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by grw
20 Apr 2011, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Waterproof shoes - winter
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Waterproof shoes - winter

Hi everyone,
My Specialized shoes have just about given up on me, with crack appearing across the sole of the shoe behind the cleat. Super glue is no longer cutting the ustard. After havng had them for over 10 years, everyday commuting, a few tours, and plenty of mountain biking i, I can justify getting a new pair I think.
My problem is, I'm now in Australia. Its not really got very cold over winter. Last year I don't even remember there being a frost in Melbourne. But when it rains, it seems to rain particularly hard. My feet get drenched on the way to work, my shoes sit steaming all day long, and are still wet at the end of the day when I come to ride home, and then its a mess of newspapers at home trying to get them dry in time to ride to work the next day. So I'd like something waterproof.
And it gets quite hot in summer.
I'd thought about the Northwave celsius, as they seem well recommended, but these seem to be discontinued by almost every shop other than for the weird sizes. Does anyone have any recommendations of something that might be suitable? I'm looking for some sort of mtb boot, as I will use it for on the mtb, as well as for the commute. Waterproof and preferaby breathable. And capable of taking a Shimano cleat, I'm not too fussed about carbon fibre racing shoe types.
Bike shops over here seem to charge a fortune. I'l be going through something like wiggle/ribble... And trying to take advantage of the ridiculous rise in the dollar.
Thanks,
grw
by grw
25 Aug 2010, 10:45am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Afan Forest Park - Skyline red route
Replies: 5
Views: 2299

Re: Afan Forest Park - Skyline red route

Good stuff. Your photo 23 made me laugh - what happened to the chap in the background? Just taking a rest?
Its been a couple of years since I went at Afan - I loved spending weekends there! I seem to remember thinking that the Red routes were okay for beginners. Or at least I did until I took a mate who had not been on a bike in years and he really struggled. Did't complain though and rode most of it.
grw
by grw
8 Jul 2010, 4:29am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Allergic to summer
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: Allergic to summer

patricktaylor wrote:In Australia, where I lived for a few years, it could be 35 degrees day and night non-stop for a week but no-one seemed to complain and cyclists still cycled.

Last summer here, there was a definite drop off in the number of cycle commuters in Melbourne when the temp hit 40 deg. Although it really was unpleasant to ride, as the heat seems to come from the north and is very dry and dusty, often with strong winds which sting your eyes. At the moment, its the middle of winter here and I love the temperature; wake up to about 3 deg and its usually reached 12 - 15 by midday. People definitely complain about the weather here though - about half of my colleagues who ride to work in summer have stopped for the winter saying its too cold. No pleasing some people1
grw
by grw
17 Jun 2010, 1:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why I need so many bicycles?
Replies: 66
Views: 4727

Re: why I need so many bicycles?

hartleymartin wrote:N = N + 1 where N is the number of bicycles you currently own.

I lost count somewhere at 15. However, most of them are in parts or frame-only.


This rule has been improved - now reads
"The minimum number of bikes one should own is three. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner."

(Hello HartleyMartin, it must be the same as the tweed HartleyMartin on the BNA boards?)
cheers
grw
by grw
30 Mar 2010, 12:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks and Nikwax
Replies: 20
Views: 2233

Re: Brooks and Nikwax

MartinBrice wrote:For what it's worth, i think there is a world of difference between the two and it's madness to put Nikwax on a Brooks.

Maybe so. I've been using some generic brand of leathercare cream for a couple of years on my brooks, and the same stuff on my walking boots. The saddle is pretty comfortable, and still pretty stiff. And I haven't started licking the windows yet...
grw
by grw
18 Feb 2010, 10:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BeautyandtheBike
Replies: 46
Views: 3488

Re: BeautyandtheBike

reohn2 wrote:Because you are living in a civilised country where people care for others,in the UK people don't.For cycling the UK is the worst country I've cycled in,in Europe,but as has been said it isn't just cyclists, we've become the uncivilised sick man of Europe.The problem is a social one across the board,rich or poor,the UK is a sick society.

There was quite an interesting article in the Economist about whether Britain was actually 'a broken society'. It looked at various factors, including levels of crime - violent, burglary, murder,teenage crime in London - levels of teen pregnancy, smoking, other things that I can't remember of the top of my head. It came to the conclusion that against many of these measures, Britain is a better place than it was 30 years ago. What has changed is that people take their view of 'Britain' from the national media, as opposed to 30 years ago when most people read the local / regional papers. And also that the idea of a Broken Society was one expounded by various politicians eager to stir up angst and fear in order to make you think hat they could do better if only they were in charge of everything.
It was quite a thought provoking article.
gareth
by grw
8 Feb 2010, 2:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Snakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1099

Re: Snakes

meic wrote:GRW

Could it be Red bellied black snake that you are searching for, as they are one of the most common Aussie snakes and certainly the easiest to recognise.


Sounds about right to me. I think they are easy to recognise once they are lying on their back!!! Or maybe when their back arches as they launch into attack mode :shock:
gareth
by grw
1 Feb 2010, 10:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Snakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1099

Re: Snakes

I am considerably more wary on the mountain bike here than I was in the UK ( ihave fallen off a lot less though :D )
Riding past vegetation which snaps and rustles is nerve wracking, although most of the time I guess its just birds in the bush. I've seen plenty of lizards and goannas but only one snake, and that was well dead, although about 5ft long (this may be a fishermans 5ft long but its my story and I'm sticking to it) - a copper bellied black snake, or a black bellied copper snake, I forget which. Either way, even though it was pretty dead, I didn't get too close. Its probably one of the few things me and Indiana Jones have in common - I'm petrified of them.
Camping is another thing altogether. I wake up everytime a sparrow farts...
by grw
22 Jan 2010, 4:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what's the point of recessed cleats...
Replies: 13
Views: 1283

Re: what's the point of recessed cleats...

workhard wrote: I type I'm wearing a pair of 10+ year old Spesh MTB boots with cleats fitted when they were new. They work fine and I've used em all over the UK and Europe. Cost so much new I swore I would wear them to destruction and, like a lot of Spesh kit of that era, they are bombproof and will not die.


Similarly, I'm still using a pair of Specialized shoes I bought in 2000. They are now lookig a bit tatty, but I've used them for mtb, regular commutes, touring. They cost me about 40 gbp back then. If I could find some more of teh same, I'd buy them again. Still using the same cleats too. And yes, they click clack too!
grw
by grw
12 Dec 2009, 12:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Job Applications
Replies: 8
Views: 531

Re: Job Applications

Just got a job after a few months of looking. And yes, I had the same thing. It got to the stage where I would ring them several times. Just to get them to go through the same conversation again.
I was unemployed. I was bored. To hear some muppet who'd agreed to call me and hadn't, go through the same thing three or four times, was some consolation. If they were going to blatantly waste my time then I was going to blatantly waste theirs too...
by grw
5 Dec 2009, 11:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: silliest bike incident
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: silliest bike incident

Maybe my second silliest... when aged 5 or 6, my dad took us for a ride to Lyme Park. Going over a cattle grid on a bike for the first time in my life, I panicked, and jumped off. Thinking back, it was pretty fortunate that both my legs didn't go through the bars and snap. I think my dad had sweats and shivers over that one for months afterwards.
by grw
2 Dec 2009, 10:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: silliest bike incident
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: silliest bike incident

On thinking that my front tyre looked a little flat, I leant forward to give it a bit of a test squeeze. I should really have stopped first....
by grw
29 Nov 2009, 2:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Redundancy
Replies: 32
Views: 1651

Re: Redundancy

Back to work on Monday :D After 6 months of unemployment - three of which were spent waiting to hear if I could have a spouse visa which would let me work in AUstralia - I have a job. I really like the company, the type of work they said they do, and can't wait to get going. We have to move to Melbourne but I'll be working in the Sydney office til New Year and then we''ll up sticks and head south. Melbourne - wetter, generally cooler and damper - I can't wait. The redundancy has put off our return to the UK for a couple of years no doubt but still seems to have worked out - hoping the new job does too. Was under slight pressure to sort something out as I was unable to claim any benefits and SWMBO is just into 2nd trimester. :D
by grw
29 Nov 2009, 2:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Google maps query
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Google maps query

Hopefully there might be some It gurus who can help with this query. I've been using google maps for a while and until recently never had this problem. If i expand the map to the left of the screen (to make it bigger and easie to see a larger area) the navigation controls no longer work, nor can I access the streetview features. When I click on the arrow to return the map to its normal size, all the features work again. Its pretty annoying!
(Not sure if perhaps I should have put this question in the tea shop?)
Cheers
Gareth
by grw
23 Nov 2009, 9:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Quiz Question
Replies: 26
Views: 720

Re: Quiz Question

Maybe the answer taken from an American quiz book? The 'World' series, is not quite global either is it?