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A new record

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Re: A new record

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Postby WickedLester » June 20th, 2024, 12:21 am

staffordian wrote:Ahh, bike tyres. When I was a lad it was twenty six by one and three eighths or by one and a quarter. Or 27" if you had a fancy racer.


Didn't you also buy bike frames in inches? It's been so long since I had a bike, the last one was a silver Raleigh racing bike with foam handlebar grips which didn't last long, I used it for my paper round and when you could afford it you upgraded the gears, pedals whatever to Shimano.

I eventually sprayed it green with an aerosol my mum got from the car paint shop she worked in and named it the Megadeth Machine after the band.

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Re: A new record

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Postby staffordian » June 20th, 2024, 7:50 am

WickedLester wrote:
staffordian wrote:Ahh, bike tyres. When I was a lad it was twenty six by one and three eighths or by one and a quarter. Or 27" if you had a fancy racer.


Didn't you also buy bike frames in inches? It's been so long since I had a bike, the last one was a silver Raleigh racing bike with foam handlebar grips which didn't last long, I used it for my paper round and when you could afford it you upgraded the gears, pedals whatever to Shimano...


Yep, 21" or 23" used to be the two common sizes for adult bikes.

You must be a youngster though. In my day the gears to aspire to were 'Campags'. Campagnolo, I think was the name, and they had none of this fancy indexing, you just moved the lever on the down tube a little until you found a gear and the grating noise from the chain ceased :D

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Re: A new record

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Postby UncleEbenezer » June 20th, 2024, 12:27 pm

staffordian wrote:
WickedLester wrote:
Didn't you also buy bike frames in inches? It's been so long since I had a bike, the last one was a silver Raleigh racing bike with foam handlebar grips which didn't last long, I used it for my paper round and when you could afford it you upgraded the gears, pedals whatever to Shimano...


Yep, 21" or 23" used to be the two common sizes for adult bikes.
:D

There were certainly more than just those sizes: fit is important in a bike! Larger sizes for the tall chaps. And smaller sizes for the likes of my girlfriend as-was at the time we both graduated.

My first metric bike was bought in a hurry when I moved to work in Germany in 1985. I'd been assured that there was a train to my place of work there, so I moved out intending to bring the bike in a couple of months when I'd found a flat there. But the train turned out to be work-in-progress: a line that wasn't due to open for almost another year. So I found a bike shop!

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Re: A new record

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Postby redsturgeon » June 24th, 2024, 7:31 am

UncleEbenezer wrote:
staffordian wrote:Unless you are buying tyres, of course...


OK, I'll bite.

Explain the difference between 27 x 1 1/4 and 700C.


https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

All you wished to know and more. But the short answer is they are two completely different sizes.

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Re: A new record

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Postby DrFfybes » June 26th, 2024, 8:47 am

Dragging this back to the original topic....

Early last week we ran the air to air unit (the one that replaced the woodburner) to warm the living room. Last night we ran it to cool it.

Now I like old cars almost as much as V8, but sometimes there are advantages of moving with the times ;)

Paul

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Re: A new record

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Postby Bminusrob » July 8th, 2024, 10:35 am

8th of July. Indoor temperature at 10:30 is 15.9 degrees, so heating on.

I understand that a good way of keeping warm is to find someone going on about global warming and beat them with a large stick.

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Re: A new record

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Postby Spet0789 » July 8th, 2024, 10:59 am

Bminusrob wrote:8th of July. Indoor temperature at 10:30 is 15.9 degrees, so heating on.

I understand that a good way of keeping warm is to find someone going on about global warming and beat them with a large stick.


Global warming is just a fact. Making silly points following a cool week is childish.

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Re: A new record

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Postby Bminusrob » July 8th, 2024, 11:10 am

Can I introduce you to my stick?

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Re: A new record

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Postby kempiejon » July 8th, 2024, 11:23 am

Bminusrob wrote:8th of July. Indoor temperature at 10:30 is 15.9 degrees, so heating on.

I understand that a good way of keeping warm is to find someone going on about global warming and beat them with a large stick.


The stick bit's funny but unfortunately that's the weather you're talking about.
If I had a pound every time someone conflated the two I could afford air conditioning.

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Re: A new record

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Postby bungeejumper » July 8th, 2024, 1:24 pm

Spet0789 wrote:
Bminusrob wrote:I understand that a good way of keeping warm is to find someone going on about global warming and beat them with a large stick.

Global warming is just a fact. Making silly points following a cool week is childish.

It's a well-known fact that a cold wet July can knock out one's sense of humour, and/or one's appreciation of irony. One of the few world-beating qualities that we poor British still possess in abundance. ;)

BJ

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Re: A new record

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Postby jfgw » July 8th, 2024, 2:48 pm

I have run out of sticks, they have all gone on the fire.

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Re: A new record

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Postby Spet0789 » July 9th, 2024, 10:57 pm

bungeejumper wrote:
Spet0789 wrote:Global warming is just a fact. Making silly points following a cool week is childish.

It's a well-known fact that a cold wet July can knock out one's sense of humour, and/or one's appreciation of irony. One of the few world-beating qualities that we poor British still possess in abundance. ;)

BJ


But can you burn irony on a cold day?

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Re: A new record

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Postby bungeejumper » July 10th, 2024, 9:01 am

Spet0789 wrote:But can you burn irony on a cold day?

Certainly you can. But it only works if you strike while the irony's hot. ;)

BJ


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