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by brianleach
25 Mar 2009, 8:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forced to ride in the gutter
Replies: 41
Views: 2468

Re: Forced to ride in the gutter

In both my incidents the lane was so narrow that the motorist had nowhere else to go so if I had adopted either of the road positions suggested they would either have had to stop or drive through me. I consider myself a confident cyclist but I do admit that fear (or is it self preservation) kicks in...
by brianleach
24 Mar 2009, 8:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forced to ride in the gutter
Replies: 41
Views: 2468

Re: Forced to ride in the gutter

Strangely both my "encounters" were with youngish females. I don't know what that says other than perhaps they aren't cyclists. On the second occasion the car behind the "offender" stopped to allow me through and that was a chap! Not a sexist comment just an observation and proba...
by brianleach
16 Mar 2009, 7:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forced to ride in the gutter
Replies: 41
Views: 2468

Forced to ride in the gutter

Have been out for a 15 miler the last two weekend and on each occasion have been forced into the gutter (indeed on the first occasion virtually on to the pavement) by motorists coming towards me on the wrong side of the road whilst overtaking parked cars. Both times this was on minor estate roads. I...
by brianleach
4 Mar 2009, 8:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: canal du midi
Replies: 13
Views: 861

Re: canal du midi

I've bought one of these on the belt and braces principle

http://www.thesafeandsecurestore.com/se ... alarm.html

I haven't used it in anger yet but it's certainly b****y noisy.

Brian
by brianleach
4 Mar 2009, 7:10am
Forum: About these boards
Topic: New version of the Forum
Replies: 50
Views: 310130

Re: New version of the Forum

Is it my internet connection or is the load and navigation time of the new look website far far longer?

Brian
by brianleach
23 Feb 2009, 5:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The joy of continental cycling
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Only have limited experience of continental cycling and then only in France.

Normandy agree civilised

However Brittany as terrifying as the UK at times or was I unlucky?

Brian
by brianleach
16 Feb 2009, 1:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo/ Pleven question.
Replies: 4
Views: 415

I agree. Busy and quite hilly.

Brian
by brianleach
13 Feb 2009, 6:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS for cycling and driving?
Replies: 13
Views: 926

It depends on how you want to use the device(s) I use TomTom (which has a cycle route option) with my PDA (an HTC TyTyn II) but I would not trust using it attached to the bike as it is not robust enough (or waterproof!!) I therefore use it in conjunction with maps as a guide to getting where I want ...
by brianleach
12 Feb 2009, 1:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Normandy
Replies: 7
Views: 539

For the last two years I have done long weekend tours, first year in Normandy and last year in Brittany, from one base. It can be done and certainly means less setting up and taking down of the tent but you tend to see only half the journey or at least half the countryside because half of the journe...
by brianleach
11 Feb 2009, 7:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Viamichelin
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Tried it (using the IOM postcodes given) in Firefox 3.0.6 and it works.

Vernon is right some sites can be awkward with firefox (ebay and paypal are two of the worst)

You can get an Internet Explorer emulator as an Addon if it is a problem

Brian
by brianleach
10 Feb 2009, 1:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What camera?
Replies: 75
Views: 279585

When an image is saved in JPEG format, the process of encoding it involves compression. The level of compression which is applied can be set - images can be strongly compressed to save space or weakly compressed to retain quality. When you saved, whatever application you were using would have been ...
by brianleach
10 Feb 2009, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What camera?
Replies: 75
Views: 279585

I had a similar experience recently. I transferred a number of jpegs to my computer and then viewed and saved each one with a different name. No other changes were made by me but the file size reduced on average by a third. When I just changed the name in the directory the file size remained unchang...
by brianleach
9 Feb 2009, 5:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Front Rack
Replies: 20
Views: 2145

Just to update anyone interested. At long last I have fitted the Blackburn rack and at the weekend went shopping with the Ortlieb front panniers attached. Worked very well. Panniers fitted with no problems and centre of gravity not too high. Also steering manageable. The flat rack in front does seem...
by brianleach
29 Jan 2009, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling shoes
Replies: 22
Views: 1736

Does falling off at the ferry terminal in St Malo in front of 5 gendarmes qualify??

Brian
by brianleach
23 Jan 2009, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring tent
Replies: 91
Views: 19887

I have two vangos, a 4 man Equinox and the 2 man Sprite. They are both very good tents although the four man is way to big to take on the bike and is used for car camping. I have camped with the Sprite and it's a very good tent but 2 persons and 6 panniers would be pretty cosy!! In addition I don't ...