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Title: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 02, 2017, 08:40:27 PM
started the build today should get it finished sometime this week  ;).
my son is doing the build for me he's  got that touch .
it's set up exactly the same as my road bike to the mm  fingers crossed it fits as well.
still need to buy mudguards bottle cages oh i think an inline seatpost would be a better job than the one that came with the frame i could use a longer stem that way, as it is i had to fit the 80mm stem i had on the dolan.
anyway folks that's the latest  heads up on the 2016 tiagra  looks  8) 8).
i sent Dan photos of the build so far not sure if he can post them up here i know i certainly can't  :'(
cheers for now.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 02, 2017, 11:02:15 PM
Will in just a bit...I'm on the road at the moment.

Best,

Dan
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 02, 2017, 11:50:26 PM
Stopped for a bite to eat, so I can get 'em up now...

Lovely machine, Anto! I think you should call it "The Stunner".

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 02, 2017, 11:51:33 PM
Bling...!  ;D

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 02, 2017, 11:52:14 PM
good stuff Dan yip taking shape, go easy on those burgers  ;)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 02, 2017, 11:56:20 PM
Forbidden fruit tastes all the sweeter.  ;) I'm not supposed to have them (celiac sprue disease/gluten intolerance), so this was a very rare treat. Shhh! Don't tell my doctor.  ???

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on January 03, 2017, 01:01:58 PM
anto,
bike is looking good, but the house will now need redecorating to match ::)
Happy New Year to you all.
julian
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 03, 2017, 04:37:51 PM
Anto,

The bike is looking good. Pity you can't fit a Rohloff to make it even better ;)


Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on January 03, 2017, 05:11:54 PM
Sailing close to the wind, there, Bob...I was just about to say that the bike looks just brilliant, 'cept for the rear wheel -- all those cogs and springy things interfere with the clean lines a bit ;-)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on January 03, 2017, 06:30:10 PM
Nice colour, class!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 03, 2017, 06:37:46 PM
well pleased withe Tiagra lads well pleased ;D ;D.
i borrowed the bottle cages off my Dolan i want to add some blue into the build  as its my favorite color the new cassette on the lovely custom wheel  looks like a plate its that big 11 to34  ;D.
still a lot to do before it ready for the road no big hurry its to cold for cycling and i haven't turned a pedal in a month .
Julian the wife was well pleased when i set up the build in the bedroom i ain't going to the shed in this freezing weather.
cheers lads oh btw  i can't get the cleat out of my touring shoes (shimano) any tips,  the allan key is goosed cant get a turning on it .


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 03, 2017, 06:53:40 PM
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oh btw  i can't get the cleat out of my touring shoes (shimano) any tips,  the allan key is goosed cant get a turning on it .
Quickest way to remove a stripped hex key socket in a shoe cleat is to hammer in the next size larger Torx bit. Yes, it will ruin the bit, but they are cheap and it allows you to get a wrench on it to remove the bolt quickly.

Much faster than drilling and using an EasyOut (reverse-thread screw shaft extractor).

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 03, 2017, 07:04:01 PM
thanks Dan i give that a ging  ;)

anto
 yis are all learning a whole new Langauge since i joined the forum.even different way's to spell . ;D ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 04, 2017, 12:02:00 AM
That trick worked great dan
Your a great man to have about thorn should be paying you for all this help to members.

Uncle
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 04, 2017, 12:05:08 AM
I thought they were.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 04, 2017, 01:54:26 AM
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I thought they were.
I'm not on their payroll. I really wish I was!

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 04, 2017, 07:28:09 AM
Only joking Dan.

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Neil Jones on January 04, 2017, 09:39:58 AM
The Audax build is coming along great Anto, I really like the mostly black look. can't wait to hear how the finished bike rides.

Also thanks to Dan for that little tip.

Regards,
Neil
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 04, 2017, 12:29:21 PM
Cheers Neil coming along nice still a few bits and pieces to get but should have it running in a week or so I'm mostly walking not much cycling this weather.

just replaced the thorn seatpost with a old dura ace seatpost  i now have loads of adjustment on the saddle rails  ;) only thing it's a bit marked and it's chrome .

the brooks saddle bag i got for christmas is a pain in the arse to fit old style straps takes forever to tighten  and its still very loose  not impressed. :'(
thats the latest buzz lads .

cheers

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 08, 2017, 07:33:23 PM
FINISHED at long last just need to add bartape after i take her for a test spin. ;)
anto.

photo's to follow later on by Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 08, 2017, 07:35:01 PM
On Anto's behalf...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 08, 2017, 07:37:08 PM
More...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 08, 2017, 07:48:08 PM
Thanks Dan your a gent ;)..

I'll tip out later to night spin just to see how she feels if the fit is good i'll be one happy camper . really pleased with the entire build  This new Tiagra is as good as ultegra super smooth shifting and looks awesome love shimano gear ;)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 08, 2017, 08:16:22 PM
Looks great Anto.


Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 08, 2017, 08:35:03 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on January 08, 2017, 09:15:35 PM
Well done! Looks fantastic, hope it rides as well as it looks.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on January 08, 2017, 09:41:08 PM
Happy new year indeed, Anto -- looks great!

Looking forward to your report from the road test.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 08, 2017, 11:00:50 PM
Thanks lads ,the spin (ride) went very well 22 kl  in just over an hour  not bad for an ould fella like me ::)
the bike was just class totally silent super slick gear shifts ,new saddle felt great for first time out  mind u the fizik alanti saddles are really good great lights lit up the road  no problem  good rear one  kept the cars well away from my back wheel  ;)

yeah overall i'm well pleased probably make a few minor adjustments over time but so far all good.
thanks to Dan for all the help  he spent a lot of time  compairing  sizes for me  great help indeed thanks Dan your a brick.

anto

You're welcome, Anto! Latest photo attached for you. Best, Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Relayer on January 09, 2017, 08:00:46 AM
The Audax is looking great Anto, keep us updated on the planning for the tour.

Jim
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: alfie1952 on January 09, 2017, 11:16:38 AM
Well done Anto........... CLASS !

Alfie 8)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 09, 2017, 11:49:27 AM
cheers Lads still have a few bits to add when ever i can afford it .
i can't believe i still have the Terry Dolan usually im selling stuff to buy a new bike ,no more selling for this kid im keeping what i have .
scotland is still on the cards for may but all depends on the funds ,i have  few tours in mind for here so i'll see what happens.
cheers lads

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on January 09, 2017, 05:42:51 PM
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I have a few tours in mind for here

You've got the bike for it, lad -- enjoy!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 09, 2017, 06:25:23 PM
yip i think so John i love the lightweight system Dan has everything into the carradice longflap should be good for 2 to 3 days touring even more i suppose depending on the weather ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Neil Jones on January 10, 2017, 07:12:55 AM
Hi Anto, the Audax looks the business and sounds like the test ride went well.

I reckon that bike will be perfect for your needs. I agree that Dan's Longflap would be the ideal bag for a short mini tour.

What gearing are you running?

Neil
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 10, 2017, 09:33:09 AM
Anto got lit!  ;D

Photos with his current lighting setup, attached below.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 10, 2017, 12:22:15 PM
Thanks Dan yeah i know i'm not right in the head  but sure what else would a fella be doing at 12o clock of a monday night only taking photos of the new baby.
i need proper mudguards  think i'll go with the sks black whenever.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 12, 2017, 07:06:04 PM
Outdoors in daylight, detachable rear mudguard fitted.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 12, 2017, 07:32:55 PM
Cheers Dan there was many a bike got there photo taken beside that shed  ;Did
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 15, 2017, 06:33:04 AM
Anto's Audax is sporting a new blue County Louth sticker. Matches the 'bar tape.

<Bling!>  ;D

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 15, 2017, 01:42:13 PM
Looks better in the flesh .next purchase is mudguards  the roads are terrible hard to keep the bike clean.NEil I bought the 4703 TIagra chain set triple 50/39/30.tiagra ten speed cassette 11:34 great range of gears and I need them .
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 16, 2017, 06:09:56 PM
Anto's Audax in the wild...!

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 16, 2017, 06:24:24 PM
thanks Dan for posting the photos  bike was class going like a clock pity about the pilot some serious foot and back pain .
can anyone recommend a good stiff sole spd shoes .the shimano shoes i ware  i reckon the soles are to soft any thoughts lads  :'(

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 16, 2017, 06:42:26 PM
Anto,

A friend of mine in Germany recently had the same problem and ordered carbon inserts/insoles for his SPD shoes. He said they worked a treat and solved his foot pain. Might be worth a look, but they're generally expensive. I believe he got these:
http://www.solestar.de/en/

I have foot issues too; fortunately, my SPD shoe problems were solved completely and less expensively by using Spenco orthotics. They felt so good, I added them to my street shoes. See: https://www.spenco.com/product.aspx?prodid=47&catid=17
They make a variety of models and have one golden benefit: The fabric covering them is really durable so they don't wear out and develop wear-holes in a blink as some kinds do.

The problem of foot comfort while cycling must be widespread, judging by the huge number of inserts/insoles that have flooded the market in the last couple of years. I wouldn't have thought there was enough demand to keep more than a couple firms in business, but now there are dozens, each selling a variety of models. The trick seems to be finding one that works well for you. I've already learned some of the most popular models simply don't agree with me.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 16, 2017, 07:07:38 PM
this is an ongoing problem with me ,i have 2 sets of orthotics both useless and they cost me a small fortune as well ,i also have 2 sets of ones simular to yours going to try  the set i have in my road shes next spin.didn't know u could get carbon insoles   might be cheaper than new shoes. ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 16, 2017, 07:18:05 PM
Depending on how your road shoes are drilled, you can sometimes fit SPD cleats to them. You won't be walking very far or easily, but it can work if you need to.

If you have a nice, stiff pair of road shoes, it might be worth a try. Just don't walk on the house floors with this combo or June will kill you dead on the spot.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 16, 2017, 09:36:21 PM
Dan i have a new pair of northwave spd shoes im going to try  them about the place for a few days see if i can get them moulded to my foot  there tight tho  ???  i also have the same northwave in road shoes same problem tight fitting. the sole  is pretty stiff moulded hard plastic .

anto.

[Pics added by Dan on Anto's behalf]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Neil Jones on January 16, 2017, 11:00:51 PM
Looks cracking cycling country, bet it gets windy right on the coast though.

It's a shame that foot and back pain is spoiling your rides. I use Superfeet Blue insoles for my walking boots and trail shoes, my feet feel fine even after 20+ miles backpacking. It could be possible that your foot pain is causing your back pain.

Hope you get yourself sorted,
Neil
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 16, 2017, 11:47:18 PM
cheers Neil i have swollen discs not nice.

yeah great cycling country thats part of the coast ride roads are cat baloo  ;D ;D mores the pity  if the guys were hung for laying tarmac they would be hung innocent that's the truth  ;)
i could see the snow on the cooley mountains in the far distance maybe 35 miles away from that spot..

i remember a smart arse engineer said to me on a spin one day the human eye can only see for 12 miles max , how come then i can see the cooley mountains from here then
30odd miles away .soon shut him up.  ;D ;D
cheers Neil

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 18, 2017, 05:08:19 PM
Well at last a pain free 35 miles  ;)
i used my road pedals and shoes worked great thanks heavens .
just mean taking shoes with me on a tour no big deal i suppose whatever works as the man said.

anto .

[Photo added by Dan on Anto's behalf]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on January 18, 2017, 07:36:27 PM
The bike looks the business, Anto.  Good to hear that our road shoes & pedals worked, too.  I use my Sidi road shoes & Look pedals/cleats for touring -- haven't been able to find another setup that offers the same level of comfort.  On tour, I carry a pair of "Dawgs" -- lightweight slip-on rubber shoes similar to Crocs.  I also carry a pair of flexible covers for my cleats when I'm off the bike but still wearing the Sidis.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 18, 2017, 08:38:00 PM
Yeah going to stick with what works.I will more than likely sell the nedw pedals and shoes.I have crocks but fing them to flat and my feet gets seriously hot in them not good.thanks Dan for the photo .
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 21, 2017, 02:52:16 PM
Tough spin with the group this morning 36 miles 14mph average few hills thrown in, man i nearly died cold and crisp morning  got dropped 6 miles from home  well i sat up no point in killing meself  :'(
still good spin and the bike was class pity about the pilot tho.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 21, 2017, 04:11:31 PM
Keep at it it will be worth it.

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 21, 2017, 06:39:36 PM
If only Bob lol,my back problem gives me a lot of pain when the road starts to go up :'(,also there's a lot of 30 year olds in the group not moaning but makes a fella realize not as young as I once was ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 21, 2017, 07:06:16 PM
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...also there's a lot of 30 year olds in the group...
Anto...

You're 30 with Experience.

 ;)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 21, 2017, 08:12:44 PM
That's why I lasted as long as I did ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 21, 2017, 09:01:41 PM
"Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance."
-- David Mamet

 ;)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 21, 2017, 09:57:52 PM
ah i enjoyed it Dan it was a lovely crisp frosty morning pity i didn't have time to take a few photos  country side looked beautiful .
got to remember all these lads were on there  carbon bikes  flying machines  i hung in there  best i could tho. ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on January 21, 2017, 11:01:43 PM
Smashing bike Anto. Love the blue bar tape. Really nice touch. You've got me thinking now.................. ::)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 21, 2017, 11:11:02 PM
Thanks Jackie blue my favourite color and looks great with black the lads could not get over how well the new tiagra looked.overall I'm a happy camper .still haven't tried fitting racks or mudguards but I won't do that until I get the new tyres .cheers    anti.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on January 21, 2017, 11:51:13 PM
Which tyres are you getting.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 22, 2017, 12:03:48 AM
Conti gatorskins hardshell 700x28 I'm using same tyre in 25 great tyres.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 26, 2017, 06:26:54 PM
Hi All!

Anto's been busy trial-packing his touring load for the Audax. Here's what he told me:
Quote
Didn't get to pitch the tent -- way too windy and cold, so I fitted the rear rack. Took a bit of fettling to get it right. I adjusted the panniers as far back as they go so no heel issue's. I think this will be my set up. Everything you see on the bed I can get into the Carradice Longflap, but I still need to pack down quilt and clothes, so I'm going to go with panniers.
Pics attached below.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 26, 2017, 06:48:08 PM
Looking good Anto  :)

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 26, 2017, 07:03:28 PM
Cheers Bob bike seems dead solid with the panniers.hopefully this set up will work fine.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on January 26, 2017, 07:29:32 PM
Nothing stopping you now, the world's your oyster.

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 26, 2017, 07:31:53 PM
Well Ireland will do for now  ;D,Bob if I had a good touring buddy like your good self then yes.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 29, 2017, 02:04:23 PM
tried out  the audax last night with panniers   test run all went well   but man was it cold freezing hard i went out at 10pm  just 9 miles around the town ,
a friend invited me to Castlewellen  up north on Paddys day ,if the weather is good i'll up 50 miles camp overnight head home next day.
i posted photos on facebook last night spin sorry no idea how to post them here :'(

anto.
https://www.google.ie/maps/dir/Newfield+Estate,+Drogheda,+Co.+L%C3%BA,+Ireland/''/@53.998537,-6.7462913,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48673a17a6c5ef7d:0x73152ee7cedfdaf7!2m2!1d-6.3401015!2d53.7239273!1m5!1m1!1s0x4861225ec5555555:0x99002f26dec84fa9!2m2!1d-5.9659814!2d54.2601445!3e1

104km by car but  much longer going the scenic route the route i'll be taking  safer  and i know the route to newry guess work after that.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 29, 2017, 02:52:34 PM
I'm over on the Oregon Coast in a comms null (poor cell tower coverage).

I'll be home tonight and can post some up for you, Anto.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 29, 2017, 03:09:02 PM
Cheers Dan enjoy your trip.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 30, 2017, 04:37:23 AM
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tried out  the audax last night with panniers   test run all went well   but man was it cold freezing hard i went out at 10pm  just 9 miles around the town... i posted photos on facebook last night spin sorry no idea how to post them here
Here ya go, Anto! :)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 30, 2017, 12:08:04 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on January 30, 2017, 05:47:15 PM
Thanks for the pics Jags (and Dan)!  I like watching a bike evolve. 

How old does the bike have to be before it gets relegated to the shed?  It looks quite at home indoors but not sure all family members would agree.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 30, 2017, 06:13:11 PM
the wife will be in the shed before me bike is.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on January 30, 2017, 07:39:52 PM
Remember where those good meals come from, Anto!  ;)

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on January 30, 2017, 09:22:13 PM
Ah she's well used to me now Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 07, 2017, 12:50:40 AM
ordered sks black mudguards and conti gatorhardshell in 28 today ,im not going to bother using a 28 up front don't think theres any need to be honest, besides i have a new set of conti in 25  just waiting for summer to fit them.so that will be the finishing touches to this lovely audax , have to say i'm well pleased .
roll on the summer.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 09, 2017, 06:59:08 PM
just fitting these mudguards man there a pain in the ass to get perfect ,gonna need a dremmell to cut stays kinda hard to get it dead centered over the tyre.
watched a utube video made it look very easy  :'( :'(.
have to wait now until son inlaw comes with the cutting gear
that's the latest buzz .

anto.

[Photos added from Anto. -- Best, Dan.]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 10, 2017, 03:13:37 AM
Anto,

You'll likely need to attach the fender/mudguard stay ends to the second set of eyelets on the rack.

The 'guards and rack look really nice being black to match the frame.  :)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 10, 2017, 11:20:42 AM
Cheers dan the reason I didn't fit the stayes to the second hole was none of the bolts would fit guess I need to drill the hole bigger its not threaded btw.hopefull ill get them finished today thanks dan your a gem what would I do without you.    Anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 10, 2017, 04:03:08 PM
Well i only just got  the mudguards sorted  ,man never again  there's definitely a knack in getting sks fenders spot on.
but yeah i got there in the end no fun when you have 2 grandkids helping you  ::) ::).
so that's it me bike is finished i won't annoy you lot again with Anto's Audax next photos will be me cycling the roads of co louth n meath  ;)
so yeah hope yis all enjoyed the build from start to finish i certainly did.

anto.

[Photos from Anto added. -- Dan.]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 10, 2017, 05:58:28 PM
Looks terrific, Anto!  :)

You may wish to consider adding a front mudflap. A long one can go far toward keeping the drivetrain clean and will really reduce maintenance when riding in poor weather.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on February 10, 2017, 06:01:32 PM
Mudguards look great, worth the effort.  Just waiting for John's approval.... I agree about the mudflap, makes a big difference.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 10, 2017, 06:03:19 PM
consider that one Dan thanks. ;)


anto.

thanks geocycle don't think i'll be getting any medals from leftpoole  ;D ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Relayer on February 11, 2017, 07:59:53 AM
Looking good anto ... it just needs a wee black Zefal HPX on the back there   ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: leftpoole on February 11, 2017, 10:44:22 AM
Mudguards look great, worth the effort.  Just waiting for John's approval.... I agree about the mudflap, makes a big difference.

'Just' need to cut the stays down to hide unsightly ends.
Approval..........?
John  ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on February 11, 2017, 12:05:56 PM
Mudguards look great, worth the effort.  Just waiting for John's approval.... I agree about the mudflap, makes a big difference.

'Just' need to cut the stays down to hide unsightly ends.
Approval..........?
John  ;D

Well done John, I always hold you as the gold standard when it comes to mudguards!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 11, 2017, 12:25:44 PM
Cant cut stays as ihave them fitted in the black plastic thing a me jig that comes with the fenders.nah happy enough there spot on if I do say so myself. I'm surprised nobody notices the rear tyre lol 28 and 25 up front . jim I have the zefal hpx on there.anyway I had plans to go out this morning but my feckin back is in agony and its starting to snow :'(.big thanks to my good friend Dan for all his help from day one and posting all the photos for.me hes one nice guy I don't think in all the years i've been talking to Dan either here or on facebook he utter an angry word to me and god knows I wrecked his head many a time with stupid questions ,so anyway thanks Dan Thorn is super lucky to have you running  this forum as we all are.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 11, 2017, 03:24:14 PM
i put the shimano pedals back on  adjusted the cleats on my old shimano shoes  and went out around town 8 miles freezing  out there lads  :o :o.
it was crackin me up i couldn't use the new pedals because of foot pain  so had to try again ,this time was much better but still pain in my right foot not anything as near as bad as when i first tried  so getting there slowly.
i could feel the difference in the rear 28 conti  hard to believe i know but seems 3mm makes a difference but it does  ;)
that's the latest buzz from me anyone doing anything worth doing ;)

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Matt2matt2002 on February 11, 2017, 06:10:36 PM
Just seen your pictures.
Very very nice looking machine.
Thanks for posting.
Matt
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 11, 2017, 06:28:25 PM
You're very welcome, Anto; thanks for the kind words.  :)

Based on your photos of them ( http://thorncyclesforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12167.msg89370#msg89370 ), I think the Laker SPD shoes you got are too tight for you and are causing undue pressure and nerve stimulation under your feet, resulting in pain. Perhaps you could sell them on and try another pair?

Not every shoe works equally well for every person. It is amazing how much difference a change can make. Of all the road cleats I've tried, I found (and still use on some bikes) the old Detto Pietro Article 74 was the only one that really worked (and only after modifying the inside with new arch supports and orthotics). For my SPDs, I initially tried a nice pair of Gyros before switching unsuccessfully to some by Louis Garneau. I found the solution in my Shimano MO-88s, but again only after fitting an insole and an orthotic insert. Till then, my feet were in bits and resulted in neat agony. The point is you'll get there, but it may take a bit of effort to find the "right" shoe for your comfort and efficiency.

Quote
I'm surprised nobody notices the rear tyre lol 28 and 25 up front...i could feel the difference in the rear 28 conti  hard to believe i know but seems 3mm makes a difference but it does
For sure! Air volume = air spring. It also means you could slightly reduce your tire pressure at the rear for even greater comfort. There's not much tire to protect the rim from potholes evenso, so don't over due it, but you should be able to reduce pressure by at least a couple psi.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 11, 2017, 07:38:48 PM
Would dropping air pressure not reduce speed.I like the idea of comfort but not at the cost off lower average speed :'(
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 11, 2017, 08:12:44 PM
Anto,

The appropriate tire pressure depends on tire volume, so rim width comes into play as well.

This has been covered extensively on the Forum ( http://thorncyclesforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3798.0 ), so I'll just give a thumbnail summary: A lot of tires are run at unnecessarily high pressures. The recommended pressures printed on the tire sidewalls may well be in excess of what if required or (in the case of wide tires run at maximum pressures) even hazardous to rim life. A wider tire has more air volume, so can be run at slightly lower pressures for greater comfort without sacrificing rolling resistance. Part of the reason depends on the shape of the contact patch at the pavement for narrow vs. wider tires.

A number of studies have shown that pressures that allow a ~15% drop in rim-to-floor distance when loaded is a good rule of thumb for maximizing comfort without increasing rolling resistance. There are various charts and formulas and even some apps that calculate this for you, making it easy. American cyclist and petroleum engineer Frank Berto did the hard work and research behind these figures, based on surveys of a number of bicycle tire makers.

I used to hammer 125psi/8.6bar into 23-25mm tires in the pre-Internet days of long ago (i.e. late 1970s to early 1980s) when the only high quality tires available to me locally for touring were race-training tires. With tires that narrow carrying touring loads on rough gravel roads, higher pressures were absolutely required to avoid pinch flats and rim damage, and I've got the nerve damage in my hands to prove it!

When high quality touring tires became readily available to me in larger volumes, I was quick to mount them. I use the Android Berto Tire Pressure app, which I've found works well for my needs when the proper frame type, bike loads, tire size, and rider/bike weights are entered. To give you some examples for my various 700C randonneur bikes...
• F50psi/R61psi (3.4/4.2bar) with 700x34 tires actual width on wide rims, unladen except for rider weight
• F58psi/R71psi (4.0/4.9bar) with 700x32 tires actual width on narrow rims, unladen except for rider weight
• F49psi/R60psi (3.4/4.1bar) with 700x34 tires actual width on narrow rims, unladen except for rider weight

Though my weight remains constant, the bikes vary in weight, rim width, and tire cross-section/volume, so the same pressure varies from bike to bike.

Despite what might look like low pressures to a road rider, I find these bikes all roll very well over 300-400km day rides and I have experienced no rim or tire damage or pinch flat even on rough surfaces.

If you would like to send me your weight attired in your usual riding kit, your bike's weight wet (with full water bottles), your tire sizes F/R, and the weight and location of any carried luggage, I can calculate a suggested set of tire pressures for your review*. NOTE: Not all tires are the stated volume/size when inflated, so it is best to caliper them to find the actual size. If you don't have calipers, use an adjustable wrench to measure at the widest point of the tire sidewalls, then transfer that measurement to a ruler.

For example (just plucking figures out of the air...), say you weigh 170lbs, the bike with rear rack, pump, and full bottles weighs 25lbs and has classic road bike design, and you're running a 700x25C tire up front and a 700x28C in the rear, then some starting pressures to try would be F66psi/R87psi (4.6/6.0bar). I used pounds for weight because the app requires data be in that format for entry. If you usually use 90psi F/R, this would mean you could try dropping 3psi in the rear and dropping as much as 24psi in front without a huge increase in rolling resistance according to the Berto's findings. I would suggest you start by reducing only 3psi front and rear and seeing how it feels and rides and would not drop too much air from that 25mm front tire, as there's not a lot of protection for the rim. Nothing like a real-world trial with caution to see how it goes. It might help your back. Still a Very Good Idea to avoid the largest potholes whenever you can.

[EDIT: *Done via PM]

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 11, 2017, 09:10:21 PM
 ;) i'll try that cheers.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RonS on February 11, 2017, 10:32:30 PM
Anto

Check out these articles by Jan Heine of Compass tire fame. You may be surprised to find that lower pressure is not slower. Neither are wider tires.

https://janheine.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/the-tire-pressure-revolution/

https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/tire-pressure-take-home/

https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/minimum-tire-pressure/

Happy Riding

Ron

PS Great looking bike!

Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: martinf on February 11, 2017, 10:44:49 PM
To complement Dan's suggestions, the actual pressures I use on my 700C derailleur bike (probably slightly heavier than an Audax) for my 85Kg/187 pound rider weight are:

Front 65psi
Rear 75psi

Tyres are Schwalbe One 28 mm, actual width a bit less than 28 mm.

I should theoretically use a lower pressure than 65psi in the front, but I don't like to drop the pressure too far, especially with narrow tyres.

As Dan suggests, I start with a fairly high pressure and progressively use lower pressures, but I don't go below a minimum I reckon to be a safe value to avoid pinch punctures. When/if I feel a reduction in performance I add pressure (about 10 psi for narrow tyres, less for wide tyres). 

Advantage of using relatively low pressures - more comfort.
Dsadvantage - I need to check tyre pressure more often than someone who always inflates to the maximum permitted pressure.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 11, 2017, 11:07:27 PM
cheers lads sure nothing beats a try but a failure  ;)
i ride 90psi all the time so i'll try it our see how i get on thanks

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 11, 2017, 11:34:07 PM
+1 on all Martin said, Anto.  :)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on February 12, 2017, 12:29:35 AM
Echoing Martin and Dan's comments, Anto:  On my derailleur bike, I run Schwalbe Marathon Racers, 700x35 (actual around 32-33). With the bike unladen except for rider ( ~87-90 kg, depending on the season) and a seat bag & small h'bar bag, I use about 50-55 PSI in the front, 60 at the rear. Works very well, no road buzz at all.  The M'thon Racers have nice flexible sidewalls -- that characteristic, plus the lower pressures, give a good ride, and so far, no pinch flats.

Cheers,

John
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 12, 2017, 01:19:12 AM
Cheers John seems there a lot in favor of lower psi  i always went with the recommended tire pressure on the side of the tire ,you learn something new every day ;).
i came across a campsite  earlier on  much closer to home so when the weather picks up( if ever) i'll load up the audax and try it out .

thanks everyone .

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 15, 2017, 09:24:49 PM
Anto and his Audax, out and about in the County Louth countryside...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: alfie1952 on February 15, 2017, 09:38:36 PM
Hi Anto.
Not long back from the house hunting, but I have been periodically looking in at your build. The boy done good, a great build and a super looking machine, that's going to give you lots of miles and smiles. :) :) :)
Regards Alfie.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 15, 2017, 09:40:37 PM
Cheers Alfie  did u buy or just looking.
 yeah well pleased with the bike tis a nice ride for sure. ;)


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 15, 2017, 09:46:50 PM
Thanks Dan as always  .
yeah a nice route  to Newgrange roads are terrible but sure a fella gets used to that here.
just 20 odd miles  2 hills thrown in at a very easy pace .
bit of luck i'll get more miles in tomorrow got to get the miles in   burn off all the sweet cakes ;D ;D

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on February 17, 2017, 04:03:07 PM
That bike looks really nice. Good-one Anto!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 17, 2017, 06:19:21 PM
Thanks's Janet yeah nice bike for sure pity tho about the pilot.
i'm having big problems with me feet in agony on every ride,i hadto stop 3 times today 17 mile spin to adjust the cleat on my right shoe  no joy still in lots pain,
so im going to use the time pedals off my roadbike  fingers crossed or even toes they work much better. :'( :'(
the feckin joys of cycling  ::)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on February 18, 2017, 04:47:26 PM
Sorry to hear about your feet. Have you ever considered going back to the old toeclips. I can never get cleats in the right place either.

Janet
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 18, 2017, 05:38:17 PM
no not yet janet i have toe clips  but going to try out my road shoes  first .
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on February 20, 2017, 05:35:00 PM
Anto took his Audax out for an airing today...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on February 20, 2017, 06:26:10 PM
Thanks for posting Dan,
yeah just done 28 miles  dull windy kinda of a day but need to get some miles in the legs. the road shoes are way better but still that feckin pain in my right foot ,i won't mention my back
i'm a bloody wreck but a happy little camper at the best of times.


anto.
oh those photos are part of a route i do around the boyne valley hilly in places. ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 05, 2017, 06:33:48 PM
Not the best day for riding but a great day for indoor photography!

Latest from Anto showing his Audax in full trim....

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 05, 2017, 07:10:00 PM
cheers Dan it was raining here so i tried out my new   camera, canon six million with auto  focus  and fireproof lens great bit of kit. ;)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 05, 2017, 07:31:42 PM
Quote
i tried out my new  camera...great bit of kit.
The photos really show it, Anto. They look good even in low indoor light.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 05, 2017, 07:50:39 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on March 05, 2017, 09:00:06 PM
Anto,
apologies, I thought I saw a speck of dirt on the right fork, then I realised it was a wire wound round.
Congratulations on getting the missus to keep the new bike so clean ;D
Julian.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 05, 2017, 09:24:03 PM
thanks julian ah she's a good one right enough the wife that is  ;D
yeah i keep the baby in good nick cleaned after every ride, well put it like this no one else is going to clean it for me not even the wife especially the wife . ;D ;D


hope all's well in your camp Julian are you getting much cycle done.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on March 05, 2017, 10:18:19 PM
That's one classy looking bike, Ant. :)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 05, 2017, 10:30:18 PM
Cheers Janet yeah I'm well pleased,the wife is putting me on a diet tomorrow she said I was way overweight cant say she's far wrong. :'(
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on March 05, 2017, 10:42:03 PM
More bike work and less cake is what's required  ;) Mind you, having said that. It hasn't stopped p***ing down here all day....again :'(

Janet
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 05, 2017, 10:56:52 PM
Ah janet the weather is cat baloo im becoming more and more a fair weather cyclist.its going out in the rain that bugs me if im caught out so well and good.I'm a total wuss. ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on March 06, 2017, 02:44:00 PM
Me too ::)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 06, 2017, 04:45:55 PM
Two new from Anto...hilly ride and looking down on Melifont Abbey.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 06, 2017, 04:56:25 PM
Cheers Dan yeah it was cold right enough but i enjoyed it loads of steep hills ,i need to get the miles in the legs  ;),i'm going to the doctor tomorrow to see if i can get a stronger pain killer  for my bloody back .anyway hope yis all enjoy the photos.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on March 06, 2017, 05:13:23 PM
Anto/Dan,
It is great to see these ride photos.

I also seem to have turned into a fair weather cyclist over winter, roll on spring and some decent weather.

I have kept my hand (legs?) in by shopping by bike as often as possible - it also keeps me used to some luggage weight on the bike.
Julian.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 06, 2017, 05:19:44 PM
Julian i don't want to use the panniers just yet more into getting miles in the legs ,once i up the miles i will probably use one pannier  for the brew up in some  lonely graveyard out in the sticks.i must be a bit of a weirdo but there nice peacefull places to stop for half an hour cup tea sambo  relax then head off leaving nothing behind only good thoughts,

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 06, 2017, 05:46:20 PM
Quote
I also seem to have turned into a fair weather cyclist over winter, roll on spring and some decent weather.
That describes me today. We got hit with more snow/sleet that froze on contact this morning. I took the bike out into the drive and ended up using it as a cane when my house-warmed shoe soles began impersonating ice skates. "We" (we both royal and collective) managed to get back into the garage, where it seemed a Good Idea to call it a day till the "regular" rain hits this afternoon and melts the slick stuff.

Wishing for sunshine and 23°C temps...  ???

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 06, 2017, 06:47:44 PM
roll on the summer 8)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: rualexander on March 06, 2017, 07:04:40 PM
Been like summer here in west central Scotland today and yesterday, nice warm (ish) sunshine and light winds.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 06, 2017, 07:36:47 PM
Happy days Rual 8)


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: leftpoole on March 07, 2017, 10:37:25 AM
Julian i don't want to use the panniers just yet more into getting miles in the legs ,once i up the miles i will probably use one pannier  for the brew up in some  lonely graveyard out in the sticks.i must be a bit of a weirdo but there nice peacefull places to stop for half an hour cup tea sambo  relax then head off leaving nothing behind only good thoughts,

anto.

Strangely enough for me (a normal person :)) I too use graveyards for tea breaks if I have been on a nice ride. So Anto is doing nothing untoward.
John
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 07, 2017, 02:36:26 PM
anyone else use graveyards for a tea break. ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 07, 2017, 04:14:18 PM
Grave diggers do ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: rualexander on March 07, 2017, 07:49:30 PM
anyone else use graveyards for a tea break. ;)

Yep, always good places to get a bit of shelter from the wind, this was our lunch stop on Mull a couple of years ago,
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 07, 2017, 08:06:56 PM
great photo.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: rualexander on March 07, 2017, 08:19:21 PM
Bus shelters and telephone boxes are also on the list of impromptu lunch spots in bad weather.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on March 07, 2017, 10:33:25 PM
anyone else use graveyards for a tea break. ;)

I do. Its quiet, has birdsong and I'm out of the way. I read a lot of cycling books and it would seem that many do. Josie Dew does for one. Bus shelters definitely. Not tried a brew-up in a telephone box before.

Janet
Nice photies BTW.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 07, 2017, 10:44:33 PM
i come across some really nice graveyards on my  travels in the country side,
i always head for the really old headstones simply because i'm probably the only  visitor (geek) these graves will get and guaranteed  it's going to be the quietest spot  ;).

mind u i would not camp in a graveyard no way danno  :-\ ;D ;D

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on March 08, 2017, 12:06:50 AM
anto,
you are not alone, we visited the grave of Kirkpatrick Macmillan on a recent KM Rally
Julian.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 08, 2017, 02:52:59 AM
Quote
mind u i would not camp in a graveyard no way danno
I have, and always peacefully. Depends on which side of the grass you are, I suppose. I spend lots of time in cemeteries when touring, mostly using them for rest breaks or as windbreaks.

I find them quiet, peaceful, restful places.

One of my all time favorites is the final resting place of John Baptiste Charbonneau ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baptiste_Charbonneau ), youngest member of the Lewis and Clark expedition and son of guide Sacajawea. The cemetery is pretty much in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Oregon desert-ranching country, but there are remembrances left there by visitors from all over the world...odd stuff, too: Leica lens caps, running shoes used to win prestigious races (according to the tags left with them), full wine bottles, wreathes, small bells, hand beaded prayer sticks, rubber wrist bands, artificial flower bouquets, necklaces, coins, keys and keyrings, wreaths, small figurines, Zeiss pentroof binoculars, and the little charcoal "pine trees" designed to freshen the air in smoker's cars.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 08, 2017, 07:39:31 PM
nice bit of local  and world history there lads ,
i doubt very much anyone will be taking photo's or leaving anything on my grave .

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 08, 2017, 11:24:10 PM
Don't know Anto,  you're famous on this forum.  ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 09, 2017, 10:52:39 AM
Hah not so sure about famous bob more like pest. ;D.although a nice pest..
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 09, 2017, 05:15:50 PM
30 hilly miles doe today , great day here sun not a lot of wind  nice dry roads long may it last.
my  poor back and right foot was in feckin agony i had planned to do a 50 miler but the pain was to bad ,still i enjoy what i did no point in complaining no one listens.

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 09, 2017, 05:24:05 PM
Just a thought Anto,  why don't you try flat pedals and see if that helps your foot.

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 09, 2017, 07:12:02 PM
i did bob the new shimano pedals i bought for the audax is flat one side .
i switched back to my road shoes all was going well until today  :'(
i think i'm going to have to get my dolan back on the road until i see if my set up on the audax is any different,i have it set up like the dolan mind you but something a miss somewhere.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 09, 2017, 08:41:30 PM
Good luck with that Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 09, 2017, 10:02:55 PM
I need it bob ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 13, 2017, 12:22:27 PM
Just home from the bikefit studio,
he made some mega adjustments to my set up .
cleats.bars  saddle showed me before and after on big video screen (man am i out of shape)  ;D ;D i'm as fat as a fool but yeah kinda knew that. :'(
so it's down to me to loose a few stone  and start stretching exercises he showed me for the back .
it took him a good hour and half to get me set up correctly and he didn't charge me  what about that for service mega fantastic.

cheers

anto.
 
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on March 13, 2017, 04:09:54 PM
anto,
that sound like very good news.
Julian.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 13, 2017, 07:09:06 PM
Sounds positive Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RST Scout on March 13, 2017, 07:11:31 PM
I hope it helps you on your beloved audax.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 13, 2017, 07:13:43 PM
Julian i have a bit of a dose on me so can't get out to test the new position  just yet,
the guy that done the fit was  an international rider one of the top riders in Ireland so he knows his stuff, very nice guy .
he email me about an hour ago to make sure i do the exercises every day ,
i haven't much hope to be honest of loosing weight  even tho i gave up all the biscuits and cakes and crisps the weight just won't move .but i'll certainly do the exercises every day  ;)

anto.
cheers Janet me too.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 21, 2017, 11:58:41 PM
Just in from a night spin not far  just around town,
i was testing out my loaded panniers for this tour in may, i managed to get everything i need into 2 rear Ortlieb panniers  10kg that's tent included,
i still need a barbag for the usual stuff have to go begging i think  but i've a couple good buddies we lend one another stuff every now and again .
i sent  Dan a few photos he might post them but he's busy at the moment.

the bike felt great  obviously light up front  but i like that ,the barbag  will balance things out i reckon, i really don't like front panniers it's a roadie thing  ;D ;D.

i'll go over the packing list with a fine comb over the next  month or so  i want to keep things as light as possible but still be comfy .
i have an overnighter planned for next month another test run although i think im ok but sure i'll give it a blast any hoo .
that's the buzz so far lads and lassies roll on the summer.

anto.
mad as a feckin brush.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 22, 2017, 03:20:51 AM
Quote
i sent  Dan a few photos he might post them but he's busy at the moment.
Here ya go, Anto!

All looks really grand...the black panniers with the Audax's matte black paint is "class". Pilot looks good, too.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 22, 2017, 07:27:35 PM
Cheers Dan,still raining here when will it stop :'( 
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 22, 2017, 07:57:23 PM
July
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 22, 2017, 08:23:04 PM
Quote
still raining here when will it stop
Quote
July
...for two hours? ::)

We've had years like that here as well. Seemed like it'd never stop.

All sympathy, all the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 22, 2017, 09:31:21 PM
Hi All!

As a follow-on to the loaded touring gear photos above, Anto emptied his panniers and sent me a list and photos detailing the contents. In his own words...
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CLOTHING
• 2 bibs shorts
• arm and leg warmers
• headband
• light long finger gloves
• 4 pair socks
• 1 long sleeve base layer
• 1 short sleeve base layer
• 1 T shirt for off bike ware........
• helmet
• sun glasses
• 2 cycling jerseys .
• 2 bidons.
=====
COOKING GEAR
Basic, including:
• stove
• kettle
•small pots
• cup
• pan
• spork
• knive
• gas cartridges

SHELTER
• Naturehike tent
• Exped matt,
• down quilt
• thermarest pillow,
•silk liner
• lights for inner tent.
• small blow up pillow for sitting on folds small and flat.

SPARES
• usual spares for bike what i carry all the time no change there
• might take a spare tyre.

RAIN CLOTHING
• light shower proof jacket
• rain pants
• maybe overshoes.

OFF BIKE CLOTHING
• pants
• light jacket
• trainers

Just need to get bar bag and fill it with all the usual gear.

I'll fine tune everything in the coming weeks  I have everything packs in dry bags. I have faith in the bike don't think it's under any stress with the load. It's a well built bike so fingers crossed all goes well.
=====
Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 22, 2017, 09:35:04 PM
A bit more from Anto...
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I  can get all my cycling clothes into the red dry bag. The blue  compression Vango holds my off the bike cloths. The net bag u see is all bathroom stuff. Red  container is first aid. Blue Vango compression bag is my down quilt. Yellow  dry bag is Thermarest pillow...really need that; great bit of kit, it expands to the size of a home pillow...very comfy. I need to add pants and rain gear but they wont take up much room. Barbag i'll borrow. That's it i think. Tool bag under saddle.

5kg in each rear pannier.
=====
Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 22, 2017, 11:24:15 PM
cheers Dan if i can cut more of that list i will .

cheers

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: leftpoole on March 23, 2017, 10:44:39 AM
Still too much!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on March 23, 2017, 11:12:41 AM
Wot no Food! :o
Julian, hungry already!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 23, 2017, 12:39:57 PM
buy food  on route Julk.
don't think i can cut back maybe 1 pair  cycling bibs and 1 jersey get rid of a few pots  save couple grams .
this tour is 6 days   not certain on the miles but i reckon 350 miles ,so a change of cloths would be nice  ;D

anyway i'll keep at it until i'm happy enough with the load .

anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 24, 2017, 08:14:46 PM
30miles today lovely crisp day tad windy but sure happy enough its not feckin raining.I wasn't going well to be honest but only first hard spin in three weeks.group spin tomorrow more than likely suffer like a dog.


[Photos attached by Dan.]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 25, 2017, 12:31:37 AM
plenty long drags today any amount of hills in my part of the country look worse than they actually are.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: rualexander on March 26, 2017, 10:25:20 PM
Too many socks in that list of your jags.
No need for more than 3 pairs max.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 26, 2017, 10:29:38 PM
1 pair on ,1 pair in the wash and 1 pair spare. All you need and can be applied to other items.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 26, 2017, 11:29:05 PM
cheers lads  1   took off one tail light and 1 pot   ::)
the socks don't weigh anything worth mentioning  everything else i reckon i'm going to need over a week  cycling.

i seam sealed the tent last night sure hope it holds up to irish weather.

to be totally honest this tour might not come off.
i was out cycling with the group yesterday and suffered like a dog for most of the 40 miles we did.bloody back of mine is crackin me up wasn't the better of it today :'(

but i'll keep going and pray things get better ,i'm not going to go with the group anymore great bunch and all as they are but i'm just under to much pressure so nice and easy solo rides from now on..

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 26, 2017, 11:47:29 PM
Stick with it Anto. I'm sure you will enjoy travelling at your own pace with no pressure on you. You can go as fast or as slow as you like or stop when you like. A far more enjoyable experience than hunting in a pack. ;)

Bob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 26, 2017, 11:52:48 PM
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I'm sure you will enjoy travelling at your own pace with no pressure on you.
Agreed with Bob here....

Stay with it, Anto. It'll all come together. Barely Spring yet, still early days.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 27, 2017, 11:19:52 AM
cheers lads yeah it makes sense right enough ;)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 27, 2017, 09:56:43 PM
Made me mind up I'm going,ill be as much pain sitting here as I will riding me bike 
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bobs on March 27, 2017, 10:13:50 PM
That's positive Anto, I'm sure everything will be ok.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 27, 2017, 10:26:54 PM
Cheers bob I sure hope your right .where are you and your buddy off to this year.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on March 27, 2017, 10:43:46 PM
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Made me mind up I'm going,ill be as much pain sitting here as I will riding me bike
Hoping for the best for you, Anto. If you don't try, you can't do. If you do and don't succeed, at least you'll have tried (and will probably have some good stories to tell After).

All good.  :)

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on March 27, 2017, 11:24:39 PM
Thanks Dan  i'll get there in the end,right now im away to me ot.

Anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 02, 2017, 06:32:40 PM
Latest from Anto on his 2 April ride...
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Spin today, only twenty odd miles with a few hills throw in. That's Monasterboice graveyard, a great tourist spot. I got talking to two Australians -- nice couple enjoying their tour of Ireland. There's a lot of history on that cross, no idea what, u would have to google it  ;D.
Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 02, 2017, 06:33:55 PM
...a couple more from Anto's 2 April ride to Monasterboice graveyard...

[Dan.]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 02, 2017, 07:23:45 PM
Cheers Dan nice day for peddling a bike ;)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: rualexander on April 02, 2017, 08:03:21 PM
Big gravestones.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 02, 2017, 08:17:28 PM
 ;D dont come much bigger or older Raul.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 08, 2017, 03:25:19 PM
fantastic spin this morning 45 miles sun all the way pure magic great to see a bit of good weather long time waiting.

cheers

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Pavel on April 08, 2017, 04:57:30 PM
Looking at the photos (really nice looking bike, the white seat is striking with the black) I realize that judging by the seat to handlebar positions, that Anto is much more fit that I.

But what IS that blob, behind the Rohloff?  Is that some new-fangled device to create extra drag, for the really fit?
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: ridgeback63 on April 08, 2017, 05:17:52 PM
That's a very smart bike.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 08, 2017, 05:44:13 PM
Looking at the photos (really nice looking bike, the white seat is striking with the black) I realize that judging by the seat to handlebar positions, that Anto is much more fit that I.

But what IS that blob, behind the Rohloff?  Is that some new-fangled device to create extra drag, for the really fit?
thats what they call class  ;)
those ould heavy rohloff  would only slow me down,
i will ask my man Da n to post up a few pics.

anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 08, 2017, 06:22:25 PM
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i will ask my man Dan to post up a few pics.
And so...!  ;D

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 08, 2017, 06:23:15 PM
'Couple more...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 08, 2017, 06:42:30 PM
Cheers Dan sorry for being a pest but I know there probably a massive long queue of thorn owners mad to view antos photos.what can I say.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 08, 2017, 07:42:11 PM
They're clamoring, Anto. :)

Some real nice photos there. You look very intrepid in that one.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 08, 2017, 08:04:06 PM
Stuffing my face by t he seaside.I spott d d the group I usually go out wi t h saturday mornings but igVe them a wide birth I was enjoying my solo ride to much.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 10, 2017, 02:52:40 PM
Not one reply isn't that cat baloo i'm posting no more photos im very disappointed in you lot  what does a fella have to do ,i just dont know  :'( :'(.


anto
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 29, 2017, 04:37:35 PM
I made a few adjustments to the audax today, dropped the bars by a Cm,put the shimano spd  pedals back on adjusted the cleats.just done a hardish 12 miles hilly and windy but all went very well no foot or back pain bigger ride needed to be sure to be sure.
My tour starts  the end of may so like to get pilot and bike in good working  order ;)

Anto.....

[Photos added by Dan on Anto's behalf]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on April 29, 2017, 07:40:17 PM
Sure is pretty countryside, Anto. Looks like the old family photos. Bike looks great too!

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on April 29, 2017, 08:06:31 PM
Great that you are getting out on the audax. What's the current tour plan?
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on April 29, 2017, 08:17:55 PM
Thanks Dan what would I do without ya.
Geo touring ireland end of may six days camping all the way hope the weather is kind.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 02, 2017, 07:41:47 PM
Got a fantastic sunny spin in today 45miles out by the coast home by the sticks lovely.
The forecast for the week is only brilliant but I have to finish painting my Daughter house,wonder would she give me the week off ;D ;D

Anto.

[Photos added by Dan on Anto's behalf.]
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on May 03, 2017, 08:27:05 PM
Nice photos and nice bike, Anto -- definitely moving from spring towards summer.

Here, we're experimenting with weather more like what you're used to (I'm told) -- cool and wet, with occasional patches of sun.  Up into the hills yesterday for 3+ hours, light rain all the time. Felt like I was practising for a UK-&-I trip, and I was asking myself, "Do I really want to do this?" The good news is that my rain gear worked well, and my mudguards and Chainglider kept most of the crud away from my drivetrain.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 03, 2017, 08:50:11 PM
Cheers Dan ;),

John the weather here at the moment is only fantastic  puts everyone in good form we are just not used to warm sunny days so when it happens  get out and enjoy it  ;D
yeah love the bike it's a wee gem i keep it in top nick  all the time runs like a dream.
didn't get out today painting for my daughter house hopefully i'll get a good spin in tomorrow, hah  better not take any photos or Dan will swing for me  ;D ;D

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on May 04, 2017, 03:36:50 AM
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hah  better not take any photos or Dan will swing for me  ;D ;D
Nah, I'm still good for it, Anto. Nice to see the very countryside one branch of my ancestors came from. D'ya know, they lived only a few doors down from you.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 04, 2017, 08:32:14 AM
Small world Dan u never know.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 18, 2017, 05:39:30 PM
So next tuesday i'm off around Ireland .
i cleaned my audax to perfection yesterday  made certain it was working like a clock  ;D
today i pitched my tent in my daughters garden as i dont have a garden  :'
it took me all of 40 minutes to get it pitched im no tent expert .
it pitches all in one but for some reason the inner undone itself from the outer.
must be haunted  ???
anyhooo i got it sorted so i think im all set  bike ready panniers packed legs in not to bad a shape all i need now is a good week of sunny weather .

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on May 18, 2017, 08:58:17 PM
So next tuesday i'm off around Ireland .
i cleaned my audax to perfection yesterday  made certain it was working like a clock  ;D
today i pitched my tent in my daughters garden as i dont have a garden  :'
it took me all of 40 minutes to get it pitched im no tent expert .
it pitches all in one but for some reason the inner undone itself from the outer.
must be haunted  ???
anyhooo i got it sorted so i think im all set  bike ready panniers packed legs in not to bad a shape all i need now is a good week of sunny weather .

anto.

Hope you and the audax have a great time and the weather is kind.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 18, 2017, 10:42:36 PM
Gracious  ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on May 19, 2017, 11:57:40 PM
Great stuff, jags -- look forward to your stories.  Good thing you did a test-pitch of your tent!--that's why it's a recommended practice :-)

Safe journeys, and enjoy the decent weather I've ordered for you,

John
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 20, 2017, 12:15:27 AM
Cheers John forecast is for showers but warming up.thanks for ordering that john your a decent young man...
Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: leftpoole on June 23, 2017, 09:50:54 AM
Anto,
So did the Audax manage a camping tour?
John
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on June 23, 2017, 05:00:25 PM
Anto,
So did the Audax manage a camping tour?
John

Good question, Anto was last heard of heading over the horizon, hope he is OK....!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on June 23, 2017, 06:41:30 PM
The bike was fantastic  can't say the same for he pilot, :'(
4 days into the tour my back caved in just could not go any further.
i was fine on the flat but as soon as the road went up i died a death .
.
my back is in a bad way now so not to much cycling
such as life i suppose getting old  ::)

we had a good time bikepacker and meself  had some good laughs ,weather was fantastic  roads were great .
all the gear worked great except for the bloody noisy exped synmatt lucky i wasn't fired of the campsite it creaked like crazy every time  i moved .

anyway i wont be doing anymore cycle touring overnighters maybe but certainly not multyday tours.

cheers all
anto.
 
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: leftpoole on June 24, 2017, 10:35:47 AM
 :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on June 24, 2017, 01:44:38 PM
Sorry to hear you didn't reach your goal but pleased you had some good times. Even an overnight stop can make a bike ride into an adventure, hope your back allows you to get out again soon.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Neil Jones on June 28, 2017, 08:56:43 PM
Hi Anto,

Sorry to hear that your back is in a bad way, there's nothing worse. Best thing to do is complete rest, put your feet up, kettle on and watch the Tour for the next 3 weeks  :D.

Hopefully you'll be felling better and putting some light day rides in before too long.

All the best,
Neil
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on June 28, 2017, 10:35:45 PM
I hear you Neil 8)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on July 19, 2017, 08:18:19 PM
Latest from Anto...some lovely flower baskets over his equally lovely Audax.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on July 19, 2017, 08:24:50 PM
Which is the nicest tho flowers or me bike.
I was just home from a great thirty miles so I spent a good hour cleaning it to perfection.

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on July 19, 2017, 10:27:25 PM
I was seriously thinking of selling my two fantastic bikes and buying an Ebike.with my back problem hills can be a curse.and now the doctor reckons I have a mild hernia.im slowly falling apart.came out of the pharmacy last  week with a wheelbarrow full of drugs :'(.
Still one must not grumble sure no one listens ;D ;D

Anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: martinf on July 20, 2017, 08:08:53 AM
My wife has had back trouble for years. She rides a bike with "sit-up-and-beg" handlebars and her back is nearly vertical. Fairly wide Schwalbe Supreme 42 mm tyres help with the comfort, they still roll well even with quite low pressures. It seems to work for her, so maybe you should try and borrow a bike like that to see if a radical change in position works for you or not. For a test ride, it doesn't have to be an E-bike.

I've ridden that style of bike fairly often myself, notably borrowed bikes in the Netherlands and the "visitor" bikes I keep at our island flat.  "Sit-up-and-beg" isn't what I prefer (I may change my mind when I get older), but with a suitable wide saddle (say a Brooks with springs) I am comfortable enough, just a bit slower due to the increased air resistance.

Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on July 20, 2017, 11:14:54 AM
Martin I had a probikefit done and it worked wonders  i could not believe the difference it made.
Nah I reckon im goosed  as far as everbeen partof the bike is concerned.
Im one of these guys who believes the lighter the bike the easiest it is to ride .
My dolan LeTape is a class bike light and fast,the thorn is also great but no where near the stiffness of the dolan great for group rides.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: martinf on July 20, 2017, 09:32:03 PM
A bit more radical (and expensive), but a recumbent bike or trike might be better for your back than a conventional bike. On the minus side, recumbents are reputed to by harder to climb hills with. Not tried one myself yet.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on July 20, 2017, 09:59:03 PM
I toured with a lad from the uk he was riding a bent,flying machine but yeah he died on hills thankgod he was killing me on the flat,  ahh to old to change now.
Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on August 01, 2017, 06:49:10 PM
Hi Al!

Here's a few more shots of Anto's Audax, taken on his ride today. Last one shows it all cleaned and tidy, ready for the next adventure.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 01, 2017, 07:12:15 PM
Thank's again Dan .
sure is a lovely bike to ride nothing seems to faze it loaded or unloaded rides like a dream 8) 8)
on sunday i met a big sportive ride i jumped in with 6 lads that were motoring, i dont think there were to pleased that an  old guy on a touring bike staying with them carbon warriors  ;D ;D.

next few bob i get i'd like to put a conti 28 up front (i'm using the conti 25 at the moment good tyre)  only reason i stay on rough back roads most of my spins so the 28 might make the going a bit more comfortable  ;)

anto. 
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 07, 2017, 04:48:01 PM
Great 40 miles in this morning around the Boyne Valley  super day for cycling the Audax was going like a dream never missed a beat and i went up some rough tracks not a bother on her . took plenty photos but they wont up load i'll try sending them to me buddy Dan.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on August 07, 2017, 05:51:50 PM
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i'll try sending them to me buddy Dan.
Probably the best thing is email them to me, Anto. I'm currently waaaaay up in the woods on the Nomad on logging roads and about to go deeper. Will lose my cell signal soon, so I'll get your piccies when I return home.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 07, 2017, 07:40:33 PM
good Stuff enjoy the trip hope you don't meet any of those big hairy  creatures you know the one's big  claws  and lots teeth. :o :o

anto.
ps no big deal on photos Dan  u can look at them on facebook enjoy the trip.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: martinf on August 07, 2017, 11:14:42 PM
next few bob i get i'd like to put a conti 28 up front (i'm using the conti 25 at the moment good tyre)  only reason i stay on rough back roads most of my spins so the 28 might make the going a bit more comfortable  ;)

I reckon you should feel some extra comfort with a 28 rather than a 25, so long as it is a similar high-quality tyre. Theoretically you shoud run 28's at 20-25% less pressure than 25's, which should also contribute to comfort.

And the very slight weight/aerodynamic cross section increase shouldn't make any appreciable difference to your speed. On back roads you may even be a tad faster with wider tyres.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 08, 2017, 12:10:29 AM
cheers Martin,i would be buying the same conti in 28 .
i always inflate to 90psi front and rear never found a problem to be honest seems to be the sweet spot for me probably wrong i usually am  ;)


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on August 08, 2017, 09:56:44 AM
Photos from Anto's 7 August 2017 ride. Lovely shots, these...

On his behalf,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on August 08, 2017, 09:57:49 AM
More photos from Anto's 7 August 2017 rides...

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bikepacker on August 08, 2017, 11:48:25 AM
The bike was fantastic  can't say the same for he pilot, :'(
4 days into the tour my back caved in just could not go any further.
i was fine on the flat but as soon as the road went up i died a death .
.
my back is in a bad way now so not to much cycling
such as life i suppose getting old  ::)

we had a good time bikepacker and meself  had some good laughs ,weather was fantastic  roads were great .
all the gear worked great except for the bloody noisy exped synmatt lucky i wasn't fired of the campsite it creaked like crazy every time  i moved .

anyway i wont be doing anymore cycle touring overnighters maybe but certainly not multyday tours.

cheers all
anto.

I don't visit this forum very often so have only just picked up on this thread. I would like to say that jags is understating the pain he was in from his back. Anyone who saw him at the time would know how much he was suffering. It was not only the cycling but also getting up and down into the low tent that made it much worse.

Jags hope you do get your back all sorted and hope to do another tour (not camping) with you at sometime.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 08, 2017, 12:11:49 PM
Alan ive turned into a junky thats the truth.
im getting plenty miles in but easy peasy  no hero stuff ;)
yeah i enjoyed the time we had  your a total expert in touring i was kinda hoping you would get us lost one of the days so as could slag you off in a nice way  ;D ;D

great to go somewhere sunny super smooth roads great hotels and the craic every night
sure i might as well dream here as in bed. ;D

 anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 24, 2017, 04:48:40 PM
48miles today very strong wind but had it on my back for the last 20 miles .
As usual the sun was blazing super blue sky no traffic happy days...... :D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: David Simpson on August 24, 2017, 05:10:00 PM
48miles today very strong wind but had it on my back for the last 20 miles .
As usual the sun was blazing super blue sky no traffic happy days...... :D

Glad that you're finally getting some good weather, Anto. And if there is a strong wind, at least it is good to have it on your back for the ride home, rather than the other way around.

- DaveS
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 24, 2017, 05:35:41 PM
Weather was cat baloo David Dull plenty showers but warm so not to bad  ;)
the only wind direction i hate is east  means tough spin home. today was south west  makes for great cycling. ;)
mind you i'm feckin suffering now my  back is  in bits, when I'm cycling i'm fine but once i stop PAINNNNN..

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 18, 2017, 04:01:39 PM
Got a great 40 miles in today on my Class Audax, man i love this bike pleasure to ride and with the new Tyres  on Conti gator  hardshell 28 do a great job on soaking up the bumpy irish roads happy days. ;)
took plenty photos of lovely Irish country side nice weather at last  not to much wind and blue sky.
Dan on the injured list so probably can't post photos.all in good time.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on September 18, 2017, 05:00:38 PM
Quote
Dan on the injured list so probably can't post photos.all in good time.
Soon's I can, Anto. Not quite there yet.

ATB,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 18, 2017, 05:07:33 PM
No bother Dan hope all's going well. ;)

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on September 18, 2017, 06:37:52 PM
Avoided the IV antibiotics so far, but it will be close. Arm's swolled like a balloon red as a tomato. Typing makes it worse.

ATB,

Dan
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on September 18, 2017, 07:09:08 PM
Avoided the IV antibiotics so far, but it will be close. Arm's swolled like a balloon red as a tomato. Typing makes it worse.

ATB,

Dan

Sounds awful, get well soon. I hope you're back on the bike for some autumnal rides.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 18, 2017, 07:49:28 PM
Avoided the IV antibiotics so far, but it will be close. Arm's swolled like a balloon red as a tomato. Typing makes it worse.

ATB,

Dan

Take things easy Dan sounds like your still in a lot of pain  :'( :'(
get well soon .don't answer this post feet up find a good film to watch .
cheers
anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on September 20, 2017, 02:56:38 AM
Quote
Got a great 40 miles in today on my Class Audax, man i love this bike pleasure to ride and with the new Tyres  on Conti gator  hardshell 28 do a great job on soaking up the bumpy irish roads happy days. ;)
took plenty photos of lovely Irish country side nice weather at last  not to much wind and blue sky.
Dan on the injured list so probably can't post photos.all in good time.
Here ya go, Anto!  ;)

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 20, 2017, 10:53:27 AM
Cheers Dan obviously your on the mend  ;)

Anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 27, 2017, 11:01:31 AM
what a miserable day here lashing rain sky is black i'm truly pi..ed off  >:( >:(.
just though i'd share that moan for the day.


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: julk on September 27, 2017, 03:52:37 PM
anto,
I have been washing a sailing dinghy down in the back garden today in the glorious sunshine and warm wind. ;D

However I can see from the weather radar that your prayers may be answered as all your rain is heading here. :(

I hope you get out soon in some sunshine.
Julian.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bikepacker on September 27, 2017, 04:30:24 PM
what a miserable day here lashing rain sky is black

Sounds like a Saturday in Cashel in May.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 27, 2017, 04:51:17 PM
Well I was getting more depressed by the minute so I put the rain gear on and headed up the river 8km walk umbrella broke  :'( .
I was half thinking of heading west tomorrow cycle the greenway 80km trip on bike 150km in car.I'll see what tomorrow brings.
Wise words there Alan but sure u know me might as wel be talking to the wall. ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 27, 2017, 05:45:18 PM
what a miserable day here lashing rain sky is black

Sounds like a Saturday in Cashel in May.  ;) ;)
did u get anymore tours done since i seen u last.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on September 27, 2017, 09:12:15 PM
Some weird weather going down... An hour ago, we just had our first rain in about three weeks. The past week-plus, we've had daytime highs of 30-32°, with humidex readings of 40.  This is late July/early August weather at the end of Sept.  The daytime highs of the past week are about 3° higher than previous records (set all of 8 years ago!)

Things go back to "normal" tomorrow -- a cold front is going through, and Thursday shd be sunny with a high of about 18, breeze from the NW. sounds like a good day for a ride in the hills :)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 27, 2017, 11:27:58 PM
Mr Trump reckons climate change is all a hoax .
weather is crazy ,mind you can't depend on Irish weather one minute it's raining next minute the sun's out ,
today on my walk i though it wise to take rain paints ;) half way up the river it lashed rain so i wipped out the pants had to take my boots off witch was a struggle  i managed tho, but the pants  were about 3 sizes to small had to wip out the swiss army knife and cut the elastic in the waste  ;D ;D.

i'm a top geek for sure it was about 4 years or more  since  i bought them i was couple stone lighter then .
yeah anyhoo i hate this feckin weather roll on the summer.
if i win the lottery i'm out of here.

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on September 28, 2017, 12:31:01 AM
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...weather is crazy...
<nods> It certainly is going all wiggly-woggly here, Anto.

On 19 September we already had snow at one of Oregon's mountain ski resorts...

http://www.mtbachelor.com/live-cams/

Down in the Valley today, it has turned hot -- currently 29.4°C/85°F.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 28, 2017, 10:24:32 AM
When we get heavy snow witch is not very often thank god,the country comes to a halt .
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bikepacker on September 28, 2017, 03:57:26 PM
what a miserable day here lashing rain sky is black

Sounds like a Saturday in Cashel in May.  ;) ;)
did u get anymore tours done since i seen u last.

anto.

Since Ireland I went to both the York and Mildenhall Rallies taking three days to cycle there for both. I camped on the way and while I was there but took the train home because of family events. That’s all the cycle camping I have done since I saw you.

I have twice been down to Devon visiting family taking three days each way but staying at Hostels. Also did a couple of short five day tours with Pauline starting and finishing at home but staying B&B.

We are doing another short five day tour in Wales next week. Again using B&Bs.

Like I said on that campsite at Cashel I think I am getting too old to both cycle and camp so I would prefer to just keep cycling.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on September 28, 2017, 04:35:31 PM
Well done Alan your as strong as a horse on that bike flying machine .
i'm not long in from a 33 mile spin very windy and dull typical Irish weather still good to get out.
yeah keep cycling buddy once we stop we had it  ::)

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on October 05, 2017, 04:14:13 PM
Not long in for a 46 mile very  windy spin lots of hills as well ,  felt more like 60 miles i'm knackered now  need to put the feet up  ;D
Audax is  class super smooth i love it, my Dolan is gathering dust in the spare room i'll only take her out if i decide to join the carbon warriors  at the weekend otherwise it's staying put  ::)
that's the latest buzz  from anto .


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on November 01, 2017, 10:21:00 PM
Still clocking up the miles this week 36 today 40 on Monday or was that Sunday cant remember. :'(
tomorrow looks good weather wise so  hopefully i'll get another good spin in on me lovely Audax.
since i got the Thorn the Dolan is gathering dust in the spare Room shame really it's a crackin bike friend of mine bought one from Dolan bikes only last week he loves it..


Anyhow anto is enjoying his Audax still haven't a clue how to post photos from my phone on here and im not asking Dan ,i drive that poor man mental  just as well he loves me  ;D ;D.


anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on November 01, 2017, 11:49:56 PM
Great stuff, Anto!  Press on regardless audaxiously.

John
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on November 02, 2017, 01:53:08 AM
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still haven't a clue how to post photos from my phone on here and im not asking Dan ,i drive that poor man mental  just as well he loves me
I do indeed love you Anto, and will post your photos when I return home to more regular cell service. I'm currently in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range on a connection that chugs along just slightly faster than dialup. Ohkeh for text, notsomuch for photos.

I should return Friday. If I forget, shoot me a PM.

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on November 02, 2017, 04:12:02 PM
 ;D ;D no bother Dan im just back from a picnic with my crazy Grand kids .
would have been a great day for cycling but duty called.

anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on November 05, 2017, 07:00:44 PM
All photos from Anto's 1 November 2017 ride.

Posted on his behalf.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on November 05, 2017, 07:06:45 PM
cheers Dan i think everyone lost interest but sure as long as i don't  ;D ;D.
still riding like a dream.

thanks Dan.

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on November 05, 2017, 07:59:46 PM
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still riding like a dream

Everyone needs a dream, Anto -- stick with yours! :)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on November 05, 2017, 09:38:18 PM
Sure will John ;)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 18, 2018, 04:27:36 PM
Haven't been out in yonks totally lost interest in all things cycling :'(.

i'm doing my best not to put them up for sale ,selling stuff on line brings the worst out in people that's the truth,some of the reply's i had on facebook on my Dolan was beyond words.

so i think i'll retire my Audax to the spare room until this feeling passes  i would lose a shed load of money if i were to sell them  just now :'( :'(
reasons for selling ,
im 3 stone overweight
feckin back pain not sure which is worse  ::)
thinking of taking up golf again,only thinking mind u.
so called cycling buddies crack me up most unloyal people on planet earth thats a fact.
traffic .anyway moan over next few weeks will decide what i do .

anto
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on May 18, 2018, 04:42:25 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooo!  :o

Any thoughts of selling your Audax should be immediately banished from your mind, Anto!

You would regret it deeply...!  :'(

The feeling will pass.  ??? Really! Cycling will eat away at the weight overage. 8) A nice ride does one a world of good. :)

All the best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: geocycle on May 18, 2018, 04:58:00 PM
Golf, a good walk spoiled... better use your nice new boots IMO. 

I had a cycling-light three months at the beginning of this year for family reasons but having got out again I feel so much better.  Stops you becoming a miserable so and so if nothing else!
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 18, 2018, 05:10:56 PM
cheers lads yeah as u know i'm not right in the head. :o

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: bikepacker on May 18, 2018, 07:37:11 PM
I have told you get on a plane over here before the 8th June and you will have a great time with Rich and lots of others you know. Best way I can think of for getting rid of your blues.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 18, 2018, 08:55:24 PM
Did you know that's my birthday  alan I'd say its a no no frank is coming home from america and moving into a new house so I reckon he will keep me and june busy.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: PH on May 19, 2018, 12:16:32 PM
Take it easy jags, I know how lacking motivation can get anyone down, but there's nothing wrong with putting something aside for a while, no need to be hard on yourself about it.
There's plenty of evidence for the relationship between physical exercise and mental well being, so if not cycling try and find something else, there's nothing wrong with a round of golf...
When I'm "off" cycling I go to the gym at least every other day, sometimes have to force myself out the door, but then get a lot from it in a relatively short time.
Whatever you do, just take care of yourself.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: RA1 on May 19, 2018, 03:20:30 PM
Anto, your post has forced me out of lurking on this forum.
Your  contributions here frequently cheer me up, often because I hear my long gone Irish relatives in your voice!
All I can say, from personal experience, is don't let go of the bike. I found that just being outside and moving (howvever slowly) always helps when  I'm low. If not cycling then walking, it just changes the perspective.
Can appreciate how the back pain must drag you down though. Keep the bike safe, and be kind to yourself!

Rob
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 19, 2018, 06:29:31 PM
Cheers lads appreciate the kind words ;)
i'm a geek for doing things on the spur of the moment ,but yeah certainly don't want to sell my Thorn it's a super machine for sure.
i will more than likely sell my Dolan if i get the money im looking for it,i don't use it now no more fast riding for this ould bird and certainly no more group cycling .

anyway thanks lads the Audax is staying put it took me long enough to get the money together for it so i'm keeping it ;D

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: John Saxby on May 22, 2018, 05:30:33 PM
Glad to know your Audax is safe again, Anto -- take your time, go easy on yourself, and ease back into cycling.

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i'm a geek for doing things on the spur of the moment
 
Nothing wrong with being a wee bit impulsive, to be sure, but let me suggest that if you feel a discard coming on, please check with us first  -- we'll try to talk you out of it.  ;)

Cheers,  J.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on May 22, 2018, 06:00:40 PM
Posted on Anto's behalf...latest pics of his Audax 22May2018.

Best,

Dan.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: Danneaux on May 22, 2018, 06:02:21 PM
I especially like the "Anto blue" touches including the County Louth sticker on the seat tube.  :)

All the best,

Dan. (...who also keeps his bikes immaculate)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 22, 2018, 06:23:27 PM
Thanks Dan your a star .
yip i keep my bikes in pristine condition pity i don't do the same with my body. :'(

cheers Dan
Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on May 22, 2018, 07:07:12 PM
Glad to know your Audax is safe again, Anto -- take your time, go easy on yourself, and ease back into cycling.

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i'm a geek for doing things on the spur of the moment
 
Nothing wrong with being a wee bit impulsive, to be sure, but let me suggest that if you feel a discard coming on, please check with us first  -- we'll try to talk you out of it.  ;)

Cheers,  J.
;)All's well John cheers buddy

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 20, 2018, 07:41:38 PM
Well i only just got  the mudguards sorted  ,man never again  there's definitely a knack in getting sks fenders spot on.
but yeah i got there in the end no fun when you have 2 grandkids helping you  ::) ::).
so that's it me bike is finished i won't annoy you lot again with Anto's Audax next photos will be me cycling the roads of co louth n meath  ;)
so yeah hope yis all enjoyed the build from start to finish i certainly did.

anto.

[Photos from Anto added. -- Dan.]
i'm thinking of selling  any ideas guys how much i'd get, still in pristine condition.
anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on August 20, 2018, 11:25:39 PM
yeah i must be touched in the head selling this or thinking of selling it's a wee beauty .
but me back and feet are giving my jip :'(
so looks like i'll be playing golf from now on unless of course a miracle happens .

anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on October 22, 2018, 06:57:16 PM
if i get  a good offer i'm selling look at photos it's in pristine condition. ;)

Anto.
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: in4 on October 22, 2018, 07:26:55 PM
Just a side question : The bungee cord on your rack, is that a cycling specific one or just an ordinary type?
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on October 22, 2018, 08:04:55 PM
both  ;D ;D
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: in4 on October 23, 2018, 12:20:29 PM
Classic! :)
Title: Re: anto's audax.
Post by: jags on October 23, 2018, 05:01:47 PM
still no offers missing out lads missing out. ;)

Anto