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by ChrisButch
17 Jan 2021, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flying Gate
Replies: 23
Views: 857

Re: Flying Gate

I hadn't realised before this that Jack Taylor ever made one. They must have needed a lot of persuasion - the brothers had strong ideas about what worked and what didn't.
by ChrisButch
13 Jan 2021, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Want to sell my car in order to cycle
Replies: 73
Views: 2390

Re: Want to sell my car in order to cycle

Whatever the preposition, the proposition would be impossible. Strangely enough, that may not always be so. After 150 years of evolutionary development, the fundamentals of grand piano design became virtually frozen after the Steinway Model D was launched c. 1900, despite some unresolved basic engi...
by ChrisButch
12 Jan 2021, 12:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Want to sell my car in order to cycle
Replies: 73
Views: 2390

Re: Want to sell my car in order to cycle

Oldjohnw wrote:I might have difficulty moving a grand piano.

Tried moving a grand in a car?
by ChrisButch
11 Jan 2021, 1:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: COVID Lockdown - Guidance versus the Law
Replies: 134
Views: 5111

Re: COVID Lockdown - Guidance versus the Law

Derbyshire Police... The most telling thing about this latest episode, and the thing that should really make you think is: The police were already there and waiting. That pretty much confirms in my mind that their intention from the start was a PR exercise in appearing to be strict. They weren't th...
by ChrisButch
10 Jan 2021, 5:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: COVID Lockdown - Guidance versus the Law
Replies: 134
Views: 5111

Re: COVID Lockdown - Guidance versus the Law

I see that both Hancock and Patel have today doubled down on hardline policing, citing the Derbys. incident and saying they want to see more of it. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this, it would be prudent to assume that anybody taking the liberal approach to the guidelines which several here have...
by ChrisButch
2 Jan 2021, 8:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Missing cyclist off the A82
Replies: 34
Views: 7324

Re: Missing cyclist off the A82

And, (from another report - Press & Journal) "A large police and forensic presence has been reported at a farm in the area where Parsons was last seen".

Oh dear.
by ChrisButch
2 Jan 2021, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best route planning app.
Replies: 31
Views: 1114

Re: Best route planning app.

But are you genuinely not aware of the disadvantages of paper maps? Thanks Jonathan Indeed. For the OS 1:50k series, the scale most likely to be used by road cyclists, and by comparison with equivalent products from peer national mapping agencies in Europe, the practical shortcomings include bulk, ...
by ChrisButch
2 Jan 2021, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best route planning app.
Replies: 31
Views: 1114

Re: Best route planning app.

sjs wrote:
In the end though the best way for me is to spend time with paper OS maps spread out on a table, to pick my own set of yellow roads, and then to turn them into a gpx. A bit time-consuming though.


So why not just carry the paper map?
by ChrisButch
24 Dec 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Applecross on SA AW?
Replies: 29
Views: 1122

Re: Touring Applecross on SA AW?

We did this on the tandem c.1998, with a bottom gear of 34 x 28 (ie 32"), carrying touring (but not camping) gear. As others have said, the largely uniform gradient made it feel like an Alpine climb, not too bad at all. And yes, the coast road onward from Applecross (then only recently opened) ...
by ChrisButch
10 Dec 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?
Replies: 106
Views: 3190

Re: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?

. For walking I've switched to Harveys 1:40K where possible because I find they're just better for the job than either OS 1:25K or 1:50K (the latter has insufficient detail in steep areas with too close a contour interval and no depiction of boulder fields, the former has far too much irrelevant de...
by ChrisButch
6 Dec 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hedge Clipping
Replies: 72
Views: 3367

Re: Hedge Clipping

I often wonder how I should react to a sign which warns me of falling rocks, though. Should I put up an umbrella, perhaps? I used to have the same reaction, until somebody in the Alps (where those signs are frequent) pointed out that the sign was actually advising you to look out for fallen rocks a...
by ChrisButch
6 Dec 2020, 6:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost spillcheck ?
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: Lost spillcheck ?

Mick F wrote:Rime?

Don't you mean rhyme? :wink:


Rime's OK for you Ancient Mariners, Mick.
by ChrisButch
16 Nov 2020, 1:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High Performance Cars
Replies: 335
Views: 7837

Re: High Performance Cars

On the rare occasions when you see a thoroughbred performance car (Ferrari etc), as distinct from go-faster versions of mass market cars, they seem to be driven as you imagine your prim and proper granny might drive. I can only suppose that's because of the cost implications of the smallest bump.
by ChrisButch
8 Nov 2020, 11:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on planning laws
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Petition on planning laws

I've just read Cycling UK's response to the Planning White Paper. An excellent piece of work - far better and to the point than others I've seen from sources rather more obviously impacted by planning policy. The new planning system is likely to have a more far-reaching effect on the future of cycli...