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by beetroot
27 Aug 2011, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road gradient signs just how do they do it?
Replies: 24
Views: 4559

Re: Road gradient signs just how do they do it?

Do you have a code for this one?... http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=harlech&hl=en&ll=52.859323,-4.107664&spn=0.009833,0.030448&z=16&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=52.859284,-4.107802&panoid=yGKaLCpeY407jSLExQYCmg&cbp=12,354.95,,2,6.64 It's actually quite difficult to push ...
by beetroot
27 Aug 2011, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road gradient signs just how do they do it?
Replies: 24
Views: 4559

Road gradient signs just how do they do it?

Some musings on the subject of road signs and gradients. (1) I see plenty of warning signs that say 25%, but never a a 24% or a 26% and plenty more advertising 20% gradients but never 21% or 19%. I think I can dismiss the notion that all Britain's steep roads have been designed to gradients with 5% ...
by beetroot
11 Aug 2011, 10:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pushing rather than spinning?
Replies: 35
Views: 2802

Re: Pushing rather than spinning?

Spinning is infinitely preferable to pushing a big gear.
by beetroot
8 Aug 2011, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Road Toaster accuracy?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Bike Road Toaster accuracy?

Plus 1 I have used BRT for a couple of years now, it is my preference, and I find the distance extremely accurate but the ascent is underestimated - often by up to 30%. Yeah that's what I feared. Some of the routes I did Cumbria to York Dales came up short I what i thought ascent might be. So I won...
by beetroot
7 Aug 2011, 10:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: taking the Lane
Replies: 42
Views: 3652

Re: taking the Lane

On the subject of taking primary; the Highway Code sez to drivers " You should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car ". Some cyclists might think this is telling drivers to pull out as far as they would for a car, whereas it...
by beetroot
7 Aug 2011, 10:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What food/drink/tools do you carry on a day ride?
Replies: 30
Views: 3236

Re: What food/drink/tools do you carry on a day ride?

2 tubes in mini saddle pack tyre levers in mini saddle pack mini pump fixed to frame multi tool set in mini saddle pack lightweight wind/shower proof top (summer only, winter probably wearing substantial top) strapped to sadle pack arm warmers (summer only if cool) in back pocket money and/or debit ...
by beetroot
7 Aug 2011, 9:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Road Toaster accuracy?
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Bike Road Toaster accuracy?

I've recently discovered Bike Road Toaster site and have been plotting routes. On reviewing stats I was wondering how accurate the summary is:-

(1) mileage and....

(2) ascent
by beetroot
22 Jul 2011, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ferries French fares compared to British
Replies: 13
Views: 1137

Re: Brittany ferries French fares compared to British

matt2matt2002 wrote:Interesting logic here :?
Do petrol stations charge more at busy times?

What on earth can their reasoning be - other than to make as much dosh as possible?
:evil:

No but airlines do, and train companies, and hotels etc etc. In fact any business who can see an opportunity to make a quick buck
by beetroot
21 Jul 2011, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Johnny Hoogerland
Replies: 31
Views: 2924

Re: Johnny Hoogerland

Yeah, he gave it everything today, a heroic effort.

My only worry is that he looked so knackered, even in the post race interview I fear that he may fail to recover sufficienty to survive in yellow with another hard day racing in the mountains. I hope I'm proved wrong
by beetroot
17 Jul 2011, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM PG1050 CASSETTE 12-32 SPROCKET SIZES?
Replies: 12
Views: 1675

SRAM PG1050 CASSETTE 12-32 SPROCKET SIZES?

I've been looking at SRAM PG1050 cassette with 32 teeth sprocket to increase range on a double (shimano 105) crankset. However I am confused by the sizing of the individual sprockets as my reserch as thrown up different specs. The one quoted on SRAM's wn web site seems insane. Surely a 24 tooth to 3...
by beetroot
5 Jul 2011, 2:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to tomorrow?
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: Where to tomorrow?

Yeah I can see that, but 40lb!? Maybe there's a little poetic license. If Mick has dragged a 40lb concrete block up those hills then I certainly take my hat of to him.
by beetroot
5 Jul 2011, 2:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to tomorrow?
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: Where to tomorrow?

Is it April 1st?
by beetroot
5 Jul 2011, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can't cycle very fast downhill
Replies: 37
Views: 2870

Re: Can't cycle very fast downhill

I've just calculated that if I could maintain a cadence of 900 rpm I could average 295 mph. Something to work on :D That's a very big IF :lol: :lol: Ooh, be careful, I just read that when it's wet it'd be possible for a bike tyre to aquaplane at about 220mph! Excellent. All I have to do is combine ...
by beetroot
3 Jul 2011, 4:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sram 2011 Pg-1050 cassette 12-32
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Sram 2011 Pg-1050 cassette 12-32

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/produ ... .22.1.html

Link seems to suggest a new 12-32 cassette. Presumably designed for use with doubles. 11 cog on 50 or 52 chain ring not really required by mere mortals