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Re: Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

1 October 2014 - 9:13pm
Grandad wrote:We had a tandem with a 3 speed SA hub and I added a 5 speed derailleur to it. I don't know whether the necessary sprockets that fit the hub gear are still obtainable, probably not new but perhaps e-bay or even made to order.
http://www.sturmey-archer.com/products/ ... id/58.html In production and compatible with standard cassettes.

Other options are a 5 or 8 speed hub gear or simply a larger chainring if the OP could cope with a higher lowest gear.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 9:02pm
The thing I dislike about modern bikes is not the colour, though it is rather drab seeing so many black bikes, but the pig ugliness of modern chainrings. I'm a fine one to talk as I have a Shimano XT triple on my Mercian. It's wonderful to use and I won't replace it with anything more beautiful until it dies of natural causes, but it's as ugly as sin.

Re: Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

1 October 2014 - 8:59pm
Hi Gaz. That's right: really good example of how tolerance and generosity of spirit breeds good attitudes all round....b

Re: Ten Miles a Day

1 October 2014 - 8:57pm
The commute has reduced. New workplace.

19 miles per day from 26 miles per day.

Daily average now 23.86

Will need to put in some 100km weekends.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 8:55pm
Ben@Forest wrote:Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.


I think part of the reason people like black clothing is that it doesn't show up the inevitable dabs of grease, chain oil or mud stains/road dirt that never quite comes out if you're wearing yellow, white, pastel blue whatever..

But I'm not a fan either - I prefer the bright stuff. I've got some bright green bibshorts (not Cannondale but similar colour) - love 'em!

Black Shorts with colour/reflective detailing, but Jerseys have to be bright, Got a Lime Green, Yellow and Pik and a Red and White

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 8:52pm
Psamathe wrote:I like black bikes.

Ian
What he said

Black is the new Black

Re: Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

1 October 2014 - 7:45pm
We had a tandem with a 3 speed SA hub and I added a 5 speed derailleur to it. I don't know whether the necessary sprockets that fit the hub gear are still obtainable, probably not new but perhaps e-bay or even made to order.

Re: Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

1 October 2014 - 5:25pm
That's quite surprising and very interesting.

Having stumbled across some pictures of the event yesterday I'd assumed that the tunnels were only open to the runners. Excellent news that all users were welcome throughout.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 5:01pm
moulton_speed.jpgThere you go - that'll make you feel better...

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 3:23pm
You lot are suffering from fashion or maybe a lack of it .
I quite like the look of black components,quite like the look of some carbon weave on frames(I'd never buy one though).
I also like the look of some 'bulbous' tubing.
Dislike lugs,dislike ornate lugs even more,but can appreciate the workmanship needed to make a frame with them.
What's right is in the mind and nowhere else......
BTW,I like the look of Jays and Crows(especially the way the light shines off their wings) and the iridescend green of a Magpie's plumage.
Look a little deeper,there's something in everything..... ......even a Brompton .......maybe

PS,I'd never wear all black whilst riding

Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

1 October 2014 - 3:13pm
In previous posts of mine, I have bemoaned the fact that because of my short, fat, hairy femurs made worse by age related wear and tear, I had been forced to import from Holland, what is known as a "feet forward" bike. A Sunny Comfort to be precise. It has been totally successful in enabling me to get riding again, to get the physical workout and cardiovascular exercise I was so urgently in need of. The downside to riding the Dutch bike was the weight (built like a tank), and the greater muscle power, because of the forward position of the pedals, needed to reach stability speed. For comfort, I had fitted a Brooks B33 saddle, and replaced the three speed Shimano hub with an eight speed hub. These two improvements (and they were improvements) increased the weight even more, so much so, that I couldn't lift the bike onto my Thule towbar carrier without considerable exertion, but then, I am pushing 80. Anyway, as a result of these "difficulties", I resolved to get my leg muscles and knee joints sufficiently rejuvenated that I could, maybe, contemplate investing in an "off the peg" bike once again. My problem was, what to go for. 700cc wheels (what were once called 28", I think) were out, they were too large, and I had read somewhere that people with short legs, like mine, shouldn't think about any wheels larger than 26". As for frame size, my 26+ inch inside leg seems to sit right on the border between a 16" and a 17" frame. I decided to look for a bike that had a frame size of 16 inches, and 26" wheels. This proved to more difficult than I had expected, but, eventually, not wishing to overstay my welcome at Halford's by trying out endless bikes but not buying any, I decided to take a chance and gamble £260 on a Raleigh Caprice. It has a lightweight alloy 16" frame and 26" wheels, with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gears. All I have done, by way of modification so far, is to fit my Brooks B33 saddle using a swan neck seat post to gain a little extra leg stretch. It was a little painful on the knees to start with but, like they say, "no gain without pain". Because the bike is so much lighter than the FF, it much easier to pedal. The only slight problem is - the 3 speed gears, compared to the Shimano with its eight gears, I find even the top gear on the SA a bit too low, especially when there is a slight decline in the road, that's when my feet are spinning as if I were still in first gear. I'm not quite sure what to do about the Dutch bike, whether to see if there is someone out there with the same problem I originally had, or keep it garaged up in case I start to further deteriorate. If any CTC forumers do know of an organisation or some other outfit which might be interested in doing a deal with, what is still, an excellent machine in pristine condition, maybe they will let me know. Thanks. D.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

1 October 2014 - 12:53pm
Hey, don't get sad!
I've been keeping accurate records for (only) the last ten years ..... since Oct 2004.

2004 Oct/Nov/Dec - 259miles
2005 - 1,060miles
2006 - 4,506miles ........ but I did "LEJOG and Back" that year of 1,800miles.
2007 - 2,075miles
2008 - 3,680miles
2009 - 2,400miles
2010 - 2,930miles
2011 - 3,380miles
2012 - 2,440miles
2013 - 4,200miles ................... this was the year I wanted to average 10miles a day.
2014 so far - 3,880miles

That's 30,800miles in ten years (October to October) = 8.44miles per day.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 10:53am
I don't like black bikes either.
Last October I treated myself to a new carbon bike (sorry if this offends anyone, but tuff, it's my sunny day bike)
My choice was influenced by colour- I got a nice red Trek Madone 3.5
I could have got last years model instead at a discounted price, but it wasn't red
and everyone knows red bikes are faster.....
Mark

Re: Ten Miles a Day

1 October 2014 - 10:47am
I set myself the 10mile/day target as a motivator at the beginning of the year
And some of your posted miles makes me sad
Currently I have just about passed 2500 miles, but it leaves me with 12.5 miles/day to go
It ain't going to happen this year....
My commute is about 7 miles each way, so it only requires a little bit of extra work
However, I lost lots of miles over Easter and Summer (can you tell I work at a College?)
I will be happy to get close to 3500 miles this year but this is still higher than last year- so happy days (& there is still next year)

Mark

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

1 October 2014 - 5:55am
Also black stuff can just have shorts and a shirt added and looks OK - whereas glimpses of primary colours (peeking out or just showing through) doesn't...

Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

30 September 2014 - 8:39pm
I'm never convinced by these gadgets. I've just got (second hand) a 'smartphone' with all bells and whistles including a GPS and an app called 'Map my ride'. According to said gizmo I rode 52 miles on Friday and climbed to a maximum altitude of 633 metres. The distance was, I suspect pretty accurate. My ride was from King's Lynn to the Norfolk coast and back! It also told me I'd reached a maximum speed of 118kph!

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 September 2014 - 7:20pm
Hi,
Currently on 12.6 but if I do nothing for rest of year then I will finish on 9.6, need 200 more miles to finish on 10 / day.
Its not always the miles you do but how you do them, keeping up with 80 % average max heart rate.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 September 2014 - 6:56pm
Managed the 10 miles a day over the year a few weeks ago.
Set myself 5000 miles for the year (which well on track to achieve).

And, as I've started using the car less (as I now call in at supermarkets whist out riding), I'm now aiming and keeping my bike miles above my car miles ! And checked it for the 1st time today (can only go back to last March when my MOT gave me the car odometer reading), I'm currently a few hundred miles ahead on the bike.

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 6:20pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.


I think part of the reason people like black clothing is that it doesn't show up the inevitable dabs of grease, chain oil or mud stains/road dirt that never quite comes out if you're wearing yellow, white, pastel blue whatever..

But I'm not a fan either - I prefer the bright stuff. I've got some bright green bibshorts (not Cannondale but similar colour) - love 'em!

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 4:50pm
easyroller wrote:Not a fan then...?No.
It's got Shimano on it.

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