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09-27-22, 03:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,721
Posted By rivers

A second set of wheels with road tyres. In the...

A second set of wheels with road tyres. In the summer, my gravel wheels don't come off the gravel bike and I use my summer bike for road rides and most commuting duties. In the winter, the gravel...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-22, 03:35 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,822
Posted By rivers

And this is why I like the cycle to work scheme...

And this is why I like the cycle to work scheme in the UK. I get a new bike/accessories/wheels/whatever, small deductions are taken out (pre-tax) of my pay for a year-18 months (so I pay less tax...
Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,321
Posted By rivers

On my most recent trip, bike and geared weighed...

On my most recent trip, bike and geared weighed circa 19kgs not including water (3 litre hydration bladder in the frame pack). If I had an extra 700+ to spend, I probably could have shed another...
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 01:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 863
Posted By rivers

Thanks. The set-up on my gravel bike weighs...

Thanks. The set-up on my gravel bike weighs around 19kgs (including the bike), and includes camping/sleeping/cooking stuff. That's about as heavy as I want to go and what I took with me for 4 days...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 863
Posted By rivers

Neither of those will be an issue with...

Neither of those will be an issue with bikepacking bags. My road bike has 36cm handlebars and gravel bike 40cm. I can easily fit a camera, wahoo, and light + handlebar bag on both. If you're worried,...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 863
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, 08:18 AM
Replies: 1,800
Views: 347,559
Posted By rivers

Even with a 19 inch low gear, I definitely walked...

Even with a 19 inch low gear, I definitely walked some of the hills in Exmoor.
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 1,800
Views: 347,559
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, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1,800
Views: 347,559
Posted By rivers

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Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4,674
Views: 2,465,791
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: 4,674
Views: 2,465,791
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.
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Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 02:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By rivers

My gravel bike has hydraulic discs and is the...

My gravel bike has hydraulic discs and is the bike I use for bikepacking. I recently did a short trip over Dartmoor, Exmoor, and North Devon in the UK. While not mountainous, it is definitely very...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-22, 03:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,616
Posted By rivers

I just replaced the pads on my bike that had...

I just replaced the pads on my bike that had circa 3000 miles on them. If I wasn't headed off on a very hilly bikepacking trip at the weekend, I wouldn't have even bothered as the pads still had...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-22, 02:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,211
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: Commuting
08-02-22, 02:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By rivers

I use 40mm Hutchinson Touaregs on my gravel bike...

I use 40mm Hutchinson Touaregs on my gravel bike (which I do also commute on). They roll well enough on the road, and handle a wide variety of off-road. We don't have miles and miles of gravel roads...
Forum: Touring
08-01-22, 02:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 525
Posted By rivers

I would go with some bikepacking bags personally....

I would go with some bikepacking bags personally. My first tour was on my carbon aero road bike with a 12 litre saddle bag and a 5 litre handlebar bag through the hills of Devon and Cornwall over 4...
07-09-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By rivers

Race Tactics

I'm primarily a TTer (10 miles to 100 miles), but have been really enjoying a local race series (masters women cat 3/4) held on motor racing circuit (got to love flat, fast and smooth tarmac). I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,234
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
06-13-22, 03:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,065
Posted By rivers

As you're in the UK (I live just outside of...

As you're in the UK (I live just outside of Bristol in the SW), I would take a look at Spa Cycles. They do their own range of touring bikes, are well regarded, and may get more for your .
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 05:02 AM
Replies: 4,674
Views: 2,465,791
Posted By rivers

UK company called Cycology. They have all sorts...

UK company called Cycology. They have all sorts of different prints for their clothes and bar tape. Not a bad price either.
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 02:59 AM
Replies: 4,674
Views: 2,465,791
Posted By rivers

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I've been tweaking my set-up for a slightly more remote trip this...
Forum: Touring
06-11-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 953
Posted By rivers

I've done something similar to my gravel bike,...

I've done something similar to my gravel bike, which originally came with Shimano 105 throughout (50/34 chainrings, 11-30 cassette). I already had a 46/30 crankset so I swapped the crankset first....
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 910
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...
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 867
Posted By rivers

Sounds like you had a great trip. The Highlands...

Sounds like you had a great trip. The Highlands are absolutely incredible, and one of my favourite places in the UK. But, just a note for anyone who comes over to this side of the pond, even if there...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-22, 04:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,196
Posted By rivers

Can you speak to your employer about setting up a...

Can you speak to your employer about setting up a drying room or if not a drying room, investing in a clothes dryer? I live/work in the UK and it rains pretty much all winter and sometimes all...
05-20-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,748
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...
05-18-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 264,916
Posted By rivers

I've just picked up an 11 speed deore rear...

I've just picked up an 11 speed deore rear derailleur, a jtek shiftmate, and an 11 speed 11-42 cassette. Time for the mullet drivetrain build....
05-11-22, 02:21 AM
Replies: 1,044
Views: 264,916
Posted By rivers

I've just ordered an 11-42 cassette, deore 5120...

I've just ordered an 11-42 cassette, deore 5120 rear mech, and a jtek shiftmate. A 2x mullet drivetrain should serve me well for my next trip.
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,641
Posted By rivers

A couple of years ago, I ran into a guy...

A couple of years ago, I ran into a guy bikepacking at a campsite I was staying at. He flipped his bike upside down and used that to prop up one side of the tarp, and pegged the other side and just...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,453
Posted By rivers

Sorry, I misread it- I blame lack of sleep due to...

Sorry, I misread it- I blame lack of sleep due to a newborn
Forum: Commuting
03-18-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,453
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
02-13-22, 03:46 AM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
Posted By rivers

I've had this chesty cold thing all week (not...

I've had this chesty cold thing all week (not covid) that's really affected my training. I had absolutely nothing in the legs last night (could barely spin 100 watts, nevermind attempting the...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-22, 04:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,561
Posted By rivers

I use Pirelli Cinturato Velos for winter...

I use Pirelli Cinturato Velos for winter commuting (as well as general wet/grimy weather riding). They have an excellent combination of lower rolling resistance and puncture protection, plus can be...
01-25-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
Posted By rivers

I'm just starting to up my intensity this week...

I'm just starting to up my intensity this week now that my paternity leave has ended, I'm back at work, and my wife and I have started to get into a routine with the little one. Today was just a one...
01-14-22, 02:48 AM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
Posted By rivers

4x4 minutes at VO2 max with 1:15 rest in between,...

4x4 minutes at VO2 max with 1:15 rest in between, followed by 5x30 second sprints afterwards on zwift last night. I found it a tough workout, but was able to keep my power consistent throughout last...
12-27-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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...
Forum: Touring
12-06-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,211
Posted By rivers

A carradice-style saddlebag might do the trick ...

A carradice-style saddlebag might do the trick
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12-06-21, 01:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,111
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: 15,588
Views: 11,983,990
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)....
12-01-21, 01:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 859
Posted By rivers

I just re-center the caliper when I do a wheel...

I just re-center the caliper when I do a wheel swap. It's a quick job. I have a set of dtswiss E1800s with a 370 hub for the road and fulcrum rapid red 900s (not sure of hub) for gravel. Same...
11-21-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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: 3,404
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...
Forum: Touring
11-17-21, 02:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,810
Posted By rivers

My first bikepacking trip was road based on a set...

My first bikepacking trip was road based on a set of DT Swiss R23s (20 front/24 rear spokes), which are a similar spec to the Racing 5s. For lightweight touring, they should be okay. IMHO, a nice set...
Forum: Touring
11-16-21, 03:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,279
Posted By rivers

I rock bar mitts/pogies for winter riding with a...

I rock bar mitts/pogies for winter riding with a pair of anything from mid weight to heavy weight gloves depending on temperatures. They look silly, but work. And they can be had for about 20 from...
11-11-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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: 4,871
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: 3,952
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: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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: 17,122
Views: 1,203,733
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...
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