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Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 6:00pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:A 10 mile walk is no more physically onerous than a 10 mile bike ride.
What?


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Re: Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 6:00pm
DaveP wrote:As earlier advice, put the heaviest stuff at the bottom and as close to the centreline as possible - definitely not all to one side - for very obvious reasons. Put it as far back as possible to reduce the weight on the hitch point. And live with it - there's nothing else to try apart from paying attention to the total load weight.
I currently have both types of trailer and I do find the Yak to be harder work. I'm often conscious of having extra weight to balance, particularly when dis/mounting or pushing. Not so aware when riding, but obviously the bike frame is still seeing these loads.
The yak is obviously better when width might be an issue, and although I haven't tried it I would expect it to be better on really rough ground.
I was surprised to read about your front wheel tending to lift. Yaks mount directly on the axle so shouldn't have this effect,
Unless you mean that it tended to lift if the bike was leant over a bit while pushing... I seem to remember something of the sort happening - the whole rig started to pivot around the rear wheel contact point and the handlebars with the result that the front came off the ground, but sideways. Does that sound about right?

Thats exactly what happens when wheeling around - well described!

Have now got BOB Nutz fitted to mounting points on Surly Troll frame which puts mounting on rear of bike about 30mm higher up and rearwards, but can't see that making a huge difference, will wait and see what happens on Friday when I go shopping!

Re: banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth swit

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 26 April 2016 - 5:52pm
Femke Van den Driessche, banned from cycle racing by UCI.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/36142963

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 5:51pm
I tend to wear a top as well when cycling.


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Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 5:46pm
Hi Sweep, very briefly in answer to your OP, the new inserts are 12mm as opposed to 11mm on the old inserts. I have old rear panniers and new front panniers

I personally haven't had the old inserts pop out. I noticed that Ortlieb claim that the material used on the new inserts will not scuff the racks. Wrong! They do scuff and in my circumstance, the Tara front low loader was badly abraded. I believe that it is because the inserts are 1mm bigger and therefore more slap on them - a term commonly referred to in R&D.

I have followed MartinBrice's idea and fitted the clear plastic tube. The panniers fit a treat. Rattle eliminated. Abrasion eliminated. Possible loss of inserts eliminated. Extended life of panniers racks. The only possible downside is the lack of aesthetic appeal, but that is a small sacrifice given the gains.

I also think the new system is more versatile as regards the different orientations of the fixings, but have to admit that I like the "feel" of the security using the torx screws on the earlier fixings.

I hope this helps.

Thanks for the info MartinBrice.

doodah

banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth switch

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 26 April 2016 - 5:24pm
wow just heard on the 6 0'clock news that a lady cyclist with a name I can't pronounce or spell, has just been banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth switch under her handle bars. I think this was mooted a short time ago here, but not the ban which was then not decided.

banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth switch

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 5:24pm
wow just heard on the 6 0'clock news that a lady cyclist with a name I can't pronounce or spell, has just been banned for having an electric motor and blue tooth switch under her handle bars. I think this was mooted a short time ago here, but not the ban which was then not decided.

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 5:20pm
any kind of track suit type bottom with elasticated waist? can be smart, I got mine some time ago from M&S - didnt come with a top. Thats all I use now for cycling.

Re: Hi all! Cycling to Greece this summer!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 5:07pm
Best of luck, sounds awesome

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 4:37pm
Even rocket science "isn't rocket science" when you think about it, its just that this is an "imposed belief" on everyone to make them assume it is too difficult to understand, so people don't bother looking into it and leave it all down to the "experts" - that in a lot of cases are just playing the system and lying to get more grant money. For example the people that claimed to have discovered a gravity wave didn't, but if they can convince everyone they discovered gravity waves (with the added convenience of having every single educational academy agree with you due to confirmation bias and wanting gravity waves to be there) it is a cakewalk for the brainy people getting that grant money.

If you asked them truthfully what are they really studying, they would probably have to say "Nothing that will accomplish anything, we are just sort of rearranging what we already know and making up new BS for it, but hey it keeps the grant money coming in, want another glass of champagne? Cigar? The caviare is over there if you want some."

Why be an actual physicist if you can be a "theoretical physicist" and never actually contribute anything real to the field or need to? I bet the "theoretical" physicists get paid more than the physicists that deal with known facts, its a sick world, where conjecture, confirmation bias and fantasy passes for "facts".

You can't propel a rocket in a weightless vacuum the way we get told, the rocket has no air to push against to propel it and it would remain fixed, internally stressing itself, pumping all of the force out in the form of a gas cloud, which indeed, would be moving and yes, with 100% of the force. Don't worry, energy isn't being "lost" here! All of the force is all still there, but it wouldn't move the rocket anywhere, it would effortlessly pump the gas out into the vacuum, where it would float away in "space" for "billions" of years.

Space isn't even up there lol, nothing is "floating" and it isn't a vacuum, more of an airless void, but thats technically not a vacuum because lower down there is air and there isn't a barrier to it, I mean you can't have a vacuum connected to a non-vacuum and have it maintain itself, so then what's above us isn't a vacuum, it isn't weightless. Where's the proof apart from stuff shown to us on TV screens? If it is that easy then I guess George Clooney and Sandra Bullock really went into space? They must have because we have the footage on video.

It is rocket science but it isn't hard to understand what I just said (in a nutshell it needs air to push on and air isn't there in a vacuum) and this certainly doesn't need maths, it needs understanding - something that is unfortunately completely lacking from the world of mathematics for some reason, I mean when did you ever hear a mathematician admit hey, this entire premise could be wrong?

Never.

Naive mathematicians that insist on their equations matching reality when they actually don't. Someone needs to tell these people that theories aren't facts because I think they are getting a little bit too carried away with it.

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." - Nikola Tesla

Amen to that.

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 4:34pm
www.eastcoast.co.uk. Just add the number of bikes you want when you reach the seat reservation page. Works for any train operator.


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Re: Cairnryan to Ardrossan

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:43pm
Thanks for the Ballycastle departures. Very attractive but as they are subject to weather planning is difficult. In my youth I could make it up as I went along but now I am an old man I do not handle uncertainties very well.
Best wishes

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:39pm
Phil66 wrote:Does anybody know any good sites online for casual cycle wear. Ride to the pub, into town, and still look normal when you're walking around the shops, that sort of thing.
Jeans on the bike just seem to cut me right in half, exactly where I shouldn't be

I've been told that jeans are particularly bad for that, plus awkward to keep in clips. Most chinos or office trousers have softer seams under there, so are fine for short rides. Walking trousers are mostly even better, designed to avoid having rubbing seams. Cycling chinos (like the recently-discontinued M&S ones) have extra padding over that seam.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:22pm
When I did the trip in October we had to stop at 1.30pm ish as it got too hot to ride. Leaving Porto it is pretty flat and good riding for many miles. Eventually the road becomes too busy and dangerous and one is forced to head inland. In hindsight I would stay away from the Spanish border and head down the centre to Faro from Evora. It's pretty flat heading out of Evora. I never thought the hills were that bad as long as you stayed away from the rivers and I'm not a hill climber. I would not bother camping. Accommodation is so cheap. The trip is in my blog.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:08pm
meic wrote:We havent even managed to get CPR on the syllabus.
Where would we find a teacher who knows any of that anyway?

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 3:07pm
I'm thinking taking bikes on trains is like more torturous that a stay in Gitmo. Problems,problems. Or no?

Thinking about holidaying in the Hebrides. To get a 'reasonable' return price on the train(s),I book the price online,right? But then can this be done easily when you want the separate(?)companies trains to take the two bikes? Without applying to Oxford for mathematics/computer studies,can booking this transport be readily(easily)done?

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:03pm
We havent even managed to get CPR on the syllabus.
Where would we find a teacher who knows any of that anyway?

Re: Casual cycle clothes

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 26 April 2016 - 3:00pm
To the shops, to visit friends, Audax or an 1100 mile camping tour of France, I wear these.

http://www.rohan.co.uk/mens-bargain-tra ... e=03598730

I used some elastic cord threaded inside the hem to keep the bottoms from getting overly intimate with the chain.
Both legs (not because I have a tandem but because it would look silly otherwise).

They dry out very rapidly and are quite windproof, which are the important things.

Re: Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping to

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 April 2016 - 2:53pm
Lisbon to Bilbao has been on my to do list for a couple of years so it will be interesting to hear any feedback if you do make the trip.
Friends of mine toured a few years ago from Faro up to Porto in August. They found it very hot. They where riding 6 - 9 am and then 6 - 9 pm. They were camping and found they had difficulty sleeping due to the heat even with no flysheet on the tent. Perhaps it was a particularly hot year?
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