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by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 8:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 10462

Re: Death of diesel cars?

Although have to say I have issues with my turbo petrol Fiesta and might trade it in. One of the option I'm looking at is a Hyundai i30, Diesel.
by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 12:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 10462

Re: Death of diesel cars?

irc wrote:I've heard real life mpg for the Ford 1L turbo a bit lower.


I don't pay close attention to it but it's normally low 40's.
by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 9:58am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Losing weight
Replies: 45
Views: 2090

Re: Losing weight

I'm about 76 kg and 5' 10". That makes me a little heavy (BMI 24) but not overweight and a lot of my weight I assume is leg muscle. I'm basically OK for my age/height etc. I've a 32" waist that I've had since I knew what size I was. BMI is useless unless someone has a fairly normal body c...
by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 9:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 10462

Re: Death of diesel cars?

The power/torque characteristics of electric motors are excellent and to have a 500mile range and recharge in say 5mins( similar to filling a full fuel tank ) would be heaven..... we'll get there. Perhaps manufacturer standardisation of batteries and having instant swap stations is possible. I ment...
by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 9:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 10462

Re: Death of diesel cars?

If I had to go out now and buy a car there is a very high probability it would be a Ford 3 pot turbo 1 litre, either fiesta or focus. The claimed mpg figure for this car, like most manufacturers today, seem a little optimistic but depending on driving style and journey type I'd still expect high 40...
by Mark1978
5 May 2016, 9:04am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Losing weight
Replies: 45
Views: 2090

Re: Losing weight

I don't think it's 100% CICO. After all lets say you're daily requirement is 2,000kcal and you eat 2,001kcal, is that 1 going to be laid down as fat? I think there's some leeway where it basically makes no difference and where you can find a healthy balance.
by Mark1978
4 May 2016, 9:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: MTB SPD vs road SPD pedals/shoes
Replies: 18
Views: 2093

Re: MTB SPD vs road SPD pedals/shoes

I generally think of SPD as the default choice for all purposes (not just MTB as Shimano claim) only if you have a specific need for something else should they be dismissed. If you're bike is just for racing then sure go SPD-SL but if there's stopping at cafes or walking at all then SPD has more adv...
by Mark1978
4 May 2016, 8:58pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Losing weight
Replies: 45
Views: 2090

Re: Losing weight

Lost two stone in the last four months so I'm going to try to maintain for a month or two. May be unrelated but my backside feels sore! Maybe I've lost fat or muscle from there so sitting in my car seat is rather uncomfortable.
by Mark1978
3 May 2016, 8:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any equivalent to raccoons on LEJOG?
Replies: 18
Views: 1286

Re: Any equivalent to raccoons on LEJOG?

Foxes are the closest equivalent we have in the UK. But they aren't even that close really. I think I've seen a real one maybe two or three times in my life. Occasionally hear them in during the night.
by Mark1978
28 Apr 2016, 2:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike should I buy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Which bike should I buy?

andwags wrote:You need to buy a disk brake cyclocross bike and definitely not from Halfords. Support your local, independent bike shop.


Good luck for finding one of those in the OPs budget. In fact one of the best value CX bikes is actually the Boardman from, Halfords.
by Mark1978
28 Apr 2016, 2:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Have you ever given up on GPS?
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: Have you ever given up on GPS?

Depends what exactly you're talking about here. As cycle computers with GPS tracking and the likes are a different beast to the likes of sat nav, even if often they're together in the same box. Certainly when driving I used to use sat nav loads as it was amazing and high tech, now it's on my phone I...
by Mark1978
28 Apr 2016, 9:54am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: My "friend's bike" turns into 6 year ban
Replies: 23
Views: 13325

Re: My "friend's bike" turns into 6 year ban

Agree with that. As long as they remain limited to 250W (even seems a bit high?) and the rule of no electric assistance >15mph remains in force then it's a positive thing. One of the barriers to cycling in the UK has often been people saying "Well it's too hilly", with a pedelec hills migh...
by Mark1978
28 Apr 2016, 9:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 10462

Re: Death of diesel cars?

Someone said up-thread that diesel engines are more efficient. I wonder if that's true considering the price and complexity of a diesel engine? Diesel is cheaper and more simple to produce than petrol of course, but in the grand scheme of things, is petrol cheaper to run - and live with - than dies...
by Mark1978
28 Apr 2016, 9:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike should I buy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Which bike should I buy?

There is, of course, a good reason why a lot of cyclist (including me) start out riding a hybrid. Because they don't entirely suck on the road, and they can handle a good amount of off road work, not single track MTB routes but certainly forest gravel roads and the likes. The riding position is more...
by Mark1978
27 Apr 2016, 8:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike should I buy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Which bike should I buy?

Of course the correct answer is to buy both ;)