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by Deckie
9 Mar 2007, 8:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike?
Replies: 14
Views: 3313

Orbit have certainly sold their tandem building business to JD Cycles at Ilkley, as for the rest of the business, no idea.
by Deckie
7 Mar 2007, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Punctures in the rain
Replies: 19
Views: 5210

Paul,

Tyres more flexible in the wet? I thought the wet cooled them down so the rubber becomes stiffer. This would make the tyre more prone to puncture as it would not be able to flex around an object and so punctures...
by Deckie
6 Mar 2007, 5:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike?
Replies: 14
Views: 3313

I felt similar to you with the Dawes / Orbit question, but with the tamdem. Tried a Galaxy Twin & the equivatent Orbit. The Dawes felt a much more comfortable frame, I was immediately balanced & felt safe. The Orbit took some getting used to. Kit similar, but I didn't like the bar end shifte...
by Deckie
24 Feb 2007, 11:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road salting
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

The only thing I can remember from my science lessons regarding road salt is that there is a point after which the more salt you add, the less effective it is at combating ice. All to do with saturation points I think...

Whatever - salt is BAD for metal, wash it off quickly!
by Deckie
23 Feb 2007, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Other pursuits than cycling?
Replies: 38
Views: 7829

Gosh, the original question... Tall ship sailing (I help maintain them & teach others to sail them as a volunteer now). There is nothing quite like standing out on the end f the bowsprit of a square rigger under full canvas with dolphins playing around under you! I used to make champagne too, bu...
by Deckie
23 Feb 2007, 9:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding a Broken bike - your worst stories
Replies: 39
Views: 9806

My most scary (in hind sight) was on my first road bike - a venerable (& cheap second hand) Raleigh Scorpio. Accellerating down hill the front hook retaining the pump came away launching the pump through the spokes of the front wheel... When I woke up there was a mini not very far away (and some...
by Deckie
23 Feb 2007, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Yes to Road Pricing
Replies: 37
Views: 6689

I often feel a bit dim when looking at these issues... Is it me, or has every body else forgotten that we already pay per mile we drive? Through road fuel duty. This is much fairer - the more you drive, the more you pay, the bigger the vehicle, the more you pay, if you sit in a traffic jam with the ...
by Deckie
14 Feb 2007, 10:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuter
Replies: 63
Views: 12312

I used to cycle to school, which isn't THAT long ago :D That was eight miles each way (plus another five to my girlfriends after...) It wasn't that there was no bus really, just that school was in a different county, so I had to pay for the bus (sixth form), plus I got an extra half hour in bed in t...
by Deckie
14 Feb 2007, 8:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed new laws on Metrication
Replies: 26
Views: 6366

Proposed new laws on Metrication

There is a slightly light hearted thread on this in the Tea Shop, but it really does need a more serious look. The new proposals from the EU (which show no signs of being stopped yet) will outlaw the sale or advertisement and possible the production, of any products that show any measurements other ...
by Deckie
13 Feb 2007, 8:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cars, speeding and the Flash of a camera
Replies: 7
Views: 2283

A policeman can spot a car without tax (and therefore probably insurance, mot, safe brakes...), a camera can't A policeman can spot a driver he knows is disqualified, a camera can't A policeman can spot a drunk weaving along at 29mph, a camera can't The first thing people do if they think there is a...
by Deckie
13 Feb 2007, 8:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EU and Metrication
Replies: 37
Views: 7702

The big problem with the proposed new law is that it will be illegal to display anything for sale bearing non metric measurements... OK so us dinosaurs will have to abandon the delights of base 12 calculation (so much easier for division!) The big problem is with none EU products, for example americ...
by Deckie
12 Feb 2007, 7:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1099
Views: 312672

Hello All! Name - Richard Age - 30... lost count! I'm a rural surveyor, so cycle commuting not practical as I can end up anywhere in the country any day... Bike - having had a clear out a couple of years ago, an old Mercx road bike, don't ride it enough... Getting a Dawes Galaxy twin with my partner...
by Deckie
11 Feb 2007, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sat nav? Yes or no.
Replies: 47
Views: 14386

SatNav is something I'm not impressed with, my sister has it & now won't even drive to work without first programming it... The apocryphal stories of people going astray are also true, One driver refused to stop when one of our quarry managers told him the road had been closed for five years... ...
by Deckie
11 Feb 2007, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti-Pollution Masks??
Replies: 4
Views: 758

I got one of these years ago cycling in Birmingham. I don't know how effective it was as an anti pollution mask (looking at the info on industrial dust masks & sprayer masks, not very), but it is very useful in cold weather. It may sound a bit gross, but the mask will become quite moist with you...
by Deckie
8 Feb 2007, 12:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Reporting accidents
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Reporting accidents

Through work I have to report a number of "non-emergency" incidents to the police, including vandalism, trespass, etc. About 18 months ago I was advised by a Police officer that if I wanted a responce, reporting the incident was not enough, you have to request an "Incident Number"...