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by ericonabike
4 Feb 2012, 3:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do I need therapy?
Replies: 39
Views: 2324

Do I need therapy?

I'm an experienced, confident cyclist. I do around 5,000 miles a year in all weather and traffic conditions. But recently I seem to have undergone a change in temperament. On every journey I'm waiting for some kind of motorist-related incident, and I'm rarely disappointed. But I find myself getting ...
by ericonabike
7 Jan 2012, 5:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?
Replies: 7
Views: 2739

Re: High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?

Rush hour is defined at http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/yo ... le-policy/ - my journey will be outside that, but am less than confident about the cycle policy applying across HST as well as 'standard' services...
by ericonabike
7 Jan 2012, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?
Replies: 7
Views: 2739

High speed train service London - Dover: cycle policy?

I've just discovered the existence of this line, which means that I can travel from my home station to Dover by just changing trains at St Pancras - no hiking cross-town, and a very rapid frequent service. South Eastern trains cycle policy seems pretty good - for me at least - as they are allowed on...
by ericonabike
7 Jan 2012, 5:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo - Calais
Replies: 8
Views: 2331

Re: St Malo - Calais

Thanks for the replies - happy to spend the extra on a cabin rather than sleep on the floor tho! Ilike the sound of the Pont Normandie, having a bit of a thing about cycling over bridges. Means I end up in Le Havre, but hopefully we can negotiate that ok. Good tip re trains - my reckoning is we'll o...
by ericonabike
5 Jan 2012, 9:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo - Calais
Replies: 8
Views: 2331

St Malo - Calais

Taking my [grown-up] son on his first cycle tour in June and we decided to do a pootle from St Malo to Calais. The logistics by train and ferry work out well - about £350 for the two of us including an overnight cabin on the St Malo route. We'll be en route in france for 6 days, taking camping gear ...
by ericonabike
11 Dec 2011, 3:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding shoes
Replies: 19
Views: 2053

Re: Folding shoes

Slightly different solution - Shimano sandals with SPDs. Great for pedalling, use the same shoe at night with a pair of black socks and no-one really notices they're sandals! Helped me do a 7-day JOGLE with just a rackpack - only downside is when it rains in the evening...
by ericonabike
7 Dec 2011, 10:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Little message for Sustrans and local authorities...
Replies: 49
Views: 4455

Re: Little message for Sustrans and local authorities...

I'm a volunteer ranger for Sustrans and I HATE the barriers that exist. I can see the sense in having a physical barrier to prevent car access [they've started using bridleways as rat runs now] but motorcycles? The only PTWs that are going to use sustrans routes are off-road bikes. And by definition...
by ericonabike
7 Dec 2011, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano dyno hub problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Shimano dyno hub problem

Just fitted the wheel [tho not the light as yet] and didn't notice any difference in the pedal effort required. Which is what I'd expected - hence my astonishment at the way it felt when spinning it and holding the axle! Starting to think it should come with a 'Warning! this feels rough when you spi...
by ericonabike
5 Dec 2011, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano dyno hub problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Shimano dyno hub problem

Thanks for that - pleased I asked before getting into its innards. I've installed it in the bike and it now spins reasonably well. Could not believe how rough it felt when holding the axle though. I've since unearthed this from Pete White cycles, which also helped. "Schezbzflat! My hub feels no...
by ericonabike
5 Dec 2011, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano dyno hub problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Shimano dyno hub problem

A couple or so years ago I bought a Shimano dynohub, laced into a a Mavic wheel. It was in a closing down sale, and so was an 'impulse buy' rather than a necessity. Today I finally decided to fit it. I idly 'span' the wheel whilst holding the axle, to see how it compared with a standard hub. It didn...
by ericonabike
29 Nov 2011, 4:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Funny/stupid idea - lejogle in 10 days
Replies: 46
Views: 30099

Re: Funny/stupid idea - lejogle in 10 days

My JOGLE was over 7 days, doing around 200km for 6 of them, and one a bit shorter at 160 km. That was unsupported, solo, in pre-booked accommodation. That was about the limit for me in terms of it being enjoyable, rather than endurable. Your ride will definitely be on the 'endurable' side of the lin...
by ericonabike
12 Nov 2011, 9:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycle jumble - anyone organised one?
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: cycle jumble - anyone organised one?

That is interesting - but very different from my imprerssion of a cycle jumble! I hadn't seen it as being, effectively, a sales room for complete bikes, where the buyer pays the Club. I see from ypour profile Audax67 that you're based in france. I'm not sure that this system would travel across the ...
by ericonabike
11 Nov 2011, 9:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycle jumble - anyone organised one?
Replies: 5
Views: 729

cycle jumble - anyone organised one?

I'm looking at the idea of organising a club cycle jumble this winter. Complicated only by the fact that I've never been to one, let alone organised same. Anyone have any experience/tips/contacts they can pass on?
by ericonabike
9 Nov 2011, 9:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where I can get a job that pays me to ride my bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 3117

Re: Where I can get a job that pays me to ride my bike?

As others have said, focus on the commute, not what happens in between! I took early retirement recently and my cycling miles have dropped dramatically. I hadn't realised quite how much I depended on commuting to get me on the bike.Wwhen the necessity has gone, there always seems to be a good reason...
by ericonabike
9 Nov 2011, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Studded tyres - which bike?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: Studded tyres - which bike?

Thanks for the contributions - have plumped for the MTB version of the tyre in my original post - the alternative from wiggle was out of stock, expected mid December! I'll let you know how they perform if/when we get the right conditions for them.