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by Scunnered
27 Sep 2019, 9:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: !!!!! North Coast 500 . . . . . . by car !!!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 996

Re: !!!!! North Coast 500 . . . . . . by car !!!!!

I wouldn't bother...
The mainly single carriageway roads are clogged up by
  • sportscars trying to set the fastest lap time
  • massive campervans
  • foreign tourists
none of whom have a clue how to use passing places
by Scunnered
23 Sep 2019, 1:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike... update

keyboardmonkey wrote:
Scunnered wrote:Replaced the single crank with a double 38/28T.
With a 11-36 cassette, that should be low enough to get up any hill... just need to work on my fitness now :shock:

And does everything work okay with that front mech and chainset combination?

Yep, with SRAM road brifters :lol:
by Scunnered
23 Sep 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike... update

Replaced the single crank with a double 38/28T.
With a 11-36 cassette, that should be low enough to get up any hill... just need to work on my fitness now :shock:
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by Scunnered
1 Sep 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike...

quite a bit lighter by virtue of the aluminium frame and carbon fork. I can't see where Scunnered has said what their current bike is, though as an "ubiquitous gravel bike" weighing 11 kg, I'd already assumed it would be an aluminium frame and most likely a carbon fork. Any weight saving ...
by Scunnered
1 Sep 2019, 9:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike...

Things that I think you need to consider: Thanks for your thoughtful post. 1) I do not at this stage anticipate doing long tours very often (I prefer hiking when I have the time or choice) and will continue to use the gravel bike off-road. 2) A degree of functional overlap is acceptable and poss ev...
by Scunnered
31 Aug 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike...

Ha ha, yes I'm as lean as a racing snake. I know I will need a lower gear. I can fit a 42t sprocket if I get a long cage derailleur and may be able to fit a 36t chainring. The furthest I have ridden is 100 miles. I was pretty tired at the end so wasn't thinking about comfort. Not knowing anything el...
by Scunnered
31 Aug 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike...

OP, you have not told us: - what your current bike weighs (so we cannot compare its weight with possible alternatives) - what you weigh (what is suitable/appropriate for a 60kg rider might not be so for a 100kg rider. The heavier you are, the less the bike weight is significant/accounts proportiona...
by Scunnered
31 Aug 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Recommend me a bike...

Make sure that your gearing is sufficiently low to be able to comfortably ride for a long time. The Cime de Bonette was not steep (other than the last 1km at 10%) but was something like 30 km long. I saw one of the team staff from a British pro team riding up on a team bike and he was over geared a...
by Scunnered
30 Aug 2019, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Recommend me a bike...

I started doing a bit more cycling 2 years ago when I got a ubiquitous gravel bike. This is ideal for most of my use, but now I have started to longer charity rides. Next year I will be cycling from Geneve to Nice for a charity. With a daily average of 80 miles and 3000m ascent I think I would benef...
by Scunnered
16 Jun 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.
Replies: 77
Views: 3153

Re: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.

If you simply remove the wheels and strap them to the rest of the bike you have a bundle that may be allowed on trains with less hassle than a complete bike https://i.pinimg.com/736x/65/d3/35/65d335e0dd1325a0861303bfdc4111e0--bike-bag-compact.jpg I tried the above this morning. I don't think the pi...
by Scunnered
25 Apr 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I permanently run tubeless tyres with inner tubes and new tyre recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Can I permanently run tubeless tyres with inner tubes and new tyre recommendations?

I have run tubeless tyres both with and without inner tubes, on tubeless compatible rims. They work just fine with tubes. I have not run them on conventional rims, but there is no obvious reason why that should not work when tubes are used. The tyres in question are Specialized Roubaix Pro which can...
by Scunnered
24 Apr 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling Resistance measured on road
Replies: 17
Views: 930

Re: Rolling Resistance measured on road

So, what next? I'd like to test some wider and narrower tyres. However I have a very limited collection of odd tyres to choose from and I cannot afford to buy a shed-load of tyres purely for testing. Voyager Hypers are popular with some on this forum and I have one in size 37-622. Is anyone interes...
by Scunnered
23 Apr 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling Resistance measured on road
Replies: 17
Views: 930

Re: Rolling Resistance measured on road

mad thought; the rolling resistance forces on the tyre are certainly not insignificant at reasonable load, and ought to be easy enough to measure, provided these forces can be isolated. The main problem is that the aero forces on the bike are also large (and getting larger quickly) at speed. They a...
by Scunnered
23 Apr 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Real world rolling resistance.
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Real world rolling resistance.

I made a determined effort to measure real world rolling resistance last year: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=123795 My main conclusion was that the force involved is so small as to be inconsequential for most, it's certainly very difficult to measure reliably! You will probably be able...
by Scunnered
18 Apr 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2230

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

This is so impressive. A skill I wish I had. Everyone has to start somewhere. I bet there is something you could make. Make it, you will learn something in the process. Then try something a little more challenging. Your skills will improve. Repeat. A little motto of mine: "The only barrier to ...