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  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 04:04:50 2,914 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Wwwwwaaaaankers: http://vimeo.com/74912581#
    Could only watch about 30 seconds of that, absolute wankers, the way they ride is a death wish, wwwaaaankers indeed.

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  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 12:22:16 2,914 posts
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    Just done another 30 miles, riding my new bike is a piece of piss, cruise at 20mph easily even in head wind, absolutely love it and I'm all kitted out with the shirt and shorts now, my fastest speed is 32mph, can't seem to better it but I'm sure I'll get stronger and faster.

    Love the cycling culture all round, nearly everyone always gives a nod or a smile, I'm going on my first organised group ride tomorrow with the eldest, going across the Humber with Sky Ride and I'm really looking forward to it, it's a family ride so nothing to taxing, I'm sure I won't get out of first gear. :D

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 12:42:40 53,855 posts
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    /thumbs up
  • Megapocalypse 28 Sep 2013 14:08:30 5,328 posts
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    Hmm, I've signed up for another sportive in a couple of weeks time. 80 miles with 5 either side to get there and back. That will be the furthest I've ever ridden.
  • MikeP 28 Sep 2013 16:21:35 1,773 posts
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    Just done my first proper Cyclocross race. Brilliant fun, very hard work.

    Covered about 30 miles riding there and back too. I'm a bit tired now.
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 16:30:59 2,914 posts
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    I'm tempted to go out again it's such a nice day, don't want to over do it though, I got real bad cramp in my right foot watching telly yesterday.

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 17:18:30 53,855 posts
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    I just did two hours on the trainer. I bet you're all fucking jealous.
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 17:22:15 2,914 posts
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    I wouldn't mind a trainer, watching mock the week whilst cycling sounds fun, hmmmm

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 17:52:48 53,855 posts
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    You'd be surprised. Bearable, yes. Fun... no.

    I even tried watching porn once. :D

    (Today was two episodes of deadwood)
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 18:07:50 2,914 posts
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    Why isn't it fun, surely you can adjust the traction so it isn't as taxing?

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 18:12:37 53,855 posts
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    Because you're stuck in a room for hours doing something tedious?

    ...also if you're not pushing your body in one way or another (be it endurance, power, recovery, etc), there's really no point in doing it.
  • Megapocalypse 28 Sep 2013 18:13:12 5,328 posts
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    Surely if it's not taxing there's no point. I've not got a trainer but mates that have all say if used properly they can't watch TV.
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 18:17:13 2,914 posts
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    Sorry it was a bit of a daft question, I guess you guys are in a different league to me, I'm just starting out after all.

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  • elstoof 28 Sep 2013 18:22:11 6,673 posts
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    Don't worry about asking questions no matter how daft you think they might be :D

    Generally you use a trainer to achieve something in particular, if the goal is to have a steady pootle then you'll enjoy it a lot more doing it outdoors and enjoying the surroundings, the air, the sounds etc.

    When you get on a trainer you play to its benefits. No stopping for lights or traffic, you can put out a sustained effort to achieve certain goals, simulate a 10 mile hill climb in the alps, sprint intervals or anything like that.
  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 18:24:22 53,855 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    Sorry it was a bit of a daft question, I guess you guys are in a different league to me, I'm just starting out after all.
    It's fine. I wasn't sure if you were being sarcastic or not.


    Megapocalypse wrote:
    I've not got a trainer but mates that have all say if used properly they can't watch TV.
    You can still do the base miles, and endurance stuff... but yeah, if you're smashing out sprints then it's bastard hard to watch anything in between dying. :D

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:25:14 28-09-2013
  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 19:09:06 53,855 posts
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    Bought new shoes and I've sort of given up on using them for the next few weeks. Have two pretty long rides (one tomorrow, one next Sunday) coming up and I really don't want to risk fucking up my legs / knees by getting the cleats wrong.

    I reckon I'll just leave it until after and then get it done at a shop (I've been doing some reading on it and it seems stupidly complicated).
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 19:13:00 2,914 posts
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    How long is a long ride for you Psycho? Like I say I did 30 miles today and found it a breeze even with strong wind.

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 19:29:35 53,855 posts
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    I mountain bike, so distance doesn't really come into it so much as terrain. Long is probably the wrong term, hard is probably better (I expect tomorrow to take me about 7 hours, next week fairly similar).
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 19:35:59 2,914 posts
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    7 hours, fucking hell, you must have legs of steel.

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  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 19:43:32 53,855 posts
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    Actually, I just checked next week's route and I'd be surprised if I can do it under 9 hours. (Stop laughing Mike, I'll kill you!)
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 20:00:16 2,914 posts
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    Sorry for keeping monging up this thread as I'm a noob but what do you guys use to lube your workings, Halfords recommend GT85, is this any good or are there better cheaper alternatives?

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  • elstoof 28 Sep 2013 21:58:29 6,673 posts
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    Don't use any "lubricant" that comes in an aerosol can. The only thing that needs regular lubricating is your chain so once a week (or after every ride even) oil a clean rag with a chain lube and run the chain through it until it's nice and clean. Then apply some chain lube directly to the inner side of the chain while slowly running the cranks around then wipe off the excess.

    All other moving parts (bottom bracket, headset, hubs) need a degreasing and flresh grease applied every 6-12 months only.
  • Psychotext 28 Sep 2013 23:16:52 53,855 posts
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    GT85 works fairly nicely as bike polish, but yeah, don't put it anywhere near your chain.
  • OptimusPube 28 Sep 2013 23:30:15 2,914 posts
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    Got it chaps, proper oil then, looking forward for morning. :D

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  • mal 29 Sep 2013 03:06:20 22,341 posts
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    Must admit, I've used GT85 to dry my bits out after I've washed them. Bit scared of them going rusty before they dry if I don't.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Psychotext 29 Sep 2013 08:27:40 53,855 posts
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    That's exactly what it's made to do though. Like WD40 it's a water displacer / penetrator (ooer?).
  • elstoof 29 Sep 2013 13:19:34 6,673 posts
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    Christ, news feeds on today's worlds race are reporting horrendous weather conditions. About 50 riders have just packed it in already.
  • elstoof 29 Sep 2013 13:19:34 6,673 posts
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    Christ, news feeds on today's worlds race are reporting horrendous weather conditions. About 50 riders have just packed it in already.
  • Deleted user 29 September 2013 13:25:30
    live on the red button rn

    looks horrendous
  • OptimusPube 29 Sep 2013 13:30:34 2,914 posts
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    Enjoyed the ride today, I was only expecting a handful of people to turn up but I was overwhelmed by the hundreds that turned out, the family ride was fun and my eldest loved it and we got a medal at the end but I may as well have been walking lol it was that slow, the look on my lads face was priceless though so that more than made up for it.

    Next one I'll go on my own and do the 40 mile, loved every second and still have a big shit eating grin on my face.

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