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Road Cycling

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

  1. Lethal`

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 5,193

    So after saying that I just went out at lunch time and having been off the bike with a cold/flu thing for 4 days (yes shout wuss.) I decided Gabba, long sleeve base layer, knee warmers, merino socks, arm warmers was the best choice. It wasn't. Boiled!
     
  2. Shamrock

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Jul 2003

    Posts: 5,663

    Location: floating down the Liffey

    Look at the "feels like" temperature just before you leave on Metoffice! :p
     
  3. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,098

    Location: Hereford

    Yeah temperature has plummetted as soon as the sun goes down all week. Has caught me out a couple of times as I'll dress for the temperature at 4pm, not for 5:20pm. Doh!

    To be fair I missed to put on a cycling wash earlier in the week so as my 'winter shorts' (Sportful Fiandre Norain) where all still damp I've been wearing various summer shorts with fleecy/roubaix padless tights over the top of them with my goto windproof jersey this time of year (DHB Windslam Blade). Have chucked knee warmers under them in the morning & skipped them lunchtime/later and it has worked well. Temperature range (with windchill) around 3-4 degrees up to around 10/12. Bear in mind my commute is short so I barely warm up when riding and don't tend to overheat with cool winds around.

    Padless tights are superb when you have various shorts & warmer options to go under them, my temperature rage is around -10 to +10 with them. I don't know why many other brands don't do them! I've got some Castelli club kit ones but not seen non-club unpadded tights except from Endura & DHB.

    Lol oh god, nooooooooooooo! To be fair I'd have been born in Knighton otherwise, it's only because I was a difficult birth my poor mother ended up being rushed to Birmingham... Have always considered myself Welsh as I grew up over the border and lived there for ~32 years.

    Thicker tights/pad, or like I use above - shorts under padless tights. Many riders around here wear padded tights over padded shorts without guards through winter, the twin pads can mean your arse doesn't really get that wet from wheel spray.

    #onebiketorulethemall

    Loving the weather, not loving the fact I've signed myself off from club/group riding for the past month. Going to see if her indoors will let me out for a rememberance day ride on the 11th where one of the clubs are going to ride around various war memorials in the shape of poppys. Fantastic idea! :D
     
  4. BennyC

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,955

    Very mild as a child and set off by tree pollen occasionally.

    When I first started cycling I found cold winter rides seemed to aggravate it and leave me with a husky cough for a few days. Largely brought on from going a bit too deep and breathing very heavily during rides, freezing cold air in red hot lungs etc.

    Wearing a neck buff over the nose and mouth doesn't restrict airflow and warms the air enough to mitigate it for the most part. Didn't really have it last year but did during my first year of riding.

    Plenty in the pro-peloton are asthmatic, you can get yourself a nice TUE and package from Sky :p
     
  5. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 12,611

    Location: France, Alsace

    Bits and bobs...

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    Brakes on, wheels on for movement, saddle arrived but need to order seat tube now. Cockpit on the way.
    Will order a BB and the crankset next, then see how it starts to come together!
     
  6. merlin

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,679

    Location: England

    Coming along nicely. It's gonna turn heads. :)
     
  7. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,572

    Had someone trying to persuade me to buy their supersix evo frameset yesterday. I may have involuntarily sworn when I picked it up. Damn that's a lightweight thing
     
  8. randomshenans

    Capodecina

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    Location: France, Alsace

    You should totally do it... :p
     
  9. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,572

    I'm buying a house at the mo otherwise I might well have....
     
  10. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 10,441

    Glad I put myself out the door this moring. Was fresh as hell but 3 of us went a pedal to the cafe at a sensible speed.

    I was going at the pace of this guy, camera man would ride off the front sometimes and wait for us.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1262293708

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  11. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,104

    Location: On the hoods

    I once rode with a guy who had a Museeuw that weighed like 6kg. It was ridiculous.
     
  12. Maxeh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 2,414

    Location: Belgium

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1262160790

    Another day on the 'bergs, 3 more ticked off the list.

    None were too challenging, Eikenberg was a bit of a slog but thankfully the cobbles were in decent enough condition throughout.

    However I did get a glimpse of Koppenberg :eek: mother of god it looked vile.

    I went down it looping back and had to walk as it had just hailed it down!

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    Few more photos on the Strava link including the usual ridiculous off road sections. Honestly don't know how the Propel keeps taking it.
     
  13. Lethal`

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 5,193

    Camera man was smashing the social ride? :p
     
  14. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 10,441

    Aye he learned from the best!
     
  15. randomshenans

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    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 12,611

    Location: France, Alsace

    That looks like a cobbly beast!

    Got a seat post ordered and bar tape. Didn't go for the beast post,trying to keep thins semi sensible, while as light as I could. Went for the Deda Superleggero RS Carbon as it was on sale and still about 175g. Also ordered the bar tape too. Just waiting for the chinese cockpit to arrive, so might order in my brake cables and shifters so the front end is complete.

    If anyone spots any deals on etap stuff (cranks, fd/rd/ cassette) let me know, it's sale season after all :p
     
  16. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 6,511

    Location: Southampton

    Not looking forward to hitting the road in ~30mins, it's bitter outside! I'm even wearing trousers instead of shorts, will I die?
     
  17. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,572

    who are the current rated home contents insurers for bike stuff? I've got 4 or 5, the most expensive probably being about 2k to replace. Never bothered before but since I have to have buildings cover, I thought I might as well take a look at the same time.
     
  18. randomshenans

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    Location: France, Alsace

    Not relevant for you as I'm over here, but I had to get new stuff for the new house I'm in and realised when I did how low the cover was they were trying to give me. It was like 50k fire damage and 25k theft!
    You don't really think about it, but imagine you had to replace ALL your stuff due to fire, I'm sure as hell it'd cost way more than that. So whatever you do, make sure you get enough cover!

    I thought it wouldn't be too cold out this morning, but it had a bitterly northern wind to it. I stupidly didn't put overshoes on, too, thinking my lovely new winter socks would be enough. They weren't. Even my fingers were cold! The wind and a huge roast last night helped my pace in though, even with back to school traffic.
     
  19. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,572

    it's a first home so i'll have naff all apart from bikes and hifi gear the first year. But i'll set a reminder to tot it all up for the renewal - thanks!
     
  20. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,104

    Location: On the hoods

    Are they kept in the house or in a shed? That makes a huge difference. I've about £2,500 worth of bikes and had to change insurers this year as the outbuilding cover on my old one was only £2k. New one, admiral I think, is higher.