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22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale

21 March 2015 - 6:34pm
A tree at side of the B6254 near Newton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/22nd.html

15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe

21 March 2015 - 6:31pm
Morning sunlight in Wray. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/15th.html

8th February 2015 ride to Knott End

21 March 2015 - 6:27pm
Reeds at side of lane on way to Bank Houses. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 8th February 2015 ride to Knott End at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/8th.html

1st February 2015 ride to Mill Side

21 March 2015 - 6:23pm
A view of the platform outside the Refreshment Room. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 1st February 2015 ride to Mill Side at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/1st.html

25th January 2015 ride to Leighton Moss.

21 March 2015 - 6:20pm
Marcus and Ruth on the climb out of Halton to Four Lane End. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 25th January 2015 ride to Leighton Moss at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2015/25th.html

18th January 2015 ride to Forton

21 March 2015 - 6:17pm
The cake photo at cafe at JC Country in Forton by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the ride photos 18th January 2015 ride to Forton at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2015/18th.html

11th January 2015 ride to Wennington

21 March 2015 - 6:13pm
Moss on Furnessford Bridge. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 11th January 2015 ride to Wennington at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2015/11th.html

Re: Chains n' stuff

21 March 2015 - 3:31pm
That depends on the relative cost of your rear cassette/ chain. The last cassette I bought only cost me £8 which was less than the chain but it was on special offer.

Incidentally there is an interesting article on Sheldon Brown's web site http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html , (if you find this sort of thing interesting that is) on the subject of chain wear. I didn't realise chains wear at the point where the link pin inserts the the side plates. I always thought the wear was happening where the chain ring rubbed on the rollers. Obvious really because that would explain why a chain fails by pulling one of the pins out of the side plates.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

20 March 2015 - 7:31pm
hamster wrote:Indeed, they are called fatbikes! And a growing trend they are too...
More of a fad than a trend I would have thought, but each to his own.
In any case, 27.5+ is being sold as the perfect compromise between 27.5 and fat bike, hence is not a fat bike. (Students of mtb marketing history will remember a similar argument for 650b being the perfect compromise between 26" and 29"). Importantly your 27.5+ bike will have suspension.

Re: Chains n' stuff

20 March 2015 - 12:16am
A chain is a wear and tear item. As soon as it starts not performing replace it. It is cheaper to replace that than to replace the cranks or cassette.
It's not a bad thing to wear out a chain it's just you have been putting the miles in.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

19 March 2015 - 8:06pm
hufty wrote:How many years before we read about the real benefits of the 26+ wheel, ie a small strong wheel with a large volume tyre to bring the outer diameter up to whatever 650b corresponds to? As long as the clearances are such that you have to buy a new frame...

Indeed, they are called fatbikes! And a growing trend they are too...
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pugsley

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

19 March 2015 - 4:33pm
Can we stick to one sizing convention? This talk of 27s is making me dizzy. My 27" rims are bigger diameter than my 28 and 29" rims (which conveniently happen to be exactly the same diameter as each other)

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

19 March 2015 - 3:17pm
Cripes this is just like the .175 vs .22 debate in the airgun world. Now the debate is about a .20 calibre! Naff all choice of ammo in that size.

I'm short: My last bike was small but with 700s. My newest bike is small with 27s. All the rest have been MBs with 27s. In my limited experience I prefer the fit of my bikes with 27s and I like the choice of tyres you get.

I can't see much in it so as one good man has said already: It's you who has the wallet and it's you and your bones who knows what's going to fit best...b

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

19 March 2015 - 1:08pm
Just read an article in a mtb marketing rag in a waiting room. Forget about 29" wheels the future is apparently 27.5+, this being a 650b wheel with a large volume tyre on it to bring the outer diameter up to 29".

How many years before we read about the real benefits of the 26+ wheel, ie a small strong wheel with a large volume tyre to bring the outer diameter up to whatever 650b corresponds to? As long as the clearances are such that you have to buy a new frame...

Re: wessex ridgeway

18 March 2015 - 10:47pm
Thank you

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

11 March 2015 - 2:17pm
It wasn't a snow specific tyre - meant for claggy mud more than anything, and very good at it it was.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

11 March 2015 - 10:28am
Si wrote:Did you ever try the old panracer Spike? The one with the health warning on it telling you that the tread was so extreme that you were sure to die if you used it on the road

Very good in sand, mud or snow. It was usable on the road but progress was not fast to say the least, and laying the bike down in tight bends was to be avoided!

I never bothered as I always ended up riding very mixed terrain. It made sense if you lived somewhere with snowfall standing for a while. Probably nowadays fatbikes are a better solution.

Re: wessex ridgeway

10 March 2015 - 10:14pm
Great campsite opposite Champernhayes - summer only but you never know.

http://www.brigsfarmcamping.co.uk/

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

10 March 2015 - 4:33pm
mrjemm wrote:Bicycler wrote:I've heard very occasional comments whilst using towpaths and bridleways from walkers convinced that bicycles weren't allowed. Even then it's been an overheard comment rather than anybody directly challenging me.

I've noticed these are often commented in a rather loud way, kinda passive-aggressive, not wanting to challenge, but wanting you to hear way. In a very similar way to "Ooh, they don't ever have bells any more, do they Deirdre?". Very popular style of comment on the Lune path and canalside between Lanc and Hest Bank... I fitted a bell some time ago purely to counter this effect even though I prefer to use my voice and so now use both, even though I actually think the bell less polite/pleasant.
Yes, I nearly described it as a stage whisper.

I suspect walkers who don't cycle or ride horses pay very little attention to access for these users. Every path is to their mind a footpath.

You can't win with bells. Half the grumps in the population object to cyclists calling out to them, they expect cyclists to have bells and use them, the remainder of the grumps consider use of bells to be a rude "get outta my way" even when rung in good time by a slowing cyclist, they would prefer cyclists to speak to them. I've given up worrying.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

10 March 2015 - 12:00pm
Bicycler wrote:I've heard very occasional comments whilst using towpaths and bridleways from walkers convinced that bicycles weren't allowed. Even then it's been an overheard comment rather than anybody directly challenging me.

I've noticed these are often commented in a rather loud way, kinda passive-aggressive, not wanting to challenge, but wanting you to hear way. In a very similar way to "Ooh, they don't ever have bells any more, do they Deirdre?". Very popular style of comment on the Lune path and canalside between Lanc and Hest Bank... I fitted a bell some time ago purely to counter this effect even though I prefer to use my voice and so now use both, even though I actually think the bell less polite/pleasant.

...BTW, cycling is permitted in many "pedestrian" areas. If cycling is prohibited there should be a no cycling sign or no vehicle sign (red circle with nothing inside). Cycling is perfectly legal in pedestrian zones where there is only a "no motor vehicles" sign (motorbike above a car inside a red circle)

Interestingly, this was on my mind yesterday in Lancaster. The section of Penny Street between the Penny Bank and Radio Shack, has long been OK to cycle on, and has the blue signs- https://goo.gl/maps/217f7 whilst onwards into town was until recently bearing no cycling signs. Now it's time limited at 10am to 5pm IIRC, which interested me, though I am pretty sure it used to be OK to cycle through town. Guess it changes with the mood of the people and by extension, the council.

reohn2 wrote:...FWIW last summer Mrs R2 and I were on the tandem on Morecambe prom(wide shared use)we'd ridden up from Glasson Dock,unbeknown to us there was some kind of 'do' on and it was packed with people dressed up in various forties and fifties clothes.
We rode slowly and considerately through the crowds,and stopped at a vacant bench to take in the spectacle,we were amazed at the number of cyclists of all ages carving their way through the crowds in what I would consider a dangerous fashion.
So I can see a little old lady's point,it's the few idiots(once again)who spoil it for the rest.

Normal on Morecambe Prom. As you know, I use it regularly, and am very wary of other users, but often observe many other riders using pedestrians as if cones on a slalom course, or just swooshing on by them. Yes, some are of the squeaky sprung thing with a scowl on board, but just as many are lyclad roadoids. It's all about not having any consideration for others. Tis though the same on the roads there; indicators, lane discipline and patience at junctions do not exist in the few square miles, centered about the nexus of this- Torrisholme carvery roundabout.

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