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by MikeMarsUK
28 Jul 2010, 5:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: This car driver found problems driving on this footpath
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: This car driver found problems driving on this footpath

Probably a stolen car / joyride...
by MikeMarsUK
27 Jul 2010, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?
Replies: 18
Views: 2082

Re: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?

... The OSM SD card I have marks things like woods, the odd foot path, streams etc. all of which can be useful when navigating. Don't know about OSM being viewable in MapSource but I think another reply has answered that. Certainly routes created in MapSource are transferable to OSM on the GPS in e...
by MikeMarsUK
27 Jul 2010, 10:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unclipping from SPDs
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Unclipping from SPDs

I use multirelease clips, and the tension set to minimum. Feet always come out easily, and no problem in panic situations.
by MikeMarsUK
19 Jul 2010, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's a Comfy saddle
Replies: 50
Views: 5470

Re: What's a Comfy saddle

The simple answer is that a comfy saddle is one that suits you. ... The above is the ultimate truth. I have a Brooks, and it's great for me, but picking a saddle based solely on a forum recommendation is doomed to failure. You have to find one the hard way. You can short-circuit much of this proces...
by MikeMarsUK
14 Jul 2010, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drops to Straights/Butterfly advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: Drops to Straights/Butterfly advice

I used gripshift w/normal brake levers, and the bike was already set up with XT. It all seems natural to me but is quite different from a typical drop setup. If you are modifying an existing bike you will probably need an extended stem. Foam, inner tube, then brooks tape over that, for the hand posi...
by MikeMarsUK
4 Jul 2010, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why imported bikes are so expensive?
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: why imported bikes are so expensive?

Book yourself in for a continental camping holiday and buy the bike as soon as you arrive, take it back on the ferry at the end of the holiday :-)
by MikeMarsUK
1 Jul 2010, 8:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: vision in left eye only
Replies: 15
Views: 1101

Re: vision in left eye only

There are a couple of regular riders in my saturday group who each have an eye missing (however my memory isn't good enough to recall which eye). They both use mirrors (as well as shoulder-glances on their good side). They do well enough that it doesn't seem to affect their cycling or confidence in ...
by MikeMarsUK
29 Jun 2010, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cat Eye Versus Garmin GPS
Replies: 26
Views: 1909

Re: Cat Eye Versus Garmin GPS

The first few posts in that thread are misleading (they're talking about the geoid, and that affects the absolute altitude rather than the relative altitude, at least for the kind of distances covered by a bike) - the more relevant answer (for our purposes) is later in the same thread: The lack of a...
by MikeMarsUK
29 Jun 2010, 9:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?

Philip Whiteman wrote:...

From this thread, I guess that no one is aware of any alternatives to ETA?


Self-insurance is often the best alternative when given a low-loss payout scenario such as this one, as several people have suggested above.
by MikeMarsUK
29 Jun 2010, 8:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Arriva Bus drivers = Morons, do I report it to Police
Replies: 39
Views: 4632

Re: Arriva Bus drivers = Morons, do I report it to Police

As well as asking for the video via a letter, also phone up ASAP to make sure that the video does not get erased in the interim - they're allowed to erase them virtually immediately.
by MikeMarsUK
29 Jun 2010, 8:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cat Eye Versus Garmin GPS
Replies: 26
Views: 1909

Re: Cat Eye Versus Garmin GPS

A barometer shouldn't make much difference - as far as I am aware, GPSes don't include the altitude when measuring the distance between points. This is just as well, since they're much less accurate vertically than horizontally (I was at a cafe on the Malvern hills a few months back, and while we we...
by MikeMarsUK
28 Jun 2010, 2:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?

Short of carrying around an angle grinder with you, the insurance would probably be the best option for a tandem.

The only (sensible) alternative I can think of would be to have a whole list of man-and-van phone numbers in your phone, but most of the time they seem to be booked up.
by MikeMarsUK
28 Jun 2010, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: boot fair bargain - now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: boot fair bargain - now what do I do?

I absolutely agree that twist grips are fine - I've had them on two MTBs and my Bike Friday without any problems. Your wife will get a really good bike which I am sure she will fall in love with ! Seconded. My main bike (originally a hybrid with touring components added, used nearly only on road) u...
by MikeMarsUK
28 Jun 2010, 8:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?

Personally , I don't think it's worthwhile for commuters either. How much would phoning for a taxi cost, in terms of getting to the nearest cycle shop / railway station, compared to the cost of the insurance? The last time I had an irreparable breakdown I managed to get a free lift to the railway s...
by MikeMarsUK
27 Jun 2010, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help, please - Garmin Edge 305, 'software missing' message
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Help, please - Garmin Edge 305, 'software missing' message

Garmin do have an email support facility which I've used, so it may be worth giving that a go. If all else fails you can always send it back to Garmin for a £35 'factory fix' (i.e., exchanged for a refurb, in 'as new' condition). I've done this also, very effective if you've hit a brick wall! (In my...