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by bigphil
28 Sep 2012, 10:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why do they do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 17698

Re: Why do they do it?

ambodach wrote: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 comprehension. Road delays caused too often by accidents can be understood but to imagine that someone has to sleep in their car because of an unknown cycle event seems to be beyond comprehension. So far as lorries are concerned their operation is a mystery to most not in that business. However to those who complain about being held up by lorries a bit of advice which I follow myself. If you want a fast and fuss free run to eg Oban follow a lorry going that way. (try Barratlantic) Being held up on your daily commute is not the same as not getting home that day due to the selfish behaviour of several hundred unexpected cyclists. See the letter in the current issue of Cycle. Where this happened is not revealed but there are strange similarities.


You poor thing. I feel your frustration. The next time you plan to leave your island why don't you publish your plans in advance? This way everyone else can make their plans around you.
by bigphil
20 Dec 2011, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone here suffer from Raynaud's syndrome?
Replies: 21
Views: 3935

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 your gloves on before you leave the house, or at least the liners.
Warm your gloves on the radiator for when you go out

My warmest gloves by a long way are a pair of £70 ski gloves.
by bigphil
13 Jul 2011, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oxon local knowledge please! Bridleway Dorchester-Cowley
Replies: 9
Views: 1587

Re: Oxon local knowledge please! Bridleway Dorchester-Cowley

iviehoff wrote: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, sticky when wet.

I liked to visit Nuneham Courtney arboretum when I lived in Oxford, but I have no recollection of finding a good off-road route to get there.


There's a really nice off road route which passes Nuneham manor, which is behind Nuneham Courtnay arboretum. It brings you out on the B4015 so you can cycle from Oxford, through the Baldons and towards Abingdon while avoiding having to cycle the A4074.

It's a bit of a long way around, but it's beautiful and worth exploring. You can actually route your way off road from Nuneham Courtnay to the Culham Science park - but it's not all bridleways, in fact I think you may need to go down private roads to do it. However it makes for a good exploration.
by bigphil
1 Jul 2011, 2:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reducing campsite fees
Replies: 24
Views: 2540

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: 9583

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: 3033

Re: I get the impression...

paulcuthbert wrote:...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 road by cyclists, I'd be right.

What do you think- and how do you ride on the road?


What do I think? I think you made this thread to get a little attention. It seemed your plan worked. Well done!
by bigphil
3 Jun 2011, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bit of a dilemma, your thoughts invited.
Replies: 43
Views: 3634

Re: Bit of a dilema, your thoughts invited.

simon1 wrote: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 how they react.
by bigphil
25 Apr 2011, 1:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: So a friend is being blocked by cyclists....
Replies: 70
Views: 4969

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: 5030

Re: Dangerous Cyclists

gentlegreen wrote: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 probably not worthy of several miles' worth of perving ;)

A for instance today was a posy of 10 to 15 cyclists, all fully clad in skin tight lycra clothes, all on racing style bikes and from what I could see all male's,


I like the notion of a "posy" of lycra-clad cyclists. :mrgreen: :

The biggest mystery to me is where the pleasure is in driving around in cars on a sunny Sunday.


Hello GG - I'll see you in that other forum in a bit!
by bigphil
11 Apr 2011, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Cyclists
Replies: 65
Views: 5030

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 motorised traffic jams?
by bigphil
6 Apr 2011, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling banned in Cycle Town Woking
Replies: 30
Views: 21128

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: 3265

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-5 ... -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 the power in the batteries into USB appliances - such as your phone.

Get yourself a dual USB charger so when you do get access to a plug you can charge both your phone and your reserve battery power supply in one go.
by bigphil
24 Jan 2011, 2:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap but not rubbish track pump
Replies: 13
Views: 1168

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: 6112

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?