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by JohnI
1 Jul 2020, 10:18am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Stretching
Replies: 17
Views: 662

Re: Stretching

I've found that yoga classes vary by area and time. For years I went to a lunchtime class near work where I was normally the youngest there, and I was in my 40s at the time. Then my job was moved to central London and suddenly I was the oldest person in the classes nearby. I've noticed that a bit of...
by JohnI
30 Jun 2020, 9:57am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Stretching
Replies: 17
Views: 662

Re: Stretching

I tend to stretch after cycling, but not before. I also do 30 minutes of gentle yoga and stretching each morning, partly just to help me wake up and get moving first thing. I'm sure it makes some difference to flexibility, but as with anything I think you reach a 'plateau' and stop improving after a...
by JohnI
3 Jun 2020, 8:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which of these Hybrids should I choose?
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Which of these Hybrids should I choose?

I don't really have an answer, but I've been trying to get my wife to buy a new hybrid for ages and this is a pretty useful list for us as well. They all look like good bikes, but I think the more expensive ones are a little bit better - as you'd expect. One interesting thing is that there's a mixtu...
by JohnI
5 Sep 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

I also hadn't heard of Python bikes, but they look pretty good. My 12 year old daughter is on her second Frog. One advantage is that they have a trade-in option which made the upgrade even easier, and the price the shop gave me wasn't too bad. She wanted the same bike and colour again, so she obviou...
by JohnI
2 Sep 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling and health: indoors or outdoors?
Replies: 23
Views: 1104

Re: Cycling and health: indoors or outdoors?

Two factors for me are time and convenience. I used to cycle to work, but nowadays most of my mileage is done on a Sunday morning because work is too far away and also in the middle of London. In the week I exercise in my lunch break - normally my only opportunity - and most days I'll swim but I try...
by JohnI
14 Apr 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family cycle tour in the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: Family cycle tour in the UK

If anyone is interested, we just came back from this trip and had a great time. In the end I opted for 'plan A' which was basically a loop from St Albans to Tring, then Milton Keynes, then Bedford, Hitchin, and back to St Albans. It had the advantage that we did the whole thing under our own power a...
by JohnI
15 Jan 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family cycle tour in the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: Family cycle tour in the UK

That sounds like a really great trip, thanks for the info.
by JohnI
14 Jan 2019, 7:13pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family cycle tour in the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: Family cycle tour in the UK

Thanks very much! I hadn't thought of heading in that direction, partly because I don't know the roads further than Stevenage myself. But this looks like an ideal route,

Cheers,

John
by JohnI
14 Jan 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Family cycle tour in the UK
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Family cycle tour in the UK

We’re looking to go on a mini UK cycle tour sometime around Easter with our twelve year old daughter. Probably 5 days staying in Premier Inns or B&Bs and probably covering up to 20-25 miles per day. She’s reasonably fit and confident. Ideally I’d like to start and finish at home (St Albans), but...
by JohnI
4 Dec 2018, 4:14pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: pennine bridalway
Replies: 10
Views: 7743

Re: pennine bridalway

My Dad lives a few hundred yards from the PBW and I've done the local stretches loads of times. The bit nearby is a disused railway line in a valley, but then it climbs northwards on some sections which are too technical to ride and you get right up to barren moors. Then you drop down and climb up a...
by JohnI
19 Oct 2018, 2:30pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Rivaroxiban - side effects
Replies: 7
Views: 1221

Re: Rivaroxiban - side effects

I was on it for 3 months and came off a few weeks ago. Luckily I didn't have any side effects at all, and was able to build my fitness up again fairly quickly - I was recovering from a Pulmonary Embolism that developed after falling off my mountain bike and having my leg in a splint for a few weeks....
by JohnI
16 Oct 2018, 3:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?
Replies: 32
Views: 1569

Re: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?

It's all relative (or maybe personal). I'd rather cycle through Hanoi where I understand the rules than throw myself downhill at 55 mph. I rarely reach that in kph. To me that is reckless (no offence, each to their own, etc). Yes, the main risk of going somewhere new (e.g. another country) is that ...
by JohnI
25 Jun 2018, 11:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fake police officer stops cyclists
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Fake police officer stops cyclists

This is a bit of a weird but disturbing story in my local paper:
http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/fake-police-officer-in-harpenden-1-5559855
by JohnI
6 Jun 2018, 4:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Huddersfield Narrow Canal Greenfield to Guide Bridge - Local knowledge please
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Huddersfield Narrow Canal Greenfield to Guide Bridge - Local knowledge please

I've done bits of this around Greenfield and Uppermill (which is where I'm from originally). I think it should all be a reasonable gravel surface. You can also use part of the Pennine Bridleway from Greenfield to Mossley which is a disused railway line and also gravel, but it's wider and probably ha...
by JohnI
18 Apr 2018, 4:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting used to Clipless Pedals
Replies: 54
Views: 2696

Re: Getting used to Clipless Pedals

Plenty of people have mentioned the risk of tumbling, but my problem with Look pedals is when you're setting off and the pedal gets the wrong way up for some reason. I press down with my foot and the smooth cleat just slides off the smooth underside of the pedal and I either come to a complete halt ...