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by bigphil
28 Sep 2012, 10:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why do they do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 17601

Re: Why do they do it?

I seem to have stirred up a real hornets nest here. Some clearly lack experience of travelling in different parts of the UK and can only see things from their own narrow perspective of travelling in already congested areas. Living on an island with limited ferries seems to be understandably beyond ...
by bigphil
20 Dec 2011, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone here suffer from Raynaud's syndrome?
Replies: 21
Views: 3770

Re: Does anyone here suffer from Raynaud's syndrome?

I am self diagnosed with Raynaud's. I just about manage - except on the coldest days. Some tips not yet in this thread: Try Glove liners under your two pairs of mits Try really hard not to let your hands get cold in the first place. Once the blood goes it's very hard to get it back. Therefore put yo...
by bigphil
13 Jul 2011, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oxon local knowledge please! Bridleway Dorchester-Cowley
Replies: 9
Views: 1557

Re: Oxon local knowledge please! Bridleway Dorchester-Cowley

I'm sure I did it, or parts of it, in the dim and distant past, and on a tourer, but precisely which nettle-befouled, hard and lumpy, or sticky mud track it was I can no longer remember. It will be Oxfordshire clay, and good tracks are pretty rare running over Oxfordshire clay, lumpy when dry, stic...
by bigphil
1 Jul 2011, 2:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reducing campsite fees
Replies: 24
Views: 2433

Re: Reducing campsite fees

The New Forest camp sites offer 'backpacker rates' which are substantially cheaper when you turn up on foot or bike other than in a car. :D
by bigphil
28 Jun 2011, 9:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bruges to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Bruges
Replies: 19
Views: 9340

Re: Bruges to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Bruges

This may help in getting you there. Ferry Harwich to the Hoek van Holland with integrated rail tickets for both sides

http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/rail-and-sail/holland/
by bigphil
24 Jun 2011, 12:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I get the impression...
Replies: 53
Views: 2976

Re: I get the impression...

...most people on bikes are self-righteous, self-important, braindead hicks, with no regard or respect for other road users. Judging by the number of channels on YouTube with cycle commuting videos of "bad" or "dangerous" driving, most of which are provoked by stupid use of the ...
by bigphil
3 Jun 2011, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bit of a dilemma, your thoughts invited.
Replies: 43
Views: 3541

Re: Bit of a dilema, your thoughts invited.

Do you not chat to your neighbours? +1 - Speak to your neighbours. Perhaps mention that you can't help noticing their interest in bikes and share your enthusiasm with them. Perhaps mention that you noticed they had a lot of bikes and that you were interested in the possibility of buying one - see h...
by bigphil
25 Apr 2011, 1:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: So a friend is being blocked by cyclists....
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: So a friend is being blocked by cyclists....

So your friend drives and gets stuck in traffic?

Tell her to be patient and respectful of other road users, even if she feels that they are not being respectful of her. Simple.
by bigphil
11 Apr 2011, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Cyclists
Replies: 65
Views: 4915

Re: Dangerous Cyclists

I suggest the OP gets himself a cheap video camera and posts the results on Youtube. Shouldn't cost more than a few gallons of petrol. I try to get out on Sunday group rides as often as possible and I don't recognise the described situation at all. Mind you, we don't wear tight Lycra and hence prob...
by bigphil
11 Apr 2011, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Cyclists
Replies: 65
Views: 4915

Re: Dangerous Cyclists

Turbo 10 How often and how long is it that you are stuck in and causing traffic jams when driving? What percentage of the delays you experience are caused by the traffic being cyclists? Why do you seemly object to sharing the road with bikes but are happy to be stuck in motorised and be the cause of...
by bigphil
6 Apr 2011, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling banned in Cycle Town Woking
Replies: 30
Views: 21041

Re: Cycling banned in Cycle Town Woking

This story have been picked up by the Guardian cycling blog

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/b ... sabilities
by bigphil
21 Mar 2011, 12:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging Sat Nav When Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 3161

Re: Charging Sat Nav When Camping

I've not tried this but I'm looking to buy one of these, a dual charger: http://www.batteryvault.co.uk/extreme-500-dual-aaaaa-battery--gadget-charger-199-p.asp With this you can charge AA and AAA batteries from the mains - via usb type cable. The really useful feature is that you can also discharge ...
by bigphil
24 Jan 2011, 2:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap but not rubbish track pump
Replies: 13
Views: 1137

Re: Cheap but not rubbish track pump

I got one from Lidel, or Aldi during bike week(I get the two confused). It cost £6 and has so far given over 18 months of service. I'd recommend it. In fact my Aldi pump replaces my last track pump which cost £20 - which was always a bit rubbish until it broke!
by bigphil
25 Oct 2010, 1:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: dangers of 2 abreast riding!!
Replies: 113
Views: 6045

Re: dangers of 2 abreast riding!!

Forgive me if I've got this wrong as I've just scanned the thread, but in summary...

The driver one of the widest cars there is comes on line to complain that other road users are taking up too much road space?