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by brianleach
28 Sep 2015, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way out of Cherbourg
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Best way out of Cherbourg

Made a hash of it myself this year and nearly ended up on the N13 (no bikes permitted) Sadly my Strava wasn't working at that point and the Garmin gpx is rubbish so relying on memory. If you head towards the N13 and then take a right off the roundabout that would take you onto it there is a cycle pa...
by brianleach
14 Sep 2015, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Paying for Strava
Replies: 20
Views: 1454

Re: Paying for Strava

Yep I pay as well. I'm not competitive but vain perhaps. I don't think it affects how I ride but somehow it feels better to have come 6th in the over 60s rather than 3,450th over all ages even if the time is the same!! I also like to see the heart rate over a ride; don't want to overdo it!! and you ...
by brianleach
16 Aug 2015, 8:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar charger or dynamo
Replies: 16
Views: 5860

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

As has been said I've found the small solar chargers useless and I have tried a few. I now have a dynamo hub which charges a battery as I go along and that charges the phone in the evening. I could charge the phone but don't have anywhere it can be charged safely whilst travelling. I also carry a nu...
by brianleach
8 Jun 2015, 1:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

I'm a bit confused by the surface dressing definitions mentioned here


So was I. It is not one I have seen before. It is not my usual part of Hampshire but if I am up that way again I'll try and get a picture or two.
by brianleach
4 Jun 2015, 3:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

It may be something similar but you wouldn't describe the protruding chips as small. The whole chip is visible, held together by tarmac making it very reminiscent of a rocky road chocolate biscuit. However again thinking about it I could see rain pooling in the gaps and if that water then froze it w...
by brianleach
4 Jun 2015, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

Exactly my thoughts although this is a minor B road so lorries aren't an issue. 4 x 4s on the other hand!!

I'm no expert but it looks as though the surface will last a good while before any further work is required.
by brianleach
4 Jun 2015, 8:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

That is the upside of course and it's certainly preferable to the loose chippings surface.
by brianleach
3 Jun 2015, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

Thanks for the information.
by brianleach
3 Jun 2015, 10:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

You are probably right. My feeling was that once traffic had been over the road for a period of time the sticky out bits (a technical term you understand) which seemed to be causing the problem would be effectively knocked off leaving a smoother surface. In the meantime of course powered vehicles wo...
by brianleach
3 Jun 2015, 7:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: New type of road surface

I have to say that for motor vehicles it would be fine. No potholes, no loose chippings (they are huge chippings held absolutely rigidly by the tarmac) and lots!! of grip. Once again I fear the surface was chosen purely for the benefit of motor vehicles with no thought for other road users.
by brianleach
1 Jun 2015, 2:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New type of road surface
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

New type of road surface

I came across a new type of road surface in Hampshire over the Bank Holiday. It is on the B3046 through the Candovers. I would describe it as really large chunks of stone embedded in tarmac. On the face of it it would seem to be a good piece of road, no potholes or other patches. However I was on 70...
by brianleach
1 Jun 2015, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

Thanks, that is very helpful. Seems different to how I remember but I suppose it is nearly 6 years since I last crossed.
by brianleach
28 May 2015, 11:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

I certainly wouldn't fancy trying to board the one on the right with my (always too heavily loaded) bike!! Although from what I read some of the ferries around the UK are often not much bigger.
by brianleach
28 May 2015, 8:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

Good to hear, thank you. May give it a go after all.
by brianleach
27 May 2015, 11:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 903

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

Thanks Simon, I see what you mean. I didn't realise there had been quite so many previous posts!!!