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by Richard D
7 May 2018, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How does one convince their mum to buy them a bicycle?
Replies: 28
Views: 1750

Re: How does one convince their mum to buy them a bicycle?

It's not a "sports bike" (surely ALL cycling is sports?), nor is it a "racing bike" (very few cyclists race). What it is, with those thin tyres, is a "road bike". Because it's meant to be ridden on the road. Alternatively you could ride a BMX ("bicycle motocross&qu...
by Richard D
28 Apr 2018, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool why so special
Replies: 64
Views: 12517

Re: Merino wool why so special

feefee8 wrote:Eeeuuuw! How did the ancestors find this out? I shudder at the trial and error they must have applied.


I always wondered how desperate the Vikings must have been to come up with hákarl.
by Richard D
8 Apr 2018, 8:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What does this ad say about the cycling trade..
Replies: 40
Views: 2750

Re: What does this ad say about the cycling trade..

I did comment on their FB post when I saw it that their aspirational customer clearly doesn't do much riding in the UK, eschewing a bike with mudguards for one without.
by Richard D
8 Apr 2018, 7:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hip protection for road riding?
Replies: 32
Views: 10729

Re: Hip protection for road riding?

FWIW, the closed-cell foam pad solution gave me some piece of mind for a couple of months, but it was hot and a bit uncomfortable, so I ditched it after a couple of months.

The long-term solution has been "don't fall off".
by Richard D
29 Mar 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Philips Cycle Lights - Spanniga producing new versions soon
Replies: 61
Views: 7392

Re: Philips Cycle Lights - Spanniga producing new versions soon

I've used the 60-lux USB rechargeable version all winter without problems (if you ignore one small screw which started to come loose and jammed the QR mount; but that was easily sorted with three turns of a screwdriver). I also run a B&M battery powered light for redundancy (plus two or three ot...
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: calorific intake
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: calorific intake

Based on two things. The fact that Most people are getting fatter, and the belief that most people massively overestimate how active they are. Thirty minutes walking the dog does not mean someone is "reasonably active".
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre and tube sizing mis match...
Replies: 17
Views: 943

Re: Tyre and tube sizing mis match...

Few years Ago , on a group ride, one of the group punctured. On taking Tube out , (700c tyre, 23 mm) I noticed it had 17 patches !! Plenty of life left in it then. I generally chuck mine when it's split. I've managed to put patches on top of patches with no ill-effects. If that means the rolling re...
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice needed for charity ride
Replies: 16
Views: 1418

Re: Advice needed for charity ride

I like using CycleStreets for planning unfamiliar routes. https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/60411941/#balanced I'm normally confident enough to go with the "fastest" option (and damn their warnings of "busy sections"); their "quietest" option is usually very conserva...
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: calorific intake
Replies: 20
Views: 1188

Re: calorific intake

I'm pretty sure that the 2,000 cals for a "reasonably active person" is a big overestimate. Or that most of us are not close to being "reasonably active".
by Richard D
27 Feb 2018, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Natural clothing
Replies: 78
Views: 5376

Re: Natural clothing

In terms of Eco credentials, as well as thinking about how it is made/grown/processed, it's also worth thinking about end-of-life. AFAIK, pretty much all of the natural fibres will eventually rot/decompose/vanish. Whereas a lot of manmade stuff could be shredded, burned or reprocessed, but it'll sti...
by Richard D
19 Feb 2018, 9:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: road surfaces after the winter
Replies: 64
Views: 6955

Re: road surfaces after the winter

After nearly thirty years of driving with zero punctures (and at one stage I was doing 24,000 miles a year), in the last 5,000 miles I've had two tyres killed by potholes. On the bike, I've been lucky - so far. But a pothole severe enough to kill a car tyre is going to do serious damage to a cyclist...
by Richard D
18 Feb 2018, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sabbath September
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Sabbath September

Did a cycle camping weekend on mine last September. Bike and tent and kit weighed 50lbs, and I spent the whole ride waiting for the back wheel to start snapping spokes. But a couple of years ago I smashed it off the roof rack of my car, destroying the bike rack, both wheels, the car roof and bending...
by Richard D
28 Jan 2018, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How safe is adding chain links back regarding weakness?
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: How safe is adding links back regarding weakness?

I use four Campag 1-speed chains, rotated to even out the wear on the cassette. I usually take the chain off and clean & lube it every two weeks, rotating it after a couple of months. That means using a non-reusable QL, which would get very expensive if I didn't reuse them. How often to replace ...
by Richard D
23 Jan 2018, 9:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lycra Lout Surprise
Replies: 42
Views: 4968

Re: Lycra Lout Surprise

I know those traffic lights very well, and the sequence (like at several sets in BoT) is inefficient and downright bizarre. If you're coming from over the railway bridge towards the old road bridge (so passing the police station/mags court on your left) you can often be held for some time at red whe...
by Richard D
13 Jan 2018, 7:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many accessories attached to your bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1393

Re: How many accessories attached to your bike?

Added to my bike after purchase (assuming winter trim): Front mudguard Rear mudguard Rear rack Carradice quick release Saddle cover (it's attached to the bike and lives under the saddle) Top tube bag Saddle bag/panniers Bottle cages (2) Front lamp bracket Bike computer bracket Bike computer Front la...