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by Ben@Forest
10 Feb 2014, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Everthing South Of Exeter
Replies: 92
Views: 29448

Re: Everthing South Of Exeter

Hi, Why are we still seeing cars outside flooded homes submerged up to the windows with water :?: Would'nt you move yours and walk home, even take your bike and cycle back home :) I'm not sure this is a practical solution, a countryside resident (such as me) could easily be more than two miles from...
by Ben@Forest
7 Feb 2014, 3:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Everthing South Of Exeter
Replies: 92
Views: 29448

Re: Everthing South Of Exeter

He was a business man, not a railway man or a transport man. He did a time and motion study on the network, and counted the passengers versus the staff and resources. What he didn't do, and none of the lackies did either, was to consider the rural environment and how the trains were their only meth...
by Ben@Forest
7 Feb 2014, 1:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Everthing South Of Exeter
Replies: 92
Views: 29448

Re: Everthing South Of Exeter

Trouble is, Beeching and his lackies wouldn't be told. By lackies I suppose you mean both Labour and Conservative governments which implemented his recommendations? In Beeching's defence it's worth noting that although he proposed radical cuts he also recommended substantial investment in the retai...
by Ben@Forest
31 Jan 2014, 2:53pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Tour de France
Replies: 27
Views: 54710

Re: Tour de France

We are seeing some extra campsites open, but no info on farmers opening fields for parking yet. Living just outside the Dales National Park I have heard that the National Park Authority (without quite ripping up the rulebook) are going to be very lenient on farmers opening up fields for parking and...
by Ben@Forest
31 Jan 2014, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35916

Re: YHA dead?

Striking the balance between the profitable, mostly city centre hostels and the smaller. less commercial rural ones, is never going to please everyone. The closure of some of the smaller more remote hostels is regrettable but, as others have pointed out, in many instances the void is filled by inde...
by Ben@Forest
30 Jan 2014, 8:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: My new mug
Replies: 22
Views: 28432

Re: My new mug

Can be used left or right handed. :D I got TWO of these as Xmas presents and another cycling-themed mug. It's nice to know my family know my interests but pur-lease something useful next time! I also think the reason I got the 'Bicycle Riders' mugs was because they are/were in John Lewis. You can j...
by Ben@Forest
30 Jan 2014, 8:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 5 speed for touring?
Replies: 19
Views: 12803

Re: 5 speed for touring?

I did my teenage touring (late 80s) on a five-speed. In fact I did everything on that five-speed back then! On a tour in France I came back up towards the ferry port through 'La Suisse Normande' - no intention to, it was just there, but by that point had no problem cycling up every hill. Of course t...
by Ben@Forest
29 Jan 2014, 12:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No surprise here then ....
Replies: 53
Views: 15457

Re: No surprise here then ....

Officially bicycles are permitted on the A19 - it even have some 'facilities' http://goo.gl/maps/KL9Gf I seriously doubt that's ever been used as no cyclist with any sense of self-preservation would contemplate cycling on that road. You'd be surprised - they run time trials on parts of the A19 - an...
by Ben@Forest
29 Jan 2014, 11:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: do flashing lights help drivers see you?
Replies: 43
Views: 28577

Re: do flashing lights help drivers see you?

He says that blinking lights causes drivers to fixate on them and then steer towards them. Obviously the difference in speed between bike and vehicle is the reason for so many incidents. Seemingly loads of reflective material is best according to yer man. I started wearing highly visible (as oppose...
by Ben@Forest
28 Jan 2014, 12:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Top Gear aimed at mental age of 9-official!
Replies: 26
Views: 13652

Re: Top Gear aimed at mental age of 9-official!

Let them do a series of specials - things like botswana and bolivia were good programs. The ones where they suddenly realise that they could actually die, and therefore the idiocy gets toned down a touch. I don't think they are particularly at danger on those 'specials' - on one they panned the cam...
by Ben@Forest
28 Jan 2014, 8:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: SUSTRANS Network
Replies: 21
Views: 11321

Re: SUSTRANS Network

I'd agree with what has been posted and reiterate that the signing is sometimes awful. The idea that smallish adhesive stickers wrapped around the top of a regular signpost is enough for a cyclist travelling at maybe 15mph is ludicrous. Overall I'm not a fan, I think they are better for local commut...
by Ben@Forest
26 Jan 2014, 10:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Son et lumière?
Replies: 10
Views: 12501

Re: Son et lumière?

I'm thinking of hanging a couple of cat bells on my bike to reduce my stealthiness. Hopefully this ploy may be effective, unless the constant jingling drives me insane first! Err.. surely leaving the bell your bike was supplied with (or which can be bought at all good bike shops) is a better idea. ...
by Ben@Forest
24 Jan 2014, 2:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.
Replies: 67
Views: 50771

Re: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.

I've done "Home -> LE -> JoG -> Home" twice now. Both times I wandered around a lot, so both times where +4,000 miles Home to Home. Jesus - that's a lot of 'wandering about'. I have just played with a route finder to find that Bangor (Wales) - LE - JOG - and back to Bangor via Lowestoft i...
by Ben@Forest
24 Jan 2014, 9:20am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.
Replies: 67
Views: 50771

Re: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.

Though I'm sure it's not the most I read on a website for supported E2E holidays that the leader had done 7 LEJOGs and a JOGLE. And that was promoting 2013 holidays so I guess he has another one now. In fact does CTC do E2E holidays? If it does your record holder might be right there!
by Ben@Forest
22 Jan 2014, 12:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Panniers or Backpack for quick LEJOG
Replies: 14
Views: 33021

Re: Panniers or Backpack for quick LEJOG

I'd say definitely no. Many, many years ago (on my first tour abroad actually) and just a couple of days into France we met a lad who was intending to go all the way south with a rucksack on his back, Though I didn't measure it(!) it was about 35- 50 litres capacity. A day or so later we met him aga...