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Re: Margate to Reculver,

4 hours 25 min ago
Viking Trail : http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/200909036.pdf

Promenades can be busy this time of year.

Nearest station to Reculver is Herne Bay or retrace your steps to Birchington-on-Sea. Alternatively you could continue further along the coastal route to Whitstable (another station) and follow the Crab and Winkle (NCN1) into Canterbury.

Sustrans mapping is worth a look: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

4 hours 34 min ago
http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4887

Link to the original article in the BMJ.

Garmin Edge GPS

4 hours 38 min ago
Hey all. I currently have and use one of the Garmin Edge cycling units. It's a great bit of kit and gets lots of use.

Just wondering people's thoughts on them, do they take the fun out of exploring and "getting lost". Although still quite easy to get lost when following any sat nav!

Margate to Reculver,

5 hours 3 min ago
In the next few weeks me and the wife will be going to do Margate to Reculver said to be a coastal route,

We will be cycling into Ashford International then train to Margate to do the route,

has anyone done the route if so advice would be appreciated, looking for time factor, and would we have to cycle back to Margate or is there a train station at reculver or near by,
Thanks

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

5 hours 24 min ago
I'd seen that sort of attack on sold secure Goldilocks before, on YouTube and I think one of Carlton Reid's sites. If I remember correctly, the official test didn't use angle grinders or bottle jacks, so D locks often pass.

The main reason to buy one instead of what seems good to you is if your insurance requires it.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

5 hours 53 min ago
On a slightly related topic, what did people think of how easy it was to cut through those sold secure gold locks in this weeks cycle show. I'm not so smug now!

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

5 hours 53 min ago
The point is that no matter who reports defects and no matter how bad they are, the response of the highway authority may still leave a lot to be desired (to put it politely.)

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Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

6 hours 4 min ago
You don't say what the difference in level is between the road and the reinstatement. If it's less than 40mm it's unlikely that the council will do anything about it (there doesn't appear to be any appreciable width to it, that is no trench to catch a wheel in). But as someone already said if you report it and somethings done with it that will weaken any defence the council could try to make

You may find that a report made through a third party web site isn't checked either. At least on council, possibly South Lanarkshire, have said that they will not accept reports through third party websites as the information is often too vague and too much time is wasted tracking down reports, many of which aren't actionable. Best to phone the council direct, at least then you know they received the report. But as someone already said if you report it and somethings done with it that will weaken any defence the council could try to make

Re: Shock finding: cycling causes weight loss

6 hours 45 min ago
A major part of the problem for the Western world is the ease in which you can consume vast quantities of Kcals. an average takeaway is around 1300-1400Kcals.

it's also far too easy to lead a sedentary lifestyle and with the onset of the computer age, gaming consoles, TV/social media increases, the kids are plonked all too often in front of such for hours at a time which encourages such lifestyles.
Uk average person online is approx 17 hours/week, then add in smart phone use texting/idle chat, gamers spend silly hours every single day playing.
The cost to the economy in lost productivity hours due to social media/internet is probably in the double digit billions every year.

As for genetic predisposition, it plays a part, but IMO it is a small one that can be overcome with not a huge amount of 'difficulty'..but difficult is not what large swathes of Western society want..they want easy & quick fix so give up far too easily when they don't get instant results or it becomes 'too hard'

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

10 hours 11 min ago
Ellieb wrote: If courier bags are so bad around town, why do couriers use them?
Security & speed, if you're in and out of a buildings 50 times a day then a set of panniers will leave you needing to haul ALL your bags/packages to each and every end destination (as in where you get the sig for your package)
That just isn't practical for the most part and also it doesn't allow couriers to weave in and out of traffic so readily, look at the width of a set of loaded panniers across a rack compared to the width of a couriers narrow or cut down bars...squeezing between two irate black cabs whilst flicking them the finger and leaving a nice deep scrape just isn't possible whilst using panniers
But for everyone else, panniers are by far the best way to move your stuff around

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

22 August 2014 - 11:39pm
Ellieb wrote:Can't stand panniers. Much too much of a pain to carry about off the bike Used a rucksack/mono bag to commute since 1995. Personal choice really. If courier bags are so bad around town, why do couriers use them?

'Cos they are faster, I imagine.

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

22 August 2014 - 11:38pm
OnYourRight wrote:Flinders wrote:But every pannier/rackpack I've had has been a bit of a nuisance to ship/unship and carry around compared to a rucksack.
This guy makes Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic panniers look pretty convenient, but I suppose they’re still not quite as easy to deal with off the bike as a rucksack.


There's also video which shows how quick you can get at removing the soft case I got for my camera. Unfortunately, I find that however much I practice, it still sticks and takes far too long and my shot has gone. I reckon some vidoes are a bit, well, cherry picked for the one time in 500 when it actually works, or in the case of the camera, I suspect they are using a slightly smaller one than mine, despite it being theoretically the right size.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 9:24pm
Bike Radar says of the Vanquish:

Highs: Very good kit for the price and great to see Mavic rims too
Lows: It’s weighty, the welding is basic and the ride very firm
Buy if: You’re a strong rider who values performance over comfort

FWIW my backup bike is an old MBK 7005 alu bike that I have set up to match the Lapierre Ti-frame bike I use for Audax. I can happily do 1000k on the Lapierre, loaded to about 20 kg, but 50k on the 10 kg MBK and my legs hurt.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 8:22pm
puffin wrote: Sheez the Vanquish is stiff. Its also very short coupled.........
Are you sure that's a bike you've bought

......I cannot take my hands off to signal yet.
EEK!

........... Finally, comparing the graphs from the sat nav, it is not as fast going down hill.
I rather think it's all down hill from here

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

22 August 2014 - 8:19pm
Can't stand panniers. Much too much of a pain to carry about off the bike Used a rucksack/mono bag to commute since 1995. Personal choice really. If courier bags are so bad around town, why do couriers use them?

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 8:10pm
Nice try BigFoz... but I'm on to you speed merchants now. Its these turbo bikes you ride.

..and the first ride, far from warming me up, it actually knackered me.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 8:00pm
The first ride warmed your legs up, allowing you to go faster second time...

Re: Hand signals on bike

22 August 2014 - 8:00pm
reohn2 wrote:honwal wrote:........as a foot note how many cyclist use hand signals

Everytime I manoeuvre,but it doesn't stop some maniacs from overtaking in some of the most dangeous circumstances,I could write a book.......

BTW it doesn't appear you did anything wrong,other than commit th cardinal sin of holding up someone who's more important than you

spot on

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

22 August 2014 - 7:59pm
One thing folks often don't consider is that with a rucksack or courier bag, any sudden stop (such as into the back of the transit that just overtook you and stopped) can cause the bag to hit you almost as hard in the back of the head as the vehicle does the front of your head.

Luckily the day it happened to me, I had left the laptop at work, and it didn't also drill into my skull at high velocity.

Ever since, I've user panniers, not matter how uncool, or how much extra weight the required hardware contributed.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

22 August 2014 - 7:56pm
Woah Rehon,
First off, I am not a real cyclist so have never changed a tyre. Never had a puncture to be honest. If I buy one of those tyres will I have to learn before long to fix a puncture?

I rode the new steed again today and am starting to understand the differences between road and touring bikes. One of them, as hinted, is comfort. Sheez the Vanquish is stiff. Its also very short coupled, frankly if it was a horse it would have been rapidly appearing at Tescos, so I cannot take my hands off to signal yet. Finally, comparing the graphs from the sat nav, it is not as fast going down hill.

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