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  • mildred
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    Reply to: Megève

    Oh and a free bus from Beaufort.

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    Reply to: Megève

    If you’re in that neck of the woods Forget Megève and visit Col Des Saisies – there’s loads of good trails including an epic down the Albertville. Great little campsite in Beaufort just down the hill, which is a lovely little village with cheap eateries and a little supermarket.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Yvette Cooper

    She might not be ‘exciting’ but she is one of a few credible politicians left.

    She’s incredibly perceptive and subtle, never overreacting or adopting the current tendency for scandalising everything – there’s a reason she chairs the home affairs select committee & was unopposed at the last election to this role; it’s an utter joy to watch her question colleagues and systematically dismantle any poorly presented argument. It’s like watching a surgeon at work.

    If Labour could just see sense and realise that as any party drifts left or right they begin to alienate the majority then she’d make a very capable and respected PM who I’d vote for in the drop of a hat.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Having a great day at BMCC until I took out a sign post with my face! (4K POV)

    Great video and you looked like you were enjoying yourself – hope you’re ok.

    That’s a brilliant example of target fixation – where you stare at something and that’s where you end up going. Happens a lot with piste skiers and lift uprights, and unfortunately summmer motorcyclists (where it can be fatal).

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    Reply to: Who fancies doing a fast Nurburgring lap on a Honda Africa Twin, then?

    That rider knows the ring well – doesn’t miss a single apex & doesn’t chase the car – simply rides their own ride. Fast.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Frame flex to help handling when angled over

    This is very much horses for courses & based upon. What exactly you’re trying to achieve (comfort vs performance etc).

    Many years ago I was involved in Karting & quite a few school karting teams used wooden chassis. They tended to work very well; stiff chassis would invariably lift wheels when cornering but because wood has so much flex it enabled all four wheels/tyre to remain in contact with the ground, thus maintaining the grip of all tyres, thus enabling the driver to maintain higher cornering speed. Very effective when done right.

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    Reply to: Sell Commencal Meta AM to get a Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 – Good idea or pointless?

    Those tyres are big & heavy – swap them both & get rid of the tubes if they’re fitted.

    Though small weight loss at the wheels doesn’t sound like much, you’ll see more benefits whilst trail riding than any other situation. If you think of trail riding as just a load of slowing down then accelerating, this is when you notice a difference. If you were merely steady pace road or canal towpath riding then you wouldn’t notice much difference with a lighter wheels setup.

    Also, big sticky race tyres are exactly that – big & sticky. They’re designed to grip the surface on which you’re riding, thus creating more friction/drag etc. Fast rolling dual compound tyres are great this time of year. I also find tyre pressure has a big impact.

    As mentioned above, there’s not a lot between the bikes and I wouldn’t put much faith in the comparative magazine tests either – you’d need to try both yourself. There’s a lot you can try on your current bike before spending any big chunks of cash.

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    Reply to: What to do with concrete paving slabs

    These were my patio; council slabs on a 300 year old house looked shite. Replacing them with stone.

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    Reply to: What to do with concrete paving slabs

    Will give freecycle, gumtree et al a try – and yes, having lifted and moved them all by hand they’re bloody heavy!

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    Reply to: Buying a used shock

    I’ve always trusted to the pics and never been let down.

    If it’s genuinely been used so little he won’t be able to produce service proof as he won’t have had one yet. If it’s a good deal and a decent chunk less than new then go for it; worst thing that will happen is you having to stump up for a service.

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    Reply to: Cost for ski patrol rescue – France?

    Forgot to mention that my lad broke his arm on the 1st day this year in Morzine. Clinic were more than happy to fit hi-tech removable cast rather than the above elbow version. Clinic were brilliant but really couldn’t care less about E111 – just chuckles and said claim from insurance.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Cost for ski patrol rescue – France?

    Where the **** can you get off piste ski insurance, which also includes park, for a family for twenty quid?

    Dream on

    We pay 3€ per day on our ski pass and it covers the lot. This is with snowrisk. Honest, it’s not a dream..!

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    mildred
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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    She’s burnt the bridges with the people who for some utterly bizarre reason were keeping her in post. The tory remainers don’t have any option now if a new no confidence vote is called by Corbyn, as it surely will be if her MV3 is defeated or no deal looks likely

    The “utterly bizarre reason” is that everyone knows this is a poison chalice & spells political death, irrespective of the outcome, for anyone who takes the job in during this shit storm.

    Corbyn is looking increasingly ineffective and hasn’t offered anything other than political posturing, and the Lib-Dems lost credibility long ago in many people’s eyes. Who/what is the alternative to May. I think she’s viewed within her own party as a necessary idiot and is currently serving a purpose for which nobody else in the Conservative party has the appetite.

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    Reply to: Returning a lease car, how’s it gone for you?

    I handed my Skoda back early & based on how much their letter focussed upon how much rectifying any issues would cost me, I was quite worried when the bloke from BCA arrived.

    He got to my house late and it was now dark so he just got in and drove away saying he’d inspect it the following morning. I wasn’t too worried as it was immaculate – I hardly used it and only did about 3k miles per year, which was part of my decision to get rid of it.

    Anyway, fast forward a month & I still hadn’t heard anything from Skoda until one morning a letter arrived entitled final demand, demanding full and final payment of money owed. I’d been sat waiting for an invoice or bill, and the original letter stated that if I was happy with the amount I didn’t need to do anything as the money would be taken by direct debit within 14 days. I hadn’t received any other correspondence from VW finance so I paid the amount owed, which amounted to 5 months rental (handed back 5 months early).

    I thought nothing more of it until a further month later when I got a credit reference rating through which showed that I’d gone from excellent and above UK average to poor..! VW finance had reported that I’d made 5 months of late payments.

    I eventually got this overturned but couldn’t get them to see my point of view – they reversed it because they said their letter did not state that late payments will adversely affect my credit rating, whereas my issue was that they never told me how much to pay and when to pay it. I never received any correspondence outlining this. They simply couldn’t see that this was an issue, it was more the wording of their “final demand” (which, incidentally was their only demand) that they admitted was at fault.

    All I’d say is check every bit of correspondence to the smallest detail.

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    Reply to: Raceface aeffect cranks loosening!!

    Mine did this when I first got the bike (Cube reaction). As mentioned, you need to torque them a lot more than you think – I mean A LOT more.

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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    that 12.9m includes EU citizens (i.e. not a UK passport holder) who live and work in the UK and therefore pay taxes and vote in everything else, but were excluded from voting. can’t find the specific number via google

    According to google there were 46,500,001 eligible referendum voters and 33,551,983 actually voted. That leaves 12,948,018 people who were eligible to vote but did not. I would guess that a great many of those didn’t even realise they could vote.

    Even so, it’s a huge number of people to ignore/forget and pretty stark when you consider the 16.1 million who wanted to remain.

    It’s not a competition with winners and losers (though that’s how it’s being portrayed) & whatever the outcome we’ve all got to live here, so I just don’t get how a vast majority can be ignored by the the idiots in Parliament who essentially failed in their 1 responsibility in our version of democracy.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    There’s several ways of “honouring the result” without just blindly following the will of a statistically insignificant majority.

    Actually it’s very definitely statistically significant; from memory the breakdown was akin the lines of:
    17.6 million Leave
    16.1 million Remain
    12.9 million non votes

    I totally agree with your point though, but what is ridiculous to me is for everyone across all parties and political beliefs (including the media) to repeat the mantra “will of the people”, when in fact it’s the will of 17.6 people or just over 1/3rd of those eligible to vote.

    What is more tragic is that about 29 million people (otherwise known as the majority) are now being ignored. Their hopes, wishes, desires, fears and futures are being totally ignored. Astounding.

    This is disenfranchisement at its biggest, in your face worst. For no politician to recognise that 29 million people or almost 2/3rds of the electorate are being swept under the carpet is utterly bizarre.

    I include the 12.9 million non-voters in this because people rarely not vote for no reason or idleness. Whether we think those reasons are valid is largely irrelevant – reasons are reasons. I suspect, given the public unrest over austerity measures and crumbling public services, many people felt totally hacked off with the whole
    Political process in this country (actually other countries too – Trump didn’t get in by happy chance) so didn’t want to engage, though it was interesting how big the turnout actually was, meaning there is very strong feelings over this from all sides.

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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    Yet we don’t mention it… straight bananas are a bigger headline ☹️

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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    The few leavers I know well enough to talk to can’t understand who we don’t “just leave”. The closest they get to trying to analyse the shit they voted for is along the lines of “the nasty Europeans are trying to make us suffer”.

    Yes this seems to be a depressing reality throughout the last 2 years. I can’t do better than Cougar’s analogy above.

    What is disgusting (as always) is how the media have played upon this over the last few decades. Bonkers Brussels making all these laws…

    The whole sovereignty issue confuses me too. People seemed to be brainwashed into believing our laws are made by unelected EU officials – nobody seems to have any idea of how laws are actually made. I’ve noticed that ECHR enacted by The HR Act is often cited as an example that is stifling security & all sorts… it was written by a Conservative MP.

    As far as I can tell, most EU law is focussed around protecting our rights and freedoms. I’ve not yet come across anything that has disrupted my life for the worse. Has anyone, or is it just another load of claptrap that people spin out when trying to justify idiocy?

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    mildred
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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    Ok, so to continue from the other thread – there as to be a reason people want out, & there has to be a big reason for the government (& the rest of parliament seemingly) to go with it.

    I don’t believe it’s as nuanced as previously mentioned. I don’t think that people looked upon the host of issues that have emerged throughout the debate, and somehow ranked them to form a coherent decision. Most of the people I talk to admit it’s the number of foreigners that bother them. I wouldn’t suggest they’re racist as others have, but I can see they’re certainly uneasy about the numbers coming in. I’m not particularly bothered by it as I can read the ONS reports myself about migration and how it actually helps our economy, but I was struck by how many foreign voices and languages I heard on a recent trip to Peterborough for my daughters passport. Not bothered by it but it stood out to me.

    What I’m getting at, is why has it become such a big divisive “thing”. As mentioned, I don’t recall anyone I know or met demanding to leave the EU, it had more of a feel of an arrogant gesture by Cameron to his more right wing colleagues and voters. Cameron certainly didn’t see this result (like many others).

    So why the wholesale bandwagon jumping? Why is parliament going along with it? Who’s getting rich from it?

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    Reply to: Brexit questions from the terminally confused (me)

    That thread just seems to be an argument with a bit of decent stuff chucked in along the way.

    I guess I’m just hoping Somebody can give me a nutshell version. Kinda like the Readers Digest version.

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    Reply to: Can you name a competent UK politician?

    Yvette Cooper – most credible politician we have in the UK.

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    Reply to: Are you glad you were born?

    I don’t like having asthma though!

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    Reply to: Are you glad you were born?

    Yes I’m glad I was born. I’m so glad I can’t properly put it into words. I have a massive problem with knowing I won’t be here forever; my earliest memory is a full on tantrum when my dad told me that everyone eventually dies.

    That we live then die has never made me wish I’d never lived. That’s just daft. Yes things could often be better, but being alive is the absolute pinnacle for me – I love it.

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    Reply to: Nominate your best value bike bit!

    For me it has to be Hope hubs.

    I’ve currently got 3 pairs of pro2 hubs on various wheelsets.

    I’ve only had to replace one set of rear hub bearings (not the freehub bearings, just the mains) and one side of one front hub. I service them once a year and recently replaced the pawls on one rear. The old pawls were perfect but the springs were past it. I thought they were expensive to start with but considering how old and used some of them are, they’re remarkably cheap over the years – outlasting many frames & forks.

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    Reply to: Do you talk to yourself?

    Mickmcd – are you me? That’s the kind of Bollox I catch myself wondering..!

    I do talk to myself – usually unconsciously rehearsing how I think a discussion will go with the Mrs, but it’s nothing compared to a couple of fellas at work who seem to narrate their whole lives as they live it. It’s like having audio description switched on permanently. Bizarrely it’s not even annoying just very entertaining.

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    Reply to: Headset bearings

    Ta very much, shall call tomorrow.

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    Reply to: Cheap screws!!! A poor workman etc…

    Worse than cheap screws are cheap screw driver bits. **** me static – I’ve gone through about 100 in the last few months..!

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    Reply to: Quadrophenia

    Great film & awesome soundtrack.

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    Reply to: External cladding advice please

    Forgot to mention I’m using tanalised shiplap T&G.

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    Reply to: Retro DH – the days before single rings…

    Knowledge is power:

    Steve Peat’s Kona Hei Hei (?) is the same frame (pretty much same bike) as Dave Cullinan’s Iron Horse FS works.

    Made in Italy and designed by Marzocchi.

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    Reply to: Existential (MTB) Crisis

    I would just agree to whatever she says then slowly start doing it again.

    To be honest, and without being too harsh,  if you’re getting injuries as serious as this, she’s got a point.

    from a riding point of view, I would seriously consider a skills course or take things back to basics. You sound like you’re trying to ride things way past your ability, yet accepting it as a part of MTBing… it’s not. Get some help.

    As for it being a symptom of a more serious problem in your relationship, only you can tell that but my first instinct is to say get over yourself – you are being selfish if you put biking above your relationships.

    what I don’t understand is how it has to be “all or nothing”? Either pursuing your hobby to the point of maiming yourself or not doing it at all. Learn that there’s shades of grey and different degrees to which you can participate in an activity. Don’t make promises you don’t mean, like getting rid of your bikes etc. Just explain what it means to you and work out how our can take part in a less intrusive way. Christmas is coming so ask Santa for a skills course.

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