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Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Nov 2017

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    Canary Wharf police who apparently don't give a fuck

    They're not police. They're private security guards, with uniforms that ought to get them nicked for impersonating a copper.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Sealy Posturepedic - free to good home (well, any home really) ...

    Reasonable condition (not too many stains ...) but it's a few years old and definitely secondhand: decent enough for a spare room though.

    Collect from SE7 - PM if interested. You've probably got about a week before we put it out for the council to pick up.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    A new window unit will cost £80

    Probably not.

    We knocked our rear wall out recently and replaced it with a glass bifurcating door.

    They're not cheap.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    600 Tricolore RD any good?

    Probably not if the OP's looking for Campag, but you never know ...

    Think I've got a Veloce knocking around, but probably 9-speed - too late?

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    Musty Springfield

    Dully Parton

    The Incredible String Bland

    Rink Floyd

    Depeche Chode

  • in Rides & Races
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    The three course lunch with wine thing may be a French affectation - but one I think should be encouraged. I think you get a whistle as a five minute warning before departure - but you'd best have already finished your faffing.

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    Cheers, I hadn't looked on Toolstation. Although I really need a definitive answer from building control on how many smoke alarms I need, 8 seems excessive for a 3 bed flat but details on what you need if you don't have fire doors is scarce.

    Have a look at Aico/Ei gear - several different ranges, and radio link bases so you can make the alarms talk to each other where running cables isn't going to happen. Ours are powered from the local lighting circuit, with long-life battery backup, so all I had to do was run a couple of feet of cable above the ceiling from each light fitting.

    The installation guide on their site is pretty good in terms of suggesting where you should site them. (But yes, eight sounds about right if you're putting one in every circulating and living space - 3x beds, 2 or 3 in hall/landing/stair, 2 or 3 in kitchen/dining/living.)

    As for suppliers, the SafeLincs site is reasonable - rarely the cheapest, but fairly competitive, and lets you see a lot of ranges in one place. (I think it started as a trading arm of a safety partnership including the local fire service, so again, they're pretty good on advice.)

    Mind you, I think we got our alarms in dribs and drabs from a bunch of ebay sellers, and saved a fortune.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Saw one fixed last year but he dnf'ed

    Might have been me. It's perfectly doable on fixed (64" and 24" for me), I just ran out of inclination about 200km in, and faced with the choice of another hundred hilly km, or 6km downhill on an A road to a station decided I'd get the train, then head to the arrivee and pretend to help serve stew while really drinking beer.

    But if I ride it this year I'll have a full set of gears - was only doing it on fixed because I hadn't been arsed to rebuild my geared bike after breaking it earlier in the year.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Cats cradle of zip ties works fine, and if you're concerned about the aesthetics it's pretty discreet.

    I think I did one round each chainstay, one linking them, and one round the 'bridge' going through a hole in the guard.

    P-clip and zip ties might feel more secure or elegant, not sure it would have many practical benefits though.