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hazzelfrazzel

Member since Mar 2013 • Last active Mar 2021
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Jesus christ, I really feel for you! I'm living just outside Derby these days. I'm not sure there is, but if you think there might be anything I could do to help, send me a message.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Ah yeah, I feel your pain! Archiving routes is a premium feature. To be honest I might well pony up for the premium account, as I've had so much good use out of RWGPS over the years.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    How are you creating the routes? If you plot them by clicking points on the map in the route creator tool then tbt navigation should always work.

    The only time it hasn't worked for me is when I've imported a route from a GPS file or similar. That won't have tbt navigation sadly. You need to plot it from scratch, or if I remember correctly there is a premium feature in RWGPS that can fix that.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Some of the other ones they have done are great, but I thought that one was so disappointing for 60k. I'd have been gutted to spend so much for a result like that!

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    What is it that tells you when to top up with the squirt lube? Do you do that when the chain starts squeaking, or some other signal?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Yeah absolutely. I've got 4 bikes and because I had a bit more time over lockdown, I decided to experiment with waxed chains. Because of the weather and the pandemic, I haven't ridden 2 of the 4 bikes since November.

    I've done approximately 400 km of outdoor riding on my winter bike. That chain currently looks fine and isn't squeaking. The only thing I've done to that bike all winter is if it was a wet ride, splashed on a bit of clean water at the end of the ride to get rid of any grit or dirt sitting on the chain.

    The chain I've replaced so far was the one on my bike that sits on the turbo trainer. I average about 6 hours per week on the turbo, but that obviously doesn't have to deal with any water or corrosion, but potentially just the odd bit of sweat.

    I'm intrigued to see how things change as I start to ride outside more in spring.

    Previously I would use Muc-Off dry or wet lube on my chains per the conditions, and would clean it off and replace pretty much every time I washed my bike, so every couple of weeks in the summer. Plus if the chain ever looked yucky or squeaked I'd give it a clean.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I'll also jump in to defend chain waxing for every day bikes. This is my first winter running waxed chains, and I have found it incredible. I have no intentions of going back.

    I've not done the most outdoor rides of any winter ever due to pandemic and temperature, but I've done some very wet rides on gritted and salted roads without similar issues. I've just replaced my first chain after 4 months, so was very impressed.

    I've only used KMC and SRAM chains, so maybe the chain is the difference? Was the chain brand new or had it been used previously without wax?

    Can you tell us more about the products and process you used? For me I've used the molten wax mix applied from a slow cooker. Cleaned with white spirit in a jar, and then methylated spirits as the final clean. That's on a mix of new and used KMC and SRAM chains.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I'm also interested in ordering some of these. Are they as warm or warmer than a woolie boolie? Just want to make sure they are going to be warm enough for winter.

  • in General
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    20 x bodyweight squats
    60 seconds plank
    20 x split squats each side
    20 x mountain climbers each side
    20 x hamstring curls with feet up on an exercise ball
    12 x press up
    60 seconds rest.

    Repeat that to make a 30 minute circuit, do it twice a week.

    Advance warning, it took me maybe 4 weeks to be able to build up to do that for 30 minutes with good form. Don't be discouraged if some of the exercises are really tough at first.

    Then once you have that down, add in the following every other week.

    20 x overhead squats holding a towel overhead
    16 x Bulgarian split squats each side
    16 x renegade rows each side
    12 x bird dog each side
    20 x kettlebell swings
    15 x burpees
    60 seconds rest

    Again, make that a 30 minute circuit, twice a week.

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