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Scoots and scootering / Cleaning Chrome
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:38:07 AM »
Thought I'd add a little piece to this section which has been dormant for a while. I have a number of chrome items on my PX (front mudguard 'bumper', spotlight rack and seat grab rail). Through time and exposure to the elements, rain is never far away in NI, they have all become a little rusty and a bit tired looking. I had seen mention before of the idea of using cola to clean/remove rust, but was a little sceptical and never tried it until a mate mentioned what a great job it had done on his. Took the bull by the horns this weekend and had a bash. One bowl of Pepsi (other brands are available), a roll of tinfoil and some elbow grease and all the surface rust disappeared. It doesn't 'cure' any pitted areas, of which I had a few, but the surface rust came away really easily. A dab of Autosol and a polish and my tired chrome looks almost new! If you haven't, give it a try, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Scoots and scootering / New season
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:20:08 AM »
First scooter run of the year for me this Sunday. A short run from Belfast to Moira (about 20 miles) organised by the A2 Aces and in aid of Aware, a NI-based mental health charity. Hoping for dry weather, a good turn out and some muchh needed funds for a good cause. Ride safe, scooter family!!

Scoots and scootering / Run of Remembrance
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:19:06 PM »
The A2 Aces held their annual Run of Remembrance today between Belfast and Carrickfergus. Well over 100 scoots were in attendance, along with some vintage military vehicles and quite a few big bikes. Glorious day for it, the sun shone as we left City Hall and stayed shining all day. It's a nice little run, takes us out of the city and along a coastal road with the salty air in your face. Big shout to the bikers who marshalled the run brilliantly, blocked every junction, roundabout and set of traffic lights so we could travel as a bunch. Needless to say, I had 'Can You See The Real Me' playing in my head for most of the run!!!  ;) There were several wreaths laid and a respectful silence observed, then it was time for a brew and a catch-up with old friends. All in all, it was a grand day out. Oh, and the scootering fraternity raised over 600 for local veterans charities. Not bad going at a fiver a scoot!!  :)

Films / TV / Music For Misfits - BBC4
« on: September 21, 2016, 08:17:41 AM »
Broadcast a couple of weeks ago, I'm just catching up with it now. The birth of 'indie' and the independent record label, the first episode focused on the mid to late 70s when the likes of the Buzzcocks, inspired by seeing the Pistols, decided to put out a record on their own (Spiral Scratch EP) and the DIY, indie ethos was born. Interesting talking heads (Pete Shelley, Genesis P Orridge, Pauline Black, Stephen Morris amongst them), the show covered not just London, but Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Coventry (didn't know, for example, that Jerry Dammers was private school educated). If, like me, you're a bit of a music head, then it's definitely worth a watch on the iPlayer.

Films / TV / Talking Pictures TV
« on: September 12, 2016, 01:22:59 PM »
This Friday (16th) is '60s' day on Talking Pictures TV. Take a look at the schedule below, something of interest for many on here, I'd have thought

Scoots and scootering / Seat Lock
« on: June 16, 2016, 01:39:54 PM »
Do any of my fellow scooterists have a seat lock for a standard PX bench seat going spare? Mine is banjo'd to the point where I've had to remove the seat pin to get access to the fuel tank. Happy to pay postage etc

General music chat / Stax comp in Tesco!
« on: June 07, 2016, 07:10:42 PM »
Yep, they are punting a 3 cd compilation of classic stax tracks for a sky diver. We may have most of it elsewhere, but at that money, it's gotta be worth a punt.

Mod fashion and style / Pendleton Snape Scarves
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:56:24 AM »
If, like me, you're a fan of natty neckwear, then check out this site. Scarves are all handmade in England, come in a wide variety of designs to suit all tastes and Matt (the main man) is a pleasure to deal with. Easy on the pocket, too!

Scoots and scootering / New Lid
« on: May 08, 2016, 09:18:37 AM »
Without wishing to gloat (I genuinely never win competitions), here's a couple of pics of the helmet I won a couple of weeks back on Twitter. Courtesy of the good people at, who make some interesting lids. I'd have preferred the plain black, tbh (flags in Norn Iron remains a contentious issue), but the helmet is of excellent construction, has all the right safety approvals and looks smart. Even if I do say so myself! If you're in the market for some new headwear, you could do worse than to check these guys out

Scoots and scootering / The New Scooter Season Begins...
« on: March 16, 2016, 09:20:12 PM »
First run of the year over here on Saturday when the Mods and Sods SC host their annual Easter Egg run to the Royal Children's Hospital in Belfast. Without being dramatic, they saved our Ruby's life on more than one occasion, so this is a run I never miss. All around the town then up to the hospital to hand in chocolate for the kids and donations to the hospital. Tea and biccies from the staff and a chance to catch up with old friends. If the weather's good, and fingers crossed it holds, there could be as many as 300 scoots out. I can smell the 2 stroke already.... 8)

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