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05-18-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1,029
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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: 1,029
Views: 253,333
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: 1,088
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: 1,934
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: 1,934
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 3,017
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 1,894
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: 1,553
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: 15,530
Views: 11,895,812
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: 789
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 2,761
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: 2,578
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: 2,154
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 45
Views: 3,878
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: 3,840
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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...
10-19-21, 02:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,707
Posted By rivers

I have an Orro Terra C that I use for both...

I have an Orro Terra C that I use for both gravel/bikepacking and winter/wet weather road riding, as well as my commuter. I have 2 sets of wheels- a set of fulcrum rapid reds with 40mm hutchinson...
10-15-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
Posted By rivers

I had my last race of the season on Sunday....

I had my last race of the season on Sunday. Disappointing 30:13 for 11.7 mile TT (23.2 mph average), and about 10 watts down on my power for short distances over the season. My heart rate was through...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-21, 01:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 848
Posted By rivers

Depending on his height, he might fit some...

Depending on his height, he might fit some XXS/XS/S adult bikes, which could open up some more possibilities/help with resale when the time comes. For reference, I'm 5'2" and ride anything from a...
10-04-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 16,978
Views: 1,164,830
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: 2,690
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.
09-29-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,285
Posted By rivers

I run the full range of the fizik argo saddles...

I run the full range of the fizik argo saddles across my small fleet of bikes. On my gravel bike, I have the terra argo. Road bike the vento argo and tempo argo on my TT bike. It's a shape that seems...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,091
Posted By rivers

Wake up between 6 and 7 depending when I have to...

Wake up between 6 and 7 depending when I have to be at work. Shower, get dressed, let the dog out and make a pot of coffee. Feed the dog, drink coffee and choose/prep bike for the day. I leave the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-21, 02:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,690
Posted By rivers

Why exactly did you buy a TT bike? They're not...

Why exactly did you buy a TT bike? They're not exactly versatile bikes. They are meant to put you in an aero position. Do you plan on doing some TTs in the future?
09-23-21, 12:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By rivers

I have a second wheelset on my gravel bike for...

I have a second wheelset on my gravel bike for road riding (winter and commuting). For ease, I have the same ratio cassette. I couldn't be asked to faff around with the B-screw every time I swap the...
09-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 30,369
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: 1,962
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.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 02:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,690
Posted By rivers

As most others, toe overlap is normal. Especially...

As most others, toe overlap is normal. Especially on smaller bikes. All three of mine have a decent amount of toe overlap because I'm 5'2", my bikes are 46-48cm in size, and with 700c wheels, toe...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,962
Posted By rivers

This is my carbon road bike set up for...

This is my carbon road bike set up for bikepacking:
Fairly lightweight, no camping kit and staying in b&bs...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By rivers

This. I have a set of road wheels for my gravel...

This. I have a set of road wheels for my gravel bike for commuting and winter/wet weather rides. With the exception of tyre choice, my wheels are set up the exact same- 160mm rotors and an 11-32...
09-04-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,442
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: 3,442
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...
09-02-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,442
Posted By rivers

Thanks. I'm not worried about winning. If I make...

Thanks. I'm not worried about winning. If I make 2-3 laps before being spat out the back of the group I'll be happy.
09-02-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,442
Posted By rivers

First bunch race- tips?

I'm racing in my first bunch race in just over 2 weeks. It's on a purpose built cycle track that's about a mile in length, and I am a bit nervous. I've been racing in TTs for a few years now, and a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 12:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,962
Posted By rivers

I've used my carbon road bike and my carbon...

I've used my carbon road bike and my carbon gravel bike for bikepacking. Both were absolutely fine. The only issue was my road bike did not have low enough gearing, but you have a triple, so you'll...
08-24-21, 06:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,935
Posted By rivers

I've done a couple of 100 mile TTs (unsupported)...

I've done a couple of 100 mile TTs (unsupported) this year, so slightly different from your event. But fueling wise I had a 2 litre hydration bladder stuffed inside my skinsuit and 2 x 750ml bottles...
08-20-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,727
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.
08-19-21, 03:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,727
Posted By rivers

Thanks for the replies. Quite a bit to think...

Thanks for the replies. Quite a bit to think about. Now to address a few points. For normal everyday gravel riding, the gearing I have is fine. It will get me up pretty much anything in the UK when...
08-17-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,649
Posted By rivers

I have 2 sets of wheels for my gravel bike- one...

I have 2 sets of wheels for my gravel bike- one for road (commuting and winter club runs) and gravel. The road wheels have 32mm Pirelli Cinturato Velos. They are fine for gravel you would find on a...
08-16-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,727
Posted By rivers

2x mullet drivetrain?

This might be better posted in the touring section, but thought I would try here first. Feel free to move it if needed

On my gravel bike I am running Shimano 105, with an FSA 46/30 crankset. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-21, 02:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,094
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: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By rivers

Whereabouts in the UK are you? If Bristol/Bath...

Whereabouts in the UK are you? If Bristol/Bath sort of area, I can suggest a few shops to check out. What matters most is that the bike fits you. If new, in your price range, you're looking at most...
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