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by AndyK
15 May 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1227

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map

But surely it's doing a bit more than that in that the "graffiti" doesn't appear on OSM, only on OCM? Unless of course you are able to edit OCM as well/separately and someone has taken the opportunity to do that. Well... interesting, that. The dodgy location we're talking about was marked...
by AndyK
15 May 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1227

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

Trap streets aren't really something that OpenStreetMap does: anyone is free to copy the data for free provided they acknowledge it, so there's no real benefit to "pirating" OSM information as there's no licence fee to avoid.
by AndyK
14 May 2019, 10:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1227

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

And yes, it is easy to mess about with it. So there are probably lots of messages tucked away at any given time, but there's always someone else getting rid of them. I've always thought that a moderator had to approve any changes to the Open Street Map before they're published. Obviously not. Thank...
by AndyK
14 May 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1227

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

I've just deleted it on OpenStreetmap. During the same editing session, that user also labelled a Tibetan meditation centre in Bermondsey as a "Warehouse", so I doubt there's going to be an interesting story behind the Lucas Fernandez entry. I think it still takes a day or two for changes ...
by AndyK
9 May 2019, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1271

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

Not had a problem in France or Netherlands. I don't think flashing lights are legal in the U.K. either but also don't think the police are likely to act. Flashing lights are legal in the UK and have been since 2005. Well, except that technically, none of the ones you can buy in the shops meet the r...
by AndyK
9 May 2019, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32

the 3/8" drive fitting on BBT-22 is mostly useful if you use a torque wrench during installation; it isn't really man enough for removing tight BB units. I've found long-ratchet-arm (not the torque wrench) plus BBT-22 to be much more effective than spanner + BBT-32 on tight cups, and I've used...
by AndyK
9 May 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32

PS Neither is a patch on the TacX T4415, which will get even the most stubborn cup undone, but sadly that's no longer made. There are a few still around though.
by AndyK
9 May 2019, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32

The BBT-22 allows you to use a 3/8" ratchet arm with it, which is very useful if you have such a thing: it allows you to get good leverage to undo a tight BB without slipping off the tool as spanners sometimes do.


[Amended 'cos I got them the wrong way round! :oops: ]
by AndyK
3 May 2019, 11:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Oxford following the Thames
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: London to Oxford following the Thames

As Richard says, cycling on most of the Thames Path is illegal (and awkward anyway). Consider using this Thames Valley Cycle Route instead.

As for Eton... someone's given you some strange ideas about Down South. :D
by AndyK
2 May 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Good cheap helmet
Replies: 71
Views: 2126

Re: Good cheap helmet

gaz wrote:
mjr wrote:There are no good helmets.

I have to disagree, I'm with Kirst on this one.

I find your lack of faith disturbing.
by AndyK
30 Apr 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: New look Cycling UK clothing ... coming soon.
Replies: 35
Views: 11905

Re: New look Cycling UK clothing ... coming soon.

I am not sure there was anything "demonstrably incorrect" in my statement - I said - given their constant campaigning for road safety for cyclists why don't they offer brighter colours. I made no statement that bright colours were any safer than dark colours - although personally I believ...
by AndyK
30 Apr 2019, 11:29am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Good cheap helmet
Replies: 71
Views: 2126

Re: Good cheap helmet

I fear a helmet won't protect you from the minefield you've just walked into. :wink: Most helmets offer much the same level of "safety" as each other. No helmet will keep you safe. On the subject of safety I suggest you look at the 1,000,000,000 other posts in this sub-forum. Moving swiftl...
by AndyK
29 Apr 2019, 3:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: St. Martins or Overton cafe - Update
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: St. Martins or Overton cafe

Near St Martin's there are also the Cafe on the Hill in Welsh Frankton (only been open a year or so, family-run, deserves support) and the community cafe near the aqueduct in Chirk, Caffi Wylfa, which has lots of space for cycling groups.
by AndyK
26 Apr 2019, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

I'm fairly sure the footbridge is only accessible from within the service station buildings, so it's likely that anyone trying to take a bike through would get stopped by security before they even reached the bridge. I doubt if security would care about someone wheeling a bike across the footbridge...
by AndyK
26 Apr 2019, 12:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

I thought all motorway services had "back entries" for staff etc. Otherwise they would have to often make substantially longer journeys up motorways, driving miles out of the way to get on and then possibly get stuck in motorway jams. I know two on the m25 like that. Further down the M3 W...