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by cotswolds
11 Jun 2018, 4:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ferrys st.malo cycling tour
Replies: 14
Views: 872

Re: Brittany ferrys st.malo cycling tour

Our first tour was a loop from Saint Malo down to Vannes, which we really enjoyed. I agree that cycle.travel is the best way to create a route. (I also sometimes download the gpx from a cycle.travel route and upload it bikehike which allows you to check the route against google maps/satellite view a...
by cotswolds
8 Jun 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sudden failures - what goes wrong unnoticed by the uninitiated?
Replies: 43
Views: 2874

Re: most dangerous breakages & how to avoid them.

- wheel rims that are worn on rim brake bikes class 1 = immediate and complete loss of control, there may be no warning, you will almost certainly fall off I've had two rim failures. First was the back wheel, braking for a right turn after descending a long (30 mph) hill. Heard a loud bang, looked ...
by cotswolds
1 Jun 2018, 3:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is Bikehike maintained?
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Is Bikehike maintained?

I'm a regular user of Bikehike mainly because of the ease of quickly switching between google maps, satellite view, OS and OSM maps. I've read that Google maps are introducing charging for use of their API which will likely stop it working unless somebody does some work. As the last maintenance entr...
by cotswolds
28 May 2018, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can't Load Course on Garmin
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Can't Load Course on Garmin

Is there something different about the new course? Did you create it in a different way? Does it come from a different source? Does it have more points? You say courses, but do you mean tracks? The 2 terms are often used interchangeably in the gps world, but they are slightly different things. Does ...
by cotswolds
19 May 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dutch approach to residents' parking
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Dutch approach to residents' parking

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/17/sun-terraces-and-lawns-dutch-residents-transform-parking-spaces

Shows how even the Dutch get very attached to their cars and get irate about other uses of the road space they think they're entitled to.
by cotswolds
19 May 2018, 5:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a display solution?
Replies: 12
Views: 945

Re: a display solution?

I have loads of them, they seem to accumulate in backs of draws, draped over corners of mirrors, etc. Before a Christmas a few of them seemed to disappear. They reappeared on Christmas day turned in to a wind chime - just an attractive bit of branch, with the medals hanging from it suspended by nylo...
by cotswolds
14 May 2018, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY Respray
Replies: 26
Views: 1550

Re: DIY Respray

The rack on my tourer is still structurally sound but has a lot of surface rust. I feel that ought to be a suitable target for a DIY paint job, but my previous attempt was unsuccesful. Now I know why.
by cotswolds
13 May 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 921

Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

A spring has gone in one of the rear brakes on my Dawes Horizon. I gather parts are not available so I need to replace. Current setup is Sora brifters, Acor crosstops (with barrel adjusters) and Tektro Oryx brakes. I find the performance (with tweaking) to be acceptable but not impressive. Initially...
by cotswolds
4 May 2018, 10:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Netherland gearing option
Replies: 16
Views: 1235

Re: Touring Netherland gearing option

A mudguard without a wheel inside it obviously pretty vulnerable to damage. I take them off and attach them to the wheels with short velcro straps. It may seem like a big deal because it's not something you do very often, but if you practice at home, make sure you have the ideal tools, grease the bo...
by cotswolds
30 Apr 2018, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: unibaggage
Replies: 1
Views: 749

unibaggage

Anyone heard of this company or used them? They do door to door to shipping at what seems like very good prices. £17 and 2 days for a 30kg package on the UK mainland, around £30 and 3-4 days in Europe (at least for the sample countries I checked). They'll take a bike packed in a bike box (but not in...
by cotswolds
23 Apr 2018, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How fast do we metabolise?
Replies: 33
Views: 2581

Re: How fast do we metabolise?

Probably the minutes rest and the psychological boost of knowing something is in the system. Question do you really NEED the snicker bar or only THINK you need it? TBH I would be ill if I had something inside my stomach that close to starting a big climb. A friend used to have this theory; When hea...
by cotswolds
5 Apr 2018, 2:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Disallow bans of only cyclists from (previously) all-purpose roads:only allow ban of same list of vehicles as for M-ways
Replies: 46
Views: 3961

Re: Disallow bans of only cyclists from (previously) all-purpose roads:only allow ban of same list of vehicles as for M-

Somewhat tangential, but slightly relevant... I've at least twice seen signs banning "vehicles not capable of exceeding 25mph" - from memory, the A34 near Abingdon and the A45 near Northampton - both fast, near motorway dual carriageways. I assume this is aimed at a particular class of mot...
by cotswolds
8 Dec 2017, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Working out a gradient
Replies: 49
Views: 2393

Re: Working out a gradient

You can get apps that do it for you - google clinometer. Mount phone to bike, calibrate on a known flat surface at home then you can have an instantaneous reading whenever you want. Will measure averaged over the distance between the contact points of your tyres, which is probably further than any s...
by cotswolds
20 Oct 2017, 3:16pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cholesterol readings & higher max HR
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: Cholesterol readings & higher max HR

It sounds a bit high to me. It is possible to burn 700 calories an hour cycling but you have to be going quite fast. Coming back to your original question, your increased max HR is probably because of improved CV fitness, but a much better measure of this is resting heartrate before you get out of b...
by cotswolds
20 Oct 2017, 1:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Pain in crutch when getting on bike
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: Pain in crutch when getting on bike

I get something similar, and for me the following helps: 1. Sit on a dining chair, left foot flat on the floor, right leg crossed over left with right ankle on left knee. 2. Get right knee as low as you comfortably can without straining anything. 3. Using your hands to hold down your right knee, use...