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by althebike
24 Jun 2019, 1:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Base Layers ... Much Difference Between Them
Replies: 43
Views: 2804

Re: Base Layers ... Much Difference Between Them

I think a good base layer should either insulate or wick, better still do both. While you can get some of these properties in very cheap brands , it is likely to be "less so" I tend not to wear my sports direct stuff very often because they are not so comfortable , cold in breeze, clammy i...
by althebike
19 Jun 2019, 11:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Priority to on coming traffic with cycle lane - how does this work?
Replies: 10
Views: 600

Re: Priority to on coming traffic with cycle lane - how does this work?

It looks as if there is danger from behind also, if traffic swings out to the middle of the road, then pulls back in when it is past the island, potentially it could hit a cyclist travelling in the cycle lane going the same direction. As a motorist, your eyes would be looking everywhere except check...
by althebike
19 Jun 2019, 11:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Another route suggestion post (sorry)
Replies: 24
Views: 621

Re: Another route suggestion post (sorry)

I checked my route out on instant street view before the ride.It surprised me how much of it I remembered as I rode. It felt really good being my ride, my route, my plan and the whole thing added to a sense of achievement .One thing I did not enjoy was the finding accommodation bit. Perhaps there is...
by althebike
10 Jun 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3854

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

I notice there was some comment when I wrote about chemical medicines. This was indeed a clumsy description, caused by the limitations of my knowledge of the English language. I suppose a clearer way of describing it would be something a doctor of medicine would administer other than someone whos do...
by althebike
7 Jun 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Training Question - FTP/fatigue
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: Training Question - FTP/fatigue

The intervals are spaced as they are for a reason. The ability to recover is shown when profiling a rider. I was considered a sprinter with sustained effort weakness. Training sessions were suggested to resolve this, based on the lower FTP obtained in the test. Using the higher figure I would not ha...
by althebike
7 Jun 2019, 12:24pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Training Question - FTP/fatigue
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: Training Question - FTP/fatigue

Sufferfest do a 4DP test , in which you do 2 five second sprints to test neuromuscular power, a short rest then 5 mins at max effort to test max aerobic capacity, a short rest then 20 mins max to get FTP another short rest and you do 1 min at max to give your aerobic capacity. After doing the hard 5...
by althebike
7 Jun 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3854

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

I have hardly ever had a successful visit to my GP . His doctorate is in medicine , and this usually either make my condition worse or creates other effects which then need treatment. Two years ago I had sepsis and had very prompt and effective treatment , and that is about the only time things work...
by althebike
7 Jun 2019, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question

When you turn the elemnt on it should ask you if you would like to continue the route. If your route does not appear on the unit, you can reselect the route . If you are off route by a few yards, for example in a cafe, the route may not display until you are actually back on it. It may not tell you ...
by althebike
3 Jun 2019, 9:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I do love the highlands . I live on the Heathrow flightpath and so the air quality is not brilliant. When in the highlands last year I did not need my inhalers once. The locals were friendly and hospitable the scenery fantastic .A long tour in the highlands need not be an nc500 , it is just a questi...
by althebike
29 May 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Thanks for the replies folks . It looks idyllic in the GCN video , and perhaps it still is with early starts .The only part I have ridden are the JOG-Thurso-Bettyhill-Lairg section, and I did not find traffic a problem, but I can see the appeal to drivers to go to the west coast.
by althebike
28 May 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

That was the video that inspired me. I note the JOG bit was cut from the route and so avoiding the A9 .I cannot get the gpx file from Kamoot.
by althebike
28 May 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Scotland north coast 500

I notice that the route for this ride is almost entirely on A roads. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on bits to avoid, or paved detours that would make for a more relaxing trip? There does not seem many options on the west coast, maybe not too busy? The stretch up through tongue, bettyhil...
by althebike
24 May 2019, 11:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fred Whitton
Replies: 51
Views: 1961

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: 1961

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: 12821

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...