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Kilcoutryman

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2805 on: September 25, 2021, 09:15:52 PM »
Can anyone suggest a 3 or 4 day cycle in Scotland or Wales or even England - did Mizen to Malin few years ago with club and looking to plan something similar for next summer

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2806 on: September 26, 2021, 09:52:37 AM »
I think someone recommended galliber on here one time. Excellent stuff and grt customer service. Lurgan area I think

Myles McCorry from Lurgan but I think he’s based out of Carlingford direction now. It’s really good gear.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2807 on: September 26, 2021, 01:16:01 PM »
Can anyone suggest a 3 or 4 day cycle in Scotland or Wales or even England - did Mizen to Malin few years ago with club and looking to plan something similar for next summer

A few of fellas from the club did the Scotland North coast 500.
       Now they got great weather for it which made it for them. Just like here you could be lucky/unlucky weather wise.
       They took a van over with the bikes and i think they had a mixture of b&b or hotels.
     
This is a tour version but should give an idea.

https://www.wildernessscotland.com/private-tours/private-groups/nc500-classic/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtMCKBhDAARIsAG-2Eu_-HzreawoNaMfmU77Jv_O47rqFvvxp6jJs13cZtfF6B1K2A9SKmsoaAjfvEALw_wcB
     

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2808 on: September 26, 2021, 03:36:29 PM »
Many thanks 🙏

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2809 on: September 30, 2021, 09:18:00 AM »
any local sportives coming up before end of October?
100km range


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Re: Bucket bikes
« Reply #2810 on: September 30, 2021, 08:29:32 PM »
We're looking at getting a cargo bike for carrying the kiddo and groceries around.

So far the frontrunner is the Urban Arrow Family.

We had looked at the Yuba Supermarché but we have our doubts about the build quality and it doesn't seem to be available with electric assist.

We expect to spend over $5,000 on this, so it's a not insignificant decision, but it's still cheaper than getting a second car. (We used to have two cars but decided to cut it down to one to see how it goes since we're heavy users of bikes, buses and trains. So far it hasn't been a problem. There was only once or twice in the last few years when we both needed a car at the same time, and in those cases we just used Lyft.)

It'll be interesting to see the effect of the bucket bike on our car usage, we might be able to cut that down even further if we can get our groceries by bike. We're already taking the little one to and from daycare by bike using a handlebar-mounted baby seat, but she'll outgrow that soon enough, and it's not so easy to use.

Not sure what it is like round your way Eamonn but bike theft outside shops and supermarkets seem to have gone through the roof here in Birmingham. Particularly youngsters getting threatened at knifepoint in parks to hand over their bikes.  Couple of weeks ago a guy took his bike inside the local Tesco express, went to pay for a loaf, and bang it was gone. Security man on door wouldn’t let them look at CCTV. Burglary seems to be on the up as well. Not sure if the crime stats will reflect that but just what I am hearing locally.

Update: We ended up going with an E-Cargo Classic Long with Bolted Box from the Amsterdam Bicycle Company.




It came in at under $5,000, including shipping and assembly. They sent it over from Amsterdam, and they arranged for a local qualified mechanic to come out and build it at our home. We've been using it since June and it's been a godsend. I use it for daycare dropoff and pickup just about every day. We usually swing by a park on the way home for an hour. Sometimes I'll do a grocery run and take the wee one with me. She'll either walk around the shop with me or sit in the shopping trolly. But there's plenty of room in there for her and two big bags of groceries, three at a push.

When the baby gets bigger then he'll have room to sit beside her. I use it for all sorts of errands around town. Yesterday I went to the Post Office to drop a parcel off after dropping the wee girl at daycare, and later I went to the county building to get the birth cert for my newborn son. It has a million uses, fantastic for the vast majority of trips I need to do in town, and we always get the best parking everywhere we go.

Cargo bikes like this are still rare in San Jose, I know of two others similar ones around here. Transporting kids and groceries by bike is so unusual here that those of us who do it wave at each other, but in Holland this would be commonplace. I expect it to become a lot more common, I get so many comments and compliments about it every time. People wave you through at junctions, they smile and wave at the kid, and they ask all sorts of questions about it when I'm stopped. Sometimes at the park there'll be a crowd gathered around, fascinated by it.

As for crime and theft, well this one is somewhat unique and it'd be easy to spot. But I stay away from the seedier parts of town on it. There's a great discount grocery supermarket near us but I wouldn't park the bike outside there - too many shady characters about. But in a reasonably nice part of town it's quite safe. Even the post office is beside a park that's been overrun by homeless, but I've never had any trouble there.

It comes with the standard wheel lock that most Dutch bikes have, plus I chain it to the nearest rack or post for good measure. The child seat doubles as a lockable box, so you can safely leave small items in there. The battery locks in place, you need the key to get it out.

It's pedal assist, so the motor kicks in when you start pedalling. The battery has a range of 35 to 75 miles depending on which setting you use. I use the maximum setting almost all the time for maximum power, you need a bit of oomph to get moving and get stabilised. I charge the battery up once or twice a week depending on how many errands I do.  We're quite lucky here in that we live in the middle of town, everything's fairly flat, and there's plenty of good bike lanes that take us where we need to go.

It lets us get by with  just one car, which we now seldom use. It'll probably extend the life of our car by another ten years at this rate. One of the best value purchases we've ever made. And of course the kid loves it.

Life changing. Fantastic. Cannot recommend it enough.
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2811 on: September 30, 2021, 08:38:21 PM »
Jaysus I could bring the turf home in that next year ;D

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2812 on: Today at 01:59:32 PM »
Cheers for the Galibier suggestion - some lovely stuff
Invested in a nice second hand carbon bike for next year
Now have to kit it out with pedals, matching cages and few other bits