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What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

28 January 2015 - 10:37pm
Over the past few years I've built up quite a competent collection of bits in my saddlebag. However on Tuesday afternoon I discovered that I'd missed a fundamentally important piece of kit.





The piece of paper with my name and address.



Because on MOnday afternoon I stopped to adjust my saddle pitch, had to remove saddle pack to make the adjustment, put my multitool in my back pocket for quick access, next adjustment, Then calmly cycled off leaving my saddlebag lying in on the verge. Went back when I realised on Tuesday afternoon but of course it had disappeared. It's surprising how much it takes to replace the missing saddlebag, mini tool, mini pump, inner tubes, tyre levers, CO2 cylinders, rain jacket, chain quickling and other assorted bits and bobs.

Re: Name the landmark

28 January 2015 - 10:36pm
TrevA wrote:The top one is Trafalgar Square

Postboxer wrote:Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?


yep 3 to go to win a Mars bar

Re: Name the landmark

28 January 2015 - 10:29pm
Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?

Re: Name the landmark

28 January 2015 - 10:24pm
The top one is Trafalgar Square

Re: Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 10:15pm
No big Sky Ride in Birmingham again this year

Which is the councils fault

Re: Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 10:09pm
2015 will, I think, be the 7th year it has been running.

The big "City" rides on closed roads in places like the centre of Manchester are probably the most widely known part of Sky Ride but the local rides have been a growing part of things. According to a ride leader's news email there were "2,120 rides in over 90 locations throughout the UK, which is just shy of 200 rides per month!  [This] has seen over 23,000 participants get out on a bike in 2014."

Rick.

Re: Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 10:06pm
I've done a few.

On the whole they're pretty good and the only real option for social rides other than club ones

Re: Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 9:53pm
RickH wrote:mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

no. Just was chatting to another cyclist in Lidl who mentioned the website. Just thought might be worth mentioning here and see what people say, never heard of it before.

Re: Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 9:48pm
mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

28 January 2015 - 8:16pm
karlt wrote:The fat commuter wrote:Is there no way of totally avoiding the roundabout?

On my driving route into work I have to cross a roundabout where the A57 crosses the A61 - with a side road thrown in for good measure. That has three lanes going around it but it doesn't have blind corners on it. I have seen cyclists on it but I think of them as being mad. When I ride into work I can change my route slightly to avoid it quite easily.

Park Square? I use that from time to time; just have to keep your eyes open.
Nah, t'other one - University Roundabout (or Brook Hill Roundabout). The problem with that roundabout is that people setting off from the A57 junction going into town are generally looking right as they set off. I remember once (and this would have been my fault) a cyclist went past me on the left and then positioned himself in front of my car as I was looking right. I saw the gap in traffic, was just about to [s]floor it[/s] gently pull onto the roundabout when I just noticed this cyclist at the last moment. I don't think that he has any idea how close my car seats came to needing a valet.

I've heard rumours that University Roundabout is going to be redesigned.

If I ride into work the short way then I use Glossop Road to cross the A61 - got to negotiate the tram tracks at a shallow(ish) angle though - but not come a cropper (yet).

Sky Ride

28 January 2015 - 7:39pm
Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/

Re: Name the landmark

28 January 2015 - 6:57pm
That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Yep, that's what I thought. But then I wondered if the drive looks too steep. Although, come to think about it we did get upto 30mph pretty easily on the tandem.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

28 January 2015 - 6:41pm
Psamathe wrote:I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

I've just read it,it's a typical politrickal party's promises that pander to the non thinking electorate.
These people are a menace.
But then again most politrickal parties are.
Liars.
We simply have to pick the best of the evils offered
I won't be choosing UKIP
One thing's for sure though,it'll be a very different election this time.

Re: Name the landmark

28 January 2015 - 6:18pm
mjr wrote:I wonder if anyone has ridden past this one...



That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk. I rode past it in August 2012. The weather that day was at least as pleasant as depicted in your photo.

Not like the weather about a year before that:

IMG_0540.jpg

Can anyone guess where that is?

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

28 January 2015 - 5:33pm
I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

28 January 2015 - 5:31pm


If that left-hand line was in the direct line of the centre of the bicycle and the right-hand line MUCH BRIGHTER and FURTHER OVER then there might be some merit.

Imagine trying to keep it correctly aligned though !!!

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

28 January 2015 - 5:22pm
I think I get what the aim of these gadgets is, but what we need is for the cyclist, and his/her bike, to be more visible, not a projected hologram, or whatever, some yards away. So I have to say I'm still a bit perplexed. No-one's going to get killed if a lorry runs over a hologram...

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

28 January 2015 - 4:57pm
Postboxer wrote:Part of me thinks all prospective candidates should have to sit an extensive exam, including all sorts of general knowledge, subjects, puzzles etc. then all the results published in full, so we can see how smart they really are and compare them against each other.Yes. As they would if they had to apply for any other job.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

28 January 2015 - 2:15pm
Wouldn't a white solid beam on the ground in front of the bike (just like from motor vehicle dipped beam) be just as effective without requiring a laser or giving away that you are a cyclist rather than a heavier motorcycle?

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

28 January 2015 - 2:04pm
I drove through this junction a week or two ago. Clear as mud, especially as the barriers have been removed. Terribly confusing for those that know it like me, so it must be even worse for the many thousands of tourists who hack into Oxford that way. I wonder if there are any vulnerable road users who need to be particularly cautious there...

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