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by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 6:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anxiety and cycling
Replies: 53
Views: 12174

Re: Anxiety and cycling

Maybe I'm just a selfish so-and-so who simply doesn't like to share the pleasure of my chosen hobby, but all things considered I think I'll stick to my own company when I'm cycling - give it a go, Claire - you might like it! I missed the train to join a group bike ride yesterday and went for a slow...
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 5:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What constitutes a "hilly" route
Replies: 32
Views: 17143

Re: What constitutes a "hilly" route

I'm a lightweight (well actually quite the reverse) as I consider anything more than 40 feet per mile of climb to be hilly :oops:
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bromptons - Not Impressed
Replies: 120
Views: 23097

Re: Bromptons - Not Impressed

I must admit that I am quite insistent in being able to take my Brompton anywhere and everywhere. When it is wet I do get quite embarrassed at how filthy it can be. It doesn't stop me taking it indoors though
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

Re: What makes bikes handle?

These are mere numbers to me I'm afraid. From riding both bikes I made the assumption about geometry from the point of view that the Clubman was regarded as fairly relaxed by the standards of a full on road bike and that the Croix de Fer is fairly aggressive for a cross bike/potential tourer. In say...
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anxiety and cycling
Replies: 53
Views: 12174

Re: Anxiety and cycling

Clairesmurf, i've just realised you are from cardiff, my wife and i live in maesteg. i would be happy to take you out on some rides to help build confidence, either with my wife, with a freind of yours or just you and i (my wife will depend on off duty). if you have an off road bike i can do skill ...
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22424

Re: Not enough women on the forum

Two comments in this thread that I have written have been ignored, one I have been told I am wrong. Since my last post in the thread I see a member has made a fatuous comment about gender diversity. This thread is pushing me away not engaging me
Claire
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for an 18 year old?
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

Re: Bike for an 18 year old?

After a couple of weeks of chatting readily he has gone quiet as he often does. A couple of texts and a Facebook message ignored or unread. Bike...you can't give them away apparently
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 11:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22424

Re: Not enough women on the forum

Woman's hour is an anachronism and is an irrelevance to discussions as to how to engage women on this forum :roll:

Edited to add that is a bit blunt sorry
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

Re: What makes bikes handle?

I've taken to locking my hardtail fork out for almost everything now and may yet buy a rigid fork. The gut wrenching part was probably not being used to the bike and turning in a little too quickly and feeling the fork compressing and the bike run wide.
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Freewheeling speed
Replies: 32
Views: 7524

Re: Freewheeling speed

johntea wrote:



I like that :D

Great idea. Would love some video footage
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 10:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Same for civilians?
Replies: 5
Views: 14008

Same for civilians?

Would this be a different outcome if it was Joe Public on the bike not a copper?
http://road.cc/content/news/107764-taxi ... -face-jail
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Freewheeling speed
Replies: 32
Views: 7524

Re: Freewheeling speed

I REALLY love freewheeling past people whether downhill or on the flat. A lot of people I know ride mountain bikes and heftier hybrids and are so dismissive of road bikes and tourers. To freewheel past them is a joy :D
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 9:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Celtic Trail advice
Replies: 12
Views: 41421

Re: Celtic Trail advice

It was changed last winter temporary to start for forestry work then floods but I think it is now permanent as there are new signs on the new route I have no idea where the new route is then as I have been using what sounds like the older one the 3 or 4 times I have done that section in the last ye...
by Claireysmurf
12 Jan 2014, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

Re: What makes bikes handle?

The test I did around the car park wasn't that slow and the turns weren't that tight. I was trying to replicate the sort of turns you would need to do at many roundabouts, on shared paths etc. I live at the top of a 1970s estate that is on a fair sized hill and has a very twisty road going through i...
by Claireysmurf
11 Jan 2014, 3:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22424

Re: Not enough women on the forum

To balance out the technical stuff, could we do with encouraging more sharing of routes, including the files, more about bike friendly facilities etc.? I do appreciate technical stuff in order to learn more about the basics but I don't need to know more than the basics I ride gents' bikes as I am ta...