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Finders keepers ...
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Tubeless pressure
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The season has arrived!
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What a day!
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Tour de Zwift
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Never go back ....
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November...really!?
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Sad Heat
Posted by: 100%JR - 07-12-2022, 03:13 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (2)

Is anyone riding in the heat Confused
I've tried a couple of times but it's just murder Sad 
I have cycled in 34-36° heat in Mallorca and South of France but it feels so close and humid these past few days.I really struggled to get air into my lungs despite slowing right down to 12-13mph average.Avoiding hills is not really helping either Angry 

Typical of the UK wait for a good Summer but then it's just too damn hot Dodgy

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  What's the matter with these people?
Posted by: mike the bike - 04-18-2022, 04:34 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (2)

Lovely weather for the last week and holidays too, our roads seem jammed with cyclists, most of them of the lycra tribe, to which I unashamedly belong.  But why, oh why, when they pass me (and, at my age, most of them pass me) do they skim my elbow by about six inches?  Have they seen it on telly in the cold months when they hide indoors or what?

One day soon I'll be moving sideways to miss a puddle and we'll have a crash of epic proportions, resulting, I hope, in serious injury to the numpty who is a hair's breadth off my rear wheel.

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  Tubeless pressure
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 03-19-2022, 06:25 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (2)

So, how much air? I'm 105kg on 30mm tyres. The advice on Google seems to vary wildly!!  I put 65/70 in for a short setup ride today and it felt fine, but as a new bike it's clearly very different. Quite noisey though, no sure if that's a sign of low pressure.

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  The season has arrived!
Posted by: mike the bike - 03-13-2022, 04:24 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (4)

It's Sunday and the weather forecast was awful.  Rain, some more rain and then slightly less rain just about summed it up.  And what have we got?  Clear skies, wall-to-wall sunshine and temperatures well into double figures; it's time to pack away the overshoes, hide the longs and expose the lower limbs to public scrutiny.

Of course, in common with every cyclist I know, the bike is suffering from the non-availability of a new chain, new cassette, new brake pads and, due to my carelessness, a new rear disc.  I've tried to compensate by keeping the old girl extra clean and ignoring the judder from the rear brake but, for an OCD specialist like me, it's been taking the edge off my riding for the last weeks of winter. 

But ten miles into today's ride I had forgotten my trivial woes and was lapping up the things I had forgotten since last September.  Birds, actual birds, were singing in the hedgerows.  The road was dry and had given up spattering my lily-white legs.  Motorists were leaving a reasonable gap, perhaps hypnotised by the change in the weather, and three hours passed without the need to shout at some wandering nincompoop.

The world may be in a mess at the moment and it somehow seems indecent to be enjoying life, but I figure we all need a few moments of escapism to help us through.  Enjoy.

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  What a day!
Posted by: mike the bike - 02-02-2022, 04:20 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

For the first time this year everything, but everything, about my daily ride was top notch.  The wind had eased, the sun was as strong as any February sun could be, the traffic seemed to have disappeared and the sky was that special kind of blue you only see when you are happy.  And my legs felt good, good enough to tackle one of our maddest local climbs.  And when I got to the summit I still had some breath left for normal stuff, like staying alive.  Hello 2022.

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  Tour de Zwift
Posted by: Ports - 01-07-2022, 08:00 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (7)

Hi guys,

Happy new year. A few of ex ukrc forum guys are going to do a Tour de Zwift starting next week. We're going to have a GC table on a spreadsheet. Does anyone want to join?

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  Never go back ....
Posted by: mike the bike - 12-06-2021, 05:51 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

A long time ago, when I was a fine figure of a cyclist, my job took me to Yorkshire and I loved it.  For a dozen years I revelled in the place, the people and the cycling.  We lived in a small market town near York and the nearby wolds offered some of this country's finest biking with almost no traffic, very few flat roads but no really savage hills either.  Many were the days when I would set off at dawn, pockets stuffed with bananas and jam sandwiches, and return only with the sunset.  And the local Time Trial scene was flourishing, unlike my results which never matched my enthusiasm.

But life has twists and turns and eventually I found myself back in the soft south, still hopeless at the Sunday morning ten milers but still riding every day.  And amazingly, by some twist of space-time, forty years passed without me setting foot in Yorkshire again.  When I retired and had time to spare this omission obviously had to be remedied and, with the blessing of an obliging wife, I planned a week's trip to the far north, to the land I remembered so well.  Or did I?

Despite my optimism, despite riding some of the roads from years gone by and despite lovely weather I just couldn't believe the changes that had sneaked past me unnoticed.  The quiet market town was now twice its size with housing developments springing up all around.  The town square had lost its charm and was noisy, stuffed full of parked cars, leaving little room for people to stroll and greet one another.  The tiny police station was gone, the library now an arts centre and the whole place dominated by a huge Sainsburys.  I couldn't get a copy of the local paper to take home, it went bust twenty years ago, about the same time the local garage closed and the wood mill went out of business.

And those peaceful lanes where I used to freewheel down the hills to the tune of the skylarks were full of 4x4s, none of them wearing off-road tyres.  The grass verges, once full of wild flowers and cow parsley, had been given a regulation County Council haircut and made me realise how tidy the world has become, how everywhere now looks like anywhere.  

Silly old bugger, expecting the world to stand still while I went off to do other things.

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  November...really!?
Posted by: 100%JR - 11-21-2021, 09:00 AM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (6)

I'm absolutely loving the weather we're having Cool Can't believe how dry and mild it is for November Big Grin I've hardly touched the indoor bike and am still riding the 'best' bike(Lynskey)!
I'm still on partial furlough so basically working 2 on 8/10 off so it's ideal for a quick hour/hour and a half.
I love the crisp Autumn mornings.

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  Big tyres!
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 10-03-2021, 01:43 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (3)

As I can't get a Specialized bike with future shock (dodgy back), I thought I'd put some bigger rubber on the carbon (currently 23s). The Ti will only take 25mm so that's out. Wasn't sure if a 28 or 32 would fit the carbon, but spotted the tourer had 28's, so tried the wheel and there was plenty of space. Didn't want to risk 32s though. Wiggle didn't have any cheapish 28s so went for some Pro4 Endurance. They turned up earlier and they don't seem to be much closer to the seat tube than the 23s, so 32 may have fitted.
Not sure what pressure to use though, I had 80-85 on the 23s, the most scientific says 100 on the rear, 65 on the front (I'm 100Kg+), but they are 87 max  Big Grin

Anyway, I've put 80 rear and 75 front and will see how that feels if we get any dry weather. Looking forward to a bit of comfort.

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  Got any brakes???
Posted by: mike the bike - 10-02-2021, 04:18 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

Both my road bikes are Shimano disc and both need some new pads.  I've tried all the usual suspects - Wiggle, CRC, Merlin etc: - and nobody has anything in stock.  Anybody here found a secret supplier they are prepared to share?

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