[CR]American English and lighting

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From: "NIGEL LAND" <ndland@btinternet.com>
To: <ogreer@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 11:47:21 +0100
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]American English and lighting

Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 13:29:14 -0500 From: <ogreer@bellsouth.net> To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> Subject: [CR]Dope and Parrifin Message-ID: <004401c59534$96b50190$6101a8c0@Dickey> Content-Type: text/plain;charset="iso-8859-1" MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Precedence: list Message: 11

Along with the dope question,Parrifin for the chain! When us Americans first read about dipping our chains in parrifin,we thought,hey that's candle wax,so 1,000's have melted candles( me Too) and stunk up the kitchen,to wind up with a chain that would stand at attention when held out at arms length. It would'nt shift,made a flakey mess,stiff links,ect. The Europeans were doing like us,dipping them in motor oil,or

gear grease,but,using an old term for petroluem. Also remember when the Ducati and BMW repair manuels said check the Earth wire! We checked every thing but a ground wire. Actually this is Prof. Greer's thought,from the Deep South. Dickey Greer West Monroe,La

Dickey, Just to explain the meaning of paraffin, it is a term still used for what in the USA is known as kerosene. Candles are made from paraffin wax, hence the confusion. Paraffin wax is a specialised distillation residue. Kerosene is heavier than petrol, aka gasolene, also gasoline, and lighter than diesel aka gasoil. Fuel oil and bitumen, (also tar or asphalt) comes next, as the bottom of the distillation barrel. Lamp oil has also caused a lot of confusion over the years and the use of the wrong grade can have disastrous results. However, I doubt any CR'ers actually use oil lamps on their machines. How much night riding do you all do and what is your preferred method of lighting? I am thinking particularly of 24 hour and longer time trials.

Nigel Land
North Lincs UK