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

  1. Jonny ///M

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    Other than swapping the different height insoles in these, no?
     
  2. Vonhelmet

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    Location: On the hoods

    Went out on the cross bike to try my like in the frost. Found some ice and fell off. No harm done though I expect I’ll get a decent bruise on my hip. Better put my studded tyres on for tomorrow’s commute...
     
  3. physichull

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    Yeah glad I went out yesterday as today is very icy. A no go for me, maybe turbo later on.
     
  4. BennyC

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    Tfw cleaning a years worth of snot-rockets of the inside of the garage personnel door... thankfully they all just wiped off. Target practise continues :p
     
  5. One More Solo

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    When audaxes say they’re not a race they actually mean it. :D
     
  6. Indigo

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    Had my first taster session at the Manchester Velodrome today. Really good fun and had a good session, found going upto the blue line fairly easy, put a few decent laps together and held my own. Past the blue line though, managed a few laps but it takes so much more effort to get round the bend at that height!!

    Booked on for another in two weeks time but can see me doing it again and possibly going through the next stages.
     
  7. SoliD

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    Just over 500 miles in 15 days all in the lovely glorious british climate! :D Legs are going to love me when I actually give them a break in a weeks time :D

    Proper cold out today, had 4 layers on my top half and was in the problem area of overheating/catching a cold from sweating. Definitely need to get myself some new boots after this winter. 3 years in my Northwaves now and they're starting to show. Definitely not as warm as they used to be.
     
  8. Lethal`

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    So we're not supposed to treat the 18mph avg maximum as a target? :D
     
  9. Shadowness

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    I hear that! Today took me to about 680 miles in the last two weeks, still working off my end of year travelling and xmas weight gain!

    Still have to commute to work, so no full rest for me. I'll have to try to stick to Z1 power for those rides!
     
  10. SoliD

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    How many actually outside with the real men though?:D:D
     
  11. Vonhelmet

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    Hmm.

    I have two sets of wheels for my cross bike. Both are mavic aksiums, both have the same ten speed SRAM cassettes. This morning I rode one set - cross tyres. This evening I rode the other - ice tyres. This evening the indexing was off. Surely they should be functionally identical? The only thing I can think of is that the spacers behind the cassettes are different?

    Presumably unless I can find two identical spacers I’m going to have to fiddle with the indexing each time I switch wheelsets?
     
  12. UTmaniac

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    The ice wheelset's cassette is far less worn than the CX wheelset?
     
  13. Shadowness

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    oh I see it's like that is it! ;)

    Most of them were outside in the rain and sub-zero temperatures! And when was 137 miles on a turbo not considered a 'real man' ride!? ;)
     
  14. Saytan

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    could be all the parts in one wheel are at one end of the production tolerance, and the other one's at the other.
     
  15. Roady

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    WTF is a guttie hahaa :D

    Good choice, I really rate the Giro's (Treble II) I bought in a Wiggle deal. For a £50 shoe (it was a great deal!) they're superb. They've taken loads of abuse as my 'bad weather' & commuting shoes, but dare I say it - they're wearing better than the Sidi's I bought for over triple the price...!

    Lol, bit optimistic! :o

    The classic is having a Brevet card you have to get stamped at different points. Some are more modern now and you take pictures of yourself at certain signs and landscapes to prove you located them. My understanding is there's lots of differing rules, so worth checking what the specifics are with something like aukweb. Some have specific routes, some have 'checkpoints' and you'll have to navigate between them yourself, some you gain different 'points' for different checkpoints and have to accrue a certain amount to 'finish' so you can almost choose where and what you're riding. You'll have to choose some long checkpoints to make your veloviewer target! ;)

    @touch could give you some pointers as he's done some pretty remote riding!

    Ouch! Hope it heals up ok & nothing worse. It was bitter cold here this morning, the wind was a real killer! Proper windchill. There where frozen puddles around and some frosty parts of tarmac but not ice on the roads so don't think it froze that hard overnight.

    Went out saturday with the usual guys on the social ride, 5 of us. I had to be back at 11:30 and the planned route was quite a hilly one so I turned back for home at 10:15 figuring I should get home in an hour from there. Cue the rain and almost constant headwinds! I utterly emptied myself to get back and made it for 11:29. Was in bad books as she'd already packed the little one into the car and was just leaving as I needed to be 5 minutes earlier... Ooops! :o
     
  16. touch

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    I've only done 1 audax and it was a fixed-route with a brevet card to fill in on the way round. I think there were some route marker signs but not 100% sure - certainly a printed cue sheet to carry so not a lot of self-navigation required.
    Some checkpoints were a stamp in the card, others were questions like "what is the milage to [placename] on the signpost at this junction" or "what colour is the door on the house opposite this junction".

    From my experience, an audax is more of a distance challenge whereas a sportife is more of a speed challenge. We had a couple of cafe stops on the way round and it was a much more relaxed event than a sportife. There was a 400k audax nearby last year but I cant see it on the calendar for this year. I'd like to give that a go if it's run again.
     
  17. Shadowness

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    I was always under the impression if you turn up to an audax with a full carbon bike, race fit clothing etc, no beard, you would be laughed at.

    As you say, I think they are more of a distance challenge.
     
  18. topgun06

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    Well my ride yesterday was eventful. Temperature was fine once we got up and running. The road were also surprisingly good, just hints of ice down the edges. Then, at the 15mi point it all changed. The roads got much worse,

    A Range Rover behind, goes for an overtake, not in the best of positions, just on a bend, on a narrow road. A Mini comes the opposite direction, the Range Rover stops the overtake but the Mini is going too fast, hits ice and bang, smashes into the Range Rover. Pretty lucky the car wasn't full on overtaking! I gave my details and we carried on.

    Later on in the ride, descending, I thought to myself, "This doesn't look good here". Yes, the whole of the road was iced over and inevitably, bang. I hit the deck. Sliding down the road I spun around to see my father following me on his arse also. The sliding meant there there wasn't too much damage. I put a hole in my overshoes and have a bruise, but that's all.

    Then finally, 1 mi from home we have a flat. Tyre half off, tube out, thorn removed we replaced the tube and exhausted a co2 canister on inflating it. Just to see the tyre go flat again as quickly as it has inflated. Yes, we have put the same tube back in! DOH!

    Very eventful all around.
     
  19. Shadowness

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    Eventful indeed! Stupid Mini for getting in the Range Rover's way!!How dare he be on the same road in fact! Typical RR driving attitude tbf, not to start a cyclist vs driver argument, but from my experience, 4x4 drivers, and I mean the pointless 4x4s like X5s, RR, Q7s, Cayennes etc, are usually nobs. Not all, but most are.

    We were lucky with ice here, only a few bits on the edges, and some more major bits on the sheltered roads.
     
  20. Lethal`

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    I got some grief from a passenger for not using a cycle footpath (shared use thing). He told me "there's a cycle path over there!" while gesturing at said footpath and I told him "there's a motorway over there" while gesturing at the M3 50 metres away. He responded with a confused look. Presumably his wife/Mum/Sister driving didn't agree with his ranting as she carried on at normal speed and didn't allow for any conversation.

    His rage face:
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