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by ChrisButch
22 Sep 2019, 4:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Princetown Railway Line
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Princetown Railway Line

Yes, Raybarrow Pool is pretty grim - often decorated with the remains of a sheep or pony. I sometimes come up that way from the Throwleigh road, via the stone row. It's not too bad if you keep to the line of the bridlepath which circles round the north-western edge - that looks as if it was once a c...
by ChrisButch
22 Sep 2019, 12:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Princetown Railway Line
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Princetown Railway Line

Yes, the chap I met wasn't intending to use the army tracks - he was aiming to ride the skyline between the high points, clearly unaware that most of it is is unrideable bog. Harvey maps, unlike the OS, do have distinct symbols to indicate whether a right of way is visible on the ground. Unfortunate...
by ChrisButch
21 Sep 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Princetown Railway Line
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Princetown Railway Line

My point is the fact that you will seldom see cyclists where they shouldn't be. I'm not sure about that. These days I walk (a lot) on the Moor rather than cycling, and I do regularly see evidence of bikes passing in the most improbable places. I recently met a young chap coming down the south ridge...
by ChrisButch
20 Sep 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Princetown Railway Line
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Princetown Railway Line

The point I was making was about the byelaw imposed by the National Park Authority about 20 years ago, banning cycling anywhere on the moor except on existing Rights of Way. At the time the CTC lobbied unsuccessfuly against it (including an embarassingly badly organised protest ride). It was not aff...
by ChrisButch
20 Sep 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Princetown Railway Line
Replies: 30
Views: 1733

Re: Princetown Railway Line

Has the Redlake route now been designated a permissive cycle path, like the Princetown railway? It used not to be: and since it isn't a public bridleway either, it was technically out of bounds to cyclists, falling foul of the National Park's cycling ban on the Moor everywhere except existing Rights...
by ChrisButch
16 Sep 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Something for the weekend, sir?
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Something for the weekend, sir?

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Inner tube coin-in-the-slot vending machine, seen on wall outside a bike shop in Innsbruck. 8 euros, choice of six tube sizes.
by ChrisButch
30 Aug 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Passing distance includes the riders body?
Replies: 16
Views: 990

Re: Passing distance includes the riders body?

I seem to remember that a clarification of this was being worked on for the next edition of the Highway Code. Any update on this?
by ChrisButch
24 Aug 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1173

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

The detailed location temperature forecasts derive from an algorithm which takes into account altitude, exposure, distance from coast etc, wind speed amd direction etc. Different forecasters use different algorithms based on different forecasting models. For instance if you look at windy.com, you ca...
by ChrisButch
24 Aug 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1173

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

As well as the reasons already cited, met office forecast temperatures assume measurement in a standard weather station - a Stevenson screen, which is a vented wooden box painted white to reflect solar radiation, between 1.5/2m above the ground, not overshadowed by vegetation etc etc. Even small var...
by ChrisButch
20 Aug 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Skyscrapers and Cyclists
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Not so new. I was once knocked over by a vortex below the towers of York Minster.
by ChrisButch
15 Aug 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Extreme horse hazard
Replies: 21
Views: 1426

Re: Extreme horse hazard

A few years ago I was riding my usual local narrow lane circuit during the hunting season, and passed a group of stationary huntspersons who seemed to be dismounting etc at the end of the day. About half a mile further on I heard galloping hooves behind me, getting steadily closer even though I was ...
by ChrisButch
12 Jul 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chater-Lea reborn - New pedal ( old-style )
Replies: 33
Views: 1007

Re: Chater-Lea reborn - New pedal ( old-style )

Given the style and tone of the website, it's surprising more attention hasn't been paid to the aesthetics. Whatever their engineering merits, elegant they ain't.
by ChrisButch
10 Jul 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mirror + bar-end shifters
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Mirror + bar-end shifters

After a lifetime of looking over (and under) the shoulder, neck arthritis is now making me think seriously about mirrors. I'm currently using bar-end shifters on drops, which rules out a lot of the more apparently elegant designs. Can anybody recommend a mirror which would work with this combination...
by ChrisButch
4 Jul 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1675

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Is there any fix which makes it possible to use both a bar-end mirror and bar-end shifters?
by ChrisButch
23 Jun 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6181

Re: ... about kickbikes?

I've seen just about the optimum use for these on a couple of Swiss mountain passes. At a hotel at the bottom of the pass you hire an ebike which takes you to the top, where you leave the ebike at the summit restaurant. You swap it for a kickbike, on which you swoop down on lovely smooth grass zigza...