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by Vorpal
18 Jun 2018, 10:21am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Women's Tour of Britain
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Women's Tour of Britain

Nationalist swine if you ask me. I bet these narrow minded bigots gave more coverage to Thor Hushovd than Cav. :wink: :lol: :lol: As for Eurosport, I'm not sure what is and isn't subscription only in Norway because I haven't tried freeview. We have a package that includes, phone, fiber broadband, a...
by Vorpal
18 Jun 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Women's Tour of Britain
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Women's Tour of Britain

Maybe I've been spoiled by the coverage in Norway, which is generally good, and occasionally excellent. My only complaint is that it (of course) tends to favour the Norwegian cyclists. So they spend time interviewing the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen, rather than Chris Froome or Simon Yates. They te...
by Vorpal
17 Jun 2018, 11:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: grand depart
Replies: 14
Views: 401

Re: grand depart

The thing with cycling shorts is all a matter of hygene, if I can keep them clean and dry until I ride, then wash and dry them after every ride, then it should keep the nasties down below at bay. I will have a pair of shorts, trainers ( lighter than my flip flops) and a T shirt for all non cycling ...
by Vorpal
17 Jun 2018, 10:51pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Women's Tour of Britain
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Women's Tour of Britain

I'm really disappointed with the coverage. We're in the UK for a bit, and I turned on the telly, thinking I'd get the day's summary, and turned off again when 10 or 15 minutes later, I'd not seen more than 5 seconds of racing. They talked to several riders, then showed the days race route. This led ...
by Vorpal
17 Jun 2018, 10:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 76
Views: 4094

Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

I guess it depends upon how you think of it. Some day, we will wonder why we considered it okay to continue making ourselves sick on the fumes and destroying the environment in the name of personal convenience. Some of it, to be sure, is because the common person pays a considerable price for transp...
by Vorpal
16 Jun 2018, 10:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 152
Views: 3881

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

I've always been charged for my bike on German trains. I think it was €10 last time. It's normal to charge for bikes in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, as well. In Sweden and Norway, you cannot buy a bike ticket from the ticket machines, and I have found that if I buy one for myself, and take the bike...
by Vorpal
15 Jun 2018, 11:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Billy Graham in heaven?
Replies: 105
Views: 2778

Re: Billy Graham in heaven?

Thanks for that Vorpal - I'm surprised they interpreted it that way. But my query was: why is it harder for a rich man? I've often wondered about car-driving Christians (not wishing to start a debate here, just musing). It is usually taken to mean that without god (Jesus), it is impossible. With go...
by Vorpal
15 Jun 2018, 11:27pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies
Replies: 37
Views: 825

Re: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies

I do find the idea puzzling.Why buy an electric bike when a motorbike or scooter is more fun,faster and is a proven success.Many e-bikers hardly pedal and are doing no more exercise than a motor-cyclist.I was not sneering at other groups of disabled people,and I am not ashamed,I find your remarks r...
by Vorpal
15 Jun 2018, 11:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies
Replies: 37
Views: 825

Re: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies

gnvqsos wrote:I think you may find the first cyclists were drawn from the upper echelons-the proletariat would have laughed as toffs tried to rough it.

But there was a period in which the bicycle was the transport of the working and lower middle classes, whilst those who could afford them went about in cars.
by Vorpal
15 Jun 2018, 11:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Billy Graham in heaven?
Replies: 105
Views: 2778

Re: Billy Graham in heaven?

I thought that the "Good Book" answered the question I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. It might not be camel (might b...
by Vorpal
14 Jun 2018, 10:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midge watch
Replies: 23
Views: 634

Re: Midge watch

Some years ago in Scotland, I was bitten by midges. It seemed to me then that the worst thing about them was that they got into clothes and things. The bites themselves were a bit irritating when they happened and a bit itchy for awhile afterwards, but that was it. They didn't seem like such a big d...
by Vorpal
13 Jun 2018, 7:52am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies
Replies: 37
Views: 825

Re: E-bikes,scooters and motorbkies

Here in Norway, many people see ebikes as a good way to get people out of their cars, rather than something to replace bicycles. Certainly the number of people cycling does seem to be going up with the sale of ebikes. I've seen statistics but I don't remember most of them. One I do remember is the i...
by Vorpal
13 Jun 2018, 7:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pashley type bikes
Replies: 22
Views: 553

Re: Pashley type bikes

I've seen people touring on town bikes. Considering that in many places on the continent, the main alternatives available for purchase are town/Dutch bikes, full-on road bikes, and mountain bikes, they are a sensible touring choice, as long as it's not too hilly. I know a few Norwegians who think it...
by Vorpal
13 Jun 2018, 6:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Buying on-line
Replies: 48
Views: 1722

Re: Buying on-line

I'm generally inclined to buy stuff in person as much as possible. There are several reasons to do so, not the least because I like to see what I'm buying, rather than a possibly misleading picture of it. If it's bike bits, I like to support local businesses. I can't easily get my favourite tyres he...
by Vorpal
13 Jun 2018, 6:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does my tyre need changing?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: Does my tyre need changing?

My usual approach with tyres like that is to just ride them until they look like they need to be replaced, or I start to get frequent punctures. I seldom get any puntures at all, but 2 or 3 on the same tyre in less than 2 weeks and the tyre goes in the bin (assuming I've checked carefully for the ca...