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by meanredspider
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food
Replies: 85
Views: 5103

Re: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food

There are some great rice cake recipes about (and I don’t mean those horrible dry things) made from risotto rice. The ones they taught us to make in the Amsterdam RCC were apple and cinnamon - quick to make and last a while. We were even taught (though I’ve forgotten) the “pro” way to wrap them so t...
by meanredspider
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food
Replies: 85
Views: 5103

Re: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food

Spot on! With nearly 160km in my legs having dragged the 85kg of my sorry ass up 6500m, a gel was what got me to the end. I’d burned around 8000kCals (IIRC) and had tried to eat real food as much as possible - but there’s only so much your stomach can handle. Not sure your computer is calculating t...
by meanredspider
Sun Sep 09, 2018 09:02 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food
Replies: 85
Views: 5103

Re: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food

ugo.santalucia wrote:
meanredspider wrote:
Spot on! With nearly 160km in my legs having dragged the 85kg of my sorry ass up 6500m,


Is this the tale of the Alpe D'Husez again? :roll:


Err - no, it’s a tale of “pros and cons of gel/bars vs real food” ^^^^^^^^ :roll:
by meanredspider
Sun Sep 09, 2018 08:03 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food
Replies: 85
Views: 5103

Re: pros and cons of gels/bars vs real food

I I do find though that gels can be handy towards the very end of a long ride as like I said, they are very quickly digested and can give you that last burst of energy to get to the end. They can be like the red mushrooms on Mario Kart! :D Spot on! With nearly 160km in my legs having dragged the 85...
by meanredspider
Wed Sep 05, 2018 15:43 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Brake, brake, braaake!
Replies: 71
Views: 3853

Re: Brake, brake, braaake!

I’m loving the fallacy that you only need good brakes if you’re a crappy rider. Quite the opposite is true. Anybody can slow down to allow for the conditions - even my 82 year old mum. I don’t know what anybody else wants but I want to be extracting all the performance I can out of my bikes and a ke...
by meanredspider
Mon Sep 03, 2018 09:51 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Brake, brake, braaake!
Replies: 71
Views: 3853

Re: Brake, brake, braaake!

You've only got a small amount of rubber on the road anyway. You’ve only got a small mass at low speeds anyway. The amount of rubber you have on a solid surface is plenty. Never yet lost a front wheel under braking. The mass will be the same at any speed. Oh - I dunno - go fast enough and I'm sure ...
by meanredspider
Mon Sep 03, 2018 09:46 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Brake, brake, braaake!
Replies: 71
Views: 3853

Re: Brake, brake, braaake!

You've only got a small amount of rubber on the road anyway. You’ve only got a small mass at low speeds anyway. The amount of rubber you have on a solid surface is plenty. Never yet lost a front wheel under braking. The mass will be the same at any speed. Yes - you misunderstood - the mass is low a...
by meanredspider
Sun Sep 02, 2018 20:15 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Brake, brake, braaake!
Replies: 71
Views: 3853

Re: Brake, brake, braaake!

cougie wrote:You've only got a small amount of rubber on the road anyway.


You’ve only got a small mass at low speeds anyway. The amount of rubber you have on a solid surface is plenty. Never yet lost a front wheel under braking.
by meanredspider
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Braking on carbon rims. Advice please!
Replies: 44
Views: 2141

Re: Braking on carbon rims. Advice please!

I know that carbon rims were banned from a US endurance race (CA I think but don’t recall) because of rim failures. I’ll see if I can find the reference. It was one event in 2012 and the internet, as usual, went into overdrive with utter boll*cks for facts. It's now 2018. You’re right about the dat...
by meanredspider
Tue Aug 28, 2018 07:34 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Reynolds Strike and super tight tyre fitting help
Replies: 13
Views: 1503

Re: Reynolds Strike and super tight tyre fitting help

I’ve found warming the tyres up helps with getting them on the first time. For me it was overnight in a very warm airing cupboard but leaving them in a bowl of very hot water might do the trick. I’ve found, once on, they “give” a little and aren’t as difficult next time. Don’t quote me on that thoug...
by meanredspider
Tue Aug 28, 2018 07:14 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Braking on carbon rims. Advice please!
Replies: 44
Views: 2141

Re: Braking on carbon rims. Advice please!

I know that carbon rims were banned from a US endurance race (CA I think but don’t recall) because of rim failures. I’ll see if I can find the reference. For fun: https://youtu.be/OlZvFPdLulI ETA - reference to events banning carbon clinchers here in BRs own article about the test https://www.bikera...
by meanredspider
Tue Aug 28, 2018 06:48 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

Article about chain stays which seems to capture it all well from a large custom bike builder

https://www.sevencycles.com/chainstay-philosophy.php
by meanredspider
Mon Aug 27, 2018 19:04 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

I suppose what he means is that if the frame is designed to be able to take 28mm tyres then the distance between the frame fixing point of the brake and where the pads are set will be a little bit more than with a frame that has less clearance (with the same brakes you will need to fix the pads a l...
by meanredspider
Sun Aug 26, 2018 07:05 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

The effort required for rim brakes needs to take into account all of the mechanical inefficiencies of the system: - stretch in the cable - flex in the outer - flex and play in the caliper - compression in the brake blocks - compression of the rim - friction in the entire system Hydraulic disc brakes...
by meanredspider
Sat Aug 25, 2018 14:29 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

It’s a dull conclusion but disc brakes are good brakes and you only need them if you need good brakes.
by meanredspider
Fri Aug 24, 2018 14:10 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

Not “only limiting factor” The ultimate limiting factor. If the traction isn’t there. The bike will ‘toboggan’ with locked up wheels which won’t be bringing anything to the braking party. With suitably low traction conditions there won’t be anything to differentiate between a disc brake at its limi...
by meanredspider
Thu Aug 23, 2018 19:50 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc brakes pros and cons
Replies: 89
Views: 4069

Re: Disc brakes pros and cons

You have to bear in mind that the limiting factor of braking is friction between the tyre and the road surface. That is a fallacy. The vast majority of braking load at the limit is on the front tyre due to weight transfer. At the limit, you’re more likely to go over the bars than lock the front tyr...
by meanredspider
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: upgrading TT bike to di2
Replies: 11
Views: 726

Re: upgrading TT bike to di2

you would need to buy everything apart from brakes and crank set. it'll cost a fortune. its trickier than recabling because you have the cables, the battery, the box/es, yada yada yada. why do you want to do it? What would you REALLY know about it? How many times have YOU done it? On a TT bike, it’...
by meanredspider
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Moët And Muesli
Replies: 24
Views: 2271

Re: Moët And Muesli

Thanks, folks!
by meanredspider
Sun Jul 29, 2018 08:12 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Moët And Muesli
Replies: 24
Views: 2271

Re: Moët And Muesli

Quick update: Latest tests still negative for the NPM1 mutation so, 21 months after she left, she’ll be able to return to finish her degree. Not completely behind us - they’ll still test her bone marrow for another year - but life might start to approximate to something a bit more normal. I’m exhaus...

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