The cycling thread Page 524

  • Immaterial 12 Apr 2018 11:25:55 2,239 posts
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    In case you missed it, five hours of commonwealth games cross country on iPlayer...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p063zp47/commonwealth-games-mountain-biking-mens-and-womens-crosscountry

    edit: damn these professional athletes.

    Edited by Immaterial at 11:51:42 12-04-2018
  • Psychotext 12 Apr 2018 13:01:06 63,524 posts
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    Man, I'd love to be out there doing that.
  • Immaterial 14 Apr 2018 18:03:33 2,239 posts
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    Sun's out and the trails are dry(er)!
  • solidsneek 16 Apr 2018 22:57:28 598 posts
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    Need to get my bike back this week have a look at my gearing and get back out as much as possible. Not done many trails but want to try this year to really make riding a big thing along with the gym. https://ibb.co/fVe9Rn - picture of my bike.

    Edited by solidsneek at 22:58:03 16-04-2018

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    Edited by solidsneek at 22:58:57 16-04-2018
  • Psychotext 16 Apr 2018 23:41:27 63,524 posts
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    Cool. What's that above the seat collar?
  • solidsneek 16 Apr 2018 23:49:41 598 posts
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    The red thing?

    A light dude.
  • Psychotext 17 Apr 2018 09:36:10 63,524 posts
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    No, the grey thing above the light.
  • Psychotext 18 Apr 2018 15:10:35 63,524 posts
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    I think I'm going to go out tomorrow even though I don't have time. This weather is too good to miss out on.
  • solidsneek 21 Apr 2018 17:12:48 598 posts
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    Went to the Wrekin in Telford today what a struggle, such a steep incline and decline need to work on my cardio only made it up half way.
  • Chug666 26 Apr 2018 16:12:28 444 posts
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    For the offroad riders here, what is the general consensus on the essential-ness of a dropper post? I've stubbornly resisted them for years but suddenly find myself tempted by a planet x ascend (I have some paypal balance burning a hole in my virtual wallet and the 10 games thread means i can't waste it on software...). I mainly ride local trails and bridleways, with the occasional trail centre, on a 29'r hardtail (voodoo Bizango, the lurid green one). Would it change my life?!
  • Psychotext 26 Apr 2018 16:36:32 63,524 posts
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    For downhill stuff... pointless. For trails where you don't really know when the next descent is... more useful.

    That said, I only have one on one of my bikes. So clearly can't be essential. I'd probably avoid the damn things if you can't stealth route though. Fucking cables everywhere.
  • Chug666 26 Apr 2018 16:42:51 444 posts
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    I'd be stuck with cable version, no stealth without taking a black & decker to the frame... It does have routing alongside the brake hose though, so would fit under the plastic clips fairly easily.
  • Psychotext 26 Apr 2018 17:27:49 63,524 posts
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    Not so bad if you have space in the mounts. Worst thing is running it down the side with cable ties.
  • mothercruncher 26 Apr 2018 17:31:32 15,104 posts
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    Not sold on them either... but now you have the new kit itch so you know you’re buying anyway ;)
  • Immaterial 27 Apr 2018 16:10:02 2,239 posts
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    The only use I've had for a dropper over the past three weeks is putting the saddle down when I'm opening gates.

    I'm probably not using it to its best advantage.
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 13:33:33 8,370 posts
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    Slightly random question, but does anyone else have a real problem finding trousers that can accommodate their legs in this age of skinny jeans? Cycling has been my only form of transport for years, and as a result I have pretty big thighs and calves. I have to go up two waist sizes (40") if I don't want to feel like my thighs and balls are in a sweaty vice. I used to be able to buy baggy-legged loose-fit trousers, they looked awful, but when I am sat in the office I just want to be comfortable. It's pissing me off enormously.
  • elstoof 30 Apr 2018 14:09:46 20,783 posts
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    Do you want trousers or jeans?
  • challenge_hanukkah 30 Apr 2018 14:13:09 7,249 posts
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    thelzdking wrote:
    Slightly random question, but does anyone else have a real problem finding trousers that can accommodate their legs in this age of skinny jeans? Cycling has been my only form of transport for years, and as a result I have pretty big thighs and calves. I have to go up two waist sizes (40") if I don't want to feel like my thighs and balls are in a sweaty vice. I used to be able to buy baggy-legged loose-fit trousers, they looked awful, but when I am sat in the office I just want to be comfortable. It's pissing me off enormously.
    Pics?
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 14:19:58 8,370 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Do you want trousers or jeans?
    Trousers, for work. It's all about being as comfortable as possible in the office, especially as it has no air-con and summer's on its way.
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 14:24:16 8,370 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    thelzdking wrote:
    Slightly random question, but does anyone else have a real problem finding trousers that can accommodate their legs in this age of skinny jeans? Cycling has been my only form of transport for years, and as a result I have pretty big thighs and calves. I have to go up two waist sizes (40") if I don't want to feel like my thighs and balls are in a sweaty vice. I used to be able to buy baggy-legged loose-fit trousers, they looked awful, but when I am sat in the office I just want to be comfortable. It's pissing me off enormously.
    Pics?


    I'm the one on top doing the crushing.

    Edited by thelzdking at 14:26:20 30-04-2018

    Edited by thelzdking at 14:28:52 30-04-2018
  • elstoof 30 Apr 2018 15:10:46 20,783 posts
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    M&S wouldn probably have some looser fit trousers, Brooks Brothers definitely do if you want to spend more. Get trousers with pleated fronts rather than flat, they inherently have wider legs
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 15:22:59 8,370 posts
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    Ta els, I'll pop into M&S on the way home.
  • elstoof 30 Apr 2018 15:34:04 20,783 posts
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    They definitely sell single pleat fronts, but they might have double pleats too if you need even more room
  • JamboWayOh 30 Apr 2018 15:41:47 8,758 posts
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    thelzdking wrote:
    Slightly random question, but does anyone else have a real problem finding trousers that can accommodate their legs in this age of skinny jeans? Cycling has been my only form of transport for years, and as a result I have pretty big thighs and calves. I have to go up two waist sizes (40") if I don't want to feel like my thighs and balls are in a sweaty vice. I used to be able to buy baggy-legged loose-fit trousers, they looked awful, but when I am sat in the office I just want to be comfortable. It's pissing me off enormously.
    Look at him, bragging about his massive rippling thighs and calves. Who do you think you are Jean Claude Van Damme!!
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 15:52:55 8,370 posts
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    My thighs are probably closer to Nicki Minaj, my calves are banging though.
  • challenge_hanukkah 30 Apr 2018 16:03:42 7,249 posts
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    I've recently gone back to fixed and live up a hill.

    I'll post pics of my gains in a few weeks time.
  • JamboWayOh 30 Apr 2018 16:06:16 8,758 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    I've recently gone back to fixed and live up a hill.

    I'll post pics of my gains in a few weeks time.
    If you could apply some baby oil to those areas pre picture taking that would be most helpful.
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2018 16:09:58 8,370 posts
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    Shave too. I like 'em smooth.
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