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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

10 July 2014 - 7:09pm
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!

Re: knee pain and touring

10 July 2014 - 6:51pm
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 - 6:42pm
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 - 4:12pm
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 - 3:04pm
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 - 2:35pm
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.


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