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by pga
23 Apr 2011, 8:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: IAM poll on increasing motorway speed limits
Replies: 43
Views: 2841

Re: IAM poll on increasing motorway speed limits

What a shower we have in government - fighting wars to protect our fuel supplies and ignoring the threat of global warming, rather than introducing measures to reduce fuel use, eg by reduced speed limits and not increasing them - 55/60 mph on motorways and A roads, 30/40 mph on B roads and outside b...
by pga
23 Apr 2011, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is it safe to go out cycling this weekend?
Replies: 25
Views: 1252

Re: Is it safe to go out cycling this weekend?

Better to make the motorists stay indoors and let the rest of us breath clean air for a change.
by pga
7 Apr 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best tent for uk cycle touring.
Replies: 70
Views: 13042

Re: best tent for uk cycle touring.

Make sure the tent outer can be erected before the inner, otherwise you have a problem in wet weather.
by pga
5 Apr 2011, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best tent for uk cycle touring.
Replies: 70
Views: 13042

Re: best tent for uk cycle touring.

I repeat what I have said in previous posts - you do not have to spend big money to get a decent tent. Look on the Decathlon site (mail order if you wish). I have had a Quechua T2 Ultralight Pro (2kg) for some years and it has proved its worth over about 30 days camping in a year in the UK and Franc...
by pga
27 Mar 2011, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frozen[sic] shoulder and physiotherapy
Replies: 11
Views: 878

Re: Frozen[sic] shoulder and physiotherapy

You need to see a surgeon who specialises in shoulder injuries. I fell and dislocated my shoulder. Ambulanced to A and E, where they got my shoulder back. Referred to a surgeon, bypassing my GP, but had to wait to NHS physio so went private in the meantime until the NHS physio started when the probl...
by pga
23 Mar 2011, 7:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Census 2011
Replies: 73
Views: 3490

Re: The Census 2011

As a town planner I am aware of the need for the information provided by the Census. Check out the great percentages of workers cycling to work up to the 1960's. However, as the Peace News link above shows, there are political overtones in giving our personal details to an American multinational, an...
by pga
21 Mar 2011, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring shoe advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 1966

Re: Touring shoe advice please

I strongly recommend Specialised shoes. I use the off road versions with SPD's. Very comfortable especially in hot weather and the mesh ones dry out very quickly. Shimano shoes are very tight and the recent advice I saw saying buy a size larger than usual, eg 43 instead of 42, seems sensible. You mu...
by pga
15 Mar 2011, 5:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budget Tent
Replies: 32
Views: 6775

Re: Budget Tent

I strongly recommend Decathlon tents - well designed and good prices. After sales service excellent. Can be bought on line if the store is too far away. I have used the 2kg lightweight for many years. The current design ironed out many of the previous problems and cannot be beaten. However, lightwei...
by pga
28 Feb 2011, 2:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA CLOSURES
Replies: 55
Views: 13981

Re: YHA CLOSURES

Spot on Horizon. The YHA has been an important part of my life for nearly 60 years. Have used hostels all over the world - great experiences, eg Japan in the 1960's, but the best was Thurlby in its early days, when most came by bike, before improvements were made to cater first of all for families a...
by pga
25 Feb 2011, 2:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA CLOSURES
Replies: 55
Views: 13981

YHA CLOSURES

YHA CLOSURES Just when I thought we were in for a quiet spell, having seen off the Forestry Commission sell off threat for a period, comes the news of eight more youth hostels to close. Many of us were active in previous campaigns against closures and we did win some victories, eg Thurlby. The new Y...
by pga
20 Feb 2011, 7:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF

Pleased to read in CycleClips that that the CTC was active in opposing the Government proposals, but, alas, behind the scenes is not the way to go. CTC members look for inspired leadership from HQ to involve us all and what we get is silence. The government love it. Happily others were not so silent...
by pga
18 Feb 2011, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Expedition Tourer on Budget
Replies: 20
Views: 1889

Re: Expedition Tourer on Budget

Plenty of 2nd hand bikes for sale on CTC and EBay sites - 531 or similar steel with brazings for front and rear carriers, and MG's if needed, and, preferably, 135mm rear ends for strong rear wheel hubs (eg Deore). Steel is still best for comfort and ease of repair. Front and rear panniers with tent ...
by pga
18 Feb 2011, 2:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF

We still need to be diligent to ensure that further government proposals do not compromise cycling access.
by pga
7 Feb 2011, 8:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: FORESTRY COMMISSION SELL OFF

The CTC was not mentioned in the Guardian article but its failure to come out against YHA closures has not been forgotten in this part of the world.
by pga
1 Feb 2011, 6:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton Keynes Redway
Replies: 81
Views: 8663

Re: Milton Keynes Redway

Belated answers to comments that have come up - 1 I am not sure what evidence John Franklin based his report on - knowing John he would have done a thorough job. I guess he used police and hospital records. A point that needs to be made is that most of us have had accidents on the Redway and also on...