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  • MikeP 19 Feb 2014 14:54:25 2,079 posts
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    Tubulars are also used a lot in cyclocross by serious competitors, as they can be run at stupidly low pressures for grip, without fear of pinch punctures. Helen Wyman, the European champ, runs hers at 17 psi.

    It gets expensive though - CX racers will have at least two bikes, with probably 3-4 different tyre choices to match conditions. As they are glued to the wheel, that's 10-15 pairs of wheels, given spares etc.

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  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2014 14:56:16 55,053 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Gotcha. I think I'm a long way from worrying about weight. Well, of the bike anyway, still some work to do on me first!
    Always amuses me when I see people (this includes me) looking for weight weenie equipment when they're carrying multiple kilograms of spare weight around with them. :)

    I'm still about 2kg off where I want to be... though that's largely irrelevant because as soon as I'm there I'm going to be putting on about 4kg of mostly surplus (as a lot of it will be upper body) muscle weight. \o/

    (I'd make a shit roadie)
  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2014 14:57:51 55,053 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Tubulars are also used a lot in cyclocross by serious competitors, as they can be run at stupidly low pressures for grip, without fear of pinch punctures. Helen Wyman, the European champ, runs hers at 17 psi.
    There are of course other options there too. Multi-valve (two tubes, different pressures for inner and outer tubes) and tubeless... which mountain bikers have been using for years but roadies seem to mostly be scared of for some reason.
  • elstoof 19 Feb 2014 15:08:16 8,324 posts
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    Hutchinson have made tubeless road wheels and tyres for years now but there's not really any benefit in road use. Tubeless rims require a bead so rims are no lighter than a clincher rim, but you do save on inner tube weight. Thing is, a tubular set up is lighter still, and with a much much wider range of rim and tyre options.
  • MikeP 19 Feb 2014 15:09:22 2,079 posts
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    The double-tube thing is new isn't it? Don't know anything about that.

    Tubeless has been tried on road, not sure about CX. I think the concern is that if you roll the tyre and burp air out of it there's not much volume, so you can lose a lot of pressure, fast.

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  • MikeP 19 Feb 2014 15:13:51 2,079 posts
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    Anyhow, I'm still waiting for a part for my 29er. This bloody bar-end shifter has taken about 2 months to turn up. First there was a problem with the CNC machine, then US customs delayed them leaving the country, then SJS cycles are saying they're imminent, despite constantly moving the restock date / stock status.

    Cheeky buggers have already debited the cash too, but they are one of the few UK suppliers, so I don't have many options...

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  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2014 15:26:36 55,053 posts
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    Yeah, it's relatively new.

    As for tubeless, burping isn't really much of a problem with modern rims, but even so I don't really see it ever catching on in the roadie world. Surprised that CXers aren't fans though.

    As for the shifter, sounds like it would have been less hassle to order it direct from the US. Hindsight is 20/20 of course.
  • elstoof 19 Feb 2014 16:00:53 8,324 posts
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    I guess the fact Hutchinson are pretty much the only 28" option and only one of their offerings being wider than a 23 doesn't help CXers cause much. No manufacturers are really interested in getting involved in competing in the market either, and a lot of riders put an almost religious amount of faith in their handmade Dugast or FMBs to want to try anything else.
  • MikeP 19 Feb 2014 16:08:13 2,079 posts
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    All it'll take will be for someone to bung Sven Nys a load of cash to try it and everyone will be on them. See: Disc brakes ;-)

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  • elstoof 19 Feb 2014 16:18:07 8,324 posts
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    Heh, yeah. Not sure if wheel makers have hit the point where their product is so refined they need an innovation to sell more units just yet.

    Like disc brakes, electric gears etc ;)
  • Vortex808 19 Feb 2014 16:56:12 7,593 posts
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    Someone I know sent me a link to an ebay auction for a Genesis Day one CX bike.

    Now I am (stupidly) watching it. I hope I can resist and just do a bit of window shopping at it.

    Looks nice mind......
  • Psychotext 19 Feb 2014 20:38:55 55,053 posts
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    Ugh god, did a trainer session without a fan tonight (at my nephew's house) and completely blew up. He went and got me a fan but by that point it was too late, I was completely gone.

    Wont be doing that again!
  • Phil-McCrack 20 Feb 2014 18:44:04 3,417 posts
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    I'm proper ready for my second group ride this Sunday, did the rookie mistake of not taking any snacks and energy snacks/drinks the first time, doing 45 miles and I'm really looking forward to it, just need to get a couple more spare tubes as I only have one left.

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  • MikeP 21 Feb 2014 17:36:12 2,079 posts
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    I have some rather bad news. My hand built bike was stolen this morning, from the hanging space on our workshop door. Literally from behind my back.

    That means I'm probably not going to be at Bespoked this year, as I'll have nothing to show.

    Not best pleased.

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  • Psychotext 21 Feb 2014 18:14:03 55,053 posts
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    Ugh fucking hell. That's awful.

    Really sorry to hear that man. :(
  • elstoof 21 Feb 2014 19:09:12 8,324 posts
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    Fuuuuuuuuuuuck.......

    That's the lowest of the low. Where's your workshop? And it's accessible to the public?
  • elstoof 21 Feb 2014 19:19:55 8,324 posts
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    I'll keep an eye out on gumtree and ebay when I can, maybe it's worth popping into a few local bike shops who sell second hand and letting them know. It's gonna be hard sell for the thief, an unbranded bike like that.
  • skiplevels 22 Feb 2014 00:51:53 641 posts
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    : (((((((
  • Dougs 22 Feb 2014 06:38:50 69,539 posts
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    Ah fuck,  that sucks. Any chance insurance could cover some of it?
  • Benno 22 Feb 2014 09:15:48 10,268 posts
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    Damn sorry to hear that Mike. Bloody aresholes
  • Bremenacht 22 Feb 2014 12:19:45 19,665 posts
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    Ach. This is the one we've watched being built with the piccies? That's shit. Sorry to read that.

    A warning though - if they've had a nice easy nick like that, they'll most likely be back again, and soon. Any CCTV near the workshop? It might have picked them up.
  • Psychotext 22 Feb 2014 13:18:14 55,053 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Ah fuck,  that sucks. Any chance insurance could cover some of it?
    I doubt it's much about the money. I think it's the first frame he's built on his own, and as such (fancy parts or not) I'd imagine it's pretty much irreplaceable.
  • MikeP 22 Feb 2014 20:48:40 2,079 posts
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    The workshop is in a larger facility, CCTV saw nothing. We suspect someone clocked it and sneaked up while our backs were turned and chucked it into a van then left.

    The security has been beefed up. I'm obviously really fucking annoyed about it, but I'm going to start another one. Probably going to build with discs this time.

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  • Phil-McCrack 23 Feb 2014 05:02:26 3,417 posts
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    That is sad news Mike, fucking scum, I'll keep an eye out for that thing of beauty, I'll cock punch anyone who I see on it.

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  • Phil-McCrack 23 Feb 2014 05:06:18 3,417 posts
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  • Phil-McCrack 23 Feb 2014 05:09:21 3,417 posts
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  • Trafford 23 Feb 2014 13:02:30 5,975 posts
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    Sorry to hear that shit news Mike. : (
  • Phil-McCrack 23 Feb 2014 13:10:02 3,417 posts
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    Just done 50 miles solid with one rest in these bastard winds, jesus I'm fucked.

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  • elstoof 23 Feb 2014 13:46:15 8,324 posts
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    Avg speed?
  • Psychotext 23 Feb 2014 14:02:31 55,053 posts
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    I don't know what specific exercise in the week it was that did it, but I've utterly fucked my legs. I can barely stand. My thighs are pretty much locked tense and the rest of my legs give way if I put too much pressure on them.

    Yay. =/
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