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by roberts8
21 Feb 2019, 9:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: scam calls
Replies: 15
Views: 2266

Re: scam calls

I have had a few that ask about an accident that wasn’t my fault. I can get a few minutes fun out of them but when I mention that the front wheel on my bicycle was buckled they hang up. The idea is that the longer you keep them talking the less profitable the scam becomes as most not interested peop...
by roberts8
16 Feb 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Goodbye YHA
Replies: 52
Views: 4957

Re: Goodbye YHA

I think it is worth checking out rooms on Airbnb as they are often not much different from a hostel and if sharing they are very affordable. Mix and match all options seems another option.
by roberts8
4 Feb 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4971

Re: Salisbury plain

Just going over the brilliant route suggestions so thank you to everyone for their input. It really emphasises what a cracking forum this is and the knowledge of the contributors. Also seems there are very few trolls which I have seen on some travel websites and are a pain in the rear. Not a great a...
by roberts8
28 Jan 2019, 8:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3569

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

Here in the Surrey Hills recreational cycling has really increased but I do realise it could be localised. The comment is fair on cyclists passing through Westminster. How are these statistics collected? Observation on busy roads would not be good as most people go for quiet routes and with modern d...
by roberts8
23 Jan 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4971

Re: Salisbury plain

The map has arrived and your routes and thoughts look good. Sitting down with a beer planning a route that is not big by any means but it is fun. The few days will involve stopping and painting so I do appreciate your input.
by roberts8
22 Jan 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4971

Salisbury plain

Just ordered the OS map and plan to spend a few days touring the area. Looking for quiet roads and great views in the summer. Generally looking for 40 to 50 mile days and B and B in the early summer, any local knowledge appreciated.
by roberts8
10 Jan 2019, 11:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5091

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

A few years ago I used to commute across Richmond Park. One dark night I saw an odd bunch of shadows on the road only to ride into a herd of deer. I rolled into a ball and felt lucky but a total idiot when I uncurled and was totally alone with a few bruises and scratched bike.
by roberts8
7 Jan 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handle Bar Bags Compatible With A Torch
Replies: 10
Views: 511

Re: Handle Bar Bags Compatible With A Torch

I have a carradice bar bag which has a detachable bar underneath that could take a couple of lights.
by roberts8
7 Jan 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chapel lane, Boxhill area
Replies: 3
Views: 1391

Chapel lane, Boxhill area

Just to let people know.

Chapel Lane will be closed for five weeks at the Polesden Lacey end. Not sure if a bike will get through or not but just to let people know. I will check it out during the week.
by roberts8
31 Dec 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ramsgate ferry
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Ramsgate ferry

Whatever our individual feelings are about the B word it seems there may be a new ferry from Ramsgate to Ostend. Having cycled out of Ostend many times I hope this ferry does materialise. Maybe Cuk could negotiate a cycling friendly approach and deals as it would be a great to land in Belgium again.
by roberts8
30 Dec 2018, 5:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The real solution to close passes
Replies: 16
Views: 949

Re: The real solution to close passes

I have a redundant tent pole that could be used with a small flashing light on the end. How far away from the bike would it be legal to protruding?
by roberts8
17 Dec 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Next bike, touring, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 2828

Re: Next bike, touring, etc.

Rode a bit in Sri Lanka on a hybrid that was fine. Getting the tyres right first is a good idea. I replaced the forks on my rockhopper to surly yeti rigid forks and have butterfly bars for a variety of hand positions. I saved nearly 2 kilos on the fork change and it still handles well on lumpy surfa...
by roberts8
11 Dec 2018, 10:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wrist mirror
Replies: 39
Views: 1991

Re: Wrist mirror

The safety aspect is a good point so maybe I will look at the ones that fit on the down tubes so can be interchangeable between bikes. Thanks for your opinion.
by roberts8
11 Dec 2018, 7:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wrist mirror
Replies: 39
Views: 1991

Wrist mirror

Does any know if these work? I have butterfly bars and drops and do change bar positions frequently on a ride so constant adjustment could be annoying but can see (no pun intended ) the advantage as I have slightly restricted movement in my neck. I assume it would be useful when cycling on European ...
by roberts8
9 Dec 2018, 1:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly people /Christmas Spirit?
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Friendly people /Christmas Spirit?

Today there was an mtb,running event an the end of our single track road in the local hall. Very cheery marshals and thanks from competitors when people held back to let them through so you maybe right about festive spirit. I will go out over the next few days and test the theory.