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by Spyglass
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What makes your favourite city great?
Replies: 138
Views: 6697

Re: What makes your favourite city great?

Hawk, yeah I did. I really like a lot of cities, Hong Kong is amazing for example. But I will always love Newcastle. It may or may not be irrational but I don't care. Though it does tick a lot of the boxes in the poll Great nightlife, and the people are really nice. Apart from a certain cast-listin...
by Spyglass
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

I am not familiar with this site and how it works. Can anyone do a quick search and find out how does 1h23min fare on this site when it comes to the Superbagnères climb? are performances ranked over a number of users, etc..? Shame on you Xupi, how can you call yourself a cyclist without being on St...
by Spyglass
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

It's amazing how quickly Strava has established itself in cycling culture. Whilst I don't go "segment hunting", I always load up my data after a ride and see if I've figured on any of the segments. I think it's just that secretly, all cyclists always wondered how they stacked up. It really is inter...
by Spyglass
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Heading down to the borders tomorrow for a 55 mile route that takes in a local landmark called the Talla Linn climb. It's a 2.5 mile climb that averages 8.4% but the main problem is the first 800m which averages 23% . :(( ouch, that will hurt. What are you planning to use? 800m is too long to power...
by Spyglass
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Going to attempt an ascent of Mont Ventoux with my son in October. Any hints or tips? start early you'll avoid heat at the top if the weather is good. did it aged 13 8) bit of a tear passing the Simpson Stèle Made it! 8) Just awesome. Loved every minute. Congrats, on your own or an organized tour?
by Spyglass
Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Yeah, ended up as an outside back. Pretty quick over 60m. Do triathlons now and generally pretty strong on the bike in a TT style effort up to 40km or so. Doing a flat Iron distance race next year so need to start to build up distance (did one hilly middle distance race this year on the wrong bike ...
by Spyglass
Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Just got back from a great three day cycling trip based in Leakey in the Texas Hill Country, it's a limited numbers catered/supported event (80 max) called the Leakey Death Ride. Weather was perfect - 50's overnight and low 80's later in the day, and no rain. Believe it or not the Texas Hill Country...
by Spyglass
Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How long in a sling for Broken Collarbone?
Replies: 35
Views: 2358

Re: How long in a sling for Broken Collarbone?

I've broken mine three times. Once was a small fracture which healed quickly and I was out of the sling in four weeks. The other two were complete breaks with some displacement, the first time (about 30 years ago) they left it to heal itself in a sling which resulted in some bone protrusion due to m...
by Spyglass
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

So while I'm killing time on my flight home, I may as well post a "review" of my Pyrenees trip. 1 week, 5 days in the saddle, 192 miles (309km), 38,500ft (11,735m) elevation gain, 16h18 in the saddle. Rented a Kuota Kharma from the LBS in Bagneres (the shop was actually in Beaudean, 4km down the ro...
by Spyglass
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Now in my 12th week of cycling six days a week. I do between 120-140 a week. Yesterday I did 37 miles and today I will ride 20 miles then run a track workout 6 by 800. Went from 207 lbs tangle to 185 lbs in the twelve weeks. Really enjoy riding. Congrats, keep it up, but be careful as it will start...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Did my first cycle in about 10 years this morning. 80km in 4 hours, with about 70% of it flat. I´m at 2700m altitude and was on a mountain bike, but after this morning I think I´ll need to get a road bike, with plenty of people on racers flying past me. Was absolutely broken afterwards, knees, arse...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

This is the finish from my race last night. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152225621443341 Never celebrate before the line! I guy from our club made his breakaway stick in an RR earlier this season, he was approx. 200M+ clear of the field and put his arms up to celebrate before the line, a ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm a sales rep and set my own schedule. Between October 1st through December I'm busy but the rest of the year is pretty much mine. To be fair doing a twenty miler is just a tad more then an hour but I drive to my starting point. I hope to see 175 lbs again. Be careful it can become addictive. I s...
by Spyglass
Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Hmmmm..hoping to be back on my bike soon. Several weeks ago (March 6) I skidded in wet weather and ended up in A&E with a badly dislocated shoulder, plus 4 fractures of the humerous. :( At first they were talking about a shoulder replacement, but eventually they put a metal rod and four pins in it....
by Spyglass
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Finally got back on the road today after a mind numbing 7 weeks on the trainer waiting for my shoulder to repair itself. Just a solo 60 miles of tempo but it felt great to get back out, I didn't even mind the short rain shower! Unfortunately I've missed two of my A events for this season, but hopefu...
by Spyglass
Thu May 01, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Through a process of elimination I ride the Romin Evo and so far it's the least painful saddle I've tried. But it may not work for you; saddles are a very personal think and what works for me won't necessarily work for you. The only way to find out is to ride it for a few weeks, making small adjustm...
by Spyglass
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Wommers, are you using a heart rate monitor to judge your effort? Nothing wrong with single digit mph if you are sticking to your plan. Highly recommend joining a club if you want to improve. Yeah, I've guesstimated my threshold HR at around 157 although I understand the point that if you're actual...
by Spyglass
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

My thread subscription is working brilliantly as ever :x Spyglass, that sucks, but you haven't told us the important stuff - was your bike OK?. Similar thing happened to me this time last year but I got away a lot more lightly - a few stitches in my knee and a new mech hanger - and the parcours was...
by Spyglass
Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

No don't think I'll go to Durango now, I don't fancy watching the racing with the women! Both our flights are air miles so they will just be refunded to my account if we cancel.
by Spyglass
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Holy crap, SG, that sounds like a nasty one. On- or off-road? What speed were you doing at the time? Good luck with the recovery. Thanks DOB. Road event, guys at the front were going really hard on an extended hilly section (successive short hills 500-600W up each one) to shred the pack, it was wor...
by Spyglass
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Holy crap, SG, that sounds like a nasty one. On- or off-road? What speed were you doing at the time? Good luck with the recovery. Thanks DOB. Road event, guys at the front were going really hard on an extended hilly section (successive short hills 500-600W up each one) to shred the pack, it was wor...
by Spyglass
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Went down hard last weekend, knocked myself out (helmet did it's job), broke my right clavicle and detached a ligament. Had surgery Tuesday to install a plate for bone and anchors to reattach ligament. Dr said surgery went well but it was a tight fit to attach the plate because of bone growth from p...
by Spyglass
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home cinema speakers / set ups
Replies: 20
Views: 1423

Re: Home cinema speakers / set ups

Sissyfuss wrote:3D Sound?

What does that entail? Never heard of it... good with a lot of things but sound systems are not one of them.
The Sony projector and PS3 (as BD player) are both 3D, the Marantz receiver just passes through the 3D video signal but breaks out and processes the sound for my 7.2 system
by Spyglass
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home cinema speakers / set ups
Replies: 20
Views: 1423

Re: Home cinema speakers / set ups

My system is as follows: Speakers: RBH MC series, using bipole/dipole for rears Subs: Two SVS PB12's Receiver: Marantz 6006 Projector: Sony HW30 Screen: Can't remember Great setup, it has 3D capability but I got a headache using it so just do regular 2D now, which was the original plan for 90+% of v...
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Just replaced my Kurt Kinetic trainer with a Wahoo Kickr, an excellent (if somewhat expensive) piece of kit that syncs up seamlessly with TrainerRoad and Sufferfest videos to provide fully automated suffering. So I now have the Tarmac (now officially my backup bike) permanently hooked up to the Wah...
by Spyglass
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Just replaced my Kurt Kinetic trainer with a Wahoo Kickr, an excellent (if somewhat expensive) piece of kit that syncs up seamlessly with TrainerRoad and Sufferfest videos to provide fully automated suffering. So I now have the Tarmac (now officially my backup bike) permanently hooked up to the Waho...
by Spyglass
Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Thinking of upgrading the groupset on my bike from Tiagra to Ultegra 6700. Can get the whole lot for £440, including cassette , chain and bottom bracket (which need done anyway) and will do the work myself. Never been impressed with the Tiagra which despite my best efforts, I can never get dialled ...
by Spyglass
Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

I'd like to know peoples age vs the max heart rates they reach. I'm 40, and my garmin says I hit 194 bpm. I am not sure weather I should be pleased with this, or scared of it. Been feeling shifty about it ever since Andrew Marr said he had a Heart attack from going to hard at the gym. I think the m...
by Spyglass
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

What sort of category was that? I have thought about doing some racing but my mate who does some club runs and early season races has told me the lower categories are full of fuckwits whose main concern is riding in military order for the full race and then sprinting for the finish. In the US there...
by Spyglass
Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

First time over 70 miles today with just over 4000ft of climbing, most of it into a 20 to 25 mph wind. It was actually slowing us down going down some pretty good descents. :? Needless to say it was the sort of day that would encourage you to start playing more golf instead. :thumbup: Nah, lose too...
by Spyglass
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Did the Chappell Hill Classic Road Race on Sunday, 50 miles with just over 2,000ft of climbing, mostly just rollers and short punchy 30 to 60 second climbs - ideal for attacks! Field size was 50 riders, my team only had 3 guys entered so we were basically racing as individuals, two other teams were ...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Did my first ride to work today, just over 20 km. f**king dog jumped out at me so got to work with a fair amount of blood on the legs, arms and knuckles with my shorts ripped and just flapping in the wind, much to the amusement of others. :lol: So I can fully enjoy you misery it's important to unde...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Nice piece of skill but not sure why he took the additional risk as he didn't gain anything on the Sky rider that was following. You see all sorts of crazy stuff in crits that's why it's best to ride at/near the front if you can, it minimizes chances of getting caught up in the inevitable crashes an...
by Spyglass
Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Weber BBQ's
Replies: 93
Views: 3765

Re: Weber BBQ's

I use my Weber for roasting turkeys for Thanksgiving, the biggest being over 20ib. It does them beautifully, but make sure that you have the char-baskets to put the coals to the sides. https://fc03a76d7309b5c68d79-d0aeafc7cd9ebb5eae45c08affdb0cc5.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/307403_194x144.jpg And of course...
by Spyglass
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Weber BBQ's
Replies: 93
Views: 3765

Re: Weber BBQ's

Is 275NZ$ the going rate in NZ for a 22" Webber Kettle, they're US$99 over here. Having said that they are an excellent investment, are great for cooking on and last a long time - I've had mine for 16 years! Go for it, you won't be disappointed.
by Spyglass
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

I entered again, put down 4:30 as estimated time this time. I did 5:19 (chip time) a couple of weeks ago including one stop for food and a slash and 3 stops for p*******s - all mine. Last flat was with less than a mile to go and nobody had any long-valved tubes so I had to try a glueless patch. Tha...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Well 50 miles turned into 80 miles thanks to a wrong turn out of the first feed station. Medium route done instead of short route. 6500 feet of climbing instead of 4000. 5 hours instead of 3 hours. Lessons learned, make sure you memorise the route before you leave. Finished in 5hr 1minute - 14th ou...
by Spyglass
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

I have a 25 on Saturday morning on a fairly fast course & forecast is sunny, 20+ degrees (80+ to you Spyglass) and 5km/h wind. :) Wind and temperature a bit higher than expected and apparently course was not at its fastest because of air pressure :? but 00:58:57 :D Winner did 00:50:02 :shock: Congr...
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Out and back twice is a bit Micky mouse, that's 3 U turns to slow down and speed up from. Bike looks great, I'm not really in to the TT scene but haven't see one before. What was your normalized power for your 1:01 time? It's a dedicated tri bike. Aspect ratios of some of the tubes are too high to ...
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 270618

Re: The official cycling thread

Out and back twice is a bit Micky mouse, that's 3 U turns to slow down and speed up from. Bike looks great, I'm not really in to the TT scene but haven't see one before. What was your normalized power for your 1:01 time?