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by Alan O
18 Sep 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Had heart attack whilst on bike - advice on getting back on the saddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1190

Re: Had heart attack whilst on bike - advice on getting back on the saddle

Regarding Cholesterol and Statins. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6176151/No-evidence-having-high-levels-bad-cholesterol-causes-heart-disease.html The connection between cholesterol and heart disease is certainly becoming controversial, but I would absolutely not get my medical informat...
by Alan O
16 Sep 2018, 10:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Had heart attack whilst on bike - advice on getting back on the saddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1190

Re: Had heart attack whilst on bike - advice on getting back on the saddle

Unfortunately it seems the medications might be causing me other issues now as I went really light headed earlier this evening, ended up having to go to bed. Decided to call 111 for advice in case it's linked, turns out my blood pressure is low (I have a machine here so did a test before calling), ...
by Alan O
13 Aug 2018, 7:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My London to Brighton experience
Replies: 76
Views: 3255

Re: My London to Brighton experience

So it’s the morning after the day before and fist of all have to thank everyone on this forum for the help leading up to the L2B. < SNIP> 6 hours and 6minutes including the mile I rode to the start line and a massage booked later this morning, would I do it again, maybe, bout would want to do a lot...
by Alan O
30 Jul 2018, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?
Replies: 48
Views: 2291

Re: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?

£1600 isn't much for something that could last a decade or more. Compare that with what you would spend on a holiday and it seems quite reasonable. If you expect to be living with the bike for a long time spending a bit more makes sense. Upto about two grand. Beyond that it becomes a bit fetishy, w...
by Alan O
22 Jul 2018, 2:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16656

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

Why do we need syncro mesh on gearboxes which dumbs down driving skills in not having too learn how to double- de-clutch? And later in life, when no one would listen to him anymore, Why the hell ABS brake systems which require no driving ability from incompetents? (Isn't that the anti-disc argument...
by Alan O
22 Jul 2018, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16656

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

why? Telling people they are a must have, telling porkies about the advantages (a bit like the porkies over remaining n the EU) promoting the heck out of them with those well known web sites/income based on how well we can promote products organisations promoting them, getting professional teams/ri...
by Alan O
22 Jul 2018, 12:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Mersey on Sunday/ by train
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Crossing the Mersey on Sunday/ by train

Also to be noted is that the L-L towpath is currently closed from Stanley locks to Spencer's Lane, just north of the M57, while they repair a collapsed culvert below the canal on that stretch. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/13272/bridge-10-holmes-swing-bridge-to-stanley-lock-flight-eldonian-...
by Alan O
20 Jul 2018, 9:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Returning to cycling after 50 years
Replies: 9
Views: 799

Re: Returning to cycling after 50 years

I agree that, unless you want to to seriously bumpy off-road riding on it, you're unlikely to need suspension on the planned new hybrid - and if you did need it, you're unlikely to get good suspension on a new bike at that price. So firstly, what kind of off-road do you plan on your hybrid? If it's ...
by Alan O
19 Jul 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16656

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

the manufacturers fulfilled a demand from MTBers for disc brakes (where they have some compelling advantages) and folk soon found that the same parts (more or less) worked OK on other types of bikes too. Without that experience and the development of near-commoditised parts, it is questionable whet...
by Alan O
19 Jul 2018, 11:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16656

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

Peter W wrote:I can't remember ever wearing out a steel rim

I don't think I can remember ever being able to stop with them - certainly never in the wet 8)
by Alan O
19 Jul 2018, 9:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike
Replies: 29
Views: 1328

Re: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike

Bearing in mind that my MTB wheels are 26", my current Sport Contact tyres are 42mm (1.6"). That's on Mavic rims marked 559x17, and they'd easily take thinner tyres than that. How / where can I find out the minimum width tyre I can put on the rims I have ... I'm running with tubes rather ...
by Alan O
18 Jul 2018, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike
Replies: 29
Views: 1328

Re: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike

Something else I probably should have been a bit clearer about and there was a certain amount of assumption on my part. I rang the store that the bike came from and they said you ideally want to stay above 1.75 which translates pretty much to 45mm which would knock out an awful lot of the ones sugg...
by Alan O
18 Jul 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Peroneal tendinopathy
Replies: 55
Views: 2770

Re: Achilles Tendinitis

I damaged an achilles tendon around 40 years ago - it was on a long hill walk, and towards the end it just started giving me some pain, but I carried on and made it worse. I had ultrasound treatment on it followed by a series of exercises, and that pretty much fixed it - but it can still play up fr...
by Alan O
18 Jul 2018, 10:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike
Replies: 29
Views: 1328

Re: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike

...currently run Smart Sam Plus's on the bike as we get quite a few thorn punctures around here... One of my cycling companions has those on his MTB. I've ridden his bike, and they seem to be really good on soft surfaces - and I'm considering them for autumn/winter knobblies this year. But on hard ...
by Alan O
17 Jul 2018, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the Mersey on Sunday/ by train
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Crossing the Mersey on Sunday/ by train

Get off at James Street. Up in the lift to street level. Turn right down towards the river front. Walk over the n+ lanes road that stands between you and the river and you're good to go. But the platform lift in James Street is really small requiring panniers (of camping stuff) removal etc and bike...