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by Deckie
25 Oct 2012, 9:00am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2013 TdF more hills, fewer TT miles
Replies: 9
Views: 1292

Re: 2013 TdF more hills, fewer TT miles

I've generated the impression over he past few TdF's that the Spanish climbers are no longer the force they once were. I'm not that convinced, YET, by Chris Froome, I think he has a lot to learn about racing yet, particularly not burning himself out on one day's climb. We've heard that Wiggins has n...
by Deckie
24 Oct 2012, 8:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tom Vernon (fat man on a bike etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 4541

Re:

My brother used to live in Edinburgh in the early nineties. There was a shop there that sold second hand clothing. It was chock full the the rafters with old tweed jackets, trousers and skirts (no, they weren't kilts but I suspect they had them too if you asked). I guess people weren't wearing twee...
by Deckie
24 Oct 2012, 12:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3576

Re: Schwalbe Marathons

I had a Marathon on the front of the tandem as the bike shop didn't have any marathon Supremes in when we had a blowout in Worcester that tore part of the bead casing off the tyre. It is a good tyre, but I did not have the same level of confidence in the grip (particularly on damp surfaces) and I di...
by Deckie
23 Oct 2012, 11:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dodgy text message - narrow escape!!
Replies: 23
Views: 6929

Re: Dodgy text message - narrow escape!!

My brother in law has come up with a wonderful way of dealing with unwanted mail and, more importantly, it's cause. He has the advantage of being rather savvy with these things (network manager for a bank, worked his way up from the bottom). He set up his own web site so has his own domain with e-ma...
by Deckie
18 Oct 2012, 11:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Passport Photographs
Replies: 33
Views: 17362

Re: Passport Photographs

My grandmother had always traveled on my grandfather's passport (not unusual for the colonial service, I'm told) and didn't need a passport herself until the 1980's when she wanted to visit her cousin in Canada. As well as bringing up a HUGE family rift, causing huge merriment among my parent's and ...
by Deckie
17 Oct 2012, 1:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: MoT disaster
Replies: 43
Views: 16606

Re: MoT disaster

Mine failed on emissions too. On the tester's advice I took it for a drive up the A30 20 miles or so & back, re test and passed. Nothing more, it had just done a lot of short journeys prior to the test without getting properly warm so needed some gunk burning out of the system. He told me that I...
by Deckie
12 Oct 2012, 2:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cadence
Replies: 340
Views: 33394

Re: Cadence

There is this notion that flies around constantly about pro cyclists and the 90 - 100 rpm cadence. On tours where the cyclists are riding at their maximum sustainable power output for up to three weeks, trial and error (and a fair bit of input from the type of sports physions they employ) has found ...
by Deckie
4 Oct 2012, 12:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forget primary and secondary, I just avoid the holes!
Replies: 17
Views: 3257

Re: Forget primary and secondary, I just avoid the holes!

Round here, when the surface starts to deteriorate,the council just put out "Temporary Surface" signs. I think the record is longer that two years for one so far...

On the other hand, I reported a pot hole in our lane via the Council web site & it was repaired within 48 hours.
by Deckie
4 Oct 2012, 9:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: White Spirit
Replies: 34
Views: 13245

Re: White Spirit

It sound's like you got an assistant who misunderstood the rules. It is probable that white spirit is an age restricted item, age likely 18 (there are very few age limits, and 18 is the oldest (unless you include adult prison at 21 :? )). Where I work the rule is that if you believe the customer is ...
by Deckie
2 Oct 2012, 11:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Passport Photographs
Replies: 33
Views: 17362

Re: Passport Photographs

jan19 wrote:Just make sure you don't smile Mick, or the photos won't be accepted!

Jan


There's nothing in the rules for passport or driving licence photo's that says you can't smile. The only rule is that if you do smile, you cannot open your mouth.
by Deckie
27 Sep 2012, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi Cycling event
Replies: 37
Views: 6956

Re: Aldi Cycling event

They don't do the shoes in my size :( I joined the scrum just after opening & looked at the tri suit as an alternative to bib shorts for winter (more chest coverage), pad was very disappointing. Got a rack, lights for the boy's bike, merino tops for me & her & a high vis top. Happy with ...
by Deckie
26 Sep 2012, 11:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is this the fastest ever bike change?
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Is this the fastest ever bike change?

Video of a cyclist changing bikes during the recent road world championships.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/9564763/Cyclings-super-quick-French-exchange-programme.html

I had to watch it several times to even see the rider!
by Deckie
26 Sep 2012, 8:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mysterious Holes in our Lawm
Replies: 25
Views: 11394

Re: Mysterious Holes in our Lawm

An alternate answer from a hole that matches your description seen in our lawn several years ago.

Our dogs had enlarged an existing hole - it was a bumble bee's burrow (many species of bee have solitary burrows in grass land). Could it be that something has got hungry & gone for the honey?
by Deckie
25 Sep 2012, 10:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 23693

Re: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!

A key thing to remember when planning your route is not to try to go too far on the first or last day (or couple of days if you're taking a couple of weeks over it), that way you don't wear yourself out on day one, and have some wriggle room at the end if a few days haven't gone according to plan le...
by Deckie
25 Sep 2012, 9:59am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The least sustainable building in the world
Replies: 11
Views: 8330

Re: The least sustainable building in the world

My personal definition of sustainable is something that will fulfill it's purpose for an indefinite period without major works. A good example is my friend's Series I Landrover. Those same bits of steel & aluminium have been on the road for over thirty years , very sustainable! Our house is pro...