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by Hypocacculus
2 Aug 2012, 7:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: AMSTERDAM TO COPENHAGEN
Replies: 3
Views: 4064

Re: AMSTERDAM TO COPENHAGEN

Check out the sleeper train between Amsterdam and Copenhagen. (more info on man in seat 61). However, you need to book sharpish to get the cheap tickets which only go on sale two or three months before the date of travel (I tried to do this last year but missed them; however, we did the sleeper Berlin to Amsterdam instead and it was excellent - I booked the second the tickets went on sale). Also, check out the Dutch Flyer rail/ferry tickets. You can get some really good deals.
by Hypocacculus
2 Sep 2011, 10:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slug Game
Replies: 31
Views: 2213

Re: Slug Game

Mick F wrote:I was up far a call of nature during the night recently, and the cat had brought a mouse into the bedroom and left it by the bedroom door.

It was dead.
(the mouse, that is - not the cat!)

It was dark, and I stood on it.

In bare feet.


Ooo - yes, I've had similar experiences. Our cat used to leave his offerings at the bottom of the stairs, so in my path as I was stumbling down in search of my morning cup of tea.... yeuch.

It's funny how cold and slimy is far far worse when it is sudden, unexpected cold and slimy.
by Hypocacculus
1 Sep 2011, 11:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Back spasms?
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: Back spasms?

Personally I would not go to a chiropracter. Despite the scientific sounding name, they are not proper medics and have been the subject of some intense critical scrutiny because they have some odd and unsubstatiated ideas. Google 'Simon SIngh' for an idea of the debate.

Mr H went to one years ago and came to the conclusion that the treatement he'd been subjected to amounted to no more than a bit of theatre. Spinal manipulation is fundamentally dangerous and a poor chiropracter can damage you for life.

Your spine is important. Go to a doctor, a physiotherapist or an osteopath.
by Hypocacculus
1 Sep 2011, 8:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slug Game
Replies: 31
Views: 2213

Re: Slug Game

We did a lot of slug dodging in Denmark this year. In woodland areas they come out to browse on the tarmac, get run over, then the grieving relatives come out to have a snack.... There were hundreds of the bloomin' things.

I can confirm that scraping this stuff off your bike is not entirely enjoyable.
by Hypocacculus
31 Aug 2011, 8:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can anyone recommend a good sleeping bag?
Replies: 12
Views: 1230

Re: Can anyone recommend a good sleeping bag?

Check out Rab. High quality goosedown bags. Not cheap.

I have two Rab bags; a conventional 3+ season that has served me well for 18 years now, and a Quantum top bag, an insane sleeping bag with no zip and no insulation on the bottom half - more like a little quilt. It is not for the faint hearted but it packs up tiny and only weighs 400g, perfect for summer touring although I bought it for hiking.
by Hypocacculus
31 Aug 2011, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with only a saddle bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1942

Re: Touring with only a saddle bag?

I've posted this before, but I think this guy has taken things pretty much to the limit.

http://ultralightcycling.blogspot.com/
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 2:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Beer & lager A-Z
Replies: 32
Views: 2349

Re: Beer & lager A-Z

PW wrote:The blanket term is Ale. Beer is ale flavoured with hops. :D


Hmm. I've done some looking around and it doesn't seem to be that clear cut. It seems to depend who you believe, what you read and/or where you come from. The definition you give is just one of several possibilities it seems. I've just read one definition that says ale is a kind of beer. :?

Another etymological mess I think.

Grolsch
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 1:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Beer & lager A-Z
Replies: 32
Views: 2349

Re: Beer & lager A-Z

McVouty wrote:Well I know Guinness is stout, not beer or lager, but it can't be ignored...


eh? Isn't beer a blanket term for a beverage brewed from malted cereal grains that covers lager, stout, mild, bitter or whatever?
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 12:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bikes aren't always Green?
Replies: 46
Views: 3350

Re: Bikes aren't always Green?

Jonty wrote:
To quote hubgearfreak "either you're being very silly or very stupid. or (sic) there's the possibility that you're trying to be funny." :wink:
Or perhaps you're making a point by the use of irony?
I agree with you that whether or not we decide to use a car or a bike makes little of no difference in "global" environmental terms; however, I suspect it could make a difference in "local" terms.
I've read somewhere that about 60% of journeys of about 2 miles or under are made by car. This may have declined because of the recession but even so there must be considerable potential for many more short journeys to be made by foot and bicycle.
I suspect that if this were to happen it would have a significant impact on local air quality, fitness and tackling obesity.
jonty


We obviously agree that more people on bikes might improve our quality of life but it is not going to have a massive environmental impact in terms of this planet's ecology if you decide to cycle to Tescos rather than drive.

The OP was talking about fossil fuel use, not public health, hence my attempt to put it in perspective. Cycling is good for fitness and tackling obesity, yes, but that is hardly a typical "green" issue; I could argue that improving health and lifespan is just another way of using yet more planetary resources. Air quality? Many of the real stinkers are buses, HGVs and other commercial traffic, none of which will go away when we turn to our bikes. I think it is fair to say that most cyclists will also own a car, so the only difference between a car user and a cyclist in terms of "carbon footprint" is the amount of fuel burnt. Having cycled in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, it was my observation that there was still no shortage of motorised traffic, although the critical mass of cyclists meant that motor vehicles took second place on the road and I was more likely to have a collision with a bike than a car. Amen to that but it is a drop in the ocean of consumerism and fossil fuel use.

Let's not confuse quality of human life with basic ecological realities.
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 11:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Train Fares
Replies: 35
Views: 2733

Re: Train Fares

TonyR wrote:
Hypocacculus wrote:But I really resent the fact that if you want to make a journey at short notice, you really get screwed for the train fare. It has put me off quite a few trips I might have made.


But that's not unique to trains.


No, but it wasn't anything like this bad twenty years ago, so I feel I have had something taken away.
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 8836

Re: Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour

When I first changed from my "sit up and beg" to drops, back in the Cretaceous, I also felt really unstable and unsafe. It remember it took a while to get used to the riding position, but I did. Recently, I was given another 'sit up and beg' bike, and it felt really unstable and wierd. I sold it!

So my personal view is that you would get used to it, but that isn't a good reason to change your bars. If find your existing bars comfortable over a long day why go through the pain of changing them just because people say drops are better?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 10:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Train Fares
Replies: 35
Views: 2733

Re: Train Fares

I agree that you can find some amazingly good deals on line. When I booked our tour earlier this year, I got return tickets to London from Staffordshire for £12 each.

For those prices you have to forsake Intercity and go on the slower trains. This means you have to make sure that your search on-line includes the slower routes.

But I really resent the fact that if you want to make a journey at short notice, you really get screwed for the train fare. It has put me off quite a few trips I might have made.
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 10:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Collision advice request
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Collision advice request

TonyR wrote: But bruises don't earn much damages unless your holiday was written off as a result. So what exactly are you planning to claim for?


You obviously haven't seen an experienced ambulance chaser in action. :shock:
by Hypocacculus
30 Aug 2011, 10:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bikes aren't always Green?
Replies: 46
Views: 3350

Re: Bikes aren't always Green?

I got up this morning and plundered the planet's fossil fuel reserve a bit by putting the kettle on. I then spooned some tea, (grown in vast monoculture plantations at the expense of nature, picked by underpaid women and children and brought over by some form of fossil fuel powered vehicle, and packaged in an electrically powered plant, into a box made of mashed trees, grown in another huge monoculture plantation), into my teapot, (which was made by extracting clay from a huge quarry and firing in a fossil fuel burning kiln). I poured the tea into my cup (same as teapot), and added a spot of milk, (extracted from methane farting cows with fossil fuel powered milking machines, delivered to the dairy by diesel guzzling tanker and bottled by electrically powered machines, in bottles made of glass, made by heating (with a fossil fuel powered machine) sand, taken from the land somewhere. Hey but at least it was delivered by an electric vehicle, but no, that was charged up by a fossil fuel fed power station). Then I stirred it with a spoon, (made of steel, which of course requires dirty great mines and huge amounts of fossil fuel to extract and manufacture).

I could equally dissect the planet depleting effects of my morning shower, the clothes I put on, the electricity powering this computer and the slice of toast I am about to have, but I imagine that would be labouring the point.

After all that, does it really make that much difference whether I decide to use a car or a bike? I think we are kidding ourselves if we think we are really making a difference to the environment. Personally I use my bike because I like it and it keeps me fit.
by Hypocacculus
27 Aug 2011, 1:49pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: The Impossible Dream
Replies: 34
Views: 5581

Re: The Impossible Dream

Good luck - soon you'll be planning your next challenge!