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by whoof
18 Apr 2019, 3:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mamil bikes
Replies: 31
Views: 883

Re: Mamil bikes

Or maybe called "sportive bikes". Either way, there seems to be a definite trend here: 1. Fast frames with racing pretensions but slightly modified eg more relaxed geometry for sportive riders. 2. All carbon 3. Clearance for wider tyres only possible without mudguards- but in any case no ...
by whoof
14 Apr 2019, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: P******e fairy adieu?
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: P******e fairy adieu?

My last puncture was in December 2015 and I've ridden more than 50,000 km since. I think I'll stick to normal tyres and tubes rather than more expensive, heavier and poor handling alternatives.
by whoof
13 Apr 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Healthy snack bar
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: Healthy snack bar

One of the practical disadvantages of home-made bars is that they tend to disintegrate into a pile of sticky crumbs if subject to the abuse of a saddlebag, jersey pocket etc. Manufactured bars use various dubious additives for coherence, but you can get round this using agar flakes, an organic gela...
by whoof
11 Apr 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 904

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Have you spent time in Bath? Have you cycled up Bathwick Hill? Cycling would not be for everyone there, certainly not the elderly or infirm. E-bikes might widen the range of people who could use a bike, but how good are they on long steep hills? https://www.google.com/maps/@51.3818527,-2.346598,3a,...
by whoof
11 Apr 2019, 11:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 904

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

36% of people got about by bike in the late 40s in the UK on much heavier and less efficient cycles, a few hills are a feeble excuse and are what e-bikes are supposed to help with. Trams are bloody expensive, bikes for the most part need not be. Build a direct and wide cycleway between all the vill...
by whoof
8 Apr 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Favourite local climbs
Replies: 41
Views: 1336

Re: Favourite local climbs

Cheddar and the B4235 from Usk toward Chepstow, A48 through Llanvair Discoed to Wentwood. All a decent length 5.5 to 6.5 km and (except for a couple of nips on Cheddar) a steady gradient.
by whoof
6 Apr 2019, 8:15pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Healthy snack bar
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: Healthy snack bar

Flapjack Porridge on a stick, without the stick (Debs of this parish) I don't think i would be wanting to eat Deb's porridge for breakfast. Most flapjack recipes have about as much butter and golden syrup in them as they do oats. BTW the term porridge relates to wet stodge of usually starchy foodst...
by whoof
5 Apr 2019, 1:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FEVE trains still running ? Santander to Ferrol, Spain
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: FEVE trains still running ? Santander to Ferrol, Spain

Just been searching and their old website (http://www.feve.es) is down and I can find no train times on other sites. Anyone know if they are still running ? hope so as they were great with bikes Was hoping to head over and Galicia and cycle back. Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the Timetable...
by whoof
5 Apr 2019, 10:28am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Healthy snack bar
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: Healthy snack bar

I've been making the following 150g oats (toasted in oven for 10-15 minutes) 1 tin of prunes (stones removed) + the juice or equivalent dried prunes stewed in water for 10-15 minutes then liquidised. Handfull of chopped nuts, handfull of chopped dried fruit. 50g desiccated coconut. 1 tea spoon of ci...
by whoof
3 Apr 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 2019 - Twenty a day?
Replies: 18
Views: 6145

Re: 2019 - Twenty a day?

958 miles for April. Missed one weekend due to visitors.
2503 for the year to date.
by whoof
3 Apr 2019, 4:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1477

Re: Touring around Cornwall

Amazing! Thanks so much. I'd love to cycle the Lizard area... any great campsites that you know of down there? And is there a specific route in the Plymouth area that you know of? I like the sound of some ferry hopping! Cheers If you want to ride on the Lizard and do some ferries then try King Harr...
by whoof
3 Apr 2019, 3:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1477

Re: Touring around Cornwall

Sorry I'm a bit late to this thread, but what's all this North Coast bias ? :) If you're unlucky you stagger up to the top of the hill only to find you're now heading into a sou-westerly and making even less progress. At least down South you get a bit more protection from the wind. And there's the ...
by whoof
3 Apr 2019, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3702

Re: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

I saw a bike the other day, unlocked and just leaning against a wall. An obvious target for a thief, however it had a flat back tyre and it got me thinking. Obviously it could have been picked up and carried away, but could a flat tyre be a serious deterrent (along with some sort of lock) to the av...
by whoof
2 Apr 2019, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days

Bonefishblues wrote:I'd use one about yo wide by yo deep by roughly yo long if I were you.


I would be wary of doing this. Your stuff might being going up and down for the entire ride.
by whoof
2 Apr 2019, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days

You can get an pretty good estimate of the volume by measuring a bag with a ruler. A 10 litre bag probably isn't going to cost or weigh much more than a 7.5 l one. Personally for 2/3 days I would have a 17 litre saddle bag and a 6 litre handlebar bag, both would have some spare room for carrying foo...