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by gentlegreen
21 Oct 2014, 4:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclist 'categories'
Replies: 36
Views: 3696

Re: Cyclist 'categories'

I was informed yesterday that "you're not a cyclist" by a young man who probably wasn't born when I ran out of cash to fix my Lambretta in 1987 and borrowed my brother's 10-speed. I was fairly fit and certainly healthy at 27, but I was still surprised that I could get the 4 miles to work a...
by gentlegreen
28 Aug 2014, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 8044

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

For the past 13 years, I've been using an aluminium-framed Giant MTB that I paid £400 for and I'm pretty sure that allowing for inflation, the equivalent bike would cost less. The frame is the only original part left. Over 20-something thousand miles, or various reasons I've got through several pair...
by gentlegreen
25 Aug 2014, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sore bum...
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: Sore bum...

I know we're all different, but I'm a particularly odd sort of cyclist - 6 foot 2, 18 stone and ride an MTB with tarmac-friendly tyres - up to 50 miles in a day - and after years of suffering - or limiting my rides to my 4 mile commute, what fixed it for me was changing to an old-fashioned leather s...
by gentlegreen
23 Aug 2014, 1:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sudden Lower Back Pain?
Replies: 33
Views: 21545

Re: Sudden Lower Back Pain?

Given you stopped cycling because of it, we can probably rule out what I've developed this year - sciatica - specifically piriformis syndrome - which is caused by some people - not all - having the sciatic nerve running precariously close to the afore-mentioned muscle - my own personal proof of evol...
by gentlegreen
8 Aug 2014, 12:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.
Replies: 66
Views: 6661

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

The guy who flattened part of Offa's Dyke was let off. Googling suggests that ignorance can be a defence. Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1979/46 2 Control of works affecting scheduled monuments. (1)If any person executes or causes or permits t...
by gentlegreen
7 Aug 2014, 3:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Other uses for pump pegs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1304

Re: Other uses for a pump frame mount?

I briefly carried a sacrificial pump on mine to test the riskiness of new parking places ... and I contemplated accidentally filling it with sand, just in case I needed such a device for some unforeseen and of course perfectly legal reason ..
by gentlegreen
7 Aug 2014, 8:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.
Replies: 66
Views: 6661

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

By all accounts they're up against geology and the remaining water.
by gentlegreen
7 Aug 2014, 8:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.
Replies: 66
Views: 6661

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

I strongly suspect it would not be politically expedient to shut it down.
by gentlegreen
6 Aug 2014, 11:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.
Replies: 66
Views: 6661

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

This reminds me I need to try to make a loop out of the Kelston road and the Railway path before they fix it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LVTqCnH-Bg

EDIT :- on second thoughts my bike is probably a bit too heavy for that.
by gentlegreen
4 Aug 2014, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shorts for commuting
Replies: 25
Views: 1847

Re: Shorts for commuting

Two cotton slips under cargo shorts or combats - with emergency set at either end. I'm lucky in that this is what I wear at work - along with a tee shirt. Leather saddle on my MTB - currently a Spa Nidd. No probs at all -whether my 5 mile commute or a 50 mile ride on a Sunday. This time of year I'd ...
by gentlegreen
3 Aug 2014, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Biased?
Replies: 23
Views: 2173

Re: Biased?

"cyclist who was travelling downhill at a significant speed"

That sounds like more blame placed on the cyclist too.
by gentlegreen
24 Jul 2014, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post breaking saddle rails - need new one.
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: Seat post breaking saddle rails - need new one.

Actually there's a pronounced burr on the top half, so I reckon that's where it needs filing.
by gentlegreen
24 Jul 2014, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post breaking saddle rails - need new one.
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Seat post breaking saddle rails - need new one.

A second saddle has just broken where the rails meet the clamp at the front of the post (SPA Nidd - only lasted 12 months), so I have to assume it's the seatpost clamps and I'm now faced with the great joy of breaking in a new saddle. Does anyone have a recommendation for a cheap one - or a definiti...
by gentlegreen
30 Jun 2014, 6:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nightmare drive
Replies: 134
Views: 13262

Re: Nightmare drive

There certainly seems to be a new breed of cyclist who are driven to better their STRAVA stats at all costs. I had one of the sporty variety overtake me closely on a particularly narrow and complex part of the Bristol to Bath path on my way to work with oncoming traffic and I wish I'd had a good eno...
by gentlegreen
3 May 2014, 6:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What we are up against
Replies: 13
Views: 3232

Re: What we are up against

It takes SMIDSY to a whole new level.