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by rareposter
21 Oct 2020, 3:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Alliance of British Drivers
Replies: 15
Views: 397

Re: Alliance of British Drivers

There's a comprehensive Twitter thread here on them: https://twitter.com/c21stprimitive/status/1291056363343417345 Quote from one of the tweets: They delude themselves into claiming to be the ‘voice of the British driver’, but in reality are a fringe libertarian pro-motor industry lobby group, who r...
by rareposter
17 Oct 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?
Replies: 49
Views: 1506

Re: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?

Planning for a 16 day LEJOG next year, I'm wondering what to use for navigation. I'm dizzy from reading Garmin and Wahoo reviews which, if you keep looking, always seem to come up with off-putting negatives. Now I'm looking at android apps for use with a spare phone and powerbank, but there are so ...
by rareposter
14 Oct 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 38
Views: 983

Re: Best route through London South to North

Hence in my view Tower Bridge is maybe the safest - not many choices available to the folk sitting on engines. Unless you specifically want to see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, it's far too far east if you're heading up to KX. Westminster, Waterloo or Blackfriars Bridges - all have cycle la...
by rareposter
10 Oct 2020, 6:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New £13k Specialized audax bike
Replies: 81
Views: 2405

Re: New £13k Specialized audax bike

..........It's nothing like a gold plated Mclaren and it isn't a silly money purchase, only people making comments like that are 'silly' :roll: But why pay that much when a bike costing half of that would do the job just as well? Or do you think it wouldn't? I don't object to people spending that m...
by rareposter
6 Oct 2020, 9:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer
Replies: 48
Views: 1296

Re: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer

As above, you've made the right decision. I've worked as a Ride Leader on the annual Deloitte Ride Across Britain event a few times so I've seen loads of beginner / novice riders, people doing it for charity and so on. You mentioned in your original post that you're in Preston which isn't far from m...
by rareposter
5 Oct 2020, 12:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flashing rear light for daylight use
Replies: 35
Views: 1157

Re: Flashing rear light for daylight use

Back to the original question of "what light to get" rather than the rights and wrongs of daylight usage, the bright circular ones are almost certainly these: https://exposurelights.com/products/bike/rear-lights/tracer-mk2-reakt-peloton You can get various mounts for them including one for...
by rareposter
5 Oct 2020, 9:43am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer
Replies: 48
Views: 1296

Re: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer

I'll be blunt. There's a huge amount of sympathy for your wife and you on here and that must be deterring plain speaking. IMO, your project is poorly thought out and unlikely to end well. It's not going to raise a fraction of the money you mentioned as being needed for private treatment and may wel...
by rareposter
4 Oct 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer
Replies: 48
Views: 1296

Re: Want to do LEJOG for charity - wife has cancer

I'd suggest you use the anticipation of a lejog as motivation to get you through this tough episode in your life. 7 days would be really tough 12-16hr days of pain which on top of he pain your already going through would be enough to break any man. Once she has recovered you can treat yourself to a...
by rareposter
1 Oct 2020, 4:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Monsal Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: The Monsal Trail

It won't happen - it's been talked about for decades on and off but the cost is astronomical, far higher than the supposed benefits. In spite of the Government's ideas of ripping up planning regs to "build back better" after Covid, there's some stuff which is simply too high a price and to...
by rareposter
30 Sep 2020, 5:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 38
Views: 983

Re: Best route through London South to North

Pull the other one! It will prefer routes used by the core Strava audience of the brave and the bold who enjoy racing the buses to set their PBs and top leaderboards: "This! Is! Strava!" Actually the CS routes and Quietways show up very strongly on their heatmap. You'd be surprised at the...
by rareposter
30 Sep 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 38
Views: 983

Re: Best route through London South to North

Chuck a start / finish point into Strava's route planner right across London. It uses "most popular" so it'll automatically find the good commuting routes. Starting at Westerham and ending sort of half way between M1 and A1 junctions, it routes you round Biggin Hill, West Wickham, Crystal ...
by rareposter
23 Sep 2020, 9:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gear ratios, in inches
Replies: 43
Views: 1624

Re: Gear ratios, in inches

I'd be amazed if he could get up Gunnislake Hill in 70odd inches. A few years ago, one of the guys doing the Deloitte Ride Across Britain used a singlespeed (fixed gear not being allowed!). He was on 48:17 (76") and he rode everything including up to Minions, Cothelstone Hill, Cheddar Gorge et...
by rareposter
22 Sep 2020, 7:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is this a counterfeit Specialized Tarmac?
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Is this a counterfeit Specialized Tarmac?

Shimano 6600 (which is what that crank is although it's probably a grey import since it's the wrong logo) is a 2005 model year (well OK, 2005 to about 2009) so why you'd be "upgrading" a 2015 model (if that's what it actually is although I doubt it, I think your detective work of 2011 is m...
by rareposter
21 Sep 2020, 9:26am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lowest Traffic Route?
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Lowest Traffic Route?

I leave it as an exercise for anybody from around this part of Yorkshire to wonder what "very busy sections" might mean. Or maybe sheep and cows contribute to the busy-ness of a route? Quite apart from whether it's actually navigable on a bike, I think it's not, but it seems I'm a bit of ...
by rareposter
17 Sep 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: And I’m off!
Replies: 61
Views: 2171

Re: And I’m off!

Great stuff, I've really enjoyed reading about your travels, right from the early posts asking for route advice to now.
Congratulations on a great ride and for the daily updates.

Have a safe trip home! :-)