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by amaferanga
23 Dec 2010, 2:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting
Replies: 197
Views: 12752

Re: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting

The reason most people buy CF is for a weight saving,that weight saving comes at a cost(in fragility) whereas lightweight steel or Alu will be far more resilient to the knocks of everyday life and will (from a decent maker) have a much longer warrentee,there is a reason for that. Whilst some say it...
by amaferanga
22 Dec 2010, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting
Replies: 197
Views: 12752

Re: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting

But what about carbon fibre mountain bikes? They must have some degree of impact-resistance, durability and toughness designed in. Do they also collapse under the merest provocation? Its funny you should mention that,I was chatting to someone who has owned a CF MTB for 10yrs and raced it for the fi...
by amaferanga
20 Dec 2010, 3:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Turbo Trainers?
Replies: 15
Views: 975

Re: Turbo Trainers?

If you're only going to own one then I'd say get a turbo. There's not much if any evidence to suggest turbo trainers wreck frames, though I would not do out of the saddle sprints or anything like that on a turbo (even if I was using a crappy old bike). Mine is also quite kind to tyres - a single tyr...
by amaferanga
20 Dec 2010, 10:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting
Replies: 197
Views: 12752

Re: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting

Its a meaningless bit of research without some objective measure of the effort he was putting in. If he had power data and HR data for each ride then it'd be very clear just how much effort he was putting in on each bike. As it is its an ever poorer excuse for academic research than the normal dros...
by amaferanga
20 Dec 2010, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting
Replies: 197
Views: 12752

Re: Touring versus racing bike - for commuting

Its a meaningless bit of research without some objective measure of the effort he was putting in. If he had power data and HR data for each ride then it'd be very clear just how much effort he was putting in on each bike. As it is its an ever poorer excuse for academic research than the normal dross...
by amaferanga
13 Dec 2010, 2:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ipads
Replies: 29
Views: 1658

Re: Ipads

I might have missed this, but has anyone asked if this is for use in the UK or for overseas touring? If its overseas then 3G connectivity becomes irrelevant unless you have money to burn and Wifi only matters if you're sat in a cafe or something. It always amuses me when Apple fanboys try to tell yo...
by amaferanga
8 Oct 2010, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fastest around the world. 163 days
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: Fastest around the world. 163 days

I think that both supported and unsupported RTW rides are both challenges in their own right and neither one is greater than the other. A supported RTW is a challenge for the reasons Mark Beaumont gives in his book - food, accommodation etc. An unsupported attempt like the one done by Bates is, I w...
by amaferanga
7 Oct 2010, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fastest around the world. 163 days
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: Fastest around the world. 163 days

A record like this should IMO be held by an exceptional athlete who knows how to really push the limits of what can be done on a bike. I disagree. The record should be an ability to cycle big daily mileages at reasonable speed through varying climates while sleeping rough(ish) and not picking up ph...
by amaferanga
5 Oct 2010, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fastest around the world. 163 days
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: Fastest around the world. 163 days

Can I ask how is it more of an achievement than Beaumont? That's just my opinion based on the fact that in terms of the physical effort required I know I could do what Beaumont did, but I doubt I could do what Alan Bate did and almost certainly couldn't do what Nick Sanders did. Beaumont is just a ...
by amaferanga
5 Oct 2010, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fastest around the world. 163 days
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: Fastest around the world. 163 days

Alan Bate just cycled round the world in 114 days. It's not as great an achievement if it's a supported trip. That may be true if they'd taken the same amount of time, but 114 days (less probably after flight times are removed) for a supported attempt is still far more impressive than the efforts o...
by amaferanga
3 Oct 2010, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fastest around the world. 163 days
Replies: 28
Views: 2149

Re: Fastest around the world. 163 days

Alan Bate just cycled round the world in 114 days.
by amaferanga
3 Oct 2010, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling In Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: Cycling In Africa

I've cycled all over Uganda and Tanzania. Feel free to ask me specific questions. Advice off the top of my head would be... - Avoid the main roads between cities as the buses are fast and scary (if you're on a road and something honks its horn get yourself off the road and then look around to see wh...
by amaferanga
8 Sep 2010, 4:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: cycling around Lake Victoria
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Re: cycling around Lake Victoria

Don't be daft and take a 4x4. Carry your luggage on the bike. You'll find food, water and somewhere to stay easily. As for your reasons for taking a 4x4 - well I'd feel less secure driving an expensive 4x4 around than I would do riding a bike. On a bike you're viewed as being (relatively) poor and p...
by amaferanga
4 Sep 2010, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which make of GPS should I choose?
Replies: 16
Views: 1726

Re: Which make of GPS should I choose?

Maps are better than no maps. If you've used a Garmin with maps you'd probably agree. Only an extra £50 or so for an HCx (if you use OSM maps which are free) over the 'H'. I don't agree with the car analogy - maps offer something very real over no maps - the ability to navigate without having a pre-...
by amaferanga
1 Sep 2010, 11:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which make of GPS should I choose?
Replies: 16
Views: 1726

Re: Which make of GPS should I choose?

Garmin Etrex Legend HCx or the Vista HCx. They both have the navigation features of the Edge 605/705, but run on AA batteries. One set of 2900mAh rechargeables last me >15 hours. There's a proper bike mount available for them and they're considerably cheaper than the 605/705 as well.