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Road Cycling

Discussion in 'SA Archive' started by Zefan, Mar 2, 2015.

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  1. madindehead

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    Nice work on those climbs! And thanks for the proper segments. Need to make those a target for next year! Following you on Strava too if that's ok :)

    Where is a good place to find Shimano spare parts? The little plastic pin in my FD is broken, and I need to find a replacement. It's about £2 for the part. Just not entirely sure what it's called :confused::(
     
  2. xdcx

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    I agree! But the day I done it, I had already gone over Bealach Na Ba the other way, so it was definitely a CAT1 at minimum after that! haha.
    What you got, 810? Mines was perfect for a year but now for some reason it is dropping all signal to devices randomly and I lost half a training ride the other week, it's just gone all sketchy all of a sudden and I think I am one version old in regards to firmware....

    Whilst I am mucking about on Strava, got some other climbs for you all if of any use, Scotland is the best you'll get for climbing in terms of options I think, here some of the bests:
    Glenshee - https://www.strava.com/segments/7011208
    Lecht - https://www.strava.com/segments/6674394
    Cairn O' Mount - https://www.strava.com/segments/6674408

    And 2 of our bigger local climbs here:
    Glendoe - https://www.strava.com/segments/723617
    Garbole - https://www.strava.com/segments/1511257

    If anyone is actually ever planning training up in Scotland, give me a shout. I could definitely help you plan out some amazing routes and areas.
     
  3. Bear

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    Ooohh BennyC gets his bike photo on GCN :)
     
  4. Roady

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    Depends what do you mean by a 'more road suited frame'? More aero? Lighter? Comfort? Or do you really just want a 'different' bike (colour/looks)? :)

    What I would consider is the whole plethora of compromises you may make to get 'all the components' to fit - crankset will determine the BB type & size on new frame, brakes will determine mount points, wheels/guards will determine frame clearance, forks will determine headset type and size etc etc. You might be totally limiting your frame choices by considering to swap 'everything'. Biggest cost implication is shifters & groupset which may determine your frame type (BB fittings). I wouldn't let forks/headset determine the frame so consider having to change them at the same time.

    You'll get used to it, the majority of the time I'm stopped commuting I'm next to a kerb so generally still sat on the saddle with my left foot down. I don't really 'push off' with my left, the downstroke from my right does that for me. When stopped with no kerb the method is the same, just this time I'm off the saddle, my 'push off' with the left is a little more pronounced and used to get my arse onto the saddle, right pedal stroke again doing all the work to move me forwards.
    Google! Quite a few of the cycle tour peoples write blogs and mention rides in areas so look for those as some of them hunt hills. Also look at other riders rides around your areas who get lots of elevation, then check the elevation profile to determine the segments areas which contain popular hills.

    The Strava 'Segment Explore' is ok but totally reliant on segment data, if someones uploaded a ride with dodgy data and then created a segment - for some reason Strava uses their elevation data which can lead to some crazy gains and classifications. The 3 I've linked are just some quick examples I know of around me, flat roads with bad elevation data.
     
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  5. randomshenans

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    Ha I saw that too


     
  6. BennyC

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    #fame :):p
     
  7. randomshenans

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    Different wheels mate, these are Ksyrium Pro SL 2016s! I liked the black and yellow on this one. The R-SYSs are on the aeroad at the moment, taken the 404s off as they kept taking a battering on these **** roads.
     
  8. Vonhelmet

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    Try sjscycles
     
  9. madindehead

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    Thanks. I'll take a look :)
     
  10. madindehead

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    Dura Ace announcement is today. In about 5 hours :D
     
  11. SoliD

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    1000, was fine up until about a month ago. I'm commnunicating with one of the Garmin monkeys.
     
  12. ThaReaperGuy

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    Will try hunt down some bloggers, wonder if they touch the amazing Birmingham though. :p - I have seen a lot of weird segments too whilst hunting through, (Why people create them as segments I don't know) which is why I wondered if there were any other better tools. :D

    Think the wrong city as well, would love to be 20-25 minutes away from where I live as I'm far too central.

    I'm off to Scotland! :eek:
     
  13. SoliD

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  14. FrenchTart

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    That's odd. I thought the highest climb in Scotland was essentially the same height as the highest in England:

    https://www.strava.com/segments/732824

    Are both of those partially off-road?
     
  15. Lethal`

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  16. madindehead

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    I think so. xdcx posted some better segments, all on road!
     
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  17. Vonhelmet

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    It might be a question of how you measure it and what you're actually looking for. For example, Cragg Vale in Yorkshire is the longest continuous climb in England, possibly the whole uk, but overall it's quite shallow and doesn't get as high as some shorter climbs, so it's only a cat 3.
     
  18. madindehead

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    I was primarily looking for long climbs, with higher average gradients. 6%+
     
  19. xdcx

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    I thought the Bealach Na Ba was the highest tarmac road in the UK but I am not 100% sorry.

    You lot decided to Brexit us so you better make the most of it and come to do our climbs whilst you can. In 3 years time you'll need a visa to visit us and do our climbs if you are nice enough for us to let you in that is!! :p :p
     
  20. Saytan

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    Petra Cycles
     
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