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by Tom_B
30 Sep 2020, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Perimeter of Wales.
Replies: 18
Views: 782

Re: Perimeter of Wales.

As pwa states, the desirability of coastal roads for cycling varies greatly. We have a static near Tywyn and Ride often in the area. The roads there run to extremes: - from the Dyfi bridge at Machynlleth to Aberdyfi is either fast but narrow or windy and narrow. It is the kind of A-road where driver...
by Tom_B
25 Aug 2020, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rivendell Reader archive available online
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Rivendell Reader archive available online

Thank you for posting this link! To echo PH, Grant Petersen’s book is a fine - and easy - read.

I wonder if we will ever see a full online version of the "Lauterbrunnental Leaflet"?
by Tom_B
6 Jul 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this style of Low rider safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 1040

Re: Is this style of Low rider safe?

I’d feel a lot happier and less concerned if they had a stabilising and reinforcing loop/hoop over the wheel Yes to this, from personal experience. I began my first long tour - over 5 months - with this style of lowrider. After 6-7 weeks the joints of the rack close to the fork were starting to cra...
by Tom_B
7 Jun 2020, 12:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum
Replies: 36
Views: 1902

Re: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum

What RobinS says. In rural and small-town France, I was never concerned. sightseeing at larger places, I would either ask at a cafe etc or leave large bags at a campsite and ride light to the attractions.
by Tom_B
25 Jan 2020, 10:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Yorkshire side

Rode it from Uppermill on a wet Saturday in 2018, as far as Fairfield (transferred to Fallowfield Loop for ride home to S Mancs). Mainly ok - some bumpy bits beside locks and some muddy bits where there’s overhanging trees and no gravel. Westwards from Stalybridge there was a lot of dog poo to dodge...
by Tom_B
19 Aug 2019, 2:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Recycling Myth?
Replies: 73
Views: 2850

Re: The Recycling Myth?

they seem to me to be ideal candidates for the re-use element of the three R's. Don't throw them away, find someone who can use them.


Indeed - a quick google throws up a number of possibilities
by Tom_B
17 Aug 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books
Replies: 47
Views: 1481

Re: 50 books to read before you...Favourite Classic books

You’re doing pretty well, Freddie! Re Dante - you might be better trying a modern translation, tho this will cost you unless you go to a library. A quick search online will give an idea of what is available. From what you say, I think this collection has been put together to avoid copyright issues a...
by Tom_B
15 Aug 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3377

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

THis thread is a helpful discussion of economic principles but... what is the relevance of the word ‘German’?
by Tom_B
31 Jul 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail
Replies: 8
Views: 1849

Re: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail

Some good advice above. From MIA to the TPT is mostly asphalt, much of it on shared-use off-road cycle paths. A fair bit of the section along the river to Stockport (SK) is also now asphalted. As others have said, be ready to get confused with signage and alternative routes. If you have GPS, I imagi...
by Tom_B
31 May 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 293
Views: 9843

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

Evidence-based medicine" ought to be an oxymoron. But it isn't.


Do you mean ‘tautology’, rather than ‘oxymoron’?
by Tom_B
18 Mar 2019, 12:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution
Replies: 25
Views: 4384

Re: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution

Thirdcrank said: “This is one of the reasons I value accuracy. For some years there was an urban myth that through his gofer Paul Boateng - who I see is now Baron Boateng (of Brent?) - Blunkett had told the police not to enforce this Victorian legislation which he had just resuscitated” ‘Urban myth’...
by Tom_B
25 Sep 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark
Replies: 177
Views: 15172

Re: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark

I presume that its roots are similar to ours with a heavy burden of proof on the prosecution. In England, I think four independent defence witnesses saying that the deceased was hard to see would sink a prosecution.


It is an inquest, not a prosecution
by Tom_B
9 Sep 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?
Replies: 37
Views: 2289

Re: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?

We’ve had Scottish island holidays with our bikes for 5 years on the run now. The journey to Aberdeen ferry port from Manchester is especially smooth - train from Mcr mid-morning, change at Haymarket with just a few steps across the platform, then arrive in ABD in plenty of time for overnight ferry ...
by Tom_B
22 Dec 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: MTB rider killed by hunter in Alps, France
Replies: 18
Views: 1815

Re: Hunting Season in France

Have had several encounters with hunters during autumn tours on the continent. The only one that felt even mildly dangerous was wild camping by a vineyard in the Rhône valley. Just got the tent down when I heard the crack of gunfire in the next field, maybe 200m away behind a thick hedge. As a preca...
by Tom_B
23 Oct 2017, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: D Tek still in business?
Replies: 40
Views: 6954

Re: D Tek still in business?

"It's better if you use the bandwidth for data than one person at a time, though. If you call and get no answer or a recorded message, what do you conclude?" 'Yes, probably' to the first sentence. There are several reasonable conclusions to the second. I once visited on spec and found him ...