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  • butcher replied to the topic Holiday April sun/roadying in the forum Chat Forum 19 hours ago

    There are LOADS of bike hire places in Majorca. Some hotels even hire them… The north east is popular, if you set up camp somewhere around Port de Pollenca you’ll have everything you need for cycling.

    Got mine from Mallorca Bike Hire, partly because they set up their brakes to English standard with front lever on the right. Can recommend them,…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic Do you carry a pump? in the forum Bike Forum 1 day ago

    Would never dream of not carrying a pump. The number of times I’ve had to inflate a tyre several times because there’s a minute piece of untraceable glass in there, a patch has failed, I’ve nipped a tube, spare tube is knackered, etc, etc…

    Have stopped to help people in the exact same position, who have fixed a puncture twice, only to watch it…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic MOT failures in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    Always driven old cars. Never paid more than 2k for one. I reckon on average I probably have a 70% pass rate over the years, failing once every 3 or 4 years.

    Do most of my own work on them though, so anything obvious is fixed before it goes in.

    Take the same car to different MOT places and chances are you’ll get different minor fault r…

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  • In terms of finding routes, a local club or group would be ideal to show you round of course, but you can also try places like Strava, RideWithGps, etc. You should be able to find plenty of local routes with these, and if you view OSM Cycle maps, you’ll also be able to see the national cycle network, which is useful for finding quiet roads and…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic No petrol or diesel cars? in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Whar about those of us who live in rural areas?

    What is the question? The original quote doesn’t really apply to you since you don’t live in the city.

    Unless you’re asking why this is not being extended to rural areas?

  • butcher replied to the topic Smoking break vs Time in lieu in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Screen break not a break from work.

    As I say. Just because you’re away from your desk, does not necessarily mean you’re not working.

    It does, so long as you afford non-smokers regular “not-smoking breaks” also. Totally with you on the ‘thinking time,’ I’ve done some of my best work whilst driving to / from work or having a poo. It’s when smoker…

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  • butcher replied to the topic Smoking break vs Time in lieu in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    No, it doesn’t.

    “short, frequent breaks are more satisfactory than occasional, longer breaks: e.g., a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes continuous screen and/or keyboard work is likely to be better than a 15 minute break every 2 hours;”

    https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/vdubreaks.htm

  • butcher replied to the topic Smoking break vs Time in lieu in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    As an ex-smoker, I can tell you my efficiency would plummet rapidly after an hour without smoking.

    In fact, health and safety tells us office workers we should take 5 minutes every hour to rest our eyes – seems a perfect opportunity…

    There is also the assumption that you stop working the moment you leave your desk (and that everyone else is…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic 29ers. Real world v 26?? in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Interested in this one. Still riding 26 and quite happy with my bike. But I am starting to feel left behind, and I do wonder what the difference really equates to in terms of speed over mixed terrain.

    Am I needlessly punishing myself in group rides and events, or are we talking about something that’s only going to give you any notable advantage…[Read more]

  • At the risk of sounding like a total arse, it’s a 14 year old car, number of owners is pretty much irrelevant unless it’s something incredibly special tbh.

    I’d say the opposite. The more owners a car has, the less certain you can be of the history, and the more likely at least one of them has abused it.

    A 14 year old car might be a cheap thr…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic Laptop advice in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    I’m no expert on hardware, but eBuyer have some decent deals. £300 for Lenovo with Ryzen 3, 8Gb Ram, SSD.

    4gb is terrible, I dunno why you think it’s fine.

    4Gb on my Desktop running i5 with SSD. Used for video editing, photo editing, etc. I’m sure there is one, but I honestly notice no difference between that and my 2017 Macbook Pro.

  • butcher replied to the topic The Expanse – Amazon Prime in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Watched about 5 episodes of The Expanse. Found it hard to get into it. I find in a lot of sci-fi the characters are void of any realistic emotion. I want to like it, so maybe I’ll give it another bash some time.

    Two episodes into the Witcher and it comes across as fantasy aimed at teenage girls.

  • In terms of rim brakes/disc, it’s entirely personal preference with both having their advantages.

    A fast, lightweight summer bike on a budget, I’d go for rim brakes.

    A year round bike for general use, not being raced, I’d favour discs.

    At that budget it’s a trade-off between performance and weight.

  • butcher replied to the topic Do I want a Castelli Perfetto? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    I think I must just be a warm rider. Normally wear a fleece-lined jersey and baselayer throughout winter, and I might double up on the baselayers if temps drop to freezing and beyond. Anything more than that I sweat (and I’m not a big sweater) which leads into quite a dramatic drop in body temp the second you stop for any period of time. So my…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    If Labour has gone with “we must have Brexit, but not this Brexit”, they would have been painted as delaying, dithering, and not offering a ‘real Brexit’…

    It’s up to Labour to paint their own picture…

    Yes, they get a hard time from the media, and that’s a huge influencing factor. But as much as I can respect Jeremy Corbyn for his princip…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    I think he probably would. He sold positivity when things looked bleak. As bleak as they do now. A vote for New Labour meant a vote for a better future for everyone. Corbyn sold fear, if you don’t vote for me the Tories will ruin you, unless you’re a billionaire.

    Completely agree with this. Corbyn is a good protester, as are several other mem…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    You are the mental case, it was Corbyns dithering that lost the seats, labours failure to make the case against brexit, instead promising just another tweaked breit

    I have no doubt Brexit swung it, at least in my constituency, which just a few years ago to go Tory was unthinkable.

    However, even before Brexit, he was a communist, a terrorist…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic 2019 General Election in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    67% turnout, utterly depressing that almost exactly a third of the electorate just couldn’t be arsed to get out and vote.

    I’ve heard a lot of people say they won’t be voting this time round because of a lack of trust, or total despair with the options. Yes, they could have voted Green, or whatever. Would the end result have been any d…[Read more]

  • butcher replied to the topic NC500 options in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    There are a lot of single track roads with passing places and absolutely no alternative. The far north literally has 3 roads heading north and one across the north coast, and that’s pretty much it.

    Caravan wouldn’t be ideal, and to be perfectly honest, whilst the scenery is stunning, most of them are not really what you might call driving roads.…[Read more]

  • If the issues stem from purely physical problems, are there any aids that can alleviate them? May be worth looking into.

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