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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active May 2015
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    Moped / autocycle panniers are suitably cavernous and weight is not an issue: I carry a small bottle of sanitizing hand gel as part of the tool kit - used frequently for hand cleaning after roadside 'maintenance' and theoretically* might act as an alternative lubricant. Drum brakes front and rear means I shouldn't have to worry about lubricating the braking surfaces.

    *one of my many unproven theories - as yet untested given to the lack of punctures so far, and if I'm wrong my insurance includes recovering the bike to home...

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    Read this yesterday with interest. My difficulties are with 2-19 moped tyres on 60 year old chromed steel rims - clearly different to TB14s, but much the same problem of a 'tight' tyre.
    Entertained myself for a few hours yesterday evening, comprehensively failing to fit a tyre, even after following all the advice I could find.
    Decided the biggest problem was getting the tyre to move in and out of the 'well' in the middle of the rim.
    Lubricated with diluted washing up liquid this morning - went on easily with a pair of plastic tyre levers...

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    Screwed the battens to the wall - packed with wedges / scrap to give vertical - marked a constant distance from the wall to give a guideline - remove screws and cut to line.

    wall contour


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    Similar problem at a previous house: I resorted to battens shaped on one side to the profile of the wall using a spoke shave - doubtless there is a more modern power tool that will do the job, but shavings are much easier to clear up than dust. Said battens varied from 1/4" to 1. 1/4" thick, and allowed a ply panel to be fitted true, or at least as close enough, screwing through the ply and batten into the wall.
    The biggest problem I found was drilling into Victorian brick - carbide masonry drills were good for no more than two holes...

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    Congratulations on mental discipline regarding self reward.
    An observation on evil-looking spiders: if you're lucky they are thriving by eating swarms of bendy-legged blood sucking mosquito type bastards that would otherwise spoil a good barbecue by being higher in the food chain than you are.
    BTW nice path - didn't destroy the lawn or border - well done.

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    Given that you need the slot (or two halves) to get it round the seat tube and tighten up, 1.1/4"x16swg aluminium tube and a hacksaw would be close enough and give you 50 such shims for half the price.
    ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-Roun­d-Tube-Pipe-/281138606896?pt=LH_DefaultD­omain_3&var=580271779796&hash=item41752a­b330
    Then sell the unwanted 49 shims to cover your costs...

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    Cheap enough / soft enough to file to size?

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    I've just paid £170 for the annual service for a gas boiler and fire.
    That would offset quite a bit of price difference between gas and electric heating - plus all the cost and issues of certification if you're a landlord - right up to the point where your electric heater burns out due to insufficient flow (hot tap not turned on full) which happened more than once at my parent's place...

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    Roger Dean (Views) was part of the background when I was studying. Most of the common room walls were covered with posters - admittedly this was a time when a triple album sleeve was 4 feet long and a foot high (Yessongs) - something you don't get with a download...
    rogerdean.com/picture-databas­e/

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    Most brokers have an 'instant quote' link on their websites though you'll need details such as registration number and current mileage possibly. I've recently used Peter James Insurance (peterjamesinsurance.co.uk/) having been thoroughly pissed off by Lexham's couldn't-care-less attitude since they were bought by Ageas.
    What impressed me was the on-line quote exactly matched the one over the phone, and the lad who answered the phone was not thrown by odd requirements such as insurance for an unregistered 1950s 'moped' using a bicycle frame number.
    Answering the original question, £84 for two mopeds fully comp and unlimited mileage, but then I'm old(ish) and the bikes are older still - no idea for something modern with 'gt' in the name.

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