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  Spring!????
Posted by: 100%JR - 03-02-2021, 08:57 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (4)

Had the Ti bike out twice in the last week.....thought Spring had Sprung......think again Big Grin Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes 
It was almost warm enough for shorts Confused

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  Playing tricks with the mind .....
Posted by: mike the bike - 02-11-2021, 06:15 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (6)

Don't know about you but I always find cycling journalists and reviewers a pretty lightweight crew.  Almost without exception they seem to lap up press releases from manufacturers without much scrutiny and then pass them onto us, the customers, as though they were given truths.  These are the people who have persuaded us that disc brakes deserve to be mandatory, that 12-speed is really the minimum number of gears for any serious cyclist and, my pet hate, that the through-axle is in every respect superior to the quick release.  Apparently, some of these 'experts' can tell if a bike has through-axles or QRs simply by riding it round a few bends.  Well, I've always considered this to be wishful thinking or bias confirmation and now I've discovered I'm not alone.  And how nice it was to learn that neither a through-axle nor a QR is actually an axle.  And the fact that a through-axle provides much less clamping force than a QR was a revelation.

Have a look at this YouTube film: "Thru-Axle and QR Analysed" by 'Peak Torque', who blows a hole in the claptrap that's been circulating for far too long. Enjoy.

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  New bike?
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 02-09-2021, 09:35 AM - Forum: Gear - Replies (10)

I'm pondering a new steed. Nowt wrong with the current one, although the gears don't index consistently.

I'd love another Ti but all the frames are boring - some years ago Litespeed did one in tubing similar to the Colnago cloverleaf tubing, but no longer.

So it looks like carbon. Must have Di2 and discs. The Spec. Roubaix expert is currently favourite, although I'm unsure whether I'm a 56cm or 58. The 56 seems to be about the same as my Sabbath, but according to my size, the 58. There's not that much difference, an as I need quite high bars I'll probably go for the 58. Some suppliers have ali wheels and some carbon - I'm after carbon  Big Grin

It's not the lightest bike, but as I'm 100Kg+ I can't really see that being a big issue in practice.... 
However, there's no stock anywhere  Smile Smile

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  By 'eck lad, winter's 'ere .....
Posted by: mike the bike - 02-07-2021, 05:28 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

I knew something was brewing in the weather, four consecutive mornings of frost is a rare thing down here in the deep, soft south.  Sure enough, we've had a flurry of actual snow this afternoon with more to come perhaps.  Not that I'm too bothered by the cold, apart from sluggish circulation in my hands I seem well enough adapted to winter.  I try to ride every day except Sunday, not on religious grounds but because it's the most convenient day off for the family.  

But the wet - that's a different thing.  Oh, I've got all the gear and can keep most of my own scraggy frame dry; it's the bike that bothers me.  My every-day machine, the Ribble, is a thing of beauty to my eye, built by my own hand from well chosen bits, and I hate seeing it filthy and neglected.  My lady sometimes sees me return from a ride, hears the garage door creak open and knows she will have a ten-minute wait before I appear in the back door.  I'm busy with a damp rag, you see, wiping off most of the worst and making the decals visible again.  Sometimes I'm applying yet more chain wax, sometimes on top of yesterday's.  She thinks I'm obsessed but I tell her the day I move the bikes into the spare room, that's the day she needs to worry.

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  Falling to bits......
Posted by: 100%JR - 01-21-2021, 12:23 AM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (6)

I posted on the 'Gone smart' thread that I thought I had twisted my knee.Well it looks like I might have Osteoarthritis Rolleyes 
I'm absolutely fine walking about,cycling or on the indoor bike but if i try to stand up after being sat for a while both knees are really stiff.Same when I first get out of bed.I can't get to see my GP so phoned NHS 111.After a very lengthy chat I was advised it could be arthritis and was told to have a one-to-one consultation with a Pharmacist.So went along today and after viewing all the evidence supplied from NHS 111 the Pharmacist said it's likely I'm in the early stages of Osteoarthritis.
The pharmacist can't prescribe anything so I've been advised to use Ibuprofen 10% Gel three times a day until I get get an appointment with my GP.
Apparently exercise and especially cycling can be good for Osteoarthritis so at least that's a plus Confused I'll just have to see what my GP suggests if and when i get an appointment!

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  Gone smart
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 01-05-2021, 10:15 AM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (8)

Looks like no club cycling for a bit and solo cycling in this weather is crap so (given I hate rollers/turbos) I thought I'd try a smart trainer. Seems like everyone else has, and there's virtually no stock, but I got an Elite from Wiggle for £669.

I'm not interested in racing, and BKool.com looks like a good platform with good graphics, so I'll try it first.

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  Christmas
Posted by: mike the bike - 12-24-2020, 04:03 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (2)

Bah, humbug!

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  Covid-19 Two-the sequel
Posted by: 100%JR - 12-05-2020, 05:47 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (9)

As I said back in April the wife is the ward manager on the Covid ward.She tested positive back in April(bit of a shambles see original thread).They are now tested weekly and this morning she received a text saying she was positive!!!!She phoned me at work and I was sent home to self-isolate Confused Due to my shift pattern that's me done until Jan 4th.
I've long since had doubts about the whole test/trace malarkey and it's accuracy but now I'm of the opinion that it's a total farce.
Was she positive in April?Is she positive now?Does anyone actually know?
More time off work for us both(full pay) and another 2 weeks off school for the lad.Ridiculous.
She now can't be tested again at work for 90 days....so can you get it twice....three times... Huh Huh Huh

if I get symptoms,have a test and test positive next week does she have to re-isolate Huh 

Angry Angry Angry

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  JIS screwdrivers
Posted by: mike the bike - 12-02-2020, 04:34 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (2)

Not sure what you really need for Christmas?  I'll sort that problem for you; you need a set of JIS screwdrivers, oh yes you do.

I've been playing with my newish motorbike, made in Japanland, and it slowly dawned on me that my normal Philips 'drivers were slipping badly in the screws and bolts.  The answer to my problem, courtesy of James May's YouTube channel, is to buy proper tools.  If your screw heads have a tiny dot stamped into them then you should use only Japanese Industry Standard 'drivers, which work uncannily well.

If, unlike me, you already knew this, don't be a smart-arse and spoil my latest good idea with your air of superiority.  I'd like to think I've had at least one decent thought in my long life.

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  Things to do: take more notice of forecast ....
Posted by: mike the bike - 11-04-2020, 04:18 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (2)

Got up early, stared blankly out of dark window and conspicuously failed to register the sharp frost outside.  On my way to the garage I thought vaguely it might be a bit nippy but only a mile into my usual ride did I realise my fingers were numb.  And it wasn't the numb you can't feel; it was the other numb, the one that hurts.
  
But I am a cyclist, by definition a lion among men, and I will not flinch from my duty.  Wednesday is the Downs Road ride and the Downs Road ride it would be.  The higher I climbed the colder it got.  The more my legs sweated the more my fingers throbbed.  Changing gear became really difficult, braking was largely out of the question and I seriously considered amputating both thumbs on my return.

But all things must pass and an hour later, having used my elbow to open the shower door, I was standing under a stream of hot water.  And that's when the pain really kicked in; nothing I could do would ease the burn of my frozen digits as circulation was restored.  When I forced myself to undertake an inspection of the offending limbs I half expected to see blackened flesh and missing nails.  What a relief to count up to ten.

"How was your ride?", asked my lady, sleepily emerging from under the duvet.  "Fine." I replied.  After all a bike rider must never show weakness in the face of the thermometer or the presence of the wife.

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