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by vjosullivan
4 Dec 2012, 7:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unfair treatment of British cyclists.
Replies: 14
Views: 1833

Unfair treatment of British cyclists.

The first weekend of December and I was out cycling around the countryside on a cold and wet weekend, after the frosts had melted, with extra layers and a pair of ski gloves. Meanwhile, a cousin in Austin, Texas (who doesn't cycle) posted pictures of the barbecue he had with family and friends in te...
by vjosullivan
3 Dec 2012, 9:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A Questionable JOGLE
Replies: 13
Views: 26498

Re: A Questionable JOGLE

I'm hoping to do JOGLE next May with three club mates As we live in Falmouth, 28 miles from Lands End, it looks as if the last night will be spent in our own beds before the last day to LE via the Lizard. I just can't help feeling that sleeping in my own bed before the finish is wrong, silly really...
by vjosullivan
3 Dec 2012, 7:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many dealers...
Replies: 12
Views: 1667

Re: How many dealers...

531colin wrote:Might depend on what you mean by "dealers".
If you are paying wages, rent and business rates, and 20%VAT on the WHOLE of the selling price of secondhand bikes, then you aren't making a living.

Is VAT paid on second hand items? I thought it only applied to new stuff.
by vjosullivan
1 Dec 2012, 12:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's Jersey like for cycling?
Replies: 10
Views: 1932

Re: What's Jersey like for cycling?

I spent a week in Jersey in October (unfortunately without my bike). At best, it was less interesting than I expected, less than the Isle of Wight for instance. The main town is, as has already been described, a bit of a dump more or less identical to any light industrial port you'll find anywhere -...
by vjosullivan
23 Nov 2012, 9:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mud flaps
Replies: 32
Views: 7429

Re: Mud flaps

I passed a cyclist on the way into work today, wearing waterproofs but being absolutely drenched from all directions by the spray coming up from both of his wheels. With a decent set of mudguards and flaps he could would have been drier even without any waterproofs. I'm always surprised by how few b...
by vjosullivan
23 Nov 2012, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hang a bike
Replies: 9
Views: 2269

Re: Hang a bike

I've got a 10' x 6' shed with the door in the middle of the long wall. Four bikes are hung vertically by their front wheels along one of the short walls (which is reinforced by a wooden frame that takes their weight). By hanging the bikes at different heights (alternately higher or lower by about 18...
by vjosullivan
22 Nov 2012, 4:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Cycling Story
Replies: 1
Views: 705

A Cycling Story

Despite my surname, I don't usually follow Irish news or stories and was just looking for some weather related stuff. Anyway, I came across this article - about someone's cycling expedition - and I thought I'd share it... http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/the-ultimate-cycling-trip-i-had-to-drag-my-...
by vjosullivan
21 Nov 2012, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35636

Re: YHA dead?

................And doing night hikes on Exmoor when staying at the Barbrook hostel (an independent, methodist church I think), is still one one of my most cherished memories. I can see a link between modern kids NOT doing that (not learning to rely on their own resources) and giving up on the girl...
by vjosullivan
17 Nov 2012, 1:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35636

Re: YHA dead?

There's a Monty Python sketch that pretty much sums up the comments on this thread. I must dig it out some time.
by vjosullivan
25 Oct 2012, 7:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to photograph a Brooks saddle
Replies: 16
Views: 4222

How to photograph a Brooks saddle

I came across this video of a recent advertising photo shoot for Brooks.

http://fstoppers.com/one-foxy-advertising-campaign
by vjosullivan
21 Oct 2012, 8:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing paint chips
Replies: 20
Views: 4004

Re: Repairing paint chips

I assume that these days, all the frames are imported painted. If that's the case then I doubt you'll be able to get a drop out of Dawes, even if they were willing.
by vjosullivan
19 Oct 2012, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hub straps
Replies: 33
Views: 6447

Re: Hub straps

when I was a kid one of my bikes had a zip tie loosely attached to the front hub. When I was I kid I had a piece of cardboard sticking into the spokes and held in place with a wooden clothes peg. Not sure it got anything very clean but it didn't half make a racket, which was the most important thing.
by vjosullivan
18 Oct 2012, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ww2 maps
Replies: 14
Views: 4530

Re: ww2 maps

(I know you're specifically asking for non-UK maps but) for historic UK maps, my starting point would be:

http://www.shop.ordnancesurveyleisure.c ... gital-maps
by vjosullivan
16 Oct 2012, 10:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: British Cycle Quest
Replies: 16
Views: 5888

Re: British Cycle Quest

One thing that I found, last year, was that many of the clues could be located (but not often answered) using Google Street View. When it works, it's a good timesaver allowing you to "scout" the location so that - when you turn up there in person - you can quickly answer the question rathe...
by vjosullivan
16 Oct 2012, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: British Cycle Quest
Replies: 16
Views: 5888

Re: British Cycle Quest

With six points in each county, it should be possible in the vast majority of counties - as a circular ride - in a single weekend with many counties being possible in a single day. That's speaking as a southerner though.