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by horizon
20 Oct 2017, 11:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals
Replies: 24
Views: 734

Re: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals

SA_SA_SA wrote:Hotel dinners are expensive and probably richer than what I would cook myself if camping,


I agree. A few times I just haven't bothered with a dinner and then looked forward to (and appreciated) the breakfast.
by horizon
20 Oct 2017, 11:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Audax without a car
Replies: 47
Views: 1403

Re: Audax without a car

Sorry @horizon for some reason I thought you were up this way towards Bristol. Always happy to lift share if you were. Or if you do Audax rides near Bath and Bristol you are welcome to kip here the night before/after. I am guilty of talking the easy option and driving to rides but I really need to ...
by horizon
20 Oct 2017, 11:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Audax without a car
Replies: 47
Views: 1403

Re: Audax without a car

I doubt I'm unique because many shorter Audaxes don't even get into double-digit participation lately and I suspect start times/locations are part of it. I'm wondering if Audax being quite a niche activity, the short ones attract, well, only a few brave local souls, while the really big ones attrac...
by horizon
20 Oct 2017, 11:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great video about a French touring Cyclist
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Great video about a French touring Cyclist

Do you think most dedicated cyclists are loners? Cycling is bound to attract and be attractive to the sort of person who wants a very direct and intimate relationship with their environment (or indeed the environment). Cycling can be very social but it also allows you to travel independently and se...
by horizon
19 Oct 2017, 2:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals
Replies: 24
Views: 734

Re: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals

Air BnB? Al Could be the way forward. Lacks all the facilities and convivialty of hostels but you get your own room. I haven't used it yet but often explore it as alternative to B&Bs and hostels. What I find often is that of course the AirB&B reflects the local prices at that time. However ...
by horizon
19 Oct 2017, 12:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals
Replies: 24
Views: 734

Re: Hotels/B&Bs but would prefer own hot cooked meals

The words "youth" and "hostel" come to mind. But then so do "shared" and "dormitory". It is strange how the two go together but are rarely otherwise discovered apart. I did stay in accommodation recently in Portsmouth which was like a normal B&B but had no...
by horizon
18 Oct 2017, 11:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special
Replies: 35
Views: 1333

Re: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special

olivermleach: what size frame is it that you bought, if I may ask. Thanks
by horizon
18 Oct 2017, 4:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Audax without a car
Replies: 47
Views: 1403

Re: Audax without a car

Well this thread has been absolutely great and has given me loads of food for thought. I also want to add some comments and also express appreciation for some posts so I will do that as and when.
Many thanks everyone!
by horizon
18 Oct 2017, 1:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Is undertaking the TransAtlanticWay a completely unrealistic & foolish idea for me?
Replies: 19
Views: 595

Re: Is undertaking the TransAtlanticWay a completely unrealistic & foolish idea for me?

If you are doing it as a race, then you will need to train and be ready for the rigours of that discipline. If you are just doing it as a tour then you will go at your own pace and should have no problem as long as you have plenty of time. The question I would ask myself is do I want to race. If th...
by horizon
18 Oct 2017, 11:53am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: How good is cycling?
Replies: 19
Views: 989

Re: How good is cycling?

Yes regular cycling is great for health, but I'm not convinced it is paarticularly the best. There is the pollution from vehicles we are forced to breath in and the ever present danger, plus of course the close passes and abuse that does cause some stress. Running, jogging on woodland paths or swim...
by horizon
18 Oct 2017, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The paradox of having a good bike
Replies: 21
Views: 910

Re: The paradox of having a good bike

Just to help you get your head round this: You say your commute is one hour. That's say 12 miles at peak time giving rise to a return train fare (I would have thought) of about £10. That's £50 per week or about £200 per month. In six months you could have paid off your £1200 bike (if you want to lea...
by horizon
17 Oct 2017, 9:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Audax without a car
Replies: 47
Views: 1403

Audax without a car

. . . or similar events I suppose. This has been touched on before but any new insights, views appreciated. Here are some of my circular thoughts which may require challenging: Train in the morning isn't possible from Cornwall if events are on a Sunday. I'm happy to go the day before by train and ca...
by horizon
17 Oct 2017, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Airnimal Bikes?
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: Airnimal Bikes?

So use your folder like any other bike, look after it but don't mollycoddle it. 8) :) You're probably right, though I tend to use my Tern Node only for overnight work trips so I keep it ready for that, clean and reliable. The difference also between the Tern and an Airnimal as I mentioned above is ...
by horizon
17 Oct 2017, 6:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lane manoeuvre advice please
Replies: 27
Views: 853

Re: Lane manoeuvre advice please

In that situation left-turning traffic is bound to overtake you on the left, assuming you're in the straight-ahead lane. That's normal and shouldn't be a problem. IIUYC, my feeling has always been that it isn't desirable to have traffic passing on both sides at uncontrolled speeds - it's a high lev...

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