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by vorsprung
2 Mar 2011, 12:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 101 uses for a helmet
Replies: 15
Views: 831

Re: 101 uses for a helmet

I always wear a helmet when I am doing the Kernow and South West 600 audax

This is because the route goes along "Buzzard Alley" near Holdsworthy and helmets have saved me from swooping buzzard talons here on three occasions

So if you expect an attack by birds of prey, wear a helmet
by vorsprung
1 Mar 2011, 12:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: advice on mudguards for audax
Replies: 20
Views: 3238

Re: advice on mudguards for audax

Just get some SKS Raceblades or the similar ones from Crud. The SKS raceblades and the crud roadrace mudguards are not similar The SKS fit in a couple of seconds and have poor coverage. The crud ones are like proper mudguards but are lighter/flimsier and have kit for fitting with close clearance. T...
by vorsprung
28 Feb 2011, 2:29pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG May 2011 + pannier size
Replies: 21
Views: 1420

Re: LEJOG May 2011 + pannier size

I would ask: if you are staying in B&Bs or Youth Hostels, why does anyone need to take panniers? If you do, and you fill them, you need to do a post-ride analysis of what you actually needed and used along the way. Not everyone is you. Some people like to have a spare jumper, shoes and a laptop.
by vorsprung
25 Feb 2011, 2:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bizarre Increase in Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: Bizarre Increase in Speed

Interestingly, compared to other forums, the CTC forum here has more people believing that slow riding is the probably cause of any speed increase. Make of that what you will :D I've done another blog post summarizing the feedback I got: "Faster: the Feedback" The main reasons seemed to be...
by vorsprung
24 Feb 2011, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Diy rack mounts on carbon stays
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Diy rack mounts on carbon stays

I'm guessing that the top half of the rear triangle is carbon and the chainstay is rigid aluminium? If this is the case then the stays won't bend much and I'm sure you can attach the rack as you have shown in the diagram I have a Specialized Roubaix which is full carbon and very bendy at the back. I...
by vorsprung
24 Feb 2011, 12:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bizarre Increase in Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: Bizarre Increase in Speed

Mick F wrote:Error 404 - File Not Found


fixed, thanks for pointing this out guys
by vorsprung
24 Feb 2011, 11:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bizarre Increase in Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Bizarre Increase in Speed

I have noticed I am doing 100km+rides faster this year.

I don't think I am doing anything much different except last year I commuted more

Full details of my bafflement on my blog


Given that "commuting more" isn't a recognised way of going faster, any ideas?
by vorsprung
23 Feb 2011, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Weight - Does it really make that much difference?
Replies: 37
Views: 2540

Re: Weight - Does it really make that much difference?

Does it make a difference? Not much IMHO Last year I did the Mille Cymru 1000km audax. This has 13,500m climbing. To cut a long story short ( and you can read more about it on my blog Here ) Over this sort of distance loosing 3kg of weight would save me 45 minutes. So it wasn't worth dieting too muc...
by vorsprung
23 Feb 2011, 3:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travellind SW England (from Italy)
Replies: 27
Views: 2301

Re: Travellind SW England (from Italy)

4) I would like to cross new Forest and Dartmoor Park. I will travel with heavy bags and i cannot ride off-road. Are they beautiful and quite place to ride (on road) or is it better to follow the coast? 5) I would like to cross Exmoor park. But I don't know if following the coastal road or passing ...
by vorsprung
18 Feb 2011, 2:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: about numb hands
Replies: 19
Views: 1397

Re: about numb hands

kenny17 wrote:Get numb hands after 10/ 15 mins riding and is much worse in the cold, would carbon handlebars help ?

no
by vorsprung
18 Feb 2011, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: specialized elite 2011- what panniers
Replies: 3
Views: 1397

Re: specialized elite 2011- what panniers

Hopefully going to be collecting my new specialized elite 2011 tomorrow or early next week, have bought it to complete a charity trans pennine run so will be needing some panniers can anybody recommend a decent not budget busting set please. Also has anybody had experience of these frog strobe ligh...
by vorsprung
16 Feb 2011, 2:34pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Gear Recommendation - Campagnolo
Replies: 17
Views: 1613

Re: Gear Recommendation - Campagnolo

My PBP bike for 2007 had a Centaur compact with 13-29 cassette and 50-34 chainrings

I am a fairly capable of riding hills (live in Devon) and don't carry much luggage. If you are carrying all your luggage and don't live in Devon 34x29 might not be low enough
by vorsprung
16 Feb 2011, 1:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How fast do you go down hills?
Replies: 256
Views: 14504

Re: How fast do you go down hills?

Fastest ever speed was here http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=52.737643,-3.775263&spn=0.018942,0.038581&t=h&z=15&layer=c&cbll=52.737251,-3.774261&panoid=2gkYdNXHHENov9Vgs4XCJA&cbp=12,135.14,,0,5 The A470 out of Dolgellau, got 77kph (47mph). Trouble is the bike star...
by vorsprung
4 Feb 2011, 3:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Never entered an Audax before....
Replies: 39
Views: 2937

Re: Never entered an Audax before....

Has anyone got any info on fixed wheel specific audaxes. :?: Although I don't ride an 1890s bike myself, there are plenty of people that do Audax rides on fixed. No matter how unsuitable the terrain I always see someone. In 2005 I did the Kernow and South West 600 in the company of someone on a Pom...
by vorsprung
27 Jan 2011, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Audax Wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Audax Wheels

diggersailing wrote:I bought (after 90 minutes of middle aged cogitation) a pair of 32h Mavic Open Pro rims / Deore M590 wheels from SJS.

They are for a Trek Pilot 2.1, but will likely get moved ...


Er, I could be wrong but does the Trek Pilot have a 130mm OLN dimension and these are 135mm OLN wheels?