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by GrumpyDidcot
30 Nov 2018, 8:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fixing Stick on Soles to SPD Shoes
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Fixing Stick on Soles to SPD Shoes

No help but I just had to reply.

Maybe cycle more and walk less? :lol:
by GrumpyDidcot
20 Mar 2016, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit off bike
Replies: 15
Views: 1027

Re: Hit off bike

I can't offer much apart from sympathy. Bus companies will have an insurance department. That would be my first call If It happened to me.
I wish you a speedy recovery and hope this hasn't put you off cycling for good.
by GrumpyDidcot
18 Mar 2016, 8:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 2016 ride plans
Replies: 23
Views: 1825

Re: 2016 ride plans

Enter an event - just a one dayer Has to be local. Get within 10% of last years commute total - had a heart scare a month ago so I drove for two weeks while the tests were going on. :( It's put me behind checking against last year. I'm still waiting for a 24 hour Blood pressure monitor to be availab...
by GrumpyDidcot
18 Mar 2016, 7:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cameras
Replies: 15
Views: 1548

Re: Cameras

I cycle with a camera - well, I will when I get a new one. My old one has just broken - micro USB socket came loose so It will not charge/let me download any footage. Being a top notch electronic repair kind of guy, I thought I'd fix it - no, too much hard work. This time I'll leave a short (100mm) ...
by GrumpyDidcot
18 Mar 2016, 7:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: of visitations and brittle plastics
Replies: 28
Views: 1318

Re: of visitations and brittle plastics

We're all guilty of this at some time, wish for the best but plan for the worst. I still haven't put together my "Survive the Zombie Apocalypse" saddlebag contents. The Victorian engineers had the right idea. Work out the peak strain that a bar/girder/rod will suffer during normal use. Bui...
by GrumpyDidcot
19 Feb 2016, 8:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting lights?
Replies: 23
Views: 1189

Re: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting ligh

Well, I'm out of the door at 7:20am so it's a day by day decision (on how many to light up) these mornings based on how cloudy. I've got three sets of lights front and back - two used, third comes in if the batteries in one of the first fails mid ride in the dark. "Be seen" rather than &qu...
by GrumpyDidcot
24 Jan 2016, 7:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: oldies riding in the cold
Replies: 45
Views: 3524

Re: oldies riding in the cold

I'm 52, bike to work most days (25 mile round trip) - beat my target of over 5000K (3300 miles) last year. :D Fingers and feet are the bits I look after in the cold, the rest of me is fine. My gripe is sucking all that cold air over the teeth. A thin head band has worked wonders keeping my ears warm...
by GrumpyDidcot
16 Jan 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips pls
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: Frost - Cycle lanes,Side Roads,Road Edges - Commute Tips

This might sound stupid, but after thinking about what could happen, I'm going to include a pack of antiseptic wipes (and maybe a bandage) in my saddlebag. :lol:
Definitely agree with taking it easy and not going for a PB this time of year.
by GrumpyDidcot
9 Jan 2016, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much time do you actually ride on the drops?
Replies: 103
Views: 6280

Re: How much time do you actually ride on the drops?

Zero, I ride with my hands on the hoods all the time. The brake and gear levers feel more at home under my fingers, rather than having to reach forward. I think I have a stronger hold on the bars as well, my hands feel like the drops are the last part of the bar and I'm about to let go/fall off. Am ...
by GrumpyDidcot
21 Nov 2015, 6:55pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Caratti Deep Winter Gloves
Replies: 0
Views: 1216

Caratti Deep Winter Gloves

Finally, we've got the weather first thing in the morning for me to find out how good these gloves really are. Available here. http://www.caratti.cc/clothing/caratti-deep-winter-gloves Review here. http://road.cc/content/review/136545-caratti-deep-winter-gloves £15. Hot hands after 45 mins with belo...
by GrumpyDidcot
18 Sep 2015, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Bike - BTwin Triban 500 or Cannondale Synapse Claris 8
Replies: 7
Views: 987

Re: Which Bike - BTwin Triban 500 or Cannondale Synapse Clar

Decathlon are part of the Bike to work scheme - that's how I got mine a few weeks ago. There is zero clearance for mudguards on the Triban 500 even with 23mm tyres - well if you can get hold of some REALLY thin and narrow Aluminium guards you might be ok. The plastic ones I tried to transfer from my...
by GrumpyDidcot
15 Aug 2015, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What wheel bearings do I have?
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: What wheel bearings do I have?

Thanks for all the replies.
Yeah I've probably called the freewheel a cassette or vice versa. I'll have a look at SheldonBrown and Parktool as suggested.
I really don't want to get the new bike wet! :lol:
by GrumpyDidcot
14 Aug 2015, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What wheel bearings do I have?
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: What wheel bearings do I have?

I suppose my questions should be, has anyone had this bike? have they changed the wheel bearings? Can they point to where they got them? A bit of a needle in a haystack shaped barn, full of haystacks. I'd hate to junk the bike because of the wheel bearings. Chainset, chain, cassette and bottom brack...
by GrumpyDidcot
14 Aug 2015, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What wheel bearings do I have?
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

What wheel bearings do I have?

Right, I'm going to get some ribbing for admitting to having this bike. In my defense, I've just taken ownership of a Triban 500SE. N+1 rule followed. :D But, the bike I'm asking about is this one. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mercurio-58cm-Speed-Aluminium-Race/dp/B0012MDJEE It's going to be my winter wo...
by GrumpyDidcot
12 Aug 2015, 9:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decathlon best seller
Replies: 10
Views: 2543

Re: Decathlon best seller

Twice to work now on it and I want my old saddle on this new bike. I'm not a magazine bike reviewer so take what you want from this. The frame is great - nice and tight as you would expect being new - road vibration is a lot less than my old thing. Gear changes are like a Swiss watch. Brakes can sto...