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by matt_twam_asi
22 Mar 2021, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sourcing Touring Wheels
Replies: 26
Views: 1629

Touring wheels that don't break the bank?

I'm looking for advice as I know next to nothing about the details of wheel components. The front wheel on my 2009 Ridgeback Voyage has developed a crack in the rim and the rear wheel rim is getting pretty ropey too, so I'm looking for replacement options. I'm interested in either built to order or off the peg.

Have the Shimano RM60 hubs been discontinued now? If so, what are the modern alternatives?
What should I look for in the selection of rims (aside from continuing with 36 holes)?

I know there's a strong preference for Spa Cycles on this forum but are there other recommendations for suppliers of touring wheelsets?
by matt_twam_asi
22 Mar 2021, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the South Downs
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: Crossing the South Downs

mjr wrote:
matt_twam_asi wrote:The Centurion Way is a great way to get into Chichester from top of the downs. The ride from Cranleigh -> Loxwood -> Kirdford -> Lurgashall -> Lodsworth -> Selham -> Bex Lane is almost entirely on quiet, scenic lanes. Then pick up the Centurion Way at West Dean.

But between Bex Lane and Centurion Way is A286 Cocking Hill or is there an avoiding route?


Not really... There's a road from Heyshott to Cocking, but it's not great. AFAIK there's no paved alternative to going up Cocking Hill. The A286 isn't bad for an A road traffic-wise.
[edit] ok, there are alternatives - e.g. the B2141, but I can't speak from experience about coming from the north-west.

There are bridleways that go straight up the north face of the Downs and lead to West Dean but I've never tried any of them.
by matt_twam_asi
22 Mar 2021, 2:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the South Downs
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: Crossing the South Downs

The Centurion Way is a great way to get into Chichester from top of the downs. The ride from Cranleigh -> Loxwood -> Kirdford -> Lurgashall -> Lodsworth -> Selham -> Bex Lane is almost entirely on quiet, scenic lanes. Then pick up the Centurion Way at West Dean.

The Downs Link is almost entirely off road, it's good but a long way east for what you're trying to do.
by matt_twam_asi
4 Jan 2021, 11:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: R or W?
Replies: 62
Views: 1636

Re: R or W?

Tom Scott has a good summary.
by matt_twam_asi
22 Sep 2020, 12:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best iPhone OSM editor?
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Best iPhone OSM editor?

In general I've found that if you are creating a way then a mouse/keyboard is far less prone to errors. I usually log the new feature as a .gpx track and then trace over the track into OSM.

That being said, I've heard some good things about Go Map. I think that may be the only app for iOS that creates ways (if there are any others then they need to be added here).
by matt_twam_asi
30 Jul 2020, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting cycle.travel route planner to follow MY route choice
Replies: 33
Views: 911

Re: cycle.travel route planner

mikeymo wrote:
mjr wrote:
mikeymo wrote:
Which flag in OSM does that?

Ideally, bicycle=yes, permissive or designated, but the routing apps try to infer it from other tags if absent. https://cycle.travel/advice/map/details describes more.


Thanks. Your link describes how Cycle.travel interprets OSM tags. I was asking what flag (tag?) sets the section "as being suitable as a cycle route." within OSM.

"bicycle=yes" seems to mainly describe the legality of cycling on a particular section:

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:bicycle=yes

as opposed to the physical suitability of a route.

I couldn't see a tag like that. Which makes sense, as what is "cycleable" will vary from cyclist to cyclist, so is to some extent a judgement call.



I think the closest are the tracktype, surface, and smoothness keys. I personally dislike tracktype and smoothness, and usually stick to surface as the most* objective. As you have suggested, subjective keys don't tend to get very far in OSM with good reason, they make assumptions about the data consumer that can't be known in advance.

*but not perfectly

There's an OSM feature near me, which is a bridleway. I couldn't cycle on it. I edited it in OSM. Interestingly a couple of members of a local cycle group think it's cycleable (though on MTB/Gravel bikes). I edited the MTB tags in OSM to that suggested by one of these cyclists.

Cyclestreets still puts that section on a cycle route. Though cycle.travel and OSMand don't. It's a lesson for me, not to use Cycle Streets unless I can examine the route. I thought as an experiment to change the MTB tags to the most extreme, just to see if cyclestreets still sends "ordinary" cyclists that way.


Please don't change tags just to test what a router will do. If a particular router makes an odd decision on a route, let them know.
by matt_twam_asi
3 Jul 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New words/vocab on these fora, boards..
Replies: 493
Views: 41721

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Oldjohnw wrote:
colin54 wrote:Shouldn't the title read 'This Forum' anyway, it's called 'Cycling UK Forum' - singular ?


In the original Latin usage the plural of forum is fora.

In the specific modern usage the plural is forums. Forae is not a word in either language.


On a related topic, I've only ever seen virii used in reference to the computer kind, and even then it was intended to be ironic (virii = 2 viruses. viriii - 3 viruses. viriv = 4 viruses etc.) What say you, latin scholars of this fora, forae, forums bulletin board?
by matt_twam_asi
13 Jun 2020, 10:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A funny kind of tea shop?
Replies: 33
Views: 876

Re: A funny kind of tea shop?

Carlton green wrote:To my mind the difficulty with Tea Shop discussions is that some posters don’t behave like they were in that environment. Some seem unable to act in the civil way one would expect in a tea shop and unable to accept opinions divergent from their own; for discussion you do need to be able to compare and contrast views and to accept additional information.


Yes, I've thought for a while that the Tea Shop is spectacularly misnamed. It's not the tea shop, it's the Saloon Bar at the Red Lion.

Whenever I open a tea shop thread sooner or later I usually find a few bloviating older men talking past each other, consuming all other threads of conversation until it's just a slanging match between deeply entrenched sides with no respect and little compassion. I don't mind them doing it; it just baffles me why they bother. I'd love to know what positive value they get out of it.
by matt_twam_asi
10 May 2020, 10:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Downslink (West Sussex) to be closed for 3 months around West Grinstead
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Downslink (West Sussex) to be closed for 3 months around West Grinstead

A quick update on this as I cycled from Christ's Hospital to Partridge Green on the Downs Link today. The whole of Area 2 and 3 is open even though the work is clearly still ongoing from West Grinstead station south for about 1/2 a mile. It's very rideable though, certainly no worse than before work started.

The surface for areas 1,2,3,4 and 6 is loose gravel chippings on top of a packed dusty material. Someone on here probably knows the proper name for it. It's basic, fine, a small improvement on the previous surface. What's annoying is that no attempt has been made to landscape the route before applying the new surface, it's just been whacked on top. Several sections on the embankments are proud of the pre-existing surface by around 10-20cm, including Area 1 which was finished last autumn and is already showing significant signs of wear. I suppose that's all you get for a half-mil price tag...
by matt_twam_asi
1 Apr 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Downslink (West Sussex) to be closed for 3 months around West Grinstead
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Downslink (West Sussex) to be closed for 3 months around West Grinstead

squeaker wrote:Anyone more local than me care to comment?


I suppose it's nice to see WSCC putting the bare minimum of effort into upkeep for our part of the Downslink.

Oh, comment about the diversion? Yeah, looks good. ;) I perhaps wouldn't bother getting back on the DL at Partridge Green, just head straight for Littleworth Lane.

p.s. The Christ's Hospital section is now complete but access was closed off until the (presumably now cancelled) opening ceremony later this month. Some locals have taken the decision to "open" the gates early, can't say I blame them.
by matt_twam_asi
22 Jan 2020, 10:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow or Gatwick?
Replies: 24
Views: 910

Re: Heathrow or Gatwick?

Are you wedded to the National Express? Because there's also hourly direct trains from Gatwick Station to Portsmouth that are comparable in duration and price.
by matt_twam_asi
20 Nov 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best-laid plans of mice and men
Replies: 14
Views: 1146

Re: Best-laid plans of mice and men

Hi Rob,

We were also on that flight, sorry to hear you didn't get any further than Toulouse. Our luggage arrived after 4 days. To Easyjet's credit they have (eventually) offered us more money in compensation than the amount that we claimed. We just had the compensation confirmed this week as well.
by matt_twam_asi
10 May 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wikivoyage
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Wikivoyage

Sweep wrote:From a quick scan it seems to allow a certain amount of "authorial colour".

Take this on Crawley:

https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Crawley


Oh I don't know, I think it could be even more colourful (speaking as a Horshamite ;)).

I've used Wikivoyage a fair bit and my general one word opinion is "sparse". Yes, I know I could add info but I prefer to spend my limited spare time on improving OSM. I wish the project well but it's not going to challenge the professional competitors any time soon.
by matt_twam_asi
12 Feb 2019, 9:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Simple Question: Is anyone else fed up with having to be PC ?
Replies: 188
Views: 8194

Re: Simple Question: Is anyone else fed up with having to be PC ?

kwackers wrote:
661-Pete wrote:<snip>
How far should we go? I draw the line at re-writing Huckleberry Finn. It would simply make no sense, and surely the most socially-aware reader will understand that...

A lot of old stuff is outrageously racist, sexist, ageist etc.
I do remember quickly re-reading the Famous Five when I bought them for my kids and pondering George though...


I like the notice that is now shown before WB cartoons:

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by matt_twam_asi
5 Feb 2019, 2:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Eight O'clock Pips
Replies: 31
Views: 2231

Re: Eight O'clock Pips

Mick F wrote:If I was listening to (say) The Archers in the workshop on DAB, then came into the house and it was online on the iMac, it would be about a minute behind. Not timed it specifically, but about a minute, maybe a bit less.


Yes, the online player uses the MPEG-DASH format which could cause that much of a delay. It looks like each segment is 5-10 seconds, plus encoding time, plus network latency, plus buffering. That would get you close to a minute.