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by Gearoidmuar
14 May 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 42
Views: 2791

There's losing weight and there's keeping it off.

I've been wrestling with my genes since I was 23. Now 69. I've cycled a lot for nigh on 40y. Unless in huge amounts (200m or more), I never lost weight from exercise, but I could doing 200m. Recent science supports this. Huge exercise knocks weight off. Reasonable amounts no. I lost 42 lbs when 27, ...
by Gearoidmuar
7 May 2019, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sometimes things just work out!
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Sometimes things just work out!

I don't like bike maintenance but have always done my own. I have to seriously motivate myself. After a broken chain on road bike last week I felt I had to replace the chain. The Rohloff gauge said it was worn, so I did, thinking to myself, I'll have to replace the cassette too. I couldn't remember ...
by Gearoidmuar
29 Apr 2019, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13607

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

The reason I break chains is simple.
Optimistic neglect of chain monitoring!
I put a new one in today. Didn't have to change the cassette, no slipping or such.
by Gearoidmuar
29 Apr 2019, 8:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13607

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

Well, Mick, sometimes you gotta go for your gun! Yesterday, chain felt iffy, 15m into spin. Next thing on the ground. Had a tiny Topeak multitool which has a chaintool you have to extract from it first. Had a few spare links, so fixed it and had to use the flatbladed screwdriver in it to tweak the f...
by Gearoidmuar
30 Mar 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2839

Re: Risks of buying old cabron frames (10-15+ years)

My daughter trained at triathlon in Oz for a year when she lived there. There, you had to have your bike x-rayed after a crash. Club rule. Don't know if you can readily get it done in the UK.
by Gearoidmuar
28 Feb 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG: would I enjoy it?
Replies: 31
Views: 6449

For my sins, I've done it four times.

With Chris Ellison and the CTC. 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2017. This is a well-organised tour with at this stage, all hotels. It takes 16 or 17 days cycling, averaging about 64m a day and climbing 4000ft a day, average. It's hard and not for someone very overweight or unfit. It's not a race but the lengt...
by Gearoidmuar
26 Feb 2019, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?
Replies: 75
Views: 5877

Re: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?

Easier to get what you want in 26inch wheel frame. My touring bike is a Thorn Raven Tour. It has the all steel construction and great tyre clearance but it has V-brakes which work with special pads on tungsten impregnated rims. I've four bikes with hydraulic discs and they're better. Never used mech...
by Gearoidmuar
26 Feb 2019, 7:15am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Supplies along the way
Replies: 36
Views: 10084

Have you considered food?

Actual food. Much easier to get. Meat, cheese, pies etc.
by Gearoidmuar
19 Feb 2019, 5:58pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 3598

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

From what I remember, Stephen Roche used to timetrial at 105 rpm. Delgado was slower in cadence, something like 95.
by Gearoidmuar
27 Jan 2019, 6:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Late October 2019 Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: Late October 2019 Tour

You've not been to Spain. Spain is magnificent.
by Gearoidmuar
26 Jan 2019, 9:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Keto Diet and Cycling Fitness
Replies: 58
Views: 3981

Re: Keto Diet and Cycling Fitness

It's most certainly not the Cambridge diet! That was a near starvation regimen. It's low carb moderate protein, high fat. I'm on it 5y and have my weight down on it for more than 4.5y. Minus 40lb. I got used to it very quickly and have twice done Lejog on it, and had done it heavier, twice before th...
by Gearoidmuar
25 Jan 2019, 8:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: black ice
Replies: 52
Views: 9407

Re: black ice

The real problem with black ice is that's almost impossible to see. It doesn't look crystalline. It's caused when air supersaturated with water hits a really cold surface. I've come off on it twice and I've spun my car on it with no warning, but fortunately, no crash. I don't cycle anymore if it's 3...
by Gearoidmuar
5 Dec 2018, 7:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1403

Re: Life is what happens...

when you're making other plans. Attributed to John Lennon. I've done 87 bike tours and in them I've been on the Isle of Skye three times. Twice I've had a wheel rim split. Both were on the Isle of Skye near Portree and I got new rims on each occasion in the same shop! You just can't legislate for ev...
by Gearoidmuar
13 Nov 2018, 8:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: getting skinny 650b tyres in europe?
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: getting skinny 650b tyres in europe?

If you want to go small, then why not go to 26 inch wheels. More of them around. I'm 6.2" but have 26inch wheels on both my touring bikes. You can get narrowish slicks for them pumping to 100psi if you want.
by Gearoidmuar
24 Aug 2018, 7:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment?
Replies: 53
Views: 1932

Re: Touring without cooking equipment?

I used to take a small stove for coffee. Jetboil was easily the best for this purpose, though I had smaller as well. In fact I started collecting stoves and must have about 12. Anyway I started drinking just water during the day. I've not camped but I've been through some pretty desolate country in ...