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by Simon E
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Summer to Autumn turbo power drop off?
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: Summer to Autumn turbo power drop off?

I was thinking about this on the commute today. I'm definitely feeling less perky in the mornings and I'm pretty sure that it's the change of season. I'm not unwell or sleep-deprived but getting up in near-darkness / half-light isn't anywhere near as easy or enjoyable as it was 6 weeks ago when the ...
by Simon E
Tue Oct 08, 2019 20:07 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Stopping at shops without a lock?
Replies: 53
Views: 2432

Re: Stopping at shops without a lock?

I have retractable wire one and it's flimsy as heck, I reckon it would split open if I yanked it. A combination lock with cable or chain would do the job better e.g. Kryptonite Keeper 512 (5mm cable, 120cm long, £6 on ebay ) or a 65cm chain with 4-digit combination ( £2.75 on ebay ). They are cheape...
by Simon E
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Increasing average speed
Replies: 26
Views: 1369

Re: Increasing average speed

Some people say gym work (weights) can be beneficial, others disagree, as this thread shows. Advocating gym work, in the context of the thread topic, is a bit like arguing that the world is flat when all the evidence points to it being round. The evidence for strength work being beneficial for impr...
by Simon E
Tue Oct 08, 2019 07:58 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Increasing average speed
Replies: 26
Views: 1369

Re: Increasing average speed

I don't see any 'bickering' - just discussion, along with the rebuttal of the same old myths and misunderstandings about 'weights making you faster'. Talking of which, you say gym work 'may' help. How will it help? I've called it bickering, you can call it what you like. Some people say gym work (w...
by Simon E
Mon Oct 07, 2019 20:54 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Increasing average speed
Replies: 26
Views: 1369

Re: Increasing average speed

So what do i need to do to increase my average speed ? There are any number of ways to skin a cat and the same applies to improving fitness. Firstly, ignore the bickering over gym work. Gym work may help (I believe the evidence is mixed) but it should not take priority over time on the bike. Polari...
by Simon E
Mon Sep 30, 2019 21:34 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: 2020 transfers
Replies: 349
Views: 33186

Re: 2020 transfers

What happened? Big falling out between team boss Unzue and rider agent Acquadro. Daniel Friebe has mentioned this more than once on the Cycling Podcast. https://twitter.com/friebos/status/1166025321734389760 https://twitter.com/friebos/status/1178686427460177921 Along with unflattering comments abo...
by Simon E
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: The Official UCI 2019 Yorkshire road World Championships ***Spoilers***
Replies: 961
Views: 17279

Re: The Official UCI 2019 Yorkshire road World Championships ***Spoilers***

Up Norwood Edge and a lot of riders go out the back. Hard AF this climb, huge crowds though. Big splits over the top and it's dead windy so it won't be getting any easier For a nation that is generally hostile to cyclists it's heartening to see the roadside support. And fair play to BBC for putting...
by Simon E
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: The Official UCI 2019 Yorkshire road World Championships ***Spoilers***
Replies: 961
Views: 17279

Re: The Official UCI 2019 Yorkshire road World Championships ***Spoilers***

Big love for Lizzy at the start of the Women's as you might expect. And they're off, Bratfud looking resplendent in the sunshine There is some savage climbing early doors in this Boardman has just been outlining the profile and character of the circuit. All the climbs look much steeper than previou...
by Simon E
Wed Aug 21, 2019 19:29 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise
Replies: 22
Views: 2299

Re: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise

Out of interest, why do you want to lose more? Those numbers sound like you’re a pretty healthy weight now. ...so I don't look like Humpty Dumpty wearing lycra.. Just going on the smart scales whilst I'm in the normal range I'm at the top end so I would like to get to around 57kg or just under 9 st...
by Simon E
Mon Aug 19, 2019 08:09 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Getting cycling whilst having you family
Replies: 37
Views: 2688

Re: Getting cycling whilst having you family

philthy3 wrote:Sorry but I think the response is pants.

Blimey, I didn't realise someone would get so offended. There are many people who have neglected their health and regretted it. No need to take it so personally.
by Simon E
Sun Aug 18, 2019 14:27 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Getting cycling whilst having you family
Replies: 37
Views: 2688

Re: Getting cycling whilst having you family

That's the bit.... sacrifices of time. I just need some sort of riding to keep my head level. I was commuting to my last job but changed job and lost the bike commute which was keeping me fit....I'm thinking the early morning rides are the way to go even if it's twice a week Agree that early mornin...
by Simon E
Sat Aug 17, 2019 17:28 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Training acronyms and abbreviations explained
Replies: 21
Views: 52764

Re: Training acronyms and abbreviations explained

KISS: one of the most useful acronyms in training, and ignored by nearly everyone.

The 6 Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents Pi55 Poor Performance
by Simon E
Sat Aug 17, 2019 08:11 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 25 or 28cc tyre?
Replies: 18
Views: 1910

Re: 25 or 28cc tyre?

If your frame will take them, choose the 28 mm tyre every time. Gatorskins have the reputation of being tough, but slippy in the wet. Depends on what you want / how much you want to spend. Agree on all 3 points. Schwalbe Durano and Michelin Endurance/Krylion get my vote. I've gone from 25mm to 28mm...
by Simon E
Thu Aug 15, 2019 13:46 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Diet- protein, carb and fat %
Replies: 22
Views: 2127

Re: Diet- protein, carb and fat %

Thank you for the replies. My primary aim is to remain bug free over winter to maximise my gains and as I’m 52 I’m taking a cautious approach to remaining healthy with the increased stresses I’ll be placing on my body. This is why I have provisionally set my weight loss goal for winter at half a po...
by Simon E
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Diet- protein, carb and fat %
Replies: 22
Views: 2127

Re: Diet- protein, carb and fat %

Avoid or reduce processed junk food, sugary and fatty foods. Eat more raw veg and fruit. You don't need a specific 'diet' or for training just 7 hours/week. You may benefit from tweaking calorie intake depending on how much exercise you do. Fuel your training adequately but consume less on the days ...
by Simon E
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Time trial helmets with visor
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Time trial helmets with visor

If you already have a helmet that fits well and works then I'd second the suggestion to look at different sunglasses first. Bolle safety glasses are dirt cheap and there are lots of different styles and choice of tints. I find that on warm days with the visor my head gets hot in the Javelin so I som...
by Simon E
Thu Aug 01, 2019 15:43 pm
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: First official TT - mildly disappointing
Replies: 31
Views: 4182

Re: First official TT - mildly disappointing

Train more Guess that'd be the cheapest option! Cheapest by far. If you already have a TT frame, 50mm wheels, skinsuit and aero hat you've covered the main areas for improvement using your wallet, short of wind tunnel/velodrome testing. I'd expect to be a bit quicker than 24:56 off 250 watts. It ca...
by Simon E
Sat Jul 27, 2019 18:25 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: David Millar
Replies: 182
Views: 10439

Re: David Millar

Wow, I'm genuinely surprised at how many here seem to defend doping and cheating. I am struggling to figure out how you have reached that conclusion. Are you viewing posts that I can't see? I don't get that vibe, in fact over the years it's usually only a few diehard fans of certain riders who insi...
by Simon E
Sat Jul 27, 2019 09:45 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: David Millar
Replies: 182
Views: 10439

Re: David Millar

I guess I'm in a minority who finds cheating abhorrent, if you can't win fairly then don't compete. This bullshit about "well they all do it so will I", sorry doesn't cut it. I guess my moral standards are higher than others... So why follow pro cycling? It's full of unrepentant cheats an...
by Simon E
Fri Jul 26, 2019 20:18 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: David Millar
Replies: 182
Views: 10439

Re: David Millar

Millar is excellent on tv, Armstrong podcast is very good apart from that JB character who is boring as. However, this has to be tempered by fact they are ex-drug cheats, something which gets to me. I guess you have a problem with most of the riders in the entire history of pro cycling then, includ...

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