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by Claireysmurf
12 Apr 2012, 10:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Accomidation in Merthyer Tydfil
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Re: Accomidation in Merthyer Tydfil

A friend's parents rent out their self contained one bedroom annexe in Llangynidr. It is 200 yards from the canal that runs to Abergavenny and Brecon (it is half way between both) and very close to Crickhowell and the reservoir at Talybont on Usk. A beautiful area of the country.
Details are on https://www.facebook.com/SelfCateringLlangynidr?ref=ts
by Claireysmurf
12 Apr 2012, 12:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster model.
Replies: 5
Views: 4258

Re: Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster model.

Wow, this looks really good.
The style of car makes me hope that someone has built a Bugs Malone style 1920s car with pedals. That would be quite something!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjnm7Tjj3UE&feature=related The cars appear at 3mins 36
by Claireysmurf
11 Apr 2012, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton telescopic seat post and rolling the Brompton
Replies: 6
Views: 1594

Re: Brompton telescopic seat post and rolling the Brompton

I don't think I have seen a telescopic seat post on a Brompton but I do have an extra long one (I'm a chubby 5ft 11 woman). I find it no different to the normal seat post other than when folded it is slightly taller than normal (the bottom of the seat tube will scrape the ground otherwise).
by Claireysmurf
11 Apr 2012, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thoughts/Advice on Brompton hub on ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: Thoughts/Advice on Brompton hub on ebay

Thanks both, great advice.
I think I should maybe save my pennies and wait then :)
by Claireysmurf
10 Apr 2012, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thoughts/Advice on Brompton hub on ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Thoughts/Advice on Brompton hub on ebay

I have a Brompton M3L and love it but would like more range to the gears. There is a Brompton 8 speed hub wheel on ebay (obviously an after market conversion). Does anyone have any thoughts on a conversion such as this (e.g. likely performance, how seamless a conversion it would be etc)
[url http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brompton-8-Sp ... 4602a39e7f][/url]
by Claireysmurf
9 Apr 2012, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Pure bred greyhounds only really need two twenty minute walks a day - they are such couch potatoes
by Claireysmurf
9 Apr 2012, 10:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

reohn2 wrote:
Trigger wrote:This thread makes me think of my Dad, he retired at 63 about 18 months ago and now does the square root of f*** all.

He's type 2 mature onset diabetic and in January this year suffered a cerebral neuropathy which has effected one of his eyes and has to wear an eye patch since as he can't control one eye properly.

Literally since stopping work it's been steadily down hill, he's the typical example of someone who lived to work rather than worked to live. He's never had any hobbies or interests so now he doesn't know what to do with himself, no interest in any exercise all he does is sit around watching mindless TV or browsing the internet, sad to see really.

Not a nice thing to say about your own Dad but I can't see him lasting long post retirement if he carries on like this, and the saddest part is I don't think he really cares.

I wish he'd have been like some of you lot and taken up some form of exercise through middle age into his retirement.

Buy him a dog.


A greyhound or lurcher make a great dog for older people, as does a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. I've had 4 greyhounds
by Claireysmurf
9 Apr 2012, 12:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

For me it isn't as straightforward as that though - I have been cycling pretty regularly for over a year and pushing my distance up but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to my successful and less successful days
by Claireysmurf
8 Apr 2012, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Maybe an example of why I sometimes worry is that on Thursday I did a shortish (20m approx) ride with a much younger friend who is training for a triathlon and it was great, apart from I overdid it. I reckon on maintaining 10-12mph on a ride and we managed a real, measured average of 16mph on a route that may have seen me manage 18mph average in my car.
Afterwards my chest was tight for about 18 hours and I felt exhaustion the next day in a way I find hard to describe (not muscle achey).
I seem to be improving in fitness but not nearly as well as I feel I should be. I suspect that I have had a virus or similar and this has dulled my cycling for the last 6 weeks or so; the doctor seemed unconcerned when I saw he.
I keep thinking I am over it, have a great cycling week and then need to take it easy for longer than I want to.

If it helps,I am now considering an SLR camera
by Claireysmurf
7 Apr 2012, 1:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To Brooks or not to Brooks....
Replies: 75
Views: 7336

Re: To Brooks or not to Brooks....

mrjemm wrote: it's a bit of a pain t'bum to get pliers up there.


I'm immature I know but maybe you shouldn't be putting your pliers there :shock:
by Claireysmurf
5 Apr 2012, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

I'm feeling excluded from this thread as I don't own an SLR
by Claireysmurf
4 Apr 2012, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Have I just wandered into a parallel forum?
by Claireysmurf
3 Apr 2012, 3:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

I hurt my achilles last year and haven't jogged since :D The Doctor said it was 'my age'. Cheek.

I think that whilst I may be 4 stone overweight, I perhaps am not as big as you may think. Certainly hill walking up Pen-y-Fan or other hard walking has been fine.

Swallow, that's amazing; well done you - very inspirational.
by Claireysmurf
3 Apr 2012, 9:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Sounds like great advice thanks
by Claireysmurf
3 Apr 2012, 8:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Blimey, the tone of the thread seems to be becoming more pessimistic. Does anyone use a heart rate monitor whilst cycling?
I seem to recall in the gym last year my heart rate whilst treadmill walking was about 110 rising to about 140 for jogging. Intervals of sprinting never saw it go above 150 something. Am I right in thinking that peak heart rate should be roughly 220- your age and that it is better to sit below 80% of that?
My fitness level at the moment seems to find that extreme sprints or real killer hills really shorten my ride considerably.
Any suggestions for Jem too?
Thanks all