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by chris3vic
17 Aug 2017, 11:26am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Advice on getting back to fitness...
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Advice on getting back to fitness...

I sometimes go out for a spin after the kids are in bed. Also, I don't like using the turbo trainer, but it's bearable with a movie on, if I'm desparate enough for exercise and can't go out on the bike for some reason. p.s. can you try some different routes to work? Thay can't all be horrendous? Yo...
by chris3vic
17 Aug 2017, 7:42am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Advice on getting back to fitness...
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Advice on getting back to fitness...

Perhaps sacrilege on a cycling forum, but here goes. Have you considered running on those days you are time pressured? Running is a much more time efficient activity than cycling if you're object is simply to get fit and lose weight. A half hour run is a decent work out, whereas half hour on a bike...
by chris3vic
17 Aug 2017, 7:40am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Advice on getting back to fitness...
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Advice on getting back to fitness...

Thanks all for your replies, advice and good points. Yeah my son is already "in to" cycling, as much as a 5 year old can be. We spend time out on the tag-along at weekends because he's not yet built up the confidence of cycling on his own - so usually it's a short jaunt around the park or ...
by chris3vic
15 Aug 2017, 9:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Advice on getting back to fitness...
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Advice on getting back to fitness...

Hi all Since starting a new job in March this year I've stopped cycling, got really unfit generally, and piled on about 2 stone. Yes, two bloody stone since March :x - it;s spiralled very quickly and unexpectedly. My job is now city centre based with extremely good public transport links and it's a ...
by chris3vic
28 Feb 2017, 9:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear bike carrier for Vauxhall Mokka
Replies: 23
Views: 6500

Re: Rear bike carrier for Vauxhall Mokka

If he hasn't already posted, Mick F will be along to warn against carrying bikes on the back of a car. Firstly, I had to Google to find out what a Vauxhall Mokka was .............. and/or looked like. Secondly, after seeing one on Google Images, I reckon you don't need a rear rack, because the car ...
by chris3vic
13 Feb 2017, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Team Pro Woes!
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: Brooks Team Pro Woes!

pwa wrote:Have you tried taking a little of the tension off?


No, but I think I will do so today
by chris3vic
13 Feb 2017, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Team Pro Woes!
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Brooks Team Pro Woes!

I've just switched from a B17, which I have always ridden, to a Team Pro, as the B17 on my road bike was causing chapped thighs and general discomfort from being a little too wide. I started riding the team pro last week. I don't remember a B17 ever being so uncomfortable out of the box. There has a...
by chris3vic
13 Feb 2017, 8:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

m-gineering wrote:
chris3vic wrote:
Davidwd wrote:


It's a plastic box styled to look like a modern device which you can mount to your bars. Inside you can stick a card with the route numbers written down.
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Right I see. I guess a handwritten page inside the map holder on my bar bag will work as well then!
by chris3vic
12 Feb 2017, 8:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

I tend to get a bit tired of my garmin, but not really sure of any alternative. I kinda just want to plan a basic route, noting the numbered junctions and follow that as best as I can. Is that asking for trouble? On the map the numbered junctions look easy to follow, in practice, is that true? The ...
by chris3vic
11 Feb 2017, 7:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what cheap second hand touring bike?
Replies: 19
Views: 1675

Re: what cheap second hand touring bike?

A combo of 1 and 2 is going to be hard to come by i think - second hand and under £500...

Which one is a must?
by chris3vic
11 Feb 2017, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Surly LHT or Cross Check?
Replies: 34
Views: 4154

Re: Surly LHT or Cross Check?

I was in the same dilemma as you - in the end I went for the disk trucker simply because I thought it would be a better "touring" option. What I found is that I really should have gone for the cross check, as most of my rides were unladen and to/from work. I found the trucker to be really ...
by chris3vic
11 Feb 2017, 8:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

I tend to get a bit tired of my garmin, but not really sure of any alternative.

I kinda just want to plan a basic route, noting the numbered junctions and follow that as best as I can. Is that asking for trouble?

On the map the numbered junctions look easy to follow, in practice, is that true?
by chris3vic
11 Feb 2017, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

What would be the best way way to navigate in Holland whilst out on the bike? Garmin with a decent dutch overlay? Or paper maps?
by chris3vic
10 Feb 2017, 11:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

You want to get the miles in, and you want to visit the biggest, most densely populated area's/cities and you want to use Google maps? Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. e I'm only using Google Maps for some tentative, basic planning - looking for possible waypoints, hostels etc etc. I'm redu...
by chris3vic
9 Feb 2017, 2:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 days in holland - advice?
Replies: 25
Views: 5884

Re: 4 days in holland - advice?

Great advice. Ok now I'm thinking, Rotterdam -> Utrecht (via Kinderdijk and Gouda) Utrecht -> Amsterdam (via Naarden and Weesp (to make it interesting, plus I've always wanted to visit Naarden) - This will still be a short day, but will mean a slightly greater time spent with my friend, rather than ...