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Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:12pm
go to a DIY store and buy some transparent plastic for a few quid, use it until it can be used no more then buy some more. parcel tape to hold it together. in extremis use black plastic bin bags taped together. no need to buy a special bag.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:57pm
no was the puncture pixies pet.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:56pm
It was a Womble. Probably Great Uncle Bulgaria.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:00pm
Talking of sirens.
If you are of a nervous disposition (as I am )
An emergency service vehicle approaching from behind or unseen and then turning its siren on has almost had me of my bike .(and moreso when on a scooter on one occasion) made me jump and nearly lose control.
Obviously they have an important job to do ,and time is of essence, but it would be a good thing IMO if someone could invent a graduated siren ,one that took just a few seconds to get to full blast ,just to give two wheeled users (particularly) a chance to avoid possibly dangerous jumps out of the saddle and maybe even a crash.
This would help me (and others of course)not to become a user of there services due to cardiac arrest.

Andy
Full of nervous tremulation.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:32pm
bohrsatom
I'm riding a solo End to End in Portugal in September into Faro out of Porto.
I'd be interested in your route if you still have it.
Also details and your views on the accommodation would be useful
Thanks

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:31pm
Hello
That was almost certainly the greater lurking grunt snarking beast .
It lurks in the woodlands ,it lurks in the vales ,it lurks upon mountains and upon misty dales.
It lurks in the morning ,it lurks in the day ,it stares at you madly ,whilst dining on hay.
Yes matey !
Beware the Mighty Grunt snarker.
Peddle away ,cast not a backwards glance.
Its to awful to look upon and could well be named Lance.

Andy
Ode to Snark the beastly lurker.

Re: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:40pm
Thanks.

Will be coming down from Kirkby Lonsdale back to the car at Hornby so we can do the few miles on the main road the other side of the river.

Thanks.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:30pm
No experience in N Portugal but we did a very enjoyable 10 days in S Portugal in September (Faro to Porto). Some tips:

PedalPortugal website is indeed great. The preplanned routes are very handy and I'm sure Huw would be happy to help with specific advice over email too.

Don't plan too much on taking your bikes on the train. Trains in Portugal aren't widespread outside of metro areas and there are many restrictions on bringing bikes with you. Be sure to research this before you leave home

Not sure about camping - we looked into this but found there weren't many campsites away from coastal areas. If you are planning on camping the the distribution of campsites will definitely affect where and how far you ride. Accommodation is plentiful and pretty cheap so maybe worth leaving the tent at home?

Overall I really enjoyed my time in Portugal and think it's a great place for a tour. I'm sure you'll have a great time!

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:29pm
It's a weird phenomenon but my car gets by as best it can with an mot and service whenever. My bike is fettled and tender washed and polished at least once a week. Can't abide noisy bikes.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:26pm
Muntjac?

Re: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:25pm
Sorry not yet, diversions needed. Where you coming from?

Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:19pm
Hi all,

Planning a touring weekend and plan to use this bridge. Could anybody tell me if the bridge has been repaired and fully open.

Thanks for any input.

John.

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:11pm
Mark1978 wrote:TT Training can be done on a turbo trainer. Ideal for putting out constant efforts

Hi Mark,
I've got a static bike at home but I'd rather do five hours on the road than one hour on a static and I'm a little old now to be investing in a turbo.
Cheers... Alex

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:02pm
Hi foxyrider, as I said, there is no alternative route. The first 3 miles and the last 4 miles are the flatter bits but these have almost all the zebras etc, the middle portion has better straighter roads but has all the climbing. I'm really impressed if you can ride a ten mile sprint. I'm afraid these days I can only manage a 100 - 150 yards sprint, always uphill though. As well as speed, don't you think that strength and stamina should also be catered for in a ride? It will be interesting, this year to see what time I can achieve in a 10. The last time I raced in the tens was three years ago after I did a whole winter of long slogs up the volcano. I was hoping to improve my times this year but we'll see.
Cheers...Alex

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:48pm
My wife reckons, and I think I agree, that it's because we have become a 'use once and throw away' society.

When your washing machine/fridge/phone/TV/microwave/bicycle etc. etc. breaks, if it's out of warranty, chances are most people will chuck it and buy a new one. We are very much encouraged to do this so that we always have the 'latest' version and the economy can forever 'grow'.

Post Armageddon I'm trusting that my skills in building bikes from spare parts will come in handy.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 6:39pm
Suggest that you have a look at the https://pedalportugal.com/ website - they have a number of suggested tour itinararies as well as comprehensive details of campsites and advice re weather etc.

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:22pm
TT Training can be done on a turbo trainer. Ideal for putting out constant efforts

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:18pm
you are training too far! if you want to go faster the ride needs to be just 3/4's of the race distance maximum. A time trial is all about pacing, a ten is really a constant sprint - constant stop/start efforts are no good to you! Can you find say a five mile route to do your effort on with as few turns/interruptions as possible - add in a couple of miles warm up before and a similar afterward to warm down.

Not saying it will work but give it a go - on the other hand you might just be at your maximum potential!
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