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by PaulB
28 Sep 2007, 8:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike prices in UK vs Continental Europe. Why the difference?
Replies: 17
Views: 2887

Yes, welcome to Rip Off Britain. Check out some of the prices of stuff in the USA compared to the UK. At the moment there are roughly two dollars to the pound yet in this country the dollar sign is just changed to the pound sign. As a result things in the UK cost twice that in the States. I recently...
by PaulB
29 Aug 2007, 10:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1625
Views: 457605

This is my favourite bike (like most CTC members I have several) It is a Xootr Swift folder with 20" wheels, 100psi tyres and 8 SRAM gears. I have had it for just over a year and use it far more than my touring or lightweight racing bike. It does not fold as small as the Brompton (just raise t...
by PaulB
29 Aug 2007, 10:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Don't Like the Clipless Pedals
Replies: 22
Views: 3811

Further to my posting above, about the stiff soled cycling shoes; I was talking to a podiatrist yesterday who confirmed that shoes with very stiff soles are not good news for the feet. Feet have a built in system that stiffens the sole when needed and shoes that restrict this natural movement may we...
by PaulB
27 Aug 2007, 9:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Don't Like the Clipless Pedals
Replies: 22
Views: 3811

I have found that it is the stiff soled shoes that cause me problems with numbness and foot cramps - not so much the clipless pedals. Having returned to toe clips and straps or even open flat pedals I still experience discomfort from the SPD type of shoe. I think the stiff soles just do not suit my ...
by PaulB
24 Aug 2007, 8:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best set up for butterfly bars on a tourer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2191

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w157/Silberhorn/DSCN3847.jpg http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w157/Silberhorn/DSCN3848.jpg I have my butterfly bars almost flat. The front of the 'bar (away from the rider) is just slightly higher than the back but experiment until you find your ideal position. ...
by PaulB
23 Aug 2007, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Don't Like the Clipless Pedals
Replies: 22
Views: 3811

Clipless pedals

I've given up with clipless for leisure riding. I had no problems clicking in our out but after trying several makes of SPD pedals and shoes (expensive experiment) I could not stop my feet going numb or severe foot cramps. I've gone back to toe clips and straps - wonderful! I can cycle in any comfor...
by PaulB
27 Jul 2007, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using Butterfly Bars
Replies: 31
Views: 8048

I fitted Butterfly bars to my Xootr Swift folder a few weeks ago and am really pleased with them. I also have an adjustable stem so the permutations for "tweaking" are endless. I found the perfect layout by hitting a pot hole. I can't have had the bars tightened enough and they dropped dow...
by PaulB
2 Jul 2007, 9:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sun block/cream
Replies: 66
Views: 10858

I must remember not to join these forum pages at the end as I need to scroll back to find people addressing the actual subject of the original posting! Just for info; Several years ago my face was very badly sunburned while high in the snow in Switzerland. My wife recommended that I use some of her ...
by PaulB
28 May 2007, 9:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: cycle magazine
Replies: 60
Views: 11051

I agree that as the CTC is a "broad church", attracting people from all spheres of cycling, getting a balance within the magazine must be near impossible. However, for many members the magazine may well be the main (or only) contact they have with the club so it should contain as much edit...
by PaulB
27 May 2007, 11:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC Yellow Jerseys
Replies: 33
Views: 6935

I have a winged wheel transfer on one of my bikes and it looks classy. The replacement logo is just awful and cannot be taken seriously - there is no way I will display it. The cartoon bike carries no authority and is neither "hip" nor "trendy"; the word embarrassing springs to m...
by PaulB
27 May 2007, 4:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: cycle magazine
Replies: 60
Views: 11051

Pages and pages of adverts and very little editorial. The latest edition has to be one of the worst yet.