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by Ray
31 Jan 2011, 7:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Seeing and being seen
Replies: 26
Views: 1172

Re: Seeing and being seen

Does anyone know of a reasonably-priced source of reflective tapes, stickers, etc? I have a total of about 20 feet of 2inch wide silver reflective fabric cut from old safety jackets - legitimately acquired, I should add! Thin and flexible, so ideal for sewing, or maybe sticking, to clothing, bags e...
by Ray
23 Jan 2011, 7:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring chainset
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: touring chainset

No contest, surely? It has to be the XD2 from Spa at £35.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 0s109p2000

Ray
by Ray
22 Jan 2011, 8:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cylist killed on the A 38
Replies: 26
Views: 3622

Re: Cylist killed on the A 38

Thanks. That's terrible. After this news, going out on the bike tomorrow will be that bit more difficult.

Ray
by Ray
22 Jan 2011, 7:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cylist killed on the A 38
Replies: 26
Views: 3622

Re: Cylist killed on the A 38

This was Pat Kenny twice LEJOG record holder and someone who had cycled over 900,000 miles Shocking news. Are you able to confirm that it was Pat Kenny? I can't find anything via Google, or on the YACF or AUK forums. I rode many a mile with Pat back in the 80's and 90's - a really nice man. It's aw...
by Ray
13 Jan 2011, 10:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My best average speed
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: My best average speed

[quote="alicej" is there any way of mitigating the effect of the bumps on the wireless at all?[/quote] In my experience it's far more likely that the 'spikes' are caused by interference from traffic lights, high tension cables etc. I do wonder whether the more expensive computers (as used ...
by Ray
10 Jan 2011, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon forks on a steel frame?
Replies: 28
Views: 2037

Re: Carbon forks on a steel frame?

kenster wrote: I would ideally like a stem a bit longer.

See http://www.hubjub.co.uk/nitto/nittotnomzm.htm for tall quill stems.

Ray
by Ray
8 Jan 2011, 3:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My best average speed
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: My best average speed

I've had similar experiences with a wireless computer. My average speed actually increased after a traffic-light stop, where I recorded 99.9 kph while stationary. Buy a cheap one with a wired connection; more reliable, and cheaper on batteries. Probably lighter overall, too.

Ray
by Ray
7 Jan 2011, 8:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The D612
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: The D612

My recollection is that there was more traffic than I would prefer, but this would undoubtedly depend on the time of day or day of the week. Google streetview shows a fair no. of vehicles, including lorries, but we don't know when this was taken. Looking at Google maps to refresh my memory, I notice...
by Ray
27 Dec 2010, 7:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow watch
Replies: 270
Views: 14204

Re: Snow watch

A fast and constant thaw is on, and all the snow and ice is on it's final gasp. Just wet white slush out there, so we're off Up North tomorrow. Weather forecast is good, so it's all systems go! Not sure what you call 'up North', but it's still pretty chilly in W.Yorkshire. Although the main roads a...
by Ray
25 Dec 2010, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Through France This Summer
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: Cycling Through France This Summer

Is it this one ?? Interesting, thanks. Haven't actually seen one of those. It looks like an updated version of what I've used, with the possibility of using it with a mobile - the older type was restricted to cabines telephoniques. Use with a mobile would probably cost more, but may well be worth i...
by Ray
24 Dec 2010, 7:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Through France This Summer
Replies: 40
Views: 3350

Re: Cycling Through France This Summer

Go into a newsagents or a Tabac and buy a phone card. You can then use all the phone boxes. Even cheaper to buy a card (often just a printed slip of paper) from 'La Poste', which enables you to use a code to call the UK very cheaply indeed. Explain that it is for calls from France to the UK. Depend...
by Ray
21 Dec 2010, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: warm bibtights?
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: warm bibtights?

Tudor togs, as recommended by Ray are much cheaper. I used them for years (as did so many others.) The problem for me was that as they were cotton, if they got wet, it was like riding around with your legs being flapped by dishcloths. Yes, heavy, prolonged rain could be a problem but, for really co...
by Ray
19 Dec 2010, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: warm bibtights?
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: warm bibtights?

Last winter I dug out an old pair of Tudor bottoms (track-suit type with ankle zip) from the bottom of my wardrobe, and was surprised at how effective they were in the cold and, indeed, how comfortable they were. Having spent recent winters in bib tights I'd forgotten the advantages of the more trad...
by Ray
12 Dec 2010, 3:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Too cold for cycling.
Replies: 69
Views: 3835

Re: Too cold for cycling.

Does anyone else get really sore blood shot eyes from cycling in the cold? I can hardly see :cry: And it's not even that cold today Well, I don't, but that's almost certainly because I always wear protective (non-prescription) glasses, whatever the weather, to keep out the cold, dust, wind, sun, fl...
by Ray
26 Nov 2010, 10:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Christmas wishlist
Replies: 35
Views: 1481

Re: Christmas wishlist

First two threads just at the moment read, "Christmas wishlist" and "longs for tall skinny women". Well, just one would be nice, please, Santa - not too tall nor too skinny if you don't mind.

And perhaps you could also put us down for an early spring next year. Pleeeaase!