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by Carpediem
9 Sep 2019, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50/34 chainsets and the older rider
Replies: 55
Views: 2292

Re: 50/34 chainsets and the older rider

[quote="Paulatic"]I like my 50/34 11-30 bike as I ride it most of the summer providing I’m not carrying much weight. I bought it for that job. It got me from LE to JOG without walking I’ve been using the same 50/34...11-30 cassette for past few years and find it works well for me getting m...
by Carpediem
24 Aug 2019, 12:38am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 51
Views: 1796

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

I've been a long distance backpacker and hill walker for decades. Following major surgery 3 years ago I could no longer carry a heavy backpack. Otherwise I am fit but getting old. I tried cycling but struggled as it is very hilly in my locality. So I got my bike modified and added a motor. I have l...
by Carpediem
9 Jul 2019, 12:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite quotations
Replies: 174
Views: 10904

Re: Favourite quotations

“Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans “
Is a thoughtful line from John Lennons’ great song Beautiful Boy.
Not sure he didn’t steal the line from somebody else or not.
Can anybody shed any light.
by Carpediem
25 Jun 2019, 11:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3479

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

Me my wife and our dog stay in Borrowdale near Keswick 3 or 4 times a year. Each visit I consider taking the bike,but never do for several reasons..like you I’d have to use a roof rack,and as already said it’s quite hilly so you need a good level of fitness,and although not quite as busy as the sout...
by Carpediem
11 Jun 2019, 12:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lightning: terrible misfortune
Replies: 29
Views: 2962

Re: Lightning: terrible misfortune

For those who know the area,on Thursday after carefully checking the forecast said no rain over the moors,I decided on an MTB ride from Rivington village. The ride took me up to the Dove tower and down into into Belmont village,where I spotted the flaw in the forecast(a huge black cloud heading my ...
by Carpediem
10 Jun 2019, 12:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ten mental health tips
Replies: 72
Views: 9412

Re: Ten mental health tips

Not a thread I’d expected to find on a cycling forum,but very interesting and informative it is. Like most folks I’ve had my issues in the past,the worst and still not resolved loss of our son at the age of 23 in a climbing accident.. Not much you can do to change that,so you just have to try,hard a...
by Carpediem
13 May 2019, 12:49am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Flu

To say 'could lead to a possible heart attack sounds dramatic ,but I've had it on good authority that it can and does happen,especially to older folks with underlying conditions. I still haven't properly recovered from a very bad flu infection in January which led to bronchitis,my breathing now whil...
by Carpediem
19 Mar 2019, 12:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do you look behind with falling off your bike
Replies: 51
Views: 6023

Re: How do you look behind with falling off your bike

I'd like to congratulate you 531colin on both your posts which were sensible,full of great advice and very helpful to me personally. I could add that I've recently been using garmins rear view varia radar paired to my 520. It does give good warning of traffic approaching from behind up to 150mts IIR...
by Carpediem
15 Mar 2019, 7:52pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Hip replacement and cycling
Replies: 50
Views: 11570

Re: Hip replacement and cycling

Hi their , fellow hippy. I to have had THR,both hips replaced within the same year,and I was also 66 at the time. As you say it does take around a year to fully recover,it is a major operation after all. I was previously a life long cyclist,but had to take an enforced 4 yr lay off,before the pain le...
by Carpediem
19 Jan 2019, 12:05am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Flu

I wouldn't go running or take any other kind of strenuous exercise until the infection has gone. Flu is generally an upper respiratory tract infection, but if you do anything that makes you breathe hard you could suck it deep into your lungs and have a very nice case of pneumonia. In which case you...
by Carpediem
5 Jan 2019, 12:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novel overtaking move this morning
Replies: 20
Views: 2146

Re: Novel overtaking move this morning

The scary thing with this head on overtaking manouvere is the speed the car is approaching gives little or no time to take avoiding action,even if your lucky enough t have somewhere to bail out. From now on I pay extra attention to an oncoming car, and th car behind that one,and make a guess as to i...
by Carpediem
3 Jan 2019, 12:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novel overtaking move this morning
Replies: 20
Views: 2146

Re: Novel overtaking move this morning

I was proceeding through a local village, where the road is a succession of bends, a car was behind me waiting for a good view before passing me, when we were both overtaken by a pickup completely on the wrong side of the road around a blind bend. What, if anything, was the driver thinking?? It is ...
by Carpediem
2 Jan 2019, 11:57pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Upper Body Circuits?
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Upper Body Circuits?

Don't you do upper body for your Boxing? The easiest thing you can do is to get out on your bike in the real world, climb some hills and do real world intervals if you must. This will improve your cardio, and give your upper body and legs a good all-round workout. As a bonus you'll get a bit of exp...
by Carpediem
23 Dec 2018, 11:57pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Mental activity v. Mental decline?
Replies: 36
Views: 1885

Re: Mental activity v. Mental decline?

Very brave of you to bring mental health issues to the forum,and full respect to. For a start your obviously not alone here, there are millions of us. I'm no expert but in my experience as we age we obviously can't do things we could 20 yrs ago,which is frustrating and can lead to a drop in self con...
by Carpediem
22 Mar 2018, 12:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another noob looking for a hybrid..
Replies: 16
Views: 2523

Re: Yet another noob looking for a hybrid..

ratherbeintobago wrote:On the subject of cycling in Manchester, these maps might be of interest.

As with many (but not all)retail outlets as they expand their customer service seems to slowly worsen.


Cooksons?


Thanks for the link..some good rides there.