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by pga
24 Sep 2018, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton keynes
Replies: 11
Views: 749

Re: Milton keynes

The latest Redway map (2018) for the first time identifies Redway Super Routes. These go horizontally and vertically (as the grid roads) rather than diagonally. A Redway map is really essential and even then the links to and from the surrounding countryside are not shown very clearly. Local cyclists...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 5:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes
Replies: 66
Views: 2840

Re: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes

While I agree with most of points made here in sunny Milton Keynes (yes, still sunny after all these years!) we are threatened on the Redway cycleway network by driveless vehicles. These would take up most of the 3m Redway width. Untested they are to be launched on us anyday. Big business involved o...
by pga
26 May 2018, 11:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dissertation: Cycling Infrastructure + Your Input
Replies: 36
Views: 2246

Re: Dissertation: Cycling Infrastructure + Your Input

George Just saw your request. You might find my useful 1974 MA dissertation 'Planning for the urban cyclist: a study of Greater Manchester' (University of Sheffield). A copy should still be in the Manchester City Library. A lot has happened since then and there is much more material to sift through....
by pga
9 Apr 2018, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking German train tickets on-line
Replies: 9
Views: 912

Re: Booking German train tickets on-line

I have used DB online to book tickets - an excellent and recommended site. If you are sure of times you get cheaper tickets but with air travel sometimes unpredictable it is better to book all trains tickets which are dearer. The downloaded tickets are very detailed with timings and details of chang...
by pga
11 Feb 2018, 10:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Re: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb

A well run successful meeting with excellent speakers and plenty of Q and A's. Chris Boardman and Rachel Aldred were as committed as ever but Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Transport Minister, stole the show. She will do a brilliant job in government.
by pga
1 Feb 2018, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: alps weather in july too hot?
Replies: 12
Views: 584

Re: alps weather in july too hot?

In the past the weatherin the Alps was very hot, although even then you could experience snow and ice on the cols. The Brevet des Alpes was abandoned at least one in such conditions. These days the weather is more and more unpredictable,not just in the Alps, as recent Tour de France's have shown.
by pga
31 Jan 2018, 11:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Awful braking ability after expensive bicycle fitting
Replies: 68
Views: 4858

Re: Awful braking ability after expensive bicycle fitting

We are all victims of 'progress'. Much easier these days to replace the stem but changing bars produces the problem identified. Where do we position the levers. In the old days with Cinelli, or even GB, bar and stem, we aligned the bottom of the lever with a straight edge along the bottom of the bar...
by pga
31 Jan 2018, 12:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Semaine Federale
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Semaine Federale

Definitely worth going to although this year the location in Epinal is a longish way from the Channel ports. we have camped and stayed in self catering and catered apartments and hotels. All have their pros and cons just as Semaine Federale itself. Catering varies - we have self catered, used the SF...
by pga
30 Jan 2018, 11:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Re: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb

I am not so sure I like being called scum.
Cycling needs government support, nationally and locally, to survive, let along flourish.
I welcome the Labour Party initiative and will be going with my daughter and we are looking forward to a good conference.
by pga
3 Jan 2018, 7:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge
Replies: 44
Views: 4018

Re: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge

Thanks Craig for alerting me to yet another MK Council consultation. I have just commented on the Plan Mk. So many consultations over the years but with little to show for the effort. Cycle parking - I agree with the comments. Cycle parking standards exist from MKDC days, setting out clear requireme...
by pga
30 Dec 2017, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre Lever in CW advert- Info?
Replies: 33
Views: 2906

Re: Tyre Lever in CW advert- Info?

Looks an interesting tool but alas efforts to order online failed. Why is it that the big companies sites always work and in Amazon's case take money without you being aware of it (Prime is a racket) while smaller ones sometimes do not work.
by pga
27 Dec 2017, 1:18am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome
Replies: 215
Views: 33907

Re: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome

A difficult case this. Has Sky pushed the boat too far? Twice the authorised amount seems excessive and other riders have been punished for less. What is the effect of severe de-hydration have on riders? I rode the 1983 Brevet des Alpes 260k in under 12 hours. I felt fine all the way but the next da...
by pga
27 Dec 2017, 12:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Co-Op home insurance, with cycling options
Replies: 14
Views: 1231

Re: Co-Op home insurance, with cycling options

I have insured the house and contents plus the car with breakdown recovery with the Co-op for many years. After a house break in they paid out straight away on one phone call. I have about ten bikes, some in bits, insured up to £1000 per bike with the house contents insurance. I bought a bike for £1...
by pga
11 Dec 2017, 7:41pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Depuytrens contraction
Replies: 5
Views: 871

Re: Depuytrens contraction

Do not dismiss surgery. I had a successful operation on one finger several years ago and it has been fine since. I also had a successful carpel tunnel operation a few years before that. Two different surgeons from Milton Keynes Hospital but with good results from both. Apart from occasional numbness...
by pga
3 Dec 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About the River Nene (Northampton to the coast)
Replies: 23
Views: 1358

Re: About the River Nene (Northampton to the coast)

Northamptonshire is a wonderful cycling county. I discovered after moving from Manchester over 40 years ago that the riding can be challenging - no big big climbs but not much flat either. There are a few good flattish routes, eg the Brampton Valley Way along the old railway from Northampton to Mark...