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by ChrisF
11 Aug 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: slowing down on the bike
Replies: 32
Views: 1523

Re: slowing down on the bike

Cycling Time Trials has a 'Target Times' standard for various distances and ages. For a 10-mile time trial, the target time for a 40-year-old is 25 minutes. For a 60-year-old it's just under 29 minutes, so a reduction of about 12 seconds per year. https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/documents/downl...
by ChrisF
6 Aug 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 30
Views: 3510

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

I was looking at a 1960 OS map west of Cornwall earlier. The line left Launceston (ancient capital of Cornwall) and went Egloskerry, Tresmeer and Otterham, before heading south to Camelford St Kew, Wadebridge and out to Newquay. Camelford Station, after closing as a station, was used as a cycling m...
by ChrisF
24 Jul 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall
Replies: 30
Views: 3510

Re: Rail Lines - Past and Present - Cornwall

Mick F wrote:They will be reopening Tavistock to Plymouth in the next year or two,

Really? What will happen to NCN route 27?
by ChrisF
22 Jul 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about VeloViewer Explorer squares?
Replies: 1
Views: 1237

... about VeloViewer Explorer squares?

I've recently discovered the VeloViewer 'add-on' for Strava, which, apart from providing loads more statistaics about your rides than Strava does, has an ingenious system of recording how many map squares you've covered - the challenge is to see how many you've missed, and how to fill them in! See h...
by ChrisF
20 Jul 2019, 11:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?
Replies: 40
Views: 4301

Re: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?

Well I've booked the train after a couple of hours of faff making sure I had the bicycle reservations. It's a Frankenstein website at GWR. I'll use Parcel Force to send the trailer ahead to the campsite where I'm staying, and am expecting it all to go wrong. Parcel Force might not deliver it and ju...
by ChrisF
3 Jul 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Connecting flight time tight
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Connecting flight time tight

Hardly any chance of making that work, unless both legs are the same airline and you've booked your luggage through. Even if the first flight is on time, you'd need to wait up to 30 mins after landing to retrieve your bike (once I had to wait nearly 2 hours). Then get from arrivals to departures (I'...
by ChrisF
30 Jun 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tarka Trail
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: Tarka Trail

I can't believe that you haven't ridden this route yet, Mick, you live so close to it! Maybe after your epic 'A30 Bridges' project you should ride all the NCN routes in Devon & Cornwall. But maybe that would be too easy to plan !
by ChrisF
23 Jun 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Corrin Dennis traditional touring shorts
Replies: 11
Views: 2382

Re: Corrin Dennis traditional touring shorts

I was considering buying some of these last week, before my current trip away. I asked a question (about sizing) by email (as it was at a weekend) but got no reply. I phoned a couple of days later (during office hours) but only got an answerphone. So not very promising from a customer service point ...
by ChrisF
23 Jun 2019, 10:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 46
Views: 1458

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

I bought a PlanetX 'Space Chicken' a few months ago. £1299. Silly name but a great gravel bike that meets your spec.
by ChrisF
23 Jun 2019, 10:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple

Thank you all for replies and suggestions. Apologies for lack of reply; I have been away for a few days (with the problem bike!). Now that I have twisted the cage a little (tail inwards) it's manageable to change up if I'm careful. But I have also been viewing the ring closely as I pedal (on quiet r...
by ChrisF
18 Jun 2019, 7:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple

Thanks for the replies. I totally rebuilt the bike about 3-4 years ago, after a frame respray. The front derailleur is still the original (Shimano Deore LX) , chainrings new but same size as before. The problem wasn't happening after the rebuild but has got worse gradually. The DR is less than 2mm f...
by ChrisF
17 Jun 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Crankset problem - Stronglight triple

I've had this issue for a while now and I've tried various adjustments but it won't improve. It's 48/38/28 triple, and if I try to change from the 38 to 48 while the rear cog is one of the high gears (12 or 14) then the chain nearly always falls off the outer side. But if I change up while the rear ...
by ChrisF
15 Jun 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My wireless speedo stopped working
Replies: 15
Views: 638

Re: My wireless speedo stopped working

Electronic devices will have a CE mark which means they will have ben tested to be protected from interfernce from oother equipment. But it's pretty impossible to protect against interference from a radio mast a few metres away, even if it's transmitting at a slightly different frequency. In the ear...
by ChrisF
9 May 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Croatia to Montenegro border
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Croatia to Montenegro border

For anyone planning to ride down the Adriatic at the moment: you cannot cross into Montenegro on the minor road no. 516, near Vitaljina. This road is marked as a cycle route. It seems they are rebuilding the customs post and the road is totally closed. Oddly there are no warnings at all where this r...