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  • pistol 10 Jun 2013 11:04:20 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Nice, hopefully the weather holds up for you. It was ridiculously good this week.
    Yep, fantastic weather, although probably too hot for an event like that, especially in the mountains. Hit 24 degrees and arms and legs fried, even with cream. Still, well chuffed with time. 7hrs 55 on 134 miles, 3350 climbing. Marmotte next month.
  • Psychotext 10 Jun 2013 12:01:05 55,032 posts
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    Yeah I got a bit burned too. Can't win.

    Good job on the ride.
  • elstoof 10 Jun 2013 14:12:36 8,304 posts
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    I have a 6x4 foot shed which takes 2 bikes easily by hanging them from wall hooks, leaving half the shed empty for garden crap. I could get another 2 bikes in there probably with a bit of careful manoeuvring.

    Otherwise, this is a bit smaller.

    http://m.bikeradar.com/gear/category/accessories/bike-storage-systems/product/tridoorbikestore-32159
  • Youthist 10 Jun 2013 14:13:25 10,083 posts
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    Anyone doing London to Brighton on Sunday? Any tips?

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • elstoof 10 Jun 2013 14:16:39 8,304 posts
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    Take it easy and keep pedalling.

    It's a pretty straightforward route, if you've ever gone 20 miles or so without dying then you'll be fine. Take some food and eat before you feel hungry, keep hydrated.
  • Youthist 10 Jun 2013 14:20:14 10,083 posts
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    I usually do the Palace to Palace, 45 miles - Buck Palace to Windsor Castle (well, done it last two years). Generally no issues with that, about 2hrs45mins. Just wondering if there are any gotchas on the course etc.

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • elstoof 10 Jun 2013 14:24:44 8,304 posts
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    Nah not really, the only sticking point might be the Ditchling but that's just a bit of a slog rather than anything mental. A lot of people on charity rides seem to get off and push but that's more to do with not having enough miles under the belt rather than it being a demanding, technical ascent in my opinion.
  • elstoof 10 Jun 2013 14:26:23 8,304 posts
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    https://sites.google.com/site/cyclingroutes/London-to-Brighton-bike-ride/tactics
  • Youthist 10 Jun 2013 14:34:18 10,083 posts
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    great - thanks Els

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • MikeP 10 Jun 2013 16:03:35 2,075 posts
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    Elstoof's advice is all really good - keep something in reserve for Ditchling Beacon, but from there it's nearly all downhill into Brighton.

    Be aware that there's no bikes on trains that day at all, which some people don't know.

    Also, regardless of your start time, I would advise going early. The year I did it I got caught up on all sorts of small hills where people had decided to get off and walk. Loads of people seem to leave late, so unless they've become more strict it's a decent tactic. Also, it's obviously a bit cooler, and the food stops should be less rammed.

    The Nocturne was great, even if there was a crash in the Penny Fathing race. That is one long way to fall off a bike.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • Dougs 10 Jun 2013 16:06:52 69,484 posts
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    I did some trails recently on my holidays. Nothing major (it was only Longleat Forest for an hour or so), but I can now certainly see the attraction. Exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure. I will endeavour to do more locally now.
  • elstoof 10 Jun 2013 16:34:06 8,304 posts
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    Ended up doing some sort of trails myself yesterday - the club ride took a route best described as Flandrian for the first half, some gravely, lumpy bridal ways around potters bar. Interesting, though probably not something I'd do again on 23mm Corsa Evo slicks.
  • Dougs 11 Jun 2013 10:11:13 69,484 posts
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    Ha, I can see how that could get a bit hairy! I even managed to employ my suspension for the fist time. Made a hell of a difference hurtling downhill.
  • Psychotext 11 Jun 2013 12:40:29 55,032 posts
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    Soon my precious, soon...

    http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/article/bikepark-wales-nearing-completion-37584/
  • Load_2.0 11 Jun 2013 13:02:27 19,662 posts
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    It has been a long time since I cycled (school everyday 20 years ago) but thinking about cycling in to work. The commute would be about ten miles.

    As a fat novice and given I will be coming in to central london (via backroads) is this a little too ambitious? Or is ten miles on flat roads piss easy?
  • Dougs 11 Jun 2013 13:05:37 69,484 posts
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    Should be fairly straightforward. You'll be blowing a bit to start with, but give it a few weeks and you'll be fine imo.
  • elstoof 11 Jun 2013 13:16:49 8,304 posts
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    If you enjoy it, 10 miles is about the perfect commuting distance imo. Dougs is right, just stick at it and you'll be fit enough for it in no time plus the weight will fall off.

    Just how flat is your route? When you start out cycling you discover all sorts of hills you never knew existed :D
  • Load_2.0 11 Jun 2013 13:19:51 19,662 posts
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    Flat. Ealing to St Pauls.

    I can't think of any incline at all TBH.
  • mal 11 Jun 2013 13:29:47 22,828 posts
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    Looks about right. If you go through North Acton, that's your steepest incline, but from there to paddington you can follow the canal and that's going to be flat for obvious reasons.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Load_2.0 11 Jun 2013 13:46:47 19,662 posts
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    The traffic really worries me but hopefully I won't get flattened!
  • THFourteen 11 Jun 2013 13:54:14 34,465 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Heh, 100 for a bike anyway... The hubs I just got we're double that and I thought it was a good deal.
    Yeah a lot of people said that, so i'ev upped my budget to 350-400 (cycle to work scheme yay!)

    deciding between this:
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/ridgeback/velocity-2013-hybrid-bike-ec043404

    and this:

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/crossroads-sport-2013-hybrid-bike-ec042521

    Think the Ridgeback looks nicer to me
  • Dougs 11 Jun 2013 13:59:55 69,484 posts
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    Don't forget to add in all the ancillary stuff you'll need! Pump, lights, clothes, saddle bag etc...
  • mal 11 Jun 2013 14:09:16 22,828 posts
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    Geometry between those two looks pretty similar, but the Spesh has a taller head tube and more swept back handlebars which'll lead to a more upright, more relaxed (but slower) riding style. Test ride is the only way to find out for sure of course.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • THFourteen 11 Jun 2013 14:10:05 34,465 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Don't forget to add in all the ancillary stuff you'll need! Pump, lights, clothes, saddle bag etc...
    Got a 450 voucher so that should cover helmet, pump, repair kit, saddle bag, lock and lights

    i aint wearing no effing lycra.
  • THFourteen 11 Jun 2013 14:10:55 34,465 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Geometry between those two looks pretty similar, but the Spesh has a taller head tube and more swept back handlebars which'll lead to a more upright, more relaxed (but slower) riding style. Test ride is the only way to find out for sure of course.
    There's an evans in kingston so i will pop down and take a look. Not sure about taking them for a test ride, i've not been on a bike for about 10 years so i think i might break them.
  • LeoliansBro 11 Jun 2013 14:11:16 44,955 posts
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    Now.

    Is a single speed bike really a possibility for a London commute? Like Load, no real hills, like Load, back roads only, like Load going to end up under a bus after a week but ANYWAY.

    What do you reckon?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Psychotext 11 Jun 2013 14:18:16 55,032 posts
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    Are you stylish enough for a single speed?

    ARE YOU?!?
  • MikeP 11 Jun 2013 14:27:01 2,075 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Now.

    Is a single speed bike really a possibility for a London commute? Like Load, no real hills, like Load, back roads only, like Load going to end up under a bus after a week but ANYWAY.

    What do you reckon?
    Perfectly practical. One of the guys who runs Look Mum No Hands owns a Condor Tempo single speed with mudguards and dynamo lights.

    If it were me, I'd look at something like a Kona Paddy Wagon. http://www.cycleways.com/store/product/66614/Kona-Paddy-Wagon/?gclid=CMmEzZ6N3LcCFWfItAod-DcAOQ

    Do not get the TT version, as that has stupid handlebars and brakes.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • elstoof 11 Jun 2013 14:28:01 8,304 posts
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    Handlebar moustache, deep V t-shirt, rolled up stonewash denim, canvas plimsoles and some playing cards slipped between the spokes, then you're all set for the single speed commute. Not sure if cycling to your friends cupcake workshop-come-yoga studio counts as commuting though.
  • LeoliansBro 11 Jun 2013 14:29:37 44,955 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Are you stylish enough for a single speed?

    ARE YOU?!?
    Stylish enough and more importantly tight enough.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

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