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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Today I am Listening To...
« Last post by Pedaldog on Today at 01:09:19 am »
Captain Beefheart's "Electricity". 
There are times when you need a certain.... "Musical Slap round the head".
Velo Fixe / Re: Gear choice for fixies
« Last post by Pedaldog on Today at 12:40:02 am »
My Reid has 46-16 and the calcumalatoriser I looked at, Sheldon's, puts that at around 76". I am a slow rider and can't spin due to Neurological "Stuff" but I find it a bit low for me. I need to drag the rear brake on, even slight, downhills. Would I be better with bigger at the front or smaller at the rear?
(It's a Flip-flop hub so the freewheel side is okay at that ratio)
The Knowledge / Re: Pedal revs
« Last post by Samuel D on Today at 12:08:07 am »
If you look closely, you’ll see pros vary their cadence by more than the typical weekend warrior. When only low power is needed, they allow their cadence to drop right back, whereas many of them go over 120 RPM in short attacks.

Low cadence improves efficiency at low power, since less work is done spinning the legs against their internal friction. (At high power, efficiency takes a back seat to simple physiological possibility: you have to use a cadence that allows you to sustain the required power for the required duration. If that consumes more oxygen and energy, so be it.)

The need to vary cadence in this way seems obvious to me from my body’s feedback, but several of the guys I ride with are slaves to their cadence meter and spin at 90+ RPM while chatting on the way out of town at the start of a ride. Most of them don’t sustain that coming back into town when they’re knackered, but one does 100 RPM even then. I guess they’ve read an article or something. I prefer to listen to my body when it speaks clearly.

What was the question again?
The Pub / Re: What cycling stuff have you not bought today?
« Last post by Jakob W on Yesterday at 11:48:29 pm »
A Rapha winter collar in the sale: by the time I'd finished umming and ahhing over whether it was worth getting another one once the postage charges were added on, they'd sold out.
Caption It / Re: Caption it #1943
« Last post by Phil W on Yesterday at 11:42:10 pm »
The bike never did like going out in the cold
Arts and Entertainment / Re: RIP Aretha Franklin
« Last post by hubner on Yesterday at 11:32:36 pm »
If only professional singers were allowed to decide which singers they like, there wouldn't be many professional singers!
Retailers / Re: Spa Cycles, Harrogate
« Last post by Deano on Yesterday at 11:31:25 pm »
Yeah, the last time I was in there, a chap came in while I was waiting for my rims to be dug out. He had that CTC look which all Spa customers have (I'm no exception).

He was after an obsolete 9-speed mech, and of course they had it in stock. But he was also doing up his grandson's bike,  and needed a shifter for a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub, and wondered if they had one in the shop?

The lad at the counter replied: "Flat bar or drop bar?"
Audax / Re: Old Roads & Drove Roads 200, NOW 18/08/18
« Last post by iddu on Yesterday at 11:22:27 pm »
A goodly day, enjoyed by most, despite the 'improvements' to the turnpike.

Y'all gotta work at it to build up an appetite tho' - can't believe most passed up second offers of CAIK.

Mmmm - 3 AWOL's.  Perhaps I should call now to check they're OK. :demon:

Back again next year, subject to the boys with the toys...
Retailers / Re: Spa Cycles, Harrogate
« Last post by longflaps on Yesterday at 11:16:04 pm »
If you ever get a chance to visit their shop I suggest you take it. It's full of wonderous items at very tempting prices. And if you need an odd old-fashioned bit (maybe for an old steel touring bike, for example) they'll have that part, and maybe several others that you may not have seen for some years. The service comes with a very dry and dare I say Yorkshire delivery. Be warned though, you may pop in for one item and come out with several more that you hadn't planned to buy. Highly recommended. Just a shame it's so far from Oxford!
Rides and Touring / Re: Mid-Essex Mid-Week Nocturnal Series
« Last post by huggy on Yesterday at 11:05:08 pm »
Still up for Sunday afternoon at the Compasses  :thumbsup:
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