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by mjr
22 May 2018, 11:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared use Path: Overtaking into head on traffic
Replies: 22
Views: 547

Re: Shared use Path: Overtaking into head on traffic

The law requiring one to keep left is one of the old highways acts (1870s I think but wouldn't swear to) and what the con artists call "shared use paths" are highways for the purpose of it, so keep left and you were the one overtaking into oncoming traffic, really, more than the others. Bu...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 5:21pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: London to Brighton concerns..
Replies: 50
Views: 1401

Re: London to Brighton concerns..

mercalia wrote:one thing you do need to take fair amount of is WATER if the weather is like we have been getting last few days

Surely an organised L2B will have drinks stops, or if all else fails, shops or other water sources on the route?
by mjr
22 May 2018, 5:20pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Impending conversation with my wife
Replies: 40
Views: 843

Re: Impending conversation with my wife

If motor cycle helmets restricted vision in a way that affected driving they would be illegal for all types of driving. In any case they don't restrict vision. Firstly, some motorcycle helmets are not road legal and only for track racing. Secondly, I'm pretty sure that even the road legal ones rest...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 5:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Holding a Sensible Cadence?
Replies: 30
Views: 959

Re: Holding a Sensible Cadence?

Yet 50+ years or so ago, when normal mortals cycled to work, conventional cycling wisdom was that they were doing it wrong by stomping along at 40rpm in top gear of their 3 speed hubs. It was said that these people were riding on power alone (a.k.a brute force) which would not get them far. Like ma...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick Link (removal) tool - experiences / recs ?
Replies: 33
Views: 997

Re: Quick Link (removal) tool - experiences / recs ?

I note with some amusement that a single-use two-part KMC B1 quick link was sufficiently tight on the chain I replaced today that it was easier to break the chain elsewhere! Lesson learned: I fitted the new chain with a reusable three-piece quick link (a Dutch brand beginning with D whose name escap...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 2:04pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Impending conversation with my wife
Replies: 40
Views: 843

Re: Impending conversation with my wife

If you want to take passive-aggressivism to the Pro level, after a few weeks of doing that, buy her a motorcycle helmet and insist she wears it in the car. I'm pretty sure that's not legal due to the restricted vision, but you may still be able to find those awful Australian motoring helmets on eba...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?
Replies: 36
Views: 981

Re: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?

The counter argument being that why miss out on 3 years of touring/riding if you can get (and afford) the loan? Why would the OP miss out? The Streetmachine GT is sold with "You've got your own ideas about the perfect holiday trip. Your Street Machine Gt gets you there." and pictured with...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Holding a Sensible Cadence?
Replies: 30
Views: 959

Re: Holding a Sensible Cadence?

I thought higher cadence was more efficient overall as you have a lower peak power demand for each rotation of the cranks which is kinder to the legs. I think that's confusing efficient and effective (which cyclists often do): higher cadence is more EFFECTIVE because it lets you get more power driv...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 1:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Guards n gears
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Guards n gears

Or maybe you have fitted them after some time without and can comment on this aspect of the protection they provide? I did this, fitting mudguards to a bike that had none, mudflaps to a bike that had only mudguards and a chainguard to a bike that had mudguards and flaps. Mudguards reduced the amoun...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 12:57pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Impending conversation with my wife
Replies: 40
Views: 843

Re: Impending conversation with my wife

It's difficult, because I've known my wife for twenty five years and have never *ever* managed to change her mind on anything... She hasn't ridden a bike since she was a teenager: she's a regular motorist and has convinced herself that the roads are terrifyingly dangerous for cyclists. It occurs to...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 12:45pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Impending conversation with my wife
Replies: 40
Views: 843

Re: Impending conversation with my wife

[...] So, anyway, I suspect that there's a Serious Conversation waiting for me when I get home (yay!). Can anyone point me at a good cribsheet for having these sorts of conversations with a non cycling wife who doesn't think you're able to make your own decisions? Some great ones are mentioned alre...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 12:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 33
Views: 646

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

I don't know but CycleNation groups have been active in some sort of rail industry liaison thingy (I'm not personally involved due to lack of time) and I would hate to see CUK try to take it over, cut us out, lose interest and then let it flounder, which is what I feel they've pretty much done to sp...
by mjr
22 May 2018, 12:24pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Giro d'Italia
Replies: 88
Views: 3080

Re: Giro d'Italia

I've just been trying to find the start times for the time trial on Tuesday, as Yates leads by 2 minutes 11 seconds so a 2 minute start deficit would be interesting. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-stage-16-time-trial-start-times/ but most set off at minute intervals and then the top 1...
by mjr
21 May 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?
Replies: 36
Views: 981

Re: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?

simonhill wrote:
mjr wrote:
Each to their own - I don't like Surly's attitude.


Please explain. Should I be hanging my head in shame whilst riding one of my Surlys?

viewtopic.php?p=1145352#p1145352 is maybe the start of the longest discussion of it still on here.