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by Vitara
21 Apr 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much difference does tyre width make.
Replies: 31
Views: 836

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: 3307

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: 3203

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. ...
by Vitara
28 Mar 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Normandy Beaches
Replies: 9
Views: 1610

Re: Normandy Beaches

It's a tour I've done twice; Cherbourg to Caen. Five days makes for a very relaxed tour, with plenty of time for visiting museums, cemeteries & places of interest. Theres a bit of distance to cover from Cherbourg until you reach the start of Omaha beach, but after that you'll encounter things to...
by Vitara
28 Mar 2019, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking bike on ferry to Isle of Wight
Replies: 9
Views: 1891

Re: Taking bike on ferry to Isle of Wight

Unless there's a big cycling event on, e.g. the IOW Randonnee, you can just turn up & book a ticket We've always been directed to lean our bikes against the bow door. They are very secure, if there are a few cyclists on the crossing bikes may be stacked 2 deep but I've never sustained any damage...
by Vitara
18 Mar 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gravesend cyclist fined
Replies: 20
Views: 2790

Re: Gravesend cyclist fined

The fine seems way over the top. It is a minor matter and should have been dealt with as such. I do know pedestrianised streets that get too busy for cycling to be done safely, and if this street is one of those (I don't know it) I don't object to a ban. I am a pedestrian too. I agree with Kwackers...
by Vitara
14 Mar 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ascent replacement? Strava?
Replies: 41
Views: 4860

Re: Ascent replacement? Strava?

What about using Strava online? Trouble is, I’m not interested in the slightest about sharing my stats and tracks, and I’m definitely NOT and athlete nor interested in competition and comparison. Strava is designed for those things, and not for someone like me. Can Strava be used solely for recordi...
by Vitara
14 Mar 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Waste disposal?
Replies: 19
Views: 2153

Re: Waste disposal?

My daughter recently had a nearly new cooker given to her and needed to get rid of the old one. She put the old one out on the pavement late on Sunday night. When we left the house at 8-30 Monday morning it had been removed! She has a service road running past her house which is set back from the m...
by Vitara
6 Mar 2019, 12:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Private hearing aids.
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Re: Private hearing aids.

FC that’s a very comprehensive background to your problem. Hearing Loss is not my area of expertise, but I have a working knowledge as it’s a common problem amongst the patients I see. It sounds (excuse the pun) like you have Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Tinnitus is a common feature with this. There ...
by Vitara
3 Mar 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Private hearing aids.
Replies: 11
Views: 1202

Re: Private hearing aids.

Browsing Spec savers website shows they offer free hearing tests and offer a wide range of hearing aids at different price points with lots of info about the the different options. If your hearing loss is effecting your quality of life you may feel it's something worth spending your money on. Howeve...
by Vitara
24 Feb 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Garmin GPS and maps
Replies: 16
Views: 3307

Re: Garmin GPS and maps

Neither of the above, I'd recommend using Open Street Maps (OSM), free or donation I download mine from VeloMap, https://www.velomap.org/ but there are other options. I would also follow a Track rather than use Routing. With a Track you simply follow the line, Routing on a Garmin often behaves in od...
by Vitara
14 Jan 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 77
Views: 37313

Re: Travel Insurance

Thanks are due to Neil & Nigel.

Snowcard have confirmed they cover Long Distance Audax events. They also use a well established underwriter and are focussed on providing reliable service (as opposed to cheapest price). I'll be sorting my policy with them shortly.
by Vitara
14 Jan 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 77
Views: 37313

Re: Travel Insurance

If it's anything like Pet Insurance (I'm a vet) then there are loads of different companies and in effect you get what you pay for. If it's cheap it's cheap for a reason. There are certain companies that are dreadful, they take your money and look at any reason for not paying out I use Snowcard and...
by Vitara
13 Jan 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 77
Views: 37313

Re: Travel Insurance

On the strength of my researches so far, I've cancelled the ETA policy I'd just taken out, because SportsCover Direct is clearly a better product at an equally keen price. Probably because activity is a central theme of this insurance, there don't seem to be any naughty exclusions from cover for th...
by Vitara
25 Dec 2018, 9:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 295
Views: 30852

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

Interesting one that...and any particular reason the electrician was female? It's a bit like my favourite: you can put hot things in a vacuum flask and it they stay hot and you can put cold things in and they stay cold. But how does it know? I got a vacuum flask from Santa Now I know how it works I...