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by rudge
12 Sep 2015, 6:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning a trip using SNCF (French railways)
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Re: Planning a trip using SNCF (French railways)

Thank you all. I have never heard of capitaine trains. I will try them
by rudge
4 Sep 2015, 11:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning a trip using SNCF (French railways)
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Planning a trip using SNCF (French railways)

I would like to take a bike on a train from Caen in northern France to Bordeaux in the south west. in France you can take a bike on a train badged TER (regional, stopping) but not TGV (long distance express). The SNCF on-line journey planner offers TGV only for long distances. It must be possible to...
by rudge
14 Jun 2015, 3:38pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Riding backwards
Replies: 6
Views: 8308

Re: Riding backwards

Thanks for these, and my apologies for posting twice. The bike I remember wasn't recumbent. What has made it stick in my mind is the undesirable posture of the person in front, with head tucked into the other person's belly and with spine horribly exposed in the event of a crash
by rudge
4 Jun 2015, 7:20am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Riding backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 7902

Riding backwards

Years ago I saw an item on television about a redesign of the tandem to reduce wind resistance. The bike was set up so that the rider in front was travelling backwards - obviously more aerodynamically efficient than the normal way. The front rider's head and shoulders had to be lower than the rear r...
by rudge
4 Jun 2015, 7:10am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Riding backwards
Replies: 6
Views: 8308

Riding backwards

Years ago I saw an item on television about a redesign of the tandem to reduce wind resistance. The bike was set up so that the rider in front was travelling backwards - obviously more aerodynamically efficient than the normal way. The front rider's head and shoulders had to be lower than the rear r...
by rudge
14 Mar 2015, 4:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mam Tor, shivering mountain
Replies: 21
Views: 8058

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

That's interesting. When I wrote the original post I thought that the point of it was that this family, grandfather and grandson, were prepared to observe with apparent equanimity the potential obliteration of a harmless cyclist.
by rudge
11 Feb 2015, 8:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lesson learned - again
Replies: 18
Views: 2804

Lesson learned - again

The curb is stone, so is the gutter. The tarmac comes to the edge of the gutter, but not on to the gutter or up to the curbstone. So there is a little cliff of tarmac, no more than two centimeters deep. Moving across and into the gutter presented no problems but moving back on to the tarmac sent me ...
by rudge
29 Dec 2014, 7:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: new c2c and other northern cycle routes forum
Replies: 7
Views: 2293

Re: new c2c and other northern cycle routes forum

When a pub is closed owing to lack of business everyone laments that a vital component of community life has been taken away. I wrote the following to admin not long ago in the course of a conversation on why I had not returned to the forum. "I enjoy these forums very much and can spend many ho...
by rudge
2 Sep 2014, 8:03pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Magic hats in France
Replies: 42
Views: 3981

Re: Magic hats in France

I have just been enquiring about insurance with Brittany Ferries as we are about to set off for France. I was told by the (French) person answering the phone (0871 244 1501) that helmets are compulsory. I am almost certain that he is wrong and said so, to which he replied that we will be stopped st...
by rudge
2 Sep 2014, 6:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mam Tor, shivering mountain
Replies: 21
Views: 8058

Mam Tor, shivering mountain

The road from Castleton to Chapel en le Frith used to go over the hill known as Mam Tor. The geology of the hillside up which the road zig zagged was so unstable that it was constantly under repair. In the end the authorities admitted defeat, closed the road and left the hillside to its own devices....
by rudge
31 Jul 2014, 6:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie: can someone explain gears
Replies: 28
Views: 3530

Re: Newbie: can someone explain gears

Gears work because they change the number of times the wheel goes round for each revolution of the pedals. Your legs work more efficiently if they can rotate at a comfortable rate, usually thought of as 70-140 times a minute. This is the crucial bit, isn't it? I didn't understand gearing at all unt...
by rudge
25 Apr 2014, 11:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Politically correct in Yorkshire.
Replies: 50
Views: 2578

Re: Politically correct in Yorkshire.

I thought it was "duck". (First time someone said it to me there was actually a duck nearby and I thought they were talking to it! Didn't help that their accent was very strong and my brain was a sentence behind in the decoding) I always understood that the north/south luv/duck boundary w...
by rudge
16 Apr 2014, 9:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Its raining stones
Replies: 13
Views: 4800

Re: Its raining stones

A couple of years ago I was riding into Soulby in the dusk. A car passed me and the passenger hurled a can of beer hard at the tarmac. It exploded, as it was meant to do. The can exploded too far in front for me be brought to some kind of grief, as was presumably the intention. I didn't know whether...
by rudge
7 Apr 2014, 8:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Age to hang up your saddle.
Replies: 85
Views: 6463

Re: Age to hang up your saddle.

I am old (but not very old - yet) and I have Parkinsons. The second is so well controlled by drugs that if you met me you probably wouldn't realise I had it. There is no control for the first. When I walk any distance I am now very conscious of the fact that I cannot walk as fast or as fluently as I...
by rudge
5 Apr 2014, 8:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS's taking cyclists onto motorways.
Replies: 58
Views: 2187

Re: GPS's taking cyclists onto motorways.

I think there was a story in the press recently about it happening to someone. Didn't sound as though the Police were any more impressed than if a driver had followed his GPS off a cliff. He was following a dual carriageway A road which spontaneously became a motorway and increased in standard alon...