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by theopr
21 Nov 2011, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Need an alternative to my tourer for day rides
Replies: 33
Views: 5520

Re: Need an alternative to my tourer for day rides

horizon wrote: Why not challenge him to a winter cycle camping trip next weekend? I think he will stay at home with a "headache". :D


Or make sure your next ride together includes some gravel tracks or muddy bridleways ;-)
by theopr
21 Oct 2011, 10:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fuji Bikes
Replies: 5
Views: 1044

Re: Fuji Bikes

I've owned a couple of Fuji track bikes. For the money they were very good.

I don't suppose three is anything wrong with their road bikes.
by theopr
21 Oct 2011, 10:53am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Its that time of year again....
Replies: 12
Views: 66133

Re: Its that time of year again....

Two mentions of Swinley. I went once as its not far. I found it to be a souless contrived place. Compared with the Chilterns its unchallenging, uninteresting and pretty flat. Its supposed to be MTBing! No mountains in the Chilterns but plenty of muddy hills. I love the autumn and winter because its...
by theopr
18 Oct 2011, 8:49am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Its that time of year again....
Replies: 12
Views: 66133

Re: Its that time of year again....

I find that if you don’t ride technical MTB stuff fairly regularly you tend to lose your skill and, more importantly, your confidence. I don’t do much mountain biking but I like to ride MTB enduro races (slowly) and I find I need to go to somewhere like Swinley Forest at least once a month just to r...
by theopr
17 Oct 2011, 3:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: continental Top Contact Opinions
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: continental Top Contact Opinions

I have a pair of 700x32 folding. They come up small, the 32s are more like 28s, and they are quite heavy. There is a lot of rubber in the treaded area but the sidewalls are fairly thin and weak. They roll OK and are fairly good on rough surfaces (but watch the thin sidewalls). The high profile makes...
by theopr
15 Sep 2011, 4:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leather track mitts anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2437

Re: Leather track mitts anyone?

Oh course, there is always Rapha...
by theopr
13 Sep 2011, 12:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leather track mitts anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2437

Re: Leather track mitts anyone?

Allsports do them for about a fiver.
http://www.allsports-online.co.uk/allsports.cgi
by theopr
29 Jul 2011, 1:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: slowly slipping seatposts
Replies: 8
Views: 1913

Re: slowly slipping seatposts

You could try shimming with a small piece of coke can or similar. Doesn't necessarily have to be a fully circular shim if that is too tight. I've superglued a bit of can 1/3 of the way round the inside of a seat post and found it worked fine.
by theopr
11 Jul 2011, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice regarding touring shoes
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: Advice regarding touring shoes

I always found shimano shoes a bit tight round the toes. I tend to use specialized now as I find them a bit roomier. Best to try on a couple of different brands if you can as the sizing seems very hit and miss. I'm a fan of winter boots. They don't necessarily keep your feet dry but I find them much...
by theopr
4 Jul 2011, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aerodynamic rear wheels?
Replies: 14
Views: 666

Re: Aerodynamic rear wheels?

Deep section rims provide a noticable aerodynamic advantage at higher speeds but as the speed drops off so does the aerodynamic effect. Below a certain speed lighter shallow section rims will have the advantage. I expect the main contenders will all be on shallow rims in the mountains.
by theopr
24 Jun 2011, 12:25pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Carradice
Replies: 48
Views: 92346

Re: Carradice On The Blower

Alport wrote:(But how many Carradice bags can one buy - my wife is getting suspicious... :D


Myself and Mrs Theopr own 10 items of Carradice luggage between us, all in cotton duck. :)

But as we don't do much touring anymore the big panniers havent seen the light of day for years :(
by theopr
24 Jun 2011, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carradice SQR clamp
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: Carradice SQR clamp

Blimey, that was quick We haven't had any negative feedback regarding SQR systems with carbon seatposts. I would suggest though that you put some old inner tube round the seatpost where the bands will be fitted. I've done this on my steel seatpost, it protects it from scratching and it enables the b...
by theopr
24 Jun 2011, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carradice SQR clamp
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Carradice SQR clamp

OK, I've got one of those SQR seatpost clamps, but I haven't used it for quite a while. it attaches to the seatpost with two steel bands tightened by an allen bolt. My seat post is a lovely smooth carbon fibre jobbie. Am I asking for trouble if I clamp the SQR bracket to it, prticulary if I'm carryi...
by theopr
24 Jun 2011, 8:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Sportif 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2453

Re: Dawes Sportif 2010

Winstanleys seem to be doing some very good deals on bikes. I've never heard of them before. Are they kosher?
by theopr
21 Jun 2011, 1:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Re: Park the Car in France then Cycle Tour

I leave my car in a decent residential neighbourhood and cycle away. Left it for 2 weeks at a time with no problems. My car is not worth that much but if it was, thats what insurance is for. If a strange car was left outside my house for two weeks I would assume it had been stolen/abandoned and rep...