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Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 8:41pm
Like so many things, schools , hospitals etc it must differ county by county as to what you get. Some authorities may want to do a job properly whereas others are happy to do it half cocked to save a bob. One thought I had about it was does it save them gritting the roads i.e on smooth asphalt its essential but perhaps on the rougher surface they may forego gritting it.
Most of the surfaces I've seen done tend not to last much more than 3yrs before the become patchy.... perhaps thats when it hasn't been done properly in the first place.

At the end of the day smooth tarmac ( billiard table flat ) is heaven to ride on, just makes your effort feel fully utilised like good tyres.

Re: A new type of bike

23 May 2015 - 8:13pm
There is video that I saw posted on facebook about it - the guy in the video said it took him eight months - and a lot of falling off - before he could ride it. He then tried going back to a normal bike and had to re-learn to ride that. His small son managed to ride it in about two weeks. On a related note - I have been riding a bakfiets long john for the last six months - the other week I rode my normal bike and the steering felt twitchy and I had the constant sensation that I was about to go over the front of the handlebars.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

23 May 2015 - 8:07pm
After a pretty poor start to the year for various reasons, I'm actually pretty close to averaging 10 miles/day this year. Today is day 142 and I've recorded 1399 miles. A nice cafe ride with the club tomorrow should see me over for the first time in 2015.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

23 May 2015 - 7:05pm
Earlier in this thread I was going to post that I would not have spent the extra.

But out today I was wondering and think it depends on you. I started cycling around 18 months ago and I suspect my cadence has gradually increased as I got more used to riding (my muscles adapted a bit). I don't have a cadence monitor but do tend to record a lot (most rides: distance, av speed, altitude gain/loss (except that seems to depend a lot on your sensors/software/mapping), weather conditions, track, etc.).

When I started I was a "grinder" and really could not "spin" even if I tried (think/hope I got the terms right). And thinking, it would be interesting to see if my suspicions about my cadence slight increase were correct and I would spend £12 to have that data. However, in my case my cycle computer is a decent basic model so to get cadence I suspect it would be somewhat more than £12 extra as I would have to move-up to a higher end model (and I've found wireless models all useless and I've tried a few !!). So it would cost me a bit more than £12.

So, for me and if you are a recording data type of person, the earlier you start recording your data, the more interesting and more useful it can be.

And I'm somebody who has cycling knee issues (and ankle issues now as well, though I wonder if that might not be cycling caused).

Ian

Re: A new type of bike

23 May 2015 - 7:05pm
I tried riding one at our village fete! It's impossible! But given time and practice.........! Trouble is, once you master it, what happens when you go back to an ordinary bike?

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

23 May 2015 - 7:02pm
elPedro666 wrote:This thread needs justifying just as much as a pleasant bimble through an attractive park alongside a river needs justifying... [emoji6]

well here is some added justification. The park mentioned above is only a small part of the so called LONDON LOOP. The river Crane wanders thru London and eventually joins the Grand Union Canal. it is possible to extend the park ride considerably. The "new" parts represent a more or less neglected section of ride by the river Crane kept alive by walkers with their dogs and others rather than the action of the local councils - various signs show faded neglect. The extended ride crosses many main roads, the Great West Rd dual carriage way in particular requires a detour down one side on the path to Dick Turpin Way and then back up again the other to just oppsite and onto a bit of Heathrow Airport road ( Eastern Perimeter Rd ) and by the side of a electronic barrier gate on Earhart Way ( a dead end road ) The route could be further extended by the so called Hillindgon Trail, a 20 mile trail from Cranford to Harefield.

I have had great fun exploring these paths. Most are narrow flat dirt track, some are a bit stoney, I did it on my Dawes 1-Down with 1.75" Marathon tyres but a mt bike would clearly be better. Some bits I walked or went very slow due to the rough stoney surface.

To access this "new" part you need to get onto the west edge of Hounslow Heath where the river Crane runs ( not so easy unless u have local knowledge) So turn left at the west exit of the looked after section of Crane Park at Hounslow/Hanworth Rd, cross the road at the zerbra crossing a short distance down and go thru the gate directly ahead onto a nice gravel path. Follow this until u ascend a mini hill where there is on the right side a seat with 2 owls on it, follow the narrow track on the right thru close vegetation to a metal gate/fence then at the dirt T junction turn right and thru the gap in the metal fence a little way along and turn left follow this past the rusty car shell and u are on your way


The rougher part of the river Crane kept open only by use, neglected by councils.JPG

turn right onto track follow thru metal gate then at T junction turn right & thru metal fence, bear left.JPG

I will add some pictures I took when I have uploaded them. My camera decided to do a "back to the future" with the date stamps :

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 5:22pm
They have just done the road outside my house and I must say that for the main part have made a very good job of it. There are a couple of places where they could have flattened the road out a bit better but in general it is much smoother than before.

The sweeper lorry has been over it twice now and there are very few loose bits of chippings around. I was dreading the aftermath but I have been pleasantly surprised.

I have been on a bit of a tour of the county today and it seems like there is a lot of the same going on all over the place.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 4:57pm
I hate the stuff. A few of the main roads up here were done some time ago and those roads are still rough as hell. I hate to think what would be left of my skin if I took a spill on it.
In contrast, a lane a few miles south of Warburton Bridge was recently recovered in billboard smooth tarmac. It's like cycling on clouds

Re: Which commuter?

23 May 2015 - 4:48pm
Flat or hilly (I'm assuming flat or that pace would soon have you competing in racing...)

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 4:03pm
The tape works well but you have to be careful to get bubbles out when putting it on. Also on white it does eventually show with slight colour change ( its been on my acciaio nearly 3 years ), on black it seems still invisible. Like all film's with edges it'll show dirt or unpolished wax etc. Seem's mixed reviews for different makes also but it's a case of going through reviews, sometimes they only own mark because it wasn't cut in the right shape so not really a fault of the material.

For nice frames I think it's worth the few pounds and 20 minutes of applying.

A new type of bike

23 May 2015 - 3:30pm
Had this link sent to me for a new bike design:
http://dailyliked.net/backwards-brain-bicycle/

Now, I'm not sure about the reasoning behind this - I don't think that it's brain related - I think that it's a reflex - but that's a different matter.

Enjoy. Who's going to build one ...

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

23 May 2015 - 3:23pm
I have a cadence sensor.

It hasn't change my life and I don't have it showing on most rides, but it's another interesting piece of information to look at after your ride when you download the data. My average cadence is almost always between 85 and 95 RPM over most rides. The only time I've ever used cadence for training has been the odd turbo session when it's been to work on low or high cadence drills.

For £12 it'll be a nice thing to have, even if you don't use or analyse it much.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

23 May 2015 - 3:10pm
If like me you've ever had knee problems, then maintaining a relatively high cadence with a lower gear helps.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 2:37pm
old_windbag wrote:It's clear frame protecting film. I bought the M-part pot from merlin( don't seem to do it now ) which gives a good selection of strip sizes but it's commonly availaible through amazon etc

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=helicopter+tape&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=24515030094&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=12919046315827843664&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8kd2hpjdzt_e

I bought a frame protection kit by tivoli from ribble but it had http://www.tivoli.eu on the chainstay protector..... I wanted simply transparent but it was not indicated in the advertising. Also it was thick and rubbery where as the tape is thin and clear.

Thanks, I have that TIVOLI clear protector on my best bike. The logo did bother me at first. Luckily the clear dots don't have any visible branding and aren't too obtrusive around where cable rub occurs. They are quite thick!

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:40pm
Yes they use the roadroller but they do seem to use everyones cars to finish the job over a 6 month period... they often forget to come out and sweep the excess chippings which I think they're supposed to after a couple of weeks.... well probably coveniently forget, I get sick of hearing about their budget cuts( the head of highways gets 85k on my council.. £40k would be easily liveable in comfort and better value to council tax payers, perhaps without a new audi every year though ).

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:27pm
The forum won't allow me to say what I think of it.
It's horribly dangerous stuff, it's half a job, which they kind of hope that cars will do the rest of over the next 18 months.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:21pm
yes mike I didn't mention that point but it does and at night doesn't give you the contrast to see the defect. There's a strange double dip/bump on a chipsealed road near me that would catch someone new to the road by surprise... it's on a downhill too. I knew of it prior to the chip sealing.... it is quite camouflaged now.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:18pm
It's clear frame protecting film. I bought the M-part pot from merlin( don't seem to do it now ) which gives a good selection of strip sizes but it's commonly availaible through amazon etc


http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=helicopter+tape&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=24515030094&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=12919046315827843664&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8kd2hpjdzt_e

I bought a frame protection kit by tivoli from ribble but it had http://www.tivoli.eu on the chainstay protector..... I wanted simply transparent but it was not indicated in the advertising. Also it was thick and rubbery where as the tape is thin and clear.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:15pm
Bloody stuff conceals potholes without filling them.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

23 May 2015 - 1:03pm
What is this helicopter tape you speak of?

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