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Re: Garmin Edge GPS

28 August 2014 - 8:25pm
Missing bit I remember was Navidale north of Helmsdale on the A9.
I raised this some years ago, but a search doesn't find the thread because it's prior to the "new" forum.

The thread went on a bit, and other folk found more bits missing. No doubt Garmin have sorted all this by now, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

28 August 2014 - 8:18pm
I got some comedy directions (continue right) when there wasn't a junction or other road for miles, but nothing missing, or wrong...

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

28 August 2014 - 8:18pm
Yes it can, some just can not reverse.

Whilst we're at it, the standard test should be harder too. People will have to accept that not everyone can be a competent driver and no matter how many attempts they make, they will not pass the test.

Then we'll need better public transport and better cycling facilities.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

28 August 2014 - 8:03pm
Postboxer wrote:Separate 4x4 test, including driving one off-road, unless you have a tractor licence. This should sort the farmers from the Chelsea Tractor driving wannabes.
There should also be a towing/caravan test, my mum has a small caravan site and the standard of some of their driving, even when not towing a big white box behind them leaves a lot to be desired.

Watching other caravaner's trying to get on a pitch can be quite entertaining at times

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

28 August 2014 - 8:00pm
al_yrpal wrote:Well, if you are going to be consistent you will have to make everyone who wants to occasionally drive a Transit take another test, and us oldies who can drive minibuses carrying up to 14 people, and motorhome drivers and so called people carriers. Why not?

Al
Why not indeed what's there to be afraid of!
TBH at least a number of lessons followed by an assessment by a driving examiner for bigger vehicles and without doubt a type of PSV license for vehicles capable of carrying more than six passengers.
Extra lessons/assessment should compulsory for towing trailers heavier than 1 tonne gross,or wider than a standard car ie caravans and camper vans.

Whilst we're at it drivers over seventy years old should be assessed for physical and mental ability on 5 year basis,with over 80's every two years,over 90's annually.
Drivers who've been banned for 6 months or more or who continually collect points over a 10 year period should have to resit their driving test.Drink/drugged drivers a retest to a higher standard and proof of rehab course completed.
Strict?
Harsh?
You bet

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

28 August 2014 - 7:58pm
Yes, my 705 would do similarly and faithfully plus or minus the mapping. Sometimes the map was wrong.
I did have a thread on here some years ago about "missing bits" on Garmin routing even though the internal map was appearing ok.

My Montana does what it wants.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

28 August 2014 - 6:31pm
Bicycler wrote:661-Pete wrote:Bicycler wrote:I'm currently riding the Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres which again are a fast touring tyre but a bit heavier with more puncture protection. Either should be much nicer to ride than the M+ and a fair bit easier to fit and remove.I've not come across "Marathon Racer" but I have tried Durano+ which is the road-bike counterpart of the M+, comes in 700x23c. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with those, so I went back to my preferred option which is Specialized Armadillo. But, I suppose, each to his own...
The "Racer" is very poorly named as it is more of a slick road touring tyre and only available in bigger widths. It's not armour plated like the M+, so is a much more supple ride. It's not a tyre for a full on road bike.....

I'd agree with the above. I've been running Marathon Racer's in 700x30mm on my old Nigel Dean World Tour for a year or so, much nicer ride than the 28mm tyres I used to use. Seem to run very well, comfortable and quick. I seem to remember that they came from one of the German online retailers, and they didn't seem to be common in UK shops. I'll be buying again when I need some new tyres.

I have another quicker/lighter bike which uses thinner tyres.

- Nigel

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

28 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Quite agree, particularly for young drivers, would also be a good way to deal with persistent speeders, limit what car they're allowed to drive.

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

28 August 2014 - 5:42pm
[youtube][/youtube]Just a postscript. The bike has been repaired with s/h 9 speed Ergos and Bellini bars which were in a parts box, having been swapped when someone went from drops to straight bars. Wheels got trued up ok. New cables and bar tape. Total cost £135 which gets it back on the road. After 4 weeks my upper arm is still very painful, but I can ride for short distances. Thanks to Reading CTCs Bob Bristowe! And thanks for your kind wishes
Red letter day today because for the first time in more than 30 years my BMI was under 25.

Al

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

28 August 2014 - 5:27pm
OnYourRight wrote:There are many ways to have fun messing around with bikes, but one way is certainly to go fast. The glee of moving faster than you can on your own two feet is a big part of the appeal of cycling to young children – or was to me, at any rate.

Many people use bikes as practical transport, for which the benefit of speed is obvious.

Some people traverse the country by bike, and high efficiency is needed just to cover the vast distances in the available daylight/holiday time/allocated timespan.

A few even race and claim to enjoy it!

No harm in any of this, just as there’s no harm in enjoying a leisurely ride at a civilised pace.

Agreed
I've never been what I'd call a fast rider,moderate yes and when I was younger perhaps quick would be nearer the mark,but distance I can cover in a day is and always has been a source of constant joy and amazement

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

28 August 2014 - 5:09pm
One step forward with this (pity the driver the other day didn't get the same instead of community service).

But then one step back again with http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-28972176

Re: Safety - not mine

28 August 2014 - 4:41pm
John Holiday wrote:Are you using a 'pinger'?
What you really need is a sturdy Dutch type 'ding/dong'

I've got a 'pinger' bell and have no problem being heard. Bit of a novelty purchase but looks top notch and does the business.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/13 ... in-the-usa

Re: Solo night ride

28 August 2014 - 4:36pm
My overnight rides have always been in a group and never solo, however, a few things spring to mind.

A spare layer hat and long fingered gloves are very useful. Even at this time of year it can get very nippy.

2 lights front and back in case the worst happens to one of them.

Gatwick airport may make a good coffee stop. It's on the way, there is 24 hour coffee and food and if you feel the need you can bail out and be back in London with ease. (And if yoiu forgot the gloves and it is cold the 24 hpour Tesco's in Horley is close by)

Getting back. If you are riding , chapeau!, if you intend taking the train check for engineering works

Getting out of London, the nightlife of Sutton or Epsom (to name but two places that spring to mind) can be rather lively. 60 bikes down the High Street usually leads to people stopping and staring. On your own do what you feel confortable with.

As for route planning put "FNRttC GPS Brighton" into your prefered search engine and you will get a choice plus some other useful bits and pieces.

I hope you have a great night out

10 year ban for killing cyclist

28 August 2014 - 4:29pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-sout ... s-28968229

At least this seems to be sending a sterner message to drivers than we've seen in some previous cases. A tragic waste of a life. The sooner the mobile phone menace is sorted out the better.

Re: Safety - not mine

28 August 2014 - 4:20pm
Flinders wrote:Where do you get those?
Vavert and Oxford both make ding-dong clones, so they should be available (might need to order in, though) through loads of Local Bike Shops. Here they are at the famous SJS: http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/vavert-ding- ... prod30591/ http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/oxford-oxfor ... prod23711/

Or import a genuine one from Mr Hembrow in the Netherlands at http://www.dutchbikebits.com/index.php? ... uct_id=114

Re: Safety - not mine

28 August 2014 - 4:12pm
If you had a really long handlebar....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMyfN5D0s2k

Re: Safety - not mine

28 August 2014 - 4:09pm
Flinders wrote:Where do you get those?

A quick Google reveals:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Traditional-D ... 0617385618

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned, it's been 2 months + a da

28 August 2014 - 4:04pm
I used mine for the family trip to France this month but before that it hadn't moved since May. It lives plugged into a battery conditioner because it gets so little use.

I am seriously thinking of going car-free. My only fear is that would make my views on car usage even more polarised and would turn me into a right anti-car bore.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

28 August 2014 - 4:03pm
A faster/lighter bike, with better tyres, will require less energy to travel the same distance at the same speed. I don't know what the difference in efficiency is between a BSO supermarket special mountain bike and a cheap, good value and quality hybrid or roadbike but it could be enough to put people off or encourage people to cycle more. There is a problem that people perceive cycling to be hard work, which isn't helped by people trying cycling on cheap mountain bikes, that aren't best suited to riding around on the road. The faster you can go, the further the journey you can make before thinking that a car is the only option.

Forgive me, for I have sinned, it's been 2 months + a day

28 August 2014 - 3:14pm
since I last drove a motorvehicle. I broke that today as I collected a pair of wheels for a bike I've built up for my son (that he is deffo going to use..) so a not unreasonable excuse as it will save a lot more motor miles than I burned today .yay
I normally declare mine off road for a month during the summer, this year it's been two so far and with no.1 son off to the US I might even get away with September too but need a car next week
It's certainly encouraged me to cycle more than I have, though with my illness it's being so bloody hard at times..pedalling squares just to get to the supermarket makes you feel like quitting
Luckily only one more puncture on average and the general feeling throughout the summer months is that more and more drivers are taking a bit more care (especially the executive level car) and giving one a bit more space. There's been days when it's just gone wrong, bright sunshine then downpours and then idiots doing their level best to take a DNA swab from your person..

But even with that I feel a bit more renewed about trying to cycle more, trying not to cave in and use the car when I feel like crud and the bodies saying no..even then it's still possible..just a lot bloody harder..

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