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by DougieB
11 Jun 2012, 9:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Encounter with MAFIL's
Replies: 30
Views: 5686

Re: Encounter with MAFIL's

Because they do? Peds are allowed on all parts of a shared use path but cyclists only on the cycle bit, sad but true, just another reason not to use them. I seem to remember reading somewhere that if a shared path has a white line down the middle with markings showing of a cycle and a walking man, ...
by DougieB
10 Jun 2012, 9:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon Fibre
Replies: 101
Views: 7570

Re: Carbon Fibre

hey Mick, you touch on a problem I have in the work I do, and I think there's a general problem in all areas. 'a click of a mouse and a stroke of a track pad' is a far cry from solid engineering principles, which are required if you want to produce anything 'good'. look at all the people who having ...
by DougieB
10 Jun 2012, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Shields Ferry to IJmuiden (Amsterdam)
Replies: 7
Views: 4082

Re: North Shields Ferry to IJmuiden (Amsterdam)

hi, I have taken the same ferry, and cycled out of the port. the seamen (?) on the ferry are very busy while loading and unloading the cargo of (mainly) cars. but, I have always found them very helpful (cycling and motorbiking), and they are there to make sure you and your bike are 'fit for travel'....
by DougieB
10 Jun 2012, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame-bag / Salsa Anything Cage
Replies: 9
Views: 4457

Frame-bag / Salsa Anything Cage

Hi, Is anyone using these cages ? http://salsacycles.com/components/anything_cage/ I want to switch from panniers to frame-bags (surly troll), but that would mean moving where I store water. with the Anything Cages it looks like 1.5 litres of water either side would be possible. but I'd be intereste...
by DougieB
9 Jun 2012, 9:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: counter of passing cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 5752

Re: counter of passing cyclists

there aren't any potholes. well, there's slight burning of tarmac when the unemployed/public sector burn the bins to protest about, um, 'stuff'. really, if your goal in life is a great cycle commute to work, then come to Barcelona. great tarmac, great weather (mostly), excellent cycle infrastructure...
by DougieB
8 Jun 2012, 6:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: counter of passing cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 5752

Re: counter of passing cyclists

flat tyre wrote:22 Degrees? Let me know where this is I need to go there NOW!


Barcelona, 22 degrees at 8 am :-)
by DougieB
7 Jun 2012, 8:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: counter of passing cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 5752

counter of passing cyclists

I pass this every morning on the ride to work. no idea who the suspicious looking guy is, but the counter seems to me to be a good thing to have on the street (on a main cycle route).

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by DougieB
2 Jun 2012, 7:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: there's always one........
Replies: 16
Views: 5118

Re: there's always one........

you'll be fine. rest when you are tired, go when you are feeling good. eat well, and enjoy it. I wouldn't restrict yourself to cycle ways (unless you really want to), lots of D roads in France are great for cycling. you don't say when you'll be doing this, but reading between the lines I am assuming...
by DougieB
2 Jun 2012, 6:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Pyrenees
Replies: 17
Views: 14135

Re: Crossing the Pyrenees

if you take the east route, you can stay at mine in Barcelona if you like. I used to motorbike Barcelona to Edinburgh fairly regularly (though only cycled it twice). it's 1300 km's from Barcelona to Calais up the middle, which is the most direct route; knock off 250 km's for Paris. Be aware of the M...
by DougieB
31 May 2012, 8:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Pyrenees
Replies: 17
Views: 14135

Re: Crossing the Pyrenees

by the way, the 'easiest' route for me is via Perpignan. but that's running around the Pyrenees, not over them.
by DougieB
31 May 2012, 8:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Pyrenees
Replies: 17
Views: 14135

Re: Crossing the Pyrenees

it all depends... but, if you're going from Madrid to Paris an extra day (if that's what it takes you) is not that relevant. you would need to build in a couple of days, at least, for unexpected slow days or days you just don't feel like cycling. if you're limited with time (2 weeks, 1 month ?) it m...
by DougieB
31 May 2012, 6:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mail order Rohloff
Replies: 34
Views: 3262

Re: mail order Rohloff

I travel outside of Europe a fair amount, and when things go wrong you just have to deal with it. I think the belt and braces approach works best (ironically) when you are cycling in the western world. if the hub were to break while in a remote place (I don't count Barcelona as remote) I imagine I'd...
by DougieB
29 May 2012, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mail order Rohloff
Replies: 34
Views: 3262

Re: mail order Rohloff

finally managed to find a torx 20 driver in Barcelona, as the external gear wasn't as horizontal as it could have been. So, got that adjusted (not difficult), and got out over the weekend. the Rohloff is not like I expected. Super-smooth, and much smoother ratios that conventional (Shimano) gearing....
by DougieB
23 May 2012, 7:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bridge - what is going on?
Replies: 22
Views: 7083

Re: London Bridge - what is going on?

guys, I cycle on London Bridge every morning. I come from south London and go into Central London. Every morning, without fail, there are a plethora of pedestrians that decide to cross the bridge smack bang in the middle of it, or even only a few feet past the pedestrian crossing that I have just c...
by DougieB
23 May 2012, 7:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Newcastle - Route Suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 1502

Re: London to Newcastle - Route Suggestions

I did this a year or two ago, on the way up to Edinburgh. This is purely subjective, but I didn't find it that interesting. Although it was winter, and wet/snowing much of the time, so that would well have had an effect. I followed the Great North Road (lookup it up) out of London which was interest...