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by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 38
Views: 593

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

So far I've been using the hoods when out of the saddle but might try the drops as some have suggested above. I would tend to use the hoods when climbing (I believe the aforementioned Wiggo was one of the few pro cyclists to use the drops when climbing), only the drops into a headwind or when sprin...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 38
Views: 593

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

Most professional racers these day ride frames that are a good two sizes smaller than BITD. You're right (Wiggo was another example), but for all Lance Armstrong's faults (let's not go there), he was an outlier in that respect - he's 5' 10" and always rode a 58cm frame. (This is all getting aw...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 38
Views: 593

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

This has always been an interesting article on the subject. It's about racing but it kind of confirms tatanab's last comment:

http://inrng.com/2013/01/cycling-position-change/

The old adage 'If it looks right, it is right' never did apply to Wiggo...

Wiggo TdF.jpg
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 2:57pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: feedback about moderation
Replies: 44
Views: 3811

Re: feedback about moderation

My profile shows 6832 posts but when I want to search them there are only 6751: 81 fewer I guess some were on "for sale" threads that are automatically deleted after a while, maybe others were moderated, or whole threads were deleted. In terms of post count you're long since away and gone...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The gang of how many?
Replies: 75
Views: 1259

Re: The gang of how many?

I heard Anna Soubry on the radio yesterday morning. Couldn't care less what party she represented (and let's face it, it hardly even matters now) but it was the first time in a long time, maybe ever, that I've felt optimistic about politics in this country. We've got an awful long way to go, of cour...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 1:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclist v police car drag race
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Cyclist v police car drag race

Saw this last night - made me smile. :D

https://www.reddit.com/r/HumansBeingBro ... a_bicycle/

Don't think she needs the stabilisers - maybe they're to prevent her doing wheelies!

(It helps to click on the sound icon, bottom right of the video)
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 38
Views: 593

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

Out of all the folks I ride with, about half ride with drop bars, and only about a quarter of those use the drops, ever. One of those who I've never seen use the drops suffered a serious crash last year at an unexpectedly tight bend on a steep descent (I was behind and witnessed it), at least partly...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: before indexing....
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: before indexing....

Maybe not partially sighted but maybe the bike was used for audax and I guess when you're tired and it's dark, it just helped to be able to feel what gear it was in (other than just feeling it 'through the pedals'). I do a lot of cycling in the winter after dark, and even though the bikes have gear ...
by kylecycler
21 Feb 2019, 11:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 557
Views: 92974

Re: A positive thread

I saw a snail making his&her way across the garden path last night - first fully awake one I've seen this year. You mean snails hibernate? Not something I've ever thought about before. The things I've learned from this forum!* (*Another way of saying, 'I is fick'.) :) Unseasonal weather, this, ...
by kylecycler
20 Feb 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 557
Views: 92974

Re: A positive thread

Looks like a great forecast for the next few days, looking forward to getting out on the bike. :D Next week especially - rest of this week dry but a bit breezy (but can't complain - it's still only February) - next week freaky good! Spring's coming early. :) (Downside (there's always a downside) - ...
by kylecycler
20 Feb 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Fave quotes...
Replies: 165
Views: 8634

Re: Fave quotes...

"If I rest, I rust." - legendary Ayrshire cyclist Davie Bell. (It's why I'm all rusty.)
by kylecycler
20 Feb 2019, 1:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: nice story and pic
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: nice story and pic

I had a Golden Retriever like that. She wasn't pregnant - definitely not - she just seemed a bit distressed one day so I took her to the vet. Vet couldn't find anything 'wrong', couldn't feel anything, just said there was a lot of fluid there - a phantom pregnancy. Next day she had eight pups. Defin...
by kylecycler
20 Feb 2019, 12:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2"+ tyres - knobblies vs Big Apple or similar
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: 2"+ tyres - knobblies vs Big Apple or similar

If you want a fast and plush riding 29er/700C x 2in tyre look no further than Marathon Supremes. I bought a pair of 27.5"/584mm (650B) Supremes from a lad on the forum (he'd found his bike didn't have the clearance for them) but haven't tried them yet. It'll be interesting to see how they comp...
by kylecycler
19 Feb 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2"+ tyres - knobblies vs Big Apple or similar
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: 2"+ tyres - knobblies vs Big Apple or similar

I've tried 'Active Line' 55-559 (26 x 2.15) Big Apples. They replaced the original 50mm Kenda tyres and while they were a lot cushier (relatively speaking), the bike is used for transportation and is heavily laden half the time. It has 19mm (internal diameter) rims, and running the 55mm Big Apples a...
by kylecycler
19 Feb 2019, 9:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Where you bin, man?
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Where you bin, man?

Up to my late teens (early 1960's) my paternal grandparents lived in a house with an outside lavatory which had a place where the heavy galvanised dustbin was kept. They had moved in there when my maternal great grandmother had downsized and she remembered when it had been a midden. Those were the ...