The cycling thread Page 537

  • jthornton 19 Mar 2019 07:16:47 12 posts
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    I love cycling from the bottom of my heart, but i can't imagine myself cycling to work on a busy highway and then spend all the working day wearing the same clothes
  • challenge_hanukkah 19 Mar 2019 08:28:09 10,264 posts
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    You could always get changed at work?
  • elstoof 19 Mar 2019 09:15:51 22,736 posts
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    Be lucky if youíre able to wear Lycra at work
  • freddymercurystwin 26 Mar 2019 11:32:40 1,608 posts
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    So I picked up the CUBE HYDE at the weekend and went for a ride out on Sunday morning, what a blast, love hub gears and the silence of a belt drive, really pleased with it so far. Does everything I wanted in a bike, I upgraded the pedals when I picked it up but other than that its perfect for me. The only thing that annoys me a bit is some of the cable management seems a little ill-thought out/crude. Some cables go through the frame/forks yet others are tie wrapped onto the cable lugs. I guess itís because this bike (frame) can also come with derailleurs.

    https://flic.kr/p/24Gmm3a

    https://flic.kr/p/24GmkPV

    https://flic.kr/p/2dV3fHa

    Edited by freddymercurystwin at 11:59:00 26-03-2019
  • elstoof 26 Mar 2019 12:16:15 22,736 posts
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    Result
  • Salaman 26 Mar 2019 15:15:02 23,545 posts
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    Nice bike!

    Will you be riding that thing in the UK?

  • freddymercurystwin 26 Mar 2019 17:15:09 1,608 posts
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    @Salaman Haha as I mentioned I'm a very casual rider and I'll only ride for fun, pootling around with the kids and/or on dry days, no bike computing for me. I am definitely a fair weather rider! Also I keep my bike inside and the prospect of having to dry it off would prevent me from ever using it. Bizarrely though I will run in all weathers.
  • Flying_Pig 30 Mar 2019 17:07:15 16,095 posts
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    freddymercurystwin wrote:
    So I picked up the CUBE HYDE at the weekend and went for a ride out on Sunday morning, what a blast, love hub gears and the silence of a belt drive, really pleased with it so far. Does everything I wanted in a bike, I upgraded the pedals when I picked it up but other than that its perfect for me. The only thing that annoys me a bit is some of the cable management seems a little ill-thought out/crude. Some cables go through the frame/forks yet others are tie wrapped onto the cable lugs. I guess itís because this bike (frame) can also come with derailleurs.

    https://flic.kr/p/24Gmm3a

    https://flic.kr/p/24GmkPV

    https://flic.kr/p/2dV3fHa
    Nice - that looks much nicer than my hybrid.

    I actually bought myself a new bike this week - a Cube Attain GTC SL. I'm doing a 500km charity bike ride this summer, so needed a proper road bike.

    I look it out this morning and rode 65k (the furthest I'd previously ever ridden was about 25k!) and aside from some bumpy roads (and me falling off once) it was great. I feel surprisingly fine and the bike just chewed through the miles.

    80k next weekend!
  • elstoof 30 Mar 2019 18:47:44 22,736 posts
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    500km in one day? Thatís some distance
  • Psychotext 30 Mar 2019 19:07:59 64,886 posts
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    Can't be in one day. There aren't many people capable of that sort of distance.
  • elstoof 30 Mar 2019 19:16:05 22,736 posts
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    Reckon if I started at 4am Iíd be at the destination around 10/11
  • Flying_Pig 30 Mar 2019 20:23:10 16,095 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    500km in one day? Thatís some distance
    It's 500km over 4 days XD

    Still, the longest day will be 160k
  • mothercruncher 30 Mar 2019 20:23:42 16,040 posts
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    Yeah, if it was a road event, and you had the endurance- big if- you could average 26/7/8k and just about do it. Suspect thereís an overnight involved.
  • elstoof 30 Mar 2019 21:47:13 22,736 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    500km in one day? Thatís some distance
    It's 500km over 4 days XD

    Still, the longest day will be 160k
    Have a good long think about feuling, thatíll be of great importance on a 4 dayer. Unless itís fully supported with feed stops etc, in which case you just eat as much as you can
  • Flying_Pig 30 Mar 2019 21:51:06 16,095 posts
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    @elstoof yeah, it's a group of 60 people - fully supported :)
  • mothercruncher 31 Mar 2019 07:04:26 16,040 posts
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    Also- buy some quality chamois cream.
  • elstoof 31 Mar 2019 10:14:39 22,736 posts
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    Never used or felt Iíve needed chamois cream personally. Canít imagine Iíd like a greasy arse while riding, like I forgot to wipe properly or something. Iíve knocked out double centuries without any issues
  • Psychotext 31 Mar 2019 10:59:38 64,886 posts
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    If it feels greasy you've put way too much on!
  • elstoof 31 Mar 2019 11:38:39 22,736 posts
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    Wouldnít know tbh, never lubed my anus before
  • Psychotext 31 Mar 2019 12:42:44 64,886 posts
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    Mmm... tingly.
  • elstoof 31 Mar 2019 12:51:13 22,736 posts
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    Did you mix up your butt butter with embrocation again
  • mothercruncher 31 Mar 2019 15:41:12 16,040 posts
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    Itís minty fresh and anti-bacterial. If youíve never ridden that far before a cheapish insurance policy against getting sore FP.
  • Flying_Pig 31 Mar 2019 23:57:48 16,095 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    Itís minty fresh and anti-bacterial. If youíve never ridden that far before a cheapish insurance policy against getting sore FP.
    I will be getting that Chamois stuff - just in case - but I've certainly got no issues today after the ride. I think I need to try 80km next weekend :)
  • Flying_Pig 7 Apr 2019 17:22:12 16,095 posts
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    I didn't go for 80km this weekend - instead I did 50km without stopping on a pretty hilly route.

    It was actually really good fun and I've no aches or pains afterwards. That said, I did struggle with slightly numb/tingly toes (I guess my shoes were too tight), but also numb fingers on my left hand. Reading up on it, it looks like my grip is too tight or something. I'll just have to experiment to avoid it in the future.

    Another thing I tried - I feel that I need to listen to music or something, but am well aware of the dangers of using earphones and blocking out ambient noise. As such, I invested in a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air, which rely on bone conduction tech. I'd read mixed reviews and was a bit worried that they would feel too weird.

    But they're actually brilliant. So long as your note some kind of audiophile, who insists on perfect sound quality, they work really well. Definitely recommended if you want to listen to music whilst out cycling (or running).
  • mothercruncher 7 Apr 2019 17:44:11 16,040 posts
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    Your feet werenít cold? If so, look into toe warmers and/overshoes, quite good to have both depending on temperature. Hand numbness could be loads of things- a bit too much weight on the front of your bike (could the saddle go back fractionally? 1cm shorter stem?) or hood position (tilt them up slightly) or not changing position enough, maybe try to at least descend in the drops to mix things up a bit.

    I broke a rib four weeks ago and, after training hard since November, have had to sit on the turbo trainer doing easy long zone 2 rides so that I donít breathe too hard. Rode out to and up and down the Malverns three times this morning though and felt great, maybe it was having to pace myself and ride one notch down so I could save some for the ride back but donít feel Iíve lost any fitness. Chuffed.
  • Flying_Pig 7 Apr 2019 18:00:39 16,095 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    Your feet werenít cold? If so, look into toe warmers and/overshoes, quite good to have both depending on temperature. Hand numbness could be loads of things- a bit too much weight on the front of your bike (could the saddle go back fractionally? 1cm shorter stem?) or hood position (tilt them up slightly) or not changing position enough, maybe try to at least descend in the drops to mix things up a bit.

    I broke a rib four weeks ago and, after training hard since November, have had to sit on the turbo trainer doing easy long zone 2 rides so that I donít breathe too hard. Rode out to and up and down the Malverns three times this morning though and felt great, maybe it was having to pace myself and ride one notch down so I could save some for the ride back but donít feel Iíve lost any fitness. Chuffed.
    Hmmm - it was pretty cold this morning, but my feet didn't feel cold themselves. I'll look into overshoes.

    Glad to hear that you're back properly riding again :)
  • askew 7 Apr 2019 19:53:58 18,806 posts
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    Interesting spam approach.
  • elstoof 13 Apr 2019 06:41:38 22,736 posts
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  • elstoof 13 Apr 2019 06:46:04 22,736 posts
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    Dirty Reiver day, 200km of gravel starts in an hour and itís fucking freezing up here
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