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by tobyj
29 Sep 2010, 8:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Boris-bikes
Replies: 42
Views: 3174

Re: Boris-bikes

Hi Northernmonkey, The first 30 min is free, but you pay£1 / 24 hours for connection or something (TFL have a word for it). Slightly annoying, but £1 is still half half the cost of a single tube ticket with Oyster card - and lasts 24h. BTW, you can put the bike back under 30 min, and get another - b...
by tobyj
29 Sep 2010, 3:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Boris-bikes
Replies: 42
Views: 3174

Boris-bikes

I'm surprised how little comment there has been about Boris bikes in this forum, given their potentia l for moving a city towards a cycling culture (note the word potential!). I had my first experience last week, and was really impressed. I live in Bath, but am frequently passing through London, nor...
by tobyj
11 Nov 2009, 11:50am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: So what do Europeans think of cycling in the UK?
Replies: 33
Views: 2113

Re: So what do Europeans think of cycling in the UK?

I lived (and cycled) in Germany for two years, plus I have had many cycle tours in Germany. I felt that drivers are generally more aggressive than in the UK, but there is lots of lovely countryside, nice long distance bike routes and good cycling infrastructure e.g. local trains that take up to 10 b...
by tobyj
6 Nov 2009, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: E-WERK / UCA?
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

Re: E-WERK / UCA?

Many thanks for the purchase advice.

Please report back when you have in installed and tested.

Cheers

Toby
by tobyj
3 Nov 2009, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: E-WERK / UCA?
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

E-WERK / UCA?

Has anyone got an E-WERK yet? http://www.bumm.de/index-e.html?docu/261e.htm and the Universal Cockpit Adaptor? http://www.bumm.de/index-e.html?docu/261e.htm Looks great - keep the iphone charged and use GPS / mapping without worrying about battery load. Looks like it has just been released, but my u...
by tobyj
13 Dec 2008, 9:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Horror stories
Replies: 32
Views: 3369

In the past five years of cycling and cycle camping I have yet to encounter the 'life threatening' environment that some posters would have me believe is an everyday experience. Cycling in Birmingham every day 8 mile round trip, I can honestly say I experience dangerously close overtaking (while in...
by tobyj
25 Sep 2008, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 9735

Have cycled home after up to about 6 - 7 pints of real ale. No driving licence to loose, which is an advantage! Generally, up to 5 pints is fine. Drinking beer and cycling go together like a hand in glove! Love it. Mind you, I did a cycling pub crawl in London a few years ago. That was a touch risky...
by tobyj
22 Aug 2008, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon to Germany/Austria-route advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 727

I think weather in Rhine area in autumn is quite similar to here. It probably won't be much colder or wetter than UK. I would go for it! BTW, you can probably book a cheap train to Harwich from Devon with your bike. Use the national express east coast website - then you can book your bike on-line. H...
by tobyj
20 Aug 2008, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon to Germany/Austria-route advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Probably the most important decision is which way to cross the Channel / North Sea. If it were me (and this is a very personal choice!).. I would ride or train it to Harwich (a long way from Devon I know, but you could make a nice ride of it), then overnight Stena ferry to Hoek van Holland, then tow...
by tobyj
20 Aug 2008, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Norway Western fjords - just back
Replies: 3
Views: 728

May just have been the wrong time of year.. Traffic really was a stress though! The same was commented by the few other tourers we met..

Good tip about the whisky. We took 1/2 litre - not nearly enough!

Toby
by tobyj
20 Aug 2008, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Norway Western fjords - just back
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Norway Western fjords - just back

Just back from a 2 week cycle camping jaunt around Western Norway. My partner and I live in Bath, so we took the train to Newcastle via London - and the excellent LCN signposted cross London bike route from Paddington to Kings Cross (inc. some useful separated cycle tracks in the UCL area). No probl...
by tobyj
14 Jul 2008, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lumps in the road, making a claim
Replies: 21
Views: 1833

How about just accepting that life is risky and taking responsibility yourself?
I find it ludicrous that cyclists or any other road user thinks they can sue highways authority / local council just because a poor surface caused them a problem. Maybe you should have cycled with more care?
by tobyj
26 Jun 2008, 1:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Taking bikes on a train
Replies: 20
Views: 2922

I agree with this - it can be difficult if train is in reverse formation. Clear pictomgrams would certainly help.

On the Voyager trains, the 1st class end has a yellow sticker just above the buffer bar - if you see that coming in first its time to hot foot it to the other end!
by tobyj
26 Jun 2008, 9:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Taking bikes on a train
Replies: 20
Views: 2922

Taking bikes on a train

OK, I know this subject has been done to death in other discussions, but I want to raise my head above the parapet and rsik being shot at.. My suggestion is that if we as cyclists behaved with a little more sense when taking our bikes by train we could be more popular with train crews, and improve o...
by tobyj
19 Jun 2008, 3:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: arriva trains
Replies: 47
Views: 6644

The results of the study quoted by Sares (The ECF study) actually confirm my own rather subjective observation of taking bikes on European trains - which is that we are really quite lucky in the UK! The study is a little out of date (GNER has gone, but NX East Coast offer the same provision, and a w...