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by Neil Compton
20 May 2012 22:11
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Results Beacon TT Champion
Replies: 7
Views: 1513

Congrats.
by Neil Compton
20 May 2012 18:16
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Open 10
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

I think you have done a good time. Two minutes faster than me. Once into the headwind i didn't have the legs to keep my speed up and towards the end just eased up.

"It's not about the bike" :)
by Neil Compton
16 May 2012 23:10
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Earlswood Triangle K36/4.5Cx2 TT 16 May 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

A PB by 6 seconds i believe. :)
by Neil Compton
05 May 2012 19:22
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: K34/25C 5th May 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1638

Going out was actually quite pleasurable for a TT but that all changed on the way back. I was thinking on the way out how i'd love to do a 10 along this stretch of road as i would have easily done a PB.
by Neil Compton
01 May 2012 12:40
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: LMTT
Replies: 75
Views: 11675

Well done team Beacon. And well done in particular to Steve for getting a time under two hours in appalling conditions.
by Neil Compton
21 Apr 2012 18:15
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Cycling in Sweden
Replies: 4
Views: 1299

Nice pics and nice write up. Not long before i head off to Holland and Germany and i'm expecting things to be similar there.
by Neil Compton
20 Apr 2012 08:38
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: K35/6G x2
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Hi,

You just carry on up the main road at the end of the first lap.
by Neil Compton
29 Mar 2012 09:24
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Heavy refurb or replacement?
Replies: 6
Views: 1696

Is that a carbon fibre frame? How long have you had it?
by Neil Compton
22 Mar 2012 21:29
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Draft 2012 Handicap Tables
Replies: 3
Views: 1162

No excuse to not ride Saturday as weather forecast looks great. Just wish i was in better shape.
by Neil Compton
25 Nov 2011 18:52
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: END TO ENDERS
Replies: 22
Views: 6283

I may do the E2E again at some time but i think for next year i'd like a different challenge.
by Neil Compton
17 Oct 2011 18:16
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Shift gears with your mind!
Replies: 2
Views: 785

:) I've seen programs on tv where they have tried experiments with controlling things with the mind. The amount of effort and concentration it took to produce a result was staggering. I can just imagine riding my bike and trying to change gears with thought alone. I'd be knackered just trying to do ...
by Neil Compton
15 Sep 2011 13:23
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Touring Ratios Question?
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

I don't have any bathroom scales. :)
by Neil Compton
15 Sep 2011 12:11
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chains
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

Yer but do you feel any noticeable difference when riding a different speed bike? Thats the question i'm asking because i feel if a chains life and strength is drastically reduced just for an extra gear or two then is it really worth going to 10 speed.
by Neil Compton
15 Sep 2011 10:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chains
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

Do you think there is any real noticeable difference to riding an 8/9/10 speed? I'm rather sceptical.
by Neil Compton
14 Sep 2011 19:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Touring Ratios Question?
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

The gearing on my claud butler is 26-36-48 with a 9 speed cassette 11-32. On my tours with fully loaded panniers i did have to use 26/32 on some hills i encountered. I think that if I was selecting a ratio from scratch it would be along the lines of 26-38-50 with a 13-25 10sp cassette. Did you weig...
by Neil Compton
14 Sep 2011 15:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Touring Ratios Question?
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

The gearing on my claud butler is 26-36-48 with a 9 speed cassette 11-32. On my tours with fully loaded panniers i did have to use 26/32 on some hills i encountered. In connection with the other thread about chains i was out on the club run sunday on my CB and was having the gears jump and also was ...
by Neil Compton
14 Sep 2011 13:33
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chains
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

My Trek which i only tend to ride when it's dry has an 8 speed cassette and my Raleigh which i ride to work on and in wet weather has a 6 speed cassette.
by Neil Compton
13 Sep 2011 13:40
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chains
Replies: 23
Views: 3915

Bit like George but when the chain starts to slip. Since joining the club i've done over 20,000 miles on 2 different bikes and i've only had to change the chain once on either bike. When i had the chains replaced i also had new cassettes.
by Neil Compton
01 Sep 2011 14:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: `Self Serve Cycle Repair Kiosk
Replies: 10
Views: 2105

Not very.
by Neil Compton
16 Jul 2011 21:51
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Maratona dles Dolomites
Replies: 38
Views: 5734

Yes some interesting photos. :)
by Neil Compton
08 Jul 2011 16:27
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Maratona dles Dolomites
Replies: 38
Views: 5734

Do the wheels fit in the bag as well?. Just curious to know which plane company you went with as well?
by Neil Compton
08 Jul 2011 09:21
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Maratona dles Dolomites
Replies: 38
Views: 5734

Have a nice ride guys. Just curious how you got your bikes over there. On a plane i guess but did you have to dismantle them?
by Neil Compton
02 Apr 2011 19:38
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Help - bikeroutetoaster issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2793

Claire, just be aware that part of the route i've plotted between Fort Augustus and Clunes is offroad. Part canal towpath i think and forest track along Loch Lochy. Surface is not bad i believe but Phil might know more. I'll probably use that route if the weather is ok but stick to the A82 if the we...
by Neil Compton
02 Apr 2011 10:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Help - bikeroutetoaster issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2793

When do you set off Claire?
by Neil Compton
21 Dec 2010 10:38
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Slime Filled Tubes & Tubeless Tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Can't speak from experience but i've read so many negative comments about those slime tubes that i wouldn't bother with them.
by Neil Compton
01 Nov 2010 21:21
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

I wore the tops on sundays clubrun and they kept me nice and warm although it wasn't a particularly cold day. Would all 3 layers be enough for a really cold day ! i'll have to wait and see. I had the wisp jacket unzipped on the way home to get some cool air into my body and i could notice a differen...
by Neil Compton
30 Oct 2010 22:16
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

The tops arrived today and it's a good job i didn't go for small. Medium is just about right. Sleeve length perfect. The core and wisp jackets could be maybe slightly longer in the body and the core jacket could have slightly bigger pockets but overall they are a good fit. The wisp jacket is very li...
by Neil Compton
29 Oct 2010 20:14
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

I'll let you guys know. It's not expensive kit so i don't expect the quality to be fantastic but it has to be better than what i currently wear.
by Neil Compton
29 Oct 2010 09:13
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Ahh i've ordered 3 different tops, the base layer, the core jersey and the wisp jacket. I've plugged for medium so if they are too big i'll blame Dave. :) . I'll just have to return them if they are.
by Neil Compton
28 Oct 2010 09:03
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Hmm, so really i should go for small instead. Argh.
by Neil Compton
27 Oct 2010 20:02
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

dhb winter tops

I fancy ordering some dhb winter tops from wiggle but have a bit of a dilemma...(sizing). My measurements put me between small and medium but closer to small. I read a comment from someone who purchased a top which was supposed to be his size that it was too small so is having to send it back. This ...
by Neil Compton
18 Oct 2010 18:27
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

I've turned the stem over and it's raised the bars by a good inch or more and brought them closer to me. Had a little ride and it did feel much better. Next tester is to do a longer ride and see how the body feels after that.
by Neil Compton
13 Oct 2010 20:18
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

Philip Whiteman wrote:I think you may need to use some weedkiller to remove the grass growing through the paving slabs.
Ahh, that's my dads place. He can do that. If you saw the state of where i live you would have a shock.
by Neil Compton
13 Oct 2010 20:16
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

100mm the stem length is.
by Neil Compton
13 Oct 2010 19:44
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

Here is a pic. Saddle has been straightened since photo was taken.

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by Neil Compton
13 Oct 2010 19:25
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

I havn't had chance to ride it properly yet Steve so i'm going to go out for a bash on it the weekend. I did a little ride this evening and had a mess with the saddle position but i need to do the plumb line test. It didn't feel too bad. The Dalesman actually has a shorter stem than the trek so it's...
by Neil Compton
13 Oct 2010 16:35
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

Yes Dave i want to be riding the bike for comfort and have been reading up on this matter. I think a shorter stem with another spacer added is an option or a shorter angled stem like the Ritchey Comp. My trek is pretty comfortable to ride over distance but occasionally i might get a little shoulder ...
by Neil Compton
12 Oct 2010 15:20
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

The treks top tube is horizontal Steve.
by Neil Compton
12 Oct 2010 13:29
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

To change the frame i'd have to send the whole bike back to Bikeshed and i don't really want to do that with the problems i had in the first place. Hopefully raising the stem a bit and shortening the length should do the trick but it looks like i'll have to go to a local bike shop to see what they t...
by Neil Compton
12 Oct 2010 09:40
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

Frame sizes

As you know i've just bought a Claud Butler Dalesman but it looks like i'm going to have to change the handlebar stem for a shorter one. I got my tape measure out the weekend to compare the frame measurements to my trek and the top tube of the Dalesman is at least 2 inches longer yet the down tube i...
by Neil Compton
06 Oct 2010 15:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Specilized Allez 16 or 24 ?
Replies: 44
Views: 6094

It's horses for courses really. I've found a double to be more than sufficient for my road bike and for going up hills but thats not carrying any loads. Now my touring bike has arrived today and it has a triple which i think will be a godsend when travelling with full panniers. It's at my dads at th...
by Neil Compton
26 Aug 2010 11:17
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Car Bike Carriers
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

I think the car is a Hatchback. I'll have to find out the particular make. I was talking to someone who does some cycling and they asked me about cycle carriers which was before i told them i didn't drive.
by Neil Compton
26 Aug 2010 09:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Car Bike Carriers
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Thanks Steve.
by Neil Compton
25 Aug 2010 22:30
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Car Bike Carriers
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Woops, sorry guys i should have been more clear. I mean cycle carriers that you fit to cars.
by Neil Compton
25 Aug 2010 20:01
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Car Bike Carriers
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Car Bike Carriers

Can anyone recommend a decent bike rack that dosn't cost the earth.
by Neil Compton
13 Jul 2010 13:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 2190

Yes i should have mentioned that i only ride the aksiums in good weather as well although they have been over bumpy surfaces.
by Neil Compton
12 Jul 2010 17:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 2190

I have Mavic Aksiums which have done 9000 miles and still look brand new. Only had one little kink in the front which was from riding into the back of someone. I think for the price they are a great wheel. Have gone up a bit recently though.
by Neil Compton
26 Apr 2010 17:29
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 35615

I just thought i'd mention that the first stop "The Ramblers Retreat" was set in a lovely location and was a nice place but oh my the prices. Let's just say that Croome Park is cheap by comparison. Still i'm not the Grumpiest Audaxer. :) It's a nice Audax though and you cycle through some lovely cou...
by Neil Compton
05 Mar 2010 09:06
Forum: Pro Racing
Topic: Les Ladbury's Tour Pics
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Very nice.
by Neil Compton
29 Oct 2009 08:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Look Classic Pedals
Replies: 12
Views: 2517

Oh regarding the creaking. I've never had any problems there. Any creaking ive had has been from my shoes.