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spikey eye bw
hawkida
This morning the train was extremely packed, for some reason. I arrived at the station later than I'd have liked, too. My bike currently has a slow puncture and the front tyre needs reinflating about once a week. Actually, what it really needs is a new inner tube because the valve has something wrong with it that makes it really difficult to attach the bike pump in such a way that will let air into the tyre. I've been meaning to get a decent foot pump to make this whole thing easier but haven't quite found time so the bike is out of action until I remember to set aside an hour to fight with the bicycle pump.

So I walked and arrived in plenty of time for the train, but not enough time to place myself at the front of the crowd waiting to get on. The only options once I got on were to stand or to sit in the smoking carriage.

I should have stood. I have a vaguely sore throat and I stink. I find it quite annoying that so much space is given over to smokers on the train, too. The carriage I was in was approximately 20% full of seated people, the rest of the train was packed. Clearly there isn't much of a call for the smoking carriage so why inconvenience so many other people?

Well, it's not a great start to the week, and this is the first five day week I'll have done in ages (should have been last week, if I'd not been ill) so expect grumpiness.

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The was a huge massive outcry of, well no complaints at all when I worked for Virgin and they abolished smoking carriges on their long distance trains. If the train was running early (they do sometimes, I was on one that was 30 mins early once) the driver would let people out to have a fag, announcing something like "we're stopping here 15 mins, enjoy" If Virgin can make people expect to go Penzance to Aberdeen without a tab, I'm sure the shorter commuter routes could. But I don't work there anymore, I don't care!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry, I still take great pleasure in having packed that job.)

Inner tubes and bicycle pumps

2 recommendations:

(1) Get inner tubes with self-healing gunk in them. With e.g. 'slime', your slow puncture might never have troubled you. They cost more (but it's worth it), and there's a slight performance overhead (but I've never noticed). I expect I will eventually put these on all our bikes. Main drawback is that they are bigger when uninflated, so more bulk if you're carrying spares. If you have a spectacular puncture, things can get slimy.
(There is also a DIY option for 'slime', but I've heard mixed reports).

(2) Get a 'track pump', not a 'foot pump' unless you want to use this for car tyres as well. Even then, consider a track pump. 2 handed pumps with a footbrace are easier to use than foot pumps. They're also far faster than traditional pumps or modern mini-pumps. They normally retail for between £15-£40, but even the cheapest ones are real effort savers.

Re: Inner tubes and bicycle pumps

Thanks for the info. I'll bear it in mind.

Are you full of bike-replacement advice as well? You seem like you might be. I want a better bike. I went for the cheapest I could find when I was low on income a few years ago and wound up with a bottom of the range so-called mountain bike that is actually a men's bike and is too big for me. It's heavy and cumbersome and I want something I'm more eager to ride, really. It needs to be chunky to some degree - I've buckled far too many racing-bike wheels to want to go down that route again. But beyond that I don't know what to look for. I guess I'd pay up to £250, but the cheaper the better.

Re: Inner tubes and bicycle pumps

Can bore for England if you let me.

Obviously, the more you spend the better the chance of getting something really nice, but beyond a certain point you really need to be convinced you're getting a benefit.

The sweet spot for bicycle pricing seems to have been £300 or so for more than a decade. For £200 to £250, by watching sales and offers you can sometimes pick up a very good bike (usually in last year's paint job). Otherwise try to get a bike with compromises that you don't find critical. Rather annoyingly, a problem with cheaper bikes is getting bikes that fit, especially if you're not a medium to tall male.

Whatever, I'll think about what I can post to help. Might also have a word at plokta.con.

Re: Inner tubes and bicycle pumps

Whatever, I'll think about what I can post to help. Might also have a word at plokta.con.

Yep, let's talk. If fifty quid will make a big difference then I'm prepared to up my price. However, I need to be careful about buying something whizzy and attractive to theives as it will sit locked up at the train station for extended periods.

Peterborough seems to be very well planned for cyclists from what I've seen of it. I'd like to see what's further down the cycle path next to the river sooner or later.

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