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by DougieB
9 Jul 2012, 9:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.
Replies: 286
Views: 21463

Re: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.

I used to live on Paxton Rd, pretty much where the incident happened. I never cycled Burlington Lane, only motorbiked it (many times). A horrible road. You have fast traffic from the A4 opposing fast traffic from Richmond coming to a pinch point (this part is the slowest, mostly congested, with two ...
by DougieB
7 Jul 2012, 6:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4776

Re: Victoria station query

St Pancras to Park Lane is possible in various ways, none of the faster routes are particularly pleasant. Down Park Lane is straight and downhill, so fast. Hyde Park Corner down to Victoria is straight and downhill (Grosvener Pl), so fast. You could skip the one-way section by walking/slow-pavement ...
by DougieB
6 Jul 2012, 8:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight touring.
Replies: 50
Views: 13397

Re: lightweight touring.

above all, don't torture yourself for the sake of lightweight (though it sounds as if you won't). having less things makes touring-life much easier in so many ways. but if you don't get a good nights sleep, then it's just not worth it. if you can't get a bag support, then get some of those tension s...
by DougieB
6 Jul 2012, 8:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Surly LHT touring frame
Replies: 10
Views: 3641

Re: Advice on Surly LHT touring frame

I'm about 5' 11", and use a 58 cm LHT. 54 cm sounds a tad too wee, but overall height is not really the deciding factor. Surly's are a bit of a nightmare to size properly, as they are really difficult to try out. where are you, someone nearby may have a LHT you could try out. also have a search...
by DougieB
5 Jul 2012, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight touring.
Replies: 50
Views: 13397

Re: lightweight touring.

If you're going to embrace lightweight touring, the pillow has to go... :) stuff the sleeping bag bag or tent bag (if that makes sense) with the few spare clothes you have, for a pillow. yes, I camped pretty much every night. I don't take a stove, as it's such a faff and you then really ought to car...
by DougieB
5 Jul 2012, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight touring.
Replies: 50
Views: 13397

Re: lightweight touring.

jags wrote:
DougieB wrote:my favourite topic..

http://www.soogate.com/lht-ferry.jpg

this was 3 months away, Edinburgh to Barcelona and back. I had a laptop on the saddle bag, as I was working.

excellent so spill the beens did you want for anything :wink:


only more time away :)
by DougieB
2 Jul 2012, 8:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight touring.
Replies: 50
Views: 13397

Re: lightweight touring.

my favourite topic..

http://www.soogate.com/lht-ferry.jpg

this was 3 months away, Edinburgh to Barcelona and back. I had a laptop on the saddle bag, as I was working.
by DougieB
24 Jun 2012, 8:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: getting my bike on the plane ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2533

Re: getting my bike on the plane ...

I've flown a few times with a bike. I, personally, would not trust the airport/security staff on the day, and would (as suggested) pick up a cardboard bike box from a bike shop in the town you're flying out of. presumably your wife is going a day or so early, and could maybe do a recce for bike shop...
by DougieB
23 Jun 2012, 10:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No confidence riding in traffic
Replies: 17
Views: 6827

Re: No confidence riding in traffic

I've been in the bike station in edinburgh a few times, and they are very helpful.
by DougieB
23 Jun 2012, 8:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No confidence riding in traffic
Replies: 17
Views: 6827

Re: No confidence riding in traffic

I briefly was a motorbike instructor, and one of the main confidence barriers when in traffic was not having intuitive bike handling skills. there's a definite step up in confidence when the rider no longer needs to think about how to handle the bike when under pressure. not sure if this applies (on...
by DougieB
22 Jun 2012, 7:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: counter of passing cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 5756

Re: counter of passing cyclists

I'll have a look tomorrow, but this one must be triggered by a light beam. there's no cable on the path that you roll-over, like the heavy traffic versions. Could easy be an induction loop which they've laid before the tarmac (rather than the seeming convention here, which is to lay tarmac then dig...
by DougieB
18 Jun 2012, 9:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Run in with a twerp
Replies: 14
Views: 3907

Re: Run in with a twerp

binsted wrote:
incidentman wrote:


:) Sorry, I just couldn't help smiling reading the post and seeing your posting name, bit of a theme here? :)


possibly related to : "I take the lane (which isn't actually a lane I should add) because I don't want to be held up when I'm turning right."
by DougieB
17 Jun 2012, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame-bag / Salsa Anything Cage
Replies: 9
Views: 4468

Re: Frame-bag / Salsa Anything Cage

thanks for the replies. garibeet, did it turn up ? I normally pick up 1.5 litre bottles of water when touring, and ram them into standard bottle cages. the cages always brake at the joining weld (because the bottle is too big, rather than too heavy). the salsa anything cage looked to be a better des...
by DougieB
13 Jun 2012, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Shields Ferry to IJmuiden (Amsterdam)
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Re: North Shields Ferry to IJmuiden (Amsterdam)

"re: 'turning' of handlebars - European Cycle Express ask for handlebars to be turned which would not be easy for me to do."

ahh, I get you. no, you do not need to do that at all.

cheers,
Doug
by DougieB
11 Jun 2012, 9:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: counter of passing cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 5756

Re: counter of passing cyclists

I'll have a look tomorrow, but this one must be triggered by a light beam. there's no cable on the path that you roll-over, like the heavy traffic versions.