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Lockdown coping strategies - what have you bought/planned?

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New bike. Bianchi. Built from scratch to my own specification. Campagnolo etc.
Quite hard work finding the bits. NOBODY has any stock of anything at the moment. Now busy researching summer biking trips. Thomson Bike Tours look good but are eye-wateringly expensive.
My thoughts are turning to my motorbikes next... Very Happy
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Handy Turnip wrote:
My coping mechanism in the first lockdown back in April was to start wine making (wine kits making 30 bottles a kit). Now my coping mechanism in this lockdown will be to drink my way through it all - and if this mornings home schooling is anything to go by, it won't take me long.

Currently have well over 100 bottles ready to be drunk - and another 60 bottles worth either fermenting or aging!


Laughing Laughing I could help you finish them if you need any help! For exactly the same reasons!
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@always29, Laughing Laughing more the merrier!!!
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Just bought two more 20Kg bar weights and a new turbo trainer.
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Rowing machine and Exercise bike in the garage. Try to use them every day. Walking when weather not too bad. Careful with alcohol. Aim to reduce weight rather than gain. And restarted learning piano.
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@kditrj2d, Nice, seems like blasphemy to be not to fit a Bianchi with Campag. Unfortunately Bianchi don't agree enough Wink

I build my own (with Campag mix&match after consulting with Campag UK) a few years ago based on a Boardman team carbon frame... Rides much like my brother-in-laws Giant propel which he picked up in a sale at twice what I spent... Except it shifts better wink


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@kditrj2d, Nice. In Celeste I hope!!
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My Yamaha sound bar arrived today and is up and running. Smart trainer purchased this morning so a few days to wait Cool
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Morning glory - do they come in other colours?????!!!!! Surely not possible....

(Note I saw a Brompton in an approximation of Celeste. Blasphemy)
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TA DA!!!!

origins of Celeste: war surplus

http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2012/01/origins-of-bianchi-celeste-and-more.html
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A 4-6 person hot tub from Costco, our original blow up tub developed a pump fault but as purchased through Amazon was refunded fully after 10 months use.
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@Handy Turnip,

and if it tastes like drainwater, you could always build a still & go into the 70% hand sanitizer business.
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I bought an exercise bike; which I use every day for an hour (15 miles).

My son bought me a new(er) Xbox as a combined Christmas, birthday and retirement present; so I can play on line with him and my grandson. Then my daughter bought me a new gaming headset for Christmas to use with the Xbox. Sorted. Love it. Toofy Grin

We can't go anywhere, as Mrs Awd has been effectively shielding since last February, so it helps break the boredom of being stuck inside; whilst she reads books on her kindle and watches films.
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@Ronald - Agree, very poor that Bianchi no longer appears to offer a Campag group-set on anything other than the Oltre.
@MorningGlory - Of course its celeste! Very Happy
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valais2 wrote:
TA DA!!!!

origins of Celeste: war surplus

http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2012/01/origins-of-bianchi-celeste-and-more.html


There must be more than one Celeste colour. With my old and new bikes side-by-side there is clearly a colour difference and the old one has not faded! The new colour is brighter than the old.
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To add to my previous bike purchases, I've just bought a Zwift steerer, partly funded by my lift pass refund that's just come through from last season. It arrives tomorrow, and I'm looking forwards to weaving all over the road!

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-sterzo-smart-trainer-steering-frame
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I recently purchased some optrex refreshing eye drops for tired eyes. I though I would experiment and see if this made my eyes feel slightly better in the mornings, and maybe stop some of the blood which occassionally appears.

I have done some reading on the internet, and I suspect due to my age (over 50 now) and the low humidity when I put an open fire on in winter, it is caused by dryness.

I have no serious irritation usually, occassional styes. Never had any vision problems, do not need glasses. Eyes still working fine, maybe the use of laptop screens may be causing the problem.

It is not a new thing, been gradually getting this way over the last 10 years. Not worth bothering a medic about yet, as no problems.

So I am starting out with the plant based eye drops which are probably just saline water, and see what happens. I initially wanted to try the eyelid spray stuff, but decided to see how I get on with the cheapest first.
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And that your idea of something to help cope with lockdown Puzzled
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It gives me something to focus on Laughing
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Secondhand Scaletrix - many Grand Prix meetings with my daughter who loves it. Best 40 quid I’ve ever spent. Rest of it is being banked and a decent wedge sent to the local food bank every month as so many families struggling.
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Orange - now you are talking. Have you tried any of the Slot It models? They re stunningly fast and controllable. See

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Slot-It-SICA02a-PORSCHE-956C-21-3rd-LE-MANS-1983/164623238992?hash=item26544f4750:g:NVIAAOSwQqRf8eh7
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I bought a treadmill. I have a motorcycle. Ski resorts in USA are taking reservations - the good side is lines are short. Smile
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mtndude wrote:
Ski resorts in USA are taking reservations - the good side is lines are short. Smile

You're talking about the lines to get into USA, I'm sure?

Because the lines on the mountains are anything but short!
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
The lure of some new and not inexpensive kit for fake motorsport is quite strong


I'm blaming this thread for me spending a few hundred quid on a new set of pedals yesterday.
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Have to confess I bought an additional 9-pack of loo rolls last week.

That that is what I call planning for an exciting time.
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Have to confess I bought an additional 9-pack of loo rolls last week.

That that is what I call planning for an exciting time.


That reminds me of my best purchase from Lockdown 1
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hibbent-Electric-Mechanical-Adjustable-Pressure/dp/B06XPF24G4/ref=sr_1_4_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=Bidet+Seat&qid=1609932583&sr=8-4-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVlhLOVJVUTFSTUo1JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODk5NjQxMzJFRFlVTU9LRlVLSCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzM2OTM1MURSTDVRTTczRkxOSSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU%3D&tag=amz07b-21

It's the cheap version so has the slight version of the seat not being heated and being cold water only. At this time of year, very cold water Shocked
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Surely you mean an exiting time?
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Rest of it is being banked and a decent wedge sent to the local food bank every month as so many families struggling.

Yep, I'm sending money to the Trussel Trust as well.

My wife bought me a new Lego Mindstorms set (51515) for christmas and now I'm learning the new programming languages. They replaced LabView with Scratch and a version version of Python. As soon as I learn the coding (I'm leaning towards Python at the moment) I have plans for a stair climbing robot and a marketting plan for selling it to the Daleks.
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@dode, Laughing
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It's a beautiful sunny day here today and I'm playing in a digger. It's better than being stuck in an office!
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Like @Mosha Marc, a new turbo trainer.....bringing the roadbike indoors and giving it a new purpose in the office room. Our house will look like a gym for the next few weeks, weights and bar out of the cupboard too....getting my race face on for those late spring forest climbs on my mtb as we depart lockdown.
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Bigtipper wrote:
I recently purchased some optrex refreshing eye drops for tired eyes. I though I would experiment and see if this made my eyes feel slightly better in the mornings, and maybe stop some of the blood which occassionally appears.

I have done some reading on the internet, and I suspect due to my age (over 50 now) and the low humidity when I put an open fire on in winter, it is caused by dryness.

I have no serious irritation usually, occassional styes. Never had any vision problems, do not need glasses. Eyes still working fine, maybe the use of laptop screens may be causing the problem.

It is not a new thing, been gradually getting this way over the last 10 years. Not worth bothering a medic about yet, as no problems.

So I am starting out with the plant based eye drops which are probably just saline water, and see what happens. I initially wanted to try the eyelid spray stuff, but decided to see how I get on with the cheapest first.


Had exactly same problem a few years ago - optician recommended heavy duty cod liver oil capsules - one a day - now never a problem - highly recommended....
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I know someone tried the blue light filtering glasses for gaming and found them helpful (in their 20s so may be different cause)
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More wine as won't be able to bring any back from skiing
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Just before xmas we remembered the Nintendo Wii, which has sat un-loved for about 5-6 yrs - now set up working again and with the Wii balance board the closest I'll get to skiing this season
Wierdly, as its not really physically like skiing, it is quite immersive and a small conselation and reminder of what we're missing.
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@johnE, your post above was the first I've heard of Lego Mindstorms - and coinciding with my grandchildren being thrown out of school again was wondering about buying it for them, having googled it. I'm in touch with the kids about it. I have one son who is the architect of one of the world's biggest computer chips and one with a Ph D in computational neuroscience, who can help their lot. My local son and daughter are teachers, but he is quite techy and would enjoy it.

But then envisaging one of them (possibly the 8 year old girl who built my rowing machine for me) becoming very patronising explaining things to me was wondering whether I should get myself a set too. Could I get into building robots? Might be good for me. I'm not in the least interested in jigsaw puzzles but that might be more absorbing. So perhaps I should get myself a set, too? I'm not very keen on TV, and it would be something other than reading to do in the long dark evenings.
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@pam w, yes definitely, if it interests you. My mum just bought herself the Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego set to build – she has never built any Lego before, but likes HP and decided it would be something to keep her busy a while (it will, it’s massive!). That’s less complex than the Mindstorms, but no reason you can’t give it a go. Get on YouTube if you get stuck with something that can’t be explained by an 8 year old (unlikely, tbh).


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Just before xmas we remembered the Nintendo Wii, which has sat un-loved for about 5-6 yrs - now set up working again and with the Wii balance board the closest I'll get to skiing this season


We passed a very happy couple of hours on NYE playing Just Dance with our teenagers, using our long-neglected Wii. Such fun.
Nintendo games are just so easy to get into. We also have the balance board, I can see that coming out to play this weekend.
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Well my OH back in the UK has taken to a dip in the sea along with my daughters along with some other friends who have joined in too.

Evidently, after the 6th day it starts to get easier and today she managed two minutes where initially it was splash and dash.

I'm just glad I'm in France Laughing

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