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by cotswolds
5 Sep 2014, 10:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Canal & River Trust towpath consultation
Replies: 30
Views: 9936

Re: Canal & River Trust towpath consultation

The Cotswolds Canals are being restored through Stroud, and cycling through the restored sections seems to be encouraged. I'm pretty sure cycling was part of the use case for lottery funding. Stroud being in a narrow valley, the towpath is the only alternative to an A road in several places, and it ...
by cotswolds
2 Sep 2014, 3:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Carrying a defibrillator
Replies: 50
Views: 4929

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

I was told step 1 in CPR was always to ensure the safety of the patient and the first aider(s). For cycling, it's quite likely that the patient will be collapsed in the road, so start by considering the risk of being hit by a car, and what you can do about it. It's easy to overlook the obvious when ...
by cotswolds
1 Sep 2014, 12:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

The other effect that hasn't been mentioned is that the body can burn fat for fuel as well (even a skinny cyclist has some) but most of our bodies aren't used to doing this. I know a hardcore ironman triathlete who does 80 mile training rides without eating before/during and only drinks water. He re...
by cotswolds
29 Aug 2014, 2:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High-vis top with zero insulation
Replies: 17
Views: 3326

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

Pretty well any running/sports shop should have something suitable, eg http://www.sportsdirect.com/hind-hi-vis-running-bib-764112?colcode=76411213

I have seen them in pink as well. Most of them are more meshy than that one appears to be. I think I've seen them in a pound shop.
by cotswolds
21 Aug 2014, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sat nav on android.
Replies: 59
Views: 5594

Re: Sat nav on android.

I have OSMAND and like it a lot, but it doesn't seem to do postcodes. I may be wrong, but I don't think that you'll find a free completely offline solution that use postcodes because the postcode database is copyright and so money has to be paid to put it into an app. (Someone is trying to build a c...
by cotswolds
6 Aug 2014, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Open Map tags
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Open Map tags

I did a long tour in France last year and used OSM data very successfully and easily to find municipal campsites. They all seem to have 'municipal' as part of their 'name' tag, so you don't really need to worry about other tagging, just search for names containing 'municipal'. This will also get you...
by cotswolds
6 Aug 2014, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Retaining fitness over a break...
Replies: 10
Views: 858

Re: Retaining fitness over a break...

My experience is that endurance lasts months, but speed/hill climbing ability declines more quickly. A week isn't enough to make much difference, but you might be a little slower up the hills. If you want to try and maintain speed, you need to target the cycling muscles which can only really be done...
by cotswolds
6 Aug 2014, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First Great Western
Replies: 18
Views: 1826

Re: First Great Western

Assuming the train is a High Speed Train - likely on that route - there are 6 bookable spaces in Coach A (and possibly space to cram in 1 or 2 more) and then a further larger space in the adjacent power car usable at the train manager's discretion. A few years ago I did the Exmouth Exodus and my car...
by cotswolds
1 Aug 2014, 3:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Germany with bikes
Replies: 41
Views: 5937

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

Having exhausted places we wanted to tour which we could get to by ferry, we flew for the first time this year. We went with British Airways and found them very bike friendly. Yes there's a bit of stress packing up a bike for the flight, but it's not that difficult, probably less stress than you get...
by cotswolds
23 Jul 2014, 9:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wearing earphones
Replies: 33
Views: 2666

Re: Wearing earphones

In all this discussion, no one from the 'headphones bad' side of the argument has given an example of anything they have done differently because of what they have heard, they just assert that they feel safer. For quite a few years I mostly rode with a pocket radio and ear buds tuned to speech radio...
by cotswolds
10 Jul 2014, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 60 MPH TDF
Replies: 70
Views: 4674

Re: 60 MPH TDF

GPS fixes can be as often as 1sec intervals. How far can you run on a track in 1sec? My PB for a 10k (road not track) works out to just over 4 m/s; over short distances I can easily exceed 10 mph, i.e. close to 5 m/s; and I'm no spring chicken, I know plenty of faster runners particularly over shor...
by cotswolds
10 Jul 2014, 11:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 60 MPH TDF
Replies: 70
Views: 4674

Re: 60 MPH TDF

Even GPS-derived speed won’t be very accurate over a short sampling period, as needed to record peak speeds. If the GPS fix is accurate to 3 m, you’re doing 20 m/s, and the speed is calculated every second, the speed may be out by 15 %. The error on GPS fixes is mostly due to atmospheric conditions...
by cotswolds
10 Jul 2014, 9:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre pressure.
Replies: 7
Views: 4123

Re: Tyre pressure.

Have you checked to see if it's a rim tape problem? I've had a couple of punctures like this, once with an incorrectly seated rim tape, and I think the other time was after I got my first track pump and started using higher pressures. In both cases I covered quite a few miles before the tubes went. ...
by cotswolds
7 Jul 2014, 10:42am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Weather app for North Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 8227

Re: Weather app for North Scotland

I use the BBC app, but think it can sometimes be rather pessimistic, showing what looks like constant rain all day, but which turns out to be a 5 minute shower every hour. I quite like the Norwegian weather service app just known as 'yr'. Screenshot_2014-07-07-10-19-57.png The combination of solid/s...
by cotswolds
2 Jul 2014, 11:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: London Heathrow to Paddington Station
Replies: 5
Views: 5759

Re: London Heathrow to Paddington Station

You don't mention which terminal you're flying to, Heathrow has 5 in 3 different locations. Terminals 1,2,3 are together in the centre, exit is via a tunnel that goes north; terminal 4 is to the south and terminal 5 is to the west. Check which you're flying to, as it will make a big difference to th...