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by iandriver
23 Jan 2020, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 125
Views: 4155

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Maybe they should have called them Sports Utility Bicycles, SUB. You could drive it places in your SUV.
by iandriver
22 Jan 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow or Gatwick?
Replies: 13
Views: 329

Re: Heathrow or Gatwick?

Heathrow can be a real pain depending on which terminal you land at. If the terminal is not one of the ones by your bus station, you need a train ride. The train ride is free, but you can't take trollies which can be a bit of a pain with a boxed bike and luggage.
by iandriver
22 Jan 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Light for lowrider rack
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: Light for lowrider rack

It looks like the sort of hole you'd fit a fork monut to.
https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s169p32 ... t-for-Fork
by iandriver
17 Jan 2020, 8:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Calculator
Replies: 33
Views: 1049

Re: Calculator

Texas Instruments calculators will bring back lots of memories from OU graduates. Their graphic calculators were mandatory back in the 90s, ably displaying why any number to the power of 0 is always 1 on its monochrome screen. Still got it in a box somewhere.
by iandriver
16 Jan 2020, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais to Brussels - navigation
Replies: 16
Views: 445

Re: Calais to Brussels - navigation

Your current device will do breadcrumb following from uploaded gpx files. I'd start be playing a local gpx route in something like cycle.travel and see how you get on without mapping. I don't know if you can page screens while navigating, but it'll give you experience in course creation etc. I think...
by iandriver
15 Jan 2020, 6:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 77
Views: 1708

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

Not my words, but sums it up for me. In the middle of a climate emergency, Australia is literally on fire, foodbank usage has skyrocketed, as has rough sleeping and we're going to spend half a million ringing a bell. One day people will realise the EU didn't sell our council housing, prioritise shor...
by iandriver
14 Jan 2020, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Holes in Gatorskin tyres
Replies: 26
Views: 1102

Re: Holes in Gatorskin tyres

Another ex gatorskin audaxer who gave up on them for the same reason.
by iandriver
14 Jan 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which next bike for old git in hilly area?
Replies: 23
Views: 949

Re: Which next bike for old git in hilly area?

I'd like to know exactly what bars you have on it. Is it truly flat, or some form of rise? Do you have bar ends? They can make quite a difference set near vertically for a change of position. Have you seen bars like this? https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/thorn-mk2-comfort-handlebars-254mm-clam...
by iandriver
13 Jan 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Entry Level v More advanced bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1153

Re: Entry Level v More advanced bike

A couple of years ago Specialized were claiming their S-works frame set it saves you 45 seconds over 40 kilometers compared to their Tarmac frame. This assumes you are travelling at the speed of a professional rider. The speed differences will only really show on a stop watch, or some other factor i...
by iandriver
13 Jan 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brussels
Replies: 15
Views: 389

Re: Brussels

That's a fairly well used route. A lot take the ferry to Dunkirk rather that Calais. Main options IMHO: 1. The architecture route Head along the coast to Ostend then follow the river system to Brugge then Ghent and on. This country is, in the flat lands, mostly about the architecture of the cities,...
by iandriver
13 Jan 2020, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brussels
Replies: 15
Views: 389

Re: Brussels

That's a fairly well used route. A lot take the ferry to Dunkirk rather that Calais. Main options IMHO: 1. The architecture route Head along the coast to Ostend then follow the river system to Brugge then Ghent and on. This country is, in the flat lands, mostly about the architecture of the cities, ...
by iandriver
12 Jan 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Entry Level v More advanced bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1153

Re: Entry Level v More advanced bike

Probably the most bang you'll get for your buck.
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBSELKP58 ... ar---alloy
by iandriver
11 Jan 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Some cycle touring on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Some cycle touring on TV

Just watched an episode of this buried on Freeview channel eighty something. Sweden looked great. Looking forward to watching more.

https://www.togethertv.com/earth-cycle
by iandriver
7 Jan 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** the climate change thread, fires in Australia **
Replies: 73
Views: 1439

Re: ** the climate change thread **

I cycled Pisa to Rome last year. 300 odd miles and 4 long hilly days. Difference in flight time was about 20 minutes. :?
by iandriver
7 Jan 2020, 8:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Australian priorities.
Replies: 19
Views: 531

Re: Australian priorities.

I think Australia is a country happy to use its police force for generating revenues. I get the impression that dishing out fines for all manor of things is for more common. It's been a while since I've been over there, but I found it an oddly authoritarian society. Failure to vote fines https://www...