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Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-30-13, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,123
Posted By hairytoes
The most comfortable bike, that puts the least...

The most comfortable bike, that puts the least strain on your back. Only you know which one that is.

80 miles per day isn't a race. Speed won't matter. Comfort will, particularly if you are...
Forum: Winter Cycling 01-24-13, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,189
Posted By hairytoes
Shark wheel? Snake-oil wheel more like. ...

Shark wheel?

Snake-oil wheel more like.

Like said above, get some studded tyres and you'll be fine.
Forum: Winter Cycling 01-24-13, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,098
Posted By hairytoes
I've started using MWs in winter here in the UK....

I've started using MWs in winter here in the UK. Most of my 50mile (round trip) commute is on paved roads, but around 5-6 miles is black ice with 1-2" of snow. Terrible conditions for non-studded...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-04-12, 07:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,028
Posted By hairytoes
I think using 'mental toughness' as a way of...

I think using 'mental toughness' as a way of 'beating the cold' is a very risky approach.

Mental toughness will help you get going. It will help you keep attention sharp when conditions are bad.
...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-04-12, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,302
Posted By hairytoes
I don't know if the OP is still reading this, but...

I don't know if the OP is still reading this, but for the benefit of european riders:

Aldi are stocking ski gear, including mitts.

These are very heavily insulated on the backs, including the...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 12-03-12, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,294
Posted By hairytoes
Maybe try contacting Mike Hall, the current...

Maybe try contacting Mike Hall, the current round-the-world record holder?
Mike has a facebook page I believe.

Mike averaged over 300km per day, unsupported, carrying camping gear. So close to...
Forum: Winter Cycling 11-15-12, 09:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,302
Posted By hairytoes
I have some BBB fleece gloves that work well for...

I have some BBB fleece gloves that work well for most of the winter in the UK. They don't get too sweaty, rain runs out of them and they are fairly durable. they seem to be out of production now.
...
Forum: Winter Cycling 11-15-12, 08:01 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,684
Posted By hairytoes
If the roads are salted, you can get puddles of...

If the roads are salted, you can get puddles of water when the air temp is -10C and the ground temp is below freezing.

It's a real sod when a truck goes through such a puddle and soaks you in the...
Forum: Winter Cycling 11-05-12, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,892
Posted By hairytoes
If you don't get ice or compacted snow on the...

If you don't get ice or compacted snow on the roads, there is no reason to use studded tyres.

I've ridden in similar conditions to the ones you describe, using a road bike. Continental GP4seasons...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-11-12, 06:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,372
Posted By hairytoes
HOW heavy are you! For a combined weight of...

HOW heavy are you!

For a combined weight of 250lb, with 23mm tyres, the calculator says 137psi on the rear.
Forum: Electric Bikes 10-09-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,441
Posted By hairytoes
Kinetic energy calculation of a moving object...

Kinetic energy calculation of a moving object does not equal the power required to attain a speed.

Sorry to pour water all over your fire, but your calculations and assumptions are bunk.

See...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-09-12, 02:23 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,372
Posted By hairytoes
As in you will not be gaining velocity. You...

As in you will not be gaining velocity.

You are doing work, exerting an upward force to overcome gravity. Force=mass*acceleration. This is high-school physics.

But lets forget the theory. To...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-08-12, 09:06 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,372
Posted By hairytoes
I'm not sure that is true at all. The difference...

I'm not sure that is true at all. The difference is certainly not over-emphasized - try riding a bike with 900gm tyres, then try the same bike with 550gm tyres. You'll be amazed at how much harder...
Forum: Winter Cycling 10-05-12, 06:03 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,028
Posted By hairytoes
The worst conditions, IMO, are raining and below...

The worst conditions, IMO, are raining and below freezing.

The coldest air temp I've ridden in was about -19C - about -2F. That was lovely. Even when the snow blew up, it was cold enough it just...
Forum: Commuting 12-28-11, 12:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By hairytoes
Two things - no specs on how it will work, no...

Two things - no specs on how it will work, no pics of a prototype (unless those are in the video). USB charging? That's 5V and 0.5A max - pathetic for a high-power light.
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-22-11, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 775
Posted By hairytoes
A trailer that weighed 30lb would make me weep -...

A trailer that weighed 30lb would make me weep - I have a two-wheeled trailer that will cope with up to 200lb of load and I think the trailer weighs about 10-12lb including wheels and hitch.

Get...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-20-11, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By hairytoes
They ain't that puncture resistant. I had a...

They ain't that puncture resistant. I had a hawthorn thorn go through my rear last friday.
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-20-11, 05:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,358
Posted By hairytoes
Not in my case. 26x1.75 In my contact email...

Not in my case. 26x1.75

In my contact email to Schwalbe I suggested that maybe the tyres were defective. The response was very fast (less than one hour), denying that they could be defective and...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-19-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By hairytoes
really impressive. The roads look icy - didn't...

really impressive. The roads look icy - didn't you have problems with slipping?
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-19-11, 05:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,358
Posted By hairytoes
I bought my tyres this year. I've never had...

I bought my tyres this year. I've never had studded tyres before, so have no idea if this is unusual in these conditions. I've only be riding on dry (no snow yet) tarmac with these tyres.
Schwalbe...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-18-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,358
Posted By hairytoes
That's appalling and doesn't tally with other...

That's appalling and doesn't tally with other people's experiences in the past. I wonder if Schwalbe have changed manufacturers or something?
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-16-11, 03:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,626
Posted By hairytoes
That's very important. I was reading about arctic...

That's very important. I was reading about arctic workers the other day - the writer was saying that new workers tend to go too hard at work, get sweaty - then they are in trouble when they stop....
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-16-11, 02:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,358
Posted By hairytoes
I don't weigh much. It's the centre studs that...

I don't weigh much. It's the centre studs that have gone - erm, I don't think I could possibly spin the rear wheel on bare pavement, I'm an ordinary mortal, not Thor or The Hulk.

Schwalbe UK are...
Forum: Touring 12-15-11, 11:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,134
Posted By hairytoes
From what I've read here, I wouldn't call Fred a...

From what I've read here, I wouldn't call Fred a 'homeless guy', but more a guy who chooses to live without a home. 'Homeless' people are very commonly people who aren't in that situation by choice. ...
Forum: Winter Cycling 12-15-11, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,626
Posted By hairytoes
My route too and from work takes me away from...

My route too and from work takes me away from populated areas. In the worst of the conditions, I wouldn't want to count on passing traffic to help me if I broke down.

So I dress appropriately. For...
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