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by Ray
16 Nov 2018, 9:04pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate?
Replies: 261
Views: 15710

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

Just updated my winter porridge recipe Teaspoonful of groats, plenty of water, three minutes in the microwave, *leave to cool*, three more minutes in the microwave, add coarse oats, leave overnight, heat, add salt, consume Preparation time 12 hours The groats break down better if they are heated tw...
by Ray
11 Nov 2018, 12:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route navigation
Replies: 28
Views: 1332

Re: Route navigation

Love my satnavs (bike and car), but had to smile at this:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... vs-cartoon
[img]https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/ng-interactive/2018/nov/10/stephen-collins-on-satnavs-cartoon/img]
by Ray
20 Oct 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame ding - should I be concerned?
Replies: 27
Views: 1359

Re: Frame ding - should I be concerned?

Sweep wrote:Good source of cheap functional nail polish?


You can usually find a market stall selling nail varnish, among other things. Likely to be cheap, and has the advantage that you can take your bike with you to check the colour in daylight.
by Ray
3 Oct 2018, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Continental brakes - Wrong way round
Replies: 114
Views: 3246

Re: Continental brakes - Wrong way round

Yes, that's what I've found.
by Ray
3 Oct 2018, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Continental brakes - Wrong way round
Replies: 114
Views: 3246

Re: Continental brakes - Wrong way round

I've had my rear brake lever on the left ever since I joined a club in 1959, and everyone else did it that way - for some of the reasons stated above. I never nowadays consider doing it otherwise. Isn't it also the case that most, if not all, caliper brakes are made with the lever arms on the left (...
by Ray
28 Jul 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: TdF time trial
Replies: 15
Views: 10554

Re: TdF time trial

I noticed at least one with disc brakes. Little to be gained in a TT, I would have thought. And aren't they heavier? Less aerodynamic?
by Ray
29 Jun 2018, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brake position?
Replies: 41
Views: 1614

Re: Brake position?

I learned to mount my front brake lever on the left when I started to ride with a club in the late 1950s, and did most of my riding on a single fixed with only a front brake. As Brucey says, this makes it easier/safer to control your braking when looking over your right shoulder and negotiating a ri...
by Ray
4 Jun 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Protection from dogs - in India
Replies: 21
Views: 961

Re: Protection from dogs - in India

Can't read it, could you type the text (in English), merci I would be very wary of throwing stones at dogs or pretending to, the shepherd would not like that Sorry, thought you may be able to enlarge the pic I posted. Here are the English sentences, as shown on the notice: <<There are guarding dogs...
by Ray
31 May 2018, 1:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Protection from dogs - in India
Replies: 21
Views: 961

Re: Protection from dogs - in India

these dogs are there to guard their sheep and they do an excellent job, living alongside them in the mountains. I've come across these dogs - fortunately at a distance, but their deep-throated bark convinced me not to approach! - in the Vercors, and also in the Luberon recently. Here's a pic of the...
by Ray
25 May 2018, 5:44pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Giro d'Italia
Replies: 152
Views: 21394

Re: Giro d'Italia

Rob Hatch said Inexplicable, unbelievable, realistically not possible’ A performance like that should certainly make you wonder. Indeed, but is it the sort of ride you'd expect from someone with something to hide? Extraordinary up and downhill. Good point. When Floyd Landis made his now infamous lo...
by Ray
30 Apr 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 8 convictions of driving whilst disqualified...
Replies: 29
Views: 2098

Re: 8 convictions of driving whilst disqualified...

I wonder, a little whimsically, whether there might eventually be a tech solution - say, a subcutaneous implant which de-activates car engines?

You could imagine a person with such an implant might also find it difficult to get anyone to give him/her a lift :D
by Ray
17 Apr 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Swarfega
Replies: 14
Views: 785

Re: Swarfega

mercalia wrote:
is it oil based? the above ingrediants suggest not?


Sorry, that was a guess. However, I'd be surprised if its environmental impact is benign.
by Ray
17 Apr 2018, 4:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Swarfega
Replies: 14
Views: 785

Re: Swarfega

I think it will still work as a hand cleaner - try it! As to whether it's safe to wash down the drain, I don't know. I suspect most of these oil-derived cleaners are fairly noxious, but in the small quantities that you use each time you wash your hands, it's surely more dilute and less harmful than ...
by Ray
12 Apr 2018, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glue recommendations for sole of SPD/Urban shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: Glue recommendations for sole of SPD/Urban shoes

I've been looking for something similar recently, and googling brings up 'Boot-Fix', and also 'Stormsure', as being highly effective. No experience of either, but may be worth exploring for tough jobs.

It might also be worth actually asking a cobbler what s/he uses.
by Ray
20 Mar 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Bay cycleway
Replies: 3
Views: 627

Re: The Bay cycleway

Click on gpx on the bottom of the map.