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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #679 on: 16:43 - 29 October, 2019 »
what do you do for keeping warm when you are riding in the cold and wet?

I bought some of these on the off-chance at Screwfix for £6.49.  I'm impressed in my wellies (too bulky to fit in my bike boots*) https://www.screwfix.com/p/sock-shop-heat-holders-thermal-socks-black-size-6-11-pair/79877







*because Altberg made them too small, despite driving up, staying overnight specifically so they could measure me up.  Nor would they take them back because they were custom made, so I ended up taking the innersoles out to give me 'just enough' space with thin socks. £240 + Fuel and Accommodation. c :censored nts. :rocket

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #678 on: 15:12 - 29 October, 2019 »
A carbohydrate rich breakfast about an hour before going out.
Good thermal base layer including socks.
Gortex bonded textiles with thermal liners. Gortex boots.
In my experience bike gear is one of the the few areas left where you really do get what you pay for. Sure you can get a set of textiles for 300 quid but they won't be anywhere near as good as a 2000 pound set of  Rukka gear.
As most of my riding is generally not more than 2-3 hours at a time I went for a 700 pound suit and boots this time but only expect them to last 2 years at most.
I also have a waterproof over suit for extreme rain or if the temperature gets below minus 10 ish as it acts as an outer wind blocker.
I don't use the back protector in the jacket I have a separate Knox back and chest protector, I believe this helps as an extra draft excluder.
A really good pair of thermal/waterproof gloves are essential too, if you can't keep your hands warm you'll never feel warm anywhere else.
Something to keep the wind off your neck and some kind of thermal head and face covering.
As for the bike, if you are going to ride through winter choose the right one, something with at least upper body protection, and heated grips are a absolute must.
Riding style helps too, you are never going to generate any body heat if you just sit there like a sack of spuds, moving around just as much as I do in the dry generates a good amount of heat on twisty roads.
I also think that if you enjoy something you can ignore a lot too, and the truth is that I really enjoy riding in the wet.

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #677 on: 23:22 - 26 October, 2019 »
what do you do for keeping warm when you are riding in the cold and wet?
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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #676 on: 20:00 - 26 October, 2019 »
I went out for a ride today in that torrential rain cos A, I was bored and B,  I am putting new tyres on tomorrow and wanted to see how hard the power rs's could be pushed in heavy rain. I fully expected to be losing front and rear given that they have over six thousand miles on them.
Difficult handling from degraded profile aside, consider me impressed.
60 to 80 mph on fast twisty A roads from Abbergaveny to Aberystwyth, no problem. Yes I have winter settings on and attention paid to weight transfer for braking and acceleration but can someone tell me how a tyre with this tread pattern or frankly lack of same can maintain grip through standing water and leaves and white lines.
I understand the science of silica compound etc to get mechanical grip but these things are creating a spray pattern on the motorway that covers both lanes at the sides of me and leaving dry lines in their wake.


I'm replacing them with pr4's (but not the gt version,  never again), I was going to go for the road 5's  as they are almost identical to the power rs's with some extra sipes. As I ride in snow and slush though I wanted something with enough tread pattern to cut through it.

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #675 on: 19:44 - 16 October, 2019 »
Peaches and herb for me


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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #674 on: 19:20 - 16 October, 2019 »
Salt-n-pepa for me
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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #673 on: 16:55 - 16 October, 2019 »
 :dontknow:  :stars

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #672 on: 16:00 - 16 October, 2019 »
I always preferred Pepsi & Shirley with the sound turned down.


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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #671 on: 15:32 - 16 October, 2019 »
I'd give her a sniff.
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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #670 on: 15:25 - 16 October, 2019 »
And who's sniffing Shirlie?

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #669 on: 15:20 - 16 October, 2019 »
Are you still sniffing the Pepsi?
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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #668 on: 19:59 - 11 October, 2019 »
Take away, Pepsi and a credit card are a really bad combination.
Found myself browsing the more niche corners of the internet last night and ended up spending too much money on rubber gear and chains.

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #667 on: 17:58 - 3 October, 2019 »
I could do that... if the ramp was flattened and laid out on the floor. And the bumpy bits removed.

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #666 on: 17:54 - 3 October, 2019 »
Pulled a muscle, otherwise I'd be up there like a rat up a drainpipe   :lipseal

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Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
« Reply #665 on: 17:42 - 3 October, 2019 »
Awesome