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by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 10:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Celtic Trail advice
Replies: 12
Views: 41421

Re: Celtic Trail advice

I cycled it last on 30 October. Has it changed since? Admittedly there weren't many cows that day.
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 9:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ammonia/protein/ketosis
Replies: 5
Views: 8433

Re: Ammonia/protein/ketosis

In fact I may even have asked. My memory is appalling, sorry
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ammonia/protein/ketosis
Replies: 5
Views: 8433

Ammonia/protein/ketosis

A couple of times when I have been on longish rides I have noticed after a while that my sweat stinks. Not of roses and the finest fragrances as I would normally. Really stinks. Metallic and like ammonia. I understand that this is due to burning protein not carbs. As someone who has struggled a fair...
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Celtic Trail advice
Replies: 12
Views: 41421

Re: Celtic Trail advice

I must admit that I find the bit after Pembrey forest (and just before where you get back on to the main road near Kidwelly) to be slightly terrifying on account of the cows that tend to gather on the path. More practically I guess that the steps up could be problematic with a heavy load.
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

Re: What makes bikes handle?

That's amazing
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

Re: What makes bikes handle?

I often like trite :)

I think I am quite clear that I have a bunch of reasonable components rather than just one bike so I wouldn't be averse to swapping parts in and out over time.
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Celtic Trail advice
Replies: 12
Views: 41421

Re: Celtic Trail advice

I've only followed Route 4 from Ferryside to Bridgend and it is fine on a road bike. The seafront path at Swansea and by Llanelli North Dock can get covered in sand for short stretches but they are not hard to cross on foot or find another route.
by Claireysmurf
10 Jan 2014, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What makes bikes handle?
Replies: 41
Views: 9486

What makes bikes handle?

I'm not sure if this has been covered before, but how do different aspects of a bike (frame material, geometry wheels, tyres choice, tyre pressure etc.) affect a bike's handling? I almost bought a Raleigh SP Comp carbon road bike this week as I have arguably painted myself in to a corner with my Cro...
by Claireysmurf
9 Jan 2014, 5:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22424

Re: Not enough women on the forum

A female friend works in a local bike shop and she finds the other members of staff quite objectionable and patronising I think that he stays because she likes the work so much
by Claireysmurf
9 Jan 2014, 1:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for an 18 year old?
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

Re: Bike for an 18 year old?

Will your bike be the right size for him? He is a similar size to me, so it should be. Does he want a bike at all? I'm not sure if he wants a bike per se but he does want transport and doesn't want (and importantly cannot afford to) spend money yet on a scooter or car. He can't have it all :D ...at...
by Claireysmurf
9 Jan 2014, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for an 18 year old?
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

Re: Bike for an 18 year old?

My own preference was giving him my 29er or a hybrid. I may be pushed a little on price but not masses :)
by Claireysmurf
9 Jan 2014, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for an 18 year old?
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

Bike for an 18 year old?

My nephew turns 18 in a few weeks. He is just about to learn to drive and has decided he can't afford a car until next year at least. He has also shelved his plans of having a 50cc moped/scooter as it will cost him his chance of inter-railing. As he has been so sensible about this I have offered him...
by Claireysmurf
8 Jan 2014, 11:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strava and power
Replies: 3
Views: 4456

Re: Strava and power

That sounds sensible, thanks :)
by Claireysmurf
8 Jan 2014, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strava and power
Replies: 3
Views: 4456

Strava and power

I put Strava on to record part of my ride today (Penarth to Barry Island) http://www.strava.com/activities/104850102 It suggests that at one point (which would be for a very maximum of 17 seconds) I was developing 947 watts and my average for the ride was 150 watts. Does anyone know how Strava measu...
by Claireysmurf
8 Jan 2014, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22424

Re: Not enough women on the forum

horizon wrote:
Claireysmurf wrote:Actually clairysmurf, I would really like to hear your views.


I gave my answer in the one directly above this

Should I also add that I sometimes feel ignored? ;)