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by Steve
12 Jan 2020, 8:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Hastings route
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: London to Hastings route

I always start planning routes with OS maps, available on

Google maps are pretty hopeless for planning cycling, IMHO
by Steve
6 Jan 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2185

Re: Crank length

Far more complicated than just simple physics, as it involves the human body and in particular the knee joint! I'm over 6 feet but prefer 170mm cranks to anything longer, as they're much easier on the knees.
by Steve
5 Jan 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wales Tour, summer 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 677

Re: Wales Tour, summer 2020

The Welsh word for Clun is Colunwy. I'm not sure it ever was in Wales. I see what you mean about the Bwlch-y-Groes road. One to consider. Edit. Playing around on, the more direct route from the reservoir to Bala has a slightly gentler climb, without the steep ramp at the top we would ge...
by Steve
1 Jan 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route around peak District from Derby.
Replies: 18
Views: 764

Re: Route around peak District from Derby.

Jamesh wrote:Hi

I'm new to the peak District and hoping to get out over the new year period whilst at the in-laws

If that was me, I'd be looking to get out for more than one ride! :?
by Steve
27 Dec 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?
Replies: 49
Views: 1451

Re: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?

Don't have a turbo, but rather a spinning machine like those in gyms. No gears, just variable resistance. 20 mins on that with a few mins cooling down at the end is plenty for me, I'd say equivalent to an hour on the road as there's no freewheeling, and you can really crank up the resistance to the ...
by Steve
24 Dec 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in Cycle Lanes
Replies: 20
Views: 1048

Re: Parking in Cycle Lanes

Just back from a twenty odd mile ride into Chester,much of it on excellent traffic free Sustrans route. However,several sections of busy main road unavoidable, albeit with a cycle lane clearly marked. The problem was car drivers parked on the lane ,thus forcing one out into the traffic stream. At o...
by Steve
22 Dec 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

This got me interested and I found this

which suggests almost all crossing points are on motorways. Presumably those that aren't, would allow cyclists. But you might be better off searching blogs etc and finding out what other cyclists have done.
by Steve
3 Dec 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th bottom bracket
Replies: 43
Views: 4783

Re: 4th bottom bracket

1st two had side to side movement of the crank arms, this one is making a knocking noise under pressure. All have been Shimano makes, I don't know the model numbers, fitted by my LBS, no pressure washer used and not over washed around the bottom bracket and wheel seals. The third one he replaced fo...
by Steve
21 Nov 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dirtiest roads
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Dirtiest roads

You might well be right, I found Somerset at this time of year unbelievably filthy, mud got everywhere. Not like that round here - largely because farming is different here.
by Steve
24 Oct 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Queensbury Tunnel (Halifax/Bradford )
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Queensbury Tunnel (Halifax/Bradford )

Local TV news last night said they were dumping large volume of hard-core down a ventilation shaft, to prevent major collapse of the tunnel in one area.
In theory this is reversible, and might prevent catastrophic failure, but obviously won't make reopening easier.
by Steve
22 Oct 2019, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hi vis and reflective jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Hi vis and reflective jacket

James Up Hill wrote:Thanks. I want my sleeves to be bright as well. I drive quite a bit in London and always ask myself why cyclists would not have bright sleeves.

You can easily get "sleeved waistcoats" in high viz, meant to be worn over your outer clothes
by Steve
22 Oct 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?
Replies: 18
Views: 974

Re: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?

One place to avoid would be FROME. Diabolical choice of cafes, with nothing between pretentious converted chapel full of vegan Guardian readers with shrieking toddlers in organic nappies, and greasy spoons you could lubricate a chain with. (Now step forward someone with better local knowledge!) Quit...
by Steve
5 Sep 2019, 8:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike security
Replies: 39
Views: 2921

Re: Bike security

Soldiersteve wrote:semi-vertical-bike-racks-upto-10-bikes-p10484-18287_image (1).jpg
This is the type of rack we have.

Looks like more of a mudguard breaker to me
by Steve
4 Sep 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Short bib shorts??
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: Short bib shorts??

I have a pair of Mavic bib shorts bought 3 years ago, which are surprisingly short in the leg by today's standards, despite being XXX.
by Steve
29 Aug 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front light
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: Front light

For occasional use I'd recommend B and M Ixon with rechargeable (and replaceable) batteries, and a good bright beam. About 50 quid I think.