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Offline 17081974

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The cycling thread
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:40:21 AM »
Anyone on here MTB?? Thought I start a thread, and ask a few Questions.

What are you currently riding?
To Cleat or Not to Cleat?
Best Trails?
Do you have a Gopro, do you have any good footage?

To answer my own Q's..

Giant Trance 1

Use Cleats, love 'em
This is my favourite Trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lur2tfOL6KQ
Gopro... yep, wouldn't ride without it...
« Last Edit: February 23, 2014, 06:45:08 AM by 17081974 »

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Re: The MTB thread
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 08:33:28 AM »
I'm glad you put that picture in because I hadn't got a clue what you were on about until I saw it.

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Re: The MTB thread
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 09:06:40 AM »
Anyone on here MTB?? Thought I start a thread, and ask a few Questions.

What are you currently riding?
To Cleat or Not to Cleat?
Best Trails?
Do you have a Gopro, do you have any good footage?

To answer my own Q's..

Giant Trance 1

Use Cleats, love 'em
This is my favourite Trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lur2tfOL6KQ
Gopro... yep, wouldn't ride without it...

yep, ride Kona on the hills around where I live in N Yorks.
After skiing, it's my main modus for adrenalin.
Trouble is, I'm getting a little old and knackered for it!

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Re: The MTB thread
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »
This should probably be moved to the Sports section.

I used to be a regular rider and helped run a group here in the Forest.

http://www.youtube.com/user/brownpantsmtb

We had some great trips away to Coed Y Brenin and other purpose built sites in north/west Wales.

However, our main riding was done in the FoD or at Cwmcarn.

My main bike is/was a Specialized Epic Comp adapted with downhill rims (a necessity for a fat bugger).

Injuries and illness over the past couple of years mean that I'm basically retired now. Also, some of the members switched to road riding and /or triathlons as they got older, so the group drifted apart.

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Re: The MTB thread
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 04:49:55 PM »
Maybe we can move this to Sports Arena and change the thread title to 'The Cycling Thread' and include roadies as well as downhillers, MTBers and commuters?

Shall I ask a mod?

Cheers pauliewalnuts.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2014, 05:03:19 PM by Jon Crofts »

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 05:39:29 PM »
I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like. Its got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good.

Offline 17081974

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Re: The MTB thread
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 06:15:30 PM »
Maybe we can move this to Sports Arena and change the thread title to 'The Cycling Thread' and include roadies as well as downhillers, MTBers and commuters?

Shall I ask a mod?

Cheers pauliewalnuts.

Sounds good, let's move it.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2014, 04:31:55 PM »
I took up road cycling after a long absence about 3 years ago, I ride all year, in all weathers and currently training for an Ironman race in September. 

2 road bikes, 1 for the winter, Felt Z6, 1 for summer and racing on Specialized S-Works Venge, thinking about getting a TT/Tri bike, hence why I went with 808s.  Doing my first ever 10 mile TT on Saturday.

Felt


S-Works

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 04:32:40 PM »
I took up road cycling after a long absence about 3 years ago, I ride all year, in all weathers and currently training for an Ironman race in September. 

2 road bikes, 1 for the winter, Felt Z6, 1 for summer and racing on Specialized S-Works Venge, thinking about getting a TT/Tri bike, hence why I went with 808s.  Doing my first ever 10 mile TT on Saturday.

Felt


S-Works

How much does the S-Works cost John ? I take it that it is much more rigid than the Feltz Z6, the S-Works being more of an Ironman specialist bike.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2014, 04:41:42 PM »
The Venge is way more rigid than the Felt Dan, its not really a triathlon bike, its a fast aero road bike, I chose to ride it on Ironman Wales because its so hilly you don't get that much of an advantage with a TT or Triathlon bike.  It's not the lightest of bikes, but it's certainly one of if not the stiffest road bike out there today, all hand built as well.  You notice how stiff it is on climbs, I climb in higher gears on the Venge than the Felt & my heart rate is lower, same on the flat, turn a bigger gear on the Venge and it holds its speed much easier as well.
All up it was a very lot of money that could have paid for a nice family hatchback, it's all part of my mid life crisis and if my wife knew how much it did cost, she'd cut my testicles off and feed them to the cat.

Edit to add the Venge has also got Di2 electronic gears as well, they're epic and I want to marry them.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2014, 04:49:48 PM by Jon Crofts »

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 05:32:19 PM »
The Venge is way more rigid than the Felt Dan, its not really a triathlon bike, its a fast aero road bike, I chose to ride it on Ironman Wales because its so hilly you don't get that much of an advantage with a TT or Triathlon bike.  It's not the lightest of bikes, but it's certainly one of if not the stiffest road bike out there today, all hand built as well.  You notice how stiff it is on climbs, I climb in higher gears on the Venge than the Felt & my heart rate is lower, same on the flat, turn a bigger gear on the Venge and it holds its speed much easier as well.
All up it was a very lot of money that could have paid for a nice family hatchback, it's all part of my mid life crisis and if my wife knew how much it did cost, she'd cut my testicles off and feed them to the cat.

Edit to add the Venge has also got Di2 electronic gears as well, they're epic and I want to marry them.
Fair play. I will keep it a secret if you can. Good luck in Wales. Hope you beat your time from last year. When are you doing Lanza Ironman by the way ?

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2014, 01:50:58 PM »
Slightly off topic-ish.

I'm taking the missus to Paris for her 40th (her choice) and her birthday happens to be the day before the final stage of the TdF.  She is up for watching it live if possible and didn't take a huge amount of persuasion.  Anyone done it?  Can you just rock up and watch the zip up and down the Champs Elysee or is it ticketed?

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2014, 07:06:16 PM »
You can just turn up for most areas other than the finish but it will be busy, however two blocks away life goes on as normal. I'd try and get near a screen so you can see what's going on.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2014, 02:09:49 PM »
Cheers mate.

Aye I saw we could pay 260 each to get seats at the finish line. Not fussed about that and certainly not at that price!

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2014, 07:27:18 PM »
Just get yourselves anywhere on the finishing circuit, the atmosphere is fantastic, you'll see the riders go past about nine times and you'll be very ulucky not to be within sight of a big screen.

I was there four years ago and the couple of bars behind us were doing orders and bringing your drinks out, not cheap but a cracking service!