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by Gearoidmuar
12 Sep 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 34
Views: 1210

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: 3556

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: 768

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: 2616

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: 2616

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: 2616

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: 5938

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: 2014

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: 1463

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: 1737

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: 603

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 ...
by Gearoidmuar
2 Jun 2019, 7:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair
Replies: 16
Views: 1322

Re: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair

If you run into unreasonable trouble with check-in staff you sometimes have to get tough. 2008 flying back from Lisbon to Ireland a young man at the check-in didn't want to accept my bike for some unreasonable reason or other. After exploring reason and getting nowhere, I fixed him with my steely ga...
by Gearoidmuar
31 May 2019, 11:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Heart rate monitor
Replies: 13
Views: 728

Re: Heart rate monitor

I run the contacts under the tap before putting it on. Not the contacts in mine are the rubber, not the actual hard plastic casing. With this it works straight away. If the strap is too loose, you'll get an erroneous reading. I'm 69. My MHR is about 172, but I keep most of my cycling to 120 or less....
by Gearoidmuar
31 May 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon 700 x 38C matching folding spare?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Schwalbe Marathon 700 x 38C matching folding spare?

on day rides I usually carry booting material rather than a spare tyre. Even if a spare is carried, once you are using it, you then (until it is replaced) only have the booting fabric as a back up. For the weight of it (30g is a lot of umbrella fabric BTW) you may as well carry booting fabric on th...
by Gearoidmuar
24 May 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Fixed my sore knee due to torn meniscus.
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: Fixed my sore knee due to torn meniscus.

Diagnosed clinically and confirmed by MRI. Four rides DID strenghten it and more have done it more, smartypants! How do I know? Well because I could climb in a much higher gear, but at the same speed, after four rides. That's strength. I was already very fit, but spinning a lot more. Now put that in...