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by foxyrider
21 Nov 2018, 9:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning our first small Tour ( novice cyclists )
Replies: 40
Views: 703

Re: Planning our first small Tour ( novice cyclists )

I would say that that bike is not really appropriate as a first tourer( or last). The clue is in the title, "Urban". It is too heavy and not suited to long distance riding. Here is a good review of it. https://road.cc/content/review/245209-btwin-hoprider-900 I don't know much about cheap ...
by foxyrider
21 Nov 2018, 9:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car lamps : one-eyed monster and other outrages
Replies: 35
Views: 752

Re: Car lamps

Not just front lights but rear too. The other thing i've noticed lately is the use of headlights when sidelights would suffice. Difficulty of replacement is no excuse for not getting them replaced - places like Halfords will do it for you if you aren't mechanically minded / tooled up. Another case o...
by foxyrider
20 Nov 2018, 10:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?
Replies: 25
Views: 621

Re: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?

Well after riding almost continually since 1976 and age 13 my long term weight trend has been upwards! Last year, due to illness and an enforced layoff, my weight ballooned from a steady 87kg to over 105kg! This week I weigh 80kg - result! It's certainly not due to dieting and whilst I do @ 300km a ...
by foxyrider
20 Nov 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Cycling Club Names, Z - A
Replies: 24
Views: 1681

Re: Cycling Club Names, Z - A

As a youth in the 70's I rode against riders from lots of interesting named clubs. The Archer RC actually hailed from London, Kettering Friendly were quite good chaps! I started my riding career with the 45 Road Club, the A45 went through town and in a similar vein nearby we had the A5 Rangers. You ...
by foxyrider
20 Nov 2018, 4:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 2881

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Okay - I got thoroughly wetted today, it was cold (mostly sub 0!) and windy too - not enjoyable as such but i've had much worse and the trails were quite fun. The bit where I couldn't feel my fingers even after squeezing the wet out of the gloves was certainly not fun but I enjoyed my coffee and san...
by foxyrider
20 Nov 2018, 8:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wind direction in query
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Wind direction in query

It varies depending on time of year.

Whilst the prevailing winds across the summer are generally from the west, in the winter months it's very often a freezing blast from the east which is the source of much of the wintry weather.
by foxyrider
19 Nov 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London - on the spot fine
Replies: 70
Views: 1985

Re: London - on the spot fine

Is somebody pushing a pedal cycle propelling it? I think so. And several others of us think not, with various examples showing absurd consequences if it is. In the absence of statute or precedence, it seems like it might be worth challenging. Surely pushing a bike is just that, manoeuvring the mach...
by foxyrider
19 Nov 2018, 4:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Autumn, Winter and early Spring commuting gloves
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Autumn, Winter and early Spring commuting gloves

Try Decathlon - you can build your own glove system from their winter/ski range. They do several different liners and of course ski gloves/mitts need to be warm and wet resistant as well as hard wearing. Other advantage is they are very good value for money!
by foxyrider
18 Nov 2018, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

I've got them on a couple of bikes, a set of Spesh, not sure what brand the others are - anyway I have them with discs and dual pivots and they are brill. Keep the outer cables tight at the lever end especially and they IME, boost the brake power by several percent! They can be a faf to get right bu...
by foxyrider
18 Nov 2018, 10:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycling leg warmers
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: cycling leg warmers

I have a pair of Gore leg warmers I take on tour. I don't need to take tights that way. They've been pressed into service a couple of times but I think as often in the sleeping bag as on the bike! I have used them on a couple of sportives - i'm yet to find tights that fit as well as shorts and they'...
by foxyrider
17 Nov 2018, 11:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Turning bike upside down to support a tarp?
Replies: 23
Views: 671

Re: Turning bike upside down to support a tarp?

Hi, But you must admit if it rains over night there can be wind, this is where a tarp falls down, save weight at expense of getting wet. And I know that there can be condensation in a tent. But I know that the tarp and quilt has been discussed to death on other posts. I camped with a tarp it's rain...
by foxyrider
17 Nov 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: knee pain and clicking
Replies: 11
Views: 405

Re: knee

Sounds like you need a mechanic rather than a doctor! :lol: Are you certain it's your knee? Any moving / adjusting of position can open a right can of worms. Maybe your knee actually preferred the old position? I actually have more issues with my free float SPD cleats than my rigidly held Keo cleats...
by foxyrider
17 Nov 2018, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 2881

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Mick F wrote:Wot?
No rain for many weeks?
Where are you? The Sahara Desert?

I won't say it's not rained here, it has but somehow i've managed to miss it on my regular ride days - it's been warmish with sun and blue skies this afternoon around Robin Hood country :D
by foxyrider
16 Nov 2018, 9:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: HEDGE TRIMMING
Replies: 52
Views: 1664

Re: HEDGE TRIMMING

On yesterday's ride we encountered a 1/4 mile stretch of road covered in hedge cuttings. We were on tenterhooks as we rode past/over them but luckily nobody punctured. It's not practical to get off and walk in your cleated shoes so we just have to run the gauntlet. We also encountered a road that w...
by foxyrider
16 Nov 2018, 8:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What colour for my tourer upgrade & other bits
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: What colour for my tourer upgrade & other bits

Yebbut it wouldn't be my frame. I've had various uneconomic resprays and minor repairs done. Never regretted them. (Except the one where the forks broke after being straightened, but even then I managed to get some more forks and keep the frame going.) Personally I wouldn't waste the money on a rep...