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by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

meic wrote:That sounds pretty normal for me whilst in town. As a cyclist you find it improves your ability to be in a safer position if you apply full power for short bursts on a frequent basis. You really get into the swing of it.
Then when I get back out to the countryside it is more sedate but relentless.

I suspect that leaping straight into that sort of commuting from nothing may be problematic.


I've been commuting a few days a week since late September but had much of November away from cycling. I can choose not to embrace racing taxis and buses by going through a park but tend to prefer to use roads tbh. For about two miles I reckon I am faster than any car across Cardiff without pavement riding or jumping lights whether on the Brompton or my Dawes Clubman but when the roads open up I tend to back off.
A lot of my older role models have been very sedentary or gentle in their exercise so even being able to do what I can at the moment (50 miles commuting, 70 miles rides this week) has opened my eyes that I don't need a shawl just yet
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Interesting and optimistic replies thank you

My friend has apparently had a blood clot but looks to be fine.

I think my reason for posting is that my lack of fitness with a lack of realisation that I'm no longer 20 (I'm almost 43) means that I push myself quite hard at times and do sweat profusely, feel nauseous, out of breath and occasionally like my heart is going to explode (and this is just a commute through the centre of Cardiff!!). BUT it is getting easier and feels GREAT
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Re: Risks of increasing exercise?

Good answer :)
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 5:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of increasing exercise?
Replies: 59
Views: 5959

Risks of increasing exercise?

Inspired by the 'Heart Health' thread, I thought I should go off on my own tangent here.

I have just heard that a school friend who is 41 has just had a stroke. In the last few years he has stopped smoking, become vegetarian and lost 8 stone in weight.

I have 4 stone to lose, am asthmatic and have highish blood pressure and have come back to cycling in the last year. I have managed a couple of 50 mile rides lately, can outride a couple of twenty somethings I know and have a fairly clear bill of health (including some ECGs a few years ago). My heart has really pounded on a few hills but generally I feel great. In view of people like 23 year old Fabrice Muamba having a cardiac arrest, a poor bloke of 39 dying during a half marathon at the weekend and a 47 year old Devon football player dying after a game, it has opened my eyes a bit.

I always assume myself to be bulletproof. Should I be more careful/more worried?
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 12:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: pedals, tandem and perfect kissing
Replies: 34
Views: 5011

Re: pedals, tandem and perfect kissing

I saw a tandem on a NCN route yesterday and although the couple were far from young they were a fearsome duo and they didn't appear to be using anything other than ordinary pedals. I have often felt intimidated by large 4 x 4s, lorries and buses when driving or cycling that have appeared to have been going much quicker than anticipated; the same was true of these two. I must admit that they made me laugh trying to get through the pinch gates; they didn't look so smug then :roll:
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heart Health
Replies: 18
Views: 2136

Re: Heart Health

I must admit that as a (4 stone overweight) asthmatic with raised blood pressure and an improving but by no means great cyclist, I do worry about my heart health when pushing up steep hills but as yet have had no real problems (thundering heart and slight nauseas aside). I guess I have unAthletic Heart Syndrome :shock:
by Claireysmurf
2 Apr 2012, 10:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding with a newish rider.
Replies: 9
Views: 2555

Re: Riding with a newish rider.

I'm a cycling returner and bought a Brompton M3L to use to get to the station and soon found myself going out for longer rides on it and have since bought a Dawes Clubman and a Kona Dew City FRR (catchy name eh).

From puffing and panting to cycle 3 miles each way, I have done a few Sunday 50 mile rides and try and use my bike to commute the four miles in to Cardiff as it is faster door to door than driving or cycling.

I am a mature Uni student and was driving up to 35,000 miles a year and so to cut my driving right back is a privilege but I do worry that I may have to slip back in to that old lifestyle (my worst daily commute was six months of 150 miles a day) if I end up contracting again.

As a Uni social media project and a genuine passion, I am trying to encourage non cyclists to return or new cyclists to start. I have a Facebook page called http://www.facebook.com/EasyCycling and a blog called http://www.easycyclingblog.wordpress.com and post on Twitter as http://www.twitter.com/cardiffbiking

I am also trying to run rides in the Cardiff area that are inclusive (I was turned away by a cycling club) and are sociable and these can be found at [url]https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/178567758910045/][/url]

I would love to see comments and Likes/followers to make this a viable project for the longer term, not just for University.

Sorry for the multitude of plugs but I am very keen to encourage cyclists and find new friendly faces in the Cardiff area. I am a bit gutted that I have lost so many cycling years but at 42 I hope I have plenty of time left :D
by Claireysmurf
24 Mar 2012, 9:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Southampton cycling
Replies: 16
Views: 3780

Re: Southampton cycling

A VERY quick internet search found quite a lot of stuff including this http://www.southampton.gov.uk/Images/bikeguide_tcm46-236513.pdf
by Claireysmurf
8 Feb 2012, 11:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling 'incident' Statistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1139

Re: Cycling 'incident' Statistics

I did about 10 miles from Penarth to Cardiff and back today- main road and inner city stuff.
Took primary on one section where I have been cut up badly by left turners on a small roundabout and as a result some young bloke in an old banger took delight in intimidating me (he was grinning ear to ear as I pulled over) and then two cars came terrifyingly close when i was stopped in the right hand lane waiting for the right turn filter to come on and a few cars wanted to treat that lane (clearly marked as a right turn lane only) to overtake. The car count must have been very high today

Yesterday was less dangerous for the same journey, the only highlight being the 4x4 that went the wrong side of a traffic bollard to avoid having to slow down for me!
by Claireysmurf
7 Feb 2012, 10:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Badge
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Badge

I have just bought a 1965 Austin A40 which I think has a CTC badge on the radiator grille (the one on the far right)
Could anyone date it for me please (my guess is about 1970, possibly later)? The car is 100 miles away having some fettling done so I can't take a better photo
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by Claireysmurf
6 Feb 2012, 10:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I need a new job...
Replies: 44
Views: 8959

Re: I need a new job...

Maybe you need to go on a small business course?
If you have ideas of starting a small bike shop, work out a personal survival budget first. That is a total of ALL of the things that you spend money on each month and it needs to be a realistic figure rather than an utter, miserable minimum so would need to include clothing, holidays, entertainment etc. This gives you a start point for working out how much you need to make from a business.
As you are IT literate why not consider selling accessories or refurbished bikes online?
Do you live in a touristy bit of wales (you have told me sorry) - maybe you could work out some form of bike rental business, perhaps including guided and self guided tours?
My home town (Penarth) has a small bike shop that sells used bikes, a few low end new bikes, accessories and does repairs. It seems to support two people. I have used it a couple of times and it is a refreshing change to some of the bigger 'more polished' bike shops and certainly to Halfords.
I could maybe help with publicity and marketing (at least by talking you through some ideas)
Claire
by Claireysmurf
5 Feb 2012, 7:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Faulty car headlights
Replies: 47
Views: 4198

Re: Faulty car headlights

I have Keritaconus (not sure if that is how it is spelt) and a result of this is that I am easily dazzled by strong lights and year on year I find lights getting worse even though I am assured that the eye problem hasn't got worse. I particularly find that xenon and bi-xenon headlights are terrible things and find Renaults and Peugeots to be worse than other makes; I have no idea why.
by Claireysmurf
4 Feb 2012, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Knee problems
Replies: 44
Views: 4987

Re: Knee problems

Surely a well set up bike is better for sore knees than walking?
I'm 42 and my knees have been less stiff in the year that I have been cycling again. The only time I have had an issue is when I took a tumble, hit my knee and it was pretty swollen! Again cycling was easier than walking.
Others with better technical understanding will no doubt advise but do not overstrained your knees by having the saddle far too high (don't lock your leg straight out at the bottom of the stroke) and don't pull overly tall gears. Listen to your joints; if necessary wear an elasticated bandage or a knee support and do stretches before and after exercise. Many people cycle well in to their seventies and beyond so I don't think it should be a worry for you if your Doctor seems unconcerned.
by Claireysmurf
3 Feb 2012, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick release blues
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Quick release blues

Thanks - done now :D
A quick prise was all it needed - I had already taken the brakes off (yes this is the first bike I have assembled!)
Now for my first ride on it - up and down my road, check, then a proper ride (with some tools).
It (Dawes Clubman) is looking good.
by Claireysmurf
3 Feb 2012, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick release blues
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Quick release blues

I couldn't find what I want from a quick forum search...apologies if it has already been covered...

I seem to have an uneasy relationship with quick release wheels. I understand their purpose and their benefits BUT....

I sometimes have difficulties either in getting the wheel on or off. I have just received a Dawes Clubman today which needs some assembly. I have just put the front wheel on and it was awkward to get on. Now I find that I should have put the mudguard on before the wheel. Easy enough obviously, except I cannot get the wheel off now. I have undone both sides of the quick release and removed the mini 'axle' but still I cannot budge the wheel. I am not great at brute force and the forks are carbon fibre. Any suggestions for this instance and generally please? (I struggle with the quick releases for my Kona too but never used to with the 1980s tourer and 1990s hybrid I owned)