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by toontra
22 Oct 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: I'm suffering on hills
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: I'm suffering on hills

The cliche about improving climbing is usually to climb more hills! If you are doing trainer/spin bike stuff that would equate to high resistance/low cadence, but better still find a local hill or hills and do repeats. 13 stone and 6'4 height sounds about right. A 56 frame does sound too small but s...
by toontra
22 Oct 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 98
Views: 4284

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

mjr wrote:E bikes are not limited to 16mph. They just can't use their motors above it. Some may be tweaked but you can't say all fast ones are tweakers.


If I see an ebike or scooter doing 20+ on the flat and the rider isn't peddling then I am pretty certain they have been "tweaked".
by toontra
22 Oct 2019, 5:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 98
Views: 4284

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

mercalia wrote:I see too many ebikes that are being driven too fast. some even where they are not being pedaled


Indeed. In London I see many, many e-bikes and scooters doing well over 16mph. Presumably they have been "fixed" (which is apparently very easy to do).
by toontra
20 Oct 2019, 9:28pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: BRAND NEW: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Rim Brake 700c Road Clincher
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: BRAND NEW: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Rim Brake 700c Road Clincher

A brand new set of Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Rim Brake 700c Road Clincher (Shimano Hub) wheels for sale. Never been used or mounted on a bike. The wheelset includes a brand new pair of Mavic Yksion Pro tyres. http://s1300.photobucket.com/user/PierreVelo/library/Mavic%20Cosmic%20Pro . Just a note - Ph...
by toontra
16 Oct 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling with a ruptured Anterior cruciate ligament [ACL]
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Cycling with a ruptured Anterior cruciate ligament [ACL]

Really sorry to hear that, Mark. Bloody annoying thing to happen. My son tore his ACL playing football a couple of years ago. Recovery will depend on the extent of the tear and whether the meniscus is affected. Until you get scan results and a plan from the specialist it's impossible to know. Have y...
by toontra
13 Oct 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

Maybe I'm being a bit thick but surely any product sold has to be fit for purpose. If not, what would be to stop a company setting their own tolerances ridiculously wide, thus exempting them from any warranty claim?
by toontra
13 Oct 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

You've entirely missed the point - the massive tolerance increase robs you of any remedy if you've got bearing misalignment. What good is a lifetime warranty then? Would a mis-shaped bottom bracket shell (as in the video) not be a warranty issue? EDIT: You edited your post as I was replying :wink:
by toontra
13 Oct 2019, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

I've watched a few of those 'Hambini' videos and find them a bit cringeworthy to be honest. I've no doubt that the things he says are true, (and as an engineer myself I know some of them are true) but his delivery is far too over the top for me to watch too many. I guess that his delivery is part o...
by toontra
13 Oct 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: London Liverpool Street area Traffic at 06.30 weekdays

Shouldn't be a problem. That's well before peak rush-hour and in central London there are large numbers of cyclists commuting which gives safety in numbers
by toontra
25 Sep 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pothole crash death - a Total And Utter Disgrace
Replies: 24
Views: 1455

Re: Total And Utter Disgrace

Potholes on such roads are not considered a defect unless the are over 40mm deep Bizarrely the footpath defect limit is only 25mm before action is taken... I expect part of the reasoning is that roads are used by motorised vehicles with pneumatic tyres and suspension so larger defects are acceptabl...
by toontra
6 Aug 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: walking shoes for cycling touring
Replies: 12
Views: 1346

Re: walking shoes for cycling touring

Etnies Scouts for me. Very light but very strong and pack small. I even run short to medium distances in these without discomfort. RRP is high but discounts can sometimes be found.
by toontra
3 Aug 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite smells
Replies: 60
Views: 3278

Re: Favourite smells

Cire Trudon Ernesto candle. Evokes all manner of emotions and memories. Truly remarkable - sadly also remarkably expensive!

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
by toontra
22 Jul 2019, 11:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash
Replies: 30
Views: 5002

Re: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash

On long rides (i.e. over 8 hours in the saddle on multiple days) you have to get this right or you will end up in a world of pain. Over many years I've established that what works for me is: Smooth saddle without much padding - ideally Brooks leather No underwear Padded cycle shorts Regular applicat...
by toontra
17 Jul 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Michelin Pro3 Race tyre, £20 at Decathlon
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Michelin Pro3 Race tyre, £20 at Decathlon

Sadly I've started moving over to 28mm tyres (and bigger), or I would be stocking up on these at £20 (I already have a couple in the garage). The GP4000II is probably favourite for long fast(ish) rides now, but they're very expensive! Why not the Pro 4 Endurance 28's? They are cheaper than the GP's...
by toontra
14 Jul 2019, 9:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First escooter death?
Replies: 124
Views: 7839

Re: First escooter death?

What does legal/illegal have to do with safety? Ever seen a bicycle ridden dangerously? What other laws are you happy to be ignored? Bicycles are legal to ride on roads. Some are ridden dangerously. Your argument is spurious as you well know and arguments like this usually lead to pointless forum s...