I`m done.....

vickster

Legendary Member
I am with the 'fair weather cycling' club but what I dont understand is all this 'bike cleaning' malarky.
In my 20s (ok many years ago:sad:) I cycled to work all through winter & summer and dont recall ever cleaning my bike. Oil the chain and that was it. I dont recall any problems as a result. What am I missing?
Nothing as you would have had more time to do fun stuff :okay:
 

screenman

Legendary Member
I wish someone had told me that 60 years ago! :laugh:

Just to make sure that I've fully grasped the concept - everyone should try to spend their lives doing important things, and preferably things that they actually enjoy doing? If so, I am going to have a go at living like that. Once I have finished doing the unimportant, boring things, naturally! :whistle:
I am not getting your point on this.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I am not getting your point on this.
I'm saying that you are right!

I think he's saying that we all have to do things we don't much enjoy ...and sometimes they get in the way of doing the fun stuff :smile:
It's true, but I think he suggested that.

What I was really saying was that for one reason or another I have spent a lot of my life with the worst of both - doing boring things which were also unimportant!

Foul weather cycling that you don't enjoy may not be important either, as long as it is replaced by something else that keeps you fit.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
I'm saying that you are right!


It's true, but I think he suggested that.

What I was really saying was that for one reason or another I have spent a lot of my life with the worst of both - doing boring things which were also unimportant!

Foul weather cycling that you don't enjoy may not be important either, as long as it is replaced by something else that keeps you fit.
Or that simply gives you enjoyment, reduces stress, anxiety
 

davidphilips

Über Member
Location
Onabike
Dave7 ? Yes a bike can just be used in bad weather like you did but brakes work better if kept clean plus gears work better and theres both less friction in the drive chain plus less wear and corrosion. So its actually costs less to cycle on a clean bike, Goes better and over all requires less maintenance plus dont know about any one else but i like a clean bike.
 

screenman

Legendary Member
I'm saying that you are right!


It's true, but I think he suggested that.

What I was really saying was that for one reason or another I have spent a lot of my life with the worst of both - doing boring things which were also unimportant!

Foul weather cycling that you don't enjoy may not be important either, as long as it is replaced by something else that keeps you fit.
That makes sad reading, can I suggest aqua zumba to brighten your life.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
That makes sad reading, can I suggest aqua zumba to brighten your life.
I can't see me doing that, but I just checked and there is a session at Todmorden pool every Friday. That is only a 10-15 minute walk from here. £4.20 with a local 'passport to leisure' card, which I don't currently have, but is available free to all over-60s.

I have just taken up the guitar again. That should keep me entertained for as long as I want it to.

I'm now busy writing computer games (which I enjoy doing, but they will need to earn me some money this year otherwise I will need to do something else for 18 months until I get my state pension).
 

Wobbling

Regular
Yep it just seems like we have had a very very long autumn that’s gone on for five months.Ive just taken a month off ticking over on a gym bike and getting the bus a bit more .I have this illusion it’s going to get out nice in mid March based on absolutely nothing
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
Yep it just seems like we have had a very very long autumn that’s gone on for five months.Ive just taken a month off ticking over on a gym bike and getting the bus a bit more .I have this illusion it’s going to get out nice in mid March based on absolutely nothing
I organised a 'forum walk' from Hebden Bridge, due to take place on 23rd March 2013. I decided to call it off... :whistle:

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:laugh:
 

CXRAndy

Guru
Location
Lincs
Put the bike on a turbo, train with Zwift for a few months to keep fit. Then when weather is much better go back outside.

I dont need to cycle to work,. I work from home. I train/ride for nearly 6 months a year in-doors. I ride outside when the weather is nice and warm
 

screenman

Legendary Member
Nope....January actual rainfall in the UK was 100% of the average for January. It was.....average. December was a bit wetter than average (117%), November was slightly drier than average (97%)

We live on a rather wet and windy island. Every winter is rather wet and windy.
I bet Henry Ward the farmer does not feel it was average.
 

DCBassman

Veteran
Location
Holodeck 2
Nope....January actual rainfall in the UK was 100% of the average for January. It was.....average. December was a bit wetter than average (117%), November was slightly drier than average (97%)

We live on a rather wet and windy island. Every winter is rather wet and windy.
But the distribution of that average obviously isn't average, else places would not suffer flooding to the degree they have.
It has been bad leisure cycling weather here for months, let alone commuting.
And as for "the wrong clothes " or "the tough get going"...garbage. If you enjoy cycling so much that you'll go out in anything, well great, more power to you. But don't have the temerity to slag off others who don't.
Rant over.
 

Bobario

Senior Member
Couldn't you just get a cheapo turbo trainer to keep your fitness up through the winter months? Spring is just around the corner and temps are starting to get into double figures at last.
 
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