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Dock

Another bloody cycling thread

Part of my families recent relocation to the countryside in East Yorkshire was that my commute to work would mean me getting to the nearest train station three miles away. I thought I’d get a bike. The last time I had one was the mid-nineties. Leeds has many recycling ,er, cycle shops which I wanted to use but with the rush, knackers, and general faffery of moving home I went for the Halfords option as a quick fix. I got a Carrera Crossfire 1# Hybrid (I think the name conjures up a certain panache and vim that totally sums up its new rider). At forty one I was wondering if I’d be up to getting fit again but I took to the seven miles round trip everyday like Sheeps takes to a pint! Loving being on a bike again. I don’t think I’d take my chances on the busy roads where I used to live in Leeds but where I am now there are hardly any cars and everyone (cyclists and motorists) seem to be respectful to each other. I’m even jumping on my bike to go for a haircut in the village FFS. Some great biking roads around me as well. I’ve found getting back on a bike empowering and very enjoyable. Only been biking about ten days and aching a bit n’ that but I’m sure (hoping like fuck) that it will pass.

Heyho

I bought a decent MTB starter a couple of years ago from Halfords - a Voodoo Hoodoo. Got a really good review for a sub £500 bike and I love it. Went arse over tit on my maiden voyage much to the amusement of my son but I can't believe the difference you notice compared to a cheap and cheerful bike.

Did get a problem with it whereby the chain would jump when peddling in certain gears. Took it to a local bike shop for a service and ended up having to have a new 9th gear rear cassette and chain. Apparently the chain was not the one that the bike should have come with. Cost a bob or two to fix but its back on the dirt tracks again now. Like to take the dog out and do a route around the hills to the back of us and then down along the canal.

I looked at a very similar bike that you went for when I was looking. Went for the Voodoo Hoodoo though (it was in the sale but was twice the price of the Carrera) because of rave reviews. The disc brakes on it are awesome. They make a massive difference. I love riding through deep puddles and streams and even when you are clagged up with mud discs stop you dead. I also like going down very steep dirt tracks (without a helmet) so you have to feel confident with your brakes.

I could get 75% of the way to work (Woodlesford to Harehills) off road via the canal but I don't Trust fellow road users at all so haven't bothered.

Talking of helmets I wonder how most are us are here to tell the tale seeing as there were no such things when we were teenage dare devils doing wheelies down main roads and generally having no sense of fear.
Frazier Cranium

My Dad ruined his life because he didn't wear a helmet, so if any of you cyclists are thinking of not wearing one, please don't be a twat, wear one

This was a Public Service Announcement courtesy of Cranium.
Plastic Man

Earlier this year the Tour de Yorkshire came through Otley, the climb up the Chevin being one of the King of the Mountain stages.

People were given the opportunity to ride all or parts of the route prior to the race. I don't know why, but I think some of the stages were ridden in the opposite direction, though riding down the Chevin is certainly a lot easier than riding up it.

On the morning of the race, I was taking the dogs out for their morning constitutionals, and as we were walking down the Chevin, we found the road closed to traffic and a large police presence. Stationary in the middle of the road was a small van - with a body-shaped tube in the windscreen and bike wreckage on the pavement. Behind the front seats was a cage-type structure, which the cyclist must have hit head-on.

However, the chap, while badly injured, survived.

I never used to wear a helmet when cycling.

I do now.
Frazier Cranium

Well done sir.
Dock

I always wear a helmet. The bike was nearly £300 so an extra £30 for a helmet is a no brainer really.
Late Doors

The choices you get and the type of bikes available these days is incredible (voodoo hoodoo indeed, I can just imagine Tommy Simpson and the likes asking for one called that). What you get for your money even more so.

Yours (Dock's) looks a sound town bike, ideal for what looks like your usual riding. Unless you're a pro or a very serious tourer for most of us its 80 % man 20 % bike. If you can afford to spoil yourself with a lightweight state of the art bike brilliant, one day i will but no one  has to these days.

I've seen riders in Leeds center and they leave me aghast sometime but i think as long as you do the right things and don't take liberties all but a very few drivers will be respectful.

Bang on about the empowerment, to me that is a major part of cycling. Took me about five years to get used to wearing a helmet. Still dont like it tbh but never without one now.

Sounds ace round your new territory by the way Dock. Can't wait for the house warming piss up. Every new house needs a layer of ale on the carpets, piss on the garden and round rings on the furniture and i think we are the right lads for the job.
Grind

Round rings on the furniture? This might be my sort of party.

I used to do my paper round on a bike until I realised how much more annoying for everyone it was when I used my skateboard instead.

Just bought a "new" inner tube thing that is supposedly filled with slime to prevent/lessen the effect of punctures.

This cat is a little skeptical, but we shall see, eh?
Heyho

Seieng as I do cycle a bit I've always tried to be courteous and undersstanding when I'm out in teh car and come across cyclists.

But the ones that get my goat are the small packs of riders who think that they are in the tour de france. Look you wankers the highway code says single file mate (or at least it did in my day). Not 3 or 4 abreast on some single track 60mph road where overtaking is nigh on impossible.

That and the ones that decide to taht if the lighst are at red then carry on preferably via the pavement.
fartcatcher

I still wince now when I think about riding through Leeds and then Birmingham without a helmet. Sometimes when I was a bit squiffy and without any of this new-fangled hi viz stuff.

Find it unbelievable that CTC, the organisation that is supposed to represent cyclists is anti-helmet.

I've got two bikes - a Giant Boulder MTB and Giant Defy road bike.

Since I took VR I've worked one day a week at a place where they - er - recycle cycles. Most are from the tip or donations. Takes about half a day to refurbish most of them and we sell them on for about £40-50. Can't turn them round fast enough at the moment.
Heyho

I do not think I would care to cycle on main roads any more to be honest. Theres too many white van men and company car owners under pressure to get from A to B to care about fellow road users especially bikers.
Late Doors

fartcatcher wrote:


Find it unbelievable that CTC, the organisation that is supposed to represent cyclists is anti-helmet.



Not Anti FC but sceptical about the effectiveness and the overall disouragement of new cyclist or actual riding of bikes if they became compulsory

Full policy statement here

http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaigning/views-and-briefings/cycle-helmets
Heyho

Isn't something to do about false confidence. Wear a helmet and you subconciously don't do the natural thing if hit and could potentially make the impact worse.

If I was cycling regularly on the roads I would seriously consider a helmet. Off road (which is possibly just as bad, nahhhhhh). I've learnt not to push things to the limits nowadays
fartcatcher

I had a bit of a debate with the 'helmets are for jessies' gang on one of their forums.

Essentially their argument (which may not be the official CTC line) was that if you wear a helmet, then non cyclists may be put off because they think it is a dangerous pastime. Continuing the argument, these people will then die early through lack of exercise and it's all your fault.

I just think that if they made a clear pro-helmet statement, then they could avoid  continually getting sidetracked by the debate on how much protection they provide, and as a result be a more effective lobbying organisation.
Frazier Cranium

There's actually a debate about wearing a helmet when cycling?  Arseholes, denate that you fecking pricks
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
There's actually a debate about wearing a helmet when cycling?  Arseholes, denate that you fecking pricks


With you on this Codge. I don't see why anybody wouldn't wear one. They are lightweight, relatively cheap, and provide you with an element of safety. Even as a relatively new cyclist it's just second nature for me now to reach for it when I go in the garage before I get on my bike.
Frazier Cranium

If the pro-cyclists have to wear one then what are the (stereotyping alert) overweight shouldneverwearlycraorcyclingclothes lardoes fratching about?
Cutsyke

I  like not wearing a helmet but there's no sane argument for not wearing one. I always wear one these days.
Dock

Cycling is very popular where I’m living now and apart from a few steep climbs into the Yorkshire Wolds the roads are very flat. I enjoy the fact that my fellow cyclists nod or cast a “Mornin’” in my direction but one thing I have noticed (and I may have this totally wrong) is that some of the lads who take it deadly seriously and have the really good bikes and all the ‘Team Sky’ clothing etc. don’t seem to engage as much as the happy-go-lucky cyclists. I get a sense of them looking down their Oakleys at us lesser mortals. I Might be wrong like.
Cutsyke

Same over here. Pay 'em no mind. If Sky was going to sign them up it would have happened by now.
Dock

I've already bought some Peter Storm waterproof trousers but I'm after some Reg help re recommendations for a waterproof jacket for cycling. I've been looking at this one (see link) but any tips on brands etc would be appreciated.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009D0016G/ref=twister_B009RIWM9S
Grind

A 38 litre binliner is definitely the way to go.

Stylish, yet surprisingly effective.

* Especially if you remember to cut out the holes for your head and arms.
Grind

Seriously though, I have no idea if EMS has any presence in the UK (possibly only online?), but they make some really lightweight, but still thoroughly water/wind proof jackets that I'm sure would work as well for cycling as they do for walking the dogs in hurricanes.

I've got one of these puppies.....

http://www.ems.com/ems-mens-helix...607_color=3227#sz=24&start=42
Dock

Grind wrote:
Seriously though, I have no idea if EMS has any presence in the UK (possibly only online?), but they make some really lightweight, but still thoroughly water/wind proof jackets that I'm sure would work as well for cycling as they do for walking the dogs in hurricanes.

I've got one of these puppies.....

http://www.ems.com/ems-mens-helix...607_color=3227#sz=24&start=42


I like that G Man. I think it would accentuate my devastatingly handsome countenance.
Cutsyke

Have a look on the Planet X site http://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/deals/sale/sale-clothing there's a sale on.

Can't really help you much on UK brands but in my experience anything that keeps the water out while you're cycling keeps the sweat in.

These days I just accept I'm going to get wet and go with a merino wool jersey. If you're commuting it's different but there's something pretty invigorating about cycling in the elements.
Late Doors

Hardly ever set off in the rain but quite like it when it starts mid ride as it were. Like Cuts says there is something energising, almost cleansing. Adds another dimension of satisfaction to the ride.

Not much of a gear bloke so cant offer any advice on it. I just buy the cheapest from Aldi and the like as long as it looks and feels ok
Late Doors

Dock wrote:
Cycling is very popular where I’m living now and apart from a few steep climbs into the Yorkshire Wolds the roads are very flat. I enjoy the fact that my fellow cyclists nod or cast a “Mornin’” in my direction but one thing I have noticed (and I may have this totally wrong) is that some of the lads who take it deadly seriously and have the really good bikes and all the ‘Team Sky’ clothing etc. don’t seem to engage as much as the happy-go-lucky cyclists. I get a sense of them looking down their Oakleys at us lesser mortals. I Might be wrong like.


Seems to be the young uns who haven't yet acquired either etiquette or manners. There's one pillock who rides around here who looks at me like i want to bum him when i nod. Absolutely pig ignorant. It's come to the point where i  do it on purpose now. He's the exception and in my experience the vast majority of cyclist will exchange empathetic nods of cameradie.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Dock wrote:
Cycling is very popular where I’m living now and apart from a few steep climbs into the Yorkshire Wolds the roads are very flat. I enjoy the fact that my fellow cyclists nod or cast a “Mornin’” in my direction but one thing I have noticed (and I may have this totally wrong) is that some of the lads who take it deadly seriously and have the really good bikes and all the ‘Team Sky’ clothing etc. don’t seem to engage as much as the happy-go-lucky cyclists. I get a sense of them looking down their Oakleys at us lesser mortals. I Might be wrong like.


Seems to be the young uns who haven't yet acquired either etiquette or manners. There's one pillock who rides around here who looks at me like i want to bum him when i nod. Absolutely pig ignorant. It's come to the point where i  do it on purpose now. He's the exception and in my experience the vast majority of cyclist will exchange empathetic nods of cameradie.


I'd say it's across age ranges, but as you say it's a minority. Fuck em'!
Cutsyke

There's a bloke near us, top notch bike, full kit on sponsor logos, yellow cycling shoes. Many's the time I've half killed myself to whiz past him only to collapse in a heap later when out of sight. It's the small victories that keep me going.

Then there's another bloke used to over take then slow down. After going past each other a couple of times it gets embarrassing so I usually turn off. The plus side loads of the women out jogging smile or say hi.
fartcatcher

Some surprisingly decent stuff in Aldi. Otherwise I generally buy from Wiggle.

Both my road bike and MTB are getting on a bit. As I am. I've marshalled at cycle races and Triathlons. Always makes me laugh when I see MAMILs with £3k+ bikes who can barely stay on them.

Went out on Wednesday and was stung by a wasp on the canal towpath.
Cutsyke

I'm not in great shape, I've been off the bike a while. I'm almost finished building a cyclocross bike that will end up as a tourer. I've been to see a few cyclocross races and there's some very tough people doing it. A lot have high end bikes but the one that impressed me the most was a heavy set lad on a singlespeed who came in midpack. Just to finish some of those courses would kill me with a full array of gears.

I respect everyone's opinions/feelings about OMJs but there's a great thread on there Cranked Up Really High that might be of interest to any of you cyclists. There's been some really good stuff on it of late but the whole thread is worth a wade through.
sheeps

fartcatcher wrote:
Some surprisingly decent stuff in Aldi. Otherwise I generally buy from Wiggle.

Both my road bike and MTB are getting on a bit. As I am. I've marshalled at cycle races and Triathlons. Always makes me laugh when I see MAMILs with £3k+ bikes who can barely stay on them.

Went out on Wednesday and was stung by a wasp on the canal towpath.



Euphemism?
fartcatcher

sheeps wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Some surprisingly decent stuff in Aldi. Otherwise I generally buy from Wiggle.

Both my road bike and MTB are getting on a bit. As I am. I've marshalled at cycle races and Triathlons. Always makes me laugh when I see MAMILs with £3k+ bikes who can barely stay on them.

Went out on Wednesday and was stung by a wasp on the canal towpath.



Euphemism?


No - it did swell up a bit though.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
sheeps wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Some surprisingly decent stuff in Aldi. Otherwise I generally buy from Wiggle.

Both my road bike and MTB are getting on a bit. As I am. I've marshalled at cycle races and Triathlons. Always makes me laugh when I see MAMILs with £3k+ bikes who can barely stay on them.

Went out on Wednesday and was stung by a wasp on the canal towpath.



Euphemism?


No - it did swell up a bit though.


BOOM BOOM!

Dock

Bit late to plug this but here you are. National Cycle to Work Day. After over a month of cycling eight miles a day five days a week (not including my jaunts into the Yorkshire Wold's on a weekend) I haven't felt as fit for years and feel five years younger. I can't recommend it enough. I really can't.

https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
Dock

Anybody been getting out on their bikes in this fine weather? I've been loving getting to know the routes around where I live. Comfortable doing twenty miles now on a ride and could do more but don't have the time. The only thing I haven't conquered yet is Brantingham Hill. Very steep gradient and on my second attempt I got about fifty feet from the top but every fibre in my body was screaming "Fucking get off!". I shall return! All the places around here are great for riding around. Faxfleet, Newbald, Hotham, Walkington, Beverley, Little Weighton, and Cliffe. It's like being on holiday....but I live here. The East Riding is great for cycling. I love it.
smiling badger

I've recently started to go out riding with my bro in law who is a keen cyclist who's been doing it for years.
Mainly off road/cross country.
Having always had a bike of some kind since i was a kid but never really taken it too seriously i have started to go out a couple of times a week and loved it even though i did struggle the first couple of rides.
Having got the hang of it and have recently purchased a half decent second hand bike which seems to make things sooo much more easier. I say got the hang of it i mean i'm a little fitter than when i first started and seem to be able to keep up with my bro in law apart from going up hill where i cant touch him.  I really enjoy it and cant wait to go out a couple of evenings a week. Especially as its the summer and we have gorgeous countryside right on our doorstep here. I'm getting to see places that ive never seen before even though its in an area that i've lived for most of my life.
I hope to be able to keep it up even when the winter sets in. Will probably not be so excited about it then but we will see..
Dock

I think Badgers point about seeing a place for the first time in area's you know well is a good point. Same round here. Just stopping and listening to the silence is great. Did a 28 miler on Saturday in two and a half hours. Not fast but up hill and down dale. When you are right at the peak of the wolds you can see as far as Ferrybridge power station which is a good twenty odd miles away. I also did a 17 miler mid-week as well. I think After nearly forty three years I may have found my niche. It's freedom on two wheels. Ace!
fartcatcher

Haven't been out on the bike much since we moved as there are too many fucking hills.

I used to enjoy all the canal towpaths in Warwickshire. You could be 100m from a main road and you wouldn't even know where you were.

Lots of punctures from the blackthorn though.
sheeps

The Sowerby to Hollingsworth Lake run made me feel ill for two days.

York to Selby much better, flat as a fart,

Still not convinced I will take to this cycling malarkey, gone too long without regular exercise, we will see.
Late Doors

Stay with it sheeps, everyone goes through that initial doubt. I remember my mate Danny's first trip. About two miles. He threw the bike onto the pavement, said there's something wrong with it and lit up a fag gasping. Now he's racing up the highest Cols in Europe. Do it at your own pace, slow and steady. Im convinced you'll end up loving it.

Good stuff Dock, ive done a fair bit this year, sounds ace round your way.
sheeps

BIKE FEST!!!
Dock

sheeps wrote:
BIKE FEST!!!


In. But please Sheeps. For the sake of decency please wear some shorts over your lycra. I don't think its fair on other road users to have your 'junk' in plain sight. No need.
fartcatcher

I'd vote for a lycra ban all round. It must get hellishly 'moist' inside there. I prefer the baggy shorts look.
Late Doors

Anymore than ten miles and lycra shorts are essential. Its the lycra tops that i struggle with on mamils
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
I'd vote for a lycra ban all round. It must get hellishly 'moist' inside there. I prefer the baggy shorts look.


I wear baggy shorts but Lycra shorts underneath. It's makes sense wearing Lycra cos you get the padded arse bit. Even if I'm biking to the railway station to get a train to work, it's Lycra shorts underneath my Levi's.
smiling badger

Yeah, padded lycra is a must!! But shorts over the top is a must for myself too.  
This cycling lark can get a bit pricey too if you let it. Just a pair of shorts can cost 40 quid or more! Found some for 20 that are comfortable and hopefully last as long.

What are people's thoughts on clipless pedals?
Just bought some that are duals. Clipless one side and normal pedal the other. Not sure that I want to be clipped in bombing down a rocky hill if you know what I mean..
Dock

smiling badger wrote:
Yeah, padded lycra is a must!! But shorts over the top is a must for myself too.  
This cycling lark can get a bit pricey too if you let it. Just a pair of shorts can cost 40 quid or more! Found some for 20 that are comfortable and hopefully last as long.

What are people's thoughts on clipless pedals?
Just bought some that are duals. Clipless one side and normal pedal the other. Not sure that I want to be clipped in bombing down a rocky hill if you know what I mean..


I agree on the clipped pedals. I would only have them if I was super-serious on a road bike. I'm probably wrong but I would feel less safe with clipped pedals. I haven't felt a need for them. Re Clothing. Yes the shorts are dear but good quality. The Chris Boardman branded ones I have are good quality and the rest of the stuff I find relatively cheap. I got some great Muddy Fox cycling jerseys cheap on Amazon and they are really good quality. Here's the link to the orange one I've been sporting on the byways of East Yorkshire this summer:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DAA7XKQ/ref=twister_B01DAA7X7E
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Stay with it sheeps, everyone goes through that initial doubt. I remember my mate Danny's first trip. About two miles. He threw the bike onto the pavement, said there's something wrong with it and lit up a fag gasping. Now he's racing up the highest Cols in Europe. Do it at your own pace, slow and steady. Im convinced you'll end up loving it.

Good stuff Dock, ive done a fair bit this year, sounds ace round your way.


Agreed about staying with it. What I found Sheeps, is that one day everything just clicks and you start moving up gears and you've found your level. I'm no King of the Mountains but as LD says do it at your own pace. The satisfaction I feel after a long bike ride is great. And that first real ale later in the day tastes that much sweeter.
sheeps

Must admit, other than the Sowerby Bridge one which fucked me up, I do feel better for the exercise.

Nowt better than opening the lungs.
Late Doors

About 20 years ago a few of my mates were all getting clipless pedals and shoes with the corresponding cleats in to match. At the time I had just bought some normal shoes and suspected that this cleat/pedal match was a con having no standardisation and hence you were unable to mix and match shoes with pedals. I said I'd ride it out until my shoes had worn out and take a look at what was on offer then. My shoes are still fine so I'm still riding with clips.

That's the thing with these Pennine towns and villages sheeps. You can't avoid the hills so you have to learn to love them. It takes time but you eventually do. Never be worried about getting off and pushing. I know if you're competitive its difficult but believe me everybody's done it. Personally I don't give a chuff. Some of the little steep bastards round here are simply not worth writhing your arse off.
sheeps

Put my bike away for the winter.

Prolly.
Dock

South Cave - Newport- Gilberdyke - Faxfleet - Staddlethorpe - South Cave. 20 miler after work last night. Trying to squeeze the last bit of summer light out of the nights. I've been on the Halfords website and there is a video detailing what clothing they advise for cycling in Autumn / Winter. Some good tips. I've already got what I need but will get some thermal cycling gloves. I always feel the cold in my hands. Brrr!
Late Doors

Dont mind the cold but cycling in the dark is not fun at all. Take massive care
Cutsyke

Hands and toes. My toes get very cold.
I haven't been on my bike for ages. I've had a few injuries that have slowed me down a fair bit and the gut is expanding at a rapid rate. I'm in bad shape. The weather is cooling down a bit and I'm contemplating getting out again but I've also got a lot of work to do in the yard before winter sets in. Real life always gets in the way.

One thing that always amazed me about cycling is how many miles of road you can get to know intimately. How you can memorize every pot hole, bump and patch of lose gravel. Either I'm a fucking genius or we all do it. I'm guessing the later. It's literally miles isn't it?
smiling badger

Real life does get in the way and is hard to find the time but I do try to fit it in. Not easy but i do manage.  Circumstances are different for us all I know.  Now the nights are drawing in here I'm finding it harder to do so.
Guess it's going to be Sunday mornings only once winter sets in.  Joy..
Dock

Had the first try of my Polaris winter cycling gloves this morning (proper Autumn has arrived in the Humber Delta), purchased on Friday from Beverley Cycles*. Good snug fit and grip. One of their features advertised on the packaging is: 'Fleece thumb for nose wipe'. Classy!

*Other bicycle shops are available.
Plastic Man

Dock wrote:
Beverley Cycles


I know her - tall lass, wears glasses.
Late Doors

Cutsyke wrote:

One thing that always amazed me about cycling is how many miles of road you can get to know intimately. How you can memorize every pot hole, bump and patch of lose gravel. Either I'm a fucking genius or we all do it. I'm guessing the later. It's literally miles isn't it?


Nah, me too, i  totally get that. I treat some of the things i see at the side of the road as old friends they've been there that long
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
Dock wrote:
Beverley Cycles


I know her - tall lass, wears glasses.


Good one Your Grace. The promotion of Tarby to Court Jester is paying dividends.
Grind

"We can't have sex today because I'm on my menstrual cycle."

"That's okay, I can give you a lift home on my Honda."
fartcatcher

Grind wrote:
"We can't have sex today because I'm on my menstrual cycle."

"That's okay, I can give you a lift home on my Honda."
Late Doors

Sheeps, Whatchya need are decent gears. Dont want to get all technical on yo asses with number of teeth and wheel diameter ratios but to get around here you need the smallest front chain wheel (the one your pedals turn) and a big back cog on the cassette you have on your back wheel. Size is determined by number of teeth. Standard off the peg road bikes just dont hack it with. They have something like a 52/39 chain ring and a rear set having only a 25 tooth large cog. You need something smaller at the front eg a 34 tooth ring and at least two cogs larger than 25 teeth. Of course you sacrifice speed losing the bigger gearing ratio but its well worth it especially round these here hills.
smiling badger

Late Doors wrote:
Sheeps, Whatchya need are decent gears. Dont want to get all technical on yo asses with number of teeth and wheel diameter ratios but to get around here you need the smallest front chain wheel (the one your pedals turn) and a big back cog on the cassette you have on your back wheel. Size is determined by number of teeth. Standard off the peg road bikes just dont hack it with. They have something like a 52/39 chain ring and a rear set having only a 25 tooth large cog. You need something smaller at the front eg a 34 tooth ring and at least two cogs larger than 25 teeth. Of course you sacrifice speed losing the bigger gearing ratio but its well worth it especially round these here hills.



Penny Farthings dont have gears, LD.
Late Doors

Ah but they do have a transmission system, big wheel at the front, small one at the back. Completely opposite to what i was saying.  Thats why you'll never see froome going up Alp d'huez on one
Dock

Did my first thirty miler yesterday. Quite happy to round off the summer hitting that number. Don't know why, just am. Got my thermal cycling tights delivered as well so that's me kitted out to keep on truckin' through winter. Didn't need them yesterday though, brilliant Autumnal sunshine until about five and then it got a bit colder.
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
Sheeps, Whatchya need are decent gears. Dont want to get all technical on yo asses with number of teeth and wheel diameter ratios but to get around here you need the smallest front chain wheel (the one your pedals turn) and a big back cog on the cassette you have on your back wheel. Size is determined by number of teeth. Standard off the peg road bikes just dont hack it with. They have something like a 52/39 chain ring and a rear set having only a 25 tooth large cog. You need something smaller at the front eg a 34 tooth ring and at least two cogs larger than 25 teeth. Of course you sacrifice speed losing the bigger gearing ratio but its well worth it especially round these here hills.




Shurrup yer boring twat.
Late Doors

you can torque.

Ho ho, i cant tell you how pleased with myse!f i am with that one
Plastic Man

Late Doors wrote:
*lol* you can torque.

Ho ho, i cant tell you how pleased with myse!f i am with that one


Sounds like you pair are gearing up for a fight.
smiling badger

Pump up the tension why don't ya!
Dalek

Now, this is a bike ride! (if the link works)

Any takers?

https://www.facebook.com/redbull/videos/10157648545830352
Dock

Dalek wrote:
Now, this is a bike ride! (if the link works)

Any takers?

https://www.facebook.com/redbull/videos/10157648545830352


Bugger! When I clicked on the link it said I had to sign in to my Facebook account to view it. But I don't have a Facebook account so nevermind.
Late Doors

Me neither, never will. Cmon Dalek, chisel it out on slate for us
Dalek

If I can find another link I will post it
Dalek

See if this works - please let me know the yea or nay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhBPFr3RRso
Dalek

Dock wrote:
Dalek wrote:
Now, this is a bike ride! (if the link works)

Any takers?

https://www.facebook.com/redbull/videos/10157648545830352


Bugger! When I clicked on the link it said I had to sign in to my Facebook account to view it. But I don't have a Facebook account so nevermind.


And to LD's comment (dont know how to include two quotes sorry)

I am not a big facebook user - I joined so that I could communicate with my daughter when she left for university no matter where I was in the world. And for that, it has been good.  i copied the urls from the facebook videos hoping they would work for all - but apparently not. Thanks for the info gents.

I hope the different link works and that you enjoy the ride!!
Grind

* Checks MySpace account. *
Late Doors

Christ on a bike Dalek that was staggering, adrenalain pumping just watching it. Amazing, cheers
Dock

Totally misjudged the weather yesterday. Had a base layer and my waterproof cycling trousers on but the sun came out big time two miles into the ride. I was fecking roasting. Still managed a good run though and stopped for a Lucozade about halfway into the ride outside The Light Dragoon in Etton. South Cave to Cherry Burton via Low Gardham and Etton. Then back through Bishop Burton, Walkington Heads, Newbald, Hotham and home. The most knackered I have felt since I started cycling. I'm putting it down to being too hot in the wrong clothing. Phew!
Dock

C'mon then lazy feckers! Get the bikes out and get those After Eights burned off!!!. So far in Jan I've done a 10 miler, just to get back in my stride/pedal. And then last Saturday did an 18 miler. I'm dead hardcore me!
Late Doors

Would love to but the ol' knee is not right. Darent risk it for now. Mid Feb is about the time i start.
Grind

* Points at six inches of snow delivered last night. *
Grind

Proof:-

Grind

Apologies for the American flag - not my idea!
Grind

That chuffing squirrel is still there!
Dock

That looks great Grind. We had a scattering of snow on Friday morning. Even though my son is four, Friday was the first time he has walked in snow or made a snowball. Anybody who says climate change isn't happening is a moron!
carp

Thank goodness we don't have climate change.
Dock

carp wrote:
Thank goodness we don't have climate change.


Moron!
carp

I'll take that.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Would love to but the ol' knee is not right. Darent risk it for now. Mid Feb is about the time i start.


Ol' knee bollocks!!!!!! I bet said knee hasn't stopped you going to the pub or getting on the Trans-Pennine Orient Express to indulge in gigs, discotheques, and other casual hedonism. Malingering FuckPig, FACT!
Late Doors

I'll take that
Dalek

Grind wrote:
* Points at six inches of snow delivered last night. *


*(Refers to pic posted)*    Where's the rest of it?

(Mind you, if you can convince the ladies that that is six inches, then who am I to argue with your strategy!)      
Plastic Man

Dalek wrote:
Grind wrote:
* Points at six inches of snow delivered last night. *


*(Refers to pic posted)*    Where's the rest of it?

(Mind you, if you can convince the ladies that that is six inches, then who am I to argue with your strategy!)      


A similar thought had occurred to me, making me question Mr. Grind's ability to accurately estimate depth/ length.

I assume that he may not be unfamiliar with being asked of by a lady friend, "Is it in yet... are you sure...?"
Grind

It's six inches wide.....
Dalek

May I refer the Honorable Gentleman to my earlier comment!      
Grind

And cold out....
smiling badger

Went out for the first time this year the other week with my bro in law. Not too far and was told that we were going to avoid too many hills on our first outing out of the year. Did we fook! Seemed which ever direction that he took us was up a hill! Was good fun though and only a 15 mile or so run out across country. Plus we left it until late afternoon so were up against it getting dark soon. My lights are not too great. Was good fun and im off again later on only for an hour or so. Really do enjoy this cycling lark.
carp

Tempted to get my bike out. Quite hilly around here too, although there is a cycle path all along the front to Bexhill, which is flat.
Late Doors

Knees recovering, had a few sorties, all good, fingers crossed, Prolly do first twenty miler soon. Can't wait. Spent more time cleaning and sprucing the bikes up than riding them so far this year. Ill look good at least
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
Knees recovering, had a few sorties, all good, fingers crossed, Prolly do first twenty miler soon. Can't wait. Spent more time cleaning and sprucing the bikes up than riding them so far this year. Ill look good at least




Think so?



*orders mirror cleaner for LD's birthday'

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