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by Norman H
28 Sep 2020, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Best route through London South to North

Chris Smith's route, from his travel Log Lewis site, will get you to Tower Bridge or St Pancras on cycle friendly roads. The obvious choice from St Pancras northwards would be the train to Radlett or St Albans, to pick up route 6. The Lee Valley cycle route, route1, is another option which is mostly...
by Norman H
26 Sep 2020, 8:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Steep lanes in Hertfordshire
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Steep lanes in Hertfordshire

Where are you? As others have said only a small part of the Chilterns is in Hertfordshire and the best of the hills are to the south and west. From Watford a ride out towards Chesham can be as lumpy as you like. There are a number of lanes that cross the Chess valley around Chenies, Latimer and the ...
by Norman H
25 Sep 2020, 7:58am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton

Thanks, that's very useful. I've looked at similar options that avoid the A38 but it's always nice to have the benefit of local knowledge. I'd also be interested in your recommendations for onward journey to Bristol. I ride West Cornwall to Bristol (or other way around) a few times a year. This is ...
by Norman H
25 Sep 2020, 7:54am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Worlds TT (spoilers)
Replies: 21
Views: 637

Re: TT Bike Handling (Chloe Dygert)

thirdcrank wrote:Severe shimmy?


Yes, that was my impression.
by Norman H
24 Sep 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Worlds TT (spoilers)
Replies: 21
Views: 637

Re: Worlds TT

Anna van de Breggen took the womens TT title. Chloe Dygert's crash was strange and looked quite nasty. I watched the recording and it didn't look as though she was travelling too fast for the corner. The bike appeared to develop a shimmy as she entered the corner and she ended up somersaulting over ...
by Norman H
24 Sep 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Navy ships off Plymouth
Replies: 77
Views: 1981

Re: Navy ships off Plymouth

Modern fluxgate compasses use on board computers to correct for deviation. Calibration usually involves swinging the vessel through 360°, effectively sailing round in circles. Could this be a possibility? The other thought which occurs is that it may be something to do with degaussing? I believe the...
by Norman H
24 Sep 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton

Strictly speaking “Rob's passage” is is an alternative route between Crediton and Bickleigh that avoids the A3072 and the Cadbury Hills. It joins Honesty's routes 1 & 2 at Bickleigh.
by Norman H
19 Sep 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2020 Tour de France
Replies: 103
Views: 3763

Re: 2020 Tour de France

Hi Well who would of guessed the result of the TT. Yes, it doesn't get much more dramatic than that. Commiserations to Roglic who had a rare bad day but Pogacar had an unbelievable ride and fully deserved to take yellow. He also took the polka dot jersey and was already wearing white. Also a popula...
by Norman H
16 Sep 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Routing help from locals - Exeter to Taunton

Thanks, that's very useful. I've looked at similar options that avoid the A38 but it's always nice to have the benefit of local knowledge. I'd also be interested in your recommendations for onward journey to Bristol.
by Norman H
1 Sep 2020, 5:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Edinburgh alternative?
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Edinburgh alternative?

In a previous thread of yours I posted brief details of an alternative route to Crianlarich via Callander and Lochearnhead. It departs from the B7078 north of Crawford at Happendon. I've had it in mind that if I went that way again, rather than continuing to Crianlarich, I would instead turn off the...
by Norman H
28 Aug 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Induction welding bicycles
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Re: Induction welding bicycles

Peugeot also introduced what they called internal brazing. As I understand it the mitred tubes had a preformed ring of brazing material on their internal surfaces the frame was assembled in a jig and automated ring torches completed the process. The resultant joint was very neat with only a narrow f...
by Norman H
28 Aug 2020, 7:07am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 883
Views: 61057

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Yes, whatever the outcome it's a remarkable ride by any standards, and especially so given the worst of storm Francis.

When I went to bed last nigh at about 11.30 it looked as though Brora would be the overnight stop. Very surprised this morning to see that she was passing Wick airport.
by Norman H
27 Aug 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route into Glasgow
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Best route into Glasgow

Unless you're desperate to see Glasgow there's an alternative route to Crianlarich using the A84 via Callander. It's mostly on reasonably quiet roads to the east of Glasgow. Briefly, Happendon, Lanark, Carluke, Shotts, Airdree, kilsyth, Fintry, Port of Monteith and Callander. PM me if you want a mor...
by Norman H
26 Aug 2020, 9:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 6-Day Inverness Loop
Replies: 17
Views: 899

Re: 6-Day Inverness Loop

If you're up for some off road on estate roads there's a nice route northwards via Strath Vaich, Gleann Mòr and Strath Carron to Bonar Bridge. Continue northwards to Lairg and then take the A838 along the shore of Loch Shin to Loch Merkland. At the top of Loch Merkland head off road again via Bealac...
by Norman H
23 Aug 2020, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What went wrong?
Replies: 21
Views: 1013

Re: What went wrong?

Cyclop was on the right track, it was cable related. About a month before I'd fitted new bars to this bike and I must have not tightened the lever clamp sufficiently. I'd not experienced any problems in the few hundred miles before the trip to Scotland but I suspect that the long descent into Fintry...