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Re: Does this annoy anyone or just me?

8 April 2016 - 8:00am
The advantage of driving a police car is that it's always someone else's fault.

Re: Does this annoy anyone or just me?

8 April 2016 - 7:52am
Yeah, I've always thought I must be a very poor driver, cos I don't have their amazing ability to see round blind bends

Re: Does this annoy anyone or just me?

8 April 2016 - 7:15am
must be "just you"! This was, clearly, a "good" driver with all the skill necessary to pull this kind of manoeuvre when a "poor" driver might not have the skill or the will to do it. I always bear in mind a statistic that I read somewhere - about 70% of drivers call themselves "above average".

Sherwood Pines to Pleasely off road

8 April 2016 - 7:06am
Is there anyone out there who can tell me the best route from Sherwood Pines visitor centre to Pleasley (the Pheonix Trails) off road or off road/quiet road please?

Re: Noob in need of advice (Terribly unfit)

8 April 2016 - 3:09am
warrmr wrote:its a totally different world today.

Everything is better now IMO but there's a lot more gimmicky stuff that didn't need changing, like Octalink v2. It even has to be called "v2" because v1's splines were too shallow, great, really inspiring... when square taper had worked for decades!

I have never seen a photo of a cracked crank cracked at the square hole, maybe it has happened I don't know.

Of course you need a £5 plug "tool" in addition to a crank puller now on Octalink v2, as opposed to just a crank puller.

warrmr wrote:I put everything into the ride to do it in the shortest time.

No, don't set off in anger!

Pedal fast in a lower gear.

Unless you're aiming at doing a "HITT session" - not enjoyable - but apparently gets you fitter faster. I think its dangerous though to just recommend it straight of not knowing who it is being recommended to. Pacing yourself is always safe but I think more rewarding mentally as well.

warrmr wrote:Felt fine while on the bike just breathing heavy, the second I got off the bike I could hardly stand and I felt light headed but was normal after a while. This was my last time on a bike as I gave the bike to my sister for university.

Pasta, rice, bananas. If I get in from a ride and bend down stroking my dog, then stand up too fast I think wow and get light headed. I smoked for 20 years and was in a right state at one point (around 2010 when I got a bike again after about 15 years the same as you and joining my first bike forum BR, got banned though lol, its better here anyway, just kidding both sites are invaluable in different ways).

warrmr wrote:This was done on a Saracen Raw full sus bike which is massively heavier than the bike I have just purchased.

I used to use a Triban 3 but after 2 years of "bracing myself" everywhere I rode, I'd had enough so I put 700c rims on a 26" full suspension MTB, its heavy but I haven't regretted doing it, then again I am in no rush and want to get fitter, but the heavier bike will mean I probably can't do the truly epic rides like 80 miles. What am I on about I have never even ridden 80 miles in one go lol. 50 miles yes. And it was on a cheap heavy full suspension MTB with fat slicks on.

Due to the gearing on a MTB it gives me that freedom to go anywhere, I have to go up a hill to really think its worthwhile doing a long ride.

warrmr wrote:I was also a heavy kid that hated sport but cycling/sailing felt like a passtime rather than a sport.

Same here, it exponentially gets worse the less I exercise.

I also remember darting around like a spring chicken, I think its possible to get it back at 30/40/50 and 60+. If a rider aged 65 was in the saddle only from age 55, he is still going to be a safe rider.

warrmr wrote:How would you go about planning your first few rides, and what kind of duration?

Avoid hills at first.

You may very well end up putting a MTB cassette on it, its a game changer if you're legs can't handle a road cassette, especially on a road bike. A road bike itself makes lower gearing "lower" than equivalently lower gearing on a MTB, because of the road bike being so much more nimble to start with.

warrmr wrote:I would like to say im going to ride for 2 hours and not care about distance but am not sure thats a good idea for my first few outings.

We should have bets on it.

2-1 that you go more than 15 miles.
3-1 that you go "up to" 20 miles.
4-1 that you go more than 20 miles.
5-1 that you go 25 miles.

My average speed, along a canal path on my full suspension MTB was something like 8.25 MPH on very short rides, 3 miles etc. That was the very beginning when I was smoking heavily and basically biking at that point to try to stay alive at all, thats how unfit I felt. Thank god ecigs came around.

warrmr wrote:What do you guys do for evening/after work rides where time is limited?

Hammer it.

Hammering it though should have a warm up and that takes up time.

Re: Noob in need of advice (Terribly unfit)

7 April 2016 - 9:32pm
There is a certain amount of breaking in of one's backside to the saddle. Padded shorts don't help much with that.

Padded shorts are kind of a personal choice. some people like them, some don't. More of your discomfort was probably due to it being an unaccustomed activity.

Don't wear jeans, or anything with thick seams. Try track suit bottoms or comfortable trousers. Try cycling shorts, if you want to, or shorts for general sporting wear. If you aren't so keen to wear lycra, something like mountain biking 'baggies' might suit, or touring shorts. Or wear padded underpants with your usual clothes.

I'm glad your ride home was a success.

Re: Punctured!

7 April 2016 - 8:41pm
bottles are the way forward - strong and easily recycled!

Re: Punctured!

7 April 2016 - 8:03pm
Lager? I thought you said beer?

Re: Punctured!

7 April 2016 - 7:51pm
Flinders wrote::(
Modern beer cans are so flimsy they can split if you knock them on just about anything.
Your right of course, but it's the first time it's happened to me , perhaps I've been lucky so far (I do like to partake of ale upon a regular basis it has to be said )
I do carry lots of bits and pieces with me on a ride ,so perhaps the can was punctured by one of these.
I have got an old pair of fur lined ugg boot slipper things ,that I sometimes put my flask in on colder weather rides, i may have to switch those to Lager transportation duties when the scorching ,cloudless ,endless blue sky days of Summer are upon us.
Yeah right!

Andy

Re: Tacks on the cycle path in Swansea

7 April 2016 - 7:40pm
HoratioWondersocks wrote:Hello
Another culprit in the campaign to puncture our tyres ,certainly in my area are the bin men, why they can't get the glass into the bin lorry is beyond me .Have complained to council ,but it still goes on.
The shear amount of glass in the road means this not a Johny thicko, Friday night drunk ,lets get anti social thing, and I've actually seen the bin lorries in the area ,after I have come across ,and fortunately avoided the spilt glass (so far).
There appears to be no obligation on there part to clear up the spillage THEY leave.
I don't know how car tyres would be affected by this problem(some of the broken bits are large and very sharp), but I assume that most of the bin men are drivers ,so its a bit dumb to spread broken glass everywhere.

Cheers Andy

I think that's what you get when you work people so hard that they can't spare the time to clean up as they go. I think they call it efficiency. I call it false economy.

Re: Tacks on the cycle path in Swansea

7 April 2016 - 7:33pm
Hello
Another culprit in the campaign to puncture our tyres ,certainly in my area are the bin men, why they can't get the glass into the bin lorry is beyond me .Have complained to council ,but it still goes on.
The shear amount of glass in the road means this not a Johny thicko, Friday night drunk ,lets get anti social thing, and I've actually seen the bin lorries in the area ,after I have come across ,and fortunately avoided the spilt glass (so far).
There appears to be no obligation on there part to clear up the spillage THEY leave.
I don't know how car tyres would be affected by this problem(some of the broken bits are large and very sharp), but I assume that most of the bin men are drivers ,so its a bit dumb to spread broken glass everywhere.

Cheers Andy

Re: Punctured!

7 April 2016 - 7:22pm

Modern beer cans are so flimsy they can split if you knock them on just about anything.

Re: Punctured!

7 April 2016 - 7:14pm
Hello All
The beer is most definitely for post cycling recreational purposes only.
It's dangerous enough out there ,without adding alcahol into the mix, but apre pedals!
Most excellent matey!

Re: and you thought you had a heavy load?

7 April 2016 - 7:07pm
And to think I worry (iam a bit of kitchen sink neurotic rider)when I take pump ,tyre levers ,some tools ,spanner in case pedals come loose ,tubes etc etc and this supplemented in summer with bottled water, flask ,sandwiches ,some spare cash et al.
I am convinced my wheels will buckle at any moment.
Looking at those pictures does ease my mind somewhat .

But then again perhaps.........
Such a worry this cycling malarky.

Re: Noob in need of advice (Terribly unfit)

7 April 2016 - 6:51pm
Lidl and Aldi cycle clotheing is often well thought-of, and cheap. Good place to start.
I think they both have some in right now, could be last weeks special offer ?
Get cheap, you may be about to lose some lard sothey wont fit....

Padding - saddles often dont suit bums
Get vaguely a bit fitter than you are, bum muscles will tone up a bit, supporting your bulk on the seat better.
You may eventually want a different saddle but thats anther subject, choice is a very personal thing.

Re: This morning...

7 April 2016 - 4:42pm
And he has phoned me to check that the stuff has arrived...

Re: Noob in need of advice (Terribly unfit)

7 April 2016 - 4:08pm
If you're serious about getting fit I can strongly recommend MyFitnessPal and I realise this might be sacrilegious, but the couch-to-5k http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/c ... -plan.aspx is an awesome way to get fit. I say this as a guy who is 1.78m and weighed 112kg when he started the c25k, now 75kg.

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

7 April 2016 - 1:31pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Also bells are notoriously fragile.
This one looks like to might be OK, I still can't find anyone that sells any like on MicroBob's trike.

https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/xtr ... -ring-bell
Still looks a bit plasticky to me and unlikely to survive being knocked while the bike's parked or if it should fall over

I think the key things to look for in a bell to be hardwearing are as many metal parts as possible and as few exposed parts sticking out as possible. Adie, Acor and Widek tend to do well at that and are available from many retailers. Dyto make some that look like Adie's but have vital elements replaced with plastic that break easily.

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

7 April 2016 - 1:20pm
Also bells are notoriously fragile.
This one looks like to might be OK, I still can't find anyone that sells any like on MicroBob's trike.

https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/xtr ... -ring-bell

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

7 April 2016 - 12:31pm
jan19 wrote:You can't win with bells. There was one time I used mine (politely, just a "ding") to warn an elderly couple who were walking on the shared cycle way that I was coming past (on the grass verge, giving them a wide berth, but just warning them I was there) only to have both if them give me a mouthful because apparently I'd made them jump!

I tend to shout "cyclist coming by" or some such now.

JanIn my experience you win 95% of the time; there'll always be somebody who is intolerant of cyclists or a "plugged in" jogger. Some people maybe deaf and won't hear a voice, bell or anything - something we all should be aware of. But for most people a bell is extremely audible at some distance - much greater than a human voice and anyway I wouldn't want to travel "shouting my head off". I wouldn't "ding" anyone that I was coming past, but I would "ding" well before that. As an experiment you can ring and see at what distance people respond. You may be surprised. Of course it depends on the general noise level as well, but at nearly 15 mph on a route away from excessive noise a ring at 50yds will give about 8secs warning - plenty of time for them or you to react.
 
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