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by bigjim
8 Sep 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Banning pavement parking
Replies: 23
Views: 932

Re: Banning pavement parking

A lot of the recently constructed housing estates around here don't have any pavements. I don't know how that works with local planning.
by bigjim
8 Sep 2020, 7:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Vinyl -> digital
Replies: 62
Views: 1485

Re: Vinyl -> digital

simonineaston wrote:Guys, peeeer-leeeese don't ruin this thread by regurgitating that old, dull, worn and ultimately pointless digital-versus-analogue chestnut again. It's been done to death ad infinitum - there really isn't anything new to add to it...

Yes, lets move on. Now film photography or digital?
by bigjim
8 Sep 2020, 5:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: More drivers cleared after rider's death.
Replies: 55
Views: 1996

Re: More drivers cleared after rider's death.

The problem with these cases is you cannot be judged by an unbiased jury. The UK is not cyclist friendly and I presume all or most members of the jury will be drivers. They will be influenced by the "there but for the grace of god, this could be me" syndrome. It used to be a "only drive at the speed which you can see to be clear" HC rule. But they have deleted that.
by bigjim
2 Sep 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: drilling a frame
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: drilling a frame

rmurphy195 wrote:Wouldn't drilling a frame maybe weaken it it in (potentially disastrous) way?

The brake bolt is thicker and stronger than the frame tubing. So no, even stronger according to my LBS.
by bigjim
1 Sep 2020, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: drilling a frame
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: drilling a frame

mig wrote:pic

Doesn't look that bad to me. Wouldn't be too hard to make good with a bit of patience and time. You' wouldn't see it with the brake attached.
by bigjim
27 Aug 2020, 3:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 1586
Views: 38184

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

bigjim wrote:I don't understand why people on here are hoarding. Doesn't seem right to me. Not everybody can afford to do this and I wouldn't want to deprive a poorer family with young children of bread. Just do without. Anyway, during rationing, the nations health improved dramatically.

But if people take a months worth of those items they are depriving a poorer person the chance to buy cheap food. Many people live week to week and if the forecast unemployment comes true it could be even more relevant.
by bigjim
27 Aug 2020, 10:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 1586
Views: 38184

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

I don't understand why people on here are hoarding. Doesn't seem right to me. Not everybody can afford to do this and I wouldn't want to deprive a poorer family with young children of bread. Just do without. Anyway, during rationing, the nations health improved dramatically.
by bigjim
24 Aug 2020, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beware - Shortage of LBS Bike Boxes
Replies: 4
Views: 717

Re: Beware - Shortage of LBS Bike Boxes

I've had to sell some bikes as collect only as I can't obtain bike boxes.
by bigjim
9 Aug 2020, 10:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cats: Why? Why not? Vote now please!
Replies: 77
Views: 1695

Re: Cats: Why? Why not?

If you wish to deter cats and other creatures from using your lawn, pee on it on a regular basis. They hate the smell of human male pee. Don't upset the neighbours though.
by bigjim
8 Aug 2020, 11:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cats: Why? Why not? Vote now please!
Replies: 77
Views: 1695

Re: Cats: Why? Why not?

My wife insists we have a cat. she always likes a cat on her lap. last time I came home from a tour she had acquired a young homeless cat. It refused to sit on her knee but settled down on mine. It follows me if I'm in the garden or messing with bikes in the garage. I'm not that bothered about cats, but do find myself talking to it. This thing about cats killing birds. Not nice I agree but if they were not domesticated, surely they would kill even more by breeding freely and killing for food?
by bigjim
8 Aug 2020, 4:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Libraries, public, renaissance of: DDC 020.336
Replies: 246
Views: 18843

Re: Libraries, public, renaissance of: DDC 020.336

mercalia wrote:I havent been into a library for years. I borrow my books as epub ebooks.

So do I but you need a reader. Won't work on kindle readers. I had to buy a kindle fire so I could use Borrowbox. Still prefer a proper book but of course libraries are shut.
by bigjim
8 Aug 2020, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose headset and external BBs.
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Loose headset and external BBs.

Brucey wrote:what model headset is this? And when you say 'loosens itself' do you mean the adjusting race and locknut don't stay put, or there is free play in the bearing which gets worse by itself? Is there any history to this, eg have you had the headset apart recently?

Re BB, what model crank and what model BB are you using?

cheers

Hi
Don't know the model. it's a newish cheapo off ebay. But been on a couple of years and low mileage. Been doing it for a while. Not took it aapart since installation. Moves freely, no rough spots. The locknut and adjusting race loosen up, giving me free play when I squeeze the front brake and rock the bike at standstill. I do have an old loose bearing Raleigh headset somewhere but loath to replace if it is something simple.

Cranks are Tiagra double, Shimano external 68mm BB. Like this
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by bigjim
8 Aug 2020, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose headset and external BBs.
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Loose headset and external BBs.

I've a steel bike with a traditional 1" steerer. The headset constantly loosens up during a ride. I tighten it up as much as possible but it still works itself loose. Before I dismantle it, it would we handy if anybody had any suggestions. Not come across it before.

I've just had to change an External BB. On fitting one from my spares box I found that as soon as I pushed the drive side crank through it pushes the dust cap out from the non drive side cup. It has now split the dust cap. Also the non drive side crank will not tighten up with a spacer between frame and cup. The plastic nut will not engage the thread with a spacer in place. Any advice comments?
Thanks. Jim.
by bigjim
5 Aug 2020, 10:37pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: CUK Price change.
Replies: 70
Views: 5406

Re: CUK Price change.

PH wrote:
bigjim wrote: As usual the mag has the regular reviews and ads of hugely expensive gear,£450 for handlebars and £130 for a cape. There is some touring but it seems more concerned with the Green Agenda than anything else.

I think I got a different mag, mine has some very touring specific non flying travelling advice. Chris Juden reviewing the GRX rear mech. A £550 folder review. A £300 city bike review. What to check out on a secondhand bike. An interview with a new commuter... yes there's some exotica in amongst it - has there been a time when there wasn't? Not in the last twenty odd years.
If it's your opinion that none of that content is of interest to you, then that's what it is. But please don't pick out a couple of items and present that as if it were representative.

I didn't say none of the content was of interest to me. Though I did expect one of the usual suspects to come on here having a go. Hence IMO. But you can't resist can you? Please don't put words into my mouth in order to make your point. Just stick to your opinion.
by bigjim
5 Aug 2020, 7:20pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: CUK Price change.
Replies: 70
Views: 5406

Re: CUK Price change.

I don't think we are in their target market any more. CUK now seems aimed at MTBs and family cycling. They are probably correct that this is the growth area. I'm a bit miffed that if I cancel my membership that I won't be eligible to ride with my club anymore, which I see as a bit of blackmail for us regular club riders. The magazine fell in the porch this morning with the voting form attached. no return envelope though. As usual the mag has the regular reviews and ads of hugely expensive gear,£450 for handlebars and £130 for a cape. There is some touring but it seems more concerned with the Green Agenda than anything else. Just IMO, before anybody decides to start biting back. Oh and toddlers on balance bikes wearing huge helmets. :roll: