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by rareposter
6 Jul 2020, 7:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 259
Views: 3908

Re: Antisocial cyclists

I've long since given up caring and the idea of 17 pages of comment about it baffles me. I'll try and acknowledge/wave/nod at most people but there are times when it's difficult; it depends on traffic, weather, the road layout, if I'm in a group, if I'm cruising along the flat vs fast descending or ...
by rareposter
11 Jun 2020, 5:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bike upgrade for LEJOG
Replies: 22
Views: 749

Re: Bike upgrade for LEJOG

Looking at the route; is there already a route that has been created using mainly dedicated cycle routes and a few quiet roads or will I need to create one from scratch? I plan to complete it over roughly 14 days. There's an almost infinite variety of routes out there, the main challenge is not so ...
by rareposter
10 Jun 2020, 10:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bike upgrade for LEJOG
Replies: 22
Views: 749

Re: Bike upgrade for LEJOG

I think you're approaching it from the wrong end. Start off with what type of ride you're doing... Self supported, guided, carrying luggage, camping, B&B...? Over how many days? What route, will it be pure road or will it include tiny gravel-strewn country lanes, towpaths, off-road cycle tracks ...
by rareposter
4 Jun 2020, 7:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: New Bike question
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: New Bike question

Putting two and two together, from a post on the Deloitte Ride Across Britain facebook page, the OP is talking about that event so 9 days, unladen, no accommodation/luggage worries. Oh and it's not a race, it's a ride. The Secteur is a long-discontinued model, it was the cheaper aluminium version of...
by rareposter
24 May 2020, 12:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Working towards a LeJoG in September
Replies: 30
Views: 1992

Re: Working towards a LeJoG in September

So high winds...yesterday opted to stay in, looked way too blowy. Is there a consensus on the speed of winds considered to be dangerous? Not worried about the difficulty as happy to just do a shorter run if it's harder... Depends on the bike (especially the wheels) and the terrain. Trundling along ...
by rareposter
6 Apr 2020, 7:07pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route
Replies: 16
Views: 1312

Re: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route

I've been riding Middlewood Way regularly as a means of getting out and about, it's fully open Macclesfield to Marple and it's all do-able on any road bike (although it can get muddy after rain). I assume that'll still be the case for your rescheduled September trip but if you need to know, post on ...
by rareposter
3 Apr 2020, 9:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 100
Views: 33212

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

The 2020 event has just been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
by rareposter
30 Mar 2020, 9:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3124

Re: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?

Agree with what Chris Ince said ^^. Government guidelines are very clear: essential journeys - like going to get food and medicine - as infrequently as possible going to work if you are a key worker ONE form of exercise per day - a walk/run/cycle in your local area for urgent medical needs Sadly, go...
by rareposter
21 Mar 2020, 9:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3124

Re: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?

I'd suggest a lejogle with a large cargo trailer full of food, a small tent and a kindle and take the slowest most contorted route possible, missing every population hub possible and you might find that it's all blown over..... Or no one is left... ! Cheers James Highlands is turning away dozens of...
by rareposter
20 Mar 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3124

Re: Does the Covid-19 virus outbreak make LeJoG too risky ?

Call it off. Almost certain that all the accommodation will be closed, most of the cafes and restaurants closed and there's a risk that picking up supplies from supermarkets is just a bunfight. Train companies are moving to an emergency (ie very reduced) timetable over the course of the next couple ...
by rareposter
8 Mar 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?
Replies: 64
Views: 2851

Re: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?

We have all seen how bad the roads have become in recent years, and heard the same tired excuse trotted out by the authorities: "it's the severe winters fault" Except our winter haven't been anywhere as cold as they used to be on the whole. We used to get weeks and weeks of freezing tempe...
by rareposter
7 Mar 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?
Replies: 64
Views: 2851

Re: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?

The rails are a bit further apart on curves I think, does a millimeter or two matter? George Stephenson discovered, when building the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in the late 1820's, that having an extra 1/2 inch on curves reduced binding. 4ft 8.5 inches plus that extra on curves. Only used o...
by rareposter
5 Mar 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?
Replies: 64
Views: 2851

Re: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?

Might be easier to dig into the ground to lower the tracks That generally results in the track flooding in wet weather. UK rail, mostly because it's some of the oldest rail in the world, was never designed or built for modern freight. The ever-reliable Wikipedia has some good info on freight gauges...
by rareposter
1 Mar 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared Space Debate
Replies: 60
Views: 1942

Re: Shared Space Debate

One thing I've learned from this thread is that no two people agree on what "shared space" means! :lol: Oh it's easy. To a driver, Shared Space means "everyone get out of my way, might is right, let me through!" To a pedestrian or cyclist, it means "am I allowed here? There...
by rareposter
28 Feb 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?
Replies: 64
Views: 2851

Re: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?

Excellent suggestion. Have never been able to understand why we don't encourage greater freight distribution by rail rather than by road. Several big road schemes in North Wales are only designed to speed heavy vehicles to the coastal ports. Much of this should be ferried by rail,rather than destro...