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by Gearoidmuar
14 Nov 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure

Japan has a lower rate of heart disease than France, yet tend to drink more beer and spirits. They're about the same. The Dordogne/Gascony/Perigord area of France has the most saturated fat consumption in France and possibly the world and half the average French rate. What the Japanese and French s...
by Gearoidmuar
8 Nov 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on 20" (406mm) tyres
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Advice on 20" (406mm) tyres

There's an additional trick for getting tight tyres off. When you've done the usual pushing all the bead in centrally to loosen the bit your dealing with, and you got your two metal levers in AND you've levered them down.... Push them both under the rim rather than stopping parallel to the spokes. T...
by Gearoidmuar
8 Nov 2019, 2:19pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure

Most of the research I've read Japan has a lower rate of heart disease than France, yet tend to drink more beer and spirits. They're about the same. The Dordogne/Gascony/Perigord area of France has the most saturated fat consumption in France and possibly the world and half the average French rate....
by Gearoidmuar
27 Oct 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Knee Pain
Replies: 27
Views: 1485

Re: Knee Pain

What helps to strengthen the muscles around the knee is to stand while climbing.
by Gearoidmuar
12 Sep 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 46
Views: 2050

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

I've multiple stoves (I like gadgets!)
Don't find alcholol burners good as too slow and not enough heat.

If it's for coffee, you can't beat a Jetboil, esp is you've the coffee filter thing.
by Gearoidmuar
11 Sep 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 7 day route
Replies: 33
Views: 3941

Re: 7 day route

I've done Lejog 4 times but not Jogle. I agree with Mick about the prevailing wind as the last time I did it it was against us almost all the way. I also agree that Cornwall and Devon are the worst. In my case Devon was worse as we did (CTC tour) from Lostwithiel to Exeter and this 70m ride has 7000...
by Gearoidmuar
6 Aug 2019, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing Stiff Sidewall Tyres
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Removing Stiff Sidewall Tyres

Another tip which I discovered myself... When you've loosened the tyre by moving most of bead into centre and you're taking off the bead, using metal levers, when you lever off the bead continue the lift off right through, i.e. push the lever not only downwards but continue the push until its shaft ...
by Gearoidmuar
26 Jul 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes too tight: The fix.
Replies: 15
Views: 2629

Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

De Sisti wrote:I'd recommend you use one of these. My feet are wide, so bought a pair of Sidi Mega shoes.
I still had to use the shoe stretcher on them.


Don't think that would work on synthetics, without heat.
by Gearoidmuar
26 Jul 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes too tight: The fix.
Replies: 15
Views: 2629

Re: Shoes too tight: The fix.

Jdsk wrote:
Gearoidmuar wrote:Apparently, it's recommended nowadays to get Shimano shoes half a size too big. My last several pairs of shoes have been of different makes.

I'd suggest +1 Continental European size.

Jonathan

That's half a conventional size!
by Gearoidmuar
26 Jul 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes too tight: The fix.
Replies: 15
Views: 2629

Shoes too tight: The fix.

I bought a pair of new Shimano MTB shoes on the internet. Size 46. My usual, always fits. Problem. They were too tight. Made of synthetics, not leather. Very tight across front of foot and toes. Tolerable without insoles but inside surface too bumpy to wear without insoles. Googled. Two suggestions....
by Gearoidmuar
13 Jul 2019, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accomodation booked, one last look at route?
Replies: 41
Views: 6267

Re: Accomodation booked, one last look at route?

A lot of them in Ireland as well, Mick. Mallow is MALLow, Youghal is yawl. Eyeries is eye-REEZ. Kinsale is KinSALE. Cahir is Care Cobh is Cove It's the small places that are most difficult. Stuake near Cork is STOO-ik. Aghabullogue is Ahah-Bullug, the ull to rhyme with bulb. Meelin is MWEELing The h...
by Gearoidmuar
10 Jun 2019, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 2061

Up to a point...

You get what you pay for, unless you buy secondhand in which case if you know how to suss it up, you can get a lot more.
You can also get stuff online, last year's model etc., which is worth considering.
by Gearoidmuar
8 Jun 2019, 9:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1500

Re: Cycling cape?

I've had capes. They are great when there's no wind. Then they aren't great. Goretex is partly breathable. What works well in rain if it's warm, is a plain fleece. If it gets soaked, take it off, shake it, and off you go again. I've experimented with all kinds of rainproof jackets. Goretex is not ba...
by Gearoidmuar
8 Jun 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to ignore the forecast!
Replies: 34
Views: 1777

Re: Time to ignore the forecast!

Sometimes your luck is in. My youngest daughter got married about 6y ago. The weather forecast was appalling. Wedding was scheduled for 3oc. At 2.30 the sun came out where the wedding was and the weather was lovely for the rest of the day. Everywhere else in Ireland it was apocalyptic except in this...
by Gearoidmuar
3 Jun 2019, 7:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: aluminium alloy frame failure
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: aluminium alloy frame failure

I just scrapped a bike 12y old, a Giant aluminium MTB, but with a seatpost clamp as recommended by Brucie. I scrapped it because, er, I scrapped it. It has a lot of miles on it and I used it as a tourer for some years with my then 220lb and maybe 35lb of luggage. I did Lejog on it, the first time I ...