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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

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 2:15pm
Thanks Richard for the clarification on the permitted wheel size when the new policy is introduced in a few weeks. In your communications with GWR it would be good to find out how many cycles the new HST rolling stock will carry? Currently it's six, however in line with other operators I would guess that cycle spaces may be sacrificed for more seats. A member of GWR staff I spoke to recently suggested that there will be hanging spaces in the carriages as opposed to the current goods compartment. On a plus note he also mentioned that you will be able to book a bike space from your smart phone on the day of travel instead of the 24 hours notice currently required, but have not seen any of this confirmed.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 2:07pm
Vorpal wrote:What makes you say that?.....

I fully understand some people aren't mechanically minded,or in the case of punctures,don't have the hand strength of others,or some tyre/rim combinations are disgracefully tight such as Flinders mentions.

In the first instance unless someone has learning difficulties,in which case M+ is the answer.
People without mechanical inclination can be taught and if they're willing enough,after a few goes(like learning your multiplication tables) will get the hang of taking a wheel out and mending a puncture if needs be,even if they don't like to(like tables ).
In the second instance,'give me a lever and I can lift the world',as someone once said.
The third is more difficult but isn't insurmountable with either a change of rim or tyre or both,if it's the difference between a long walk or an expensive taxi fare.

In the case of diagnosing other mechanical faults I can understand even more but TBH if the bike's serviced regularly and checked over weekly for faults(the owner/user may need to take a short course in bike maintenance)they're rare.
If someone is clueless they IMHO needn't remain in that state if they don't wish to,if only for the basics.

TBH I'm a real numpty when it comes to computers and smartphones,I know what I know about them which really ain't much,but I get by.
I do so because I've realised that if I want to use them I need to know at least a leettle bit.

It's the same with bikes for people who know nowt about them,they can at least learn enough to get by .

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 1:49pm
meic wrote:When my bikes are nicely cleaned and maintained it is a sure sign that I havent been riding enough.



On my bikes, it's probably a sign I've been neglecting my children.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 1:48pm
When my bikes are nicely cleaned and maintained it is a sure sign that I havent been riding enough.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 1:12pm
meic wrote:......... Though if I just look at it for a few minutes she will crack as I am pretty sure that patience is the one (and only) aspect of life where I can beat her.

I think your right.but I'd wear a h*lm*t just in case

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 1:06pm
I'm pretty sure that Boking.com listings tell you whether a hotel has a 24-hoir reception.

You could always try emailing BikeExpress - I doubt you're the first people to have this issue and I'd have thought they have an idea of what other clients have done.

Re: Panniers for weekend tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 1:04pm
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. Used to use one on my road bike till reverting to a saddle bag.


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Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 12:58pm
I thought in the past only compact/Brompton small-suitcase-sized folders fitted the 90x70x30cm luggage restriction* and any others were allowed only due to a guard/conductor 'turning a (friendly) blind eye'.

* from the (old?) national conditions of carriage
https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/bike-rail-commuting
see Bikes as baggage section. Is this obsolete now and train company dependant?

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 12:54pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:It does indeed!......
Thanks,the undo makes it much more usable.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 12:48pm
reohn2 wrote:Claiming not to be able to do the basics,unless it's because of physical disability,is an excuse frankly.

What makes you say that? Just like some people can sing, and other can't, some people can do mechanical things and other can't. It might be a little easier to learn to repair a puncture than learn to sing, but that doesn't mean that everyone can do it.

When I learned, as a child, it was because my mother simply couldn't manage it. She tried a few times and utterly failed, then took my bike to a shop or a friend to have punctures fixed. If it only needed pumping up, she could just about manage that. After the first few such experiences, I learned to do it myself, or I wouldn't have had a bike to ride most of the time. The same goes for maintenance. I did learn a lot from a couple kids down the street who were few years older than me and very keen for BMX.

I clearly recall fixing things about the house when I was 8 and 9 years old that my mother had given up on because she couldn't afford to have them repaired and didn't have the slightest idea how to go about it herself. I may have had an unusual knack for it, but some of the things that my mother didn't know how to fix, seemed blatantly obvious to me, even as a child.

I'm not entirely sure why my mother couldn't do such things, or sometimes couldn't even see that they needed doing. She had many other skills and capabilities, but nothing vaguely technical nor mechanical was among them.
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