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by freiston
29 Sep 2020, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Elevation differences Google to Strava
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Elevation differences Google to Strava

I've noticed differences in reported altitude when I use some websites to plan a route and when I plan/display the same route on Google Earth. I've just looked at a track I recorded using OsmAnd on my phone and OsmAnd reports the total ascent/descent to be 405m ascent/407m descent. When I import the...
by freiston
29 Sep 2020, 3:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good quality cycling cap?
Replies: 26
Views: 1032

Re: Good quality cycling cap?

I normally use a Forclaz (Decathlon brand) baseball style peaked cap with a velcro-detachable sun cover for the neck and ears (same style as the ones on a French Foreign Legion kepi). It has a little padding and a buckle at the back for tightening. I like it for its sun protection, including the lar...
by freiston
29 Sep 2020, 2:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Earn your respect?
Replies: 31
Views: 1037

Re: Earn your respect?

Isn't this something that our national CUK could/ought to address directly with Decathlon?
by freiston
17 Sep 2020, 12:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hills near Coventry
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Hills near Coventry

As a local in my younger years, I remember steepish bits of road heading out through Finham, Stoneleigh and also around Gibbet Hill, but never too much of a challenge even on my Raleigh Hustler three-speed! This 3D topographic map of Coventry gives a good sense of the local lie of the land: thumbna...
by freiston
16 Sep 2020, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hills near Coventry
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Hills near Coventry

mumbojumbo wrote:There was a Jimmy Hill in this area during 60s and 70s,at Highfield Rd.

:lol:
by freiston
15 Sep 2020, 10:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hills near Coventry
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Hills near Coventry

That's a tight range depending on what side of the city you live on. I'm not sure if this will be up to your expectations but north of the city has some nice hills/slopes - Wall Hill Road and Fivefield Road are on my usual circuits and they're decent. All around Harvest Hill, Kinwalsey Lane, Green E...
by freiston
15 Sep 2020, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: clothing
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: clothing

I use a cheap non-cycling specific gilet from Decathlon. It has a quilted layer of insulation and might be a bit big for a saddlebag but I find it a very versatile item of clothing, allowing for loads of ventilation if it gets a bit warm when used as a top layer over a (long sleeved) t-shirt or in c...
by freiston
12 Sep 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?
Replies: 40
Views: 1279

Re: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?

Those boots do indeed look good, but they would fail to keep rain out (at least for me) because the cuff does not come high enough to prevent a gap appearing between overtrousers and boot. I know that because I have had boots of that height before and as my knee comes up that gap appears. Anyone kn...
by freiston
11 Sep 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?
Replies: 40
Views: 1279

Re: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?

Freiston - those Lakes look well worth it. What sort of milage are you getting out of those? I have to admit that I've hardly done any miles in them. I bought them for last winter but mostly wore my shoes on account of the winter not being that cold. They seem good quality and the Vibram soles look...
by freiston
11 Sep 2020, 5:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?
Replies: 40
Views: 1279

Re: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?

I am realising that an approach of two pairs - winter and summer will work well and so I am looking to winter boots first. I'm not sure if they fit your brief but my winter SPD leather boots look pretty much like hiking boots. Mine are brown but they are available in black - the Lake MXZ200 (for si...
by freiston
10 Sep 2020, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3314

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

The reality is the complete opposite of your opinion. That's your opinion! I'm with Ross K on this one. <SNIP> My point in making that post was that Ross K's statement of "reality" was also an opinion and that there is no absolute reality in respect of this. I have dynamo lights on my mai...
by freiston
1 Sep 2020, 11:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3314

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

Ross K wrote:
mjr wrote:Battery lights are only good for people who rarely ride in the dark IMO.


The reality is the complete opposite of your opinion.

That's your opinion!
by freiston
30 Aug 2020, 11:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hand sanitiser
Replies: 23
Views: 797

Re: Hand sanitiser

Bought some 80% alcohol (ethanol) hand sanitiser today.£1-29 for 100ml thought I'd give it a go in my popcan stove. It took about 10 seconds to prime but burnt well. It's sold in many places at the moment and could be useful if you have run out of meths and need fuel on tour and can't find any meth...
by freiston
30 Aug 2020, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is a gravel bike ?
Replies: 98
Views: 3208

Re: What is a gravel bike ?

I've said it before and I'll say it again - a gravel bike is the salespeople's second attempt at selling a bike to all the people they mis-sold a road bike to :wink: I will apologise for my cynicism as I realise that it's not always applicable but I have this terrible habit of reading facebook cycli...
by freiston
29 Aug 2020, 6:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3314

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

The reason for raising this is through my own experiences- I found that if I took the same position on the roads as one would expect to see a moped or light motorcycle, I found that less people pulled out on me and I had a better line of sight to the occupants. If I cycled closer to the kerb I my l...