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by xjs
29 Sep 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 38
Views: 1039

Re: Best route through London South to North

I find the main arteries into and out of London are fine - you can cycle quite happily in wide bus lanes. It's nice from Westerham up past Shirley / Crystal Palace / Dulwich / Kennington / Westminster if you wanted to go a bit east of Brighton-to-London. And if you don't mind a bit of a detour once ...
by xjs
22 Apr 2020, 11:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Longer Distances
Replies: 50
Views: 2155

Re: Cycling Longer Distances

What do people do about calls of nature on longer rides? I've been enjoying slightly longer rides around SE London/North Downs of late (pre-lockdown only really cycled to work, shops or pub), but there comes a point after a couple of hours when I need a wee.... am I drinking too much? No, if you're...
by xjs
22 Apr 2020, 11:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Longer Distances
Replies: 50
Views: 2155

Re: Cycling Longer Distances

What do people do about calls of nature on longer rides? I've been enjoying slightly longer rides around SE London/North Downs of late (pre-lockdown only really cycled to work, shops or pub), but there comes a point after a couple of hours when I need a wee.... am I drinking too much?
by xjs
17 Apr 2020, 10:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists killed during 'lockdown'
Replies: 42
Views: 2154

Re: Cyclists killed during 'lockdown'

Speaking of novice cyclists, on a ride the other day, on a country road near me (very edge of south London), I passed a car following two boys (probably age 8 and 12) on bikes. Judging by the way the boys were communicating with the driver, it was their mum, supervising their ride at probably 10mph ...
by xjs
2 Dec 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Knee Pain
Replies: 64
Views: 3203

Re: Knee Pain

This book (recommended elsewhere on these pages - thanks to whoever made it known) is great: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sports-Injuries-A-Self-help-guide-by-Vivian-Grisogono-Paperback-Book-The-Cheap/301818828841?epid=88281763&hash=item4645cdd829:g:i~cAAOSwWktdz~HA Has lots of exercises for the k...
by xjs
22 Nov 2019, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Glove Recommendations Please
Replies: 47
Views: 3300

Re: Winter Glove Recommendations Please

Oldjohnw wrote:I use these for both hill walking and cycling. Work several degrees below zero.


https://www.alpkit.com/products/gabbro- ... nter-glove


Ooh, they look great. What are they like for gear-changes (I have trigger shifters)?
by xjs
19 Nov 2019, 10:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uber car - software problem
Replies: 40
Views: 2480

Re: Uber car - software problem

It's been stated by the US National Transportation Safety Board. eg: https://eu.azcentral.com/story/money/business/tech/2019/11/06/new-details-emerge-fatal-tempe-self-driving-uber-crash-pedestrian-elaine-herzberg/2508011001/ Cheers, that's quite interesting and far more detailed than the previous i...
by xjs
21 Oct 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Road cycling routes from London (South) + finding House to hire

Hi Dries.

Sevenoaks could be good - lots of beautiful countryside nearby full of weekend cyclists, and trains into London.

Or the Whitstable area is nice, if you fancy being further away but by the sea. Also on a train line to London.
by xjs
17 Oct 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SMIDSY vs SMIFY
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: SMIDSY vs SMIFY

Interesting, thanks for the link. Is there also maybe an element of the brain looking only for car-shaped things, so "car" = I can't go, "not car" = I can go? I drive then cycle through the London rush hour every weekday morning and I know how easy it is to miss someone on two wh...
by xjs
3 Apr 2019, 2:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 232
Views: 34977

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Mini drivers. The new Minis, that is.

Feels like Audi drivers are improving, in London at least.

And yes, private hire Priuses... too busy looking at their Uber app, no doubt. London's black cabbies are aggressive, but at least they seem to be aware of what's going on around them.
by xjs
17 Jul 2018, 12:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Peroneal tendinopathy
Replies: 55
Views: 3798

Re: Achilles Tendinitis

Hi, Hi Natural Ankling I tried my Theraband exercise last night for the first time and hey presto my ankle is worse this morning :x . I wouldn't mind trying something that doesn't help, but it's actively making me worse again! But I guess I have to keep doing it a bit longer before I give up. IT DO...
by xjs
29 Jun 2018, 12:13pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Peroneal tendinopathy
Replies: 55
Views: 3798

Re: Achilles Tendinitis

What shoes do you wear for the dancing? Could they be damaging your ankles?

And what others have said - maybe you've been pushing too big a gear on the bike...
by xjs
16 May 2018, 2:26pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Old Skool
Replies: 44
Views: 2592

Re: Old Skool

Yeah, I've noticed it amongst commuters in London. Most people on the hire bikes are not helmeted, and there do seem to be more of the "usual" commuters sans casque. At a traffic light yesterday evening, four or five out of twenty or so riders had no helmet on.
by xjs
4 May 2018, 12:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 8.5 mile commute for a beginner cyclist?
Replies: 19
Views: 4053

Re: 8.5 mile commute for a beginner cyclist?

Get the best tyres you can - any deflationary incidents will be highly annoying. I can heartily recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus and Specialized Armadillos. You'll probably need water to drink on hotter days.
by xjs
9 Mar 2018, 10:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: cycling clubs on the streets of London this morning
Replies: 4
Views: 1317

Re: cycling clubs on the streets of London this morning

Maybe, maybe... but I think I found it... http://clubpeloton.org/mipim/

the guys who overtook me were in RCC gear, might have been a coincidence... http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/rcc