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Re: Clocks go back end march-Do you stop using commuting lig

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 5:37pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Stop using commuting lights? It will be a long while before its light for my commute, but since I run Dynamo lights, I just leave 'em on at all times...


+1 Especially as in the past my late finish has been 21:45, and my early starts have been 07:15.... (currently 07:30-20:30 if not on nights) previously the shifts were only 7.5 hours so for a few very short weeks I have just about got away with not having lights on for my commute in..... they certainly stay on the 'winter' bike but are easily detachable with spare clips on the 'summer' and time trial bike.


After the cafe stop today in the Peaks, we all had lights on as the sky was darkening with the threat of rain at 11:00.
Time trialling i always run front and rear lights, a really good flashing front light gives motorists likely to pull out in front of you, time for a second thought / double take.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 5:08pm
I slightly disagree.
My Brooks Team Pro was fitted on 2nd Feb 2006 brand new.
That month, I rode 150miles.
March, I did 240miles
April 260
May 220
Jun 340
July 1,815 miles LE to JOG and Back.

My Brooks is as hard now as it was then. Hard as nails.
Yes, it's bent a tiny bit to fit my bum, but still as hard as ever and not really moulded at all, and I've never needed to tighten the nose bolt.
To date, the saddle has supported me a tad over 35,000miles.

All bums are different.
Mine happens to like a hard solid saddle.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:57pm
I was the original poster on the thread that has been linked to. When I used Megabus there was lots of spare space in the hold and the bus was fully booked. I came back from Barcelona by Megabus as well. However, to avoid any anxieties, it might be worth emailing them to clarify any concerns.

I like this option a lot. The price is good, the drivers were really helpful and travelling by bus removes the hassles and carbon debt of flying. Do bear in mind the weight limits though and the need to bag your bike.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:52pm
One of the things about brooks saddles is they mold themselves to shape of your sit bones, although the leather will be softer the shape on a used brooks will be molded to users behind not yours, the break in is not too bad as long as you don't try to do 100 miles as the first trip. Even if the brooks doesn't suit you they sell for good money in good condition, if works out for you it could be the best cycling investment you make.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 4:52pm
Time wounds all heels.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 4:04pm
andymiller wrote: ....... (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). Buckinghamshire somewhere, I should think.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:56pm
Yep, it ain't easy. Good luck.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:54pm
andymiller wrote:robgul wrote:fishfright wrote:
Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Is there an option to have the computer speak the captcha question? I couldn't see it.

I once worked with someone who was pretty severely visually handicapped and needed to enlarge the text on his screen so that it was huge. I don't think he would have been able to deal with your captcha. The question may be simple but if it's indecipherable you can't answer it. Your captcha is better than a lot of them out there, but it's not great.

I don't know if Joomla has an equivalent, but the Wordpress Contact Form 7 has a very simple approach of asking a random question from a list you select (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). The question can be spoken by a screen reader, or the user can enlarge the text so that it is really huge, show it white on black or whatever they need to do.

The component we are using is without doubt the best "form" that we could find, both for implementation and simplicity of response - there are some alternative options for other captchas in the component that we're looking at on the parallel development site ... like everything with the TCC site and the project it's work in progress and subject to refinement.

Rob

Re: Bikes on Megabus Europe

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:51pm
tyreon wrote:My failure is to trust booking on line on a 'tablet'. I/we feel okay about booking online because we have an antivirus thingamebob here at home,but feel exposed when putting credit/debit card details whilst travelling abroad with a tablet computer. Is my 'fear' OTT?
There are equivalent apps, often free, from most of the major sources for tablets & phones. I'm running the Avast Mobile Security app on my Android phablet.

Rick.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:47pm
robgul wrote:fishfright wrote:
Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Is there an option to have the computer speak the captcha question? I couldn't see it.

I once worked with someone who was pretty severely visually handicapped and needed to enlarge the text on his screen so that it was huge. I don't think he would have been able to deal with your captcha. The question may be simple but if it's indecipherable you can't answer it. Your captcha is better than a lot of them out there, but it's not great.

I don't know if Joomla has an equivalent, but the Wordpress Contact Form 7 has a very simple approach of asking a random question from a list you select (eg where is Buckingham Palace?). The question can be spoken by a screen reader, or the user can enlarge the text so that it is really huge, show it white on black or whatever they need to do.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:29pm
Thank you for that link. Very interesting. I hadn't taken notice of that before, didn't hear about Megabus until earlier this week.
Bit concerned about two of us travelling. Would be a disaster if they only had room for one bike!!!

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 3:16pm
fishfright wrote:mjr wrote:robgul wrote:On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.
No I can't. It says I'm not human because I don't pass eye-tests! Please reconsider that. It's insulting.

Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Thank you. Before he comes back at you .... the captcha we are using is an industry-standard tool that has a simple mental arithmetic calculation to enter - the question is displayed very clearly, and has the opportunity to refresh for a new question with a different display. Several hundred responses, so far, have had no issue with the process.

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 2:38pm
mjr wrote:robgul wrote:On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.
No I can't. It says I'm not human because I don't pass eye-tests! Please reconsider that. It's insulting.

Use the alternative "speak the letters" option if you have problems reading captcha anti bot checks.

Re: Megabus to France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 2:29pm
Have you read this?
Bikes on Megabus Europe
viewtopic.php?t=100861

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 1:33pm
Bonefishblues wrote:Don't agree - two wrongs and all that...

...besides he lives on the same estate, I note.

Quite agree.
Every dog has his day, and every thing comes to he who waits

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 1:29pm
I recently bought a new B17 after using my well worn (50p from the car boot) one for ever (still using it on my other bike). I was a bit worried about the "breaking in" period but it was very comfortable out of the box. If you use mudguards and don't leave the bike sat in the rain then there seems to be no issues with them getting wet. I pop a plastic bag on it on the odd occasion it goes on a bike rack. Don't know if this helps you at all but thought I'd pass on my love of B17's.

Re: Tour of southern Turkey - suggestions?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 12:19pm
If I were going to southern Turkey I would take some time to check the security situation. As with Tunisia, there must be a possibility that tourists could be seen as a target by groups hoping to destabilise the nation. I've not heard of attacks on tourists in Turkey so far, but I would not dismiss the possibility. And whilst any one visitor is unlikely to be a victim, you could be looking at cancelled holiday plans. Sorry to be on a downer, but the bottom right hand corner of the Med is not a happy place at the moment.

Re: Tour of southern Turkey - suggestions?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 12:00pm
I've only ever done the bus ride from Antalya to Konya but I recall that there were some nice hills in the way. The Konya plains are flat though so you'll have a good few flat miles around that section. Pop into Catalhoyuk on the way into Konya. Great archaeological site, tell them I sent you!

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 11:43am
Hi I've had very good results from this battery http://www.amazon.co.uk/PortaPow-10200m ... B00KZLXUR4

I use it with a dynamo and solar panel and changed to it as the previous battery would discharge into the panel in lowlight!
No problems over a 3 week tour and still going strong

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 10:30am
I love my Super Cs.

I'm on my second pair, the first lasted 14 years of touring and are now my shopping and day trip panniers. The second are about ten years and still OK. There are a few wear holes, but nothing serious. You do need to use poly bags for full waterproofness, but the up side is that they breath which is a benefit in the tropics where I mainly tour.

I think the Cs are excellent for anyone doing extended tours, because they are very durable and also repairable because they are heavy cotton (like canvas).

I also like the well worn look they get. Not a fan of plastic and shiney.

I don't think Super Cs are necessarily the best for the OP, but they'll do for me.

Oh and I love the big rear pockets, currently water in one and odds and sods in other, including tablet, guidebook, sun cream, peanuts and a small cartons of milk that I wouldn't risk in the maini compartment.
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