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by Norman H
11 Dec 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Jess Varnish ..
Replies: 47
Views: 12463

Re: Jess Varnish ..

This does sound like a seminal moment and I agree that it will have major implications for how we employ people in all sports. This is the BBC's Dan Roan's take: 'If the tribunal finds in Varnish's favour, not only could she be awarded compensation for lost earnings - it may have major repercussion...
by Norman H
11 Dec 2018, 6:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corroded chainring bolts
Replies: 16
Views: 730

Re: Corroded chainring bolts

In the absence of a suitable blowtorch I've used an electric soldering iron.
by Norman H
5 Dec 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Heart rate monitors
Replies: 30
Views: 1523

Re: Heart rate monitors

I'd echo what gbnz says about established manufacturers. I've got a couple of Sigma HRM's. One is a basic wrist mounted model and the other is part of a wireless bike computer. The strap on the wrist watch broke recently but the HR functions on both are still working well after a dozen years or more...
by Norman H
4 Dec 2018, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1312

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

I've never pre booked the ferry when travelling by bike but it may be best to enquire on some of the smaller ferries, or those with only one service per day. With regards to emergencies, even in the highlands and islands you're never that far from civilisation, and its been my experience that if thi...
by Norman H
23 Nov 2018, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Around Ireland
Replies: 17
Views: 953

Re: Around Ireland

There is this book: http://www.obrien.ie/paul-benjaminse I have only done from Enniskillen to Sligo from it though (was OK: some little roads which were quite rough used). (and I think the bit south of Tralee, near Lissardboula, is now wrong due to N22 bypass/upgrade/realignment: here is proposed c...
by Norman H
22 Nov 2018, 12:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Around Ireland
Replies: 17
Views: 953

Re: Around Ireland

Yes, The Wild Atlantic Way mentioned by Hobbs runs from Kinsale in the south to the Innishowen peninsula in the north. Encompassing most of the west coast. https://www.wildatlanticway.com/home Its primarily a tourism led initiative. There's nothing wrong with that but the problem for cyclists is tha...
by Norman H
22 Nov 2018, 9:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Around Ireland
Replies: 17
Views: 953

Re: Around Ireland

I've toured quite a lot in Ireland and my advice would be don't try to include too much in your first visit. The west coast in particular is extensively indented and as eileithyia says, a route exploring all the peninsulas would be a major undertaking. Also consider using public transport links to g...
by Norman H
9 Nov 2018, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route navigation
Replies: 28
Views: 1295

Re: Route navigation

I don't believe there's a one size fits all solution to this problem. So much depends not only on personal preferences but also on where you are riding. In some areas, Scotland for instance, where there simply aren't that many roads, a paper map is more than adequate and requires only the occasional...
by Norman H
7 Nov 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?
Replies: 37
Views: 1897

Re: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?

Leave your car in Helensburgh somewhere and get the train to Oban, they take bikes, then ferry to Barra. You could then do Harris to Uig after going around Lewis, cycle down to Ardrossan and get on that fantastic train journey back from Malaig. Supposed to be the most scenic in Britain. Much nicer ...
by Norman H
5 Nov 2018, 10:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJog Routes
Replies: 5
Views: 4644

Re: LeJog Routes

There are far too many possible routes to list them all. The best source for information and inspiration is probably the Cycle End-to-End resource website which is already listed at the head of this section. http://www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1
by Norman H
5 Nov 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing Gear Ratio
Replies: 10
Views: 1036

Re: Changing Gear Ratio

Replacing the complete chainset, as suggested by Brucey, might well be cheaper than replacing all three individual rings, and would be the way to go if the old chainset is shot anyway. If the existing chainset is a 5 arm 110/74 BCD design, and the outer and middle rings are still serviceable, you co...
by Norman H
2 Nov 2018, 12:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why didn't she notice the trap door?
Replies: 84
Views: 2618

Why didn't she notice the trap door?

In the 1920's my grandparents ran a grocery shop in south London. One day a customer entered the shop, and finding it unattended, placed an object on the scales. The scales were of the type with a display that could be read from both sides of the counter. He noted the weight as viewed from the his s...
by Norman H
29 Oct 2018, 4:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route creation software
Replies: 126
Views: 3494

Re: Route creation software

Memory Map and Mapyx would both do what you want, as would Anquet, which has already been mentioned. The downside is that you have to pay for the OS mapping. Memory Map currently have 2018 1:50K OS mapping for the whole of GB for £65 on special offer. They also do 30 day free trials, and in any case...
by Norman H
16 Oct 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Cycling Club Names, Z - A
Replies: 41
Views: 11773

Re: Cycling Club Names, Z - A

I thought Wobbly Wheelers were an invention of Johnny Helms. Tim Hilton, in his excellent book One More Kilometre and We're in The Showers , devotes a small chapter to this subject. In addition to some of those already listed, he mentions The Out-of-Work Wheelers , who arose as a product of Margaret...