The cycling thread Page 563

  • LoneWolf80 14 Jun 2020 18:48:40 134 posts
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    I'm writ off mate legs are like jelly can hardly walk lol
  • Psychotext 14 Jun 2020 18:52:34 66,953 posts
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    Good stuff. :)
  • elstoof 14 Jun 2020 18:57:25 25,682 posts
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    Get out for a recovery ride first thing tomorrow, easy 10 miler to consolidate those gainz 👌
  • LoneWolf80 14 Jun 2020 19:02:04 134 posts
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    Out on Tuesday our usual 28 mile route with a coffee stop.
  • JoelStinty 14 Jun 2020 19:16:09 8,879 posts
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    Good work chap. Hadnít been out for a while so just doing 10% increments in distance at the moment as I get some miles back in my legs. Should be able to get out twice this week. Will do a smaller route on Wednesday and a longer one on sat or Sunday.
  • LoneWolf80 14 Jun 2020 19:17:48 134 posts
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    According to Samsung Health on watch I burnt off 3516 calories today so chuffed with that if accurate.

    Edited by LoneWolf80 at 19:18:24 14-06-2020
  • the_milkybar_kid 14 Jun 2020 21:40:05 8,256 posts
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    Picked up a Triban RC500 last week and done a few steady rides ti sort of 'break it in'. Haven't rode a bike since my teens well over 15 years ago. Done weight lifting for the last 10 so its fascinating seeing how quickly you can shave time off.

    We live quite high up in a hilly area not far from the peak district so even some of the less adventurous routes can be a slog.
  • LoneWolf80 14 Jun 2020 21:41:50 134 posts
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    I was looking at the Triban RC500 a few weeks ago when I was looking at getting my first road bike.
  • Psychotext 16 Jun 2020 20:37:26 66,953 posts
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    Well... I just did my first TrainerRoad session for a while. I still can't breathe for shit. Don't really know where to go from here.
  • LoneWolf80 17 Jun 2020 06:35:54 134 posts
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    Got another 31 miles in my legs yesterday, Can now see why so many people love cycling. Was my first time out using SPD pedals and shoes ( Been using flats for 6 weeks) and wow what a difference it was like riding a different bike. Had 1 near miss not long after setting out where I unclipped at a junction but as I came to a stop I tried to put my other foot down that was still clipped in DOH but after that picked it up quickly. Looking forward to getting out again on Thursday weather permitting.
  • SnackPlissken 18 Jun 2020 09:27:41 1,858 posts
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    Used flats for the first time in about 9 years. Surprised how my feet position in the way I would ride with clipless. Got a few knocks when I had to come out of the seat with the pedal hitting my shin and look like I've been in the wars :D
    Must admit I don't miss road cycling.
  • andytheadequate 18 Jun 2020 13:29:24 9,151 posts
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    Feet need to be further forward when riding flat pedals so your foot is a bit more central, especially when riding a mountain bike to avoid horrible pedals slips.
  • Psychotext 18 Jun 2020 14:22:07 66,953 posts
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    Most people lack the proper pedalling technique, ironically because they're used to being attached to their pedals.
  • gamecat 18 Jun 2020 20:20:50 977 posts
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    I think a lot of people put too much stock in the 'ball of foot on pedal axle' old wives tale.
  • Mr_Sleep 18 Jun 2020 20:34:16 23,340 posts
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    Has anyone used the electric assistant systems, such as the electric wheels? Any recommendations?
  • Psychotext 18 Jun 2020 21:43:49 66,953 posts
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    Can't say I've ever seen one.
  • SnackPlissken 19 Jun 2020 15:30:02 1,858 posts
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    andytheadequate wrote:
    Feet need to be further forward when riding flat pedals so your foot is a bit more central, especially when riding a mountain bike to avoid horrible pedals slips.
    Even if I've been using specific mountain bike clipless pedals?
  • mothercruncher 19 Jun 2020 15:44:53 17,746 posts
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    Itís an old BMX/MTB trick for grip where people used to wear vans, place their foot more centrally and ďsagĒ their foot over the pedal to get the most grip.
    These days I run my cleats back as far as I can get them, no particular performance benefit in mind, I just like feeling like Iím not right on my toes.
  • SnackPlissken 19 Jun 2020 15:55:53 1,858 posts
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    I'm definitely not on my toes. Probably nearer the ball/middle.
  • andytheadequate 19 Jun 2020 17:52:01 9,151 posts
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    SnackPlissken wrote:
    andytheadequate wrote:
    Feet need to be further forward when riding flat pedals so your foot is a bit more central, especially when riding a mountain bike to avoid horrible pedals slips.
    Even if I've been using specific mountain bike clipless pedals?
    If you're clipped in then it's more a matter of personal preference. I'm not convinced that the ball of your foot is the most efficient pedalling position so would have it slightly further back, but others disagree so find what works for you.
  • gamecat 19 Jun 2020 18:04:54 977 posts
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    Further back the pedal goes, the less you engage your calves, which sounds bad but you really only use them when accelerating, steady state power is all above the knee. Further forward it goes the more of whack your heel gets on the upstroke, try pedealling with your toes and watch your heel, it goes all over the place. It's a bit of a balancing act & whatever feels better for you.
  • JoelStinty 20 Jun 2020 17:12:23 8,879 posts
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    Think Iím going on my first group ride tomorrow (socially distant on at least). Should be interesting. A colleague at work as been asking me for a while so thought I why not. Should be a laugh at least.
  • Psychotext 20 Jun 2020 18:54:53 66,953 posts
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    That'll probably be better than my experiences of most group road rides, where you're constantly in fear of the guy in front braking for no reason whatsoever.
  • JoelStinty 22 Jun 2020 14:54:57 8,879 posts
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    Group ride was a lot of fun. God Iím feeling it today though. Only been on back on the bike in the last month and I did over double of what I had been doing. Had to take a few detours to find a cafe that was open.

    Otherwise I enjoyed I can see why people love it.
  • christourlord 22 Jun 2020 15:10:14 2,766 posts
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    How was the social distancing?

    I'm starting to see more and more groups out on the roads, riding in tight pacelines / waiting at intersections shoulder-to-shoulder.
  • elstoof 22 Jun 2020 15:23:14 25,682 posts
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    Call the cops!
  • askew 22 Jun 2020 16:43:14 21,430 posts
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    Hope it wasn't in a group of more than 6, per British Cycling's guidelines!
  • mothercruncher 22 Jun 2020 17:19:13 17,746 posts
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    Went out in two club rides (of six) last week and was honestly on the fence about how wide that was, still am.
    In practice it was impossible to maintain distance. We had a few new riders so I hung out at the back watching them a bit and distanced then, but, yep, junctions etc itís impossible.
    Gravel ride with ten signed up this week. Will split into two groups etc but Iím aware it looks bad with that many cars all turning up and milling around getting bikes out.
    Iím still not sure I should get back into it, flitting between feelings caution and gay cycling abandon by the day.
  • JoelStinty 22 Jun 2020 17:36:20 8,879 posts
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    christourlord wrote:
    How was the social distancing?

    I'm starting to see more and more groups out on the roads, riding in tight pacelines / waiting at intersections shoulder-to-shoulder.
    Wasnít perfect but I felt ok with it. Didnít get people moan at us so...I guess it was ok. There was actually seven in our group, It kind of ended up with a couple people abreast or two or three drafting. Itís quite hilly where I live so the group naturally split quite often so the amount of time grouped together was quite low. Sometimes some one would just sprint ahead and ride solo for a while. We did make an effort at the cafe though.

    There were 4 other groups on the road and they were going full pace lines.
  • SnackPlissken 23 Jun 2020 20:59:25 1,858 posts
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    Noticed a creaking fork. Is this something to be worried about? Definitely not from the headset seems more down by the coils.
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