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by Jon Mortimer
Sat 26 May 2007, 6:05 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Winter Training!
Replies: 32
Views: 1649

winter riding

A winter training trick: I leave the car at work and ride home. When I get up in the morning it doesn't matter what the weather looks like. There is no decision to make. I ride to work. This requires a serious winter cycling wardrobe - longs, windblocking jersey, breathable waterproof jacket (with ...
by Jon Mortimer
Tue 22 May 2007, 7:54 pm
Forum: Bike Shops and Shopping
Topic: N= N+1 - this time its a foldie!
Replies: 34
Views: 1364

Re: N= N+1 - this time its a foldie!

Any trouble tackling trails or even a bit of off road with the little wheels John? And on the flat? Is it a chore to ride? I haven't ridden it yet - I'm hoping it clips along okay. I've done some riding on dirt roads, where everybody else has mountain or hybrid bikes and where road bikes won't go. ...
by Jon Mortimer
Tue 22 May 2007, 5:23 pm
Forum: Bike Shops and Shopping
Topic: N= N+1 - this time its a foldie!
Replies: 34
Views: 1364

Re: N= N+1 - this time its a foldie!

I want to know who else has had experience with "high end" 20" folding bikes? The Dahon is probably the best value for money in the serious folding bike category. The Birdy looks like a nicer package, but for a lot more $$$. Bike Friday make good bikes but the cost is high so value f...
by Jon Mortimer
Tue 22 May 2007, 5:05 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: BV LIBRARY
Replies: 17
Views: 1076

books

I have "The Road That Has No End" by Tim Travis.

Happy to put it in the post for anyone who wants it. I just ask that it be posted back within a reasonable time.
by Jon Mortimer
Mon 21 May 2007, 6:20 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Can anyone recommend a book?
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Have just finished reading "The Road That Has No End" by Tim Travis. I'm not normally a book reader. Other than technical stuff for uni etc. I haven't read more than a handful of books since high school. This one I couldn't put down though. Tim and Cindie Travis have been on the road for ...
by Jon Mortimer
Sat 19 May 2007, 10:21 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Riskier not to ride, case made
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Riskier not to ride, case made

`But then you look at the benefits, I get 10-12 hours a week of good cardiovasular exercise which reduces my risk of heart disease by 40%, my riks of diabetes, cancer and other nasty things which are a real risk. Just under half of all the burden of illness in Australia is preventable, given existi...
by Jon Mortimer
Sat 19 May 2007, 9:57 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: N's?
Replies: 45
Views: 2454

N

N = 12 1. Dahon folder (love this bike) 2. The 2006 GVBR bike -the blue one 3. MTB 4. Two seater tandem 5. Three seater tandem 6. Tag-a- long 7. MTB child number one 8. MTB child number two 9. 16" bike for child number three 10. 12" bike waiting for child number four (nothing happening he...
by Jon Mortimer
Tue 15 May 2007, 8:59 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Starving!
Replies: 22
Views: 1221

If the aim is to try not to replace all those burnt calories, that is to use exercise to lose weight, then it can be useful to keep the intensity of the exercise low. Go for a long slow leisurely ride. High intensity rides, especially if only an hour or so duration, use up glycogen and burn little ...
by Jon Mortimer
Sun 13 May 2007, 6:26 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Starving!
Replies: 22
Views: 1221

food after a ride

A sports drink during and after the ride helps me. I still have to eat after a ride but at least I'm not desparately searching for the quickest meal. I have time to think about what I want to eat and prepare something nice and healthy. Oats works for me after an early ride. And bananas of course, a...
by Jon Mortimer
Sun 13 May 2007, 4:52 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Time to replace my chain?
Replies: 13
Views: 878

chain wear

Up to 0.5% chain "stretch" is OK. Replace the chain. Too much beyond that there is a risk that your most used sprockets will have worn with the chain. Replacing the chain may make things worse. In this case chain and sprockets need replacing together. (I thought cycling would save me mone...
by Jon Mortimer
Sun 13 May 2007, 11:41 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Global travellers in Victoria
Replies: 2
Views: 400

the road that has no end

Tim and Cindie Travis have travelled through Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and are now in Queensland. They have an Australia specific web page: http://downtheroad.org/Australia/ Five years bicycle touring. How good does that look. http://downtheroad.org/Australia/images/House/DSC06548b.jpg Th...
by Jon Mortimer
Sun 29 Apr 2007, 10:07 pm
Forum: Bike Shops and Shopping
Topic: Family bike and childseat purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 534

child seat or trailer

We used bike seats when the children were younger and found the getting on and off quite tricky. The bike with child becomes quite top heavy and balancing the bike and the child while lifting the child in or out of the seat is best with two adults. Hard to do on your own. Riding with a child in a s...
by Jon Mortimer
Fri 27 Apr 2007, 6:35 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Melbourne to Sydney, electric power assist bike, in a suit!
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Melbourne to Sydney, electric power assist bike, in a suit!

Stephen Gale and 15 of his mates just spent 8 days riding bicycles with electric power assistance from Melbourne to Sydney. Everyone wore their work clothes, which for Stephen is a suit, to prove that commuting to work is OK for normal people (as opposed I guess to the rest of us). Worth a look: ht...
by Jon Mortimer
Tue 24 Apr 2007, 11:34 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: FLATBAR VS HYBRID - WHAT TO BUY
Replies: 52
Views: 2532

something positive about hybrids

There is one good thing that hybrids have that sometimes road bikes do not - a wide gear range. For any sort of touring, even a supported tour like the GVBR, a triple front chainring is in my view reallly useful. Available on flat bar and drop bar road bikes but you might have to ask. Road bikes se...
by Jon Mortimer
Mon 23 Apr 2007, 10:06 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: FLATBAR VS HYBRID - WHAT TO BUY
Replies: 52
Views: 2532

flatbar or hybrid

For less than perfect roads or trails in my view the tyres are just as important as the type of bike. I agree with sachamc - 32mm or as fat as the rims/bike will take. But make sure you get slick tyres. Much less work. I wouldn't bother swapping tyres back for road riding. Don't give away the secre...

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