The cycling thread Page 536

  • Chug666 4 Feb 2019 10:16:12 565 posts
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    @Dougs Kids bikes tend to use mini v brakes I think. You could probably get away with either normal or mini v's on a 20 inch frame, but reach for the levers is more of an issue. If you're re-using the original levers you're probably best off trying to stick as closely to the original setup as possible (probably mini v's?), otherwise you might not have enough pull for good braking. If you replace the lot with full fat v's your son might not be able to reach the levers.

    A long winded way of saying probably mini v's, can you stick up a couple of photos?
  • Dougs 4 Feb 2019 10:23:36 88,529 posts
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    Cheers! Will upload a few. He's basically knackered the bar that the brake cable sits in (as he continually gets the handlebars the wrong way round). Loathe to take it to the LBS, the bike alone only cost £70!
  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2019 01:17:40 64,886 posts
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    Anyone fancy the Dragon Ride this year? My usual once a year road ride has been cancelled (Velothon Wales), so I've got to find a replacement.

    I'm thinking either the Gran Fondo or the Devil.

    https://www.dragonride.co.uk/event-info/route-maps/
  • elstoof 19 Feb 2019 07:41:29 22,738 posts
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    Always fancied it, possibly. Might be doing Tour de Mont Blanc in July though

    Edited by elstoof at 07:44:52 19-02-2019
  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2019 11:19:53 64,886 posts
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    If it helps, it's in June. ;)

    I'm heading out to Whistler the next day for a downhill MTB trip. Quite the contrast. lol
  • elstoof 19 Feb 2019 11:29:47 22,738 posts
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    Heh, yeah, just limited on things I can sign up to. Whistler though, thatíll be a blast. Meeting up
    With PES?
  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2019 11:46:58 64,886 posts
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    I suspect not. lol
  • Psychotext 21 Feb 2019 01:51:47 64,886 posts
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    This is an interesting read: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/47278392

    I've definitely been to the dark places a few times, so I know what it's like when all that's left is pain and a desperation to keep going.
  • Psychotext 22 Feb 2019 02:39:13 64,886 posts
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    Holy shit: Team Sky's Ben Swift in intensive care after crash
  • elstoof 22 Feb 2019 07:26:46 22,738 posts
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    Whatís with Sky and ruptured spleens? Thomas did his years sgo
  • mothercruncher 22 Feb 2019 08:48:48 16,040 posts
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    They should wrap their spleens in Jiffy bags.
  • Psychotext 5 Mar 2019 12:15:03 64,886 posts
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    glol: https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/axg31f/one_of_my_alltime_favorite_freakouts_anybody_know/

    Yes it's fake, still funny though!

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:17:54 05-03-2019
  • Psychotext 6 Mar 2019 15:16:39 64,886 posts
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    Nothing ever fucking changes does it?

    https://cyclingtips.com/2019/03/a-new-blood-doping-ring-surfaces-where-does-cycling-stand/

    Edit - Should be clear, this isn't cycling... but you know it's still going on.

    Edited by Psychotext at 15:17:11 06-03-2019
  • Chug666 6 Mar 2019 16:01:42 565 posts
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    Urg, I'd forgotten how much falling off a bike hurts... muddy drain cover with a coating of drizzle, on a route I use every day, paid for daydreaming with a nice little front wheel washout. Take care out there!
  • challenge_hanukkah 6 Mar 2019 16:02:34 10,264 posts
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    Ouch.

    Pics?
  • elstoof 6 Mar 2019 16:43:59 22,738 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Nothing ever fucking changes does it?

    https://cyclingtips.com/2019/03/a-new-blood-doping-ring-surfaces-where-does-cycling-stand/

    Edit - Should be clear, this isn't cycling... but you know it's still going on.
    Itís everywhere in every sport, it canít be stopped. Itís why a barely give a fuck about any pro sports, especially cycling, thereís too much investors money at stake to take any of it seriously. More of an issue than doping for me is the forcing of teams to ride whatever new tech the sponsors want to sell to the public, meaning in the not too far off future Iíll have to buy whack shit like wireless electronic gears or road discs that no one needs because thatís all thatís on sale

    Edited by elstoof at 16:47:39 06-03-2019
  • challenge_hanukkah 6 Mar 2019 16:54:59 10,264 posts
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    Just let them openly dope and have done with it.
  • elstoof 6 Mar 2019 17:08:44 22,738 posts
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    They do in all the marquee sports, football, rugby, athletics unless you want to punish a country. No way would Bolt ever get caught with a syringe though, too much money there. Just look at the size of these 18 year old test rugby lads, no one that age can get that size without a little assistance
  • mothercruncher 6 Mar 2019 17:23:39 16,040 posts
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    Whatís notable is, the latest two to confess to doping were not caught by this biological passport. I know some riders have been banned without ever testing positive but it can be gamed.
    The cross country skiers blood doping also use the passport and they just inject new blood right before an event and then take some out afterward.
  • thelzdking 6 Mar 2019 18:33:55 9,160 posts
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    WWE is the way forward.

    Can anyone recommend me a decent book on doping in sport?
  • mothercruncher 6 Mar 2019 19:16:42 16,040 posts
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    So many- Secret Race, Tyler Hamilton is very readable and covers the peak EPO era, lots of dirt on Armstrong. Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage is excellent- story of an 80ís Pro in the amphetamine era, the pressure to dope, his eventual disillusionment, retirement and then zealous chasing of dopers as a journalist. Racing Through The Dark, David Millar- still reading this, and you probably have to like Millar to like the book as thereís a bit of a playboy ego there, but is packed with loads of detail about the life of a pro and covers his full career, including the infamous doping bit. Bad Blood by Jeremy Whittle is a good snapshot of doping in cycling. A decent overview as he talks about key incidents across several generations of cyclists.

    You can read Rough Ride and Bad Blood for free if youíve a library card. The app ďLibbyĒ will let you borrow those two digitally from your local library once youíve put your ID in.
  • thelzdking 6 Mar 2019 19:26:27 9,160 posts
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    Ooh, cheers MC.
  • freddymercurystwin 13 Mar 2019 12:05:42 1,608 posts
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    Question for you cycling types, I am considering a new bike purchase, a Cube Hyde which has a hub gear and a belt drive, I want a bike which will be used predominantly for pootling around with the kids or along the estuary or canal paths where I live rather than any commuting or riding for any other reason than leisure/fun. I have a 3 speed hub gear bike at the moment, I bought a few years back off ebay for £100 but I am looking at an upgrade, I really favour the look of hub gear bikes in particular the Cube range and enjoy being able to change gear at a standstill. But my hesitation is on the belt drive, what if any are the thoughts on belt drive systems these days? A chain is easy, I get that and I am quite ofay with replacing or maintaining a chain or a derailleur but a belt drive is more complicated to maintain (I think you need a tensioning tool) but theoretically needs far less maintenance so for my purposes shouldnít really be an issue. I think I have found one at a localish bike shop who will price match who will (theoretically) be able to maintain it if necessary.
  • Chug666 13 Mar 2019 12:35:45 565 posts
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    @thelzdking I read the Thomas Dekker one recently ('The Descent') which I thought was well written- quite the page turner, and he got himself mixed up in some very bad behavior. Recommended!
  • elstoof 13 Mar 2019 12:46:19 22,738 posts
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    Belt drives are almost maintenance free. You wonít have to worry about tensioning it or anything like that, they donít stretch. You wonít have to do a thing unless you snap it somehow
  • freddymercurystwin 13 Mar 2019 13:50:26 1,608 posts
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    @elstoof Thanks, immaterial now though, I caved in and got it for a good price from local Cycle Surgery with my handy NT member discount, one very local LBS seemed quite negative about belts but then admitted he'd only tried one 10 years ago so hopefully the tech/reliability has improved a bit since then, can't believe I'll have any issues with the low miles and pootling about I'm likely to do, fingers crossed all will be well ....
  • mothercruncher 13 Mar 2019 14:28:40 16,040 posts
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    If your car engine can spin at 7000rpm and not snap belts then youíre not likely to.
  • freddymercurystwin 13 Mar 2019 14:51:43 1,608 posts
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    @mothercruncher Aye that's the train of thought I come from yet the internet (oh the pesky internet again) is littered with naysayers and people stuck in the past it seems. I suppose my fear is not being able to maintain a belt system myself but then the whole point is to be maintenance free or at least only infrequently.
  • elstoof 13 Mar 2019 15:29:15 22,738 posts
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    Youíll have more maintenance to do in the disc brakes than the drive
  • Psychotext 18 Mar 2019 23:46:04 64,886 posts
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    Team Brexit announced: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/47608625

    Only sort of... lol
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