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by rickd
13 Feb 2018, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 64
Views: 4984

Re: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?

I think road haulage is an important component of demand for much ferry provision and I can't imagine this is a significant trade route.
by rickd
31 Jan 2018, 11:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 189
Views: 21953

Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Before I took up cyclng I was a walker and most weekends drove up to the peak district to do some walking. My cycling involves much less use of the car - in part because its more hassle and takes away time I could be cycling. However I sometimes use the car to travel to an audax in a new or interest...
by rickd
31 Jan 2018, 12:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A tougher line on speeding?
Replies: 305
Views: 12847

Re: A tougher line on speeding?

A quick google suggests that 1.4 million people attended a speed awareness course in 2017. If the conviction was set at a lower margin it almost certainly follows that the detectors that caught the 1.4 million would have caught additional people - my guess is it would be quite a lot more.
by rickd
25 Jan 2018, 8:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road pricing
Replies: 27
Views: 1731

Re: Road pricing

Yes Nottingham has a workplace parking tax which companies have to pay for each space they provide employees. Between £300 and £400 per space. It is up to the company how much and how they pass onto emplyees. My employer charges 0.75% of salary to park in thier car park which covers about 50% of the...
by rickd
14 Jan 2018, 6:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 91
Views: 4586

Re: What gear range do you use.

I have gone back to a triple on my new bike after having a compact double on my last bike.

Min is 23" max is 121"

I have 30,39 ,50 on the front and 11-34 10 speed cassette
by rickd
14 Jan 2018, 6:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 91
Views: 4586

Re: What gear range do you use.

I have gone back to a tripple on my new bike after having a compact double on my last bike.

Min is 23" max is 121"

I have 30,39 ,50 on the front and 11-34 10 speed cassette
by rickd
14 Jan 2018, 11:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many accessories attached to your bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1395

Re: How many accessories attached to your bike?

Added to the bike after purchase:

Rack
Rack pack
Rear light
GPS / Bike Computer
Bell

Bike came with mudguards

I have two quick release front lights I install when required.
by rickd
22 Dec 2017, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre / rim compatibility?
Replies: 31
Views: 1270

Re: Tyre / rim compatibility?

Thanks for the explanation. I can understand the tyres might be fine with the wider rim but the term "optimised" suggests this is the best size tyre for the rim. Most likely marketing....
by rickd
22 Dec 2017, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre / rim compatibility?
Replies: 31
Views: 1270

Re: Tyre / rim compatibility?

I have been looking at some rims which are H + sons hydra and are 25mm wide and 20 to 21 internal width. According to charts on the net I have found they would be for nothing narrower than 32mm. However they are described as optimised for 25mm to 28mm. Interested to hear views on why this is.
by rickd
24 Nov 2017, 12:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who runs the country?
Replies: 27
Views: 998

Re: Who runs the country?

I think part of the answer is: Just 100 schools, fewer than three per cent of the UK total, account for a third of places at Oxford and Cambridge. Pupils at 200 schools account for almost half of Oxbridge admissions, while the remaining 3,500 schools take up the next half. Researchers found that ove...
by rickd
19 Oct 2017, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Whats a good price for a B&B?
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Whats a good price for a B&B?

Last May two nights at different B&Bs in Lincolnshire both came in at under £40 a night. That involved sharing a twin room. One even gave a discount for arriving by bike. It took a lot of searching to find something at that price and most places seemed to be over £50.
by rickd
3 Oct 2017, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering
Replies: 149
Views: 8591

Re: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering

Brucey wrote:
gloomyandy wrote: In what context are you seeing all of these failed forks?


IBut some of what I see is really very worrying. CF forks fall into the 'worrying' category.

cheers


That is very interesting. In what you see are carbon forks with alloy steerer more prone to failure compared with full carbon?
by rickd
30 Sep 2017, 9:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone with a gravel/adventure bike ?
Replies: 75
Views: 4991

Re: Anyone with a gravel/adventure bike ?

The GT is nice but im thinking something with wider tyres (eyelets also helpful) Same wih the lovely tourer posted above, really want disc brakes for the wet. This is on my radar https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/giant-revolt-2-Q3314084.html?channable=e11508.MTk4NDE1XzM1OTk&colour=3599&gclid=C...
by rickd
30 Sep 2017, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone with a gravel/adventure bike ?
Replies: 75
Views: 4991

Re: Anyone with a gravel/adventure bike ?

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gt-grade-carbon-tiagra-2017-adventure-road-bike/ Doubt you could do much better for an adventure bike for around £1k. I had the alloy version of the Grade until it was stolen last week. You can get the alloy 105 version for under £800 but that carbon model for £1k looks very...
by rickd
3 Apr 2017, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: are there any really bad bikes anymore?
Replies: 41
Views: 2977

Re: are there any really bad bikes anymore?

Someone at work had a cheap mountain bike from Halfords they use for comuting that they said needed replacing. From what he told me I know that he couldn't afford to pay much so I suggested the local bikeworks charity. They sell good roadworthy refurbished bikes and would also be able to provide adv...