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by roberts8
18 Feb 2020, 8:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Gibraltar

Took a yacht into Ceuta once and got a bus to the chaotic border crossing then a taxi to Tetuan. Thought the Spanish are hypocritical regarding Gib. Never looked into it but I would have thought some good touring potential to cycle the coast road. The border was rough as illegal immigrants were bein...
by roberts8
4 Feb 2020, 3:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toolkit pliers?
Replies: 49
Views: 1690

Re: Toolkit pliers?

I have a leatherman which has been with me for years but I was told by a friend in the police that as it had a locked blade it was illegal hence I leave it in the bottom of my pannier on the bike or in my box when fishing. Would I really be risking a problem if found by the local constabulary?
by roberts8
24 Jan 2020, 9:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotel @ Heathrow?
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: Hotel @ Heathrow?

Our family use Premier Inn, Heathrow for a night before a flight as depending on your dates they are often reasonably priced and connected by a transfer bus. The premier Inns at Gatwick are worth a look if anyone is leaving from there as both hotels are a short walk to the North terminal. I do not w...
by roberts8
1 Jan 2020, 9:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surrey County Council survey
Replies: 22
Views: 932

Re: Surrey County Council survey

MikeF
I agree it is a badly constructed survey but hopefully lots of support will help edge the decision in favour of continuing.
by roberts8
1 Jan 2020, 5:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surrey County Council survey
Replies: 22
Views: 932

Surrey County Council survey

Does anybody realise that Surrey are considering whether to continue allowing the Ride London sportive and pro race to continue. It will be influenced by a survey they are running on their website. I live near Boxhill and we are directly affected by the road closures and are more than happy, I have ...
by roberts8
11 Dec 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Re: Bar end mirror

Thanks for the comment on B and M. If the one I am using breaks I will follow your suggestion.
by roberts8
11 Dec 2019, 1:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end mirror
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Bar end mirror

Just got back from a ride with my newly fitted Cateye bar end mirror. It is useful as I get a good indication of approaching traffic and there is not much vibration. As I have limited neck movement it is a real help.
by roberts8
11 Dec 2019, 10:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Vat on bikes
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Vat on bikes

All political groups say they are keen to get people out of cars. If we do get to control our own taxes would it make sense to reduce or abolish VAT on bikes to encourage more people to get out of their cars. I must be missing a point as I have not ever heard it suggested. Please excuse this post if...
by roberts8
7 Dec 2019, 10:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New to commuting by bike
Replies: 14
Views: 1021

Re: New to commuting by bike

I commuted ten miles each way any weather. I was hit by a car and had to use the train for six weeks and hated it and was soon back on the bike.
The fun is adapting the bike to suit your needs. You mention a racing bike but for me the audax configuration worked best and got me into touring but enjoy.
by roberts8
22 Nov 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Glove Recommendations Please
Replies: 47
Views: 2950

Re: Winter Glove Recommendations Please

I agree with a range of long finger gloves. Lightest specialised mtb Ok for above freezing and minimal wind. Sealskin waterproof for zero German army surplus ski mitts for why am I out in this temperature, about 20 pounds on eBay. I guess it is a bit trial and error but as I have arthritis in both t...
by roberts8
19 Aug 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6918

What3words

I have just been shown What3words and wondered if anyone uses it as it looks good for directing someone to a remote location in an emergency. Is it useful or just a novelty app?
by roberts8
17 Aug 2019, 11:32am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: dhb cycle cap - from Chapeau
Replies: 2
Views: 726

dhb cycle cap - from Chapeau

I had a dhb cap which I stupidly put in the washing machine. My two year old grandson is now the proud owner of the cap. I brought a cap from Chapeau which is sized and really comfortable on its own or under a helmet. Just to say I think they are retro and comfortable.
by roberts8
13 Aug 2019, 9:04am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Help Choosing A Helmet
Replies: 55
Views: 2611

Re: Help Choosing A Helmet

I too smashed a helmet and suffered no problems so I paid 40 pounds in a sale for a new one which I thought was a fair price. I was staggered recently to see helmets in the hundred of pounds which surely must be fashion over function.
by roberts8
27 Jul 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Going to France in a few weeks...
Replies: 10
Views: 2620

Re: Going to France in a few weeks...

I cycled Clecy to ouistreham on the voie vert which was good but I have found in France that villages often have no shops to stock up on food and water so always start your day well stocked. A long time ago I just I would get something later and it was not much fun running out of water on a hot day....
by roberts8
19 Jul 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Le Vélo Francette
Replies: 8
Views: 1774

Re: Le Vélo Francette

I also cycled it from the port, through Caen to Clecy in that heatwave. In Caen you have to go round the marina but it is easy to find on a map. The tip is to stock up on water and nibbles in Caen as the route misses the towns and villages have few shops but a pleasant route. I would use it in place...