I have. But I guess I have a short body / groin area?|
Unrelated, I really can't be arsed with any riding or training... it's not good.
I have another big event in October, but I feel really burned out after the nightmare leading up to Leadville. I'm supposed to be arranging to do a very easy bikepacking ride with a certain person here... but they've not got back to me.
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Oi! I thought I had. Sort of. Anyhow, I'll drop you a line.
Ah, give yourself a break. There's the rest of your life to do events, no point until the shine comes back?
Would have been a disaster, a hot, wet disaster pulling the front down, I did try. Either they're cut high or I have this guy's body.
Work the straps forward a bit to ease some slack in, and hunch your torso/thrust your groin as much as possible
And also in cycling?
Minaar at Val Di Sole. Listen for the PING sound.
Not carbon then?
I thought the noise was the snap, but looking again I think it's a tyre, then the crash and then the frame actually snaps in two because it hits the pole?
It sounds like the suspension bottoming out and the tire losing its bead because of it.
Not sure the sound is related at all? Losing traction on that rock as he's turning seems to flip him. Maybe an alu frame would have bent/cracked if smacked into that pole, would of likely been a write off as well though.
It's definitely the sound of a tyre unseating / reseating. I've heard it quite a few times.
But yeah, beyond taking him offline a bit, you might be right about the actual crash.
It's interesting though and worth noting. I ride a carbon cyclocross frame- extremely strong but in the directions it's built for only.
I feel like I can crash my cro-moly MTB all day long.
Blech. First trainer session done after a two week break (since the race).
Back to the grind stone.
I've been looking at events for next year, and wow, there are some incredible ones out there. From the beautiful, to the absolutely beastly.
The Grand Raid BCVS (Switzerland) - 78 miles, 15,480 feet
HERO Südtirol Dolomites (Italy) - 53 miles, 14,765 feet
Azores MTB Marathon (Portugal) - 48 miles, 6,800 feet (Not much of a challenge, but very cool location)
Salzkammergut (Austria) - 130 miles, 23355 feet (lawl, plus you only have 16 hours to complete)
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In my experience (might be slightly backdated), 500 quid would put you between two stools. Cheap but cheerful allround bikes tend to come in at around 350, while the next step is 1.2k and up. Maybe brexit will push that 350 up to closer to 500 before long though.
I think you can get something pretty decent in the 6-800 range, especially with sales going on at the mo. 500 would work as well, maybe a bit heavier and less fun. B'twin bikes https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes/T-69558_66690 are great value if you want cheap, but check Evans and the like for their 2017 sales. Can't really recommend any particular one because I'm not sure what sort of surface & distance your commute is.
Also figure in you're going to need helmet/ shoes/ clothes etc as well as just the bike. If your company has a cycleschme going you get a bit extra free thrown in for that.
Edited by gamecat at 17:50:11 27-08-2017
How flat is the route, you could get a very decent single speed for that sort of money
Generally I'd advise getting a road bike rather than a hybrid of the sort you typically see commuters on
Edited by elstoof at 17:57:49 27-08-2017
cross bikes worth a look too.
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Your friendly local bike shop might be worth checking out. I am very pleased with a used steel frame cyclo-cross I got for 650. 8 mile road commute, couple of short steep-ish hills.
Will you have somewhere safe to lock it up once at work? Safe as in, away from prying eyes?
If not, I'd be tempted to buy a half decent, but stealthy second hander I didn't need to worry about too much. Save the decent money for a bike you can enjoy on the weekends.
@Mfolf Yes you can put a rack on a road bike, if you're stuck with Halfords then Boardmans are probably your best bet.
That has rack & mudguard mounts (pretty essential for commuting)
[cyclo]cross bikes are drop barred & designed for offroad use, they existed before MTBs were a thing, they can be pretty good on crappy UK roads with their bigger tyres and lower gears.
Cross bikes make excellent all-round work horses. Because marketing, they now get called things like all-road, adventure & gravel bikes too.
The high-end ones are specialised racing machines, but the lower-end iare very adaptable.
Interesting... I'm slowly working back into my training and it seems that I have access to my higher heart rates again. Back towards the end of my last training block I couldn't get above 171 and when I was around that, I felt like I was dying.
Today I was at 178 and felt pretty good. I guess I must have been overtrained before, which is odd, because I was doing HRV measurements every morning and nothing was obvious.
Edit - Apparently 180, I didn't see it go that high. That's only one off my max in theory, though I suspect it could have gone higher today.
Edited by Psychotext at 22:47:23 31-08-2017
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I probably need to do two things.
1. Start riding again after doing sod-all during the summer
2. Put my heart monitor back on.
I went for a few (non-competitive) laps on a red route during a local bike festival (Big Bike Bash - family weekend with the cheapest camping in the New Forest over the bank holiday), and my goodness I'm unfit again.
Edited by Immaterial at 00:26:07 01-09-2017
It drops off depressingly quickly.
ebikes that don't look like garbage
These look pretty sweet if you have a hilly commute or want to keep up with faster people, not my thing yet but maybe in a few years time.
Edit, dammit wrong vid.
Edited by gamecat at 18:57:24 05-09-2017
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