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By crispyduck (Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 05:48:44 AM EST) (all tags)
on the topics of Bromptons, mud and trespassing.


  1. Brompton + muddy canal path + darkness = bad idea
  2. Once on a canal path, you may be on it for some time without the option of an easy exit.
  3. When using a dynamo-lit bike on rough ground where you might have to slow down for tricky bits, make sure the dynamo has a standlight.
  4. Mudguards fill up quite easily, this may prevent wheels from turning.
  5. Nobody's going to come and pick you up when you're half way along a canal path.
  6. It's quite hard to navigate in the dark when you don't know where you're going and you have no map.
  7. If you've given up all hope of knowing where you are or where you're going, and you can see / hear  a nearby main road, but the route to the road is marked as private property... well... you know what to do.
  8. When you find your way onto the private grounds of a manor house, expect large iron gates barring your exit.
  9. Bromptons are remarkably convenient for folding up and pushing under barbed wire fences. Thick winter gloves and nearby trees are very useful when climbing over said fences.
  10. There are things called roads, and good reasons why they were built.
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Don't do anything tricky on Bromptons. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 06:12:46 AM EST
Also, British Waterways has an excellent online map, which I think shows accessibility, and zooms to street level mapping.

I did some reasonably serious off roading (Pentlands) on my city hack bike once, and it was interesting. Fortunately, the moon was outish, so I just about got to the side of the hill that basked in streetlight (and oil refinery gas flare) glow not too damp. That was a sidewall dynamo, too. I knew the route, though. No such thing as trespassing in Scotland, either.

Yeah by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:49:48 AM EST
The poor thing's suffering now, and is due a serious washing this weekend.

Good maps. The number of times I've wished that either Google maps had contours, or Multimap was draggable - it's nice to have both.

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Lovely maps. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Jan 07, 2006 at 09:51:16 AM EST
Also, English Nature has England at a scale of up to 1:10 000. Which is handy.

I need to endeavour to make my mountain bike need washing. If I were in Hampshire, I'd suggest meeting up with you and dgym for a mutual treating of underridden MTBs to some proper mud, but I'll see if one of my friends is actually newly unemployed and whether he'd like to go for a ride in one of my free days in the week instead.

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Nice to see you are having fun [n/t] by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:22:28 AM EST


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