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Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:29pm
It's a weird phenomenon but my car gets by as best it can with an mot and service whenever. My bike is fettled and tender washed and polished at least once a week. Can't abide noisy bikes.

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:26pm
Muntjac?

Re: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:25pm
Sorry not yet, diversions needed. Where you coming from?

Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:19pm
Hi all,

Planning a touring weekend and plan to use this bridge. Could anybody tell me if the bridge has been repaired and fully open.

Thanks for any input.

John.

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:11pm
Mark1978 wrote:TT Training can be done on a turbo trainer. Ideal for putting out constant efforts

Hi Mark,
I've got a static bike at home but I'd rather do five hours on the road than one hour on a static and I'm a little old now to be investing in a turbo.
Cheers... Alex

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:02pm
Hi foxyrider, as I said, there is no alternative route. The first 3 miles and the last 4 miles are the flatter bits but these have almost all the zebras etc, the middle portion has better straighter roads but has all the climbing. I'm really impressed if you can ride a ten mile sprint. I'm afraid these days I can only manage a 100 - 150 yards sprint, always uphill though. As well as speed, don't you think that strength and stamina should also be catered for in a ride? It will be interesting, this year to see what time I can achieve in a 10. The last time I raced in the tens was three years ago after I did a whole winter of long slogs up the volcano. I was hoping to improve my times this year but we'll see.
Cheers...Alex

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 5:48pm
My wife reckons, and I think I agree, that it's because we have become a 'use once and throw away' society.

When your washing machine/fridge/phone/TV/microwave/bicycle etc. etc. breaks, if it's out of warranty, chances are most people will chuck it and buy a new one. We are very much encouraged to do this so that we always have the 'latest' version and the economy can forever 'grow'.

Post Armageddon I'm trusting that my skills in building bikes from spare parts will come in handy.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 5:39pm
Suggest that you have a look at the https://pedalportugal.com/ website - they have a number of suggested tour itinararies as well as comprehensive details of campsites and advice re weather etc.

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 5:22pm
TT Training can be done on a turbo trainer. Ideal for putting out constant efforts

Re: The worst training route ever?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 5:18pm
you are training too far! if you want to go faster the ride needs to be just 3/4's of the race distance maximum. A time trial is all about pacing, a ten is really a constant sprint - constant stop/start efforts are no good to you! Can you find say a five mile route to do your effort on with as few turns/interruptions as possible - add in a couple of miles warm up before and a similar afterward to warm down.

Not saying it will work but give it a go - on the other hand you might just be at your maximum potential!

Re: Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 5:02pm
You can only buy Ground Effect stuff from themselves in NZ. So you have to allow for being charged VAT on top of the advertised price, you also get stung by Royal Mail with an £8 charge to take the VAT from you.
Having said that, Ground Effect stuff is excellent.
The Body Bag is very good and will last you for years, I bought one last year now that they are slightly larger and can fit my large size touring bike. We also have an older one which is now 15 years old.

Re: Shropshire

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 4:32pm
Went back to Shropshire last week for some cycle camping. It was glorious weather and some fantastic cycling on very quiet country lanes and also I met up with a certain cyclist and author who frequents these pages

Re: Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 4:26pm
We own some woodland, not extensive, but the rest of the woodland area is huge. We used to have a couple of border collies, sadly gone to the great dog kennel in the sky. I would take them up in the woods every morning. I'm only going back ten years or so.

One morning, I saw an "animal". Maybe 6am in springtime. It loped like a cat, but was much bigger than a domestic cat. Neither of the dogs saw it - both were quite elderly back then ............. but I saw it.

Maybe the size of a labrador dog. Sort of russet/pale brown, and definitely cat-like, and it loped away from us at speed into the undergrowth ........... and was gone.

Never forgotten it and never seen since.

Re: Touring Ireland End to End

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 4:22pm
GigiN7 wrote:@Robing, in your blog you rave about the B&B you stayed in in Sligo as the best of the whole trip.
You don't happen to remember the name of it do you?
We are doing the Donegal section of the Wild Atlantic Way in June, end up in Sligo and could do with a cracking place to rest.
Thanks!

The park house bed and breakfast, not to be confused with the park hotel.
http://www.parkhousebandbsligo.com

Large mystery animal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 4:07pm
On our way back from the club ride today we saw a large animal crossing the road about 100 meters in front of us. It appeared to be dark brown, and about three times the size of any fox I've even seen. I've seen a suspected black puma before, confirmed by others at the time. Any ideas?

Re: Cycle Path Etiquette in the North East (and UK)

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 1:51pm
Vorpal wrote:DaveP wrote:Well there are a few dotted about, usually in city centres, precisely to allow cyclists to proceed against a traffic flow.
I suppose some people just get a taste for it...
When I encounter this I just pull in to the kerb and wait for them to find a way round me. They can see the traffic...
Yes, but contraflow cycle lanes are different. They are designed and signed for contraflow cycling.

And contraflow lanes (cycle or bus ones) are usually laid out so that the vehicles going each way are on the left. I have never seen a contraflow lane which meant that users were riding/driving on the right.

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 1:13pm
Wow, this thread just keeps on going and going, like a cyclist climbing Great Dun Fell with a 12" gear

Seriously though, this thread has been very educational in that it shows the importance of gear choices when touring through hilly/difficulty terrain with equipment.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 12:15pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:I am sure "Mick F" can fix flats
But will have to find the chain first

MikeF vs Mick F

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:38am
I'm an hour older. It still ain't happened to me.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:08am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:In half a century of cycling it ain't happened to me yet, so you'll forgive me if I don't work up a shiver over it.

It does happen though...

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=75362

Conversely, a lot of riders on immaculately maintained machines worth many thousands often ride like prats quite comfortably without the benefit of knackered bikes to help them.

Aren't they called roadies?
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