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12-23-11, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 560
Posted By ColinJ

Ah yes - I saw that - a hat-trick (3 stage wins)...

Ah yes - I saw that - a hat-trick (3 stage wins) in the Tour of Poland. He was very impressive.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-11, 11:54 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,646
Posted By ColinJ

Same as always ... Get my weight back down...

Same as always ...

Get my weight back down to about 12.5 st (175 lbs - currently 215 lbs)
Ride 5,200+ miles (Average 100+ miles a week throughout the year; only managed about 2,000 this year)
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,606
Posted By ColinJ

I used to love throwing snowballs and sliding...

I used to love throwing snowballs and sliding about on ice as a schoolchild about 45 years ago. These days, most UK schools keep the children in during breaks if there is any snow or ice about...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-11, 05:30 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 21,638
Posted By ColinJ

If you look at US sizes vs UK sizes vs (say)...

If you look at US sizes vs UK sizes vs (say) Italian sizes, you'll see that this kind of thing goes on already! ;)

These days, we have almost as big a percentage of obese people here in the UK as...
11-16-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By ColinJ

I don't think that there is any way that riding...

I don't think that there is any way that riding in thick fog can be made safe. You can use any lights that you want, and any amount of reflective gear on you and your bike but if people are driving...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,210
Posted By ColinJ

I have a steel-framed Basso which is incredibly...

I have a steel-framed Basso which is incredibly uncomfortable to ride on my local rough-surfaced roads. (Oops, the tyre pressures are too high ... I lower them.) I now have a steel-framed Basso which...
11-07-11, 06:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 826
Posted By ColinJ

Er, yes - it would be pretty mean to steal a dead...

Er, yes - it would be pretty mean to steal a dead person's bike. In this case however, there was only a poorly bike, not a dead person!

It wasn't a path alongside a river. It was a road over a...
11-07-11, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 826
Posted By ColinJ

A cyclist I know was out for a walk in his...

A cyclist I know was out for a walk in his village when he stopped on a bridge to look at the local river. He looked down and spotted a bike in the water, close to one river bank. He managed to get...
11-07-11, 06:59 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 31,222
Posted By ColinJ

I was 50 pounds overweight, I hadn't ridden a...

I was 50 pounds overweight, I hadn't ridden a bike for 20 years, I live in an extremely hilly area, and I had already explained this to the LBS guy ...

Me: "I'm interested in buying this bike but...
11-07-11, 06:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,817
Posted By ColinJ

That certainly does not apply to the UK. Our OS...

That certainly does not apply to the UK. Our OS (Ordnance Survey) maps are absolutely fantastic and you can get GPS devices (http://gbr.garmin.com/on-the-trail/products/compatible-products.html)...
11-05-11, 01:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,831
Posted By ColinJ

I don't work in tourism, but honestly guys - the...

I don't work in tourism, but honestly guys - the UK has some absolutely gorgeous countryside for cycling. We don't have the epic scale of the USA or mainland European mountain areas like the Alps,...
11-05-11, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 586
Posted By ColinJ

It depends! I do hilly rides all the time -...

It depends!

I do hilly rides all the time - very hilly rides. Here are some example profiles ...

http://www.slimmerandfitter.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/pendle-pedal-100-km-profile.jpg
...
11-05-11, 06:19 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,831
Posted By ColinJ

Yes, indeed! One day I will make it over to...

Yes, indeed!

One day I will make it over to the USA and ride round some of the magnificent countryside there. We don't have anything in the UK to compete with the huge mountains, vast deserts and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-11, 04:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,095
Posted By ColinJ

My UK bank slapped a 1.50 (about $2.40) charge...

My UK bank slapped a 1.50 (about $2.40) charge every time I paid for anything in dollars (e.g. my US-based web-hosting) so I now pay using PayPal and avoid the charge. The exchange rate that PP uses...
11-02-11, 03:27 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,628
Posted By ColinJ

Yes - BMI does work for me, but the problem is...

Yes - BMI does work for me, but the problem is that it only works for the people it works for and it doesn't work for the rest!

I know muscular people shorter than me who weigh more than me and...
11-02-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,831
Posted By ColinJ

I love ... Great scenery ... ...

I love ...

Great scenery ...

http://www.slimmerandfitter.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/snaking-dry-stone-wall-trawden-wide.jpg
...
11-02-11, 08:47 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,628
Posted By ColinJ

I don't agree with the concept of BMI because it...

I don't agree with the concept of BMI because it doesn't take into account how muscular you are.

I know that I'm about 45-50 pounds above the weight I'd like to be and I'll work from that. If I...
11-02-11, 08:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,817
Posted By ColinJ

I have the bottom of the range Garmin Etrex. The...

I have the bottom of the range Garmin Etrex. The simple yellow one, now replaced by the similar Etrex H. It doesn't have any mapping built-in but simply allows me to follow a pre-planned route.

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-11, 05:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,619
Posted By ColinJ

I also use the Mk2 Crud Roadracers. My Basso...

I also use the Mk2 Crud Roadracers. My Basso won't take conventional mudguards (fenders).
...
10-05-11, 03:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,917
Posted By ColinJ

My Campagnolo BB was on the way out for a couple...

My Campagnolo BB was on the way out for a couple of rides while I ordered a replacement. It had got so bad that there was about 1 cm play at the pedal end of the crank!

I finally sorted it out on...
09-20-11, 06:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,532
Posted By ColinJ

They use a lot of chip-'n-seal in this part of...

They use a lot of chip-'n-seal in this part of the UK and it is horrid! I could tell you from personal experience how much harder it makes riding but the pros know best ...

Years ago they held a...
08-29-11, 05:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,702
Posted By ColinJ

Exactly what I thought! It would be pretty hard...

Exactly what I thought! It would be pretty hard not to spot that rust when cleaning the bike, and once spotted, I would have scrapped the forks.
08-26-11, 03:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By ColinJ

I live in the UK and most BF members live in the...

I live in the UK and most BF members live in the USA and I've not yet been there so it is unlikely that I've met any of you, but I have met about 80 members of the 2 more UK-based cycling forums that...
08-24-11, 05:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 839
Posted By ColinJ

I am not getting the recorded coverage until 1 pm...

I am not getting the recorded coverage until 1 pm the following day and I have already accidentally read that result elsewhere this morning. With European racing I am safe to go on cycling sites...
08-23-11, 04:16 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,702
Posted By ColinJ

I've asked a few stranded cyclists if they needed...

I've asked a few stranded cyclists if they needed help and most said that they were okay.

I was out riding with friends in the Yorkshire Dales last year and spotted a cyclist with a flat rear tyre...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-11, 04:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,620
Posted By ColinJ

YIKES - what a fantastic coincidence - that's my...

YIKES - what a fantastic coincidence - that's my Basso before I switched to the Crud Roadracers!!! :twitchy:

Bodged Basso:

http://www.bidforfame.com/images/bodged_basso.jpg

Basso with Cruds:...
08-22-11, 03:38 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,214
Posted By ColinJ

Cleave and Eric - nice-looking bikes but it looks...

Cleave and Eric - nice-looking bikes but it looks as if both of you have decided to leave an extra inch on your steerers to allow you to raise your bars once old age finally starts to bite! ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-11, 03:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,620
Posted By ColinJ

Sorry, I forgot to mention that the bike I have...

Sorry, I forgot to mention that the bike I have the Crud Roadracers on is equipped with Campagnolo Athena (the original late 90's version). With 23C tyres, the Cruds are a tight fit. I don't think...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-11, 03:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,620
Posted By ColinJ

I have Cruds fitted to my bike (there's a link in...

I have Cruds fitted to my bike (there's a link in my signature to a review I wrote of them). I leave them on all the time because in the UK, you can never tell when the next rain is going to come...
08-17-11, 03:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 534
Posted By ColinJ

I learned what we called 'broadsiding'. We had a...

I learned what we called 'broadsiding'. We had a sports field at the end of our street and the pavilion had a cinder path leading to it. My friends showed me how to lock my back wheel and lay the...
08-16-11, 05:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,341
Posted By ColinJ

This question comes up all the time and I usually...

This question comes up all the time and I usually answer it by explaining what I do and why, but really, why would you want to know what I do with my bike on my local roads, and my riding style? You...
08-16-11, 04:58 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,782
Posted By ColinJ

I'm single but I wouldn't want a relationship...

I'm single but I wouldn't want a relationship with a woman who made me feel that I had to lie to her!

I assumed that most couples would have a pool of money to spend on the house, family, car(s)...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-11, 04:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By ColinJ

I made a huge improvement from October 2000 to...

I made a huge improvement from October 2000 to September 2001. It took a big relationship bust-up to spur me into action though ...

After my ex dumped me, I decided I had better give up alcohol...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,302
Posted By ColinJ

I'm 4 inches shorter than you, but the same...

I'm 4 inches shorter than you, but the same weight. My Aksiums have been fine for 1,500 miles, except for one broken spoke early on which had been damaged in a crash by the guy I bought them off. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-11, 04:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,751
Posted By ColinJ

A friend's CF mountain bike 'exploded'. That was...

A friend's CF mountain bike 'exploded'. That was the word he used - he said it was so loud that he thought a bomb had gone off as he was flying through the air. The front end of his bike broke off...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-11, 04:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By ColinJ

I ride 52/39/30 front, 14-28 rear. Local...

I ride 52/39/30 front, 14-28 rear.

Local hills include 100 yards at 25%, 400 yards at 20%, 800 yards at 17%, 1 mile at 10%, 3 miles at 9% and 5.5 miles at 3.3% i.e. from short to longish and from...
08-03-11, 04:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By ColinJ

That was all over the UK cycling forums...

That was all over the UK cycling forums yesterday.

I loved the way he swept the cycle lane clean of broken glass afterwards! ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-11, 03:29 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,850
Posted By ColinJ

I started cycling again aged 33 in 1989. I was...

I started cycling again aged 33 in 1989. I was very unfit and fat and realised that I desperately needed to do something about it. I watched the Tour de France on TV that summer and was so inspired...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-11, 04:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,143
Posted By ColinJ

If hills are not a factor, then I was going to...

If hills are not a factor, then I was going to suggest a singlespeed bike too.

I have done rides up to 50 miles on mine and chose a gear that is good for cruising at 20 mph (39/15). I can do 25...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-11, 04:04 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 13,543
Posted By ColinJ

Here's my CAAD5 ... ...

Here's my CAAD5 ...
http://www.slimmerandfitter.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/cannondale_baitings_reservoir.jpg
07-31-11, 03:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,173
Posted By ColinJ

They have just redone some of my local roads like...

They have just redone some of my local roads like that. I hate the stuff.

What is really annoying is that for some reason they do the odd stretch of road with smooth, beautifully rolled tarmac...
07-30-11, 03:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 871
Posted By ColinJ

I used to do 2 or 3 road rides a week and 1 or 2...

I used to do 2 or 3 road rides a week and 1 or 2 mountain bike rides but the past couple of years I have been mainly doing road riding and only 1 or 2 rides a week. My mountain bike has been out of...
07-30-11, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By ColinJ

Fantastic! I met a couple from Seattle on a...

Fantastic!

I met a couple from Seattle on a cycling trip to the Costa Blanca, Spain in Spring 2007. The man, Greg, had the word RAMROD written on his bike so I asked him about it and he told me...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-11, 03:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By ColinJ

Hi Ben. BikeForums is a great site to hang...

Hi Ben.

BikeForums is a great site to hang out, but if you are looking for specific routes in the UK you would probably do better asking in BikeRadar (http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/index.php) or...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-11, 04:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,723
Posted By ColinJ

I reckon your problems started there! I...

I reckon your problems started there!

I wouldn't choose to extend a ride on dodgy tyres - I've seen (and heard!) too many tubes bulge through split tyres and explode. I would turn round and ride...
07-18-11, 03:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,464
Posted By ColinJ

No, I eat lots of vegetables because they are...

No, I eat lots of vegetables because they are good for me and I like them.

I drink alcohol because I enjoy it. I overdo it because I am stressed about various things in my life and it helps me...
07-16-11, 04:32 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,464
Posted By ColinJ

It is possible to eat large amounts of food and...

It is possible to eat large amounts of food and still lose weight, as long as it is the right type of food! I put absolutely no limit on the amount of salad that I eat, for example. I love the stuff...
07-16-11, 04:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By ColinJ

Congratulations! A Secteur rider came out...

Congratulations!

A Secteur rider came out with me in February and was exhausted by a hilly 32 mile local ride. Last weekend, he came close to dropping me on a 70 mile ride with 6,500 ft of hills...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-11, 05:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 679
Posted By ColinJ

The best roadside fixes I saw were on a cycling...

The best roadside fixes I saw were on a cycling training camp holiday on the Costa Blanca (Southern coast of Spain). It was the first day of the holiday and I was in a group of 20-odd riders about 25...
07-14-11, 04:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,607
Posted By ColinJ

Fastest - 56 mph. I was going for 60 down a steep...

Fastest - 56 mph. I was going for 60 down a steep hill but I hit a raised drain cover. I was looking down at the computer at the time so I didn't spot the hazard ahead. I chinned my handlebars and...
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