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Road Cycling

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

  1. sHo0sH

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Apr 2011

    Posts: 3,160

    Location: London

    Good work Jobe, thats a solid ride. I looked at strava the other day and the longest one I have ever done is a paltry 130km!
     
  2. Jobe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,057

    Location: Lincoln

    Not sure yet. One thing is sure whatever I do can’t be too hilly......
    I don’t have the strength/stamina yet for long steepish gradients( 10% and more)
    Will look to see what other sportif’s are Around this area and look to do the 50-70 milers.
    Also need to keep losing the weight. Done a stone and a half since I got back on my bike back in March/April and will hopefully do the same again in the second half of the year. That would get me down to 15 1/2 which will help a lot with speed/averages/everything really
    Might even fit into normal sized cycling clothes:eek:
     
  3. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,058

    Location: Hereford

    Well done @Thomas. PLease. ! Was great fun to see you several times on the stream when many others they only showed their starts. Fantastic experience for you and a tough course in even tougher hot conditions!

    Not sure what happened to Gruff Lewis and Chris Lawless as both DNF with a couple of others. Andy Turner (one of my local riders) finished in 55:45. I'd consider him an incredible TT'er and very much an E123 solo breakaway kinda rider, so for me, Thomas putting in a 57:07 is pretty incredible considering the rolling course! Well done buddy, great exposure for Paceline RT too! :)

    Will put more of my thoughts/comments into the Pro Cycling discussion thread ;)

    Note: wore my welsh jersey to work today :D

    Brutal in that heat, saw your comments on Strava. Too warm for efforts like that! :p

    Great riding! Brutal in the heat so glad there was good support. Time to concentrate on some climbing? ;)

    There's no such thing as a 'normal' size in cycling clothes. I think that's why so many guys get upset they're an XL!

    Saw someone selling an XXXXXL Sky jersey on eBay. 5 X's! WTF! :o
     
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  4. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Feb 2003

    Posts: 6,980

    Location: Shropshire

    Tell me about it - my Drops team jersey is 4XL and I'm wearing a medium size T-shirt today!
     
  5. Jobe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,057

    Location: Lincoln

    For a slightly loose fit I get the 7xl. It’s ludicrous. I have some 4xl and they are marginally smaller #fitforfatties
     
  6. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Notts

    Good work on your progress.
     
  7. Roady

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,058

    Location: Hereford

    Good choice, the carbon disc defy's are meant to ride very well. One of the guys at my LBS was rating them as a great alternative to the Specialized Diverge I'm riding. Basically the 2016 version I have of the Diverge is very much a 'fast gravel bike for the road' - semi-compact, wide enough tyre clearance and sacrifices very little speed with the geometry almost the same as the Tarmac. It's not really aimed at fully 'off road', whereas the 2017 and onwards Diverge is more of a 'pure gravel bike' with much lower gearing aimed at off road, single chainrings and rough tyres.

    The Roubaix is now more the 'fast gravel bike for the road' but even the 2018 hasn't got the tyre clearance of the 2016 Diverge (up to 40mm!).

    Haha, I'm always in 'medium' normal clothing now, but when visiting the States 2 years ago I was buying everything in Small and Extra Small! :o

    I find myself generally in 'slim fit' shirts and skinny style upper body, very on trend for current fashon. But then having to hunt down the 'boot cut' and non-skinny stuff for below the waist. In current fashion trends I'm generally wearing a size larger than I should be with a belt, just to get enough room for my thighs! A 30-32" waist line with thighs of 34-36" trouser would fit me perfectly! :/

    Have a great weekend all! :cool:

    Next range of Tarmac colour options could be very interesting.
     
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  8. Jimbeam3678

    Capodecina

    Joined: 8 Dec 2002

    Posts: 18,185

    Location: North Yorkshire

    What Gillet's can people recommend ? After a packable one which is windproof more than anything. Also what are warmest/best Gloves and socks? Doing the usual buying clothes off season thing .
     
  9. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,596

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Help help I need ocuk advice.

    I've cycling London to Cambridge on Sunday and I've just cleaned my bike to discover the rear wheel sounds like a washing machine with bricks in it. I changed the cassette last week from a compact to a 11-32 as well.

    I need to find a wheel tomorrow :eek: I eat rear wheels yearly so something robust would be good.

    Bike is a specialised crux so it has a hydraulic brake, Shimano cassette with 6 bolt disc and tubed tyres.

    Any suggestions from Evans in stock at Gatwick would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    https://www.evanscycles.com/bike-components/wheels_c
     
  10. uv

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

    What's your budget?
     
  11. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,596

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    2 / 3 / 4 hundred for a rear?
     
  12. uv

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

  13. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,596

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Forgot to say I'm using 25mm continental gp4000 not cyclocross tyres
     
  14. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Notts

    What do we think lifetime of Continental Grand Sport Race tyres will be (25mm)?
     
  15. BennyC

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,946

    Price primarily then comfort, cooling & aesthetics. In that order. There will probably be some compromise over one or all 4 of those factors.

    Depends what you're riding them over, what pressure you're running them at and what you weigh...
     
  16. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Notts

    Bog standard UK roads, mostly in the dry. 85/95 PSI, 81kg + bike.
     
  17. Lethal`

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 5,116

    I don't want to disappoint.... so...

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
    @Roady chickened out of riding his 100 mile sportive and took the short option...
    Excuses included: no one else turning up (yet somehow riding mostly solo), limited water supplies and heat, heavy workshop-saddle-bag.

    :D
     
  18. UTmaniac

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 6,213

    Location: Southampton

    But he did better than me, I woke up groggy as hell at 0530 and by the time I was vaguely prepared to get changed and go out for 60+ mile ride around 1000, it was already ~23C outdoors and Met Office had extended the thunder warnings east from Bournemouth to Worthing (not that any rain has happened all day).

    Still horrid here now, don't think I'm going out again after my pootke earlier to the corner shop, it feels far worse than when I did my ~77 mile ride on Friday morning.
     
  19. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Notts

    Pah, 27C riding here no problem. Ruddy southerners :D
     
  20. Lethal`

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 5,116

    Stopping at any junction/traffic light was pretty rough in the heat but it was okay when moving. One stop earlier turned into a water fight between mates - that was pretty refreshing!