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by geocycle
15 Oct 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?
Replies: 133
Views: 2445

Re: The right way to handle the Scotish Independance?

It is a curious quirk of history that Wales remained a distinct entity, rather than being completely absorbed into the newly forming England, while other once independent areas like Northumbria became a part of England. Scotland was always difficult to get to from the centre of power on the south o...
by geocycle
14 Oct 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim thickness - worn out?
Replies: 102
Views: 2590

Re: Rim thickness - worn out?

if the rim wears through into the box section the brakes don't work very well but the failure doesn't usually cause the tyre to come off the rim. cheers So would you advise setting the blocks closer to the square section of the braking surface? I've never been sure whether a high or a low position ...
by geocycle
2 Oct 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The worst place in the UK for cycling?
Replies: 88
Views: 3173

Re: The worst place in the UK for cycling?

Absolutely. I have nothing specific against cycle routes and cycle paths, and use them if they're the best route. But never, never in an unfamiliar area, because the planners probably assumed that you wanted to go to the nearest shops, schools or park, and will cheerfully dump you there with no obv...
by geocycle
2 Oct 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The worst place in the UK for cycling?
Replies: 88
Views: 3173

Re: The worst place in the UK for cycling?

Most cities that you don't know can be problematic. When you are confident on your route and the cycling routes they are often OK. Some of my worst cycling experiences have been in unexpected places like the Peak District, Lake District and Cornwall -all have that combination of lots of traffic,narr...
by geocycle
29 Sep 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Road Worlds
Replies: 65
Views: 1621

Re: Road Worlds

Horribly wet up here. Was going to cycle over to Hawes but decided not to last night. Pleased I made that call now they’ve changed the route. So sorry for those in Swaledale and fans who have paid to stay in the Dales. Hope there’s no flooding damage.
by geocycle
27 Sep 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Road Worlds
Replies: 65
Views: 1621

Re: Road Worlds

Feel so sorry for the organisers as the weather has really hit them bad even the fanzone has been shut. I was planning a ride to Buttertubs Pass on Sunday but the forecast is awful so will reluctantly stay away. Leaving home at 6am in the dark and rain for a 35 mile each way ride, then standing in t...
by geocycle
25 Sep 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Steel frameset for Alfine disc hub?
Replies: 14
Views: 492

Re: Steel frameset for Alfine disc hub?

Hope that isn't the Mercury? Hope you are OK and the bike is fixable.
by geocycle
23 Sep 2019, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Bib Tights
Replies: 45
Views: 1382

Re: New Bib Tights

Great story Mick had me chuckling! Looking forward to the tag removal episode, metal tyre levers, masonry chisel?
by geocycle
20 Sep 2019, 9:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: And another off.
Replies: 74
Views: 2653

Re: And another off.

There's also disturbing evidence in the is thread of uni-pannierism... this forum has a strict code of conduct on such matters :wink:

Hope you're ok Kwackers, looked a nasty one.
by geocycle
19 Sep 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4-5 day training ride with hills in it?
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: 4-5 day training ride with hills in it?

Walney to Whitby might fit your criteria? This is a great route loosely based on the sustrans Walney to Wear route. It is perhaps more of a 3-4 day ride with rail travel but you could easily add bits. Tan Hill is a highlight in every sense!

http://cyclingw2w.info/
by geocycle
17 Sep 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...the best UK place to live for cycling
Replies: 95
Views: 3135

Re: ...the best UK place to live for cycling

Wolds and Bowland are nice enough, we often do day rides in both....but I would think you could cover the best bits of either in a week. It would have to be Eden valley for me. Striking distance of Lakes, Dales, Howgills, Pennines, and for winter (or decrepitude) miles of deserted lanes in the vall...
by geocycle
16 Sep 2019, 8:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 22
Views: 3657

Re: Way of the Roses.

Just researching this, for an unambitious 4 days. Credit card touring with minimal load. Day 1 Morecambe to Settle/Giggleswick. Mile 35. 35 miles. Day 2 Giggleswich to Pateley Bridge. Mile 62. 27 (hard) miles. Day 3 Pately Bridge to York. Mile 110. 48 miles, one climb. Day 4 York to Bridlington. Mi...
by geocycle
16 Sep 2019, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton-esque build; guess the weight
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: Brompton-esque build; guess the weight

I don't think weight on a folder has much of an impact when riding but it does when you are carrying it to catch a train. My Dahon mu is about 10.5 kg with mudguards and rack and I'd not want anything heavier for a bike that has to be hefted onto luggage racks. I've already damaged my back once!
by geocycle
13 Sep 2019, 10:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 1013

Re: Speaker of the House!

Bercow is an aptly named eccentric who is becoming increasingly like Griff Rhys Jones with age. Without him standing up against his own party we would have been in an even worse situation. He has probably over extended his personal power and I hope a more traditional incumbent will restore balance. ...
by geocycle
6 Sep 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50/34 chainsets and the older rider
Replies: 55
Views: 2401

Re: 50/34 chainsets and the older rider

Simplex had touring chain rings in the 1950s, here is 44/28, I have a 46/30 Simplex rings on a Stronglight 49D. That's the thing that baffles me. What are laughingly described now as "compact" chainsets are nothing of the kind. For those who don't want triples, something like the above wo...