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by Spyglass
Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
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Re: The official cycling thread

I've just had a call from the bike shop where my bike is having its first 6 month service and they tell me i need a new chain and cassette. This smells a little of bullshit to me. Could I really need those after 6 months? Ive only really used this bike for commuting each day. With correct maintenan...
by Spyglass
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Had about 10 rides on the new bike, furthest about 25 miles over some pretty hill terrain. What has surprised me is how devastating the wind is and how f**king terrible some of the roads are. Really enjoying it though. Yes the wind, headwind or crosswind, can have a significant effect on your speed...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Is that a genuine ad, Duke? Apparently so - according to Morvelo, it's in one of the bike mags this month. I only ask because of the abovementioned blog - it's a ludicrously widely-used stock photo (in fact series of photos of the same bloke) that crops up everywhere in bike-related ads, posters et...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Had about 10 rides on the new bike, furthest about 25 miles over some pretty hill terrain. What has surprised me is how devastating the wind is and how f**king terrible some of the roads are. Really enjoying it though. A quick question, I have bought some fairly cheap shorts from Decathlon and alth...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW content)
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http://www.lolbrary.com/content/686/remember-it-can-always-get-worse-24686.jpg houses on stilts? where is that? I think they're porches, not stilts. It New Orleans after Katrina. Costal houses in the US (particularly the gulf coast) that are exposed to potential flooding are frequently built on pil...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

[quote="duke"]Latest ad from WD40 - can you spot the deliberate mistake?


Drive train (chainrings, chain, cassette, derailleur) on the wrong side. Plus it's an old bike, perhaps that's why it needs WD40
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Just back from my first ride on the new bike. For a guy that has kept himself pretty fit I am gobsmacked how hard it was. Had to give up on a couple of hills, especially when i f**ked up the gearing!! :blush: Good job, keep at it and big improvements will come, you need to ride at least three times...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

How hilly is the route? With my very limited knowledge of cycling I'd say you are going at a decent pace, even though your route is short enough. If you're reasonably fit and you are pretty bollocksed when you arrive that is a non-scientific way of determining that you are going at a decent speed. ...
by Spyglass
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Just back from my first ride on the new bike. For a guy that has kept himself pretty fit I am gobsmacked how hard it was. Had to give up on a couple of hills, especially when i f**ked up the gearing!! :blush: Good job, keep at it and big improvements will come, you need to ride at least three times...
by Spyglass
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Signed up last minute for Sundays Bristol to London sportive. 117 miles from @Bristol to Kempton Park. Not quite sure what I've let myself in for (other than a sore arse) tbh. The good news is after the first 35 miles or so it's mostly downhill with the biggest hill en route at about the 10 mile po...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm going to consider the clipless pedals. Cheers for both opinions. More would be welcome. What's easier now - than when I used my mtb for everything - is that this new one only goes mountain biking. Edit: I always forget that "clipless" means shoes that click in, and "toe clips" are the 'baskets/...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

It's not so much getting out but it's getting the shoes back in that annoys me. I always have a chuckle when I over-take someone at a green light as he's struggling to get his shoe into the clipless pedal. I also can't remember the last time my foot slipped - even in the rain! I've got some pretty ...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm going to consider the clipless pedals. Cheers for both opinions. More would be welcome. What's easier now - than when I used my mtb for everything - is that this new one only goes mountain biking. Edit: I always forget that "clipless" means shoes that click in, and "toe clips" are the 'baskets/...
by Spyglass
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Today's playground shot ... https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/s720x720/224329_490788677617558_56731962_n.jpg Moving to La Belle Province has been a brilliant idea, with being able to canoe in the river that's just around the corner and having the massive Gatineau Park entrance ...
by Spyglass
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Started to plan my John O'Groats to Lands End ride for April/May next year after putting it off for 2 years. All the advice is to go the other way yet I want the long travel segment first as I live much nearer to Lands End. First decision is to decide on a route and time span. Also considering whet...
by Spyglass
Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:36 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

To be perfectly honest my only plan and goal is to finish, no matter what pain I have to go through on the way. I have done zero training which is immensely stupid but am hoping my sheer stubborness gets me round. It will be the furthest I have ever swum, followed by the furthest Ive ever biked fol...
by Spyglass
Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I just signed up for the Katy Flatland Century on July 22nd, which as you can guess is a pretty flat course. The challange comes from the temps (95degF & 95%RH) and winds (typically 15mph). A group of around 10 of us are planning to paceline it, so with only two stops for food/fluids we are aiming ...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I just signed up for the Katy Flatland Century on July 22nd, which as you can guess is a pretty flat course. The challange comes from the temps (95degF & 95%RH) and winds (typically 15mph). A group of around 10 of us are planning to paceline it, so with only two stops for food/fluids we are aiming ...
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Gospel wrote:I use Garmin Connect.
Agreed, I use Garmin as my main site too, it provides much more data for perfomance analysis. I still upload rides to Strava for fun, KOM's, etc.
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

London Pride wrote:Ta, folks.

Disappointing lack of recommendations for a lemsip/wank combo, mind.
That's a given remedy for all situations :P
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Sounds pretty unpleasant, Spyglass! Enjoy! Fecking Strava drives me mad sometimes. Have a look at this segment from this morning: http://app.strava.com/rides/13251191#236980387 The segment's been set up so that it ends just before a set of traffic lights. So this morning, I set off like a greyhound...
by Spyglass
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

LP, TBH, it probably is a case of a) patience, and b) doing physio-type exercises. And for the latter, I'd recommend going to an actual physio to find out what to do. Is there no physio as part of the hospital aftercare? If not, a physio session probably runs to about £30-40 for half an hour. If yo...
by Spyglass
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I just signed up for the Katy Flatland Century on July 22nd, which as you can guess is a pretty flat course. The challange comes from the temps (95degF & 95%RH) and winds (typically 15mph). A group of around 10 of us are planning to paceline it, so with only two stops for food/fluids we are aiming f...
by Spyglass
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I have started a Planet Rugby cyclists' club on Strava, imaginatively called 'Planet Rugby Cyclists'. Come one, come all, I've kudos aplenty to go around... Joined, I'm now a member of an elite club of two! Hopefully should be back on the bike tomorrow, currently sitting in Charles de Gaulle, fligh...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Well it's just my name. Think Spiderman (first name) and controversial Scottish firebrand MP (surname). Done. I assume that your morning commute is predominantly downhill to allow for hangover recovery... :P Well it certainly helped this morning! The wind is generally on my side in the mornings too...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Armchair_Superstar wrote:Just finished putting the bar tape on the CR1 :smug:
Presumably white, it's faster....
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Womack wrote:Well it's just my name.

Think Spiderman (first name) and controversial Scottish firebrand MP (surname).
Done.

I assume that your morning commute is predominantly downhill to allow for hangover recovery... :P
by Spyglass
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

It's quite tricky to browse segments, for some reason some just don't seem to come up on a search. As you say, when you do a ride you'll know which segments are on your route. Plus you can of course create your own ones, either public or private, once you've logged a ride. I wouldn't worry about co...
by Spyglass
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Neig, great pic, 35km is a good length MTB ride and definately qualifies for a few extra "reward beers" I bought my youngest lad a Hardrock for this 10th birthday last week, it's his first 26" wheel MTB. So I've planned out some trails for my two lads and me this Sunday, should be fun and a nice rec...
by Spyglass
Thu May 24, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

HKCJ wrote:Regards Strava I did 10 loops of Tokyo Imperial Palce this morning (5k loop).. it only measured 4 of them and my 2nd lap I was gunning for a PB. :x

So have you added a segment for the Tokyo Imperial Palace loop to compete against other cyclists on Strava... :P
by Spyglass
Thu May 24, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm saying nothing :P I got loads of odd aches and pains when starting out, they all gradually went away though. I think I did have a similar hand pain. Do you use gloves? That may help. Re the gears, definitely do try to anticipate stops and change down - you are right, turning too big a gear is n...
by Spyglass
Wed May 23, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

The fastest I have had the thing up to was a little above 50k and that was a bit scary tbh, would be happier with helmet and smoother road at that speed. I generally find I can do 20K even on the uphills, 25-30 on flat and 35-40 downhill. The lights fudge things up completely and I did dodge the od...
by Spyglass
Mon May 07, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Just back tonight from 3 fantastic days cycling in Chiba in Japan.. 1st day 160k coastal ride which was great as not a cloud and a nice tailwind the whole way.. Day 2 was mountains.. 180k with about 4 pretty decent climbs thrown in there.. Day 3 180k of pretty nice flat rolling countryside.. Awesom...
by Spyglass
Fri May 04, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

I completed the Houston to Austin MS 150 a couple of weekends ago; it’s one of the largest charity rides in the US with approx. 13,000 cyclists taking part. The route takes you through the rolling Texas countryside and many small towns that really get in to the spirit with live bands, etc. and plent...
by Spyglass
Fri May 04, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

bealonian wrote:Bought some SPDs today. Anyone got any shoe recommendations. Don't want to spend too much.
I have wide feet so the Specialized lineup works well for me. I know this sounds obvious but get something that fits well and is comfortable, you'll not regret it on longer rides
by Spyglass
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

Has anyone got GPS on their bike? I thinking of getting one of these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/garmin-edge-800-gps-performance-navigation-bundle/ Unless you're frequently riding new routes where you may get lost or in someway need the map function, I would go with the 500 instead. It's cheaper, smal...
by Spyglass
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 269433

Re: The official cycling thread

HKCJ - as lovely as that P3 is, do you really think you can face 4-6 hours in an aero position on a TT bike? I fancy some new wheels for my bike, anyone had experience with Fulcrum racing wheels? Joost - I have some good Fulcrums (ones?) on my Wilier - good stiff wheels and managed to stay true thr...