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Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,351
Posted By rivers

On our first club ride after lockdown...

On our first club ride after lockdown restrictions eased, myself and the two friends I was riding with managed to do our fastest lap (my club has a set Saturday morning route) by a long margin. Even...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By rivers

I'd take a look at a set of DTSwiss or FFWD...

I'd take a look at a set of DTSwiss or FFWD wheels. Excellent hubs, lightweight, and generally just really good wheels
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 01:14 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,974
Posted By rivers

Again, the bike weight doesn't matter, especially...

Again, the bike weight doesn't matter, especially on flat terrain. I had the same speed to work (16 mile commute on flat to rolling-ish terrain) on my 22 lb CX bike as I did on my 16 lb carbon aero...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,009
Posted By rivers

I think it's doable provided you pace yourself...

I think it's doable provided you pace yourself and fuel properly, as well as get some longer rides in before the ride. I did a double century (208 miles actually) last summer and my longest ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-20, 02:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,974
Posted By rivers

Swapping to better tyres with a lower rolling...

Swapping to better tyres with a lower rolling resistance will make more of a difference to speed than a new groupset, and to an extent, new wheels. And it's far cheaper. Working on the engine (you)...
09-07-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By rivers

I'm a 5'2" female weighing about 60kgs if that...

I'm a 5'2" female weighing about 60kgs if that helps? It is possible my FTP has gone up. I haven't tested it since late June/early July (can't remember if it was before or after my holiday), and then...
09-07-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By rivers

21.5mph on a lumpy, exposed course. My fastest...

21.5mph on a lumpy, exposed course.
My fastest 10 has been just over the 23mph mark.
09-05-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By rivers

After a bit of advice

I'm fairly new to the TT scene, competing in a few club and open TTs over the past few years. I invested in a TT bike and deep section wheels over lockdown. As I'm sure many people did, I spent a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,059
Posted By rivers

I'm glad my dog is not a chewer. She only chews...

I'm glad my dog is not a chewer. She only chews her antler. We can't even get her to chew her dental toy. She just licks it, which is hilarious as it's vaguely phallic shaped.
Forum: Touring
08-18-20, 02:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By rivers

Pirelli cinturato velos, so they're pretty good....

Pirelli cinturato velos, so they're pretty good. Good balance between rolling resistance, puncture protection, and grip.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 791
Posted By rivers

I use a Coros as a back-up to my wahoo. It's a...

I use a Coros as a back-up to my wahoo. It's a smaller player in the market, but pretty cost effective and has an excellent battery life. The entry level Pace model has 25 hours GPS (I charge about...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By rivers

Testing the Felt on tomorrow's commute ...

Testing the Felt on tomorrow's commute
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Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By rivers

I'll be carrying the kit on my bike to...

I'll be carrying the kit on my bike to Southampton. I have a saddlebag, handlebar bag and a couple of fork bags
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 03:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By rivers

Which bike would you take?

In a couple of weeks time, I'm cycling down to Southampton from Bristol, camping overnight, then catching the ferry with some friends to cycle around the Isle of Wight. It is around and 80 mile ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 03:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 603
Posted By rivers

I bought a cheap second hand wheel for the...

I bought a cheap second hand wheel for the trainer. Works a treat.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By rivers

+1 And they have a decent-ish rolling...

+1
And they have a decent-ish rolling resistance. And they'll handle a bit of singletrack through the woods as I found out the other day
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,013
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: 4,848
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: 492
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: 572
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: 473
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: 826
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: 5,856
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: 5,856
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: 2,069
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: 431
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: 1,512
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: 398
Views: 33,079
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: 651
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: 4,484
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: 2,910
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: 15,348
Views: 11,325,053
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: 445
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: 445
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: 445
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: 4,169
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: 3,763
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: 1,357
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: 1,284
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: 5,255
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: 1,388
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: 781
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: 549
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: 485
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: 5,081
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: 13,727
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: 3,213
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: 3,213
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: 366
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: 4,082
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...
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