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by sylvestermorgan
15 Jul 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First bike thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 777

Re: First bike thoughts?

Definitely NOT a bike with stabilisers, because they do not learn the effects of leaning and balance, so when the stabilisers eventually come off they basically have to learn to ride all over again. Balance (or scoot) bikes are the way to go and you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good one. T...
by sylvestermorgan
8 Jul 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or Wahoo ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1378

Re: Garmin or Wahoo ?

Okay, to deepen the debate, is there any reason why I should buy the more expensive Wahoo Elemnt over the Elemnt Bolt? What's the difference, apart from size?
by sylvestermorgan
12 Jun 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: finally upgrading from clunky hybrid
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: finally upgrading from clunky hybrid

Yes, Slowster is right, you can have much wider wheels on a gravel bike than my factory fit 30mm. One thing to bear in mind is your intended use - if you do indeed fancy going touring and hence strapping on a pannier rack and bags then the length of the chainstays become important. The reason being ...
by sylvestermorgan
12 Jun 2019, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: finally upgrading from clunky hybrid
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: finally upgrading from clunky hybrid

As others have said, sounds like you’re describing a gravel bike, which have something called a “more relaxed geometry”, which in English means that the top tube is shorter so you have a more upright/less extreme riding position, and a wider range of gears on the cassetee (11-32 is common), meaning ...
by sylvestermorgan
5 Jun 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike recommendation request
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: bike recommendation request

My first road bike was a gravel bike, and the £1000 price point for this type of bike nowadays involves compromise. So my bike has a decent aluminium frame with carbon fork (tick), disc brakes (tick) but compromises on its drive train (Sora). That said, I still it's possible to get something with Ti...
by sylvestermorgan
28 Feb 2019, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Test Ride. Is It Overrated?
Replies: 17
Views: 1775

Re: A Test Ride. Is It Overrated?

This topic is quite salient for me as a novice road rider. I'm looking at getting a Dolan Etape as a summer bike to complement by winter gravel bike. I bought the latter over the internet based on simple height and inside leg measurement. Then I paid my LBS to set it up properly for me, which they d...
by sylvestermorgan
18 Feb 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling After Giving Blood
Replies: 38
Views: 7458

Re: Cycling After Giving Blood

Appreciate that I’ve dug up a post that’s 5 years old, but I was curious to see the history of this subject on the forum after this weekend’s experience on the bike. I gave blood on Tuesday last week and followed the advice not to do vigorous exercise in the next 24 hours. So I waited 2.5 days befor...
by sylvestermorgan
25 Jan 2019, 12:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20-25 tubes in 28mm tires??
Replies: 33
Views: 4449

Re: 20-25 tubes in 28mm tires??

This got mentioned on a GCN video I watched on Youtube recently. It's basically a no-no because as you pump up tyre the inner tube will stretch to fill the void of the wider tyre making it more likely to fail (or so the explanation went). I'm sure others on here can explain it much better than I!
by sylvestermorgan
24 Jan 2019, 12:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Evans Cycles does NOT ship new bikes abroad - but I want one
Replies: 11
Views: 1824

Re: Evans Cycles does NOT ship new bikes abroad - but I want one

Evans are in a funny place at the moment following their rescue by Mike Ashley.

As a lot of the online UK bike sellers will price match, try going through one of them.
by sylvestermorgan
15 Jan 2019, 12:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?
Replies: 66
Views: 3031

Re: Today’s really dumb gearing question

depends how steep the hill is and how much effort you can apply for the duration of the climb really. If the hill is not too steep and you know your gears well, I'd suggest that you a) shift to a middling sprocket just before you start to climb again b) spin that gear (at a higher cadence than norm...
by sylvestermorgan
15 Jan 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?
Replies: 66
Views: 3031

Re: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?

I know I sound really silly, but at the point I decide to drop to the small ring mid- climb I have to crunch my chain as I force it across under high torque risking snapping my chain and/or damaging teeth. I always thought this was a no-no, or is there a technique to doing this well?
by sylvestermorgan
15 Jan 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?
Replies: 66
Views: 3031

Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?

Learning my way around a road bike, so here goes the scenario. I’m descending a hill and I can see hill climb on the other side – so a straight down then up again. So I figure I’ll charge down the hill in the highest gear I can muster to get as much momentum as possible onto the hill climb on the ot...
by sylvestermorgan
14 Dec 2018, 12:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance cover for racks on car
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Insurance cover for racks on car

That's not good. No personal experience of this sort of thing, but knowing insurance companies as I do, they tend to insure the basic car as the manufacturer provided it plus any enhancements you declared up front when you took out the policy. What I'm not sure about is whether there is any provisio...
by sylvestermorgan
14 Dec 2018, 12:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!
Replies: 396
Views: 71044

Re: Cymru am byth - we love Wales!

For better or for worse, the Severn Bridge tolls have gone. For worse :( Even more people will drive to work because it is so cheap and attractive :? I'll be driving over next week anyway, and would have with or without the tolls, to get to a place near Bristol not easily reached by public transpor...
by sylvestermorgan
14 Dec 2018, 10:29am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 11388

Re: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020

BT have been muscling into Sky territory for a few years now. This would be ideal for them!