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  • Bremenacht 10 Mar 2014 10:55:11 18,275 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Bremenacht wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    Doing this tomorrow: http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-southern-rough-ride/
    How did that go? Looks good fun.
    All in all, an absolute goddamn disaster.
    But you finished it! HUrrah! All hail the Wiggle conqueror. :- )

    That sticky mud. The worst thing about it is the ridiculous grip it provides, so you have to put in twice the effort to keep rolling. As for your #9 problem, errr, bad luck. /snigger
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 11:37:48 7,367 posts
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    Wiggle "Rough Ride", indeed.
  • Psychotext 10 Mar 2014 11:48:28 54,209 posts
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    :(

    lol

    MikeP wrote:
    @Psychotext Well at least, you've survived it! I think you should buy a new bike, and put Old Faithful out to pasture/shoot it and turn it into glue.
    Would have been perfect without those brand new disc brakes screwing up.

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:39:40 10-03-2014
  • MikeP 10 Mar 2014 14:01:34 1,867 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    I'm only messing Mike, those cranks do make a lot of sense. Wouldn't mind a set myself but I do ok with my standards, I can still bludgeon my way up Swains in 39/25. I'll be picking up a 12-27 block at some point to compensate on the longer hills a bit though.
    I know you're joshing :) I did watch someone struggle up some ridiculous hills on the Welsh borders with a standard setup once, and I really did think he was going to explode at the knees. I was wincing for him :p

    Good work if you can mash up Swains in that, I suspect I'd be in bits if I tried it.

    I've been doing some base conditioning this winter, which is going pretty well, but I think some more strength and power work is on the cards now.

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  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 14:22:06 7,367 posts
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    My training's been all over the place, can't get into any sort of rhythm with it with Real Life, sickness and laziness taking priority. The numbers suggest I'm not a million miles off where I was at the end of last year but I feel I should have done a whole lot more with the past few months, sort of getting me down about it all. Oh well, I'll figure it out.

    Send myself back up Swains in 39/23 as punishment.
  • MikeP 10 Mar 2014 14:34:47 1,867 posts
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    I can sympathise with that - been stuttering a bit myself, but then I have to remind myself that it's supposed to be a leisure pursuit.

    I actually fitted the cadence sensor/Garmin kit to the Rourke, but cut it off and just went out for a thrash with nothing but me and the bike.

    Cyclocross really helped this winter, doing some MTB is also fun, I'm trying to mix it up as much as I can. Much as you can love something, if it's the same all the time it can get a bit stale.

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  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 14:49:19 7,367 posts
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    I've gotten rid of cadence and HRM too, just get on with it by feel at the moment. Sort of torn between getting a power meter, wether I'd get the most use from it. I barely use my Edge beyond the basic readings.
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 19:26:27 7,367 posts
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    My winter coat has been shed, the season has officially started. My bag of yellow Bic disposables was empty so I had to bring my wife's Gillette Venus into service - and let me tell you I am SOLD on it. Why didn't any of you tell me? Usually I get out of the shower with my legs looking like a badly maintained doner kebab skewer; No More!
  • OptimusPube 10 Mar 2014 19:46:11 3,031 posts
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    One of the nob heads in my group is asking this question and asked him to post it in here as you guys are more knowledgeable than me as I'm still a cycling toddler, he was too shy though so I'm doing it for him although I have no idea what the complete tool noob wants discipling wise.

    PM your answers to SolidSCB

    Wouldn't mind taking up a bit of cycling actually. Could any of you lycra-clad cyclecunts recommend me a decent entry level bike? And no , I don't mean one with stabilizers before anyone goes there!

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

  • skiplevels 10 Mar 2014 19:55:25 495 posts
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    b'twin triban
  • skiplevels 10 Mar 2014 19:55:54 495 posts
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    y u no v33t, elstoof?
  • OptimusPube 10 Mar 2014 20:04:03 3,031 posts
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    V33t on the balls is the nuts.

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

  • andytheadequate 10 Mar 2014 20:37:06 8,180 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    One of the nob heads in my group is asking this question and asked him to post it in here as you guys are more knowledgeable than me as I'm still a cycling toddler, he was too shy though so I'm doing it for him although I have no idea what the complete tool noob wants discipling wise.

    PM your answers to SolidSCB

    Wouldn't mind taking up a bit of cycling actually. Could any of you lycra-clad cyclecunts recommend me a decent entry level bike? And no , I don't mean one with stabilizers before anyone goes there!
    What type of riding?
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 21:38:36 7,367 posts
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    Tell him to go to a bike shop with his budget in mind and pick the one in his favourite colour. Quite honestly, any bike at any price up to about £1500 will be broadly the same as any equivalently priced rival brand, similar weight, spec, ride etc. - at least not different enough for a newcomer to the sport to tell the difference either way. It's an incredibly competitive market at that level, it's where they all make their money so no ones allowed to get the jump on their rivals.

    Just get the one that looks like how you want it.
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 21:39:31 7,367 posts
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    skiplevels wrote:
    y u no v33t, elstoof?
    Veet? Please. I'm not a woman.
  • Psychotext 10 Mar 2014 21:43:40 54,209 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Just get the one that looks like how you want it.
    In road biking that might be true... but the difference between bikes under a grand in mountain biking can easily be enough to put you off ever wanting to ride again.
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2014 21:58:55 7,367 posts
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    The reference to Lycra clad cycle cunts led me to assume the question was about road bikes.
  • Psychotext 10 Mar 2014 23:34:35 54,209 posts
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    Could be. The language just had me assuming he's an idiot. :)
  • andytheadequate 10 Mar 2014 23:49:33 8,180 posts
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    There are some mountain bikers who wear lycra...
  • Psychotext 11 Mar 2014 00:15:22 54,209 posts
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    No true Scotsman.
  • SolidSCB 11 Mar 2014 00:21:51 6,725 posts
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    The only real requirement I have is that there has to be space in the wheel arch to jam a plastic bottle so it sounds like a motorbike.
  • Psychotext 11 Mar 2014 00:44:57 54,209 posts
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    There's tech solutions for that these days.
  • SolidSCB 11 Mar 2014 03:39:10 6,725 posts
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    Nah. Once a peasant, always a peasant.

    Seriously though, without going full-scale blizeh on this, if anyone could point me in the right direction that would be cool. Would be primarily for cardio as I can't do as much running as I'd like due to a glass ankle and there is a massive cycle route that covers half the district a stone's throw away from my house that I wouldn't mind taking advantage of.
  • elstoof 11 Mar 2014 05:32:34 7,367 posts
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    What surface is it on blize 2.0?
  • MikeP 11 Mar 2014 09:30:44 1,867 posts
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    If it's a mix of road and bridleway/unsurfaced tracks then something like this would be good. Certainly great value.

    http://www.boardmanbikes.com/cx/cx_comp.html

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_992074_langId_-1_categoryId_165710

    Just get a proper bike shop to set it up, as Halfords mechanics are patchy, in my experience.

    MTBs are great when it gets really rough, but you can tackle a surprising range of stuff on a cyclocross bike, and they aren't much slower than an out and out road bike.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • elstoof 11 Mar 2014 09:45:42 7,367 posts
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    Early night, early start, 9 laps of Swains before work, and the kid is back. What a great morning.
  • Dougs 11 Mar 2014 09:54:57 67,739 posts
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    I definitely regret not getting a CX bike. Maybe one for the future.
  • Psychotext 11 Mar 2014 10:17:15 54,209 posts
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    Those Boardman ones are lovely.
  • MikeP 11 Mar 2014 10:20:20 1,867 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Early night, early start, 9 laps of Swains before work, and the kid is back. What a great morning.
    Good work. I think I've been suffering from some aftereffects from the antibiotics I took, but I feel like I'm on the mend.

    However, I was due to do an FTP retest this evening, might wait a day or two for that.

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  • Psychotext 11 Mar 2014 19:50:07 54,209 posts
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    http://sportivephoto.thirdlight.com/viewpicture.tlx?advsearchid=1394568525&pictureid=22133647394
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