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by iandriver
18 Feb 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling After Giving Blood
Replies: 38
Views: 5444

Re: Cycling After Giving Blood

It's the opposite of EPO. I normally see my 15 mile commute slow by a small amount for a while, but only shows on the stop watch generally, I can't really feel it.
by iandriver
18 Feb 2019, 6:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Spa cycles bike?
Replies: 14
Views: 471

Re: Which Spa cycles bike?

Magic question might be is that tour a loaded camping one. If you are after a bike for both of you, then if one is a slightly built female who doesn't weigh 10 stone sopping wet, then the tourer might be overkill for them, especially if only BnB stays are involved.
by iandriver
15 Feb 2019, 10:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: Pannier recommendation

Can't go too far wrong the with Ortleib front rollers (which fit any standard rack and are fine on the back). They roll down small if you aren't carrying a lot. I find a pair is enough for a weeks holiday in B&Bs, if travelling somewhere warm. Good for a spot of shopping too. They are hard to be...
by iandriver
14 Feb 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Very stiff front shifting
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Very stiff front shifting

I can't see well enough on my mobile to tell, but if the cable is attached to the wrong side of the bolt on the mech, shifting can become incredibly still with many Shimano from mechs. I'd check the tech docs for the exact model.
by iandriver
9 Feb 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1788

Re: Solid shampoo bars

Can these products be purchased in shops or just online (with attendant postage)? Thanks for drawing attention to this: it has been exercising me for some time without a solution? +1 - there is a Lush near me but all the perfume sets my allergies off! So where else can we purchase this wonder produ...
by iandriver
8 Feb 2019, 8:59am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Scrap Funding For Elite Athletes.
Replies: 45
Views: 2410

Re: Scrap Funding For Elite Athletes.

The magic question is can they beat team GB in an Olympic year. Picking up the odd medal early or mid Olympic cycle is one thing. Breaking world records in an Olympic year is something else. Plenty of entire countries thought the had an edge on team GB over the years going into the Olympics. Turned ...
by iandriver
8 Feb 2019, 8:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pilgrims ways
Replies: 11
Views: 1498

Re: Pilgrims ways

Well, I've booked a flight to Pisa and back a week later from Rome. Plan to pick this up and follow it https://www.viafrancigena.bike/en/ I believe the original route starts at Canterbury Cathedral and was an ancient pilgrim route. It doesn't look like too many have cycled it, judging by the lack o...
by iandriver
8 Feb 2019, 8:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1788

Re: Solid shampoo bars

Thanks for the tips. Particularly interesting you can remould it in a microwave, I'll certainly give that a go. I'll check out Lush if I ever come across one, and buying it in large tubs. I was put off by the price of Lush at first, but the bars are lasting so long, it may well be worth it. The help...
by iandriver
7 Feb 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1788

Re: Solid shampoo bars

Do you need shampoo at all? I've a good head of hair, but haven't used shampoo for years. I just wash it in water Shampoo strip the natural oils from your hair and dries your scalp, and so becomes self perpetuating I'm presuming that shampoo is a first world invention that isn't used in the develop...
by iandriver
7 Feb 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1788

Re: Solid shampoo bars

For many years of my life the bar of soap .... also known as solid shampoo ... was the go too item for personal hygiene ... I've done that myself, but they are not the same thing. Shampoos have more oils in. Soap turns my hair to wire. If your happy then no problem but others will no doubt find a d...
by iandriver
7 Feb 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1788

Solid shampoo bars

Well, it turns out there is no reason for shampoo to be a liquid in a bottle and a large part of the ingredients is foaming agent that does nothing to help clean your hair. A lot of the liquid is just water. The bars seem to last ages. It's lightweight and compact. I've just returned from my first t...
by iandriver
5 Feb 2019, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 2009

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

As you are there two weeks, you'll no doubt need to shop locally. In the supermarkets I bought packs of pan au chocolate that were good for a few days. A big thumbs down for plastic packaging, but in a pinch they were invaluable. They seemed to be widely available. Buy early would be my tip. I found...
by iandriver
5 Feb 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ALPKIT for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: ALPKIT for touring

Just got back from Iceland (the country not the supermarket :-)) My 5 year old Alpkit down jacket was my trusty piece of kit again in -12 air temperature and a good wind blowing. Only downside is I can easily find it too warm if it's not seriously cold. Got a lot of their other stuff too. Always fau...
by iandriver
31 Jan 2019, 7:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pilgrims ways
Replies: 11
Views: 1498

Re: Pilgrims ways

Well, I've booked a flight to Pisa and back a week later from Rome. Plan to pick this up and follow it https://www.viafrancigena.bike/en/ I believe the original route starts at Canterbury Cathedral and was an ancient pilgrim route. It doesn't look like too many have cycled it, judging by the lack of...
by iandriver
28 Jan 2019, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum speed on a Road Bike
Replies: 26
Views: 2525

Re: Maximum speed on a Road Bike

Not as fast as I might have thought. Oddly I only hit 38 mph coming down Ventoux. I've hit faster in Suffolk, though admittedly not for as long. Straight line speed and cornering speed are two different things I think. I wasn't that fast on the big mountain because I slowed so much for the bends. If...