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02-04-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,554
Posted By stapfam

Since the beginning of 2013 several of the older...

Since the beginning of 2013 several of the older members of 50+ have been dissatisfied with the forum. I myself was one of them and I stopped participating in the Forum. This was due to the abuse...
01-25-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,396
Posted By stapfam

I used to be set on what bikes I wanted--535mm...

I used to be set on what bikes I wanted--535mm top tube- at least 105 groupset- medium quality wheels at less than 1700 grammes and a total bike weight of below 18 lbs. But they started to go out of...
01-23-14, 01:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,074
Posted By stapfam

Still as agile as I used to be but I don't bounce...

Still as agile as I used to be but I don't bounce as well as I used to. I just go "Thud" now. That was one of the reasons I cut back on the mountain biking as falls were beginning to hurt. That has...
01-21-14, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,165
Posted By stapfam

Reverse for me-Mountain biker that went road and...

Reverse for me-Mountain biker that went road and I struggle to stay with most on the road. But I occasionally get the MTB out and get up on those hills in the mud and the rain and the wind. It hurts...
01-21-14, 02:03 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,302
Posted By stapfam

Training for a 100 miler is no more than your...

Training for a 100 miler is no more than your normal riding. No need to 100 miles training for a 100 mile ride as you will have already done it. If you can do 60- you can do 100 with a bit more...
01-16-14, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
Posted By stapfam

Drinking enough?

One of the worries that many have when they start riding but this came to my attention so you can keep hydrated on a ride

http://www.camelbak.com/hydrationcalculator/
01-15-14, 01:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,378
Posted By stapfam

Never worried about BP or Heart rate Till I had a...

Never worried about BP or Heart rate Till I had a routine check at the docs. Resting HR was around 70 so not too bad but BP was 165/80 and I queried it. Nurse said it was fine and within limits but I...
01-12-14, 02:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By stapfam

Ride went well but the MD could not get on with...

Ride went well but the MD could not get on with the Tandem. As Pilot he could not control the thing and as Stoker he was not happy and could not get used to the bike on corners as he had no control...
01-11-14, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By stapfam

Preparation counts.

Haven't been riding much for a long while and if I have it has been on the Pinnie. BUT tomorrow looks as though we may have a break from the high winds and rain so a chance to get out and ride with...
01-10-14, 03:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,106
Posted By stapfam

Many years ago and out on my local hills and we...

Many years ago and out on my local hills and we came across about 10 younger mountain bikers. Caught then gradually up a couple of hills and held our own on the flat and downhills. the 3rd hill...
01-08-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,505
Posted By stapfam

Second this but I ride a Tandem. A "TRUE" offroad...

Second this but I ride a Tandem. A "TRUE" offroad Tandem and it is based on a Cannondale MT2000. When I was looking for a Tandem I looked at several- one of which was the KHS. I dismissed it as being...
01-07-14, 02:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By stapfam

Just wondering if we are going to get snow this...

Just wondering if we are going to get snow this year. Floods and wind is our problem this year but when it snows- there is only one place to go and that is up on the hills.

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Taken last...
01-06-14, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 570
Posted By stapfam

Hopefully it will get lost in transit.:innocent:

Hopefully it will get lost in transit.:innocent:
01-05-14, 12:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 570
Posted By stapfam

Many thanks for the birthday wishes--No ride...

Many thanks for the birthday wishes--No ride today for two reasons. Bit wet over here and the wind is a bit too strong. Your Snow storm on the North East coast is coming over to us in the form of...
12-30-13, 02:08 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,811
Posted By stapfam

Late to this thread but I reckon the type of bike...

Late to this thread but I reckon the type of bike you are contemplating is right--A Hardtail. Keep the bike basic with just a bit of comfort in the forks. But it all depends on the terrain. Even on...
12-21-13, 02:08 AM
Replies: 843
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Views: 122,857
Posted By stapfam

Had to share this. An elderly man in...

Had to share this.


An elderly man in Oklahoma calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of...
12-16-13, 02:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 9,444
Posted By stapfam

Blimey---Most of your caves are bigger than my...

Blimey---Most of your caves are bigger than my house:cry:

Garage is full up with the Parts for the campervan and the tools necessary to maintain it-Bikes live in a 16' x 10' shed but now also...
12-13-13, 02:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 11,401
Posted By stapfam

Briefly looked at your model and the 2014 spec...

Briefly looked at your model and the 2014 spec and the main difference seems to be on gearing. The 2014 has a lower gear setup and with the crank being a 48x32- it may not have high enough gearing...
11-14-13, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By stapfam

You never retire from the armed forces--Once a...

You never retire from the armed forces--Once a Marine- always a Marine.

I was lucky in my service days but can remember the worry of being sent to Asia for a war that the UK was not involved with....
11-13-13, 04:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,203
Posted By stapfam

Only have one bike with disc brakes and that is...

Only have one bike with disc brakes and that is the Tandem. Hope m4's with 200 mm discs F & R and they work. Might seem ridiculous to have such powerful brakes on an offroad bike -even if it is a...
11-11-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,219
Posted By stapfam

It is adjustment that is the problem. When I...

It is adjustment that is the problem. When I first went road I had a similar problem with the neck but due to the position and not a medical problem. Took a while but I spent parts of the ride...
11-11-13, 01:27 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,678
Posted By stapfam

Rydabent gas it about right. I was riding with a...

Rydabent gas it about right. I was riding with a group of younger riders and it was getting harder- They got fitter and faster as I was beginning to slow down. Then on a hard ride last year I swore...
11-11-13, 01:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,072
Posted By stapfam

So what happened about taking it easy?:beer: ...

So what happened about taking it easy?:beer:

Good on ya but now the problems start. Don't go mad and do too much because you have proved the doctor wrong. You are still in recovery mode and have...
11-06-13, 08:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 590
Posted By stapfam

No need---See avatar.

No need---See avatar.
11-06-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,293
Posted By stapfam

Same all year round but the base layer. Just...

Same all year round but the base layer. Just about time to change to the winter grade form but even in the summer I use a lightweight version to stop sweat build up. Then after that it is as many...
11-06-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,034
Posted By stapfam

I never realised how busy retirement was. All...

I never realised how busy retirement was. All those chores I had put off before I retired-All the things I wanted to do once I retired and the list my wife comes up with as jobs I haven't done yet....
11-05-13, 01:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,409
Posted By stapfam

Can agree here--I got a pair of CF bars at a...

Can agree here--I got a pair of CF bars at a sensible price and they weighed in at 210 grams. Fitted them and they felt OK. Weighed the alloy bars I was taking off and they were 210 grams.
Comfort...
11-03-13, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3,263
Views: 407,158
Posted By stapfam

This is not the day but finally this afternoon it...

This is not the day but finally this afternoon it got finished. Has taken about 18 months to do this at weekends and measures 30x40 ft and is sunk 3 ft into wet sticky heavy clay.

349081 349082...
10-30-13, 12:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,178
Posted By stapfam

If I had my choice again I would not retire. It...

If I had my choice again I would not retire. It is too much like hard work. All those chores you have put off for the last year or so and the things you- your wife and neighbours find for you to do....
10-28-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,921
Posted By stapfam

On the storm--It was bad but the UK was prepared...

On the storm--It was bad but the UK was prepared for it. The press and TV news have been warning us of it for a week or so and when it hit it seemed like a wimper. Wasn't like that at 5am this...
10-24-13, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By stapfam

At least we had a summer this year and that was...

At least we had a summer this year and that was distinctly lacking last year. Summer has even gone into autumn but over the last week we have had stronger winds and heavy rain showers. Temperature...
10-24-13, 12:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,159
Posted By stapfam

You have already said it but forget Aluminium. ...

You have already said it but forget Aluminium.

My only experience of steel forks was on mountain bikes. The stock forks that came on bikes 23 years ago were rigid and Suspension was in it's early...
10-23-13, 02:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,352
Posted By stapfam

Most important for me is the base layer. That one...

Most important for me is the base layer. That one next to the skin if not a good grade of wicking material will get you wet--and cold. Then it is layers of S/S jersey-L/S jersey and normally a top...
10-22-13, 01:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,285
Posted By stapfam

A Big offroad ride travelling west to east. Wind...

A Big offroad ride travelling west to east. Wind coming from the South and gradually increasing as the day went on and it gradually changed from a cross wind to a headwind. Got to about 55 miles and...
10-22-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,178
Posted By stapfam

My ride was on the day I retired. The manager...

My ride was on the day I retired. The manager upset me and I had 4 days holiday left so I went home in the van- collected my bike- changed into my cycling gear and left. 30 miles home on a reasonable...
10-21-13, 03:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,711
Posted By stapfam

I was not as lucky as the OP and was probably at...

I was not as lucky as the OP and was probably at my peak fitness for 10 years. In training for a hard ride and my riding partner was flagging over a few rides we did. On the sunday did a ride of 65...
10-19-13, 12:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,966
Posted By stapfam

All of my bikes have a replacable hanger and I...

All of my bikes have a replacable hanger and I have only ever broken one and that was on the Bianchi MTB.Slight problem with this as it was a HYBRID frame. Listed as an FS920 but in fact was a...
10-18-13, 03:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,805
Posted By stapfam

I have a 29" inside leg and ride a (S)mall Giant...

I have a 29" inside leg and ride a (S)mall Giant TCR. I can ride a (M)edium but that puts me at the limit of comfort and have to have saddle as far forward as possible. Sizing is important and...
10-17-13, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By stapfam

If you know you are going over- Tuck in the head-...

If you know you are going over- Tuck in the head- and keep hands on the bars and feet on the pedals. May bruise a bit and depending on speed- some blood may occur.

Most of my falls- In fact all of...
10-17-13, 03:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,091
Posted By stapfam

Riding in any new locality or country will always...

Riding in any new locality or country will always take some getting used to and university towns such as Oxford or my local one of Brighton will take even further adaption. In general Cyclists in the...
10-14-13, 12:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,446
Posted By stapfam

C.F. Frame and seat post. So I have an old Knackd...

C.F. Frame and seat post. So I have an old Knackd Alloy seat post that I replace the C.F.With if it has to go onto a stand.
10-12-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,706
Posted By stapfam

I am an accomplished bike rider and I used to be...

I am an accomplished bike rider and I used to be serious about running. Swimming is not my forte so if I were to enter a Triathlon next year- it would take a lot of training for me to finish the...
10-10-13, 02:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,706
Posted By stapfam

I still think they were idiots. With such little...

I still think they were idiots. With such little training they did not stand a chance. I have not contacted them but I can only guess what they felt like on Sunday morning. Sunday must have shown a...
10-10-13, 02:33 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,201
Posted By stapfam

3 things will influence the choice of your wife's...

3 things will influence the choice of your wife's bike. 1st is your wife. second is the brand that your LBS or the chosen shop stocks and the third is your wallet.

However what you should look at...
10-09-13, 11:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,706
Posted By stapfam

When this ride was mooted- None of them even had...

When this ride was mooted- None of them even had cycles. The MD had ridden many Years ago but that was about it and I had his 30 year old Giant in for "Renovation". Hybrid Cycles were acquired from...
10-09-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,706
Posted By stapfam

Ride by a bunch of idiots.

Remember that lot from my son-in-laws company that were doing a ride from one of their branches to the other? Well it happened last weekend.

I was involved in sorting their bikes and keeping them...
10-08-13, 12:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,015
Posted By stapfam

I have compact frames which means it is easier to...

I have compact frames which means it is easier to get on or off the bike without crushing anything vital. But I still have to lean the bike to one side to put a foot down. Just something you find...
10-07-13, 12:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,668
Posted By stapfam

There was group riding last Saturday so I had...

There was group riding last Saturday so I had their bikes in to check over last Thursday. Most of them just required a clean and lube but it was surprising how many had the Deraileurs just out of...
10-05-13, 11:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,437
Posted By stapfam

You get a head cam and report to the police. ...

You get a head cam and report to the police.

The end result is.


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Mr Brogden is a member of my cycling club and the Police are taking action IF video evidence shows they have a case...
10-04-13, 11:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,507
Posted By stapfam

Spinning classes do work but not for a while. I...

Spinning classes do work but not for a while. I find it takes me around 6 lessons to get into the regime of "Riding" a bike in a different manner to my norm. Not often I get to a cadence of 120 on...
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