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by al_yrpal
6 Aug 2010, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The CTC magazine /Cycling Plus.
Replies: 31
Views: 1834

Re: The CTC magazine /Cycling Plus.

You are right, Cycle is aimed primarily at Touring, not MTBing. I do both, and for me MBR (Mountan Bike Rider) is a great magazine. Lots of varied articles, reviews, tests, a section for beginners and every month, plus a super section on routes with detailed maps in the form of a pull out. Our local...
by al_yrpal
4 Aug 2010, 7:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes on long descents
Replies: 38
Views: 1952

Re: Disc brakes on long descents

As I discovered before, theres nothing like a disc brake discussion to get everybody going! Whatever anyone says, and there have been no convincing arguments against them here, I wouldnt have another bike without them.

Al
by al_yrpal
4 Aug 2010, 2:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nationwide card to start charging from 1 November 2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Nationwide card to start charging from 1 November 2010

There is just one problem with all this, its still cheaper to withdraw money in France using a debit card than it is with a credit card. On my tour of Brittany recently I was withdrawing cash from ATMs using a Nationwide Flexaccount VISA Debit card. On my return I checked the exchange rate, that car...
by al_yrpal
3 Aug 2010, 9:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes on long descents
Replies: 38
Views: 1952

Re: Disc brakes on long descents

Look at any modern motor vehicle, you will see disc brakes! Why, because they are better! You won't be trying to disipate the braking energy through a thin aluminium rim, but on a perforated stainless steel rotor with proper braking pads not rubber blocks. Neither will you be stressing the spokes wi...
by al_yrpal
2 Aug 2010, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyle computer with multiple mounts
Replies: 12
Views: 787

Re: Cyle computer with multiple mounts

The Aldi Bikemate with heart monitor is a wireless cycle computer. It does what all the other cycle computers costing up to £40 do, but its sold for £14.99 I think. I have three for my bikes. It just clips into a mount so you can put the ones you are not using on the shelf. At £14.99 cost is not an ...
by al_yrpal
1 Aug 2010, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suffolk Idyll
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Re: Suffolk Idyll

Great stuff! glad you enjoyed Walberswick. Pity you werent there today - the UK crabbing contest!

Al
by al_yrpal
31 Jul 2010, 12:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC App ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2790

Re: CTC App ?

You can buy a Kindle for about £100. The good bits are: The wife can't seperately get the Fashion Section while you are reading the Sports pages unless you get two subscriptions. :D I am not a Luddite - I don't have a Terry and June Cardigan, I am merely objective and view new technology with a cri...
by al_yrpal
30 Jul 2010, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC App ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2790

Re: CTC App ?

Apps!

These things are just rejigs of the things we have been available on personal organisers for years and years. Most of them are an utter waste of time and in my experience eventually fall into disuse.

I do hope the CTC doesn't waste our subs on such dross

Al
Grump, grump...
by al_yrpal
30 Jul 2010, 5:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Metal Fatigue and Torque Settings
Replies: 14
Views: 915

Re: Metal Fatigue and Torque Settings

Possibly. The adjacent area would be under compression and the bending load on the underside would have added to that. But, these things should be sized to withstand that. I doubt that a little overtightening it up with a torque wrench would have had a big effect, but I notice that many modern stems...
by al_yrpal
30 Jul 2010, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme
Replies: 49
Views: 3686

Re: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme

Nice. Lucky you - I'm envious. I suspect we have similar views to the thrill of buying a hand-made product. A well-run factory shines, literally and figuratively, and in my mind at least, because you can clearly see what is going on, adds to the mystique and appreciation of the product, which takes...
by al_yrpal
30 Jul 2010, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help choosing bike
Replies: 9
Views: 1518

Re: Help choosing bike

I did this.... http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=36102&hilit=for+a+song 500 mile tour of Brittany and a Sportive since proves to me I got it dead right (except for the leather saddle I had to ditch mid tour) at last. The most comfortable, moderately quick and versatile bike I have...
by al_yrpal
28 Jul 2010, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring on a hybrid
Replies: 37
Views: 6068

Re:

I'm in the market for a touring bike as well. What's the problem with aluminium? Surely it's lighter than a steel frame. And as for the harsh ride, does this mean that a steel frame is physically flexing when you ride to absorb some of the vibrations? There is no problem with aluminium. And steel d...
by al_yrpal
28 Jul 2010, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme
Replies: 49
Views: 3686

Re: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme

A midly entertaining programme for sure. I particularly liked the visit to Marin County where 'clunkers' still rule. It was nice to see some real cyclists who didn't need lycra or 'designer labels' on their steeds to enjoy a great downhill dash. But...what a load of old tosh about most of the parts ...
by al_yrpal
28 Jul 2010, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Road Bike
Replies: 10
Views: 1853

Re: First Road Bike

I had a Carrera Kraken MTB. It was a great bike and tremendous value for money. I rode it hard off road for a year, and then toured the Outer Hebrides on it (with smooth tyres and the forks locked out). I now have a Carrera Subway 2 commuter bike that I tour on. Its a great bike, and once again fant...
by al_yrpal
26 Jul 2010, 3:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: simple cycling jerseys
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: simple cycling jerseys

Sports direct are doing long sleeved karrimor jerseys at 10.99 and short at 8.99. http://www.sportsdirect.com/cycling/cycling-clothing I bought one of the long sleeved and it seems very well made and meets your requirement of longer backed and rear pockets - 4 seperate ones including one with a zip...