Bicycle ERA |OT| This Is Why

robox

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Nov 10, 2017
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i'm starting to hate my shoes. they're ok until i start hitting hour 3-4.
but i'm also not sure how to pick out new shoes due to the above condition, and not quite willing to drop a couple hundred on new ones yet
 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Same here! But it's nothing aggressive, so it shouldn't be too bad.
Still waiting for the results though... should get them in 10 days.
I had the same. In my case it was because of repetitive injury. Did a lot of skateboarding and basketball which left my ankle in a sorry state.
One of the reasons I’m sticking to cycling.
Good luck with the off period and results!
 

T8SC

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Oct 28, 2017
738
UK
Had a ride out with a mate today, exploring a few new roads. The Met Office and their "sunny spells" forecast was completely rubbish since it was overcast for the whole ride and quite humid too.

 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Had a ride out with a mate today, exploring a few new roads. The Met Office and their "sunny spells" forecast was completely rubbish since it was overcast for the whole ride and quite humid too.

Thats an impressive ride man, kudos!

Had a bigger 100k ride yesterday.
Followed by a sprint ride today where I emptied the tank:

 

AusGeno

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Oct 27, 2017
254
Fonds is becoming a beast, check that average speed!

And a huge effort from robox too, serious elevation.

I'm inspired, gonna get up early tomorrow and hit some hills before work.
 

Chance Hale

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Oct 26, 2017
4,176
Colorado
Recommendations for a decent beginners off-road mountain bike under 500 dollars? Live in Colorado and would love to start hitting up some bike trails in the mountains. I find biking in a city terrifying so would be just for that purpose.

New preferably because I don’t know enough about bikes to really examine the condition or what have you. Or used if from a trustworthy site, thanks!
 

phazedplasma

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Oct 27, 2017
871
Recommendations for a decent beginners off-road mountain bike under 500 dollars? Live in Colorado and would love to start hitting up some bike trails in the mountains. I find biking in a city terrifying so would be just for that purpose.

New preferably because I don’t know enough about bikes to really examine the condition or what have you. Or used if from a trustworthy site, thanks!
you should be looking at hardtails in that price range.

What part of CO are you in?
 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Seems dangerous and irresponsible....... What if something goes wrong and you crash down on the peloton. You should never put other people in risk like that, can you imagine you take out the guy with the yellow jersey?
Yeah I’m inclined to agree.
While it’s impressive it more than likely isn’t communicated with the riders.
These guys are riding close in a huge group. Only one rider has to lose his focus and could take out dozens. Or even worse, what if he loses control of his own bike and drops right on top of the peleton.
 

KodaRuss

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Oct 27, 2017
1,884
Texas
Does anyone else have a problem finding Jerseys that are long enough? I am pretty tall, 6'4 or so and almost every Jersey I have find is at least a couple inches too short. I am not wearing bib shorts so maybe that is my problem but still kinda frustrating.
 

T8SC

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Oct 28, 2017
738
UK
130+ miles in my legs from the last two days, and I thought it was a good idea to do the hill climb time trial tonight, in the heat.

This was the last part/segment of the climb.



Would've been nice to go under 6 minutes, maybe I'll try again when I'm a bit fresher.


Does anyone else have a problem finding Jerseys that are long enough? I am pretty tall, 6'4 or so and almost every Jersey I have find is at least a couple inches too short. I am not wearing bib shorts so maybe that is my problem but still kinda frustrating.
Wear bib shorts. Trust me.
 

AusGeno

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Oct 27, 2017
254
where are you getting those cool strava pics? Just something your doing?
You need to attach one or more photos to your Strava ride and then share the ride from the app and it will let you select which photo you want to put the stats overlay onto.

One of the guys rode ahead and snapped this pic last weekend, that's me on the right. Very early in the morning, very cold and foggy day.

 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Does anyone else have a problem finding Jerseys that are long enough? I am pretty tall, 6'4 or so and almost every Jersey I have find is at least a couple inches too short. I am not wearing bib shorts so maybe that is my problem but still kinda frustrating.
In my experience most jerseys are designed with bib shorts underneath in mind.
They sit a bit higher thus covering otherwise shamefully exposed bellies or lower back/ arse.
I’m afraid I’ve yet to encounter a jersey with a longer body.
 

AusGeno

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Oct 27, 2017
254
I ordered some cheap jerseys and bibs and other kit from Amazon last week and it all turned up today. I’ll post up some impressions and pics once I’ve tried them out.
 

MrKlaw

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Oct 25, 2017
7,669
anyone done an e-bike conversion eg Swytch or similar? I commute to/from the station to work and my house on a folding bike, but ever since trying out Uber's jump bikes I want that boost off the lights, especially in central london where its stop/start all the time.
 

T8SC

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Oct 28, 2017
738
UK
In my experience most jerseys are designed with bib shorts underneath in mind.
They sit a bit higher thus covering otherwise shamefully exposed bellies or lower back/ arse.
I’m afraid I’ve yet to encounter a jersey with a longer body.
There are different "cuts" of jersey but even so, they do tend to still be a bit higher at the front. Race cut are cut a lot higher up in my experience with "club cut" or whatever they call it being a bit more forgiving if you have a bit of a belly.

Also, make sure you get a jersey with some gripper around the bottom to keep it in place, some cheaper jerseys omit this.
 

nelsonqos

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Jul 8, 2019
15
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good handlebar bag? I love Ortileb stuff but they're always quite expensive. Wondering if there might be a good alternative?
 

Teggy

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Oct 25, 2017
10,830
I haven’t biked all July because every time I go out to walk the dogs it’s hot and humid and I lose the will. Next 3 days it’s going to be 95+ 😭


You can use these 26” weight plates as rims for your mountain bike for a great workout.

 
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Psychotext

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Oct 30, 2017
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Good news!

Just had my 6 week check-up (fractured acetabulum), and apparently everything is where it needs to be. I'm now going to be able to partial weight bear on my right leg. Basically means I can put half my body weight on that side, so in theory I can stand unaided (obviously still need my crutches to move).

6 weeks to next test, but at least I can do different exercises now to ease the boredom. Looking forward to trying out Alter-G too.

Swelling still pretty bad at the moment, but hoping it will get better now I'm able to get the leg working a bit more to improve blood flow. Going to slowly try to start sleeping on my side again now that I'm not so worried about pressure on the hip.

Onwards and upwards!
 

KodaRuss

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Oct 27, 2017
1,884
Texas
I haven’t biked all July because every time I go out to walk the dogs it’s hot and humid and I lose the will. Next 3 days it’s going to be 95+ 😭


You can use these 26” weight plates as rims for your mountain bike for a great workout.

Fight the heat! It will be 98 outside when I finally get on my bike this afternoon JOIN ME in the suffering.
 

Teggy

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Oct 25, 2017
10,830
Haha, acetabulum, that’s a funny body part name you made up


Seriously though, great news, keep getting better. Even though I am not cycling I am doing squats and deadlifts again so I don’t have skinny legs.
 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Great to hear from you Psychotext !
Glad to hear you’re improving!

Teggy I also started to incorporate some weight lifting in my training.
Put on about 2 kilos but that was to be expected.
Noticing my power is increasing so that’s pretty much the goal tbh.
Did develop a slight tendinitis in my ankle. Not quite sure if its from cycling or squatting weight.
Doesnt hurt too much and I can still ride, so I’ll wait it out for now.
 

ReBirFh

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Dec 8, 2017
106
I have a rusted urban bycicle that I want to do some maintenance to use again but it's kind hard to know if there is any limitations in the parts I'm looking for or what can be changed individually without losing compatibility with the other stuff like the brakes and cassete. Even the wheel which have rusted spokes, I don't know if I can/should change them individually or rathe buy an aentire wheel.
 

bangai-o

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Oct 27, 2017
4,181
Anybody here iron their clothes (shirt) at work? I am afraid my dress shirt is going to get wrinkly in my bag during the commute.
 

HTupolev

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Oct 27, 2017
699
Treadle drives are one of many ideas that are about as old as the bicycle, which someone tries to market as "new" every few years.

The basic premise around them is wrong: rotary cranks accommodate natural humanwalking/running leg form much better than up-and-down treadles do.

As usual, the marketing material is full of nonsense. Claiming that the longer crank arm results in more leverage makes no sense unless you totally ignore how gearing work. Claiming that double the leverage means double the power is blatantly wrong about how physics works. Claiming that gravity is on your side during a vertical downstroke is true, but a little-known fact about gravity that might surprise the video's creators is that it also resists the motion of your leg as you bring it back up.
 
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Daedardus

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Oct 25, 2017
729
Anybody here iron their clothes (shirt) at work? I am afraid my dress shirt is going to get wrinkly in my bag during the commute.
I take it you can shower at work? Is there a possibility to leave some hangers at work and when you shower just put it on a hanger and let it 'steam' a bit next to the shower. It doesn't solve the big wrinkles but if you properly folded the shirt before going to work the small creases should be a bit smoother.
 

bawjaws

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Oct 28, 2017
1,097
Get a coffee-table sized hardback book or folio and fold your shirt around it before you put it in your bag. That'll keep the worst of the wrinkles at bay.
 

AusGeno

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Oct 27, 2017
254
Completed my first 50 mile ride today! Can’t imagine ever having the legs for 100 but it was only a few months ago that I said the same thing about riding 50 so I’ll just keep hitting the road and see what happens.

 

FondsNL

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Oct 29, 2017
633
Completed my first 50 mile ride today! Can’t imagine ever having the legs for 100 but it was only a few months ago that I said the same thing about riding 50 so I’ll just keep hitting the road and see what happens.

Nice work mate and nice pace as well!
Might seem impossible now, but I bet you’ll finish a century ride sooner than you’d imagine.