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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

10 July 2014 - 8:09pm
pedalsheep wrote:I bought this very cheaply last year from a clearance bookshop as it had a slight printing fault. Its OK but its basically a book for looking at the pictures rather than actually reading. They were accompanied by a professional photographer and some of the pictures are excellent but the text is rather banal - mostly just blokey banter. Its a nice coffee table book but I wouldn't call it a good read.

So it looks nice good enough for a gift if I don't find something better!
Thx!

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 7:51pm
Sounds like a different style of riding than touring. Maybe I'll start a poll asking who rides out of the saddle while touring, as this is not the first suggestion of it.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

10 July 2014 - 7:42pm
Smidge is great. primarily meant to repel midges, works well for me against all flying beasties including my nemesis the horsefly! and it's quite pleasant stuff to apply unlike deet.

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 5:12pm
Hi,
Its possible top use grippy shoes and pedals, but clips and straps, with straps loose not tightened, your foot position is assured, assuming you set it correct in the first place.

Free Play pedals have I thing oddles of settable free play I dont like the idea................

Grippy pedals and shoes yes that is what I use too.

And here's the Secret I.M.O. once the pedal is loaded with foot on the main power segment of crank angle, the foot should not twist / rotate at all , with exception of the give of the rubber sole of shoe.
You can have clips without straps, this just positions the ball of foot in the correct (predetermined by user) for and aft to the pedal spindle.
Much climbing out of saddle over say 50 / 100 or more miles, it will be dificult to garentee foot to pedal position for and aft, even if you ignore any other errors that might creep in like rotation of foot , the pedal crank will act as a stop for sideways position though..................

Re: Normandy Queries

10 July 2014 - 4:04pm
Thanks John, that sounds good. As I said, I did the D-Day beaches a few years ago and got the impression online that the site was prone to thefts etc, with persons entering from the adjacent track / path that follos the river, so camped instead a bit further along near Pegasus Bridge. I'm off on Monday and as this time will be catching the early ferry back the Pommiers campsite is clearly very convenient.

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 3:35pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:The problem with cycling with no device for feet is that your feet will creep around on the pedals and if they twist a little and you then continue to cycle this can then lead to knee pain.
I'm 90% convinced that this is a myth. If you have stout shoes and good grippy pedals, such as Vavert Leisure pedals or ye olde rubber blocks, then your foot will not creep around. Even if it moves out of place (unexpectedly hitting rough ground with one foot completely unloaded, perhaps), learn what's right, look occasionally and put it right - you can do that easily because it's not clipped in.

I feel you're as likely to suffer problems from getting the clips, cleats or straps set up wrong and holding your foot in a bad place; and infinitely more likely to hurt yourself by falling when you fail to get the foot out. Unless you're really willing to sacrifice a little efficiency for the tiny extra peak power (racing, in other words), I don't think they're worth it.

But I'd agree that saddle height and gear choice are more important.

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 12:38pm
On Hadrians wall cycleway now. Lower gears and higher saddle appear to be working. 35 miles before lunch with panniers.

Re: Tyre pressure.

10 July 2014 - 12:09pm
I had this happen too recently. I had inadvertantly put a tube in that was too small for my 37mm tyres. Went like a pistol shot and split for about 4 inches near the valve. Check that the inner tube is the correct size.

Al

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 11:09am
I agree with Nuke, riding overgeared is to be avoided. I had knee pain on a European tour and the problem was solved by using lower gears and increasing cadence.

If it continues, ignore amateurs like me and see your doc asap.

John

Re: Normandy Queries

10 July 2014 - 11:04am
I've stayed at the Oistreham camp-site along the canal just outside the ferry terminal (Les Pommiers.)
Found it fine and a good base for exploring the local WW2 remains but also handy for going up to Caen on the cycle path along the canal.

The baker comes at 8 just as with most French camp-sites. A McDonald's place is 5 min away for the free wi-fi and a coffee.

I just turned up on 10th July and there were quite a few places. It isn't one of those camp-sites where they have an area set aside for those who arrive on bikes.

Certainly use it again

John

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

10 July 2014 - 10:43am
...and now I'm thinking, "What if the TdM goes down one of them missing lanes!?"

Re: Tyre pressure.

10 July 2014 - 9:49am
Have you checked to see if it's a rim tape problem?

I've had a couple of punctures like this, once with an incorrectly seated rim tape, and I think the other time was after I got my first track pump and started using higher pressures. In both cases I covered quite a few miles before the tubes went.

Easily diagnosed by looking at the location of the puncture.

Re: Tyre pressure.

10 July 2014 - 9:22am
Sorry for not coming back sooner.

Tyre is one I got in France called a GRL CRUZ on an Alex Rim. The Tyre is meant to be the next best thing to a Schwalbe Marathon Plus, if you believe what you're told by the bloke selling it to you.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

10 July 2014 - 9:19am
Spoke wrote
am looking for a similar thing (for a gift).

I found this one "12 Months in the Saddle"
http://www.bicycle-discounts.com/access ... epic-rides

And according to this review http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/ ... 66339.html
and http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/ ... the-saddle
it looks interesting.

I especially like the fact that the riders seems to be 'ordinary' people (MAMILs) going for an extra ordinary experience.

Did anybody read it?

I bought this very cheaply last year from a clearance bookshop as it had a slight printing fault. Its OK but its basically a book for looking at the pictures rather than actually reading. They were accompanied by a professional photographer and some of the pictures are excellent but the text is rather banal - mostly just blokey banter. Its a nice coffee table book but I wouldn't call it a good read.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

10 July 2014 - 8:06am
I am looking for a similar thing (for a gift).

I found this one "12 Months in the Saddle"
http://www.bicycle-discounts.com/access ... epic-rides

And according to this review http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/ ... 66339.html
and http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/ ... the-saddle
it looks interesting.

I especially like the fact that the riders seems to be 'ordinary' people (MAMILs) going for an extra ordinary experience.

Did anybody read it?

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

10 July 2014 - 7:43am
Ride faster then they can fly!
Or find the riding buddy which mosquitos like more than you. :p

Re: Dried ready meals …

9 July 2014 - 10:36pm
How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

Stu

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

9 July 2014 - 5:23pm
Without wishing to get too nerdy about maps & scales... here's 2 small samples of a road I know well in Brittany. Note that several minor lanes clearly visible on the IGN sample are missing from the Michelin. However as I say a bit of common sense works wonders - the missing minor roads are fairly self-evident when you came across them. Fairly, but not always
M.JPG IGN.JPG
I would be happy to take the Michelins, though, in spite of my reservations - it's largely a question of awareness - so long as you know that the dustiest small lanes may not be marked, you can make a judgement, 'specially if you've got a compass with you, to double-check the direction of your intended travel. Have Fun!!

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

9 July 2014 - 4:51pm
I'm delighted you have introduced me to this lovely looking route - Thanks!
As I implied earlier I'm in the lucky postion of owning a GPS device and have just downloaded the entire route to use on it however, I like paper maps too and am sympathetic to your original question, so here's my tuppence-worth.
The french Michelin 1:150,000 do have some cycle routes on 'em and you'd need only 2 (303 & 309) - they're a good price at Stanford's (buy 1, get the other half price!). All you need to do is check whether they've got the TdM on 'em - and even if they haven't, I'd buy 'em and spend an evening in front of the computer with a yellow highlighter.
My ony concern is that I'd worry that they don't have enought detail on - some of the minor roads in Normandy and Brittany are very minor and almost certainly won't be marked on these maps. This has caught me out in the past, and I've tended to take maps with larger scales, IGN Top 100 is my fave) but I'm sure that all but the tiddleyest roads will be on the Michelins - you get used to spotting the ones that don't show on maps. Plus if you going to mark the maps up in the comfort of your own home you may well have the opportunity to spot any omissions...

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

9 July 2014 - 4:44pm
Hey!

This week I had the worst nights sleep of the trip followed by an unexpected few nights at a House music festival after meeting a few DJ's. Not what I expected when I set out six weeks ago.

I've also passed 2500km, meaning I am noe 1/8th of my way around the world

Read all about my horrible night and unexpected party here (http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/07/09/an-u ... ival-2014/)

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