The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Zanda » 15 Feb 2018, 10:29pm

foxyrider wrote:
So all your 'problems' are already addressed quite adequately if you want to have solutions rather than barriers...

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It could be better. There's room for development of products that make each of these four things easier. While each may seem like a minor problem, they can add up to a lot of faffing at the beginning and end of a journey, which is especially problematic on a journey that involves stopping and parking at numerous destinations.
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby reohn2 » 15 Feb 2018, 10:30pm

Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.

I took them on the bus today, and that was definitely a hassle.

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby brynpoeth » 15 Feb 2018, 10:44pm

reohn2 wrote:
Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.

I took them on the bus today, and that was definitely a hassle.

Either side of the topube held in place with toestraps :wink:

Flexible material that can be rolled would be the thing
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby drossall » 15 Feb 2018, 11:06pm

Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.


A few starters :D

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Zanda » 15 Feb 2018, 11:24pm

drossall wrote:
Zanda wrote:4. How to organise the contents of a bike pannier (or similar large bag) so each item is quickly retrievable.


For small items that rattle around, I'm finding the Cocoon Grid-It series quite good. I've got a large one in a rear pannier and small one in a bar bag.


That certainly looks like it would hold things securely in a pannier, and I can see it would be useful for organising the items in a small toolkit.

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby LollyKat » 16 Feb 2018, 12:53pm

Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.


Could you put them on your back? They are fairly light, aren't they?

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Vorpal » 16 Feb 2018, 1:39pm

LollyKat wrote:
Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.


Could you put them on your back? They are fairly light, aren't they?

Maybe? I'm not so keen to carry stuff on my back. I think I will try strapping them to top tube and rack, first. But that might be a reasonable alternative if I don't figure out an easy way to put them on the bike.
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby horizon » 16 Feb 2018, 2:03pm

I was faced with this problem a few years back as, living in Cornwall, any X-country skiing trip to Scotland could mean that the snow had melted before I got there - which actually happened. But having the bike with me could have meant a simple switch to brilliant cycling along forestry tracks. Unforunately i never got to try it out.
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby gaz » 16 Feb 2018, 9:50pm

Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.

Just wear them on your feet. There could be a bit more toe overlap than usual :wink: .
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Vorpal » 17 Feb 2018, 8:27am

gaz wrote:
Vorpal wrote:I'm going to have to figure out a low-hassle way to take cross country skis on my bike.

Just wear them on your feet. There could be a bit more toe overlap than usual :wink: .

This conjured an image in my head of attempting to pedal with skis on my feet. :lol: :lol:
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby reohn2 » 17 Feb 2018, 1:24pm

I s'pose the real issue isn't so much carrying the skis when cycling,more like carrying the bike when sking :shock:
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby pjclinch » 17 Feb 2018, 3:44pm

XC skis... With an 8-Freight over-long things just sit on the load bin frame and overhang at the rear, or you can put the heels in the load bin and keep them in place by putting a pack on them. I've not actually taken my skis in this manner but I've taken similarly long chunks of wood about (I have skis up to 2 m, I'm not meaning short alpine boards) with no great bother.

My problem is the snow generally takes a drive. 50 mile round trip yesterday for a day's XC.

I wonder if you could get pedals which take a NNN or SNS binding, or skis that take SPuDs... :wink:

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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Vorpal » 17 Feb 2018, 6:22pm

reohn2 wrote:I s'pose the real issue isn't so much carrying the skis when cycling,more like carrying the bike when sking :shock:

:lol: :lol:
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby CyberKnight » 24 Feb 2018, 8:51am

Given the forecast weather next week and i am on night shift riding unlit country lanes it will be the car.
Just getting over a damaged shoulder from off last year thats taken 6 months + of physio to get to a state where i can consider riding anything more than a commute and i dont want to fark it up with another off.
Last week when it was icy the water run off from the fields caused patches of ice across the road , add in the -6 ? forecast makes me wary when i can be upright and warm even if im a little fatter for a week.
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Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 2 Mar 2018, 5:25pm

It took me 3hrs to drive 6 miles yesterday. I risked the bike today, it was far quicker. It kept me awake that’s for sure :shock: