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by Tim Cox
22 May 2009, 11:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queueing?
Replies: 22
Views: 1164

Re: Queueing?

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...
by Tim Cox
28 Apr 2009, 4:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Have you ever been rear-ended?
Replies: 25
Views: 1741

Re: Have you ever been rear-ended?

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...
by Tim Cox
17 Feb 2009, 11:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Spring has sprung!
Replies: 30
Views: 1258

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.
by Tim Cox
17 Feb 2009, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padded shorts - to wear or not to wear
Replies: 23
Views: 1580

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 ...
by Tim Cox
9 Feb 2009, 4:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Buzzards
Replies: 44
Views: 3148

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...
by Tim Cox
2 Feb 2009, 3:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride with a view
Replies: 27
Views: 2566

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...
by Tim Cox
31 Dec 2008, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tired Brooks
Replies: 12
Views: 869

The polish used for horse saddles works well and is a lot cheaper than proofide.
by Tim Cox
15 Dec 2008, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thermos Flask
Replies: 20
Views: 3355

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...
by Tim Cox
8 Dec 2008, 12:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The hassle of using the bus for work
Replies: 19
Views: 1270

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...
by Tim Cox
18 Nov 2008, 11:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: MUD!
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

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....
by Tim Cox
9 Oct 2008, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar ends
Replies: 19
Views: 1654

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.
by Tim Cox
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.
by Tim Cox
18 Aug 2008, 11:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: i-pods and cycles
Replies: 43
Views: 4828

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.
by Tim Cox
18 Aug 2008, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking pedal
Replies: 11
Views: 965

I had that problem on my Thorn Raven. It turned out to be that the pedal was slightly loose on the crank.
by Tim Cox
15 Jul 2008, 11:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...... and rain
Replies: 17
Views: 1895

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 ...