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by Richard D
4 Oct 2012, 6:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bagman for Carradice Barley *and* Nelson?
Replies: 10
Views: 3264

Re: Bagman for Carradice Barley *and* Nelson?

Thanks for the advice; as I thinking might go down the pannier route if ever I needed luggage with the capacity of the Camper, I've ordered a Barley with the Sport support with a view to adding a Nelson at some point in the future.
by Richard D
4 Oct 2012, 12:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bagman for Carradice Barley *and* Nelson?
Replies: 10
Views: 3264

Bagman for Carradice Barley *and* Nelson?

Ignoring the debate for and against saddle bags (because try as I might, I can't get my tools, waterproof, phone, keys, pump *and* jam sandwiches into my jersey pockets all at once), I want to buy a Carradice Barley* (their smallest full saddlebag). And as I might conceivably do some light touring (...
by Richard D
2 Oct 2012, 10:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Peaceful Road cycling in the Midlands?
Replies: 19
Views: 4183

Re: Peaceful Road cycling in the Midlands?

Joining my local CTC for group rides I've discovered hundreds of miles of quiet roads to the north and east of Birmingham that I had no idea existed when I travelled everywhere by car.
by Richard D
27 Sep 2012, 2:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Club room/night
Replies: 19
Views: 2404

Re: Club room/night

As someone in the same MG, and mea culpa for not having replied to the original email, my point of view is this - I'm a member of a cycling club so that I can go out cycling with a like-minded group. It's the cycling that's the important feature, the bit around which everything else revolves; I have...
by Richard D
28 Aug 2012, 11:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another saddle issue
Replies: 22
Views: 2337

Re: Yet another saddle issue

I like my Charge Spoon. I also like the saddle that came as standard on my road bike - which bears a striking resemblance to a Charge Spoon, only it has "Giant" written on it. I bought the Spoon to replace the original saddle on my hybrid. I found that the wider, more padded saddle that ha...
by Richard D
22 Aug 2012, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Weight Loss & Cycling
Replies: 80
Views: 8666

Re: Weight Loss & Cycling

I started out at fourteen and a half stone twelve months ago, and with a combination of diet and exercise I'm now at eleven and a quarter (the target is ten and a half, and I'm 5'7" tall). I could not have done it with diet alone - the constant deprivation of calories and treats would have caus...
by Richard D
8 Aug 2012, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on Sabbath September bike spec
Replies: 2
Views: 2757

Advice on Sabbath September bike spec

I'm speccing up a Sabbath September, and due to the ergonomics of the shifters fancy trying Campagnolo. Athena 11-speed seems to be a sweet spot for price versus performance, albeit at the upper end of the scale (and my budget). Going to be used on club runs and audaxes (I have the sandals standing ...
by Richard D
28 Jul 2012, 8:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hill avoidance
Replies: 29
Views: 4505

Re: Hill avoidance

My Garmin's had a few of those moments when I've asked it to route to somewhere new; most of the time it behaves itself, but every so often it finds a 15% hill that I've not previously seen or ridden (presumably because most of my routes are chosen by riding companions who have more sense than the G...
by Richard D
29 Feb 2012, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon versus Marathon plus- thoughts please
Replies: 13
Views: 8501

Re: Schwalbe Marathon versus Marathon plus- thoughts please

When I commute, I do so over roads, tarmac tracks, and glass-coated ash pathways. There's more glass now than there was a couple of months ago, from which I deduce that by the summer, there will be more glass than ash material on those paths, as the "drinking outdoors hours" increase. Ho h...
by Richard D
1 Oct 2011, 8:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help With Cycling Technique
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Help With Cycling Technique

I've got one or two stories about Bruce Morgan (the stipendiary Magistrate/District Judge in question) - he can be an absolute scream at times. But you've no need to fear him - he retired at the start of the summer. I'm still at the stage in my cycling of trying to plan my route so that it has no ro...
by Richard D
30 Sep 2011, 6:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in dark clothing
Replies: 96
Views: 6602

Re: Cyclists in dark clothing

Unfortunately many car drivers are just looking for cars. I think that Kevin's hit the nail on the head. I know that after starting cycling a few weeks ago, I've become a lot more aware of cyclists on the road (I like to think that I was pretty aware before, but I'm beginning to wonder). They were ...
by Richard D
27 Sep 2011, 6:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Purposefully paved with broken glass
Replies: 13
Views: 1023

Re: Purposefully paved with broken glass

I wondered about this. I rode 2/3rds of what would be my commute into Birmingham by bike for the first time on Saturday, and thought to myself "blimey, there's a lot of broken glass on this path" - it was almost everywhere where the route went off the roads and through parkland. I couldn't...