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by Peter W
30 Jun 2018, 9:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brake position?
Replies: 41
Views: 1512

Re: Brake position?

'Shirley' there must be some mistake! The old cable brakes of the 1950's on steel wheel rims were perfectly capable of locking the front (or back) wheel when taking a fistful of lever. Indeed, us teenage lads liked nothing better than riding straight at the lasses (those we fancied, of course) at ab...
by Peter W
28 Jun 2018, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Physiology of a Cyclist
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Physiology of a Cyclist

Sounds as though you were a disciple of Percy Cerutty, Mr. Ankles. Especially as regards his long stride mantra. Some of us also apply that to fast walking speed, which gets somewhat frustrating about town when getting all tangled up with ambling ,dithering, can't make our mind up where we're going,...
by Peter W
28 Jun 2018, 9:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing query for hill climbing
Replies: 17
Views: 823

Re: Gearing query for hill climbing

Sounds as though you were a disciple of Percy Cerutty Mr. Ankles. Especially with regard to his long stride mantra. It also applies to walking speed, which is a confounded problem to apply with any degree of gusto, on crowded town centre streets. The dithering,ambling crowds of shopping zombies quit...
by Peter W
27 Jun 2018, 6:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Physiology of a Cyclist
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Physiology of a Cyclist

Bodily appearance is often deceptive. A strong person with a highish percentage of body fat will look far more formidable than an equally strong person with a lower level of body fat. A big virtue of cycling is that it builds the stamina to maintain long periods of highish power output, as against s...
by Peter W
27 Jun 2018, 9:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Physiology of a Cyclist
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Physiology of a Cyclist

Incidentally, while I think about it, there do seem to be changes with age. On Monday I did a long ride in that glorious heat and wall to wall sunshine, starting from home (Vale of York) at 3.30 am to use the main roads (Stokesley/Guisbro/ moors road ) to Whitby, and avoid the heavy traffic, getting...
by Peter W
27 Jun 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Physiology of a Cyclist
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Physiology of a Cyclist

Yes indeed, it is most weird getting old! At 6' 2'' and weighing on average just 10 st 2 lbs nude I'm officially just in the underweight category of the B.M.I. index, which I find somewhat hilarious. It would appear that through continual physical activity (cycling and other sports) , while not rest...
by Peter W
21 Jun 2018, 7:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?

Good grief! It's all too much for a simple Yorkshire lad. Who knew that changing gear on a bicycle could be made so complicated, with year on year derailleur technical 'upgrades' being essential? You get the impression that nothing ever really worked properly before! (Come back Sturmey Archer of joy...
by Peter W
20 Jun 2018, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?

Thank you. I had wondered about that slightly different cable pull. It does sound to be the most logical factor. It was also suggested to me (as you say too) that the old outer cable (fitted new well greased inner) could also be a spoiler. I will replace that. The issue is only a minor blip and easi...
by Peter W
20 Jun 2018, 7:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?
Replies: 35
Views: 1599

Re: RD-M4000 Alivio; suprisingly tough?

That's very interesting. I fitted a cheap 9 speed Alivio 12/36 cassette to my older 9 speed Spesh Roubaix, in combination with a 9 speed Deore M.T.B. rear mech, and the bikes 9 speed Sora shifters. It all works. The intriguing thing is though that the cheap Alivio sprockets are 'bendy' when levered ...
by Peter W
17 Jun 2018, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anti-insect mouth protection?
Replies: 35
Views: 1309

Re: Anti-insect mouth protection?

Wasn't there a Music Hall entertainer during Victorian Times, who was famous (among the unspeakable lower classes, naturally) for the varied musical effects he could produce in almost continual and infinite variety - on a good night? One can't help wondering what facial, and bodily, contortions he w...
by Peter W
15 Jun 2018, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best cycling touring mag.
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: best cycling touring mag.

I've got nothing against double decker buses Mr. Fausto. In fact I had a thing about the double decker trolley buses which served our town, when I was 10 years old. Couldn't make up my mind whether to be a train or a bus driver when I grew up. So my mother bought me a new and bigger bike (a growing ...
by Peter W
14 Jun 2018, 8:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best cycling touring mag.
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: best cycling touring mag.

Err Bryn (and all). Sorry for the outburst - hope I haven't fallen foul of some great rule or other by bursting with uncontained enthusiasm for life, with it's multitude of interests. :wink: Answer, Steam World, Heritage Railway, and Steam Railway. As for bike mags, they must inevitably (in my view)...
by Peter W
13 Jun 2018, 10:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best cycling touring mag.
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: best cycling touring mag.

Yes indeed Brynpoeth. I still live near Darlington and was astounded when they first announced that new build A! project. The A!'s were the real reliable heavy haulage express passenger trains of the old LNER region lines. They lacked the glory of the 'greyhound' streaks, but were much more reliable...
by Peter W
13 Jun 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide road tyres, are they dangerous
Replies: 37
Views: 1676

Re: Wide road tyres, are they dangerous

Claiming that an off- centre ridge on a tyre will flatten under load and not produce an effect is not the full picture. The tyre sidewalls can also come into play by themselves deforming as the bike 'flops' over the off-centre ridge. That could produce handling effects in a supple casing tyre. Dunlo...
by Peter W
11 Jun 2018, 10:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best cycling touring mag.
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: best cycling touring mag.

The problem with being experienced enthusiasts, is having evolved and settled on a way of riding how/what we most enjoy. Consequently, it is extremely irritating when magazines try to tell us differently. I don't need to constantly be told I need a silly costly bike fit, and what the latest fashion/...