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by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 5:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute
Replies: 88
Views: 4525

Re: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute

If it's ten miles total, go for the hybrid. It will give you better visibility and make you feel safer. it will also have mudguards and clearance for bigger tyres if you feel the need. I cycled through heavy snow on mine with standard tyres and was fine. If you can get drum/disk brakes, get them as ...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 4:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!

I'm afraid the 'guy' in question is my mate Becca. But we will have fun, thanks! (and by fun I mean cycle up some big hills and drink bitter .) The one cycle tour I went on I found I cycled much slower than my friends before lunch, then we always seemed to find ourselves in a pub after lunch, I wou...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 4:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute
Replies: 88
Views: 4525

Re: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute

At first seeing it was 10 miles each way, and hilly, I thought drop handlebars would be a good idea, as they can help when cycling fast or uphill, but when I have used them I have felt quite vulnerable as my visibility has been reduced. I used to commute on a Dawes Graduate, which is like a Pashley ...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 4:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: kids bikes are awful heavy++
Replies: 22
Views: 7820

Re: kids bikes are awful heavy++

Mick F wrote:I was riding a Raleigh Chopper recently ........... you may have heard about my JOGLE on it. :D

That was you? I found the story about your trip quite inspiring, as I ride a heavy, hub geared bike. Congratulations for sticking with it
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 4:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum heart rate
Replies: 31
Views: 1804

Re: Maximum heart rate

Its a pity the incident with Andrew Marr was rubbish. There is no evidence to support his assertion, and given that its a political news presenter who made it rather than a qualified doctor I'm quite happy to ignore it. I did think it was silly that excessive exercise was blamed. Perhaps he was mor...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 3:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: kids bikes are awful heavy++
Replies: 22
Views: 7820

Re: kids bikes are awful heavy++

the last bike my parent's bought me was full suspension, large diameter aluminium tubes with knobbly tyres, 21 twist grip deraileur gears and weighed a tonne. I had asked for a bike for my birthday (can't remember which, probably about 12th or 13th) and had my eye on a black one with front suspensio...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 3:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bespoke frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1075

Re: bespoke frames

It directly acknowledges that this is not for everyone: It does, though it's far from a balance article on the subject. There are several rather arguable assertions quoted verbatim and left unchallenged. The only references to off the peg bikes being that they're often ill fitting, cheap, and an un...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two gearing enquiries.....
Replies: 26
Views: 1141

Re: two gearing enquiries.....

Fitting either a 38 tooth front chainring , or a 23 inch rear sprocket would give almost the same effective gear ratios (according to Sheldon Brown's gear calculator) as I have been comfortable with, which are lower than what you are running at the moment. Could be worth trying, as at the moment you...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 2:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!

Edit... Oooh, kedgeree, I was telling my colleague about it yesterday! I'll probably make it for dinner now I've got myself thinking of it. I'll always remember the first time I had it. At my uncle and aunt's for lunch and this enormous cauldron of orange stuff with eggs in it appeared. I was a bit...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: two gearing enquiries.....
Replies: 26
Views: 1141

Re: two gearing enquiries.....

On Sturmey Archer 5 speed hubs the gearing is "odd" in that it has uneven steps between gears, ie there is a larger gap between third and fourth than there is between 4th and fifth, but this is true of almost any set of gears. I have never found it much of an issue with my Sturmey archer X...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 2:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!

you could make kedgeree to eat cold, though you would need a coolbag, or something to make sure it doesn't warm up again and go manky. here's a simple recipe, but it does seem like an excessive ammount of butter, I would probably use about a quarter of that quantity or if you're avoiding dairy, you ...
by Mr. Viking
18 Apr 2013, 1:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Herd immunity
Replies: 123
Views: 3807

Re: Herd immunity

the fact that polio and small pox have been 'wiped out'. I believe smallpox in humans has been effectively eradicated, apart from lab samples. Polio hasn't yet. It is very rare in the developed world, tanks to the Polio vaccine, but is still a risk in less developed countries who can't afford to of...
by Mr. Viking
17 Apr 2013, 7:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Perceived prejudice against non steel frames.
Replies: 70
Views: 3640

Re: Perceived prejudice against non steel frames.

Brucey wrote:Lager outsells champagne. Doesn't make lager a better drink, does it?

cheers

off topic, but there could be an argument for lager being a better drink than champagne
by Mr. Viking
17 Apr 2013, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 2nd Hand Frames Bad? Vested interest?
Replies: 20
Views: 1019

Re: 2nd Hand Frames Bad? Vested interest?

Can you just bung it together with bits lying around and see how it rides before you spend out? I doubt it will fold up under you, as these people seem to imply, but its possible you won't enjoy how it rides.....and when you've spent out its too late! I'm really no expert, but it does seem to ride ...
by Mr. Viking
17 Apr 2013, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum heart rate
Replies: 31
Views: 1804

Re: Maximum heart rate

I always thought the 220-age was only ever meant to be a rough estimate for working out training session intervals. I refuse to believe it should be used as an absolute rule, I imagine Dr. Porter simply felt under pressure to quote a figure. I believe taller people tend to have higher heart rates an...