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by Paulatic
16 Oct 2021, 7:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What did you buy today?
Replies: 88
Views: 2338

Re: What did you buy today?

A Superman bracelet :D
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Since I stopped playing squash ( Covid ) I’ve felt myself becoming less fit as every month passes. Going to start using a hrm again while cycling hoping it will encourage me to try a little harder. Fits on the arm and a lot comfier than a chest strap. Resting HR was 46 this morning :x Three years ago it was always 41 or 42.
by Paulatic
16 Oct 2021, 8:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

I see that sign at Floristonrigg suffers the same fate as one where the B7076 meets the A701 :D
I wonder if the disappearance of the bike sign is related to the five cyclists getting injured in 2010? https://road.cc/content/news/21015-five ... em-cumbria
by Paulatic
15 Oct 2021, 8:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

@Bmblbzz
The second is a narrow, roughly surfaced pavement which has been deemed cycleable by the addition of blue signs.
That was the north bound carriageway and for some reason they made it a pavement a lot narrower than further north.
by Paulatic
15 Oct 2021, 7:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

I’m finding this a very interesting thread as I’m familiar with every inch of everything mentioned so far.
Thinking back to the year 2000
The big ride
The big ride
When route74 was launched I led the ride from Lockerbie to Abington rendezvousing there with a colourful contingent from Coalburn. At the start our Tory MP prominently featured in all press picture complete with his new bike. He made it to the first roundabout, half a mile, before making his excuse of pressing business to attend to. My numbers dwindled in the first 18 mls and the llast 18 mls was a solo ride by me.
Back then the whole of the route was a pleasure with virtually no traffic and a very smooth cycle lane. It had been flooded with a very fine top which was excellent.
Feelings then we were delighted as a cyclist in Moffat we now had a way out north and a new way south. The A74 was a real no no back then. I’d used it a couple of times but the worry took years off your life.
The last 20 years I’ve seen traffic on it increase. The opening of power station , timber businesses, haulage firms and lorry parks. The fine surface eroded quickly helped by tractors and frost. A small example of it hung on south of Fechen but I think even that has gone now.
Sustrans route south from Gretna well that’s been there before the Cumberland gap was made a motorway. It really was the only safe option. I rode the A74 Cumberland gap once and never again. Nowadays the road beside the Mway is a sensible option. The Sustrans route includes an old railway line which 20 years ago was OK. I last did it three years ago and what a mud bath it is now.
Route 10 alternative? Never can be it’s 12,mls of forestry. When it launched we had a club ride over it. Even hybrid bike tyres got punctures. I once had to rescue two cyclists who attempted it in winter. They got off a train in Dumfries and thought they would follow the route to Moffat. Getting lost and darkness falling they eventually found a cottage who kindly sheltered them until the morning. Next morning was deep snow and how I got asked to rescue them with a Land Rover.
I use some of that route with 40mm + tyres purely as a fun way to get to Ae cafe. Never a serious way to get to Dumfries.
So 74 has now lost its numbers I’ll still keep using it as a realistic way to get places.
What has Sustrans achieved here? Well it now looks like absolutely nothing. The building of the motorway was the catalyst. For a few years I tried really hard bending my councillors ear and arming him with pages of negative experiences of cycling through Dumfries & Galloway. Surfaces, traffic etc and it’s resulted in nothing so far. The section linked by Bmblbzz is a pleasure when you reach it and an example of how it all could have been.
by Paulatic
15 Oct 2021, 8:40am
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Family with more than kids and parents - how to cycle together?

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before the best set up I came across. A guy cycling from Kings Lynn to Glencoe camping gear on the rear with home made wooden box up front with Jack Russell on board. Going a fair pace too. Your Border won’t be or shouldn’t be much heavier.
by Paulatic
14 Oct 2021, 7:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

gaz wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 10:46pm
Paulatic wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 9:05pmImage
Noticed this morning all of the route number signs have been taped over in my Lockerbie-Moffat section.
Whilst I've no doubt that this is an example of NCN declassification, I'd suggest that strip of reflective tape is local authority grade rather than Sustrans volunteer issue.
You are probably right with that observation as it is LA who maintain it. I’ve met Sustrans volunteers doing a survey once and they had come down from the central belt. I don’t know that there are any locally.
I’ve had this response from Sustrans Scotland The route is still signed, its just not promoted as an NCN route anymore, so route users will still be able to follow the route. The only change is that the red route number patch is covered over but the signs are all still in place. We’ve done this on quite a few routes now
Nothing at all yet from LA.
by Paulatic
13 Oct 2021, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best kit for bleeding Tektro disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Best kit for bleeding Tektro disc brakes?

danfoto wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 8:50pm Thank you but my question is specifically about which bits and bobs I would be best off buying.
My answer to that is a 10 mm syringe and a bit of rubber hose if you don’t already have them.
In the rest of my first reply outlining the method I thought someone aged 75 having to ask what they need to bleed brakes you probably have no earlier experience of bleeding brakes.
by Paulatic
13 Oct 2021, 8:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best kit for bleeding Tektro disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Best kit for bleeding Tektro disc brakes?

I don’t know why Tektro might be different but all I use for my Shimano is a 10mm syringe and the same bit of rubber hose I use with cars. Helps to manage the direction of the outflow.
Make sure the reservoir is level and at the highest point with the bleed at the lowest point without loops. Keep the reservoir full while gravity lets the fluid out at the bottom. When there’s no air and nice clean fluid coming out seal up the bottom fill up the top and job done.
I use LHM ( Citroen suspension fluid) a lot cheaper than anything which has a bicycle picture on.
by Paulatic
13 Oct 2021, 4:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 106
Views: 1467

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Tangled Metal wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 1:22pm.

As to Scottish independence, wasn't it the SNP's economic guru who said independence would be like Brexit but 10 times worse? If that's the Scottish way out you're in it for the long game that's for sure. A big choice braveheart!
Did you read that in the Torygraph by any chance? :lol:
Do you really believe independence supporting Mark Blyth, employed by the SNP, would say that?
Mark Blyth
“There are real fiscal challenges getting there [independence] that cannot be wished away. But the long-term costs of staying tied to the UK’s rapidly imploding growth model are just as bad
Mark Blyth
Speaking on a BBC Radio Scotland interview, also in August 2020, Blyth made clear his view that he had “no doubt” Scotland could be viable economically with independence.
As for A big choice braveheart! I’ll presume it refers to a film I’ve never watched. You do recognise we have a choice though which is a view you’ll not find in the Torygraph.
by Paulatic
13 Oct 2021, 12:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 106
Views: 1467

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Living in Scotland I see a vote for Independence as my answer.
by Paulatic
12 Oct 2021, 4:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

@ Pete Owens The section in your first link will still be signed 74 as it’s away from traffic.
I presume the 74 sign in your second link has now been taped over.
by Paulatic
11 Oct 2021, 10:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Re: Route 74 has gone

Thanks, https://explore.osmaps.com/en?lat=55.21 ... oom=9.6481
I see it’s now classed as an 'on road route not on the NCN'

Won’t removing the numbers make navigation a little harder if there are two routes that split and neither is identified with a number.

Does anyone know what and how soon will there be changes to the OSM mapping? I’ve always found it useful in MapOut to see the cycling network overlay.
by Paulatic
11 Oct 2021, 9:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1382

Route 74 has gone

Taped out 74
Taped out 74
Noticed this morning all of the route number signs have been taped over in my Lockerbie-Moffat section.
Does anyone know what’s going on?
Is this happening the entire route?
by Paulatic
11 Oct 2021, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footpump recommendations please
Replies: 27
Views: 560

Re: Footpump recommendations please

PCL was always good stuff and I see they are still in business https://www.pclairtechnology.com/single ... p-fp4h02-3
by Paulatic
11 Oct 2021, 6:20pm
Forum: Electric pedal cycles
Topic: How much is my Dads Bike worth
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: How much is my Dads Bike worth

One sold for £1600 on EBay. Very poorly presented with no pics or description so probably could be bettered.