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  1. Back on the bike tomorrow for the next few weeks.
  2. What part of your body must one expose to ward off a sasquatch attack?
  3. Its us hardcore that remain. Hopefully the site will survive. Aside from being a great resource, it's a wonderful worldwide community.
  4. Going to give mine a top to bottom clean and wax today, enjoy the sunshine. Mine is a cabrio, and when I got the car the roof bars were scabby a the corners. I hastily rubbed them down and vinyl wrapped them and they looked good, but aren't wearing well due to using cheap vinyl that I happened to have knocking about. Going to re wrap them with better quality vinyl today.
  5. I'm not worried about Geely's build quality. We all took the pith out of Japanese cars and electronics in much the same way, and look how disastrously wrong we all were. It's astonishing to think that people still haven't heeded that particular history lesson and are making the same preconceptions all over again. I'd be happier still if Daimler actually had nothing to do with the design - since the original 450 they styling has become less adventurous, dull, and derivative, even as the mechanical side matured fairly well. If Geely kicked Herr Daimler in the nuts and stole the entire project I doubt very much they could mismanage the brand any worse than Daimler did under Fraulein Winkler's disastrous tenure. Short of actually closing the brand down for good, I fail to see how anyone could do worse than Daimler have over the last decade.
  6. Indeed! But for vehicles like the MTT Y2K motorbike (an insane production jet engined missile) diesel is the ideal fuel.
  7. Nah, I'm a search manager, so I run the whole shebang on a search.
  8. Drove to work expecting to go onwards to Coventry for SAR training afterwards, but traffic was nose to tail so went home instead. A double pisser, as I could have cycled if I weren't intending to training
  9. Depending on the grade and type, jet fuel is fairly close to kerosene, and theoretically diesels will run happily on that. The only issues may be fuel pumps or injectors are require a specific viscosity and certain lubricating properties, but thermodynamically speaking it's a goer. Similarly, a lot of jet engines will run on diesel, albeit not optimally.
  10. Enjoy! You probably have the only set of poly engine mount inserts in all of Canada!
  11. I'm very lucky that mine seems very clean underneath, not rust on the trid, very little on the suspenders and subframe. With the low mileage etc I think it may have well been a summer car before i acquired it, and spent winter tucked up in a warm garage somewhere.
  12. Drove mine today, for a change. I went shooting, and people kinda get upset if I cycle to the range with a rifle strapped to my back, so in the Smart I went. Weather was quite warm, so got to use the intercooler spray. Works very, very nicely indeed. I'm as happy as a frog in a puddle.
  13. I know someone with a Model S. Forget the advertised range - the moment you start using lights and heater you can knock the thick end of 100 miles off that. Range is what you make of it, with your own usage and driving style. What manufacturers claim, or what federal test figures state, are not terribly relevant. I must agree with the bot about government subsidising buyers. Instead of waving the carrot at buyers, they should we wielding the stick at those that use 6 litre V8 pickups to to go the shops. The solution exists, so they should now be addressing the problem.
  14. People are simply going to have to adapt, and that's the bottom line. Sense simply doesn't come into it. I'm in my 50's and still cycle more miles a year than most people drive (172.1 miles since sunday) so I'm well ahead of the game. Society has brought this upon themselves, so I've little sympathy when society objects and starts the sentence with, "what about....?"
  15. I'm not a fan of PHEV. Its neither fish not fowl. Nothing so pointless as making short to medium journeys dragging round a quarter a tonne or more of engine and gearbox that isn't needed - that's horrifically wasteful. Great for longer journeys when the ICE motor can do the work, but you're then dragging round a hundred kilos of battery + epicyclic transmission that arent't being properly utilised. However they're used they're e environmentally quite inefficient in that regard, which totally u determines the purpose to begin. with. Step beyond PHEV into the realms of full electric but, with a lightweight range extender engine and it starts to make a little more sense. Nevertheless, as battery and power management technology matures PHEV is quickly becoming increasingly redundant. The Netherlands is only 5.5 years away from a total ban on car sales of cars with ICE engines of any kind, and other European countries arent far behind, so was was barely relevant to begin with will become totally obsolete in less than one model cycle.
  16. I've been racking up some good miles this year, and I'm thinking of entering a Sportive later in the year. Do any of you chaps use Strava? I've be happy to befriend anyone who does.
  17. Well, I'm 6'5" and 265lbs, so Hulk Hogan would probably fit. Or Dwayne Johnson. Or both if they can refrain from fighting for long enough. There would be room in the boot for a good supply of steroids too.
  18. I've got a snotty head cold. This, combined with heavy rain forecast for tomorrow and Thursday, means I won't be cycling in to work. I'd like to, but Mrs Chopper would kill me if I tried it. So I'll have to take the Fortwo. Lights and levels checked, battery put on charge, Cadillac 3 CD slipped into the head unit.
  19. I see it as a vehicle, a daily driver, leaving aside that my actual daily driver is a bicycle. On top of that though it's a cheap, hilariously fun, minimally damaging environmentally car, but is ultimately still a car. When I retire, which I can do any time now, I'll no longer have need and much as I'd like to keep it and tuck it away until it becomes a classic, in reality I'll probably just sell it.
  20. It was a pleasure Willys. Hopefully the spradget worm housing should be with you in 7 days or so.
  21. Team, I've been helping Willys out these last few days. He wanted one particular part that he simply couldn't find in Canada, so he approached me and asked if I could help. Sure I could. I shopped around online locally, found the part, and got it shipped to me. I repackaged it to reduce weight, and posted off to him for what was a pretty reasonable price as it happens, which I am quite pleased about. It went fairly smoothly and didn't take much effort if I'm honest. So I'd like to extend my services to all you North American members, and Canadians in particular - if you want a part and simply can't find it over there, then message me and I'll do my best to help. Please be aware that I'm not running a business, and I'm not making any profit. All transactions would be charged at cost only. Because I'm not running a business I'd rather not be sorting out huge shopping lists for the same person each week, but if you're really stuck for a part and I'm one of your last options then I would be happy to help. I'm simply offering my services because the Smart community is a Worldwide one, and I've benefitted immensely from advice and help in less than a year of ownership, and I simply want to pay it back in some form. Rich.
  22. That might not be so mad. 450s were sold a plenty here, and there are still many about, but good, clean examples are starting to change hands for slowly increasing sums. I know they were never so sought after over there, but slowly, surely, the the good ones will become more sought after. I wouldn't base your retirement plans on owning one, but if you've a straight one in good running order you're not likely to lose money on it now. Can't say that about many cars.
  23. Theres are still significant ownership and enthusiast numbers in Europe. I'm sure parts will remain available for those willing to do their homework, but as Willys says, prices might be a bit spicy by the time they've got to your side of thr pond.
  24. Well, I'm helping out Willys with some bits at the mo. If any of you guys ever get really stuck, drop me a PM.
  25. My colleagues in Mountain Rescue in Wales had a callout at the weekend in full winter conditions, blizzard and all. Here in the middle it's ok, it feels cool like winter is clinging on though. Pop in for a visit if you manage to come south at all Mike (65 miles north of London).