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  1. Roof Bars Conundrum

    I have always used https://www.roofbox.co.uk/ for all my roof bar needs there is normally a discount code floating around too. Not sure I’d be too happy strapping suitcases straight to the roof bars though and roof boxes are really more suited to filling with multiple hold-all type bags rather than big suitcases.
  2. Leasing for Dummies?

    I've never had a lease or PCP but the initial rental seems like a lot on your posted examples. What is the relative cost over the term for your deal vs Andy's examples? Isn't part of the benefit of this type of deal that you can change every couple of years and always be in something new/nearly new. Do you want to be paying the same amount but be driving something 3/4 years old. As Carmad says with leasing you have to be open to anything and when you see a deal that suits, just go for it as the really cheap deals are snapped up fast.
  3. 2017 Fitness Thread

    Congratulations, well done on completing 10k. When is the next one, sounds like you have unfinished business reading your race report?!
  4. Uber lose Private Hire licence

    As a Chester resident, I'm not in the least surprised by the taxi driver's geography knowledge
  5. 2017 Fitness Thread

    Been concentrating on distance rather than pace and have been training towards a half marathon PB. Injury niggles have meant I didn't run the half and after 10 days off I've just run a 20:35 5k which is the fastest 5k I have logged since my twenties very pleased as the first km was a bit slow and I only decided to press on once my second km came in at 3:53. Sub 20 is definitely achievable if I can manage it before my leg quits on me. Might pop down to parkrun for some competitive motivation. Local course is a bit undulating for a PB though.
  6. The £1k mobile phone

    I will be getting either an 8 or X. Currently using a 5. I'm not a heavy phone user so I know an 8 is more than enough for my requirements. Then I read comments like the above and feel that anything other than the X is a poor choice. Will wait for the initial rush to die down and will make a decision once real world feedback is available. Still a lot of money any way you look at it.
  7. 2017 Fitness Thread

    What is Race Pace? i know you are on an accelerated regime but you should be running slower than Race Pace for now maybe 1-2 runs at or near it at the beginning of the last third of your available time. Now you have a bit of a base I would only be increasing distance on 1 session a week. Assuming 3 runs/week I would think One session should be slow, one "Fast" one comfortable and improving distance. By fast I mean breathing hard but nothing more that that. Im no expert though I am well aware of the pitfalls of too much/too fast, too quickly. Resulting in many trips to physio and/or sports massage. Have you tried the asics plan for basics. Will have to say event is in 10-13 weeks and pick and choose which week you are doing as it won't let you do such a short one but should give you some structure to train with.
  8. 2017 Fitness Thread

    One week in, how is it going?
  9. Karcher: K2 or K4?

    This one? http://cpc.farnell.com/nilfisk/c120-7-6-pca/pressure-washer-patio-cleaner/dp/SI18019?ost=C120.7-6+PCA&scope=partnumberlookahead&exaMfpn=true&searchref=searchlookahead&searchView=table&iscrfnonsku=false&ddkey=http%3Aen-CPC%2FCPC_United_Kingdom%2Fw%2Fsearch says they have >100 free delivery Think machinemart have them too https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/nilfisk-c120-7-6-pca-pressure-washer-230v/
  10. Karcher: K2 or K4?

    As Cabby suggests, nilfisk seems the best choice at the entry level. No personal experience of their products yet though.
  11. Karcher: K2 or K4?

    I have a K2 compact. Well I have a broken one at least, very light use just randomly stopped working after about a year. Currently working my way through their collect and repair service, so far there have been 12 emails back and forth and I think they are sending me out a new one. Not sure I would buy a karcher again.
  12. Replacing the wife's car: v2: used or lease?

    The Pistonheads lease deal thread is worth keeping an eye on if you are flexible about what you end up with. After all it's only 2 years.
  13. 2017 Fitness Thread

    Fair play Are you just slogging away doing 10K all the time or trying once a week or so and then using intervals and negative split workouts or similar the rest of the time?
  14. 2017 Fitness Thread

    Motivated by the above rowing posts, I dutifully dragged myself to the garage to have a go at 10k on the ergo. Managed 2500m before quitting, I hate that machine so much. Probably should have set myself a smaller target for my first go in an eternity. Might try for 5k tomorrow.
  15. 2017 Fitness Thread

    It has been six weeks since I started training regularly. Only 4-5 hours a week on the turbo trainer and I have just completed a FTP test and scored 299W. I had estimated my FTP was <200W when I started so really pleased to see such an improvement. Weight wise I was never overweight but have lost 3-4 Kg and around 1% body fat so hovering around or below 14%. All in all a good start..