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by TrevA
21 May 2018, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Opinions on mainstream touring bikes?

Only the larger retailers offer interest free credit, so you may struggle to find one that offers 3 years. You can get 10% discount at Evans if you are a CUK member and still take advantage of their interest free credit. We did this when my wife bought her Dolce Elite. Cost £999, got it for £900 and...
by TrevA
19 May 2018, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do you use your garmin edge much?
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Do you use your garmin edge much?

No, I only have the free version, I tend to use Garmin Connect for route planning, but I do use Strava sometimes as its easier to share the route with others.
by TrevA
18 May 2018, 3:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New A21 cycle route appears good in parts
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: New A21 cycle route appears good in parts

At least it's Tarmac. When they built the new A46 near me, the cycle paths they put in were loose ash/gravel paths with lots of gates that you have to stop and open. The A21 path looks prone to flooding in several places.
by TrevA
18 May 2018, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do you use your garmin edge much?
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Do you use your garmin edge much?

I use mine all the time for recording my rides. I no longer have a separate cycle computer on any bike, I just swap the Garmin 810 from bike to bike. Each bike has its own holder and it's a 2 second job to take the Garmin off or put it back on. I use the maps on audaxes and rides in unfamiliar areas...
by TrevA
18 May 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals for a newbie
Replies: 25
Views: 696

Re: Pedals for a newbie

can some one explain the differnt options re lock-your-feet-to-the-pedal. I tend use the term spd to cover them all I assume I am wrong? if so is the idea they all use the same or are there differnt technologies? Road The main systems are: Look (Delta - old style, Keo - new style) SPD -SL Time Most...
by TrevA
9 May 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diabetes NHS cost £10Billion, why no backing for cycling
Replies: 92
Views: 3231

Re: Diabetes NHS cost £10Billion, why no backing for cycling

agree with all that Vorpal says here but we need incentives as well. So for example if I was an employer I would give extra benefits to those that cycled/walked to work as I think those that do are fitter, more motivated and productive than car drivers. Secondly do what Nottingham does and tax car ...
by TrevA
9 May 2018, 9:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Comfortable touring shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1042

Re: Comfortable touring shoes

I'm a big fan of Specialized Tahoe, I'm on my second pair and had a pair of Specilized Sonoma ones before that. They are trainer style with lace ups and an extra Velcro strap to keep th laces in place. I had a pair of Lidl ones but wasn't impressed. They are not the same quality as the Specialized a...
by TrevA
9 May 2018, 9:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If I’m doing okay
Replies: 23
Views: 1525

Re: If I’m doing okay

I think nowadays we are all obsessed with numbers, particularly average speed, and Strava has made this worse. When I started cycling 40 years ago, we had no reliable way of measuring speed when on the bike, so we used to just ride at a speed that felt comfortable with the occasional tear up or cafe...
by TrevA
8 May 2018, 3:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJoG/JoGLE Budgets
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: LEJoG/JoGLE Budgets

When we did ours, we found that we spent £100 a day on average, all in, food, accom, evening meal, beer. That's staying in B&Bs and a few Travelodges, and that was for 2 people. But accom can be almost as expensive for one person. Accom is generally cheaper in Scotland and in the less-touristy a...
by TrevA
8 May 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 1283

Re: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please

A bike is as quick as the tube and quicker than a bus. I once caught a bus from Waterloo to Oxford Street and I could have walked it quicker. My son lives in east London and commutes by bike to the centre. He can do his 8 mile commute in 30 mins and it takes 40 on the tube.
by TrevA
2 May 2018, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice, tips please.
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Advice, tips please.

Derbyshire has several old railway lines that can be joined up using minor roads to make a tour. The Tissington trail starts at Ashbourne and goes to Parsley Hay near Buxton, where it meets the High Peak trail which goes to Cromford. There's also the Monsal trail from Bakewell to near Buxton, and th...
by TrevA
1 May 2018, 10:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ten Miles a day - 2018
Replies: 79
Views: 8100

Re: Ten Miles a day - 2018

I'm still well ahead. As of today I've done 1571 miles so far this year and we are on day 121. I've managed to get 3 70 milers in the last few weeks, which has helped boost the mileage.
by TrevA
29 Apr 2018, 4:22pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Cycling Weekly.
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: The demise of that great standard ...Cycling Weekly.

I've not read it regularly for 15 years or more and don't miss it. I've recently subscribed to Readly, so I do get access to it but only skim read it. I quite like the CW YouTube channel, especially Ollie Weekly and some of the reviews that they do, they seem like ordinary club standard riders and I...
by TrevA
29 Apr 2018, 4:04pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Merckx major + minor, what is the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: Merckx major + minor, what is the difference?

My son rode as a UK Professional, winning several national championship medals. He rode the World Cyclo cross Championship as a junior. He's done a 55 for 25 miles and a 20 minute 10 mile. I am an eternal 3rd/4th category rider, and I've never beaten the hour for 25. We have similar physical attribu...
by TrevA
24 Apr 2018, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres for a light tourer/audax
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Tyres for a light tourer/audax

Ive been using Conti GP 4 Seasons all winter with no problems. They aren't cheap though at about £30 each. I've used Rubino Pro's in the past with good results, about £18 each. I've just bought some GP 4000's for my summer bike, £34 each in Halfords but I got 10% discount for CTC membership. I would...