The cycling thread Page 521

  • mothercruncher 7 Feb 2018 14:07:50 14,965 posts
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    Fucks sake.
    Just fancied a turbo session and my Elite Rampa- overnight, because I used it yesterday just fine- now sounds like an angle grinder. I think something has become dislodged and is grinding away in there. Back to the shop I suppose.
    Never buy Italian. Or, rather, buy Italian, enjoy how nice it looks for a while but use it with a sense of impending dread about how well made it is :evil:
  • Psychotext 7 Feb 2018 23:08:36 63,078 posts
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    Stage 6 of the Tour of Sufferlandria done. The next three days look horrible... and the final day (3 hours) can fuck right off.

  • basmans_grob 8 Feb 2018 10:05:41 1,469 posts
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    I've got a place in this year's Ride London. Not done a ton since I effed my knees and I've put on about 3 stone since then as well. Time to ramp up the turbo!
  • Psychotext 8 Feb 2018 10:56:49 63,078 posts
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    Injuries suck.
  • elstoof 8 Feb 2018 11:01:16 20,064 posts
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    You’ll be fine, they make sure 90% of entries are Freds who’ve never cycled further than the pub anyway so you’ll feel fast no matter what
  • mothercruncher 8 Feb 2018 11:44:21 14,965 posts
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    Particularly “enjoy” The Shovel and Downward Spiral on The Sufferfest, something to really look forward to PT.
  • Psychotext 8 Feb 2018 12:18:42 63,078 posts
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    I already did the shovel (along with power station) in stage 2. Having that at end the of 9 days of hell is just stupid to be honest. It was bad enough when it was done for Sufday, and that I could make sure I was rested for.

    I'll probably just massively tank the intensity so I can get through it.
  • JoelStinty 8 Feb 2018 18:37:30 6,586 posts
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    Ugh. Noticed a large chunk of paint been chipped of my top tube this afternoon. Something had fallen off the rack near where by bike is, not sure what, because there is nothing on the floor, so someones dropped something or knocked something over by accident and not told me. I've asked around but silence. Weirdly my break on my trainer had been set loose as well. Ugh. Yikes i sound paranoid haha.

    So ordered some orange enamel paint to fix it. Just more annoyed that if someone had an accident they just didn't tell me. Luckily it looks like just a big paint chip. But my pride and joy /o\
  • mal 8 Feb 2018 18:42:37 29,326 posts
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    The catch on my bike lock attachment to my frame once broke, so I rode back with the lock locked around my top tube. The mile or so it took to get back created dozens of little chips in the top tube. It's an aluminium bike though, so the paint is largely cosmetic and I've just left it. It's a grey bike over silver aluminium anyway, so not really visible unless you're looking for it.
  • JoelStinty 8 Feb 2018 18:49:21 6,586 posts
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    Yeah my winter bike has a lot of chips. Its bound to happen from time to time with odd lose stones being fired at you from passing cars. It's just the first one on my new one an and unavoidable one at that haha.
  • mothercruncher 8 Feb 2018 19:58:11 14,965 posts
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    Enamel works well- my most recent bike was a reduced one- new but damaged in shipping with a 10mm circular chip on the top tube. It was a bit jagged so I very carefully sanded the perimeter smooth (with 1200 grit paper on a cocktail stick and a magnifying glass) and then painted in enough layers of enamel until it was slightly proud. Enamel takes a long time to properly harden so I left it two weeks and then extreeeeeeemely slowly flattened it back down to level with the paintwork. Then buffed it all to remove the sanding- it was a bit easier as I was repairing a black section, but you really have to look for where the damage was now. £350 saved :-P
  • Psychotext 8 Feb 2018 22:33:05 63,078 posts
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    Day 6 of the tour done. "Rest" day tomorrow (weights) as I figured 4 hours in total would be a bit much.
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2018 13:22:58 63,078 posts
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    Can anyone point me in the direction of cycle racks / storage? I need to try and work out some sort of secure(ish) solution for my garage.

    This seems neat, but I'd need to put a security wall anchor in (and a chain) to actually secure the bikes.

    http://www.bikerackcompany.com/shop/bike-storage-racks/steadyrack-multi-pack/

    Edited by Psychotext at 13:47:54 20-02-2018
  • mal 20 Feb 2018 16:13:34 29,326 posts
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    I don't trust anything that isn't cemented into the ground when I'm out and looking to lock it to something. But yeah at home I don't have that so I just rely on locking it to something sufficiently bulky and heavy the be a nuisance to anyone lifting it, and hidden from view, and covered in plastic bags when its hidden away so even if someone does see it they're unlikely to know what it is. Anyone camping out the place in a car could easily see me put it away though, so that's a risk still.
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2018 18:15:20 63,078 posts
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    I've had my garage door cut through before (twice), so I need something with a bit more meat to it. Plus, it's my gym, so space is very much at a premium (hence needing to go vertical).

    For security I'm probably going with these:

    Protector 16mm Chain
    https://securityforbikes.com/proddetail.php?prod=P16-x.x

    Torc Ground Anchor
    https://securityforbikes.com/torc-ground-anchor.php

    Unrelated -

    We recommend 600mm as an optimum spacing between the racks when all racks are at the same height. This spacing will ensure that the bikes handlebars do not overlap each other
    Clearly haven't ever seen a mountain bike with 800mm bars...

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:18:25 20-02-2018
  • elstoof 20 Feb 2018 18:39:59 20,064 posts
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    Alternate which wheel they’re hung from if you want to squeeze more in
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2018 18:50:34 63,078 posts
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    You can just alternate the height of the mounts. Putting one in upside down would be a pain because of how they go in.

    I doubt it'll be an issue though because all the bikes are different lengths.
  • mal 20 Feb 2018 18:55:08 29,326 posts
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    Yeah, those look good provided you've access to some form of masonry to bolt the thing to. Unfortunately, I'd have to get through wooden floorboards first. But I've not been broken into yet, so I'm reasonably happy with what I've got.

    Also, can't you store bikes top and tail to allow the extra width and the head end? You then only really have to worry about the pedals fouling each other.

    Edit: Never mind then. Too slow to post it seems.

    Edited by mal at 18:55:48 20-02-2018
  • mothercruncher 20 Feb 2018 19:20:27 14,965 posts
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    I'm feeling a bit worried now. I don't lock bikes to anything- I've got rubber flooring down under the bike section with the turbo permanently set up etc so it'd be a pain to engineer.
    The garage door has a lock screwed into the floor and a deadbolt at the top to hopefully stop someone rotating it open... other than that, er :|
  • mal 20 Feb 2018 19:23:14 29,326 posts
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    The other approach is to buy a shit bike, which is what I've done.
  • Psychotext 20 Feb 2018 19:56:29 63,078 posts
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    My turbo bike will remain unlocked. I don't need any more excuses not to train.
  • mothercruncher 20 Feb 2018 20:04:30 14,965 posts
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    I probably should get a monster cable to run through everything, at least for when I’m away, ta for the reality check.
  • the-cozen-show 20 Feb 2018 21:14:30 251 posts
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    just got promoted. should I buy etap....... 😶
  • mothercruncher 23 Feb 2018 15:48:48 14,965 posts
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    Evans have been utter dogshit in sorting the turbo trainer. After the weekend it'll be three weeks, they're "at the mercy of Madison never getting back to them" the poor little lambs.
    Had a word with the manager this afternoon and might has well have not bothered, can't tell me what's happening or when it might be sorted, twat.
  • challenge_hanukkah 23 Feb 2018 15:54:20 6,635 posts
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    Crying shorts.
  • Psychotext 4 Mar 2018 19:38:52 63,078 posts
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    Sigh. £700 spent on security for the garage. I still wont feel comfortable with the bikes out there though.
  • mothercruncher 5 Mar 2018 09:31:13 14,965 posts
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    "Drugs were being used by Team Sky, within World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules, to enhance the performance of riders and not just to treat medical need,"
    Absolute power corrupts, absolutely, perhaps. You start off aiming to do it all clean but slowly temptation creeps in. Big shadow over Wiggins’ career for me, and Froome.
  • FWB 5 Mar 2018 09:46:49 54,710 posts
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    More cheats in cycling. Surprise, surprise.
  • Psychotext 5 Mar 2018 10:16:11 63,078 posts
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    Team Sky innit. It's just how they roll.
  • mothercruncher 14 Mar 2018 09:33:40 14,965 posts
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    He hasn’t got any less delightfully idiosyncratic:



    Graham Obree’s various time trial positions tested in a wind tunnel against the TT bike of his day and of now, fab video.
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