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by Crescent
Thu Oct 17, 2019 09:25 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Cycling Shorts & Underwear
Replies: 46
Views: 50592

Re: Cycling Shorts & Underwear

I don't wear underwear under my shorts about 90% of the time. However, for colder weather riding, I use leg warmers with my bib shorts. I find however that the leg warmer grip strip that goes around my thighs is quite uncomfortable after a few hours. I have recently purchased a few pairs of Under Ar...
by Crescent
Mon Oct 07, 2019 08:16 am
Forum: Tour & Expedition
Topic: Is November too late for Mallorca?
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Is November too late for Mallorca?

One thing is that it does get dark fairly early and the sun can be very low and dazzling late afternoon. More so, it seems than here. Also, I was quite surprised to find it doesn't get light until about 8am. I'm in Mallorca at the moment (first week in October) and set my alarm for 7am on my first ...
by Crescent
Wed Oct 02, 2019 19:48 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: BMC Teammachine frame size 51cm or 54cm?
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: BMC Teammachine frame size 51cm or 54cm?

I was sure my stem was 120mm but apparently it is 110mm after all. I feel more comfortable already :) Either way, it is an amazing bike.
by Crescent
Tue Oct 01, 2019 18:03 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Dream bike - what would you spend?
Replies: 116
Views: 3100

Re: Dream bike - what would you spend?

I suppose it depends why you are buying it - want or need. It"s definitely 'want' for me. I don't race or compete but spent about £2k on my BMC. Its worth about twice as much as each of my other bikes and is a definite step up in quality. I'm definitely faster on it, according to Strava at leas...
by Crescent
Mon Sep 30, 2019 09:45 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: BMC Teammachine frame size 51cm or 54cm?
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: BMC Teammachine frame size 51cm or 54cm?

I have a 54cm Teammachine (medium). For reference, I also rode a 54cm Specialized Allez (medium). Both bikes are/were a good fit but I think the BMC's agressive geometry make it feel bigger than it actually is. The 120mm stem has a lot to do with it. I also considered getting a shorter stem but have...
by Crescent
Sat Sep 14, 2019 15:20 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Mantel R50 TLR wheelset
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Mantel R50 TLR wheelset

Can't comment about the actual wheels, but have found Mantel very good to buy from. Prompt delivery, good prices and good back up in terms of order tracking etc.
by Crescent
Sat Sep 07, 2019 21:58 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Scared on descents
Replies: 64
Views: 3223

Re: Scared on descents

I think most "normal" people have a healthy sense of self preservation. I enjoy bombing down a hill as much as the next cyclist but there is always a point where I think "what if?" - I have a blow out, hit a stone, hit a pothole, an animal runs out in front of me etc etc. I start...
by Crescent
Fri Sep 06, 2019 08:06 am
Forum: Indoor Training and Turbo forum
Topic: Pain cave electric sockets
Replies: 11
Views: 1695

Re: Pain cave electric sockets

I don't think a double socket has to be on a ring main, I believe it is acceptable to have it on a radial circuit (just one cable). Current is found by dividing the total power by the voltage. Each device should have a max power rating on it so if you add them up and divide the total by 240 you shou...
by Crescent
Wed Sep 04, 2019 21:10 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Adult Tricycle
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: Adult Tricycle

Thank you so much for the replies, some great info there. I will pass it on to them. Much appreciated. Cheers.
by Crescent
Wed Sep 04, 2019 16:51 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Adult Tricycle
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Adult Tricycle

A good friend of mine suffered a stroke a few years ago and part of his ongoing physiotherapy involves using a turbo trainer. He was an occasional cyclist before the stroke and, understandably, finds the turbo a bit boring. He doesn't quite have full balance yet and is considering a tricycle, just t...
by Crescent
Wed Sep 04, 2019 07:53 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Bike fitness and health
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: Bike fitness and health

Just ride slower - its not a race. It's meant to be fun. This. You can't expect to be doing any speeds or distances like other cyclists, even ones much older than you. Start slowly content with just turning the pedals. Try and avoid any hills to avoid becoming demoralised if you have to get off and...
by Crescent
Fri Aug 30, 2019 19:13 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?
Replies: 68
Views: 3329

Re: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?

Remember that you save 25p per mile by bike vs. car commuting (going by the taxman's allowances of 20p vs 45p per mile) so your bike is probably earning you money. Ergo, the more bikes you have, the more money you are making. Perhaps it can be proven mathematically : N+1 = (£+ 0.25) x D (D= distanc...
by Crescent
Fri Aug 30, 2019 16:49 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?
Replies: 68
Views: 3329

Re: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?

Interesting (and a bit scary) to count it up. My newest/best bike (BMC) cost £2200 and has covered 1250 miles in the year that I've owned it. It doesn't get used in winter and shares summer duties with my "second best" bike. At an average of 16mph(ish) that works out about £28 an hour or £...
by Crescent
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Entry level sportive, which one & why?
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Entry level sportive, which one & why?

Also I've read there isn't much difference between Claris, Sora & Tiagra is that true? I know from an older Sora groupset that I used to have that the cables were external (not routed under the bar tape) and it used a thumb lever on the hood instead of the trigger behind the brake lever to chan...
by Crescent
Sat Aug 24, 2019 15:01 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Entry level sportive, which one & why?
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Entry level sportive, which one & why?

Evans do a Specialized Allez for around the same budget, if you have a branch near you? My first bike was an Allez, so I have a soft spot for them - excellent first bike.

https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized ... e-EV306365
by Crescent
Sat Aug 24, 2019 08:05 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Entry level sportive, which one & why?
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Entry level sportive, which one & why?

I think either would be a good option - both are reputable brands. Can you sit on either of them? Getting the size right is of ultimate importance. Do you have a bike shop near you that you could visit? This price point is very much entry level (that's not meant to sound derogatory by any means) so ...
by Crescent
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Is my bike too small?
Replies: 19
Views: 2522

Re: Is my bike too small?

It sounds like either could have been adjusted to fit you. The general rule when you are between sizes is that the smaller frame is easier to "make fit". I don't think it looks too small for you and it sounds like there may still be some room for further adjustments, so just enjoy it and m...
by Crescent
Tue Aug 20, 2019 16:55 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Bike bags
Replies: 40
Views: 3002

Re: Bike bags

It was a bit of a hassle getting it on and off the car park shuttle bus, everything else was fairly smooth. Having the hire car gave me temporary storage space for it while we got checked in to the apartment etc. Just my initial thoughts on it having only used it once. #justmyopinionyoursmightbediff...
by Crescent
Tue Aug 20, 2019 09:03 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Bike bags
Replies: 40
Views: 3002

Re: Bike bags

Just a follow up on my experience of the PBK box after a trip to Bormio. Most importantly, the bike survived completely unscathed - no issues whatsoever. The box has some fairly impressive scuffs and gouges in it - all cosmetic though. I noticed when I was pushing it through the airport on the retur...
by Crescent
Mon Aug 19, 2019 19:56 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: 10 days in Mallorca - Where to Stay?
Replies: 17
Views: 1676

Re: 10 days in Mallorca - Where to Stay?

The Col Collective series of videos on YouTube are excellent. This one is a route through the Tramuntana Mountains, basically from one end to the other - Port de Pollensa to Valdemossa. Looks a cracking day. The video is excellent, worth a watch even if you're not going to Mallorca. https://m.youtub...

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