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As a frequent user of the Higher Ferry at Dartmouth I always (along with motor cyclists) jump the queue in order to get to the special recesses at the side away from the cars. The other side I let the cars out first and with luck enjoy a relatively quiet couple of miles of climbing before being caug...
- 28 Apr 2009, 4:30pm
- Forum: On the road
- Topic: Have you ever been rear-ended?
- Replies: 25
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I got hit from behind by a van near Monmouth back in 1980 in the middle of the afternoon. I suffered a fractured skull, back, shoulder and ankle, was unconscious for a week and still suffer from epilepsy. The case the police bought against the van driver, who was over the drink drive limit, was help...
I had daffodils flowering in early January, well before the Snowdrops, despite the cold weather. They are an early flowering variety. For me Spring is hearing Skylarks for the first time in the year and when the grockles first start to wander around the streets of Dartmouth.
- 17 Feb 2009, 10:49am
- Forum: Does anyone know … ?
- Topic: Padded shorts - to wear or not to wear
- Replies: 23
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The main thing is how comfortable your saddle is in the first place and how suitable your riding position. However I usually wear a pair of inner shorts for longer rides. They cushion some of the jarring from increasingly rough roads. But they do make you sweat a lot more in the event of hot summer ...
I was once nearly knocked off my bicycle by a Buzzard when it suddenly flew off from behind a hedge. Luckily the car behind me was keeping a reasonable distance. Buzzards are very common in South Devon. Once I saw a row of five telegraph poles each with a Buzzard perched on top. I put their populati...
From where I live by the sea in South Devon, looking down upon the long shingle beach of Slapton Sands and the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley trapped behind it. The main road runs along it with the promise of a flat if not always easy ride due to the strong winds that blow at times. In fifty years t...
Like a previous contributor I put a small thermos in the bottom part of an old drinking bottle. One can get a suitable thermos at Millets. I pad it out with the leg part of an old sock which prevents the thermos rattling against the bottle cage and helps to keep the contents warmer on a very cold da...
- 8 Dec 2008, 12:40pm
- Forum: The Tea Shop
- Topic: The hassle of using the bus for work
- Replies: 19
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Having a bus pass does alter ones conception of bus travel. I live five hilly miles from Dartmouth. The 93 service which runs between Dartmouth and Plymouth is one an hour on average. If the weather is wet or I have a lot of shopping then I do use it, otherwise I cycle as I get fed up with waiting a...
Mud is really bad down the sunken Devon lanes. The main culprit is the increasing size of farm machinery. Rabbits burrowing into the high banks also bring down a lot of soil into the road. Unfortunately a lot of his ends up in the drains, blocks them and causes floods. In winter I use a Thorn Raven....
Living in Devon where the hedges are high and often overgrown there is a great danger of bar ends becoming entangled with the vegetation. I suffered a nasty fall eighteen months ago on a main road through this happening. I think butterfly bars would be a safer option.
- 6 Oct 2008, 4:43pm
- Forum: Does anyone know … ?
- Topic: Bike Rescue Service...Any views
- Replies: 7
- Views: 662
When I lived in London I could rely on getting home using the rail network. Having moved to Devon, where the rail network is sparse I subscribed to the breakdown service to get some peace of mind. Thankfully I have never had to use it.
My i-pod is reserved for use on trains and buses, never on the bicycle. Living in Devon where the lanes are narrow and sunken beneath high banks it is vital to be able to hear anything approaching either from the front or behind.
I find the worse problem of cycling in the rain is getting cold so I normally wear waterpoof gloves and socks plus rainlegs and a waterproof jacket. I sweat a lot even with the more expensive jackets and quite frankly find a cheap racing cape as good as any. Now I have a free pass I must admit that ...