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by mattheus
15 Oct 2021, 1:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 66
Views: 1339

Re: Route 74 has gone

Pete Owens wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 12:24pm ...

Imagine you are cycling south towards Gretna. You stop for a cake in Moffat to stoke up for the last 30 mile stretch. The weather looks like it might be closing in, but if you keep a move on you should be there in 2 1/2 hours or so. Then after a couple of miles you cross the M74 and pick up signs for route 74 you ride up a steep hill then find youself in a remote upland forest trying to make progress through this:
https://www.google.com/maps/@55.2752281 ... 312!8i6656
After several hours struggle, with the Scottish rain now in full swing you emerge from the forest a few miles north of Dumfries; further away from your destination than when you started.
I have to thank you for posting that. After reading earlier posts, I decided that would be a nice route to incorporate into my impending trip; I'd looked at a couple of bits on Streetview and it looked like a very rideable hard surface, and utterly scenic!

I shall stick with my standard strategy - proper tarmac, plus previously reccéd "cycle routes".
by mattheus
15 Oct 2021, 12:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 24
Views: 448

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

willem jongman wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 11:33am The challenge is to create tracks on a phone and then transfer them to a Garmin outdoor GPS. This requires an OTG cable. Older Android phones apparently cannot do this, but newer ones can. I get mixed reports on which Garmins are compatible. I bought the cable to use with my Garmin Etrex 30 (my personal favourite because it is light, cheap and has a great battery life), but have not yet tried to connect them.
I looked at doing this with my Etrex 30 - instead of the OTG cable, I decided to try the SD card I already have (could be a mini-SD, I lose track ... ). Worked perfectly, although of course getting the cards in/out can be a pain compared to plugging a cable in. But I saved carrying one more cable!

(*creating* tracks on a phone is a nightmare - screen too small - so I'm more likely to find a track already on the internet. Which could be one I made myself e.g. on RWGPS)

I have little experience in this - 99% of my touring/audaxing has used tracks put on the GPS at home. And/or paper maps :)
by mattheus
14 Oct 2021, 4:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 64
Views: 1348

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

axel_knutt wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 3:31pm
oldtimer99 wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 8:08amSun so low and hurting my eyes.
The strobe light effect when the low sun shines through a hedge or slatted fence.
... a truly beautiful site.

Sadly a bloody nuisance if cycling, sometimes :(
by mattheus
14 Oct 2021, 11:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 64
Views: 1348

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

Hellhound wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 10:19am
Cowsham wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 9:35am Noisy carbon bikes in a group ride. I suppose there's one benefit -- pedestrians who normally won't hear my absolutely silent bike and step off the curb without warning will hear the carbon ones arriving even with their earphones in.
Explain please?
I've had several Carbon bikes and non were any noisier than my Allu or Ti bikes?
I don't think carbon frames are noisy - but they DO amplify the other noises that a bike makes. Gear changes are the one I notice most often in group rides.
( Nowhere near as annoying as loud freehubs, or Garmins that beep every 2km ! )
by mattheus
14 Oct 2021, 10:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 64
Views: 1348

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

It's got to be none/improper use of indicators.

It rarely causes high risk, but it is SO EASY to do right, and just makes life nicer for other road-users.

You learn to do this religiously to pass the test - why stop now??
by mattheus
13 Oct 2021, 1:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 16 year-old girl cycling from Newton Abbot to COP26
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: 16 year-old girl cycling from Newton Abbot to COP26

Paradiddle wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 11:49am Great initiative and piece of activism. I do want to find out more about the cargo bikes support team, how that logistic works and how much CO2 emission e-bikes create.
There was a report quotied recently on another cycling forum: a statndard (i.e. not "cargo") eBike, if charged from green electricity, has a slightly lower CO2 footprint than a regular bike. But the manufacturing hit is very large, so you have to rack up a lot of miles to get ahead!

(if you use coal-based electrons, the CO2 numbers will be awful, sadly).

I admit I was surprised by this. I wasn't surprised that all kinds of bikes are a lot less damaging than any car.
by mattheus
13 Oct 2021, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Conti Gatorskin sidewall issue
Replies: 29
Views: 3783

Re: Gatorskin Tyres

andrew_s wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 11:28pm
Chris Jeggo wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 11:03am It is an anti-cut mesh. It does resist cutting. I have had cuts which have gone clean through the tread but have been stopped from damaging the carcass by the mesh.
This.

If it's damaged but the casing underneath isn't, it's done its job, but that bit of tyre is less well protected against further damage that it might have been. It's not structural, and you could remove it all and still ride OK.
In other info, Conti tyres have a fabric strip stuck on that sits against the rim hook to protect the tyre casing. This is prone to loose threads at the edge. These similarly aren't a reason not to carry on using the tyre, and are best just snipped off.
Well, I've really learned something here, thanks chaps!

(just a shame I haven't used the flipping things for many years now. I did always stress over what those two components were ...)
Surprising that Conti haven't made this info better known. [Someone will now quote me a page on their website, but that's missing the bigger picture ... :) ]
by mattheus
12 Oct 2021, 2:37pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1194
Views: 45612

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Jdsk wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 1:58pm
Stevek76 wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 1:15pm Mis-use of gaslighting to describe someone being disingenuous. And sometimes for any sort of lying at all.
Loss of precision is one of the best reasons for opposing change in the language. ("Not what I learnt at school" being one of the worst.)

Jonathan
Agree with the bold. (Not totally onboard with the latter statement ...)

Is "onboard" ok on this thread? I did use it as an adjective, not a verb!
by mattheus
12 Oct 2021, 1:42pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1194
Views: 45612

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Stevek76 wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 1:15pm Mis-use of gaslighting to describe someone being disingenuous. And sometimes for any sort of lying at all.
I think if you actually want to make a point and be clearly understood, then outside academic (and certain other) circles you should avoid the term altogether. I've never heard it used in real life.

Every time I read it online - and actually care - I have to google the meaning. I do know that it's never used to indicate someone with good intentions and high moral values :P
by mattheus
11 Oct 2021, 3:42pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: AJ Bell tour.
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: AJ Bell tour.

Tompsk wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 8:45am Bad crash on run in to the end of the final stage. From the tv coverage one rider cut right just in front of a traffic island, clipped something and took out about 10(?) other riders. Made worse as at some speed and looked like some of them ended up against a lamp post. Commentator 'hoped they were ok' but no info at the end of the highlights program, or on any reports I could find on line. Anyone know if any riders were seriously injured?
That looked really nasty, but I don't anyone hit anything hard. Luckily.

Think it was Cordon-ragot, the French National Champion; riding straight down the middle of the road, she was initially aiming left of the traffic island (where the main bunch were), then at the last moment swerved right. Just clipped the padding, which threw her into the small group that were also passing on the right.
Bit of a blunder, but probably forgivable in the heat of the moment.
by mattheus
11 Oct 2021, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Endurance bikes - British manufacturers ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1674

Re: Endurance bikes - British manufacturers ?

Jim wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 12:41pm <snip...>

The only "special" care has been the occasional wash, and a thorough one when the roads have been salted. My bikes are kept in my garage when not in use.
I've only put big miles on Ti frames (not steel), but based on my ownership of steel-bodied cars I would say that keeping bikes indoors is a major factor in avoiding the rust worm.
Washing salt off helps (but then the UK can have salt on the road for weeks at a time)
Not living by the coast helps.

(Using stainless steel or Ti also helps :P )
by mattheus
7 Oct 2021, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What force does a quick release skewer create?
Replies: 31
Views: 869

Re: What force does a quick release skewer create?

Jdsk wrote: 7 Oct 2021, 3:28pm
There are many situations in which gravitational measures of force work well, mostly of course where weight is important. I wouldn't choose to use them but I can see why others would. But weight doesn't play any rôle in this problem...
I did my physics degree entirely in metric. I'm pretty happy with torque, pressure, energy etc.
/background


This thread is the first time I've found out what a "kgf" is. I can see some practical uses:

I know that by standing on the end of a spanner, the most force I can exert is X kgf (where X is my mass in kgm which luckily I know !).
By pulling up I can exert slightly more - but not much.
by mattheus
7 Oct 2021, 1:48pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Paris Roubaix
Replies: 64
Views: 1461

Re: Paris Roubaix

<Kyle: I think it's allowed to post the riders' names!>

That seems like more evidence of how Roubaix ain't much more dangerous than an average race.
Monday's Stage 1 also featured a multiple pile-up on the run into Banbury, resulting in at least 1 DNS on stage 2. It was exiting a roundabout, no hazardous road features, just 2 lines of riders merging, and someone made a mistake.
by mattheus
7 Oct 2021, 11:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Words worth?
Replies: 43
Views: 717

Re: Words worth?

People twist the meanings of long-accepted words to support their agenda.

"accident" is a common one discussed on The Cycling Internet. Everyone knows what it means ... well, they THINK they do! If you publicly call something "an accident", you better have your flame-proof coat on.
by mattheus
7 Oct 2021, 11:18am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Paris Roubaix
Replies: 64
Views: 1461

Re: Paris Roubaix

thirdcrank wrote: 7 Oct 2021, 10:58am Thanks to pete75 I know he rode at least once because he's listed as a winner
:lol:

Just thought you might like independent evidence!
(and who doesn't love a dog story??)