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by Claireysmurf
10 Jun 2012, 11:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fending off a demented dog
Replies: 42
Views: 5465

Re: Fending off a demented dog

I thought the legal perspective was very interesting. However, the OP still needs to live next to the neighbours. are they the kind of people who would take exception and seek 'revenge' if some kind of legal redress was taken against them?
by Claireysmurf
10 Jun 2012, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When is it good enough?
Replies: 30
Views: 2874

When is it good enough?

I have a simple/potentially stupid question but in my mind it is an incredibly important one:

If trying to buy or build a decent bike, how do you choose by quality/spec? I have no desire to buy the best there is, just something that works really well and is comfortable and reliable for decent value for money. A friend has spent £3000 building a mountain bike and the components seem to fail regularly on it despite it being ridden on much of the same terrain as my Audax bike.

Is there a point beyond which durability falls away as performance increases? At what point are the gains in quality/performance etc really diminshing returns?

I ask not just as a theoretical point but as someone who would love a decent tourer. I am overweight and think the single biggest improvement to my cycling would come from weight loss (yes I know I should just lose weight but...but...). I have a year old Dawes Clubman (audax/road bike) that works fairly well for me. The gears work well, the frame is relatively light and it feels quick.

If I go out and spend £1300-£1500 on a tourer I suspect it will just be to scratch the 'new toy' itch.

My issue (as I also fancy a MTB) is that I think the issue of buying a bike is an incredibly difficult one that is all too easy to get wrong and is so often made on superficial/subjective judgements
by Claireysmurf
8 Jun 2012, 4:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Twitter
Replies: 7
Views: 5239

Re: Twitter

I go hot and cold with Twitter tbh. I'm claireysmurf on there and cardiffbiking; none of what I do is very exciting though. New Twitter users seem to love the celebrity stalking
by Claireysmurf
6 Jun 2012, 11:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling with CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia
Replies: 7
Views: 3717

Cycling with CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia

In 2006 I had a woolly "diagnosis" of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME/Fibromyalgia. Basically these seem to be a diagnosis for lack of energy and general pains where no other conditions can be found (I had tests for Glandular Fever, AIDS/HIV, MS etc). I have always been sceptical that I have/have had one of these as I have mainly been fairly energetic, just running out of steam in fairly spectacular fashion at times.
I have been cycling again since February last year and feel I am doing well with it; I can manage 50+ miles fairly happily. However, my recovery time is very slow in that what seemed a reasonable ride will leave me not wanting to cycle for days afterwards and if I cycle over a number of days (e.g. commuting), I can only manage 150 miles or less in a week.
I would love to enter a LEJOG or similar for next year but am at a loss to know how to push my distances/stamina up. I must admit to not having spoken to the GP about it but suspect (based on previous experiences) that they will just say that I am unreasonable at 42 to expect to do such things.
by Claireysmurf
5 Jun 2012, 5:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cramp
Replies: 11
Views: 3821

Re: Cramp

A friend (no really, genuinely) is an alcoholic who has fallen off the wagon again. She went to see her doctor complaining of the intolerable muscle cramps she was suffering. The GP's advice was obviously to stop drinking but as an interim measure to stop cramp to drink tonic water. Worked for her.
So in a long winded manner +1 for tonic water
by Claireysmurf
5 Jun 2012, 1:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tingly Fngers
Replies: 20
Views: 7106

Re: Tingly Fngers

I have recently had numbness in my left hand to the extent that I couldn't use the STI levers on that side (ie brakes/gears). I think if you search on the werb and even on this forum you will find it is more common than you might think. Two conditions seem to cause it - cycling palsy or carpal tunnel syndrome. Mine has gone after about 10 days but mine came on after much less time on a bike. I have now changed my saddle, stopped wearing a rucksack whilst cycling and bought a stem raiser in the hope that my bad posture can be improved.
by Claireysmurf
4 Jun 2012, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Vantage ?
Replies: 18
Views: 7920

Re: Dawes Vantage ?

I have a Dawes Clubman and think mine is lovely. I have had some trouble getting decent feel and performance from the brakes (but that could be my own lack of DIY skills) and have swapped the pedals (don't like plastic straps for toe clips), saddle (to a Brooks B17) and have a stem raiser fitted and have just added a pannier rack. In spite of all of that I am glad I bought it (£350 secondhand) and it seems to be a fast bike in comparison to a lot of the others I ride with (and I think it is genuinely nice to ride)

I should add that I do look at adverts for Dawes Super & Ultra Galaxy so I hope the OP loves hers.
by Claireysmurf
2 Jun 2012, 7:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: My Bicycling Wish List.
Replies: 12
Views: 6556

Re: My Bicycling Wish List.

Go on a mini cycle tour
Ride a century (managed 69m in a day so far)
Ride some huge hills without getting off or feeling exhausted for a week after
Lose weight (4 stone!)
Ride further between breaks
by Claireysmurf
2 Jun 2012, 7:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Some kind of cycling sickness
Replies: 26
Views: 3420

Re: Some kind of cycling sickness

Bromptons are amazing things - I used mine so much when I was working away. It makes cycling so much easier in those times when a conventional bike would be a nuisance

An example of my 'sickness' is that I am high bidder on this and it is possibly too big for me and is possibly way too similar to my Dawes Clubman.

And I forgot to reply to someone earlier - I don't have a tandem partner
by Claireysmurf
1 Jun 2012, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Some kind of cycling sickness
Replies: 26
Views: 3420

Re: Some kind of cycling sickness

I should add a multi speed hub gear to my list and a roadster (something like Pashley for example).

I'm sorry if I am a disappointment. Space is at a huge premium for me though...
by Claireysmurf
1 Jun 2012, 9:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Some kind of cycling sickness
Replies: 26
Views: 3420

Some kind of cycling sickness

So, I just sold my Kona Dew commuter bike as it wasn't getting used and I found it to be an uninspiring ride. I have recently got rid of my never ridden cheapo quality Chinese folding bike. Getting ride of the unused bikes leaves me feeling cleansed. This now leaves me with my Brompton M3L and my Dawes Clubman.

The Brompton has lain unused for a while, waiting for me to commute again (I'm currently a mature student) while the Clubman gets plenty of use. However, pushing mileage up has shown that the Dawes doesn't fit as well as I thought; so saddle sore and numb hands. So, new Brooks saddle and a stem raiser. hopefully now cured.

Two great and very different bikes.

This is where I need your help. I feel the need for either a tandem, a mountain bike or a better quality tourer. I am currently bidding on an Ellis Briggs tourer on ebay and am always looking at adverts for Dawes Super or Ultra Galaxy (including as a tandem!), Ridegeback Panorama, Raleigh Randonneur.

The local bike shop had a Chopper there yesterday so I was lusting after that.

PLEASE help me, is there a cycle accumulators' anonymous? I need none of these bikes. If you wish to comment to my slightly pointless thread please either treat it as a place for sharing and support if you have a problem too, or wish to suggest rationale so that I could justify buying another bike (the funnier the better preferably)
by Claireysmurf
21 May 2012, 12:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: severn bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 7089

Re: severn bridge

I cycled over the Severn bridge last Saturday. the bridge was closed to traffic so we walked on to the carriageway and a couple of our group had a little cycle on it. We cycled on a bit where we were met by one of the contractors. I was just about to ask him if we could cycle the rest of the way on the main carriageway when he told us that he had called the Police and reported us for cycling on the motorway.
by Claireysmurf
5 May 2012, 6:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On the track
Replies: 0
Views: 2366

On the track

I had a go on Newport Velodrome last week and have another introduction session booked.

I found the track bikes interesting to say the least and am not sure whether I have enough passion to do much on the track.

I have posted a few questions about fitness before including fears for overdoing it. Riding with a social cycling group has shown that I am compararatively fit.

On the track I felt fairly strong and quick but fairly quickly had an asthma attack. Do you have any constructive suggestions as to how to up my fitness enough to sustain a track session. My asthma is generally not an issue but there is a narrow tipping point between feeling ok and it not when pushing hard. I am mainly interested in having the Velodrome as a way of keeping fit through winter and having never been very sporting I would like to try and 'crack it'.

For info, I am 42 F, 5ft 10, 15 stone
by Claireysmurf
16 Apr 2012, 12:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brecon
Replies: 13
Views: 3513

Re: Brecon

These fellas do lovely ice cream in Brecon
by Claireysmurf
13 Apr 2012, 6:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Traffic calming makes me mad
Replies: 43
Views: 4675

Traffic calming makes me mad

I get very annoyed with traffic 'calmed' sections of road as cars rarely respect my right of way (where signage indicates it is right of way for my direction). I took primary position today over a humped zebra crossing and had to do an emergency stop for the car that dashed across their give way markings. I was maybe daft to have slapped their car with an open hand (ie noisy but wouldn't damage it as I was left with a barrage of abuse and someone getting out of the car to come after me.
I do wonder if I am a bit aggressive/passive aggressive as a cyclist but I want my local cycling to be a viable alternative to car use and if I have to stop where I have priority and wait for traffic to clear or be squeezed in to the gutter I am more likely to go back to my car.
Maybe this is a result of the date (Friday the 13th!) as a local letting agent turned across me from the other direction too, almost hitting me and then shouting at me for jumping the traffic lights (I didn't).
I was riding my Brompton rather than my Audax bike and do wonder if people don't expect a Brompton to be ridden at anything other than an elderly snail's pace