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Offline ian c.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #45 on: May 23, 2014, 01:07:01 PM »
Hello Peeps, i'm looking to replace my mountain bike as i'm only using it on the road, and would prefer something smoother and quicker. I'm thinking about a Cyclocross, does anyone have any ideas for preferably a disc brake one in the 750 mark ? And has anyone done the 'Cycle to work scheme ' ? Is it easy to sort out ?

 Thanks folks, UTV,


You could take a look at one of these if steel frames are your thing:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-substance-cx11-sora-2014/

It's their in-house brand. Decent components for the price with enough change from 750 GBP for some mudguards and a good lock.

I would probably not eat or drink for a month and scratch the extra 100 quid together for a Genesis cdf.

Offline Simon Ward

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #46 on: June 06, 2014, 01:40:26 PM »
Can anyone tell me why Bradley Wiggins could be left out of the Le Tour this year?

Seems madness to us non-cycling fans!

Online lovejoy

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2014, 01:43:53 PM »
He's not good enough to win it and can't be relied on to play domestique (helper) to Froome. Brad is heavier now than he was when he won the Tour and is focussed more on lumpy on day races rather than high mountains, although admittedly he did win the Tour of California last month.
A cycling team such as Sky is basically a pyramid with the sole aim of winning the tour for the leader. Froome has his team of helpers who will use the Dauphine as a practise and Brad can't be relied on to help, which is a shame as he could be a super domestique if his ego would let him.

Offline Chris Jameson

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2014, 01:53:31 PM »
The Tour is passing within a few hundred yards of our house, if somebody had told me a couple of years ago that we would be living so near to the route I would have worried which set of unfortunate circumstances would result in us having to live in France.

Harrogate is on shut down for the two days of the race, that's obviously gone down well with the serial letter writers to the local paper.

Offline Comrade Blitz

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2014, 03:14:31 PM »
I'm wondering if a switch from running to cycling will be less stressful on the knees.

Any comments/advice as to how much "impact" has to do with things like patella tendinitis and patella femoral syndrome vs joint mechanics? Thanks.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #50 on: June 06, 2014, 09:37:05 PM »
I'm wondering if a switch from running to cycling will be less stressful on the knees.

Any comments/advice as to how much "impact" has to do with things like patella tendinitis and patella femoral syndrome vs joint mechanics? Thanks.
I gave up running seriously, 25 years ago because of impact damage, now you can't keep me off a bike and long may it continue

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #51 on: June 06, 2014, 09:46:59 PM »
Hello Peeps, i'm looking to replace my mountain bike as i'm only using it on the road, and would prefer something smoother and quicker. I'm thinking about a Cyclocross, does anyone have any ideas for preferably a disc brake one in the 750 mark ? And has anyone done the 'Cycle to work scheme ' ? Is it easy to sort out ?

 Thanks folks, UTV,
Hi - Yes, I've done the cycle to work scheme twice. It is quite simple to do. Your employer should have a link to the scheme's website available, and have a list of bike shops that are on the scheme available. You will need your employer's code, but the bike shops should know that anyway. You go to the shop, tell them what you want, and they sort it out for you and then go through the process with your work. It took about two weeks for me from order to delivery, and I get to pay my bike off over ten months pre-tax. After three years, I have to pay an ownership fee (it was a tenner on my last one), and the thing is mine. It's great - I got a 1,000 bike for 600, paid at 60 a month. Bloody marvellous.

You'll need to use some of the money for accessories, though - in particular you need to get a good lock, and make sure that it is accepted by your insurance company. The scheme requires this, so you are going to have to spend at least 50 of your money on the lock - depending on where you live.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #52 on: June 09, 2014, 02:11:20 PM »
That is why he is Sky's number 1.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #53 on: June 29, 2014, 09:51:45 PM »
I'm wondering if a switch from running to cycling will be less stressful on the knees.

Any comments/advice as to how much "impact" has to do with things like patella tendinitis and patella femoral syndrome vs joint mechanics? Thanks.

So long as you get a proper bike fit then yes.  By proper bike fit I mean at the very least something like the Specialized BG Fit and at best a Retul Pro Fit.  The difference it will make is astonishing, even something as simple as a cleat in the wrong position will seriously affect your knees, imagine thousands and thousands of pedal strokes all made with your knee in the wrong position, the damage that will do can't be underestimated.  You'll also put the power down far more efficiently following a Retul fit, be more comfortable and more efficient.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #54 on: September 10, 2014, 12:24:47 PM »
Just about to head out to see the ToB pass thro' 'Nam

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #55 on: September 10, 2014, 06:55:51 PM »
Friday for me Sox, they come through Hungerford and out north toward Wantage for a few rolling hills.  Will be out on the route with a few mates.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #56 on: September 12, 2014, 08:18:52 AM »
Saturday lunchtime for me down Haywards Heath High Street.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #57 on: September 12, 2014, 01:38:14 PM »
Really nice to see smiling faces in the peloton today, we were at the top of a short but steep climb up from the A4 to the B4000 a place called Hoe Benham.  Our road club set up it's version of Dutch Corner at the top.
As the race directors car came through it stopped and the radio commentator even gave us a mention, when the peloton came through lots of the riders acknowledged us all and lots of smiles in the pack, good to see.  Allez.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #58 on: September 24, 2014, 04:47:12 PM »
Superb win for Sir Bradley in the World's Time Trial today.

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Re: The cycling thread
« Reply #59 on: September 24, 2014, 10:01:13 PM »
Superb win for Sir Bradley in the World's Time Trial today.

Indeed, thought Tony Martin was nailed on. He is a great cyclist but the less said about him juddering people on his Norfolk farm the better.

 


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