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Forum: Touring
06-09-08, 04:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By thePig

Getting Lost

Seems that over the years I have gotten lost while cycling quite a few times. So I was wondering how often everyone gets lost and what are some of the getting lost stories?

Here is one of mine!
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06-07-08, 05:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By thePig

It kinda depends on what you are after -...

It kinda depends on what you are after - comfort/fit or performance. Both of them can make you ride better.
If you after performance then the wheels will always give the most bang for buck. The...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-08, 02:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By thePig

I definitely appreciate the extra hand positions....

I definitely appreciate the extra hand positions. Sure they do add a little weight but I think it is worth it for the extra comfort. Similar to madcow I really like them up long hills.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-08, 02:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,115
Posted By thePig

I am definitely not an early morning person and...

I am definitely not an early morning person and generally prefer to do a ride about 9-10am. However during the week I often do a ride about 6pm, which I don't mind so much.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,334
Posted By thePig

The original calculator is here -...

The original calculator is here - http://www.exploratorium.edu/cycling/aerodynamics1.html

The details of the numbers I used are here -
http://www.cyclepig.com/archive/blowing-in-the-wind/
Forum: Touring
05-22-08, 10:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 924
Posted By thePig

Wow, this is turning into a great set of photos. ...

Wow, this is turning into a great set of photos. Can't wait to get back out there amongst it.
Here is a couple more from me. This time in the Italian Dolomites.
The 2nd photo is of a landslide we...
05-22-08, 10:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 813
Posted By thePig

Sounds like a great idea......unfortunately I...

Sounds like a great idea......unfortunately I will have left by then :-(
Maybe I will have to try and organise something similar in Sydney.

If you are looking to join a group, there is a regular...
05-21-08, 11:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 568
Posted By thePig

Added Poll on who wears lycra

My blog has succesfully lasted for one month. It uses wordpress and I am amazed by the number of great plugins available.

I have just installed the wp-polls plugin which has a lot of cool...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,334
Posted By thePig

I always plan to ride into the wind first and...

I always plan to ride into the wind first and have it at my back on the way home. I recently wrote about it on my blog - http://www.cyclepig.com/archive/blowing-in-the-wind/

I also found a...
Forum: Touring
05-21-08, 11:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,782
Posted By thePig

I have a set of carradice super c's also and they...

I have a set of carradice super c's also and they are absolutely brilliant.
I have just bought an ortlieb classic handlebar bag and now you have me all paranoid that it is made of some suspicioius...
05-21-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,175
Posted By thePig

I found an online calculator that told me that...

I found an online calculator that told me that riding at 15mph into a 10mph headwind is the same as riding up a 3.5% slope. No wonder the wind sucks so much!
You can read more about it here -...
Forum: Touring
05-20-08, 09:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 924
Posted By thePig

Post photos of your mountain climbs

When touring I love cycling through the mountains. Although it can be hard work the scenery is fantastic and descents just great fun.

What are your best photos of the passes you have climbed?
...
05-20-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 761
Posted By thePig

Somewhat depends on the intended use. I use a...

Somewhat depends on the intended use.
I use a Blackburn Expedition 2 Rear Rack and they are bullet proof.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-08, 04:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By thePig

It is not that easy to get cheap road bikes. ...

It is not that easy to get cheap road bikes. Generally only more experienced cyclists buy these type of bikes which is why they don't generally make decent entry level models.

If you definitely...
Forum: Touring
05-19-08, 04:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,083
Posted By thePig

Can't say I have ever done a solo tour. For me...

Can't say I have ever done a solo tour. For me most of the fun comes from the fact that you are experiencing the world with your friends. It is also good not to suffer alone on the big climbs :-)
Forum: Touring
05-19-08, 04:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,597
Posted By thePig

I always store spokes in my seat post. I wrap...

I always store spokes in my seat post. I wrap some foam, or an old rag around each end and cover it with some electrical tape. Make sure it is not too tight fitting though, or you might not get...
Forum: Touring
05-19-08, 04:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,191
Posted By thePig

Another thing to consider with the tents you...

Another thing to consider with the tents you mention is whether the inner or outer goes up first. If the inner goes up first it can mean trouble if you have to put your tent up in the rain. If the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-08, 09:11 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,522
Posted By thePig

I use mapmyride which is pretty good. For a...

I use mapmyride which is pretty good.
For a full list of tools check this out - http://bikehacks.com/55-free-bike-route-mapping-tools/
Forum: Introductions
05-18-08, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By thePig

Hi Alex, Welcome to the forums and congrats...

Hi Alex,

Welcome to the forums and congrats on quitting the smoking.
05-18-08, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 813
Posted By thePig

Hi London Rob, Great that you are about to...

Hi London Rob,

Great that you are about to move to london. Richmond Park is fantastic for training rides - I live about 500m away so use it all the time. However it is not really going to help...
Forum: Touring
05-15-08, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By thePig

Quite a big question, but I will try and qive a...

Quite a big question, but I will try and qive a few tips. This is what I normally do for travelling with my bike on planes so should be a little easier in a car.

1. PEDALS: The pedals should...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-08, 08:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 654
Posted By thePig

You might want to include some videos to space it...

You might want to include some videos to space it out - an hour is a long time.
I found a short video that I posted to my blog this morning (since it is bike to work week). It shows this guy...
Forum: Touring
05-15-08, 08:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,310
Posted By thePig

Great idea for a thread. I use my clothes as...

Great idea for a thread.

I use my clothes as a pillow. I get one of my fleece jumpers, tie up the sleeves and stuff it full of other clothes - makes a perfect pillow and guarantees a good nights...
Forum: Touring
05-14-08, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 707
Posted By thePig

Yep, the larger ones will give you more...

Yep, the larger ones will give you more flexibility. However, you can also strap loads of stuff to the top of your rack.
05-14-08, 05:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By thePig

For me a good distance is length of my arm. If i...

For me a good distance is length of my arm. If i could reach out and touch the car then they are definitely too close. The further away they are the better.
Forum: Touring
05-13-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By thePig

Good luck with the trip. I have a 42 day tour...

Good luck with the trip.
I have a 42 day tour planned to start in july....but now you have me jealous at your 90 day effort.


I had a look at your blog but couldn't find anything.......maybe I...
Forum: Touring
05-12-08, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By thePig

I take a very similar approach. I use a...

I take a very similar approach. I use a Blackburn EX-2 rack and just use a couple of seatsaver cables for locking the bikes. They are very light and pack easily. I haven't had any troubles while...
05-12-08, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By thePig

I have only ever done 1 century, but it was an...

I have only ever done 1 century, but it was an accident....actually very poor planning. It was the last day of a tour in Spain and we were heading out the Pyrenees back to Barcelona.

After doing...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-08, 09:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,842
Posted By thePig

Riding up hills is hard. Riding into the wind is...

Riding up hills is hard. Riding into the wind is hard. Riding up hills into the wind is ........

I found this online calculator that lets you work out how much power you need to output to ride...
05-12-08, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By thePig

Man Convicted of Molesting Bicycle Seats.

It is a strange world we live in!

The man, who claimed his mental state was “confused” at the time, targeted the bikes of women he was attracted to and after they had parked them and left. He...
Forum: Introductions
05-12-08, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By thePig

Congrats for getting back into the cycling and...

Congrats for getting back into the cycling and welcome to the forum.
05-12-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,092
Posted By thePig

I started cycling as a kid for fun and as a way...

I started cycling as a kid for fun and as a way to get around. In my mid twenties I re-started cycling for the exercise and social aspects. Now I do it for touring holidays plus the exercise. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-08, 03:19 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,188
Posted By thePig

A further reminder of why you should always wear...

A further reminder of why you should always wear a helmet! Also not to sure who taught this person how to ride a bike.

http://www.cyclepig.com/archive/always-wear-a-helmet/
Forum: Europe
05-10-08, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,358
Posted By thePig

The dolomites are awesome and steep!. Not quite...

The dolomites are awesome and steep!. Not quite enough for a 4 week ride, but could be included in an overall itinerary. I always prefer the mountainous areas as they are generally quieter, and far...
Forum: Introductions
05-10-08, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Posted By thePig

Hi Medion, Welcome to the forums!. You are...

Hi Medion,

Welcome to the forums!. You are very lucky to have some great cycling country in Scotland. The Pentlands on the doorstep of Endinburgh are great and the whole west coast is excellent....
Forum: Commuting
05-10-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,842
Posted By thePig

Hills don't have to be that hard, I think...

Hills don't have to be that hard, I think generally people just try and ride them too fast when they are not experienced.
I have recently written a short article on my blog on cycling up hills made...
05-10-08, 12:49 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,040
Posted By thePig

Another wordpress.org fan here. It requires more...

Another wordpress.org fan here. It requires more work than blogspot but it also means you have more control. You can also have your own URL.
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 788
Posted By thePig

Hi Steve, I can't with all of this, but I...

Hi Steve,

I can't with all of this, but I would suggest that you can just get the LX hub rather than the XT. The big difference between the LX & XT is the weight. Rather than spend an extra $20...
Forum: Introductions
05-09-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By thePig

Welcome to the forums greggah.

Welcome to the forums greggah.
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By thePig

Looks ok - but not an expert on all the...

Looks ok - but not an expert on all the components and their compatibility.

My mountain bike originally came with Bontrage Select wheels (in 2002). I used it for a tour and in not too long it...
05-09-08, 06:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,058
Posted By thePig

It can be really hard to tell the gradient from a...

It can be really hard to tell the gradient from a photo. On a bike (particularly when it is loaded) 10% or more is steep and anyone that says otherwise is lying. There are very hills / mountains...
05-09-08, 06:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,150
Posted By thePig

Agree, not surprising. The dutch are bike mad -...

Agree, not surprising. The dutch are bike mad - if you like singlespeeds take a trip to Amsterdam and you will be in singlespeed heaven. They are everywhere.
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 02:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 502
Posted By thePig

MapMyRide does work in the UK and there a quite a...

MapMyRide does work in the UK and there a quite a few routes available.
It is a really fantastic tool.
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 02:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 502
Posted By thePig

When planning a long route I normally start with...

When planning a long route I normally start with the following.

I look at established long distance cycle routes and use them as a guide. In the UK that is Sustrans and their National Cycle...
05-09-08, 01:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,185
Posted By thePig

I have never thought about that relationship...

I have never thought about that relationship before but it explains things perfectly!
Forum: Touring
05-08-08, 03:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,199
Posted By thePig

Wow quite a list...You sure like to take a lot of...

Wow quite a list...You sure like to take a lot of stuff.
I think you forgot your bike socks. Also a couple of extra things I take:
- pegs to hang my washing
- several zip lock plastic bags to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-08, 03:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By thePig

I agree with this. I bought my first road bike...

I agree with this. I bought my first road bike about a year ago. Prior to turning up to the shops I did loads of research as to what I wanted - but it all went out the window when I got to the...
Forum: Touring
05-08-08, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By thePig

If you don't have either and are planning to do...

If you don't have either and are planning to do more trips in the future you may as well get a small 2 season sleeping bag and not worry about a liner at all. Should give you the most flexibility.
05-08-08, 03:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,185
Posted By thePig

I am only a casual cyclist and cycle tourer but...

I am only a casual cyclist and cycle tourer but always prefer to wear the lycra. I just find it much more comfortable. If I am riding in a busy area or going on a train and will put some shorts on...
Forum: Touring
05-08-08, 04:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,089
Posted By thePig

I think this is the winning tip so far - I am...

I think this is the winning tip so far - I am going to try it out!
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