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by Vitara
25 Aug 2018, 10:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?
Replies: 171
Views: 3257

Re: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?

a) The likelihood of actually seeing an Ebike on an event your riding is very low. I've not seen one in 3 years (18 events and 3600Km so far this year). They do exist, but practical ones only hit the market last year. Since I got my Gain in April I've done five Audax events and have four more booke...
by Vitara
23 Aug 2018, 8:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?
Replies: 171
Views: 3257

Re: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?

Horizon, I think you may be allowing an unnecessary prejudice to prevent you from trying out something you could really enjoy. AUK regulation 12.1 says that Ebikes may participate in shorted events (Brevet Populaires) but are not eligible for validation. Just as in this thread it is a decision that ...
by Vitara
12 Aug 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death by Dangerous Cycling
Replies: 130
Views: 3919

Re: Death by Dangerous Cycling

There is a undoubtedly a proportion of society who don't like cyclists, mainly because we have the audacity to delay there oh so important car journeys, & it's easy to view this as an ongoing part of their agenda. Having read the document it does seem fairly balanced. As has already been said if...
by Vitara
7 Aug 2018, 9:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 76
Views: 7665

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

I've joined the Chinese Whispers Club

The first rule is that you don't talk about Chinese Whisper Club

The second rule is that chew drink & walk around Viennese sisters pub
by Vitara
26 Jul 2018, 3:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: routesheeet reading at night
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: routesheeet reading at night

Head torch works for me, but getting the position of both torch and sheet is obviously important.

As already said GPS, following track and with backlight on is much more practical, route sheet then becomes a back up option.
by Vitara
26 Jul 2018, 3:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 15760

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

How I wish I had all this wisdom about how unnecessary and dangerous disc brakes are before I bought my replacement Audax bike. I suppose I'd better get rid of it & go back to rim brakes. Or, having ridden several thousand Km on and not experienced any of the problems quoted here perhaps I'll ke...
by Vitara
25 Jul 2018, 11:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Front cover of Cycle Mag
Replies: 98
Views: 2630

Re: Front cover of Cycle Mag

Some (all?) of us have too much time on our hands. Clearly the picture has not been Photoshopped, if it had there would be no bits of the second cyclist visible. The second bike & rider is almost, but not completely, obscured by the first rider and the angle of the shot. The picture could be rec...
by Vitara
18 Jul 2018, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Watford to Isle of Wight Ride!
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: Watford to Isle of Wight Ride!

Cyclists have a choice of two ferry services from Portsmouth to IOW The Fast Cat leaves from Portsmouth Harbour Station, carries pedestrians and cyclists (space for about 12 bikes) & takes about 30 minutes to get to Ryde Pier. The Car ferry departs from the other side of Gunwharf Quays, 5 minute...
by Vitara
26 Jun 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 1265

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I would agree with the suggestion of not skipping any stages and continue heading North at a pace you find comfortable a) I think all the stages are worthwhile and interesting, each in their own way, that's one of the attractions of LeJog b) If your fortunes change and you start gaining time you may...
by Vitara
27 May 2018, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk
Replies: 28
Views: 989

Re: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk

From Julian Lewis (or as he describes himself Dr Julian Lewis), this is actually rather tame. He really does not like cyclists, and would prefer not to have them riding around the New Forest at all. As has already been observed the high prevalence of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries in his ...
by Vitara
17 May 2018, 8:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole

That sounds like a good result. FYI the Gosport Ferry service runs every 15 minutes (6 mins at peak times) & takes 4 minutes to cross the harbour, so don't worry if it's leaving just as you arrive, you won't need to wait long for the next one. Keep your ferry ticket safe, it's an open return so ...
by Vitara
17 May 2018, 12:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole
Replies: 10
Views: 410

Re: Parking at Portsmouth or Poole

For Portsmouth you might want to consider parking in Gosport which is the other side of the harbour entrance. Lots of on street parking a short way from the town centre, or Haslar Marina has a private car park whose daily rate will be much less than the ferry port. Gosport to the Continental Ferry t...
by Vitara
16 May 2018, 12:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How adventurous does my touring bike need to be?
Replies: 27
Views: 1143

Re: How adventurous does my touring bike need to be?

Have a look at the Jamis Renegrade Expat. I think it ticks a lot of your boxes, and I would say fills the middle ground between the Toughroad and the Genesis. Steel frame, disc brakes, 36mm tyres & clearance for full mudguards, not unduly heavy, rack fittings, 3 x bottle cage mounts (plus anothe...
by Vitara
7 May 2018, 7:30am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Isle of Wight Randonnee
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: Isle of Wight Randonnee

Agreed, always a good event, the weather yesterday made for an excellent ride. Controls and organisations great. 08:00 ferry from Portsmouth was packed, 500+ cyclist I reckon Had to feel for the ferry company when they a had ramp breakdown 4pm at Fishbourne just as several hundred cyclists wanted to...
by Vitara
8 Apr 2018, 9:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1591

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

Discussion on the CQC (Care Quality Commission) role and effectiveness is interesting, but not particularly relevant to the OP's question, which was seeking feedback and opinion on Live in Carers. As I've already stated it's an option which I have observed people using effectively. If I was personal...