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Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 738
Posted By rivers

For my double century last year, I bought the...

For my double century last year, I bought the biggest water bottles that would fit on my bike (800ml and 600ml, but I'm 5'2 with a 46cm frame). I had a to peak top loader to keep a couple of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,868
Posted By rivers

A 3-4 hour ride is usually zone 3 and a bit into...

A 3-4 hour ride is usually zone 3 and a bit into zone 4/5 depending on terrain for me. If I'm in zone 2, it's normally a 100+ mile ride for me (and even on this weekend's 109 mile ride, 25% was zone...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 391
Posted By rivers

DT Swiss wheels generally come with an adapter to...

DT Swiss wheels generally come with an adapter to convert it to quick release. I have a set of E1800s, and my rear wheel is quick release, front thru axle. You will struggle to get them new for 200,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 489
Posted By rivers

I use a 6 litre altura saddlebag for commuting....

I use a 6 litre altura saddlebag for commuting. It should do the job for an overnight. The frame bag has been ditched as my bike is slightly too small to access water bottles with it attached....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 350
Posted By rivers

2 x rides this weekend. 64 miles yesterday and 56...

2 x rides this weekend. 64 miles yesterday and 56 today. Same coffee stop destination, today was busier than yesterday. Both days were hot, but the cafe was serving iced coffee. My lockdown training...
04-14-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 543
Posted By rivers

I subscribed to Zwift when the UK went into...

I subscribed to Zwift when the UK went into lockdown. I will cancel my subscription once I'm able to go outside for longer rides.
04-09-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,924
Posted By rivers

Thanks. I'll wait to re-do the FTP test, and just...

Thanks. I'll wait to re-do the FTP test, and just keep following the training program as is.
04-07-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,924
Posted By rivers

Training with a power meter

I've just ordered a 4iiii power meter from Merlin in hopes of streamlining/focusing any structured training during this lockdown period. Prior to this, I was out most days (commuting and leisure),...
03-19-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,902
Posted By rivers

I'll be cycling to work from home starting...

I'll be cycling to work from home starting Monday. No more daily 26 mile round trip commutes for me. What I'll probably end up doing is an extended lunch, and head out for a few hours and finish up...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-08-20, 03:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 409
Posted By rivers

72 miles of mostly hills yesterday with some...

72 miles of mostly hills yesterday with some friends on a local audax. As the weather here is still hit and miss, I was on my winter bike. Pros: 46/30 chainrings paired with an 11-34 cassette. Cons:...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-06-20, 02:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,281
Posted By rivers

I have an F40x. Brilliant tiagra equipped bike I...

I have an F40x. Brilliant tiagra equipped bike I use for winter riding and commuting as well as gravel and off-road. Not as lively as my road bike, but it's a CX bike, so.... I've upgraded wheels...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 28,202
Posted By rivers

My wife has an e-bike that she uses mainly for...

My wife has an e-bike that she uses mainly for commuting, but occasionally out on days out with me and our dog. She is a self-employed fitness instructor. An e-bike allows her to get to work between...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-05-20, 01:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By rivers

I run 32mm pirelli cinturatos on my winter bike....

I run 32mm pirelli cinturatos on my winter bike. They're a decent tyre. Rolling resistance isn't as low as something like the GP5000s (I'm still running 4000s on my summer bike), but it isn't bad,...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,200
Posted By rivers

I run 32mm pirelli cinturatos on my winter bike. ...

I run 32mm pirelli cinturatos on my winter bike. While I am slower in the winter, it's not strictly down to just tyres. Bike geometry, weather, and road conditions all play a part in it (moreso than...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,758
Posted By rivers

I've been using pirelli cinturato velos in 32mm...

I've been using pirelli cinturato velos in 32mm for winter commuting. Excellent puncture protection, they roll well, easy to mount, and tubeless ready if you want to go down that route.
Forum: Commuting
02-25-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15,372
Views: 11,273,966
Posted By rivers

This is my winter commuter/gravel/leave my bike...

This is my winter commuter/gravel/leave my bike in town bike. Felt f-40x, lovely ride. But not as fun on road as my summer bike...
02-17-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By rivers

They would need new rims in the near-ish future...

They would need new rims in the near-ish future for pro-longed road use as there is not much life left in them. Whereas if I used them solely for the turbo, they wouldn't need anything done to them...
02-17-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By rivers

As i said, it's fine for turbo use. I'm just...

As i said, it's fine for turbo use. I'm just wondering if they are worth rebuilding for general day to day use, seeing as the wheels are higher end than my current wheels
02-17-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By rivers

Wheel re-building. Is it possible/worth it?

Over the weekend, I went to a local bike jumble sale in search of a cheap rear wheel for turbo use. I ended up with a set of DT Swiss Tricon 1450 wheels with enough life on them to last a season or 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,858
Posted By rivers

I always wear a long sleeve base layer. One, it...

I always wear a long sleeve base layer. One, it protects me from the sun, and two, I actually do have a 3/4 sleeve that I want to keep looking brightly coloured. Unlike you, I turn fun shades of...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,389
Posted By rivers

My commute is 16 miles each way, and I'm usually...

My commute is 16 miles each way, and I'm usually happy to use a backpack as I carry my laptop to and from work and my work is casual so jeans/shorts and a t-shirt. I leave a pair of shoes and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,241
Posted By rivers

I've been running pirelli cinturatos in 32mm on...

I've been running pirelli cinturatos in 32mm on my winter/commuter. They're tubeless ready and tough enough to withstand gravel.
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By rivers

Most UK cars will not be able to take 2 x bike...

Most UK cars will not be able to take 2 x bike boxes. Some should be able to cope with one. My car most definitely cannot fit a single bike box. Unless the taxi company has a Ford Galaxy or similar,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-24-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,031
Posted By rivers

1. 208 miles 2. 40-50ish not including my...

1. 208 miles
2. 40-50ish not including my commute
3. 16- which is my commute
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By rivers

I have a pair of profile design aero bars I fit...

I have a pair of profile design aero bars I fit for both TTs and anything over 100 miles. They were a godsend on my double century last year. It was nice having another position to be in, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By rivers

n+1 if you can afford it, why not?

n+1
if you can afford it, why not?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By rivers

Whenever it drops below freezing. Black ice is...

Whenever it drops below freezing. Black ice is really what you need to be watching for. It was -5C on my way to work this morning. I stuck to the main roads, which are normally fine, instead of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-18-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 464
Posted By rivers

Cycled the 6ish miles to my club's normal meeting...

Cycled the 6ish miles to my club's normal meeting point this morning. The car park was mostly ice, so my friends and I decided we were going for coffee instead. The rest of my club went off, and...
Forum: Touring
01-06-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,946
Posted By rivers

I did my first tour in 2019. The plan was a 4 day...

I did my first tour in 2019. The plan was a 4 day credit card style bikepacking trip from Bristol to Bude and back following NCN 3 (National Cycle route)/West Country Way, 360ish miles. The reality:...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 13,248
Posted By rivers

6003 miles with 301,387 feet of climbing. 206...

6003 miles with 301,387 feet of climbing. 206 miles was the longest for the year
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,037
Posted By rivers

Go to the Highlands. Riding up there is lovely....

Go to the Highlands. Riding up there is lovely. Gospel Pass is great, I'm riding up the other direction this year, not as long, but steeper. What bit of the UK are you in? Might be able to recommend...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,037
Posted By rivers

My best ride of the year had to be Chase the Sun,...

My best ride of the year had to be Chase the Sun, a 205 mile coast to coast challenge on the summer solstice. It started at 4:41am in the Isle of Sheppey, with the goal of making it to Burnham on Sea...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-22-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By rivers

45 miler today with friends. Started off nice, ...

45 miler today with friends. Started off nice, but then it rained. Ended up being fairly tough for the last half as straight into a headwind. But the company was good. And hit the 6000 mile mark for...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

potentially, yeah. Villages/towns can be few and...

potentially, yeah. Villages/towns can be few and far between. If you ever do decide to tour Scotland/UK in general, do not blindly follow NCN (national cycle routes) some are proper roads, others...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

potentially, yeah. Villages/towns can be few and...

potentially, yeah. Villages/towns can be few and far between. If you ever do decide to tour Scotland/UK in general, do not blindly follow NCN (national cycle routes) some are proper roads, others...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

wild camping is legal in Scotland, so that's not...

wild camping is legal in Scotland, so that's not a problem. On my first bikepacking trip down to Cornwall, we came across a woman cycling LEJOG unsupported. I think she took about 6 or 7 weeks in the...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

With regards to roads, steer clear of major A...

With regards to roads, steer clear of major A roads (so A9 in the Highlands), and you should be okay. You get used to the narrow roads, it was quite a shock when I moved out from the US. Car drivers...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

Our summers have been lovely, if not a bit too...

Our summers have been lovely, if not a bit too hot, the past 3-4 years. We spent 16 days in the Highlands in our van last summer, and it only rained twice I think. Wales is about 15 miles from me, so...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

it depends....currently we are getting several...

it depends....currently we are getting several hours of heavy rain, most days, accompanied by very high winds a lot of the time. In the summer, it might be drizzly for most of the day, which is...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

yes I have spent a lot of time camping, although...

yes I have spent a lot of time camping, although last year we upgraded from a tent to a converted ford transit because we got a dog. It will be in the UK, mostly in late spring-early fall, which...
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

Thanks all for the information. Quite a lot to...

Thanks all for the information. Quite a lot to process. At the minute, if it looks like heavy rain, I will reschedule the trip. I'm still in my early days of bikepacking/touring, so a week max...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

Thanks. These are my bags (without frame bag) on...

Thanks. These are my bags (without frame bag) on my road bike for a trip I did last summer. I will be using my CX/gravel bike for this trip as the frame geometry is slightly different and I have more...
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

I have room, just not sure how to pack them

I have room, just not sure how to pack them
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,834
Posted By rivers

Packing a tent

After my first bikepacking adventure over the summer, my friends and I are planning another one. But this time we will be camping. What's the best way to pack a tent? I've just bought a cheap one man...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,236
Posted By rivers

0-3/4C- thermal bib tights, wool socks,...

0-3/4C- thermal bib tights, wool socks, baselayer, cycling jersey, windproof jacket, maybe a merino wool jumper if it's really windy, winter cycling boots and fleece hat. Gripgrab winter gloves or...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 04:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By rivers

It's a shame bike storage on trains isn't like...

It's a shame bike storage on trains isn't like that anymore. You're lucky if there is any
12-15-19, 04:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,066
Posted By rivers

Winter mountain bike boots. I have a pair of...

Winter mountain bike boots. I have a pair of shimano mw5s, and they are brilliant in the cold with a pair of woolie boolie socks. When it's cold and wet, I put a pair of velotoze covers on to keep...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-19, 03:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,655
Posted By rivers

I've got tiagra on my cx/gravel/winter bike and...

I've got tiagra on my cx/gravel/winter bike and 105 on my summer. With the exception of an extra cog on the back, there is barely any discernible difference. Both shift really well, and my tiagra...
Forum: Touring
12-06-19, 03:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By rivers

I don't notice one

I don't notice one
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By rivers

I have the ME3 shoe. If I am out and about, I...

I have the ME3 shoe. If I am out and about, I don't bother bringing a change of shoe. They are quite comfortable to walk in
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