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by SoloRider
20 Jul 2016, 8:33pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Disc prolapse... again
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: Disc prolapse... again

BTW I'm not depressed about it despite the tone of my initial post as I have come to the conclusion that what will be will be. Would miss the bike though as it does take over our lives doesn't it?
by SoloRider
20 Jul 2016, 8:19pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Disc prolapse... again
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Disc prolapse... again

Hi. I've had a few of these evil things happen over the years and thought they were behind me after having surgery on the L5/S1 a few years back. Well it happened again recently and now I'm bored out of my mind having to watch others have fun on their bikes. Very numb leg, weakness, inability to pus...
by SoloRider
23 Dec 2015, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tread and canvas failure Schwalbe Lugano/Blizzard Sport
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Re: Tread and canvas failure Schwalbe Lugano/Blizzard Sport

Had schwalbe semi slick mtb tyres explode due to wire bead failure a couple of times. I think the quality of schwalbes these days is variable
by SoloRider
30 Aug 2015, 10:01pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 29 incher - all hype?
Replies: 63
Views: 70937

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

I was almost sucked in by the hype. Bigger was all of a sudden better. 29+? Then suddenly there was a backlash about 'rideability' and 27.5 was decreed to be better. So all the reviews that I read were flawed and now I need 27.5 instead. Just like I need 10 speed. Or double MTB chainsets. Or compact...
by SoloRider
9 Jul 2015, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?
Replies: 103
Views: 5651

Re: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?

I just checked the definition of a road bike and a race bike and couldn't find the requirement that it have clipless pedals. Probably just as well seeing as mine was sold to me with flat pedals, otherwise I would have returned it. Only kidding, I think I get what you mean although I don't 100% agree...
by SoloRider
9 Jul 2015, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?
Replies: 103
Views: 5651

Re: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?

Apologies for the 'tosh' bit, tried to put a smiley in but it didn't work! I was (laughingly) referring to a bike ceasing to be a road bike once certain pedals were added. Which kind of reinforced my original point: who gets to decide what is acceptable and what isn't. Don't worry though, I'm not lo...
by SoloRider
9 Jul 2015, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?
Replies: 103
Views: 5651

Re: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?

Brucey, I normally think you do some well-informed posts but I have to say that your last one reads like a load of tosh, sorry!
by SoloRider
7 Jul 2015, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?
Replies: 103
Views: 5651

Why are flat pedals so frowned upon?

Ok, I know really - fashion and peer pressure. I am aware of the benefits of SPDs and the likes. Over the years I've used SPD, SPD-SL, Look Deltas and some others I've forgotten the name of. Yep, fast roadie rides where you can pedal circles and pull up when standing. Gotcha. I am growing weary of t...
by SoloRider
7 Jul 2015, 11:51am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Does cycling keep you young?
Replies: 16
Views: 1454

Re: Does cycling keep you young?

I think in my case it has aged me. Looser facial skin and the drying effect of sun and wind has definitely taken its toll over the last 12 years!
by SoloRider
2 Jul 2015, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM PG-1050 cassette with Shimano STIs
Replies: 2
Views: 448

SRAM PG-1050 cassette with Shimano STIs

Simple really, would the above cassette work with Shimano 105 STIs?

I want an 11-32 cassette and the ratios are much better for road riding than Shimano's MTB cassettes (IMHO) - 1 tooth gaps at the higher end, bigger gaps at the bottom.
by SoloRider
14 Jun 2015, 9:36am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Benefits of cycling very slowly
Replies: 35
Views: 2326

Re: Benefits of cycling very slowly

Yeah I couldn't have done that if I'd gone hard which is the point I was trying to make
by SoloRider
13 Jun 2015, 7:24pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Benefits of cycling very slowly
Replies: 35
Views: 2326

Re: Benefits of cycling very slowly

Fitness wise I reckon I gain more from cycling slowly. I could only manage 2 to 3 rides a week, usually up to 30 Miles. Now I can easily do 5 a week, similar distance. My heart rate is average of 128 bpm with higher peaks so there is some effort involved. Again I'd liken it to power walking instead ...
by SoloRider
13 Jun 2015, 12:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Benefits of cycling very slowly
Replies: 35
Views: 2326

Re: Benefits of cycling very slowly

First thing in the morning before breakfast, something must have fuelled the ride, but I'm no expert
by SoloRider
12 Jun 2015, 11:51am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Benefits of cycling very slowly
Replies: 35
Views: 2326

Re: Benefits of cycling very slowly

Sweep wrote: eventually decided that the bike was pushing me.


Excellent, will have to remember that!