Bonnet surfing

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby redfacedbaldfatman » 18 Oct 2013, 7:01pm

meic wrote:
You'd be surprised at the fuel economy though, driven gently mine manages 32MPG (cruise set at 50), even though it can also do 0-62 in 4.1 seconds.


Economy was okay, if you were gentle with it, I've seen 30MPG from it, on a trip to Cardiff!!


I would like to think that you were both joking here but I fear you were serious. My car gives 60mpg in real life with a load of timber and often when carrying more people than fit in a Porsche 911.


Not joking, for the performance, the economy can be quite good!
I have another large estate car which could carry a couple of dogs, bikes, camping gear etc, but unfortunately it can only manage 16MPG. Absolutely shocking I know but that's what a 500BHP V8 twin turbo does. Monumental overtaking power. The instantaneous MPG display shows "6" when the throttle is pinned. Not using it much these days, the bike is much cheaper to run. I am planning on using the bike for more practical purposes than just exploring the countryside: shopping runs. Even though my first attempt (with ortliebs) was unsuccessful - not because of the ortliebs but because the self checkout in Morrisons kept complaining about the weight of my Theakston's Old Peculier and the grumpy checkout assistant had to deal with 12 checkouts. So I walked out in a completely unnoticed mini protest.

Got a new topeak super tourist DX rack and MTX DXP trunkbag to fit this evening, so here's hoping the next shopping trip yields better results if they haven't banned me from Morrisons.

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby Flinders » 24 Oct 2013, 7:36pm

Sainsbury's self-checkout can't cope with me taking my own plastic carrier bags (for re-use). It gets all stroppy whatever I do.
I have to pile everything up on the weighing plate beyond the checkout, and when I've paid, get my bags out and pack. :evil:

Bonkers, but the machine won't either recognise my bags if I press the 'using own bags' thing, or ignore them completely, so I have no choice.

Maybe you could try that with your panniers?

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby Mick F » 24 Oct 2013, 7:48pm

I had a go at the self checkout thingy in Morrisons recently.

I put my hessian bag on the scale thing and pressed the right buttons and scanned my shopping and put the stuff in the bag and all was well until they wanted my money.

Where was my wallet?

In the bag! :lol:

I rooted through and pulled it out and the computer threw a wobbler coz the bag was too light!

I gave up, carried the shopping the a "real checkout" and went through far more easily.
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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby mjr » 24 Oct 2013, 10:22pm

Flinders wrote:Bonkers, but the machine won't either recognise my bags if I press the 'using own bags' thing, or ignore them completely, so I have no choice.

Yes, there's a choice: use a human-driven checkout. ;-)
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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby Postboxer » 25 Oct 2013, 8:19am

I think the self checkout should come with a discount for doing their job for them.

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby reohn2 » 25 Oct 2013, 8:54am

I come back to this thread after a short absence only to find we've gone from Bob getting knocked off his trike to self service checkouts.................I thinking of buying a pet snake.....................
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redfacedbaldfatman
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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby redfacedbaldfatman » 25 Oct 2013, 9:39am

Last time I used the self checkouts in Tesco I was made employee of the month. :)

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby jonbott » 25 Oct 2013, 10:08am

reohn2 wrote:I come back to this thread after a short absence only to find we've gone from Bob getting knocked off his trike to self service checkouts.................I thinking of buying a pet snake.....................

from a self service checkout?
I`m def too old for this!

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby AlaninWales » 25 Oct 2013, 10:26am

reohn2 wrote:I come back to this thread after a short absence only to find we've gone from Bob getting knocked off his trike to self service checkouts.................I thinking of buying a pet snake.....................

http://www.bristolreptileemporium.co.uk/ looks like a [place to start :D

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby mrjemm » 25 Oct 2013, 10:35am

AlaninWales wrote:
reohn2 wrote:I come back to this thread after a short absence only to find we've gone from Bob getting knocked off his trike to self service checkouts.................I thinking of buying a pet snake.....................

http://www.bristolreptileemporium.co.uk/ looks like a [place to start :D


Is that the shop of the guy who got blasted on the bike forums recently for some aggressive driving or something? Hit'n run? Can't remember.

Methinks R2 is teasing.



Any updates Bob?

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby AlaninWales » 25 Oct 2013, 10:54am

mrjemm wrote:
AlaninWales wrote:
reohn2 wrote:I come back to this thread after a short absence only to find we've gone from Bob getting knocked off his trike to self service checkouts.................I thinking of buying a pet snake.....................

http://www.bristolreptileemporium.co.uk/ looks like a [place to start :D


Is that the shop of the guy who got blasted on the bike forums recently for some aggressive driving or something? Hit'n run? Can't remember.

Methinks R2 is teasing.



Any updates Bob?

Errr - is it :oops: ? I just googled Snake Emporium UK and it seemed suitable :wink:

Do you think so :shock: :?: :lol:

Yes - back to topic would be good if there are updates :)

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby mrjemm » 25 Oct 2013, 10:59am

Sorry, wasn't that one. Just googled to see.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/road-e ... cks/014718

Was one in Birmingham. I'd guessed that you may've posted it for that reason, sorry.

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby [XAP]Bob » 25 Oct 2013, 11:47am

Just had a call with the case officer.

NIP isn't needed (the gent in question was talked to at the time), and there are Witness questionnaires in the post - assuming there is a decent body of evidence then the gent will be interviewed under caution.

So it's progressing...


(Interestingly she let slip the gent's name - I might go googling)
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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby Mark1978 » 25 Oct 2013, 12:05pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
(Interestingly she let slip the gent's name - I might go googling)


As much as I'd like to hear about it, don't post any details here as it may prejudice the case.

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Re: Bonnet surfing

Postby Adam S » 25 Oct 2013, 1:11pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:(Interestingly she let slip the gent's name - I might go googling)

Surely you're entitled to know this? After all, this is part of the information that he should have given you at the time