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by Def Defyr
Thu Oct 10, 2019 16:32 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: 3x11: Road bike for struggling climbers
Replies: 37
Views: 2653

Re: 3x11: Road bike for struggling climbers

^^I tend to agree with this (that a compact front and bailout big gear is all you need), with the caveat that "just tweak your cadence" is not necessarily the best advice. Everyone has a cadence they like and can hold for a climb. The decline of the triple is a welcome development. I think...
by Def Defyr
Tue Oct 01, 2019 16:33 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Stopping at shops without a lock?
Replies: 53
Views: 2512

Re: Stopping at shops without a lock?

Never used a lock, always choose cafes or keep bike in eyeshot at shops. Probably tempting fate and trusting human nature too much. I'd only lock the bike if i could cable the frame and both wheels to something solid, which to mean means I'd need a meterlong steel cable. I've taken it into a few gas...
by Def Defyr
Sun Sep 15, 2019 17:21 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?
Replies: 68
Views: 3358

Re: How Much Has Your "Best" Bike Cost You in Pounds per Hour of Usage?

My frame (IF Crown Jewel) is SEVENTEEN years old. Nothing wrong with it. I've put about 5,500 euros into it in that time, including intial build, new cassettes/chains/consumables/wheelset. So even if I only put in 1,000 miles a year, it's basically costing me pennies per ride. (On average, probably ...
by Def Defyr
Sun Sep 15, 2019 17:10 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Warm winter road boots help
Replies: 28
Views: 1765

Re: Warm winter road boots help

Everyone's feet are different but what works for me, down to about 5 deg. C even in wet weather (and I won't purposely go out in weather much colder than that, nor if it's raining to start), is thick merino socks (I love GripGrab's, use them for hiking too), normal road shoes with the Boa relatively...
by Def Defyr
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Three days in the Pyrenees
Replies: 19
Views: 2019

Re: Three days in the Pyrenees

Thanks for all the above reports -- I just returned from a 3 day hiking trip in that area, and picked up a cycling col map as inspiration. We drove up to the top of Aubisque -- the "proper" Aubisque doesn't look that crazy, but add in the 15k uphill approach and you've got a proper haul. (...
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 22, 2019 15:35 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?
Replies: 48
Views: 6073

Re: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?

^^Have used Speedplays for 18 years now; they seem to benefit from stiffer soles and are sensitive to positioning. I find that moving the cleats a bit toward the center of my foot and down is the most comfortable, rather than directly under the ball of my foot. So no foot-ball pain, or ball-foot pa...
by Def Defyr
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise
Replies: 22
Views: 2348

Re: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise

You may be overtraining and your body is reacting by doing whatever it can to keep the weight on. My experience with weight loss (and I've never been even close to overweight, just saw things creeping up once I passed 45 y/o), is that you need to find what works for you, it can take a bit of trial a...
by Def Defyr
Sat Aug 17, 2019 17:31 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?
Replies: 48
Views: 6073

Re: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?

^^Have used Speedplays for 18 years now; they seem to benefit from stiffer soles and are sensitive to positioning. I find that moving the cleats a bit toward the center of my foot and down is the most comfortable, rather than directly under the ball of my foot. So no foot-ball pain, or ball-foot pa...
by Def Defyr
Sat Aug 17, 2019 07:39 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 25 or 28cc tyre?
Replies: 18
Views: 1921

Re: 25 or 28cc tyre?

It's funny how just 10-15 years ago you could buy 21 mm tires because they were "faster" than fat 23s...

I was a late convert to 25s, but they're just so much more comfortable -- and for me comfort equals a better, longer rider. I'd run 28s if I had the clearance on my old steel frame.
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 15, 2019 14:34 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?
Replies: 48
Views: 6073

Re: Speedplay once on can you ever go back?

^^Have used Speedplays for 18 years now; they seem to benefit from stiffer soles and are sensitive to positioning. I find that moving the cleats a bit toward the center of my foot and down is the most comfortable, rather than directly under the ball of my foot. So no foot-ball pain, or ball-foot pai...
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 15, 2019 13:28 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Bib shorts advice
Replies: 27
Views: 1758

Re: Bib shorts advice

My go-to bibs are the Gore C5 Optiline, usually on sale at Wiggle etc for well under 100. But bibs are personal, I think the key is that they fit you right, especially in the torso length. I had bought what I thought were well fitting Mavics, but I kept getting an odd pain around my lower neck. I th...
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 15, 2019 13:21 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Who buys a Ti Bike these days?
Replies: 76
Views: 4574

Re: Who buys a Ti Bike these days?

My wife's Dura-Ace Ti Merlin is a "forever" bike. I bought it for her as a 30th birthday present a while ago (ahem), and pre-children, but it still makes both of us smile. It's light, fast, and comfortable. I would love to have an extra 10k to build up a top shelf Super Record Ti frame but...
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 15, 2019 13:04 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Tarmac vs Roubaix
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: Tarmac vs Roubaix

I tested the Tarmac disc at a Specialized Concept Store, gave it a proper wringing out with their Friday evening ride group for about 100k, and was SUPER impressed by it. I especially liked the stock saddle and the shifting. The only issue I had, and it was probably just because I wasn't able to fin...
by Def Defyr
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Getting cycle fitness levels back
Replies: 17
Views: 2279

Re: Getting cycle fitness levels back

Why not join a tri club? that way you can work both running and cycling into a routine. My Sunday ride group is actually a tri club (I can't run due to hip surgeries), but I can tell you that those guys can go hard on the bike. Many have done full Ironmans.
by Def Defyr
Tue Jul 23, 2019 16:52 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape du Tour 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9827

Re: Etape du Tour 2019

6 hr 21 for me, 781st overall. Happy! Chapeau ! I blew up around St. Martin and was hors limite. But it was a great experience and now I know that you can't train for these kinds of climbs in a flat area. At least I can't The wheels also came off for me at just after St Martin. I did manage to fini...
by Def Defyr
Sun Jul 21, 2019 17:45 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape du Tour 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9827

Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Dorset Boy wrote:6 hr 21 for me, 781st overall. Happy!

Chapeau !

I blew up around St. Martin and was hors limite. But it was a great experience and now I know that you can't train for these kinds of climbs in a flat area. At least I can't
by Def Defyr
Tue Jul 02, 2019 15:30 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape du Tour 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9827

Re: Etape du Tour 2019

How is everyone getting back to Albertville etc after the event? I've missed booking the official shuttle so currently looking at options.. You will have to ride back down to Moutiers. You might be able to catch a train back to Albertville from there. Great, thanks. Looks like a steady ride back do...
by Def Defyr
Fri Jun 28, 2019 14:39 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape du Tour 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9827

Re: Etape du Tour 2019

This is the start time, by wave.

https://www.letapedutour.com/en/the-rac ... -timetable

Being in Wave 12, I'm leaving at 8.
by Def Defyr
Wed Jun 26, 2019 13:34 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Which cassette to pair with a 53/39 crank?
Replies: 17
Views: 1558

Re: Which cassette to pair with a 53/39 crank?

I just went from an 11-27 to a 12-28 with a 53/39 -- mostly due to the aging process. Next bike I expect will be compact and have a 32 in the back. I just can't push taller gears uphill the way I could when I was in my 20s and rarely use the 12. However, a 28 is perfectly fine for all but "real...
by Def Defyr
Wed Jun 26, 2019 09:50 am
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape du Tour 2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9827

Re: Etape du Tour 2019

The EdT site says you have to start the final climb (km 102) before 14:54 and finish before 18:42, not 20:00. Allowing for a pause at the refreshment stop halfway up, you need to average about 10km/h on the climb, or get there well before, say starting the climb by 2pm at the latest. My tip is not ...

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