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by andy_l
8 Feb 2021, 12:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend a cycle camera ( update : Garmin VIRB 30 ultra FAILED )
Replies: 49
Views: 2654

Re: Recommend a cycle camera ( update : Garmin VIRB 30 ultra FAILED )

Re: Akaso Brave 4: I bought one last September, partly because it was mentioned here. You get a lot of 'stuff' for £50 or so, the picture is not bad and image stabilisation is good. But I've had problems with the accessories - the 'over centre' clasp on the waterproof case comes apart sometimes and ...
by andy_l
10 Apr 2020, 11:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 269
Views: 13190

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Traffic levels in north Bristol are hugely reduced, but I've noticed a scary number of cars being driven by idiots. Quite a few are boy racers, with loud exhausts - you get the feeling they think no-one's watching. I've been working from home, each day after work going for a ride to a quiet supermar...
by andy_l
20 Sep 2017, 11:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 3252

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

I don't believe there is the perfect solution, bu the closest I've found so far is the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 which I've used through two winters. It's a decent material, but more importantly it has the best venting of any jacket I've tried, huge under arm zips, a full width rear vent, two way fron...
by andy_l
10 May 2016, 1:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ..if they need studded snow/ice tyres?
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: ..if they need studded snow/ice tyres?

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Winter commuting, Zermatt

Ski instructor on his way to work... his advice was just to keep the pressures low. But it's a different sort of snow there. No SPDs on those boots.
by andy_l
11 Feb 2016, 12:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliveroo
Replies: 67
Views: 20401

Re: Deliveroo

Monday night about 6pm I watched a Deliveroo cyclist go through red lights at the top of Park Street, dodging the traffic coming from his right along Park Row. He then pootled along the right-hand side of Queens Rd, opposite the Wills Building/Museum etc. No lights, dark clothing...
by andy_l
29 Jan 2016, 1:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow bikes race through the Alps
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: Snow bikes race through the Alps

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Who needs fat tyres? This is a common sight in Zermatt, which is car-free (kind-of).
by andy_l
10 Nov 2015, 1:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: bike agro getting to JOG by rail
Replies: 38
Views: 4290

Re: bike agro getting to JOG by rail

I also ended up phoning ScotRail earlier this year to book spaces and they (real Scottish person!) couldn't have been more helpful. The tickets arrived next day first class. When we arrived for the 06:18 at Wick, the train was late leaving (mechanical problem) so they missed out the Thurso stop to c...
by andy_l
27 Oct 2015, 1:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling: not Hereford, not anywhere?
Replies: 56
Views: 10905

Re: Cycling: not Hereford, not anywhere?

I've just come across this thread which is quite an eye-opener: I did a LEJOG ride with my son in August and Hereford was one of our stops - a great B&B overlooking the river. But Hereford was the only place in the entire journey where we were taken to task by an angry pedestrian for cycling in ...
by andy_l
31 Aug 2015, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple
Replies: 62
Views: 11072

Re: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple

Yes, that's what my current outer ring ((48) looks like now... I'm going from 48/38/28 to 46/34/24 and had thought it would be fairly straightforward. Maybe I should just try going to 48/38/24 as I see someone further up this thread has done. Not sure my Ultegra mech would cope though...
by andy_l
31 Aug 2015, 12:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple
Replies: 62
Views: 11072

Re: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple

A related question - I've just received a set of Spa-branded Zicral chainrings to replace the existing ones on my Spa/Stronglight/XD2/Impact chainset, which currently has a mix of Stronglight and TA rings. However, the new Spa rings have the bolt holes set at 180 degrees from my existing ones i.e. t...
by andy_l
25 Aug 2015, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 11029

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

No problems in general with the CTC-type bag on Easyjet, but I recently had a 'discussion' at Inverness airport, where a ground-handling person claimed that my son's bike wouldn't fit through the oversize-luggage scanner. He was asked to 'just drop the saddle using the lever', but a) the bike is an ...
by andy_l
25 Aug 2015, 12:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accommodation for 7 between Carlisle and Loch lomand
Replies: 4
Views: 4041

Re: Accommodation for 7 between Carlisle and Loch lomand

I don't know if this is in the right place, but it's great: http://www.guesthouse-moffat.com/home. I stayed there recently on my way to Edinburgh, my son has stayed there 3 times. They wash your cycle clothes, there's a secure place for bike storage, with tools, workstand etc.
by andy_l
21 Aug 2015, 7:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Crask Inn is it still open?
Replies: 22
Views: 14042

Re: Crask Inn is it still open?

I called in with my son on our way north to Tongue and enjoyed a fine pint of Yellowhammer bitter at the table outside. The inn is up for sale and has been for a while - the charming lady who runs it was saying that she's been finding it very tiring and needs to 'move on', so she's not taking bookin...
by andy_l
11 Aug 2015, 6:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help! Lejog mechanical, N. Lancs
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: Help! Lejog mechanical, N. Lancs

I think it's beyond that. .. a new off-the-shelf Tiagra road wheel has solved the problem. Personally delivered to Oxenholme station by mrs andy_l. Son will investigate the old wheel when we get back but rim was pretty worn also! Thanks to all for help.