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by themadorganist
12 Apr 2009, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacing worn hidden headset
Replies: 1
Views: 175

replacing worn hidden headset

Hi all I have a ribble road frame with a stronglight hidden headset which has worn, meaning the headset has a 'pitted' feel to it and the steering has become as a resul somewhat less than smooth! Has anyone any experience of replacing the internals of the headset - can it be done without special too...
by themadorganist
19 Jul 2008, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what does your odometer read???
Replies: 14
Views: 1374

7065 miles, last reset Jan 1st 2007
by themadorganist
13 Jul 2008, 9:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Asleep on your bike
Replies: 24
Views: 2647

Dont think it would be classed as falling asleep but on the route i most often take for my commute i ride through a small village and on several occcasions ive reached the far side of the village without any recollection of having ridden through it. I think its a mix of daydreaming and having ridden...
by themadorganist
10 Jun 2008, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Return to cycling after broken ankle
Replies: 5
Views: 3820

hi I broke my ankle middle of feb this year. Was off the bike completely for 6 weeks and then managed to start riding gently on the turbo trainer. by the end of april (about 9 weeks after the original break) i was commuting to work again, 10 fairly flat miles each way. The issue was not so much stre...
by themadorganist
24 May 2008, 9:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting
Replies: 13
Views: 1999

Hi My commute is a minimum of 9.5 miles each way on average 3-4 times a week (we do 12 / 13 hour shifts). Its a rural route and ive done this now for nearly 3 years. I have the following tips - 1. Good quality clothing is worth the price for the comfort - also I would say it is virtually essential t...
by themadorganist
5 May 2008, 2:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maximum Speed
Replies: 67
Views: 9164

hi thirdcrank - yes garrowby does have what passes for an escape lane - would probably stop or considerably slow down most motor traffic - i think if you rode into it on a bike it would be somewhat cartoon like - and you would landafter umpteen somersaults somewhere near Bishop Wilton. i echo the ot...
by themadorganist
5 May 2008, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maximum Speed
Replies: 67
Views: 9164

61mph on a standard road racing bike down Garrowby Hill, North Yorks. On the A166 approx 12 miles east of york - 1 in 6, wide, smooth and virtually straight (until the bottom corner but thats after the fastest part anyway) - this was combined with a strong easterly wind, which is quite unusual in th...
by themadorganist
23 Apr 2008, 6:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: D2D
Replies: 9
Views: 2642

Dungeness is further South than Dover and if you put the route into multimap or something similar, it is about 5 miles further. However, Dover has long been considered the 'traditional' SE corner point, presumbaly because it is closest to the continent. There is a bike bus from Durness back to inver...
by themadorganist
17 Apr 2008, 8:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John O Groats-Orkneys-Tongue-Durness-Lairg
Replies: 14
Views: 3363

hi peterm I was staying at Durness Youth Hostel. Did Cape Wrath and back on the using the earliest available ferry and riding to the lighthouse and back. An early lunch in Durness then I rode to Altnaharra in the afternoon.- total about 70 miles. There are two options in Altnaharra but only one real...
by themadorganist
16 Apr 2008, 11:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John O Groats-Orkneys-Tongue-Durness-Lairg
Replies: 14
Views: 3363

Hi - good luck with the ride - I spent 1.5 days on Orkney after the end of my 1996 LEJOG ride and stayed in the Kirkwall Hostel - it was fine and friendly with quite a cosmopolitan mix of people when i was there. No experience of the other two hostels. Last year I rode from Durness to Inverness, usi...
by themadorganist
26 Mar 2008, 1:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cape Wrath
Replies: 1
Views: 615

hi I did dover to cape wrath last summer and there is at least one dover to durness thread somewhere on here - cant remember where. One thing that springs to mind is that it is very difficult to get to cape wrath entirely under your own steam. You can either catch the small ferry from durness and th...
by themadorganist
15 Mar 2008, 11:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: This Week's Gales !
Replies: 15
Views: 1823

Still imobilized but i do remember about 3 years ago riding from carlisle to penrith with a training mate. We were both at that time capable of 58 minutes for a 25 mile time trial, yet it on this occasion it took us 1hr 40min to do 18 miles - riding virtually 'flat out' as a 2-up. On reaching home I...
by themadorganist
7 Mar 2008, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can you recommend a good expedition book?
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

three ideas- (1) see if you can get hold of some of the old crane brothers books - including biking across the sahara, in the atlas mountains and up kilimanjaro among other silly things (hard to believe this is the same nick crane that now presents 'coast' and 'map man' on BBC2). Most of these are q...
by themadorganist
7 Mar 2008, 12:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Great commuting ride - have to share
Replies: 12
Views: 1319

you cant beat commuting to work by bike. No matter how crappy the weather is and howmuch you really dont want to go out in it to start with, by the time you get there the feeling of well being and having'blown the cobwebs of the early morning away' always makes it worthwile!
by themadorganist
7 Mar 2008, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Oval chain rings
Replies: 18
Views: 1783

i have to agree with thirdcrank's sentiments on this one. The idea behind oval rings was to have a smalle diameter chainring, and therefore a smaller gear, at points where less power is available eg 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock and a bigger diameter/gear where more power is available 9say 2 to 5 o'clock ...