The cycling thread Page 544

  • Dougs 27 Jun 2019 17:34:29 89,926 posts
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    Awesome!
  • JoelStinty 27 Jun 2019 17:59:22 7,999 posts
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    SnackPlissken wrote:
    I cycled in Vietnam and regretted every minute. Way too fucking hot.
    I was amazed at the amount of a) road cyclists in thailand, but b) the amount of them that were wearing leggings and full sleeve jerseys. In Mid 30 degree hit. Saying that the roads are stunning in thailand, they're proper silky smooth. i guess they're made in a way to stop melting in the heat. Scenery is great too.

    Well done FP.
  • freddymercurystwin 28 Jun 2019 11:13:37 1,697 posts
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    That's sterling stuff FP.

    A little advice if possible please, at the risk of this being a bit of a dumb question, I have never given much consideration to the specific size of wheels/tires my bike has (Cube Hyde Pro) the spec list on the Cube website has always stated 29x2.15 tyres https://www.cube.eu/en/2019/bikes/trekking/urban/hyde/cube-hyde-pro-blacknblue-2019/ so after deciding it was high time I should carry some tools and a spare inner tube etc I actually checked what was actually written on the tyre which is 26x2.15. So is this a typo on the website or am I missing something as this has thrown me a little, I assumed I just select an inner tube that fits my tyre size?

    On that note does anyone use the Slime filled inner tubes here? I was looking at these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slime-Smart-Healing-1-75-2-125-Presta/dp/B00V0GUGGQ/ref=sr_1_4?crid=21DJYX1Z2MIPA&keywords=slime+inner+tube+26&qid=1561716117&s=sports&sprefix=slime+inn%2Csports%2C140&sr=1-4 but then I notice the size of these is actually 26" x 1.75-2.125 which is very marginally smaller than the 2.15 I seem to need but I guess it's not enough difference to worry about? They don't seem to make a wider one in 26".
  • Psychotext 28 Jun 2019 11:24:09 65,356 posts
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    I don't personally rate those tubes. Most issues can be avoided by having high quality, fairly thick standard tubes.

    ...and that spec definitely states 29er, so if you've got 26" tyres on it, something has gone terribly wrong. lol
  • elstoof 28 Jun 2019 11:51:19 23,680 posts
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    Check further around the tyre or on the other side for more printing, sometimes the manufacturers use the same mould with both specs printed in as the carcass is used for both types. Like the Vittoria tubulars I use, with information regarding clincher tyres as well as tubs on the same piece of rubber

    Edited by elstoof at 11:52:34 28-06-2019
  • freddymercurystwin 28 Jun 2019 13:02:18 1,697 posts
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    Hmm, I'll see if there's anything else written on the tyres, any views on the best tubes to get, if not the Slimes? I only want to carry it as a spare afterall. Might have a practice at changing the rear wheel which is a bit more onerous with the belt ....
  • mothercruncher 28 Jun 2019 13:49:55 16,394 posts
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    If itís just a get out of jail tube to get you home Iíd just buy a Halfords job, but if you want to be sure buy a named brand like Conti.
    Also, physically measure the diameter of your rims- thatíll help determine if youíre actually on 26 or 29ís.
  • mothercruncher 28 Jun 2019 13:51:08 16,394 posts
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    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
  • Flying_Pig 28 Jun 2019 15:22:53 16,239 posts
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    Croatia Day 2 Summary:
    Start time: 5:15am
    Distance:167.85
    Time: 6h07
    Temperature at finish: 32c (although the road temp was apparently over 40)
    Times chased by dogs: 2 (first time was 4 super aggressive dogs)
    Max speed: 39.8mph
    Finishing position: 3rd

    Edited by Flying_Pig at 15:23:24 28-06-2019
  • elstoof 28 Jun 2019 16:29:22 23,680 posts
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    Keep on trucking
  • askew 28 Jun 2019 16:33:16 19,563 posts
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    Zero dogs tomorrow.
  • Flying_Pig 28 Jun 2019 20:02:23 16,239 posts
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    askew wrote:
    Zero dogs tomorrow.
    Here's hoping.

    Only 115km tomorrow
  • prettyvacant 29 Jun 2019 00:44:07 240 posts
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    The Bacon Express !
  • Flying_Pig 29 Jun 2019 15:08:05 16,239 posts
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    Day 3 Summary:
    Start time: 7:15am
    Distance:114km
    Time: 4h20
    Temperature at finish: 32c
    Times chased by dogs: 0
    Times we had to stop for sheep crossing the road: 1
    Max speed: 41.6mph
    Finishing position: 7th
  • Dougs 29 Jun 2019 16:53:53 89,926 posts
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    No dogs though! Good work. Are you enjoying it? That's the main thing...

    Edited by Dougs at 16:54:14 29-06-2019
  • elstoof 29 Jun 2019 16:59:44 23,680 posts
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    Fatigue kicking in yet?
  • Flying_Pig 29 Jun 2019 18:01:06 16,239 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    No dogs though! Good work. Are you enjoying it? That's the main thing...
    Yeah, it's fantastic. I started out just wanting to finish, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't finish today in under 4 hours..!?
  • mothercruncher 29 Jun 2019 21:47:23 16,394 posts
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    Can we have an arse sitrep please FP.
  • Flying_Pig 29 Jun 2019 22:03:34 16,239 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    Can we have an arse sitrep please FP.
    O_o

    Really quite tender and sore since you're asking...
  • Flying_Pig 29 Jun 2019 22:04:59 16,239 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Fatigue kicking in yet?
    Yes, everywhere hurts. I've also got 3 numb toes on my right foot and have no grip strength in my left hand.

    Other than that I'm in fine shape
  • Flying_Pig 30 Jun 2019 21:02:01 16,239 posts
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    Day 4 Summary:
    Start time: 7:30am
    Distance:101km
    Time: 3h48
    Temperature at finish: 32c
    Times chased by dogs:0
    Max speed: 38.3mph
    Finishing position: 1st (joint)
  • Flying_Pig 30 Jun 2019 21:02:37 16,239 posts
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    All finished \o/
  • elstoof 30 Jun 2019 21:14:41 23,680 posts
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    Gods work, enjoy a beer or 5
  • Flying_Pig 5 Jul 2019 07:40:11 16,239 posts
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    So after finishing my Croatian ride, I've signed myself up for the L'Etape UK race next weekend...

    I'm not expecting to be up anywhere near the front and it's as much about finishing the thing as it is about doing well, but has anyone done something like this before and have any tips for a novice?
  • elstoof 5 Jul 2019 09:51:03 23,680 posts
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    Full distance? Thatís in the chilterns this year right?
  • Flying_Pig 5 Jul 2019 10:57:02 16,239 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Full distance? Thatís in the chilterns this year right?
    Yes and yes :)
  • elstoof 5 Jul 2019 11:10:07 23,680 posts
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    I ride there quite a lot, itís beautiful but the hills are relentless. Not particularly steep generally, but youíre without going up or coming down, thereís no flat. The descents are nice and quick, usually quite straight so you can bomb it down easily without worrying too much about binning it, but this also means youíll be back at the foot of another hill sooner than youíd like. I donít know what your fitness is like, but Iíd say just donít go off too hard too soon as itíll be a long and hard day
  • gamecat 5 Jul 2019 12:25:59 860 posts
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    Generic sportive advice I guess: Don't hang about too much at feed stops, you'll just get cold, maybe skip first stop entirely. Try and find a similar speed group to you, if you tag a too fast group just sit up and chill till the next group comes along. Be aware the standard of group riding on these things is really poor, people will cut you up and half wheel you all day, make extra allowances in your riding for the stupid. Enjoy the ride!
    Oh numb toes are a swine, my big toe took over a month to return to normal after my last Alps trip.
  • askew 5 Jul 2019 12:37:37 19,563 posts
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    Went sizing up a mountain bike in Canyon's sale, but when I try and figure what size, the calculator tells me:

    Your body height/inseam length ratio is outside the normal range Ė check your measurements are accurate and entered properly into the form.
    ;_;
  • andytheadequate 5 Jul 2019 12:54:57 9,076 posts
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    askew wrote:
    Went sizing up a mountain bike in Canyon's sale, but when I try and figure what size, the calculator tells me:

    Your body height/inseam length ratio is outside the normal range Ė check your measurements are accurate and entered properly into the form.
    ;_;
    I find canyon over complicate their sizing guide. How tall are you? And do you have short legs, long body or vice versa?
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