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  • MisterMuncherMisterMuncher Posts: 1,302
    The tb14 on Ultegra he made me are the nearest thing to the cliché bombproof training wheels I've ever had. Haven't needed so much as a dirty look in a full year of abuse.
  • seanoraweseanorawe Posts: 950
    Anyone doing the SMCC Lisburn sportive this Sunday?
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 50,612
    Just had a quick Google and it's great to see Dave Kane's Cycles still going. I went there eons ago, great shop - good service.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • seanoraweseanorawe Posts: 950
    Bangor Coastal for anyone this year? Ive never did it so im not sure what to expect. Does anyone know the route? It looks like its mixed up with flat and a few lumps.
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  • NeXXusNeXXus Posts: 854
    seanorawe wrote:
    Bangor Coastal for anyone this year? Ive never did it so im not sure what to expect. Does anyone know the route? It looks like its mixed up with flat and a few lumps.
    I rode this years route a few weeks back. Lots of rough surfaced potholed roads so I'd recommend taking a spare tube or two. Not that much elevation gain but it's fairly rolling terrain.
    And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
  • paul_mckpaul_mck Posts: 1,058
    Bangor Coastal is a great Sportive. 60miles with only one real hill (dual carriageway from Ards to Bangor).

    Even if the distance seems short, make a race of it and cane round it as quick as possible.
  • paul_mckpaul_mck Posts: 1,058
    Anyone need an entry for the Fondo?

    I signed up for the full route but can't make it. Im going down on the sat to get my pack etc. Anyone wants it can have it for £30. (save £35). I got an early entry with a jersey but Ill be keeping that to commemorate that I had intended to do it :)

    Only downside is you'll need to meet me sat morning to get the pack off me as Im heading off until Sunday eve.
  • delv4delv4 Posts: 28
    paul_mck wrote:
    Anyone need an entry for the Fondo?

    I signed up for the full route but can't make it. Im going down on the sat to get my pack etc. Anyone wants it can have it for £30. (save £35). I got an early entry with a jersey but Ill be keeping that to commemorate that I had intended to do it :)

    Only downside is you'll need to meet me sat morning to get the pack off me as Im heading off until Sunday eve.


    Would have taken this if id read it in time
  • delv4delv4 Posts: 28
    seanorawe wrote:
    Bangor Coastal for anyone this year? Ive never did it so im not sure what to expect. Does anyone know the route? It looks like its mixed up with flat and a few lumps.

    Very flat easy route, but yes roads are rough enough in places, Portaferry food stop isn't great.

    That said, I think I will do it again this year.
  • paul_mckpaul_mck Posts: 1,058
    anyone doing the 2nd July run?

    Titanic->Cushendun and back
  • Pinno wrote:
    Just had a quick Google and it's great to see Dave Kane's Cycles still going. I went there eons ago, great shop - good service.

    Yes still going strong. Dave's son Mark won the Giro D'Italia Gran Fondo last weekend.

    I'm sure a few from here did it? I had a fantastic day. There was about 50 from our club riding the Mourne route.
  • seanoraweseanorawe Posts: 950
    paul_mck wrote:
    anyone doing the 2nd July run?

    Titanic->Cushendun and back

    What is it?
    Cube Attain SL Disc
    Giant CRS 2.0
  • NeXXusNeXXus Posts: 854
    seanorawe wrote:
    paul_mck wrote:
    anyone doing the 2nd July run?

    Titanic->Cushendun and back

    What is it?
    Make a difference charity run, extended this year to offer more mileage for the fondoists and century specialists.

    Theres also a shorter one from Larne - Cushendun. Both £25 entry
    And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
  • seanoraweseanorawe Posts: 950
    Did anyone do the Bangor coastal? I couldnt do it because the wife was working and leaving your kids on their own is frowned upon these days. Fair play if you did, the weather was grim.
    Cube Attain SL Disc
    Giant CRS 2.0
  • paul_mckpaul_mck Posts: 1,058
    last year was pretty wick too. had to hide under trees when the hail came.

    sat and stuffed my face at a family dinner this year :)
  • jdee84jdee84 Posts: 281
    All,
    Decent wheel builder in Belfast? Or local to Belfast?

    Thanks in advance..........


    I just had a set build by Joe at cafe velo they've completely turned round the feeling of my new bike.

    So much better since i've been using the handbuilts

    I'm thinking of selling the ksyriums that came with the bike if anyones interested 750-800 miles on them.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 50,612
    jdee84 wrote:
    All,
    Decent wheel builder in Belfast? Or local to Belfast?

    Thanks in advance..........


    I just had a set build by Joe at cafe velo they've completely turned round the feeling of my new bike.

    So much better since i've been using the handbuilts

    I'm thinking of selling the ksyriums that came with the bike if anyones interested 750-800 miles on them.

    If you're light, Ksyrium's are a harsh ride. People who are in the 75kg+ category like them because they are ostensibly bomb proof and strong. I had a pair and changed them for a pair of Sirocco's (a downgrade really) and it 'transformed the bike' in the same way as it did for you. It's probably not that your handbuilts are better then a factory wheelset, it's just that you are no longer riding on some hoops that are harsh and stiff.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • seanoraweseanorawe Posts: 950
    Anyone doing LTL this year? I dont know the area of the start line, so I was just wondering where best to park, to make it a century ride?
    Cube Attain SL Disc
    Giant CRS 2.0
  • It's almost a century ride anyway as it now goes from Dungannon and returns to it. Best bet is to park at or close to the motorway roundabout, ride up into Dungannon and then do the run. By the time you get back to the car you'll have a century done
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    So, time to stir up the old ashes and see if anyone's around...

    The Scots Family Bompington are on the move and are soon set to become the Norn Iron Family Bompington.

    So if any posters stroke forumites are riders stroke cyclists in the Derry stroke Londonderry area in particular, it would be great to hear from you!
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 24,653

    So, time to stir up the old ashes and see if anyone's around...

    The Scots Family Bompington are on the move and are soon set to become the Norn Iron Family Bompington.

    So if any posters stroke forumites are riders stroke cyclists in the Derry stroke Londonderry area in particular, it would be great to hear from you!

    Bailing out before the proverbial hits the fan?
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    I'm not sure that if we were the sort of folks who are faint-hearted about that kind of thing we would be moving to Northern Ireland's wild west...
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 24,653
    True. But it's only a skip and a jump back to the EU from there, probably with welcome arms. (Pun unintended. 😉) Think of it as a half way house, or purgatory. 🤣
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    I'll be waving my Irish passport in everyone's face...
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078

    I'll be waving my Irish passport in everyone's face...

    You can audition for the Prince William role in that new film.
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