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by toontra
11 Jul 2021, 7:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 5 day LEJOG
Replies: 22
Views: 912

Re: 5 day LEJOG

Day 4 - presumably there's a reason to go via Lanark (accommodation) as there's a more direct route from Abingdon to Carnworth.

Interestingly I was on this route as part of a London-Aberdeen ride a couple of weeks ago. At 5.30 in the morning I was overtaken by a rider in full race gear (the only moving thing I'd seen since 3am) and was surprised there wasn't the usual friendly "hi", explained shortly after when a support car with hazard lights on and 2 spare bikes on the roof came past! Clearly a record attempt.

Good luck with your ride. I did a 5-day LEJoG a few years ago, solo unsupported. Great fun and very memorable. There's a blog somewhere on the internet. It all depends on the weather whether it's going to be easy or hard :lol:
by toontra
30 Jun 2021, 10:26am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: AA for cycling
Replies: 14
Views: 1031

Re: AA for cycling

I've been with ETA for many years and (fortunately) never needed to call.
Price for my recent renewal was £18 with no-claims bonus.
As I ride in pretty remote areas and high mileages, it is for peace of mind as much as anything.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G973F using hovercraft full of eels.

by toontra
22 Jun 2021, 7:18pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Paper versus GPS
Replies: 75
Views: 2603

Re: Paper versus GPS

matt2matt2002 wrote: 22 Jun 2021, 6:54pm Good banter and comments here.

Just about to buy a Wahoo elemnt.
Any thoughts?
Personally I'd go for the new Bolt (v2). I used the v1 for several years and found it excellent, but I'm really liking the colour screen, the re-routing and auto backlight. The route chevron is also easier to follow. It has all the features of the Roam and a few extra but at a lower price. Only difference is the screen size but in practice it's fine for my (not perfect by any means) eyes.

As an extra I find the colour data fields for power and HR useful while training.
by toontra
21 Jun 2021, 10:14am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Paper versus GPS
Replies: 75
Views: 2603

Re: Paper versus GPS

Enigmadick wrote: 20 Jun 2021, 6:52pm Struggling to understand what could be easier than this?

I'm sure someone will tell me though.
I tend to agree. If you can see the data fields (MPH, distance, etc) on the Elemnt then I'm not sure why directions should be an issue. If you are using a pre-planned route then you get a warning bleep to notify you of a manoeuvre in advance, plus the visual instruction and very clear chevron route line. The top LEDs even show you the direction - left/right/straight. You can zoom into the map if seeing the route is a problem. You even get a very loud bleep and flashing LEDs if you go off route. Impossible to miss IMO.

My eyesight isn't great but I've navigated many thousands of miles using the Bolt with pre-planned routes and found it fantastically useful. You don't need a map as such, or even details of your chosen route. All you need to know is when to turn, and the Wahoos do that very well. The idea of going back to paper maps fills me with dread!
by toontra
20 Jun 2021, 5:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Scotland to England
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Scotland to England

matt2matt2002 wrote: 20 Jun 2021, 2:40pm
toontra wrote: 20 Jun 2021, 10:27am Just a note of caution if you haven't used it before. Having ridden the B7076 many times as part of LEJoG's and other events, it's usually amongst my least favourite sections. Theoretically it should be fine - wide roads, light traffic, even bike lanes for long parts.

The problems are road surface - very long stretches of partially delaminated tarmac make for very bumpy and tiring riding. Also monotony - it's a really boring road. Very little to see, particularly on the southern section. Also you are running in parallel with, and at times right alongside, a motorway so you have the constant drone of heavy traffic.

Combined, these factors don't make for a pleasant ride IMO. The problem is there aren't really any alternatives, so I will be on the B7076 going north next Saturday as part of my annual London-Aberdeen pilgrimage :|
Aberdeen lad here, looking to ride to London. Do you have any gpx routed to share?
Sure. Will PM you.
by toontra
20 Jun 2021, 10:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Scotland to England
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Scotland to England

Just a note of caution if you haven't used it before. Having ridden the B7076 many times as part of LEJoG's and other events, it's usually amongst my least favourite sections. Theoretically it should be fine - wide roads, light traffic, even bike lanes for long parts.

The problems are road surface - very long stretches of partially delaminated tarmac make for very bumpy and tiring riding. Also monotony - it's a really boring road. Very little to see, particularly on the southern section. Also you are running in parallel with, and at times right alongside, a motorway so you have the constant drone of heavy traffic.

Combined, these factors don't make for a pleasant ride IMO. The problem is there aren't really any alternatives, so I will be on the B7076 going north next Saturday as part of my annual London-Aberdeen pilgrimage :|
by toontra
15 Jun 2021, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clank every pedal rotation?
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Clank every pedal rotation?

gregoryoftours wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 8:56pm Does it make the clank in small ring regardless of which sprocket you're on at the back? Check for damaged teeth on small ring, chainring bolts for small ring amongst other stuff.
Yes - all cassette cogs on the small ring, although I tend to push harder on the lower rings (bigger cogs) so that may have some bearing.

I've taken the crankset off, cleaned and greased everything and tightened the chainring bolts. Will test tomorrow.
by toontra
15 Jun 2021, 9:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clank every pedal rotation?
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Clank every pedal rotation?

PT1029 wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 7:53pm If only on the small ring, might only "clank" due to pushing harder(?) ....
.... or the protruding end of the gear cable catches on the RH crank (or LH crank if a top swing F mech).

Previous "BB/chainset" noises have included laces knocking on toe clips, jacket draw string draw cord ends dangling on top tube, so quite a few options to investigate!
No, as I say I've ruled out all types of "stuff hitting other stuff"-type noises. Whatever it is it's not visible.
by toontra
15 Jun 2021, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clank every pedal rotation?
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Clank every pedal rotation?

Trying to narrow down an annoyance. Once every pedal rotation there is quite a loud clanking noise, BUT only when in the small ring (compact 50-34). Louder the heavier the load.

It's a BBright pressfit bottom bracket (Cervelo S2) with Sram Force 22 crankset. As it's synced to the pedal rotation I assume that it's the bottom bracket bearings or the crankset, but can't understand why it only happens in the small ring (irrespective of load on either ring).

Nothing as simple as components hitting each other unfortunately ;)

Any suggestions much appreciated.
by toontra
15 Jun 2021, 12:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Apple Macbook pro failures.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: More Apple Macbook pro failures.

In general terms, from 2012 onwards Apple have made MacBooks almost impossible to repair or upgrade by the end user. That's why I've stuck with the 2012 model for so long and why I was able to repair the data cable (which would have cost a fortune via Apple), easily replace the battery and upgrade the RAM and hard drive at sensible costs.

The M2 coming will tempt me on processor power alone, along with the promised the extra ports, but I'm not happy about not having the ability to repair or upgrade MY machine myself.
by toontra
13 Jun 2021, 8:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Apple Macbook pro failures.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: More Apple Macbook pro failures.

[XAP]Bob wrote: 13 Jun 2021, 8:01pm Four thunderbolt ports not enough for you?

How do you intend to saturate 160Gig of full duplex connectivity?
Capacity isn't the issue. I want HDMI and USB ports, not "thunderbolt". I don't want to be forced into using Apple's proprietary cabling. I assume I'm not alone or they wouldn't be doing this. Magsafe also making a welcome return. They are obviously listening to what their customers want for a change, not what they think they want (and forcing them into buying over-priced accessories).
by toontra
13 Jun 2021, 5:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Apple Macbook pro failures.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: More Apple Macbook pro failures.

Just had my mid-2012 Macbook Pro (the last one you could actually get inside of and do stuff - bought and kept for that precise reason) fail.

Diagnosing the problem was difficult. Took the SSD out and tested in another machine - fried. So I thought that was the problem. Installed a cloned backup - machine still wouldn't boot :?

Turns out the data cable (from SSD to motherboard) had shorted out and taken the SSD down with it. It's a known problem with the mid-2012 MBP's apparently and a regular fail.

New cable bought off Fleabay for a tenner - back up and running.

I'm not buying another Macbook until they put some bloody ports in the thing and a decent amount of disc capacity/RAM (both coming in the next M2 release apparently).
by toontra
11 Jun 2021, 10:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Samye Ling / Eskdalmuir
Replies: 57
Views: 3818

Re: Samye Ling / Eskdalmuir

Jdsk wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 6:57pm "Petition to Create Exclusion Zones"
https://www.samyeling.org/news/petition-to/

Jonathan
Thanks - signed.
by toontra
10 Jun 2021, 7:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

Personally I use the A4 as I want to travel in a timely way, but each to their own.

The problem with many/most tarmac cycle paths is that they are laid so badly you end up bouncing in the saddle when going at any speed. It's clear that the specification when levelling bike paths is a lot less rigorous than that for "proper" roads

I tend to agree with Zulu 11- dirt tracks are often preferable.
by toontra
8 Jun 2021, 8:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Samye Ling / Eskdalmuir
Replies: 57
Views: 3818

Re: Samye Ling / Eskdalmuir

Thanks! I hope that the comments the council received for the first application are transferred to the revised one(s). Developers are notorious for withdrawing and then submitting slightly revised applications in the hope that objectors won't notice (or be bothered to write in again).