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Road Cycling

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

  1. SDK^

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,269

    I get the same feeling when out on the road after mostly being on the trainer - The bike feels fast and nimble.
    Also I find my quadriceps get more of a work out on the road and my calf muscles on the trainer.
     
  2. jonneymendoza

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Apr 2008

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    60km? thats brilliant
     
  3. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,544

    Location: Portsmouth

    No im going to invest in some sort of liner. But need to find something as minimal as possible to ensure I don't cut off my circulation at the wrists
     
  4. lordrobs

    Capodecina

    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 14,976

    Location: Norwich

    Hard work this morning. Left it until nearly 10:00 to get out to allow the roads to thaw out which worked well but towards the verge the standing water was still pretty solid. Tried a new route so I could try out turn by turn navigation on the Bolt which had a couple of slightly sketchy lanes but the winter machine just soaks that stuff up.

    TBH I'm seriously considering a nicer gravel bike as my summer machine because you can just plot a route by clicking away at random and if some of that turns out to be dirt track or trashed lanes then game on :p
     
  5. BennyC

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Sep 2006

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    I've a pair of DhB liners which are fair.

    They help a bit but when it's that cold...
     
  6. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

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    Location: Portsmouth

    I had these until i dropped one... Silk type right?
     
  7. BennyC

    Capodecina

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    Yeah, kinda, they have some little grippy bits on the palm and finger tips.

    I wear them all the time with my (also DhB) summer gloves when there's a bit of a chill in the air as they have a mesh back and they just take the chill off perfectly.

    I think liners tend to perform better in the 5-15 degree range as opposed to the sub 5.

    Wore them in my Rapha Winter gloves this morning between 1 and 2 degrees, my hands were still cold due to the high wind, not painfully so but I was conscious. Without them though I'd probably have been more concerned. Probably quite handy in the event of a mechanical as you've some dexterity and slight wind shelter.
     
  8. BennyC

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Sep 2006

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    And zip-tied. Didn't stand directly in front but could tell it was shifting a fair bit of air and quite quiet too. Two arriving in the next week or so.

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    I was considering a Tripod but I moved some things around in the garage and made a workbench out of double thickness 18mm MDF and some £30 Saw-horses instead :cool: A tidy dungeon is still a dungeon :p

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  9. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    Rode in to work this morning, through the snow and ice. Just over 10mph!! Saw a few crunches cars where people had screwed up in the snow. I did more off-road than I usually would do to avoid the roads where possible.

    Looking at the weather this might be the last time I’ll need these tyres this year, but even with the few times I’ve used them they’ve paid for themselves in terms of times I’d have taken the train instead.
     
  10. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,056

    Location: Hereford

    Haha I was just thinking how tidy they looked and how solid the stands where so (wrongly) figured they where made for the TV's! :p

    Interesting they're Samsungs, have two but not that big...

    Nice list of complaints, you're settling back into it fine! ;)

    That's one thing I love about my Diverge - no roads bother it and the occasional dump into a pot hole or foray onto gravel it just takes in it's stride. Also one of the reasons my mates don't let me choose routes as I'll always have some random shortcut in there down a road I don't know but have spotted when mapping. Usually resulting in roads like these! (while they're riding their race frames and small tyres!) :D

    If they're the same liners I'm thinking of then really REALLY size down on them. I bought Medium and they where huge, swapped for Small and still far too big. XS where out of stock so just kept them. I'm a Medium in most gloves, inc other DHB's.

    Great pics thanks, gives a great view of a solid setup.

    Those tripods look very tidy, even more so with those PC's mounted. Alienware PC's and ~2 year old Samsungs. Although nice UHD Upscaled 4K Samsungs 40" TV's so not exactly 'old'! Sweet setup! If only I was allowed a 40" in my garage lol... :D

    Shame the fan mounts are only zip tied, the one on Kennaughs looks mounted to the pole so would be height adjustable. Will be interested in how you find yours! Really do think I'm going the stand route, it's just so much tidier. My monitor arm is literally leaning over from the saw bench I'm using at such an angle it'll overbalance with a larger/heavier screen on there, so I need to do something.

    Your workbench looks superb, good job! Bikes mounted above or just wheels?
     
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  11. Jonny ///M

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

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    Can't do this whole turbo thing so got out tonight for a pedal with my mate.

    Under 29 miles, his light died so 20+ miles with my front light only was fun for the pothole avoidance.

    I'm back to being up by about 4 miles on last year! Mentally I kept looking at that on Strava and getting sad.
     
  12. kiteloopy

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Apr 2008

    Posts: 2,691

    Location: Notts / Reading

    Hi all, quick question about disc brake calipers.
    My bike is a BMC GF02 with 160mm Post mount fixings front and rear; at the moment I have TRP Spyres direct fixed on.

    If I go hydro and change to flat mount I guess I'll need an adapter of some sort? Id like to keep it 160mm if I can so I dont have to get new rotors. Anyone know the part that I need?
     
  13. Saytan

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,563

    I don't think the two systems are compatible in that way. Think you'll need to stay with post mount calipers.

    You can get adapters to fit post calipers to flat frames but not the reverse. Because the flat mount is 'closer' to the frame you can't really adapt to it.
     
  14. uv

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 May 2006

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    Location: Manchester

    I don't believe such adaptors exist - only the other way round. You'd be best off getting a post-mount set like the ST-RS685, but they're quite costly new. Might actually be worth buying a second hand bike with hydraulics and swapping the brakeset off!
     
  15. kiteloopy

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Apr 2008

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    Location: Notts / Reading

    Cheers guys. Just taken a look at Merlin cycles website and they list the following:
    STI Levers/Disc Brakeset: 1 x Shimano ST-RS685 Hydraulic Disc Brake STI's & BR-RS785 Disc Brakes (Post Mount)

    So I guess thats what I need if I want to go hydro.
     
  16. Saytan

    Mobster

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    Yeah pretty much, although those are ultegra/DA level parts and cheaper options may be available if you want them
     
  17. kiteloopy

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Apr 2008

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    Location: Notts / Reading

    yea I see that I could get RS505 to save some £, but I cant get on with the look and size of them.
    Cheers for the help Saytan.
     
  18. Jonny ///M

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    Yeah get the 685s! I hate the shape of the 505 and it doesn't feel as nice IMO.
     
  19. Phil99

    Capodecina

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    Also don't forget that the latest Ultegra brought hydraulic shifters under proper series branding, so the R8020 may also be suitable. Not sure if/how they differ from the RS685 though.

    I have RS685 after upgrading from Spyres and it was a nice upgrade
     
  20. Roady

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Hereford

    Yup that'll do it. You don't save anything by buying parts separately and price you see on Merlin is fantastic anyway! Most other places the levers alone are a similar price.

    When I thought one of my RS-785 calipers was sticking they where such crazy price to buy individually (they've dropped now to around £35/40) that I actually started to look at using MTB calipers, specifically the Saint and going 4 caliper. Everything I read indicated it should work, the only unknown was the reservoir volume on the RS685 maybe not being enough. I read of guys with broken RS785's swapping them for the Deore calipers successfully. Unsure if it was the M6000 or M446. There was even hints about Shimano using the same ceramic pistons on them so if you cracked one you could swap one over.

    Agreed, coming from 5800 the 685's felt bigger but only marginally with the same shape and a similar 'feel'. The 505 felt flimsy in comparison almost like they where thinner than the 5800's but I think that was to the reservoir making the upper hood feel bigger so the shape is different.