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by wearwell
13 Aug 2017, 8:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1861

Re: exped down mat - short life

I'm on my third synmat, one replaced under warranty, the other binned mid tour (It was a couple of years old) Current one has a bulge, but is still usable. There is a problem with the design that there's no way of overcoming with current HF PVC welding equipment. if you look at anything else made w...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1861

Re: exped down mat - short life

Sounds like you had a bad batch? Try to speak with the distributor, you may at least get a discount. It's annoying when those things happen, isn't it? My kettle starts leaking one week after the warranty expired, the shop says I could send it to the manufacturer but P&P is on me, so I may as we...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 2:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 549
Views: 324181

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I bought the titanium audax. Very nice bike and a pleasure to ride but it wasn't an easy journey. 1 It arrived and first thing I noticed was that steering tube had already been trimmed short. OK it fitted me, so that was lucky! 2. Both wheels were out of true - Spa sounded surprised and replaced the...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1861

exped down mat - short life

We bought a couple of these. They are brilliant except for short life. They both failed, internally not through puncture. One squirts out down and is hard to deflate (blocked inside), the other leaks from a seam. Unfortunately outside guarantee period. I guess we had about 50 nights on them. Pity, b...
by wearwell
4 Apr 2017, 9:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: west highland way kinlochleven
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: west highland way kinlochleven

Right ho thanks for replies.
Might just have a look at it - am staying in Kinlochleven. The WH way, Glen Coe and back up Loch Leven could make a convenient and interesting loop excursion
by wearwell
3 Apr 2017, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: west highland way kinlochleven
Replies: 6
Views: 586

west highland way kinlochleven

Would you take a touring bike (not loaded) on the WH route from Kinghouses to Kinlochleven or would it be not worth the struggle?
by wearwell
20 Dec 2016, 8:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.
Replies: 137
Views: 9380

Re: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.

....... When I first started driving a Ford C max(I'm on my second one), I very nearly turned out of an unmarked side road(minor housing estate roads)in front of a cyclist I didn't see,fortunately on the last second I saw something and braked,he'd anticipated the potential and had braked too. I wou...
by wearwell
17 Dec 2016, 11:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.
Replies: 137
Views: 9380

Re: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.

As a cyclist of many many years - indeed 56+yrs but more importantly as a driver that covers many thousands of miles each year and a great many hauling a 26ft twin axle caravan on the back of a large estate car - I see many many;far to many sights that really beggar belief. The current one is cycli...
by wearwell
12 Dec 2016, 3:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner DOES NOT blame headphones

[.... Sorry, my mistake, I phrased it unclearly. I sometimes get to the end of something and then haphazardly rewrite bits without paying enough attention*. I should have written this: So while it's perfectly reasonable argue that a sound can be a cognitive distraction, I don't think you can argue ...
by wearwell
12 Dec 2016, 4:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

The utility cyclist wrote:.....look at how hi-vis & helmets have been an utter disaster!.....

Have they? In what way?
Personally I make a point of high viz (on busy roads at least) and wear my yellow top most of the time. Sometimes you can feel the difference - the sense of people slowing down and passing wider.
by wearwell
11 Dec 2016, 7:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Whilst there is the concept of a standard of driving "expected of a competent and careful driver", the law would do well to make some sort of clear link between that and the concept of driving in such a way that human error or—perhaps more importantly—physical or mental disability on the ...
by wearwell
11 Dec 2016, 11:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner DOES NOT blame headphones

...... So while it's perfectly reasonable argue that a sound that causes you not to hear something can be a cognitive distraction, I don't think you can argue that not hearing something can be a cognitive distraction. It doesn't make any logical sense. The two things are quite different. "it's...
by wearwell
10 Dec 2016, 9:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Yes its appalling that the mail blames the victim - but this doesn't make wearing earphones a safe thing to do in the vicinity of traffic.

Would you advise your child to wear earphones on the street as pedestrian or cyclist?
by wearwell
9 Dec 2016, 5:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Can't see what the fuss is about. If the coroner's speculations actually deter anybody from wearing earphones whilst they cycle then that is a good thing. It wasn't wild guesswork at all - he's looking for causes and that she didn't hear the approaching vehicle could well be one of them, for simple ...
by wearwell
9 Dec 2016, 12:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner DOES NOT blame headphones

He could have said "There is no evidence that the wearing of headphones caused this accident, however, it is open to speculation that it may have been a minor contributory factor". ... Which is more or less what he said - though he made no mention of it being "minor contributory fact...