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Grow Your Own / Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Last post by hatler on Today at 01:34:29 pm »

Front of the plot is horseradish infested. Tactics to overcome this (for the last seven years) has been to put that black plastic stuff down and then place about eight 'tyre towers' in which we have been growing, squashes, courgettes and cucumbers. This has the added advantage of keeping them off the ground and away from slugs.

Mrs hatler has had a letter today saying that the tyre towers must be removed within the month.

FFS. She's just planted a whole bunch of stuff in them.
The Pub / Re: what I have learned today.
« Last post by Cudzoziemiec on Today at 01:24:35 pm »
That the Faroe islands had prohibition of alcohol from 1907 to 1992, following a referendum.
UN55 BBs are still around but production has ceased. The nominal replacement is the UN300 but it has a less than stellar longevity reputation.
The Knowledge / Have UN55 bottom brackets been discontinued?
« Last post by mzjo on Today at 01:08:43 pm »
Forgive the question if someone has already posted the answer.

I went looking for a couple of these today on the web with varying success. Discounting the offer from ebay (which I do automatically 'cos I don't trust it - with some experiences that have taught me the hard way!) the rest was a bit pessimistic. Two things struck me. Amazon had an offer but on inspection the response was "not available" with no date when/if they would become available. XXCycle (who are usually pretty good at this sort of thing) said "no longer commercialised". Other shops had a varied selection of odd sizes or UN300 bottom brackets in place of UN55 (UN300 look in the photos and appear by the price to be an inferior  product). XXCycle have Stronglight which are a bit more expensive than Shimano but will do quite nicely.

So the question; have Shimano stopped selling UN55 bbs and is this all part of a move to make us convert to external bearings and fugly modern chainsets?
Just checked and Kiss Radio in Canada is still playing Rage against the machine - killing in the name ;)

20 hours and counting - thread about it here

The Pub / Re: Super-Twat
« Last post by Andy64 on Today at 12:56:55 pm »
Wot's 'e done now? Had a quick look at the beeb, couldn't see anything. Not that I'm surprised to see him here

Bernie Eccleston - "I'd still take a bullet for Putin, because he's a first class person... & a sensible person"
The Pub / Re: Super-Twat
« Last post by spesh on Today at 12:55:51 pm »

Given the state of Russia's armed forces in Ukraine, was that wise of him to say that?

"Dear Comrade Bernard Sidneyvych,

Fraternal greetings!

You are hearby invited to report to the Donetsk recruitment office by July 15th 2022 at the latest.

Love and hugs,

OT Knowledge / Re: Senior Railcard
« Last post by hellymedic on Today at 12:53:22 pm »
A friend who is deaf, has mobility problems (ataxia) and low vision, has a railcard which, she says, allows an accompanying person to travel for just £5.
My Disabled Person's Railcard gives me + AN Other ⅓ off the normal fare.
The Knowledge / Re: clunk of the folder - what have I missed
« Last post by mzjo on Today at 12:51:29 pm »
With plastic cupped BB - I had two frames with these in (plastic NDS, steel DS), the frames had never had the paint cleared from the threads, plastic cups were rather tight when extracted and the threads had lost their tops. I cleaned the threads before fitting ally cupped BBs.

I approach the job wiith some trepidation. Plastic both sides, cheap alu frame put together by an Italian, what could go wrong? ??? ??? At least it would appear to be ISO, not italian, threads.
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