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General Discussion / Never want a flat again?
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:52:12 am »
Fed up with punctures then these are the tyres for you

Bet there will still be someone complaining about rolling resistance  :D

General Discussion / For those who like odd scenes from Google Earth
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:16:37 am »
Check this out  - found while researching route put in  Russell Square London UK and if riding round there keep your head down  ;D

What's the oddest thing you've come across?

General Discussion / Message for Simon Kirk re Tamiami Trail
« on: December 14, 2011, 05:27:17 am »
Hi Simon you left me a message but as you are not a member I am unable to reply directly.  Rec you join and you will get all the info you need. To try and answer your question -
might be a start in your research.  It is a busy tourist route but does have a shoulder and is long and straight much of the way.  However, accommodation might be your problem as not allowed to wild camp along the way, the place is a swamp and full of alligators.  It depends on what distance you are able to do each day. Most people seem to by-pass this bit using a ferry.  My advise would be to ask the question on the forum and you will get more local knowledge.  I know more about central Florida. I may well be in Florida - just south of Orlanda when you arrive - let me know your dates and route The ACA connector route passes very close to my house in Celebration. and there are several trails I would recommend. Good luck and have a great trip

General Discussion / Best cycling town/area on Atlantic coast?
« on: November 27, 2011, 11:49:49 am »
Hi Guys I presently have a house in Central Florida but want to move further north so that I can cycle more comfortably in the summer. 
Looking for:-
1, No too far from International Airport (I live in UK)
2, Preferably some longish off road trails suitable for easy riding (my wife won't do rough off road)
3, Equatable climate
4, Cycle friendly area
5, No too isolated so that shopping isn't a day long trek
6, Good restaurants

Basically the need to ride & walk will determine where we relocate to.
Thanks for your help

Check out my web site and you'll see I've done several long distant rides using up to date technology.  As a collector of vintage bikes I have an idea to combine touring using an oldie.  What vintage bike would you recommend? (mine in USA are mainly the fat tyre with fake tanks on - not really suitable for long distance)

Looking for something a bit different but would do the job. 

One idea I have is to use a WW2 paratroopers folding bike, which if they would let me at my local parachute club in Florida, and start the ride by jumping with it and then heading off.  (It's the one featured in a Discovery Channel recent film and I have here in UK now) There are no gears on it so Florida touring would suit or up the Atlantic Coast and onto C&O Canal.  All pretty flat I think.

Look forward to your views even if it's a tour of fancy or in the case of the para bike maybe a flight of fancy  ;)

Crossing Australia to highlight Heartburn awareness

On 9 September I will be leaving Perth Au to cycle across Australia to Sydney (or as far as I can in 2 months) this has always been one of my ambitions but also since being diagnosed with Barrett's Disease I want to highlight the dangers of letting heartburn continue too long without getting it checked out. I disguised the symptoms by taking various over the counter well advertised products.  So if you have persistent heartburn or acid reflux please get it checked out.  More info
And anyone wanting to follow my progress be pleased to have you along.


General Discussion / How do you train for a long tour?
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:21:35 am »
Heading for a ride across Australia in September and needing to get fit.  How am i doing it on a perfect day for cycling in UK?

Sitting on my bike, set up on my turbo trainer, in front of the TV watching the Tour de France.  I managed to beat Cav in the  intermediate sprint and then take the polka dot jersey in the mountains.  The riders do have one advantage on me as they can free wheel down the other side, I still have to pedal!

My wife not too happy with me throwing my empty drink bottles across the lounge.  At least I missed her ornaments - unfortunately.  :D

Anyway quite often in my own little world when touring. how about you.

Gear Talk / Does anyone wear Compression Tights after.....
« on: June 04, 2011, 04:30:04 pm »
Just wondered after a day in the saddle on a long distance tour if anyone wears compression tights to help with muscle recovery or for any other reason.

Are they any help?

General Discussion / Compact carbs? Do they exist?
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:32:37 pm »
OK the plan is Perth to Sydney Australia, August.  At times several hundred miles with only the prospect of a Road House doing burger & fries occasionally.  What I want to know is in your opinion how is the best way to carry carbs and which manufacturer would you recommend.   

I don't plan to carry any cooking gear as I will be loaded down with water and I'm happy (?) to eat cold ie nuts dried fruit etc or any other suggestions.

Please I know a balanced diet etc is the best but on large parts of this trip it just isn't going to happen. I want loads of carbs with the least amount of weight possible.  ;)
Thanks as I know someone on this forum has the right answer. Tony

General Discussion / Wear eye glasses/sun glasses while riding
« on: January 05, 2011, 05:22:57 am »
Despite many years of riding and touring and putting up with a sore neck finally figured it out.  I've tried all sorts of adjustments to the bike but it has just dawned on me that my glasses slip down slightly or just block out my upward field of vision causing me to lift my head slightly higher than is natural and I think that this is the cause.

However, I don't seem to be able to come up with a solution, does anyone else have this problem, maybe like me you don't even realise it, and what have you done?

Thanks Tony

General Discussion / Shrink wrapping your bike for flights
« on: October 23, 2010, 01:57:27 pm »
My nephew has just flown to Oz from UK with his bike shrink wrapped and reported all well despite 2 changes of planes.  This was his first time flying with a bike and thought that was a good idea, I can't see how it would stop any damage to the bike but just wondered if anyone else has tried this and am I being too cautious.

Bicycle Repair Man

Wish I had his number - enjoy

Gear Talk / Gunnar frames - are they any good????
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:07:13 am »
Hi, my local bike shop is recommending a Gunnar frame.
I have never heard of them, (doesn't mean much) does anyone have any view as to their quality, service etc


Was just about to buy a Bike Friday - until I realised that my heels would allow me only a 4" wide rear pannier!  I've always struggled with hitting the rear pannier even on a 700 wheel any thoughts ideas.  Not smaller panniers as I need the space for extra water/food when crossing Australia.  Got away with it in USA. Trailer's not an option because of hassle when flying plus if I used that option on a BF it limits me how I tour in the future.

What happens to the ride if I extend the rear pannier to take the larger panniers.  The load would be well behind the rear hub ...... any ideas?
Thanks Tony

Gear Talk / Converting my suitcase to a trailer
« on: July 22, 2010, 06:58:15 am »
Ok I know I have thread about BF's but also considering a Brompton.  They don't do a case that converts into a trailer- I could consider a BF case & trailer set up but just wondered if anyone else has ideas about transforming a strong suit case into a trailer and how did you do it?

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