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by mattheus
26 Jun 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Climbing in the French Pyrenees
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Climbing in the French Pyrenees

So what about those long climbs in Scottish mountains? Eh? Eh?? ;) Being helpful - I hope - I was going to say that the Pyrenees reputedly have a lot more climbs in the 10-15% range than the Alps (which tend more to the 6-9% range). I only have experience of the latter. Until October, anyway. This i...
by mattheus
26 Jun 2019, 12:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Climbing in the French Pyrenees
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Climbing in the French Pyrenees

Tigerbiten wrote:Alpine climbs tend not to be very steep, just very long.


But he's not in the Alps!!! /pedant

(sorry - I couldn't resist ... )
by mattheus
26 Jun 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lôn Las is Rubbish
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Lôn Las is Rubbish

Wales is in pretty good nick, do not fear. (200 miles up-n-down there last weekend - damp but gorgeous!) On my only trip (so far) to the famous Alpine climbs I took a piccie at one of the earlier hairpins of Alpe D'Huez - the number of discarded gels was just awful. And this was *before* the Etape c...
by mattheus
26 Jun 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 164
Views: 4088

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

Agree and agree. I started out thinking that the cyclist had made a number of errors of judgement both at the time of the accident and subsequently. He is paying a dreadful price but I just don't recognise the idea that the judge is biased or that a car driver would get off lightly compared. The fi...
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Sunscreen - what to think
Replies: 11
Views: 394

Re: Sunscreen - what to think

My impression is that a lot of modern Brits spend the first half of the summer in buildings and cars, then spend two weeks lying on a subtropical beach and the medical profession sees a lot of melanomas down the line. Hence "don't even try to tan" is good advice for most of the people the...
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 11:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 24
Views: 577

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

You could always hire a bike. This would mean you don't need to purchase a rack or worry about the security of your bike when you leave the car. Yup, good idea. There was a really helpful shop-cum-hire-place on the main road just West of Keswick town centre (a minute's walk). Appealing café next do...
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2011 Vuelta result revision
Replies: 28
Views: 540

Re: 2011 Vuelta result revision

This would make Froome the first UK GT winner ahead of Wiggins. Oh I'd love that justice. Afterall I suspect Froome was the stronger cyclist when Wiggins won his TdF. General public only cares about the French race (and the Olympics). Wiggo was the first to win the former, and has several golds fro...
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 9:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Language pedants
Replies: 52
Views: 791

Re: Language pedants

kwackers wrote:I'm good with the Americans ...


<shudders>
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 9:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Language pedants
Replies: 52
Views: 791

Re: Language pedants

pwa wrote:I'm waiting for someone to invent a radio that detects when a song has finished playing and goes straight to another song, cutting out the DJ, the ads and the jingles. I would deactivate that function for Desert Island Discs.


That should be easy - it's basically just Time Travel.
by mattheus
25 Jun 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 164
Views: 4088

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

I've just trawled through the comments and I'm still not clear how much the cyclist would have ended up having to pay if he'd been a CyclingUK member. If he'd been a member, would this incident have cost him anything other than a few phone calls and travel costs to court? Good question, if only for...
by mattheus
24 Jun 2019, 8:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Environmental protestors interrupt Chancellor's speech
Replies: 109
Views: 1599

Re: Environmental protestors interrupt Chancellor's speech

Ben@Forest wrote:Greenpeace is an organisation that relies on profile, relevance and donations as much as any other. I'm sure that around the top table making sure they are still notable is an important consideration. And they achieved that.


Yup - who would have thought the snowflakes had it in them? Chapeau!
by mattheus
24 Jun 2019, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle Brinkmanship....?
Replies: 26
Views: 885

Re: Bicycle Brinkmanship....?

A big factor is where you ride the thing to. (how far, and how far from usable trains etc)

i.e. just how inconvenient/expensive would it be if the bike became unrideable.

(apologies if this is mentioned in your rather long post! :) )
by mattheus
24 Jun 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Language pedants
Replies: 52
Views: 791

Re: Language pedants

I count just the one spelling and one grammar error in there for us to pick apart. Can anyone do better? I reckon: Language. "seems to infect" "when he complained" "anyone else has" (although I'm disliking the whole construct of that sentence). I'm more a language PCSO...
by mattheus
24 Jun 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2011 Vuelta result revision
Replies: 28
Views: 540

Re: 2011 Vuelta result revision

hodge wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Why do people call him 'froomdog'?


http://scarsbrook-art.com/2016/08/26/wi ... -froomdog/


Well I did not know that!
by mattheus
24 Jun 2019, 2:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 164
Views: 4088

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

The judge's comment that his riding "fell below the level to be expected of a reasonably competent cyclist" is subjective and unhelpful. What exactly is a 'reasonably competent cyclist' when there's no formal road test for cyclists? I don't think that a formal road test has anything to do...