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  • gang_of_bitches 16 Nov 2012 09:05:15 5,642 posts
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    @sam_spade

    When I first started cycling again after a long, long break just doing my 5 mile commute was a bit of an effort, so jumping straight in at 22 miles seems like a little too much a little too soon.
  • MikeP 16 Nov 2012 10:01:47 2,821 posts
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    @Psychotext Trainnerroad has a a horizontal mode that runs it as an overlay at the bottom of the screen, so you can watch movies at the same time.

    Not sure if it works universally, but have a look.
  • MikeP 16 Nov 2012 10:05:10 2,821 posts
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    @sam_spade My missus restarted cycling with 8-10 mile round trips, and has pushed the distance up to about 35 miles now, a mix of road/towpath stuff. That's just happened naturally over time without being too hardcore about any of it.

    Depends where you live, but targeting cafes at increasing distances from the house is a good target to work with :)
  • MikeP 16 Nov 2012 10:10:21 2,821 posts
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    It's interesting to think back about how I use the gizmo/monitoring stuff.

    I've got to a point where I can use it to train effectively indoors, but for the last few months when I go out on the bike I take the Garmin but I've set it up so it only tells me current speed, and that's it. Although the other data is there, I conceal it. I can check the map if I want, but often I just wander where I feel like.

    It's very easy to start focussing on numbers, rather than just being outside and enjoying the fresh air. Guess that comes from the overlap of being a gamer and a cyclist!
  • gang_of_bitches 16 Nov 2012 10:27:10 5,642 posts
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    @MikeP

    Too true. I had to remove gradient from my main screen because as soon I saw it hitting 10% I used to just become totally demoralised.
  • Trafford 16 Nov 2012 11:15:14 7,974 posts
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    @Sam. Being 10+ miles away from home can be a little daunting, a mechanical failure could really ruin your day.

    Check GMaps or local OS maps and work out a selection of 3/5/10 mile loops to get started with.
    That way you can nip out for quick rides when you get some free time.
  • Psychotext 17 Nov 2012 15:07:07 62,146 posts
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    My gear arrived today and I've just installed all the trainer road stuff. Am hyped, I just wish I hadn't done three hours last night as I wouldn't mind giving it a blast today. :)
  • MikeP 17 Nov 2012 15:52:28 2,821 posts
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    Nice. Have you set it all up and got it running? It's pretty easy, but make sure you calibrate it for the wheel circumference you're using. I forgot, not that it makes a huge amount of difference.

    If you're doing the FTP tests you want to be decently rested.
  • Psychotext 17 Nov 2012 16:50:11 62,146 posts
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    Yeah, I've got my missus on it at the moment. :D

    I don't expect to get accurate figures from it anyway (mountain bike wheel will make a huge difference to the resistance), but obviously it'll still keep track of how much fitter I get even if the actual power / FTP numbers will be a certain percentage off.
  • caligari 17 Nov 2012 19:41:47 17,732 posts
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    Anyone tempted?

    http://www.firebox.com/product/5489/MonkeyLectric-LED-Bike-Light?itc=392&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MONKEYELECTRIC_492&src_t=nwt&src_id=492&via=NL_mainfeature&NL_pos=0

    Edited by caligari at 19:41:56 17-11-2012
  • Trafford 17 Nov 2012 19:45:02 7,974 posts
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    /checks Garmin for Money/Sense ratio.
  • MikeP 17 Nov 2012 20:01:44 2,821 posts
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    I actually watched one of the women's elite riders at the Smithfield Nocture smashing it round with something like that in the wheel. It looked rock and roll.
  • Psychotext 17 Nov 2012 20:16:18 62,146 posts
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    I saw some girl riding with one of those in her wheel the other day (not exactly the same). Looked pretty good but I'm surprised it's road legal.
  • Trafford 17 Nov 2012 21:34:14 7,974 posts
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    Well it must be true then, I am a misery guts.
  • MikeP 17 Nov 2012 22:01:42 2,821 posts
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    Yeah, get back on your Penny Farthing, Grandad!
  • Deleted user 18 November 2012 11:47:33
    Ha, I'd get one if they were £5, er, £39+ no thanks. ;)

    Seeing more and more lights on cyclists these days. On helmets, backpacks, mud guards etc. Possibly going a little overboard, I'm not sure. Especially the front lights that are like car fog lights.
  • caligari 19 Nov 2012 21:42:49 17,732 posts
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    Apostle wrote:
    Ha, I'd get one if they were £5, er, £39+ no thanks. ;)

    Seeing more and more lights on cyclists these days. On helmets, backpacks, mud guards etc. Possibly going a little overboard, I'm not sure. Especially the front lights that are like car fog lights.
    Hah hah - better safe than sorry, I suppose - until you dazzle an oncoming bus driver.

    I currently have a couple of Knog-style LEDS on the front, with two Smart lights at the back - one on the bike and one on my rucksack.

    I have my P7 UltraFire for unlit roads.
  • caligari 19 Nov 2012 21:44:41 17,732 posts
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    Have any of you guys had any trouble with ice, yet?

    I'm dreading the day that I wake up to find that walking is the safer option.

    I was a bit wary when out cycling last night.

    /wimp
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2012 21:52:49 62,146 posts
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    I tend to hit up rougher trails when it gets icy. Helps the traction. :D

    Not so useful for roads, though you could always go for these: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/studded-winter-road-mountain-bike-tyres-30-spa-cycles-1355555
  • caligari 19 Nov 2012 22:01:37 17,732 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I tend to hit up rougher trails when it gets icy. Helps the traction. :D

    Not so useful for roads, though you could always go for these: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/studded-winter-road-mountain-bike-tyres-30-spa-cycles-1355555
    Oooh - actually that's a really good idea. I remember looking at those last year. Cheers for the reminder, PT.

    I really wanted to try the cheaper 'cable-ties around the wheels' method, but I don't have disc/hub brakes on either of my bikes.
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2012 22:17:33 62,146 posts
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    Unrelated, I just upgraded my Strava account to premium to see my suffer scores (now that I have heart rate linked to my GPS recordings). Interesting idea but I doubt I'll keep it in premium mode... I can already feel how much I suffered!

    Edited by Psychotext at 22:20:32 19-11-2012
  • gang_of_bitches 20 Nov 2012 10:54:52 5,642 posts
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    Mark Cavendish gets in on the crashing trend.

    Obviously pros spend a disproportionate amount of their time cycling, but they do seem to get involved in an awful lot of accidents. Wonder if it's the complacency of being used to riding on closed roads a lot of the time, moving a lot faster than cars might expect or something else.
  • RichDC 20 Nov 2012 12:36:42 7,568 posts
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    Sounds like it was his own fault tbh. That's why we keep stopping distances.
  • Salaman 20 Nov 2012 12:50:02 22,858 posts
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    A pro rider must spend a lot more time on the public roads than on closed roads, though? No? On race they they spend maybe 5-6 hours on a closed road but all those long training rides in the weeks and days prior are out on the road.

    Happens quite frequently that there's a fall/accident in training.

    Edited by Salaman at 12:50:37 20-11-2012
  • elstoof 20 Nov 2012 12:54:28 18,840 posts
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    Must have been catching a cheeky tow from the Lancia in front, getting some lead out train practice in. Been about 2 years since he's had a train, must be rusty ;)
  • elstoof 20 Nov 2012 19:26:01 18,840 posts
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    I thought I'd seen it all.

    Then I saw the Rapha Chris King coffee tamper.

    http://www.rapha.cc/chris-king-espresso-tamper/?cm_mmc=email-_-201112-_-textlink-_-coffeetamper
  • Psychotext 20 Nov 2012 19:28:58 62,146 posts
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    Howfuckingmuch?
  • MikeP 20 Nov 2012 19:55:26 2,821 posts
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    Yeah. For some reason (I think doing a mass Rapha order for the office, me and my mate ahead of my JOGLE trip) I have access to the Imperial Works collection. There's a leather race bag in there. A snip at £595.

    But then, a Chris King headset is what, 90 quid? I've never seen the point when you can get a very good one for a third of that.
  • elstoof 20 Nov 2012 21:24:57 18,840 posts
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    I wonder how much you need to spend to get invited. I doubt I'll find out, I buy all my Rapha gear from the club in Soho now as it's around the corner from work and I prefer to see things in the flesh before I buy.
  • Psychotext 20 Nov 2012 23:26:07 62,146 posts
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    I did the 20 minute trainer road test tonight.

    1: Filthy liars, it's an hour long!
    2: I got cramp in my left calf, not once, but twice. Not sure what the fuck that was about.
    3: I broke something on my trainer bike. Now it creaks every time I pedal and leans to the left.

    I'll try again next week after I've bought another bike. lol
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