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by PRL
29 Aug 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ebsfleet to Ramsgate return route
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Ebsfleet to Ramsgate return route

As some of the others have hinted the first few miles from Ebbsfleet through the Medway towns isn't that pretty and that you might think about some minor changes. My suggestion would indeed be to carry on to Ashford and start/finish there. From Ashford you can follow route 18 to Canterbury (cycle p...
by PRL
29 Aug 2017, 10:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: UK Trains - Online bike reservations
Replies: 103
Views: 11149

Re: UK Trains - Online bike reservations

I have just tried FGW as advised above. The site allowed me to select tickets then broke before I got round to seats/bike. :cry:
by PRL
27 Aug 2017, 9:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT Consultation: Draft transport accessibility action plan
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: DfT Consultation: Draft transport accessibility action plan

It would certainly be better if they simply adopted IAN 195/16 ( what we don't need is a multiplicity of standards) and made adherence mandatory. However that would place obligations on the government which they will prefer to avoid. How far are they likely to be interested in changing standards for...
by PRL
22 Aug 2017, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do I need 'cycling shoes'?
Replies: 12
Views: 899

Re: Do I need 'cycling shoes'?

Decathlon do reasonably priced cycling shoes with a loop to keep your laces out of the chainwheel.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/100-mountai ... 86858.html

Could you get better trainers ?
by PRL
21 Aug 2017, 7:51pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: The Ticking Lyme Bomb
Replies: 48
Views: 5221

Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

mercalia wrote:yes and also a London park. aint safe to go out anywhere


Richmond Park, with deer , one could understand. There isn't any park called "Chiswick Park " so it is not clear where the bite occurred.
by PRL
17 Aug 2017, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on which "Sit up & Beg" bike to buy
Replies: 8
Views: 3872

Re: Advice on which "Sit up & Beg" bike to buy

Consider a Brompton that gives you a Sit Up position but also the flexibility to take it on a train at a moments notice.
by PRL
12 Aug 2017, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring france
Replies: 14
Views: 1715

Re: Touring france

The one tour I would recommend people to not do is "The Loire Valley." This sounds lovely and is as boring as hell. The Breton coast, off season is hard in that it's hilly but it's well worth seeing. I've seen it all from Mont Saint Michel (hopeless) to Benodet. Mont Saint Michel is very ...
by PRL
7 Aug 2017, 8:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: Route Planning

NCR4 will take you all the way from Newport to Thatcham and is probably the best option as far as Bath. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-4 After Bath it is a canal tow path for most of the way so certainly quiet but not fast. Reasonable surface ( the Bath - Bradford section gets very ...
by PRL
6 Aug 2017, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Narrowly avoided being knocked off my bicycle by a dangerous pick-up truck
Replies: 46
Views: 3229

Re: Narrowly avoided being knocked off my bicycle by a dangerous pick-up truck

I would write to the highways authority (East Riding Yorkshire Council?) and ask them to remove that cycle lane. . There is no point in having a cycle lane that is just part of a general purpose lane. If we had a national standard that would just be banned. In this context a bicycle logo in the cen...
by PRL
1 Aug 2017, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does this bike exist?
Replies: 21
Views: 2042

Re: Does this bike exist?

mercalia wrote:I thought op said internal hub gear - the picture shows derailleur?


Are you sure ? The disc-brakes look quite like dérailleurs . :?
by PRL
1 Aug 2017, 8:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: 'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London

The title of this post is a bit misleading. Initiative referred to is "close-pass". (Ie stopping them).
Space for Cycling is about safer routes by segregation and limiting traffic.
by PRL
30 Jul 2017, 3:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: 'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London

"give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car" The problem with that advice is that motorists often overtake other cars very closely. It would be much better if it said "at least half a car's width" The word "room&qu...
by PRL
21 Jul 2017, 9:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New towns – designing for cycling
Replies: 27
Views: 3117

Re: New towns – designing for cycling

20. More importantly, experience shows I think that you have to give bikes a real advantage. Make short car journeys awkward. Stevenage and MK ran into trouble because the bike paths aren't bad, although they are impossible to find your way around, but the roads are also built to make life easy, so...
by PRL
21 Jul 2017, 8:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New towns – designing for cycling
Replies: 27
Views: 3117

Re: New towns – designing for cycling

. People get to Dalkeith by following signs to Edinburgh till they get close. They do not follow signs to Peebles then Eddleston then Penicuik and so on. So why would you expect them to get across Milton Keynes by navigating from village to village? The only sane way to get from Wavendon to Bradwel...
by PRL
18 Jul 2017, 8:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Train punctuality: is it really that important?
Replies: 48
Views: 3056

Re: Train punctuality: is it really that important?

When you have a connection to make. My most irritating experience was when taking a Brompton on a late running train. (Greater Anglia ?) We unfolded before the train stopped in order to make the connection ( much quicker to wheel than carry) only to get told off by the guard. First seem much more re...