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by 1982john
25 Jan 2020, 6:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 684
Views: 52779

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Looks like it's going to be another fascinating year for the lejog records with 4 female athletes vying for the record.

https://twitter.com/24HourMaths/status/ ... 00289?s=20
by 1982john
31 Dec 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Mixing ultegra with dore set up

Using a 50/34 upfront if that matters....
by 1982john
31 Dec 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Mixing ultegra with dore set up

Shimano GRX RD-RX812-GS rear mechs allow a 42t max rear sprocket and are compatible with road 11 speed shifters So I could add this derailer Shimano GRX RD-RX810 2x11 https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/shimano-grx-rd-rx810-2x11-speed-rear-derailleur-847411 And then any sprocket - brand doesn't mat...
by 1982john
31 Dec 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Mixing ultegra with dore set up

Due to a crash (not my fault), I need to replace the rear derailer on my road bike which is a standard ultegra set up. Instead of replacing like for like can I switch to the DEORE M8000 XT 11SPEED and a 11-40 11 speed cassette without needing to change or order other specialist parts? Other than a n...
by 1982john
20 Dec 2019, 12:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit by a car this morning looking for a bit of advice
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Re: Hit by a car this morning looking for a bit of advice

Get the ref (did the witness get it?) get a police reference number, talk to your insurers (home insurance) and get a bike check up at a proper lbs. If you are *sure* you are ok, then just talk to the driver - have a provisional sum in mind - they might prefer not to involve their insurance company...
by 1982john
20 Dec 2019, 9:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit by a car this morning looking for a bit of advice
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Hit by a car this morning looking for a bit of advice

Car pulled out on me at an island. I'm ok, have not checked out the bike fully but it looks superficial damage. I got a name and number but not reg but I think there's lots of cameras around also got a witness. Never been hit before in 20 years of cycling so I'm not sure what I should do about claim...
by 1982john
10 Dec 2019, 6:26pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: buying a used eBike?
Replies: 5
Views: 396

buying a used eBike?

I've had some bargains on standard bikes by buying second hand over the years but is that a sensible option for an ebike?

The problem is the battery. Is there anyway of knowing for sure what shape the battery is in?
by 1982john
7 Dec 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2484

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

. I can't see that I would bother with an eBike. Most of the joy of riding - to me at least - is putting all your effort into riding. You can do the same thing on an eBike you will go further and probably faster! When you are old grizzled and weakening, you will understand. Some people are embarras...
by 1982john
7 Dec 2019, 3:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Ineos 39.59 challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Ineos 39.59 challenge

We recently witnessed one of the greatest sporting achievements when Kipchoge broke the 2-hour barrier for the marathon. This led me to think what could be possible for Lejog? The current record is 43 25. A record that might stand for some time. Now Kipchoge was not following the rules for his sport...
by 1982john
4 Dec 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2484

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Just home from 50lm hilly North Northumberland. Exhausted, despite an ebike. I was cycling out into a stiff wind so still had to work pretty hard. You also have to keep your battery going so leaning on maximum power is a recipe for getting stuck half way home. If you're planning a long ride where r...
by 1982john
1 Dec 2019, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When you run out of money…
Replies: 35
Views: 1438

Re: When you run out of money…

LollyKat wrote:I've just finished Laurie Lee's As I walked out one midsummer morning about his travels on foot in Spain in the 1930s, supporting himself by busking on his violin. (It's a wonderful book - I've read it several times.)


Have you read Alastair Humphrey's reincarnation of that book?
by 1982john
30 Nov 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano steps system
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Shimano steps system

The issue with integrated-within-frame motors wearing prematurely and being difficult to service is several minus points in any calculation of the cost/benefits of the various e-bile motor systems. Add in their extra weight penalty (to the frame as much as the motor/battery) as well as their potent...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2484

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

I think I will just have to hire one and see what it's like. I think that's a good idea, though try and hire or test ride more than one, there's a fair difference between them. My only experience is a few hires and test rides, plus talking and riding with e-bike riders. You haven't said what sort o...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2484

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F rides in eco mode or off. We did a 40km route on Sunday which took in 1200 ft of climb. It was quite cold but she still averaged 20 kph. Lots of low gradient 'up'. If your route is hilly then this is where an e-bike is of most use as upping the power will flatten the hills. Mapped the route a...
by 1982john
27 Nov 2019, 3:56pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 61
Views: 2484

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F's new ebike contributes the equivalent of 60% of the input power in eco mode (Bosch motor). If you are already able to average 12 Mph then you should be easily be able to achieve an average of 15.5 mph or faster over your commute distance. Mrs F has a 500 watt battery and is currently averagi...