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Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 5:37pm
Even rocket science "isn't rocket science" when you think about it, its just that this is an "imposed belief" on everyone to make them assume it is too difficult to understand, so people don't bother looking into it and leave it all down to the "experts" - that in a lot of cases are just playing the system and lying to get more grant money. For example the people that claimed to have discovered a gravity wave didn't, but if they can convince everyone they discovered gravity waves (with the added convenience of having every single educational academy agree with you due to confirmation bias and wanting gravity waves to be there) it is a cakewalk for the brainy people getting that grant money.

If you asked them truthfully what are they really studying, they would probably have to say "Nothing that will accomplish anything, we are just sort of rearranging what we already know and making up new BS for it, but hey it keeps the grant money coming in, want another glass of champagne? Cigar? The caviare is over there if you want some."

Why be an actual physicist if you can be a "theoretical physicist" and never actually contribute anything real to the field or need to? I bet the "theoretical" physicists get paid more than the physicists that deal with known facts, its a sick world, where conjecture, confirmation bias and fantasy passes for "facts".

You can't propel a rocket in a weightless vacuum the way we get told, the rocket has no air to push against to propel it and it would remain fixed, internally stressing itself, pumping all of the force out in the form of a gas cloud, which indeed, would be moving and yes, with 100% of the force. Don't worry, energy isn't being "lost" here! All of the force is all still there, but it wouldn't move the rocket anywhere, it would effortlessly pump the gas out into the vacuum, where it would float away in "space" for "billions" of years.

Space isn't even up there lol, nothing is "floating" and it isn't a vacuum, more of an airless void, but thats technically not a vacuum because lower down there is air and there isn't a barrier to it, I mean you can't have a vacuum connected to a non-vacuum and have it maintain itself, so then what's above us isn't a vacuum, it isn't weightless. Where's the proof apart from stuff shown to us on TV screens? If it is that easy then I guess George Clooney and Sandra Bullock really went into space? They must have because we have the footage on video.

It is rocket science but it isn't hard to understand what I just said (in a nutshell it needs air to push on and air isn't there in a vacuum) and this certainly doesn't need maths, it needs understanding - something that is unfortunately completely lacking from the world of mathematics for some reason, I mean when did you ever hear a mathematician admit hey, this entire premise could be wrong?

Never.

Naive mathematicians that insist on their equations matching reality when they actually don't. Someone needs to tell these people that theories aren't facts because I think they are getting a little bit too carried away with it.

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." - Nikola Tesla

Amen to that.

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 5:34pm
www.eastcoast.co.uk. Just add the number of bikes you want when you reach the seat reservation page. Works for any train operator.


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Re: Cairnryan to Ardrossan

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 4:43pm
Thanks for the Ballycastle departures. Very attractive but as they are subject to weather planning is difficult. In my youth I could make it up as I went along but now I am an old man I do not handle uncertainties very well.
Best wishes

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 4:39pm
Phil66 wrote:Does anybody know any good sites online for casual cycle wear. Ride to the pub, into town, and still look normal when you're walking around the shops, that sort of thing.
Jeans on the bike just seem to cut me right in half, exactly where I shouldn't be

I've been told that jeans are particularly bad for that, plus awkward to keep in clips. Most chinos or office trousers have softer seams under there, so are fine for short rides. Walking trousers are mostly even better, designed to avoid having rubbing seams. Cycling chinos (like the recently-discontinued M&S ones) have extra padding over that seam.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 4:22pm
When I did the trip in October we had to stop at 1.30pm ish as it got too hot to ride. Leaving Porto it is pretty flat and good riding for many miles. Eventually the road becomes too busy and dangerous and one is forced to head inland. In hindsight I would stay away from the Spanish border and head down the centre to Faro from Evora. It's pretty flat heading out of Evora. I never thought the hills were that bad as long as you stayed away from the rivers and I'm not a hill climber. I would not bother camping. Accommodation is so cheap. The trip is in my blog.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 4:08pm
meic wrote:We havent even managed to get CPR on the syllabus.
Where would we find a teacher who knows any of that anyway?

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 4:07pm
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?

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 4:03pm
We havent even managed to get CPR on the syllabus.
Where would we find a teacher who knows any of that anyway?

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 4:00pm
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.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:53pm
Lisbon to Bilbao has been on my to do list for a couple of years so it will be interesting to hear any feedback if you do make the trip.
Friends of mine toured a few years ago from Faro up to Porto in August. They found it very hot. They where riding 6 - 9 am and then 6 - 9 pm. They were camping and found they had difficulty sleeping due to the heat even with no flysheet on the tent. Perhaps it was a particularly hot year?

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:51pm
Swrve? Vulpine? Chapeau? Cafe du cycliste?
Never worn any myself, but I think they offer "casual cycling wear", as in "comfortable to cycle in but without looking like a cyclist!"

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:48pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:
All this vagueness Should be corrected Before they leave school and make it mandatory to do the basics, cooking, sewing, washing clothes, bike maintenance, putting up a tent and spending a night at it.
Its not rocket science.

WOAH! steady on

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:44pm
Madeleine wrote:Thanks for the helpful replies. I have indeed been looking at pedalportugal, but Huw doesn't think this tour is a great idea in August because of the heat, and campsites being full. We are debating whether to approach Galicia from the east instead...
What is true, topographically, of NW Portugal is also true of the north coast of Spain - there is a thin - in places practically non-existent - crowded, busy coastal strip and inland of that you have hills and mountains. Though in terms of human geography the situation in Spain is a bit different - the coast is much longer and there are some lightly populated areas along the way. Though the west coast of Galicia is as crowded as coastal NW Portugal, which is itself the most crowded bit of Portugal. Galicia is in general a relatively densely populated part of Spain, with much of the population in the west. In places even the coastal strip is very hilly, as in say Cornwall. However Spain has the advantage that once you get inland of the mountains, it gets much less hilly, to the point of being tediously flat in areas - though these flat areas tend nonetheless to be cut by valleys in places for entertainment. The obvious thing to do would be to follow part of the Camino de Santiago, which runs inland of those mountains, and where there is at least sufficient accommodation provision for people walking the route. Also, more generally in Spain there are many more campsites than in Portugal as the Spanish are much more into camping - mostly they are on the coast though some are inland too. (I've never seen an inland campsite in Portugal.) Although in general you have the issue that once you get on the south side of those north coastal mountains it gets very hot in summer, even though a lot of the route is up at about 800m or so, that being the altitude of the interior of Spain around cities such as Burgos and León which lie on the route. But it will still be hot there in summer - full-bodied red wines can be grown around Burgos and Leon. Although quite high up, it isn't so terribly hilly along much of the Camino. You can google some elevation profiles for the Camino - it is pretty flat from Burgos to León, then there's a couple of notable passes between León and Lugo, not so bad after that..

Given the description in general of what you are looking for, I tend to think that this isn't the best area of Europe for a cycling tour, especially in high summer. France has large areas which are much flatter and less extremely hot.

Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:43pm
Hi Folks,

Does anybody know any good sites online for casual cycle wear. Ride to the pub, into town, and still look normal when you're walking around the shops, that sort of thing.
Jeans on the bike just seem to cut me right in half, exactly where I shouldn't be

Cheers all.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:38pm
I now have a bit of arthritis in my thumbs and now find it harder than I used to to fit tyres. In any case modern hooked rims make it more difficult than when I was young.

I now have one of these at home:



It wasn't immediately obvious how to use it but I found a youtube video somewhere. It's particularly good for new tyres, which haven't been stretched at all. My husband thought I was being a bit of a wimp until he was defeated by one of his own tyres and had to come cap in hand to borrow it . It's a bit bulky but light enough to take with you.

I find that once the tyre has gone on once, I can refit it using 531Colin's method using toestraps to help, though I still use ordinary plastic levers rather than my thumbs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUFVrl0UT4

Re: Panniers for weekend tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:34pm
ribblerouser wrote:I've used Carradry 2X10 litre panniers for years, and found them to be very tough and waterproof, seldom take them off the touring/utility bike now.
Do you secure them to the bike while stopped? How? Thanks in advance.

Re: What camera?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:18pm
Vantage wrote:What's the recorded footage like? I saw a youtube review where it was very jerky. Maybe a one off?
In general, it's good enough for little touring films or catching number plates of bad motorists, but don't expect high-def. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbsREAllzWA but the watery blobs on that are youtube's face obliteration getting it a bit wrong.

Just a reminder of what I may have said before: I've been told by Norfolk constabulary that they won't usually act on camera footage for close overtakes, but would for road rage, so I think it might have helped you - assuming that the mere presence of a camera didn't inspire the motorist to either shut up or attack the camera.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:11pm
Vorpal wrote:Frankly, even with tyre levers, someone who isn't accustomed to that type of task, would struggle to get some tyres on and off.
My hands aren't strong and I struggle with most tyres, so I've used plastic levers to replace them for as long as I can remember, with the exception of the occasional floppy MTB balloons. Levers with a specific "INSTALL" end are a bit better (Crank Brothers, for example). Even then, I still wear goggles because there's a fair chance that at some point I'll lose my grip on one of the levers and launch it at speed!

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 2:56pm
Thanks for the helpful replies. I have indeed been looking at pedalportugal, but Huw doesn't think this tour is a great idea in August because of the heat, and campsites being full. We are debating whether to approach Galicia from the east instead...

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 2:52pm
Yes, that's the intention, and stated publicly in the GWR bike policy: "With the introduction of Super Express Trains in 2017, it is intended to make the cycle policy system 'live', allowing customers to book bikes onto trains at very short notice."

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
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