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by Simon E
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: 2019 Transfers - Rumours and Confirmations
Replies: 712
Views: 45259

Re: 2019 Transfers - Rumours and Confirmations

I hope someone explains to him that what Ineos will pay him is what he's worth. So wherever he ends up they should be paying him close to that. Being paid big money (and having every need/whim catered for) is not the only factor for a smart rider. Gilbert went to big-dollar BMC and it didn't work, ...
by Simon E
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Viictor Campenaerts on schedule to break Sir Brads hour record.
Replies: 45
Views: 2574

Re: Viictor Campenaerts on schedule to break Sir Brads hour record.

Nicely made point Okgo but the internet experts have spoken. He needed 550w and an engine to beat the record because wiggins won the tour Nobody's said that. I think it's called sarcasm. Has rider+bike aerodynamics really moved on that much since mid-2015 (when Wiggins took the record)? He was aimi...
by Simon E
Tue Mar 26, 2019 22:48 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: GCN - what's the deal?
Replies: 127
Views: 12099

Re: GCN - what's the deal?

Agreed, the Poolmeister has been a bit absent of late :( Its almost like she's quit the gig. Oh, hang on ... Oh bugger, just seen her tweets, deffo gone. That's a big loss in my eyes, she was coming on a treat :( NOOOO!!! Cleverest presenter on the channel, a great pro cyclist/athlete, and a real s...
by Simon E
Sun Mar 24, 2019 18:37 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Gary Verity resigns
Replies: 27
Views: 1740

Re: Gary Verity resigns

The Tour de Yorkshire is bigger than its instigator and prime mover. I suspect, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor misdemeanour. There will be enough momentum and interest in maintaining and even developing the sport in the Yorkshire cycling fraternity by now that the lack of one (big) pers...
by Simon E
Fri Jan 25, 2019 20:33 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: I hate hills but think I'm doing them wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 3504

Re: I hate hills but think I'm doing them wrong?

Yes, pacing is key. It sounds like you are trying to ride at an unsustainable level of effort. As well as fitness improving your technique is always going to help. I found riding uphill easier when I stopped getting my upper body to 'muscle' the gear over. My friend once said that I looked like I wa...
by Simon E
Wed Jan 23, 2019 22:56 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: How to control diet and appetite when recovering from injury?
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: How to control diet and appetite when recovering from injury?

I agree with what Maryka wrote. Don't get too stressed about weight gain on top of your other tribulations. It's January. It happens, and reacting emotionally will not help you get you out of what you might think of as 'a hole'. I find a hot drink in the afternoon can help though I suspect my feelin...
by Simon E
Thu Jan 10, 2019 14:57 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Reliability Rides - anyone else do them?
Replies: 27
Views: 1546

Re: Reliability Rides - anyone else do them?

Yep, SCCA Twitter is the best source for events and updates in the Shire - http://twitter.com/shropshirecca West Midlands events calendar (includes SCCA series), some have links to routes: https://www.procyclinguk.com/west-midlands-reliability-rides-2019/ Mid Shropshire Wheelers' 48 & 59 mile ro...
by Simon E
Mon Jan 07, 2019 22:18 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: When do you need to eat on longer rides?
Replies: 44
Views: 1278

Re: When do you need to eat on longer rides?

Food is unnecessary on a ride of less than 2 hours. On a long morning ride I won't eat beforehand and wait at least an hour to start eating - banana, flapjack or similar. On cooler days a Snickers is a mid-ride treat that perks me up (Aldi's Racer bar is a smaller version). Dates or raisins go down ...
by Simon E
Mon Jan 07, 2019 21:54 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Tight and lumpy tire?
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: Tight and lumpy tire?

The irregular shape might be because the bead isn't seated uniformly on the rim. Look at whether there is a bit that dips in closer than the rest, the ridges/markings should help with identification. If so then deflate, push the valve in so it can't get in the way, then work the tyre, pushing it sid...
by Simon E
Sat Jan 05, 2019 22:14 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: On the benefits of lightweight wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 1062

Re: On the benefits of lightweight wheels

If you Google you'll find an account of a rider being made to carry a kilo of water up the Alpe d'huez. He carries it in his bottles and then in his inner tubes. And then without and keeping a constant power. It didn't make as much difference as I expected it to. IIRC a weight reduction of 1kg will...
by Simon E
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Giant Defy but no disc brakes
Replies: 46
Views: 1305

Re: Giant Defy but no disc brakes

hi ya according to giant's chart, tcr that'd fit me would be xs, whereras my defy is s. I'm on 5.4 ft, so it would not be that far from my defy (or would it ?). Are there any TCR or Defy models are available in XS? Never seems to be the case when I have checked. Previous years' TCR & Defy size ...
by Simon E
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Best 35 mm Carbon Clincher: Campa vs Cera vs Handbuilt
Replies: 36
Views: 1233

Re: Best 35 mm Carbon Clincher: Campa vs Cera vs Handbuilt

You could do that, and it may indeed be an arms race, but at the end of the day the fittest rider will still cross the line first, regardless of whether they are on an islabike or a carbon wonderbike. The wheels will look cool, but they won't win races for you.. I've been doing this since my boy wa...
by Simon E
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Recommendations for a rear bike light
Replies: 35
Views: 1081

Re: Recommendations for a rear bike light

Cateye LD610 (2xAAA). Fit to seat post with SP6 clamp and bracket part no. #544-0980. Decent rechargeables should last at least a week between charges. I like my Lezyne Micro, its focussed 30 lumens is pretty good and even the 15L Femto' mode is surprisingly good. Minor niggles: it needs recharging ...
by Simon E
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Frame Protector Tape?
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Frame Protector Tape?

I've seen a number of recommendations for the Copter tape from JRA - it's genuine 3M stuff, as good anything.
http://www.justridingalong.com/copter-tape.html
by Simon E
Tue Nov 13, 2018 22:56 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Laptop Buying Advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1411

Re: Laptop Buying Advice

IME a SSD drive is the biggest performance gain. MS Office Home & Student is fine if you don't use Outlook (which I don't, I've never liked it. More trouble than it's worth). You can register online and download the Office 365 Home subscription with all apps for £80/year. It will allow you to in...
by Simon E
Fri Oct 19, 2018 20:29 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: GYM
Replies: 66
Views: 3467

Re: GYM

A few years back, a couple of mags ran interviews with Cav. In one, he said he never used weights. In the other, he said he did. So either Cav didn't actually know whether he used weights or not (unlikely), or the mags got it wrong (more likely), or the writers simply wrote what they thought their ...
by Simon E
Sat Oct 13, 2018 14:25 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Lombardi feed. SPOILERS
Replies: 50
Views: 1532

Re: Lombardi feed

inseine wrote:Nibs get caught and.......attacks!
ably assisted by the camera bike.
by Simon E
Fri Jul 27, 2018 22:05 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle > Espelette 28/07/2018 - 31 km - Individual time-trial *Spoilers*
Replies: 341
Views: 6120

Re: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle > Espelette 28/07/2018 - 31 km - Individual time-trial *Spoilers*

Departure times https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjIe15sX4AEDmxZ.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjIe2eXX4AEfYoJ.jpg Images not showing here. Lawson Craddock is first man off at 12:00 local time, Geraint Thomas at 16:29. Tissot PDF - http://azure.tissottiming.com/File/0003100107010114FFFFFFFFFFFFFF02 vi...
by Simon E
Thu Jul 05, 2018 19:54 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Training for my first 100 miles
Replies: 49
Views: 2458

Re: Training for my first 100 miles

You are not supposed to wear underwear with cycling shorts. Yes, I'm aware. However I couldn't face having to wash my shorts every single time I went out on my bike - hence the reason for pants. It hasn't bothered me up until I started doing longer distances in the hotter weather. That's exactly wh...
by Simon E
Mon Jul 02, 2018 21:21 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Hill climbing tips
Replies: 25
Views: 1500

Re: Hill climbing tips

I have been riding much more than him lately, this has given me the legs on longer rides. But does not appear to be helping me on the hills. Intervals are probably the answer. You may need to do them alone to begin with so that you don't get sucked into racing. Technique makes a difference - pacing...

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