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by Garry Booth
16 May 2016, 7:43pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: One bike for climbing, one for descending?
Replies: 13
Views: 7382

Re: One bike for climbing, one for descending?

Interesting article Postboxer. I like how they weigh the advantage of the different bike against the time taken to changeover and figure that 15sec net makes it worthwhile!
by Garry Booth
16 May 2016, 7:39pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: One bike for climbing, one for descending?
Replies: 13
Views: 7382

Re: One bike for climbing, one for descending?

Yes I believe loading up with bottles is a way of adding to momentum.
by Garry Booth
14 May 2016, 4:40pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: One bike for climbing, one for descending?
Replies: 13
Views: 7382

Re: One bike for climbing, one for descending?

That's really interesting. And if it's not a dumb question, is there anything to stop a rider being given the bike with a downhill frame as (s)he crests the mountain? And then, swapping to the uphill bike for the next ascent. Maybe the changeover would cost too much time in a close race.
by Garry Booth
14 May 2016, 12:34pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: One bike for climbing, one for descending?
Replies: 13
Views: 7382

One bike for climbing, one for descending?

Is there a case for eg Tour riders switching bikes at the top of a climb for the descent? There must be design tweaks that could make a bike better for going down than going up, and vice versa. I'm guessing they would have done it if it were possible. But maybe people have some ideas!
by Garry Booth
4 Feb 2016, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle choice advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1054

Re: Saddle choice advice

Thanks everyone - very interesting and helpful comments as ever from CTC folk. G
by Garry Booth
2 Feb 2016, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle choice advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1054

Saddle choice advice

The saddle on my Condor Fratello needs replacing and I'm looking for something comfortable, fairly light and in keeping with the bike's fast touring aesthetic (I didn't say I tour fast on it) I like what I hear about the Rolls but the gold bit on the back is too bling for moi. Any suggestions people...
by Garry Booth
2 Feb 2016, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: etrex 20/30 or 20/30 x - how robust?
Replies: 18
Views: 1249

Re: etrex 20/30 or 20/30 x - how robust?

I agree with Vantage that the Etrex 20 is pretty bombproof and mine has survived some major crash landings at speed. But the real danger it faces is being smashed to pieces by me with a sledgehammer for being so bloody difficult to use...
by Garry Booth
21 Dec 2015, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mudflap
Replies: 13
Views: 1848

Re: Rear mudflap

Great advice everyone, thanks a lot for that. My fellow riders will no doubt benefit hugely!
by Garry Booth
20 Dec 2015, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mudflap
Replies: 13
Views: 1848

Rear mudflap

What's the best thing/way to fit a narrow flap on the rear guard to extend it? (The idea being to reduce the spatter on people behind)
by Garry Booth
9 Dec 2015, 5:27pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: The bonk - when you least expect it
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: The bonk - when you least expect it

Interesting discussion. Thanks people. Hitting the Black Mountains this weekend. Let's see what that does to the bonk dial...
by Garry Booth
7 Dec 2015, 4:01pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: The bonk - when you least expect it
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: The bonk - when you least expect it

It's interesting because I do eat plenty at breakfast and lunch. It only happens if I eat say a slice of very sweet cake or eg a Mars bar as well. In other words if I avoid that kind of snack around midday all is fine.
Just find it interesting that it happens. G
by Garry Booth
5 Dec 2015, 7:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lycra and Underpants?
Replies: 45
Views: 2951

Re: Lycra and Underpants?

What happened to all those people in the olden days who used to cycle everywhere in their sensible clothes? Or indeed people in poor countries who rely on bikes to get around, often over long distances. I'm sure my dad and grandad who both knocked about on bikes didn't where specialised clothes. I t...
by Garry Booth
5 Dec 2015, 7:33pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: The bonk - when you least expect it
Replies: 13
Views: 938

The bonk - when you least expect it

If I eat anything sweet around lunchtime onwards I can almost guarantee that I will bonk horribly on the ride from work to home at around 5:30. That's without riding hard and after only maybe 1 or 2 miles. In fact, I have found that I sometimes bonk around that time before getting on my bike if I ha...
by Garry Booth
24 Jul 2015, 4:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Riding no-hands
Replies: 53
Views: 4882

Re: Riding no-hands

There's a lovely photo by Henri Carter Bresson of a track rider relaxing by pedalling his fixie around with one foot on the handlebars, using both hands to read the L'Equipe newspaper. There's a similar pic of Coppi going around the track drinking a cup of coffee with a saucer in one hand, but that ...
by Garry Booth
24 Jul 2015, 4:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Monte Carlo bike hire
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Monte Carlo bike hire

Does anyone know if it is possible to hire a bike in Monte Carlo at a realistic price? (I'm not hopeful as I have never seen anything else on sale there at a realistic price - but I have to go to a conference and it would be handy.)