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by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...
Replies: 594
Views: 24305

Re: Vintage Bicycle Advertisements; good, bad. ugly...

Mick F wrote:Royal Enfield Bicycle ............... made like a gun. :lol: :lol: :lol:


And of course BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
I guess the engineering skills must be similar.
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 11:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 905
Views: 72895

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

kwackers wrote:How many grammar Nazi's does it take to change a light bulb?

Too.


Surely you mean spelling and punctuation Nazis?
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

It's a very odd feeling taking a barge across it - the open side of the barge means one could literally step off into space. Not keen on heights, I'm afraid. I imagined that. I also wondered whether one might feel uneasy about the boat veering out of its course and jumping the low wall to land in t...
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

If you lost balance on an aqueduct you would be most likely to fall on the canal side and end up in the drink, at which point the danger would be the approaching 17 ton narrowboat that can't stop quickly. And of course on the other side is a fence, which one hopes would be properly maintained. A th...
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

I sounds to me as if you do not suffer from vertigo, but from a very normal fear of heights. I can understand your fear of the whole aqueduct collapsing. In the same way one might worry about one's airliner dropping out of the sky for some reason. Most of us manage to overcome these irrational fear...
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

Not sure if you suffer Vertigo or not but it's not about whether you could cycle it in a straight line but you have this feeling that the edge is like a magnet almost trying to pull you over and for me personally it constantly goes through my mind engineers make mistakes and bridges / buildings do ...
by Mike Sales
9 Aug 2019, 9:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3535

Re: Cycling dead ends.

2. Shimano Dyna Drive pedals and cranks, with an enlarged pedal thread and corresponding crank to allow the single pedal bearing to be in the same plane as the crank. A set of those cranks and pedals sat in the window display of my local bike shop for years long after Shimano had discontinued them....
by Mike Sales
8 Aug 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: is this you?
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: is this you?

One of the problems when a road is under water is that manhole covers can lift. It is not unknown for people to disappear into these. well there would have been a whirl pool then? I was wondering about that. I guess it would depend on the volume of water in the flood and the volume to be filled und...
by Mike Sales
8 Aug 2019, 1:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: is this you?
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: is this you?

One of the problems when a road is under water is that manhole covers can lift. It is not unknown for people to disappear into these. You should be OK if you hang onto your bike! Indeed, but perhaps riding it might be the better option. I would be, but I was also thinking of those who recommend wal...
by Mike Sales
8 Aug 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: is this you?
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: is this you?

Oldjohnw wrote:One of the problems when a road is under water is that manhole covers can lift. It is not unknown for people to disappear into these.


You should be OK if you hang onto your bike!
by Mike Sales
8 Aug 2019, 10:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving

Probably not to be recommended in case there's a huge drain hole that you disappear down but does show that getting through on a bike beats a car. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-49275630/determined-cyclist-makes-it-through-flood-water-in-edinburgh I am the sort of fool who has done that,...
by Mike Sales
7 Aug 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15716

Re: Living without owning an internal combustion engine

Maybe the only choice will be to get off the planet because this one won't support human life, but I am confident that that, too is within our reach. It would be quite a logistical challenge to move the billions of us to another, habitable planet. To feel at home we might like to take earth's flora...
by Mike Sales
7 Aug 2019, 3:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

I ride in a straight line Yes, I imagine most of us here can manage that. The question is, why would this skill abandon one just when the penalty for doing so is highest? No logical reason of course, but lots of people could ride along a plank on the ground, wobble along it with if it was raised on...
by Mike Sales
7 Aug 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: EU fails to properly consider cycling
Replies: 10
Views: 1179

Re: EU fails to properly consider cycling

Out of interest (and not pursuing any personal political agenda or points), to what extent does the EU have responsibility for cycling policy and to what extent does this fall to national governments or to a more local level). Good question indeed! I remember when "subsidiarity" was a vog...
by Mike Sales
7 Aug 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3473

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

Michael Skinner wrote:
is there any chance you would fall into the gutter, or manage to topple over the fence?

I ride in a straight line


Yes, I imagine most of us here can manage that.
The question is, why would this skill abandon one just when the penalty for doing so is highest?