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Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 07:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,248
Posted By AndrewP

Grip in the wet also depends on the compostion of...

Grip in the wet also depends on the compostion of the rubber in the tread. I believe the compositions that have less hysteresis and rolling resistance also have less grip in the wet. I dont have any...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 794
Posted By AndrewP

Ease yjr pace for the last 5 mins of your...

Ease yjr pace for the last 5 mins of your commute, the reduced effort and continued airflow will help the sweat to evaporate.
Forum: Commuting
10-07-10, 02:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By AndrewP

Since you paid to have it trued, take it back to...

Since you paid to have it trued, take it back to the shop. Before you get it back from them, retrued, ask them to show you the tension in the spokes on the drive side. It should be over 100 kg and...
Forum: Introductions
10-07-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By AndrewP

Try renting some bikes, then you will have more...

Try renting some bikes, then you will have more idea of what you need. Good luck!
Forum: Introductions
10-07-10, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By AndrewP

Try Craigslist - I didnt see anything for...

Try Craigslist - I didnt see anything for Leicester, but for East Midlands this should meet the bill. if you put smooth tyres on it.

http://eastmids.craigslist.co.uk/bik/1979359316.html

Also go...
10-06-10, 12:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,750
Posted By AndrewP

A Swagman ($150 approx) hitch rack has provision...

A Swagman ($150 approx) hitch rack has provision for locking the clamps down onto the bike frames, and holds the bikes with the wheels in place. For another #30/bike you should be able to get plastic...
10-03-10, 09:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By AndrewP

I hope your husband now rides along beside you. ...

I hope your husband now rides along beside you. Stretching before exercise does no good and may lead to injury, as cycling power is through contraction of muscles. Pedal at an easy pace until you...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,774
Posted By AndrewP

You could also look at the Kona Jake. Most of the...

You could also look at the Kona Jake. Most of the ones in your price range have triple chainrings which would be useful if you are going to carry baggage. For your type of riding you should get...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-10, 10:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,265
Posted By AndrewP

I love my Swiss Army knife - it has large blade,...

I love my Swiss Army knife - it has large blade, saw, two driver blades, can/bottle opener, tweezers and cork screw. The only thing missing are scissors. The blade locks open so it wont snap shut...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-10, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 671
Posted By AndrewP

Good wheels, but make sure spoke tension is above...

Good wheels, but make sure spoke tension is above 100kg. Unless the rim width matches, you will have to readjust the brakes when you swap wheels. You also may have to use spacers with one of the...
09-27-10, 02:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By AndrewP

You will probably have to pay for the...

You will probably have to pay for the installation of longer brake and shifter cables.
09-26-10, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,614
Posted By AndrewP

Whenb you buy the bike ask the shop to sow you...

Whenb you buy the bike ask the shop to sow you the tension on the drive side spokes of the rear wheel. It should be between 100 and 110 kg, with no air in the tire. It will only take them a couple...
09-26-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By AndrewP

Better shifting depends more on better adjustment...

Better shifting depends more on better adjustment than on better shhifter model. i.e. a well adjusted 2200 will shift better than a badly adjusted Ultegra.
09-26-10, 11:36 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,276
Posted By AndrewP

Slow down and watch for pedestrians, and speeding...

Slow down and watch for pedestrians, and speeding cars that may swing onto the shoulder when they make the left turn. It there were businesses on the right you would also have to watch for cars...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-10, 08:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,272
Posted By AndrewP

It will be much easier if you put your books in a...

It will be much easier if you put your books in a basket or bag at the back of the bike as it wont affect the steering. The fastest routes are ones without intersections where you have to slow and...
09-25-10, 08:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,349
Posted By AndrewP

Any normal bike with 37 mm wide tires will take...

Any normal bike with 37 mm wide tires will take your your weight. provided the spokes in your rear wheel are properly tensioned. I like the Giant bikes, but the most important thing is to find a...
09-25-10, 07:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,087
Posted By AndrewP

They have just started a similar scheme in...

They have just started a similar scheme in London. I was there in the past month and it seems very popular. At the moment it is not available to visitors only those with long term memberships. ...
09-24-10, 08:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,696
Posted By AndrewP

I think the back pain is due to lack of core...

I think the back pain is due to lack of core strength. Your daily rides are giving you plenty of strength in the legs, but you need to do something for the upper body. I found a few daily push-ups...
09-24-10, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By AndrewP

http://www.opencyclemap.org/ is useful as it...

http://www.opencyclemap.org/ is useful as it shows a lot of paths accessible thsikes that are not on the Sustrans maps. It also shows contour lines.
09-24-10, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By AndrewP

You could take the bike route 24 to Frome, then...

You could take the bike route 24 to Frome, then you would be left with 20 something miles the Glastonbury via Shepton Mallet on A361. This has a gradual climb of about 500' over 8 miles, flat for 3,...
09-24-10, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By AndrewP

On the Sustranstrans map from Avebury follow the...

On the Sustranstrans map from Avebury follow the sustrans route 5 miles East of Devizes, then head S to Larkhill which is within spitting distance of Stonehenge. It is worth going on past Woodford...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-10, 12:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 284
Posted By AndrewP

I have a cheap Raleigh trunk bag, about the size...

I have a cheap Raleigh trunk bag, about the size you want. It has pockets each side, shoulder strap, and velcro straps to hold it to the rear rack. It has soft foam built into the sides and top, but...
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By AndrewP

I was once passed on my commute home by a...

I was once passed on my commute home by a one-legged rider. He did a track stand to stop at an intersection. I think he had a clipless pedal. I have never seen him again.
09-23-10, 11:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 842
Posted By AndrewP

I think about it at intersections, but dont worry...

I think about it at intersections, but dont worry about it.
09-23-10, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,252
Posted By AndrewP

Also check that the axle is not too long on the...

Also check that the axle is not too long on the drive side, preventing proper clamping on the RH dropout. Buy a set of cone wrenches - they are not expensive. Hold the drive side cone/locknut in a...
09-23-10, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,272
Posted By AndrewP

Passing traffic stopped at the light at 10 mph on...

Passing traffic stopped at the light at 10 mph on the curb side is asking for trouble (right hook or dooring). Doing it at 25 is crazy.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-10, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,087
Posted By AndrewP

The output of power is less efficient while...

The output of power is less efficient while standing, but uses a different set of muscles. Therefore only stand for short periods to allow your normal cycling muscles to recover. Shift up several...
09-22-10, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 805
Posted By AndrewP

Use 152 mm cranks

Use 152 mm cranks
09-22-10, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By AndrewP

i think straight bars with bar-ends look nice,...

i think straight bars with bar-ends look nice, but dont do it unless you would be comfortable with the lower hand position. A small handlebar bag , with offset mounting to clear cables would be...
09-22-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 424
Posted By AndrewP

It rests easily in the middle of the back behind...

It rests easily in the middle of the back behind the hips, if you run the strap behind the neck and in front of the shoulders.
09-22-10, 05:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 777
Posted By AndrewP

Moderators - This thread should become a sticky

Moderators - This thread should become a sticky
Forum: Commuting
09-22-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By AndrewP

I just come back from vacation in UK. Those...

I just come back from vacation in UK. Those mini-roundabouts are scary, and my daughter showed me that you only have to yield to cars coming from the right - it seemed to work. There were also...
09-21-10, 08:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 777
Posted By AndrewP

LBS = local bike shop MUP = multi use path ...

LBS = local bike shop
MUP = multi use path
DS, NDS = drive side, non-drive side when talking about rear wheels
JRA = just riding along (the most common reason given by owner for a catastrophic...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-10, 08:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By AndrewP

Sugoi pants made if stretch knit fabric. They...

Sugoi pants made if stretch knit fabric. They are not skin tight but dont flap in the wind. They have short zips at the ankle so are easy to put on and take off.
09-15-10, 06:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,327
Posted By AndrewP

When I moved from Toronto to Montreal 25 years...

When I moved from Toronto to Montreal 25 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was that the drain grates were all set to avoid trapping wheels. There are a few streets where the drain is in...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-10, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By AndrewP

I wonder if they will check for prints on the...

I wonder if they will check for prints on the steering wheel to see who was driving.
Forum: Commuting
09-14-10, 07:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,121
Posted By AndrewP

Low spoke tension accelerates fatigue failure as...

Low spoke tension accelerates fatigue failure as the tension drops to zero at the bottom of the wheel when riding. If the tension is up to spec there is still positive tension on the bottom spokes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-10, 03:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,829
Posted By AndrewP

I had a bubble type inclinometer. Although the...

I had a bubble type inclinometer. Although the bubble jiggled around it was able to give a reading of the grade within 1% either way, when climbing. When descending I was too busy watching the road...
Forum: Introductions
09-14-10, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By AndrewP

Look at BikesDirect - you will get reasonable...

Look at BikesDirect - you will get reasonable quality at your budget, with only minor assembly and adjustment. Use Park tools website for guidance, buy a spoke tensiometer ($60) to ensure you start...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-10, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,310
Posted By AndrewP

If you are going to use panniers get one with...

If you are going to use panniers get one with dog-legged rear stays like irclean's, as it will prevent the bag swinging into thwe spokes.
09-14-10, 10:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By AndrewP

It may be simpler to fit a smaller granny...

It may be simpler to fit a smaller granny chainring (24T).
09-13-10, 06:19 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,351
Posted By AndrewP

I think they should be allowed. The police...

I think they should be allowed. The police should however clamp down on reckless riding on MUPs, by these machines and human powered bikes. I have seen quite a lot of these on the Lachine canal...
09-13-10, 06:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,256
Posted By AndrewP

Trunk racks are the leat expensive , easy to...

Trunk racks are the leat expensive , easy to install and easy to use but make access to trunk difficult when bikes are mounted. I used a roof one for years, which also allowed other stuff to be...
09-13-10, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By AndrewP

http://www.opencyclemap.org/ is a good resource...

http://www.opencyclemap.org/ is a good resource since it shows all levels of official routes and also footpaths through parks and woods, and location of toilets. A netbook computer would be easier...
09-10-10, 08:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 736
Posted By AndrewP

Since cycling is safer than walking up and down...

Since cycling is safer than walking up and down stairs there isnt any real need to wear a helmet, but since comfortable helmets are available at a reasonable price I always wear one when riding. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-10, 08:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,264
Posted By AndrewP

White reflective tape on the cranks is good...

White reflective tape on the cranks is good because the movement makes it more noticable. If you have deep rims several White reflective strips over the rims between spokes give side visibility from...
09-10-10, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By AndrewP

Gummed up lubricant in freehub stopping the...

Gummed up lubricant in freehub stopping the freewheel pawls from releasing.. Try to free with a bit of spray lubricant (not WD-40), into the freehub, but not into the rear wheel bearings.
09-09-10, 02:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,524
Posted By AndrewP

I lived in Toronto until I came to Montreal 25...

I lived in Toronto until I came to Montreal 25 yrs ago, and commuted year around by bike. The drivers were not quite as friendly as in Montreal but the roads were a lot better paved. There were...
09-08-10, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By AndrewP

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/produ...

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/product-components/2010-deda-elementi-dog-fang-chain-guide-4180.23.1.html
09-08-10, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By AndrewP

I fixed foot numbness by moving the cleats back. ...

I fixed foot numbness by moving the cleats back. There were 3 pairs of holes that the cleats could screw into. I use the rear pair and have the cleat almost as far back as it can be moved. Lower...
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