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  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 09:05:00 54,163 posts
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    Did 6 hours on the trails yesterday after only getting about four hours sleep.

    Have only had a couple of hours sleep since... all too much for me, am feeling properly broken. :(
  • andytheadequate 15 Oct 2012 09:17:53 8,166 posts
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    Driving back from a ride in the Yorkshire dales yesterday, my bike managed to dislodge itself from the bike rack and came off the car whilst doing 60 on the A65.

    Luckily it was still attached by a single strap so just scraped the saddles along the road for a bit. Only damage I can see is on the saddle and 1 bent spoke. Is there anything I should look out for which is easily breakable?
  • Fab4 15 Oct 2012 09:21:45 6,056 posts
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    Cheers. I'll take a look at the bolts.

    The cassette is one of those internal dealys, that has a single cog. Looks ok though.
  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 09:28:45 7,275 posts
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    I doubt it's the cog really, seeing as it was running fine for a few weeks. If the new chain wasn't marrying up to the cog you'd know about it right away. Most creaks and crunks that are consistent with pedal action are down to the bolts I find, a good grease on the thread helps to hit the correct torque as dry threads can stick under friction.
  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 09:31:39 7,275 posts
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    Check the rear derailleur hanger is still straight Andy, the jockey wheels should be completely in line with the cog above it. You don't want to shift into the big cogs if its been knocked in.
  • andytheadequate 15 Oct 2012 10:05:51 8,166 posts
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    Will have a look. Might just take it to the bike shop and get them to take a look at it. Can't believe so little damage was done, I must be missing something
  • MikeP 15 Oct 2012 10:07:34 1,855 posts
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    If the clicking is happening as the power comes on it can also be a pedal axle, cranks or the bottom bracket is working loose.

    Happened on my weekend bike. Running fine, then started to get a clicking when I was out of the saddle and really pushing hard on climbs. I worked through the various options and in the end it was the left-hand BB cup that had come a tiny bit loose.

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  • X201 15 Oct 2012 10:48:09 15,356 posts
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    Heads up,
    Radio 5 prog about Lance Armstrong and doping in cycling.

    Tonight 7-9pm

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ngqxd


    "Mark Chapman presents a special programme focusing on drugs in cycling through the Lance Armstrong era.

    Hear from one of Armstrong's former team mates, Tyler Hamilton, as well as interviews with Dick Pound, the former head of WADA and Emma O'Reilly, Armstrong's former masseuse. Plus British cyclist David Millar who was banned for two years after admitting taking performance enhancing drugs and Christophe Basson, a French cyclist who was driven out of the sport by Armstrong and other riders after he spoke out against drugs."


    Edited by X201 at 10:48:59 15-10-2012
  • grey_matters 15 Oct 2012 11:38:12 3,725 posts
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    Sounds good. I'd quite like a docu-series on the whole drugs in cycling situation. Pretty much LeMond and Hinault are the only TdF winners not linked to drugs or drug doctors in the last 30 years and Hinault's "2nd career" certainly had doubts raised even at the time. It'd be depressing but, hopefully, cathartic.

    Edit: Also Cadel Evans, as far as I know, and Wiggins for the most part.

    Edited by grey_matters at 11:55:02 15-10-2012
  • ResidentKnievel 15 Oct 2012 12:22:29 6,195 posts
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    Who really won the Tour during Lance's reign?

    [code]Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Unlike yourself, I don't have a weird obsession with any platform.[/code]

  • caligari 15 Oct 2012 12:27:47 17,040 posts
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    How do you guys carry a phone when you're out on your bike? DO you carry a phone when you're out on your bike?

    Cycling everywhere has always put me off the idea of owning a semi-decent smart phone, mainly because my bag gets thrown around and (as was the case yesterday) soaked in the rain.
  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 12:40:49 7,275 posts
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    Slipped in a rear jersey pocket. I only have a bag on the ride in on Monday and home on Friday with shirts, ties and socks, if it rains then I put the phone in a little ziplock baggie.
  • oceanmotion 15 Oct 2012 12:58:05 15,917 posts
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    ResidentKnievel wrote:
    Who really won the Tour during Lance's reign?
    Might as well forget even more years. Merx was dodgy too. Probably a lot of others over the years. Wiping recent history doesn't make the rest clean. They really shouldn't bother, just take the black mark and move on, never forget.
  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 13:10:42 54,163 posts
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    I have this phone in my Camelbak at all times - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Search/searchTerms/NOKIA+C1-02.htm
  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 13:16:24 54,163 posts
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    Unrelated, this makes me feel so, so inadequate:

    http://bikemagic.com/news/friday-video-fun-3000m-descent-on-a-unicycle.html
  • Megapocalypse 15 Oct 2012 13:17:41 5,415 posts
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    I have a bike mount for my iPhone which works quite nicely. Otherwise is just thrown in a bag or jersey pocket. Never had any problems with rain getting to it.
  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 13:41:36 54,163 posts
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    Yeah, I have one of these for my phone: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-Motorcycle-Bike-Pro-Handlebar-Phone-Mount-for-HTC-Sensation-XE-/120925374158?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item1c27b6c6ce
  • Dougs 15 Oct 2012 14:00:41 67,625 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Slipped in a rear jersey pocket. I only have a bag on the ride in on Monday and home on Friday with shirts, ties and socks, if it rains then I put the phone in a little ziplock baggie.
    Yeah, this. Finding a jacket/jersey with a zip was essential! Alternatively, I have thrown it in the saddle bag from time to time.

    Edit: I wouldn't trust a bike mount on these roads!

    Edited by Dougs at 14:01:40 15-10-2012
  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 14:17:12 7,275 posts
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    Not fussed about zipped back pockets really, as long as they're fairly deep. Saying that, the little zipped pocket on Rapha jerseys are useful for my pone when I've got a few things stuffed in my pockets and need some extra space.
  • mal 15 Oct 2012 14:38:50 22,522 posts
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    Mine usually goes in a leg pocket on my baggies. Fucking essential, as I'm constantly getting lost (I like exploring) and the phone's map has got me home more than once.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • MikeP 15 Oct 2012 16:19:03 1,855 posts
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    I just pop my phone in the back pocket of my jersey. On bad weather days it's under a waterproof, never really had a problem with it.

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  • MikeP 15 Oct 2012 16:20:45 1,855 posts
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    I've just bought a Turbo Trainer. These are the End Times.

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  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 16:26:26 7,275 posts
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    Which one did you go for?
  • MikeP 15 Oct 2012 16:54:51 1,855 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Which one did you go for?
    Went for the Kurk Kinetic Rock and Roll. It's a bit pricey, but both me and the missus are using it, and I don't want to make the mistake of sequential upgrades that I sometimes succumb to. Hopefully this is a one-time purchase!

    The ability to ride against resistance but still have the bike move from side to side seems like a good combination, and it gets favourable reviews.

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  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 17:32:04 54,163 posts
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    Make sure you set up a TV / laptop or something nearby... watching films / stuff helps IMMENSELY with the boredom of turbo trainer work.
  • pistol 15 Oct 2012 17:53:47 13,019 posts
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    oceanmotion wrote:
    ResidentKnievel wrote:
    Who really won the Tour during Lance's reign?
    Might as well forget even more years. Merx was dodgy too. Probably a lot of others over the years. Wiping recent history doesn't make the rest clean. They really shouldn't bother, just take the black mark and move on, never forget.
    Whilst most of the top riders throughout the years have used drugs, including the likes of Mercx etc, the drugs those guys used used as speed etc compared to the modern days of EPO and blood doping don't really compare. It's all cheating of course but until EPO came along the drugs didn't really make one rider massively better than another. EPO turned riders into supermen where they could ride harder for much longer, both in training and racing, and recover much much faster for the next days stage. The speeds of riders on EPO is faster than those prior to 1990 when EPO first appeared, especially in the 3rd week of a stage race when EPO and transfusions really come into their own.
  • Psychotext 15 Oct 2012 21:20:56 54,163 posts
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    Cardboard bike project:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/15/162949884/for-about-20-cardboard-bicycle-could-change-the-world-inventor-says



    Really impressive.

    Edited by Psychotext at 21:21:50 15-10-2012
  • elstoof 15 Oct 2012 21:28:54 7,275 posts
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    I remember seeing that about a year ago, so he's ready to mass produce now. Hoe it does well, I'd certainly buy one for 20 quid and give it a go.
  • gang_of_bitches 16 Oct 2012 06:46:46 5,495 posts
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    @Fab4

    Probably not the issue as it didn't appear straight away and I assume you've removed the the wheel since, but it's worth checking how tight your quick release is. Took my bike in for a service a week or so ago and it was creaking like a bastard when I got it back. One of the guys I go cycling with was pretty sure it was the headset. Anyway, before I started messing around I had a quick look on Youtube where it was suggested that most commonly these sounds were down to an over loose, or tight skewer. 30 seconds later the problem was solved.
  • Psychotext 16 Oct 2012 12:04:42 54,163 posts
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    I need to find some well maintained trails for the winter. I'm desperate not to give up but there's a limit to the amount of mud I can take!

    I'm sure as hell not turning into a roadie either. :D
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