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by Philip Whiteman
08 Feb 2010 09:39
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax
Replies: 83
Views: 19402

Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax

The Beacon now has a third audax in its armoury. The Montgomery Madness is a 200km 'permanent' audax can be ridden on any date of your choosing once you have received your Brevet and route card. All you need do is to enter in advance, ride the route and collect your evidence of passage (receipts, et...
by Philip Whiteman
03 Feb 2010 09:11
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: The Highway Code and amber pedal reflectors
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

As Richard mentions you can use ankle wraps. I use the following which are relatively cheap:

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_228860
by Philip Whiteman
24 Jan 2010 10:58
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

----EDIT----- The description shown below is now out of date. In 2012, this event will be run by a new organiser and will follow a new route. Old event.... Cheltenham Clee Hill Flyer. Permanent 200km Ridden: 23rd January 2010. Ride time: 9hrs. Controls Bewdley Cleobury Mortimer Ludlow Ledbury Chelt...
by Philip Whiteman
22 Jan 2010 17:34
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Calling website designers. A non-cycling question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Calling website designers. A non-cycling question.

Not a cycling issue... but if you have developed websites, can you help. I am considering buying a webpage development tool. Do you have experience of using such a package and can you provide any advise on ease of use, etc. As I understand it, Dreamweaver CS4 is the best package available for highly...
by Philip Whiteman
22 Jan 2010 14:02
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: bikehike.co.uk route database closing - download your routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

I have just used Bikeroutetoaster which appears to be just as good as Bikehike. I learnt to loath Bikely due to the difficulty of deleting stages when plotting routes (only ever seemed to delete 100m at a time).
http://bikeroutetoaster.com/
by Philip Whiteman
13 Jan 2010 09:19
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Ride it...then smoke it?
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Hemp!

I wonder if it turns to mush or starts to rot when wet.

However, bamboo is not new. I believe that some Flying Pigeons are constructed out of bamboo and used quite widely in the far east and Indian sub-continent. Perhaps Richard Kent is secretly riding one in Goa.
by Philip Whiteman
11 Jan 2010 09:33
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: bikehike.co.uk route database closing - download your routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

George wrote:Also, can anyone give me a bit of technical advice? As someone who doesn't yet use an on-bike GPS system, what format should I download my routes in for optimum future compatibility?
Save the GPX file onto your PC from Bikehike and then upload to your alternative. Bikely accepts GPX
by Philip Whiteman
11 Jan 2010 09:05
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: bikehike.co.uk route database closing - download your routes
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

This is certainly a pain. Bikehike was easier and more reliable than Bikely. What a shame,
by Philip Whiteman
08 Jan 2010 19:53
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Free Cycle Repair Course in Northfield
Replies: 0
Views: 652

Free Cycle Repair Course in Northfield

I guess this is aimed at the novice..... Northfield Ecocentre are offering a free cycle maintenance course between 10:00 and 12:00 on Thursday 21 January 2010, covering bike safety checks,setting up the bike and mending a **flat**. For more details and booking info visit the events section of their ...
by Philip Whiteman
05 Dec 2009 20:46
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Tinsel and Lanes. 200km

Tinsel and Lanes. 200km Date ridden: 5 December 2009. 8.30 ride time. The event takes place on the first Saturday of every December. It is also operated as the 'Two Battles' audax during the summer. Organised by Tamworth CC. A Google route map can be found at: http://www.mapmyhike.com/hike/united-k...
by Philip Whiteman
28 Nov 2009 20:15
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Banbury 200. Permanent

Banbury 200. Permanent Audax Ridden 28th November. 8h45 ride time Controls Broadway Banbury Bicester Witney Cricklade Cirencester Cheltenham ATMs are available at all controls. Use any control as a start point. www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=27348 Upside This is a good winter route avoiding mudd...
by Philip Whiteman
24 Nov 2009 14:43
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Cable problems...
Replies: 9
Views: 2060

spider wrote:The really, really, important point is to never attempt to take the shifter apart
Never a more true word spoken. Risk this at your peril.
by Philip Whiteman
11 Nov 2009 16:22
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2774

I am, another support of PRO overshoes. Whatever you buy, be careful to buy overshoes with a velcro wrap-round at the top of the boot. This stops the zip working its way open.

However, no overshoe keeps the wet fully out or feet totally warm in horrible conditions.
by Philip Whiteman
28 Oct 2009 09:49
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Look Classic Pedals
Replies: 12
Views: 2398

Have you tried Ebay? I would not trust the following item off ebay for use as a pedal but you could rob the part. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Look-Pedals_W0QQitemZ300361022990QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR?hash=item45eee97e0e However, as a victim of two pedals that have snapped, ...
by Philip Whiteman
13 Oct 2009 09:44
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Headset supply problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2118

George wrote:So far as I'm aware, neither Giant nor Trek make headsets.
Perhaps they do not but the one supplied to the early OCR Compact was specifically supplied to that frame. Whether the headsets were constructed by Giant or was outsourced, I have no idea.
by Philip Whiteman
13 Oct 2009 07:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Headset supply problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2118

I have split this thread to a more appropriate forum. In answer to your question George. Some manufacturers produce headsets to a specification specifit to their bicycle rather than a version that is standard. If the bike goes out of production then it becomes more problematic to obtain the headset.
by Philip Whiteman
12 Oct 2009 19:50
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Headset supply problems
Replies: 12
Views: 2118

Unless you have a very unusual bike, it shouldn't be much harder to find a headset that fits the frame than to find a tyre that fits your wheel rim. Not necessarily. I had a similar problem with supply when Giant changed their headsets for their early OCRs. In the end it did not matter because the ...
by Philip Whiteman
17 Aug 2009 08:50
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Four Lakes Permanent. 200km

Four Lakes Permanent. 200km. 3.25 Audax Altitude Points Ridden: 16th Aug 09. Philip Whiteman; Richard Greer and Mark Carter.9h10m on the road; 8h02m in the saddle. Audax permitted range between 6h.48 and 14h.15 Route: From Shrewsbury into Wild Wales. Lakes Vyrnwy, Bala, Trawsfynydd & Celyn. Flat st...
by Philip Whiteman
14 Aug 2009 08:27
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Cambrian Series 2b. Permanent. 200km Ridden: Thu 13 Aug. 8h 20m in the saddle. 9h 10m overall. Monmouth Chepstow Abergavenny Brecon Builth Wells Hay-on-Wye Monmouth . Use any control as a start point and ride in either direction. £2 entry fee. Controls: This is effectively a DIY permanent. No route...
by Philip Whiteman
13 Jul 2009 08:49
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bodge of the week
Replies: 8
Views: 1820

That is a demonstration of good logical thinking. However, I have just one question, do you normally carry chicken wire with you on a ride?
by Philip Whiteman
24 Jun 2009 09:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 3887

Like Steve, I have not had a problem with a Selle Italia. However, it is not just the make that you need to consider. The shape of your backside is also factor. Take two or more saddles of differing makes and you will see that the widths may vary - hence they are best suited to differing backsides. ...
by Philip Whiteman
23 Jun 2009 09:53
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Another miracle cure for the saddle bag
Replies: 8
Views: 1911

Aside from paracetamol or ibuprofen, does anyone here actually carry Sudocream with them for saddle sores?

I know that many of the 300km+ riders tend to use this stuff religiously in case of severe saddle soreness. It does not stop bruising of the bum though - only a Brookes saddle will cure that!
by Philip Whiteman
16 Jun 2009 15:11
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Treating Road Rash: Iodine
Replies: 0
Views: 671

Treating Road Rash: Iodine

Not quite technical talk in terms of bikes but this is technical talk in terms of treating cycle related injuries. I have discovered the secrets of Iodine to anyone that has to treat road rash, unless you suffer an Iodine allergy. I would recommend that you are have some for your first aid cabinet i...
by Philip Whiteman
30 May 2009 18:40
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Three and Four Rivers Audax - Shrewsbury

Four Rivers Audax. 200km. 2020m ascent Three Rivers Audax. 160km. 1350m ascent Weekend at of end of Whitsun half term holiday Organised by Ken Knight - organiser of the popular Long Mynd 2000. Route(s) Both start from Shrewsbury Sports Village. The 200km version travels via the Long Mynd hills; Bis...
by Philip Whiteman
19 May 2009 18:46
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 39233

The Ride is a magazine. But don't be put off. It's not like any other cycling magazine you ever read. The articles are written by people passionate about the sport, from all over the world from the lowly club member to world champions. What they have in common is that they bring an insight into ele...
by Philip Whiteman
07 May 2009 16:27
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Replacing chain and cassette
Replies: 9
Views: 1905

Ok cheers for all the help Ive checked it with a ruler and it seems fine Ive looked on the net and it looks like i can manage changing it which type do i need Ive got a shimano eight speed just any chain then reduce links to match length with old one? I am assuming that an eight speed bike needs an...
by Philip Whiteman
07 May 2009 11:29
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Replacing chain and cassette
Replies: 9
Views: 1905

Ok cheers ill have to get one of those tools whats the average time in your experience or is it always different Alister at Birmingham City Cycles sells them. If you replace the chain and cassette, you can do it yourself with the appropriate tools but it is a fag, so you could just take the bike to...
by Philip Whiteman
07 May 2009 10:46
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Replacing chain and cassette
Replies: 9
Views: 1905

I replace the chain when it is worn rather than mileage. Its wear depends upon the time of year and road conditions, quality of chain, wear on your chain rings, etc. There is a simple way of measuring chain wear, using a gauge: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=1021...
by Philip Whiteman
30 Apr 2009 12:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Calculating your chain length
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Calculating your chain length

If you have to replace the chain on your bicycle, you may be interested in the following calculator for the chain's length.

http://www.machinehead-software.co.uk/b ... hcalc.html

It looks quite useful
by Philip Whiteman
18 Apr 2009 18:40
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Life of brake blocks
Replies: 15
Views: 2765

The odd thing about rubber of course is the greater adhesive brake force, the quicker the blocks will wear away. The harder the rubber, the brake force will be less. Possibly the best braking force I received came from some blocks bought from Decathlon but quickly required replacements. The roads ha...
by Philip Whiteman
13 Apr 2009 16:24
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Leominster. The Cambrian 207km. 3.75 AAA points Mid-April run with the Welsh Marches, 122km (see above) & The Mini-Cambrian 160km. Start @ Monkland Village Hall, nr Leominster Well organised with good food at start & finish - good cafe controls. Clear & accurate route sheet. A linear route to Machy...
by Philip Whiteman
10 Apr 2009 19:24
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 39233

The Ride is a magazine. But don't be put off. It's not like any other cycling magazine you ever read. The articles are written by people passionate about the sport, from all over the world from the lowly club member to world champions. What they have in common is that they bring an insight into ele...
by Philip Whiteman
04 Apr 2009 20:07
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Re: Picklescott 102km “Long Mynd 2000â€￾

Picklescott 102km Long Mynd 2000 Late March / early April Good route sheet Control at Bishops Castle café plus four roadside controls Briefly into Wales - over Kerry Ridgeway to Sarn and then back to Anchor Big climbs start middle & end - 1880m total Don't hang around at start - first control afte...
by Philip Whiteman
02 Apr 2009 13:56
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why is Phil's so much bigger than mine?
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

I've shrunk

Thanks for uploading that Steve.
by Philip Whiteman
02 Apr 2009 09:37
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why is Phil's so much bigger than mine?
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Hmmm. Bit mystified by that! It was linked to an avatar elsewhere, primarily because I was having difficulties reducing the pixelation for this MB. (any suggestions as to reduce the size before uploading, would be gratefully received) I have removed it due to the unusual affects upon the layout of t...
by Philip Whiteman
27 Mar 2009 16:13
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wheel recommendations please!
Replies: 28
Views: 4622

Ringo wrote:mavic aksium. can't go wrong really. been using them for last few years and never had a problem with em.
I'll second that.
by Philip Whiteman
27 Mar 2009 10:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Where can I buy the cheapest chainrings....
Replies: 13
Views: 3014

Ok fitted my new chainring. 135 was the correct size. Another question. I have fitted my new rear mech but the top of the cage is way too close to the freewheel in fact i think it touches. I've tried ajusting the top ajustment screw but that dosn't seem to be doing anything. Anyone have any suggest...
by Philip Whiteman
19 Mar 2009 11:20
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Where can I buy the cheapest chainrings....
Replies: 13
Views: 3014

If you can face the long queue in the morning and the following bundle into the venue, try..

http://www.cycle-promotions.co.uk/

The next one is scheduled for Worcester on 28th
by Philip Whiteman
19 Mar 2009 08:42
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chain + Freewheel
Replies: 24
Views: 4166

John Sanderson wrote:
me it is the jockey wheels (i think!) that need replacing....

You are a saint! Never thought of that one.
by Philip Whiteman
18 Mar 2009 14:07
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Chain + Freewheel
Replies: 24
Views: 4166

Neil Compton wrote:Grr, problem not sorted. Bit of chain slippage today on way into work. Time to replace the chainrings as well me thinks.
I am glad you raised this issue, I am having similar difficulties as well.
by Philip Whiteman
16 Feb 2009 13:01
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: What is 'second claim' membership...??
Replies: 6
Views: 1519

In short the idea of second claim membership allows you to be a member of more than one club and stops jersey switching when entering events. Perhaps it is easer to say what a second claim member cannot do in a club. They cannot race under its colour in formal events such as open tts, road races, cr...
by Philip Whiteman
10 Feb 2009 08:05
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Turbotraining resource
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Si-D wrote:Interesting site Phil.
On the same subject - what was the name of that training book you recommended at the weekend??

Thanks.
Si.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cyclists-Traini ... 0713650842
by Philip Whiteman
29 Jan 2009 09:30
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Shaving Legs
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Re: Shaving Legs

I've even considered using some kind of womens electric leg shaver however i've been informed that my hair is probably too thick for them. Has anyone ever tried any of those veet things? Does it actually work or will my hair be too thick for it again? cheers Works for me but the batteries run out q...
by Philip Whiteman
27 Jan 2009 15:18
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: cycle computers
Replies: 29
Views: 4165

Ed Moss wrote: For example the outward leg is done at 300W, return leg 310W and the final leg average 335W.
flippin heck. That would damn near kill me!
by Philip Whiteman
08 Jan 2009 09:00
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Noiseless Turbo Trainer Mat
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

The only thing I can suggest, which is probably cheaper than a Tacx mat, go to a carpet shop and buy an off cut. The pile should not be too thick in case the trainer wobbles.
by Philip Whiteman
31 Oct 2008 19:21
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Gear set-up
Replies: 2
Views: 1301

Thanks Richard.

Would you mind if I forwarded this to HubUb as a useful tip - in your name as the author, obviously.
by Philip Whiteman
08 Jun 2008 18:33
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Heart of the Shires. 108km & 208km

Heart of the Shires The two routes of 108km and 208km effectively circuit Leicester from Walton, 15 miles south of the City. The event is organised by the local Leicester CTC Organisation - HQs and control stations were well staffed and situated - Excellent provision of refreshments at the HQ - Fri...
by Philip Whiteman
19 Oct 2007 18:46
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Tyre choice
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Hate to say it but I spend £25 per tyre - on Continental GP4000s. They are expensive but they are excellent.
by Philip Whiteman
07 Oct 2007 17:41
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 34063

Kidderminster Killer

Kidderminster Killer, 209k, 13,000ft of climbing, 4AAA points A rather notorious audax that more than deserves a triple AAA point award. It is slow but worth it. Would not wish to ride the route in wet or windy conditions. Usually run on the second Sunday of September. -Clear and accurate route she...