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by Gearoidmuar
28 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 5140

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Speaking as someone who has seen the road and the way it is used from the perspective of pedestrian, cyclist, motorist, horse rider and LGV driver it occurs to me that the statistics relating to hi-vis vs dark clothing is largely immaterial as what the cyclist is wearing is, more often than not, ir...
by Gearoidmuar
28 Jan 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Catalyst pedals, Flat pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Catalyst pedals, Flat pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain

I can vouch for at least the same power and how it's easier to push a bigger gear. The reason I posted this is that there is someone reading this who has a problem like I had cycling and walking and that this may be his/her solution.
by Gearoidmuar
24 Jan 2020, 9:23am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: On the road to recovery
Replies: 15
Views: 389

Re: On the road to recovery

When you're off the bike for a while this approach will best serve you. Throw away the watch. Go for really effortless cycles. Short. Do this every day or every second day if too tired. If you've a pulse meter keep pulse under say 110 until you start to get faster at this. Ignore speed. You'll get f...
by Gearoidmuar
22 Jan 2020, 2:37pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Catalyst pedals, Flat pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Catalyst pedals, Flat pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain

I posted on torn meniscus pain recently and how bigger gears helped. I next went totally to flat pedals. Better still, but still some pain and pain in bed. Decided to get a pair of Catalyst pedals. These are long, putting your foot position back to mid sole over axle. Pain just disappeared. Now abro...
by Gearoidmuar
19 Dec 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Winter depression
Replies: 22
Views: 1473

Re: Winter depression

I'm retired for several years but my job was so busy that in winter I could get very little sunlight during the day. I used to go out on my bike on Saturday for several hours and it always worked wonders. I could cycle at night and I used to do this twice a week during the week on very quiet route w...
by Gearoidmuar
14 Nov 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure
Replies: 22
Views: 1329

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: 560

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: 1329

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: 26
Views: 1775

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: 2166

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: 38
Views: 4382

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: 11
Views: 983

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: 2638

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: 2638

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: 2638

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....