Calderdale CTC Sunday Ride – 2nd August 2015 – Extra Meeting PointsJuly 23, 2015This ride is shown in the Gazette and on the website as having a Mytholmroyd start (8.15 for 8.30), destination Meltham. As Ride Leader I have decided, after consultation with colleagues from Huddersfield CTC, to change the destination to Fairburn in order to meet for lunch – 1pm – with those participating on the John […]
Car Assisted Ride – Important – Change of DateJuly 6, 2015The next Car Assisted Ride is shown in the Rides Programme for Sunday 26 July 2015. As this clashes with two other rides, including the Fleet Moss Audax ride, it has been decided to put back the next Car Assisted Ride to SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2015. Everything else as printed in the programme remains the […]
Morecambe Midnight Ride – 27 June 2015July 6, 2015A ride from Calderdale to Morecambe and back, starting at midnight, was for many years a staple of the local cycling programme. Lack of an organiser – for many years Mel Gibson of Huddersfield did the honours – led to its demise, but organiser and general superstar Dave Dodwell revived it in 2014. The ride […]
Calderdale Cycle QuestJuly 6, 2015Results for the July Edition of the Calderdale Cyclequest. Congratulations to the Jon and Phil for getting all the controls. Jon tells me he did 34km and 650 odd metres of climb in 90 minutes! The weather was very hot, humid and misty (and midgey) to start, but soon cleared up. Thanks to the Alma […]
Women’s Cycling in CalderdaleMay 22, 2015If you are considering getting into cycling or are a regular cyclist, you may have noticed something pretty common about cyclists on the roads – they are mostly men! There is even a term developed for the new breed of rider – “middle aged man in lycra” or MAMIL. Cycling statistics tell us that around six times […]
Question for the techies in the group. My bike has a Shimano Tiagra group set with a 11-30 rear cassette. I want to change this to an 11-32 to get that extra bit of gearing on our lovely pennine hills. Questions as follows; 1. Is it worth it 2. Can I just change the cassette 3. If 2 is no what do I need to change?
Mark HushIf you're always reaching for another gear it could be worth it. You may need to change the rear derailleur to get enough clearance, a good bike shop will be able to advise
03 August 2015, 08:26
Peter ReasonChain whip and the shimano (tool) nut is required to remove the Cassette. Wouldn't think you need a new dérailleur. I have had several different cassettes and never replaced dérailleur. 32 will certainly help on them there yorkie hills
03 August 2015, 08:33
Ian BudayI had a new cassette fitted for the same reason, got a bike shop to do it. Glad I did as it makes the local hills doable now!
03 August 2015, 08:47
Kevin MerrisonThe difference it will make may be worth looking at first - there is a gear inch calculator here. It may be worth looking at whether you are running compact, conventional double or triple on the front as well. Changes here would be more of a significant step but it depends how much extra help is needed and what it will do to the 'steps' between gears. http://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches
03 August 2015, 08:58
Sarah BurbidgeI have 11-32 u should just be able to chain cassettes and maybe longer chain , as for derailure mine is long as oppossed to short but I have sram wifli so shimano might be different .. but I only use my 32 when the steep climbs are fairly long helps when the legs get tired
03 August 2015, 09:00
Eddie EnergyEddie Energy I have 50/34 compact on front and 11-28 on the back, the 28 is the biggest cog I can have with my current road Tiagra dérailleur. Any bigger and it would have been catching. On my daughters bike( my old road bike) She has a 52/39 up front and an 11 to 36 on the back, with a mountain bike dérailleur to cope with the dinner plate!
03 August 2015, 09:11
Graham JoyceAll sound advice. If you don't want to go down the front triple route and feel that the extra 2 teeth at the back are worth it, you may get away with changing the cassette only. It depends on how old the Tiagra rear mech is and whether it is a long arm. Latest medium arm Tiagras can cope with a bigger cog - new bikes now seem to come with 30T cassettes to meet the demand. Personally, I would be happy with 30T. I changed my 26T to a 28T bottom cog with a 50/34 without changing the 3 year old Tiagra mech, but anything bigger would have been too much for the mech. I can manage most hills with that set up but a 30 T would be better.
80 miles in total and now for a birthday pint. Thanks Reid Anderson for leading a super ride. Cheers Andy Black, John Lumb, Alan Alan Simpson and training partners and beer associates David Scott and Steven Barber
Martin BirdGood to see you guys at Fairburn, and you're getting the balance right !
02 August 2015, 19:23
Reid AndersonThanks David Scott and friends for your company today. Good to see personal bests for mileages and calorific consumption courtesy of Dewsbury Wetherspoons full Englishes and the amazing spread at Fairburn put on by Pat and Emma. Great to be able to meet up with so many from Huddersfield CTC today, and good to see Martin Bird and Becky out too. A good ride for the ride leader, happy riders, no-one got lost or left behind. 72 miles for me and domestic harmony as I was back before 5. Happy birthday Matt Riley sorry I could not stay on for what looked to be a well deserved pint.
02 August 2015, 20:25
Martin BirdHow come the Colliers ? Platinum Blonde at the B&B - you know it makes sense !
02 August 2015, 20:50
Matt RileyAs a fine gentleman once told me in the B&B. "You can try a Yorkshire Blonde or a Platinum Blonde but you may struggle with a black sheep." Sam Smiths is a cracking pint Martin Bird.