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by cjchambers
18 Jun 2014, 10:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hall of Shame. And you thought Halfords were bad?
Replies: 63
Views: 16145

Re: Hall of Shame. And you thought Halfords were bad?

... eventually I actually had to ask him what tf he was referring to. I'd fitted the cranks at 90 degrees to each other. :oops: :oops: :oops: I read this and wondered if this has ever been tried on a tandem, with the rear crankset at ninety degrees to the front crankset. It would give four power st...
by cjchambers
16 Jun 2014, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl going up in the world
Replies: 12
Views: 1592

Re: Lidl going up in the world

I've seen petrol generators, space heaters, compressors, big TVs, leafblowers . . . I think they'll sell anything for a profit, whatever has fallen of the back of a Lastkraftwagen that week! As beardy says, good look for anyone trying to get spares for any of their specials. They're opening a branch...
by cjchambers
15 Jun 2014, 11:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Billie Fleming
Replies: 20
Views: 2868

Re: Billie Fleming

For those interested, there was a section on Billie Fleming on today's episode of BBC R4's "The Last Word", with some interesting contributions from her stepson and the lady herself.

iPLayer link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0460zmz (her bit starts at around 19min 45s)
by cjchambers
13 Jun 2014, 8:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Electric 'car' fright
Replies: 38
Views: 10587

Re: Electric 'car' fright

There's a pizza shop in Bath has one of those Twizy things for deliveries. I imagine it's pretty clapped out, all that uphill and downhill, stop and start. I thought the manufacturers were going to give these 'cars' a noise so people like us lot would be able to brace ourselves for a drive by.... Ye...
by cjchambers
13 Jun 2014, 8:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 852
Views: 54189

Re: TV licensing...

I once sent a letter with one line . . .

"I do not operate television receiving equipment at this address"

. . and then the letters stopped.
by cjchambers
7 Jun 2014, 12:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mr Loophole Strikes Again . . . .
Replies: 36
Views: 16900

Mr Loophole Strikes Again . . . .

Another interesting case for Mr Freeman, quite beyond parody: "Gateshead Rabbi killed by speeding driver 'could have been saved by reflective clothing' claims controversial lawyer" http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/gateshead-rabbi-hyman-steinberg-killed-7214253 A lawyer h...
by cjchambers
6 Jun 2014, 8:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1613
Views: 449705

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

That's a nice machine you've got there, Terry - where did the frame come from?

(Welcome to the forum, too!)
by cjchambers
3 Jun 2014, 11:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Renewal Prices (Daylight Robbery!)
Replies: 15
Views: 9339

Re: Renewal Prices (Daylight Robbery!)

If I did fewer do-or-die long distance journeys at strange hours of the day and night, I might well consider one of the alternatives who use independent contractors. ETA probably, as I use their bicycle insurance. I think of the AA and RAC as a sort of McBreakdown service. You know what you're getti...
by cjchambers
3 Jun 2014, 8:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Pashley for the ... larger gentleman.
Replies: 7
Views: 2204

Re: A Pashley for the ... larger gentleman.

Hi Adam, welcome to the forum. I would suggest that the strongest, most rugged bikes available are expedition touring bikes (eg. Thorn Nomad), but these tend to be very expensive, difficult to get hold of through some bikes shops, and come with exotic and expensive hub gearing systems. A less expens...
by cjchambers
2 Jun 2014, 8:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Renewal Prices (Daylight Robbery!)
Replies: 15
Views: 9339

Renewal Prices (Daylight Robbery!)

I had a letter from my breakdown cover provider last week (I won't name them, but they're one of the brightly coloured ones :wink:) Last year I paid ~£120. My renewal price for this year? >£200, and that was including a supposed 20% discount for my loyalty! I could barely contain my laughter. When I...
by cjchambers
1 Jun 2014, 11:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Glued locks
Replies: 15
Views: 14627

Re: Glued locks

A similar trick is for the thief to apply their own lock then come back later. They may even lock up another (scrapper) bike with the same lock to make it look more like an accidental double locking. In other words is there anything that stops superglue gluing? Yes. You can buy 'debonders' - the pol...
by cjchambers
27 May 2014, 9:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What to do with counterfeit goods from Ebay?
Replies: 16
Views: 11286

Re: What to do with counterfeit goods from Ebay?

Shootist wrote:Just about everything that is made will be counterfeited somewhere

There are even examples of counterfeit personal protective equipment making their way onto building sites. Hard hats, ear defenders, even carabiners for fall arrest systems . . . the consequences could be fatal.
by cjchambers
26 May 2014, 10:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim tape
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: Rim tape

Cloth tape all the way. Velox.

Duct tape works, but try getting all the sticky stuff off after years of riding on hot days with long descents!
by cjchambers
25 May 2014, 10:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Halfords story
Replies: 24
Views: 8056

Re: Halfords story

I've heard plenty of similar stories in other retail sectors. The big retailers are so big and powerful, they can pretty much tell the suppliers how much they're willing to pay for things. On Thursday Halfords posted a 6.5pc increase in annual like-for-like sales, driven by cycling sales, with pre-t...
by cjchambers
24 May 2014, 11:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorcyclist knocks down cyclist - video
Replies: 17
Views: 8962

Re: How dumb do you have to be?

I don't have a crystal ball, but I could see what was going to happen from the very first frame. And then to post it on Youtube?! Completely ridiculous from start to finish.