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  • Megapocalypse 7 Jul 2013 15:30:26 5,417 posts
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    So, it turns out cycling in this weather is pretty hot. Nice though. :champ:
  • elstoof 7 Jul 2013 16:06:50 7,293 posts
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    Does wonders for the cycling tan lines.
  • MikeP 7 Jul 2013 18:26:58 1,862 posts
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    Back home after riding to Cambridge with the missus, who was taking part in Rapha's womens100 thing. Lovely day out on the bike.

    Also, I have Dan Martin in my Velogames squad. Thank the Lord someone is picking points up for me :)

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  • elstoof 7 Jul 2013 18:50:34 7,293 posts
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    Glorious day for it eh Mike.
  • MikeP 7 Jul 2013 19:18:32 1,862 posts
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    @elstoof Could not have been better.

    Set off at 7am, finished up in the pub at about 2pm. Weather was spectacular.

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 7 Jul 2013 23:09:01 12,741 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    BravoGolf wrote:
    I've signed up to cycle the Ring of Kerry in July, it's a gorgeous mountain loop of 186km and it has to be done in a day! Thing is, I haven't cycled since last year ...

    I am running a lot though, would usually run a half marathon each weekend and 10k or so during the week. My question is whether that matters? Must I start cycling training and forgo running or does each one compliment the other?
    Psychotext wrote:
    They're not particularly complimentary, no. Doesn't hurt in terms of fitness though obviously.

    If you get on a bike an expect to do 186km without having cycled for a while then you're going to regret it... a lot. A century is considered a hard task for a lot of riders, and that doesn't sound like it's going to be an easy century.
    If it's this one then I doubt your chances without cycling specific training. Well, unless you plan on cycling for 16 hours anyway. ;)
    Finished the Ring of Kerry cycle yesterday \o/ I felt awesome after finishing it! Not one days training (did a marathon last week and was focused on training for that), out of the 8,500 people who did it I counted 5 other people on mountain bikes like me (Specialised Rockerhopper SL with big fat mountain bike tyres)! Took me 13 hours :-D

    Wow, cycling with such a large group is amazing. Great fun, amazing weather, spectacular views. This bit was the worst (short link to Google Maps Street View: http://goo.gl/2bRRj). I was about 100km in, feeling sore and tired and came 'round the corner to see in the fast distance the tiny colourful dots of cyclists up the mountain. Knowing I had to cycle that, and yet to go through the mountains themselves, was depressing.

    Weirdly though I stopped in a town called Sneem (about 20km on from there), had a 10 minute power nap and some food and felt amazing after that, wired even. Felt I could cycle forever like that, just full of stamina (took energy gels too, wonder if that helped, never found them helpful during a run).

    Might buy a road bike now :)
  • grey_matters 7 Jul 2013 23:24:15 3,731 posts
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    Nice work, BG!
    The Ring looks like a great thing to do.
  • mal 7 Jul 2013 23:36:06 22,525 posts
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    I've found processed sugar stuff have a pretty short output - not really as effective as more complex carbs from a balanced diet in the longer run, but still more effective than I suspect they'd be on a run (never eaten on a run though). On a run tiredness is more about posture and load-bearing joints, whereas on a bike it's more about raw power (although obviously poor setup can create posture problems over a longer duration).

    Edited by mal at 23:36:31 07-07-2013

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • andytheadequate 8 Jul 2013 01:01:01 8,168 posts
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    andytheadequate wrote:
    Quick question chaps. My girlfriend has recently started biking (but but seriously). She bought an Argos 100 bike, which is so heavy I can barely lift it.

    The bike I currently have is 17inch frame. I'm 5 foot 9, and my girlfriend is 5 5. If I lower the seat will she be able to ride it, or is there anything else to consider?
    Tried lowering the seat today but it didn't go down anywhere near as much as I thought it would. Do seat posts come in different sizes? Could i just replace my existing one with a shorter one so the seat can go down further?
  • Trafford 8 Jul 2013 07:23:12 5,791 posts
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    Think they tend to be 360mm and XL is 420mm in length.
    You could always take a hack saw to it?
  • elstoof 8 Jul 2013 08:23:28 7,293 posts
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    They come in different lengths, is it hitting the bottom bracket and stopping the saddle from goin down to the clamp? Simplest solution is to chop a section from the bottom of the seat post. Obviously that's going to stop you pulling it higher once you do it so be sure it's something you want to attempt ;)
  • elstoof 8 Jul 2013 08:36:37 7,293 posts
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    I should probably refresh this mornings page and see if someone's already replied before posting eh.
  • UncleLou Moderator 8 Jul 2013 08:39:28 35,551 posts
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    And even if you can still pull it up high enough for yourself, makes sure there's a good length still stuck in the seattube, or you might be in for a nasty surprise. ;)
  • MikeP 8 Jul 2013 10:00:49 1,862 posts
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    The most important thing if you're cutting it is to make sure there's sufficient still inside the frame to support the seat tube/top tube area.

    The seat post will probably have a minimum insert mark. Before cutting it make sure you know how much spare you need, then trim away in sections.

    Aluminium posts can be cut easily with a hacksaw, chamfer the outside edges with a fine file so it inserts smoothly.

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  • MikeP 8 Jul 2013 14:40:02 1,862 posts
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    That Ring of Kerry Route looks fantastic. One day. So many places, so little time...

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  • elstoof 9 Jul 2013 10:49:12 7,293 posts
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    Anyone going to give the Rapha Rising challenge a go? 8 days to do 7235 metres of up. Swains Lane here I come!
  • Psychotext 9 Jul 2013 11:02:54 54,171 posts
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    BravoGolf wrote:
    Took me 13 hours :-D
    Congrats. Are you able to move today?

    I've never done anything over 10 hours and I really don't think I'd want to!
  • BravoGolf Moderator 9 Jul 2013 11:40:45 12,741 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    BravoGolf wrote:
    Took me 13 hours :-D
    Congrats. Are you able to move today?

    I've never done anything over 10 hours and I really don't think I'd want to!
    Yeah, am fine! Was going to run today but will give it one more day
  • MikeP 9 Jul 2013 12:06:42 1,862 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Anyone going to give the Rapha Rising challenge a go? 8 days to do 7235 metres of up. Swains Lane here I come!
    Swaintoux. Climb it 24 times and you've done the equivalent elevation of the real Ventoux.

    http://vimeo.com/13211418

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  • elstoof 9 Jul 2013 16:11:56 7,293 posts
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    Don't know if I can squeeze in 24 ascents before work but I'll see how I go. 06:30 start if you're keen :D
  • mal 9 Jul 2013 19:46:17 22,525 posts
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  • Psychotext 9 Jul 2013 20:10:50 54,171 posts
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    Their workstands are supposed to be pretty good.
  • elstoof 9 Jul 2013 21:43:26 7,293 posts
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    That's a massive looking can, and not the sort you'd expect to carry the high pressure needed to fill a tube adequately. That's also a schrader valve by the looks of things so I'm guessing that's all the hose will fit for that sort of price.

    Could try some Stan's sealant in there, it's apparently rather good for those sort of things.
  • mal 9 Jul 2013 21:50:52 22,525 posts
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    The picture I saw outside the shop showed a couple of the accessories that apparently come with it - a pin sort that I guess is used to patching footballs and a tapered thing, again probably for simple rubber valves. I suspect Presta users are out of luck (and it would probably jam up the screwey on bit anyway).

    Luckily my setup is schrader. Skinny tyres on schrader wheels. Makes finding tubes in LBSes rather difficult, but it does occasionally have advantages.

    Edit: Actually, those accessories might have been from the mini foot pump which actually looks quite decent given it has a proper dual-head connector (rather than a fiddly presta adaptor), a gauge and apparently comes with a bag so you can sling it under your saddle. Shame it tops out at 100psi, but that shouldn't be a problem for you MTBers.

    Edited by mal at 21:59:25 09-07-2013

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  • elstoof 9 Jul 2013 21:59:14 7,293 posts
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    You'll be good to go then. If you do use it give the wheel a good spin after putting the sealant in, use the centrifugal force to get it coating the business side of the tube and then pump away.
  • motti82 10 Jul 2013 07:59:07 2,888 posts
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    I've done the Fallowfield Loop twice in 2 days this week. Yesterday's ride did hurt more, mainly my lower back, but I'm sure that @Trafford would be proud of me.

    Wish there were more paths like that everywhere, as it's just a wide smoothly pathed track, and no traffic. Win/win.
  • Trafford 10 Jul 2013 08:19:26 5,791 posts
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    Nice one Motti, I can imagine it's very pleasant compared to Princess Parkway daily. Worth the extra miles.

    I've done my back in after 2 nights falling asleep slumped on the sofa. I can't stand up straight :( yet cycling is fine as my spine is fused in the drops position \o/
  • pistol 10 Jul 2013 09:25:46 13,019 posts
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    Got back from doing Marmotte in Alps last weekend and went well. Bloody hot (36 degrees unless you were on top of the climbs) and I managed gold.

    8hrs 32

    Well chuffed
  • Salaman 10 Jul 2013 09:39:15 19,037 posts
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    Rather you than me! Congrats! That sounds impressive.

    In less exciting news. It's glorious weather but my new bike has a flat tyre. My pump doesn't fit this new bike's weird fat valves. :-(
  • elstoof 10 Jul 2013 09:47:02 7,293 posts
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    That's a good time pistol, I heard it was pretty hot out there so even better going. Nice work!
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