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by ericonabike
13 Sep 2010, 11:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'I don't ride on the pavement'
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Re: 'I don't ride on the pavement'

Supplied by Hivis.net - the mesh vest at http://www.hivis.net/c5/High-Visibility/Hi-Vis-Vests/ Cheap, efficient and quick - my only gripe was paying two sets of postage for two items delivered in the same package. You only get three lines of text, so creativity is called for...
by ericonabike
13 Sep 2010, 11:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'I don't ride on the pavement'
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Re: 'I don't ride on the pavement'

Bumped to report on progress after a week of wearing the 'I DON'T RIDE ON THE PAVEMENT!' fluoro vest. Despite dire warnings from Mrs Ericonabike [you're going to get thumped if you wear that] the signs have been positive to date. No honks or shouts or even revved engines behind me. Only drwaback is ...
by ericonabike
7 Sep 2010, 2:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet

I ascended the highest point in Spain [Mount Tiede in Tenerife] which is 3715m above sea level. And since my hotel was on the coast, I got the full benefit of every metre! I'd like to say that my lassitude was due to altitude, but I fear it was more lack of fitness. Had to stop every quarter hour to...
by ericonabike
7 Sep 2010, 9:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet

'I plan to do a trans europe ride sometimes in next summer.
I plan to start from London..'

London? Pah! Start from Leicester, the jewel of the Midlands. Might even put you up for the night if you ask nicely...
by ericonabike
6 Sep 2010, 3:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pre-loading H20
Replies: 17
Views: 869

Re: Pre-loading H20

Fair point Crepello. I can understand the science involved for a change, and hereby vow never to try pre-loading with H2O! I'll just ride along as usual on regular slurps of orange juice + water + pinch of salt. Together with cups of tea as appropriate. And the occasional pint or two...
by ericonabike
6 Sep 2010, 3:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

Re: Cycling the Highest Raod in the World @ 18,380 feet

'I can understand mountaineering climbing at high altitudes, but cycling??????'

Mrs Ericonabike can't understand why I'd want to beat myself up cycling 120 miles a day [see below]. Takes all sorts, and one person's challenge is another's madness....
by ericonabike
3 Sep 2010, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Zeebrugge to Nice in March 2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2140

Re: Zeebrugge to Nice in March 2011

Still planning the route as I write! It's very old school, involving a road atlas, highlighter pen and a laminating machine. Once I've plotted it I'll list the roads used and places passed through so that you can recreate it if you wish.
by ericonabike
2 Sep 2010, 8:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pre-loading H20
Replies: 17
Views: 869

Re: Pre-loading H20

I'm not sure the 'auto dump' facility would kick in! In my experience, the [male] body has a a 'wee trigger' - you can drink a number of pints of beer, research has shown me, without wanting to go. But as soon as you do go, you have to keep going back! I reckon I could neck five or six pints without...
by ericonabike
2 Sep 2010, 4:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pre-loading H20
Replies: 17
Views: 869

Pre-loading H20

At a loose end for a moment or two so thought I'd post this. We're recommended to drink around 750ml of water an hour, I think, when pedalling, to prevent dehydration. So on a six hour ride you'd be looking at 3.5 litres. Are there any physiological resons why you shouldn't drink that before the rid...
by ericonabike
2 Sep 2010, 9:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What lock?
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: What lock?

Useful advice, thank you. Will go for low weight, visible deterrent option [for cafe stops etc] on the basis that the velo will have a secure lodging at night. It will be plastered with 'charidee' posters anyway, so it would be a really evil cochon that would nick it!
by ericonabike
1 Sep 2010, 1:47pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which way, Lejog or Jogle?
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Which way, Lejog or Jogle?

Absolutely agree with Mick F [as ever]. When I did my JOGLE in 2008 everyone asked, with varying degrees of scepticism/astonishment why I was doing it the 'wrong way'. The impression given was that on a LEJOG you don't really need to pedal, just sit back and let the wind carry you before it. Cobbler...
by ericonabike
1 Sep 2010, 1:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'I don't ride on the pavement'
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Re: 'I don't ride on the pavement'

Got it! If my original idea don't work I'm going for:

POLITE
CYCLIST
by ericonabike
1 Sep 2010, 12:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What lock?
Replies: 4
Views: 553

What lock?

I'm doing a six day charge through France this month [see below]. I've not pre-booked any accommodation, but am mostly aiming for two star hotels. I'm travelling light, with just a rack pack for luggage. Any thoughts as to a lock that makes for the best compromise between high security and low weigh...
by ericonabike
1 Sep 2010, 10:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Zeebrugge to Nice in March 2011
Replies: 16
Views: 2140

Re: Zeebrugge to Nice in March 2011

Herr Google say: “Vrienden op de Fiets" guide for 2009 will contain about 3700 addresses in Holland and Belgium. These addresses provide Bed and Breakfast for cyclist and hikers only. The prevailing wind will be in your face, no matter which direction you're going... Sounds like a great ride - ...
by ericonabike
1 Sep 2010, 9:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'I don't ride on the pavement'
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

Re: 'I don't ride on the pavement'

Thanls for the replies - especially like the idea of having one with POLICE printed on it! Wonder what the legality of that would be - if questined, presulmably we could just say we were showing our support for Sting and his mates. BTW it is cheap to get them made up. £7.50 printed, of which about h...