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by vorsprung
11 Nov 2010, 9:50am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The motivation for long distance riding
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: The motivation for long distance riding

I read it. Naw. The pain distracts one from the real world! :D The pain side of it is kind of bundled up in my comments about endurance. I don't suffer greatly on long rides. Some people have terrible pain but still go back for more. I've heard some comments like "the best bit about a long rid...
by vorsprung
10 Nov 2010, 12:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The motivation for long distance riding
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

The motivation for long distance riding

My latest blog article tries to explain the Spiritual side of long distance bike riding
by vorsprung
5 Nov 2010, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Looking for puncture resistant tyres for road bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Looking for puncture resistant tyres for road bike

Continental Ultragatorskins are good enough tyres and are fairly puncture proof until worn. But they are not grippy in the wet, that is their main flaw. Panaracer Stratius Elite are faster, similar for puncture resistance and have better wet grip. Continental 4 Seasons are expensive but have good we...
by vorsprung
29 Oct 2010, 11:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Biggest tyres you can get on bike with caliper brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 2192

Re: Biggest tyres you can get on bike with caliper brakes

It really depends on the bike but A standard road racing bike with pivot brakes will take 25mm max Cross bikes and some "audax" bikes have deep drop pivot brakes. The drop on them is 57mm, shimano and tektro make the brakes. These usually can cope with 25mm+guards or even 28mm For bigger t...
by vorsprung
27 Oct 2010, 2:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Some help required from commuters.
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: Some help required from commuters.

Q.1 I was thinking of having a large (50mm x 300mm) strip of constant red light on the rear mudguard, would you prefer a flashing mode? Don't care Q.2 Do you use panniers and if so do they obscure any of the mudguard when viewed from behind? Panniers, sometimes. Obscure mudguard no Q.3 Would you fe...
by vorsprung
27 Oct 2010, 2:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why Soubitez BB generators no longer made
Replies: 24
Views: 3338

Re: Why Soubitez BB generators no longer made

The only downside I can think of with a BB generator is that if you stop pedalling, which you might do when going downhill fast, it stops making electric.
When I am going downhill fast I want the lights to be as bright as possible
It would be good on a fixed though :)
by vorsprung
26 Oct 2010, 12:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brevet Card Stamps
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Brevet Card Stamps

The only prize you usually get for doing an Audax is the card with the stamps on

Some of them are vaguely interesting and/or artistic...here are a few
by vorsprung
25 Oct 2010, 11:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Perfect Commuting Bike Debate?
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Perfect Commuting Bike Debate?

Don't understand why your current bike isn't up to the mileage. Should be ok with regular maintenance. perhaps the OP doesn't have the time to do the maintenance? I have a Cotic Roadrat with drops that is similar to the OPs Genesis I do a 30 mile round trip commute on dirty lanes in Devon Since Jan...
by vorsprung
20 Oct 2010, 3:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions for an easy first tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1164

Re: Suggestions for an easy first tour

Go to Harwich, get the ferry to Rotterdam. Get a VVV map and cycle round the Netherlands for a few days
by vorsprung
14 Oct 2010, 2:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle
Replies: 27
Views: 3414

Re: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle

I checked to see if paypal payment worked

It doesn't seem to, I ended up with the same display of the higher price
by vorsprung
14 Oct 2010, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle
Replies: 27
Views: 3414

Re: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle

Si wrote:Probably help if everyone who experiences difficulty reports it to the CTC as well as Wiggle, if you haven't already.


Who can we send the comments to at the CTC? An email address would be nice
by vorsprung
13 Oct 2010, 3:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle
Replies: 27
Views: 3414

Re: ...how to get the CTC members' discount with Wiggle

Disproved. I just went into the CTC shop. filled my basket, created a new account and, hey presto, back to the full wiggle price. Same here. I deleted all the cookies so it couldn't trace back to my old wiggle login, I re-registered using a different email address but at the "delivery" st...
by vorsprung
7 Oct 2010, 2:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is weight everything?
Replies: 74
Views: 2951

Re: Is weight everything?

My new carbon Specialized Roubaix "feels" fast and has the magic acceleration factor but also absorbs road bumps and noise
Dunno what it weighs exactly but it feels light

When I was shopping around I tried an Eddy Merckx EMX1 as well and that had similar properties
by vorsprung
6 Oct 2010, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crud Road Racer mk2 mudguards
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Crud Road Racer mk2 mudguards

Have you had anything catch properly yet? I've seen contradictory views on how they behave during a 'fold-up'. Quite fancy some for my close clearance as the race guards are better than nothing but not ideal...still reading reviews before buying any though. I've not but I've no reason to assume the...
by vorsprung
6 Oct 2010, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crud Road Racer mk2 mudguards
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Crud Road Racer mk2 mudguards

I got these for my new carbon fibre, close clearance bike with no mudguard eyes. I was surprised to find that they are basically full 'guards

Write up here on my blog