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Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:46pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Hows your sanity [XAP]Bob

I'm not even carrying it on now, because I will just get banned the same as I did on BR, for the same reason.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:44pm
Hi,
Hows your sanity [XAP]Bob

Re: Cycle Path Etiquette in the North East (and UK)

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:31pm
jgurney wrote:And contraflow lanes (cycle or bus ones) are usually laid out so that the vehicles going each way are on the left. I have never seen a contraflow lane which meant that users were riding/driving on the right.
This is maybe slightly different.

On Monday I was heading into Glasgow to Central Station from the suburbs, Bearsden to be precise, mainly using the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath and the River Kelvin path. Nearer the city centre there is an almost continuous two way cycle lane, separated by curbs & bollards from the main carriageway, much of which was contraflowing on the right of one way streets heading the other way if you were heading into the city centre.

North Claremont St Glasgow.jpg
Rick.

Re: banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth swit

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 26 April 2016 - 10:28pm
old_windbag wrote:Putting aside the "cheating" aspect of whats been done here. The tech benefits for motor integration and smaller batteries etc will flow through to road bikes for mere mortals offsetting say performance decline with age. Not for competition use clearly, just everyday cycling. We need to move to making any electrical assist as light and small as is practical for the amount of assist available. So not all negative.

I agree,as the technology becomes more refined the weight and size will diminish.

As for the athlete in question,her career is up the Swanee,it's her and her team's fault as no such cheating is a one person effort.

Re: banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth swit

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:28pm
old_windbag wrote:Putting aside the "cheating" aspect of whats been done here. The tech benefits for motor integration and smaller batteries etc will flow through to road bikes for mere mortals offsetting say performance decline with age. Not for competition use clearly, just everyday cycling. We need to move to making any electrical assist as light and small as is practical for the amount of assist available. So not all negative.

I agree,as the technology becomes more refined the weight and size will diminish.

As for the athlete in question,her career is up the Swanee,it's her and her team's fault as no such cheating is a one person effort.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:25pm
LollyKat wrote:However when I look at Manc33 and XAPBob's recent posts my mind simply can't cope - I switch off completely and move on to something else. So it seems to me perfectly reasonable that there are people who have the same reaction when faced with a bicycle repair.

Its all relative.

Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 10:18pm
andymiller wrote:East Coast is mow Virgin. I don't know if they use the same ticketing system. I f not, there are other companies that use it: eg GWR and Chiltern.

It's the same ticketing system on the reprivatised version, I just can't remember its new URL and the old one still redirects. The east coast route is still a mix of HSTs and 91s - the former have hangers for vertical bikes only but the latter have huge great luggage vans that fit about six bikes with panniers etc with Sheffield style hoops to strap on to. Trailers are accepted too in our experience. Only HSTs go beyond Edinburgh so watch out on the through services to Aberdeen or Inverness.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:15pm
When I was a child I loved playing with my brother's Meccano, took my alarm clock to bits (and got it back together again), eventually took my bike to bits though I needed my dad's help for the really strong-arm stuff. Most of my working life has been spent doing fairly intricate mechanical stuff, and I do all my own maintenance though sometimes get my husband to lend an extra pair of hands.

However when I look at Manc33 and XAPBob's recent posts [Moderator note: posts moved to viewtopic.php?f=15&t=105564] my mind simply can't cope - I switch off completely and move on to something else. So it seems to me perfectly reasonable that there are people who have the same reaction when faced with a bicycle repair.

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 10:14pm
Nearly all my cycling gear except waterproofs and shorts looks more casual than cycling, though some of it is very much great for cycling in. There are some bargains about, but I tend to be looking for something specific and would rather spend my money on a few perfect items that I know will get a lot of use rather than a wardrobe full of less used kit.
My favorite makes and well worth a look are - Rohan, Icebreaker, Howies, Ground Effect, Paramo and Trekmates

Re: Wild camping in France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:56pm
In france the poeple who prevented the public using the land got their heads chopped off
Consequently the attitude to land access is more relaxed than here. The big thing is to behave decently and properly, do no damage.

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:54pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I believe it'll be 10 hanging spaces on the 9-car trains, 4 hanging spaces on the 5-car trains, and they look like this: http://hitachirail-eu.mynewsdesk.com/im ... ace-323845

Oh no! I'd feared something like that appearing. Those hangers are hideous to use for the touring cyclist who has to unload panniers and other luggage, either on the platform and then carry each bag on plus load the bike, or in a confined space on board with the train swaying about, and then the reverse to get off again. They are presumably designed by someone who looked at their teenager's stripped-down mountain bike and thought all bicycles looked like that. Did it really not occur to them that cyclists taking their machines on long-distance services will generally have luggage with them, and that the luggage will come attached to the vehicle?

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:33pm
tyreon wrote:I'm thinking taking bikes on trains is like more torturous that a stay in Gitmo. Problems,problems. Or no?

Thinking about holidaying in the Hebrides. To get a 'reasonable' return price on the train(s),I book the price online,right? But then can this be done easily when you want the separate(?)companies trains to take the two bikes? Without applying to Oxford for mathematics/computer studies,can booking this transport be readily(easily)done?
If you are getting the night train from London That should have space for at least six bikes.

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 9:32pm
ArMoRothair wrote:meic wrote:To the shops, to visit friends, Audax or an 1100 mile camping tour of France, I wear these.

http://www.rohan.co.uk/mens-bargain-tra ... e=03598730

I used some elastic cord threaded inside the hem to keep the bottoms from getting overly intimate with the chain.
Both legs (not because I have a tandem but because it would look silly otherwise).

They dry out very rapidly and are quite windproof, which are the important things.

Also worth a look, for an amazing price http://www.decathlon.co.uk/arpenaz-50-m ... 41486.html

At that price you could buy a new pair every week on tour, rather than wash or dry the ones you start with!

Re: Back to Winter weather here on Skye - 25th April

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:30pm
Please can you arrange for it to be warm and dry for Heb Celt Festival?

Re: Wild camping in France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:27pm
It will get harder as you get North. Down in the Dordoigne public spaces seemed pretty open and I would even find picnic spots with taps and electricity! They must have decided that it costs more to fence off than to let people use them.
as you go North the population gets denser and fences appear more and more, followed by gates that get locked at night.

There are still opportunities if you keep your eyes open, though dogs seem much more popular there, which limits you from camping near houses, also they get up to walk their dogs insanely early, often before dawn, which defeats the wild camping ethos of arriving late and leaving early. No trouble from any of the dog walkers though, just bemusement, the bike seems to make it all "OK".
You often find toilets attached to the Marie, water in graveyards, smaller town stadiums have grass and often taps as well.
Again in the South you will find nice public toilet facilities open for use but they disappear as you get further North.
In Paris I found a space behind an embankment outside of a major stadium just off a cycle route. Cycle Routes will often have some open space that you can use, even with a bench for picnicking.


On the other hand the Camping Municipal can cost as little as 5 Euro for a cycle camper. With use of shower, charging sockets and washing surfaces for that price. They are mostly closed when I go so I use them for free without the facilities, down South some had even left everything on except for the showers.

Re: Back to Winter weather here on Skye - 25th April

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 9:01pm
Thanks for that. I'm not surprised, it was probably in anticipation of a visit from me!

For many years I've been travelling to NW Scotland for the first week in May. The last five years I've been touring on my bike mainly on the islands. For many of those years I've been lucky with the weather and had a great week. However the last two have been pretty grim (I gave up last year after 3 very windy and wet nights in a tent). This year I've decided to make he most of my flexible time and to keep an eye on the weather and try and get a good spell. If I was a betting man I'd be putting my money on the week of the 7th-14th as being perfect weather (as it is the only week I can't go!). But if you have any local insight as to when would be good I'd love to know!

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 8:58pm
One thing is that design of trains has moved along from the introduction of the 125s. Both the 125s and the Class 91s/225s on the East Coast mainline are locomotive style trains with a dummy car at the other the other end of the train. On these design of trains passengers are not allowed to travel in the locomotive so effectively there is space for bikes at no cost to passenger space.

The new trains replacing the 125s and 225s have distributed traction with no locomotive. You can see in the pictures that seating goes much closer to the drivers compartment so good bye to the space that was used for bikes.

I consider it lucky that for all the trains I've taken on my bike on in the UK I've not been charged for taking my bike. The alternative could be that to get your bike on your charged the equivalent in the number of spaces taken up. If that was the case and I'd paid I'd expect to always get my bike on.

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 8:57pm
Have a look around a TK Maxx for general outdoor wear. They often have quick drying trousers with seams that aren't too heavy. Leave some time browse, unless you are a regular. Their racks can be a bit chaotic, and things hard to find. But if you can find something suitable in your size, you are likely to be rewarded with a bargain price.

Also the after season sales at outdoors shops and outfitters can produce some bargains.

Wild camping in France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 8:56pm
I'm cycling /camping from Bordeaux to Cherbourg this June and hoping to do quite a bit of wild camping on the way. Can anyone tell me how they've found this in France. Legality, acceptability etc.
Also ... whilst you're here! ... has anyone experience of being dropped off by the Bike bus in the south of Bordeaux and successfully crossed the city to head up the peninsula to the ferry to Royan. It's crossing the city that gives me the shivers a bit. Ta and, as usual a bottle of fine malt to the first person who gives out the kind of advice liable to save at least the cost of two bottles of fine malt.

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 8:56pm
Phil66 wrote:Jeans on the bike just seem to cut me right in half, exactly where I shouldn't be

Cheers all.

It depends on the jeans. I've been commuting 20 miles a day in these http://www.decathlon.co.uk/mens-climbin ... 75777.html - comfortable stretchy lightweight denim; and very important for a man of my age: a comfortable elasticated waist. I love them so much I have three pair.
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