Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Ian Smith, May 24, 2015.

  1. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Guest

    pedalsphere - area which can be reached by bicycle from one's home
    address within reasonable time; returning same day.

    My own particular type of pedalsphere involves cycling to the base of
    Scottish Munros, climbing them, and riding back home before sunset. To
    such end, my best is 41 miles outwards + 2 Munros; something I
    plan/hope to exceed this very summer. It is, however, daunting to pedal
    homewards after much hillwalking effort.

    The secret of maintaining stamina appears to lie in the consumption of
    salted peanuts! Don't know why, but not looking any gift horses in
    their mouths for this game. I will report back when that personal best
    is (of course) broken. :)
    Ian Smith, May 24, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Are we all that bothered about sunset now we have something better than
    Never Ready to see/be seen by? Long summer evenings are great but I
    wouldn't want everything to stop at teatime in the winter.
    Take the bike up with you and freewheel all the way back down -
    then you'll be fresh for the road. ;-)
    Rob Morley, May 24, 2015
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    kimble Guest

    I like this, especially the way it's open to interpretation of
    'reasonable' :)

    kimble, May 24, 2015
  4. Well, yes. You could give it in terms of time, but its distance
    depends immensely on the person and the terrain. I use the concept
    when taking day trips when away on holiday.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, May 25, 2015
  5. It can greatly enhance the number (and hopefully quality) of pubs within n
    minutes of a railway station, compared with Mr Shank's pony.

    ^missing sig sep
    Kerr Mudd-John, May 25, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    True enough, I commute in darkness all winter, some unlit roads too.

    My hillwalking exploits tend to be in good weather with little or no
    snow cover on the summits = summer. Plus I don't like the idea of
    trundling along dark, twisty, lochside roads full of potholes.

    Though I have entertained thoughts of purchasing winter climbing gear
    (uh oh). :-O
    Now there's an idea. Sounds like something Danny MacAskill would take
    in his stride. :)
    Ian Smith, May 25, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    Aye, one person's 'reasonable' is another's 'ludicrous'.

    I further suspect the average pedalsphere shrinks rapidly if it's
    raining. :)
    Ian Smith, May 25, 2015
  8. Precisely. Those so-called signature separators were and are a total
    lunacy, 'standardised' by a fanatic sneaking them into an RFC on
    another topic, after his original proposal was roundly rejected.
    Trailing spaces have never been significant in plain text, for a
    start, and Email and News have been plain text formats from the very
    beginning, and still are.

    Just say "no"!

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, May 27, 2015
  9. Curiously, the original audax idea was to cover the distance a solid rider
    (or swimmer, or walker - not bicycle-specific) could be expected to during
    daylight hours in summer (at a normal latitude :).
    David Damerell, May 28, 2015
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    Jolly polly Guest

    Yes indeed, shrinkage is a factor with cold rain. Though sphere doesn't
    cover my area of endeavour, nor does circle, having water on two sides.
    Jolly polly, May 28, 2015
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    Dennis Davis Guest

    Just a few yards in my case. The bike stays in the shed. Might
    check on it occasionally. Just to make sure it isn't lonely. I
    stay on the sofa, drinking tea and/or scoffing Jammie Dodgers and/or
    Jaffa Cakes. Yum, yum.
    Dennis Davis, May 30, 2015
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    Dennis Davis Guest

    I just *know* I shouldn't draw attention to RFC2646[1] where the
    trailing space is used in constructing flowed text. I shouldn't

    (a) It's completely off-topic for this Newsgroup. And probably not
    even relevant.

    (b) I suspect any discussion will quickly lead to full-scale,
    intergalactic, nuclear Internet warfare. Godwin's law[2] will
    be invoked during the preliminary skirmishes...

    Anyway, the sun is shining. So I'm off for a bike ride instead of
    a rainy afternoon of drinking tea and eating biscuits. The Jammie
    Dodgers and Jaffa Cakes get a reprieve of at least a day. There'll
    be riotous celebrations in the biscuit barrel tonight...


    Dennis Davis, May 30, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    How we long for the day, and I'm sure it can't be far away, that we are
    not confined to dry land, but by some amazing technological advancement
    are able to venture onto the water for transport and pleasure.
    Rob Morley, May 30, 2015
  14. You need not be afraid that I will respond by drawing your attention
    to the number of other Email specifications that do not do that.
    But I will point out that RFC stands for Request For Comment, and
    the comment from most of the existing and many of the current Email
    communities to that feature was "Sod Off".

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, May 30, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    I'm not so much of a biscuit afficionado; flapjacks and fruit cakes is
    my er cup of tea. :) But I don't let weather stop me biking around,
    particularly to work (not missed a bikey commute in 6 years).
    Ian Smith, May 30, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    Ha. Which reminds me of that floating bicycle kit for watery situations.

    Imagine the fun experienced during a puncture. I'd suggest they make a
    'Marathon Plus' version for the hydrophobic amphipedallist*.

    *amphipedallist - Cyclist who has graduated from land-based activities
    and has subsequently experienced newfound freedom amongst the waves.
    Ian Smith, May 30, 2015
  17. It's not particularly practical, but there's these things:
    and I believe someone has made a conversion kit for avoiding ferry tolls.
    Kerr Mudd-John, May 31, 2015
  18. Once, long ago, I was quite seriously considering buying a house
    along the Cam, and riding to work on the water. A well-designed
    aquacycle isn't hard to make, and is significantly faster than a
    canoe. I have never seen one, though I have occasionally seen bad
    ones (even ignoring pedallos, which are really bad ones).

    The key is a catamaran made up of two racing kayak hulls or similar,
    and a screw drive. I am not enough of a marine engineer to know
    the details, but I know it has been done, and shaft drives are
    fairly standard.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, May 31, 2015
  19. One of my Sinister Agents has passed on rumours of an attempt on the
    Human-Powered water speed record by a team of BRITISH Penniless Student
    Oaves. The current record of 18.5 knots over a flying 100m dates back
    to 1991; the machine was/is a hydrofoil catamaran with airscrew propulsion.
    Dave Larrington, May 31, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Why not just tow a kayak on a trailer, and attach an outrigger to the
    kayak to carry the bike?
    Rob Morley, May 31, 2015
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