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  • Psychotext 16 Nov 2012 00:02:59 52,797 posts
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    Well, any time you have to get off to progress it's going to impact somewhat harshly on your speed (and your flow).

    Just keep at it (maybe find a slightly better route next time to avoid the mud) and you'll notice yourself improving in no time.
  • Psychotext 16 Nov 2012 02:40:00 52,797 posts
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    I've just ordered myself one of those ANT+ USB sticks and another GSC10 so I can give that trainerroad thing a blast. I'm a sucker for tech so I figure why not. :D

    I'm going to have to find myself a cheap monitor to go with my laptop though as I don't want to lose my movie time!
  • gang_of_bitches 16 Nov 2012 09:05:15 4,936 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 1,676 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 1,676 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 1,676 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 4,936 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 5,270 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 52,797 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 1,676 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 52,797 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 16,832 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 5,270 posts
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    /checks Garmin for Money/Sense ratio.
  • MikeP 17 Nov 2012 20:01:44 1,676 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 52,797 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 5,270 posts
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    Well it must be true then, I am a misery guts.
  • MikeP 17 Nov 2012 22:01:42 1,676 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 16,832 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 16,832 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 52,797 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 16,832 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 52,797 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 4,936 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.
  • Megapocalypse 20 Nov 2012 12:36:42 5,229 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 18,247 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 6,140 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 6,140 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 52,797 posts
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    Howfuckingmuch?
  • MikeP 20 Nov 2012 19:55:26 1,676 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.
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