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by ANTONISH
10 Dec 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 102
Views: 4023

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

[/quote] That pretty well describes my flu experiences - I've had two bad bouts - it puts a strain on the heart - a relative 36 years old died from it. Incidentally I understand ( maybe I'm wrong and misunderstood a recent radio broadcast ) but developing vaccines isn't particularly rewarding and s...
by ANTONISH
29 Nov 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: This is Audax
Replies: 50
Views: 2098

Re: This is Audax

Nice video- pretty well sums up audax - one of the attractions to me is being able to ride a detailed route in a different area compiled by someone with local knowledge.
by ANTONISH
29 Nov 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 57
Views: 2160

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

It seems to me that the cellophane backing of Tip Top patches has changed over the years.
I first bought some in 1955 and the backing split just by folding the patch, making it easy to remove.
I can't do that with the present material.
by ANTONISH
29 Nov 2019, 9:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 57
Views: 2160

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

I use marathon plus tyres, not had a p****e for years, glad to pay more for robust sluggish tyres They last well too I tried Marathon plus and didn't find them any more puncture resistant than my gatorskins - atrocious ride - the only advantage I found was that the road holding was better - which i...
by ANTONISH
20 Nov 2019, 8:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!
Replies: 23
Views: 828

Re: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!

Normally I use the dishwasher. On tour I carry sterilising tablets. At the end of the day I fill the bottle to the brim and place the inverted cap on top so that the spout is immersed. After a couple of hours I screw on the cap and squirt some of the solution through the spout. I agree that fruit ju...
by ANTONISH
3 Nov 2019, 8:57am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leg over crossbar difficulty . . . what solution(s) ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1787

Re: Leg over

There is no such thing as being "musclebound" Isn't there? It has this meaning :- Definition of muscle-bound 1: having some of the muscles tense and enlarged and of impaired elasticity sometimes as a result of excessive exercise 2: lacking in flexibility : RIGID First Known Use of muscle-...
by ANTONISH
2 Nov 2019, 9:35am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure
Replies: 22
Views: 1180

Re: Red wine and effects on health /blood pressure

The difficulties of knowing which factor affects what body aspect, eh? As with all highly complex "systems" it's impossible to separate out any simple cause & effect relationships. They are, as another poster mentions elsewhere, "unfathomable". Just ask Maxwell's daemon. The...
by ANTONISH
2 Nov 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leg over crossbar difficulty . . . what solution(s) ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1787

Re: Leg over

pete75 wrote:Getting muscle bound decreases flexibility and will make the task harder.

There is no such thing as being "musclebound"
by ANTONISH
1 Nov 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leg over crossbar difficulty . . . what solution(s) ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1787

Re: Leg over

Weight training will improve strength but also flexibility. I'm 78 and I don't have a problem swinging a leg over the saddle. I use a gym about three times a week for a mixture of cardio, stretching exercises and weights. Whether you use a gym or exercise at home some weight training is beneficial (...
by ANTONISH
23 Oct 2019, 10:30am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: I'm suffering on hills
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: I'm suffering on hills

What gears are you using ? Possibly you would do better on something lower than you are currently using. Also the advice of keeping to your own pace is good. Many cyclists start a climb too fast - try taking it very easy to start - when you are riding within your comfort zone you can try riding a li...
by ANTONISH
23 Oct 2019, 10:18am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 102
Views: 4023

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

Last vaccination I had was as a teenager at school. Ended up with a 1cm cubed hole in my arm. All a reaction and nothing to do with a macho culture of hitting everyone on their vaccination arm of course. Seriously nasty wound that stuck to every dressing my mum could buy. Took over a month to dry o...
by ANTONISH
21 Oct 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem with 105 set up
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Problem with 105 set up

Thanks once again for the replies.
I replaced the housing at the shifter - used metal ferrules.
All working OK.
How things have changed from down tube shifters - in fact my first front mech was lever operated - you had to reach down to change it - nice positive action though.
by ANTONISH
19 Oct 2019, 9:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 15
Views: 1564

Re: Bike Express??

I've used it a couple of times. Obviously it involves all night on a coach - the seats are well spaced though. Bikes are secure. Sometimes delayed. The main drawback I find is that the dates and routes don't match my requirements. Relatively expensive compared to flying - or even train for early boo...
by ANTONISH
18 Oct 2019, 9:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 18615

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

Interesting Cudgel, Some years ago, maybe in the 70's there was an experiment on how much time difference would be obtained at different speeds. I think the start point was in Germany and the end in Italy. One driver was instructed to drive with care but allowed to drive up to the speed limit. The o...
by ANTONISH
16 Oct 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem with 105 set up
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Problem with 105 set up

Thank you all for the replies. All points toward the outer from the shifter which I'm going to replace. I hadn't thought about the BB cable guide but that seems in good condition. It occurs to me that I had a problem with the LH shifter (front changer) earlier in the year. The wires of the housing h...