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  • Just discovered that Heather, Stronach, the woman who was killed last month at the junction of Portobello High St & Harry Lauder Rd, lived on my estate. It's such a shitty junction. This is a second recent fatality there (Stuart Elliot, in Spring 2019).

    I am really angry at the council's failure to act and all those who're trying to stop making roads safer. (See recent shite about last minute objections re "Sauchiebank Wood" on the planned Roseburn link in Gorgie/Dalry (a former colleague campaigned for it for years))

    If anyone can spare a few pounds, Heather's husband and friends have set up a fundraiser: https://www.justgiving.com/team/heather-­stronach

  • I found both of these deaths really affecting, even though I've never been to Edinburgh.

    Threads here:



  • Anyone know how much it costs at Henderson's to have a frame blasted and powder coated?

  • Late reply but they charged me £60 and they did a really good job.

  • For me it was £120 for blast and wet paid with a non-stocked color. I am very happy with the results.

    Next frame I'm getting modded by Andy at Armour Cycles. He'll be doing some braze-ons for internal dynamo wiring and SON SL dropouts and paint

  • Cheers both, I'll give them a call and arrange to drop my frame off - price sounds reasonable!

  • Long shot

    Anyone got an MTB I can borrow from Thursday this week to Tuesday next? My forks gave up the fight in Bridge of Allan on Saturday and had a little trip planned this weekend.

  • What size of fork/wheel?

  • 100-120 29er ideally, but not fussed tbh.

    Just needs to do a lap of the Pentlands on Thursday and get up and down Golspie on Sunday

  • Ah - I have a 140mm 27.5 fork but that's it I'm afraid.

  • dropped you a PM, ta

  • Does anyone know of any good wheel builders in Edin? Just popped a rear spoke and don't fancy fixing it myself (again), wheel could do with a rebuild anyway. Bike and Spanner in Comely Bank apparently do wheel builds, but I'd love to know if there are any other good options.

  • The Bicycle Works was recommended before and I used them for a wheel build. Would recommend them!

  • Ive just put an order in at Bicycle Works on Argyle Place.

    Had them recommended and they're certainly very personable so far, nice guys.

  • Thanks guys :)

  • I’ve had loads of wheels built/rebuilt at Bicycle Works. John and Dave are brilliant so I’d recommend there.

  • Another vote for The Bicycle Works.

  • EL council are consulting about cycling infra in Musselburgh. If anyone has any opinions, they can be given via: https://musselburghactivetoun.info

    Some of the options look pretty good to me, although I'm not keen on the tw0-way cycle tracks they are proposing in lots of places as they can be a nightmare to leave/join except at the ends.

  • I appreciate the floating bus stops, they seem like a much better idea than the ones that stick out and interrupt the cycle lane eg. on London road, where cyclists are supposed to hop into the bus lane to get round them, which doesn't feel at all safe.

  • I have a bikepacking trip coming up in a few weeks and I need to get in a little practice loop to test equipment and my overall fitness - especially as I'm recovering from Covid.

    I put together a little loop in the Gargunnock Hills/ Campsie Hills/Carron Valley area near Stirling, as it is accessible via the train. However, the route provisionally has me going through Earlsburn Windfarm... Does anyone know if the windfarm has right of access for the public?

    My GPS app routes me through it quite happily, however I'm worried that I'll encounter a locked gate, as I know up by Soutra there are some fairly intimidating gates and fences... Does anyone know if this is the case, or if there is a way to check? Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere

  • might be an idea to have a look on cameron mason's strava ? he frequently posts rides around that area e.g. https://www.strava.com/activities/575250­2851, https://www.strava.com/activities/398178­1962

    his youtube channel might have some vids too e.g. this ride https://www.strava.com/activities/369299­0097 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp7nmyyR­Y_k

  • Oh, that's great actually, thanks!

  • https://www.strava.com/activities/564634­6118

    Heres a loop I did a few weeks ago in the area. Don't know if its any help.

    Ive never come across a wind farm that isn't accessible myself. Wouldn't actually cross my mind when planning a route but ya never know.

  • You should be fine to cycle through any wind farm in Scotland if access rights is what you’re concerned about?

    Can’t say I’ve ever come across a wind farm with more than a chest high gate at the entrance (with about 100 padlocks on it).

    The heatmap on RideWithGPS (and probably other route plotting websites) is pretty good for seeing how many people have cycled a certain way.

  • That's all good info - I have only ever driven past windfarms and been put off by the signage at the gates, but it's good to know I don't have to worry about access.

    Now I just have to worry about my terrible fitness and commitment to single-speed off-road touring....

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Edinburgh misc. thread

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