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by ChrisF
11 Feb 2020, 11:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Gibraltar

I agree, I paid a visit by bike a couple of years ago. I just couldn't think why there were so many vehicles, when everything is virually within walking distance unless you need to go into Spain.
Did you ride up to the rock?
by ChrisF
29 Jan 2020, 8:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: An actual tea shop question
Replies: 5
Views: 410

An actual tea shop question

Can anyone (perhaps someone who works in a tea shop?) explain why many (most?) of them will put a paper napkin underneath a piece of cake? It just goes soggy so it can't be used as a napkin.
by ChrisF
25 Jan 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium seatpost
Replies: 27
Views: 1500

Re: Titanium seatpost

...it's not going to rust or corrode in any way... The seatpost itself won't, but some titanium frames have aluminium inserts in the seat tube. The presence of a titanium seatpost against the aluminium in an area that may get quite wet can result in the aluminium corroding. Yes, and an Al seatpost ...
by ChrisF
16 Jan 2020, 11:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: EuroVelo route 17
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: EuroVelo route 17

If you're on FB you could try joining and asking the Eurovelo group there https://www.facebook.com/groups/2291565217760811/
by ChrisF
25 Dec 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: Remove forks for air travel?

Thanks to all for the replies. I too have flown with my bike in a bag a few times and haven't had any problems - but I didn't want to open up the general discussion of soft bag/ LBS box / hard case options. Apart from protecting the forks more, I thought that removing them would make for a more comp...
by ChrisF
21 Dec 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Remove forks for air travel?

I'm wondering if, with carbon forks and packing the bike in a soft bag rather than a box, does it make any sense to remove the fork? Fitting a spacer between the dropouts only protects one source of potential damage; the fork still sticks out from the rest of the frame. Or maybe forks are strong eno...
by ChrisF
19 Dec 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in numbers doesn't increase safety FACT!
Replies: 76
Views: 11319

Re: Cycling safety in numbers

A small area study in Canada (which should be far less vulnerable to the well-known problems in most national casualty and traffic statistics) finds that building cycleways reduces cycling casualties even on nearby streets and attributes it to safety in numbers as a likely mechanism. But many cycli...
by ChrisF
3 Dec 2019, 12:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malaga to Cadiz and back May 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 454

Re: Malaga to Cadiz and back May 2020

The coast roads are indeed pretty bad, just a string of resorts SW from Malaga. There's plans for Eurovelo route 8 but mostly* it isn't yet in place at all. (One stretch of it a few miles SE of Cadiz just runs along a beach, loose sand for several miles, as a result of which I dodn't have time to ge...
by ChrisF
28 Nov 2019, 4:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long to fix a pothole ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1919

Re: How long to fix a pothole ?

I'm still trying to get my head around all this ... .... I think that the companies here in the UK deliberately use crappy tar so as to stay in business same goes for countries such as Germany .... roads are good with very few potholes and similar weather and traffic Depends on the local council an...
by ChrisF
27 Nov 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long to fix a pothole ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1919

Re: How long to fix a pothole ?

I think there's a fair bit of difference between a simple pothole and subsidence. A pothole is caused by the top layer(s) of tarmac have coming adrift, usually started by water getting into a small crack and freezing. This is often around a drain cover or similar. But if the underlying road bed is s...
by ChrisF
22 Nov 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Croatia
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Touring in Croatia

Croatia is beautiful but perhaps one of my least favourite in Europe as far as traffic is concerned. The drivers seem to have a thing about not crossing white lines, so tend to pass too close. The islands should be quieter than the mainland though. Be aware that many of the island ferries don't take...
by ChrisF
15 Nov 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: malaga to santander
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: malaga to santander

Mrs Whoof did most of it this year. She recommends the road that used to be the main road. Please see link to journal below that describes the route. She went from Malaga to the Southern most point in Spain to start but you could start by going to Cordoba. https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr...
by ChrisF
12 Nov 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Who/When invented eBikes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1241

Re: Who/When invented eBikes?

in around 1985 I was involved in running a product development workshop, partly funded by the (now defunct) GLC in London. There was a small company working there developing an e-Bike based on the (then new) regulations. IIRC it was powered by NiMH batteries. I think it was a basc throttle control, ...
by ChrisF
12 Nov 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-trailer for touring?
Replies: 3
Views: 276

e-trailer for touring?

Not sure if this post belongs here or in 'touring' but I'll start here. I'm wondering about the possibility of cycle-camping with a standard road bike and a (single-wheel) trailer fitted with motor and battery. The idea is that the trailer would let me carry more equipment (I'm getting old now; need...
by ChrisF
26 Oct 2019, 12:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour de northern France: a new cycling trail in Flanders
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Tour de northern France: a new cycling trail in Flanders

The article has at the end: Over the next two years, the network will expand north to Dunkirk, and one would hope that it’s only a matter of time before this brilliantly simple idea makes the leap across the Channel. For this surely is the future of cycle touring: the days of the old-school map are ...