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by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Prescription cycling glasses
Replies: 22
Views: 6197

Optilabs

Just to let you know that I have now had my prescription Top World glasses from Optilabs for about 3 weeks. Very pleased. The improvement that wrap around gives in terms of wind blast and streaming eyes is beyond my expectations. 30 miles today in a chilly North Easterly, dry eyes throughout! Descen...
by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 11:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I need some bike therapy!
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Too many bikes

Get a Mercian! I'm 41. Got a Mercian to celebrate my 40th. Audax Special. Wonderful. Subsequently forced into selling my previous bike. No space...don't ride it...etc When I look at the Mercian who cares about the previous one! Fond memories but: "The king is dead, long live the king!" Tha...
by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why do cycle shoes have rigid soles?
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Rigid soles

Aside from power transfer issues. I always thought it was also to stop the foot flexing. In my early years I used to ride in trainers and would not infrequently get a cramp effect in the centre of my foot. Changed to rigid cycling shoes just over 10 years ago and "problem" has never reoccu...
by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 9:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Freecycle Sports - Are they no longer in business?
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Freestyle

Sad news.

I still wear a Gore Windstopper of theirs. Years old. Hi viz. Front pockets, velcro cuffs, thin (no lining), lightweight and still shower proof. Lovely jacket although well battered, including a fall rip repair. Wear it very regularly.
by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 4:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My faith in humankind has been restored (well, partially).
Replies: 24
Views: 3943

Generosity

Will be doing so Ben.

Good story of yours too. If we (society) emphasise the good things out there, there are still plenty of examples methinks? - Admittedly amongst too many bad ones!
by DavidT
23 Nov 2007, 4:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: waterproof overshoes
Replies: 21
Views: 3228

Overshoes

Not to hi jack Mick146 thread, but I'm in the same position - I was about to place a similar query! Spooky. Perhaps it's the time of year?! However I wear SPD. Shimano RT30 touring shoes. Appreciate Mick146 query is non SPD, so hopefully respondents can cover both in replies. Alternatively perhaps I...
by DavidT
22 Nov 2007, 9:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My faith in humankind has been restored (well, partially).
Replies: 24
Views: 3943

Free tea

Last Sunday. Return leg of 20mile route, so pretty close to home, found signs throughout a village advertising refreshments at the school. Although nearly home, I was a bit chilly so decided to treat myself. As I secured the bike, a friendly person from the school raced ahead to get my tea ready! It...
by DavidT
22 Nov 2007, 9:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves for winter cycling
Replies: 17
Views: 2652

Winter gloves

For winter I use Altura Pilot gloves - Thinsulate warmth, waterproof and good palm padding. I get cold hands, and these replaced a very thick and worn out pair of "ski" type gloves. Very happy with them. Great fit and feel on the bike and plenty warm enough. However no longer available. I ...
by DavidT
22 Nov 2007, 9:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What windspeed would you class as heavy going?
Replies: 11
Views: 1645

Wind speed

I cycle mainly for leisure, so I can generally pick and chose when to ride. I have developed clear personal guidance on wind speeds - When it seems a bit windy I check BBC Ceefax (Quicker than logging my PC on for anything more detailed), and have learnt the following lessons over many years. Up to ...
by DavidT
18 Nov 2007, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relaxed (flat!) cycling holiday - where would you go?
Replies: 20
Views: 2102

Flat holiday

I would suggest Norfolk/East Anglia. Have had numerous long weekends over there. Flat (ish) - Though not quite as flat as the reputation. E.g. up the hill out of Sheringham! I'm currently playing with the idea of another quick visit over the Christmas period. Quiet roads, and a slower pace of life t...
by DavidT
18 Nov 2007, 5:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is Gortex worth the extra £40
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

Gore Tex

Based on performance of kit I've used over the years I'd say Gore Tex is a bit better than most other "own brand" materials. Friends and colleagues have always said the same. That said, I presently use an Altura waterproof jacket which I'm delighted with. It's been drenched for extended pe...
by DavidT
18 Nov 2007, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: measuring wheel circumference
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Wheel calibration

I observe discussions of computer calibration with interest. I have always programmed my Cateye computers (over the years) from the data on the calibration sheet. A few months ago I decided to do it the "proper way" - marking a line, sitting on the bike with normal tyre pressures and rolli...
by DavidT
17 Nov 2007, 4:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wearing a hat and a helmet
Replies: 22
Views: 3432

Warm head

Re previous entry. Worn under my helmet, that is!
by DavidT
17 Nov 2007, 3:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wearing a hat and a helmet
Replies: 22
Views: 3432

Warm head

I used the De Marchi Contour Skull Cap (£15 from Zyro distributors) for the last 3 years. Nice and thin, nice and warm. Used to suffer dreadfully with cold ears. Those days are gone! Wonderful bit of kit.
by DavidT
12 Nov 2007, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Top Gear
Replies: 36
Views: 6074

OTT Bike

Thanks Professorlandslide for link! Your location; Peoples Republic of Kernow? Well, anyway thanks for helping out a Devonian!! BTW Apologies for my home county developing a flag in my 20 year absence. I can't believe it! Hope you guy's W of the Tamar don't feel threatened? Breton/Cornish flag has s...