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by Claireysmurf
3 Feb 2012, 4:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1192
Views: 339178

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Hi
Just thought I should post a bit here since I have posted on the forum a few times.

Real name: Claire

Age: 42

Location: Penarth, near Cardiff

Bikes owned: A Dawes Clubman Audax that arrived today (still needs to be assembled but VERY excited), a Brompton M3L (hardened suspension block, extra long seat tube, maybe a 6 speed conversion and front rack soon), a Kona Dew City (not sure whether to keep or sell tbh) and a cheapo folding bike that is for sale.

Cycling history: Learnt to balance without stabilisers age 4 and loved cycling as a kid. Found learning to drive the WORST thing I have ever done in terms of cycling. Had a renaissance in cycling aged about 21-Brompton in one go22 and then stopped altogether until last year. Absolutely love the flexibility of the Brompton for mixing trains, cars and bikes. I'm now back at Uni and try to cycle in as much as possible (about a 10 mile round trip). The Dawes and Kona were bought to extend my range; I have cycled almost 40 miles on the Brompton but at my level of fitness that is a lot!

In the future, I want to improve my fitness A LOT and overcome my 'fair weather cycling' attitude to make cycling a 'proper' form of transport for me. Having said that I do own two cars (one a modern VW), the other a 1965 Austin A40.

I am also trying to start a social cycling group called South Wales Easy Cycling for which there is a twitter feed @cardiffbiking and a Facebook group called (funnily enough) South Wales Easy Cycling and email of southwaleseasycycling@gmail.com
by Claireysmurf
1 Feb 2012, 11:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hill Training - on a 3 speed Brompton
Replies: 36
Views: 10436

Re: Hill Training - on a 3 speed Brompton

I have a 3 speed Brompton (an M3L) and find that hills are hard going too. I'm an overweight 42 yo woman and do find the frame feels a bit floppy for getting up on the pedals. I am 5ft 10 and appreciate having an extended seat tube and a harder suspension block (according to Brompton my weight suggests I need one rather than for my athleticism!).
I think keeping the tyre pressures well up really helps lots too. Ultimately, I think that hills really do sort the truly fit from mere mortals. I have toyed with the idea of upgrading to a six speed transmission or if I have a lottery win I'd try a Rohloff conversion.
by Claireysmurf
26 Jan 2012, 8:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ford create energy
Replies: 25
Views: 2079

Re: ford create energy

It's the same technology as BMW and many others use.
The car battery is only charged when the car is braking but it is the engine turning that does the charging not the wheels. Traditionally, the car battery was constantly being charged hence the new technology being more economical.
by Claireysmurf
23 Jan 2012, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looking Femme
Replies: 113
Views: 16265

Re: Looking Femme

Claireysmurf wrote:There does seem to be a move towards 'pretty' cycling. As an overweight, non make up wearing, not very femme 42 yo who sweats like a pig when cycling, this is a bad thing!


Sorry, this isn't a very helpful post for you and a bit off topic!
I think I'm probably jealous of how tall and slim the OP is. I have noticed around Cardiff certainly that there are a lot of cute looking girls who look immaculate on a bike, often riding Pashleys and the like.
Claire
by Claireysmurf
23 Jan 2012, 12:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looking Femme
Replies: 113
Views: 16265

Re: Looking Femme

There does seem to be a move towards 'pretty' cycling. As an overweight, non make up wearing, not very femme 42 yo who sweats like a pig when cycling, this is a bad thing!
by Claireysmurf
16 Jan 2012, 10:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New cyclist looking for some advice
Replies: 38
Views: 4231

Re: New cyclist looking for some advice

Maybe he just thought sod it to the cycling and went back to the gym :)
I'm getting back to cycling after too many years away and it is a big difference between indoor and outdoor exercising
by Claireysmurf
16 Jan 2012, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

I will do a few rides on the new bike to get a feel for the bike and what I can manage before searching out some groups. An acquaintance has mentioned some real ale and cycles (in moderation of course).
by Claireysmurf
16 Jan 2012, 11:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

Re-reading my post, I thought it sounded a bit petulant. I can perfectly understand that at present I might hold a group up, but just to be told no without any constructive suggestions or alternatives sounds like a little clique that will wither and die.
by Claireysmurf
16 Jan 2012, 11:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

Hi all
I ended up clicking BIN on an ebay listing so have committed to a 6 month old Dawes Clubman which looks pretty muchunused and immaculate (for £350). My rationale was that I can up my fitness on this and see where I go in terms of riding and if I do decide to sell it, I can't see me losing much on it.
I have been investigating local rides and groups. One I approached told me that I would hold them up; in view of that approach I can't see myself wanting to ride with them at all :)
Cardiff Ajax has beginners' rides so I will give them a try.
I have always been rather a fair weather cyclist and cycling recently has highlighted my asthma so this is something else to work around
Thanks for all of the suggestions; they haven't been ignored.
Claire
by Claireysmurf
16 Jan 2012, 12:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

horizon wrote:
Claireysmurf wrote:
horizon wrote:

Final point, there's a couple of clubmans on ebay at the moment.

I've already put an offer in on that one. Fingers crossed. If I miss it, I would be interested in a new Dawes Century too. The more aggressive geometry of a sportive puts me off and the potential for more weight on a cyclocross bike too.
by Claireysmurf
15 Jan 2012, 11:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: advice on highlighting my charity
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: advice on highlighting my charity

I am studing Public Relations and Communications at University and would be happy if you wanted to PM me about your ride
Claire
by Claireysmurf
15 Jan 2012, 10:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

horizon wrote:I don't think it's 100% clear yet what the OP needs/wants but being able to talk distinctly about cross bikes, Audax etc makes things an awful sight easier.


As OP, I thought it was fairly clear (to me) from the off that I wanted a tourer (or similar) rather than a hybrid or a full on racer. The suggestion of Audax is a very helpful one and one that I had not considered; it is probably very much like my long departed Viscount Sprint in spirit. I was a little thrown by two bike shops suggesting Cyclocross bikes but I was never that sold on the concept.
I will go to Damian Harris Cycles in Cardiff to try a Dawes Clubman and Dawes Century tomorrow. I think at the moment, I could do with not spending all of my budget tbh but until I have tried both of them and maybe gone to Reg Braddicks too (another long established LBS) I am not making any firm committment to buy.
by Claireysmurf
14 Jan 2012, 4:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

What are the key differences between a cyclo-cross bike and an audax bike please?
A couple of LBS have suggested cyclo-cross machines. I visited Sunset bikes in Cathays in Cardiff today; hadn't heard of Audax!! I did spot a Charge Filter which a quick search shows to be a cyclo-cross machine but too flawed for me I think.
by Claireysmurf
13 Jan 2012, 9:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike choice and fitness
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Bike choice and fitness

I just this minute sold my little old Mini so I have 115 crisp £20 notes in my pocket. That is meant to be my tuition fees for my next semester at Uni.....but......shiny bike.....can I resist....