By Chewing Grass
NHS is now routinely screening blood for Hep 'A' as 60% of all donations are now testing positive for the infection. Symptoms of an active infection include, slightly raised temperature, headache, tiredness, nausea, loss of apetite and abdomial discomfort or pain. Hep 'A' is transferred via the faecal oral route door to poor personal hygiene or sanitation and is prevalent in Africa, Asia, Middle-East, Eastern Europe and South America.
The thing that strikes me is the fact that the NHS is now actively screening all blood donations, the rate for active or dormant infection is 60% yet the listed number of proper cases is low.
As usual you have to dig to find data https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/LaboratoryreportsofHEPATITISAinWales2014-2017/Dashboard2
A large percentage of 3rd world immigrants end up in the food preparation industry and generally have poor hygiene practices, if there is an increase in the pipeline it will be very difficult to distance it from immigration.
The previous historic high was 1990 when 7545 cases were reported in England & Wales.
By The Masked Tulip
Long post... one for the bike folks...
The rear rim on my main bike wore out last week. The front wheel looks as if it might go before long. I am now riding it with the rear V-brakes undone and just braking on the front brakes. It is a Globe 700c ladies bike - I bought it for a gf around 2007 but we split up a couple of months later or so I got it back from her.
The saddle is also knackered with a growing hole in the right side.
It sat in the shed for a few years whilst I was unwell and then I began using it as a means of improving my health. I have now basically used it every day for about 7 years. I have a Marin full suspension but I rarely use that nowadays as I do mostly road and country tracks, slight off-road but nothing heavy off-road. I really like this ladies bike - it rides well and the fact that there is no horizontal bar endangering my man-bits has been a joy. I have really thrashed it around as a result. Much easier to get on and off as well.
Anyhow, to the point of this thread.
I am contemplating whether I replace the rear wheel on the bike or I go and buy a new one.
I got some quotes from various bike places and they seem to be wanting to sell me a wheel in the £60 to £75 range and then charging me about £50 to do the work. So, about £120 for the wheel and job. As I said, I also need a new saddle and have price the one I fancy at about £40 - £50.
I was looking last night for buying a cheap wheel on ebay - about £40 - and buying the tools required to do it myself. The tools would be about another £35. My reluctance on this is whether I am able to actually remove the cassette - could it be jammed - after buying the parts and tools required. Not done this kind of bike maintenance before.
It is an odd thing. I have had so much pleasure from this bike that I am reluctant to let it go. But I am also concerned about replacing parts only for other expensive parts to go.
So I have been looking at the possibility of a new bike for a few weeks now. (F*ck, there are twats working in bike shops - they seem to want to direct you to the biike that is best for them and not you.).
I have been looking at the Giant range of bikes - the Roam hybrids with front suspension on the front. Nice bikes, a bit pricey and seem a bit heavy. We have lots of cycle routes in Swansea but they involve lots of moving from road to pavement and back again with little 1 or 2 inch high curbs - I am thinking the front suspension would be the way to go to make a nicer ride. Also, it would be good for country roads, tracks, etc. Price £400 to £600.
Bizarrely, the sizes stated by the manufacturer for my height and leg size just feels too large - perhaps because I have been riding the ladies bike for so long. Certainly, the sloping horizontal bar on the male bikes seem dangerously close to the crown jewels.
But I find myself again and again looking at the Giant (Liv) ladies bike model that is basically similar to the one I am riding now - the Liv Alight. Nothing special in terms of components but just a fun looking bike, albeit without any suspension, and a more reasonable price range of £350 to £500.
I am also probably going to get a pannier for whatever bike I buy as I do all my shopping on my bike and I am making too many shopping trips due to lack of space in a ruck-sack.
I really would prefer to wait until Sept sales to buy and perhaps get 25% off the above price - assuming my current bike lasts that long. I could always use my mountain-bike if it does pack in.
Just to add. I have looked at electric bikes but they are still prohibitive IMPO. I am also wondering whether the hybrid suspension - i.e. something like the Giant Roam - would suffice as one bike or whether, longer-term, I buy a basic 'shopping bike' like the bove-mentioned Liv Alight and then, maybe later on, buy some kind of racing or cyclecross bike for a bit more fun. It is a complicated thing buying bikes these days.
So, anyway, just putting it out there - do I attempt the repair or do I go for the new bike? Thoughts welcome.
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