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by gbnz
15 Feb 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?
Replies: 24
Views: 1239

Re: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?

Well, had my first "summer ride" today :wink: Blue skies, no wind, by mid morning warm enough for nothing more than a shirt! (Nb. Obviously I was wearing underwear, trousers et al!). First ride since at least November in which it felt worth while heading out of the district and doing some ...
by gbnz
14 Feb 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Never mind the Summer bike - Winter miles, Summer Smiles
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Never mind the Summer bike - Winter miles, Summer Smiles

Love the title (Winter miles, summer smiles). And have to admit that I'm in the bizarre situation of having walked approximately twice my cycling mileage during December & January. The fitting of a new bike computer in mid December proved the point to me this morning - my bike mileage has avera...
by gbnz
13 Feb 2019, 12:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 20
Views: 1035

Re: Goodbye YHA

Was it beyond earplugs? Did anyone complain about it to him? Seems a lot more involuntary and less vexing than the old headboard-banging-wall routine echoing through a chain hotel's walls... It was well beyond ear plugs! (Nb. I always take ear plugs on a trip and on this occasion had the extra spec...
by gbnz
13 Feb 2019, 8:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albanian free camping facilities
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: Albanian free camping facilities

hmm a bit far to go just to get some free bivvying Sweep? :wink: On the other hand........have to admit I've noted a number of absolutely superb "free bivvying / camping" sites locally. Only issue is that being ten to twenty minutes ride from home, it's not worth my camping out :wink: (NB...
by gbnz
13 Feb 2019, 8:13am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Medical opinions?

Apologies to all for starting the thread, it's hardly cycle related! Suppose all I'll comment, is that I'll have a couple of interesting years(Or 3-4?) following it through :wink: An added incentive to lose that half stone put on over the winter (Nb. My best suit was fitted several years ago!)
by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 20
Views: 1035

Re: Goodbye YHA

Have to admit a three night booking in January, reminded me why I don'tuse the YHA. A single night, with an obese old man snoring at incredible volume until at least 04.00am led to my cancelling my trip :? (Nb. I wasn't the only one affected, half the floor was complaining about it the next morning)
by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Never mind the Summer bike - Winter miles, Summer Smiles
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Never mind the Summer bike - Winter miles, Summer Smiles

Love the title (Winter miles, summer smiles). And have to admit that I'm in the bizarre situation of having walked approximately twice my cycling mileage during December & January. The fitting of a new bike computer in mid December proved the point to me this morning - my bike mileage has averag...
by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Medical opinions?

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by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Medical opinions?

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by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 5:11pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Medical opinions?

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by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Medical opinions?

Yes, support groups and topical charities usually have pretty good ideas which medics are more reasonable, in my experience. I've found that taking my folding bike into consultations is a reasonable test of attitudes ;) Thanks, it's true I've been meaning to review info from support groups, but hav...
by gbnz
12 Feb 2019, 8:41am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Medical opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Medical opinions?

What's the best, or only way to obtain an independent medical opinion? Our beloved NHS, told me 15 years to stop cycling, because it could be dangerous (NB. To me) :shock: As I've pointed out to them as recently as last month, I've done well over 50000 miles since their advice, without having had an...
by gbnz
11 Feb 2019, 8:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?
Replies: 24
Views: 1239

Re: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?

Never had specific bikes as such, but lack of suitable space has resulted in my two better bikes being disassembled/stored away over the winter, cycling being purely on the "hack" bike over the last few months. Reassembled one of the summer bike perhaps ten days ago :D . And then we had th...
by gbnz
6 Feb 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2241

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

You sure do make it sound a bit grim up North.I am 55 born and bred in Durham..99% of pits shut 50 years ago..You would be very hard pressed to find a pit heap...post industrial coal mining...Sounds clever but in reality means nothing..The Durham dales are very picturesque..Durham Cathedral is one ...
by gbnz
5 Feb 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Anyone fir Squirrel?
Replies: 10
Views: 320

Re: Anyone fir Squirrel?

We're still red around here (Nb. Though I started seeing grey roadkill 17 miles South, approx 4-5 years ago). Don't know how reds compare in terms of taste, though there's definately a lot less meat on them ! That said, I believe they may be protected. (Nb. Reminds me that I must take more care :oop...