was registered by its current owner or perhaps made roadworthy again and put back on the road. Sometimes, when one buys a very old restoration project or 'barn find', it comes with an anci...
by cjchambers
24 Apr 2015, 8:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You either have or you don't.
Replies: 24
Views: 3256

Re: You either have or you don't.

Si wrote:He was probably a Cat 1 racer . . .

Train heavy, race light!

I was once overtaken uphill by a man who I estimate was at least in his 70s. "You're making it look like hard work . . . " he said as he disappeared into the distance.
by cjchambers
22 Apr 2015, 11:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling to work - employer barrier
Replies: 45
Views: 10841

Re: Cycling to work - employer barrier

While it is up to your employer (within law) how you spend your working time, they cannot require you to use your own car for transport, unless it is written into your contract, and then they should be quite clear what the compensation is for using it, how it is insured whilst working, etc. If they...
by cjchambers
22 Apr 2015, 11:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Out of date food? No limits!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3282

Re: Out of date food? No limits!!!

How about this for a record? 170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered from the Bottom of the Sea "Every wine connoisseur knows the value of an aged wine, but few get the opportunity to sample 170-year-old Champagne from the bottom of the sea. In 2010, divers found 168 bottles of bubbly while exploring ...
by cjchambers
19 Apr 2015, 6:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Virgin 'Super Hub' not so super...
Replies: 10
Views: 2426

Re: Virgin 'Super Hub' not so super...

I had a similar problem. I used some packet inspection software (Wireshark) and found that as many as 80% of the packets were being dropped. I suspected it was an interference issue, and duly fixed it by logging onto the router's internal settings and changing the channel (Google will help you if yo...
by cjchambers
16 Apr 2015, 11:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Will Greece exit the Euro (Grexit!)
Replies: 7
Views: 2841

Re: Will Greece exit the Euro (Grexit!)

RogerThat wrote:Good for holiday makers, but bad for business and for Britain?

Just bad for everyone. Once the dominoes start to fall . . . . who knows who will be next?!

I think we all owe Gordon Brown a pint for keeping us out of the Euro.
by cjchambers
15 Apr 2015, 11:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Barend shifters
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: Barend shifters

Question about bar-end shifters: With my STIs I often change both front and rear almost at the same time (i.e. one then as it's changing the other which then starts once the other has just completed). With bar end, do you avoid doing this or do people move both hands down to the bar ends ? Sometime...