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by peterb
21 Jun 2020, 12:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving prformance in elderly.
Replies: 120
Views: 3038

Re: Improving prformance in elderly.

I think you can still ride Audax on an assisted bike, just that you won't get Brevet points. At almost 73 I now ride an Orbea Gain assisted road bike due to health problems. I've taken part in club Audax rides, and the ebike has allowed me to carry on riding with the club leisure groups.
by peterb
2 May 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suggested handlebar mount for large-screen smartphone?
Replies: 27
Views: 775

Re: Suggested handlebar mount for large-screen smartphone?

I use one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/183820631608?chn=ps
My Moto G5 is 74mm wide, but it will hold phones up to 100mm wide. Can be mounted landscape/portrait, bar or stem cap. If wet I simply put the phone in a plastic bag of appropriate size.
by peterb
1 May 2020, 9:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Which social/economic class do you belong to?
Replies: 52
Views: 1339

Re: Which social/economic class do you belong to?

Just where is this two-tier Northumbrian town? My son lives in a town in Northumberland - just wondering?
by peterb
18 Mar 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5124

Re: Lockdown for over seventies?

I'm over 70, I have peripheral vascular disease (narrowed arteries in groin, upper legs, intermittent claudication) There is no effective medication. No cure. Other than somewhat risky surgery, best left until unavoidable, the only treatment is exercise - walk until painful, and walk through the pai...
by peterb
16 Mar 2020, 7:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lockdown for over seventies?
Replies: 181
Views: 5124

Re: Cycling during Corona virus pandemic.

How will anyone know how old you are anyway? Will we be required to carry our birth certificate?
by peterb
15 Mar 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Ebikemotion X35 range
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Ebikemotion X35 range

Interesting question. I have one of the original Tiagra equipped Orbea Gains. Some original equipment has been replaced with lighter equivalents - tyres to GP4000 for example, but mudguards and saddlepack etc fitted so still in the region of 15 kg. Now I'm getting an indicated range of around 47 mil...
by peterb
15 Feb 2020, 4:38pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Labral Tear....maybe
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Labral Tear....maybe

I had a labral tear, eventually confirmed by MRI. I was experiencing hip pain, which increased when cycling, and feeling a clicking sensation in the hip joint with every pedal rotation. I was informed that a repair whilst possible was not advised due to my age - late 60s when the problem arose. Reso...
by peterb
10 Jan 2020, 11:09am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Over enthusiastic Orbea Gain
Replies: 8
Views: 1378

Re: Over enthusiastic Orbea Gain

I've al\ways switched my Gain on before riding, I've always needed to use some assistance (that's why I bought the bike). Most of the time level 1, and I've always connected the bike to the phone app to monitor speed, distance, battery level, range etc (assistance level shown bottom left side of scr...
by peterb
6 Jan 2020, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?
Replies: 16
Views: 644

Re: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?

I use one of the Delta fork mounts screwed to a piece of 3x1 almost the full width of the boot - if too short bike can tip as the 3x1 is not fixed. Easy enough to raise it by using thicker timber. The current Delta Hitch is a little different to the one above, with a more complicated locking facilit...
by peterb
4 Jan 2020, 7:00pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Trek Domane e-bike: really?
Replies: 16
Views: 1468

Re: Trek Domane e-bike: really?

Yes that marketing guff is really over the top. I ride an Orbea Gain e-road bike, and similar are offered by Ribble, Pinarello, Willier, Bianchi, Cube, Boardman, Specialized etc etc. I've ridden drop bar road bikes for 60 years, and having in recent years developed peripheral arterial disease which ...
by peterb
7 Dec 2019, 4:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small under saddle pouch wanted
Replies: 31
Views: 971

Re: Small under saddle pouch wanted

Canvas, not plastic, please :) Oilcloth, surely. Isn't oilcloth lino? I think the soft stuff was called American cloth. "Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or American cloth, is close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth with a coating of boiled linseed oil to make it waterproof. " (Wikip...
by peterb
7 Dec 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small under saddle pouch wanted
Replies: 31
Views: 971

Re: Small under saddle pouch wanted

mjr wrote:
Brucey wrote:FWIW if the intention was to carry a spare tub or just spare tubes, BITD we just wrapped said items in plastic and strapped them to the saddle rails using an old toe strap or something.

Canvas, not plastic, please :)

Oilcloth, surely.
by peterb
3 Nov 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6975

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Congestion will increase, new roads or no new roads. You cannot fit a quart into a pint pot. Too many people too many vehicles, and numbers rising.
by peterb
27 Sep 2019, 2:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4445

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

OK - in my personal situation I certainly do not get as much exercise as I did before my health issues arose, and not as much as when riding unassisted. I was riding 'leg powered' longer, faster, on club runs, and attending regular gym sessions. However the use of the e-bike enables me to continue r...
by peterb
27 Sep 2019, 1:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4445

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

Assuming one is interested in VO2max, how would one calculate it when using an ebike? I can no longer walk or jog* to raise heart rate, and using an e-bike enables this. It is about the only way left for me to me to get any degree of cardiovascular exercise.
edit *or use an unassisted bike