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by Merry_Wanderer
31 Mar 2016, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Amazon do you really want to buy from them?
Replies: 51
Views: 1927

Re: Amazon do you really want to buy from them?

I won't buy from them on principle because they don't pay their fair share of tax in the UK. I would rather buy from a supplier that does pay their fair share because otherwise the rest of us end up paying more. I recently gave an order to Guardian books (for books not bike parts) and they were chea...
by Merry_Wanderer
9 Feb 2016, 11:29pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Why does the CTC not promote Sportives?
Replies: 55
Views: 2706

Re: Why does the CTC not promote Sportives?

I'm an old and crusty wooly sock brigade 48 year old and with my younger friends in their 30's we have done both sportifs and Audax events. My experience of a sportif was doing a 100km event in 7 hours including stops and finding that a the last stop all the free food had gone as the organisers had ...
by Merry_Wanderer
8 Feb 2016, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keeping feet properly warm
Replies: 33
Views: 2052

Re: Keeping feet properly warm

I wear leather lightweight walking boots (Brasher) with a thick mountaineering sock (Smartwool) and Buffalo teclite trousers. No more cold achey feet
by Merry_Wanderer
8 Feb 2016, 5:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly tandem(perhaps)
Replies: 40
Views: 1851

Re: Surly tandem(perhaps)

Not quite on topic but Gary the owner of Banbury Cycles (Oxfordshire Surly dealers) has a Surly LHT made into a trike, but not made by Surly
by Merry_Wanderer
5 Feb 2016, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?
Replies: 69
Views: 4029

Re: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?

It may be ignorant of me to ask, in which case please feel free to correct me, would a 1 x 11 not wear out the chain more quickly than a 3 x 9 because of the angle of the chain in the lowest and highest gears
by Merry_Wanderer
5 Feb 2016, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?
Replies: 69
Views: 4029

Re: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?

Martin - I wasn't thinking custom build, more along the lines of making cheap changes to your existing bikes. You could change the tyres on your hybrid for a slick puncture resistant variety to cut your rolling resistance (if it hasn't already got such tyres) and see if there's any difference. In re...
by Merry_Wanderer
4 Feb 2016, 9:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lifespan of a washing machine
Replies: 62
Views: 3166

Re: Lifespan of a washing machine

We have a Whirlpool washing machine bought new in 2001 for £299. It looks a bit tatty and the powder drawer broke a few years ago (we put tablets in with the clothes) but it still works well
by Merry_Wanderer
4 Feb 2016, 3:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?
Replies: 69
Views: 4029

Re: Road bike Commuting up hills - 16, 22 or 24 Gears?

My commute has 2 stiff hills in the first 2 miles and my commuting bike had until today, a 48/38/28 Alivio set up with an 8 speed cassette of 11-32. I have now changed the chainset to 42/32/22 as I have tended to use the 28/32 gear every day and the 48 chainring precisely never. This bike has 26&quo...
by Merry_Wanderer
1 Feb 2016, 11:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow riders?
Replies: 36
Views: 2490

Re: Slow riders?

I average 10mph (including stops) or 12mph rolling speed on Audaxes. Longest one I have done so far was 131km (including unscheduled diversions aka wrong turns - official distance was 123km). I am usually last or just before last but as there are no records kept of places or speeds on Audax, who car...
by Merry_Wanderer
1 Feb 2016, 11:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham
Replies: 238
Views: 14190

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Shocking, can't think of another way of describing it.

What would the chances be of a private prosecution getting a result for the cyclist?
by Merry_Wanderer
29 Jan 2016, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 2016 ride plans
Replies: 23
Views: 1784

Re: 2016 ride plans

Going to Holland for the first week in May and for the first time (now that we have a van instead of a car) we are taking our touring bikes to enjoy day rides from our caravan. I have convinced my wife to try some Audax rides with me too and we are planning a 3 week trip to the west coast of Scotlan...
by Merry_Wanderer
26 Jan 2016, 1:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: oldies riding in the cold
Replies: 45
Views: 3401

Re: oldies riding in the cold

At 48 I am a mere youngster but I have found that my body temperature can go haywire in the cold. My commute is 14 mile round trip with a hilly first 2 miles. My standard winter commuting kit is Buffalo Big Face top, buff, Lowe Alpine fleece lined mountain cap, Buffalo Teclite trousers, thick walkin...
by Merry_Wanderer
18 Jan 2016, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Would You Return These Tyres?
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Would You Return These Tyres?

I had to return a non functional B&M dynamo headlamp to Rose. Their customer service was excellent and received the replacement within 2 days of them receiving my returned item. Didn't cost me a penny thanks to their returns policy
by Merry_Wanderer
11 Jan 2016, 3:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heavy bikes
Replies: 75
Views: 3407

Re: Heavy bikes

My Surly DT weighs about 16kg unladen and when I have used it for Audax it weighed in at about 20kg laden, or 44 pounds in old money. It's funny but I am no faster on my Surly Cross Check which weighs about 13kg unladen. What gearing do you have on the Big Dummy? That would make more difference than...