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by roberts8
14 Jun 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budapest
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Budapest

Sunday I am off to Budapest for my final dental treatment. My wife and I are intending to hire bikes from Margaret island and cycle north, not sure if that is upstream or down, we will hope to go up one side and down the other. I will look at google maps but wondered if anyone has personal experienc...
by roberts8
5 Jun 2019, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Travel insurance

I did check any pre conditions and it is fine as is cycle touring. You raise a good point about cover if not wearing a helmet and off road but as I will be wearing a lid and using roads it will not be a problem. I wonder how many people check before heading off?
by roberts8
5 Jun 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Travel insurance

Having a few trips coming up I got quotes for annual european travel insurance. I am over 70 and my wife is just under and we are both in good health. One quote was just under £500 so I phoned my building society as I get cover on my account and added my wife onto the policy, all for £90. It was jus...
by roberts8
3 Jun 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1720

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

In the 80s with a young family and mortgage I did buy a cheap bike for my daily commute of six miles each way and it get me interested in cycling. Paid for itself quite quickly but I replaced it bit by bit as they broke, mostly from other cyclists upgrading. It took ten years and nothing original wa...
by roberts8
20 May 2019, 9:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: dozey pedestrians
Replies: 82
Views: 2148

Re: dozey pedestrians

I agree about a couple of pings before passing but it fails to work when they have music in both ears. Last week was a first. I gave a couple of pings before passing and the guy stepped smartly in front of me pulling out his phone to see the message he thought was coming through. As I had slowed dow...
by roberts8
18 May 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mysterious falling off bike
Replies: 21
Views: 1241

Re: Mysterious falling off bike

I have no experience of disc brakes but if the bike was kitted out with them is there a chance of a small sone flipping up, jamming and causing the wheel to stop moving. I probably sound a real Luddite but just a thought.
by roberts8
16 May 2019, 8:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rim tape
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Rim tape

It is velox tape and about 20 years old so the age corrosion sounds reasonable so I will stick with that as Chaz Roberts seems to get most things right and thanks for the input.
by roberts8
15 May 2019, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rim tape
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: Rim tape

The tape which is canvas has not moved and tyre pressures are checked before most rides. The rim tape has a few holes over the spokes which has allowed the tube to expand into the spoke hole rub and puncture.
by roberts8
15 May 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rim tape
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Rim tape

Starting to think about my June trip to the Suisse Normandy in June to enjoy the views and get some sketching in. Quite shocked this morning to find the very rapid p******* was caused by a worn rim tape. Obviously going to replace both wheels but I would never have given the rim tape another thought...
by roberts8
3 May 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Box hill, surrey
Replies: 18
Views: 987

Box hill, surrey

The NT are anticipating closing the ZigZag road May 5 and 6 between 1000 and 1700 if the top car parks are full. They use the road as a linear car park and people walk up and down with cars filtering out down hill. Not sure if bikes will be allowed going up but even going down will be a total pain. ...
by roberts8
27 Apr 2019, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suisse normandie
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Suisse normandie

I am planning a short break in Suisse Normandie with a few days in Clecy, probably Airbnb. It looks like it may be July but I see the French schools are off fron 5 July so if the same applies to other EU countries how crowded will it be? If I can duck out of a family gathering late June may be a bet...
by roberts8
15 Apr 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ranmore Common Road, surrey
Replies: 0
Views: 246

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: 53
Views: 2137

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: 1039

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: 458

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.