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by mjr
18 Sep 2018, 2:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 73
Views: 16987

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

I also think (because, unlike many people who haven't bothered to read it since they passed their test years ago, I have read it recently) that if it says 'no more than 2 abreast' in the Highway Code then it should be no more than 2 abreast. Yes, advisory, no not the law. But it is there in black a...
by mjr
18 Sep 2018, 2:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 73
Views: 16987

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

My non-RAB related 'beef' is that there seems to be a good number of people trying to justify riding 3 abreast - including a graphic that is doing the rounds - saying that it is safer for everyone. I disagree. As I have said in my post above, in most situations riding 3 abreast, the outside rider i...
by mjr
18 Sep 2018, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dunkirk to Budapest
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Dunkirk to Budapest

Your first section runs from Dunkirk town not port. I suggest https://cycle.travel/map/journey/55610 as a better route to Ostend. Detour into town from the station if you want to see the Dynamo memorial but be aware that cycleways are still under heavy construction. The bits across Belgium look fine...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Alternatives to rack and pannier for commuting?
Replies: 9
Views: 244

Re: Alternatives to rack and pannier for commuting?

I have always used a light weight rack and small pannier for Commuting on an upwrong. I prefer lightweight racks and rack-top bags. When I'm being really lightweight, that rack-top bag is an alpkit dry bag. You can get even lighter but I wouldn't trust them to stay waterproof. Most of the time, I a...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 4:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 73
Views: 16987

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

This lot came through the Forest of Dean last week. Every single person who came across them, both cyclist and "civilian" commented on the awful riding skills. Great long chains Great long chains... remember that... with no gaps are a great way of getting motorists backs up. Don't get me ...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

OK, setting aside opinions/facts about the efficacy of visibility trinkets, for the academic purposes of a design project here's one idea that I've not seen before. A pedal with an integrated magneto (much like a "dynamo" hub) which is just about adequate to power a small strip of orange ...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

We all know that hi viz isn't the issue but to some extent being visible is common sense in the same way that you don't walk in black kit in the middle of the road so lets give the lad some help. How about gloves with reflective arrows pointing to the fingers? Often thought that they would stand ou...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inspiration for a family tour please
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Inspiration for a family tour please

Maybe Belgium as the next step? In Flanders, the infrastructure is near-Dutch, but the further south you go, the routes (where they even exist!) change to more back-roads, towpaths and ex-rail trails with infrastructure mainly in the towns, plus the landscape gets hillier. There seem to be lots of p...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 11:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

Hi Viz does nothing good. See http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/12855/ IMO it dehumanises the riders so that drivers don't immediately subconsciously recognise them as humans that can be hurt easily by huge motorised lumps of metal. It may even be that because drivers aren't expecting to see a space l...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 11:40am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: La Vuelta...Spoilers!
Replies: 44
Views: 1563

Re: La Vuelta...Spoilers!

yay! Yates rode a blinder on Saturday; pretty spawny though; what are the chances of having two blokes go up the road that were no threat to him and were mainly hoping for a better place in the top ten / a stage win....? Pretty high, given that the racers could probably see that Moviestar had turne...
by mjr
17 Sep 2018, 7:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!
Replies: 31
Views: 916

Re: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!

My Topeak and Draper beam torque wrenches seem accurate. My clicking wrench failed fairly quickly, but the other way, too low.
by mjr
16 Sep 2018, 8:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Albufiera
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Albufiera

densmall wrote:Has anyone any experience of cycling in the Albufiera region of Portugal?

Yes. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=100699#p943147
by mjr
16 Sep 2018, 10:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Med to Atlantic
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: Med to Atlantic

Good afternoon folks, Thinking about next summer...Narbonne to Bordeaux. Most of the Med/Atlantic route descriptions I've found on the web are for Atlantic to Mediterranean. Any obvious reason why Med to Atlantic would be a problem? If you follow the Canal du Midi and V80 route (and the V80 near Bo...
by mjr
16 Sep 2018, 9:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Could you tour europe in the winter and not regret it?
Replies: 18
Views: 548

Re: Could you tour europe in the winter and not regret it?

Southern France is often warm until well into November but when the winds and rains arrive, they arrive hard. IIRC Southern Portugal is typically warmer than England in winter but wetter.
by mjr
15 Sep 2018, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: reasonable minimum maintenance - winter commuter
Replies: 22
Views: 741

Re: reasonable minimum maintenance - winter commuter

What chain case are you using? This one: https://www.dutchbikebits.com/chainguards/hesling-original-chaincase Mine kept filling up with sand and silt. Mine has a little hole at the bottom, so any water that does get inside can get out. There is a little bit of dirt on the inside at the bottom, but ...