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by Pendodave
23 Sep 2020, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 928
Views: 122185

Re: Cycle Travel Question

For a couple if trips I've done recently, which were full of short nasty climbs, the new shading misses out some useful details - identifying the bits i would need to push that were displayed before! Would it be possible to offer some cookie stored customisation of the slope breaks and length parame...
by Pendodave
21 Sep 2020, 3:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of train franchises
Replies: 24
Views: 549

Re: End of train franchises

For the moment, they are socialising the losses. https://fullfact.org/media/uploads/Subsidy_iqsOkdd.PNG https://fullfact.org/economy/how-much-does-government-subsidise-railways/ Jonathan I'm unclear whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with my hypothesis! It was made with reference to the curren...
by Pendodave
21 Sep 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of train franchises
Replies: 24
Views: 549

Re: End of train franchises

For the moment, they are socialising the losses.
I'm bemused, given what we've seen over the last few months, that anyone might think that what follows will be well thought through.
Though I suspect there will be money to be made by the usual suspects.
by Pendodave
15 Sep 2020, 8:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

I was always a bit sceptical of the hangers, but recently watched one of the vintage touring information films referenced elsewhere on the forum and discovered that hanging a bike by a hook was recommended by the "international cycle touring association"... Who knew. Re. The new west coas...
by Pendodave
15 Sep 2020, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain tools required
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Chain tools required

Many thanks to you both.
Hopefully there won't be an exasperated follow up in a couple of weeks once I've collected all the bits and pueces together...
by Pendodave
15 Sep 2020, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain tools required
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Chain tools required

Thanks for the advice and links (!). I've looked at my existing chain and it has a master link in it. So presumably I will need some masterlink pliers to help me take if off. I assume that the 'quicklink' which Brucey refers to is synonymous with masterlink? I'd certainly prefer to get a pre-cut cha...
by Pendodave
15 Sep 2020, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain tools required
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Chain tools required

I'm a little out of my comfort zone here, but would appreciate some advice. I've got a 11-27t cassette (shimano sora 9 speed) which i would like to change to a 11-34t to help with hilly touring. I understand that you should change chain and cassette at the same time, so I'll need to get and fit a ne...
by Pendodave
12 Sep 2020, 12:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

For info, though it should probably have its own nicely curated and indexed thread, here is the cupboard on the LNER Hitachi : 20200904_125917.jpg Yeah, that's really going to encourage people to get into cycling, isn't it? Well, I have to say, I'm pretty new to this cycle touring lark (a covid new...
by Pendodave
12 Sep 2020, 11:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

For info, though it should probably have its own nicely curated and indexed thread, here is the cupboard on the LNER Hitachi :
20200904_125917.jpg
by Pendodave
11 Sep 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

I was always a bit sceptical of the hangers, but recently watched one of the vintage touring information films referenced elsewhere on the forum and discovered that hanging a bike by a hook was recommended by the "international cycle touring association"... Who knew. Re. The new west coast...
by Pendodave
10 Sep 2020, 1:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training for NC 500
Replies: 20
Views: 641

Re: Training for NC 500

Cycle.travel is great for this (height gain/steepness). Though maybe not for south america...
I've learnt to recognise the colour of the gradient at which I've got to get off and push...
by Pendodave
8 Sep 2020, 7:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

There is no hope of the operators ever changing the system and politicians will not change anything (what has happened to the Williams report that cost millions last year?)... The franchise system has just about bust. We'll see. Jonathan While this is undoutably the case, I'm not sure that even sig...
by Pendodave
8 Sep 2020, 6:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train travel despair
Replies: 55
Views: 1689

Re: Train travel despair

Re the original post, is there any way you feel it's deteriorated over (say) the last 5 years? My own experience is that while it's a long way from ideal, it hasn't got any worse recently (excepting that all travel has been curtailed recently). I'd be interested if anyone's experience of taking a bi...
by Pendodave
1 Sep 2020, 10:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pennine Cycleway
Replies: 9
Views: 806

Re: Pennine Cycleway

Hi there,
I'm planning to do the Bellingham coquette diversion on this route later this week.
Can anyone give an idea of the quality of the forestry road between bellingham and byrness? I'll be on a road bike, but am up to a bit of fine gravel. Large chunks, or mud, less so.
by Pendodave
24 Aug 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Recently imposed bikes restriction on Norwich - Liverpool train services
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: Recently imposed bikes restriction on Norwich - Liverpool train services

I've now received the response from East Midlands Rail. As far as I can make out, it's not possible to post attachments on here. However, yes, they have banned reserving cycles on Norwich-Liverpool services, June-September, still trumpeting the safety argument, BUT have stated they will review it f...