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by Dave Cox
17 Aug 2010 21:23
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 140
Views: 25012

Its some time since I read it but I agree with Ruth. The issues of losing a partner at such an age and with children, if he were to write more about them, would clearly be a different book. I've just re-read the last chapter, it may be written from a male perspective but I do think it is self aware ...
by Dave Cox
09 Aug 2010 13:09
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 23535

CTC Phil Liggett Challenge 150k Stannington Sheffield

One of CTC's flagship events. Tour of the Peak District National Park. Clear signposting and basic direction sheet. Phil Liggett holding court at the start while he replaced cut tyre! Friendly atmosphere, nice HQ but Oscar's car parking management puts CTC to shame. Takes in climbs at Bradfield, Bol...
by Dave Cox
01 Aug 2010 22:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Halfords cheap mountain bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Halfords cheap mountain bikes

Returning from Seans's pacey ride to Evesham I came across a young couple trying to fix the front wheel on one of their new Reebok MTBs from Halfords. They had had a good ride to City centre on the canal and were in Bounville when one of them noticed that the cam on the front quick release was hangi...
by Dave Cox
28 Jul 2010 22:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Deaigns in Folding Bicycles
Replies: 1
Views: 431

I've been a folder enthusiasts for 15 years or so. Just completed a short tour on the Brompton. Train Bournville- Manchester for CTC meeting, train Manchester to Skipton, bike Skipton to Grassington to meet friends at Grassington House Hotel, bike to Kilburn and overnight at excellent pub, bike to A...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 23:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brooks saddles
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Brooks saddles

Recently, the Birmingham Brooks works replaced a broken frame on my neigbour's B17 for £12. They rivetted it on while he waited in reception and in time for our mini-tour in Yorkshire Dales. This B17 was on a second hand Galaxy I bought for commuting in about 1975 and he got it when he bought my "be...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 22:03
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: George has another STD
Replies: 28
Views: 2393

Obvious point but radio transmitters like at Elmbridge produce this effect. Perhaps a secret GCHQ transmitter has been secreted under Ankerdine.
by Dave Cox
08 May 2010 22:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Cassette or Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2145

Well done Darren - enjoy !
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 14:02
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax
Replies: 82
Views: 13837

Steve and others. If anyone fancies a B run attempt in the summer planned out like an assualt on Everest with back up lights then I'd be up for it.
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 13:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Cycling Business Today.
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Excellent Albert I usually enjoy this programme which seems to be timed alongside quality time in the bike shed. Will look out for this one.

Dave
by Dave Cox
05 Apr 2010 22:00
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: RAIN JACKETS
Replies: 8
Views: 1210

I mostly wear a Pearl Isumi polyester jacket which works well enough and is bright yellow. I've also got a Gortex packlite jacket which is better but not so much better as to justify the price. Both keep the rain out for a while and keep me wet and warm thereafter. They are not like hiking jackets t...
by Dave Cox
03 Mar 2010 17:34
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

They weren't the snow tyre wheels Steve! Ruth I think the cantilevers and Clarkes pads make a difference but the fancy Specialised wheels probably aren't that good. Where do you get your winter wheels? Were they ready made or custom build? Anyone else got any advice on what to get next. Cheap wheels...
by Dave Cox
02 Mar 2010 21:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Check you rims

Just cleaned winter bike. Examined rear rim and noted little black spot -query hole. Small screwdriver investigation created much larger hole. Foil thin. 3000 miles 3rd winter. Clarkes brake pads from Halfords probably a mistake. There were nice roval wheels with stylish large flange hubs ! Last rim...
by Dave Cox
13 Feb 2010 22:12
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Retro Bells
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Retro Bells

I borrowed bikes from hotels to do short rides in India last year. The bikes were utilitarian but they had nice retro industrial quality bells. So I picked one up in the LBS in Delhi's Khan Market . The bell on my work bike finally stuck like a Toyota throttle the other week. I fitted my Indian bell...
by Dave Cox
07 Feb 2010 16:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wiki-Cartography in action
Replies: 10
Views: 1589

I can see that I am going to have to get a Garmin. My very old 139 OS Map is missing some roundabouts near Lavender Hall Fishery !!!
by Dave Cox
04 Feb 2010 21:18
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 140
Views: 25012

Hi Adrian, This provoked quite a debate over dinner - there's so much to recommend although Sue's caveat is if you dont like something put it down dont flog through it. I've finished some pretty hardgoing books on the other hand. Not a yet classic but if you've just read Lolita then "Reading Lolita ...
by Dave Cox
31 Jan 2010 20:08
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

Marathon Race seem to work well on my winter bike - they are tough and to my mind feel good as well.
by Dave Cox
11 Nov 2009 22:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2063

I've been really pleased with the BBB ones - very robust and pretty waterproof.
by Dave Cox
25 Jun 2009 22:24
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 2899

I mostly use first generation Specialised Body Geometry saddles and I have an Avator on newer bike. Not completely pain free - but generally good for a day ride. The real test of saddles and shorts is the End to End day after day!
by Dave Cox
23 Jun 2009 21:16
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Jockey wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 2236

I'm no expert but I'd be surprised if they needed replacing, I dont think I've ever replaced any.
by Dave Cox
22 Jun 2009 17:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Another miracle cure for the saddle bag
Replies: 8
Views: 1394

Glad you are walking again Steve, its a long haul back from Shutford when you are in pain. A lot of Audaxers rely on Ibuprofen I think I'll be packing them in future. My usual fix anadin extra is really only for hangovers. Hope you get completely fit again soon.
by Dave Cox
25 Feb 2009 17:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Additional computer/lighting mount?
Replies: 2
Views: 724

Gary, I've tried a couple of these. A neat carbon looking thing from Acor bought from Bike Pro Kings Heath High St and the Minoura Space Grip which is quite widely available - On Your Bike Digbeth or Harborne Cycle Surgery. Always more stuff on the bike but they work well especially for commuting or...
by Dave Cox
08 Dec 2008 06:18
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: END TO ENDERS
Replies: 22
Views: 4562

Roger Green will be sending you an account of our 1990 trip
by Dave Cox
07 May 2008 18:52
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why aren't more people using GPS?
Replies: 42
Views: 4486

As someone who never quite made the switch from Scalextric to video rally games I guess I'm a bit analogue. I like my OS Map on the handlebars and mourn the Barts 1/2 inch. However, I've found the GPS in cars handy in the US where maps are hopeless because its all so big and the coast is often too f...
by Dave Cox
16 Apr 2008 21:48
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 23535

Hell of the North Cotswolds

Hell of the North Cotswolds 50/100km This is a classic mainly off road reliability trial timed to coincide with the Paris-Roubaix Hell of the North Classic. Organisers are the Winchcombe Cycling Club and the Cheltenham and County Cycling Club and these guys really know their bridleways and permissi...
by Dave Cox
12 Jun 2007 21:30
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 140
Views: 25012

Yes I read Chris Smith's book straight after his talk and really got into his quirky take on long distance cycling. I am now reading Alistair Humphries Mood of Future Joys about a ride down Africa - not as good but another example of internet publishing. I've also read some time ago Mark Jenkins Off...
by Dave Cox
12 Jun 2007 12:09
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 140
Views: 25012

Books

Has anyone else read Tim Krabbe 's The Rider ? Recommended by Matt Seaton on BBC bookclub. Captures I think the essence of road racing. Just read it on holiday trip. Happy to lend.