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by Si
19 Sep 2018, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: High end steel frames: are they worth it?
Replies: 42
Views: 6457

Re: High end steel frames: are they worth it?

Ten years on...blimey. My quality British built steel frame is still going strong, although these days is more likely to be taken on out vintage rides.... https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37629968_10156320481006648_321573319667089408_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=470d5ff0c282debd397b617d3e7fe8...
by Si
19 Sep 2018, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 28
Views: 851

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

Have to say that I get the opposite - I can't wait to get out and express my improved stamina and speed on the local routes - problem is that the bike is normally having post-tour revival surgery!
by Si
18 Sep 2018, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham canals at night
Replies: 32
Views: 900

Re: Birmingham canals at night

It doesn't make much difference whether it is day or night if you ride through the Netherton Tunnel! :twisted: You'd think so wouldn't you, but when you get to the bits where the there are ducts going straight upwards it's very different, assuming it's an uncloudy night. It's really weird seeing a ...
by Si
17 Sep 2018, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]

Excellent video! :D
by Si
17 Sep 2018, 1:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: OS bagging
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: OS bagging

yep, IIRC it was the church but it was a very long time ago.
by Si
17 Sep 2018, 1:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham canals at night
Replies: 32
Views: 900

Re: Birmingham canals at night

Noticed them resurfacing another section of the Birmingham-Wolverhampton mainline tow path last week...the bit opposite what was probably the worst section when I did it in the summer...at this rate the good paths at either end may one day join up.
by Si
17 Sep 2018, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gone back to upright for commuting...
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Gone back to upright for commuting...

I used to commute on a Fred Williams Light Weight Special. Until it started falling apart on all the rubbish roads and paths. Now use a heavy Rayleigh hybred. Commuting is not longer a sprint, it's a slog...but at least the bike mostly stays in one piece.
by Si
17 Sep 2018, 11:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: OS bagging
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: OS bagging

St Mary's Church, Stoke Bruerne.


Funnily enough, the story that I related up thread about having to do transects down country lanes was just down the road from there: Grafton Regis. Go find the bench mark there!
by Si
14 Sep 2018, 1:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bored with commuter bike - considering alternatives.
Replies: 25
Views: 793

Re: Bored with commuter bike - considering alternatives.

I tend to just change my route in every now and then to keep things interesting. My commuter bike gets such a rough life that I probably wouldn't want to expose any of my other bikes to that treatment!
by Si
14 Sep 2018, 1:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: When a younger guy challenges you at the lights ...
Replies: 38
Views: 1417

Re: When a younger guy challenges you at the lights ...

I have to say that I don't think I've ever had any one formally challenge me at the lights, and if they did I'd just laugh at them and continue pootling. But what I do get, which I find really strange, is people that come from some way back, over take you at speed and then 100yds down the road slowd...
by Si
14 Sep 2018, 1:34pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Very nervous 7 Y/O
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: Very nervous 7 Y/O

I echo the comments above about getting them happy scooting with their feet up and without assistance, down a gentle slope, through some cones, etc so they are confident that they can keep the bike upright in a variety of circumstances. Then move onto pedalling....which is a big step to some. Also, ...
by Si
14 Sep 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Tracker bike - Medium - Frame c.22"
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Tracker bike - Medium - Frame c.22"

You should advertise is as a "retro gravel bike" and ask £1000 for it ;-)

By-eck though...that takes me back....sneaking into building sites to do jumps on your tracker and crashing when your flares got caught in the chain.
by Si
14 Sep 2018, 1:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Have Van Will Fly.....
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Have Van Will Fly.....

There is another report of this where a witness comes out with the statement something like: "the roundabout comes up on you really fast" - which sort of sums up the problems on the road today, but probably not in the way that the witness meant.
by Si
13 Sep 2018, 7:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: OS bagging
Replies: 46
Views: 1397

Re: OS bagging

They are disappearing because gps is so much easier. Something that you woukd agree with if you'd ever done transects down miles of country lanes with a dumpy level to set a tbm on site.....and then been told to work all the way back to the bench mark only to find it half a metre out :lol: But bench...
by Si
8 Sep 2018, 11:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham canals at night
Replies: 32
Views: 900

Re: Birmingham canals at night

My experience of riding them in the dark, mostly from commuting is: B & F from city centre to Salford Junct (Spaghetti) is generally fine...I've never had an incident with muggers/drunks/etc although I did hear of one incident right in the city city itself earlier this year. From spaghetti going...