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by Marcus Aurelius
24 Aug 2018, 10:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route selection advice
Replies: 18
Views: 730

Re: Route selection advice

I spend a lot of time planning routes that optimise distance and time and avoidance of motons. It depends on where I’m going as to how long it takes to ‘fine tune’ the route. If it’s a 300Km plus route, I can’t do those too often so the route can take a couple of years to get completely right, if it...
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Aug 2018, 11:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: harassment whilst commuting what to do
Replies: 28
Views: 1990

Re: harassment whilst commuting what to do

I’ve had something similar round my way recently. I was on a clearly marked shared path, on the cycle bit when I aprroached a couple of people walking their dog in the clearly marked, segregated cycle part. I got “ Effing cyclists on the effing pavement, nearly running my effing dog over, they all n...
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Aug 2018, 3:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?
Replies: 171
Views: 4559

Re: Should electric bikes be allowed on Audax events?

Part of the point / attraction about / of Audaxes is the distance covered. If you’re using an e-bike the physical challenge is greatly diminished. Allowing e-bikes on Audaxes would become a bit ‘sign of the times’ to my mind. I get the ‘trying to improve inclusiveness’ sentiment, but Audaxes aren’t ...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Aug 2018, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 12-32 10sp cassette
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: 12-32 10sp cassette

Make sure your drivetrain can cope with that in terms capacity and tooth difference. A 32 big sprocket May need a longer cage than you have and or an extender.
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Aug 2018, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 3467

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

https://i.imgur.com/M0xddB2.jpg Here’s me enjoying a rainy ride on Box Hill in Surrey a couple of weeks ago. I actually quite like riding in the rain, there’s no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong kit. https://i.imgur.com/F0ssk0b.jpg This was the worst ‘storm Emma’ had to offer earlier...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Aug 2018, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra R8000 Di2 and crank/cassette combinations
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Ultegra R8000 Di2 and crank/cassette combinations

The Di2 will prevent cross chaining. But there is a firmware download which will stop the Di2 from doing so, and allow big to big cross chaining.
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Aug 2018, 1:50am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leaden achy legs
Replies: 6
Views: 689

Re: Leaden achy legs

Your lactate threshold isn’t as high as you need it to be. You’ve been in anaerobic respiration for too long during your ride and the lactic acid has built up in your leg muscles. You’ll need to work on improving your lactate threshold if you want to avoid the ‘John wayne walk of shame’. The better ...
by Marcus Aurelius
19 Aug 2018, 2:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Royal Parks penalty fine Hyde Park
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: Royal Parks penalty fine Hyde Park

I once got a borlacking for riding faster than the 20 mph limit through there. I argued ( successfully) that I don’t have a Speedo, so I couldn’t know how fast I was going. The royal parks ‘authorities’ are a law unto themselves, using ancient bye laws, to enforce the rules. It all gets very messy w...
by Marcus Aurelius
19 Aug 2018, 2:49pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 255
Views: 15873

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

A bit of unpicking here - I'm interested in what you say but don't fully understand it. I’ve got no problems with e bikes. I’ve yet to encounter one that can outpace me all the way up a steep hill. . Do you mean you don't have a problem because they aren't as fast as an unpowered bike? If people wh...
by Marcus Aurelius
19 Aug 2018, 2:05pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 255
Views: 15873

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

I’ve got no problems with e bikes. I’ve yet to encounter one that can outpace me all the way up a steep hill. If people who ordinarily wouldn’t ride, do, because of e bikes, that’s a good thing. If you’re concerned about ‘Strava segments’ and ‘KOMs / QOMs’ it’s probably an idea to have a word with y...
by Marcus Aurelius
18 Aug 2018, 1:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London
Replies: 50
Views: 2257

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

The blind spots in an HGV have to be seen to be believed, however, to operate legally in London the HGV has to be fitted with certain special mirrors and equipment designed to mitigate these sorts of collisions. If the truck involved was fitted with all the requisite kit, the driver may have some ex...
by Marcus Aurelius
18 Aug 2018, 1:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London
Replies: 50
Views: 2257

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

It turns out that this latest guy to be killed on that stretch of road was a physician to the royal household. Maybe Maj will add her two penneth now. We can but hope.
by Marcus Aurelius
17 Aug 2018, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do cassettes wear faster than chainrings?
Replies: 21
Views: 1150

Re: Do cassettes wear faster than chainrings?

Cassettes tend to wear quicker than chain rings due to the fact the chain moves around up and down the cassette a lot more frequently than the chain moves up and down the rings.
by Marcus Aurelius
16 Aug 2018, 1:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?

It’s the same as any retail business. The ones who succeed have to be able to strike the best deals with suppliers to keep the bottom line low enough to be able to get the margins they need. It’s not easy, and you have to stay on your toes to remain ahead. It’s very hard to survive in any retail bus...
by Marcus Aurelius
16 Aug 2018, 8:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 547

Re: New bike advice needed

This had a star nut. Which is interesting. I think it should have had an expander, given it has a carbon steerer. That’s one mystery solved, and replaced with another. The marker is obviously for a bung, why does it have a star nut? Curiouser and curiouser. Wow, a star nut in a carbon steerer is ba...