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Old 06-09-2021   #11206
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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

I think my rims are 26" but I'm not certain and the bike is "buried" back in the garden shed now so difficult to see without emptying out a whole load of other stuff first. I'll dig it out again later in the week and let you know. I've been told of a bike shop, not too far away, which deals mainly in modern cycles and electric bikes and I'm seeing more and more electric bikes just of late. However my friend believes the owner is actually very interested in the older machines so I'm intending to go along and have a chat with him.

Rebuilding a spoked wheel and the difficult? truing procedure has interested me for years but I've never given it a try. I think it highly likely I'd end up with almost anything other than a round and true running result!

Thanks for telling me what model my bike is, a DL-1, I'll have to note that down somewhere before I forget it! The bike is actually just a bit too large for me and consequently not all that comfortable to ride but comfort was greatly improved with the purchase of the Gel seat - which is in it's lowest possible position and could do with being lower! I actually used it for daily transport for all the years I worked as a trainer - a relatively short half to three quarter (depending on weather and energy levels) journey each way. I was never fitter!
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I have a mountain bike on 26" wheels. I have the seat high enough for comfortable pedalling but can barely reach the floor when I stop. MTBs have a relatively high bottom bracket.

The rule is to sit comfortably on the seat and set the saddle so your insteps reach the pedals with knees locked and pedal at bottom. You are supposed to then have the correct soft knee when your foot is correctly on the pedal. I find dropping the saddle another 1/8" to 1/4" gives the most comfortable height.
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You are lucky to see these classic cars on the field. It looks like they are well-maintained.
Was a nice little show, had no idea it was on until 30 minutes before I set off

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I looked up in the very warm attic for any spare Westrick style rims but came up short. Sorry. I did come across a pair Dunlop EA3 stainless steel rims I'd forgotten about. Useful, but not interchangeable for your ride.

I did spend some time putting this together this afternoon.


It's a Huffy(US)badged Raleigh Sports. The frame itself dates from around 1954. I have a 1954 Robin Hood with all the same braze ons, so good a guess as any. SA 3 speed is from 1965. Rear fender, mudguard to you guys, is honest to god Raleigh. Front one is US built Huffy. I need to shorten those stays so it fits better.

I got the above in kit form from a good friend. He said the left crank arm was bent and it was. I was able to get it fairly straight with my blue pry bar and a BFH. I hope to take the maiden ride next Sunday.
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Took my partner for eye and hearing tests yesterday, and while waiting, a young woman came into the shop with her 8yr old son. She looked familiar, but I couldn't place her, but assumed, due to her age and location, that she must be a former student of mine.

Then, when her name was called, the bell rang. 2010 I taught her to drive.
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A few weeks ago Mrs Codger and I went for a meal at a little local restaurant.
Both waitresses were wearing masks so of course we couldn't see their full face.
The first waitress took our drinks order and when she brought them asked Mrs C if she had been a teacher at XYZ school?
Yes said Mrs C - 10 years ago.
"You taught me! I loved your lessons!"!
That's lovely said Mrs C. Thank you for saying that!
Then waitress 2 arrived with our starters.
"You taught me as well". "You made me miss P.E for misbehaving"
"You must have deserved it!"(said Mrs C)
"Oh yes I did - but you did me a favour -I hated P.E anyway!" said waitress 2.
I just kept quiet..
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A quick trip to Wilko

A woman down the medicines aisle was stepping back to Read labels on a tall shelf opposite..
She was stood with her arms behind her.. and an empty shopping bag clasped in the 'small of her back'

Every time she stepped back..the bag rusted the bottles on the shelf.. she moved forward.. then stepped back again to read.. rustle rustle

On thd 3rd attempt she made more noise and then turned around and exclaimed
'Whats going on..?'

I will let 'Widow Twankee' explain that one..

I just hope she doesnt drive..spacial awareness apparently isnt her thing
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The first waitress took our drinks order and when she brought them asked Mrs C if she had been a teacher at XYZ school?
Yes said Mrs C - 10 years ago.
Something similar often happens to us. Mrs J was not a teacher but worked as a school administrator in two of our local schools for many years - she was also one of the school first aiders. We are often stopped in the street by previous students of the schools she worked in. Conversation often kicks off with "is this your husband"? and continues with Mrs J chatting until she's found out what they went on to do after leaving school. The past students always seem pleased to chat with her so I'm guessing she was a liked member of staff - which is nice to know
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Today was our major childminding day - every Tuesday up at 6.30, quick breakfast and drive out south of the city arriving in time to walk youngest granddaughter to school. Then look after very young grandson, not quite 2 yet, until pickup time for the girl in the afternoon. Homework with granddaughter and continue to "entertain" the young master while Mrs J cooks up an evening meal in time for Mum and Dad returning around 5.30 to 6.00 pm. Drive back across the city and home for around 7.00.

Today, when I got into the car - Ibiza - to start the drive home, I was watching the dash display, as I always do, when starting the engine to be sure all the lights were behaving etc when I noticed the recorded mileage was standing at 22222! What's the chances of actually seeing that? A small thing but I am very pleased I actually witnessed it!
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Today I cycled past the 50mile mark I. Chose to go to Chanonry Point on the Black Isle. Had to do bit off my route to make up the miles. It was far too hot really but off I went. First 25 were pretty easy, coffee and a goody at a beach cafe, great scenery. On the way home I hit the wall at the 40 mile mark. Bum was very sore by this time although I stopped off at a wooded clump off road to rub muscle gel into my buttocks Made it home unscathed and well chuffed with myself. Thatís me for a while for anything too long.
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Quote Originally Posted by Pugglt Auld Jock View Post

Today, when I got into the car - Ibiza - to start the drive home, I was watching the dash display, as I always do, when starting the engine to be sure all the lights were behaving etc when I noticed the recorded mileage was standing at 22222! What's the chances of actually seeing that? A small thing but I am very pleased I actually witnessed it!
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...but I'm that tragic and yes that is the actual colour of the dash in person it's not a weird camera effect.

Sons first day of nursery today...how the fudge is he 3?
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...but I'm that tragic and yes that is the actual colour of the dash in person it's not a weird camera effect.

Sons first day of nursery today...how the fudge is he 3?


That looks like a FullRack above the 80'odd thousand


First day at nursery..
Was it well received ?

My son loved nursery.. he got a breakfast as soon as he got there.. (bigger one than the other kids) and only 30 mins after he had one at home..
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Somewhere I have a photograph, not digital, of Dad's Stag dials. Mileometer reading 00000, the trip with a few hundred miles on, rev coounter reading and speed showing around 50mph.
Returning from a Triumph club event on Plymouth Hoe, somewhere on the A38 near Exeter, mileometer just went around past the 99999 mark. Difficult to do these days with the extra digit.
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Today I cycled past the 50mile mark I. Chose to go to Chanonry Point on the Black Isle. Had to do bit off my route to make up the miles. It was far too hot really but off I went. First 25 were pretty easy, coffee and a goody at a beach cafe, great scenery. On the way home I hit the wall at the 40 mile mark. Bum was very sore by this time although I stopped off at a wooded clump off road to rub muscle gel into my buttocks Made it home unscathed and well chuffed with myself. Thatís me for a while for anything too long.
Good on ya!

Regarding the sore backside, there is some pricey stuff sold for it in bike shops called Chamois Buttír. Maybe it works. Donít know, cuz Iím cheap. On this side of the pond, there is an agricultural product known as Bag Balm.

https://bagbalm.com/

Farmers use it on cows udders to keep them from chafing after milking AND many cyclists swear by it for saddle ass. Including this one. I donít know if itís available in your area but it wouldnít hurt to check with a Farm store for a similar product.
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Good on ya!

Regarding the sore backside, there is some pricey stuff sold for it in bike shops called Chamois Buttír. Maybe it works. Donít know, cuz Iím cheap. On this side of the pond, there is an agricultural product known as Bag Balm.

https://bagbalm.com/

Farmers use it on cows udders to keep them from chafing after milking AND many cyclists swear by it for saddle ass. Including this one. I donít know if itís available in your area but it wouldnít hurt to check with a Farm store for a similar product.
Aye, loads of stuff on the market, I have padded shorts, but bottom line, no pun intended, no matter what you wear, things get numb. That sort of cream is no good for me as my problem is numbness of the buttock area, no chaffing. Ibuprofen gel does help a bit. Bike shops will tell you that finding the ideal cycle seat is the way to go, but you end up spending a small fortune. The seat I have is an expensive quality product. At the end of the day, on long runs, standing up out of the saddle is the only answer.
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