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by st599_uk
20 Jan 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 37
Views: 1429

Re: King Alfred's Way

If CUK are going to create a guide to the route (or a website about the route), would it be possible to liaise with local hire companies and list firms which will hire out suitable bikes for parts or the whole of the route? For example, would loan you a bike in location X and allow you to drop off i...
by st599_uk
20 Jan 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: WW1 cycling route?

I have a book called "Riding the Routes of the Great War : In Northern France and Belgium, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Aisne, Edition en anglais" which is published by Editions Ouest France. Has some great routes, full colour maps and route descriptions, plus some good descriptions of what...
by st599_uk
17 Jan 2020, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Derailleur/Shifter Compatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Shimano Derailleur/Shifter Compatibility

Hi Friend of mine has asked for advice as he has a broken shifter on his bike. He took it to the shop and was quoted £162 for a new shifter, cables and brake pads. Which seems steep as I'm not sure the bike's worth that. Anyway, I've fixed all the other ailments (after forcing him to clean it), but ...
by st599_uk
8 Jan 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

The west side of the island is marked on sailing almanacs as a "wind acceleration zone" for the common trade winds. North, East and South may be the best riding conditions.
by st599_uk
6 Jan 2020, 8:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surrey County Council survey
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Surrey County Council survey

I think I'm not in the target demographic .. Certainly in the other sport I do, it's the one-off specials that get people attending. What is the target demographic? What is your other sport? People who do long rides for exercise, rather than to explore new locations. I do a lot of work in sailing, ...
by st599_uk
5 Jan 2020, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surrey County Council survey
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Surrey County Council survey

I think I'm not in the target demographic, I'd rather ride along the Thames to the German bier garden and have a küchen. But, most of the sport governing bodies are reporting a move in participation from regular "club" participation to a more diverse range of one-off experiences. Certainly...
by st599_uk
5 Jan 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legality of using phone while cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 930

Re: Legality of using phone while cycling

I once got pulled over in Germany for cycling very carefully back from a bier garden. He didn't care about the drinking as "it was only beer", nor the young lady who was side saddle on the top tube, nor the fact I was on the correct side of the road (with all the cars on the wrong side). H...
by st599_uk
4 Jan 2020, 5:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surrey County Council survey
Replies: 22
Views: 905

Re: Surrey County Council survey

Even on the wide roads they use, they've had issues with people going off in to trees.
by st599_uk
4 Jan 2020, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legality of using phone while cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 930

Re: Legality of using phone while cycling

You don't get points on a licence in Germany, you get assigned points to the Person. So UK drivers/riders will get Flensburg System Points, but not UK licence points.

Anyone with too many points is ineligible to hold a licence.
by st599_uk
20 Dec 2019, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleats shoes pedals where to start ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1797

Re: Cleats shoes pedals where to start ?

I have a pair of Shimano single sided SPD pedals - flat one side, cleats the other. Can ride to the shops in trainers or use proper SPD shoes for longer distances. The Shimano Click'r pedals are easy to get your foot off, but I've never come off accidentally. I use some PlanetX mountain bike shoes a...
by st599_uk
13 Dec 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+

I have a Navman Bike 1000 which uses similar maps, and it works well. Does turn by turn navigation from GPX files, uses OSM mapping, and is generally quite good. Layout looks similar to the Blaupunkt. if the Blaupunkt can download UK maps, and does what you need, then it's probably OK It does need a...
by st599_uk
12 Dec 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Blaupunkt BikePilot 2+

Looks nice, my only concern would be the advertising blurb in German says it contains maps for 13 countries. Do you know which?
by st599_uk
10 Dec 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 617
Views: 347642

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Manc33 wrote:Maybe there's a market for special bolts where you get a unique shaped "allen" key with them.


All of my German friends use these:
https://hexlox.com/

Not sure if they've made it to our shores yet. Although it didn't stop thieves stealing my friend's wicker shopping panniers.
by st599_uk
6 Dec 2019, 9:26am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: FDX Sports cycling clothes
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: FDX Sports cycling clothes

Bought a set of shorts. Will report back.
by st599_uk
3 Dec 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: This is Audax
Replies: 50
Views: 2316

Re: This is Audax

What's the atmosphere like? Following a serious illness, I'm using my bike to regain strength and conditioning. I'm never going to be super-fit but on my good days can ride at a reasonable speed, but do need to take breaks every 90-120 mins I'd quite like to do some next year, probably starting at 5...