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by Tin_Hat
25 Aug 2012, 7:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG Attempt 2012 - dnf
Replies: 18
Views: 30944

Re: LEJOG Attempt 2012 - dnf

Hi Ben

Sorry to hear that you developed knee trouble and had to finish your tour early. For what it's worth I have a long-term knee injury and have also had achilles tendonitis on the same leg. I was recommended by my Physio to have my bike properly set up for me and to use the lowest gear possible on hills. I had a visit to the Physio after training with a fully loaded bike and using nothing lower than my 52" chainring for hills as preparation for the Pennine Cycleway....

I had a bike set-up which changed just about everything; seat position and height, handlebar height and stem length and the position of my SPD cleats. Afterwards the bike (and I) felt so much more comfortable and that combined with using my Mountain Bike (also set up for me) for touring so that I have a 22" low gear (rather than 34" on my road bike, has (hopefully) banished my knee pain and stopped any new injuries. I have still had the odd twinge on long hilly days (60 to 80 miles for me) on a loaded bike, on the Pennine Cycleway / C2C for example but nothing that a post-ride stretch hasn't sorted.

I'd thoroughly recommend a professional bike set-up, it will be money well spent. I'd also recommend doing all your training with your touring weight on the bike and having a few 3 day tours before the next LeJog. It will allow you to fine-tune the gear that you carry and hopefully spot any problems before the big trip!

Best of luck
by Tin_Hat
10 Aug 2012, 4:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Buying opinions please
Replies: 12
Views: 3998

Re: Buying opinions please

I'd echo the last posters comments, ie don't rush in to buying, try a few out and see whether you fancy something that goes faster or a bike that's perhaps a bit more comfortable and able to carry loads a bit better. Have you tried a steel frame bike? There're not as heavy as you think and IMO give a nicer ride on tarmac and rougher stuff. I'd suggest trying Big T's suggested bikes and shopping around a bit for 'last year's colours/models'. Don't be afraid of asking for a test ride. Decent shops will let you do this :-)
by Tin_Hat
10 Aug 2012, 12:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: LIGHTS FOR BROMPTON
Replies: 6
Views: 4162

Re: LIGHTS FOR BROMPTON

Thanks to all for the advice, I must admit that I would prefer a dynamo if possible if only because it means I don't have to remember (or dispose of) batteries. I'll have a shop around and see what I can get!
by Tin_Hat
9 Aug 2012, 1:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: LIGHTS FOR BROMPTON
Replies: 6
Views: 4162

LIGHTS FOR BROMPTON

Thinking ahead to the darker evenings on my commute, could anyone recommend some decent lights for a Brompton? I've got a decent Cat-Eye rear light (same as MickF it appears) and I was wondering whether to go for the Brompton - Shimano Hub Dynamo plus a back-up LED. Does anyone else have any recommendations? My commute is 6 to 10 miles each way, part lit, part country lane and part A road.
by Tin_Hat
8 Aug 2012, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: audax bikes; gearing too high
Replies: 68
Views: 5272

Re: audax bikes; gearing too high

531 Colin said;

Oddly enough, I don't remember reading any posts along the lines of........."I am a vain and foolish person, I allowed myself to be seduced by the greyhound good looks of bike X when I really needed bike Y which is comfortable and practical, and looks a right mongrel."

Funnily enough, I was that vain and foolish person! After four years of struggling with a compact 50/34 and inadequate (for my knees anyway) range of gears on my road / audax / shiny bike I realise that I really would like a nice comfortable touring bike with a range of gears something like 17" to 95". Oh and a highly unfashionable (in my LBS) Brooks saddle too please! Is it possible to obtain such a set up without going down the 'bespoke' route?
by Tin_Hat
6 Aug 2012, 10:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thule roof-mounted bike carriers.
Replies: 11
Views: 6529

Re: Thule roof-mounted bike carriers.

I've got a pair of the Thule 591 and have found them solid (despite my initial cynicism) for transporting road and mountain bikes around the country. If you are careful they don't foul the cables I find.

I haven't used any other brand roof mounted carriers though so can't comment on any others.
by Tin_Hat
11 Jul 2012, 2:06pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS
Replies: 4
Views: 43417

Re: GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS

As an update, I ordered a new lockout from Greyville for £8.95 incl VAT and P & P.

Fitted it to the bike and ...hey presto, it works!

Thanks again to Newtface for the advice
by Tin_Hat
6 Jul 2012, 9:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog report with a difference
Replies: 45
Views: 263779

Re: Lejog report with a difference

Mike - that was a fabulous account of your trip with Lorraine, really enjoyable. Even better than your wicket keeping for Leicestershire!
by Tin_Hat
5 Jul 2012, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Few miles or many fibs?
Replies: 23
Views: 1636

Re: Few miles or many fibs?

I've got 4 bikes at the moment, one a tourer which I have just bought, a Giant 'audax' type road bike which has approx 1,500 miles after 5 years, a mountain bike that has done about 2,500 miles in the same time and a Brompton that has done around 1,000 miles in the last year.

When I bought the road bike I didn't really know what I wanted or what I wanted to do with it and the bike has been used for summer sportives and one audax event. It's a nice bike but I soon found that I preferred flat bar touring type bikes and I have used the MTB and the Brompton for touring. That and achilles tendonitis has 'helped' to restrict my mileage and only in the past year have I been commuting to work.

Now I know what I prefer and want to do in future, I'll stick to the Brompton and Tourer and alternate between the two! :-)
by Tin_Hat
3 Jul 2012, 1:00pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS
Replies: 4
Views: 43417

Re: GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS

Thanks very much for the reply. I have contacted the company and will see what they can do.
by Tin_Hat
28 Jun 2012, 5:34pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Websters - Leicester
Replies: 4
Views: 46679

Re: Websters - Leicester

I've had good service from the young tall lad who sold me a Brompton but the older bloke (One of the owners of the shop) was a miserable git and really didn't want to know about any questions I had. For my road bike I tend to stick to Barrie Page's shop in Hinckley as he has a lifetime of experience with bikes and is a friendly sort of bloke and doesn't rip me off. I've also had good service from South Wigston Cycles when I bought my Brooks saddle. Julies Cycles are OK if a bit pricey :-)
by Tin_Hat
28 Jun 2012, 5:26pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS
Replies: 4
Views: 43417

GIANT YUKON - SUNTOUR LOCKOUT FORKS

Can anyone advise whether it is possible to replace the lock-out on a 2007 Giant Yukon? It had (until recently) a dial type lockout on the forks but this has now broken off and I wondered whether I can just buy a new lockout to fitor whether I have to replace the forks?

Here's a pic from Giant;


http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/pr ... tions_id=2
by Tin_Hat
28 Jun 2012, 12:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying a budget touring bike
Replies: 27
Views: 11503

Re: Buying a budget touring bike

As a suggestion i'd try a few different bikes and look to get a good second hand one. I've just bought a Dawes Kara Kum on Ebay for £155. It's 10 years old but has been looked after. Seems to have had a new chain recently and came complete with original front and rear racks, pump and set of Cateye lights. Gearing seems spot on for touring with a triple chainring giving 22 inch lowest gear and I think 108 inch top. It also has 3 bottle mounts and a Brooks Flyer saddle. New these bikes are £850 or less with discount
by Tin_Hat
28 Jun 2012, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Heads up for bargain B17
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Heads up for bargain B17

http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue- ... +Standard/

The B17 S model is aimed at women as it's apparently shorter than the B17 model for men
by Tin_Hat
26 Jun 2012, 9:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shepshed to Matlock
Replies: 8
Views: 2618

Re: Shepshed to Matlock

I used the Cloud Trail from Chellaston and sometimes Melbourne to Derby as my daily commute to work and it's tarmac all the way to Derby City Centre - the route brings you out opposite the Council Offices. As previous poster said there are lots of little flies in the summer as the route from Alvaston Park onwards goes next to the river, but it is scenic (for Derby) and good fun.

Can't help you much with the route north of Derby - on most recent long ride we biked from Buxton to Quorn via Shepshed in a day using the Tissington Trail then the NCN's from Ashbourne (very sceneic and nice undulating and very quiet roads) to Etwall where we picked up the old railway path and joined up with the Cloud Trail in Derby.