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by Marcus Aurelius
9 Mar 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two inches of snow didn't put off many cyclists in central London
Replies: 28
Views: 2844

Re: Two inches of snow didn't put off many cyclists in central London

brynpoeth wrote:One needs them so rarely, in some winters not at all
The rubber would probably perish before the tread is worn out


Again, that’s a good point.
by Marcus Aurelius
9 Mar 2018, 4:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eating on the bike
Replies: 107
Views: 6673

Re: Eating on the bike

A common effect of eating only sweet stuff on a long ride is that after a while you lose your appetite, and when you need more fuel taking it on board makes you feel sick. This is very true. I tend to limit the amount of sweet stuff I ingest on a long ride, I prefer to eat something like an oat cak...
by Marcus Aurelius
6 Mar 2018, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eating on the bike
Replies: 107
Views: 6673

Re: Eating on the bike

What you need to eat is entirely dictated by your effort levels. The key metric to use is how many Joules you’ve used. This is essentially your effort expenditure, measured in Watt.seconds, and will dictate how much fuel you need. So for example, if you spend an hour, making relatively little effort...
by Marcus Aurelius
5 Mar 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Start a new road racing team or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 1058

Re: Start a new road racing team or not?

Founding a resilient team is very much a rich man’s folly. Even the big ‘household names’ barely scrape by ( on the grand scheme of things) they don’t generate big numbers, and therefore, they generally never make business sense, unless your business is money laundering, or you need something to use...
by Marcus Aurelius
3 Mar 2018, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?
Replies: 53
Views: 2823

Re: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?

It’s rare that I ever get a tyre to wear out ( as in loss of rubber / tread ) before the bead fails, or the carcass gives out, resulting in a bulge that ends in a tube failure. I’ve had particular issues with a particular German brand of tyres.
by Marcus Aurelius
3 Mar 2018, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: road surfaces after the winter
Replies: 64
Views: 6939

Re: road surfaces after the winter

I was out riding yesterday, and again today. I don’t know which I prefer more, the old potholes full of snow, or the new potholes, that have been exposed by the thaw today. Some of the ‘borderline’ sections of tarmac I ride regularly, are now jiggered. It was fun dodging new potholes, old potholes, ...
by Marcus Aurelius
3 Mar 2018, 8:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two inches of snow didn't put off many cyclists in central London
Replies: 28
Views: 2844

Re: Two inches of snow didn't put off many cyclists in central London

It baffles me that people don't use studded tyres. The reason maybe because lying snow of any kind is rare in central London. That's true (and and you can add expensive to that and the need for spare wheels) but there have been several "offs" reported on the forum recently due to ice. And...
by Marcus Aurelius
2 Mar 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow
Replies: 64
Views: 6445

Re: Snow

by Marcus Aurelius
2 Mar 2018, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving
Replies: 126
Views: 9445

Re: The hassle of cycling versus the hassle of driving

It took me 3hrs to drive 6 miles yesterday. I risked the bike today, it was far quicker. It kept me awake that’s for sure :shock:
by Marcus Aurelius
28 Feb 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What are we actually capable of?
Replies: 30
Views: 2521

Re: What are we actually capable of?

pete75 wrote:
Marcus Aurelius wrote:
From an interview, "Climbing Mount Everest is work for Supermen", The New York Times (18 March 1923);


Bit of a misnomer - Superman would have just flown to the top. :lol:




“Supermen” Air traffic control wasn’t invented then, more than one flying man, would have been too risky.
by Marcus Aurelius
28 Feb 2018, 8:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What are we actually capable of?
Replies: 30
Views: 2521

Re: What are we actually capable of?

I think it was George Mallory, who when asked why he had bothered climbing Mount Everest, answered “because it was there”. He might have said it but never climbed Everest - he died in the attempt (though some people do believe he may have succeeded and died on the descent). BTW your 230 is great - ...
by Marcus Aurelius
28 Feb 2018, 8:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What are we actually capable of?
Replies: 30
Views: 2521

Re: What are we actually capable of?

I think it was George Mallory, who when asked why he had bothered climbing Mount Everest, answered “because it was there”. Axiomatic - he could hardly have climbed it if it wasn't there. From an interview, "Climbing Mount Everest is work for Supermen", The New York Times (18 March 1923); ...
by Marcus Aurelius
27 Feb 2018, 7:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Surrey Hills
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Surrey Hills

this makes Whitedown look easy but I have been up some brutes in the UK (not Lake District ones) and this was as hard as any of them and I had low gearing on ! That is White down Lane, now you know what I mean. :lol: not many I look up and think that looks a stopper !! and then does not help as a l...
by Marcus Aurelius
27 Feb 2018, 5:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What are we actually capable of?
Replies: 30
Views: 2521

Re: What are we actually capable of?

It’s all about your own perspective. There’s no way I would do what Steve Abraham is attempting, it’s taking the whole distance riding thing to a whole different level, not one I’ve got the time or inclination for personally. The question of could anyone do it, is a much more difficult one to answer...
by Marcus Aurelius
27 Feb 2018, 4:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Surrey Hills
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Surrey Hills

ianrobo wrote:It was a gorgeous day eh !!


Yep, it certainly was.