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by Vitara
14 Sep 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1574

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

As others have said, go for it. End to End is an epic ride which you will really enjoy and will provide plenty of memories and stories to tell. I was faced with some similar decisions to make in 2013/2018 as my ride partner was approaching his 70th birthday and the distances & logistics involved...
by Vitara
12 Sep 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 57
Views: 2583

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

We've been here before. Most rain jackets are limited in how waterproof and breathable they are. You might find a brightly coloured jacket that can keep you dry for a 12 mile commute in heavy rain, but most will not breath very well and will at some point start letting water in. If you want a jacket...
by Vitara
12 Aug 2019, 4:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How is Your Eye Sight ?
Replies: 24
Views: 980

Re: Hows Your Eye Sight

I had no difficulty reading it & neither would anyone familiar with spectacle prescriptions, so any optician should be able to read it and make some specs for you. Worse case scenario would be that they could put some lenses in a test frame and get you to read an acuity chart to check the figure...
by Vitara
28 Jul 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Best £1000 gravel bike ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3176

Re: Best £1000 gravel bike ?

You might want to take a look at the Jamis renegade expat
Marketted as an adventure bike. I find it's good for light off road use, audax and touring.
Possible towards the heavier end of the weight range for this type of bike
by Vitara
20 Jul 2019, 11:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

Nobody needs a GPS, but it can be a really useful tool if you buy the right model(1) & learn to use it. I've specifically mentioned "learn to use". They are a complex bit of kit with quite a steep learning curve. You really need to invest a bit of time and effort to get the best out of...
by Vitara
23 May 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bojo's bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 766

Re: Bojo's bike.

by Vitara
14 May 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

The meaning is fairly obvious :D Whether or not it is accurate is another question? Wikipedia lists someone of that name as an Argentinian professional football player, but the entry does not elaborate beyond that. I would imagine it's quite easy to mess about with OSM in this way if you're minded t...
by Vitara
14 May 2019, 7:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Joining two GPX tracks
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Joining two GPX tracks

It's very easy to do using Garmin Basecamp, although Basecamp is perhaps not the most user friendly programme to use.

Alternatively there are several sites where you can upload two (or more) GPX tracks and have them merged for you

e.g. https://gotoes.org/strava/Combine_GPX_TCX_FIT_Files.php
by Vitara
5 May 2019, 10:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Rosyth to Portsmouth - Depart 29/06/19
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Rosyth to Portsmouth - Depart 29/06/19

For day 7 navigating a route south out of Newbury and riding into Soythampton will be your biggest challenges. I've put a link to a suggested route but it would be helpful if someone local to Newbury & Southampton could verify the roads I've chosen or suggest alternatives. I've picke St Marys St...
by Vitara
5 May 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?
Replies: 164
Views: 5637

Re: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?

10 pages on and we're still arguing about what colour it should be! The Gore One Shake dry can currently only be made in black because of the limitations involved in producing the highly technical fabric. Its selling point is that is fully waterproof and breathable. That's not just the advertising c...
by Vitara
28 Apr 2019, 2:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?
Replies: 164
Views: 5637

Re: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?

Over 50 posts & all very interesting, except all but one miss the point completely by focusing on the risk of cyclists not being seen by drivers & whether brighter coloured jackets help in this respect. The Primary purpose of a rain jacket must surely be to protect the wearer from the elemen...
by Vitara
25 Apr 2019, 7:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: TAX Deductions from Business Mileage when cycling to work
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: TAX Deductions from Buisness Miliage When cycling to Work

My employer does the same & I concur with AndyK, they are misinterpreting the rules. In my own case I'm pretty sure this is a deliberate misinterpretation as it works in the organisations interest. From my own study of the rules. Travel for work can be claimed tax free up to the HMRC level (45p/...
by Vitara
21 Apr 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much difference does tyre width make.
Replies: 63
Views: 2341

Re: How much difference does tyre width make.

As previous poster suggested try them & see. My own experience is that 18 months ago I started using 35mm tyres on my single speed bike and then on my geared bike. I've covered 20'000 miles in that time, including an SR audax series (200Km, 300Km, 400Km, 600Km). If my speed is effected on long d...
by Vitara
9 Apr 2019, 3:12am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Garmin GPS and maps
Replies: 16
Views: 5709

Re: Garmin GPS and maps

.... Adding in key Waypoints, e.g. lunch stops and night stops, would allow routing to be used if circumstances dictated. My experience last summer I had two "issues" 1. When you go off-track the Garmin keeps trying to navigate you back to the point where you departed from it's track rath...
by Vitara
9 Apr 2019, 2:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3804

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

[quote"] To avoid following the correct and lawful procedures is not a noble thing, and is morally and legally unjustifiable. People do what they do in these circumstances because they can't be arrissed, and they're very unlikely to suffer any adverse consequences, and that's the bottom line. ...