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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    slowbike wrote:
    elbowloh wrote:
    I feel I may have started something with my rant. Maybe there should be a separate Dadsnet or cycledads thread...

    Anyway, new tactic last night. Discovered that an elephant soother / blanket thingy, which he has never showed any interest in before is now a magic wand for a) getting him to sleep in the first place and b) getting him back to sleep when he wakes up in the night.
    Absolutely !!

    :) glad the new tactic worked - hopefully it'll be a long term thing - 4 years in and we mostly get full nights sleep, just the odd interruption - like unsettled - probably because he started school ..
    Well, it lasted a couple of days, then stopped working. However, last night he just put himself to sleep without any assistance (did wake a few times in the night, but nothing major).

    phew.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    Yesterday evening; too tired to keep working from home, do homework w/ 7 y.o., home chores, and then be arsed to cook Ratatouille. Let's just hope I'll have the strength later today.

    In other news: my Edge 25 and my Nokia have split up. Can't even see each other.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,291
    elbowloh wrote:
    Well, it lasted a couple of days, then stopped working. However, last night he just put himself to sleep without any assistance (did wake a few times in the night, but nothing major).

    phew.
    yup - they do it just to throw you off the scent ... I'm sure they work to a strict schedule of when they're going to let you get some sleep ....
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,119
    elbowloh wrote:
    Just seen this on the Guardian. Now, obviously this nutter should be caught, prosecuted and banged up, but this is probably going to get undue media attention now in relation to other violent crimes committed by arseholes who were not on a bike.
    Even when you watch the video, it comes up with a suggested discussion point of "do cyclists think they are above the law?" this is one incident, a "cyclist" not "cyclists".

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -in-london

    I know its of the man bite dogs variety of news reporting, and you certainly cant condone it, but that every national newspaper & media outlet covers it

    where as this, which also happened in London...not even headlined as motorist hit & runs on a teenage cyclist anymore (the earlier article at least mentioned it was a cyclist who was crushed by the car)
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/p ... 33581.html
  • seajaysseajays Posts: 323
    Not cycling. The siren call of Steam gaming platform special offers drew me in on Monday with £10 for a game normally nearly £40.

    Bought game, then finally had to admit I definitely don't have the PC to do it justice any more and have now spent another £350 on new hardware so I can play it. :lol:

    Steam. Everything would have been fine without you... :wink:
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    seajays wrote:
    Not cycling. The siren call of Steam gaming platform special offers drew me in on Monday with £10 for a game normally nearly £40.

    Bought game, then finally had to admit I definitely don't have the PC to do it justice any more and have now spent another £350 on new hardware so I can play it. :lol:

    Steam. Everything would have been fine without you... :wink:
    I can't keep up with the PC harware anymore. When I was looking for a new phone, ee were doing a deal where if you got a sony phone, you got a PS4 for free...Red Dead Redemption 2 ordered straight away to go with it.

    Not that i have much time anymore to play the bloody thing.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,291
    elbowloh wrote:
    Not that i have much time anymore to play the bloody thing.

    Try playing it with the squidling ... at 2am ...
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    slowbike wrote:
    elbowloh wrote:
    Not that i have much time anymore to play the bloody thing.

    Try playing it with the squidling ... at 2am ...

    And little elbowloh will end up thinking think Coopster's posts in the Brexit thread are those of a left-wing, SJW snowflake...

    My gaming high is now provided by a Switch that both kids love. I love it too, and so does my father. My wife, or my mother? Not so much! I've suggested maybe grandad may get a switch for Xmas, which has been received with a death stare from my mom.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,291
    er - a switch, beyond being a method to turn things on/off, to me, is something I plug network cables in ...

    wtf is a switch?!

    btw - we use our phones as gaming base for Little SB ... Thomas Minis is a favourite ... for him, not for us ... although it does usually give us some leeway to get the jobs sorted!
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    A switch is Nintendo's latest console, which can be played as a portble device, or hooked up to the telly. Really evil.
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  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    Back on a cycling rant...

    It seems my rear aksium is finally giving up the ghost. It has a few corroded nipples and, until recently, two loose spokes I couldn't seemingly tighten. On the ride to work this moring, the sound was not encouraging. Can now confirm 4 out of 20 spokes are loose, and I couldn't really tighten any with a spoke key, or with a spoke key plus pliers. The 9 km in the short path way back home are going to be tense.

    Meanwhile, of course, cyclescheme haven't yet given me the voucher my employer approved a week ago for the bloody zondas...
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    Back on the gaming - I have a Switch also got one pretty much at launch because the Legend of Zelda series of games are my all time faves. Still haven't bloody finished Breath of the Wild. I wanted to take my time and explore the whole game, but now i've run out of time!
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    elbowloh wrote:
    Back on the gaming - I have a Switch also got one pretty much at launch because the Legend of Zelda series of games are my all time faves. Still haven't bloody finished Breath of the Wild. I wanted to take my time and explore the whole game, but now i've run out of time!

    Zelda's been 100 years in Hyrule castle. Surely she can wait a little more?
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,375
    Burying a friend and one of us at just 36, leaves a young family behind as well. 20p for the swearbox Cancer 20p for the swearbox it in the 20p for the swearbox
    Rule #5 // Harden The 20p for the swearbox Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,178
    itboffin wrote:
    Burying a friend and one of us at just 36, leaves a young family behind as well. fark Cancer fark it in the ars*
    :cry:

    That hurts.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    Sorry about your loss. 36 is way too early.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    So, on the the commute this morning was sat at the lights to enter Vauxhall Cross from Wandworth road. There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.

    Next, as I was going up Charing Cross Road, there was a chap dampening down the pavement outside the new Foyles development and he (deliberately it seemed) tried to hose me down as I passed (it was aimed at the pavement, but then he raised it up, in the air and into the road across my path) and i swerved a bit to avoid.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • TGOTBTGOTB Posts: 4,828
    elbowloh wrote:
    There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.
    Don't you know that if you sweep/pour/drop something into the gutter, or even better into a storm drain, it ceases to exist?

    The pub next to Temple tube station used to sweep a mess of 20p for the swearbox ends, broken glass and other detritus into the road on a daily basis.
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,950
    TGOTB wrote:
    elbowloh wrote:
    There was a chap from one of the building works there sweeping up the pavement and he just brushed all the detritus into the road, right where I would be going once the lights were green. Great. Thanks.
    Don't you know that if you sweep/pour/drop something into the gutter, or even better into a storm drain, it ceases to exist?

    The pub next to Temple tube station used to sweep a mess of 20p for the swearbox ends, broken glass and other detritus into the road on a daily basis.
    Now, he could have been doing it as they had hired a road sweeper to follow-up, who knows, but in the mean time, it was a bit annoying.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 1,621
    Fun chat with a white van man on the way home. Riding on a gradual downhill with 2 cars not far in front, he decides he needs to overtake. Gets halfway past me and realises he can't overtake me properly without kissing bumpers with the car in front. So he just sits next to me and begins to ease over towards the kerb (and me) instead.

    I give him 1 decent knock on the side panel so he knows I'm there. He pulls back out slightly and a little way up the road pulls over, window down. Now he's not screaming at me so I pull up ready for a reasonable talk.

    Did you hit my van??
    I knocked on your van yeah.
    Why you hitting my van? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you hitting my van?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    Why you hitting my van? Don't hit my van! Do you have a car?
    Yeah...?
    Would you like it if someone hit your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't hit my van!
    Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
    DON'T HIT MY VAN! *drives off*

    I overtook him at the queue 200m up the road and gave a friendly wave, didn't see him again.

    Think he was hoping for an apology for hitting his van but if it's a choice between his van hitting me or me knocking on it and doing no damage other than to his feelings then I'd do the same every time.
    Genesis Croix de Fer
    Cube Attain
  • In my experience of doing this, the fact he didn't subsequently attempt to kill you is a positive. I would not hit someone's car/van unless it's the only way not to die.
    and then the next thing you know
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,683
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,334
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.
    Did you shout at me??
    I shouted at you yeah.
    Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
    Yeah...?
    Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
    Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
    DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • cruff wrote:
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.
    Did you shout at me??
    I shouted at you yeah.
    Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
    Yeah...?
    Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
    Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
    DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*

    Experience tells me it more likely would be:

    Did you shout at me??
    I shouted at you yeah.
    Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    F** off you C***. F***ING C***. *drives off*
    and then the next thing you know
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,334
    cruff wrote:
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.
    Did you shout at me??
    I shouted at you yeah.
    Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    Why you shouting at me? Don't shout at me! Do you have a car?
    Yeah...?
    Would you like it if someone shouted at you while you were in your car? The car you've worked hard to pay for? Don't shout at me!
    Well if it was a choice between them knocking on ...
    DON'T SHOUT AT ME! *drives off*

    Experience tells me it more likely would be:

    Did you shout at me??
    I shouted at you yeah.
    Why you shouting at me? I knew you were there. You shouldn't be trying to undertake people.
    I wasn't undertaking you...
    Yeah you were I overtook, then you started trying to undertake me. Why you shouting at me?
    You got about halfway past me and stopped, then started pulling over towards me, that's why I...
    F** off you C***. F***ING C***. *drives off*
    Possibly more accurate, yes
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 766
    F** off you C***. F***ING C*** = You're right, I know it. Cursing and hiding is how I admit it
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,119
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

    yeah but can they hear you ? whilst I know banging on vans is really really bad idea I have been tempted to give some of these numpties overtaking me lately a good slap on the side or roof, which shows how close theyve been getting, but sticking the tongue stick out and blowing kisses for the time being
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 1,621
    awavey wrote:
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

    yeah but can they hear you ? whilst I know banging on vans is really really bad idea I have been tempted to give some of these numpties overtaking me lately a good slap on the side or roof, which shows how close theyve been getting, but sticking the tongue stick out and blowing kisses for the time being

    That's the thing yeah. Totally agree you risk escalating things but I was halfway down the side of his van, on the opposite side to him, and his passenger window was shut. You'd have to shout pretty loud.
    Genesis Croix de Fer
    Cube Attain
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,291
    awavey wrote:
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

    yeah but can they hear you ?
    At the volume I can get to? The whole queue of vehicles hear it - even with their windows closed and music cranked up ...

    I've never had the opportunity to tap on someones vehicle - by the time I notice they're coming past too close they've gone ... fortunately...
  • pangolin wrote:
    awavey wrote:
    fenix wrote:
    I'd have just shouted - quicker and you don't take a hand off the bars - banging on vans is a shortcut to roadrage.

    yeah but can they hear you ? whilst I know banging on vans is really really bad idea I have been tempted to give some of these numpties overtaking me lately a good slap on the side or roof, which shows how close theyve been getting, but sticking the tongue stick out and blowing kisses for the time being

    That's the thing yeah. Totally agree you risk escalating things but I was halfway down the side of his van, on the opposite side to him, and his passenger window was shut. You'd have to shout pretty loud.

    Was he moving forward?
    and then the next thing you know
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