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by Ray
25 Sep 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 42
Views: 2310

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

We liked St Antonin Noble Val and the area around it so much we moved there. It's a way from the coast but is officially SW France. Ooh, another lovely area of France that we got to know during a number of holidays based in Castelnau-Montratier, south of Cahors. You lucky people! I hope all this Br...
by Ray
24 Sep 2020, 8:20pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Surgical / Support stockings
Replies: 12
Views: 868

Re: Surgical / Support stockings

Interesting to see this thread resurrected after four and a half years. As for me, I still wear the stockings when not cycling (or sleeping), and my condition has remained much the same. Still cycling and walking pretty vigorously, with only minor niggles which you might associate with ageing (78 ne...
by Ray
23 Sep 2020, 9:34pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Very Low Geared Fat Bike
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Very Low Geared Fat Bike

Poor photoshopping :roll:
by Ray
13 Sep 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 90
Views: 2739

Re: The whole glasses thing

My distance vision is fine, but I need correction to be able to read. I use these:
https://www.screwfix.com/p/bolle-iri-s- ... on-2/7681f

Absolutely excellent, and at £11 damaging or losing them is not a big worry. Don't make me look like a welder, either :wink:
by Ray
13 Sep 2020, 9:44pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: NOW SOLD - Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Re: Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike

Googling it -- seems you couldn't buy the frame set for that money. Is it fairly light? Could you fit discs to it or better brakes? As a touring frame, it's not optimised for lightness. It has a steel fork with brazings for front panniers. I've heard of people fitting a carbon fork. Adapting it to ...
by Ray
12 Sep 2020, 5:28pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: NOW SOLD - Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Re: Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike

Cowsham wrote:Nice bike.


Indeed it is. Just looking for a good home :wink:
by Ray
8 Sep 2020, 8:30pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: NOW SOLD - Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike
Replies: 6
Views: 726

NOW SOLD - Condor Heritage 55cm touring bike

Condor Heritage 55cm. Bike set up for me - I'm 5'10". Wheels 700c - LX17 rims on Deore LX Tyres - Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 35mm Spa (Passport) Navigator saddle Shimergo 3x8 (Daytona 10 speed Ergos) Genetic mini-V brakes Shimano 26/36/46 chainset Shimano 105 RD Tiagra FD FSA bars and stem Shima...
by Ray
12 Aug 2020, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 197
Views: 11579

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Sounds like a lot of cooking. Doesn't it go all thick overnight? Guess I could try it and find out! It does thicken overnight - which is the object, really. In the morning it's more a case of re-heating than cooking. True, it seems a lot of time in the microwave, but there's no stirring involved, a...
by Ray
12 Aug 2020, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 197
Views: 11579

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

We cook ours for 4 mins in the microwave before bedtime. Another 3 or 4 mins in the morning and it's ready to eat; in my case usually with prunes and yogurt. Porridge oats are fine, as are Jumbo. We use half-and-half water and oat drink, which works fine, if slightly less creamy than even semi-skimm...
by Ray
10 Aug 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman

An 'elephant bike' as formerly used by the GPO is one possility, simple, sturdy, not too expensive Certainly worth considering. I can see that you might consider the name less than flattering, but it would be easy enough to remove the name sticker, or simply tape over it. Or just tell yourself that...
by Ray
3 Aug 2020, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9932

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

Yeah, Beryl Burton cyclepath is still there; she was a nice woman. OK, something to look out for. I've ridden through the area many times, but it was only when doodling around on a test ride that I came across it. ..and I do get a commission on frame sales! Well, that was meant as a joke, not as an...
by Ray
3 Aug 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9932

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

I hope, but don't really expect, that as the frame designer you'll be pulling in a handsome 'royalty' for every frame that's sold :wink: Seriously, that's helpful because I wasn't aware that the Elan was laterally stiffer. Not sure that I'd want to get rid of my carbon lightweight (which does a diff...
by Ray
2 Aug 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 9932

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

Thanks, Colin. I'm in Wakefield, so free to travel, and I certainly have it in mind to try a test ride, as I did before buying my Spa Audax. I like the Audax for its responsive ride - not much slower than my carbon bike, and more comfortable. If I were to buy an Elan, I'd think about selling my Auda...