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by roberts8
15 Apr 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ranmore Common Road, surrey
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Ranmore Common Road, surrey

Just had a local notice that Ranmore Common Road will be closed 23 rd to 29th April. Hopefully for resurfacing but will screw up quite a few local rides as the A25 is not nice.
by roberts8
7 Apr 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 44
Views: 1300

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

Just had a look at the tardis bag which looks good but I don't think it would work if you had a bike with mudguards. I would like to keep the bike complete bar pedals off and handlebars turned and a clear case but foam or card round the rear mech. I have only flown with my bike a few times and had n...
by roberts8
2 Apr 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: loud horn for a bike
Replies: 19
Views: 978

Re: loud horn for a bike

Not sure a loud horn would work. I have one on my car and idiots still pull out but being seen with a bright light that does not blind oncoming traffic does make sense.
by roberts8
2 Apr 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Ride London Classic
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: Ride London Classic

The notification is in the Mickleham Parish Magazine reported by the Parish Council who have been in discussion with the organisers as it will now come through the Village. I think the magazine is also on line. Quite a positive attitude by the Parish Council which is good.
by roberts8
1 Apr 2019, 2:37pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Ride London Classic
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Ride London Classic

Just learnt that this year the loop back into Dorking through Westhumble will not take place. Instead the route will go 4 or 6 times up Boxhill through Mickleham so it will be harder and far better for spectating. Very happy as I live on this circuit.
by roberts8
29 Mar 2019, 6:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying food in a musette on long rides
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Carrying food in a musette on long rides

I use a bar bag on the bike for longer rides which is fine. When traveling cabin bag only I carry a packable rucksack by friendly swede in my bag which could well work as it could be rolled and tied under the saddle. It is fine as it weighs next to nothing and not too hot as I did a bike ride in Sri...
by roberts8
25 Mar 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????
Replies: 43
Views: 3590

Re: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????

My thoughts are Salisbury Plain and the River Kennet. I am also thinking Portsmouth Caen then tour Calvados area which is very quiet and pretty.
by roberts8
22 Feb 2019, 9:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK coastal tour ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1939

Re: UK coastal tour ideas?

Camping on beaches is fine but always bed down above the high water mark and be aware of the tides. I have kayaked and sailed for a few years and must say overnighting on beaches is great but always have an easy escape route.
by roberts8
21 Feb 2019, 9:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: scam calls
Replies: 15
Views: 2227

Re: scam calls

I have had a few that ask about an accident that wasn’t my fault. I can get a few minutes fun out of them but when I mention that the front wheel on my bicycle was buckled they hang up. The idea is that the longer you keep them talking the less profitable the scam becomes as most not interested peop...
by roberts8
16 Feb 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 52
Views: 4805

Re: Goodbye YHA

I think it is worth checking out rooms on Airbnb as they are often not much different from a hostel and if sharing they are very affordable. Mix and match all options seems another option.
by roberts8
4 Feb 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4749

Re: Salisbury plain

Just going over the brilliant route suggestions so thank you to everyone for their input. It really emphasises what a cracking forum this is and the knowledge of the contributors. Also seems there are very few trolls which I have seen on some travel websites and are a pain in the rear. Not a great a...
by roberts8
28 Jan 2019, 8:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3493

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

Here in the Surrey Hills recreational cycling has really increased but I do realise it could be localised. The comment is fair on cyclists passing through Westminster. How are these statistics collected? Observation on busy roads would not be good as most people go for quiet routes and with modern d...
by roberts8
23 Jan 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4749

Re: Salisbury plain

The map has arrived and your routes and thoughts look good. Sitting down with a beer planning a route that is not big by any means but it is fun. The few days will involve stopping and painting so I do appreciate your input.
by roberts8
22 Jan 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4749

Salisbury plain

Just ordered the OS map and plan to spend a few days touring the area. Looking for quiet roads and great views in the summer. Generally looking for 40 to 50 mile days and B and B in the early summer, any local knowledge appreciated.
by roberts8
10 Jan 2019, 11:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 4854

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

A few years ago I used to commute across Richmond Park. One dark night I saw an odd bunch of shadows on the road only to ride into a herd of deer. I rolled into a ball and felt lucky but a total idiot when I uncurled and was totally alone with a few bruises and scratched bike.