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by Ray
8 Aug 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 2002

Re: noise from cassette

Thanks, Brucey, that sounds a reasonable explanation for the noise.

I'll try and examine the pawl mechanism this weekend (doesn't look like summer bike weather :( ) and add some lube. Any reason not to use yer' actual SFG? I've got a Halfords aerosol can in the garage.
by Ray
8 Aug 2019, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 2002

Re: noise from cassette

Resurrecting this thread in the hope of enlightenment. I've got a new bike with DT Swiss Spline wheels, having used exclusively Shimano for many years. The wheels are light, and run fast and true, but with the irritating (to me) characteristic of a loud tick-over; think Campag, Hope etc. OK, I can p...
by Ray
7 Aug 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: slowing down on the bike
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: slowing down on the bike

In 2004 I rode from Paris to Athens with an organised group, averaging over 100 miles a day. I'd seized the opportunity, thinking that, at the age of 62, I ought to do it before I got too old. I was amazed to find that one of the participants, at 84yo, was old enough to be my father. And he rode eve...
by Ray
7 Aug 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: slowing down on the bike
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: slowing down on the bike

Yes, as I always tell my wife, it may take a bit longer than it used to, but it's just as much fun.
by Ray
4 Jul 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite quotations
Replies: 174
Views: 11152

Re: Favourite quotations

I've just bought a bike from Rose Bikes of Germany. The documents, instructions etc came in a zip case, on the back of which was printed: "ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BIKE SIDE OF LIFE". OK, it's marketing, and maybe not entirely original, but it did make me smile. I've always been struck by the En...
by Ray
5 Apr 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30786

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Just a quick observation that use of the plural in There is, There are is dying out fast. You may be right; can't say I'd noticed that in particular. I would have just put it down to sloppy use of English - which is indeed widespread. I'm not sure that either the Grauniad or Jeremy Corbyn are repre...
by Ray
21 Mar 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2943

Re: cycliing and ageing

Audax67 wrote:Not even my raincoat is beige.

I didn't realise people still wore raincoats :wink:
by Ray
16 Mar 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Decathlon mail order
Replies: 15
Views: 6716

Re: Decathlon mail order

I find that Decathlon's mail order invariably takes longer than they say it will. Sometimes MUCH longer. It would be preferable if they gave accurate, but slow, time estimates. Others such as Wiggle are much more reliable. The actual products are good My experience exactly. Slow to despatch, poor t...
by Ray
18 Feb 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling After Giving Blood
Replies: 38
Views: 7458

Re: Cycling After Giving Blood

All the advice above to take it easy is very sound. Individuals vary enormously in their reaction, both physiologically and psychologically, and you need to see how it goes before pushing yourself either before or afterwards. I gave full blood for many years, and now give platelets and plasma monthl...
by Ray
7 Feb 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30786

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Mick F wrote:What's a pline?

Area of flat land not common in Cornwall.
by Ray
5 Feb 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Oxbridge Elite Or Intelligent
Replies: 49
Views: 2509

Re: Oxbridge Elite Or Inteligent

Intelligence is over-rated: the world has moved on. The Pet Shop Boys have it about right:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDP9 ... 9jEuHbB0GQ
by Ray
4 Feb 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30786

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

661-Pete wrote:"The Rhine in spine falls minely on the pline..."


Not a Brummie, then? Or perhaps a reformed Brummie?
by Ray
2 Feb 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who do you resemble?
Replies: 49
Views: 7515

Re: Who do you resemble?

paddler wrote:I'm looking like my dad all of a sudden.


I used to look like my Dad. More recently I seem to look a lot like my Grandad.

It's a sobering thought that I've now lived longer than either of them.
by Ray
1 Feb 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who do you resemble?
Replies: 49
Views: 7515

Re: Who do you resemble?

gaz wrote:I was once told that I don't look like a Helen.


Yours is not "the face that launched a thousands ships" then?

My sympathies :wink:
by Ray
29 Jan 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30786

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

"At this time" seems to be displacing "now" or to reinforce an easily understood present tense which would be ok on its own. Yes, and whereas we once simply said "every day" or "daily", we now hear "on a daily basis". And don't start me on tautologi...