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Re: You either have or you don't.

28 April 2015 - 6:18am
Once I past a middle age roadie on a MTB on a hill. I made sure I start bobbing my head, stick out my knees and slow down my cadence as I was passing him.

Queue Jumping cars at junctions

28 April 2015 - 6:11am
I find it hard to decide the best position at this junction. Sometime cars to avoid queing to turn right will and stop right on the cycle path position or if the lights are go jump right in front of the car at the traffic lights before it has a chance to start. Much of the time they will not see what is in front because view is blocked. One of those cars, over took me on the left cutting into my path. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.39778 ... b-e9cw!2e0

Re: Ten Miles a Day

27 April 2015 - 10:28pm
Hi,
Update my lost fitness over christmas

Today pulling top gear on flat, standing too, 40 miles at 14.4 mph with 50 lb MTB bike, 8 miles off road
Normally 38 miles three times a week.

Thats three months of hard slog to regain fitness.

9 Miles a day

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 4:44pm
Hi,
I hate to say it but I'm a bit like Mick F
At a shade under 6' and 33 " inseam (whatever) I would not bee seen dead on a standard sized 56 cm.

Having said that TT length is more important, and a longer TT might mean better toe overlap.
Modern bikes tend to have shorter ST's compared with old road bikes for style and standover.

I have a long torso so you must have too, my worry would be to little reach unless you have a minus APE index.......................

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 4:10pm
Flinders wrote:For small people like me who ride on bikes with full size wheels, toe-overlap is something that is just part of the cycling experience, I've never had a bike that didn't have it. And never actually had a problem with it, not once. I admit I don't do very sharp turns at low speeds, but I've managed for over 30 years....

Yes, that can be a problem with small bike sizes. And if you are used to it you will instinctively adjust your riding to cope. I've never had a bike with toe overlap and regularly have to do sharp turns at low speed. After 60 years, counting from my first ever bike, I'm quite sure I'd forget and go SPLAT if I had overlap!

Re: Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

27 April 2015 - 2:21pm
essexian wrote:I did the Haughton to the Derrington section last week and they have done some "improvements" just before the now closed Red Lion pub in Derrington. However, the improvements mean simply widening the path to around 3m but not putting down a new top surface making it quite nasty to cycle on using 28mm tyres. The rest of the path into Stafford was really nasty for road bikes last time I used it so I tend to avoid it going around via the back road from Doxey.

As a path its really a rather useful way of getting between Stafford and Newport as it avoids the nasty A518 and the small hills between Gnosall and Newport which some "family" riders might find a bit difficult. At approximately 13 miles each way, its also quite a nice day out for families: there are pubs and a chip shop in Gnosall and a "burger bar" in the car park at the Newport end.

My two grumbles about the path are that "they" tend not to do much in the way of cutting back the vegetation meaning in places the path is only a metre wide and secondly, there are too many Strava segments on the route. Given that its used my walkers, dog walkers and families out for a simple Sunday cycle, its not suitable for setting a fastest time on!

Finally.... if you are interested in riding the path and like raising money for a good cause... Katherine House Hospice are using the path next Sunday for a 20 mile fund raising event. There are also rides of 45 miles and 60 miles available. If my leg heals in time I'll be doing the 45 miler.

It was customers at the 'burger bar' who gave me directions into Newport.
The A518 is indeed nasty. My main road route to Newport from where I live in the sticks is va Gnosall and Merton on the way out (and Lilleshall if I fancy having a break at the Abbey) and Weston Jones, High Offley and Woodseaves to Great Bridgeford on the way back. Much hillier than the cycleway, and a good few miles longer, but a nice round trip, and midweek midday it is usually pretty quiet most of the route. Newport>Woodseaves road is one I avoid like the plague. As is the Bridgeford to Stafford road, which has a bad surface and where two lorries crossing often clunk each others' wing mirrors even if there are no bikes around. It's safer via Seighford.

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 2:10pm
LollyKat wrote:Handlebars come in different widths and are easily changed.

Road bikes often have toe overlap - a lot of people aren't bothered by it but it can be a deal breaker for some (including me).

For small people like me who ride on bikes with full size wheels, toe-overlap is something that is just part of the cycling experience, I've never had a bike that didn't have it. And never actually had a problem with it, not once. I admit I don't do very sharp turns at low speeds, but I've managed for over 30 years....
As for ape count, I have long arms and back and very short legs. I can touch my toes dead easy, which suggests I'm flexible, but I'm not, I'm just built like an orangutan. Most manufacturers don't make bikes small enough for me at all, a situation which because much worse when saddle fixings changed some years ago and I could no longer reverse them to have the saddle sitting completely on the top tube. But I need a stem that pushes the bars well forward.

Re: You either have or you don't.

27 April 2015 - 1:28pm
nosmarbaj wrote:ArMoRothair wrote:E-bikes are great.
Yes - I do find it a little disappointing if someone who looks older/less fit than me sails past me up a hill - but if I then realise they're on an E-bike I can feel slightly smug.

ah thats the new excuse - he over took me as he was on an e-bike doesnt matter that that bulge was just a frame pannier and not the battery....

Re: You either have or you don't.

27 April 2015 - 12:37pm
ArMoRothair wrote:E-bikes are great.
Yes - I do find it a little disappointing if someone who looks older/less fit than me sails past me up a hill - but if I then realise they're on an E-bike I can feel slightly smug.

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 11:43am
You do of course realise that the Allez is a 'race style' bike? It is intended to give you a long low position, compared to say a Giant Defy or Trek 1 series the bars sit @ 3" lower".

One question i have to ask - you mentioned talking to the bike shop initially so why are you not buying from them?

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

27 April 2015 - 10:28am
dzsteven1 wrote: we have to design a biking accessory.

How about a kit comprising a flexible solar panel with suitable eyelets and elastic cords with clips, of suitable size to be spread over a pair of full panniers or on top of a trailer, with a weatherproof connection to a regulator and charger which sits inside the pannier/trailer and can charge various batteries or with further connections charge batteries inside devices. I have thought of making such a thing from available parts, but have never made the effort: one ready made for the purpose, however ....

Re: Non standard fitment!

27 April 2015 - 9:44am
Handlebars come in different widths and are easily changed.

Road bikes often have toe overlap - a lot of people aren't bothered by it but it can be a deal breaker for some (including me).

Re: You either have or you don't.

26 April 2015 - 9:33pm
I got my new bike 2 weeks ago and after 3 months little exercise I just found myself blitzing two MTBers on a very steep Lakeland hill towing a heavy trailer. All that with a 50-32 chainring and 11-25 cassette. I was on the big chainring too. I was on form today, won't happen again.

PS I was wearing walking kit too. I own one pair of Lyra cycling shorts and hate them. Hiking trousers tucked into your socks.

Re: You either have or you don't.

26 April 2015 - 9:15pm
hondated wrote:As he overtook me on the hill at some speed I was standing up on my pedals and he was sat just twiddling away on his.
With a cheery " morning " as he passed me he disappeared up the road and at one point I thought I had caught up with him but on the next hill he just twiddled away and was gone again.

E-bikes are great.

Re: Tolerance of heat and cold.

26 April 2015 - 7:46pm
Of course if like me you have reynauds your ****** no matter how much you try to acclimatize.

Re: You either have or you don't.

26 April 2015 - 7:42pm
I have heard a ctc ride leader around these parts regularly thrashes roadies on his folding shopping bike .

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

26 April 2015 - 6:23pm
dzsteven1 wrote:Hi guys, thanks very much for all the feedback! The negative feedback is just as useful as any positive so this is exactly what we were looking for! sorry I didn't reply any sooner, I didn't expect so many responses so quickly!
We're keen here

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

26 April 2015 - 5:58pm
No reason why this couldn't be done via a Pannier - which, on a rack would provide better laptop protection. Push the boat out and put rucksack straps and removable hard back and the pannier can be used a rucksack too. Or maybe make the internal padding stiffish foam so it can be used both ways and be comfortable. Would also have the advantage of providing securable short run connections, which could be used on the rucksack with an extension cord...

I think I just designed charging bike luggage...

Re: Non standard fitment!

26 April 2015 - 4:25pm
Oh and my ape index is 1.027 with a span of 190cm over a height of 185cm.

Re: Non standard fitment!

26 April 2015 - 4:22pm
Well I have a few reservations which included the above and a few others.

Handlebar width felt better on the larger frame (440vs420).

Hit my toe with the front wheel when making a tight turn when riding.

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