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by cjchambers
24 Apr 2015, 8:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You either have or you don't.
Replies: 24
Views: 3284

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: 10922

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Topic: Out of date food?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: 3614

Re: Out of date food?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: 2445

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: 2855

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: 2237

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...
by cjchambers
16 Mar 2015, 8:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Government plans to increase speed limits to ease congestion
Replies: 19
Views: 9110

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: 3788

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: 868

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: 1021

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: 6185

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: 4604

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: 712

Re: Charity Song

May fav charity ditty (not a spoof) was Right Said Fred's 'Stick it Out' for Comic Relief "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: 2277

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: 1610

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...