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by island girl
26 Oct 2011, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????
Replies: 45
Views: 5768

Re: How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????

Yipee, managed to unclip today on steep hill. Really studied how I unclipped on the flat and realised I was doing the exact opposite on a steep hill. Normally, I unclip left foot at the top of the stroke and kick heel inwards. On a hill I was trying to unclip at bottom of stroke and kicking heel out...
by island girl
18 Oct 2011, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????
Replies: 45
Views: 5768

Re: How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????

Thanks for all replies. I do have Sh56 multi-release cleats on the loosest setting and have been using them for 3 years. No problems at all on the flat or slight hill but whenever I get really tired and hit a steep hill I somehow have a problem releasing my foot. I pull, twist and turn to no avail, ...
by island girl
18 Oct 2011, 8:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????
Replies: 45
Views: 5768

How do you unclip (SPD's) on a steep hill????

Hi, does anyone know how to unclip ( from SPD's) on a steep hill. So far this hasn't been a problem as I have always managed to get to the top. Sometimes though, for a variety of reasons eg. road conditions, traffic etc I sometimes would like to unclip but always find it so difficult especially on a...
by island girl
24 Sep 2011, 9:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore
Replies: 12
Views: 2144

Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Had similar a long time ago, I found that adjusting the rake of my seat finally got rid of it.



What does 'rake of my seat' mean?
by island girl
22 Sep 2011, 9:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How often do you actually get a puncture?
Replies: 61
Views: 7807

Re: How often do you actually get a puncture?

What tyres do you use for touring, Mick?
by island girl
21 Sep 2011, 9:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore
Replies: 12
Views: 2144

Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Thanks everyone for replies. Yes, i know I should go to the Dr but unless I have something really serious I feel my Doc is condescending, so I don't go. Wildduck: Agree it is Periformis Syndrome - one of the remedies is to sit on a tennis ball (don't laugh) and roll the muscle over it. I have been d...
by island girl
19 Sep 2011, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore
Replies: 12
Views: 2144

Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Hi, I have been cycling for many years with the usual aches and pains. In the last 3 weeks I have increased my cycling, going over familiar routes which always include a few hills, maybe 4 times a week instead of 2/3 times. I feel I haven't overdone my training. However this morning I woke with a se...
by island girl
1 Sep 2011, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 8749

Re: Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour

Hi, Thanks to everyone for all replies. You have confirmed what I think I already knew. If ' it ain't broke why fix it'. I went out for a hilly 40 mile cycle on my flatbar and it just felt so good. No aches or pains, full stability and good confidence. I constantly change position from top, bar ends...
by island girl
29 Aug 2011, 11:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 8749

Drop or Flat bars for Long Tour

I have a tour of over 3000 miles coming up and was thinking of changing my flat bar Specialised Bike to drop bars. I have been told, better for touring as more hand positions. Therefore I tested a drop bar bike, yesterday and today, cycling about 30 miles up and down hills. I found the drop bars mad...
by island girl
10 Apr 2011, 11:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pacific Coast USA
Replies: 41
Views: 6298

Re: Pacific Coast USA

Hi Dave, I am thinking of cycling America from San Diego to St Augustine in September next year. Planning is at the early stage. Just wondered what airline you are using - I am looking for the cheapest return flights obviously. Flying Glasgow to San Diego then Orlando to Glasgow. Any advise would be...
by island girl
1 Apr 2011, 11:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding from Ft. William toward Aberdeen
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Riding from Ft. William toward Aberdeen

Hi, I did Fort William to Aberdeen last year. FW up to Spean Bridge alongside the canal. Road to Newtonmore, then down cycle path on A9 to Pitlochry, back road via Kirkmichael(I think) to Glen Shee, North to Braemar then followed road into Aberdeen. Great route. For exact road numbers contact me if ...
by island girl
21 Mar 2011, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette Hub - faulty after 9 months??
Replies: 13
Views: 1277

Re: Cassette Hub - faulty after 9 months??

Thanks everyone for your very informative replies. Yes, I do live on one of the Scottish Islands so it is not easiest or cheapest to get the bike to Evans in Glasgow. Normally, I cycle??? Anyway the bike goes into the local bike shop, which is very good, on Thursday. I should be back cycling on Frid...
by island girl
18 Mar 2011, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette Hub - faulty after 9 months??
Replies: 13
Views: 1277

Cassette Hub - faulty after 9 months??

Out on bike today and it just started spinning. No purchase. Strange, unnerving experience, pedalling furiously and going nowhere. Took bike to local bike shop and chap said cassette hub was faulty. Bike is only 9 months old - Specialised Vita Sport from Evans. Contacted Evans who said they would ne...
by island girl
28 Feb 2011, 9:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?

Noshbegosh thanks for your knowledgeable imput. Have been researching ACA and the Southern Tier route with a vengeance. ACA do two tours in a year - one from late March to Mid May and the other from late Sept. to Mid November. As the trip travels west to east I am tempted to go in Sept/Nov as I thin...
by island girl
17 Feb 2011, 2:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?

Thanks all for your reponses. I have looked at ACA and they seem very professional. At the moment I am considering the Southern Tier -San Diego to St.Augustine. Looks a fascinating route and at 3160 miles doable. This tour is supported by van so all gear is carried but you still have to pitch your t...