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Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 10:36am
I report them the the Council via their website. I also pass on details of the worst ones to this fellow...

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Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 10:26am
My main fear is that for regulatory or technical reasons they'll need to go on certain routes and on those routes cyclists will end up banned

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 10:18am
Some interesting things were aired yesterday. the driverless cars would be parked somewhere(???) and would arrive when you required one...... how much space is this going to take up. then they would go away again when you reach your destination.

Great so at 05:00 loads of cars will be parked somewhere, then at 07:30-08:00 they will all be trundled out to meet those who require them to drive Johnny etc to school and on to work, then go off and park themselves again somewhere....... hmmmmmm


And what of van drivers..... those who require a van for their everyday business use, that no doubt keep items required for day to day use in the van permanently.

Or someone like myself, van is mobile bike garage, mechanics workshop, is frequently kitted out with bikes and general stuff required when bikes are taken to some place for riding. Example; yesterday went to a race, we drove early with intent to ride bikes but weather was a bit inclement, (stayed dry for race) so i had road bikes, race bike, spare wheels, spare clothes, etc, get back late (turned 23:00) partly due to overnight motorway closures..... do i then have to strip van of all items in order for van to trundle back to its storage area.....

Later in the year, we go on holiday, van is loaded with bikes, camp kit etc., on a thurs ready for an early start on fri am (05:00) no wish to start loading all my kit at that time of the morning..... presumably you would not be allowed to store vehicle overnight at place of residence????

Some interesting ideas, but not everyone conforms to the idea of being just sat at home and only using a vehicle for those little journeys of the school run, work, shopping.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 8:50am
Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.
Yes, I do, but I find www.fixMyStreet.com easier to use and handles non-pothole problems too. I use stills taken from handlebar camera footage of the worst ones (which also means I don't have to stop and note the exact location).

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 8:21am
If I were to report every pothole I see locally, I'd be on the site permanently.

Re: How can a Brooks be the preferred touring saddle?

Sorry your tour was cut short. It looks like the repaired saddle is just not ready for long rides. Brooks (and similar) leather saddles do have maintenance and breaking in issues that foam filled saddles don't have, so if you are lucky enough to be able to get comfortable on the foam ones I would say that is the way to go. Possibly cheaper too.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 6:38am
I thought they were 'cost effective' traffic calming at least thats what our council seem to think

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 12:15am
One reason it is worth reporting holes is that it assists anyone making a claim should they get injured or break their bike due to a pothole. Normally the council will give the standard brush off - "We inspected the road X months ago so it must have been recent". If the hole was reported to fill that hole then there is a public record and the council cannot claim to have been unaware of it.

If you zoom in to south warrington you can probably spot my commute by the density of flags!

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 11:19pm
Likewise. But I found Norfolk Highways repairs so bad that I had to avoid the repairs as much as the potholes.

And report several along a section of road and they come along, spray it with tar and scatter loads of lose chippings - so holes and bumps are still there but if you don't slide off because of the lose surface they you can't see the uneven surface.

If they repaired half decently then it would be worthwhile, but replacing one hazard with another seems a bit pointless.

Ian

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 11:11pm
I have used the site a lot but gave up after the standard of repairs were nearly as bad as many of the defects i reported. Plus using the 40mm depth rule meant that in a cluster of holes i'd finr 50% filled. So site works well but standard of repair depends on your local authority. Mine tend to be very poor indeed in fact comedic.

Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 10:55pm
Just spent half an hour reporting potholes and surfaces being repair. Not easy on a mobile.

I hope some of you guys do this as well. I did it last year and a month later a few holes got filled. Just not the one I rode into. Still I've reported the same section and several other sections too. Let's hope they complete the job.

Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2016 - 10:33pm
And here is one I prepared earlier based on my experience

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Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 9:49pm
It is also incredibly offensive to pedestrians to assume that they are all sociopaths and need to be kept in order by the continuous threat of death.

When I walk through a public place I don't feel the need to carry a gun just in case another person steps into my path - why motorests feel the wortld will fall in if their vehicle ceases to be an offensive weapon is beyond me.

Re: How can a Brooks be the preferred touring saddle?

pwa wrote:quilkin wrote:I've been very happy with my Brooks (Swift) for 3 years (3 two-week tours plus a few day rides) and was planning on a trip again next month. But yesterday the tension pin snapped and it now has to go back to Brooks for repair (£25) - seems it's v. difficult to repair these without special tools. A bit of Googling suggests I'm by far not the only one to have this problem.
Anyway, glad it happened yesterday and not 1-2 days into my next trip. Not sure if I'll get the repaired unit back in time; if not it's back to the old cheap saddle

Hope you get it back in time. You might consider a Gilles Berthoud in preference to a Brooks next time, because they can be completely disassembled and rebuilt by yourself, using replacement bits if anything breaks.

I did get it back in time, but my decision to tour was delayed by cold wet weather in April so I left it until May, and have just returned. But the repaired saddle didn't feel 'right' and after four days I shortened my tour because it's just so uncomfortable and I'm getting saddle sore for the first time in years (last year the same saddle took me two weeks across France with zero problems). Seems like the repaired saddle is as stiff as a new one, and has lost all my 'moulding', and will need breaking in again with shorter day rides. On the other hand, I also recently hired bikes twice in Spain, with undefined (probably cheap) saddles and ridden each for a week without any discomfort. So I'm wondering about the point of the Brooks. It looks nice though.

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

bohrsatom wrote: but perhaps the puncture style ones are more widespread at campsites because a) they're cheaper for campsite owner to buy and b) they probably don't sell many so may have been hanging around for many years.

Or becaise they're the what their customers ask for? If you're a typical punter with a Camping Gaz stove you're probably not going to replace it until it breaks - which could mean decades.

There's a world of difference between what you might find in a town with B&Q-type shops and what you'll find in small villages. I've been on the road for 6 weeks and apart from stumbling upon Decathlon in Ajaccio I haven't seem anything that even remotely resembled a B&Q/ Mr Bricolage. I'm sure CV and EN-standard cartridges are readily available, but you may have to seek them out.

Re: iPhone GPS Navigation in Holland

MapOut is excellent. Thanks again.

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

I found the CV-style CampingGaz canisters readily available in 4 months of France/Germany/Switzerland/Austria/Czech/NL and Belgium. In general we found them in supermarkets/B&Q-like shops and only got the Primus threaded canisters when we came across a camping shop, outdoor store or decathlon (which are much more widespread in Central Europe than the UK).

Andymiller's experience is different, so as usual take all advice with a pinch of salt, but perhaps the puncture style ones are more widespread at campsites because a) they're cheaper for campsite owner to buy and b) they probably don't sell many so may have been hanging around for many years.

To be sure you can always use any type of canister then bring both converters but IME the CV type are easy to get hold of and an additional advantage is the converter takes up less space

Re: Gas cannisters in Holland and Belgium

andrew_s wrote:andymiller wrote:IME you don't actually see these very often - the cartridges I mainly see in campsite shops and supermarkets are the puncture type.
How long ago is your experience?
It's illegal to sell puncture-style stoves (on Euro H&S grounds), and has been for a number of years, so the canisters for them are gradually becoming less and less common.

I've seen them in campsite shops in recent weeks in both Corsica and Sardegna. In fact I've just popped into the shop of the campsite where I am now and they have three. None of the other sort. Excuse the crappy picture, but I rest my case.

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I'm in Italy and northern Europe may be different because firms like Primus have a stronger presence.

It may be illegal to put the stoves on the market but there are an awful lot of people who have them and Camping Gaz are still selling the canisters. And as I say IME they are the ones you are most likely to find outside the specialist shops.

psmiffy wrote:andymiller wrote: resealable camping gaz cartridges. IME you don't actually see these very often - the cartridges I mainly see in campsite shops and supermarkets are the puncture type. I think Edelrid do an adapter for these as well.

This surprises me - Belgium and Holland - in my experience I have found the blue CV cylinders are readily available - in all sizes - in most large supermarkets and in pretty much all home improvement stores - the primus type ive not seen outside good outdoors shops in the larger towns - Ive not been in a decathlon in Belgium or Holland but in most other countries where I have been in a decathlon they carried both types

I dont leave home without at least one eldrid adaptor (CV to primus)

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/pic/?o=tS&pic_id=1192076&size=large

I wouldn't bother with the adaptor for puncture type cartridge - I did have one - arrived in Greece off the plane and surmised beforehand that I wouldnt be going anywhere in the first couple of days where I would be able to buy either primus or CV - it was a good plan - 30ks down the road I found some piercable cartridges in a tiny dirty garage - however, I carried the adaptor without using again it for another 10years before it fell apart

I did use the words in supermarkets and campsite shops. Yes in larger supermarkets, specialist shops etc you have a better chance.

Personally I would go to the trouble of finding a Decathlon or a Beaver and stocking up. But if you are going to carry an adapter I think the type for the puncture canisters could be more useful. Or carry one of the ultralight 'soda can' alcohol stoves - not ideal if you have four people to cook for, but you could get by with one until you found a shop that had canisters.

Re: Help with new mountain bike options

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 18 May 2016 - 6:19pm
If you will ride mainly river paths and fire roads, a 29er should be your weapon of choice. As the tiding gets technical, I would agree a smaller wheel may be better.
In terms of your choices, I always go for the best frame, forks and wheels combination. The drivetrain will wear and need replacing quickly. In reality anything from Deore or X9 upwards is good enough to start with.


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Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 May 2016 - 6:17pm
Re playing chicken with driverless vehicles. Technology isn't infallible.
A number of years ago, a bloke invented a tablesaw that detected a human hand and stopped spinning before the users hand was chopped off. This doesn't mean you go sticking your fingers in to see if it works...your fingers won't magically grow back if it doesn't. A bit like playing chicken with a robot car that can't possibly go wrong. If it does, it can carry on. Unlike a dead person.
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