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by Richard D
3 Jun 2020, 8:06am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Which Camping Quilt?
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: Which Camping Quilt?

I bought one of these:
https://a.aliexpress.com/_dUfpvVt

I’m not sure if I’d let it get anywhere near a zero degree night, but it was plenty warm enough when I used it in the back garden over Easter.
by Richard D
3 Jun 2020, 7:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Computers with BIG distance info
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: Computers with BIG distance info

I find speed useful in terms of reminding me whether I ought to be in the big or small ring. The other two measures I have up 0% of the time are cadence and HR zone. Speed would only matter if I was going for Strava PBs (I’m not), and there is only one distance measurement that matters a damn - &quo...
by Richard D
23 May 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike sales
Replies: 37
Views: 1345

Re: Bike sales

Five minute wonder in my view, once the traffic and weather returns to normal all these would be cyclists will be back in their cars. Could not agree more. The lessons I take from the last few days is that the motorists cannot wait to get back into their little metal boxes, to swap the queue on foo...
by Richard D
23 May 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Escooter trial to start
Replies: 36
Views: 1381

Re: Escooter trial to start

I am a cynical, cynical man. But does anyone else find it significant that the Government isn’t proposing a trial legalising E-scooters; it's going to trial a scheme that allows people to HIRE E-scooters. No doubt there is an organisation behind it with slick branding - and perhaps a corporate spons...
by Richard D
9 May 2020, 7:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Did I hear this right?
Replies: 13
Views: 731

Re: Did I hear this right?

Seems entirely sensible to me. When I started cycling, it dealt with my obesity, helped control my depression, made me much less likely to trouble the GP with heart problems or type 2 diabetes, and has a host of other obvious societal benefits. I’d also want the courts to be able to impose cycling a...
by Richard D
9 May 2020, 7:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2033

Re: Mudguards

I don’t think it’s fashion, so much as the sort of bikes that are sold these days. For the past 40 years, bikes have been one of two things - either a children's toy, or a piece of sporting equipment. You can stick mudguards on the child's toy, but not on a racing machine! Except of course (1) the v...
by Richard D
4 May 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Top ... Temperature like today .. 13 Degrees
Replies: 16
Views: 600

Re: What Top ... Temperature like today .. 13 Degrees

Between 10 and 20 I’ll be wearing a merino base layer (usually SS, LS at the bottom of that range, and a "sportswool" (merino and polyester blend) jersey - LS, but I might go out in SS plus arm warmers if it’s above 15 and getting warmer.
by Richard D
27 Apr 2020, 8:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Automatic detection of drivers using mobile phones
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Automatic detection of drivers using mobile phones

It’d be nice to think that our politicians were smart enough to close the Barreto loophole. Because drivers and their defence lawyers are certainly smart enough to use it. But the problem with the detection of a mobile phone in use in a motor car (apart from doing nothing to deal with the Barreto is...
by Richard D
22 Apr 2020, 8:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Superb interview by Chris Boardman on BBC Breakfast
Replies: 59
Views: 2259

Superb interview by Chris Boardman on BBC Breakfast

Hopefully lots of people caught this morning's interview on BBC Breakfast with Chris Boardman. He made all his points clearly, calmly and coherently, despite one interviewer trying to bait Chris into condemning people who cycle for more than an hour (allowed) or for long distances (also allowed).
by Richard D
16 Apr 2020, 10:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coronavirus cafes
Replies: 97
Views: 4989

Re: Coronavirus cafes

I'm not in the UK just now and not subject to these restrictions but from what I have read on various websites and social media sites the issue not so much the time but the increased risk of having to call on emergency services if you have an accident. Obviously the risk increases with time. The Go...
by Richard D
15 Apr 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What endurance road bike would you buy?
Replies: 33
Views: 1326

Re: What endurance road bike would you buy?

That Vaaru is what I’m staring at for my 50th birthday present. I’ve been saving for the last two years - although looking down my spec list, I’m not sure that I’ve saved quite enough yet!
by Richard D
20 Mar 2020, 1:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midlands Velo cancelled
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Midlands Velo cancelled

Velo cancelled, no refunds. I'm not surprised at the first part; I'm not terribly surprised by the second part either. No option to hold the booking over to another year. "Put plainly, refunding participant entry fees now is not something our business could absorb." So they take the money ...
by Richard D
18 Mar 2020, 11:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thermos for bidon holder?
Replies: 21
Views: 1002

Re: Thermos for bidon holder?

I use a 592ml Kleen Kanteen insulated bottle. And the non-insulated version when I don’t need to keep something hot/cold.
by Richard D
5 Jul 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know
Replies: 72
Views: 4838

Re: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know

No-one other than racers need their brake levers to wobble sideways, adding complexity and cost while reducing compatibility and functionality. :twisted: That said, hopefully a solution is in sight You’re 100% correct, save that there is already an answer to this problem. Campagnolo. No sideways mo...
by Richard D
5 Jul 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do drivers think this acceptable?
Replies: 60
Views: 9973

Re: Why do drivers think this acceptable?

These days many parents ride on the pavement with their children! We have allowed the roads to become an unpleasant, feral space for anyone not in a metal box.