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  Things to do: take more notice of forecast ....
Posted by: mike the bike - 11-04-2020, 04:18 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (2)

Got up early, stared blankly out of dark window and conspicuously failed to register the sharp frost outside.  On my way to the garage I thought vaguely it might be a bit nippy but only a mile into my usual ride did I realise my fingers were numb.  And it wasn't the numb you can't feel; it was the other numb, the one that hurts.
  
But I am a cyclist, by definition a lion among men, and I will not flinch from my duty.  Wednesday is the Downs Road ride and the Downs Road ride it would be.  The higher I climbed the colder it got.  The more my legs sweated the more my fingers throbbed.  Changing gear became really difficult, braking was largely out of the question and I seriously considered amputating both thumbs on my return.

But all things must pass and an hour later, having used my elbow to open the shower door, I was standing under a stream of hot water.  And that's when the pain really kicked in; nothing I could do would ease the burn of my frozen digits as circulation was restored.  When I forced myself to undertake an inspection of the offending limbs I half expected to see blackened flesh and missing nails.  What a relief to count up to ten.

"How was your ride?", asked my lady, sleepily emerging from under the duvet.  "Fine." I replied.  After all a bike rider must never show weakness in the face of the thermometer or the presence of the wife.

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  ProForm TDF
Posted by: 100%JR - 10-12-2020, 05:43 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (18)

I've just purchased a 2nd hand ProForm TDF 5.0Pro indoor training bike

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I generally use a Wattbike at the Gym through Winter but due to C-19 restrictions etc it's getting harder to actually get on the only one they have.I've had bikes on Turbos/Smart Turbos before but thought I'd go down this route to see how I get on.As my daughter is at Uni we now have a semi-spare bedroom so i can keep it in there always ready to go Cool 

Pick it up Saturday.I've tried one before(a friend has one) and TBH it feels much more realistic than any other static bike.I'll post updates!

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  Hunt the perfect wheel?
Posted by: mike the bike - 10-05-2020, 04:35 PM - Forum: Gear - No Replies

Six months ago I started my latest bike-build and, though I say it myself, it was a tale of happiness and contentment from beginning to end.  The resulting Ribble 725 steel beast looks lovely, mostly, and has performed better than I could have hoped.  It's got it all, subtlety, balance and style.  And it goes well, leaping downhill with an enthusiasm you don't often see in a 10kg bike.  Shimano's 105 groupset, with its marvellous hydraulic discs, performs better than any mid-range collection of parts has a right to, and has never missed a beat.

But gradually I've come to the conclusion that the true stars of the show are the wheels.  Chosen from the cheaper end of Hunt's wide range, the Four Season Disc hoops have exceeded all my expectations by a country mile.  Every time I remove a wheel from the bike, and I've done that a few times since my tubeless experiment began, I'm still surprised at how light they are.  And rigid and twangy too, like a well built wheel should be.  The spokes are evenly taut, unfailingly  playing the same note when you pluck 'em.  The hubs are quiet but take up drive very smartly and the rims are as perfectly aligned today as they were 2500 miles ago.

As the years have passed I've become accustomed to ever-higher standards of performance from the bike stuff I buy.  So much so that I hardly ever voice my regard to friends, colleagues and other riders.  But the Hunts are an exception to this rule, they are deserving of a moment in the spotlight, a brief showering of praise.  Long may they prosper.

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  Giro time!
Posted by: 100%JR - 10-03-2020, 09:12 AM - Forum: Pro cycling - Replies (8)

Hopefully G has hit his form at the right time.
Could be brutal in the Mountains at this time of year.Should suit a Welsh lad used to crap weather Big Grin

Cue three weeks of Mrs100% moaning constantly about cycling dominating the TV Big Grin Big Grin Cool

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  Speedplay pedals
Posted by: 100%JR - 10-02-2020, 02:50 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (4)

Has anyone any experience?
I have used Look Keo on my road bikes for a few years but am getting a niggly twinge in my right knee after 20+ miles.I put my Shimano SPD pedals on the bike and rode almost 40 twinge-free miles a few days ago so think it might be something to do with the Look Keos.They are perfectly fine up to the 35-40 miles mark.
So I know SPDs are OK and I'll probably fit some if need be but I'm not keen on the "look" of them on a Road bike so thought I might try Speedplay?
Probably an age thing as much as anything else Huh

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  Ritchie Porte to Ineos.
Posted by: 100%JR - 09-26-2020, 11:46 AM - Forum: Pro cycling - Replies (4)

Ritchie Porte going back to Ineos for 2021.
Seems a strange move by both parties?
I can understand Ineos's other signings,some real talent but not too sure about Porte.OK so he will make a superb super-domestique with his experience but there must be younger riders who can do the same job.
Can't fault him for wanting an earnings boost though.

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  Old Gits lock down is over!
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 08-04-2020, 08:15 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

The group of retirees I sometimes ride with on a Thursday are now meeting again. I shall be taking some days off I think as I'm not planning any hols. Hopefully get some sunny days....

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  The March of Progress, indeed.
Posted by: mike the bike - 07-26-2020, 04:54 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (14)

Never thought in a million years I would be telling you this, but it's true.  I have taken the final step towards embracing the future.  After half-a-century of stopping at every junction and waving a paper map in the wind, I have bought myself an electric GPS thingie.  
It's very neat and attaches itself to my stem using elastic bands.  It even runs off its own battery so I don't need to trail a really long mains cable behind me; what will they think of next.  Switching it on is a doddle, switching it off less so 'cause it bleeps furiously at me, probably in amusement.  The screen may be small but boy, is it colourful and I may need some darker specs if I have to keep looking at it.  They don't warn you of that extra expense.
It says it can automatically link itself to my Apple although I've seen no signs of this so far, but I am a patient man and guess it needs a rest after its journey from China.
Anyway, there are 22 pages of instructions, some of them in English, to wade through before I become a true master of the universe, so I'll pour myself a Sunday evening G&T and settle down in a quiet corner.  Expect an update sometime in the next twelve months to announce I have got it to work.

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  Titanium V Carbon
Posted by: 100%JR - 07-20-2020, 01:41 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (16)

I have covered roughly 150 miles on my Ti Lynskey so I thought I'd give my take on the Ti-v-CF.

After a few niggles I have just about got the Lynskey right.I'm still waiting on the Shimano brake Hoses but the brakes work OK and have nothing to do with the ride comparison.
So how does it feel?
From the off there is a difference.The ride feels instantly less harsh.It just feels comfortable.I felt no extra flex or loss in stiffness when out of the saddle climbing etc but it just felt "softer" and more forgiving all round.The Brooks saddle feels like no other saddle I've used despite it not being a "traditional" Leather Brookes.It's still quite wide compared to other Road saddles.I'm not 100% sure I like it yet.I need to give it a few hundred more miles before I decide.It's certainly comfortable but the jury is out for now.The Carbon integrated bars/stem feel OK as do the Carbon wheels.

So...is it better?
I'll have to say no for now.it's different yes but not better.The combination of Ti frame/carbon fork/wheels/bars/post and the fact it's all new could have an effect but as of now it's not the "OMG I should have switched to Ti years ago" light bulb moment Ti enthusiasts have you believe Rolleyes 

I'll add to this when I've done a few months and a few hundred more Miles on the bike.I'll also ride the Canyon again once I've got 4 or 500 miles in on the Lynskey.

As a side note I will say this:-
Di2...it is just brilliant.So easy to set up.So easy to adjust.I am currently waiting on the next generation battery so I can try out the Syncro-shift.After what I've spent I might as well have the full Di2 experience CoolI can say,with confidence,that if I ever get another Carbon bike it will definitely have Di2.I will be upgrading the Canyon to Di2 regardless!

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  Finders keepers ...
Posted by: mike the bike - 07-11-2020, 03:30 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (17)

O the joy of it, the return of more-or-less normal traffic, bringing with it the resumption of free gifts at the roadside.  It's been a good week for the freebies, yesterday's builders' tape measure was probably eclipsed by this morning's bidon, brand new and complete with half a litre of some sweet smelling glucose concoction.  (I know what you're thinking but no, it really was energy drink.)

Mind you, there is a trade-off for all this good luck and it's having to mix it with the loonies behind the wheel.  Within two miles of my front door this morning I suffered a ridiculous overtake that forced an oncoming driver to brake really hard, followed by a blind gentleman in a pick-up emerging into my path on a roundabout.  At least I got my own back on Stevie Wonder; I took the lane on our exit road and forced him to follow me for three hundred yards at 10 mph.  Revenge is sweet, even sweeter than the energy gloop.

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