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danns

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Aug 2014
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    Are post offices even open on sundays?

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    try bike exchange, worked for me when I was over there (I'm 172cm so not tall either). For sizing, top tube length is the first place to start. Most modern stuff comes with a height recommendation which is normally enough to start with, then do the rest with seatpost/stem changes (unless unusual body shape). Over there I picked up a small tcr advanced, whacked a decent stem on it and have been riding it since (now in NL).

    As for the route, its hilly but on par with the weir. You can come up red hill on the way out if it isn't enough, and then loop back to Chidlow and John Forest. the small parts of toodyay used to connect up aren't too bad for a highway, wide enough for the road trains to not be too much an issue.

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    Second hand market in Perth is ridiculous, for $1500 you could have a decent carbon road bike with a 10 speed group. Must be plenty of nice steel for less than that too.

    Also if you're running gears, try this route, nice alternative to the weir.

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    ..and this from a few years back. Can't fault BMW for not knowing their market

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    No cafe is asking anyone to conform to their ideals. Customers can always vote with their feet, its not like theres a shortage of coffee vendors out there, and if you want a starbucks experience then there's probably one round the corner anyway.
    One of my favourites in Amsterdam always recommend trying their espresso without sugar to those who ask for it, mostly because their roast method and bean choice makes for a sweeter drink than trad bitter Italian ones, which tend to benefit from a bit of sweetening. When entering with a more standard expectation of what coffee tastes like, I don't think its unreasonable to make some recommendations about serving.

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    If you're not racing or race training there's no need for a standard double. Use a set up that suits the pace you intend to ride at. You said "longer distance riding ... maybe some light touring ... it won't be raced fit mudguards and panniers ... an all rounder", none of which suggests a race double to be the best choice. But then again, if you're using 6800 the BCD doesn't change so you can swap between compact and double rings any time you like.

    /sick of internet hardmen rant

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    take a train towards Montserrat and cycle up to the monastery. From the city its about 120km round trip so just take the train as far as you need to cut the ride down to a suitable length for your time constraints. Collserola is worthwhile, or if you're short for time you can make laps around Montjuïc. For group rides there are some english language cycling clubs too (eg www.meetup.com/The-Barcelona-Road-Cycling-Group). If you have club experience they'll probably let you tag along.

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    try this for accommodation: www.vriendenopdefiets.nl - you pay a small fee, but all the places they offer are only 19€ a night B&B, and all bike friendly.

    to add to peter v, you really can cycle anywhere, try using routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl. If you set the route type to fietsknooppunten then you can 'cycle by numbers', following a numerical sign system which will help keep you from stopping to check a map all the time. the landelijke fietsroutes are the routes peter mentions above, and are also well signposted.

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    theres a cheap (london standards), no nonsense Italian place on Leyden st in spits if you prefer traditional espresso roasts. All done in a wood fired roaster back in Italy. Nice guy and good beans, though the coffee served varies as he experiments with different blends regularly (maybe even every day?).

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    Oddly 'long' just means a double shot (in WA by any rate), the idea being a double macchiato then 'topped up' with milk. the coffee menu didn't make much sense over there, but the cycling was top notch.

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