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by cjchambers
16 Mar 2015, 8:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government plans to increase speed limits to ease congestion
Replies: 19
Views: 9070

Re: Government plans to increase speed limits to ease conges

One regularly sees tracked vehicles on the A36 around Warminster. Often with flashing orange beacons affixed, 'L' plates and a chap poking out of the top wearing a hi-viz vest . . . I wonder if there's a paralell park on the tank driving test? Certainly no need for the three point turn. I've never s...
by cjchambers
13 Mar 2015, 7:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second kitchen sink drama
Replies: 11
Views: 3765

Re: Second kitchen sink drama

Tories accusing a Labour politician of being posh? It's simply beyond parody. Our kitchen, is a kitchen diner. We have a kitchen and a big table that will seat two easily, and up to six at a squeeze. The big table is sometimes a bicycle workbench, a jigsaw puzzle table, sewing machine surface, and m...
by cjchambers
11 Jan 2015, 6:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Paris - Roubaix for Leeds.
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Paris - Roubaix for Leeds.

No chance of Paris-Rubaix visiting Wokingham. When a road starts to crumble away to dust, it gets a visit from the 'Highways Alliance', who put up helpful signs like this: wokingham.jpg I can only assume that next phase in The Highway Alliance's war on potholes is a covert operation of some sort, be...
by cjchambers
3 Jan 2015, 1:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Overlapping Interests
Replies: 3
Views: 1006

Re: Overlapping Interests

Photography - Don't do as much as I used to, but I'm convinced the bicycle is the ideal vehicle for the photographer - cars are too quick and walking is too slow. On a bike, you can stop wherever you like and travel at a pace conducive to noticing things while still able to cover ground quickly if r...
by cjchambers
7 Dec 2014, 12:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Minimal-spoke madness....
Replies: 98
Views: 5954

Re: Minimal-spoke madness....

ten from len.jpg

Mind you, I build my own wheels nowadays, so I need to give the thing half a fighting chance.

I had a spoke break on an old 40 spoke wheel a few years ago - I just taped it to another spoke (to stop it getting in the way), and continued my ride as normal. Lesson learned.
by cjchambers
1 Dec 2014, 10:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle proofing
Replies: 27
Views: 3581

Re: Cycle proofing

Cycle facilities = "Build it and they will come!"

Motor facilities = "They're all already here! DO something!"
by cjchambers
20 Nov 2014, 11:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Charity Song
Replies: 2
Views: 706

Re: Charity Song

May fav charity ditty (not a spoof) was Right Said Fred's 'Stick it Out' for Comic Relief https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcN5ksdLFpA "Clean your teeth with your feet, hug a bus or two. Take a sprout for a walk, make a saaaand igloo. And if they fail to see it, stick it out so they can feel it!...
by cjchambers
29 Oct 2014, 8:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: fm v DAB
Replies: 49
Views: 2191

Re: fm v DAB

Edwards wrote:Mick did you check if a towing bracket can be fitted? Not all small cars can have them now as they are not rated for them.

The 0.9L Fiat 500 is rated 440kg for unbraked and 830kg for braked.
by cjchambers
26 Oct 2014, 10:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: In support of the local bike shop
Replies: 16
Views: 1523

Re: In support of the local bike shop

The LBS I used as an adolescent had a permanent special offer - free anecdote with every purchase! He had all sorts of obscure NOS stuff - woods valves innards, obsolete brake blocks, all very useful for my attempts at vintage restorations. I went back there when I last visited my parents. It was un...
by cjchambers
12 Sep 2014, 12:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driving test pass rate drops
Replies: 3
Views: 1760

Re: Driving test pass rate drops

Could mean all manner of things . . . Given that the majority of learners are young, and that youth unemployment/underemployment is at an all time high, is it the case that more learners are just 'giving it a go' without paying for one-on-one tuition, books or practice DVDs? Just a thought. Anything...
by cjchambers
30 Aug 2014, 4:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: WD40
Replies: 8
Views: 1199

Re: WD40

Sounds like a bad idea! Mind you, I stick cotton buds in my ears, so who am I to talk?! If anyone is interested to know what is in WD40's 'secret' formula, see http://archive.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/st_whatsinside (there really are no trade secrets any more, in the chemical/food...
by cjchambers
24 Aug 2014, 7:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: From the courts
Replies: 15
Views: 1766

Re: From the courts

It seems Royston has had an attack of contrition: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11430008.Chubby_says_sorry_for_reading_at_wheel/?ref=var_0 COMIC Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown has apologised after being caught behind the wheel looking at a newspaper - insisting he only glanced at it for three seconds. T...
by cjchambers
9 Aug 2014, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who ate all the pies?
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Who ate all the pies?

I am also skeptical. Oh, and since when did newspapers take 'things people say on reddit' as their sources? :?
661-Pete wrote:What are they like?
If they're anything like the apple pies from 'that other' burger establishment, they'll be very slightly hotter than the interior of the sun.
by cjchambers
8 Aug 2014, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Pioneer Metro LX bottom bracket spec and repair?
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Re: Raleigh Pioneer Metro LX bottom bracket spec and repair?

Best way is to take the old one out - if you're lucky, it'll have a sticker on the inside telling you what size (see the pic on Gaz's link). If it doesn't have a sticker, you can take the bottom bracket to a decent, well-stocked bike shop and they will sort you out with a replacement. The UN26 is OK...
by cjchambers
6 Aug 2014, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First Great Western
Replies: 18
Views: 1800

Re: First Great Western

Cornwall to London sounds like a potentially expensive journey. If you have an advance ticket for a particular departure, all it takes is for the guard to say 'no', and you'll be left standing on the platform having a) lost your money and b) facing having to buy a new, more expensive ticket for a la...