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by jawaka
24 Oct 2014, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: any suggestions Northern Alps
Replies: 0
Views: 620

any suggestions Northern Alps

I've ridden the southern Alps and the Central Alps as far as Beaufort/ Cormet de Roseland Bourg st Maurice. I am thinking of trying further north next year. I am not in a car as I take my bike on the train, so I am looking more for a one centre base, in order to avoid having to haul luggage every da...
by jawaka
14 Oct 2014, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bicycle
Replies: 17
Views: 3269

Re: Folding Bicycle

Yes another Chameleon. As it's purpose is to take on the train around France in a suitcase, functionality is the priority for me i would have liked a better, stronger, paint finish, such as i've had on my Dawes bikes as it gets a bit scratched when packing:the fit in the case is very tight so a lot ...
by jawaka
2 Oct 2014, 2:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: free trainig for over 30s with leeds rhinos coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Re: free trainig for over 30s with leeds rhinos coaches

Yep RL is very community- minded in Leeds and are running a campaign destigmatising mental health as well. Not been an RL fan but seeing how positive the club is I'm thinking about going to some games. They gave us a Rhinos T shirt and a nice non-leaking Rhinos drinking bottle too which I'll be usin...
by jawaka
1 Oct 2014, 3:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: free trainig for over 30s with leeds rhinos coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 867

free trainig for over 30s with leeds rhinos coaches

Yes at Kirkstall, free training with the professional coaches of leeds rhinos and carnegie. It's been on Fridays at 5 pm but is going to change next week. It's the same routines as the pros, but obviously fewer reps. Fully equipped gym, bikes, Xtrainers, rowing machines, variety of floor exercises ,...
by jawaka
30 Sep 2014, 10:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Alps - recommended places...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

The nicest town with access to lots of great and famous climbs is St Jean de Maurienne. It's at the foot of the Croix de Fer which you can climb directly and also via the Col du Mollard nearby. The Col du Glandon is just up the road as is the Col de la Madeleine too. Don't miss les lacets de Montver...
by jawaka
25 Sep 2014, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: WHICH FOLDING BIKE TO DO LIGHT TOURING
Replies: 14
Views: 1952

Re: WHICH FOLDING BIKE TO DO LIGHT TOURING

I've similarly used an airnimal for light touring which does a greay job but is way above your budget. Can you let us know why you want a folder? I've just bought a Dahon Espresso http://dahon.com/mainnav/folding-bikes/single-view/bike/espresso_d21-1.html for £399.95 from Parkers of Bolton. But I've...
by jawaka
18 Aug 2014, 7:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses coast to Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: Way of the Roses coast to Coast

Pair of flip flops or plimsolls. cycle shoes 2 prs cycle shorts and some camping wash liquid (or 3 pairs). spare inner tube and puncture kit, pump 2 pairs of socks: one on bike, may get wet, dry one for evening. 2 Pairs of boxers one to wash one to wear evening trousers , somrthing light like outdoo...
by jawaka
18 Aug 2014, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a folding mountain bike with good mudguards
Replies: 7
Views: 1552

Re: a folding mountain bike with good mudguards

I think I found just the bike, which I've ordered from Parkers in Bolton, the Dahon Espresso d21. None of my lbs could find it on the importers list and had no stock possibly because there is a 2015 model due http://dahon.com/mainnav/foldingbikes/single-view/bike/espresso_d21-17.html Described as an...
by jawaka
25 Jul 2014, 3:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: long sleeves for a summer shirt
Replies: 7
Views: 1021

long sleeves for a summer shirt

I was thinking of buying a Yorkshire TdF top or one of the whiskey tops at Edinburgh bike shop, but like most summer tops they don't have sleeves. I do a couple of tours a year in France and like long sleeves to keep sunburn off as burning would happen quickly in somewhere like Provence. I could use...
by jawaka
25 Jul 2014, 3:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a folding mountain bike with good mudguards
Replies: 7
Views: 1552

a folding mountain bike with good mudguards

I'm looking for a folding mountain bike with proper mudguards. I am looking to do trails only so don't need a full on mountain bike, but I want to be able to put it in the boot of the car to take on holiday. I also want to use it as a winter commuter with my 26" studded tyres which meansIi want...
by jawaka
3 Jul 2014, 6:24pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: helping team leader in the mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 3857

helping team leader in the mountains

I haven't found an answer to this by searching, but I understand slipstreaming and can see what an effect it has at speed, but I can't see that it can be effective at mountain climbing speeds. So is there an effect or do teams try not to leave the team leader isolated for psychological reasons or ju...
by jawaka
3 Jul 2014, 6:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: fell walking vs cycling
Replies: 11
Views: 5375

fell walking vs cycling

I did the Tourmalet 3 weeks ago, and last week went fell walking up Blencathra via Bannerdale crags and Sharp Edge in the Lakes, about 8.5 miles and a lot of ascending. I noticed that I seemed to be breathing a lot harder when walking uphill than on the bike, but also that moving the legs didn't see...
by jawaka
3 Jul 2014, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: small (24") wheels in mountains
Replies: 4
Views: 1319

small (24") wheels in mountains

I've been in the Alps on an airnimal and I've been trying to work out if smaller wheels are an advantage or disadvantage on the long climbs. I can understand that a small wheel accelerates more quickly but has less momentum so slows down more quickly, so bigger wheels are by their nature faster, but...
by jawaka
3 Jul 2014, 2:33pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 26" folder
Replies: 0
Views: 12215

26" folder

Time to rationalise the bikes. I'm mostly on road but use the mountain bike occassionally on rough tracks and expect to use it on moorland tracks now that my son lives in north yorks. I don't drive after health issues so use the rain from time to time, but more likely is for my wife to drive us, but...
by jawaka
3 Jul 2014, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: schwalbe tyre issues
Replies: 44
Views: 9228

Re: schwalbe tyre issues

Not a bead problem, but set off for a 10 day tour in Provence with Ventoux as the finale 4 years ago. Brand new Schwalbe Duranos on my airnimal. Within about 10 miles bulge develops off centre on the road contact point of rear tyre. I couldn't get a right sized replacement as it is a 24" wheel ...