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by roberts8
11 Dec 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 259

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: 4
Views: 259

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: 102

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: 13
Views: 712

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: 2693

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: 6762

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: 683

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: 2427

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: 2585

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: 1730

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...
by roberts8
29 Jun 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Voie vert Suisse normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Voie vert Suisse normandy

Another boiling hot day with the tar melting. Was going to add a couple of pictures but not sure how to do it, where are the grandchildren when you really them?
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by roberts8
29 Jun 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Voie vert Suisse normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Voie vert Suisse normandy

Cycled yesterday from oustreham to my airbnb at combray. It was 36c with no wind sand as big hill to finish. I must be getting too old for this but with another boiling day I will drift down to clecy with my sketchbook and enjoy the shade and a cold beer.
by roberts8
24 Jun 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Great advice
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Great advice

Saw this bike shop in Budapest last week and loved it.
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by roberts8
24 Jun 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike eye frame mirror
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Bike eye frame mirror

My wife has just brought a wrist mirror as she uses straight bars but has not yet tried it. I tried it on my touring bike with drops and it definitely does not work at all for me as I do change hand positions quite often. Back to a bike eye or bar ends.
by roberts8
22 Jun 2019, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 2035

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

Really interesting and making me think about my packing for a five day trip to Suisse Normandy. I notice you do not include a lock so are you ok about nipping in somewhere or overnight without locking up?