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by minkie
2 Aug 2010, 11:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge 605/705
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Garmin Edge 605/705

I'e been using the 705 for about a year and the 305 for 2 years before that. They are excellent products, but you do need to mess about with software on the internet IMO bikeroutetoaster is the best. None of it is hard but you do need to allow time to develop your understanding of how to get good us...
by minkie
31 Jul 2010, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC App ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2840

Re: CTC App ?

I comprehensively trashed a forerunner of the Iphone by getting it very wet.
Are IPhones fully rainproof?
I ask this because if they aren't then they aren't much use in the cycling world.
by minkie
31 Jul 2010, 6:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?
Replies: 71
Views: 4690

Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

:D The more I ride, the less i'm convinced that 100m is that far. Pretty sure that I could do 100m pretty easily now and have been putting it off too long. Perhaps I will do it on Sunday as an extra 20-30m after my CTC ride. I reckon a pack of crisps for every 20 miles is enough. For calorie countin...
by minkie
26 Jul 2010, 7:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do we need road markings?
Replies: 11
Views: 811

Re: Do we need road markings?

There's no road markings, but there seems to be plenty of really rubbish road skills, equally from cars, pedestrians and bikes.
It's a fascinating clip in a really horrible sort of way.
by minkie
13 Jul 2010, 6:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: off-road cycling routes in south manchester?
Replies: 12
Views: 1244

Re: off-road cycling routes in south manchester?

hi - you could try the trans pennine way. Other places to look are the Sustrans website and the council websites - Manchester, Trafford etc.

Bikeroutetoaster is a route planning site that gives you the option to see cycle maps instead of the ordinary google maps. The cycle map shows offroad routes.
by minkie
12 Jul 2010, 6:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Learning that cycling is not cheap!
Replies: 65
Views: 4011

Re: Learning that cycling is not cheap!

Cyclists, its been 3 years since my last confession .... I've been cycling to work for 3 years now. I am on my third bike, a road bike and have used 2 hybrids in he past. My journey time to work has reduced from 50 minutes to 20 but I've begun to realise I know nothing about cycling and its not as ...
by minkie
9 Jul 2010, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Manchester to Blackpool bike ride
Replies: 26
Views: 2281

Re: Manchester to Blackpool bike ride

I've not tried this sort of thing yet but I'm planning to do a couple this year, so was interested to hear you liked it FW. I'm trying them out to see if I enjoy them or not - I can see some downsides but a lot of people do get a lot of fun out of them. I can't see any problem with the rider doing t...
by minkie
6 Jul 2010, 1:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Primary position for beginners
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: Primary position for beginners

I think it's the speed of the traffic that you need to more or less match, rather than the speed limit. So, if you are in a 30 mph zone but the traffic is going at 10 then you only need to go at 10 - should be no problem in Rusholme.
Cyclecraft is well worth tenner or whatever.
by minkie
5 Jul 2010, 7:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Primary position for beginners
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: Primary position for beginners

I find the easiest way to take the lane is to pullout in the same way as I would when turning right, or alternatively getting in front of the front car at lights. I think the reaction you'll get depends in part on how fast you're going relative to the cars around you. If you take the lane and you're...
by minkie
12 Jun 2010, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road tyre help...
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: Road tyre help...

I've found Gatorskins to be good but Conti GP400S to be even better (that's GP400S, not GP400).
Faster rolling, grippy and no punctures during the 12 months I've had them.
by minkie
8 Jun 2010, 5:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend a seatpack/toolpouch?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Recommend a seatpack/toolpouch?

The Topeak bags come with either a clipfit or a velcro fastening. Maybe you had the clip-fit version - I think the velcro version would fit pretty much any saddle, so if you liked the size then that might be worth a try.
by minkie
23 May 2010, 10:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how I can avoid getting dirty hands from my hoods?
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: how I can avoid getting dirty hands from my hoods?

I just use soap and water, but I get no transfer of colour from my hoods or tape onto my hands.
My hoods and tape are both black, so maybe it's a property of white materials?
by minkie
13 May 2010, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre v Titanium
Replies: 47
Views: 5673

Re: Carbon fibre v Titanium

People who own carbon bikes seem to fret a lot that relatively minor impacts may have compromised the integrity of their frame. People who have carbon, ally or steel bikes seem to fret about their paintwork (or pretend they don't care when it gets scratched). People who have titanium bikes are happy...
by minkie
22 Apr 2010, 5:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: food!!
Replies: 29
Views: 1393

Re: food!!

I've just done 33 miles over 115 minutes, gently ambling through the lanes enjoying the sunshine and in no particular hurry. Couldn't have been nicer. :D :D Anyway, my garmin says my average heart rate was 121, moving average speed was 14.8 and I consumed 1590 calories. It knows how old I am, what I...