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by althebike
24 May 2019, 11:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fred Whitton
Replies: 51
Views: 1665

Re: Fred Whitton

I did FW twice, with no talk of restrictions on the road. Both times there were cyclists waiting at the top of Hardnot to cheer on friends and clubmates. Some handed out fresh bottles or had munchies for the riders, I do not recall cars at the top creating carnage. Mind you I will never forget the s...
by althebike
21 May 2019, 11:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fred Whitton
Replies: 51
Views: 1665

Re: Fred Whitton

There is also the point of spectators, friends and support who usually place themselves at the top of a hill .In no way are they taking unethical advantage of the event, just spectating or supporting a ride.
by althebike
15 May 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)
Replies: 18
Views: 12647

Re: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)

no I think my bike had been changed a lot, I found the bike in a 2nd hand shop and brought it very cheaply as a back up should my car fail me, this was during the non cycling part of my cycling life. I had the bike for about 20 years, then I went into a LBS to see if I could fit a modern groupset. T...
by althebike
15 May 2019, 11:11am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte route
Replies: 13
Views: 608

Re: Deloitte route

I used to navigate by using a list of village names , but I found myself making a lot of mile long detours ,going through a village only to come back onto the same road a few hundred yards further on.
by althebike
9 May 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Training Question - FTP/fatigue
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Training Question - FTP/fatigue

The amount of fatigue accumilated would be different for each rider. It would also depend on how many time and for how long you ride at FTP in a given cycle. Fatigue will rise over an intensive training period but adaptation happens during the rest periods and recovery weeks, not while you are train...
by althebike
9 May 2019, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)
Replies: 18
Views: 12647

Re: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)

Mine was a 54/42 chainset, with 6 rear sprockets. The wheels were 27 by one and a quarter with "high pressure" tires.It was too small for me, yet really comfy, it seemed bespoke rather than having a single groupset
by althebike
3 May 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1361

Re: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?

My best drawings are the standard of a five year old drawing matchstick people, so a self portrait would make Chris Froome look fat :lol:
by althebike
2 May 2019, 12:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car as weapon
Replies: 17
Views: 958

Re: Car as weapon

I was cycling with a group when a car behind started sounding the horn. We were in a single lane and there was nowhere for the driver to overtake , and so he just charged us, he drove into the middle of the group leaving a broken bike , bodies all over the road and a few of us with road rash. The in...
by althebike
2 May 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1361

Re: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?

Mick, I get irritated by a list of clothing for sale, everything is black and shapeless except the womens section which is shapely and colourful. Regarding saddles, I use a woman's saddle , I need something broad at the back that narrows quickly. My brookes B17 for example has me riding on the nose ...
by althebike
2 May 2019, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight footwear.
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: Lightweight footwear.

Why not a cheap pair of running shoes, they are often lighter than flip flops , and can be stuffed with spare socks and toiletries so will not take up much extra space.
by althebike
2 May 2019, 12:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Mick F route fast but safe.
Replies: 128
Views: 14424

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

I noticed there was no pump or tire inflator on the list. I took stuff I wore on the bike plus showerproof top, gillet ( not used) shorts,shoes, + non cycling T shirt for evening, notepad, half was used for ride notes the other half was used as a journal, 2 cycling t shirts and spare shorts, food, p...
by althebike
27 Apr 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone Route: A few questions
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

darn it , missed the curry night. I did make a stop at a shop in Reay, it is by the petrol station. They did sandwiches , fruit and other goodies for the ride.
by althebike
22 Apr 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1271

Re: handlebar bag

this is an alpkit airlok, it costs £16, In this pic it contained a pair of running trainers and a raincoat, lights and satnav fitted comfortably on the handlebars .
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by althebike
30 Mar 2019, 12:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cannondale Synapse
Replies: 15
Views: 13836

Re: Cannondale Synapse

This was my set up for end to end it should be ample for b&b touring
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by althebike
28 Mar 2019, 10:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling to Egypt
Replies: 27
Views: 5956

Re: Cycling to Egypt

Egypt is in Burnham Beeches, near littleworth common. Some gypsies lived there and it was thought gypsies came from Egypt, hence one theory on how it got its name. It is overgrown with trees now, no pyramids anywhere.