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by mjr
3 Nov 2013, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Light up your bike thread
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: Light up your bike thread

I think that's slightly daft. What you find more visible may well not be what people on average find visible. Look for good general advice from experts or organisations like CTC.
by mjr
2 Nov 2013, 8:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: To flash or not
Replies: 47
Views: 5056

Re: To flash or not

Flashing rear and a steady front at the moment because it can't flash. When I had a flash-capable front, I set it to flash in town. Simply to extend battery life. The bike with dynamo lights are both steady because battery life isn't a concern. I've read conflicting things about what's most visible,...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 11:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Netbook for touring
Replies: 114
Views: 65897

Re: Netbook for touring

Osmand can produce gpx files, but the interface for drawing them by hand is utterly awful and impractical.
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 11:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: pedal cycle as mule
Replies: 17
Views: 4353

Re: pedal cycle as mule

As mentioned in the other thread, my worst was a 2*3m ladder which made the bike unrideable. 6ft planks have been a frequent load.
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 3:51pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: 'Refreshing the brand' . . . . . .
Replies: 168
Views: 203672

Re: So - is 'refresh the brand'

I'm already not particularly happy with the CTC, mainly because of the conversion to a "charity" status. As I'm getting a discount for not being employed, I may carry on. No sure, but I may do. Other option is to join BC. BC is cheaper for most than CTC, more visible and about as democrat...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Security while abroad
Replies: 35
Views: 4794

Re: Bike Security while abroad

On my recent European jaunt, it was noticeable that nearly every bike (say) outside a supermarket, would be secured with a "Nurses Lock." Whilst universal on the continent, they are as rare as hen's teeth in the UK. Some are sold in Cambridge http://dutchbike.co.uk/Accessories4.htm but th...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 1:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Stepping back from the Garmin brink
Replies: 51
Views: 6922

Re: Stepping back from the Garmin brink

actually know how to read an OSM (goodness knows what the younger generation imagine that stands for :shock: ) It stands for http://www.OpenStreetMap.org - I'm impressed there are farsighted schools teaching how to read it ;-) and I hope they'll teach how to edit it too, like we did as slave labour...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SCHWALBE Delta Cruisers, in fetching cream.....
Replies: 20
Views: 2861

Re: SCHWALBE Delta Cruisers, in fetching cream.....

Sort of related: is there any functional difference between the colours? I've read some claims that the black lasts longer in UV light because the black is added carbon but I've no idea why that would matter and if it's true. I wonder whether people think the cream doesn't last as long because it's ...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 11:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Posties & the Law
Replies: 29
Views: 2650

Re: Cycling Posties & the Law

meic wrote:I asked a postman about that and he said it was a total myth and they have no special privileges.

So I wonder if the above universal postal service exemption isn't applied to all TROs (which create double-yellow lines and so on) or if that postman just didn't know about it.
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 11:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage
Replies: 21
Views: 6173

Re: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage

I have gone to the DIY shop with my trailer & loaded it up a time or two with things, including tiles and planks of wood (for shelving). I don't think I'd try to carry a sink, though. I'll match your planks and raise you a 2m threaded rod, 40 litres of specialist compost and a 2x3m ladder (not ...
by mjr
1 Nov 2013, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Netbook for touring
Replies: 114
Views: 65897

Re: Netbook for touring

Have you tried Cyclestreets Andy? If the route wasn't too long you could presumably get it to suggest a route and then manually put various points in to the Etrex at various points to route the same/ish way. Cyclestreets offers its routes as GPX downloads. Can't Etrex import GPX? (Although I don't ...
by mjr
31 Oct 2013, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage
Replies: 21
Views: 6173

Re: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage

Groan! That's bonkers! Ask the council officer in charge of the development to raise the sign combined with lack of dropped kerb and crossing in the next safety audit. If things work as they should (big IF), it should kick off remedial work... Oh well at least it's not CYCLISTS DISMOUNT. That's slig...
by mjr
31 Oct 2013, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you tie yours? (non-pannier bags)
Replies: 27
Views: 4200

How do you tie yours? (non-pannier bags)

I usually ride with a 12-ish litre backpack, but attached to the rack. My current favourite attachment is to have it lying on the top with its back flat against the rack, the straps twisted and tied across its front, then one bungee looped around the front of the pannier rack top (it has one of thos...
by mjr
31 Oct 2013, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Light up your bike thread
Replies: 53
Views: 5762

Re: Light up your bike thread

Sounds like an argument for Pedalites but I don't understand how they know which side to show red.
by mjr
31 Oct 2013, 4:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: "Their" roads????
Replies: 46
Views: 4119

Re: "Their" roads????

Ah well, this is rural Norfolk. Apart from the Enterprise (used to be a Sixt IIRC - I've had a bad experience with that branch), I think the low-enders like Thrifty, Budget and Global have run most of the other hire firms out of town and it's a long way to the big cities with decent hire firms... un...