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  • Psychotext 23 Aug 2017 17:09:05 61,813 posts
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    I have. But I guess I have a short body / groin area?

    Unrelated, I really can't be arsed with any riding or training... it's not good.

    I have another big event in October, but I feel really burned out after the nightmare leading up to Leadville. I'm supposed to be arranging to do a very easy bikepacking ride with a certain person here... but they've not got back to me. :p
  • MikeP 23 Aug 2017 17:25:12 2,809 posts
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    Oi! I thought I had. Sort of. Anyhow, I'll drop you a line. :)
  • mothercruncher 23 Aug 2017 17:29:08 13,922 posts
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    Ah, give yourself a break. There's the rest of your life to do events, no point until the shine comes back?

    Would have been a disaster, a hot, wet disaster pulling the front down, I did try. Either they're cut high or I have this guy's body.

  • elstoof 23 Aug 2017 17:34:48 18,493 posts
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    Work the straps forward a bit to ease some slack in, and hunch your torso/thrust your groin as much as possible
  • mothercruncher 23 Aug 2017 18:17:45 13,922 posts
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    And also in cycling?
  • MikeP 24 Aug 2017 10:58:53 2,809 posts
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    Hah!
  • mothercruncher 25 Aug 2017 22:52:05 13,922 posts
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    Minaar at Val Di Sole. Listen for the PING sound.

  • Psychotext 25 Aug 2017 23:19:19 61,813 posts
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    Not carbon then?
  • mothercruncher 26 Aug 2017 07:44:10 13,922 posts
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    I thought the noise was the snap, but looking again I think it's a tyre, then the crash and then the frame actually snaps in two because it hits the pole?
  • Psychotext 26 Aug 2017 14:31:45 61,813 posts
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    It sounds like the suspension bottoming out and the tire losing its bead because of it.
  • gamecat 26 Aug 2017 16:02:06 664 posts
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    Not sure the sound is related at all? Losing traction on that rock as he's turning seems to flip him. Maybe an alu frame would have bent/cracked if smacked into that pole, would of likely been a write off as well though.
  • Psychotext 26 Aug 2017 16:25:20 61,813 posts
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    It's definitely the sound of a tyre unseating / reseating. I've heard it quite a few times.

    But yeah, beyond taking him offline a bit, you might be right about the actual crash.
  • mothercruncher 26 Aug 2017 17:08:08 13,922 posts
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    It's interesting though and worth noting. I ride a carbon cyclocross frame- extremely strong but in the directions it's built for only.
    I feel like I can crash my cro-moly MTB all day long.
  • Psychotext 26 Aug 2017 23:29:16 61,813 posts
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    Blech. First trainer session done after a two week break (since the race).

    Back to the grind stone.
  • Psychotext 27 Aug 2017 16:16:08 61,813 posts
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    I've been looking at events for next year, and wow, there are some incredible ones out there. From the beautiful, to the absolutely beastly.

    The Grand Raid BCVS (Switzerland) - 78 miles, 15,480 feet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ4_m6cd6pk

    HERO Südtirol Dolomites (Italy) - 53 miles, 14,765 feet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4NXc3hl9YA

    Azores MTB Marathon (Portugal) - 48 miles, 6,800 feet (Not much of a challenge, but very cool location)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EotN9WxOF6E

    Salzkammergut (Austria) - 130 miles, 23355 feet (lawl, plus you only have 16 hours to complete)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrzpy0-usTI
  • Mfolf 27 Aug 2017 17:14:01 1,201 posts
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    Just moved about 40 mins from the office (cycling - according to google) and figured it would be a good idea to get back into it. Any recommendations for a commuter bike. And would a budget of around £500 be reasonable?
  • mal 27 Aug 2017 17:26:12 28,308 posts
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    In my experience (might be slightly backdated), 500 quid would put you between two stools. Cheap but cheerful allround bikes tend to come in at around 350, while the next step is 1.2k and up. Maybe brexit will push that 350 up to closer to 500 before long though.
  • gamecat 27 Aug 2017 17:49:07 664 posts
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    I think you can get something pretty decent in the 6-800 range, especially with sales going on at the mo. 500 would work as well, maybe a bit heavier and less fun. B'twin bikes https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes/T-69558_66690 are great value if you want cheap, but check Evans and the like for their 2017 sales. Can't really recommend any particular one because I'm not sure what sort of surface & distance your commute is.
    Also figure in you're going to need helmet/ shoes/ clothes etc as well as just the bike. If your company has a cycleschme going you get a bit extra free thrown in for that.

    Edited by gamecat at 17:50:11 27-08-2017
  • elstoof 27 Aug 2017 17:53:03 18,493 posts
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    How flat is the route, you could get a very decent single speed for that sort of money
  • elstoof 27 Aug 2017 17:54:49 18,493 posts
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    road.cc/content/buyers-guide/217632-10-best-2017-road-bike-bargains-under-£500

    road.cc/content/buyers-guide/207635-13-best-£500-£750-road-bikes

    Generally I'd advise getting a road bike rather than a hybrid of the sort you typically see commuters on

    Edited by elstoof at 17:57:49 27-08-2017
  • gamecat 27 Aug 2017 18:16:39 664 posts
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    cross bikes worth a look too.
  • CHPxtreme 27 Aug 2017 19:44:01 299 posts
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    Your friendly local bike shop might be worth checking out. I am very pleased with a used steel frame cyclo-cross I got for 650. 8 mile road commute, couple of short steep-ish hills.
  • Mfolf 27 Aug 2017 21:52:23 1,201 posts
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    Thanks, clearly need to do a bit more research. Also going to look into cycl2 work as I clearly need to up budget but have a feeling our work only covers halfords...

    Relatively flat commute with a few long slow climbs.

    Was thinking hybrid due to wanting to put rack and bag on it. Would I be able to do that with a road bike?

    I've never heard of a cross bike.
  • mothercruncher 28 Aug 2017 09:45:42 13,922 posts
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    Will you have somewhere safe to lock it up once at work? Safe as in, away from prying eyes?
    If not, I'd be tempted to buy a half decent, but stealthy second hander I didn't need to worry about too much. Save the decent money for a bike you can enjoy on the weekends.
  • gamecat 28 Aug 2017 11:02:42 664 posts
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    @Mfolf Yes you can put a rack on a road bike, if you're stuck with Halfords then Boardmans are probably your best bet.

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-road-sport-bike

    That has rack & mudguard mounts (pretty essential for commuting)

    [cyclo]cross bikes are drop barred & designed for offroad use, they existed before MTBs were a thing, they can be pretty good on crappy UK roads with their bigger tyres and lower gears.
  • MikeP 29 Aug 2017 22:56:39 2,809 posts
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    Cross bikes make excellent all-round work horses. Because marketing, they now get called things like all-road, adventure & gravel bikes too.

    The high-end ones are specialised racing machines, but the lower-end iare very adaptable.
  • Psychotext 31 Aug 2017 21:42:43 61,813 posts
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    Interesting... I'm slowly working back into my training and it seems that I have access to my higher heart rates again. Back towards the end of my last training block I couldn't get above 171 and when I was around that, I felt like I was dying.

    Today I was at 178 and felt pretty good. I guess I must have been overtrained before, which is odd, because I was doing HRV measurements every morning and nothing was obvious.

    Edit - Apparently 180, I didn't see it go that high. That's only one off my max in theory, though I suspect it could have gone higher today.

    Edited by Psychotext at 22:47:23 31-08-2017
  • Immaterial 1 Sep 2017 00:25:25 2,209 posts
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    I probably need to do two things.
    1. Start riding again after doing sod-all during the summer
    2. Put my heart monitor back on.

    I went for a few (non-competitive) laps on a red route during a local bike festival (Big Bike Bash - family weekend with the cheapest camping in the New Forest over the bank holiday), and my goodness I'm unfit again.

    Edited by Immaterial at 00:26:07 01-09-2017
  • Psychotext 1 Sep 2017 00:35:12 61,813 posts
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    It drops off depressingly quickly. :(
  • gamecat 5 Sep 2017 18:55:27 664 posts
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    ebikes that don't look like garbage

    These look pretty sweet if you have a hilly commute or want to keep up with faster people, not my thing yet but maybe in a few years time.

    Edit, dammit wrong vid.

    Edited by gamecat at 18:57:24 05-09-2017
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