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by PhilD28
31 Jan 2020, 3:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Advice needed - training programs
Replies: 22
Views: 1038

Re: Advice needed - training programs

One of the all-time great quotes, from (possibly) The all-time great! My little Pet Theory: this idea of training for recovery - typically by back-to-back long/or/hard days - doesn't make sense to me. I haven't seen any internal process by which our bodies would adapt to this, and I haven't seen an...
by PhilD28
31 Jan 2020, 11:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pass through cache battery
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: Pass through cache battery

My zendure A2 (I have two of them) work on pass through when charging from the mains but not from My Son 28/Luxos U system, so I end up charging the Zendures while riding and running my Garmin on it's battery then charging the Garmin from the zendure. Zendure claim to have pass through charging but ...
by PhilD28
30 Jan 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Advice needed - training programs
Replies: 22
Views: 1038

Re: Advice needed - training programs

I used to do lots of long multi day rides (still do), including 16 consecutive 130 mile days loaded with camping gear in hilly terrain, I was in my early 50’s when I completed that. My main training consisted of a hilly 20 mile loop with panniers every night after work and one 100 miler on a weekend...
by PhilD28
30 Jan 2020, 9:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Democracy
Replies: 124
Views: 3117

Re: Democracy

Is it just me or does the current BBC news article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51281722 completely miss the most blindingly obvious conclusion: Given following excerpts: Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to Unive...
by PhilD28
29 Jan 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1415

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

Re riding through Nantes. I’ve ridden through it and camped in the centre 3 times over the years, the last time 3 years ago. Yes you can follow ev6 signs, but unless you really want to see Nantes, it’s not a great experience winding your way through the city, even following the ev6 signs, which are ...
by PhilD28
28 Jan 2020, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Yes, bikes like this were definitely around in the 50's and 60's. I had a custom Jack Taylor built with 26" wheels in 1967 using 26 x 1.3/8" tyres. It rode beautifully, very comfortable and fast enough for 100 mile club runs and great on rough stuff rides. Jack had been influenced by a vi...
by PhilD28
28 Jan 2020, 12:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Yes, bikes like this were definitely around in the 50's and 60's. I had a custom Jack Taylor built with 26" wheels in 1967 using 26 x 1.3/8" tyres. It rode beautifully, very comfortable and fast enough for 100 mile club runs and great on rough stuff rides. Jack had been influenced by a vis...
by PhilD28
28 Jan 2020, 7:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter cycling clothing advice
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: Winter cycling clothing advice

You could do worse than start with a decent quality merino mix base layer, it doesn't need to be cycling specific, outdoor shops have plenty, check out Alpkit online. A Merino winter weight cycling vest with back pockets is useful but not essential, again hiking kit for a mid layer works fine. A goo...
by PhilD28
28 Jan 2020, 5:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

“ I'm not offering advice just simply offering the facts of the differences between 72 and 74 degree angles and the differences between inline and layback seatposts. If what you've had made specifically for you by what are top notch builders who am I to disagree?[/quote] I don’t have a lot of time a...
by PhilD28
27 Jan 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

My point and I'm sorry to labour it,throughout this discussion is that a slacker seat tube angle hinders no one because no one ever complains about not being able to get their saddle far enough forward,it's an unheard of phenomina. Well I’m one who has that problem with 72deg seat tubes, prior to h...
by PhilD28
27 Jan 2020, 1:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

........I no more suggest to anyone the benefits of a 74 vs 72 degree seat angle as that would assume we all had exactly the same proportions, we don’t. My point and I'm sorry to labour it,throughout this discussion is that a slacker seat tube angle hinders no one because no one ever complains abou...
by PhilD28
27 Jan 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Well maybe thats because the top tube is too long or the bars too low? I have several custom frames in steel, for which I have been measured by experts including one of the best bike fitters in the game and they have all come up with 74/75 degree seat tube angles to put my knees in the correct posit...
by PhilD28
26 Jan 2020, 8:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1415

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

Most definitely avoid cycling through Nantes. Much better to take the free ferry from Coueron to Le Pellerin, it runs about every 1/2 hour.
by PhilD28
24 Jan 2020, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mid-weight tourer rims
Replies: 32
Views: 1856

Re: mid-weight tourer rims

I would say that the ML21 on your tandem is a good choice. As for not needing re truing I put that down to your wheel building skills rather than the rim quality. Normally I build rears for this type of application with either dt alpines or sapim strong on the cassette side and sapim race on the non...
by PhilD28
21 Jan 2020, 5:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 981

Re: Touring in France

As you are obviously aware it’s peak holiday period for all of France and will certainly give you problems in some areas of Brittany if not booked up in advance. I tour without booking anything for most of the summer in France but mostly camp using the option of hotels when I can’t find sites or saf...