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by Merry_Wanderer
9 Jan 2016, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on a trad touring bike?
Replies: 158
Views: 8585

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

I'm not a great fan of the absolutism of 'recommended practice'
by Merry_Wanderer
9 Jan 2016, 9:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on a trad touring bike?
Replies: 158
Views: 8585

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

Has anyone read any Albert Winstanley books? My copy of Golden Days Awheel shows Albert on a steel framed trad British touring bike with drop bars (slightly flared outwards like Salsa Woodchipper bars), 700 wheels and something like 32mm tyres. There are nice pics of the heavily laden tourer in the ...
by Merry_Wanderer
4 Jan 2016, 11:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: am I a really slow cyclist?
Replies: 43
Views: 2864

Re: am I a really slow cyclist?

Hercule, I have been doing the short Audax rides of 100 to 130km with up to 1,800m of ascent and my average rolling speed has been 12-13mph but including stops I have averaged 10mph. Audax rides for 150km tend to require an average speed of 15km/h including stops. Much less onerous and costly than s...
by Merry_Wanderer
2 Jan 2016, 6:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 754
Views: 157705

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Apologies if this has been covered previously in this thread - I am looking at the possibility of switching to an IGH on my Surly Troll and wondered if I could obtain gearing between 20" to 75" which is all I need for commuting. The Alfine 11 appears to have a range of 400% so it looks pos...
by Merry_Wanderer
1 Jan 2016, 9:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ten Miles a Day
Replies: 400
Views: 93885

Re: Ten Miles a Day

I clocked up just over 2,500 miles this year, thanks to more commuting (1,400 miles) and Audax, 600 miles. Next year's aim is more commuting and more cycling with Mrs M_W to get up to 3,000 miles
by Merry_Wanderer
31 Dec 2015, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do you winterise your bike, then take stuff off for summer?
Replies: 18
Views: 1054

Re: Do you winterise your bike, then take stuff off for summ

I'm lucky to have a choice of bikes to commute on. They all have mudguards and I prefer dynamo lighting so they all have dynamo hubs. My main commuter has 2 inch wide ordinary Marathon tyres. The tourer/commuter has 37mm as do my Audax bike and the Brompton. My commute is 6 to 18 miles depending whe...
by Merry_Wanderer
30 Dec 2015, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Surly rear carrier.
Replies: 7
Views: 694

Re: Surly rear carrier.

The OP has the LHT which has rim brakes. I have a 26 inch wheeled Disc Trucker with a Tubus Cargo rack which was off a 700 wheeled bike. It looks slightly odd but then the frame is a 62cm which beats it hands down for oddness :-)
If I can get the photo of the rack uploaded I will post it here
by Merry_Wanderer
19 Dec 2015, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rain
Replies: 32
Views: 2212

Re: Rain

I use a Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap/Hat for 3 season headwear when commuting. It has a thin fleece inner, is waterproof, fairly breathable and has a wired hood. Costs now around £30 and fits nicely under my cycle h****t. Used it for 4 years in the bike, daily commuting 13 miles
by Merry_Wanderer
12 Dec 2015, 5:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road suspension
Replies: 43
Views: 3149

Re: Road suspension

Would it make any difference running wider tyres? I have 26 x 2 inch on my Surly Troll commuting bike. Don't suppose many folk would want to ride on a 700 wheel bike with 50mm tyres though :-)
by Merry_Wanderer
6 Dec 2015, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porridge - what is the difference?
Replies: 71
Views: 5061

Re: Porridge - what is the difference?

Stornoway Black Pudding = God's own food.
by Merry_Wanderer
3 Dec 2015, 7:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lycra and Underpants?
Replies: 45
Views: 2919

Re: Lycra and Underpants?

I don't wear lycra, padded or otherwise, just a pair of 'technical' boxer shorts under Ron Hill tracksters or Buffalo teclite trousers. Same kit for commute and audax
by Merry_Wanderer
1 Dec 2015, 1:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First Really Close Pass Last Night - Wife a bit shook up
Replies: 25
Views: 1702

Re: First Really Close Pass Last Night - Wife a bit shook up

When I cycle with Mrs M-W (who isn't a confident cyclist) I always let her lead and dictate the speed. I consciously ride at more than a metre out from the kerb and with my front wheel alongside her rear wheel but not to close. This shows motorists behind that there are 2 cyclists. It isn't foolproo...
by Merry_Wanderer
26 Nov 2015, 5:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Truck Driver gets a year inside
Replies: 15
Views: 939

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

It said in the article that a cyclist has nowhere to go when confronted by a motorist. Personally I'd hop on my bike and go in the opposite direction to the direction the car is and pedal fast. Of course hard if pushed over causing a broken leg, if elderly, etc. But most cyclists are better off avo...
by Merry_Wanderer
26 Nov 2015, 1:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New version of Spa tourer being offered
Replies: 37
Views: 2568

Re: New version of Spa tourer being offered

Jim, I had forgotten in my earlier post that 2 people of similar height can have different leg and torso lengths. Sounds like you have longer legs but a shorter torso than me. The top tube on my 62cm frames are 610mm and the effective top tube on my Surly Troll is 631mm.