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Road Cycling

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by FrenchTart, 29 Jun 2016.

  1. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,055

    Location: Hereford

    Very quiet in here... :o

    Had a mixed bag of weather here so far this week, concluding with a ride in sub zero and freezing fog this morning. -3°C! Brrr! Proper cold, but thankfully even with the fog/low humidity so although the air was much colder, there was very little ice around. Lots of frost though!
     
  2. AndyCr15

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Apr 2011

    Posts: 11,684

    Location: Barnet, London

    Damn! I thought my morning ride was cold at about 4°C... Did 58 miles and really felt it. I haven't felt good the last couple of mornings (just 26 miles yesterday), maybe I'm just a little under the weather (my temperature was fine) or maybe I've just cycled too much in the last couple of weeks. With the gym's =being closed, everything is cycling! Last week was one of my highest 'Relative Effort' weeks in some time at 750.
     
  3. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 6,207

    Location: Southampton

    Have you got ice spike tyres fitted just in case, or does the tag-along trailor make you pretty stable?

    I squeezed in a rare outdoor ride after work on Monday afternoon, first time visiting a South Downs hill for ~5 weeks or so, legs died when I was almost home having almost certainly pushed my lack of fitness too much while trying to get back before it was pitch black... The fatigue I've felt since has been unreal, doing this short workout https://whatsonzwift.com/workouts/back-to-fitness/week-2-1-slow-motion/ with a bit of free-riding afterwards was an absolute chore at gone 2030 last night and today I feel like I'd typically feel after beasting myself up several cat4s pre-Covid!

    Supposedly my "power and relative effort" TRIMP score for Monday was ~250 (a combination of commuting, delivering and post-work ride), taking my fitness score very briefly to the highest it's been since mid March, at the cost of my form plumetting to -23 (which partially explains why I still feel so wrecked today at -6 having not done a thing on a day off work).

    It's been a very surreal year in terms of cycling and general fitness (besides all the other aspects of Covid), by my standards I felt like a machine during late Jan and early Feb, but after catching Covid it's been a whacky rollercoaster and I'm now heavier to boot at ~81Kg.
     
  4. Adam-r

    Gangster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2015

    Posts: 372

    Location: North

    I find I’m ok down to -25 and if I’m there for long it’ll destroy me :eek:
     
  5. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 10,359

    Juat bought a 4iiii from Mantel for £205. PayPal finance £50 for 4 months to help cash flow.

    Also signed for my house so expensive day :D
     
  6. Nursie

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

    Posts: 7,676

    Location: Worcester

    Anyone have any experience of Fast Forward Wheels? or Know anyone who has. Been thinking about getting some carbon rims but haven't been able to completely decide which brand to go with. Fast Forward have a black friday offer on works out at about 720ish including shipping form Holland.
     
  7. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 10,359

    Any I've come across are well made and even the standard hubs seem good quality. With DT hubs they are even better, haven't ever changed a bearing in a friends F2R or F6R.

    The rims used to be quite narrow but I assume they are wider these days.
     
  8. Adam-r

    Gangster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2015

    Posts: 372

    Location: North

    They're a solid unit by all accounts.
    My garmin pedals on the other hand are a waste of time. I'm on my 3rd set.
     
  9. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 6,207

    Location: Southampton

    Good price that, best UK based 4iiii price I can see is £239 at https://www.probikekit.co.uk/cyclin...-3d-power-meter-105-r7000-black/12104435.html (unless you want a 170mm crank, in which case ~£213 using British Cycling discount at https://www.halfords.com/cycling/cy...ii-precision-105-7000-power-meter-234214.html ).

    Don't you already have an "outdoor" pm, or am I all confused again?
     
  10. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 10,359

    I had a powertap hub for a few months but thats about it.

    I missed out on this for £185 during lockdown so I'm happy to pay £205 now with the way prices are.

    I'll be riding a system six next year so I'll need to get a bottom bracket and shimano chainset on there or just keep power for training not racing.
     
  11. xdcx

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Apr 2013

    Posts: 2,958

    I've had a pair of F4R for 4 years. Quality wheels. Raced on them heaps, crashed them and they still look new and hubs are perfect still.

    I have a FFWD disc also which is superb. Can't say a bad word about it.
     
  12. Nursie

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

    Posts: 7,676

    Location: Worcester

    Thanks for the replies. Just need to decide between F4's or F6's. Thinking F4 at the moment.
     
  13. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,563

    the biggest chunk of benefit comes when you go from box section to ~40mm, with diminishing returns as you go bigger
     
  14. AndyCr15

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Apr 2011

    Posts: 11,684

    Location: Barnet, London

  15. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Feb 2003

    Posts: 6,978

    Location: Shropshire

    Anytime I've taken those kind of offers you get a bit of hard sell when you ring to cancel (what didn't you like, would you like to try something else etc etc) but otherwise it was easy to sort out.
     
  16. Altaz

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Aug 2003

    Posts: 339

    I decided in the end to replace my wheelset completely as it was going to be quite a bit to repair the old wheel, any excuse right? I went with the Prime Carbon Black editions 50mm, mainly because i needed somewhere that supported the Cycle 2 Work scheme. They turned up today, i'll fit them tonight for a first ride tomorrow.
     
  17. TheBrooder

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Jan 2007

    Posts: 3,189

    Location: Cognac, France

  18. Nursie

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

    Posts: 7,676

    Location: Worcester

    I had the same subscription earlier in the year to Octane magazine ( Same publisher ). Was easy to cancel via online portal.
     
  19. AndyCr15

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Apr 2011

    Posts: 11,684

    Location: Barnet, London

    Thanks guys. Will see how it goes :)
     
  20. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,538

    Location: Wigan

    Anyone know of someone who repairs shoes? I was sure Alex Dowsett recommended someone but can’t find the tweet. Maybe I made it up.

    I found one place but it’s custom artwork only on new or almost new shoes.

    I was wondering about a minor repair (heel foam/cup coming apart) and maybe customisation or just let them choose. Mrs asking what I want for Xmas and drawing a blank, this could be something unique and funky while practical.

    There isn’t anything wrong with the shoes just the heel needs minor repair from putting my feet in/out.

    Seems wasteful to buy a new set of shoes for just that (these are Vaypor +) but it would need to be done properly as if it rubs or digs in then it would be a nightmare.