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by dodger
22 Feb 2017, 10:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.
Replies: 36
Views: 1377

Re: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.

Sorry Climo, but on other occasions it's been OK. Pot luck I guess!
by dodger
19 Feb 2017, 8:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?
Replies: 41
Views: 8841

Re: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?

Never tried a Sardar, but did buy a Dawes Sonoran hybrid about 15 years ago for about £300 and it's still going strong. The butterfly handlebars were a bit strange to begin with but it was a comfortable ride and now, as my back aches, I swap my Galaxy with drops now and again for a more leisurely tr...
by dodger
19 Feb 2017, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.
Replies: 36
Views: 1377

Re: Eurovelo 1, Roscoff southward.

3 years back it was cold through early to middle of May going South as far as Bayonne, with the wind (of course) in my face. Plus rain on at least half the days. Some campsites open - tourism offices are very helpful in checking for you. Managed to stay on 2 that were effectively closed, but nobody ...
by dodger
3 Dec 2016, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Thanks for the Wind Farms
Replies: 85
Views: 7291

Re: Thanks for the Wind Farms

Lots of talk about generating energy, but the best thing we could do is simply to use a lot less energy than we now do, particularly through much better insulation. If you live in a recently built house you will know how energy efficient they are. Forget the nightmare of dealing with future nuclear ...
by dodger
3 Nov 2016, 3:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A simple pleasure
Replies: 12
Views: 1866

Re: A simple pleasure

Cornish miles don't have any definition. They are as long as people want them to be. For example, whichever route I approach Constantine, the signs always show 4 miles, and I'm sure there are loads of other places the same.
by dodger
28 Oct 2016, 4:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Winter touring destination
Replies: 13
Views: 1732

Re: Winter touring destination

Majorca or Fuertaventura are my preferred options.
by dodger
28 Oct 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Supported cycling holiday
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Supported cycling holiday

"Backroads" - usually South and West Ireland but some tours in Cotswolds and Lakes.
Not cheap but consistently happy customers according to my niece who is a tour guide for them.
by dodger
13 Oct 2016, 4:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: It's that time of year again: hedge clippings
Replies: 22
Views: 2580

Re: It's that time of year again: hedge clippings

Why can't hedge trimmers have a simple angled rotating brush on the back, a bit like those road sweepers use? That way at least the clippings that escape will be swept right into the side of the road. Around here I notice that the speed of cutting helps determine the size of debris left. The ones wh...
by dodger
8 Oct 2016, 10:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cornwall at the end of October. Silly idea?
Replies: 10
Views: 783

Re: Cornwall at the end of October. Silly idea?

The weather CAN be great or awful. Watch the advance forecast. A great route is the St Ives to Lands End road. Narrow twisting roads but relatively quiet in October - EXCEPT half term, which is usually the last week in October, so be wary of traffic, especially friday and saturday. Avoid cycling on ...
by dodger
16 Sep 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1207

Re: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux

Hi Mrs HJ
Interested in your route from Bayonne to St Jean. I broke off my trip to Santiago after many days of foul weather and a lousy forecast so never got round to planning this bit. Perhaps the route would have been more interesting in the sun!
by dodger
9 Sep 2016, 5:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1207

Re: Velodysse - Arcachon to Bordeaux

Rode most of it 3 years ago and it was fine - mainly tarmac and mainly boring.
by dodger
7 Aug 2016, 8:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: All roads lead to Limerick
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: All roads lead to Limerick

A voracious young woman called Mabel
Liked to have her way under the table
But a fellow called Jim
Gave up on her whim
And said "I confess I'm not able"

Not my best but OK for a quick try!
by dodger
28 Jul 2016, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: VIDEO, GoPro: one of the most scenic mountain roads in Europe: La Palma, Roque de los Muchachos, 2426m
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: VIDEO, GoPro: one of the most scenic mountain roads in Europe: La Palma, Roque de los Muchachos, 2426m

What a super video. My idea of fun cycling; a bit like downhill skiing.
Let a machine do the work getting you to the top then cruise down again - several times.
Yes, you feel you deserve the down after labouring on the up, but why not take the chance to go down more than once?
Great stuff.
by dodger
21 Apr 2016, 10:11pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Charity chief executives should be on the board of trustees
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Charity chief executives should be on the board of trust

Charity CEOs are employed by the Board of Trustees. It is therefore an ambiguous position for them to be on that board. It is normal for the Chairman to be the one who appraises the CEO's performance and discusses this with other trustees. However, CEOs should attend and report to the Board, make re...
by dodger
14 Apr 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Riviera
Replies: 13
Views: 724

Re: French Riviera

Lovely area but a word of caution - It's a thief's paradise, so carry all your valuables (concealed) at all times and use the best bike lock you can. Better still, travel with a partner and don't leave your bikes unattended.