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by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recovering from Sciatica
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

Recovering from Sciatica

Hello In March, I suffered from a severe bout of Sciatica which resulted in not being able to work for three months (work was very tolerant). I am now on the road to recovery though I am still walking with a limp as I have little in the way of reflexes in my right ankle. I asked the consultant about...
by Bob Flanagan III
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof Rack Aerodynamics
Replies: 37
Views: 3546

Roof Rack Aerodynamics

Sorry, it has been a while since I posted on here. I am looking to travel up to North Wales this weekend with two boats on my roof rack and was wondering which configuration was the best for aerodynamic and fuel saving purposes. Am I better to have the boats next to each other with the stern of the ...
by Bob Flanagan III
Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Fest-Where Next?
Replies: 39
Views: 3097

Re: Tryweryn Fest-Where Next?

I think the thing that has put me off is also the fact that so many events are being run. The Tryweryn isn't a large stretch of river and if you have got to contend with various competitions going on that you have no intention of taking part in then that would spoil my trip. ie I might want to stop ...
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Artistic cag
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Artistic cag

I know it is not an Artistic but when I was searching for a SS Cag that had latex neck and bicep seals last year, I ended up getting a Bomber Gear cag shipped over from America which cost me £115 at the time.

Definitely worth a look.
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More outfitting ramblings and conundrums. Seat height.
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: More outfitting ramblings and conundrums. Seat height.

I'm not sure if raising your seat will improve your rolling as it can raise your Centre Of Gravity. Raising the seat will make it easier to put the boat on edge though.
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Probably the best name for a website...
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Probably the best name for a website...

I'm not sure it is better than Pen Island's website.

http://www.penisland.net/
by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Disappearing bookings at the Lee Valley course...
Replies: 25
Views: 2169

Re: Disappearing bookings at the Lee Valley course...

The parking always seems to be a problem at Lee Valley. Yesterday, when I arrived, one of the gates was shut and there was someone on the gate talking to the car in front for 5 mins while I was waiting to pull in. Why this person was on the gate slowing down the flow of traffic was beyond me as it s...
by Bob Flanagan III
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hip pain
Replies: 17
Views: 865

Re: Hip pain

The thigh braces on Pyranhas can also be moved. Try moving them forward slightly as this may reduce the pressure on your hips as you legs won't be forced so wide.
by Bob Flanagan III
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hip pain
Replies: 17
Views: 865

Re: Hip pain

I hate to ask the obvious but do you get this hip pain if you don't have the hip pads in?

Have you got the hip pads in the right way around?

Try moving the hip pads so they have less pressure on you or remove any foam inserts that are within the pads as it sounds like you are too snug in your boat.
by Bob Flanagan III
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: sweet rocker visor bolts?
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: sweet rocker visor bolts?

Try contacting System X who are the UK importers or Sweet themselves as they are always helpful.
by Bob Flanagan III
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Guidebook writing - how? why? what?
Replies: 31
Views: 1455

Re: Guidebook writing - how? why? what?

Which section of river did you paddle the most because a) other sections ran into it? b) you found yourself in an area and the water levels weren't good enough for the section you wanted to do? Are there any sections that you wanted to include but didn't because the water levels were never right? Wh...
by Bob Flanagan III
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best kayaking putdowns
Replies: 55
Views: 5386

Re: Your best kayaking putdowns

Is it even worth you getting in that boat as that is just one more item you'll want us to rescue?
by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inventions
Replies: 10
Views: 1260

Re: Inventions

I am in the process of building prototypes for a kayaking invention. Has anyone got any ideas how to go about getting it manufactured as I would really like to go into partnership with an existing Kayaking company who are more likely to have manufacturing tools already in place as well as supplier n...
by Bob Flanagan III
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waist mounted throwline
Replies: 21
Views: 1478

Re: Waist mounted throwline

I was just wondering what the current school of thought is regarding WWS&R and the wearing of waist mounted throw line. Above the deck and it is a potential snag hazard but easy to get to and release Below the deck and it is a potential snag hazard if swimming Currently, I am leaving my belt attache...
by Bob Flanagan III
Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Kayak Names
Replies: 74
Views: 13433

Re: Worst Kayak Names

Just looking through the 2012 Paddlesports Buyers Guide which came with the latest Kayak Sessions magazine and my eyes were drawn to this boat. The blurb said " Over 800 rivers around the world, decades of research " Obviously it had to be the new offering from Zeroattivo (who), The ORGASMO. I was w...
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lift to CIWW 3rd Sept (paddlefest) London/Kent
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Lift to CIWW 3rd Sept (paddlefest) London/Kent

I know that CAP (Croydon Active Paddlers) are heading down there for the festival. I believe they are planning on making a weekend of it but it might be worth contacting them through the website as there may be some people who are only heading down for the day.

Hope that helps
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Question regards kit.
Replies: 19
Views: 1311

Re: Newbie Question regards kit.

I wrote an article for my club a little while back so some of the costings may be a little out of date and on the cheap side but hopefully it will help you. Click Here
by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck for large Pyranha Karnali
Replies: 17
Views: 1872

Re: Spraydeck for large Pyranha Karnali

I raised a similar topic a little while back. http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=79384

I certainly identified the fact that I wear the spraydeck quite high. Try lowering it a bit on your body to put less pressure on the spraydeck when you are leaning to the side.
by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak/Canoe Cool Wall
Replies: 100
Views: 5584

Re: Kayak/Canoe Cool Wall

Dragorossi Squash Tail -Sub Zero Super fast plastic boat, go faster stripes, flowers and heaps of pioneering inventions that will never catch on like red folding thigh grips, elastic / retractable grab handles and the oh so painful ratched foot rest that only supports your heels. Pretty much, if you...
by Bob Flanagan III
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teaching people to roll.....
Replies: 25
Views: 1754

Re: Teaching people to roll.....

For me, my right shoulder is nearest the front when I set up so the right ear should be stuck on the right shoulder and should never leave it until the roll is complete. This helps to ensure that your head is the last thing out of the water and keeps your centre of gravity lowest. Problem with that...
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teaching people to roll.....
Replies: 25
Views: 1754

Re: Teaching people to roll.....

Which ever side you roll on, note which shoulder is nearest the front of the boat when you set up for a roll. For me, my right shoulder is nearest the front when I set up so the right ear should be stuck on the right shoulder and should never leave it until the roll is complete. This helps to ensure...
by Bob Flanagan III
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Strange Bit Of Plastic In My Pyranha
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Re: Strange Bit Of Plastic In My Pyranha

purelandexpeditions.com wrote:Looks like the end of the drain bung , perhaps its fallen off - or was dropped by mistake when they out fitted, not to worry.
Daz

Just chcked and my drain bung is no longer attached.

Cheers for that
by Bob Flanagan III
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Strange Bit Of Plastic In My Pyranha
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Strange Bit Of Plastic In My Pyranha

Getting out of my Pyranha Karnali with Connect 30 outfitting, I saw this bit of inch long plastic in the bottom of my boat. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/stuartreeve4/060720111112.jpg I assume it is from the Connect 30 outfitting but have no idea where it came from or whether it makes any di...
by Bob Flanagan III
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How unusual is this ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2786

Re: How unusual is this ?

I'm surprised that they haven't created some sort of trap that can be used to collect lost belongings as they recirculate in the eddies.

I guess the camera is lucky that it didn't find it's way on to the Olympic course.
by Bob Flanagan III
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Running Waterfalls
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Running Waterfalls

I know that when running waterfalls, it is good practice to tuck up when hitting the waterto help minimise damage to the spine.

Is there a body position that you should be adopting if you find yourself running the waterfall backwards?
by Bob Flanagan III
Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Angry Fish - Not Another Spraydeck Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1466

Pyranha Angry Fish - Not Another Spraydeck Question

I bought a Pyranha Angry Fish spraydeck for my Karnali about 5 months ago as the Playboater Workdeck I was using kept on popping off the side because it was too tight and I thought that a spraydeck specifically designed for my boat was the way to go. I was doing my assessment on the Olympic course l...
by Bob Flanagan III
Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How unusual is this ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2786

Re: How unusual is this ?

Peter

Glad to hear he got it back. I was on the same assessment as you (Red Bomber Gear shorty cag) and helped rescue you on the Olympic assessment after your swim.
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Poor line?
Replies: 13
Views: 1680

Re: Poor line?

Ieuan Belshaw wrote:Boat chasing blind down waterfalls wasn't on the cards that day.
But you had time to get to grab your camera and get a photo. :-)
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vans - show 'em
Replies: 38
Views: 7482

Re: Vans - show 'em

A Citroen Berlingo
by Bob Flanagan III
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where do you store your boat(s)?
Replies: 29
Views: 2643

Re: Where do you store your boat(s)?

I'm in a similar position but I bought a bungelow (well I do live in Eastbourne) and I store my boats and kit in the loft. Nice and warm up their so kit dries quickly without being exposed to UV rays. Just make sure that if you have a new loft hatch fitted you test that the boats in the loft will st...