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by Bowak
22 Jul 2020, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever
Replies: 67
Views: 5336

Re: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever

21ish years on I can still remember the condescending sneer from whoever was working in Ribble Cycles that day when my friend asked why pedals weren't included in the standard price for the road bike he was looking to buy. The answer was to do with people having different preferences based on their ...
by Bowak
22 Jul 2020, 12:13pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Favourite railway cycle routes
Replies: 33
Views: 4306

Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

I'm a big fan of the rows around Durham. There's old railway lines that go to Barnard Castle, Esh Winning, and a monster of one that heads up to Consett (with just one small stretch lost to a housing development but the path follows round it). Then from Consett it's like a railway spaghetti junction...
by Bowak
22 Apr 2019, 5:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 3062

Re: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists

The A584 is only about 20 miles long and runs along the coast through Blackpool and Lytham yet sees as many cycle crashes as the A59. Is it drivers getting distracted by the illuminations?. If you're heading from Preston towards Blackpool on the A583 and use the cycle path which at that point is ju...
by Bowak
19 Feb 2018, 9:16am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Re: Helmets with built in lights

Well we'll have to agree to disagree on the intended tone. I even agree that it is up to drivers to spot cyclists and that excessive lights and hi-vis could be counterproductive - but I'm wary of the idea that no cyclist is ever at fault as there are at least a couple on my commute everyday who use ...
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 10:00pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Re: Helmets with built in lights

After doing a bit of reading, I think that is the Lumos. I agree that having the motion sensitive parts could be misleading to other road users and I'm not keen on that. I've also seen someone wearing a helmet on the same route that was blaring lights front and back like a christmas tree, and that s...
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 8:41pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Re: Helmets with built in lights

Ok, so maybe saying I don't give a monkeys' about respect was overly hyperbolic and of course I care about all users properly respecting and watching out for each other. But it was more in reply to the response above that reply from Graham which I thought was pointlessly sarcastic to a genuine quest...
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 4:56pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Re: Helmets with built in lights

I think that when it comes to commuting through crowded city streets at night, then something which stands out as much as this helmet did to me is definitely worth looking into. I don't give a monkeys' about drivers respecting me - I care about maximising the chances of them seeing me and not hittin...
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 1:47pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Re: Helmets with built in lights

I hadn't seen the indicators bit on the Lumos - can't say I'm a fan of that, just the big red triangle.

The Met clip on light looks good though. Thanks, I'll have a look into it.
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 10:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ten Miles a day - 2018
Replies: 182
Views: 17211

Re: Ten Miles a day - 2018

January wasn't a great start, but I'm bang on track for February and aiming to claw back January's lost miles by May.
by Bowak
18 Feb 2018, 10:45am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets with built in lights
Replies: 33
Views: 5376

Helmets with built in lights

On my commute home the other day I was passed by another cycle commuter whose helmet had what looked like integrated red LEDs in the shape of a warning triangle on the back. It made him massively visible and it'd be very hard for any driver to claim they hadn't seen him. Sadly, he blasted past and g...
by Bowak
8 Feb 2017, 11:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Edinburgh - Coasts and Castles
Replies: 7
Views: 1902

Re: Newcastle to Edinburgh - Coasts and Castles

It's worth considering starting in Sunderland as the coast road between Sunderland - South Shields is very nice with a cycle path all/most of the way. It takes you past a couple of nice beaches, with quite a dramatic view over to North Shields and the Abbey from the cliffs. It also means you can use...
by Bowak
16 Oct 2016, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension to Rigid Fork Swap?
Replies: 12
Views: 2186

Re: Suspension to Rigid Fork Swap?

Thanks for the replies. The Racing Ralphs are definitely a possibility, and I also really like the look of the Marathon Tours. I guess it's handy that the Ogre fork isn't available for a few months as it'll give me time to work out just which routes I want to cover with the bike which can then infor...
by Bowak
16 Oct 2016, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension to Rigid Fork Swap?
Replies: 12
Views: 2186

Re: Suspension to Rigid Fork Swap?

This thread has given me some inspiration. I was thinking of getting rid of my Rockhopper as I just don't do the sort off-road cycling that would justify/need suspension, then putting the cash towards a trekking/expedition tourer as I'd like to be able to tour on rougher roads than my Galaxy can han...
by Bowak
5 Dec 2015, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Friday cycling deals anyone?
Replies: 50
Views: 3276

Re: Black Friday cycling deals anyone?

I finally caved and bought a 2015 Giant Defy 3 on the Saturday - Blue Saturday? (might as well name it after the bike's colour). I've been tempted for a couple of years so that I'll have a pure road bike to go alongside the tourer and mtb, and at just £400 I finally ran out of willpower. I'm glad to...
by Bowak
11 Jan 2015, 10:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ten Miles a Day
Replies: 400
Views: 94098

Re: Ten Miles a Day

I managed 2,424 (+10 miles or so on Boris bikes) which comes out at only 6.6 miles/day. I lost out badly at the end of the year due to having to travel a lot for my new job, but now that's died down a bit I'm left with a daily round trip commute of 14 miles as opposed to 10 miles so I expect to hit ...