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by dan_b
12 Jan 2009, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much does your bike weigh???
Replies: 51
Views: 4007

According to my bathroom scales, 12kg (practical bike made of 531, with rack and mudguards), 10kg (fun bike, Giant TCR carbon/alu, dry days only). The practical bike is usually heavier than that though, as I generally have a pannier with stuff in it (locks, and laptop or skates, depending on where I...
by dan_b
9 Jan 2009, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: energy gels / powder.....do they actually work???
Replies: 31
Views: 2341

Yeah, I can't see how the intake of 100kcal should make such a difference in a sporting event that may require a few thousand. That said, from http://www.brianmac.co.uk/drinks.htm (which appears to be founded on something vaguely scientific and is not as far as I can see selling anything expensive) ...
by dan_b
8 Jan 2009, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Finally got to grips with my rollers
Replies: 32
Views: 2654

BrianInnes wrote:I'm assuming that rollers must be better for a bike than having it's rear end clamped in a turbo?

I must admit, I wonder about that too. I wonder if I have sufficient stuff in the bits box to build a bike I can use on the turbo
by dan_b
8 Jan 2009, 1:54pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: New CTC shop
Replies: 41
Views: 5240

<devils advocate>As "the UK's national cyclists' organisation", the CTC surely has a mandate to represent cyclists whose needs are served by the likes of Wiggle as well as those who have their steel frames custom-built and buy their chainrings individually from Spa. The bike shops near her...
by dan_b
5 Jan 2009, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chains - I'm confused
Replies: 16
Views: 1258

I'm using a 10 speed shimano chain with a Decathlon-branded KMC 10 speed powerlink on 10 speed Campag sprockets/mech/chainset Not done enough miles on it to tell you how long it lasts, but it's as silent as any derailleur system, and the shifting is perfect. I'm not the world's fastest, and I tend t...
by dan_b
5 Jan 2009, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crankset / Cassette question
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Personally and somewhat cynically, I doubt that the heat generated by pedalling on downhills in this weather is anywhere near enough to counteract the added wind chill.
by dan_b
23 Dec 2008, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car on one way street
Replies: 330
Views: 14104

are you against bike lanes? or improving conditions for cyclists? I don't want to get all dogmatic about this, because some cycle facilities are useful for some cyclists, but the way you say that, it seems like you think the two questions are actually the same question. They're not. Bike lanes are ...
by dan_b
23 Dec 2008, 1:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car on one way street
Replies: 330
Views: 14104

Vicc wrote:Cyclists do need special facilities.

Erm, some cyclists need special facilities. Others get along just fine without them, and for some they even cause problems
by dan_b
21 Dec 2008, 11:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Should I spend more on my hack?
Replies: 29
Views: 2178

The "stuff at the top" is HTML, which would work on some sites (or if you were writing your own web pages by hand) but doesn't work on forum sites like this one which need "BBcode" instead. BBCode is similar but different, and uses [square brackets] instead of <angle brackets> Fl...
by dan_b
21 Dec 2008, 10:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre wear
Replies: 37
Views: 3123

Young Un wrote:Done about 1000-1200 on the road and about 100 virtual miles on the turbo.

Turbo use can really toast a tyre very quickly, especially if the pressure against the roller is wrong.
by dan_b
19 Dec 2008, 5:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Got knocked off
Replies: 77
Views: 7184

From rule 163: "# stay in your lane if traffic is moving slowly in queues. If the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are, you may pass on the left" - which sounds to me like exactly the situation Mansfield Marauder describes Before you know it cyclists will be undertaking 3...
by dan_b
19 Dec 2008, 5:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Got knocked off
Replies: 77
Views: 7184

Last time I checked there wasn't even Highway Code "advice" against it.
by dan_b
19 Dec 2008, 2:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help - I can't hear!
Replies: 50
Views: 4315

weight gain = calories in - calories out. If you burn more calories than you eat - you cannot put weight on. Doesn't matter when you eat them. But easting them in the morning makes it easier to burn them. You will feel more active and more alert, and thus more likely to take exercise which will hav...
by dan_b
19 Dec 2008, 2:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Murderous cyclists (response)
Replies: 10
Views: 1895

Good idea, get .anth in on it
by dan_b
19 Dec 2008, 2:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Have Sussex Police got it wrong?
Replies: 66
Views: 6355

GPS does measure vertical distance (and therefore speed), but usually not as accurately as horizontal distance. Many GPS units also contain a real altimeter to improve their vertical accuracy.

[edit: oh, wait, what Mick F said upthread ]