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by spinner_43
16 Feb 2009, 10:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Depression
Replies: 43
Views: 3166

Depression problem

Oh dear,oh dear- you have my sympathy. But as others have said, the drugs take some time to correct your brain function. Anyway, they worked for me, though I had to take them for six months. There is hope.
Alan.
by spinner_43
14 Feb 2009, 11:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A message for nocturnal riders
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Unlit animals

I once ran into an unlit pig. Honest !! It happened in a small Yorkshire village, with poor street lighting. Apparently some yobbos had freed the beast from a local farm and the farmer was driving it back. Fortunately I'd slowed in the village, but I couldn't see the pig ( a big, black one) until I ...
by spinner_43
14 Feb 2009, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handlebar positioning
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Re: handlebar position

Well, thankyou everyone who took the time and trouble to help with my query- and correct my teminology. I appreciate very much the expert advice freely given on this Forum. To comment on the points raised: Yes, the bike probably is a bit too big for me, but I did try a smaller frame size and, honest...
by spinner_43
13 Feb 2009, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: presta valve caps aluminium or other metal
Replies: 8
Views: 970

Presta valve caps

1. Try heat-shrink tubing on a split cap- worked for me. Slip a short length over the cap and heat gently to close the split.
2. Don't overtighten next time!

Of course, you'll have to buy the h-s, and it's not very cheap, but my lbs would only sell me a new tube....
Alan
by spinner_43
13 Feb 2009, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handlebar positioning
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Handlebar positioning

I'm requesting advice/suggestions on handlebar positioning, please. The frame height of my Claud Butler road bike is 53cm, and as my legs are a bit on the short side, I can't put a foot flat on the ground with the bike upright. This isn't a problem, as I just lean the bike over a bit when I'm statio...
by spinner_43
7 Feb 2009, 10:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How bicycle steering works ( discussion )
Replies: 38
Views: 132556

More precession

Peter, Oh dear, I was afraid of this... I'm not sure that vector algebra is really appropriate on the forum, neither do I think that gyroscopic precession matters at all on a bike, but if you'll accept that I'm on the ragged edge of my Physics knowledge, I'll try to answer your question a bit more f...
by spinner_43
2 Feb 2009, 11:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How bicycle steering works ( discussion )
Replies: 38
Views: 132556

Gyroscopic precession

As 'punk_shore' has had no replies so far to his request for info, I'm encouraged to post my two-penn'orth. Precession is a an effect exhibited by a mass spinning on an axis, or axle. The Earth is such a body, and exhibits a slow wobble, such that the North Pole describes a circle which takes 26,000...
by spinner_43
27 Jan 2009, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Runcorn Bridge
Replies: 20
Views: 7393

'Runcorn' Bridge

I didn't know that the bridge had an official name. I would think that if it commemerates a Silver Jubilee it would be that of Queen Victoria circa 1872, as it's obviously a Victorian edifice, built for horse-and-cart traffic. Some years since I drove across, and it was a white-knuckle journey then-...
by spinner_43
14 Jan 2009, 8:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

MS Windows 7

Windows 7, i.e Vista with all the 'important security updates' built-in....
Mind you, in the 18 months of Vista usage I've never once had a system crash, nor a virus problem, which is more than I can say for XP.
Alan
by spinner_43
1 Jan 2009, 12:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oops
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Oily carpet

I have to keep my bike in the hallway and found that 'Vanish' soap brings out oil stains pretty well. The soap comes in a block, and you just wet the area with cold water, rub the block over the stain, leave a wee while, then blot up with a towel or kitchen paper. Alan ------------------------------...
by spinner_43
24 Dec 2008, 11:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Christmas
Replies: 34
Views: 2865

'Il est mon... '

In the words of Jacques Cousteau," Il est tout mon cul et Betty Grable" translates I think to "it is all my bottom and Betty Grable". Would this be correct? If so then I don't understand, maybe its my age! :lol: Bearing in mind that Cousteau was a lone sailor, and Betty Grable a...
by spinner_43
16 Dec 2008, 11:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Just 6 days until....
Replies: 24
Views: 1798

Longer days

Some years ago I worked in a training establishment where we finished work at 4.45 pm. The exit door faced West. One year I noticed that, on the 6th of January the sky was dark when I left, but on the 7th there was just a narrow band of light on the horizon, so I look forward to that first week in J...
by spinner_43
28 Nov 2008, 11:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: QWERTY keyboards
Replies: 33
Views: 2172

QWERTY keyboards

Why, oh why do computer manufacturers keep supplying keyboards with this stupid, out-of-date key layout ? I wonder just how many computer users are touch-typists and are comfortable with qwerty. I've only typed a couple of sentences so far, and have already made three typo corrections- and I'm a goo...
by spinner_43
28 Nov 2008, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Look- no hands !
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Steering problem

Thank you everyone for taking the trouble to reply- much appreciated. This forum is so good- you have only to ask for help and straightway it's there. And, sorry if it's been covered in another thread, but I have difficulty in using the Search facility. As I half-suspected myself, the steering geome...
by spinner_43
27 Nov 2008, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Look- no hands !
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Look- no hands !

The steering on my few-months-old Claud Butler 'Regent' tourer, seems very 'twitchy' to me, in that I weave more than I think I should and there's no way that could ride hands-free. Not that I want to, but I find that I often have to correct a swerve when I simply take one hand off the bars (signall...