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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:28 pm 
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Hi. You can purchase silicone spray to lightly coat your bike. This means dirt sticks less to the bike and what does stick falls off much easier. You just have to ensure you don't coat the rims or discs depending on what you have, otherwise your brakes will be useless.....

I hose bikes down but not with a pressure washer as they can force water into the bottom brackets and destroy the bearings. Seat tube and head tubes can suffer as well, plus hubs.

Putting a wet bike in a cold garage or shed is not great. Wipe down with kitchen towel, leave for a bit then I go over with cheap wet wipes. These leave the bike dry and add shine to it.

If money permits, a cheap air compressor is great to blast water out of hard to reach bits but not many people do that.

One other think to do is replace steel bolts and fixings with titanium ones. They don't rust. EBay is full of them. On average, 4 steel bolts for fixing handlebars to bar stem cost £3-4, roughly double that cost for titanium. Well worth it.

A wider saddle may not help you. Sometimes narrow ones fit better. May be worth moving the saddle 5mm forwards or backwards and then another 5mm if needed. Also perhaps tilt the saddle downwards. Normally this can be done by loosening rear allen bolt under saddle a tiny bit and tightening the front one.

Plus, if you're wearing padded cycling shorts or tights, do not wear anything underneath them. Underwear completely negates the benefits of having padded clothing. Plus a bit of chamois cream helps enormously on longer rides, especially in warmer weather.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:31 pm 
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Cool thanks dude.

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Just upgraded the chainset on my best road bike, not because I really had to, more because I am a bit OCD when it comes to bikes and it now matches the rest of the components. However, I can't believe what a difference it makes. Switching from the large to small chainrings and back again is remarkably quicker and quieter.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:11 am 
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Nice one Asphalt!

I haven't been on a bike since Christmas, too cold/bored/middle of a moving and getting a new job.

Last time I looked at it the chain was rusty, all within a few weeks. It needs some TLC, especially since I'm doing the London night ride again this year. I want to get on it again soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:34 am 
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Turbo trainer......

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:52 am 
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Yeah, I thought of that but I never seem to have the time. Plus, personally I prefer the roads, not sitting in a room. Not even in the gym. I know it is the best thing you can do on the cold and rainy days that you can't get out, but I can't get myself to do it.

Oh, I wanted to tell you, I tried for my first time since I was a kid a road bike. But not just a road bike. A two year old Merckx, this:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/edd ... 1#features

My mate got it for £500 from a friend. It was sold originally at around £2800, that was a bargain!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:27 pm 
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Oh wow schumie that looks pretty mean. Looks like it'll be a joy to ride?

What chainset did you buy Asphalt, I've never really been fully happy with mine, but it does the job for now.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:00 pm 
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Ultegra. Most of my bike was ultegra but the chainset was made by FSA. It was perfectly good but I wanted the bike to all be matching. Told you I was OCD!

I got it new of eBay for a steel, probably because the seller stole it......

Have to say the gear change is much better, especially from small to large ring. Guess it matches with all the other ultegra bits of the bike, the shifters are amazing.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:26 am 
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Oh wow schumie that looks pretty mean. Looks like it'll be a joy to ride?

What chainset did you buy Asphalt, I've never really been fully happy with mine, but it does the job for now.


It was awesome. Coming from MTB, the acceleration on the road is phenomenal, like driving a Ferrari after using a Land Rover all your life!

I did like the road cycling, although with that bike I needed to be very careful; you can't just jump from the pavement or go over obstacles like you do with the MTB.

I fell in love with it


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:28 am 
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Ultegra. Most of my bike was ultegra but the chainset was made by FSA. It was perfectly good but I wanted the bike to all be matching. Told you I was OCD!

I got it new of eBay for a steel, probably because the seller stole it......

Have to say the gear change is much better, especially from small to large ring. Guess it matches with all the other ultegra bits of the bike, the shifters are amazing.


Fell from the back of a truck, didn't it?

Hehe

Is the Ultegra better than the Campagnolo Centaur? The chainset on the Merckx was fantastic, very rapid


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:40 am 
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SchumieRules wrote:
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Ultegra. Most of my bike was ultegra but the chainset was made by FSA. It was perfectly good but I wanted the bike to all be matching. Told you I was OCD!

I got it new of eBay for a steel, probably because the seller stole it......

Have to say the gear change is much better, especially from small to large ring. Guess it matches with all the other ultegra bits of the bike, the shifters are amazing.


Fell from the back of a truck, didn't it?

Hehe

Is the Ultegra better than the Campagnolo Centaur? The chainset on the Merckx was fantastic, very rapid


Fairly similar I would think if price is anything to do by. However, I would probably put Ultegra a little bit ahead based simply on the fact that all reviews I've read about Ultegra put it's quality on a par with Dura Ace, Shimano's top groupset. The only benefit you get from Dura Ace is a few hundred grams weight saving over the entire groupset. Apparantly, the shirting, braking etc etc is a match.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:10 am 
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Asphalt_World wrote:
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Ultegra. Most of my bike was ultegra but the chainset was made by FSA. It was perfectly good but I wanted the bike to all be matching. Told you I was OCD!

I got it new of eBay for a steel, probably because the seller stole it......

Have to say the gear change is much better, especially from small to large ring. Guess it matches with all the other ultegra bits of the bike, the shifters are amazing.


Fell from the back of a truck, didn't it?

Hehe

Is the Ultegra better than the Campagnolo Centaur? The chainset on the Merckx was fantastic, very rapid


Fairly similar I would think if price is anything to do by. However, I would probably put Ultegra a little bit ahead based simply on the fact that all reviews I've read about Ultegra put it's quality on a par with Dura Ace, Shimano's top groupset. The only benefit you get from Dura Ace is a few hundred grams weight saving over the entire groupset. Apparantly, the shirting, braking etc etc is a match.


Aaah, ok. Thanks. It sounds like minimal differences, for the inexperienced road-er like me at least.

Have you started going out yet? The sun is fantastic out there, makes me want to get the bike out


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:12 am 
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Don't enter many Sportives but as well as my local one in May, my mate and I couldn't resist this one. Closed roads will be amazing. Be able to ride in a peleton formation with loads of other riders and take whatever line we want.

http://www.tourofcambridgeshire.com/

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:16 am 
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Heading out soon today . Recently had wisdom tooth out which cold wind is not good for!

I'm out all year though unless there is a risk of ice or heavy wind, then it's turbo trainer with dvd playing on the laptop in front of me. Passes the time well. Often do a 50 minute session listening to one half of a football match.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:58 am 
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That race looks like it will be good fun!

I didn't like the bunching of riders when I did the London nightride or the London To Brighton one, but I guess it's because I have never done it before. Looks good though!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:09 pm 
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Well, the Brits have royally hashed up the World Track Champs at far tonight.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:47 pm 
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Truly astonishing finish to Saturdays stage in Spain. Cyclists showing footballers for the unfit people they really are complaining about two matches a week.

Froome is amazing. Skip to 20 minutes. Stunning stuff.

http://youtu.be/Qmba3jK8BvM

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:32 pm 
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Asphalt_World wrote:
Truly astonishing finish to Saturdays stage in Spain. Cyclists showing footballers for the unfit people they really are complaining about two matches a week.

Froome is amazing. Skip to 20 minutes. Stunning stuff.

http://youtu.be/Qmba3jK8BvM

Yeah it was a great finish to the stage considering what Contador had done the day before. Hopefully Nibs and Quintana can get on in the action and make this season one to remember.

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Congratulations dizlexik! Michal Kwiatkowski is the new world champion!

Thanks. :) Missed this thread when he won it. :!:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:05 am 
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I have removed my front derailleur and now run a 32t chain ring and 10 speed cassette. Less weight, clutter, and mechanicals and I'm getting stronger and fitter as a by product. Easier to keep clean too.
If I need the Granny Ring it isn't there but I push harder or get off and push.
It's weird to some but It really makes my trail riding even more of a pleasure.

Any others done some radical changes to their bikes that leaves others wondering why.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:29 am 
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I haven't changed anything on my bike.

Although I've been having problems motivating myself to cycle. I've been trying to so short stints on weekends to make my butt stronger so the seat doesn't hurt (short rides don't give me any saddle problems).

But I really can not be bothered to put on my cycling gear and get on the bike in the mornings. Anyway else have motivational issues?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:39 pm 
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I can motivate myself because I've had to give up Karate, badminton and running because of my knees. The bike is the only reliable form of exercise that I get, which gives me zero pain.


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Loving the Tour de Flanders. I SOOOOOO wish I lived in Belgium. Not only do I love the country as a whole, the people, the history, the scenery, especially in the Ardenne region, but I could pop to Spa frequently and watch the greatest classics in the world. What a country!

I see Sky are trying out the Pinarello Dogma K8-S with a minor amount of rear suspension to deal with the cobbles. Not all the team are using it and so far Wiggo seems to be in two minds having switched bikes a couple of times already between two different models.

Anyway, great event.

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Great racing today, but what a disaster from TWO Shimano neutral service cars. Utter chaos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl6R0oLJZx8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv1QwPgbreM

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Utter chaos indeed. I always found that they drive way too close to the riders.

Belgium is close Asphalt, last I was there was in November, so easy to cross the channel and then drive there in a couple of hours. I'll be doing it again soon.

Now I took our bikes out for a nice ride yesterday, lubed them, prepared them and all. Only to see the nice sunshine and stay at the beach playing volleyball. Oh well, first ride of 2015 still to come!


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New season, new chain. Gone gold for that JPS Lotus look!

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Sexy!

I went out last Saturday, even if it was a mere 8-miler one. But after 5 months of no riding at all, I regretted omitting the padded shorts immediately. Ouch.


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Yes, no padded shorts is a nightmare.....

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Just getting into training for a charity ride. Getting pins and needles in right foot and I've no idea why. Not using cleats or even straps ( crappy old trail bike). Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:57 am 
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DOLOMITE wrote:
Just getting into training for a charity ride. Getting pins and needles in right foot and I've no idea why. Not using cleats or even straps ( crappy old trail bike). Any ideas?


Which one? I'm doing the London night-ride in early June, less than a month and I've done all about... 7 miles this year!

Check your saddle height, I'm sure you probably have but never the less check it again.


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Also check shoe tightness. Get swel up a bit whilst cycling so it's best to start of with slightly loose shoes.

It's also quite common to subconsciously scrunch your toes up a little when peddling. Try to make sure that's not happening.

As already mentioned, a slightly higher seat position could help out perhaps move the saddle 5mm forward or backwards.

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Well Wiggo being Wiggo has started his hour attempt early! He was ready so off he went.

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The man's a machine.
All these F1 drivers faffing around in cars and Wiggo cycles for 1 hour at nearly 34mph.

All without being allowed to take on any fluid during the event.

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Is Wiggins' thing a big deal? I mean, it's a world record but given it's apparently fallen 5 times in 9 months, that makes it feel a little lesser to me, though I am coming from a completely layman's POV on cycling.


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Is Wiggins' thing a big deal? I mean, it's a world record but given it's apparently fallen 5 times in 9 months, that makes it feel a little lesser to me, though I am coming from a completely layman's POV on cycling.


Is fallen a lot recently because it's become 'the' record to go for like it used to be. This is big because he's won the Tour de France, a totally different event to this, and then smashed the record to bits. Would have gone further but for less than favorable weather conditions.

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Is nobody following the Tour de France on here? It's been a cracking first week, nicely set up for the mountains...

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Watch every stage as I record them all. Got home in time to see last half hour live today. Simply astonishing.

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Don't tell me - I have it recorded for later!

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Froome will win tour by at least 10 minutes.

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Allez Froome

Well, the threw urine over him, punched Porte, spat at him earlier this week, and spat at him again today on Alpe d'Huez, but you can't keep a monster of a sportsman down.

These cyclists are simply phenomenal. Footballers take note. When you say you're too tired after having to play 2 times in a week, go watch the alpine section of the Tour de France!

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