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by ANTONISH
16 Aug 2019, 8:27am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?
Replies: 16
Views: 865

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

There's a school of thought that turns this on its head and asks: how do you get to be 80? And the answer of course is through cycling in your seventies. So you aren't cycling despite being old, you are old because you cycle. Nevertheless, I think it will be an interesting piece. Just to add, one t...
by ANTONISH
14 Aug 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling related male personal problem
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Cycling related male personal problem

Despite it being something of a heresy I always wear underwear under cycling shorts ( obviously not "boxers" ).
I can cycle all day - multiple days without discomfort.
You could try that and see how you get on.
I'm not alone in this.
by ANTONISH
14 Aug 2019, 8:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac
Replies: 4
Views: 306

TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac

Next year we are planning to do a rail/cycling trip in France - we want to travel on some of the scenic routes and I know that some of them won't take bikes - that's not a problem we'll just do day return rides. I don't usually have a problem navigating the French rail system but the above route see...
by ANTONISH
31 Jul 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: In praise of crappy cycle paths
Replies: 10
Views: 1854

Re: In praise of crappy cycle paths

This became a problem in Belgium. Every year we ride a Randonee with a Belgian club. This used to make extensive use of the canal side cycle paths. Of recent years the event has been routed on road, the club was requested to do this because large groups were using the cycle paths for training rides ...
by ANTONISH
16 Jul 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)
Replies: 46
Views: 6661

Re: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)

I get that. And if the hassle would stop you enjoying it, fair enough. But how about the phone and other devices? Could you enjoy a LEJOG without a phone? With no internet access along the way? I did JOGLE in 1993 so I didn't have GPS or a smartphone. I enjoyed the ride but the GPS would have been ...
by ANTONISH
15 Jul 2019, 9:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)
Replies: 46
Views: 6661

Re: Real Naked Cycling (i.e. no phone or GPS)

I started cycling in the fifties so I grew up with paper maps - I lament the passing of the old Bartholomew 1/2" which gave a decent area with a pretty good scale. I still use paper maps but in recent years I've used a Garmin etrex for audax and touring. One advantage of the Garmin is that one ...
by ANTONISH
20 Jun 2019, 8:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 16
Views: 655

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

I can't see the lowriders making a significant difference and in my admittedly limited mileage, but quite harsh, offroad touring experience with 1" threaded and a significant front load, it's been no issue. If it does continue to work loose, swapping your top locknut to one with a grubscrew sh...
by ANTONISH
20 Jun 2019, 8:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 73
Views: 1891

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

If you shave your head you won't need a comb. :mrgreen:
by ANTONISH
19 Jun 2019, 9:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 862

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

...Don't have front panniers if it's at all hilly - swinging the weight as you go up a hill can be tiring, but no prob coming down or level.... I tour with a four pannier set up and I've no idea what swinging the weight means or what this effect is. If you need/want front panniers, use front pannie...
by ANTONISH
19 Jun 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 16
Views: 655

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

As I've always had small framed bikes loosening has often been a problem with threaded headsets. My touring bike has a threaded headset and I found that on a long climb with front panniers at slow speeds the front end was a struggle to control. This got worse if the headset started to loosen. Last y...
by ANTONISH
18 Jun 2019, 4:58pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Health Service professionals
Replies: 27
Views: 904

Re: Health Service professionals

You are not alone in being advised about obesity by someone markedly obese - especially when they are using BMI as an exact measure (my BMI was a fraction over 25 at the time.) Health professionals don't all have healthy life styles - e.g heavy smoking and drinking IME are not unusual. Perhaps there...
by ANTONISH
18 Jun 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 862

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

If you can ride 50 miles a day for a few days comfortably I can't see any reason why you won't be able to do 50 miles a day for a month. Keeping going in rain if you are camping may be a drag but if you can dry your kit out - I suppose most camp sites have some sort of drying facility. Cycling rain ...
by ANTONISH
14 Jun 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Are my times average or good
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: Are my times average or good

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,


Ignore age on this chart, as its unlikely you hit your max on a ride, just select say 50 years at 100% for a guide and decide what training you want to aim for.


I would ignore it but it's not on there :(
by ANTONISH
14 Jun 2019, 9:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing
Replies: 13
Views: 874

Re: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing

The Sheldon Brown pic reminds me of an article I read about the 1942 Wolverhampton - Holyhead road race. Being war time one of the riders couldn't obtain a 3/32" chain. His solution was to completely dismantle a 1/8" chain and use a surface grinder to reduce the pins and rollers to the app...
by ANTONISH
14 Jun 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: tub rims for a track bike
Replies: 21
Views: 620

Re: tub rims for a track bike

At one time all my riding was done on tubs - even touring. I used tub cement on the rim and when it had dried used the brown double sided adhesive tape - Jantex? If I had to change a tub the surface was still tacky. +1 for X's when stitching up. With a bit of practice repairs weren't very lengthy. M...