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by Steve
13 Mar 2020, 9:22am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Cycle jumble, Whalley, Lancs, 22 March 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Cycle jumble, Whalley, Lancs, 22 March 2020

Picked up this flyer in Ossie's Bike Shop yesterday.
by Steve
14 Feb 2020, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale

rareposter wrote:There are NO facilities once you leave Lancaster until you get to Dunsop Bridge

Slightly off-route, but I believe there are self-service honesty box brews at Christ Church, Abbeystead. Maybe not on a Sunday morning though.
by Steve
1 Feb 2020, 1:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tiree
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Tiree

Interesting letter in the latest CTC mag about cycling on Tiree. Whoever promotes this nonsense needs re-educating! https://www.isleoftiree.com/road-users/ I see the contact for that website is louise@tireetrust.org.uk so I may just drop her a line to point out where and how their advice differs fro...
by Steve
24 Jan 2020, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?
Replies: 80
Views: 2481

Re: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?

Bought, by mistake, a pair of lady's bib tights. The padding on the inside was a lovely purple/red colour. Took them back and swapped them for a man's version. Identical in every way except that the padding was black. Why for goodness sake? I've a pair with black padding too. One day I stopped in a...
by Steve
12 Jan 2020, 8:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Hastings route
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: London to Hastings route

I always start planning routes with OS maps, available on Streetmap.co.uk

Google maps are pretty hopeless for planning cycling, IMHO
by Steve
6 Jan 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 64
Views: 3148

Re: Crank length

Far more complicated than just simple physics, as it involves the human body and in particular the knee joint! I'm over 6 feet but prefer 170mm cranks to anything longer, as they're much easier on the knees.
by Steve
5 Jan 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wales Tour, summer 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1179

Re: Wales Tour, summer 2020

The Welsh word for Clun is Colunwy. I'm not sure it ever was in Wales. I see what you mean about the Bwlch-y-Groes road. One to consider. Edit. Playing around on cycle.travel, the more direct route from the reservoir to Bala has a slightly gentler climb, without the steep ramp at the top we would ge...
by Steve
1 Jan 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route around peak District from Derby.
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Route around peak District from Derby.

Jamesh wrote:Hi

I'm new to the peak District and hoping to get out over the new year period whilst at the in-laws

If that was me, I'd be looking to get out for more than one ride! :?
by Steve
27 Dec 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?
Replies: 49
Views: 1785

Re: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?

Don't have a turbo, but rather a spinning machine like those in gyms. No gears, just variable resistance. 20 mins on that with a few mins cooling down at the end is plenty for me, I'd say equivalent to an hour on the road as there's no freewheeling, and you can really crank up the resistance to the ...
by Steve
24 Dec 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in Cycle Lanes
Replies: 20
Views: 1210

Re: Parking in Cycle Lanes

Just back from a twenty odd mile ride into Chester,much of it on excellent traffic free Sustrans route. However,several sections of busy main road unavoidable, albeit with a cycle lane clearly marked. The problem was car drivers parked on the lane ,thus forcing one out into the traffic stream. At o...
by Steve
22 Dec 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

This got me interested and I found this

https://gpk.gov.by/en/situation-at-the-border/map/

which suggests almost all crossing points are on motorways. Presumably those that aren't, would allow cyclists. But you might be better off searching blogs etc and finding out what other cyclists have done.
by Steve
3 Dec 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th bottom bracket
Replies: 43
Views: 4814

Re: 4th bottom bracket

1st two had side to side movement of the crank arms, this one is making a knocking noise under pressure. All have been Shimano makes, I don't know the model numbers, fitted by my LBS, no pressure washer used and not over washed around the bottom bracket and wheel seals. The third one he replaced fo...
by Steve
21 Nov 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dirtiest roads
Replies: 15
Views: 816

Re: Dirtiest roads

You might well be right, I found Somerset at this time of year unbelievably filthy, mud got everywhere. Not like that round here - largely because farming is different here.
by Steve
24 Oct 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Queensbury Tunnel (Halifax/Bradford )
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Queensbury Tunnel (Halifax/Bradford )

Local TV news last night said they were dumping large volume of hard-core down a ventilation shaft, to prevent major collapse of the tunnel in one area.
In theory this is reversible, and might prevent catastrophic failure, but obviously won't make reopening easier.
by Steve
22 Oct 2019, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hi vis and reflective jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 487

Re: Hi vis and reflective jacket

James Up Hill wrote:Thanks. I want my sleeves to be bright as well. I drive quite a bit in London and always ask myself why cyclists would not have bright sleeves.

You can easily get "sleeved waistcoats" in high viz, meant to be worn over your outer clothes