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Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

20 min 58 sec ago
Replying to the various comments.

In the event, I took a morning out to find some waterproof socks, and in the end I settled for SealSkinz medium weight socks - they have quite a range and the Blacks shop I eventually found some in had a complete stand with several types. I tried a couple of more obvious shops - Halfords, outdoor shops, sports shops etc around Newport in the IoW, but noone had anything until blacks. The price was £30 for a pair, which hurt slightly but is worth it.

My cycling shoes are Shimano AM45's, which have a weather flap, are "recessed cleat" type shoes designed to be reasonably walkable. They look like bootees for teenagers who think they are being cool, but I like dry laces. Those Goretex boots look good, but at £110 a pop I'll wait for a SportPursuit flash sale unless it is critical. My shoes are probably half a size on the large side (47), so the socks improve the comfort. For some reason the Halfords price for these was £67 for a size 47 and £52 for a size 46, but they knocked off £15 when price-matched in the shop with a printout from the Wiggle website.

The socks are very comfortable and I cycled a further 120 miles over the next few days at up to 35 miles a day, with no rubbing of potential sores - the existing slight chafing healed up with a few carefully applied dressings. Recommended, and I will get another pair for Christmas.

@barrym> I have longed to tour, but just don't think I could manage the condition in that environment.

I think it all depends, as does everything with D, on your own circumstances and resilience to different stressors. I've had T1 for about 13 years (now in 40s), and to date I'm OK with circulation etc and always nearly knock the nurse off her feet with my reaction at our annual foot tickling session. I have had a single foot ulcer which started from a rubbing shoe and ended up with a minor operation and 4 weeks for the skin to grow back.

I think that general health makes a huge difference to resilience, and I was willing to relax control a little for 2 weeks to give me an extra margin, plus be careful to be relatively close to civilisation should I have a serious problem (eg never far from mobile phone coverage), emergency rations etc. My only real diversion from a plan for the day was a need to divert over Braden Down in the IoW when I ran into the same flooded section again, which was six miles over a 100m hill on a narrow A road in the dark in a rainstorm and down the other side on the wet leaves. Interesting, but not fun.

I'd say try it starting close to civilisation,. which should let you be in a more controlled environment than eg Iceland.

(Aside: For anyone who doesn't have Type I, the problem discussed here - aside from keeling over completely and ending up in hospital (!) or having to take a timeout for a snack and recovery if your blood sugar goes too low, and the vigilence to avoid it by regular testing - is that if something does go wrong injury wise it can get much worse much more quickly and then take much longer to recover, due to our systems being more "fragile".

That is a particular problem for feet, as a complication of D is poor circulation and consequent slow healing. Another one can be loss of feeling due to damage to peripheral nerves - neuropathy - so you don't notice an injury. Another can be being fed up with dealing with the previous 2 after 25 years of constant vigilance so you ignore them and it gets worth. If you are out with others yyou may feel guilty about making them wait, or have kept quiet about your condition.

A rub which develops into an ulcer can quickly give a nasty pothole-like injury which grows back very slowly - due to the slow healing/poor circulation thing. There is some diabetic foot ulcer porn on Google Images here, but I would not advise it at the same time as Spagheiiti Bolognese or or a pizza.)

I'll be going back in the second half of February (2015) to do some more of the South Coast route, and hopefully "around the IoW" (100km). This time I did Sandown-East Cowes-Sandown in one day. If anyone is interest, send me a PM.


Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

2 hours 8 min ago
Previous threads with information about about keeping feet dry...

There are also a few threads about Cycling with type 1 diabetes, if you are interested. The best way to find them, though, is google or bing. If you do a forum search on diabetes, you'll find that most of the threads are about type 2.

To find them with google, use 'site:forum.CTC.org.uk type 1 diabetes' in the search window.

There was a poll a while ago that had respondents with both type 1 and type 2...

Re: My worst tour, and why..

2 hours 10 min ago
I agree. They're the ones you remember best...

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

2 hours 44 min ago
Just a quick note that I'll respond to this thread in detail now that I am back at the w/e.

(Also had an interesting experience being locked in the airlock of the St Pancras Securacycle facility, since the button is out of sight for not-short people and the notices to find it have been absent for some weeks, according to the nice lady who let me out eventually. For later!)


Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

8 hours 20 min ago
I have a SON 28 dynamo, a Shutter Precision PD-8 Black and a Shimano Deore XT DH-T785 dynamo. I have listed them in the order I rate them from best to worst. That said I really notice little difference between the SON and the Shutter Precision dynamos. The SHimano however does have noticable drag at low speeds which is probably more noticable because it is on my off-road touring bike.

Buying a new now? I would probably consider a Shutter Precision PD-8X.

This is what the Australian distributor, KLite.com.au has to say on them

The new SP PD-8X sets an entirely new standard for hub dynamos. It is more efficient, technologically advanced and simpler than competing hub dynamos while also being 40 grams lighter in weight than any QR15 hub dynamo available. Current tests show the PD-8X to have achieved a new record breaking efficiency of 78 percent (i.e. watts of mechanical energy converted directly in watts of electrical energy - minus wasted muscular effort that would otherwise be propelling rider and bicycle forward), ranking it above the SP 8 series hub dynamos which previously ranked highest in the world at 72 percent.


Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

10 hours 22 min ago
I've got a Specialized Tricross Single, same as being sold in the classifieds but a bigger frame. Decorated it with RoadRacer guards & Tortec Velocity Hybrid rack and running on Conti 25c GP4Seasons tyres. I use it daily for the commute in all weathers and 10" deep water The daily mileage is a little over 20 miles but have gone as far as 50 miles on a day trip. Some hills are a struggle but rather than grinding up as I would on my geared bike I find it best to attack the steeper hills and hope for the best.
It is faster than my geared bike, upto 5 minutes on the 10 mile commute home. As soon as I clock out at work I'm on my time so ride home fast, when I leave home for work I see it as being on work time as soon as I close the front door so don't rush to work.

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

27 November 2014 - 7:15pm
I dont think I would get very far but I would like a try must be cheap on chains etc. Maybe a compromise - 2 speed at the front a normal and a granny ring?

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

27 November 2014 - 5:47pm
I don't ride a SS (yet), but do yearn for that simplicity. I wondered what sort of gearing you all pull. I was talking to a guy from a shop in Wells a while back and he rides 70" <gulp>. I'd have to push it everywhere except for down hill:-(


Re: My worst tour, and why..

27 November 2014 - 5:46pm
Surely the saving aspect of a bad tour is the grim satisfaction you get from looking back at it.

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

27 November 2014 - 5:41pm
I used to use single freewheel over fifty years ago. With my aged legs I haven't the strength for the climbs.
I think it's a good idea in the winter with all the muck on the roads - if you are up to it

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

27 November 2014 - 1:32pm
Paulatic wrote:South West (direction)
Direction to South-West (North-East wind) or South-West wind?

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

27 November 2014 - 1:28pm
South West (direction)

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

27 November 2014 - 1:25pm
andrew_s wrote:The route from Stornoway to Lochmaddy heads SW across wide open ground....
Sorry but what is it SW?

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

27 November 2014 - 1:22pm
Mine I normally go up to around 70 miles on (which is my normal limit on a multi geared bike as well these days), riding out from Birmingham across the gently rolling bits of south staffs and north warcs.

Also use it for club runs as it's faster than my multi geared bikes.

It is a 653 race frame with race blade mud guards and a carradice large saddle bag so it's sort of audaxy by nature. Used to have drops but now fitted with flats due t neck injury.

I find that I enjoy the simple, faff free ride of it.

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

26 November 2014 - 9:56pm
Radomir wrote:"So unless you do get hit by a SW gale and/or do want to go over Bealach na Ba then that may be a better option". Sorry for my English but could you please explain the above more clear (more easy)?
The route from Stornoway to Lochmaddy heads SW across wide open ground with no shelter from the wind at all, and the Western Isles are notorious for being windy. Therefore if there is a gale from the southwest, it will be hard work and you will be better off taking a mainland route, as you will be if the Bealach na Ba is somewhere you want to go.

On the whole I'd rather take the mainland route anyway, though which is best will depend on the weather (it's fairly common for the Isles to have good weather when the mainland is poor, and the other way round).
Between Kylesku and Ullapool, the coast road through Lochinver/Inverpolly/Loch Lurgainn is a lot more scenic than the fairly uninteresting inland main road, though it will add 36 km & 700m climbing.

If you look at routes on http://cycle.travel/map, as well as click for start, click for end, an look at the route, you can also click and drag the route to go somewhere else, and click on the route and "Find photos". This is very useful if the route goes along a track, and you want to know if it is rideable or not. There's a map further down the photo page to show exactly where the photo is taken.

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

26 November 2014 - 8:00pm
Thanks again, Rob.

Whew! We were imagining something like the cycling conditions in Serbia (cycling into Belgrade along EV6 was the worst cycling experience e we've had by some little way).

Yes, we'd definitely leave ourselves time for sight-seeing and soaking up the atmosphere. As far as the cycling is concerned, we'd want to cycle from the southernmost point to the north and then get a bike carrying ferry to Sicily.

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

26 November 2014 - 6:35pm
I cycled a similar route - to Amsterdam, straight across to Berlin, through Dresden to Prague. Definitely don't miss Berlin. For me it's one of the best capitals in Europe. The ride from Amsterdam to Hannover was particularly dull. After that it got a little more interesting but didn't really get going until nearer Berlin. After Berlin, the scenery got much better. Either choose a more southern route to Berlin or get the train for that bit.

Re: UK - Greece (Athens)

26 November 2014 - 6:26pm
I cycled through Greece towards the end of June. It was very hot but doable. Also, don't underestimate the wind.

Albania is good fun. The road surfaces, on the main roads at least, are not as bad as they used to be. Some of the country's main roads are not very main at all but with lots of traffic. And it's nice 'n' cheap.

Have a good trip!

Re: French End to End

26 November 2014 - 5:54pm
I've been doing some preliminary planning for a trip from Barcelona to |Paisley next March/April and came across this dutch site which has a route form Amsterdam to Barcelona. I would use part of this in reverse from Barca to Beziers then take the Canal du Midi north. You might be able to pick it up in Belgium and use it for most of your trip. here's the link: http://www.cyclingeurope.nl/cycling/rou ... /index.php
Good luck with the trip.

Re: UK - Greece (Athens)

26 November 2014 - 5:39pm
thanks for the reply. i agree Italian maps are hopeless!

I want to do this ride next year, and I think now having read up a bit more the Autumn looks like the time to go.

I think 4 weeks would be ideal time. I might have to squeeze it into 3. hmmm


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