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Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,645
Posted By rivers

Nope. I have this thing called work. Amd I'm...

Nope. I have this thing called work. Amd I'm already sick of the relentless rain and wind. This will be a fun winter of commuting
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-19, 04:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,227
Posted By rivers

If the tarmac felt stiff and weird, it isn't the...

If the tarmac felt stiff and weird, it isn't the bike for you. From the sounds of it, you got the bike that is best for you out of the bikes you test rode. Just ride it, that's what will make you...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,144
Posted By rivers

The one that you find most comfortable

The one that you find most comfortable
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,052
Posted By rivers

Our club ride starts at 7am, and we ride the same...

Our club ride starts at 7am, and we ride the same loop most weeks. In the height of summer, 150+ people will be rolling out. In winter, between 50-100 depending on weather. Give it time, it will...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,005
Posted By rivers

I ride my heavier bike when the weather is crap,...

I ride my heavier bike when the weather is crap, I'm on holiday with my wife, or I'm off on some local trails or a gravel ride. Because it's a cross bike with semi-slick 35mm tyres, it is harder...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 01:53 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,334
Posted By rivers

My wife had a colleague who is doing something...

My wife had a colleague who is doing something similar. But instead of selling their house, they are renting it out while they travel around Europe with their 2 small children in a campervan. From...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 01:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,388
Posted By rivers

This. I recently rode a double with 3 of my...

This. I recently rode a double with 3 of my friends. Although it was part of an organised ride, after our first stop the big peloton began to thin out massively, and we mostly rode on our own,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 03:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 931
Posted By rivers

Wool socks, shoe covers. In the winter, I wear a...

Wool socks, shoe covers. In the winter, I wear a pair of thermal bibs, underamour type baselayer, jersey, merino wool top if its really cold, and a jacket. A pair of grip grab winter gloves as well,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,846
Posted By rivers

My boss has a diverge, but the carbon tiagra...

My boss has a diverge, but the carbon tiagra model, not aluminium. He enjoys it quite a bit. My advice to you is to test ride a bunch of bikes, and buy the one you enjoy riding most. I can guarantee...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,846
Posted By rivers

Long rides is relative really. What's long for...

Long rides is relative really. What's long for one rider may be an average length for another rider. I consider anything over 100 miles to be a long ride, anything under 50 to be short, and 50-100...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 02:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,629
Posted By rivers

Try one of these to fit your gadgets. ...

Try one of these to fit your gadgets.
https://profile-design.com/collections/aerobar-accesseries/products/ucm-aerobridge-1
I also use a stem mount for my garmin if I need to have lights as well
Replies: 8
Views: 1,509
Posted By rivers

I rode a comparably hilly century in 7:25 riding...

I rode a comparably hilly century in 7:25 riding time. It took about about 9.5 hours total as we had friends in the feed stations and got chatting to them. Had we not had friends at the feed station,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,629
Posted By rivers

I have a set of Profile Design Legacy ii aero...

I have a set of Profile Design Legacy ii aero bars. Fairly inexpensive and pretty easy to fit. I used them for my double century (handy for an extra position when needed), as well as local TTs. If...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 630
Posted By rivers

Did Ride London today with around 30,000 other...

Did Ride London today with around 30,000 other riders. While closed roads were nocw, I'm not sure I'd ever want to ride it again. Missed out on the full 100 due to an accident on one of the hills and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-19, 03:01 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,088
Posted By rivers

Ride them both and buy the one which brings the...

Ride them both and buy the one which brings the biggest smile to your face
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By rivers

Tyres are less than 2 months old (swapped them...

Tyres are less than 2 months old (swapped them out just before my double century last month), and bike has recently been in for a full service (again before the double), so all should be okay on that...
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By rivers

fair point, those are on the list. normally...

fair point, those are on the list. normally attached to this bike, but I just got back from holiday and had my other bike with me so they're currently on that
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By rivers

Thought I would give this thread an update. I'm...

Thought I would give this thread an update. I'm gearing up for my first bikepacking trip with some friends, over 4 days at the end of next month. We'll be using our road bikes as we'll be covering...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,117
Posted By rivers

i wear a long sleeved baselayer, similar to...

i wear a long sleeved baselayer, similar to underarmour. I have a 3/4 sleeve on my right arm that i like to keep covered in all weather
Replies: 9
Views: 4,397
Posted By rivers

As others have said, get your bike fit sorted...

As others have said, get your bike fit sorted first, and then work on upping your distance. 30 miles is my daily round trip commute to work. When I started commuting to work by bike 3 and a bit...
Replies: 15
Views: 2,635
Posted By rivers

This weekend, I completed my first double...

This weekend, I completed my first double century. And we couldn't have had better conditions (well maybe it could have been a bit cooler). 206 miles, 9649 feet of climbing, 14.5mph average and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By rivers

Good luck. We're planning on riding it again...

Good luck. We're planning on riding it again next year
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By rivers

On Saturday, myself and around 750 others...

On Saturday, myself and around 750 others departed Minster, Isle of Sheppey in Kent UK at 4:41 am in hopes of making it 206 miles to Burnham-On-Sea before the sun set for Chase the Sun- UK South...
Replies: 15
Views: 2,635
Posted By rivers

I have already completed 3 centuries (+) this...

I have already completed 3 centuries (+) this year, with my first double century planned for this coming Saturday. Following that, I have at least another 2 centuries planned before the end of...
Replies: 6
Views: 3,448
Posted By rivers

I'm riding Chase the Sun (UK South) on Saturday....

I'm riding Chase the Sun (UK South) on Saturday. 205ish miles from Minster (Isle of Sheppey, Kent) to Burnham-on-Sea. Starting at sunrise and hopefully finishing by sunset. You can still register...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,123
Posted By rivers

As someone else higher up the thread said, speak...

As someone else higher up the thread said, speak for yourself. When I was in the market for a new bike, I bought an aero bike as the price was right, it was the right size, and after a 20 mile test...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 02:59 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,175
Posted By rivers

How much is it going to chuck it down and for how...

How much is it going to chuck it down and for how long? But more importantly, what is the wind going to be doing? If it's going to be warm and hammer it down, I will probably still go out. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-19, 12:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,501
Posted By rivers

I ride to the start of most rides, as it's...

I ride to the start of most rides, as it's normally within 10 miles. There's a few I will drive to, but mainly because the start is the other side of the country (Ride London, Chase the Sun, weekend...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 03:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By rivers

Saturday: Normal club run of 30 miles, and...

Saturday: Normal club run of 30 miles, and stepping in last minute to take on last rider duties for group 3. I have a double century in 10 days and weather wasn't great/on the winter bike, so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-05-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,293
Posted By rivers

As most others have said, it's most likely not...

As most others have said, it's most likely not just down to the weight alone. There are several other factors that play into it. What is the geometry like on both of the bikes? What about tyres,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,651
Posted By rivers

Good luck with the ride. Looks like it will be...

Good luck with the ride. Looks like it will be pretty killer. I just did a 118 mile ride with just shy of 10,000 ft of climbing in prep for my double century in 3 weeks time. Can't imagine 15,000...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,586
Posted By rivers

In the southwest of England the roads mostly...

In the southwest of England the roads mostly range from mediocre to terrible. Occasionally we might have a road with a decent road surface. Lots of surfaced dressed (chip seal), loads of potholes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,076
Posted By rivers

It has standard CX gearing for the front...

It has standard CX gearing for the front chainrings. Easy/cheap enough to buy either 50/34 chainrings (compact gearing) or just a 52 chain ring and swap out the 46 and have mid-compact (52/36). Also,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-19, 12:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 670
Posted By rivers

118 miles and 9856 feet of climbing on Sunday....

118 miles and 9856 feet of climbing on Sunday. Most of it was part of a local sportive, the Black Rat, but I cycled to the start. It started near Bristol, in England and cycled over the bridge into...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 698
Posted By rivers

Absolutely brilliant 105 mile bank holiday ride...

Absolutely brilliant 105 mile bank holiday ride yesterday with 7 others. It was my second build-up ride to Chase the Sun in June. It was a route none of us had ever done and I just kind of plotted...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-19, 02:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 818
Posted By rivers

I second getting a bike that can take 35-40mm...

I second getting a bike that can take 35-40mm tyres. My second bike is a Felt CX, and it is a blast to ride, but in a completely different way than my aero bike. It's main duties are commuting, wet...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-19, 02:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,151
Posted By rivers

Most of my kit is separates, so black bibs and...

Most of my kit is separates, so black bibs and various jerseys. My club kit is matching. And my favourite set of kit is matching. But mostly black bibs, and a jersey....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 514
Posted By rivers

90 hilly miles yesterday. It was only supposed to...

90 hilly miles yesterday. It was only supposed to be 75, but towards the end, a few people were done with climbing, so we opted for a slightly longer, but flatter ride back (just under 1000 ft of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,075
Posted By rivers

Maybe spend the money on coaching instead?

Maybe spend the money on coaching instead?
03-18-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,255
Posted By rivers

I'm running 35mm hutchinson overide tubless tyres...

I'm running 35mm hutchinson overide tubless tyres on my cx bike. Great for hardpack, mixed terrain, and road. I've even done some local MTB trails on them. Pretty fast rolling as well.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,762
Posted By rivers

Thanks for this. I'm hoping to be up to 160-170...

Thanks for this. I'm hoping to be up to 160-170 miles a week by the end of the month, but it will partially be dependent on weather as at the minute we seem to be getting storms with high winds...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,636
Posted By rivers

See if you can test ride them both, especially...

See if you can test ride them both, especially for the kind of money you're talking about. Weight or speed won't matter if you don't find the bike a comfortable fit and ride. My nice bike is an aero...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,762
Posted By rivers

My aero bars stay on most of the summer to be...

My aero bars stay on most of the summer to be honest, but handlebar real estate becomes an issue when I need to have my lights as my bars are only 36cm wide. I might pop them in the pocket and swap...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,762
Posted By rivers

The 150 had more climbing, and bigger climbs...

The 150 had more climbing, and bigger climbs overall (8000 ft as opposed to about 7000 ft). It ends in my neck of the woods, and I'm going down Cheddar Gorge instead of up it, with the last 20 miles...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,762
Posted By rivers

Double Century tips and tricks

On the 22nd of June, I have my first double century ride. It's 205 miles across the UK, starting on the Isle of Sheppey at sunrise and finishing in Burnham-on-Sea, hopefully by sunset. The ride is...
02-25-19, 01:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,428
Posted By rivers

I'm your height, also on a good day. Just before...

I'm your height, also on a good day. Just before Christmas, I picked up last year's model of a Felt F40x in a size 47. The F40x looks to have been discontinued, but the other models are still...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 9,887
Posted By rivers

I've got disc brakes for 2 reasons. Better...

I've got disc brakes for 2 reasons. Better braking in the wet, and it's been a fairly wet winter in the UK. And better braking for when I've got my 20kg dog in her 12kg trailer on the back of my...
Replies: 1,027
Views: 567,387
Posted By rivers

I've used my Sublime for all of my 100-150 mile...

I've used my Sublime for all of my 100-150 mile rides. I'll be using it this summer for my double, unless the weather is pants and then I'll go for the bike with disc brakes....
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 03:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By rivers

35s. I can definitely fit 38s, might be able to...

35s. I can definitely fit 38s, might be able to squeeze on some 40s
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 03:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By rivers

Thanks for the advice. I won't be going the...

Thanks for the advice. I won't be going the pannier and rack route. I had a rack and panniers on my old bike, and I just didn't like the way the handling was affected. In the end, I only used it...
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