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by Bill D
26 Feb 2011, 7:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which side of the R. Tarn?
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Which side of the R. Tarn?

Personally I'd weave from side to side a bit: there are plenty of bridges. We're just off there on Thursday, actually. :D
by Bill D
26 Feb 2011, 7:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA CLOSURES
Replies: 55
Views: 14115

Re: YHA CLOSURES

I agree with Thirdcrank's point about risks. With health and safety legisation and the eagerness of many citizens to make claims against organisations perceived to have money, allowing (young) people to use hostels, kitchens etc whilst being only loosely supervised (or not supervised at all) is a le...
by Bill D
23 Feb 2011, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: london to paris
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: london to paris

Other people will be better placed to advise you, but if you go Newhaven - Dieppe, there is a nice traffic free cycle track (ex railway) which goes Dieppe - Neufchatel en Bray and beyond. There are some nice route options out of London for Newhaven, too. Good luck.
by Bill D
14 Feb 2011, 7:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 700C wheel> 26" frame?!
Replies: 9
Views: 2179

Re: 700C wheel> 26" frame?!

Where did you find the adaptors please? (I can't locate any by an internet search.)
by Bill D
8 Feb 2011, 7:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Locked but Abandoned bikes
Replies: 30
Views: 5088

Re: Locked but Abandoned bikes

We had a similar problem with abandoned golf trolleys in our golf club trolley store. We put up a notice to the effect that only trolleys with the owners names on them could be kept in the store and that any others found in the store after 7 days would be disposed of. Now we know which trolleys belo...
by Bill D
1 Feb 2011, 7:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Answering your mobile whilst cycling
Replies: 75
Views: 3063

Re: Answering your mobile whilst cycling

I'm afraid I did it once (on a quiet country road). My front whel hit a small pothole, I dropped the phone, it came apart, the sim card fell out and I couldn't find it in the grass beside the road. Nowadays I leave the phone in my saddle pack and keep it switched off.
by Bill D
17 Jan 2011, 7:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Through France This Summer
Replies: 40
Views: 3409

Re: Cycling Through France This Summer

I don't think anyone has mentioned that the centre of France can be very hot in July/August: 40 degrees c isn't all that uncommon in the middle of the day. I've sometimes found it best to split the day into an early ride, a good lunch and a nap in the shade, and a ride later in the day when it start...
by Bill D
11 Jan 2011, 9:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20 MPH speed limits
Replies: 64
Views: 5109

Re: 20 MPH speed limits

Has anyone actually tried driving a car at 20mph along a busy road where the limit is 20? You get so much aggro from other drivers it's like taking your life in your hands sometimes. Most drivers just aren't willing to adhere to speed limits, believing that their personal wishes as an individual to ...
by Bill D
10 Jan 2011, 8:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The last of a stable, which do you keep?
Replies: 30
Views: 2073

Re: The last of a stable, which do you keep?

FWIW I have an old Orange steel framed rigid mountain bike and several other (too many if i'm honest) shinier bikes of various descriptions. That's the one I use most - well, all the time really unless I'm doing something specific like a MTB trail or an audax. When I started cycling again about 5 ye...
by Bill D
3 Jan 2011, 5:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Need To Be More Upright...But How?
Replies: 26
Views: 1406

Re: Need To Be More Upright...But How?

I'm sure this wasn't such a problem before compact frame designs became popular. We just had frames sized so that our seatposts stuck out about the same amount as our handlebar stems. :?
by Bill D
1 Jan 2011, 7:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Back on two wheels again
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: Back on two wheels again

Congratulations for starting up again and pushing yourself. I'm just coming to the end (I hope) of a medically enforced 7 months off the bike and I know it will be hard work getting fit again. Turbo sessions can start in 2 weeks and I'm counting down to them.
by Bill D
1 Jan 2011, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Need To Be More Upright...But How?
Replies: 26
Views: 1406

Re: Need To Be More Upright...But How?

Do you by any chance wear glasses? I ask because I did and for many years I found that all bikes were too long in the top tube and I felt too extended in the upper body. I now wear contact lenses and know that the cause of my problem was not really that the bars were too far from the saddle for my b...
by Bill D
29 Dec 2010, 7:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20 MPH speed limits
Replies: 64
Views: 5109

Re: 20 MPH speed limits

I remember that they had this pinging alarm system when I was in Singapore about 25 years ago. It was fitted to all the taxis and was universally ignored by the drivers. That's partly why I think that the only truly effective way to enforce compliance with speed limits is by means of compulsorily fi...
by Bill D
6 Dec 2010, 7:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20 MPH speed limits
Replies: 64
Views: 5109

Re: 20 MPH speed limits

Failure to bring in 20mph as the default speed limit in built up areas can only be explained by an acceptance that the ability of drivers to travel fast is more important than lives. I'm not sure that people do accept that there is a connection, even. For instance, I've seen lots written which clai...
by Bill D
4 Dec 2010, 9:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20 MPH speed limits
Replies: 64
Views: 5109

Re: 20 MPH speed limits

I agree that tackling dangerous driving/excessive speeds as a 'safer communities' issue rather than a 'cycling' one would be the more likely to have some success. FWIW, I believe that the necessary technology already exists to limit the speed of cars to what is legal: my in-car satnav knows to withi...