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by GideonReade
10 May 2021, 7:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 56
Views: 2998

Re: How can I stop this happening?

I know what you mean. I don't think I'm a very typical motorcyclist - only started a few years ago, been cycling for decades.

In the wealthy west motorcycles are a pastime rather than transport, and it's a rather speed focused culture. So I suspect most UK motorcyclists are very much in an overtaking frame of mind, not a being overtaken mindset. Not much shared philosophy there.

I suspect the commonly worst passes of cyclists, whatever vehicle does it, are those where the driver isn't thinking "I'm overtaking" at all.
by GideonReade
9 May 2021, 1:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another tubeless struggle - advice welcome
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Another tubeless struggle - advice welcome

Hi Simon, it's the sidewall, not at the rim. However, my understanding is that sidewall porosity is normal, though not universal maybe. We rely on the gunk to seal it up. I think I read so, anyway...

Hi Paulatic, ah, that might be my issue. I have indeed pumped it fairly firm. Perhaps I will let it go down then see if a bounce or a ride helps. I do recall reading something like "not over 45psi". Although how that'd work with a 28mm tyre I'm not sure.

Cheers both!
by GideonReade
9 May 2021, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another tubeless struggle - advice welcome
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Another tubeless struggle - advice welcome

My old '98 Trek Y5 MTB has always been a bit prone to flats, I think partly because it's always had pretty lightweight tyres, and quite likely light tubes. Logical as it's a Californian x-country racer (I'm neither, but always appreciated it's lightness).

Other halve's new Whyte has been good on tubeless, and Son-in-law offered a rejected, barely use, Specialized The Captain 2Bliss, only ever used with tubes. And Stan's sealant. So here goes.

Read lots, bought tape & valve. Borrowed compressor, readied bead squashing tape. Helluva a job getting it to initially seat, but I don't know how long stored and I didn't know to leave it tubed for a while. Anyway, past that stage now. And past the stage of finding an unsealable gash and opening up to patch that. It now pumps up fine, but after several hours flops back to I think about 15-20psi: too soft for this size & me.

Tried lots of rotating, tilting & bouncing. Eventually got to a water test.

Many, many ultrafine streams of tiny bubbles from the sidewalls!

Suggestions appreciated!
by GideonReade
8 May 2021, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pushing RD capacity - advice please
Replies: 41
Views: 1687

Re: Pushing RD capacity - advice please

(CJ's question) It depends who I'm with. If I'm cycling in a bunch and especially if I'm one of the weaker riders (not uncommon), I really feel it if I can't find a just-right gear. At the other extreme, out with the grandchildren, I make all kinds of mess of my gears and it just doesn't matter.

I suppose another way of looking at is, if were training, we try hard to keep pace with the fastest, so perfect ratio is desired. And sometimes a tall gear, though indeed on our routes 50/11 is little used. If we're touring, we match pace to the slowest, or just potter, so it doesn't matter if we can find a perfect gear. OTOH touring we have much less control over what we might encounter, giant hills and/or headwinds. So happily trade high gears for low & wide.

Which, curiously, is what suitable different classes of bikes routinely offer. Odd that.
by GideonReade
5 May 2021, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Hi, We're ok with wild camping, but very uncertain of our welcome or detection in KAW area.
by GideonReade
3 May 2021, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Go and have a look on the king Alfred’s way official Facebook group - lots of info and feedback, including accommodation recommendations etc.
Err, that's a private group requiring FB membership and group membership, and thus handing over at least some information. I don't find that helpful. I see there's also an unofficial public group too. But it looks like it serves more of a postcard role.

In the past, when referred to information on FB, usable with acceptable terms, I've never found it much use. IMHO FB is for here and now, and posts are a thing of the moment. It's pretty rubbish at non-time ordered information retrieval, which it's never been intended for. Same with most blogs. Organisation & presentation don't suit sort by location and keeping up to date. Of course I may be using it wrong. Forums are better, but still age quickly, dedicated websites good but can be management issues, Wikipedia also very good, but lists of accommodation might be too commercial maybe?

Not sure what I want, but not FB for this.
by GideonReade
3 May 2021, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Well, one of ours is my cousin's back garden - not public, that one 😁.

Perhaps I can persuade her to join WarmShowers!

We've found an now booked a few more, but two are excruciatingly expensive for backpacking/cycletouring/bikepacking type activities. Will document here in due course.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 8:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 56
Views: 2998

Re: How can I stop this happening?

Hmm, well, if a car is far enough away that you can safely throw (even tiny) rocks at it, it's probably far enough away not to want to.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 7:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 56
Views: 2998

Re: How can I stop this happening?

May I ask a related question? Regarding the above, one phrase coming up is "driver thinking about overtaking...". Surely, at that point, the battle's half won? I reckon the bigger part of the problem is drivers not thinking they're overtaking. Maybe just not thinking.

So IMO there's nothing so reassuring as hearing a downshift.

To my question: I also ride a motorcycle, and, obviously, being much narrower, can sometimes safely overtake where a car can't (no, not on a blind bend or summit). Sometimes I can safely approach a bicycle and pass, when a car passing would be very unsafe and/or alarming. When I'm riding my bicycle, I reckon I can usually tell if it's a car or a motorcycle behind me, by ear. Useful information. Sometimes on the motorcycle, approaching cyclists, I'll throw in an unnecessary downshift to make it clearer I'm a motorcycle.

Can others tell the difference? Is the information useful? Am I spouting rubbish?

(And I always ride with a mirror, too, but that's another discussion, and doesn't negate my "by ear").
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Yes, especially this year. OTOH many stay the same for decades - Britchcoombe there claim 35 years.

But it's a perfect problem, surely, for a supplementary website or suchlike. A bit like the old CTC Cyclists Welcome lists, but preferably on a map. Oh dear, now I probably sound like a throwback. Of course there are camping campsite websites as above, and so long as it's not "own facilities", I've never had a problem staying in a campsite caused by the mode of transport.

Perhaps I'll look for a KML route of the ride, and see if OpenStreetMap has many campsites.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 3:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Green Party Manifesto?
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Green Party Manifesto?

Well it might be better than it sounded.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 3:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Thanks for the hints. We will turn some up eventually, it's just that the information actually in the guidebook is pretty scant, and a bit misleading in places.

The previous thread was more of a policy discussion, really, relating to types of bikes, labelling, targets etc. FWIW we were planning to use our "heavy tourers", which are 35-40mm tyres, drops, racks. I'm not sure about using racks for this though. Anyway, this thread was about finding campsites.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 3:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Green Party Manifesto?
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Green Party Manifesto?

Hi, a local election leaflet prompted me to look at the Green Party's website & manifesto - it's still the one they wrote for the last general election.

" Spending £2.5 billion a year on new cycleways and footpaths... "

Well, I can go for that.

"... built using sustainable materials., such as woodchips and sawdust."

Oh dear. I can't see that working terribly well. Awfully hard work on a bike. Must have been written by a car driver 😂😂😂.
by GideonReade
1 May 2021, 9:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 694

King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

Hi, I was wondering how much experience there is of this yet, and how it's going? My better half has bought the guidebook, we already had all the 50K maps, now marked up, but...

My better half has been trying to resolve campsites. Obviously covid knocks some of them out, or reduces them to the dreaded "own facilities". But even before that, it's a struggle.

The book's identification of campsites is vague - nearest village basically, so one's never sure if we found the right one to ask. Assuming we have found the "correct" campsite, the book's distance-of-trail indications seem wildly optimistic...

Example: book lists "Uffington", 5km, nearest we can find are Coles Hill 10km, and Lambourne which is probably only 7km off route, by bridleway. But neither is Uffington. Google, CCC, and OS, don't show anything at Uffington.

Are folks actually doing days of half-route, half getting to and fro, motor camping, or wild camping?

Or have we missed something?
by GideonReade
25 Apr 2021, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank Removal Problems
Replies: 40
Views: 1379

Re: Crank Removal Problems

Well, I guess many of us are trying to match up something nice from way back when. Mine was a nice MTB STX crankset, but 8 speed.