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by cooper_coleraine
27 Aug 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?
Replies: 32
Views: 2028

Re: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?

For the rest of the day I do bit of gardening, do the cooking on alternate days, share the housework and shopping with my wife. I read a lot, watch television, read the paper, do Sudoko, write letters,do small jobs about the house, sit in the sun..... A good life. The morning ride sets me up for the...
by cooper_coleraine
26 Aug 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 265
Views: 8064

Re: McDonald's

Good porridge and tea. Good toilets .Good bike security. Great and friendly staff. That's my experience.
by cooper_coleraine
26 Aug 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?
Replies: 32
Views: 2028

Re: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?

I recommend having a routine. I am in my 80's. I rise early. Breakfast on porridge and leave the house at 6.45 a.m every morning. I do a minimum of 20 miles. If it is frosty I walk for 2 hours. I prepare my clothing and bicycle including lights before I go to bed. My routine means I never debate whe...
by cooper_coleraine
6 Aug 2019, 5:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Signs of old age
Replies: 28
Views: 1947

Re: Signs of old age

Thanks for all your responses and the sense of mutual encouragement.
Cheers
by cooper_coleraine
3 Aug 2019, 5:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Signs of old age
Replies: 28
Views: 1947

Signs of old age

I'm 81 and cycle everyday. When younger I was competitive. Today I was passed by a youth on a rattling mountain bike. Wait for it! He was smoking a cigarette. I put on a little speed but he went away from me. Hard to come to terms with ageing!
by cooper_coleraine
24 Feb 2019, 10:00am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Trench Foot
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Trench Foot

In September 2017 I toured for a week in South West Scotland. My tour included my journey to and from Coleraine to Larne. It rained heavily every day. I could not keep my feet dry. Forgetting that I was 80 years of age I ploughed on as I would have done when I was much younger. When I got home I fou...
by cooper_coleraine
6 Aug 2018, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Rough Stuff bike
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Spa Rough Stuff bike

Thanks for your reply. I am using 25s but could go to 28s. But you have made me think. I have a Cannondale Bad Girl ( currently loaned out) which will take 2 inch tyres on 26 wheels. Perhaps I have the solution to hand. Thanks.[list][/list]
by cooper_coleraine
5 Aug 2018, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Rough Stuff bike
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Spa Rough Stuff bike

Has anyone experience/knowledge of this model? I am also interested in frame sizes. I am 5 foot 6 inches tall, 29 inch inside leg and have usually ridden Raleigh ,Randonneur and Classic 54 frame. Thanks for any help and advice. Country roads have suffered from a bad winter and the authorities are sh...
by cooper_coleraine
24 Sep 2017, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cateye Volt 800 HL-EL471RC
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Cateye Volt 800 HL-EL471RC

I am having difficulty finding a replacement battery for the above rechargeable front light. Could someone help? Thanks
by cooper_coleraine
14 Mar 2017, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Panniers
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Ortlieb Panniers

I bought pair of ortlieb classic front panniers last year. They came with grey plastic inserts to use when fitting onto slim rails,e.g. Jim Blackburn rack. I used these, but I now want to use the panniers on another rack withas thicker rails. How do I take the inserts out? Has anyone dealt with this...
by cooper_coleraine
21 Oct 2016, 2:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset size for Raleigh Randonneur
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: Headset size for Raleigh Randonneur

I followed Brucie's advice and fitted loose ball bearings and the headset fits, tightens and works well. I could not find a match for the original headset.
All the best
by cooper_coleraine
18 Oct 2016, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: blackburn flea recharging problem
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: blackburn flea recharging problem

Thanks. I have found the solution to my problem. The Flea does not like doing topping up. When I run my Fleas, back and front, almost to empty the charger kicks in immediately. Avoiding corrosion of the contacts is a good tip. Thanks
Cheers
by cooper_coleraine
16 Oct 2016, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: blackburn flea recharging problem
Replies: 2
Views: 281

blackburn flea recharging problem

I cannot get my blackburn flea to recharge .Any suggestions ?
by cooper_coleraine
27 Sep 2016, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cairnryan to Troon route
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Cairnryan to Troon route

Thanks for the information. I have always been intrigued by the Guilthill Road frm Dalrymple to Straiton. My guess is that it was possibly a gallows site. In my home territory in Lincolnshire there is a Tom Otter's Lane which is the site of the hanging of Tom Otter who was a navvy working on the wid...
by cooper_coleraine
26 Sep 2016, 4:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cairnryan to Troon route
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Cairnryan to Troon route

Thanks for your help.I shall be coming back through Straiton and Rowantrees (a pilgrim to the Davie Bell Memorial).The A77 is busy and I am wondering if I can find a quieter route through Pinwherry and or Barrhill, possibly staying at one of these. I have read that the Stinchar Valley is beautiful. ...