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  • andytheadequate 29 Sep 2013 15:49:56 8,268 posts
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    @OptimusPube - do you mountain bike at all? If so, I'd highly recommend Dalby Forest which isn't too far from Hull...
  • MikeP 29 Sep 2013 18:17:51 1,944 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    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.
    Brilliant, having fun's what it's all about.

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  • MikeP 29 Sep 2013 18:23:10 1,944 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    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!)
    I'm not laughing, I reckon it'll be a good challenge. Was good to go and give my Cross Bike a thrashing yesterday to make sure everything's alright. Really looking forward to next Sunday.

    Also I came 30th out of about 60 in my race. Quite pleased with that, looking at the speed of the people above me I'm not sure I could have done much better.

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  • Psychotext 29 Sep 2013 21:14:18 54,405 posts
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    I don't know if it's a fracture, or just badly battered, but I went over my handlebars earlier (crossing a field with long grass, hidden motorcross bike rut), ended up with my handlebar smashing me in the ribs and then having to cycle the rest of the route (very rocky, technical ascents and descents) in agony.

    Not enjoyable.
  • MikeP 29 Sep 2013 21:25:05 1,944 posts
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    Oh damn, that's not good. Fingers crossed you've just given it a whack and it's bruising, rather than something more serious.

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  • Psychotext 29 Sep 2013 22:51:00 54,405 posts
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    Aye. Right now I'm feeling sorry for myself. Going to have a beer and sit in the bath or something.
  • Psychotext 30 Sep 2013 12:24:11 54,405 posts
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    Ugh. Got about 2 hours sleep. Couldn't find a way to lay down without pain. Groggy as fuck.
  • dr_swin 30 Sep 2013 13:46:37 4,903 posts
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    It's horrible falling onto your handlebars. I once got taken down by a loose dalmation. My chest hurt for weeks afterwards and even now occasionally still aches in the same spot.
  • Psychotext 30 Sep 2013 16:02:45 54,405 posts
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    I think I made it worse earlier when I was trying to lift something. Stupid. :(
  • MikeP 30 Sep 2013 18:31:59 1,944 posts
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    I'm banning you from lifting things.

    If you were Lance we'd sort out a Therapeutic Use Exemption and pump you full of EPO and Cortisol.

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  • Psychotext 30 Sep 2013 18:43:33 54,405 posts
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    Ehh, I'll probably be ok. The ride I finished was hell on earth terrain wise, I don't think the one this weekend will come close to it. It's not like you perfumed CXers can handle rocky descents so I doubt there will be any on the course. ;)
  • elstoof 30 Sep 2013 18:53:25 7,760 posts
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    That's not perfume that's a menthol pomade to ensure your airways are kept open!
  • Trafford 30 Sep 2013 19:05:28 5,883 posts
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    I think CX goes hand in hand with a mud fetish. I guess perfume would come in handy afterwards.

    As things turned out, I could have entered this weekend. My office failed to qualify for the works beano to Ibizia on Friday, but there is an embargo on leave as we need to cover the floor.
    I'm nowhere near fit enough for that Skiddaw loop at the moment.
    Don't think I've cycled more that 10 consecutive miles all year :(
  • Psychotext 30 Sep 2013 19:26:06 54,405 posts
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    As I recall you didn't much want to go to Ibiza anyway so that sounds like a result.

    The lack of cycling though, not so much.
  • MikeP 30 Sep 2013 21:43:28 1,944 posts
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    Entries are still open until Thursday. I hear tell of pubs & cafes on the route, so you could probably make it around in 6 stints of less than 10 miles.

    Anyhow, I am impervious to all your Cyclocross brickbats. CX is inherently ridiculous, that's the point.

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  • Deleted user 30 September 2013 22:54:52
    I need some mountain bike sizing help - I'm 5'10 and ride a 54cm road bike

    I'm looking at an 18" mountain bike, would that be OK for me?
  • andytheadequate 1 Oct 2013 00:31:48 8,268 posts
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    I'm 5 9 and I ride a 18inch frame, although it is slightly on the large size. I have a long torso and short legs so I find it more comfortable than a 17inch frame when sitting on it
  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 01:29:22 54,405 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Anyhow, I am impervious to all your Cyclocross brickbats. CX is inherently ridiculous, that's the point.
    You'll be the one laughing when I'm sweating blood trying to heavy my monstrous bike up hills. :cry:


    cozeny wrote:
    I'm looking at an 18" mountain bike, would that be OK for me?
    You have a brand / model in mind? Sizing varies massively.

    Edited by Psychotext at 01:30:09 01-10-2013
  • MikeP 1 Oct 2013 10:27:39 1,944 posts
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    You could have a play with Canyon's online sizing tool. Click the "frame size" link here:

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/bike.html?b=3010

    Then go for the "determine my frame size option" which should bring up their PPS tool.

    You can then cross reference their recommended size against the geometry for the bike you selected.

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  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 11:52:08 54,405 posts
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    Ugh, I really wish I was one of those people that can sleep on their backs. Sleeping on my front really hurts but I just can't get to sleep the other way.

    Stupid world.
  • MikeP 1 Oct 2013 12:22:10 1,944 posts
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    The sides, try the sides.

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  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 12:32:40 54,405 posts
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    I can't, if I lay on my left, my ribs are agony, if I lay on my right, my shoulder is...

    ...oh, yeah, I sort of hurt my shoulder on the same day. Was a good day.
  • elstoof 1 Oct 2013 12:44:40 7,760 posts
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    Have you considered taking up board games or something like that?
  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 12:45:38 54,405 posts
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    Extreme board games?
  • MikeP 1 Oct 2013 14:19:29 1,944 posts
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    Maybe you could get Mountain Biking, the Board Game?

    It's very heavy, very expensive and an integral part of the experience is someone battering you with the box from time to time.

    Comes complete with a tube of Deep Heat and some Ibuprofen.

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  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 14:38:10 54,405 posts
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    I really must remember both of those things this weekend.
  • Benno 1 Oct 2013 15:47:26 10,045 posts
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    hi cyclists!

    what would be a good budget for a beginner road bike? I say beginner, I want to do some longer triathlons like the half ironman so it needs to be up to the job for longer distances. I could stretch to about 700 next month, reckon that would net me something suitable?

    I plan on going into a couple of local cycle shops to see what they can put together for me, I just wanted to know in advance if that sort of budget will net me something useful for long distances (60 miles plus).
  • elstoof 1 Oct 2013 16:09:40 7,760 posts
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    All the big names in your local bike shop will have broadly equivalent spec of bikes for any given price point, the only differences will be how it fits you physically.

    If you want to go under budget, if you aren't sure if you will stick with it or whatever, you could do a lot worse than a Carrera TdF from Halfords or a B'Twin Triban 3 from Decathlon, both of them are 300 or so and make great first bikes, then if you decide to upgrade they make great winter trainers too.
  • Psychotext 1 Oct 2013 16:10:45 54,405 posts
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    I've seen some lovely bikes on sale recently so I'd wager there's a lot of possibilities out there.
  • Benno 1 Oct 2013 16:24:12 10,045 posts
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    Are chains like Halfords and Evans decent enough places to shop? Or are they they cycling equivalent of GAME and I'm better off at indies?
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