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by Vitara
12 Aug 2019, 4:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How is Your Eye Sight ?
Replies: 22
Views: 629

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: 13
Views: 2447

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: 6535

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: 754

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: 1211

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: 290

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: 418

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: 5604

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: 5604

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: 712

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: 2333

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: 5674

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: 3687

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: 1694

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: 1952

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...