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How much Asphalt? And how do you call it??????


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:44 am 
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Tacx Cycle Motion Stand

Amazon are the cheapest at the moment. £90 delivered.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:12 am 
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Nice! Thanks mate. My aim first would be a cheap jet washer, so that I can get rid of the mud even before getting it up on the stand. The joys of mountain biking, nothing like a little bit of mud and cow manure!


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Interesting. I've always been warned off jet washing bikes because of the chance that water can find is way into the bearings in the botton bracket and the headset.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:56 am 
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Interesting. I've always been warned off jet washing bikes because of the chance that water can find is way into the bearings in the botton bracket and the headset.


I know, but my mate uses it for the last so many years and never had a problem. Obviously you have to be careful not to spray heavily in some areas, plus you need to be careful on the pressure (it can even take the paint off in the older bikes), but for cleaning the heavy stuff from the bike it is perfect. It can get really muddy off road


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:02 am 
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i spray my MTB with a normal hosepipe with attachment to get the worst off, then wipe the rest down with warm soapy water and a software sponge. Only then am I allowed to bring it into the house! Usually if it's really dirty and wet, the chain and other moving parts are devoid of grease etc in any case, so getting soapy water on it isn't a problem. Last weekend I had to hose myself down too, before I could go in the house! Errrgh!


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Yes, I sometimes use a hose with my finger over the end if it's really dirty. I always clean the chain and mechanicals after nearly every ride, using a chain cleaner and small stuff brush to get in the gears. I use an oil that comes off with soapy water so its really easy to clean it up in minutes.

A small alloy wheel brush is good for getting in to those hard to reach places without damaging the paint.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:49 am 
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Both of you ride on road though, right? The amount of cr*p you get on the MTB is unreal sometimes. I had so much mud during a ride a few months back that my rear wheel got stuck, wouldn't turn. There was a monumental amount of leaves and mud stuck between the wheel and the down-seat post.

I am not allowed in the house either. And my problem is that I don't have a hose in the garden! I have to undress in the balcony and then get in, not matter if it is -3!


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lol sounds like fun :)

yeah, i have to quite often dismantle my derailleurs to get all the crap out. At least disc brakes are a damn sight easier to clean. Mud guards (or "dirt boards" I think those cool folks call them) are a must though, otherwise you'll be eating grit and you'll clog up your washing machine :) I use SKS ones which are really easy to fit and don't need any tools except a small allen key for the front one.


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lol sounds like fun :)

yeah, i have to quite often dismantle my derailleurs to get all the crap out. At least disc brakes are a damn sight easier to clean. Mud guards (or "dirt boards" I think those cool folks call them) are a must though, otherwise you'll be eating grit and you'll clog up your washing machine :) I use SKS ones which are really easy to fit and don't need any tools except a small allen key for the front one.


That was WITH the guards!

I have these:

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Light and you can unclip them (no need for allen keys) and wash them. Excellent really


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I use these. Fit in seconds without any tools.

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ahh i use that type on my road bike, SKS race blades..


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Fantastic track works champs going on. Where are Britain finding all these riders?

As I follow cycling the name are not new to me but the performances of Elinor Barker, Vic Williamson, Becky James and now Simon Yates had just fine and won the points race, aged 20!

Brilliant.

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And now Jason Kenny has win gold. Cut to Jonathan Edwards in the studio who says Jason's going to have to keep his end up for Laura Trott (his girlfriend who's going for another gold) tomorrow! Cue sniggering in the studio and a quick return to the track coverage.

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Oh gosh LAura Trott is a beauty though isn't she?

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Yes she is. In fact the British team seem to be producing a number of good, and pretty cyclists.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Becky James, two bronze and a sprint gold just won. Amazing, her first World Championship event.

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Well, we've just booked 2 weeks holidays in the French Alpes in August. My plan is to fulfill 2 ambitions. One is to ascend Alpe D'huez and the other the nearby Col du Galibier. Thing is, the Galibier can be ridden up the south side, steep but short, but I really want to do it the way the pros do. They approach from the north and you have to scale the Col du Telegraphe first before a huge decent and then the Galibier itself. Makes the ride much longer but worth it I think.

As I live in a very flat part of the world, I intend to make lots of visits to my sister who lives in the Pennines, right near Black Stone edge which is a very good climb. My first visit is in a few weeks.

Can't wait to give them a go.......... Serous training ahead......... Should get some good Strava recordings though!

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Well, we've just booked 2 weeks holidays in the French Alpes in August. My plan is to fulfill 2 ambitions. One is to ascend Alpe D'huez and the other the nearby Col du Galibier. Thing is, the Galibier can be ridden up the south side, steep but short, but I really want to do it the way the pros do. They approach from the north and you have to scale the Col du Telegraphe first before a huge decent and then the Galibier itself. Makes the ride much longer but worth it I think.

As I live in a very flat part of the world, I intend to make lots of visits to my sister who lives in the Pennines, right near Black Stone edge which is a very good climb. My first visit is in a few weeks.

Can't wait to give them a go.......... Serous training ahead......... Should get some good Strava recordings though!

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Ooh sounds like an exciting holiday and you guys are on Strava right? Mind if I add you, could help with my motivation.

The padded shorts are soooo much better,my pickle feels so much better now, but the shorts are meant for people without "bellies" (a bit tight >_<).

Also just did 16.5 miles today, pretty happy with myself, and the mud guards seem to be doing an excellent job. Frikking canal routes are rubbish, its recommended we use them for cycling in my area but on a damp day like today its full of mud/dirt and lots of puddles. I keep getting scared I'll fall in. Plus it isn't as fast as cycling on the road.

Also my shins are very itchy, I cycle with shorts no lycra or anything and did get a lot of spits of mud/dirt on my shins which I've showered off now. Used talcum powder on them but they were super itchy, is that just me?

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um. Not sure about the itching. Probably is just the mud sticking. Have to shave the legs.........

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Do you have to shave the legs? A guy I met shaves them, says it helps with massaging them... Do we really need to massage our legs?

I'm pretty sure aero makes no/little difference with or without leg hair lol.

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To be honest, it does help with massages but I only go for a leg massage when I'm really training hard. Probably get quite a few this year building up for the summer trip. It also feels more comfortable at speed. It's not that the aero but makes you go faster, but if you do cycle quickly it just feels better. Another slight bonus is that tight shorts don't pull at the hairs where the shorts end.

Finally, there's nothing like a bit of placebo to make you feel faster ;-)

Oh and if you find shorts a little tight round the waist, purchase bib shorts. This removes the need for a tight waistband. Not that I have much of a belly to worry about but I wear bib shorts in all but the very hottest of conditions. In winter I wear bib tights. Bib shorts/tights are just more comfortable imo.

Cycling clothes sound so uncool :-D

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I just googled bib shorts and saw this (Warning: probably not suitable for work):

http://asitc.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/bib-shorts/

wow!

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Nice. Not met any female cyclists that look like that sadly!

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Who's bright idea was it to make bottom bracket end caps out of aluminium :x At least the dam thing is off now and I learned a lot!


Enjoy the mountains Asphalt :thumbup:


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yeah, I wanted to get a trip to the Alps in before I emigrate to NZ. I'm back "training" again after the bad weather and my knee injuries, so 250km or so this week.
Some nice cheap cycle stuff at lidl this week :)
Got myself a new (old) winter bike for 220EUR. The guy who I bought it from was italian so it's got all Campag gear on it, which i've never used before.
It's hard to think that only 9 months ago I weighed 20kg more and could barely ride 15km without nearly dying..


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My legs... hurt.

Also I've bent one of my peddles already by hitting a kerb :(

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Wow, that must of been some hit on the kerb.

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I was trying to join the cycle lane on the road from the pavement and I think I hit the kerb during the left downstroke as I just left the pavement. Is not badly bent and still works but the aluminium end it's blatantly bent to one side.

Good excuse for SPD I suppose

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Once you go spd you'll wonder how you ever managed without.

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OK just to get this straight (i know you guys have posted this before) but to use SPDs I need to:

>Buy SPD pedal
>Buy matching cleats
>Buy shoes which work with cleats?

right? Can't they just sell these as a set?

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OK just to get this straight (i know you guys have posted this before) but to use SPDs I need to:

>Buy SPD pedal
>Buy matching cleats
>Buy shoes which work with cleats?

right? Can't they just sell these as a set?


When you buy spd shoes they come with the cleats.
Do you know any cyclists near you? Most have spd pedals that come with a new bike lying around.


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Just check that you are getting all three. Sometimes pedals come with cleats bundled in. Spd-sl shoes can normally fit two different types of cheats but I think all SPD shoes only fit one type.

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Bargain...

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-m520-pedals/

And if your shoes don't come with any.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-spd-mtb-cleats/

I can't pick out shoes due to the massive variety.

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Bargain...

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-m520-pedals/

And if your shoes don't come with any.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-spd-mtb-cleats/

I can't pick out shoes due to the massive variety.


Thanks man that looks very affordable, so I should be looking at 2 holed cleat shoes right?

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Just make sure the shoes are compatible with SPD pedals, not SPD-SL.

If you manage to purchase all the items from the same supplier you can either call them or email them to check compatibility if needed.

Proper bike supply companies like wiggle and chain reaction have always been helpful with me.

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I went the Speedplay route and Im extremely happy. I love the adjustable float as I have one bad knee and the ability to move it while clipped in helps a ton.

I did get my first ride this year on Sat. and put in 26 miles. A little weak as I didnt ride the trainer enough over winter but itll build up fast.

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I went the Speedplay route and Im extremely happy. I love the adjustable float as I have one bad knee and the ability to move it while clipped in helps a ton.

I did get my first ride this year on Sat. and put in 26 miles. A little weak as I didnt ride the trainer enough over winter but itll build up fast.


They'r a bit expensive, but for your case it's fine I guess!


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Gotta another ride in on Saturday and then it was freezing weather on Sunday with snow today.

Getting some lizardskin bar tape today. Gonna be an improvement over my stock specialized stuff for sure.

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