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by softpedal
13 Feb 2014, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology of descending
Replies: 36
Views: 12083

Re: The psychology of descending

The thing I found about descending is to remember to turn the pedals occasionally. In France last year we descended 1100m. in 10km, an average of over10% with many hairpins, so not especially quick. At the bottom my legs were seized up.
by softpedal
1 Feb 2013, 12:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture-proof tyres keep puncturing
Replies: 43
Views: 4044

Re: Puncture-proof tyres keep puncturing

The tubes may not look as if they've been penetrated by those tiny shards of glass. But, have you tested them in water to ascertain if they are indeed holed? I ask because some weeks back I got a repeat puncture even when I was convinced the tube was good. The culprit was the smallest flint embedde...
by softpedal
28 Dec 2012, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Harold Briercliffe book bargain..
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Harold Briercliffe book bargain..

Thanks for that info. I've just ordered them. Should be a good read.
by softpedal
16 Nov 2012, 8:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Birthday rides 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 3193

Re: Birthday rides 2013

Thats right Stone in Staffs. it was announced at last birthday rides.
by softpedal
8 Jul 2012, 7:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Victoria station query
Replies: 12
Views: 4778

Re: Victoria station query

theres some maps sent free from london transport showing cycle friendly routes.
by softpedal
28 Feb 2012, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: servicing a bike
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: servicing a bike

Have a look on you tube, pretty well anything you can do to repair or maintain a bike can be found on there.
by softpedal
1 Dec 2011, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar Bags on Drop Bars
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Re: Bar Bags on Drop Bars

I've fitted the klick fix extender on my Dawes audax and it works ok. Cables rub on side of bar bag but not enough to matter.
Not that I'm overfond of bar bags because of the effect on bike handling with any weight in the bag.
by softpedal
1 Sep 2011, 8:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Back spasms?
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Back spasms?

The fact that your after a short while suggests muscle cramp rather than a disc slip or more usually a pinched nerve. That leaves you out of action for weeks rather than minutes. I've experienced it several times and no way does the pain go away quickly. As to what is causing the muscle cramp, like ...
by softpedal
1 Sep 2011, 7:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Berghaus Tents
Replies: 10
Views: 6473

Re: Berghaus Tents

Its heavier than I would want if touring solo. Should be able to get less than 2kg with enough room for 1 plus gear.
by softpedal
11 Jul 2011, 7:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram 10 speed
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: sram 10 speed

Thanks for help so far. I'd sort of figured that I'd need a long cage derailier, its the 105 10sp. sti that really concerns me. If that dosent work with the sram cassette its £200 or so to change it.
Best info. I've seen so far is conflicting. It certainly dosent seem straightfoward.
by softpedal
10 Jul 2011, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram 10 speed
Replies: 6
Views: 370

sram 10 speed

Am I correct in thinking sram have produced a 10 speed cassette with a 12 to 32 range. If so does anyone know if it can be used with a shimano 105 set up ie. 10 sp. sti and 105 derailier.
by softpedal
23 Jun 2011, 8:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About Dahon folders?
Replies: 20
Views: 2986

Re: About Dahon folders?

I got a Dahon Mu P8 a few months ago and have done about 600 miles on it so far. Really like it, it handles well. Used it on a tour recently where i got the train out and cycled back at about 50 miles a day and a nights camping. Fully loaded with gear it was hard work on the hills but still handled ...
by softpedal
22 Jun 2011, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Derby to Dudley
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Derby to Dudley

Youv'e only got the last 5 or 6 miles on canal and its a good surface, better than a lot of roads today, either tarmac or firm gravel. Done it on 25 mm tyres on audax bike no problem.
The rest is good purpose made city cycle routes.
Go for it !!
by softpedal
22 Jun 2011, 11:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Derby to Dudley
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Derby to Dudley

I would use the cycle rt 54 and 5 to chasewater then down to walsall and down through sandwell park, then pick up the canal at smethwick turning right at dudley port brings you to the black country museum and dudley centre. Canals and cycle routes in brum. area are generally very good. You can get j...
by softpedal
7 Jun 2011, 8:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Panniers for fold up bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 2283

Re: Panniers for fold up bikes

I use a Altura rack bag on a Dahon, it has side pockets which unzip and clip down to make small side panniers. Been on first camping trip with and it works fine. because the rack sits low it leaves room to strap tent etc. on top of the bag.