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by philg
13 Aug 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Mountain Biking
Topic: Take 2 The Westcountry Way...........
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: Take 2 The Westcountry Way...........

Hi, Have you done "The Westcountry Way" over exemoor? How did you ride the off road hills.............................. On the sites and reviews there is little talk of walking................the author says 100% riding.................. I prefer road to offroad but I have ridden or hiked...
by philg
12 Aug 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Mountain Biking
Topic: Take 2 The Westcountry Way...........
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: Take 2 The Westcountry Way...........

Exmoor
Offroad
on a road bike
with panniers
is difficult
who'd have thought
:roll:
by philg
15 Feb 2014, 9:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police car chases
Replies: 23
Views: 14276

Re: Police car chases

As usual our cousins across the pond have come up with an answer Catching criminals in some US states became easier after police forces there started to use GPS bullets in 2013. GPS has helped police in the US cut down on car chases Chasing culprits who had escaped in a car used to be a dangerous bu...
by philg
23 Jan 2014, 10:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike friendly hostel/hotel Dieppe
Replies: 6
Views: 21662

Re: bike friendly hostel/hotel Dieppe

Hi & welcome We did the Dieppe Raid last year (good!) & stayed at the Ibis just off the N27 a couple of km out of town. It was comfortable enough with a room to put the bikes in. In general IME you'd be hard pressed to find any hotel in France which didn't accommodate cycles; if they didn't ...
by philg
20 Jan 2014, 1:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Quick looking-at-maps straw pole
Replies: 40
Views: 8644

Re: A Quick looking-at-maps straw pole

I always carry a pair of collapsible +2 dioptre reading glasses in my back pocket (mainly for bike & p*nct*r* repairs) which fit into a case about the size of a cigarette lighter. My long sight worsens with low light levels so a small Petzl headtorch is also useful. I rarely use maps as I find t...
by philg
11 Jan 2014, 9:47am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 48
Views: 6020

Re: Helmets

I'm only aware of those who want them made compulsory and those who want people to have free choice on the matter. Use of the words "anti-helmet" is misleading shorthand for " anti helmet-compulsion" Well you might believe that but it doesn't take much fora searching to discover...
by philg
9 Jan 2014, 7:39pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 48
Views: 6020

Re: Helmets

The thing with many of the posters on this site is that they are not anti-helmet, but simply want people to make an informed choice. Whereas the Helmetista want people to be informed of their choice - wear a helmet or don't cycle. :wink: I guess they balance out the helmet-obsessives who take the o...
by philg
12 Dec 2013, 8:13pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: James Cracknell - Helmet
Replies: 42
Views: 3121

Re: James Cracknell - Helmet

This is really all that needs to be said about Cracknell's hypocrisy on helmets....... Or maybe this from the OP? At least I now know why he was photographed some months later riding a bike without a helmet ; at the time he was still suffering mentally from his injuries and was not aware that he ha...
by philg
3 Dec 2013, 9:09am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: OTT and Helmets
Replies: 23
Views: 1230

Re: OTT and Helmets

A totally reasonable decision which I think we would all like to be able to reach, whether we choose the option to wear the helmet or not. :D +1 Unfortunately a body of people are pushing to have that freedom of choice removed. :( Are you referring to the Maoist clique on this & others fora who...
by philg
16 Nov 2013, 9:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Thinking about a fixed
Replies: 26
Views: 2285

Re: Thinking about a fixed

Don't be put off by the naysayers, who may or may not have ever tried one. A fixed makes a great commuter bike, not only for the low-maintenance but also for the excellent work-out you get over a short trip; and both your hill-climbing and pedal action will benefit. My commute is 18m each way in the...
by philg
10 Nov 2013, 10:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Marathon Pluses - a right pain?
Replies: 15
Views: 4138

Re: Fitting Marathon Pluses - a right pain?

^^^ this method works well - and with M+ you only need to do it once :D (though re-fitting is easier I'm told)

Also, try fitting tyre without the tube and leave for a day or two.
by philg
7 Nov 2013, 8:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: fixed chains
Replies: 30
Views: 3113

Re: fixed chains

I've generally gone with the former when I've adjusted it as I think the chain coming off is more likely to be expensive / dangerous / annoying than any reduction in the life of the chain will be (they are only about a tenner anyway, if that, the non hx models are a fiver) +1 - you really don't wan...
by philg
3 Nov 2013, 4:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Copying Garmin Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 11008

Re: Copying Garmin Maps

I bought the OS Landranger 1:50k (big mistake, but that's another story) maps on SD card for my Oregon, and copied the file onto a new 4GB card and it works perfectly.

Just try it!
by philg
25 Oct 2013, 9:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driver-less cars are coming
Replies: 44
Views: 5466

Re: Driver-less cars are coming

Providing the technology is reliable such vehicles should be good news for more vulnerable road users. To avoid being sued manufacturers will set up the systems to drive according to highway codes etc and to be very cautious when cyclists or pedestrians are detected. And hopefully the presence of e...
by philg
22 Oct 2013, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 12
Views: 3029

Re: Overshoes

On-One (Planet-X) are currently doing one of their massive Bundles

£16.99 for their (OK) overshoes, beanie, gloves, socks & arm warmers!