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by dbascent1986
20 Feb 2013, 6:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A place to record long distance utility rides
Replies: 56
Views: 7101

Re: A place to record long distance utility rides

Dublin to Kilkenny for Kilkenomics (80 miles each way?), on the way down with some Patagonian headwinds, on the return with some early sleet. One daughter and family live in the East Midlands and on my return to England rode from Holy Head to her family over a couple of days (250 miles) - beautiful ...
by dbascent1986
19 Feb 2013, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shoes for long-term tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1258

Re: Shoes for long-term tour

Having ridden a lot with SPDs I have gone back to flat pedals and normal shoes - don't notice any real difference in terms of efficiency or cadence (in my 50s so aim for around 80rpm) - it does feel a bit weird initially, to go back to flats, but pretty soon feels normal. I am trying to integrate th...
by dbascent1986
1 Feb 2013, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Peru
Replies: 17
Views: 1955

Re: Touring Peru

The whileoutriding blog has a recent Peruvian bike trip - in the interior highlands there may be villages where spanish is not the first language
by dbascent1986
31 Jan 2013, 10:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What items do you carry when riding?
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: What items do you carry when riding?

Saddlebag Carradice zip roll or Pendle with sqr for longer rides. Inner tube, spanner, trousers, shirt. Pump and water on the frame. Credit card, keys, phone on me. Have a heavy lock which plan to upgrade to a lightweight wire lock. Since riding Schwalbe marathon have not had a puncture - hope this ...
by dbascent1986
30 Jan 2013, 8:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the way I commute
Replies: 21
Views: 1672

Re: the way I commute

I have a fairly long ride (20 mi each way). Initially went with a change of clothes when reaching destination (no shower facilities etc), but am now considering just carrying smart trousers in the saddlebag and cycling with bike shorts, merino base, smart shirt and bike wind/rain jacket (mine has de...
by dbascent1986
30 Jan 2013, 7:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 1974

Re: Touring saddles

Selle San Marco Rolls has worked well for me - on tour typically aiming at 90-100 miles per day, and good value. Do not have thousands of miles on it but expect it to go the distance.
by dbascent1986
30 Jan 2013, 5:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toe Overlap on Charge Mixer
Replies: 233
Views: 19134

Re: Toe Overlap on Charge Mixer

I was able to give a Charge Tap a test ride (about 3 miles including a 7% hill) - I am 1.77m and the frame was a Medium, I also was wearing size 44 Shimano MTB SPD on the flat pedals they come with (not exactly ballet pumps) - very nice bike in terms of steering, sportiness and design - I did not ha...
by dbascent1986
16 Jan 2013, 6:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Current weather
Replies: 58
Views: 2347

Re: Current weather

Did do 40 miles on Monday, and about 12 miles today. Can cope with the cold but not cycling at night in heavy snow/sleet! Thankfully was able to retreat to the granny gears as the body started to pack up.
by dbascent1986
14 Jan 2013, 6:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: defn. of a Winter Ride
Replies: 24
Views: 717

Re: defn. of a Winter Ride

Please clarify what you mean by cleaning - my winter ride is typically on urban roads, and while the mechs slowly go orange I don't change the oil routine - ie de grease the chain/mechs and oil once a month - seems to work, but willing to be guided otherwise.
by dbascent1986
10 Jan 2013, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Appreciate feedback on the Charge Tap
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Appreciate feedback on the Charge Tap

Looking at this UK branded bike and wanted to check if any long term users might care to comment - have looked at Nexus gear threads so reliability here would be helpful, also ease ofservicing from a LBS, also interested in quality of frame - my tange frame remains quite bomb proof after over 25 yea...
by dbascent1986
9 Jan 2013, 3:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: why so many London cycling commuters without lights?
Replies: 115
Views: 2855

Re: why so many London cycling commuters without lights?

As the OP I did not realise there was an obligation to moderate - I am also in a broadband poor zone. A couple of points. A motivation to post was thinking it unfair to drivers if they had an accident due to an unlit cyclist, this has been nicely picked up. WRT to the data points we are in the realm...
by dbascent1986
8 Jan 2013, 8:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: why so many London cycling commuters without lights?
Replies: 115
Views: 2855

Re: why so many London cycling commuters without lights?

...aren't cyclists supposed to have lights after sunset in England? most pedals/helmets do not have reflectors...
by dbascent1986
8 Jan 2013, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: why so many London cycling commuters without lights?
Replies: 115
Views: 2855

why so many London cycling commuters without lights?

Based on my winter bike commute, especially the evening return journey, about 10~15% of cyclists are not carrying any lights, or reflective clothes - sometimes I spot a full house: no lights, no helmet, no reflective clothes, dark clothes - is there a secret competition for the Darwin award going on...
by dbascent1986
13 Dec 2012, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mtb converting to a tourer?
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: mtb converting to a tourer?

Marathon plus 1.75 in front Marathon Supreme 2.0 in the back - about 12 mph in traffic and 16~18 mph on the road. Unbeatable simple suspension plus safety aspect of surviving potholes in traffic.
by dbascent1986
12 Dec 2012, 9:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The War on Britain's Roads
Replies: 417
Views: 21248

Re: The War on Britain's Roads

Did the BBC miss an opportunity to remind motorists of the Highway Code that there should be half a car width's space when overtaking a cyclist? Or for example cyclists taking the lane and not undertaking when at a junction? The polemic of the programme might have been balanced with some basic safet...