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by Boring_Username
5 Mar 2019, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Caledonian cycleway
Replies: 6
Views: 2520

Re: Caledonian cycleway

Yes the Loch Lochy stretch, maybe 5 miles or so, is a very stony path. Not technical in a MTB sense but pinch flat / spoke risky on 25mm.
by Boring_Username
5 Mar 2019, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?
Replies: 171
Views: 6667

Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?

In all my decades of cycling, I've always considered gravel a surface to be avoided, regardless of whether I am on a "road" bike or a MTB. I now see "gravel bikes" widely advertised and reviewed (e.g. https://off.road.cc/content/news/first-look-2019-marin-gestalt-gravel-and-beyon...
by Boring_Username
4 Mar 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Extreme railbiking
Replies: 5
Views: 927

Re: Extreme railbiking

I wonder how much effort is put into maintaining the structural integrity of bridges and viaducts on an abandoned railway.
by Boring_Username
3 Mar 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Edward Enfield book - Greece on my Wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Edward Enfield book - Greece on my Wheels

Just finished reading this charming cycle travelogue around Greece, written by Edward Enfield, father of the comedian Harry.

By coincidence, I learn that he very recently passed away, after a decent innings of nearly 90. Also author of another few books,

Recommended. Thanks for the laughs.
by Boring_Username
3 Mar 2019, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Losing some weight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1247

Re: Losing some weight?

I've had my Cinelli Hobootleg for nearly ten years, we've done a lot of miles together and I'm very fond of it... I'd also welcome opinions on the weight question. Ok, so the whole bike is over a kilo lighter than my Cinelli. But that's only until you start loading it up. Depending on what you load...
by Boring_Username
2 Mar 2019, 11:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: He just passed me saying nothing
Replies: 22
Views: 1562

Re: He just passed me saying nothing

I always stop for fellow cyclists. Unless of course I am on a Strava segment, in which case they can EAT MY DUST!
by Boring_Username
2 Mar 2019, 8:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6263

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

If I understand correctly then one of the reasons for 26" being advanced as the standard for expedition touring bikes is that 26" replacement wheels are more widely available in far flung lands. This may become less valid?
by Boring_Username
27 Feb 2019, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle route 2: prevailing winds
Replies: 12
Views: 2198

Re: Cycle route 2: prevailing winds

Yes sorry I did not mean to imply the hills are a reason to avoid Devon & Cornwall - they are indeed lovely
by Boring_Username
27 Feb 2019, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset
Replies: 60
Views: 6904

Re: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

Now if someone were to market a new 1x3 groupset, that could get me interested
by Boring_Username
27 Feb 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle route 2: prevailing winds
Replies: 12
Views: 2198

Re: Cycle route 2: prevailing winds

Be prepared for a lot of short steep hills in Cornwall and Devon - you may want to adjust your daily mileage to compensate.
by Boring_Username
24 Feb 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition
Replies: 4
Views: 2874

Re: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition

I know this wasn't your question, but I can't help observing that nice as it is, you could buy a 1990s rigid MTB off Gumtree and build essentially the same thing for perhaps 1/3 of the price that Ridgeback is asking.
by Boring_Username
23 Feb 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 2550

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

Tigerbiten wrote:I work on how much pressure I put on the pedals.
If it starts to feel to easy then I'll climb a gear and if to hard I'll drop one.


This is what I did before I heard about the science...
by Boring_Username
22 Feb 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 2550

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

So have I understood correctly?

- high cadence is efficient if I am going hard
- low cadence is better if I am going easy

But how do I know if I am going hard enough to raise my cadence?
by Boring_Username
13 Feb 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 2550

Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

Apparently Chris Froome is doing it all wrong... https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/why-amateurs-shouldnt-try-to-pedal-like-chris-froome-191779 This bit in particular surprised me: When a rider pedals at a high cadence in a low gear, 60% of their power is used moving their legs up and down, while...
by Boring_Username
12 Feb 2019, 8:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 4006

Re: London cycle parking security

I visit London quite often and have never worried unduly about locking up my bike (a Brompton) to cycle stands during the day using my U-lock, which is small and sits very tightly around the bike and stand... the top tubing, well away from the front wheel, had been severely indented and twisted to ...