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by al_yrpal
23 Jan 2011, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bad mood after a ride.
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: Bad mood after a ride.

Get yourself checked for type 2 diabetes. That's a symptom.

Al
by al_yrpal
23 Jan 2011, 2:13pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Cycle Maintence Training - Beginners and Beyond!
Replies: 15
Views: 149132

Re: Cycle Maintence Training - Beginners and Beyond!

I learned how to do everything off YouTube. It's all there. If you have an Android mobile you can watch it in the shed
Al
by al_yrpal
22 Jan 2011, 2:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Facebook

Tried Facebook for 3 months, all sorts of people I know popped up. Couldn't figure out what Facebook is for, so today I dumped it.
Al
by al_yrpal
22 Jan 2011, 12:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's your activity hinterland?
Replies: 38
Views: 1737

Re: What's your activity hinterland?

A bit of golf. Dabbling with painting. Allotment. Designing and making things. Managing and driving the Community Bus. Walking the Chilterns with the Mrs who doesn't cycle. Tinkering with Classic car and organising our village 'shed' club.

Al
by al_yrpal
21 Jan 2011, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc Brake Squeal - Once Bitten...
Replies: 20
Views: 2407

Re: Disc Brake Squeal - Once Bitten...

Both of my bikes have discs and front disc squeal. Saves use of a bell ! If I emery the pads it stops the squeal for a bit. One bike is a 3 grand Canondale with hydraulic shimanos. The other is a 300 quid Halfords job with cable operated Tektros.

Al
by al_yrpal
21 Jan 2011, 10:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how comfortable are hybrid bikes ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1369

Re: how comfortable are hybrid bikes ?

Hybrids can be more comfortable particularly for older cyclists. Flat bars are often much wider and this and the more upright position is much friendlier to an ancient back. Another thing is 26" wheels with wider tyres which offer a huge reduction in transmitted vibration. Hybrids are often fit...
by al_yrpal
20 Jan 2011, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What mudguards please
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: What mudguards please

Tortek mudguards are great. I have the chromatic ones fitted to my tourer. They are plastic but look like ally. Make sure you give a good 1 inch clearance with your nobblies, and that the front one has the plastic pull outs. Otherwise, if something jams you'll be over the top http://forum.ctc.org.uk...
by al_yrpal
20 Jan 2011, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worst bikes and parts
Replies: 56
Views: 2545

Re: Worst bikes and parts

Leather saddles (including Brooks)

Al
by al_yrpal
19 Jan 2011, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike recommendation with reasonable running costs
Replies: 9
Views: 483

Re: Bike recommendation with reasonable running costs

Carrera Subway 2 SRAM really tough and dirt tolerant MTB Gearing 26" MTB wheels with discs Easy to fit some mudguards and a MTB disk type rack My choice of tyre would be Schwalbe Landcruisers which have low rolling friction and would cope with the bridleway. £10 a tyre. Should total up at about...
by al_yrpal
18 Jan 2011, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to look for on a new touring bike.
Replies: 36
Views: 3760

Re: What to look for on a new touring bike.

How long....., how to try it out? It's a big problem. I found that my local bike shop was very loth to let me go any distance. Halfords were better. With a big budget like yours, I would ring them up first and get a commitment from anywhere you are considering. Rarely will all the standard bits you ...
by al_yrpal
17 Jan 2011, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How tight a Brooks Swift?
Replies: 26
Views: 2834

Re: How tight a Brooks Swift?

I gave up a leather saddle for a Velo Plush. It was £20 or so and vastly superior. The bikeradar one looks a bit extreme. I can ride and ride with no pain now.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d.html/re ... B004HSBTBU
Al
by al_yrpal
17 Jan 2011, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Saddle ?
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: What Saddle ?

On my 14 day trip around Brittany, after 7 days the hard leather saddle beloved of so many, left me in agony with pulverised sit bones. I discarded it and bought a Velo Plush like this and never looked back. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Velo-Saddle-Plush-Gel-267/dp/B001R4BPU2/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1...
by al_yrpal
16 Jan 2011, 2:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: i pod /i phone apps
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: i pod /i phone apps

Not iPhone, but Android Applications, used on my HTC Desire. I expect most are available for iPhone though. Google Mail and Google Calendar - both synchonise instantly with your PC and tablet, contacts too - brilliant mail system Picasa - Upload photos straight from the phone, view them too - brilli...
by al_yrpal
16 Jan 2011, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottle dynamos
Replies: 60
Views: 6018

Re: Bottle dynamos

I am going to go for an Axa - HR bottle dynamo principaly for keeping my smartphone/sat nav charged. I cant contemplate a hub dynamo because the cost of a new front wheel, 26" with the complication of disc brakes. I dont really fancy shelling out for an E Werk either. Pension won't stretch that...
by al_yrpal
15 Jan 2011, 11:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Print your own bike parts?
Replies: 24
Views: 1182

Re: Print your own bike parts?

This technology has been around for years 1. You make a 3d cad model 2. You print it in layers of uv curing varnish. 3. You use the model as a pattern to make a mould 4. You cast the part. For low volume manufacture of bike parts, the best and strongest result is machining from the solid. I used to ...