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by pga
1 Feb 2018, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: alps weather in july too hot?
Replies: 14
Views: 969

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: 4950

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: 782

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: 2375

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: 4206

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: 3054

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: 40815

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: 1258

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: 887

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: 1422

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...
by pga
20 Nov 2017, 10:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge
Replies: 44
Views: 4206

Re: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge

More of the usual 'don't upset the motorist'. When are we going to address the problems heaped on society by motor vehicles, whether diesel, petrol or electric ? Here in MK even minor Redway improvements, such as closing short missing links, are ignored while multi million pound funded schemes promo...
by pga
25 Oct 2017, 7:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Roads Minister interview
Replies: 47
Views: 4002

Re: Roads Minister interview

We could be radical and pay people NOT to have a car. This would be easy to operate as car ownership is easy to access. At the same time why pay e bike subsidies? We should a fighting obesity not assisting it. Of course, as usual, government financial inducements would go the better off in the commu...
by pga
25 Oct 2017, 7:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72771

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

There are still people buying diesel cars, even fellow cyclists. We have a long way to go. Government at national and local level is scared still of motorists and, worse still, think that the economy needs the continual use of motor vehicles to prosper. In spite of claims that walking and cycling an...
by pga
16 Oct 2017, 1:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great video about a French touring Cyclist
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Re: Great video about a French touring Cyclist

Having seen at the end of the film that he had completed many PBP's I realised that our paths must have crossed and on checking the finishers of the 1979 event I find his name finishing in less than 53 hours and in 20th place. For those of you who have seen the film - highly recommended - he was des...
by pga
3 Sep 2017, 9:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Misled by (or incompetent) planners
Replies: 10
Views: 1305

Re: Misled by (or incompetent) planners

As a Chartered Town Planner I always tried to ensure that walking and cycling (and that includes mobility vehicles) access is treated the same as motor vehicles access. I was lucky in that in my time ( retired in 1992) development tended to be planner led. Planning briefs would spell out to develope...