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by michael42
20 May 2014, 1:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: BT Openreach cyclists stay back
Replies: 143
Views: 32467

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

Maybe the message would be clearer if it said don't overtake down the inside . And I suspect that might also prevent mopeds, pedestrians, etc. doing the same rather than targeting cyclists with a very unclear message. Many of the signs do say that and from what I've seen most of them are on the LHS...
by michael42
20 May 2014, 12:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often do you change your chain?
Replies: 112
Views: 20203

Re: How often do you change your chain?

clean before use? No, I personally don't see the point if the chain is factory-impregnated with grease. I think it's not so much the impregnate as the outpregnate - i.e the outside of new chains is covered in grease. That attracts dirt, ime, almost as you're fitting it and certainly the chain will ...
by michael42
20 May 2014, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hub service. When?
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Shimano hub service. When?

Avoid these like the plague http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fwe/13-16mm-cone-spanners-ec053181 Those would be like the ones I got :D I think mine are bikehut. They don't seem that bad, TBH, maybe because the size I use is the inner 13mm it doesn't really matter. I hit my front end on something ...
by michael42
20 May 2014, 10:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike fit with a lower back assessment included? - FEEDBACK
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

Re: Bike fit with a lower back assessment included? - FEEDBA

Hey all. I have a history of suffering from sciatica caused by disc bulges (herniations) in my lower back and am now just about recovered from the latest spell. Cycling has never been painful, but that doesnt mean it isn't aggrevating an underlying issue, I would very much like to ensure that my ri...
by michael42
20 May 2014, 10:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

It looks to me like the OP has got some sense. He's asking how to get back into cycling . Of course those of us who never got out of it are still doing 60 mile rides at age 99. but that's not the OP's situation. When I first started getting into cycling about 15 years ago at roughly the same age as...
by michael42
20 May 2014, 10:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

Vorpal wrote:There was a lengthy (lengthy) thread about cadence a year and more ago...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=66742

Maybe we can stick with the OPs topic & questions?



You mean that thread where you start talking about cycling clubs?
by michael42
19 May 2014, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often do you change your chain?
Replies: 112
Views: 20203

Re: How often do you change your chain?

no I disagree- cleaning does help, provided you clean the chain properly, shortly after it gets dirty again. He wasn't doing this (one wash per ten rides, each of which get the chain filty dirty is nine rides with a dirty chain vs one which starts with a clean chain) which is why his chains wore to...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 7:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

mercalia wrote:after the first 2 hours of huffing and panting and sweating it really gets all a bit boring?


On an exercise bike it probably would.

If you've spent 2 hours riding away from home there's a reasonable motivation there to keep going.
by michael42
19 May 2014, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

... and don't cycle badly (by that I mean you don't do that casual cycling thing of going everywhere at 60rpm in a high gear - because you probably would think 3 or 4 hours of that was a struggle) A bit off-topic but I find I can't do higher cadence. I can be going along as e.g. 11 m.p.h. and feel ...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

why on earth do u want to engage in 60-100km rides at your age? I suppose you stopped it for a reason? I would have thought that there are differnt types of cycling that are more meaningful for you now than sweat and blood? Cycling a long way slowly is not particularly difficult. It might involve s...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 3:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: BT Openreach cyclists stay back
Replies: 143
Views: 32467

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

Who started this "Cyclists Stay Back" campaign (which I find highly offensive). Seems like the campaign organisers are blaming cyclists (again) for poor drivers. Well it really means "don't overtake down the inside" - if you do that you can't really blame the other vehicle if it...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 3:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists' Palsy?
Replies: 17
Views: 4661

Re: Cyclists' Palsy?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27448972 Just reading about this sad death. They have no real idea why she lost control and hit the wall, but it has been suggested that her hands may have gone numb. It could be a ballsy cyclist as much as palsy cyclist though. Anyone looking at my GPS lo...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 2:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Road Bike
Replies: 14
Views: 2439

Re: First Road Bike

I think the hard thing to judge is how much will I use the bike if i buy it. We shall see i guess :P The more mileage you do, the more it'll be worth spending extra on the bike. Especially at the lower end. Each £100 makes it better. The triban's I'm not so sure about - it's like the cheap halfords...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often do you change your chain?
Replies: 112
Views: 20203

Re: How often do you change your chain?

I used to do a similar MTB commute (actually mine was muckier) and I used shimano 8s chain. I cleaned my chain every day (hot jetwash and relube) and I was getting 2000 to 3000 miles to 1% stretch. Not as good as I'd get on the road with obsessive cleaning etc but about x5 what I'd get without. I'm...
by michael42
19 May 2014, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: older returning cyclists
Replies: 62
Views: 4994

Re: older returning cyclists

why on earth do u want to engage in 60-100km rides at your age? I suppose you stopped it for a reason? I would have thought that there are differnt types of cycling that are more meaningful for you now than sweat and blood? Cycling a long way slowly is not particularly difficult. It might involve s...