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01-14-23, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By rivers

Indoor trainer and bodyweight strength work

Indoor trainer and bodyweight strength work
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 491
Posted By rivers

The easiest way to get velotoze on is to put it a...

The easiest way to get velotoze on is to put it a sock inside the veltoze first, put the sock on, push your foot all the way through so the velotoze is around your shin, then put your shoe on and put...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 739
Posted By rivers

I currently do a bike-train-bike commute...

I currently do a bike-train-bike commute (finishes this week, and will be working a more palatable 12 miles from work instead of 25 at the new job). I just use one bike for the entire journey, and...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,323
Posted By rivers

Bikepacking style bags is the way to go. My first...

Bikepacking style bags is the way to go. My first bikepacking trip was road based and we stayed at B&Bs.
Carbon bike with carbon seat post. Gearing was a bit high however. I also overpacked. ...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 1,872
Views: 359,156
Posted By rivers

That was just warning sign of 25%, it was a bit...

That was just warning sign of 25%, it was a bit further down the road and around some bends before it dropped off. The photos were taken on Dartmoor and Exmoor (Devon and Somerset in the UK)....
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4,706
Views: 2,489,414
Posted By rivers

It's massive, isn't it? 15 litres, but with a...

It's massive, isn't it? 15 litres, but with a 46cm bike, I will take storage where I can fit it. It had tent, towel, cook set, down jacket, and a few other small bits in it.
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 4,706
Views: 2,489,414
Posted By rivers

First day of my most recent bikepacking trip....

First day of my most recent bikepacking trip. Just waiting for the train. And of course, I have my obligatory first day lunch of pizza attached to the top of my saddlebag.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-22, 02:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,407
Posted By rivers

Depends on which bike I take, the route I take,...

Depends on which bike I take, the route I take, how I'm feeling, and the weather. If I'm on my road or TT bike (sometimes I have a TT after work) and decide to commute all the way from home to work...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,309
Posted By rivers

Decathalon are a pretty major European sporting...

Decathalon are a pretty major European sporting goods store and their bikes are well regarded in the UK and Europe. That's a pretty decent deal for the RC120. As above, maybe get an independent bike...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,511
Posted By rivers

Don't go 1x for a tour like that! You're going...

Don't go 1x for a tour like that! You're going definitely going to want some lower gearing for the terrain/length of tour. I'm in the midst of swapping out pretty much everything but the brifters and...
05-20-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,111
Posted By rivers

It's be about 10 months since I posted this...

It's be about 10 months since I posted this thread, and I have finally gotten around to installing a 2 x mullet drivetrain on my gravel bike. I have a 46/30 chainset in the front and an 11-42 in the...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,595
Posted By rivers

Yet a large number of cyclists in the UK still...

Yet a large number of cyclists in the UK still have strobing/flashing lights
12-27-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

yep. 12 days in and he's still alive!

yep. 12 days in and he's still alive!
12-27-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

Training has taken a bit of a backseat the past...

Training has taken a bit of a backseat the past couple of weeks due to my wife giving birth to our son. Now that everyone is home and we've settled into a routine, I'm back on the bike- well the...
12-06-21, 01:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,339
Posted By rivers

I would probably run GP5000s if you want a...

I would probably run GP5000s if you want a balance between fast and decent puncture protection. I have had good luck with them on my summer bike. I have schwalbe Pro ones on my TT bike and am running...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15,597
Views: 12,034,990
Posted By rivers

Here's my commuter. Also doubles up as my winter...

Here's my commuter. Also doubles up as my winter road bike and gravel bike (separate wheels)....
11-21-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

Winter training is in full swing. I had an hour...

Winter training is in full swing. I had an hour and 10 minutes turbo session yesterday that was 2 x 15 minutes at high end sweetspot/lower end of threshold sandwiched between 2 minutes at threshold...
11-18-21, 04:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,628
Posted By rivers

This. If I have a road based work-out to do, I do...

This. If I have a road based work-out to do, I do it on my own. I might do it with another friend if she has a similar workout that needs doing. But group rides are for the social aspect (for me and...
11-11-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

First zoom turbo session of the winter last...

First zoom turbo session of the winter last night. My coach started these over lockdown- they were 3 days/week, just to give people something to do and a bit of structure. Now, with lockdown over and...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,963
Posted By rivers

It rains for a past time in England in the winter...

It rains for a past time in England in the winter (and sometimes during other parts of the year). If I didn't ride to work in the rain, I would barely commute by bike. Work clothes in my waterproof...
11-05-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,007
Posted By rivers

I use Zwift, but I load my training sessions from...

I use Zwift, but I load my training sessions from my coach into it. I usually do a few races on it over winter, and some meet-ups with friends when the weather is shocking. My coach will also set-up...
11-01-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

I'm slowly getting back into it post-Covid. My...

I'm slowly getting back into it post-Covid. My coach has been easing me back into sessions, which at the minute are mostly endurance-tempo based, with the occasional short threshold-VO2 max interval...
10-23-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

Starting to, thanks. I had a very mild case,...

Starting to, thanks. I had a very mild case, almost asymptomatic. A headache that lasted about a week, taste and smell went weird (didn't disappear, it just wasn't right) for a couple of days, and...
10-04-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By rivers

Last race of the season this weekend (4-up TT),...

Last race of the season this weekend (4-up TT), so a fairly easy training week after 4 fairly tough weeks. I'm looking forward to next week's "Do what you fancy week" before settling into whatever my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-21, 04:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,950
Posted By rivers

Perhaps an aero road bike would have been more...

Perhaps an aero road bike would have been more suitable than a TT bike for your needs.
09-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 32,720
Posted By rivers

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend...

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend (thank you to those who commented on my tips thread), and it went pretty well all things considered. It was a small field (20 riders), so was an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,093
Posted By rivers

No issue with rubbing. It's an Altura Vortex...

No issue with rubbing. It's an Altura Vortex saddle bag. Waterproof and a decent price.
09-04-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,178
Posted By rivers

Clipping in won't be an issue. We haven't had...

Clipping in won't be an issue. We haven't had held standing starts in the UK because of Covid, and even though all the rules have been lifted, most club events don't have a pusher-offer just because...
09-03-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,178
Posted By rivers

It happens to me for time trials, so I fully...

It happens to me for time trials, so I fully expect it will be the same for this race. Luckily, it's located at a sports field/pavilion and there are full on locker rooms, toilets, and a cafe.

I...
08-20-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,111
Posted By rivers

No, as I didn't know such things existed- hence...

No, as I didn't know such things existed- hence the reason for my post. Thank you, will look into it.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-21, 02:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,199
Posted By rivers

I have 3 bikes: an aero road bike, a gravel bike,...

I have 3 bikes: an aero road bike, a gravel bike, and a TT bike. My everyday go-to is my aero road bike. It has a more aggressive geometry than my gravel bike, but not quite as aggressive as my TT...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4,706
Views: 2,489,414
Posted By rivers

5 day, 250 mile trip. 2 days with friends and...

5 day, 250 mile trip. 2 days with friends and staying in b&bs and 3 days on my own, camping. Bike is an Orro Terra C- originally it was the 105 hydro model (as that's what was in the shop and in my...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,295
Posted By rivers

11 miles. I normally average 13-14mph on my...

11 miles. I normally average 13-14mph on my commute.
06-30-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5,297
Views: 3,724,194
Posted By rivers

My Orro Terra C. Due to bike supply issues, I...

My Orro Terra C. Due to bike supply issues, I ended up with the more road oriented model (full 105). I have since swapped out the crankset to a 46/30, and a slightly bigger cassette. It has 2 sets of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-21, 01:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,579
Posted By rivers

I would second the assioma pedals. They're...

I would second the assioma pedals. They're brilliant. I switched over from Shimano pedals and have no issues. I swap the pedals between my road and TT bikes with lout issue. Takes about 2 minutes.
I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,822
Posted By rivers

Cooler air, as well as flappy clothing will make...

Cooler air, as well as flappy clothing will make a difference. I did 2 x 10 mile TTs a week apart on the same course earlier this month. Wind conditions were the same. Temperature was about 8-10...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 18,018
Posted By rivers

Those aren't the same muscles you use in cycling....

Those aren't the same muscles you use in cycling. I've done various sports throughout my life- from soccer to rugby as well as cross country and track. Plus years of strength training as well as...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 01:55 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 18,018
Posted By rivers

GCN did a video on this bike recently. Not worth...

GCN did a video on this bike recently. Not worth the money. They do give some advice on where to go if you're on a budget
https://youtu.be/MurHt7Sxhyk
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,234
Posted By rivers

As above, there are a lot of variables to take...

As above, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. I did a local 10 mile TT on a closed circuit this week and last week. Identical bike and kit, similar wind conditions, even my off...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,285
Posted By rivers

4iiii has instructions on how to check if there...

4iiii has instructions on how to check if there is enough clearance on your bike for the power meter to fit. I ended up getting pedals for my TT bike for that reason- and I just swap them between my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,074
Posted By rivers

When my current two sets of Velotoze finally give...

When my current two sets of Velotoze finally give out, I'll have to check out the Velotoze 2. So probably around June....
03-06-21, 03:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,003
Posted By rivers

I've been working with a coach for about 6 months...

I've been working with a coach for about 6 months now. I have a nice mix of structured training and fun, social rides put into my training peaks weekly. Now that I'm headed back into work, it's also...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-21, 03:45 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,732
Posted By rivers

If the weather is nice and my favourite bike is...

If the weather is nice and my favourite bike is in the shop, I'll take my gravel/cross bike out. If it's just the wheels that are being repaired, I might nab the wheels off my TT bike for the day if...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,127
Posted By rivers

I bought a new set of wheels and tyres from my...

I bought a new set of wheels and tyres from my LBS last June. They set them up tubeless for me,and did not charge me labour. Same for a set of wheels and tyres I bought last year for my winter bike....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,644
Posted By rivers

I've been working with a coach for the past few...

I've been working with a coach for the past few months. I don't race anything besides TTs, and I enjoy long distance rides. I have a hefty goal of a sub 5 hour 112 mile TT or a sub 4:40 100 mile TT...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 02:41 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,866
Posted By rivers

It depends if it's been wet or dry. Wet, it will...

It depends if it's been wet or dry. Wet, it will need to be a couple of degrees above freezing (around 2C). Dry, I've commuted down to -8C. I use my snowboarding or diving baselayers, which are...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,726
Posted By rivers

A saddle that works for you is key. See if the...

A saddle that works for you is key. See if the shop doing your fit also has demo saddles available to try. Invest in a good pair of cycling shorts and some decent chamois cream as well. Also, don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,766
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: 7,075
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...
04-09-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,292
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.
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