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Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 6:02pm
You can only buy Ground Effect stuff from themselves in NZ. So you have to allow for being charged VAT on top of the advertised price, you also get stung by Royal Mail with an £8 charge to take the VAT from you.
Having said that, Ground Effect stuff is excellent.
The Body Bag is very good and will last you for years, I bought one last year now that they are slightly larger and can fit my large size touring bike. We also have an older one which is now 15 years old.

Re: Shropshire

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 5:32pm
Went back to Shropshire last week for some cycle camping. It was glorious weather and some fantastic cycling on very quiet country lanes and also I met up with a certain cyclist and author who frequents these pages

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 5:26pm
We own some woodland, not extensive, but the rest of the woodland area is huge. We used to have a couple of border collies, sadly gone to the great dog kennel in the sky. I would take them up in the woods every morning. I'm only going back ten years or so.

One morning, I saw an "animal". Maybe 6am in springtime. It loped like a cat, but was much bigger than a domestic cat. Neither of the dogs saw it - both were quite elderly back then ............. but I saw it.

Maybe the size of a labrador dog. Sort of russet/pale brown, and definitely cat-like, and it loped away from us at speed into the undergrowth ........... and was gone.

Never forgotten it and never seen since.

Re: Touring Ireland End to End

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 5:22pm
GigiN7 wrote:@Robing, in your blog you rave about the B&B you stayed in in Sligo as the best of the whole trip.
You don't happen to remember the name of it do you?
We are doing the Donegal section of the Wild Atlantic Way in June, end up in Sligo and could do with a cracking place to rest.
Thanks!

The park house bed and breakfast, not to be confused with the park hotel.
http://www.parkhousebandbsligo.com

Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 5:07pm
On our way back from the club ride today we saw a large animal crossing the road about 100 meters in front of us. It appeared to be dark brown, and about three times the size of any fox I've even seen. I've seen a suspected black puma before, confirmed by others at the time. Any ideas?

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

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 2:51pm
Vorpal wrote:DaveP wrote:Well there are a few dotted about, usually in city centres, precisely to allow cyclists to proceed against a traffic flow.
I suppose some people just get a taste for it...
When I encounter this I just pull in to the kerb and wait for them to find a way round me. They can see the traffic...
Yes, but contraflow cycle lanes are different. They are designed and signed for contraflow cycling.

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.

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 2:13pm
Wow, this thread just keeps on going and going, like a cyclist climbing Great Dun Fell with a 12" gear

Seriously though, this thread has been very educational in that it shows the importance of gear choices when touring through hilly/difficulty terrain with equipment.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 1:15pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I am sure "Mick F" can fix flats
But will have to find the chain first

MikeF vs Mick F

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 12:38pm
I'm an hour older. It still ain't happened to me.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 12:08pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:In half a century of cycling it ain't happened to me yet, so you'll forgive me if I don't work up a shiver over it.

It does happen though...

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=75362

Conversely, a lot of riders on immaculately maintained machines worth many thousands often ride like prats quite comfortably without the benefit of knackered bikes to help them.

Aren't they called roadies?

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 12:00pm
A cacophony of creaks and rattles is always present wherever there are groups of bicycles.

I suspect this has always been the case, but modern bicycles are more prone to making noise and, because they’re carbon with a large internal air space, amplifying any noise manyfold compared to skinny steel frames.

New bottom bracket standards are a common culprit, but there are many sources of trouble. Look at photos 1–8 in the gallery of the Trek Madone here. How could these contraptions not make noise after a couple of years of use?

Like you, Neilo, I can’t tolerate errant noise from my bicycle and fix it immediately if it arises.

Tiberius: it would have been a different bicycle for you, with your mechanical sympathy. But your mate may have barely noticed your improvements.

It comes down to mechanical understanding. If you know that a noise is not just a noise but the sound of components destroying themselves for want of maintenance, it changes your perception of that noise.

Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 11:55am
I normally use a cardboard bike box for flying. However I am thinking of a trip that may require a few flights and possibly some (packing required) rail travel. Rather than source a box for each leg, I am thinking of a lightweight folding bike bag that I can carry with me.

The Groundeffect Bodybag seems to fit my requirements. The Groundeffect Tardis also looks good, but requires more disassembly.

Two questions:

Can I buy one in the UK, or do I need to order from NZ?

Any views on the Bodybag?

I ride a mid sized 26" Surly LHT.

Thanks in advance

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:45am
What about when you have a quick spin on someone else's bike ???.....

My mate recently bought a second hand electric assisted bike, I was desperate to have a go on it. I had a quick look at it, it all looked there or thereabouts, and off I set. Within 50 yard I had sussed that the tyres were under inflated, the mech or twist shifter needed adjustment, the headset needed a nip and the brakes needed SERIOUS attention.

I told my mate what I thought. He said that there was nothing wrong with it and that I was an over picky so and so....

Maybe I am, but one hour in my garage and that thing would have been a different bike....

Re: A positive thread

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:32am
Si wrote:Yesterday...
gave a load of happy people free bikes,
taught a few people to ride,
and the sun was shining.

...what more could you want? Oh yeah, got paid for it too


Can I have your job???

Booboo the purple hippo strapped into her basket, Erin and I went for a ride to Queens Park on Wednesday. Got there by 4pm and locked up the bikes to wander into the café to get ice creams for her and I. It was closing
The nice lady inside having seen me rushing to lock the bikes had mercy on us and let us in. Erin's face was a picture as the chocolate cone with chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles on top of the chocolate ice cream was handed over to her. Lots of it ended up on Erin's face too
Then a ride to the play area and another ride through the trees and then home. All in gorgeous sunshine.

Sod's law has dictated that one of the mudguard stay bolts snapped last night and of course everywhere is closed today. Sheesh.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:29am
Vantage wrote:You'll care if one crashes his/her bike into you because they couldn't adjust the brakes.
Bikes are simple machines and the very basics of maintenance should be known to it's user. They are to a very large extent, user serviceable. Unlike modern cars.

In half a century of cycling it ain't happened to me yet, so you'll forgive me if I don't work up a shiver over it.

Conversely, a lot of riders on immaculately maintained machines worth many thousands often ride like prats quite comfortably without the benefit of knackered bikes to help them.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:28am
Hi,
ANTONISH wrote:MikeF wrote:ANTONISH wrote:I'm always bemused by this inability to fix a puncture. How would he get on if he punctured while on a ride?
I learned to fix punctures as a child soon after the second world war. Virtually everybody cycled - few had cars. It was an everyday skill.
Perhaps it should be taught in schoolIs it taught in Bikeability??

Dunno Mick F but I think it ought to be.

I am sure "Mick F" can fix flats
But will have to find the chain first

MikeF vs Mick F

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:23am
Hi,
And they don't do that very well
The elderly occupant of other car were OK but the police driver banged his head, maybe he should wear his seatbelt
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/U ... story.html
"The driver and passenger of the Citroen have minor injuries and are currently being treated at the scene. One Police Officer has a minor head injury and has been taken to Torbay district hospital for further treatment."

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:18am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Who cares, it's their bikes. I doubt their cars are maintained any better.

You'll care if one crashes his/her bike into you because they couldn't adjust the brakes.
Bikes are simple machines and the very basics of maintenance should be known to it's user. They are to a very large extent, user serviceable. Unlike modern cars.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:17am
It's only practical to pull over when you can do so safely. From what I could see the cyclist was in a middle lane so not practical to stop. If there's no safe space then the best action is to continue until there is. In addition police are not meant to pull you over until they can see there is a safe place for you to stop.

And it's clear that despite what the officer said he pulled him over just because he was riding on the road, nothing more.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:08am
Who cares, it's their bikes. I doubt their cars are maintained any better.
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