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  • pistol 26 Aug 2013 16:07:14 13,019 posts
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    cozeny wrote:
    cycled 78 miles today w/5000+ft of climbing

    totally sparked out now

    is there an EG strava club?

    I'm averaging ~15.5 mph but really want to go faster. how do I get faster? interval work?
    Solo or in a group?

    Intervals will definately help you sustain hard efforts. Do you use a HR monitor on your roads?

    You have to teach your body to get used to harder efforts which takes time.
  • pistol 26 Aug 2013 16:10:18 13,019 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    Ah you should post some, edit in some music and I'd watch, I'm going to get one eventually after I get my new road bike which I nearly bought yesterday.
    A couple of mates have GoPros but I prefer my Contour Roam 2. Gopro's are slightly better in low light but other than that look ridiculous imo. Like some joke camera stuck on your head. The footage I get from my Contour is just as good.
  • pistol 26 Aug 2013 16:21:24 13,019 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    I bet that girl could spank most folk in a flat TT. Others tend to stop laughing after they get their arse handed to them by a big girl/dude who can chug along at a monster pace for 30 minutes.
    Heavier folks can usually push a hard gear on the flat for a while but once the road starts to incline they're bolloxed. I'd be willing to bet TTing is all she can do but fair play to her..;-)
  • pistol 26 Aug 2013 16:27:39 13,019 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Just upping the time on the bike would see the biggest improvement I reckon, perhaps try to aim for 10 or 12 hours a week if you can devote that much time to it. Scavenging hours and getting half your quota in around your work schedule during the week, followed by your long rides at the weekend is what suits me best I've found.

    Getting good training in on limited time can work really well, I know of a few elite and cat1 racers who perform on 10 hours - being clever with intervals and targeting certain races making sure their cycles of form fit in with the schedule. I also know of people at the same level who are able to put in 20/30 hours a week, the only difference is they can recover faster due to the higher mileage.
    I tend to train around 10-12 hrs a week, sometimes a little more, but I work for myself and I can fit it in. Most people can't, especially if they have a demanding job or family commitments.

    You can get some massive gains on less, but you have to make sure everything you do counts. Intervals are great but too many in a week and you'll fatigue yourself very quickly, especially if you don't quite know what you're doing.

    A heart rate monitor can really help but I would advise trying to work out as close to your maximum HR before setting any zones. There are various techniques you can use, for both a turbo trainer or on the road.

    MHR formulas on the internet are next to useless before anyone suggests the old 220-your age.

    If you don't have a turbo but there is a hill near you that would take you at least 5 minutes to get up you can do a test.

    I did a fairly hilly 65 miles today solo and rode an average of 18.8mph. Cycling fitness past a certain level can take years to gain.

    Edited by pistol at 16:31:54 26-08-2013

    Edited by pistol at 16:33:23 26-08-2013
  • MikeP 27 Aug 2013 14:50:22 1,771 posts
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    Tubes and fork for my first build have arrived. Excited/slightly terrified.
  • THFourteen 27 Aug 2013 15:02:30 32,872 posts
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    BTW stupid question but is it OK to hose my bike down with a garden hose? It wont go rusty or anything will it?

    Rode through some horse poo yesterday.
  • captbirdseye 27 Aug 2013 15:04:10 4,786 posts
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    Be fine as long as your not blasting it or blasting the disc brakes.
  • MikeP 27 Aug 2013 15:11:37 1,771 posts
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    @THFourteen Yep - just keep it away from the bearings in the wheels/crank/pedals. I normally clean mine with a relatively fine spray (raindrop size) to wet it, warm water with washing up liquid applied by sponge, rinse with the hose.

    Also worth investing in degreaser to thoroughly clean the chain & sprockets. Work it in with a cheap paintbrush, leave to soak, wipe with a rag, then apply soapy water. Dry it off afterwards with a bit of cloth & relube.
  • Deleted user 27 August 2013 15:38:02
    I’ve just started organised the second Ride the Drome (ridethedrome.com) if anyone is interested.

    It looks like it’ll be on Weds 9th October at Newport Velodrome between 8–10pm. Tickets are about £18. The date has been preliminarily booked, but not 100% confirmed... I’ll know that tomorrow. Shoot me a PM if you’re interested and I’ll add you to the mailing list for final confirmation stuff!

    Last year was a huge success... got some decent sponsors so we had a race at the end with prizes! Prizes were musette bags (il soigneur), ass savers, and t-shirts. This year we’ll hopefully get the same kind of things, plus some extras.

    Edited by lukejones at 15:38:35 27-08-2013
  • Psychotext 27 Aug 2013 16:47:22 53,849 posts
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    I must have a go at the velodrome one day. Looks terrifying.
  • Megapocalypse 27 Aug 2013 17:23:03 5,323 posts
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    cozeny wrote:
    is there an EG strava club?
    Don't think there is but I'd be up for getting one going. Would be nice to have a few more followers/people to follow.

    I'll start. Here's me: http://www.strava.com/athletes/863205
  • Psychotext 27 Aug 2013 17:37:39 53,849 posts
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    This be me: http://app.strava.com/athletes/1042598

    Not really done much recently thanks to work though. :(
  • MikeP 27 Aug 2013 18:36:56 1,771 posts
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    We can set up a Eurogamer club, it's possible from the Explore tab that everyone has access to. Just need to give it a name and decide if it's public/private.

    Here's me: http://www.strava.com/athletes/256405
  • Psychotext 27 Aug 2013 19:09:54 53,849 posts
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    This work?

    http://www.strava.com/clubs/32972
  • MikeP 27 Aug 2013 20:16:23 1,771 posts
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    @Psychotext Yep. Well done that man!
  • OptimusPube 27 Aug 2013 21:04:38 2,909 posts
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    I've just joined chaps and I'm brand new so go easy, I'm just trying to figure out the app now, I'd like to give it a test for my ride to and from work tomorrow.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • caligari 27 Aug 2013 22:18:55 16,999 posts
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    I've probably asked this a dozen times before - but what tyres are you guys currently running on your road bikes?

    I've just cut through the sidewall of another Continental Gatorskin, so I thought that it was time to try something different - hopefully something a little faster.

    I used to use Continental GP4000s, but I remember eating my way through those pretty quickly - Schwalbe Luganos were puncture magnets, and a bit slippy on corners.

    Any recommendations for the Vittoria Rubino Pro or the Durano Plus?
  • Megapocalypse 27 Aug 2013 22:29:21 5,323 posts
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    I've used Schwalbe Ultremos for the last few years. They have stripes to make you go faster.
  • caligari 27 Aug 2013 23:19:17 16,999 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    I've used Schwalbe Ultremos for the last few years. They have stripes to make you go faster.
    I've always liked the look of these (especially the sexy stripes and extra-large luscious logos) - but I've read that they're not too good when it comes to puncture protection. Is that right?
  • MikeP 27 Aug 2013 23:24:12 1,771 posts
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    Durano Plus are good, my missus runs them on her commuter, seem very dependable.

    I use Continental GP 4 Seasons on my bikes. 28mm on the commuter, 25mm on the weekend bike. Have done me very well, roll fine, good grip, durable, pretty puncture-resistant.

    I had sidewall cut problems with Gatorskins too, but oddly not with the GP4S - maybe they just have a weirdly delicate casing.

    Edited by MikeP at 23:25:21 27-08-2013
  • caligari 27 Aug 2013 23:27:24 16,999 posts
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    Cheers, Mike. I'll have a look at the Seasons.
  • mal 28 Aug 2013 01:36:15 22,340 posts
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    I tried Conti Gatorskins once, but got punctures soon after which swore me off. For the time being I'm sticking to Conti SuperSport Plus tyres, which I belive nick old GP4000 treads, but add gatorskin++ protection in a skinny overall package. Done me fine on the c2c, though my rear needs changing now after an off. 100% puncture free from coast to coast though, which is something.

    Edit: Though supersports only go down to 23mm. Maybe a fat back for your rear tyres only.

    Edited by mal at 01:40:05 28-08-2013

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Megapocalypse 28 Aug 2013 05:55:48 5,323 posts
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    @caligari Over three years I'd had two sets and two punctures which I think is pretty good. Probably jinxed that now.
  • pistol 28 Aug 2013 10:30:11 13,019 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    I've probably asked this a dozen times before - but what tyres are you guys currently running on your road bikes?

    I've just cut through the sidewall of another Continental Gatorskin, so I thought that it was time to try something different - hopefully something a little faster.

    I used to use Continental GP4000s, but I remember eating my way through those pretty quickly - Schwalbe Luganos were puncture magnets, and a bit slippy on corners.

    Any recommendations for the Vittoria Rubino Pro or the Durano Plus?
    Tried all sorts over the years including all the ones you've mentioned. It really can depend on the type of roads you go on, and a bit of luck etc, but for me I've always found the GP4000's to be the most reliable. A lot of the roads you use for UK Sportives are pretty crap and they've always come out on top. They roll quite quickly so I can use them in both training and events.

    You've got to use a bit of common sense though. Check your tyres before and after rides and put your tubes in properly.

    Also, some time ago I was on a solo ride near where I live and ended up joining a young lad of about 18. He was on a Di2 equipped Canyon and in full race kit. I thought, nice bike for a young lad. Turns out he races in Europe and we got talking about tyres. He was saying nearly all the teams (juniors) use GP4000's.

    I also see more people on GP4000's on the Marmotte Sportive in French Alps than any other tyre.

    Edited by pistol at 10:33:06 28-08-2013
  • pistol 28 Aug 2013 10:30:49 13,019 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    I've used Schwalbe Ultremos for the last few years. They have stripes to make you go faster.
    Hate em...cut to ribbons so easily on Sportives.
  • elstoof 28 Aug 2013 11:00:37 6,631 posts
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    Vittoria Corsas hold up well for me, or consider slapping on some Pavés or Veloflex Roubaix if you're in a real warzone. RubinoPro are pretty tough but they're not all that plush quite skittish in the wet, I used to train on them but wouldn't any more

    Edited by elstoof at 11:02:54 28-08-2013
  • Bi50N Global Brand Manager, Deep Silver 28 Aug 2013 11:00:46 297 posts
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    Joined!

    I run gatorskins on the commuter and GP4000's on the road bike. I seem to average one puncture per 1000 miles on each...

    http://twitter.com/Bi50N

  • Salaman 28 Aug 2013 11:01:54 18,874 posts
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    Top tip ... buy a bunch of tyres and store them in your cellar. Let them cure for 3-5 years before you start using them. You'll notice a massive difference in performance and punctures.
    I realise it won't start paying off until 2016 or so but let's face it. You're not going to stop cycling any time soon.
  • elstoof 28 Aug 2013 11:04:13 6,631 posts
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    Heh, the old ageing tyres policy ;)
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