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by Davos119
10 Jan 2012, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wicking Base Layers
Replies: 17
Views: 2715

Re: Wicking Base Layers

I've started wearing Icebreaker merino base layers of different weight (depending on the temperature) under a Gore Phantom II jacket for wind proof and it's toasty warm - makes a huge difference. Another vote for Icebreaker here, or a merino base layer at any rate, if not necessarily that particula...
by Davos119
28 Oct 2011, 1:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another Tragedy
Replies: 19
Views: 1402

Re: Another Tragedy

Yes, that's all very poetic and alluring Landsurfer, but I strongly suspect this woman didn't leave her house this morning thinking "I might get killed by a lorry today, but hey, it's all part of the challenge of living, right?" It's not as if she was base jumping or anything. We do share ...
by Davos119
28 Oct 2011, 1:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another Tragedy
Replies: 19
Views: 1402

Another Tragedy

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/9332485.UPDATE__Cyclist_dies_after_Woodstock_Road_crash/ This happened just miniutes before I got there, on the route I take to and from work every single day. I keep thinking it could've been me. Of course, a lorry was involved. The last (all too recent) fatility i...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snow Tyres - any advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 2994

Re: Snow Tyres - any advice?

...Solved the deep snow problem for this year by buying a £5 MTB of EBay and putting Ice Spikers on it :D, probably will not snow . Yeah, that's the ultimate solution really, isn't it? I'm almost tempted. I could stick the Marathon Winters on the hybrid, then stick the Ice Spikers on a tatty MTB. B...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 2:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snow Tyres - any advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 2994

Re: Snow Tyres - any advice?

I dont know what the studs' lifespan is on tarmac but looking at mine I am sure it is over a thousand miles. Well that seems pretty good to me. Even if I did it every day throughout the darkest months, I still wouldn't do any more than 1,200 miles. And that doesn't factor in using the other bike on...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snow Tyres - any advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 2994

Re: Snow Tyres - any advice?

I'm way too tall for that bike MacBludgeon , alas. I reckon I'm going to plump for Winter Marathons on my old 700c Hybrid. Easiest to get hold of, and no need to factor in the cost (and hassle from the boss) of another bike in the shed just for the sake of putting some 26" tyres on it, just in ...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snow Tyres - any advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 2994

Re: Snow Tyres - any advice?

Is it really snow that you are going to be concerned with? In my case it is ice that worries me most, it may seem a bit of a case of splitting hairs but they do sell different tyres for the two cases. Well, yeah, this is kind of the crux of my query - sorry, I probably didn't explain myself very we...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Spoke Reflector / Lights
Replies: 18
Views: 1904

Re: Wheel Spoke Reflector / Lights

Those monkeylectric lights are absolutely awesome. I wouldn't have the balls myself - I am more the 'shy retiring type' - I'll stick to decent lights front and back, my trusty hi-vis vest, and reflective side walls. I love the idea of the pro-video version though, but I wonder (if a private individu...
by Davos119
14 Oct 2011, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snow Tyres - any advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 2994

Snow Tyres - any advice?

I have just committed myself to a new job and new working hours which mean I have to commute by bike every day, throughout the winter, without fail, no excuses. So I'm thinking it might be worth investing in some winter tyres. There seems to be plenty of choice (SJS are promoting a decent range now ...
by Davos119
17 Aug 2011, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dry or wet lube?
Replies: 14
Views: 1258

Re: Dry or wet lube?

I use WL Clean Ride too.

I usually re-apply when I can hear that I need to, which is about once a week (or once every 100 miles), depending on the weather. Is that too late then, if I wait 'til the chain actually asks for some? :oops:
by Davos119
10 Aug 2011, 5:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference between Garmin edge and Garmin 60csx
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: Difference between Garmin edge and Garmin 60csx

I'm lucky enough to have an Edge 800. But even second hand it was pricey. When you look at the capabilities of GPS enabled smart-phones and some of the bike specific apps and mounts you can now get for them, I think the 800 looks expensive for what it is (the screen is really quite low res compared ...
by Davos119
4 Aug 2011, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800

An el-cheapo stick on job from Jessops does the job for me. It certainly doesn't make the screen easier to read, but it doesn't make it worse either. I've never had a problem with glare on the screen, but I know others have. It's mainly there to stop scratches and to stop dust and grit getting in th...
by Davos119
3 Aug 2011, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Should we be concerned about 1%?
Replies: 81
Views: 5913

Re: Should we be concerned about 1%?

It sounds totally wrong to me too Mick, I must admit. But all else being equal, and assuming the description on the link is correct (it may not be of course), the maths does seem to suggest that increasing from 10mph to 20mph incurs 4 times the wind resistance and takes 8 times the power. I can't se...
by Davos119
3 Aug 2011, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Should we be concerned about 1%?
Replies: 81
Views: 5913

Re: Should we be concerned about 1%?

This seems to discuss these things quite comprehensively. http://www.gugly.com/Archbikewindroll.htm That's an nice interesting summary there. This is probably a really stupid question, but re wind resistance: It increases with speed, right? Apparently exponentially. So, if you double your speed, wi...
by Davos119
29 Jul 2011, 4:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Post apocalypse bikes...
Replies: 17
Views: 1649

Post apocalypse bikes...

Ever wondered why, in every film depicting a post-apocalyptic dystopia in which all the fuel has run out, you never see a single bicycle? Everyone is either fighting for petrol (Mad Max), or they're on foot (The Road). Not a single bike in sight post WWIII.... 6 Technologies Conspicuously Absent fro...