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Title: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy on February 18, 2010, 10:20:27 PM
Anyone on here do much cycling? Was thinking on investing in a road bike to cycle the roads and possibly joining a club. What sort of a budget would you give yourself for buying a bike for a beginner? What other sort of gear would you need? Is it easy enough to come by a decent second hand bike. Been told I need a 56cm frame and that is very important.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 18, 2010, 10:28:39 PM
I cycle at least 7-8 mile a day (to work and back). It's great!
The only gear I have is a lock, a good raincoat, clips for the bottom of my trousers/jeans and a pump! and an MP3 Player - that's all you need.

I know someone that got a really decent second hand bike recently but I'd say it's hit and miss.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on February 18, 2010, 10:29:52 PM
You could get a decent bicycle for around £250-£300.  Me and a few of my mates bought racers last year.  They were good enough quality.  It was a good way of getting fit and shedding a few pounds.  We done a cycle to Cork from Armagh in 3 days for Marie Curie.  It was a good oul experience. 

You could maybe see if the shop with throw you in a free helmet or something.  I would definitely suggest investing a good thick padded set of cycling shorts.   ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 12:44:04 PM
I would get in touch with a cycling club first im pretty sure some of the members will have decent second hands bikes that they are willing to sell for probably a fraction of a price they paid for them as some guys are constantly upgrading (usually the unmarried living at home types). Better that than trying to buy one yourself which could turn out to be a parcel of dung.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: A Quinn Martin Production on February 19, 2010, 01:00:52 PM
In my experience (50-60 miles per week) essential gear is:  A helmet, a high visibility jacket, lights for your bike and if you mean to cycle regularly a decent pair of proper cycling shorts (padded of course!!).  I use a back light even on those rare days when the sun is out.  Most motorists in Ireland have feck all respect for cyclists so make sure you're visible.  You will get to experience how poor our roads are. 

However on the positive side I love cycling and it's good exercise.  As other posters have said try to pick up a good second hand road bike (£250 - £400)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: RMDrive on February 19, 2010, 01:32:09 PM
If you're in the south, check if the Bikes for Work scheme is in your company. Tax free bikes.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 02:05:00 PM
TBH as el_cuervo stated, you can pick up a good road bike new for around 300 quid (unlike mountain bikes where you are looking around a grand for something decent or 2/3 if you take it a bit more serious).
Personally I would try not to spend any more than that, as you'll easily add another 200-300 on gear. Try 2nd hand too but make sure it was well looked after, you could pick up something that could end up needing a good service and replacing parts on a higher end model with like for like will cost.
Also the cycle to work scheme is available in the UK too.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 03:31:53 PM
Ffs lads I don't think he's trying to be the next Lance Armstrong. 

£200-300 quid on gear bigfella? Are you mad in the head!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: AbbeySider on February 19, 2010, 03:50:04 PM
I cycle at least 7-8 mile a day (to work and back). It's great!
The only gear I have is a lock, a good raincoat, clips for the bottom of my trousers/jeans and a pump! and an MP3 Player - that's all you need.

I know someone that got a really decent second hand bike recently but I'd say it's hit and miss.

Do you not sweat your ass off and skink for the day?
Id love to cycle to work but the idea of not being able to shower at work put me off.

In my last company we had a shower in our building which was handy for those who cycled in to work.  :(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 03:52:06 PM
Ffs lads I don't think he's trying to be the next Lance Armstrong. 

£200-300 quid on gear bigfella? Are you mad in the head!

Well average, shoes 40-50 quid, helmet 30-40 quid (I wouldn't skimp here, just because I like one that fits right), couple of jerseys 40 quid, lights, shorts, wet gear, cycle computer, water bottle and holder, lubricants, tools, pump, gloves etc.......... It all amounts up

I'd say my commuting gear alone cost me well over 300 quid (its standard to pay between 30-50 for a pair of winter gloves) and if you look at most people who signed up to the cycle to work schemes, most of their gear is of a similar standard.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 03:54:52 PM
He only needs that stuff if he's planning on doing about 30 mile at a time. 

Btw, my gloves were about 3 quid in Tesco.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 04:06:54 PM
He only needs that stuff if he's planning on doing about 30 mile at a time. 

Btw, my gloves were about 3 quid in Tesco.

Planning to join a cycling club, so I reckon he'll be doing a few miles. He can hardly go out in jeans. That was 30-50 euros, trust me I been through quite a few cycle shops in dublin.

If the Tesco gloves do you, thats fine but the facts are if you go out and buy even the basics it will amount up.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: A Quinn Martin Production on February 19, 2010, 04:09:16 PM
Ffs lads I don't think he's trying to be the next Lance Armstrong. 

£200-300 quid on gear bigfella? Are you mad in the head!

Well average, shoes 40-50 quid, helmet 30-40 quid (I wouldn't skimp here, just because I like one that fits right), couple of jerseys 40 quid, lights, shorts, wet gear, cycle computer, water bottle and holder, lubricants, tools, pump, gloves etc.......... It all amounts up

I'd say my commuting gear alone cost me well over 300 quid (its standard to pay between 30-50 for a pair of winter gloves) and if you look at most people who signed up to the cycle to work schemes, most of their gear is of a similar standard.

I agree bigfella on the need for a good helmet.  I paid £40 for mine...you need something that's comfortable and gives you protection should you go arse over tit.  I think my winter gloves were £15.99 and they're not bad.  I picked up a lot of gear as I went along asked people for it for birthdays and from Santa etc.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Hammer on February 19, 2010, 04:09:42 PM
Cycling hasn't done steven o'neill any harm... As said above don't spend a fortune incase you then just give it up !! I did that.. I thot I'd love the cycling, but after a while a grew board !! Off road running/fell running I think it is known as.. Its a good ol buzz. May even compete at it soon
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 04:20:17 PM
Ffs lads I don't think he's trying to be the next Lance Armstrong. 

£200-300 quid on gear bigfella? Are you mad in the head!

Well average, shoes 40-50 quid, helmet 30-40 quid (I wouldn't skimp here, just because I like one that fits right), couple of jerseys 40 quid, lights, shorts, wet gear, cycle computer, water bottle and holder, lubricants, tools, pump, gloves etc.......... It all amounts up

I'd say my commuting gear alone cost me well over 300 quid (its standard to pay between 30-50 for a pair of winter gloves) and if you look at most people who signed up to the cycle to work schemes, most of their gear is of a similar standard.

I agree bigfella on the need for a good helmet.  I paid £40 for mine...you need something that's comfortable and gives you protection should you go arse over tit. I think my winter gloves were £15.99 and they're not bad.  I picked up a lot of gear as I went along asked people for it for birthday's and from Santa etc.

Yeah I bought mine in Dublin, probably 25 quid online but teh cycle to work scheme has inflated a few things here  :-\
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on February 19, 2010, 04:20:53 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: A Quinn Martin Production on February 19, 2010, 04:30:20 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?

Whay do you need special shoes to kick a ball or dance on ice??  I blame the GPA.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 05:03:40 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?

You don't but I use clipless pedals which are more efficient as you can pull on the pedal as well as push. It actually makes huge difference on long cycles.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 05:05:34 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?

Proper cycling shoes with cleats allow much better power transmission and you are less likely to end up with biomechanical foot problems due to the pressure applied whilst cycling which can be a problem if putting in big miles with trainers and toe clips.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy on February 19, 2010, 05:17:50 PM
Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on February 19, 2010, 05:26:36 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?

Proper cycling shoes with cleats allow much better power transmission and you are less likely to end up with biomechanical foot problems due to the pressure applied whilst cycling which can be a problem if putting in big miles with trainers and toe clips.

Someone has learned to you copy and paste
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Trevor Hill on February 19, 2010, 05:27:18 PM
I thot I'd love the cycling, but after a while a grew board !! Off road running/fell running I think it is known as.. Its a good ol buzz. May even compete at it soon

Ive been running (off road) for a few years. Really enjoy it, even though it can be tough at times. I usually do 6 or 7 miles about 5 or 6 times a week, weather and work permitting.
I cycled on Sunday for the first time in about 15 years, it was tough going, don't remember it being that hard. Had good cycling shorts on as well and I was still walking like John Wayne on Tuesday. It was only 10 miles.  :( Ive committed to doing a triathlon this year and I was only worried about the swim.
I`ll probably be back out again tomorrow and Sunday and I`ll get a few evenings in as soon as its bright enough, but its harder than I remember.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on February 19, 2010, 05:28:25 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 06:30:19 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?

Proper cycling shoes with cleats allow much better power transmission and you are less likely to end up with biomechanical foot problems due to the pressure applied whilst cycling which can be a problem if putting in big miles with trainers and toe clips.

Someone has learned to you copy and paste

Copy and paste what? Sorry to disappoint but that was from me own wee brain box and was written while you must have been posting. For what its worth i don't buy into the upward stroke thing as a propulsive force except maybe for top/elite cyclists and even then im sceptical. IMO most of the efficencies for average bods are a result of non-slippage on the pedal and smoother/improved cadence which is helped by the relatively small force applied on the upward stroke which in turn allows a more efficent and powerful downward stroke which actually moves the bike forward. 

The bit about the biomechanical problems is worth a mention, i occasionally suffered from sore feet (arches etc) when i used trainers, the move to proper and much stiffer cycling shoes helped greatly in that respect.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 19, 2010, 06:35:34 PM
Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Depending on the sort of bike you are after, I may be able to help.  In fact, I have one out the back of the house you can have if you are anywhere near Belfast.  It may need some work done to it but it wouldn't be that dear, it's a mountain bike if that's any use to ya
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 06:41:24 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 06:44:48 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.

Perfect example of 'Buy cheap, buy twice!'
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 06:46:08 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.

Buy cheap, buy twice!
I'd rather that than buy dear and then let it rust in the garage. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 06:53:22 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.

Buy cheap, buy twice!
I'd rather that than buy dear and then let it rust in the garage.

The quality of a bike will improve the experience immensily riding on a cheap bike can quickly become a chore, the cheapo bike is much more likely to sit in the garage and gather dust than will the decent bike IMO. And if it comes down to it and they find its not the pastime for them a decent second hand bike will almost certainly hold its price better than the cheapo and will sell for roughly the same price it was bought for unlike the cheapo.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 06:55:01 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.

Buy cheap, buy twice!
I'd rather that than buy dear and then let it rust in the garage.

The quality of a bike will improve the experience immensily riding on a cheap bike can quickly become a chore, the cheapo bike is much more likely to sit in the garage and gather dust than will the decent bike IMO. And if it comes down to it and they find its not the pastime for them a decent second hand bike will almost certainly hold its price better than the cheapo and will sell for roughly the same price it was bought for unlike the cheapo.

I hope you're not calling Jane and "cheapo"!  >:(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: delboy on February 19, 2010, 07:05:29 PM
Why do you need special shoes to ride a bike? And multi-coloured ganseys?
You don't you know. 

Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Have you ever cycled before, I think you'd be mad to spend that on a bike if you're going to get fed up in a couple of months. 
Mine was under £200 but if I'm still enjoying it as much in 12 months I think I'll upgrade.

Buy cheap, buy twice!
I'd rather that than buy dear and then let it rust in the garage.

The quality of a bike will improve the experience immensily riding on a cheap bike can quickly become a chore, the cheapo bike is much more likely to sit in the garage and gather dust than will the decent bike IMO. And if it comes down to it and they find its not the pastime for them a decent second hand bike will almost certainly hold its price better than the cheapo and will sell for roughly the same price it was bought for unlike the cheapo.

I hope you're not calling Jane and "cheapo"!  >:(

What  ???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2010, 07:08:48 PM
Jane's my bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: midLouth on February 19, 2010, 08:07:14 PM
Decided with my retirement from football, I like Stevie, would take up cycling (might even get a recall if they get to a final, I wish). Any how, decided that I'd spend a good bit. Bike was around 700, then with helmet, pump, shorts, jerseys and all the other bits it mounted to over 1k.

The one thing I noticed was how much more enjoyable it was than trying to drag myself around on a cheaper bike, found I'd be more likely to go out for a cycle now. Haven't been out for a bit because work is crazy, so on looking forward to getting back at it once the evenings come right again. As mentioned about, you'll only find out how crap our roads really are until you get out on a bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy on February 19, 2010, 09:00:31 PM
Cheers for the tips is lads. Some helpful stuff. My first preference would be to get a second hand bike around the £200-£300 mark but there not as easy to find as thought they would be. When doing my reserch and trying to find out how much everything would be, it was costing about £600 to get everything. Don't think I'll be doing that right away. As someone mentioned, the best way is to pick the gear up as you go along and get more seriours.
Depending on the sort of bike you are after, I may be able to help.  In fact, I have one out the back of the house you can have if you are anywhere near Belfast.  It may need some work done to it but it wouldn't be that dear, it's a mountain bike if that's any use to ya

It's a road bike I'm looking, but thanks for the offer.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 06, 2010, 07:59:50 PM
Im doing up to 30km every Saturday in the Phoenix Park. Going to start go in the evenings after work now that the evenings are bright.
Starting off all i could manage was 4 or 5km,and really wanted to quit but stuck at it and have lost a stone and a half since christmas and am fitter than I have been in years.
 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 06, 2010, 08:24:32 PM
Im doing up to 30km every Saturday in the Phoenix Park. Going to start go in the evenings after work now that the evenings are bright.
Starting off all i could manage was 4 or 5km,and really wanted to quit but stuck at it and have lost a stone and a half since christmas and am fitter than I have been in years.
 
What sort of bike are you using? A few of the fellas in work joined the cycle to work scheme and got these, what I can only describe as, "hybrid" bikes. Seem to be a cross between a mountain bike and a racing bike. For the commuter or average user doing 20 or 30 miles surely these would be a good compromise, rather than an ultralight racer with skinny wheels that buckle after about 10 yards on the backroads of Armagh.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 06, 2010, 08:34:15 PM
I bought a mountain bike in Halfords for €150 and I just wear a tracksuit bottoms and a jersey with ordinary runners, you don't have to spend big at all IMHO
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on April 06, 2010, 08:45:31 PM
Jeez i might bump into ya, i try and do a lap of the park on saturdays and with the extra hour in the evening will try and do it a few times a week. The run around the back of the park through castleknock and chaplelizard is lovely in the good weather.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 06, 2010, 08:47:22 PM
Thats a lot of cycling LL, do you just go up and down the middle bit or around the inside walls. Do you wear the Laois jersey? I am in the park with the kids most weekends, I will look out for you
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 06, 2010, 09:17:03 PM
Ireland is lamentably short of cycle paths. There are a few in the north:

Belfast - Lisburn, along the towpath
Belfast - Comber, along the old railway track,
Portadown - Newry, along the towpath

Any others? Whats your favourite?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 06, 2010, 11:05:27 PM
Jeez i might bump into ya, i try and do a lap of the park on saturdays and with the extra hour in the evening will try and do it a few times a week. The run around the back of the park through castleknock and chaplelizard is lovely in the good weather.

I'm there at about 9am most Saturdays,do you jog all the time or cycle?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on April 06, 2010, 11:10:47 PM
Cycle all the time i wouldnt be able run!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 06, 2010, 11:13:48 PM
Thats a lot of cycling LL, do you just go up and down the middle bit or around the inside walls. Do you wear the Laois jersey? I am in the park with the kids most weekends, I will look out for you

I usually park the van at the Papal Cross,then come out of that on the bike and turn left up towards the Aras,then turn left at that roundabout at the Aras and head up towards the Castleknock entrance,then double back and cycle at the back of the Zoo,down by the Garda Headquarters,coming out where the Wellington statue is and back up then on the main road towards the Papal Cross again,I usually do this circuit about 3 times,its about 9km for one circuit.
There are loads of little tracks and routes that can be taken but I like that one.

Could have Laois jersey on but could have anything really,I will be the one driving the dirty white Renault Trafic van,usually some little punk has "I wish my Girlfriend was as dirty as this" wrote on the back doors so if ya spot me give us a shout!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 06, 2010, 11:25:26 PM
Thats a lot of cycling LL, do you just go up and down the middle bit or around the inside walls. Do you wear the Laois jersey? I am in the park with the kids most weekends, I will look out for you

I usually park the van at the Papal Cross,then come out of that on the bike and turn left up towards the Aras,then turn left at that roundabout at the Aras and head up towards the Castleknock entrance,then double back and cycle at the back of the Zoo,down by the Garda Headquarters,coming out where the Wellington statue is and back up then on the main road towards the Papal Cross again,I usually do this circuit about 3 times,its about 9km for one circuit.
There are loads of little tracks and routes that can be taken but I like that one.

Could have Laois jersey on but could have anything really,I will be the one driving the dirty white Renault Trafic van,usually some little punk has "I wish my Girlfriend was as dirty as this" wrote on the back doors so if ya spot me give us a shout!

Ahem... she is.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on April 06, 2010, 11:27:08 PM
Thats a lot of cycling LL, do you just go up and down the middle bit or around the inside walls. Do you wear the Laois jersey? I am in the park with the kids most weekends, I will look out for you

I usually park the van at the Papal Cross,then come out of that on the bike and turn left up towards the Aras,then turn left at that roundabout at the Aras and head up towards the Castleknock entrance,then double back and cycle at the back of the Zoo,down by the Garda Headquarters,coming out where the Wellington statue is and back up then on the main road towards the Papal Cross again,I usually do this circuit about 3 times,its about 9km for one circuit.
There are loads of little tracks and routes that can be taken but I like that one.

Could have Laois jersey on but could have anything really,I will be the one driving the dirty white Renault Trafic van,usually some little punk has "I wish my Girlfriend was as dirty as this" wrote on the back doors so if ya spot me give us a shout!

Ahem... she is.

Definitely
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JUst retired on April 07, 2010, 07:28:39 AM
Pints, you mentioned an mp3 player, and no one has mentioned it since. That seems a bit daft, how do you hear traffic coming from behind you? ???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 07, 2010, 08:02:02 AM
I bought a mountain bike in Halfords for €150 and I just wear a tracksuit bottoms and a jersey with ordinary runners, you don't have to spend big at all IMHO

I started back cycling about 4 years ago, bought the €150 job from Halfords also. Didnt know would I continue to cycle so didnt spend very much. Last year I upgraded to a €300 bike from Halfords, huge difference. If you continue to like it I would consider upgrading at some point, also if you are just on the road make sure you dont get those big mountain bike tyres, there shit for the road. I'll keep an eye out for you, if you hear someone shouting your only a Laois bollix, that will be me!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 07, 2010, 09:13:15 AM
Pints, you mentioned an mp3 player, and no one has mentioned it since. That seems a bit daft, how do you hear traffic coming from behind you? ???

Use your eyes as well as your ears.
Dont wave in and out onto the middle of the road.
Motorists normally dont try to knock cyclists down, so you shouldnt have to worry.
Dont play the ipod at full blast - you should be able to hear both traffic and music.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: small white mayoman on April 07, 2010, 09:44:05 AM
I bought a mountain bike in Halfords for €150 and I just wear a tracksuit bottoms and a jersey with ordinary runners, you don't have to spend big at all IMHO

I started back cycling about 4 years ago, bought the €150 job from Halfords also. Didnt know would I continue to cycle so didnt spend very much. Last year I upgraded to a €300 bike from Halfords, huge difference. If you continue to like it I would consider upgrading at some point, also if you are just on the road make sure you dont get those big mountain bike tyres, there shit for the road. I'll keep an eye out for you, if you hear someone shouting your only a Laois bollix, that will be me!

Just started back cycling a few months ago , got myself a Kelly's bike must say i'm delighted with it can't believe how light it is , the tyres on it are bigger than a racing bike but smaller than a mountain bike. i'm doing about 15 miles most evenings and find it a great stress realease hoping to build up the mileage and do the gaelforce challenge this year 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on April 07, 2010, 08:10:22 PM
Pints, you mentioned an mp3 player, and no one has mentioned it since. That seems a bit daft, how do you hear traffic coming from behind you? ???
sure if I was in the car with the radio on I couldnt hear the traffic behind me either
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 07, 2010, 08:20:42 PM
just after doing 30 mile spin tonight with the headphones on, cycling for a couple hours with no one to chat to or no music would do my head in
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 07, 2010, 08:25:40 PM
just after doing 30 mile spin tonight with the headphones on, cycling for a couple hours with no one to chat to or no music would do my head in

You should get a iPod or mp3 player to go with them headphones, it's far better when there is music coming through them
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 07, 2010, 08:32:21 PM
feck i knew something was wrong, i must be the only one on here who does not own a ipod or iphone
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on April 07, 2010, 08:36:07 PM
feck i knew something was wrong, i must be the only one on here who does not own a ipod or iphone
I dont own either of them, never liked them ipods - simple mp3 player is far handier. Though I'm thinking of getting another one because I dont think mine has very good sound. the last one I had was some job but it stopped charging after about 5 years. may it RIP.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on June 21, 2010, 10:57:36 AM
Have a 70 mile charity ride this Sunday, Birmingham to Oxford. If there is no one around to update the spreads comp you will know why.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on June 21, 2010, 11:37:51 PM
Hope it doesn't rain!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 22, 2010, 12:06:32 AM
Have a 70 mile charity ride this Sunday, Birmingham to Oxford. If there is no one around to update the spreads comp you will know why.

What has been your longest training run maddog?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: armaghniac on June 22, 2010, 12:21:28 AM
Anyone doing the Belfast to Dublin maracycle thing at the weekend?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on June 22, 2010, 08:16:18 AM
Have a 70 mile charity ride this Sunday, Birmingham to Oxford. If there is no one around to update the spreads comp you will know why.

What has been your longest training run maddog?

52 so far Orior. Im hoping that the fact that its in a group as opposed to slogging alone will see me home the last few miles. Looks like its going to be a scorcher as well.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 28, 2010, 09:17:36 PM
If anyone here did do the maracycle, then they are keeping very quiet.

http://www.cooperationireland.org/files/CyclistTimes.pdf (http://www.cooperationireland.org/files/CyclistTimes.pdf)

The race went right past my parents house on the Portidown to Newry towpath  :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 28, 2010, 09:18:38 PM
If anyone here did do the maracycle, then they are keeping very quiet.

http://www.cooperationireland.org/files/CyclistTimes.pdf (http://www.cooperationireland.org/files/CyclistTimes.pdf)

The race went right past my parents house on the Portidown to Newry towpath  :o

By the way, in the words of master Bart Simpson esquire, I didnt do it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on June 28, 2010, 09:51:36 PM
Did anyone hear if maddog made it?
Or do we need to organise a gaaboard wreath?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on June 29, 2010, 08:59:18 AM
Did anyone hear if maddog made it?
Or do we need to organise a gaaboard wreath?

No wreath required, i dragged my fat arse over the 77 mile route and i feel like i spent the weekend with boy george. Doing a 50 miler this sunday in worcester, should be handy by comparison.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 29, 2010, 11:05:49 AM
Did anyone hear if maddog made it?
Or do we need to organise a gaaboard wreath?

No wreath required, i dragged my fat arse over the 77 mile route and i feel like i spent the weekend with boy george. Doing a 50 miler this sunday in worcester, should be handy by comparison.

50 mile? Ah sure just give George O'Dowd a blow anyway.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on August 23, 2010, 08:54:25 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on August 23, 2010, 09:20:25 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

Are these two issues related?

Surely it's a wheel problem.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ardmhachaabu on August 23, 2010, 09:31:41 PM
I think it's a tyre problem
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on August 23, 2010, 09:33:01 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

Are these two issues related?

Surely it's a wheel problem.
aye I don't think I get enough air/pressure in them to start with. When the bike shop does it with whatever contraception they have they're dead on for months!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Gs Man on August 23, 2010, 09:44:21 PM
Anyone do any mountainbiking? Recommend any good trails for bumps and jumps? Up North preferably.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DoireGael on August 23, 2010, 11:01:35 PM
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0820/1224277229259.html

Dublin - Galway would be great craic

This looks like it could be an interesting development

Been thinking for a while of starting up the cycling, had a test run on a mates and seemed good craic

http://www.facebook.com/oakleafcycleslam


Is the racing bike cheaper in the Free State or up north generally speaking?

Are places like Halfords to be avoided?

Do Brands matter in terms of the quality? Italian made? etc
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on August 23, 2010, 11:14:40 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

I have this 1

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4949

only have it a while as I lost my old 1 but it is very good and reasonably priced.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on August 23, 2010, 11:16:14 PM
It looks like it's more cycling for me from now on, too many years of football and impact has reduced my exercises to non impact so cycling and swimming seems to be the future. I have a fairly good racing bike and a mountain bike but lent that out and never got it back but in fairness don't like the mountain bike i prefer the speed from the racing bike.

I haven't got into the way of cycling for hours on end, i prefer to cycle for about 30mins (8-10 mile) then turn and come home doing roughly 15-20 mile in total but doing it flat out as fast as i can go. My biggest problem is i get a sore back haunched over on the racer >:(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 24, 2010, 04:39:29 AM
It looks like it's more cycling for me from now on, too many years of football and impact has reduced my exercises to non impact so cycling and swimming seems to be the future. I have a fairly good racing bike and a mountain bike but lent that out and never got it back but in fairness don't like the mountain bike i prefer the speed from the racing bike.

I haven't got into the way of cycling for hours on end, i prefer to cycle for about 30mins (8-10 mile) then turn and come home doing roughly 15-20 mile in total but doing it flat out as fast as i can go. My biggest problem is i get a sore back haunched over on the racer >:(
She obviously doesn't fit you... getting fitted to a bike is a must over here if you're actually
serious about it, especially if you intend being in the saddle for long spells.
A few tweaks here and there could sort your problem (shorter or angled Handlebar stem perhaps
or dropping the point of the saddle down a hair might be a good place to start)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 24, 2010, 10:47:19 AM
It looks like it's more cycling for me from now on, too many years of football and impact has reduced my exercises to non impact so cycling and swimming seems to be the future. I have a fairly good racing bike and a mountain bike but lent that out and never got it back but in fairness don't like the mountain bike i prefer the speed from the racing bike.

I haven't got into the way of cycling for hours on end, i prefer to cycle for about 30mins (8-10 mile) then turn and come home doing roughly 15-20 mile in total but doing it flat out as fast as i can go. My biggest problem is i get a sore back haunched over on the racer >:(


I got a hybrid last year which is excellent if you suffer from a sore back.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on August 24, 2010, 12:31:18 PM
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0820/1224277229259.html

Dublin - Galway would be great craic

This looks like it could be an interesting development

Been thinking for a while of starting up the cycling, had a test run on a mates and seemed good craic

The Slashers aren't gonna be too happy with that...  :P
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on August 24, 2010, 07:02:34 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

I have this 1

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4949

only have it a while as I lost my old 1 but it is very good and reasonably priced.
good stuff, thanks


yeah orior, I bought a hybird recently - very very comfortable.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: lilpaulie85 on August 24, 2010, 07:17:46 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

I have this 1

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4949

only have it a while as I lost my old 1 but it is very good and reasonably priced.
good stuff, thanks


yeah orior, I bought a hybird recently - very very comfortable.

i suffer from stiff knees at times, i find tiger balm to be very effective
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on August 24, 2010, 08:04:52 PM
Can any of you boys recommend a decent pump, is it worth getting one with a gauge. 
I'm sick of this piece of shit one I have and the wheels seem to go flat after no time.

Also, do any of you get stiff knees - only started to get this recently - any cures?

I have this 1

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=4949

only have it a while as I lost my old 1 but it is very good and reasonably priced.
good stuff, thanks


yeah orior, I bought a hybird recently - very very comfortable.

i suffer from stiff knees at times, i find tiger balm to be very effective

Thanks, though I was hoping to get rid of the stiffness altogether or find out what's doing it - will have to try it in the meantime, I've been trying deep heat cream and deep freeze cream and it's doing nothing
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on August 24, 2010, 11:52:24 PM
it's called haro heartland
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 25, 2010, 12:26:42 AM
I got a hybrid last year which is excellent if you suffer from a sore back.

What make and model have you got? I am in the process of researching the purchase of a hybrid?

What about you Pints?

I got the Carerra Gryphon. Great at going uphills and very steady with the flat handle bars. I was doing 20-30 mile easy on a Sunday morning.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_272611_langId_-1_categoryId_165534 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_272611_langId_-1_categoryId_165534)

About a month ago I got a Carerra racer. Moving from the hybrid, it feels cramped, gears and toe clips were new to me, but it should be easier for the 30-50 mile runs.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on August 25, 2010, 06:33:59 AM
H'on yer bike!

(Drunk).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 17, 2010, 08:10:17 PM
Did 40 mile this morning. Very enjoyable.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 17, 2010, 10:52:29 PM
Haven't been on the bike in past few months  :-[
Lost loads of weight and was getting quite fit but have gone backwards and now back to my original weight before I bought the bike.
Dread starting out again because the first couple of weeks when I got the bike first was torture
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 17, 2010, 11:09:41 PM
Recently 'upgraded' from  a hybrid to a Specialised Secteur racing bike (a relaxed racing bike allegedly for those with dodgy backs), not overly impressed with the new yoke tbh, can get very little extra speed out of it compared to the hybrid, which is plainly just not right!  Going to make a few changes over the winter (get someone who knows what they r at to do it) to hopefully improve it.  going to change the 2nd chainring 39 to a 42 (& maybe the big one 2) and get the handlebars sorted to hopefully save me an inch and more of stretching which is were I think my problem is.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 17, 2010, 11:26:44 PM
Recently 'upgraded' from  a hybrid to a Specialised Secteur racing bike (a relaxed racing bike allegedly for those with dodgy backs), not overly impressed with the new yoke tbh, can get very little extra speed out of it compared to the hybrid, which is plainly just not right!  Going to make a few changes over the winter (get someone who knows what they r at to do it) to hopefully improve it.  going to change the 2nd chainring 39 to a 42 (& maybe the big one 2) and get the handlebars sorted to hopefully save me an inch and more of stretching which is were I think my problem is.

It took me a month to get comfortable moving from a hybrid to a racing bike. Shoes with no threads are better for the toe clips. Therefore I stopped wearing running shoes and started wearing squash shoes. I also tilted my handle bars up as it helps my back. I also find that putting my seat higher than recommended helps with speed. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: lolafrola on October 18, 2010, 10:36:22 AM
A lot of people seem to have back problems when first starting out. Why is this?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on October 18, 2010, 11:59:06 AM
There are SQUASH shoes?

Memo to self: check out market opportunities for reading togs, sleeping gloves, chess socks
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy on October 18, 2010, 02:06:57 PM
I had got up to cycling maybe 60 miles a week. Would try and get out 2 evenings after work and do 20 miles and get a longer one at the weekend of maybe 30-40 miles. I really enjoyed it. I find it alot easier to cycle 20 miles than to run 2-3. Don't get out at all during the week now with the short evenings. I still have to look into joining the club and get some comapny when out. I mate told me that it can make a world of difference than being out on your own.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2010, 02:34:57 PM
I love goin out on my own with the ipod, not the smartest thing to be at I know.  I actually use astroturf trainers & cheapo plastic pedals, the grip is great, i took the clips off the new yoke asap, very restrictive i felt - was cramping alot. Thinking of cleats but i suppose they'd feel restrictive too?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 18, 2010, 04:00:40 PM
Joining a cycling club has other benefits. For example £8 provides insurance for when you hit or scrape a car.

I like being out on my own with the ipod. Traffic is not an issue as I can here vehicles coming behind me okay.



PS.You can get squash shoes and badminton shoes too. I would have thought a tennis pro like Hardy would know that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on October 18, 2010, 04:52:26 PM
PS.You can get squash shoes and badminton shoes too. I would have thought a tennis pro like Hardy would know that.

Hmm ... let me see if I can figure out how this game works. You can get tomato compost in 50Kg bags. I would imagine every carpenter would know that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 18, 2010, 05:38:13 PM
PS.You can get squash shoes and badminton shoes too. I would have thought a tennis pro like Hardy would know that.

Hmm ... let me see if I can figure out how this game works. You can get tomato compost in 50Kg bags. I would imagine every carpenter would know that.

Careful Hardy, people are gonna think that you're even weirder than me!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2010, 10:06:35 PM
A lot of people seem to have back problems when first starting out. Why is this?
The back trouble's been with me for 20 years, it's a pity I only discovered cycling this year as it has been very good for my back - especially the posture on the hybrid (compared it to my road bike).  I was going to upgrade to a more expensive hybrid instead of the road bike.  I'm beginning to regret the decision a bit now - but hopefully my proposed changes will help.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 21, 2010, 09:24:12 PM
Im doing up to 30km every Saturday in the Phoenix Park. Going to start go in the evenings after work now that the evenings are bright.
Starting off all i could manage was 4 or 5km,and really wanted to quit but stuck at it and have lost a stone and a half since christmas and am fitter than I have been in years.
 
How da f**k did you lose so much weight so quickly?  I easily clocked a couple thousand miles from May on and lost about 3/4's of a stone in total.  Apart from the chinkers, pizza and gargle I dont know were I'm going wrong :P
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 29, 2010, 09:10:35 PM
any of you boys know anything about spokes constantly breaking

3 weeks ago broke something like 6 spokes (back wheel) and buckled it - all fixed
last week I noticed them all loose again - got them looked at - a couple broken were replaced and rest tightened
Now, I notice there's at least another one broke and the wheel buckled (very slightly - but it's sticking) again.

f**k me I'm sick of this - I reckon all the spokes are dodgy now - worth just forking out for a new wheel?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on November 29, 2010, 09:55:08 PM
Not an expert POG but it would sound like something fundamental wrong with the wheel.

Who looked at them when you got the spokes looked at?

How'd you buckle the wheel - you crash?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on November 29, 2010, 09:56:39 PM
Not an expert POG but it would sound like something fundamental wrong with the wheel.

Who looked at them when you got the spokes looked at?

How'd you buckle the wheel - you crash?
No.... it was a collision  :-X
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 29, 2010, 10:03:47 PM
Not an expert POG but it would sound like something fundamental wrong with the wheel.

Who looked at them when you got the spokes looked at?

How'd you buckle the wheel - you crash?
Yeah it was a bit of a collision (not a crash).

Bike shop fixed it. Not impressed at all - bike only 6 months old and it's had a back tyre replaced, break pads (if that's the technical term) and now probably a back wheel.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: lawnseed on November 29, 2010, 10:05:29 PM
i'd have sold you my vfr 800i. had to get rid of it i was gonna kill myself drinking and those girls in leather :o :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on November 29, 2010, 10:06:13 PM
Trying to fix your wheel will be throwing away good money after bad.

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and get yourself a new bike.

Fair play to you if you cycled into work this morning!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 29, 2010, 10:07:09 PM
Trying to fix your wheel will be throwing away good money after bad.

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and get yourself a new bike.

Fair play to you if you cycled into work this morning!
the bike's only 6 months old
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on November 29, 2010, 10:53:19 PM
Trying to fix your wheel will be throwing away good money after bad.

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and get yourself a new bike.

Fair play to you if you cycled into work this morning!
the bike's only 6 months old
It might Be but like everything else, you need to do a bit research on the varying components that different models
come standard with...joking aside, I'd say the components on said model aren't great, can't say I've ever had problems with spokes  :-\
Like the man says, if ye can afford it go and buy yourself something decent for Christmas, especially one that'll stand up to the miles you're logging!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 29, 2010, 10:59:00 PM
Trying to fix your wheel will be throwing away good money after bad.

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and get yourself a new bike.

Fair play to you if you cycled into work this morning!
the bike's only 6 months old
It might Be but like everything else, you need to do a bit research on the varying components that different models
come standard with...joking aside, I'd say the components on said model aren't great, can't say I've ever had problems with spokes  :-\
Like the man says, if ye can afford it go and buy yourself something decent for Christmas, especially one that'll stand up to the miles you're logging!
Aye it's full of dodgy parts I think. That said though it must have done about 1000 miles easy.
It was near 300 quid so I was hoping it'd last longer than 6 months!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on November 29, 2010, 11:11:13 PM
Go back to the bike shop and ask for their spokesman.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on November 30, 2010, 10:01:25 AM
Sounds like the verticle loading coming from the seat area is to great for the wheel to cope with...hence the buckling :D

Just buy a new wheel FFS (prob £40 will get it)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on November 30, 2010, 10:21:35 AM
Is it not under warranty? Mine has lifetime on the frame and 2 years on wheels, forks, components etc.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hardy on November 30, 2010, 10:41:16 AM
Buckled wheels can work fine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgbWu8zJubo)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on November 30, 2010, 03:22:45 PM
Is it not under warranty? Mine has lifetime on the frame and 2 years on wheels, forks, components etc.
You'd need to be spending a bit more than pints did
for a warranty like that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on November 30, 2010, 04:24:23 PM
Is it not under warranty? Mine has lifetime on the frame and 2 years on wheels, forks, components etc.
You'd need to be spending a bit more than pints did
for a warranty like that.

True on the frame but Trek for example will have a warranty on their low end bikes.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 30, 2010, 10:11:39 PM
well I paid 35 quid for new wheel today  :-\
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on November 30, 2010, 10:53:20 PM
That's wheely expensive.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on November 30, 2010, 10:54:55 PM
well I paid 35 quid for new wheel today  :-\

Hopefully that gets you back in the saddle again, although I hope I havnt spoke too soon.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flantheman82 on July 21, 2011, 05:40:41 PM
Just wanting some info as I've never cycled before. Got myself a specialized sirrus comp hybrid bike through the cycle to work scheme and love it. Got it for doing a fund raising cycle to Dublin in September. Only thing is that i don't have any idea of what speed to expect to to aim towards.
I have a wireless computer that tells me my average speed is roughly 11mph when commuting to work which is rather hilly. I feel like I'm really struggling sometimes. What would be a realistic target speed for me to reach inside 8 weeks speed wise?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on July 21, 2011, 05:46:42 PM
Would need more info from you as regards, your age, build, height etc, and also ur fitness level.

Also what distance is your commute to work? What distance is your fund raising cycle? are there many of you doing it? maybe you could train with some of the other people taking part in the evenings and weekends?

A reasonable average for me would be 15 mph although as I'm getting fitter that is being upped to between 16-17mph.we have a group of usually 10 or 12 on a Wednesday and a Sunday. Wednesday spin is usually 35km and Sunday 1s around 50km.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flantheman82 on July 21, 2011, 06:24:31 PM
I'm 28, 6ft2, 15st 6, have a recently acquired belly and am not fit in the slightest. I cycle 3 miles to work although don't want to go flat out so as not to be sweating too much when I get to work even though I shower anyway.
Cycle to Dublin is 110 miles. Have been on a few cycles on the Lagan towpath about 12 miles or so.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on July 21, 2011, 07:34:19 PM
Not an expert POG but it would sound like something fundamental wrong with the wheel.

Who looked at them when you got the spokes looked at?

How'd you buckle the wheel - you crash?
Yeah it was a bit of a collision (not a crash).

Bike shop fixed it. Not impressed at all - bike only 6 months old and it's had a back tyre replaced, break pads (if that's the technical term) and now probably a back wheel.

Sounds like a Friday afternoon special.  Building up a bike wheel is a skilled job.

Anyone here ever built a wheel from scratch?  I did it myself when doing a single speed conversion.  I had to go out and buy a book on it.  There's something like a ton of tension on the spokes of a bicycle wheel, that's where the strength to weight ratio comes from.  A bit of tension even slightly out of line with the others can screw you up big time.  I used to find that once I had one broken spoke then it was something of a domino effect - I'd replace the spoke myself and tighten it up, but then some other spoke would break later and you end up with all sorts of problems. 

If you go to a bike shop where somebody knows what they're doing then you should be able to get your wheel back into line, but if that's not an option for you then you might as well just get a new wheel.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 21, 2011, 10:05:39 PM
i can never seem to go above 14mph, be it a 30 mile run or a 70 mile run.  I mostly cycle on my own but when i go out with others it would rise to 16 -17 mph.  btw i am the other side of 40
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on July 22, 2011, 12:01:25 AM
Just wanting some info as I've never cycled before. Got myself a specialized sirrus comp hybrid bike through the cycle to work scheme and love it. Got it for doing a fund raising cycle to Dublin in September. Only thing is that i don't have any idea of what speed to expect to to aim towards.
I have a wireless computer that tells me my average speed is roughly 11mph when commuting to work which is rather hilly. I feel like I'm really struggling sometimes. What would be a realistic target speed for me to reach inside 8 weeks speed wise?
I'd say average speed is the least of your worries...logging heavier miles
would be more of an advantage to your preparations at this point.
Obviously finishing is more important than how fast you get there as it
really isn't race.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on July 22, 2011, 12:09:53 AM
Are you involving yourself in, and speculating about, SCIENCE there TO?  :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on July 22, 2011, 09:40:23 AM
Did my first "competitive" cycle last weekend in local triathlon, did the cycle leg in relay. Time 35.37min over a 20km course. Was pleased with that as it better than previous times and i felt some what distracted on the cycle by everyone overtaking me - we'd a very strong swimmer who was about 15th out of lake.

Been on the bike for about 4 weeks now and still enjoy it.

Doing another cycle in Cavan in just over 2 weeks with a run thrown in and kayak as well. Should be ok for it but have to hit the running a bit this weekend.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 02, 2011, 06:55:05 PM
What would you pay for a Felt z80? It's about 3/4 year old but it is basically in perfect condition, new wheels, seat, bearings etc just been put on it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on August 02, 2011, 08:07:43 PM
Started into the cycling as well - nice to get out for a while after work. I'm only doing about 45 minutes at a time, but it's very much uphill for the first few miles - a bit easier on the way back as I return on the same route. I'm hoping to build up my stamina over the next few weeks and get a few decent spins at the weekend.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 02, 2011, 09:01:35 PM
Lads what's all this MPH lark? Kph! ;D

Flann, I'd say any form of a group cycle will average about 20-22kph, you won't get over the affect of drafting, takes all the work out of it.
Did Sandymount to enniscrone on good Friday, 270k, was dreading it but loved it!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on August 02, 2011, 09:30:05 PM
Won my first race on the way to work this morning.

Was cruising through the docks at 22kph and some f**ker overtook me on a mountain bike. Caught up with him at the traffic lights and then took off like a mad man when they went green. Beat him easy in the end, even though he didn't actually know he was in a race ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 02, 2011, 10:14:08 PM
He knew WD, they all know. Anyone who overtakes you is automatically in a race!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 02, 2011, 10:58:47 PM
What would you pay for a Felt z80? It's about 3/4 year old but it is basically in perfect condition, new wheels, seat, bearings etc just been put on it.

Anyone  ???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on August 02, 2011, 11:00:36 PM
What would you pay for a Felt z80? It's about 3/4 year old but it is basically in perfect condition, new wheels, seat, bearings etc just been put on it.

Anyone  ???

I'll give you 50 Euro?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 02, 2011, 11:01:43 PM
Won my first race on the way to work this morning.

Was cruising through the docks at 22kph and some f**ker overtook me on a mountain bike. Caught up with him at the traffic lights and then took off like a mad man when they went green. Beat him easy in the end, even though he didn't actually know he was in a race ;D

I know how you feel. It's the same whether I'm walking, running, swiming, cycling or driving!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 03, 2011, 08:37:49 AM
What would you pay for a Felt z80? It's about 3/4 year old but it is basically in perfect condition, new wheels, seat, bearings etc just been put on it.

Anyone  ???

I'll give you 50 Euro?

Im buying not selling  :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on August 03, 2011, 11:27:30 AM
What would you pay for a Felt z80? It's about 3/4 year old but it is basically in perfect condition, new wheels, seat, bearings etc just been put on it.

Anyone  ???

Id say given that the bike would have been in around £800 then i say around £350, depends on what replacement components were put back on. If you can get any more detail on the spec especially wheels and hubs then you would get a better idea.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 04, 2011, 09:10:29 AM
I have recently setup an online blog with some cycling articles, GAA pieces etc.

Any thoughts welcome http://mal-sport.blogspot.com

Any posters on here doing the inishowen 100 next Sunday?

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 05, 2011, 12:01:48 PM
First multi-discipline event tomorrow, the Cavan Kayakarun outside cootehill. 5km run, 1km Kayak and a 16km cycle to finish. Looking forward to it and at least I know it'll be a PB regardless ie once i finish. Second year of this event and seems to be a good wee crowd doing it, it is been billed as more of a fun/relaxed event but no doubt their will be a few elite level doing it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on August 05, 2011, 01:59:24 PM
That doesn't sound too bad Bingo. I wouldn't mind trying something like that. I'm not the best swimmer, so i like the idea of a kayak instead - they do that for Gael force north, held up by gweedore

I’m thinking of aiming for this sportif in September, might just do the shorter one
http://www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com/

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 05, 2011, 03:37:54 PM
I'm debating weather to start swimming to do a triathlon proper but don't think I'm anywhere near a decent swimmer or would have the time to do it as well as keep running and on the bike.

Plenty of them adventure type races on like the Gael Force west and north. Plan to do one next year if I keep at it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: AZOffaly on August 05, 2011, 04:30:41 PM
I cycled to Murroe from Newport Yesterday evening, and back again because my soccer was cancelled. f**k me. It's about a 16k round trip, with a few gentle enough hills and I was absolutely verschnickered after it.

First time I've cycled a bike since I left Arizona in 2001. (The bike still has the moving company's inventory sticker on it :D)  It might be another 10 years!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 07, 2011, 08:45:36 AM
Cavan kayakarun all done, great event and well run with 300 turning in to do it. Finished in 1hr 18, pretty happy with that, kayak was a whore trying to keep it straight! Fair play to the winner who I'd know who done the warrenpoint triathln that morning, finishing 8th in that, then driving back to cootehill and doing 56 mins to win. Some machine.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 08, 2011, 10:57:51 AM
Sounds like the Kayaking was tough going.

Not sure if it will be as tough as some of the hills around the Inishowen 100 this Sunday. Anyone for doing it?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 08, 2011, 02:52:08 PM
The actual kayaking was grand but fustrating with stoping and starting to get it back on course.

I'd not have the miles done on the bike yet to do the Inishowen100. I'd say its a tough one and if the wind gets up, it will be a hell of a ride. You do it in previous years?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 10, 2011, 12:54:16 AM
I did it two years ago and struggled in few places.  It certainly is a tough one, but we'll see how it goes.

Do you know anyone who has a good cycling blog, I am only really getting started at it.

http://mal-sport.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 10, 2011, 10:38:51 AM
Not sure of any blogs, haven't really looked at anything bar boards.ie that has a cycling section. It has loads of info on anything cycling related.

They also a friendly and informed crew who can point you in any direction you need.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 19, 2011, 11:33:09 AM
Is there anyone on here that is into racing?  You do many races in the season. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hashtag on August 19, 2011, 12:45:36 PM
Anyone own an exercise bike? I was thinking of getting one to improve fitness. Anyone reccommend this as a form of aerobic exercise. I have never done spinning or anything like that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: guy crouchback on August 19, 2011, 01:40:29 PM
you would be much better off getting a real bike.
exercise bikes are grand but to get a good one you need to be spending a fair bit of cash. the cheaper ones don't tend to be great quality and none of them are very comfortable over any extended period of time.
get a real bike and get out on the roads, if you get really into it you can get a turbo trainer which attaches to the rear wheel of the bike and can be used indoors

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on August 19, 2011, 02:12:17 PM
Is there anyone on here that is into racing?  You do many races in the season.

Used to race years ago. Season would start around March time and run through until October. It used to be (typical) that in the north you had the NICF (Norn iron cycling federation) and the UCF the Ulster cycling federation. The NICF races were almost always on a Saturday and the UCF ones on a Sunday. Lots of times we would race both days but at senior level that is quite difficult. The 2 amalgamated around 2006 i think. Different clubs would organise a race per year, ours ran 2 per year in Armagh. You need a licence to race but if you are in a club or join one there should be plenty of guys to point you in the right direction.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hashtag on August 19, 2011, 02:27:42 PM
you would be much better off getting a real bike.
exercise bikes are grand but to get a good one you need to be spending a fair bit of cash. the cheaper ones don't tend to be great quality and none of them are very comfortable over any extended period of time.
get a real bike and get out on the roads, if you get really into it you can get a turbo trainer which attaches to the rear wheel of the bike and can be used indoors

Problem is light. I start work at 0700 and finish at 1800 therefore in winter months I was hoping for something I could do to improve fitness. At present time I can just go outside for runs etc but not in the winter.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Iceman on August 19, 2011, 02:31:25 PM
Hoping to get a spin bike in the house over the winter. There is a charity 4 day bike ride next year I'm considering signing up for.
Will give this spin bike a lash first and see how the knees hold out!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 19, 2011, 02:45:23 PM
Anyone have a turbo trainer? They any use, i'd imagine like a exercise bike, they not as good for getting out in the open but over the winter when its limited to what can be done outside, are they an option/easy to use and not too hard on the tyres.

I imagine the higher spec ones are good for interval/resistance workouts and the like.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on August 19, 2011, 02:47:19 PM
you would be much better off getting a real bike.
exercise bikes are grand but to get a good one you need to be spending a fair bit of cash. the cheaper ones don't tend to be great quality and none of them are very comfortable over any extended period of time.
get a real bike and get out on the roads, if you get really into it you can get a turbo trainer which attaches to the rear wheel of the bike and can be used indoors

Problem is light. I start work at 0700 and finish at 1800 therefore in winter months I was hoping for something I could do to improve fitness. At present time I can just go outside for runs etc but not in the winter.

Get a bike and a 2nd hand turbo trainer, there is no comparison with an exercise bike. If you did 3 x 1 hr sessions midweek and a proper 2/3 hr ride on a saturday morning when you have the light you would emerge next spring ready to go properly.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 19, 2011, 03:36:09 PM
Anyone have a turbo trainer? They any use, i'd imagine like a exercise bike, they not as good for getting out in the open but over the winter when its limited to what can be done outside, are they an option/easy to use and not too hard on the tyres.

I imagine the higher spec ones are good for interval/resistance workouts and the like.

I have one, great for the dark nights (and shit weather), boring as fook, ipod is an essential or set it up in front of a TV.  It is tough on tyres though, but sure if you've been on a set for most of the spring/summer use them (both) as you'd probably be investing again next spring anyway. 

Mine is a Minoura, think it was about £120, although you could get a lot dearer than that.  Various resistance levels and very easy to set up - basically a magnetised skewer through your raised back wheel that is wedged in a vice like grip by the TT.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 19, 2011, 03:43:59 PM
Anyone have a turbo trainer? They any use, i'd imagine like a exercise bike, they not as good for getting out in the open but over the winter when its limited to what can be done outside, are they an option/easy to use and not too hard on the tyres.

I imagine the higher spec ones are good for interval/resistance workouts and the like.

I have one, great for the dark nights (and shit weather), boring as fook, ipod is an essential or set it up in front of a TV.  It is tough on tyres though, but sure if you've been on a set for most of the spring/summer use them (both) as you'd probably be investing again next spring anyway. 

Mine is a Minoura, think it was about £120, although you could get a lot dearer than that.  Various resistance levels and very easy to set up - basically a magnetised skewer through your raised back wheel that is wedged in a vice like grip by the TT.

Cheers about right, if we got a winter like last year, it be hard to get out on bike, so a hour a few times a week on that and maybe squeeze a ride on the weekend would be ok. I've read that 45mins-1hr is as good as you'd do on them. Have the ipod and tv as an option for them. Might invest as the winter draws in down the line.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 19, 2011, 04:28:59 PM
Tip - I stuff something under the front wheel of mine (bit of doubled up cardboard or something) to raise it an inch or so as it's a whole different set up to normal riding position - it was initially very uncomfortable, get a position that suits and stick with it.  You can buy a grooved cushion thing with some of the TT's, but it's an unnecessary added expense.  A 1 hour session is plenty.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 19, 2011, 07:29:49 PM
Is there anyone on here that is into racing?  You do many races in the season.
I have a lot of GAA commitments so I don't have as much time as I'd like for getting into good enough shape for racing.  I've only done about three this year so far compared to about ten by this time last year.  That said, there is an informal race that I do with a squad of boys at lunchtime every Tuesday and Thursday, that's always good crack.  I'm a Cat 4 rider, some of the boys in that group are Cat 2 so I spend most of my time just trying to hang on.

If it weren't for my GAA commitments I'd be racing just about every weekend all summer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 20, 2011, 03:22:06 AM
Is there anyone on here that is into racing?  You do many races in the season.
I have a lot of GAA commitments so I don't have as much time as I'd like for getting into good enough shape for racing.  I've only done about three this year so far compared to about ten by this time last year.  That said, there is an informal race that I do with a squad of boys at lunchtime every Tuesday and Thursday, that's always good crack.  I'm a Cat 4 rider, some of the boys in that group are Cat 2 so I spend most of my time just trying to hang on.

If it weren't for my GAA commitments I'd be racing just about every weekend all summer.
What club do you ride for...at home or in Sunnyvale ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flantheman82 on August 21, 2011, 08:16:31 AM
So I'm doing a cycle to Dublin on 16th of September with the club. What sort of slow release energy foods should I be taking on board while doing the longer runs? And which type of drinks?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 22, 2011, 08:10:44 PM
So I'm doing a cycle to Dublin on 16th of September with the club. What sort of slow release energy foods should I be taking on board while doing the longer runs? And which type of drinks?
I have two bottles with me, one with a Nuun electrolyte tab and the other bottle with a Cytomax energy mix, for snacks I carry various energy bars, a packet of honey stingers gel chews, beef jerky, a banana and if it's a long ride (75 - 100 mile) a sandwich of some sort.
Gotta stay fueled...it's no fun running out of energy 10 miles from home  :(
"Eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty"
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on August 22, 2011, 09:05:01 PM
Fig rolls are also great.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 22, 2011, 09:33:45 PM
Fig rolls are also great.
Indeed...forgot to mention those.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 22, 2011, 10:11:20 PM
I used to swear by fig rolls and bananas. Nowadays I've gotten into gel packs.  They were disgusting (by texture and flavour) in the early days but they've gotten better at it. There's a brand called Gu which I really like, especially the orange.  I use almost exclusively gel packs now, only use bananas or something solid on anything longer than 60 miles.

For drink I use a 50:50 mix of water and Gatorade.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 23, 2011, 05:09:57 AM
I used to swear by fig rolls and bananas. Nowadays I've gotten into gel packs.  They were disgusting (by texture and flavour) in the early days but they've gotten better at it. There's a brand called Gu which I really like, especially the orange.  I use almost exclusively gel packs now, only use bananas or something solid on anything longer than 60 miles.

For drink I use a 50:50 mix of water and Gatorade.
Which club are you associated with here ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 23, 2011, 08:56:32 AM
The turbo trainer can be boring, but you need to have a plan.  Have the session broken down into intervals.  Great way of keeping ticking over during the winter.  I have 45 min sessions 5 min warmup 1min turn up the restsitance, 2mins, turn it up 3mins turn it up all the way up to five mins, then work back to 1min.  Also things like 20mins sprint, 40sec off repeating it 5 times.  Loads of things you can do. but you need a TV or an ipod

mal-sport.blogspot.com then go to cycling, I have an article there on the turbo trainer, or the gravy train as I call it

for sports drinks I use diluted robinsons with glucose powder. As good as any to be honest.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 23, 2011, 09:37:46 PM
Which club are you associated with here ?
Want my name, address and social security number as well?  Go and stalk somebody else.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 23, 2011, 09:41:58 PM
Never done the Gel thing, are they any good?  Someone told me you have to be taking them for a few weeks before they are any use, is that true?  Sounded a bit strange to me ???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 23, 2011, 10:34:37 PM
Never done the Gel thing, are they any good?  Someone told me you have to be taking them for a few weeks before they are any use, is that true?  Sounded a bit strange to me ???
Weeks?! They'll be long gone from your system by then! Take them before and during riding.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 23, 2011, 10:43:13 PM
Which club are you associated with here ?
Want my name, address and social security number as well?  Go and stalk somebody else.
:D No, don't need nor want any of that, it was just a simple question as I'm quite familiar with the clubs and racing here... maybe ran into you at some of these events.
But owing to the defensiveness, I'll assume you're exaggerating once again  :-[
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 23, 2011, 10:46:06 PM
Never done the Gel thing, are they any good?  Someone told me you have to be taking them for a few weeks before they are any use, is that true?  Sounded a bit strange to me ???
No that's untrue Benny...they go to work fairly efficiently, they can upset your stomach
though and that's why I don't care for them.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 23, 2011, 10:46:48 PM
Which club are you associated with here ?
Want my name, address and social security number as well?  Go and stalk somebody else.
:D No, don't need nor want any of that, it was just a simple question as I'm quite familiar with the clubs and racing here... maybe ran into you at some of these events.
But owing to the defensiveness, I'll assume you're exaggerating once again  :-[
Well if you really want to meet me you can catch me occasionally on the 8:30 ride from the bridge to Point Reyes on a Saturday morning, or most Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Santa Clara lunchtime crit. But I'm not revealing any personal contact details here, and certainly not to a mad hatter like you.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 23, 2011, 10:49:13 PM
Never done the Gel thing, are they any good?  Someone told me you have to be taking them for a few weeks before they are any use, is that true?  Sounded a bit strange to me ???
Weeks?! They'll be long gone from your system by then! Take them before and during riding.

I think he meant it's not advisable to just start taking them on day of race. You should try them out a few weeks before your event, on a few dry runs as such. They don't agree with everyone, I know one lad who got bad cramps when he took them. Everyone is different and have their own snacks or energy source on longer distances.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 23, 2011, 10:55:14 PM
Which club are you associated with here ?
Want my name, address and social security number as well?  Go and stalk somebody else.
:D No, don't need nor want any of that, it was just a simple question as I'm quite familiar with the clubs and racing here... maybe ran into you at some of these events.
But owing to the defensiveness, I'll assume you're exaggerating once again  :-[
Well if you really want to meet me you can catch me occasionally on the 8:30 ride from the bridge to Point Reyes on a Saturday morning, or most Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Santa Clara lunchtime crit. But I'm not revealing any personal contact details here, and certainly not to a mad hatter like you.
No but if I wasn't from the area and was prone to lapping up the the wee white lies and exaggerations on most topics from you here, you'd have no bother telling me all about your club and racing endeavors  ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 23, 2011, 11:33:32 PM
No but if I wasn't from the area and was prone to lapping up the the wee white lies and exaggerations on most topics from you here, you'd have no bother telling me all about your club and racing endeavors  ;)

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on August 24, 2011, 02:14:30 AM



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Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 24, 2011, 02:22:56 AM

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 24, 2011, 09:51:17 AM
Aye the gels are something I think you need to get used to.  I took one few years ago on Inishowen 100 and it sickened me.

Probably need to get used to them and water to wash them down.

Did anyone every cycle 170miles in one day?  In say a group of 3 or 4.  How long did it take?  Was thinking of doing a shallenge next year that involved cycling from Maghera (Derry) to Westport and climb Croagh Patrick....all in one day.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 24, 2011, 12:15:14 PM
I cycled 170miles in one day, Sandymount in Dublin to Enniscrone in Sligo, took 10 hours in the saddle and an hour eating, stopping for drinks but there was only two of us.
Tough going but not as tough as I thought it would be. The reek at the end will be very tough, similar muscles, plus day light will be an issue, you're talking about 12-13 hours.

I think you'll suffer on the reek but having said that I sprinted the last few miles home and had it in my legs, did 20k the following day and did me the world of good.

It would be something I'd be interested in if you're looking for lads
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on August 24, 2011, 01:16:12 PM
I haven't decided, but if there were a few open flat bits, could get the speed up a good bit.  Would have to leave at 4 or 5 in the morning to ensure i would get up the reek before dark.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 24, 2011, 07:18:44 PM
What sorta speeds would some of u club racers do? On flat, hills, averages, top speeds etc..? Be interested to know
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 24, 2011, 08:53:46 PM
What sorta speeds would some of u club racers do? On flat, hills, averages, top speeds etc..? Be interested to know
The bigger the group the higher the overall speed. If you're out training by yourself then you'd average about 17MPH or more.  Average in a pack would be above 20. On descents you can get up over 30 quite easily and kick the ass off 40, climbing can slow you down to about 10 depending on the hill.  In a sprint on a flat road you should be able to get up to 30 depending on wind speed and direction, but you won't be able to hold it for very long on your own.  A small group can cruise at a steady 27 if everyone rotates and takes their turn at the front.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flantheman82 on August 24, 2011, 10:21:52 PM
What sorta speeds would some of u club racers do? On flat, hills, averages, top speeds etc..? Be interested to know
The bigger the group the higher the overall speed. If you're out training by yourself then you'd average about 17MPH or more.  Average in a pack would be above 20. On descents you can get up over 30 quite easily and kick the ass off 40, climbing can slow you down to about 10 depending on the hill.  In a sprint on a flat road you should be able to get up to 30 depending on wind speed and direction, but you won't be able to hold it for very long on your own.  A small group can cruise at a steady 27 if everyone rotates and takes their turn at the front.




How much training would it take to get up to that sort of speed? I've been doing a bit of cycling for the past month a few times a week when I can and coming from zero fitness, I've only been able to average about 12 mph. That's coming from zero experience on a bike and cycling on my own. The speeds you are talking about seem a bit out of my reach.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 25, 2011, 12:12:29 AM
How much training would it take to get up to that sort of speed? I've been doing a bit of cycling for the past month a few times a week when I can and coming from zero fitness, I've only been able to average about 12 mph. That's coming from zero experience on a bike and cycling on my own. The speeds you are talking about seem a bit out of my reach.

Hard for me to say since I've been riding pretty much constantly since I was about 12.  If you're coming from 'zero fitness' as you say then I wouldn't expect much within a month if you're only on the road a few times a week.  A rule of thumb they had in my old club was that you'd need to be doing at least 100 miles per week plus Sunday, where Sunday was either a race or the inter-club run in Lurgan which started out leisurely (the old codgers would roar at you for creeping above 17) and pick up the pace a bit later with the big sprint saved for the 30MPH signs coming back into Lurgan. The Sunday run would range from 40 to 60 or even 80 miles - round Lough Neagh was 80 miles if I recall correctly.

For your purposes I'd say try to bump it up to three times a week and try to get to the point where you can do 40 miles in one ride.  It's round about then that you'll start to feel a bit of strength coming in.  Don't worry about the average speed too much because that's all down to wind speed and direction, how many red lights you stopped at etc.  Only a power meter can give you truly accurate data on how hard you're working, and they're an expensive item.

Build the miles and the strength will come.  You'll then reach a point where you'll want to cut the miles and start concentrating on building the speed.  Interval training is good for that, go out in the evening and do some sprints on a straight road, preferably on a bit of a hill.  Get the heart rate up, then let it recover, then up again, rinse and repeat.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: take_yer_points on August 25, 2011, 09:22:07 AM
How much training would it take to get up to that sort of speed? I've been doing a bit of cycling for the past month a few times a week when I can and coming from zero fitness, I've only been able to average about 12 mph. That's coming from zero experience on a bike and cycling on my own. The speeds you are talking about seem a bit out of my reach.

Hard for me to say since I've been riding pretty much constantly since I was about 12.  If you're coming from 'zero fitness' as you say then I wouldn't expect much within a month if you're only on the road a few times a week.  A rule of thumb they had in my old club was that you'd need to be doing at least 100 miles per week plus Sunday, where Sunday was either a race or the inter-club run in Lurgan which started out leisurely (the old codgers would roar at you for creeping above 17) and pick up the pace a bit later with the big sprint saved for the 30MPH signs coming back into Lurgan. The Sunday run would range from 40 to 60 or even 80 miles - round Lough Neagh was 80 miles if I recall correctly.

For your purposes I'd say try to bump it up to three times a week and try to get to the point where you can do 40 miles in one ride.  It's round about then that you'll start to feel a bit of strength coming in.  Don't worry about the average speed too much because that's all down to wind speed and direction, how many red lights you stopped at etc.  Only a power meter can give you truly accurate data on how hard you're working, and they're an expensive item.

Build the miles and the strength will come.  You'll then reach a point where you'll want to cut the miles and start concentrating on building the speed.  Interval training is good for that, go out in the evening and do some sprints on a straight road, preferably on a bit of a hill.  Get the heart rate up, then let it recover, then up again, rinse and repeat.

How much does the type of bike come into what speed you should do? I'm a bit like flantheman - started cycling in early July and I'm up to 450 miles so far - I've also been doing a few spin classes. I'm using a mountain bike and usually average about 14mph over a 7 mile cycle (commute to work) and can only seem to get to a maximum of 16mph (with a bit of a wind behind me). I've done a few longish cycles - 30ish miles the odd Sunday but haven't done more than 30 on the one trip yet. Should I be getting above 16mph on a regular basis by now or is the bike holding me up?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: guy crouchback on August 25, 2011, 10:31:36 AM
geting a road bike will make a massive difference.  its the difference between a tractor and a car.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on August 25, 2011, 10:40:03 AM
Or even changing the tyres and making sure they are pumped up properly  will make a massive diffference
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: take_yer_points on August 25, 2011, 10:42:41 AM
Or even changing the tyres and making sure they are pumped up properly  will make a massive diffference

I've actually thought of changing the tyres - the ones I have look very wide and heavy. I didn't think too much about that when i was buying the bike - I go it on a cycle to work scheme and never thought I'd do this much
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on August 25, 2011, 11:17:02 AM
Changing from mountain bike tyres to road tyres will make a huge difference, make sure you pump them according to the markings on the tyre.
If your not sure what tyre will fit call into a shop and ask them, generally the shops are very helpful. You will be surprised the improvment in performace a few little changes will make   
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 25, 2011, 12:06:36 PM
Air pressure is of utmost importance, u should never leave the house without pumping ur tyres, u need a good foot pump with a gauge, about €20
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 25, 2011, 05:38:39 PM
How much does the type of bike come into what speed you should do? I'm a bit like flantheman - started cycling in early July and I'm up to 450 miles so far - I've also been doing a few spin classes. I'm using a mountain bike and usually average about 14mph over a 7 mile cycle (commute to work) and can only seem to get to a maximum of 16mph (with a bit of a wind behind me). I've done a few longish cycles - 30ish miles the odd Sunday but haven't done more than 30 on the one trip yet. Should I be getting above 16mph on a regular basis by now or is the bike holding me up?

Mountain bikes are for riding off the road on dirt trails and the like. You're wasting your time riding one of them on the road, they're just not designed for it. Don't listen to anyone saying "oh but with the potholes on the roads out here you need a mountain bike," any decent modern road bike can take the pounding the road will throw at it. If you're in Ireland you'll have to consult someone there about what a good price would be, but be prepared to spend money and make a serious investment. If you can do 30 miles on a mountain bike then you should be fit to easily do more than 45 on a road bike, you won't believe the difference.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: take_yer_points on August 26, 2011, 07:12:15 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll go with changing the tyres to do me the rest of this year and look at investing in a good road bike next year - the mountain bike's helped me to get into a bit of shape over the last few months and I'd say I'll do nothing over the winter so I'll persist with it for another month or two. Thanks again- all words of wisdom are appreciated!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on August 26, 2011, 10:57:40 AM
Picking up my road bike in morning - Felt Z100, happy enough and a good first road bike by all accounts. Have been on a Trek over the summer, borrowed from a friend. Similar enough bikes.

Hopefully get a good few decent spins in before winter kicks in.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 26, 2011, 06:51:15 PM
If you join a cycling club you might be able to get good deals from any bike shops that sponsor the club. I was able to get 30% off a Specialized Tarmac SL2, and 30% off one of them is a big saving!

Of course it's good to join a club anyway so you can learn more about how to train, how to pace yourself, good roads to ride on etc. And it's better crack than just riding alone all the time. Just make sure and get a road bike first, you won't be able to keep up on an MTB.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 27, 2011, 01:59:52 PM
Quality of gearing & components is also very important, picked up this info along the way for components. 

Cheapest to dearest:
Shimano
2300
Sora
Tiagra
105
Ultegra
Dura Ace
Di2?

Campag
Xenon(largely defunct but still about)
Mirage
Veloce
Centaur
Athena
Chorus
Record
Super Record

SRAM
Apex
Rival
Force
Red
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cadence on August 27, 2011, 10:04:50 PM
i've cycled for years in london and have continued in birmingham where i live now. i wouldn't have it any other way, despite broken bones aplenty and dealing with pretty much daily all round lunacy, rage and aggression by road users in london. birmingham and brummies are much calmer thankfully.

for daily commuting, a hybrid town/commuting bike works for me. the wheel and tire width are just wide enough to be able to cope with the different standards of road surfaces. and i like having a bike that i can thrash up onto kerbs and being able to go on park trails for short cuts. i've seen so many racers with buckled wheels because of the pot holes. there's a big trend for "fixies", or fixed/single gear bikes over here. they're very stylised and aesthetically pleasing, but aren't great on the hills and, because they tend to be quite expensive, they get nicked a lot.

i'd stay away from buying a mountain bike with wide tyres if it's for commuting. there's no point unless you're going to take it on trails regularly (like most weekends) because the amount of resistance from the fat tyres just means you have to peddle harder than a thinner tyre.

as far as clobber goes, helmet, high vis waterproof jacket, water proof leggings (booties- waterproof socks that go over your shoes- are optional) and elbow pads are a must. you go over the handle bars often enough in traffic, you'll end up breaking bones, so you might as well protect youself properly. oh, and locks, one for the front and back. don't know what it's like in ireland but bike theft is rife in the uk.

helmet = £20
high vis waterproof jacket = £60-£80
waterproof leggings = £5-£10 from a builders merchant\yard
elbow pads =£20

decent town commuting hybrid bike shouldn't cost more than £500 imo. i know this is a UK site but they have a great selection to oogle at and put things on the wishlist...

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/urban/bikes/fcp-category/list?resetFilters=true


the guardian has a good bike blog. i see there's a piece on dublin's bike scheme. never knew dublin did a bike scheme.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog

some other bike blogs that are worth having a peep at...

http://ibikelondon.blogspot.com/

http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.com/


     
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cadence on August 27, 2011, 10:32:07 PM
funny thread...

http://www.lfgss.com/thread27103.html

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 28, 2011, 09:02:30 AM
Elbow pads?! Are you serious?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cadence on August 28, 2011, 10:45:57 AM
Elbow pads?! Are you serious?


 ;D

i am! i've cycled in a city with nutty traffic and have learned from bitter experience. i clipped a young lad on his mobile phone in 2007 who walked out between stationary traffic. i broke my left elbow in 6 places. was in theatre twice for 6 hours in total. i've a heap of metal in there, but still my left arm doesn't extend or bend fully. it was a bad one. anyway, the staff at the a&e and the surgeon who operated on me said that the worst fractures they dealt with were from cycling accidents. they also said that cyclists were their number one patient group apparently. so aye, i tend to not be able to deny that cycling has it's risks and subsequent spills i've just had cuts. that's the thing about crashes, you can get away without any breaks for a while, but eventually it's going to happen.

a friend texted me last night to say that another irish man we'd both worked with had a collison with a roller skater and was killed. happened in hyde park in london, so not even out on the roads. no helmet. it just doesn't make any sense to me not to protect yourself. i couldn't give a toss about what i look like, just gimme my elbow pads and helmet and after that it's about riding intelligently and whatever the gods of cycling deem fit to bestow on me.   
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on September 01, 2011, 11:44:19 PM
We have just launched the online regiastration for Tour of South Derry - Sunday 9th October 2011

9 /10/11

Details from - http://www.carnwheelers.co.uk/news/details/?id=287
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on September 02, 2011, 01:11:33 PM
Probably a bit late posting this on here lads seeing as its on Sunday but some of ye may be interested.

http://fivecountycyclechallenge.com/default.aspx

Starts from Ramor Utd clubrooms in Virginia Co Cavan. Sign on from 8.30am. 3 routes, 50km, 100km and 150km. Entry fee €20.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Iceman on September 12, 2011, 07:28:59 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 12, 2011, 07:36:06 PM
I waste manys an evening (and days at work) looking at this site.  Building your own bike, choosing your frames, groupsets etc...  It's a roadbike thing thou, no hybrids.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/publish.asp?what=bikebuilder&page=1

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 12, 2011, 07:51:02 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
That looks more mountain bike than hybrid.  Hybrid I always liked the look of is the Specialized Sirrius Elite http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/sirrus-elite-2011-hybrid-bike-ec023998#reviews
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 12, 2011, 07:56:14 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
That would work, you're not making it easy for yourself though.
I did the ALC 10 in June and met a good few people with bikes like that,
It will def get the job done but a lot of those people regretted not going
with the road bike for various reasons.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 12, 2011, 09:36:11 PM
I waste manys an evening (and days at work) looking at this site.  Building your own bike, choosing your frames, groupsets etc...  It's a roadbike thing thou, no hybrids.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/publish.asp?what=bikebuilder&page=1

i was looking at that site as well and was looking at this bike (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/specialedition.asp?action=GenerateConstructor&part=SERIBBLEEVOPROSHIM&sub=conf_SERC&bike=1)  i hope to get it on the cycle to work scheme after christmas.  still not sure on carbon fibre bikes as one passed me last week and was very noisy
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 12, 2011, 10:07:29 PM
I waste manys an evening (and days at work) looking at this site.  Building your own bike, choosing your frames, groupsets etc...  It's a roadbike thing thou, no hybrids.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/publish.asp?what=bikebuilder&page=1

i was looking at that site as well and was looking at this bike (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/specialedition.asp?action=GenerateConstructor&part=SERIBBLEEVOPROSHIM&sub=conf_SERC&bike=1)  i hope to get it on the cycle to work scheme after christmas.  still not sure on carbon fibre bikes as one passed me last week and was very noisy

Huh? Carbon bikes aren't necessarily noisy, it's the carbon wheels that make the most noise and I personally love the sound they make. Why is noise a problem anyway?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on September 12, 2011, 10:09:21 PM
Gerry is a thinker.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 12, 2011, 10:49:06 PM
Quote
Why is noise a problem anyway?

listening to a bike for five hours on our crap roads would be something i can do without.  maybe it was just this bike but you could hear the cables rattling from yards away
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 13, 2011, 12:52:12 AM
I love the noise my bike makes, and I don't even have carbon wheels.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 13, 2011, 04:54:29 AM
I love the noise my bike makes, and I don't even have carbon wheels.
Just curious, what noise do carbon wheels make ???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 13, 2011, 08:05:05 AM
I waste manys an evening (and days at work) looking at this site.  Building your own bike, choosing your frames, groupsets etc...  It's a roadbike thing thou, no hybrids.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/publish.asp?what=bikebuilder&page=1

i was looking at that site as well and was looking at this bike (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/specialedition.asp?action=GenerateConstructor&part=SERIBBLEEVOPROSHIM&sub=conf_SERC&bike=1)  i hope to get it on the cycle to work scheme after christmas.  still not sure on carbon fibre bikes as one passed me last week and was very noisy
Going to make the Carbon step up myself in Spring, prob going to go with the Nero 57cm from  Ribble. As i hope it'll be my last purchase for a while i was going to go with the dearest carbon frame, but the fixed seatpost  put me off - especially when i wouldnt be sitting on it before buying.  I'm 6ft 2" yet my 57cm Bianchi is spot on, yet smaller guys in our circle ride 58's with no probs, i hated my previous 58 yoke.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Iceman on September 13, 2011, 06:01:30 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
That would work, you're not making it easy for yourself though.
I did the ALC 10 in June and met a good few people with bikes like that,
It will def get the job done but a lot of those people regretted not going
with the road bike for various reasons.

Very open to getting more advice on this TO. I am not a big fan of the super skinny tires, I just don't feel safe on them. Plus having the breaks further from me isn't comforting. the ride i am going on isn't a race so I can't imagine I'm going to be hunched over for much of it - I thought the Trek frame would be a good option.
Do you know of any hybrids on this side of the Atlantic that might be a good option?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 13, 2011, 06:37:03 PM
Just curious, what noise do carbon wheels make ???

It's a bit hard to describe. Go along to a criterium some day and you'll see what I mean.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on September 13, 2011, 07:28:43 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
That looks more mountain bike than hybrid.  Hybrid I always liked the look of is the Specialized Sirrius Elite http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/sirrus-elite-2011-hybrid-bike-ec023998#reviews


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Discovery-501-Mens-20cm-/310345129435?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item484202dddb (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Discovery-501-Mens-20cm-/310345129435?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item484202dddb)

I went for this one through the cycle to work scheme. Good sturdy yoke, (and it needs to be).
Being an ex roadie i would still prefer a less upright position. If i can get fitter i might go for another road bike. 50 miler on the 9th October so gotta get out there.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 13, 2011, 08:08:15 PM
Just curious, what noise do carbon wheels make ???

It's a bit hard to describe. Go along to a criterium some day and you'll see what I mean.
I go to a lot of them and don't know what you mean...that's why I asked.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 13, 2011, 10:51:48 PM
I have signed up to do a charity bike ride next June. Its 80 miles a day for 4 days. Great cause so I thought I would give it a go.
Have a spin bike to train on during the winter but I don't actually have a bike.
I'm not a big fan of the road bikes so I have an idea to make my own hybrid. Wanted to ask any heads that know what they are at for opinions.

This is what i am thinking:

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/# (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/29er_sport/marlin/#)
with these tyres

http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM (http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Bicycle-28x2-35-Allround-Beaded/dp/B00277K9SM)
That would work, you're not making it easy for yourself though.
I did the ALC 10 in June and met a good few people with bikes like that,
It will def get the job done but a lot of those people regretted not going
with the road bike for various reasons.

Very open to getting more advice on this TO. I am not a big fan of the super skinny tires, I just don't feel safe on them. Plus having the breaks further from me isn't comforting. the ride i am going on isn't a race so I can't imagine I'm going to be hunched over for much of it - I thought the Trek frame would be a good option.
Do you know of any hybrids on this side of the Atlantic that might be a good option?
I don't actually, I'm not up on hybrids at all but there is all kinds of info out there to help you make an informed decision.
As far as not being hunched over, I might beg to differ...80 miles over multiple days will take its toll on form amongst other things whether you're pushing or not.
What I would say though is train hard two or three days in a row in the run up to it and don't make the mistake of getting out on a Sun for instance for a good long one thinking you'll be ok....it's a completely different story having to get up and face it day after day with no recovery time.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on September 14, 2011, 08:14:54 AM
a reminder to cyclists in the Derry/Antrim/Tyrone area of our sportive on 9/10/2011

http://www.carnwheelers.co.uk/news/details/?id=287

Also on the look out for a mountain bike (size 21inch frame - hydralic brakes).  Any for sale PM me.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 15, 2011, 07:40:37 PM
Any of you go to spinning classes. Went to my first on tuseday night and I never sweated as much in a hour,
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on September 16, 2011, 09:13:55 AM
Yea I went spinning last year for a while and started back for the winter on Wednesday night, its a great workout even if half of you if left on the floor afterwards! Back again tonight for more punishment.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 16, 2011, 10:15:09 AM
The road to Croke began 4 hours ago for the 40 odd lads from St Galls. Heading down to Croke Park to raise money for the club. They are staying in the Stillorgan Park Hotel and heading to the sevens in Kilmacud (they will be the guys walking like cowboys).

So I hope they make it without any problems. For some of the lads this will be a massive achievement. I'm actually jealous that they will have done this :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on September 16, 2011, 11:00:37 AM
Fair play to them, absolute horrible day here in the north east - dark and wet. Not too windy, so that will help at least.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 16, 2011, 05:52:32 PM
30 of us for Donegal town tomorrow from Armagh on a fundraiser for the club.  Weather looking pish :-[

Spin classes contributed to my knee trouble, not a fan.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 16, 2011, 06:55:14 PM
Lads and lassies all made. fair fcuks to them
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on September 19, 2011, 09:35:00 AM
I did 43 mile yesterday (but had to walk up a mother of a hill in a place called Glenoe).

Do you think I could do 53 mile next Sunday?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 21, 2011, 02:39:27 AM
Just curious, what noise do carbon wheels make ???

It's a bit hard to describe. Go along to a criterium some day and you'll see what I mean.
I go to a lot of them and don't know what you mean...that's why I asked.
I know your a busy man keeping up with all these forums Eamonn but if you wouldn't mind getting to this for me,
when you have a minute that is, I have both type wheels for my bike and am seriously interested in knowing what
it is exactly I'm missing?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 21, 2011, 04:42:07 PM
Tony Martin won the TT at the worlds today in Conpenhagen, Wiggins  2nd & Cancellara 3rd. Changing of the guard there.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 21, 2011, 06:47:43 PM
Deep section carbon rims make a very noticeable rumbling noise that metal rims don't.  If you can't spot the noise then I really don't know what else to tell you.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 23, 2011, 12:13:36 AM
Deep section carbon rims make a very noticeable rumbling noise that metal rims don't.  If you can't spot the noise then I really don't know what else to tell you.
Ah... That's better!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 23, 2011, 06:28:24 PM
So you knew rightly what I was talking about all along, didn't you, you obtuse little twerp?  ::)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 23, 2011, 06:45:56 PM
So you knew rightly what I was talking about all along, didn't you, you obtuse little twerp?  ::)
No not really...not everyone uses deep section rims, I simply asked you because my regular "carbon rims" don't make a different noise than my other cheaper ones.
And hows about this for an idea....why not keep the personal insults to yourself until such times as we run into one another!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 23, 2011, 09:24:14 PM
....why not keep the personal insults to yourself until such times as we run into one another!

Oh I'll have plenty gathered up by then, don't you worry!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 23, 2011, 09:51:15 PM
....why not keep the personal insults to yourself until such times as we run into one another!

Oh I'll have plenty gathered up by then, don't you worry!
Ach aye sure with such liberal hate, you'll have plenty of them
However I have my doubts whether you'd have the balls to deliver  8)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on September 23, 2011, 11:18:04 PM
*snore*
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 24, 2011, 02:39:54 AM
*snore*
Pathetic response... didn't even have the tulips to bait or to a lesser extent, call my bluff  ;D


 :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 24, 2011, 09:44:37 PM
looking forward to the worlds tomorrow, hopefully less crashes than the ladies today
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ONeill on September 24, 2011, 09:48:38 PM
I'm looking forward to the Eamon/TO meeting.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 24, 2011, 09:50:20 PM
i am glad
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2011, 10:09:14 PM
I'm looking forward to the Eamon/TO meeting.

The 4 Ball I like to see at next year's Golf Classic is

Tyrones Own, Muppet, Nally Stand and MGHU.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 24, 2011, 10:53:57 PM
looking forward to the worlds tomorrow, hopefully less crashes than the ladies today
Have a £5 ew on Kittel @28/1. Sprinters course by  all accounts & little value in backing Cav (fav) or Gilbert.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on September 24, 2011, 11:26:53 PM
I'm looking forward to the Eamon/TO meeting.

The 4 Ball I like to see at next year's Golf Classic is

Tyrones Own, Muppet, Nally Stand and MGHU.
If at all possible...I'd actually quite enjoy that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 25, 2011, 03:41:19 PM
Cavendish is some pup
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 25, 2011, 05:19:32 PM
He has some burst of speed, I can't see him topping this year for results as the  htc team where built around him. I suppose we will have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 25, 2011, 08:30:38 PM
I'd say ur right, strange that a huge team like HTC never bothered with GC's, at SKY it'll be very different, a team with huge GC ambitions, but they aren't going  to pay him millions to work for Wiggins either, up to Sky management to manage it correctly. Sky's only other accquisition so far is a Columbian climber, although Eisel is coming with Cav apparently.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on September 25, 2011, 09:14:13 PM
I'd say ur right, strange that a huge team like HTC never bothered with GC's, at SKY it'll be very different, a team with huge GC ambitions, but they aren't going  to pay him millions to work for Wiggins either, up to Sky management to manage it correctly. Sky's only other accquisition so far is a Columbian climber, although Eisel is coming with Cav apparently.

Id like to see Cavendish start to win a few more of the classics like Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders etc, would put him truly amongst the greats if he isnt there already. Brilliant stuff from him and his team today, fair play to the lad. His kick over the first few metres of the sprint is what wins it. Sheer power.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on September 29, 2011, 10:23:04 AM
Just over a week to go to the Tour Of South Derry hosted by Carn Wheelers - http://www.carnwheelers.co.uk/news/details/?id=287

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on September 29, 2011, 10:26:47 AM
On another note, Aldi have their winter cycling gear in today. I got a bit from Lidl a few weeks back and it was spot on, Aldi is, by all accounts, just as good and great value.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on October 07, 2011, 08:45:06 AM
a great irish one, two in the tour of beijing 2011 this morning with nico and Philip
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 08, 2011, 06:19:09 PM
Very suprised to hear on today's commentary that that was Roche's first Pro-Tour stage win (not his first pro win).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on October 09, 2011, 01:30:16 AM
A wee blog from our cycle last weekend http://mal-sport.blogspot.com/2011/10/ar-rothar-on-bike.html
Title: Tour 2012
Post by: maddog on October 10, 2011, 04:44:36 PM
http://roadcyclinguk.com/blogs/2012-tour-de-france-route-leaked-bradley-wiggins-cadel-evans.html
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 10, 2011, 07:02:32 PM
Very interesting if true - 2 TT's & a prologue at expense of mountain stages. Have bookies reacted already Wiggins 3rd fav @5s. (Schleck, 9/4, Cadel 5/2 w/o Contador). Tony Martin a huge 33/1, could destroy the field with 2TTs, not the best climber, but slimming down enough to improve, just won Tour of Beijing too.
Title: Re: Tour 2012
Post by: blast05 on October 10, 2011, 08:43:57 PM
http://roadcyclinguk.com/blogs/2012-tour-de-france-route-leaked-bradley-wiggins-cadel-evans.html

That's Daniel Martin's chance of a top 15 place gone then .... presuming he gets picked
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 11, 2011, 06:53:00 PM
Cavendish confirms what the dogs in the street knew (Eisel comes too)

Mark Cavendish announces Team Sky move


British cycling star Mark Cavendish has announced he will be joining Team Sky for the start of next season.

Cavendish won the green jersey as the 2011 Tour de France's best sprinter and then added the world road race title.

"I'm confident that we can achieve success and my aim is to win stages and the green jersey at the Tour de France," he told Sky Sports News.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford added: "What excites me is the attitude he brings to the teams he rides for."

One of Cavendish's wingmen, Austrian Bernhard Eisel, will also join Team Sky next season.

Cavendish, 26, is rated as one of the greatest-ever sprinters in the sport's history.

He won five stages at this year's Tour de France with HTC-Highroad to take his tally to 20 in total, claiming the prestigious Maillot Vert - awarded to the best sprinter -for the first time in his career.

Then in September, the Isle of Man cyclist became Britain's first male world road race champion for 46 years when his eight-man GB team helped him to victory over the 266km course in Denmark.

Cavendish has also secured a further 10 Grand Tour stage victories in his career, as well as the overall points title at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana.
CAVENDISH'S CAREER

    Wins gold in the madison at the track cycling world championships in Los Angeles in March 2005.
    Secures Melbourne Commonwealth Games scratch gold medal for the Isle of Man in March 2006.
    Takes madison gold in track cycling world championships in Manchester alongside Bradley Wiggins in March 2008.
    In July 2008, he wins four stages of the Tour de France but, a month later, fails to win an Olympic medal
    Becomes only the second Briton after Robert Millar to win stages in all three grand tours after success on stage 12 of Vuelta a Espana in September 2010.
    Awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2011.
    Wins final stage in Paris to make certain of the green jersey at 2011 Tour de France and take total stage victories tally to 20.
    In September, he wins gold medal at the Road World Championships.

His future had been subject of speculation since August when HTC-Highroad stated that it would fold at the end of the 2011 season after failing to find a sponsor.

Team Sky's lead rider Bradley Wiggins hailed his compatriot's decision to join the Manchester-based outfit.

"I think I speak for everyone in the squad when I say that we're all delighted to have Cav joining us at Team Sky," he added.

"He is the best sprinter in the world and has an energy and passion for cycling that is infectious. We have enjoyed a fantastic second season and Mark's signing is another statement of our intent for next year and beyond."

Team-mate Geraint Thomas said Cavendish will enjoy a smooth transfer.

"In many ways it's like he's coming home - the team has a number of riders and support staff that he grew up with and it won't take him any time to settle in," said Thomas.

"I think everyone saw that when we helped him to victory for Great Britain at the Worlds, and we are all looking forward to helping him deliver more wins for Team Sky."

Team Sky began competition in January 2010 and is led by Brailsford, who is British Cycling's performance director. Brailsford stated in 2009 that his aim was to have a British winner of the Tour de France by 2014.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: robertemmet on October 12, 2011, 05:11:03 PM
Video footage from tour of south Derry .... http://www.vimeo.com/30432743

Thanks to all who supported it, raised £5000 for MacMillan cancer care
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tyrones own on October 12, 2011, 07:15:23 PM
Video footage from tour of south Derry .... http://www.vimeo.com/30432743

Thanks to all who supported it, raised £5000 for MacMillan cancer care
Mighty job...well done!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 15, 2011, 05:53:57 PM
Dan Martin comes 2nd in final classic of season in giro de lombardy, last pro-tour race of season.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on October 17, 2011, 06:46:24 AM
dan showing great form, hopefully he will get the nod for some of the big tours next year.

the giro route was announced recently and this is the penultimate stage of it, this will sort the girls from the boys



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on October 18, 2011, 03:03:13 PM
Official route 2012

http://roadcyclinguk.com/news/2012-tour-de-france-route-officially-revealed-in-paris-bradley-wiggins-cadel-evans-alberto-contador.html (http://roadcyclinguk.com/news/2012-tour-de-france-route-officially-revealed-in-paris-bradley-wiggins-cadel-evans-alberto-contador.html)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2011, 08:03:04 PM
I was reading Cycling Plus Mag today, every 2012 bike they reviewed (at Ultegra Level) all had the Di2 electronic gearing system.  Looks like it will be well within the reach of mere mortals in no time, anyone tried it yet?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 23, 2011, 11:08:41 PM
I think I know a wee bit about cycling - I did 41 mile last Sunday. Therefore I feel I am qualified to say that some cyclists dont know shit.

If you ever cycle the Newry to Portadown towpath, please give way to vehicles at Poyntzpass - that part of the towpath is a public road - not a cycle path. I repeat - not a path just for cylcists, it is a public road, and the only way for some people to get to their homes.

Anyone flaunting this advice will get a serious kicking from yours truely.


/ rant endof
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 11, 2011, 07:20:42 PM
Hit the deck today for the first time, that would put manners on you :-[ Not my fault - 2 fellas in front came down and I went into the back of one of them, sommersaulting hoogerland style over them, coming out of the clipless pedals mid air and landing on my side, wasn't too bad at the time (felt a bit sick for a couple of minutes) hip & elbow getting worse as the hours pass.  An oul doll was right behind us in her car, the look on her face was priceless. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Karl Kennedy on December 11, 2011, 08:16:05 PM
Seeking a bit of advice on the cycling front here guys.
I currently have a mountain bike and have it to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks. I have recently decided to take it out on the road and would at least do at least 10-20 miles at most at the weekend.
I was advised probably better getting a set of hybrid tyres on the bike as they are better on the road. Is this true?

Now would I be better just getting an extra set of wheels with hybrid tyres and change them myself and at least if I wanted to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks I could just change them over.

Also where is the best place to get these wheels?
Where is the best place to get a set of mud flaps fitted and a drink holder fitted and more importantly at what cost?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Groucho on December 11, 2011, 08:26:08 PM
Hit the deck today for the first time, that would put manners on you :-[ Not my fault - 2 fellas in front came down and I went into the back of one of them, sommersaulting hoogerland style over them, coming out of the clipless pedals mid air and landing on my side, wasn't too bad at the time (felt a bit sick for a couple of minutes) hip & elbow getting worse as the hours pass.  An oul doll was right behind us in her car, the look on her face was priceless.

OK .....you can count the paper clips tomorrow!! :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 11, 2011, 08:34:31 PM
Sounds like a messing match.  You might be safer picking up a cyclocross bike, can do ur off roading & would be a decent 'winter' road trainer
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Groucho on December 11, 2011, 08:43:28 PM
Sounds like a messing match.  You might be safer picking up a cyclocross bike, can do ur off roading & would be a decent 'winter' road trainer

Ok just look after the staples then!! :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on December 11, 2011, 09:10:47 PM
I've never had that experience Bennydorano.

What is you first instinct? Is it to get your feet out from the toe clips?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Karl Kennedy on December 11, 2011, 09:22:54 PM
Sounds like a messing match.  You might be safer picking up a cyclocross bike, can do ur off roading & would be a decent 'winter' road trainer

 you reckon its a messing match? too much hassle?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 11, 2011, 09:27:05 PM
I departed from the clipless pedals mid-air & it wasn't planned, momentum did it, we had been horsing it on too, but had luckily enuff slacked off a bit on impact, prob bout 16/17mph.

My first instinct was to get off the road, then there was a quick realisation the bike was in a heap & could get flattened, then i took off helmet & some layers cos i thought i was goin 2 vomit - a kick in the nuts/ hitting funny bone type feeling.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 11, 2011, 09:39:05 PM
Sounds like a messing match.  You might be safer picking up a cyclocross bike, can do ur off roading & would be a decent 'winter' road trainer

 you reckon its a messing match? too much hassle?
I know nothin about MB's but Hybrid  tyres are generally thinner - more like road tyres than MB tyres, would hardly be a straight swop? But if it was a straight swop it would definitely by a better tyre option on the road. With alternate wheels - will gearing need adjusted on every change? Brakes as well?

 I would go to a local bike shop for some advice.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 11, 2011, 09:50:03 PM
i fell of twice this year. the first one when i was riding across the beach in rossnowlagh in front of cars and walkers, very embarrising.  the second time was on a steep climb and i was out of the seat  climbing when the back wheel slipped on gravel and i keeled over with me still clipped in.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on December 11, 2011, 10:00:49 PM
i fell of twice this year. the first one when i was riding across the beach in rossnowlagh in front of cars and walkers, very embarrising.  the second time was on a steep climb and i was out of the seat  climbing when the back wheel slipped on gravel and i keeled over with me still clipped in.

Did your front wheel sink in the sand? Geez, I wish I had seen that, lol.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 11, 2011, 10:07:08 PM
Seeking a bit of advice on the cycling front here guys.
I currently have a mountain bike and have it to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks. I have recently decided to take it out on the road and would at least do at least 10-20 miles at most at the weekend.
I was advised probably better getting a set of hybrid tyres on the bike as they are better on the road. Is this true?

Now would I be better just getting an extra set of wheels with hybrid tyres and change them myself and at least if I wanted to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks I could just change them over.

Also where is the best place to get these wheels?
Where is the best place to get a set of mud flaps fitted and a drink holder fitted and more importantly at what cost?


Cheapest option is to buy another set of wheels. Id say wheels tyres inner tubes and freewheel you could do for under a ton. I did the same thing for my mountain bike as the original tyres were like something off a landrover, but you can go as low as 1" slicks on the same rim section. You can mud guards cheap enough and a bottle cage you can get for a fiver.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Karl Kennedy on December 11, 2011, 10:11:08 PM
Seeking a bit of advice on the cycling front here guys.
I currently have a mountain bike and have it to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks. I have recently decided to take it out on the road and would at least do at least 10-20 miles at most at the weekend.
I was advised probably better getting a set of hybrid tyres on the bike as they are better on the road. Is this true?

Now would I be better just getting an extra set of wheels with hybrid tyres and change them myself and at least if I wanted to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks I could just change them over.

Also where is the best place to get these wheels?
Where is the best place to get a set of mud flaps fitted and a drink holder fitted and more importantly at what cost?


Cheapest option is to buy another set of wheels. Id say wheels tyres inner tubes and freewheel you could do for under a ton. I did the same thing for my mountain bike as the original tyres were like something off a landrover, but you can go as low as 1" slicks on the same rim section. You can mud guards cheap enough and a bottle cage you can get for a fiver.
Cheers Maddog. Did you mean you bought an extra set of wheels? Yeah the mountain bike tyres are rough tyres alright but I guess thats the purpose of them.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 11, 2011, 10:11:41 PM
Sounds like a messing match.  You might be safer picking up a cyclocross bike, can do ur off roading & would be a decent 'winter' road trainer

 you reckon its a messing match? too much hassle?
I know nothin about MB's but Hybrid  tyres are generally thinner - more like road tyres than MB tyres, would hardly be a straight swop? But if it was a straight swop it would definitely by a better tyre option on the road. With alternate wheels - will gearing need adjusted on every change? Brakes as well?

 I would go to a local bike shop for some advice.

Gearing shouldnt need adjusting as long as you make sure you have the same freewheel on both rear wheels. The brakes can be a pain - they dont need adjusting for width as your rim section should be the same, but you will need to take the cable out of the little cage to loosen them enough to get the wheel out. I always find then you need to readjust the little tensioner screw to get them braking evenly again. Its easy enough once shown.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 11, 2011, 10:15:19 PM
Seeking a bit of advice on the cycling front here guys.
I currently have a mountain bike and have it to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks. I have recently decided to take it out on the road and would at least do at least 10-20 miles at most at the weekend.
I was advised probably better getting a set of hybrid tyres on the bike as they are better on the road. Is this true?

Now would I be better just getting an extra set of wheels with hybrid tyres and change them myself and at least if I wanted to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks I could just change them over.

Also where is the best place to get these wheels?
Where is the best place to get a set of mud flaps fitted and a drink holder fitted and more importantly at what cost?


Cheapest option is to buy another set of wheels. Id say wheels tyres inner tubes and freewheel you could do for under a ton. I did the same thing for my mountain bike as the original tyres were like something off a landrover, but you can go as low as 1" slicks on the same rim section. You can mud guards cheap enough and a bottle cage you can get for a fiver.
Cheers Maddog. Did you mean you bought an extra set of wheels? Yeah the mountain bike tyres are rough tyres alright but I guess thats the purpose of them.

yeah bought another set through ebay and just got a freewheel at local bike shop. What sort of grade of mountain bike is it ? What id be getting at is you wouldnt want to spend a lot if the bike itself wasnt that big a purchase in the first place.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 11, 2011, 10:22:17 PM
i fell of twice this year. the first one when i was riding across the beach in rossnowlagh in front of cars and walkers, very embarrising.  the second time was on a steep climb and i was out of the seat  climbing when the back wheel slipped on gravel and i keeled over with me still clipped in.

Did your front wheel sink in the sand? Geez, I wish I had seen that, lol.

yep, i was coming back from a spin and was cycling across the beach with all the gear on when i lost the front wheel while leaving the beach.  there were about 3 cars behind me with 4 waiting to come onto the beach.  there was nothing else for it but to hang my head  and walk on
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 11, 2011, 10:25:38 PM
i fell of twice this year. the first one when i was riding across the beach in rossnowlagh in front of cars and walkers, very embarrising.  the second time was on a steep climb and i was out of the seat  climbing when the back wheel slipped on gravel and i keeled over with me still clipped in.

Did your front wheel sink in the sand? Geez, I wish I had seen that, lol.

yep, i was coming back from a spin and was cycling across the beach with all the gear on when i lost the front wheel while leaving the beach.  there were about 3 cars behind me with 4 waiting to come onto the beach.  there was nothing else for it but to hang my head  and walk on

Did a similar thing years ago down by lough neagh - there was a sort of a shallow pool down round Lurgan way that i thought i could ride through. Bottom of it was covered in slime of course and the front wheel just went out from under me as soon as it hit it. So you shouldnt feel too bad Gerry. I was only 12 mind.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Karl Kennedy on December 11, 2011, 10:28:07 PM
Seeking a bit of advice on the cycling front here guys.
I currently have a mountain bike and have it to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks. I have recently decided to take it out on the road and would at least do at least 10-20 miles at most at the weekend.
I was advised probably better getting a set of hybrid tyres on the bike as they are better on the road. Is this true?

Now would I be better just getting an extra set of wheels with hybrid tyres and change them myself and at least if I wanted to go on any forest, dirt or mountain tracks I could just change them over.

Also where is the best place to get these wheels?
Where is the best place to get a set of mud flaps fitted and a drink holder fitted and more importantly at what cost?


Cheapest option is to buy another set of wheels. Id say wheels tyres inner tubes and freewheel you could do for under a ton. I did the same thing for my mountain bike as the original tyres were like something off a landrover, but you can go as low as 1" slicks on the same rim section. You can mud guards cheap enough and a bottle cage you can get for a fiver.
Cheers Maddog. Did you mean you bought an extra set of wheels? Yeah the mountain bike tyres are rough tyres alright but I guess thats the purpose of them.

yeah bought another set through ebay and just got a freewheel at local bike shop. What sort of grade of mountain bike is it ? What id be getting at is you wouldnt want to spend a lot if the bike itself wasnt that big a purchase in the first place.
Its a Raleigh Mountain Bike worth bout £200. but I have had it a number of years now
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 11, 2011, 10:29:54 PM
Hit the deck today for the first time, that would put manners on you :-[ Not my fault - 2 fellas in front came down and I went into the back of one of them, sommersaulting hoogerland style over them, coming out of the clipless pedals mid air and landing on my side, wasn't too bad at the time (felt a bit sick for a couple of minutes) hip & elbow getting worse as the hours pass.  An oul doll was right behind us in her car, the look on her face was priceless.

What caused the 2 in front to come down ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 11, 2011, 10:55:39 PM
Quote
I was only 12 mind.

i was only 40
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 12, 2011, 08:00:31 AM
Hit the deck today for the first time, that would put manners on you :-[ Not my fault - 2 fellas in front came down and I went into the back of one of them, sommersaulting hoogerland style over them, coming out of the clipless pedals mid air and landing on my side, wasn't too bad at the time (felt a bit sick for a couple of minutes) hip & elbow getting worse as the hours pass.  An oul doll was right behind us in her car, the look on her face was priceless.

What caused the 2 in front to come down ?
One slowed down & turned round to talk
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: screenexile on December 30, 2011, 01:02:20 PM
Hey people any help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking for a bike roughly £100-£150 would be good. Something like the bikes you would get for cycling around Belgium/Holland nothing serious so 2nd hand would do. Does anyone know of anywhere decent in the North Of Ireland to get a decent 2nd hand bike. Something like the picture below would be 100% . . .




I hope someone can help. Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on December 30, 2011, 01:56:42 PM
I took an awful tumble in gaelforce two years ago, on the steepest section shouted at the lad in front of me that I was coming through, he pulled right out in front of me on a bend, had to brake on a wet road at 50kph, it was either over a wall and a big drop or hit the deck and slide down the road, destroyed my whole left side, your man kept going, he got some earful from me when I caught him, the bollix
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on December 30, 2011, 03:58:13 PM
When are the first cycling events/sportives of 2012 in the north of the country? Need to get back in the saddle, but it's nice to have something specific to work towards.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 30, 2011, 06:25:10 PM
Screen, check out the bikes on Gumtree, some good bargains about if u search through the pages & are prepared to drive to pick it up.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 16, 2012, 05:49:06 PM
I'm looking for some recommendations on two things:
1 - Saddle Bag for repair kit, phone, keys, energy bars etc
2 - A good pair of cycling shorts

Any help appreciated!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on January 16, 2012, 06:28:07 PM
What sort of bike are you riding Maguire?

Have a look here you should find what you are looking for in a saddle bag
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/SearchResults.aspx?Search=saddle+bag

Same goes for shorts although you should try some on in a shop to het an idea of size.
http://www.startfitness.co.uk/prodtype.asp?strParents=4262,4270&CAT_ID=4413&numRecordPosition=1
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on January 16, 2012, 06:39:59 PM
[One slowed down & turned round to talk

I've been to a few racing clinics where they teach you how to recover from touching the wheel in front. Your instinct is to steer away from his wheel (which is where you go down), but you have to overcome that and steer into it so your bike leans against his, then you push off his wheel. They get you to do drills on a grass surface where you ride along behind him with your wheel scraping against his.  Feels like a bit of an odd sensation at first but you soon get used to it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 16, 2012, 06:43:23 PM
I'm looking for some recommendations on two things:
1 - Saddle Bag for repair kit, phone, keys, energy bars etc
2 - A good pair of cycling shorts

Any help appreciated!

As cavanforsam says it depends on the bike. I find ebay great for that sort of thing, usually half what you pay in a cycle shop

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-BICYCLE-CYCLE-WEDGE-SEAT-BAG-1LTR-QUICK-RELEASE-/270632250216?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item3f02f06b68 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-BICYCLE-CYCLE-WEDGE-SEAT-BAG-1LTR-QUICK-RELEASE-/270632250216?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item3f02f06b68)

or http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Cycling-Bicycle-Bike-Saddle-Outdoor-Pouch-Seat-Bag-/170685965246?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item27bdad23be (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Cycling-Bicycle-Bike-Saddle-Outdoor-Pouch-Seat-Bag-/170685965246?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item27bdad23be)

I have one of these little yokes for the front of a hybrid bike, grand for wallet phone and a few tools etc

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mountain-Bike-Cycling-Bicycle-Frame-Pannier-Tube-Bag-/180779050296?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item2a17456538 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mountain-Bike-Cycling-Bicycle-Frame-Pannier-Tube-Bag-/180779050296?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item2a17456538)

The guys are sound for cheap cycling gear, have had shorts of them and they are fine.

http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/cycle-clothing/mens/bib-shorts/ (http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/cycle-clothing/mens/bib-shorts/)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 16, 2012, 07:45:01 PM
I'm looking for some recommendations on two things:
1 - Saddle Bag for repair kit, phone, keys, energy bars etc
2 - A good pair of cycling shorts

Any help appreciated!

Keep an eye out for SPEG branded gear, straight of their website it is pricey, but I got a fantastic pair of thermal leggings for about £22 of cycle store website.  It's quality gear.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 16, 2012, 07:50:45 PM
[One slowed down & turned round to talk

I've been to a few racing clinics where they teach you how to recover from touching the wheel in front. Your instinct is to steer away from his wheel (which is where you go down), but you have to overcome that and steer into it so your bike leans against his, then you push off his wheel. They get you to do drills on a grass surface where you ride along behind him with your wheel scraping against his.  Feels like a bit of an odd sensation at first but you soon get used to it.

Funny, I've remained upright on at least 2 ocassions by doing exactly that, it was luck/momentum more than a learned technique though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 16, 2012, 08:06:15 PM
What sort of bike are you riding Maguire?

Have a look here you should find what you are looking for in a saddle bag
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/SearchResults.aspx?Search=saddle+bag

Same goes for shorts although you should try some on in a shop to het an idea of size.
http://www.startfitness.co.uk/prodtype.asp?strParents=4262,4270&CAT_ID=4413&numRecordPosition=1
I have a Carrera Road Bike. Have been on the chain recation site before - was more looking for any recommendations on specific products.
Cheers though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 16, 2012, 08:07:21 PM
I'm looking for some recommendations on two things:
1 - Saddle Bag for repair kit, phone, keys, energy bars etc
2 - A good pair of cycling shorts

Any help appreciated!

As cavanforsam says it depends on the bike. I find ebay great for that sort of thing, usually half what you pay in a cycle shop

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-BICYCLE-CYCLE-WEDGE-SEAT-BAG-1LTR-QUICK-RELEASE-/270632250216?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item3f02f06b68 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-BICYCLE-CYCLE-WEDGE-SEAT-BAG-1LTR-QUICK-RELEASE-/270632250216?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item3f02f06b68)

or http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Cycling-Bicycle-Bike-Saddle-Outdoor-Pouch-Seat-Bag-/170685965246?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item27bdad23be (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Cycling-Bicycle-Bike-Saddle-Outdoor-Pouch-Seat-Bag-/170685965246?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item27bdad23be)

I have one of these little yokes for the front of a hybrid bike, grand for wallet phone and a few tools etc

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mountain-Bike-Cycling-Bicycle-Frame-Pannier-Tube-Bag-/180779050296?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item2a17456538 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mountain-Bike-Cycling-Bicycle-Frame-Pannier-Tube-Bag-/180779050296?pt=UK_Sports_Leisure_Cycling_Bags_Panniers_SR&hash=item2a17456538)

The guys are sound for cheap cycling gear, have had shorts of them and they are fine.

http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/cycle-clothing/mens/bib-shorts/ (http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/cycle-clothing/mens/bib-shorts/)
Cheers - i'll have a look at those.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on January 16, 2012, 11:22:13 PM
What's your aim for cycling? What sort of spins are you going to be doing? Is it just goin to be short 30k stuff or longer 80-100?

That will determine the type of gear that you will require.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 17, 2012, 07:46:40 AM
What's your aim for cycling? What sort of spins are you going to be doing? Is it just goin to be short 30k stuff or longer 80-100?

That will determine the type of gear that you will require.
By the summer, 100k+.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on January 17, 2012, 10:00:03 AM

I would recommend 1 of these, have it on my own bike.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=7360

Used to have 1 of these but was too big
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=11891

When it comes to shorts you really need them to be comfortable and have a good pad.
I bought a pair of shorts off http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/ and they were a really good product for the value.
http://www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk/bib-shorts-pro-blackwhite-xl

I also have a pair of these but they are more for summer
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/bib-shorts-5-plain-id_8165652.html

Our club gear is made by Spin11 and its really good quality stuff, the An Post national team wear it.
http://www.marreybikes.com/en/shorts/412-sean-kelly-an-post-bib-shorts-2011.html


Something like this might be what you are looking for, depending on how much you want to spend of course.
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Endura-Xtract-Padded-Lycra-Cycling-BibShorts-L-/270893122461?pt=UK_Cycling_Clothing&hash=item3f127d039d

I also bought a pair of undershorts for the longer trips to give that extra bit of padding.

Have you any trips in mind that you might be thinking of taking part in?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 17, 2012, 06:20:43 PM
Cheers cavan4sam. What size do you recommend for the Topeak Aero Wedge QuickClip?

Planning on doing the Ring of Kerry in July (although it seems ambitious at the minute!). I'm also looking out for any events from March to May time to test myself, but haven't seen anything yet - any suggestions (Ulster area) welcome.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on January 17, 2012, 06:47:26 PM
Keep an eye out here.

http://www.cyclingireland.ie/Home.aspx

I have the small saddle bag and can get 2 tubes, levers, and cleat covers into it.

Have a go at some of the An Post cycle series, the 1 in Sligo and the 1 in Meath might suit you.

Tour of Down on the 18th of February, 80km
https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=XzhkOWxjZ3JmZHByNmFzamtjbGdtNGViMjY0c21jYzFqNzFpbTJkMW1jNHNtYWM5bmM5aTM4Y3BwNjhxM2FvcG43NHBnIGxlaXN1cmVAY3ljbGluZ2lyZWxhbmQubmV0&ctz=Europe/Dublin

We will be running the 5 County Cycle Challenge in September as well in Virginia, Co Cavan. 3 routes, 150km, 100km and 50km. 150km takes in Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Monaghan. Maybe you might try 1 of those. It will the 3rd year that it will be held.

What sort of training are you doing at the minute?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 17, 2012, 06:58:32 PM
Literally at the very early stages - until it's bright in the evenings, it's just a few short spins at the weekend. Did the 56k route of the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive in September but did very little over the winter. Hoping to build it up a good bit over the next 6 months.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 17, 2012, 07:07:05 PM

Planning on doing the Ring of Kerry in July (although it seems ambitious at the minute!). I'm also looking out for any events from March to May time to test myself, but haven't seen anything yet - any suggestions (Ulster area) welcome.
Half a dozen of us planning on heading down to do it too, although the Stone Roses Concert is on the Thursday night :-\  Looking at possibly doing the etapehibernia as well in late August - though I think it lands on the same day as the Lap of the Lough & the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 17, 2012, 07:31:27 PM

Planning on doing the Ring of Kerry in July (although it seems ambitious at the minute!). I'm also looking out for any events from March to May time to test myself, but haven't seen anything yet - any suggestions (Ulster area) welcome.
Half a dozen of us planning on heading down to do it too, although the Stone Roses Concert is on the Thursday night :-\  Looking at possibly doing the etapehibernia as well in late August - though I think it lands on the same day as the Lap of the Lough & the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
That etapehibernia looks like it has a few killer climbs. I hear the Sean Kelly one is tough as well. Might do the Lap the Lough - seems to be a very flat route.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 17, 2012, 08:06:22 PM
[One slowed down & turned round to talk

I've been to a few racing clinics where they teach you how to recover from touching the wheel in front
. Your instinct is to steer away from his wheel (which is where you go down), but you have to overcome that and steer into it so your bike leans against his, then you push off his wheel. They get you to do drills on a grass surface where you ride along behind him with your wheel scraping against his.  Feels like a bit of an odd sensation at first but you soon get used to it.


big crash in the tour down under this morning.  its looks like he touched the wheel of the guy in front of him


http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/cycling/videos/?videoid=22e01b1a-60c2-4857-8392-2cbde024f4c7 (http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/cycling/videos/?videoid=22e01b1a-60c2-4857-8392-2cbde024f4c7)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 17, 2012, 10:00:47 PM
our local  gaa club drumquin is cycling from drumquin to tory island and returning the next day, about 100 cyclist have signed up to do it.

i hope to do these as well to start with:

08-Apr    Knoockalla Tour    Four Masters    110km   10.00am    Letterkenny Community Centre Sign-on 8.45am

Sat    14-Apr    Mark Mc Govern Fundraising Cycle    Lakeland CC  140km    10.00am    Belcoo GAA Club House

The Burnin Burren: 160km on the 16th of june (http://www.tourdeburren.com/)

seeing that the weather is so mild i have managed to clock up 250 miles so far this year


a list of events can be found  here (http://cyclingulster.com/?page_id=686)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 18, 2012, 10:09:23 PM

Planning on doing the Ring of Kerry in July (although it seems ambitious at the minute!). I'm also looking out for any events from March to May time to test myself, but haven't seen anything yet - any suggestions (Ulster area) welcome.
Half a dozen of us planning on heading down to do it too, although the Stone Roses Concert is on the Thursday night :-\  Looking at possibly doing the etapehibernia as well in late August - though I think it lands on the same day as the Lap of the Lough & the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
That etapehibernia looks like it has a few killer climbs. I hear the Sean Kelly one is tough as well. Might do the Lap the Lough - seems to be a very flat route.
think the Etape is about 85m, while Kerry is 115m? With a very hilly finishing stretch, so you might want to check it out!

[One slowed down & turned round to talk

I've been to a few racing clinics where they teach you how to recover from touching the wheel in front
. Your instinct is to steer away from his wheel (which is where you go down), but you have to overcome that and steer into it so your bike leans against his, then you push off his wheel. They get you to do drills on a grass surface where you ride along behind him with your wheel scraping against his.  Feels like a bit of an odd sensation at first but you soon get used to it.


big crash in the tour down under this morning.  its looks like he touched the wheel of the guy in front of him


http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/cycling/videos/?videoid=22e01b1a-60c2-4857-8392-2cbde024f4c7 (http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/cycling/videos/?videoid=22e01b1a-60c2-4857-8392-2cbde024f4c7)

Andre Griepel looks like he's lost about a stone weight, the main danger to Cavendish this year I would think.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 18, 2012, 10:26:44 PM

Planning on doing the Ring of Kerry in July (although it seems ambitious at the minute!). I'm also looking out for any events from March to May time to test myself, but haven't seen anything yet - any suggestions (Ulster area) welcome.
Half a dozen of us planning on heading down to do it too, although the Stone Roses Concert is on the Thursday night :-\  Looking at possibly doing the etapehibernia as well in late August - though I think it lands on the same day as the Lap of the Lough & the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
That etapehibernia looks like it has a few killer climbs. I hear the Sean Kelly one is tough as well. Might do the Lap the Lough - seems to be a very flat route.
think the Etape is about 85m, while Kerry is 115m? With a very hilly finishing stretch, so you might want to check it out!
I've been well warned about the 10km from Kenmare towards the end! I'll be putting in plenty of hour of climbing over the next few months. But I know a number of people who have managed it and i'm hoping I can get to that level. It seems a long way away at this stage though!

Here's the profile of the climb:
http://www.strava.com/segments/molls-gap-s-n-655340
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on January 18, 2012, 10:40:51 PM
I'm not sure of any specific events but there's a lot of good climbs round the glens of antrim - if you fancy a real tester I'd try torrhead.

There is a tour of the glens - not sure of when it's on though but you may want to check that out. I know there's also an event called the FROG (fun run of glens) in Juneish.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on January 18, 2012, 11:00:45 PM
I'm not sure of any specific events but there's a lot of good climbs round the glens of antrim - if you fancy a real tester I'd try torrhead.
Torr Head was on the longer route of the Giant's Causeway event last year (I only did the shorter route) - but I heard a lot of people had to get off and walk it, even people who were used to doing big distances.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: AQMP on January 19, 2012, 09:22:17 AM
A couple of "mates" are trying to talk me into the Wicklow 200.  Anyone here ever done it?

http://www.wicklow200.ie/

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 19, 2012, 12:58:02 PM
I done the distance over some of the route, it's tough going, plenty of climbing but in a big group it should give plenty of recovery in between hills
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gaa.boy on January 25, 2012, 02:53:49 PM
Im looking to buy a new Boardman road bike. As they are fairly expensive to buy outright, I am considering taking one on HP. Does anyone know of anywhere that sells them on HP?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on January 25, 2012, 03:34:00 PM
What model are you looking to buy? As far as I know Boardman are sold exclusively through Halfords?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 25, 2012, 07:29:17 PM
Or directly. HP available everywhere, usual finance checks done i'm sure.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 25, 2012, 09:37:24 PM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on January 25, 2012, 10:02:32 PM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?

Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ziggy90 on January 25, 2012, 10:32:06 PM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?

Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?

He usually starts out with someone but comes home on his own. ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 25, 2012, 11:19:10 PM
f**k that carry on md, wouldn't chance that at all.  Turbo is a great calorie burner, got a set of weights & have been using them sporadically while on the TT fairly helps get a sweat going.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on January 25, 2012, 11:28:15 PM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?

Did that years ago, but only to commute to and from work. Wouldnt have done it outside the city lights though - unless you know every pothole.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 26, 2012, 08:10:24 AM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?




Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?

He usually starts out with someone but comes home on his own. ;)

A bit like drinking with you...........
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 26, 2012, 08:13:32 AM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?

Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?


No ive another lad with me who turned up last night with this little piddly light on the front - he says i didnt bother putting the new (presumably more powerful) light on as i knew you would have one :o I think i will try contact lenses at least if it rains i'll have half a chance of seeing the road. Roll on the bright evenings.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 26, 2012, 08:16:00 AM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?

Did that years ago, but only to commute to and from work. Wouldnt have done it outside the city lights though - unless you know every pothole.

Would you not think you would have a better chance of being seen out on a dark country roads as opposed to in the city where the glare of car lights often can hide a cyclist until you are nearly on them ? I dont know - i suppose there are pros and cons to both.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ziggy90 on January 26, 2012, 11:43:05 AM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?




Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?

He usually starts out with someone but comes home on his own. ;)

A bit like drinking with you...........
Must disagree, I'm usually there a good while after you & if I'm not it's because you have to take me home. :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on January 26, 2012, 11:47:54 AM
Did an hour and a half out in the dark with the lights on, hairy enough once outside of the city lights. As a wearer of glasses, a mixture of dark cloudy night, rain on the glasses, and the wind watering the eyes it was chancy enough. Might go back to the turbo trainer until the bright evenings.

Anyone else bother going out with the lights on ?




Not a chance.  I'll save my trips for the weekend until the longer evenings kick in. 

Do you go out on your own?

He usually starts out with someone but comes home on his own. ;)

A bit like drinking with you...........
Must disagree, I'm usually there a good while after you & if I'm not it's because you have to take me home. :o

Never to be repeated.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: orangeman on February 06, 2012, 11:37:47 AM
Quelle surprise !!!

Spain's Alberto Contador was given a two-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for failing a dope test during the 2010 Tour de France, the International Cycling Union have confirmed.

Contador, a Tour winner in 2007, 2009 and 2010 who tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol, is now set to be stripped of his last title.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on February 06, 2012, 12:48:36 PM
The ban is backdated to when he was caught so he will be free to race in august!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 08, 2012, 09:47:14 PM
The US Federal Prosecution of Lance has been silently dropped I see. Hardly be long before someone else has a go. I look forward to reading Walsh &/or McKimmage in the Sunday Times.... not
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on February 09, 2012, 03:37:33 PM
Anyone know where to look about a keenly priced second hand road bike? Brother is looking one for doing a bit of cycling and for using in Duathlons and other multisport races. He's been on Donedeals and been messed about.

Any stores or locations in the north east?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: rootthemout on February 09, 2012, 05:20:56 PM
Anyone know where to look about a keenly priced second hand road bike? Brother is looking one for doing a bit of cycling and for using in Duathlons and other multisport races. He's been on Donedeals and been messed about.

Any stores or locations in the north east?
try gumtree.co.uk check out round armagh/newry sure to get something half decent bingo.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bingo on February 09, 2012, 05:21:55 PM
Anyone know where to look about a keenly priced second hand road bike? Brother is looking one for doing a bit of cycling and for using in Duathlons and other multisport races. He's been on Donedeals and been messed about.

Any stores or locations in the north east?
try gumtree.co.uk check out round armagh/newry sure to get something half decent bingo.

Cheers, will give it a look.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 09, 2012, 09:02:04 PM
Cavendish wins his 2nd stage in the Tour of Qatar today, makes it look shockingly easy, no sign of a train delivering him to the line either. Very ominous for the rest of the sprinters. Only Griepel will live with him this year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: hassletravel on March 09, 2012, 09:40:22 PM
Heard there is a cycle for the Mark McGovern fund on the 14th of April, anyone know anything about it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 10, 2012, 08:42:18 AM
http://www.lakelandcc.co.uk/cycling-589.html.

 Not sure the link will work as I am posting from my phone. If you look up lakeland cycle club on facebook you will get details.

Was thinking of doing it along with a few fellows from work, it looks very hilly.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 10, 2012, 09:31:03 AM
http://www.lakelandcc.co.uk/cycling-589.html.

 Not sure the link will work as I am posting from my phone. If you look up lakeland cycle club on facebook you will get details.

Was thinking of doing it along with a few fellows from work, it looks very hilly.
Can't find that with the link or on facebook.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 10, 2012, 12:56:06 PM
I am away on the beer this weekend so I will look it up when am back on sunday
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 13, 2012, 07:18:25 PM
First big classic of the season on Saturday in Milan- San Remo, Cavendish 3/1 fav, he's been in good enough form this season so far, largely seems to me to be fav because he's stated its a big target of his.  I'm very inclined to have a go on Cancellara at 5/1 who has lost a lot of weight and is absolutely flying (both men have won it previously).  Tom Boonen and Andre Greipel look very good bets at 15/1 apiece, could easily win it.  Gilbert has been sick and is off form, but he's the Classics king, worth watching at 13's as well.

Well done to Wiggins on his Paris-Nice win, could be a big year for him with the 2 TT's on Le Tour (3/1 2nd Fav behind Cadel at 7/4)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 18, 2012, 09:09:05 AM
http://www.lakelandcc.co.uk/cycling-589.html.

 Not sure the link will work as I am posting from my phone. If you look up lakeland cycle club on facebook you will get details.

Was thinking of doing it along with a few fellows from work, it looks very hilly.
Can't find that with the link or on facebook.

link working now
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 18, 2012, 06:58:05 PM
http://www.lakelandcc.co.uk/cycling-589.html.

 Not sure the link will work as I am posting from my phone. If you look up lakeland cycle club on facebook you will get details.

Was thinking of doing it along with a few fellows from work, it looks very hilly.
Can't find that with the link or on facebook.

link working now
Looks like a tough enough one - don't think i'm up to those climbs just yet!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 18, 2012, 08:29:58 PM
15 mile into my cycle this morning, heading up a hill, a quick gear change and the rear gear changer buckled and went into the spokes of the rear wheel, bringing my bike to a very sudden stop.

Has that ever happened anyone?

The bike is about 3 year old.  I could get it fixed, but would be worried about it happening again.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on March 18, 2012, 11:54:55 PM
Orior no never happened b4 but sounds like u could have been milled...

Done 25 mile this morning, 1st time out on the bike this year and it wasn't too bad with the exception of a bit of lower back pain.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 26, 2012, 09:49:32 PM
Great now to be able to get out during the week for a half-decent spin. Nice weather and an extra hour of light - no excuses!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 26, 2012, 10:20:00 PM
it was dark enough at 20:15 tonight to be out on a bike,so i think i will wait a while yet to venture out.  yesterday was a nice day for a spin and i even got a bit of a tan.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on March 27, 2012, 05:07:07 AM
Orior no never happened b4 but sounds like u could have been milled...

Done 25 mile this morning, 1st time out on the bike this year and it wasn't too bad with the exception of a bit of lower back pain.

Have you gotten somebody in a bike shop to check your riding position?  You have to take care of that, you could cripple yourself.  I once had a lower back injury that kept me off the bike for years, it's not very nice.  I found a good sports doctor that was willing to check my driving position (I had a long commute at the time) and give me some good exercises.  Back extensions and stretching all helped.  Even stretching the hamstrings can make a difference, mine were fierce tight before.  Now if I see any object a few feet off the ground my first instinct is to put my foot on it and stretch the hamstrings.  I still get a bit of lower back pain on long haul rides (which I consider anything longer than 50 miles) but it's not as bad as it used to be.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 27, 2012, 08:50:39 PM
Wondering could somebody help plz.  I'm looking one of those profile map thingys that show hill altitudes etc...and have no idea where to go online to get one, if someone knows how to do one - any chance of doing one from Armagh to Carrick on Shannon (Via, Monaghan, Clones, Belturbet, Ballinamore).  My email is tonyarmagh@hotmail.com if anybody could do me one and forward it on.

Thanks
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on March 27, 2012, 09:38:15 PM
Got a nice wee 25 miles done this evening after work. That imapmyride app for the iPhone is a handy tool for keeping a record of your progress.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: harpsman on March 27, 2012, 10:07:13 PM
Quote
Hit the deck today for the first time, that would put manners on you Not my fault - 2 fellas in front came down and I went into the back of one of them, sommersaulting hoogerland style over them, coming out of the clipless pedals mid air and landing on my side, wasn't too bad at the time (felt a bit sick for a couple of minutes) hip & elbow getting worse as the hours pass.  An oul doll was right behind us in her car, the look on her face was priceless.
;D ;D

I would love to have seen that!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 27, 2012, 10:55:39 PM
Wondering could somebody help plz.  I'm looking one of those profile map thingys that show hill altitudes etc...and have no idea where to go online to get one, if someone knows how to do one - any chance of doing one from Armagh to Carrick on Shannon (Via, Monaghan, Clones, Belturbet, Ballinamore).  My email is tonyarmagh@hotmail.com if anybody could do me one and forward it on.

Thanks
www.mapmyride.com
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 27, 2012, 10:58:38 PM
it was dark enough at 20:15 tonight to be out on a bike,so i think i will wait a while yet to venture out.  yesterday was a nice day for a spin and i even got a bit of a tan.
There's nearly 2 hours of light after work - plenty of time for 30-40km!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 27, 2012, 11:03:07 PM
Got a nice wee 25 miles done this evening after work. That imapmyride app for the iPhone is a handy tool for keeping a record of your progress.
Measure in kms - sounds better! I had been using endomondo on the iPhone but some of its data is crap (such as the amount of calories you're supposedly burning), and i'm not convinced it's that accurate. I got a computer for the bike a few weeks ago and think it's great - good for motivating you to keep your speed up or maintain a decent average speed. I log a route on mapmyride in the house if I want to get a better idea of what the climbs are like.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2012, 07:23:22 AM
it was dark enough at 20:15 tonight to be out on a bike,so i think i will wait a while yet to venture out.  yesterday was a nice day for a spin and i even got a bit of a tan.
There's nearly 2 hours of light after work - plenty of time for 30-40km!

by the time i finish work at 6 and get sorted its tight enough for time.  i will keep at the spinning and gym for another few weeks  yet
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on March 28, 2012, 07:54:38 AM
Has anyone here ever taken part in the "Lap the Lough" event. I'm thinking of signing up to it this year.

How well is it run etc?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 28, 2012, 12:23:59 PM
Wondering could somebody help plz.  I'm looking one of those profile map thingys that show hill altitudes etc...and have no idea where to go online to get one, if someone knows how to do one - any chance of doing one from Armagh to Carrick on Shannon (Via, Monaghan, Clones, Belturbet, Ballinamore).  My email is tonyarmagh@hotmail.com if anybody could do me one and forward it on.

Thanks
www.mapmyride.com

This one is ok too
http://www.bikehike.co.uk (http://www.bikehike.co.uk)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2012, 09:30:10 PM
Has anyone here ever taken part in the "Lap the Lough" event. I'm thinking of signing up to it this year.

How well is it run etc?

i done it last year and  the third year they ran it.  the course itself is flat except for one wee hill but can be windy due to no shelter. 

the first year i done it my mates brakes failed and he went straight at a junction and ended in the hedge with a recked bike.  he finally got back to the start in the back of a van in the dark with other broken bikes and cylist, every time they went round a corner he got hit with a bike. by the way a cylist took a heart attach and died on the course that year.

last year they ran out of food at the feeding stations,which pissed alot of people off.  seeing that i ride alot on my own and bring my own food with me, so thats not an issue.

alot of novice riders seem to do this which i guess accounts for alot of the issues.  hopefully i will do it again this year as i enjoy cycling around new roads.

this looks to be a nice ride Tour of the Orchard County (http://www.touroftheorchardcounty.com/), i hope to do this after we beat armagh on the 10th june

check out the lough forum for issues and details on the lap lap the lough (http://www.lapthelough.org/)

 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 28, 2012, 10:35:41 PM
Thinking about LTL myself - the stories from last year sound horrendous, but hopefully they'll learn from it for this year. It actually seems like a fairly handy route for something of that length - very flat.

I like the sound of the Armagh one. Do you know if the route is mapped anywhere that shows the elevation? I can't understand when sportive events are organised and the website doesn't even give you a proper route with the elevations - is that not one of the first things cyclists are interested in?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 28, 2012, 10:39:21 PM
Another one here that I like the look of - https://www.facebook.com/bangorcoastalchallenge
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on March 28, 2012, 11:04:32 PM
Has anyone here ever taken part in the "Lap the Lough" event. I'm thinking of signing up to it this year.

How well is it run etc?

i done it last year and  the third year they ran it.  the course itself is flat except for one wee hill but can be windy due to no shelter. 

the first year i done it my mates brakes failed and he went straight at a junction and ended in the hedge with a recked bike.  he finally got back to the start in the back of a van in the dark with other broken bikes and cylist, every time they went round a corner he got hit with a bike. by the way a cylist took a heart attach and died on the course that year.

last year they ran out of food at the feeding stations,which pissed alot of people off.  seeing that i ride alot on my own and bring my own food with me, so thats not an issue.

alot of novice riders seem to do this which i guess accounts for alot of the issues.  hopefully i will do it again this year as i enjoy cycling around new roads.

this looks to be a nice ride Tour of the Orchard County (http://www.touroftheorchardcounty.com/), i hope to do this after we beat armagh on the 10th june

check out the lough forum for issues and details on the lap lap the lough (http://www.lapthelough.org/)

Cheers for that Gerry. Reading through the comments and then replies from the organisers hopefully they have learnt a few lessons. I signed up for it anyway.

There's one on this Sunday from silverbridge around Carlingford and back. It's about 50 miles so should be somewhere to start. http://sgwheelers.com/

That one around Armagh has a few tasty hills. I've done a few variations of it before
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2012, 11:15:51 PM
Thinking about LTL myself - the stories from last year sound horrendous, but hopefully they'll learn from it for this year. It actually seems like a fairly handy route for something of that length - very flat.

I like the sound of the Armagh one. Do you know if the route is mapped anywhere that shows the elevation? I can't understand when sportive events are organised and the website doesn't even give you a proper route with the elevations - is that not one of the first things cyclists are interested in?

i just mapped it, i have seen worst

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/78924722/?new_route=1 (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/78924722/?new_route=1) (i hope the link works)

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on March 28, 2012, 11:26:20 PM
Cheers gerry - doesn't look too bad at all - only one rated 'climb' and the second half is fairly flat. Might give that a go.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2012, 11:35:12 PM
Another one here that I like the look of - https://www.facebook.com/bangorcoastalchallenge

i have signed up for this An Post Tour de Burren (http://www.tourdeburren.com/) the week after so i give that one a miss
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: cavan4sam on April 07, 2012, 09:00:34 AM
Maybe some of you lads might be interested in this.

25K Fun Challenge
Castlerahan GAA will host a 25K Fun Challenge and family fun day on Sunday, 6th May 2012 at Fay Park Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

The race element of the day will begin at 12 p.m. sharp with a 5 kilometre run followed by a 20 kilometre cycle.  The start and finish lines for both elements of the challenge will be at Castlerahan GAA's grounds - Fay Park - in Ballyjamesduff.

Entry is open to individuals who wish to compete in both events or a team of two individuals; one to complete the run, the other the cycle. The emphasis on the day is fun and we anticipate that this will be a successful and well-run event which we would hope to make an annual occurrence.

The entry fees are as follows;

    An individual adult competing in both events can do so for €15
    A team of two adults can compete for €20
    An individual juvenile (aged 14 to 18 years) competing in both events can do so for €10
    A team of two juveniles (both aged 14 to 18 years) can compete for €15

There will be prizes for the first finishing male and female adult individuals and adult team. There will also be prizes for the first finishing male and female juvenile individuals and juvenile team.

Showering facilities and refreshments will be provided to all competitors free of charge.

For more info on registration and routes visit: http://www.castlerahan.gaa.ie and follow the links.

Hope to see some of you there on the day.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on April 23, 2012, 09:53:02 PM
Anyone doing this? http://www.dromaracc.co.uk/news/2012/ThirdWorldCycle/ThirdWorldCycle2012.htm
Or has anyone done it in previous years?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 24, 2012, 12:19:53 PM
www.etapemourne.com  an interesting one on the 27th May (£30 entry), 45m & 70m routes, couple of serious climbs.  I'm doing it in preparation for Wicklow.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 05, 2012, 09:58:19 PM
Giro D'Italia started today (in Denmark), Taylor Phinney taking a short TT.  Cavendish and even money favourite to win tomorrow's flat stage (2 more in Denmark), Cav hasn't dont a big pile lately so prob not much value in that price,  JJ Haedo @28/1 & Demare @ 20/1 good EW bets.

Apparently overall it's no were near as savage as last year's route.  From what I've been watching lately I would back Tiralongo, Pozzivivo, Rodriguez and john Gadret for mountain stage wins, unfortunately it's knowing what day they are really up for it. Pozzivivo is bound to be a good outside bet for the GC at 14/1, he really pissed the Giro Del Trentino recently.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: AQMP on May 08, 2012, 09:50:01 AM
Lads, looking for a half decent wireless bike computer...any ideas??
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 12, 2012, 04:43:46 PM
From what I've been watching lately I would back Tiralongo, Pozzivivo, Rodriguez and john Gadret for mountain stage wins, unfortunately it's knowing what day they are really up for it.
Tiralongo takes todays 1st real mountainy stage, didnt see prices as i was out cycling myself, probably 40/50 to 1 i'd imagine, not a shilling on him :'(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 12, 2012, 07:50:21 PM
Another one here that I like the look of - https://www.facebook.com/bangorcoastalchallenge

i have signed up for this An Post Tour de Burren (http://www.tourdeburren.com/) the week after so i give that one a miss
Are you for the Fr Ted one Gerry?  that looks nasty
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 13, 2012, 07:25:30 PM
Pozzivivo wins today
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: qwerty123 on May 23, 2012, 08:47:24 PM
I need ideas for a moderately priced bike, just looking to cycle the roads.  I don't need an all-singing all-dancing bike, just one that is reliable and hopefully comfortable.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 23, 2012, 08:52:20 PM
You could start here....

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 23, 2012, 09:09:21 PM
Hard to beat this weather for getting out on the bike!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 23, 2012, 09:11:56 PM
You could start here....

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1)
I have that Carrera at the top of the list - it does the job.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 24, 2012, 08:14:38 PM
Did a stag of the RAS yesterday, them boys do some speed, we were flat out averaging in the 30's, they did mid 40's.

Some ex GAA lads did it too, a lot got dropped, John Maughan is in some shape though, glided up hills
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 26, 2012, 11:10:53 PM
Another one here that I like the look of - https://www.facebook.com/bangorcoastalchallenge

i have signed up for this An Post Tour de Burren (http://www.tourdeburren.com/) the week after so i give that one a miss
Are you for the Fr Ted one Gerry?  that looks nasty

yep the father ted one but i could regret it. doing a charity (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/76661476?fb_action_ids=214010935384335&fb_action_types=mapmyrideapp%3Amap&fb_source=other_multiline&ref=nf) 102 miles tomorrow in the heat should be fun.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 27, 2012, 09:45:31 PM
Did the etapemourne today, hardest I've ever done - not the longest (although I'm only at it 2 years & doing Wicklow in a fortnight - so probably  a shortlived hardest ever) 70m of savage climbing in baking heat and very gusty wind, over Spelga Dam twice, 3 times if you count the loop out round the Bryansford road..
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 27, 2012, 11:22:10 PM
Did the etapemourne today, hardest I've ever done - not the longest (although I'm only at it 2 years & doing Wicklow in a fortnight - so probably  a shortlived hardest ever) 70m of savage climbing in baking heat and very gusty wind, over Spelga Dam twice, 3 times if you count the loop out round the Bryansford road..
Did 75km today myself, but no real climbing. The heat was killer - wouldn't have fancied your spin!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 27, 2012, 11:56:16 PM
I had to have a good auld stretch today after driving the 70 odd miles to the home place
Youse arent wise!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 04, 2012, 05:38:56 PM
Interview with Stephen Roche.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jun/04/tour-de-france-stephen-roche?cat=sport&type=article (http://m.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jun/04/tour-de-france-stephen-roche?cat=sport&type=article)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 04, 2012, 07:53:25 PM
Interesting article, I've only had a serious interest for a few years, previous to that I'd have been as ignorant as the next man, but what's clear to me nowadays is that Sean Kelly is still pretty much idolised by Irish cyclists of a certain age, not so much our Stephen.  Telling?  I dont know.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fearsiuil on June 11, 2012, 02:08:59 PM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: moysider on June 11, 2012, 02:47:28 PM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

Not being smart but I don t think that such a bike exists. There is no such thing as one bike does everything. Most beginers make the mistake of buying a utiliyu type of bike and when they start doing the miles the cursing begins. 20/30 miles is a fair old haul unless you have a good bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fearsiuil on June 11, 2012, 04:45:52 PM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

Not being smart but I don t think that such a bike exists. There is no such thing as one bike does everything. Most beginers make the mistake of buying a utiliyu type of bike and when they start doing the miles the cursing begins. 20/30 miles is a fair old haul unless you have a good bike.
I know that there is no bike that will be ideal to all needs but just want opinion on the Kellys Axis being a good compromise for what I'll be using it for. My last bike disappeared after being borrowed by a housemate c.1990 and parked outside Westside shopping centre in Galway while he went shopping. He actually walked home forgetting he had cycled to Dunnes !
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 11, 2012, 09:23:06 PM
This is probably old news for most people, but if you have a smart phone, then register with www.strava.com (http://www.strava.com) and then download the app.

It plots your route, and draws a graph of the climbs. It can also score your time against others who cycled the same route.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: moysider on June 11, 2012, 10:10:25 PM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

Not being smart but I don t think that such a bike exists. There is no such thing as one bike does everything. Most beginers make the mistake of buying a utiliyu type of bike and when they start doing the miles the cursing begins. 20/30 miles is a fair old haul unless you have a good bike.
I know that there is no bike that will be ideal to all needs but just want opinion on the Kellys Axis being a good compromise for what I'll be using it for. My last bike disappeared after being borrowed by a housemate c.1990 and parked outside Westside shopping centre in Galway while he went shopping. He actually walked home forgetting he had cycled to Dunnes !

Yeah. You ll be grand with that in fairness.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Lar Naparka on June 12, 2012, 02:11:09 AM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2


Your proposed bike seems a bit pricey to me.
€545 is quite a high price to pay for a bike you plan to use for short to medium length trips.
I bought a sport utility bike, a Silver Arrow, last year and I paid €250 for it. I use it in much the same way as you intend to use the Axis and the specs are pretty much the same.
I have had a good number of bikes in my time and the present one is by far the best I’ve ever had.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 24, 2012, 08:40:13 PM
Another one here that I like the look of - https://www.facebook.com/bangorcoastalchallenge

i have signed up for this An Post Tour de Burren (http://www.tourdeburren.com/) the week after so i give that one a miss
Are you for the Fr Ted one Gerry?  that looks nasty

just home from this and i have to say the best and hardest one i have done todate.  after this any hill around omagh will seem like a pimple. 101 miles and 7 hrs 40 mins on the saddle is not easy not to mention the wind and the rain but the views where class, the b and b  is booked for next year
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on June 25, 2012, 08:54:36 AM
@ Gerry - you're from around Omagh?

We're (Drumragh) organising a charity cycle on the August bank holiday weekend in memory of a club man that passed away last year in aid of the High Dependency Unit in Altnagelvin & Muscular Dystrophy

More info here if you're interested;
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCathalCycle

Got out for the first time in ages yesterday morning, just 20mile out round Beragh, nearly killed me :(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 25, 2012, 10:06:33 PM
Good man gerry, Innishowen 100 next on my to do list. Mamore Gap is nice apparently.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 27, 2012, 09:52:30 PM
@ Gerry - you're from around Omagh?

We're (Drumragh) organising a charity cycle on the August bank holiday weekend in memory of a club man that passed away last year in aid of the High Dependency Unit in Altnagelvin & Muscular Dystrophy

More info here if you're interested;
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCathalCycle

Got out for the first time in ages yesterday morning, just 20mile out round Beragh, nearly killed me :(


i am a drumquin man and hopefuuly will do it as it seems a handy route.  keep at the cycling and you will be surprised how easy it will be for you come august
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 27, 2012, 10:12:41 PM
Good man gerry, Innishowen 100 next on my to do list. Mamore Gap is nice apparently.

i have planned to do that one as well, hopefully it will be a better day
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 05, 2012, 01:56:32 PM
Just starting to do a bit of cycling and would like to get my hands on a cheap bike to get started, (Good chance it will only be taken out every now and again.) Saw this offer and was wondering if anyone knows anything about this Bike? Obviously it won't be near the higher level stuff but for doing a few 30-40 mile cycles would it be ok?

Or would I be better going for a second hand option? buget about £200.

http://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox-pace-road-bike-933070
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on July 05, 2012, 02:01:01 PM
Just starting to do a bit of cycling and would like to get my hands on a cheap bike to get started, (Good chance it will only be taken out every now and again.) Saw this offer and was wondering if anyone knows anything about this Bike? Obviously it won't be near the higher level stuff but for doing a few 30-40 mile cycles would it be ok?

Or would I be better going for a second hand option? buget about £200.

What bike you going for?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 05, 2012, 02:06:08 PM
Sorry Denn,  :o

Link now included!!

Edit: It doesn't seem to be getting great reviews so maybe I'll give it a miss!!

Anyone any good places to buy second hand bikes other than gum tree or done deal?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 05, 2012, 03:02:42 PM
Now just seen this option and wondering if it's any better?

http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1560.html

Also what should I be looking for in a start of bike?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 06, 2012, 10:47:12 PM
try gumtree as many cyclist upgrade their bikes and off load there old ones on it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 07, 2012, 10:17:01 AM
I would def be going for 2nd hand at that sort of money. I picked up a 10 year old cannondale caad3 carbon fibre off ebay with shimano ultegra throughout, mavic cosmic wheels, £330, bike new was 2k and the thing had sat in the guys shed after he did one triathlon on it. ;D. Keep the eyes peeled and i wouldnt be one bit afraid to buy something like that and just get them to courier it to you. There are also guys on ebay that trade in 2nd hand bikes i will dig out some of their user Ids and post them up later to you. They had a nice wee Carrera bike on last night for £200, sort of thing might do your job.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 07, 2012, 10:34:47 AM
My first road bike was a £120 carrera of ebay. Rode it for 3 years and 2000 miles with no issues, sold it for £130 at the start of the year. I then bought a giant for £200 of a work colleague and have 2200 miles done on it since January. A lot of people buy expensive bikes just for it together dust in the shed.  As long as ur cycling that's the main thing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 07, 2012, 11:01:03 AM
A lot of people buy expensive bikes just for it together dust in the shed.

And them are the boys to catch Gerry. One of the bosses in work bought a 2k Giant bike to do the Birmingham to Oxford event. He did it and sold it couple of weeks later for 1k. The bike had no more than 300 mile on it with the small bit of training that he did. Then after some ribbing by another boss that cycles (on a dawes tourer) they did a 100 mile event and yer man went to the lovely new Pinarello shop in Brum and splashed about 4k out. Id say in a year there will be a bargain to be had. At the end of the day unless you are in very high end racing you dont need anything like that. A ferrari to drive to the shops sort of scenario. I wouldnt have bought what i did only that it was too good a deal, the aul Dawes hybrid 501 was doing the job rightly for what i be at.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 07, 2012, 11:31:07 AM
After all my chatting about £200 bikes I think I will take the plunge and buy a cycle to work ribble bike at £1000 for the start of next year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fearsiuil on July 07, 2012, 01:00:49 PM
Getting into the cycling lark and want a bike that will be good to get about town, good for doing 20/30 miles on road and a bit through parks. Was thinking of the Kellys Axis, anyone have any suggestions ?

http://www.kennysforbikes.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&category_id=178&product_id=642&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2


Your proposed bike seems a bit pricey to me.
€545 is quite a high price to pay for a bike you plan to use for short to medium length trips.
I bought a sport utility bike, a Silver Arrow, last year and I paid €250 for it. I use it in much the same way as you intend to use the Axis and the specs are pretty much the same.
I have had a good number of bikes in my time and the present one is by far the best I’ve ever had.
Thanks for advice, bought my bike few weeks back and went for a Trek DS 8.3. A lovely cycle.
http://www.trekbikes.com/ie/en/collections/gary_fisher/town/dual_sport/ds_series/8_3_ds_2012/ Brought it out after our match last Sunday up around Dún Laoghaire out to the hills in Killiney, my hamstrings were tight after the game but the cycling got rid of the aches !
Looking forward to tackling the Greenway from Westport to Achill later on in the summer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 07, 2012, 07:58:41 PM
After all my chatting about £200 bikes I think I will take the plunge and buy a cycle to work ribble bike at £1000 for the start of next year.
I bought the Ribble Stealth and after taking a while to get used to the set up (dodgy back), I'm very happy with it now. If you're on a £200 yoke Gerry, prepare yourself for a treat when you put your ass on a nicely specced Carbon fibre machine, there is a big big difference in weight, comfort and performance.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on July 07, 2012, 08:16:05 PM
Bennydorano (or any other regulars on here),
Been getting up to 25 miles this past month. but awful problems with my eyes, bloodshot as fcuk after i get off the bike. is this why all you's get those special frames ? I was thinking maybe it was hayfever, but do you need to get some kind of special frames  to avoid this ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 07, 2012, 08:36:54 PM
I always wear glasses as i always got the gritty eye feeling myself, as a hayfever sufferer as  well I would take an anti-histamine at this time of year, but nothing special in the sunglasses dept, £10 Raleighs of Amazon.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on July 07, 2012, 08:51:38 PM
yeah, going to look further into this, as you know benny. i wear glasses, sometimes if its sunny i'll stick on sunglasses but it was the same problem. It could be some kind of drying out on my eyes, so might try eyedrops as well. i googled amazon there and also noticed straps on some frames, would be interested in them.

also while i'm on, i have to say i'm really enjoying it since starting cycling over 6/7 weeks ago or so now. during a cycle i have all sorts of moments when i think i'm about to keel over but then i get a second wind or something and them i'm able to start pushing hard again, its unlike anything else i've ever done before requiring fitness, it can be v v hard but also enjoyable. getting to experience different conditions, both weather and road surface etc. getting to know better when to push and not to push myself, ie pace myself.
i'll bat on with 25 milers and then push for a few 30milers before the summers out and then think about entering a sportive or two for 2013. 

also i've yet to clean my bike, but i now have the degreaser, lubricant etc, so maybe tomorrow i'll get it cleaned up !! :)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 07, 2012, 10:16:24 PM
yeah, going to look further into this, as you know benny. i wear glasses, sometimes if its sunny i'll stick on sunglasses but it was the same problem. It could be some kind of drying out on my eyes, so might try eyedrops as well. i googled amazon there and also noticed straps on some frames, would be interested in them.

also while i'm on, i have to say i'm really enjoying it since starting cycling over 6/7 weeks ago or so now. during a cycle i have all sorts of moments when i think i'm about to keel over but then i get a second wind or something and them i'm able to start pushing hard again, its unlike anything else i've ever done before requiring fitness, it can be v v hard but also enjoyable. getting to experience different conditions, both weather and road surface etc. getting to know better when to push and not to push myself, ie pace myself.
i'll bat on with 25 milers and then push for a few 30milers before the summers out and then think about entering a sportive or two for 2013. 

also i've yet to clean my bike, but i now have the degreaser, lubricant etc, so maybe tomorrow i'll get it cleaned up !! :)


Abble, sounds like exact same problem as i had. Wearing glasses on the bike isnt great as it doesnt keep out enough of the wind and the bugs. Anyway i got round it by ordering a pair of cycling glasses with prescription inserts that clip in behind the ordinary sunglass lens. Cheapest i could see for these locally was Tesco who wanted £120, ordered a pair for £12 of ebay that come from Hong Kong. Got local optician then to fit the prescription lens into the inserts (£23) and was sorted from there. No more streaming eyes or flys getting in. Happy days. Got a 35 mile charity spin tomorrow and guess what the forecast is ::)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on July 07, 2012, 10:33:27 PM
I always wear glasses so no problem with grit in eyes, but my nose always runs. Like bennydorano, I should probably investigate anti-histamines as the same thing happens when I play golf.

But instead I just carry a sheet of kitchen roll up my sleeve.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 08, 2012, 12:56:46 AM
i hardly wear glasses as i hate getting the tan lines. thats if we ever get a summer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 09, 2012, 03:55:01 PM
http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/dawes-hybrid-bicycle/104870693

What you reckon about this one? Seems to be good value? Any info would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 09, 2012, 05:31:47 PM
Tell me this...do/did any of you get any problems with your lunchbox whilst cycling? Anytime i went out on the bike the uncomfort i get from the wind blowing into the groin region as well as it rubbing up and down sent the thing numb. I didn't realise it as much when cycling but if i got of the bike for a piss or a pit stop then i felt it....nearly climaxed ffs...lol (this is not a wind up btw) and I am wearing cycling shorts (although they are a bit tight i assumed that's they way they're worn!!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 09, 2012, 08:08:42 PM
i go for a road bike rather than a hybrid,

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/claud-butler-7005/105715141 (http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/claud-butler-7005/105715141)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on July 09, 2012, 11:37:00 PM
Tell me this...do/did any of you get any problems with your lunchbox whilst cycling? Anytime i went out on the bike the uncomfort i get from the wind blowing into the groin region as well as it rubbing up and down sent the thing numb. I didn't realise it as much when cycling but if i got of the bike for a piss or a pit stop then i felt it....nearly climaxed ffs...lol (this is not a wind up btw) and I am wearing cycling shorts (although they are a bit tight i assumed that's they way they're worn!!!

Nope, never experienced such, sounds like you might be the only cyclo-erotic around here!  ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 10, 2012, 08:33:45 AM
Tell me this...do/did any of you get any problems with your lunchbox whilst cycling? Anytime i went out on the bike the uncomfort i get from the wind blowing into the groin region as well as it rubbing up and down sent the thing numb. I didn't realise it as much when cycling but if i got of the bike for a piss or a pit stop then i felt it....nearly climaxed ffs...lol (this is not a wind up btw) and I am wearing cycling shorts (although they are a bit tight i assumed that's they way they're worn!!!
Your set up/positioning is slightly off  i'd Imagine. I use Chamois cream as well, great 4 longer runs.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 10, 2012, 10:41:06 AM
Benny i'd say your not far off there as i always get a really sore lower back too, but how do you know what the right settings are? I think i need to invest in a pair of cycling shorts that are not as tight too
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2012, 10:55:39 AM
Benny i'd say your not far off there as i always get a really sore lower back too, but how do you know what the right settings are? I think i need to invest in a pair of cycling shorts that are not as tight too

As a general rule your saddle should be set so that when your foot is on the pedal and the crank is facing straight down there should be only the smallest of bends in your knee. The saddle then should be around 2-4 inches higher than your handlebar stem, and if you butt your elbow up to the front end of the saddle and stretch your fingers down the stem, your fingers should reach about half way down the length of the stem. If you are set up anything like that then you cant be that far off.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on July 10, 2012, 03:24:18 PM
Benny i'd say your not far off there as i always get a really sore lower back too, but how do you know what the right settings are? I think i need to invest in a pair of cycling shorts that are not as tight too

As a general rule your saddle should be set so that when your foot is on the pedal and the crank is facing straight down there should be only the smallest of bends in your knee. The saddle then should be around 2-4 inches higher than your handlebar stem, and if you butt your elbow up to the front end of the saddle and stretch your fingers down the stem, your fingers should reach about half way down the length of the stem. If you are set up anything like that then you cant be that far off.

The ball of your foot on the pedal and perpendicular to your leg?

Just got this yesterday for commuting and want to set it up properly...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2012, 03:32:20 PM
Benny i'd say your not far off there as i always get a really sore lower back too, but how do you know what the right settings are? I think i need to invest in a pair of cycling shorts that are not as tight too

As a general rule your saddle should be set so that when your foot is on the pedal and the crank is facing straight down there should be only the smallest of bends in your knee. The saddle then should be around 2-4 inches higher than your handlebar stem, and if you butt your elbow up to the front end of the saddle and stretch your fingers down the stem, your fingers should reach about half way down the length of the stem. If you are set up anything like that then you cant be that far off.

The ball of your foot on the pedal and perpendicular to your leg?

Just got this yesterday for commuting and want to set it up properly...




The ball of your foot on the pedal but the pedal at the bottom of the revolution (as low as it will go to the floor)
Nice bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 11, 2012, 01:22:43 PM
Bite the bullet and bought a second hand Dawes Giro 300 for £200 last night. Just couldn't believe how light bikes are now compared to the ones I was used to that could quite easily have taken the weight of the titanic.

Hoping to get out tonight for a short run if all goes well. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 11, 2012, 04:15:58 PM
Portadown to Newry tomorrow morning up the towpath...just hope don't run into any parades (as i have to get to portadown)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on July 12, 2012, 06:00:04 PM
Just wondering have any of the lads here done a dualaton type event (gaelforce , sea to summitt) if so would ye have a training programme doing quite a bit of running at the moment but really like cycling as well any help appreciated.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on July 16, 2012, 12:26:08 AM
Since every hoor and his granny are cycling these days I thought id get in on the act. Bought myself a Trek road bike and a host of accessories today and am headed out for my first spin. Thinking a wee 15 miler with a few stops along the way. Ceol Irish pub, shenanigans English pub, and maybe Foleys Irish house. It's 102 out there, you'd hate to end up dehydrated.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on July 16, 2012, 05:57:45 AM
No wonder everyone is cycling! 7 pints of Magners, a Chinese and a pitch black ride home I've finished my first run. Good times.

BTW those f**king road bikes can fairly motor going down hill. Was fecking petrified a few times!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on July 16, 2012, 08:58:52 AM
No wonder everyone is cycling! 7 pints of Magners, a Chinese and a pitch black ride home I've finished my first run. Good times.

BTW those f**king road bikes can fairly motor going down hill. Was fecking petrified a few times!
:D Have to question your refuelling strategy sir!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on July 27, 2012, 07:56:25 PM
yeah, going to look further into this, as you know benny. i wear glasses, sometimes if its sunny i'll stick on sunglasses but it was the same problem. It could be some kind of drying out on my eyes, so might try eyedrops as well. i googled amazon there and also noticed straps on some frames, would be interested in them.

also while i'm on, i have to say i'm really enjoying it since starting cycling over 6/7 weeks ago or so now. during a cycle i have all sorts of moments when i think i'm about to keel over but then i get a second wind or something and them i'm able to start pushing hard again, its unlike anything else i've ever done before requiring fitness, it can be v v hard but also enjoyable. getting to experience different conditions, both weather and road surface etc. getting to know better when to push and not to push myself, ie pace myself.
i'll bat on with 25 milers and then push for a few 30milers before the summers out and then think about entering a sportive or two for 2013. 

also i've yet to clean my bike, but i now have the degreaser, lubricant etc, so maybe tomorrow i'll get it cleaned up !! :)


Abble, sounds like exact same problem as i had. Wearing glasses on the bike isnt great as it doesnt keep out enough of the wind and the bugs. Anyway i got round it by ordering a pair of cycling glasses with prescription inserts that clip in behind the ordinary sunglass lens. Cheapest i could see for these locally was Tesco who wanted £120, ordered a pair for £12 of ebay that come from Hong Kong. Got local optician then to fit the prescription lens into the inserts (£23) and was sorted from there. No more streaming eyes or flys getting in. Happy days. Got a 35 mile charity spin tomorrow and guess what the forecast is ::)

maddog, where were you getting those prescription lens' for your inserts ?
I priced two places in armagh today, 55 and 58stg. didn't think it'd be so high. wonder would i get them online ?

anyway, i plunged for these in the endup $36 incl p&p, nice fitting, cant wait to test
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110641392264?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/110641392264?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 28, 2012, 10:10:43 PM
yeah, going to look further into this, as you know benny. i wear glasses, sometimes if its sunny i'll stick on sunglasses but it was the same problem. It could be some kind of drying out on my eyes, so might try eyedrops as well. i googled amazon there and also noticed straps on some frames, would be interested in them.

also while i'm on, i have to say i'm really enjoying it since starting cycling over 6/7 weeks ago or so now. during a cycle i have all sorts of moments when i think i'm about to keel over but then i get a second wind or something and them i'm able to start pushing hard again, its unlike anything else i've ever done before requiring fitness, it can be v v hard but also enjoyable. getting to experience different conditions, both weather and road surface etc. getting to know better when to push and not to push myself, ie pace myself.
i'll bat on with 25 milers and then push for a few 30milers before the summers out and then think about entering a sportive or two for 2013. 

also i've yet to clean my bike, but i now have the degreaser, lubricant etc, so maybe tomorrow i'll get it cleaned up !! :)


Abble, sounds like exact same problem as i had. Wearing glasses on the bike isnt great as it doesnt keep out enough of the wind and the bugs. Anyway i got round it by ordering a pair of cycling glasses with prescription inserts that clip in behind the ordinary sunglass lens. Cheapest i could see for these locally was Tesco who wanted £120, ordered a pair for £12 of ebay that come from Hong Kong. Got local optician then to fit the prescription lens into the inserts (£23) and was sorted from there. No more streaming eyes or flys getting in. Happy days. Got a 35 mile charity spin tomorrow and guess what the forecast is ::)

maddog, where were you getting those prescription lens' for your inserts ?
I priced two places in armagh today, 55 and 58stg. didn't think it'd be so high. wonder would i get them online ?

anyway, i plunged for these in the endup $36 incl p&p, nice fitting, cant wait to test
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110641392264?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/110641392264?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649)

Here you go abble, im sure if you posted the inserts and your prescription they would sort you out.

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Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on July 29, 2012, 08:12:06 PM
Portadown to Newry tomorrow morning up the towpath...just hope don't run into any parades (as i have to get to portadown)

How did it go? Did you do the return journey too?

Sorry, I forgot to set up a roadblock at Poyntzpass (the highest point of your cycle as the canal flows in two different directions.

I'm never cycling on the Belfast to Lisburn towpath again on a Sunday. It was full of people, and one t**t who decided to step out in front of me at the very last moment. Thanks to my speed of reaction, I didnt knock her down, but i wish I had.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 01, 2012, 06:19:28 PM
Nicolas Roche to join Saxo Tinkoff next season to be a domestique for Contador  http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12548/Roche-puts-Tour-personal-ambitions-on-hold-to-ride-under-Contador-at-Saxo-Bank-Tinkoff-Bank.aspx

Could be seen as a strange career move, leaving a team leader role to become a domestique, but reading the article he seems to know what he wants.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 01, 2012, 07:03:30 PM
I'm never cycling on the Belfast to Lisburn towpath again on a Sunday. It was full of people, and one t**t who decided to step out in front of me at the very last moment. Thanks to my speed of reaction, I didnt knock her down, but i wish I had.

That's why I stick to the roads where you can keep her lit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 07, 2012, 02:47:34 PM
Did a 12 mile cycle ride on Sunday morning haven't been on a bike in years properly, would take the kids out for a trike the odd time on the tow path below me in Jordanstown. But preparing for a triathlon in September and wanted to see what time I'd get over that distance.

Problem is that I went flat out on a hybrid bike, while my mate was on a proper racing  bike and I struggled to keep up with him, managed to do it in 42 minutes but I'd do it a lot quicker on a racing bike I'd imagine if I had one. How much (on the cheaper scale) would a racing bike be? £400 odds?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 07, 2012, 05:53:26 PM
You're coming into the period when it's a good time to buy a bike, (online mainly) stockists are already lining up 2013 stock and start to discount heavily in the next couple of months, so you could pick up a .£700 yoke for in around 500.

If I were you  I'd get some freebie advice  at a local bike shop, size etc...and then buy online - take a look at Evanscycles, wiggle,  winstanley bikes & the like.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on August 07, 2012, 07:18:49 PM
Benny there is a 50km cycle on Saturday from Madden to Tyholland and back to raise money defibrillators. Are you doing it?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 07, 2012, 07:31:27 PM
You're coming into the period when it's a good time to buy a bike, (online mainly) stockists are already lining up 2013 stock and start to discount heavily in the next couple of months, so you could pick up a .£700 yoke for in around 500.

If I were you  I'd get some freebie advice  at a local bike shop, size etc...and then buy online - take a look at Evanscycles, wiggle,  winstanley bikes & the like.

Cheers benny, I'm borrowing a racing bike for the race but will have to invest in one for next year, hopefully Santa is checking in on GAA Board
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 07, 2012, 07:46:49 PM
Can't remember if I've posted this already but if you're taking it even half seriously then you'll get a lot more out of it if you join a cycling club.  Even if you're not racing you'll still learn a lot more about how to train, where to train, how to pace yourself, even how to maintain your bike and where to get the best deals etc.  Riding in groups is always better crack than riding on your own too, makes it a lot more interesting.  Also motivates you to keep at it because it's so much more enjoyable.  When you're chatting to your mates it takes your mind off how much it might be hurting. Plus the safety-in-numbers thing...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 07, 2012, 09:37:56 PM
Benny there is a 50km cycle on Saturday from Madden to Tyholland and back to raise money defibrillators. Are you doing it?
There's quite a few of the harps guys doing it, i dont  think i will be about.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on August 07, 2012, 10:04:33 PM
Benny there is a 50km cycle on Saturday from Madden to Tyholland and back to raise money defibrillators. Are you doing it?
There's quite a few of the harps guys doing it, i dont  think i will be about.

I might take a wee run at it.  I think it's leaving at 14:30 so there should be plenty of time to get back before the Ogs match
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: supersarsfields on August 23, 2012, 10:51:45 AM
Just a wee plug for a Charity cycle our Club (Drumragh) are running this weekend in the Omagh area. Options of either 30 or 60 miles.

All the details are on the facebook page below. Or if you need any other info drop me a PM. 

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCathalCycle

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 28, 2012, 12:38:58 PM
I'm doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, Have been going fine recently but did the route for the bike run on Sunday, now I'd a function on the Saturday night :o, I know poor prep and all that, in truth I was hammered the night before, but thought sure it's only 21 k.

The route was far harder than I thought (though the drink didn't help) , fairly hilly and to be honest knocked me a bit. Took 55 Min's (I'd been doing 12 miles in 42/45 mins) and my arse was fooking aching, now I've been cycling a bit of late (same distance, different route) and never had any effects. Also developed a bitta cramp, the thought of running after the bike run was going to be difficult.

What prep work (stretches/light runs?) would you do leading up to this race? Obviously I'll be laying off the drink but, types of meals/breakfast and energy foods would you take on-board?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on August 28, 2012, 01:57:15 PM
Dehydration would be a big factor in getting cramps. I done "Lap the Lough" on Sunday and found myself getting cramps about ten minutes after taking any of those energy gels.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 28, 2012, 06:17:50 PM
High 5 zero tablets do the job for me in regards to cramp, just drop 1 or 2 into your bottles.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 29, 2012, 11:04:17 PM
I'm doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, Have been going fine recently but did the route for the bike run on Sunday, now I'd a function on the Saturday night :o, I know poor prep and all that, in truth I was hammered the night before, but thought sure it's only 21 k.

The route was far harder than I thought (though the drink didn't help) , fairly hilly and to be honest knocked me a bit. Took 55 Min's (I'd been doing 12 miles in 42/45 mins) and my arse was fooking aching, now I've been cycling a bit of late (same distance, different route) and never had any effects. Also developed a bitta cramp, the thought of running after the bike run was going to be difficult.

What prep work (stretches/light runs?) would you do leading up to this race? Obviously I'll be laying off the drink but, types of meals/breakfast and energy foods would you take on-board?

a good article here

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/ (http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 02, 2012, 01:26:04 PM
I'm doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, Have been going fine recently but did the route for the bike run on Sunday, now I'd a function on the Saturday night :o, I know poor prep and all that, in truth I was hammered the night before, but thought sure it's only 21 k.

The route was far harder than I thought (though the drink didn't help) , fairly hilly and to be honest knocked me a bit. Took 55 Min's (I'd been doing 12 miles in 42/45 mins) and my arse was fooking aching, now I've been cycling a bit of late (same distance, different route) and never had any effects. Also developed a bitta cramp, the thought of running after the bike run was going to be difficult.

What prep work (stretches/light runs?) would you do leading up to this race? Obviously I'll be laying off the drink but, types of meals/breakfast and energy foods would you take on-board?

a good article here

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/ (http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/)

Completed my first Triathlon, good craic, manic in the pool and the bike run was a hill for 9 percent of the way but did all right. Some serious competitors there
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on September 02, 2012, 01:41:09 PM
I'm doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, Have been going fine recently but did the route for the bike run on Sunday, now I'd a function on the Saturday night :o, I know poor prep and all that, in truth I was hammered the night before, but thought sure it's only 21 k.

The route was far harder than I thought (though the drink didn't help) , fairly hilly and to be honest knocked me a bit. Took 55 Min's (I'd been doing 12 miles in 42/45 mins) and my arse was fooking aching, now I've been cycling a bit of late (same distance, different route) and never had any effects. Also developed a bitta cramp, the thought of running after the bike run was going to be difficult.

What prep work (stretches/light runs?) would you do leading up to this race? Obviously I'll be laying off the drink but, types of meals/breakfast and energy foods would you take on-board?

a good article here

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/ (http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/)

Completed my first Triathlon, good craic, manic in the pool and the bike run was a hill for 9 percent of the way but did all right. Some serious competitors there

Well done MR2, take my hat off to you. I enjoy a bit of cycling and general fitness but I would never consider doing a triathlon, the mere thought of it terrifies me, you're a good one.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 02, 2012, 11:41:58 PM
I'm doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, Have been going fine recently but did the route for the bike run on Sunday, now I'd a function on the Saturday night :o, I know poor prep and all that, in truth I was hammered the night before, but thought sure it's only 21 k.

The route was far harder than I thought (though the drink didn't help) , fairly hilly and to be honest knocked me a bit. Took 55 Min's (I'd been doing 12 miles in 42/45 mins) and my arse was fooking aching, now I've been cycling a bit of late (same distance, different route) and never had any effects. Also developed a bitta cramp, the thought of running after the bike run was going to be difficult.

What prep work (stretches/light runs?) would you do leading up to this race? Obviously I'll be laying off the drink but, types of meals/breakfast and energy foods would you take on-board?

a good article here

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/ (http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/the-best-carbs-to-eat-for-cycling-34900/)

Completed my first Triathlon, good craic, manic in the pool and the bike run was a hill for 9 percent of the way but did all right. Some serious competitors there

Well done MR2, take my hat off to you. I enjoy a bit of cycling and general fitness but I would never consider doing a triathlon, the mere thought of it terrifies me, you're a good one.

1.45 mins, chuffed considering it's me first. Disappointed with my bike run but was a hilly enough route. Biking aint my strong point, both swim and run were 21 mins, probably save a min on transation but overall happy. Target would be full Triathlon
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 02, 2012, 11:44:45 PM
good man milltown.  i find it hard enough on the bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 02, 2012, 11:48:39 PM
good man milltown.  i find it hard enough on the bike

About 5/6 lads passed me on the bike on route, and they fooking glided past me!!! I was on a decent racing bike and these lads weren't in any trouble, caught two of the fat shits on the road running thought!!!

Well run and over 230 competitors. A couple of DF and they weren't happy!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 02, 2012, 11:53:47 PM
i have managed over 3000 miles on the bike this year but cant run to save myself
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 02, 2012, 11:58:45 PM
waiting on the postman for this, minus the couch


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on September 03, 2012, 01:52:19 PM
waiting on the postman for this, minus the couch




Where are you going to put the groceries?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 03, 2012, 04:15:16 PM
i have managed over 3000 miles on the bike this year but cant run to save myself

It's been bugging me all day. Good bike, never stop peddling the whole way in the highest gears when I could, and had a crap time over the 12 miles, boys were passing me for fun FFS

Is it basically getting my body used to the bike, bike fitness and putting in the miles? I'd ideally like to take at least 20 minutes of that time of 59 minutes. I did the same route the Sunday before on a hybrid bike in 55 minutes and had been out till 3 in the morning on the lash!!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 03, 2012, 04:24:14 PM
Well done Mitown row . What were the distance's that you covered ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 03, 2012, 04:36:09 PM
Well done Mitown row . What were the distance's that you covered ?

Swimming was half a mile (21 minutes). Bike was 12 miles (59 minutes) and 5k run (21 minutes)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 03, 2012, 06:25:37 PM
Gerry, I have the Fondo now as well (after my Stealth lost a row with a pothole - Ribble replaced the whole show within 2 weeks, 2 year guarantee on the frame).  It's a fine machine, I went down a size on the frame and took a while before I got comfortable again.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 03, 2012, 07:30:15 PM
I have a 200 mile charity cycle at the end of the month so hopefully it will be here on time. On another note I changed the tyres on my bike to continental  grand prix 4000 and inflated them to 120lb and I can't believe how big an improvement they made. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 04, 2012, 08:45:06 PM
What pressure had you them at before?

I'm getting a bike fitting in Base2Race next week, has anyone has similar done?
I'll be getting it set up for TTs for triathlons but will I need to change it everytime I want to do 100k+?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 04, 2012, 09:12:02 PM
i was chatting to a fellow on Sunday who got it done and he said it helped him a lot.  £150 a bit pricey but
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 04, 2012, 09:17:55 PM
That's dear, i've flirted with the idea, but my back isn't in great shape & a proper set up for someone my size probably wouldn't work for me because of it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 04, 2012, 09:18:59 PM
or you can do it yourself with this spreadsheet

http://www.mediafire.com/?5xnxnyynzih (http://www.mediafire.com/?5xnxnyynzih)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 04, 2012, 09:20:38 PM
pressure before was around 80
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on September 05, 2012, 12:08:09 AM
Guys there is a charity cycle for PIPS on Sunday leaving Clann Eireann at 10:00am (Lurgan) there are 2 distances of 16 mile and 25 mile and they're looking a £10 donation for it. If anyone wants in let me know and i'll give you more details...

Went out last Sunday and done about 20 mile and my lower back was killing me, i think i could give the cycling a good rattle as i think i'd be fit enough for it and have strong legs but i'm always getting lower back pain...i've checked my seat and its at the right height and i turned the handle bars up a bit but hasn't really helped, is it something that your body gets used too after a few more times out or is my setup still no right???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 05, 2012, 12:11:48 AM
It's €90 in B2R, have clogherhead the following day so hoping to see immediate improvements!

You were killing yourself with 80, the difference is huge

Illdecide, you shouldnt be feeling any pain for a 20 mile cycle. Your leg should be almost fully extended on the down part of a rev, low saddle is the most common issue
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on September 05, 2012, 12:14:44 AM
I also forgot to add that i think i'm cycling in too high a gear (would that be hurting my back). If i drop a gear or 2 and basically cycle the legs a bit faster would that help?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 05, 2012, 12:25:03 AM
Shouldn't be hurting your back. Cycling with a higher cadence/revs should save ur energy though
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mickey Linden on September 05, 2012, 09:04:39 AM
U know the route the Clan Eireann cycle is following illdecide?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2012, 11:40:16 AM
I'm looking at  the Giant Defy 5 bike as a possible purchase. Any of ye lads have one in the past ,what is your opinon of them ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 05, 2012, 10:40:34 PM
i have being riding a giant now for two years with no issues.  what sort of price range have you in mind and have you thought about second hand
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: trileacman on September 05, 2012, 10:48:40 PM
Gerry's sniffing a sale.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on September 05, 2012, 10:49:23 PM
U know the route the Clan Eireann cycle is following illdecide?

I do Micky, i done a trial run last weekend...Clann Eireann club onto Aghagallon, Aghalee a few mile past that and cut back intowards the Lough and round by Derrymore, Bartons bay and back to Lurgan again...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 05, 2012, 10:54:26 PM
Gerry's sniffing a sale.

naw, keeping my current bike for the wet cold January days.  i just think there is loads of good second hand bikes that people are trading up on
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 06, 2012, 01:38:44 PM
i have being riding a giant now for two years with no issues.  what sort of price range have you in mind and have you thought about second hand

It was 2 months since i was talking to the bike dealer i seem to reall him saying between 550 and 600 yo yo's however from reading posts on this thread i would probably be better getting different tyres as well
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on September 09, 2012, 10:57:37 PM
Done the 25 mile trek today and went great. V good turn out and all for worthy cause (PIPS), hammered it home in the last 3 mile and was busted by the time i got back to the club...sore lower back again but not as bad as last week and done a longer distance today
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on September 09, 2012, 11:30:54 PM
Done the 25 mile trek today and went great. V good turn out and all for worthy cause (PIPS), hammered it home in the last 3 mile and was busted by the time i got back to the club...sore lower back again but not as bad as last week and done a longer distance today

Hey, where was that? Thats about my distance. I did 26 mile.

Actually woke up with a splitting headache and thought I would cycle it off, as you can do by jogging.

But it didnt work.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 10, 2012, 02:26:58 PM
Anybody else using strava? Great app which maps ur cycle and then shows u how to compare to others who have cycled a similar segment of that route. Can't recommend it highly enough
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on September 10, 2012, 03:20:11 PM
This might strike a chord for a few lads (Mamil's) on here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 18, 2012, 09:35:17 PM
Worlds on at the minute, TT 2moro with Tony Martin 4/7 in a weak lookin field, no Wiggins, Cancellara & Froome pulled out today, Contador @ 9/2 could be his only threat ( & he mite be saving himself for the roadrace on Sunday).

I've Tommy Voeckler backed EW @ 20's for the road race.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 20, 2012, 08:29:44 PM
Any one watching road to glory british cycling it's on an the moment on sky 108 . It's about Wiggins and this years tour very interesting
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 20, 2012, 09:39:55 PM
Any one watching road to glory british cycling it's on an the moment on sky 108 . It's about Wiggins and this years tour very interesting

Cracking show
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 21, 2012, 07:33:31 AM
Any one watching road to glory british cycling it's on an the moment on sky 108 . It's about Wiggins and this years tour very interesting

Cracking show

Was amazing to see the reaction of the lads in the car when froome made a burst on stage 11 of the tour .
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 21, 2012, 09:24:12 AM
For me cycling seems to be a singular sport, must be wile hard to be part of a team and having to work to a game plan and allow others to win or catch up. Motor sport same thing I suppose but you'd think these guys just want to win, end off
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on September 26, 2012, 10:17:02 PM
Good show on tg4 now about Irish cycling
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 29, 2012, 12:06:04 AM
i am all set to do a 200 mile charity cycle this weekend from omagh followed by this wee local lumpy one.  i received a email from ribble telling me that they will only start to build my bike  on the 8th october and i should receive it 3 weeks after that, sure its only being 11 weeks in total



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2012, 09:19:43 PM
Cavendish has signed for Omega Pharma Quickstep.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2012, 09:35:34 PM
Cody's Challenge this Sunday from Richhill Rec Centre, last Sportive of the year. Ran by my outfit Steady CC. Fun, 50m & 70m routes, £20 entry, all proceeds to Children's Heartbeat http://formecoaching.com/codys-challenge-sportif-2012/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 18, 2012, 10:38:48 PM
That looks like a good setup at Steady.

What route would the 50mile run take from Richhill? I would love to do it, but golf comes first!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 18, 2012, 10:45:08 PM
Route is on FB somewhere, think it's thru kilmore, ardress, killyman, Dungannon, Aughnacloy, Caledon, Armagh & Richhill.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 24, 2012, 01:44:27 PM
2013 Tour route revealed, interesting on SSN Wiggins says he'll support Froome for TDF as long as he gets the nod for Giro, deal cut in France last year no doubt. Potential for Yellow for Cav on stage 1 in Corsica.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on October 29, 2012, 07:21:31 PM
Driving home tonight at about 6:30pm and I saw a cyclist with no lights, wearing a black hat, black top and black trousers with no reflective material at all.

Some people are complete dicks.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on October 29, 2012, 07:55:16 PM
I cycle through the Pheonix Park in Dublin every morning at about 7.00am, there are no lights at all in the park, one morning last winter a noise went past me,I realise its someone on a f**king bike, complete madness.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on October 29, 2012, 08:58:41 PM
We're doing a night ride once a week round  Craigavon area, 2 X15m circuits,  good fun but you need your wits about you. Plenty of lights & night vision gear on the go. Going to get one goin in Armagh shortly.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on November 13, 2012, 10:32:20 PM
Anyone use a turbo trainer? What should I be looking for when I'm buying one?
Even basics are required here
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: guy crouchback on November 14, 2012, 09:18:34 AM
i have a tacx satori one, its grand does the job. you want one thats fairly robust and offers good resistance. as far as i know the more expensive ones offer more in the way of fancy gimmicks like a handlebar computers and connection to a PC.

now this stuff might seem unnecessary but if i was buying again i think id get it ,for no other reason then it would keep me interested. when your used to the road a turbo session is deeply boring and this in turn makes it painfull. Anything to keep the intrest in using it up will help, if you can download and then graph performance etc it might encourage you to keep using it.

get a rug or a mat to put it on and a  sweat catcher, also mind whats behind you, a hell of a lot of little bits of rubber came off my back tyre.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 14, 2012, 10:34:14 AM
Tacx are def good sturdy turbo trainers. Problem is with them as GC said above they are as boring as hell but they are a good workout. If you get one with the resistance adjuster that you clamp to the bars its a good job as it replicates going uphill. Loads of them 2nd hand on ebay.

Anyone going out with the lights on these days ? What lighting systems are you using ? Mate of mine just got this yoke for about £85 - 1000 lumens rechargeable job made by one23, the cars are flashing at him to dip ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 14, 2012, 01:43:13 PM
I've a bog standard TT, Minoura, cost bout £120 2 years ago. When i go on it now, i try to coincide it with a match on Sky & watch it on the laptop on Skygo / anytime. Great job, have the ipod on the go too, takes the boredom out of it.

Harps boys have started a night spin once a week maddog, good crack. Steadies do it too through PD/ LG. i've  an oul Lidl yoke in the go lightwise, tops!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 14, 2012, 03:24:52 PM
I've a bog standard TT, Minoura, cost bout £120 2 years ago. When i go on it now, i try to coincide it with a match on Sky & watch it on the laptop on Skygo / anytime. Great job, have the ipod on the go too, takes the boredom out of it.

Harps boys have started a night spin once a week maddog, good crack. Steadies do it too through PD/ LG. i've  an oul Lidl yoke in the go lightwise, tops!

Been doing these for a while now, how effective are they in transfering across to the real thing? Once the days get longer and drier I'll be out on the road but being a novice on the bike I was hoping that it would be a great start up exercise
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 14, 2012, 03:36:39 PM
I've a bog standard TT, Minoura, cost bout £120 2 years ago. When i go on it now, i try to coincide it with a match on Sky & watch it on the laptop on Skygo / anytime. Great job, have the ipod on the go too, takes the boredom out of it.

Harps boys have started a night spin once a week maddog, good crack. Steadies do it too through PD/ LG. i've  an oul Lidl yoke in the go lightwise, tops!

Been doing these for a while now, how effective are they in transfering across to the real thing? Once the days get longer and drier I'll be out on the road but being a novice on the bike I was hoping that it would be a great start up exercise

Are you talking about spin classes ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 14, 2012, 03:49:09 PM
I've a bog standard TT, Minoura, cost bout £120 2 years ago. When i go on it now, i try to coincide it with a match on Sky & watch it on the laptop on Skygo / anytime. Great job, have the ipod on the go too, takes the boredom out of it.

Harps boys have started a night spin once a week maddog, good crack. Steadies do it too through PD/ LG. i've  an oul Lidl yoke in the go lightwise, tops!

Been doing these for a while now, how effective are they in transfering across to the real thing? Once the days get longer and drier I'll be out on the road but being a novice on the bike I was hoping that it would be a great start up exercise

Are you talking about spin classes ?

Oh is that out on the roads at night?? FFS madness no matter how bright your lights are!! Sorry I was taking about the spin classes
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 14, 2012, 04:13:42 PM
I've a bog standard TT, Minoura, cost bout £120 2 years ago. When i go on it now, i try to coincide it with a match on Sky & watch it on the laptop on Skygo / anytime. Great job, have the ipod on the go too, takes the boredom out of it.

Harps boys have started a night spin once a week maddog, good crack. Steadies do it too through PD/ LG. i've  an oul Lidl yoke in the go lightwise, tops!

Been doing these for a while now, how effective are they in transfering across to the real thing? Once the days get longer and drier I'll be out on the road but being a novice on the bike I was hoping that it would be a great start up exercise

Are you talking about spin classes ?

Oh is that out on the roads at night?? FFS madness no matter how bright your lights are!! Sorry I was taking about the spin classes

No doubt about it, it is sometimes hairy enough but it often is in daylight too. Away out on the country roads is better in the dark than the half light of the streets, better chance of getting seen in the pitch black i think as against the glare of traffic. Never tried the spin classes but from what i hear they are tough so have to be as good if not better than out on the road. Turbo trainer as well there is no let up whereas out on the road you get a chance to freewheel every now and then.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Declan on November 22, 2012, 09:55:50 AM
Fair play to this lad - http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/i-had-to-drag-my-bike-over-horse-tracks-and-hills-214661.html (http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/i-had-to-drag-my-bike-over-horse-tracks-and-hills-214661.html)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 22, 2012, 10:39:40 AM
Anyone use a turbo trainer? What should I be looking for when I'm buying one?
Even basics are required here


http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 22, 2012, 12:43:45 PM
Anyone use a turbo trainer? What should I be looking for when I'm buying one?
Even basics are required here


http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html)

Would the spin cycle classes not be better? The view I had last night in the spin class will not be better this year I tell ya :o Oh and it was a tough work out
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Cold tea on December 05, 2012, 09:44:39 PM
Anyone watching war on britains roads - interesting stuff - the web developer comes across as one wab!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on December 14, 2012, 01:51:56 PM
The power of the Olympics?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20724621

Leeds will host the start of the 2014 Tour de France.

The Tour heads through Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July, before moving south for a third stage, finishing in London
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: north aontroim gael on December 15, 2012, 03:20:14 AM
Anyone know any good scenic routes to tackle around Mourne area?  There may be a very obvious trail etc but thinking of heading that way with the Mrs some weekend just into the new year so would appreciate any tips.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on December 15, 2012, 10:36:57 AM
Anyone use a turbo trainer? What should I be looking for when I'm buying one?
Even basics are required here


http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/healthandfitness/535690/zero-in-on-turbo-training.html)

Would the spin cycle classes not be better? The view I had last night in the spin class will not be better this year I tell ya :o Oh and it was a tough work out
Like Milltown I prefer a good spin class, you would have to be super motivated to sit on a t trainer for an hour. I wrecks tyres so make sure you change it before getting back on the roads.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 15, 2012, 06:04:24 PM
Anyone know any good scenic routes to tackle around Mourne area?  There may be a very obvious trail etc but thinking of heading that way with the Mrs some weekend just into the new year so would appreciate any tips.

Not sure how into it u are, but Google Etape Mourne, there should still be the 2 route maps of a Sportive a few of us tackled, not soft thou, Spelga's a lung & leg buster. Dicey enough at this time of year thou, 45 & 75m routes.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 16, 2012, 12:12:50 AM
i had a turbo but its hard to get motivated to get on it, i go to spin classes 2 to 3 times a week and bjasus you sweat.  i am not sure if it helps with the over all cycling but i found it helped me spinninga small gear on the hills
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 16, 2012, 04:22:19 PM
Did u ever get ur Ribble Gran Fondo? I see they have a new 365 Sportive which is the Bianco tarted up with mudguards & a spray job for all year round riding, looks the part.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 16, 2012, 07:50:11 PM
wouldn't you know it arrived a week after i completed a 200 mile cycle. so i have only done about 80 mile on it so far as i am using my old bike during the winter.  it rides well and i had no issues with ribble except the length of time it took to deliver it. 


10 of us are doing a 5 day cycle at the TDF with the Alpe d'Huez stage being the highlight of it, so the bike will get plenty of miles before then



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 16, 2012, 08:53:12 PM
It's a clinker wee bike, i only got the fag end of the summer myself after my bother with the Stealth but was very impressed with it after i got settled on it.

Would love to do something like ur planning, we're heading to France on hols & are close enough to catch at least one stage, i also intend to hire a bike & get out a few times.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on December 16, 2012, 09:09:37 PM
I did 27 mile this morning on my £299 Carerra.

#valueformoney
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on December 16, 2012, 09:34:08 PM
bennydorano: we are hiring a van out there for all the gear and we plan to ride 80 to 100 mile each day and then get the tents out.


Orior: to many people think unless they have a £1500+ bike its no good. i have cycled 4000 mile on a second hand £200 bike this year, its all about getting out and getting the miles in on the cold wet days when the flash guys are tucked up in bed
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 21, 2013, 08:33:00 AM
Tour Down Under starts @ 2am tonite on sky, full live coverage.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 23, 2013, 01:52:54 PM
Impressive win for Sky's Geraint Thomas down under. He could be a genuine TDF contender in a few years if he sticks to the road & forgets about track.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 23, 2013, 02:07:40 PM
some thing makes me thinks he has gicven up the track
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on January 23, 2013, 04:46:49 PM
@Gerry, just a random question; When you buy a bike online like that, does it come fully assembled? or had you much to put together?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 23, 2013, 04:55:01 PM
Less than 1/2 hour had it done. Screw on handlebars, attach seat to seat post and insert it , attach the two wheels and finally screw in the pedals
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ludermor on January 23, 2013, 05:40:42 PM
Do you have to do any fluting around with the gears or breaks???
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 23, 2013, 06:39:53 PM

No, It ran smoothly straight away.  Maybe I was lucky but I will buy  from them when I need to upgrade my sons bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 23, 2013, 07:09:14 PM
I'm going to take advantage of cycle to work scheme & get new Ribble Carbon 365 for delux winter riding :)

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 23, 2013, 10:47:24 PM
I'm going to take advantage of cycle to work scheme & get new Ribble Carbon 365 for delux winter riding :)

show off ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 24, 2013, 06:03:31 PM
Anybody ride with a Campagnolo set up? Thinking of speccing this new yoke with it, have to be Veloce to come in under the 1k cycle to work limit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 25, 2013, 06:42:33 PM
i went for the 105 on mine for £150 quid more, i couldn't justify spending £450 more for the ultegra. my bike was £1300 and  i was able to get the £1000 for the scheme and put the rest of the money to it myself, so your not tied to the £1000 limit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 25, 2013, 08:58:57 PM
I asked Ribble about doing that & they said no chance, especially as i'm public sector. 105 is all anyone needs, it doesn't get better functionally as you go up, just lighter - Di2 is meant to be dog's bollox thou.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on February 10, 2013, 03:19:19 PM
I bought a mountain bike in Halfords for €150 and I just wear a tracksuit bottoms and a jersey with ordinary runners, you don't have to spend big at all IMHO

I started back cycling about 4 years ago, bought the €150 job from Halfords also. Didnt know would I continue to cycle so didnt spend very much. Last year I upgraded to a €300 bike from Halfords, huge difference. If you continue to like it I would consider upgrading at some point, also if you are just on the road make sure you dont get those big mountain bike tyres, there shit for the road. I'll keep an eye out for you, if you hear someone shouting your only a Laois bollix, that will be me!

Thinking of upgrading the €150 Halfords bike I bought back then.It's starting to fall apart! Probably didn't help leaving it outside and not using it for the past 18 months. Only recently took it out again but I think It's time to upgrade.
What bike did you upgrade too? Been looking in Halfords at the Carrera Hybrid bikes. The cheapest one is about €250
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on February 10, 2013, 09:24:21 PM
I got the Carrera Subway. I have it 5 years and it is still in great shape. I keep it in shed at night. You can get a deadly seat for the young fella and haul him around the park. You can slot it in or out very easily, my young fella loves it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on February 10, 2013, 10:18:34 PM
I got the Carrera Subway. I have it 5 years and it is still in great shape. I keep it in shed at night. You can get a deadly seat for the young fella and haul him around the park. You can slot it in or out very easily, my young fella loves it.

That's the one Halfords have for €250.
The bike I have the wheels are chunky on it, they are mountain bike tires,would the Carrera be better?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on February 10, 2013, 10:21:49 PM
Unless you want to go off road use the normal tyres, its miles easier. I use it for in and out to work only. I remember cycling my mates with the big chunky tyres, I thought something was wrong with it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 15, 2013, 05:57:43 PM
Tour of Oman has been good to watch (pity coverage hasn't been more extensive). Froome showed he's a serious force to be reckoned with, chinning Contador today (& yesterday) and leading the Tour with the likes of Bertie, Cadel Evans, Nibali, Rodriguez all trailing in his wake. Wiggins there in a support role, acting the dick with the media as per normal. I would lay Wiggins all day in Giro betting.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on February 15, 2013, 11:58:09 PM
Anyone using Zipps? Looking at picking up two 2011 808s this weekend , they look the business
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 16, 2013, 07:08:22 PM
Sounds like you're at  a higher level than most who frequent this thread!  I couldnt justify the outlay on a set of Zipps for sportive riding, although i was looking at their cheaper chinese cousins version, seeing as thou i'm built like Cancellara's taller, fatter brother they'd be wasted on me i reckon.

Did my first sportive of the year today, 65m Tour of lumpy South Down.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 16, 2013, 11:20:00 PM
i am hoping to buy a set of mavic ksyriums on the cycle to work scheme later this year, when i have finished payments on the bike.

 55 mile is the most i have done as the weather being poor compared to last year, how you find the down tour was there many doing it.  i see the giro (http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/irish-start-for-giro-ditalia-set-to-be-announced-in-dublin-and-belfast-next-week/?fb_action_ids=143788095783423&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map={%22143788095783423%22%3A533252093363776}&action_type_map={%22143788095783423%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[)  is coming here next year which is great news
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 17, 2013, 08:08:37 AM
Was tough enough,few lumps, we did it as a club run, so there were 15 of us which meant we kept a good average speed & there was a bit of respite from wind & rain at front, got lovely round lunchtime & layers came off. Think there was about 60/70 done it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 17, 2013, 08:34:18 AM
riding in a group makes all the differance, just about to head out myself for a spin.  i am helping to organise a 115 mile cyle from dublin in may and we have about 70 cyclist out each sunday for the training.  thankfully the weather is a bit better this morning
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ziggysego on February 17, 2013, 10:46:18 PM
With days getting longer, what better time to knock the dust of your bicycle and get out practicing for the first Greencastle Spring Tour on 3rd March 2013.

Greencastle Spring Tour (http://www.greencastlegaa.com/ancaisleanglas/news/greencastle-spring-tour-2013/003ccbf2-c24f-40e0-8d12-61d2f1add2cd)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on February 21, 2013, 08:07:21 PM
Far from a Velodrome was he raised I'd imagine.

Cycling: Ireland’s Martyn Irvine claimed two medals in an hour — the second of them gold in the men’s scratch race — at the track cycling world championships in Minsk. The 27-year-old was second in the four-kilometre individual pursuit and had time to receive his medal, change his race numbers and return to the bike before his gold success.


http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2013/0221/1224330350076.html
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mick999 on February 21, 2013, 09:53:18 PM
Amazing result considering the resources available in Ireland .. I know he has spent a lot of time in Mallorca training

There'll be a big crowd at sundrive on Saturday :-)

http://www.trackcycling.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=697:sundrive-track-reopens-sat-2nd-february&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

I didn't even know that we had a banked outdoor track in Dublin until recently. It's a great facility and they're very helpfull over there, even for beginners ..
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 28, 2013, 04:02:49 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: take_yer_points on February 28, 2013, 04:07:47 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The one from Jordanstown into Belfast continues past the waterfront and back on alongside the Lagan beside central station. That takes you up to the Ormeau where you can cross over and go along the embankment and down past cutters wharf. That previously took you to Lisburn (brought you out past Shaws Bridge and then into the grounds of the Civic Centre) but I'm nearly sure something happened a bridge around about that Lock Keepers Inn and you can't go that way now. If you were willing to go up towards Malone and then up the Malone Road to Shaws Bridge you could bypass Lock Keepers and rejoin the towpath there and go on to Lisburn

EDIT: This might help... http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/national-cycle-network
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 05, 2013, 12:52:08 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The one from Jordanstown into Belfast continues past the waterfront and back on alongside the Lagan beside central station. That takes you up to the Ormeau where you can cross over and go along the embankment and down past cutters wharf. That previously took you to Lisburn (brought you out past Shaws Bridge and then into the grounds of the Civic Centre) but I'm nearly sure something happened a bridge around about that Lock Keepers Inn and you can't go that way now. If you were willing to go up towards Malone and then up the Malone Road to Shaws Bridge you could bypass Lock Keepers and rejoin the towpath there and go on to Lisburn

EDIT: This might help... http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/national-cycle-network

Did the route TYP, from cutters out to Jordanstown and back, weather was just right on Sunday, but I'm seriously going to need a better bike, I've been using a mates decent road bike, not racer. Its an aluminium framed bike, good road tyres and 24 gears, I think. Mate has a cracking racing bike compared to the one I'm using and when he picks up the pace it's like he has an injector in the bike ffs!! Blast past me, I'm on top gear and he goes by like I'm going backwards!!

Anyone selling a decent racer?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 05, 2013, 01:05:44 PM
I'm waiting on delivery of a new Ribble Winter Carbon, so I will be selling my  Bianchi  (57cm - Red & Black colour, Alu frame, Carbon forks) as soon a it arrives - suit someone round 6ft, seen plenty of miles (bought Spring '11) but very well looked after, class components throughout, Ultegra shifters & rear derailleur, 105 throughout apart from a recently added Tiagra chainset. Only out of bike shop for another servicing, new bartape, cables, chain & cassette.

Great bike for someone starting out or as a winter trainer. Anyone interested pm me, will be looking £435 ovno.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 05, 2013, 01:39:02 PM
I'm waiting on delivery of a new Ribble Winter Carbon, so I will be selling my  Bianchi  (57cm - Red & Black colour, Alu frame, Carbon forks) as soon a it arrives - suit someone round 6ft, seen plenty of miles (bought Spring '11) but very well looked after, class components throughout, Ultegra shifters & rear derailleur, 105 throughout apart from a recently added Tiagra chainset. Only out of bike shop for another servicing, new bartape, cables, chain & cassette.

Great bike for someone starting out or as a winter trainer. Anyone interested pm me, will be looking £435 ovno.

I'm out!!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stew on March 05, 2013, 02:40:30 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The M1 would be a great spot for you! ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 05, 2013, 11:45:08 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The M1 would be a great spot for you! ;)

I'll post a picture of it, I'm sure with you being away living somewhere else you'll be missing it 8)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 10, 2013, 07:57:59 PM
Sky show how ridiculously strong they are again today, Ritchie Porte wins his 2nd stage in a row today & the GC in highly prestigious Paris-Nice, meanwhile Chris Froome won a belter stage yesterday & takes the lead today in the excellent 'Terrieno-Adriatico. Froome is going to be the big dog this year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 10, 2013, 08:33:30 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The one from Jordanstown into Belfast continues past the waterfront and back on alongside the Lagan beside central station. That takes you up to the Ormeau where you can cross over and go along the embankment and down past cutters wharf. That previously took you to Lisburn (brought you out past Shaws Bridge and then into the grounds of the Civic Centre) but I'm nearly sure something happened a bridge around about that Lock Keepers Inn and you can't go that way now. If you were willing to go up towards Malone and then up the Malone Road to Shaws Bridge you could bypass Lock Keepers and rejoin the towpath there and go on to Lisburn

EDIT: This might help... http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/national-cycle-network

Far too many pedestrians on the lagan tow-path. The Comber greenway is better.

The pedestrians keep me on the road. There is a good run fro Belfast out to Carrickfergus and Whitehead. Also Belfast to Ballyclare, then Doagh and Parkgate is interesting.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 10, 2013, 08:40:08 PM
Lads with the weather improving I'm looking to get back on the roads/toe paths. Looking to do 20 odd miles maybe this Sunday, any decent roads (prefereably a safe road/ toe path) that I could venture on? I've one right beside me, Jordanstown into Belfast but have done it many times, looking something different, Belfast to lisburn or something.

Link to map would be good ;)

The one from Jordanstown into Belfast continues past the waterfront and back on alongside the Lagan beside central station. That takes you up to the Ormeau where you can cross over and go along the embankment and down past cutters wharf. That previously took you to Lisburn (brought you out past Shaws Bridge and then into the grounds of the Civic Centre) but I'm nearly sure something happened a bridge around about that Lock Keepers Inn and you can't go that way now. If you were willing to go up towards Malone and then up the Malone Road to Shaws Bridge you could bypass Lock Keepers and rejoin the towpath there and go on to Lisburn

EDIT: This might help... http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/national-cycle-network

Far too many pedestrians on the lagan tow-path. The Comber greenway is better.

The pedestrians keep me on the road. There is a good run fro Belfast out to Carrickfergus and Whitehead. Also Belfast to Ballyclare, then Doagh and Parkgate is interesting.

I went early enough last week and it was grand, just under 20 miles so looking to build that up every week, today was a no brainer weather wise so next week will do 30 miles, need to get a better bike though, won't tell the wife though!!.

Heard the comber one was grand might try it some time
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 10, 2013, 09:41:41 PM
The Comber greenway is only 14 mile return, so even my wife can do it. But only if she gets to stop for a coffee in the square. If you do, you might rub shoulders with the odd DUP counsellor :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 10, 2013, 09:57:32 PM
Sky show how ridiculously strong they are again today, Ritchie Porte wins his 2nd stage in a row today & the GC in highly prestigious Paris-Nice, meanwhile Chris Froome won a belter stage yesterday & takes the lead today in the excellent 'Terrieno-Adriatico. Froome is going to be the big dog this year.

froome attack yesterday was unreal, left bertie and co in his tracks.  good riding by dan martin to finish 10th today
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 11, 2013, 08:30:04 PM
another unreal stage today with two ag2r riders walking up one part of it.  this is the steepest stage in italy and if the ascent wasn't hard enough descending it in the rain is frighting given what happen the other day, so fair play to the cyclist that finished it.  with today's stage timings it leaves the tt more important so hopefully nibali can hold out.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 13, 2013, 04:56:23 PM
A French parliamentarian says he met a drunk Andy Schleck in a lift.

Here’s my translation of Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’:

Late check in at a Munich airport hotel. A well-soaked guy enters the lift with difficulty and tries without succeeding to press the button. I recognized a great cycling champion, twice second in the Tour in recent years. Depressing.

It was Andy Schleck. He was wearing the jacket of his old Leopard-Trek team. He couldn’t stand up straight. I pressed the button for his floor. I found the situation very sad. He had abandoned an Italian race they day before and hasn’t finished a single race since spring 2012. His brother Frank is suspended for a year for doping. I got the impression that I saw a young man on the slide, drunk and alone at night in a hotel airport.

There’s been a lot of snow in Northern Europe causing delays and it’s possible Schleck had to wait at Munich airport for a flight home on his way back from Tirreno. Munich is a busy transport hub for flights in Europe.

It’s not healthy but it’s not the first time a rider’s had too much to drink during the season. Here’s hoping this is nothing more than a boring night in an airport hotel and that his head wasn’t too sore the next day.     


The last thing andy wants is more media attention.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 13, 2013, 06:19:17 PM
Was just reading about that on twitter, unfortunately rather than just getting shitfaced it's undoubtedly a sign of the malaise he finds himself in, he's went to the dogs. He used to sacrifice his season for a good Tour, he'd give anything for a return to some semblance of form. I read somewhere too that RSLT are for getting a head doctor on the job. Frank's troubles probably not helping Andy either as they were both primadonnas with persecution complexes before Frank got caught with Diuretics in his system.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 14, 2013, 09:45:27 PM
Was looking at betting there for various events Wiggins 5/4 to win Giro, well worth opposing, as Nibali's main aim for the year he's a good thing @3's. Froome & Contador 27/20 jf's for the TDF.

Nibali in great nick at the minute & well worth a punt in Milan-Sam Remo on Sunday @ 22/1, Sagan 6/4! Forecast not great & could suit Nibali.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 14, 2013, 11:30:29 PM
both him and sagen looked good on the last climb. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 14, 2013, 11:33:01 PM
This Is Not a Story About Last Place

 Taylor Phinney's solo ride during the Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday.

This is a story about a guy who finished last. Which is technically true. You can look up the results of the race, and you'll see his name, right there, lonely at the bottom. Taylor Phinney. USA. Finishing time of six hours, twenty-two minutes, fifty-four seconds. One hundred-and-ninth place. Last.

But this story is better than that.

First, about Taylor Phinney. Remember that name. You might already know it. Bike racer from Boulder, Colo., 22 years old. The son of two cycling legends, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. A big dude on the bike, at 6 feet 5 inches, 180 pounds, Taylor Phinney is one of the most promising young cyclists in the world. He's already been to the Olympics twice. Won a stage of the prestigious Giro d'Italia last year. He is expected to have many great days in the sport.

Monday didn't begin like one of those days. Phinney was competing in Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, and this penultimate stage was a doozy. Up and down, down and up, 209 kilometers of punishment, including a 27% climb so comically steep that some riders got off their bikes and pushed them uphill. Many riders quit. Later the race organizer would admit that the stage was too difficult, even for elite pros.

Phinney didn't expect to win this stage. He just wanted to hang around, because the next day brought a time trial against the clock, and Phinney had a chance for a good result in that event. But the day soon unraveled. His legs weren't feeling great, and then his bike busted its chain. He had to get a replacement and chase his way back to the pack.

"I just was dangling," Phinney said on the phone, from his home in Tuscany. "We kept going over these really difficult climbs. I'd get back to the group and I would get dropped. I'd get back again, then get dropped."

Bike racing is a sport that fetishizes suffering. Anyone who's done it talks almost mystically about painful days on the bike, about the serenity achieved by pedaling through the agony. But even the best can only take so much. Soon Phinney found himself in a small group of 30 or so riders who had fallen off the main field, with about 130 kilometers, or 80 miles, left. The riders in the group began talking. Phinney said it became clear that nobody wanted to finish. Drop out now, get out of the cold. This is no shame. It happens all the time. Fight another day.

But Phinney wanted to fight now. He had to complete the race under the time limit to do the time trial Tuesday. "If I wanted to finish the race, I was going to have to do it by myself," he said.

So that's what he did. As the rest of the group abandoned the race, Phinney put his head down and pedaled. He was suddenly alone. The weather was miserable. It began to rain. And Phinney kept thinking of one thing.

"I would just think of my dad," he said.

Davis Phinney has lived with Parkinson's disease for more than half of Taylor Phinney's life. One of the great American racers of all time, a Tour de France stage winner and Olympian, Davis's day is often met by frustrating physical challenges. Tasks that were once simple take so much longer. Ordinary life requires patience.

That's what kept his son pedaling in the cold Italian rain.

"I knew that if my dad could be in my shoes for one day—if all he had to do was struggle on a bike for six hours, but be healthy and fully functional—he would be me on that day in a heartbeat," Taylor Phinney said. "Every time I wanted to quit, every time I wanted to cry, I just thought about that."

He had so many miles to ride. "It's kind of embarrassing," he said. "The race has gone by, and people aren't really expecting one rider slogging along by himself." Fans on the side of the road offered to push him up hills. But Phinney remembered a story his Dad had told him about one of his old Tour de France teams, making a pact to decline pushes.

Taylor would do the same. No pushes.

"He never lost his motivation," said Fabio Baldato, an assistant director for Phinney's team, BMC Racing, who was driving a car behind Phinney the entire route. "It was unbelievable."

"He wanted so badly to finish the race," said Phinney's teammate, Thor Hushovd, a former world champion.

Hours later, Phinney crossed the line, exhausted. He finished almost 15 minutes after the second-to-last rider, thirty-seven minutes behind the winner. He didn't make the time cut for the day, which meant he couldn't compete in Tuesday's time trial. It was a bummer, but Phinney was too zonked to be devastated. During his post-race massage, he cried like crazy. On Twitter, Phinney wrote about riding for his Dad and called it "probably the most trying day I've had on a bike." When Phinney's saga was reported on the website VeloNews, cycling fans went crazy. These have been bleak times for the sport, ripped apart by doping scandals. Phinney's solo effort—and his emotions post-race—had stirred something soulful. "Emotion is powerful and undeniably human," Phinney's mother, Connie Carpenter, said in an email from Italy.

Back home in Colorado, Davis Phinney was marveling at the whole story. You can still find Davis on his bike, usually on the fancy carbon-fiber city commuter he got from his son. Cycling remains a sanctuary—"easier than walking, in a sense," he said. But the daily routine remains full of hassles. Davis Phinney keeps a sense of humor about it, jokingly referring to himself as "Turtleboy." He began a foundation to give people living with Parkinson's tools for living well—for achieving little victories.

Davis Phinney said he didn't learn about Taylor's ride until after it was over. Friends told him how inspired they were by his son. When he heard that Taylor had been thinking about him the whole time, he was floored.

"I have almost no words for how amazing it makes me feel," Davis Phinney said. He wrote in an email to his son:

You make me so happy and beyond proud—and that is better than any medicine and can defeat any disease.

The results are wrong. This is not a story about a guy who finished last. Taylor Phinney won that race.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 18, 2013, 11:44:59 AM
sagan nearly done it yesterday, surprised they rode in this weather


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 21, 2013, 04:03:55 PM
Anyone else heard about a Joe Brolly organised 35 mile cycle from Harlequins in Belfast? It is to do with some health charity or other and I think is on 18th May.

We could have a GAA Board pelaton special.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 21, 2013, 05:44:28 PM


Dan Martin marks solo stage win to lead Volta a Catalunya | Cycling Weekly

Dan Martin [Garmin-Sharp] has catapulted up the general standings to take the leader's jersey at the Volta a Catalunya after winning the queen stage in a superb solo victory in Port Aine Rialp.

Martin finished the stage 35 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez [Katusha], who became virtual leader when Alejandro Valverde [Movistar] crashed on a descent 119km into the 217.7km fourth stage, which at the finish topped out at about 2000m. Yesterday's victor Nairo Quintana [Movistar] was third.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins [Sky] finished the stage in fifth, and about a minute behind Martin, to slide from second to fourth overall. The Tour de France champion is now 36 seconds adrift of the new leader.

Martin started the day ninth in the general classification and was the only survivor of a 23-man break that escaped early in the piece.

The escapees had a maximum time gap of more than four minutes but started to fracture on the Hor Categorie Port del Canto before Nicolas Roche moved off the front. Martin drove what was left of the break, picked up the Saxo-Tinkoff rider and kept going with only one other able to follow.

Sky controlled the pace back in the main group with Katusha largely letting the British-squad do the work.

Sky did not respond to an attack from Robert Gesink [Blanco] who moved within the final 15km and was joined by Jurgen Van Den Broeck [Lotto Belisol]. Gesink lost contact with Van Den Broeck inside the final 7km where Wiggins was down to just Rigoberto Uran to protect him at the front of the main group.

Martin averaged around a one-minute buffer on Van Den Broeck, who Rodriguez and Quintana caught with roughly 900m remaining. His stage win didn't look in doubt however and the climber left the latter two to race for second.

The tour continues tomorrow with the 156.5km fifth stage from Rialp to Lleid.

Results

Volta a Catalunya 2013, stage four: Llanars-Vall de Camprodon to Port Aine-Rialp, 217.7km

1. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp in 6-02-40

2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 36secs

3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar

4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 47 secs

5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco at 51 secs

6. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 1-02

7. Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp

8. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida

9. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp

10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 1-08

Overall classification after stage four

1. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp in 18-48-38

2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 10 secs

3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 32 secs

4. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 36 secs

5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 39 secs

6. Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco at 51 secs

7. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida at 1-00

8. Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 1-07

9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 1-13

10. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol at 1-15
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: macdanger2 on March 25, 2013, 11:06:59 PM
I see Dan Martin won the Tour de Catalunya - fair play to him.

As someone who wouldn't follow cycling a whole pile, I have to say I find it hard to think that he's not on something or other. This being based on my belief that almost all cyclists are and so to beat them you have to be as well. What would the general feeling about him be, is he clean (or reasonably clean)?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 25, 2013, 11:15:55 PM
its a great result by dan.  dan won it because he took a gamble on the queen stage as no one thought he could stay way and win it.

dans 100% clean btw
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: macdanger2 on March 25, 2013, 11:44:33 PM

dans 100% clean btw

Brilliant stuff if he is.

How would he be fixed for the TdeF or Giro later in the year?? Would he be rated ahead of Roche or similar? (Is Roche considered clean?)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 26, 2013, 03:03:37 PM
Geat climber, probably not consistent enough there & in general. There was no Time Trial in the Tour of Cataluyna, significant as Wiggins probably would have won it if there'd have been one over 30km. Martin is middling to poor at it. He's 2nd generation Irish btw, strong brummy accent.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 26, 2013, 07:27:15 PM
How would he be fixed for the TdF or Giro later in the year??   no hope, he is not paid to win the big tours.  his role there to support the team leader

Would he be rated ahead of Roche or similar? roche is a better all rounder than dan.  dan better suited to the steep stuff, but he has won more than roche

 (Is Roche considered clean?) i reckon he is, as he has won feck all except one stage in china as a pro

roche in a new bigger  team this year so he has it all to prove
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2013, 12:08:17 PM

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on March 28, 2013, 12:23:09 PM
Is that up over Scraghy Gerry?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2013, 12:44:45 PM
65 mile spin yesterday, this was at the top of fivemiletown mountain
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 28, 2013, 12:50:28 PM
65 mile spin yesterday, this was at the top of fivemiletown mountain

How long would that take?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on March 28, 2013, 01:11:05 PM
Anyone done the causeway coast sportive before? Might try aim to do it in sept
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 28, 2013, 01:48:38 PM
How would he be fixed for the TdF or Giro later in the year??   no hope, he is not paid to win the big tours.  his role there to support the team leader

Would he be rated ahead of Roche or similar? roche is a better all rounder than dan.  dan better suited to the steep stuff, but he has won more than roche

 (Is Roche considered clean?) i reckon he is, as he has won feck all except one stage in china as a pro

roche in a new bigger  team this year so he has it all to prove


I could see Dan Martin trying to slip away in breakaways in the higher mountains, will be watching out to see if he is any silly prices in the mornings, like froome being 80/1 in first mountain stage last year which he won.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2013, 02:41:14 PM
65 mile spin yesterday, this was at the top of fivemiletown mountain

How long would that take?

4 hours
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 28, 2013, 02:49:15 PM
65 mile spin yesterday, this was at the top of fivemiletown mountain

How long would that take?

4 hours

Shorter than a round of golf and a lot more exercise to boot, think I could do the 16 miles an hour myself at, a push
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 28, 2013, 03:13:48 PM
The first 30 mile to Enniskillen with a tail wind I averaged 17.5 mph but had a head wind and snow on the way home
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 28, 2013, 07:44:35 PM
Just back from a 30m odd jaunt after 3 weeks out with a dose (& the weather) & by fook I knew about it, hanging & holding the show up. Was out on the new Ribble winter yoke as well, few gremlins to sort & Tiagra is a fair step  down from 105 & ultegra i have to say.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 31, 2013, 08:59:45 PM
The first 30 mile to Enniskillen with a tail wind I averaged 17.5 mph but had a head wind and snow on the way home

Lots of respect there Gerry. I did 26 mile today and it damned near killed me.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 01, 2013, 02:07:55 PM
Just back from a 30m odd jaunt after 3 weeks out with a dose (& the weather) & by fook I knew about it, hanging & holding the show up. Was out on the new Ribble winter yoke as well, few gremlins to sort & Tiagra is a fair step  down from 105 & ultegra i have to say.

You made me laugh there, blame it on the tiagra.  ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 01, 2013, 04:36:32 PM

Tiagra is shit! Although someone pointed out to me on Sat that the mudguards on the Ribble Winter Carbon were a good parachute for slowing me down.

Sitting here hugging a hot water bottle under a duvet in front of the TV. Thurs & Sat founderings = relapse. Fuckity f**k.

Tour of Carlingford's on this Sunday, it's a good fast sportive.
 

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 01, 2013, 10:14:47 PM
jasus benny nothing worst than getting a cold and you cant get out on the bike.  I had it a few weeks ago and it took me three weeks to get going again. I take 1000mg vitamin C each morning, although i read they can give you kidney stones.  I managed another 70 mile on sunday over fivemiletown again and we have 75 planned for this week as part of our dublin cycle training.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: oakleafgael on April 01, 2013, 10:54:33 PM
jasus benny nothing worst than getting a cold and you cant get out on the bike.  I had it a few weeks ago and it took me three weeks to get going again. I take 1000mg vitamin C each morning, although i read they can give you kidney stones.  I managed another 70 mile on sunday over fivemiletown again and we have 75 planned for this week as part of our dublin cycle training.

Gerry,

Whenever youse are gathering up again this Sunday will you try and make sure that the ignorant c***ts who are going around to the gable wall and pissing against the entrance to the playschool find somewhere else to piss. The new club is a great addition to the community and it would be a pity to let a few gobshites get them a bad name.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 01, 2013, 11:13:06 PM
jasus benny nothing worst than getting a cold and you cant get out on the bike.  I had it a few weeks ago and it took me three weeks to get going again. I take 1000mg vitamin C each morning, although i read they can give you kidney stones.  I managed another 70 mile on sunday over fivemiletown again and we have 75 planned for this week as part of our dublin cycle training.

Gerry,

Whenever youse are gathering up again this Sunday will you try and make sure that the ignorant c***ts who are going around to the gable wall and pissing against the entrance to the playschool find somewhere else to piss. The new club is a great addition to the community and it would be a pity to let a few gobshites get them a bad name.

Good point, well made!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 01, 2013, 11:42:05 PM
i agree there is no need for it seeing there is a toilet inside, i will mention it to the committee members this friday.  do you know was it just sunday past or has it be ongoing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: oakleafgael on April 02, 2013, 07:54:04 PM
i agree there is no need for it seeing there is a toilet inside, i will mention it to the committee members this friday.  do you know was it just sunday past or has it be ongoing.

The good lady mentioned it to me previously and I was coming from the Derg yesterday morning and seen it for myself.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on April 06, 2013, 08:03:49 PM
got my first 2013 outing on bike today, 6 miles ! I got my bike and some clothing last year but had nothing left for shoes. got the shoes sorted now and pedals, so will build up gradually to make sure that i've the shoes fitting and cleats placed ok to avoid any injury and at the same time building fitness. looking forward to a good 6 months cycling ahead and will hopefully get into a sportive somewhere along the line.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 07, 2013, 12:44:11 AM
Ok I've encouraged the boss into doing/getting the bike to work scheme (he's getting a bike for himself also!!) I'm thinking £800 for the bike. Would like some good ideas for types of bike for that price.

I wouldn't be the tallest so interested in the frame of the bike and what is best for my height. i'm past trikes ;D ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 07, 2013, 09:36:16 AM
Ok I've encouraged the boss into doing/getting the bike to work scheme (he's getting a bike for himself also!!) I'm thinking £800 for the bike. Would like some good ideas for types of bike for that price.

I wouldn't be the tallest so interested in the frame of the bike and what is best for my height. i'm past trikes ;D ;D

Depends on what you want the bike for, if you want a road bike i would be considering something along the links below
Though if its for commuting or maybe going along canal towpaths or cycle trails you might want a hybrid or even a mountain bike.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/synapse-6-tiagra-compact-2013-road-bike-ec042920
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/15-c-h2-2013-road-bike-ec040343

What you could watch out for is whichever shop you are looking at see what 2012 bikes they have on sale, often there is a significant reduction. Over here the like of evans cycles wont let you have the sale price on the cycle to work scheme, but from what i hear the shops at home are easier talked to on this.

try other websites like chainreaction wiggle ribble and get an idea what you want. Height wise - you will need to tell us that vital stat for further guidance - if you are 6ft around a 56-58, if around 5ft 8 id say a 52cm however the bike shop will guide you.
If in Belfast you could try Paul Slane cycles fairly sure they do the cycle to work scheme.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 09, 2013, 08:01:06 PM
Ok I've encouraged the boss into doing/getting the bike to work scheme (he's getting a bike for himself also!!) I'm thinking £800 for the bike. Would like some good ideas for types of bike for that price.

I wouldn't be the tallest so interested in the frame of the bike and what is best for my height. i'm past trikes ;D ;D

Depends on what you want the bike for, if you want a road bike i would be considering something along the links below
Though if its for commuting or maybe going along canal towpaths or cycle trails you might want a hybrid or even a mountain bike.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/synapse-6-tiagra-compact-2013-road-bike-ec042920
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/15-c-h2-2013-road-bike-ec040343

What you could watch out for is whichever shop you are looking at see what 2012 bikes they have on sale, often there is a significant reduction. Over here the like of evans cycles wont let you have the sale price on the cycle to work scheme, but from what i hear the shops at home are easier talked to on this.

try other websites like chainreaction wiggle ribble and get an idea what you want. Height wise - you will need to tell us that vital stat for further guidance - if you are 6ft around a 56-58, if around 5ft 8 id say a 52cm however the bike shop will guide you.
If in Belfast you could try Paul Slane cycles fairly sure they do the cycle to work scheme.

Was in Chain Reaction earlier and was pushed along to this bike, I know they push their own type but what ya think? £850

Vitus Bikes Zenium VRS - 105 Road Bike 2013

Competion-level spec list. Wallet-friendly price. What’s not to like?

The 2013 Zenium range features an all-new 6061-T6 hydroformed alloy frameset which boasts improved aesthetics and mimics our top-end carbon frames in styling and geometry.

A carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer comes as standard on all models and brings a new level of performance to the range, offering greatly improved handling and comfort.

The Zenium VRS features a components list that won’t look out of place on the starting line of any midweek club race or criterium, but with compact and rider-friendly geometry it’s also your ideal companion for epic weekend centuries, charity cyclosportives or year-round training.

Triple-butted 6061 aluminium frame and UD carbon fork
Our new 6061-T6 aluminium frame with custom-drawn aerospace tubing delivers a ride that is light, stiff and responsive. A UD carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer reduces road buzz and provides precise and predictable handling on all road surfaces.

Shimano 105/FSA groupset
Race ready performance is provided by Shimano's 105 5700 shifters and derailleurs. As technology advances many features trickle down from Dura Ace to 105 presenting an incredibly slick performer with improved aesthetics. The heart of the transmission is an FSA Gossamer Pro 50t x 34t compact chainset offering a club race friendly gear ratio that will be equally at home on longer weekend training rides.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 09, 2013, 08:14:45 PM
Ok I've encouraged the boss into doing/getting the bike to work scheme (he's getting a bike for himself also!!) I'm thinking £800 for the bike. Would like some good ideas for types of bike for that price.

I wouldn't be the tallest so interested in the frame of the bike and what is best for my height. i'm past trikes ;D ;D

Depends on what you want the bike for, if you want a road bike i would be considering something along the links below
Though if its for commuting or maybe going along canal towpaths or cycle trails you might want a hybrid or even a mountain bike.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/synapse-6-tiagra-compact-2013-road-bike-ec042920
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/15-c-h2-2013-road-bike-ec040343

What you could watch out for is whichever shop you are looking at see what 2012 bikes they have on sale, often there is a significant reduction. Over here the like of evans cycles wont let you have the sale price on the cycle to work scheme, but from what i hear the shops at home are easier talked to on this.

try other websites like chainreaction wiggle ribble and get an idea what you want. Height wise - you will need to tell us that vital stat for further guidance - if you are 6ft around a 56-58, if around 5ft 8 id say a 52cm however the bike shop will guide you.
If in Belfast you could try Paul Slane cycles fairly sure they do the cycle to work scheme.

Was in Chain Reaction earlier and was pushed along to this bike, I know they push their own type but what ya think? £850

Vitus Bikes Zenium VRS - 105 Road Bike 2013

Competion-level spec list. Wallet-friendly price. What’s not to like?

The 2013 Zenium range features an all-new 6061-T6 hydroformed alloy frameset which boasts improved aesthetics and mimics our top-end carbon frames in styling and geometry.

A carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer comes as standard on all models and brings a new level of performance to the range, offering greatly improved handling and comfort.

The Zenium VRS features a components list that won’t look out of place on the starting line of any midweek club race or criterium, but with compact and rider-friendly geometry it’s also your ideal companion for epic weekend centuries, charity cyclosportives or year-round training.

Triple-butted 6061 aluminium frame and UD carbon fork
Our new 6061-T6 aluminium frame with custom-drawn aerospace tubing delivers a ride that is light, stiff and responsive. A UD carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer reduces road buzz and provides precise and predictable handling on all road surfaces.

Shimano 105/FSA groupset
Race ready performance is provided by Shimano's 105 5700 shifters and derailleurs. As technology advances many features trickle down from Dura Ace to 105 presenting an incredibly slick performer with improved aesthetics. The heart of the transmission is an FSA Gossamer Pro 50t x 34t compact chainset offering a club race friendly gear ratio that will be equally at home on longer weekend training rides.

Looks a cracking bike for the money.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 09, 2013, 08:24:18 PM
well I'm looking to pay £40 or £50 quid a month out of my wages for it. A 54 frame bike.

•   Frame: Custom Hydro-formed 6061-T6 Alloy
•   Frame Certification: CE EN14781
•   Forks: High-modulus T700 HM-UD carbon with tapered alloy steerer
•   Headset: FSA Orbit C-40-ACB
•   Handlebars: FSA Wing Compact
•   Stem: FSA Gossamer OS-152
•   Handlebar Tape: Cork Cushion
•   Chainset: FSA Gossamer Pro Compact, 50t x 34t
•   Chain: Shimano Tiagra 4601, 10-Speed
•   Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12t-25t, 10-Speed
•   Shifters: Shimano 105 5700
•   Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5701
•   Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
•   Brakes: FSA Gossamer
•   Saddle: Vitus
•   Seatpost: FSA SL-280
•   Tyres: Schwalbe Lugano PP, 700x23c
•   Wheelset: Shimano R501
•   Weight: 9kg (54cm)

Though I looked at this one and the price was down from £950 to £630

BeOne Storm Race Road Bike Specifications:

•   Frame: Compact AL7005-T6
•   Fork: Carbon, w/alloy steerer
•   Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
•   Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
•   Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
•   Brake levers: Shimano Tiagra
•   Brakes: Shimano Tiagra
•   Crankset: Shimano Tiagra (50-39-30T)
•   Handlebar: Kalloy
•   Stem: Kalloy
•   Seatpost: Kalloy
•   Saddle: Selle Royal Seta
•   Hubs: Shimano R501
•   Rims: Shimano R501
•   Chain: Shimano 105
•   Cassette: Shimano Tiagra (12 - 30T)
•   Tires: Schwalbe Lugano
•   Weight: 9.7 kg
   
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 09, 2013, 09:05:29 PM
Vitus is far better value.

Take a look the Ribble bikebuilder on their website. If you know what you are looking for you can get a great value bike, Carbon or Alloy bike, full Carbon bike with Sora groupset for £800. Clinker Alloy bike the Sportive 7046, not cheapest tho.

Mekk bikes also worth checking out, huge discounts on them at the minute.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 09, 2013, 09:12:08 PM
Mekk full carbon with a 105/Tiagra mix available on wiggle for £840. (cant c&p as i'm footering on phone)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 09, 2013, 09:17:22 PM
Mekk full carbon with a 105/Tiagra mix available on wiggle for £840. (cant c&p as i'm footering on phone)

Grand will give that a look, looking forward to seeing the difference to what I've been used to.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 09, 2013, 10:38:51 PM
Lads, I haven't been on a bike for about 10 years but have been approached about a couple of charity cycles, each around 80 miles, at the end of the summer.
Not sure I want to get into spending big money as don't think I would keep the cycling up afterwards. I am reading here about boys spending £800-£1200 on bikes. Is there any point in me going out and buying a basic racer at about £200 or am I just wasting my money?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 10, 2013, 02:36:38 PM
Lads, I haven't been on a bike for about 10 years but have been approached about a couple of charity cycles, each around 80 miles, at the end of the summer.
Not sure I want to get into spending big money as don't think I would keep the cycling up afterwards. I am reading here about boys spending £800-£1200 on bikes. Is there any point in me going out and buying a basic racer at about £200 or am I just wasting my money?

Leo I'd be a novice at cycling, wouldn't have done more than 20 odd mile and still haven't but would go out and do short distances, I've a decent mountain bike alloy frame, light but leading up to a tri event in September last year I went out with a mate on the road and he'd a "proper" road bike, I'd say for my age I'm reasonably fit but he blow me away couldn't keep up with him and I was giving it the welly the whole time, in the best gear for the lay of the road.

If I were thinking of doing a 80 miler I'd never do it on a basic racer, If you have a friend that has a racing bike I'd use it just for the longer races
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 10, 2013, 03:38:34 PM
Lads, I haven't been on a bike for about 10 years but have been approached about a couple of charity cycles, each around 80 miles, at the end of the summer.
Not sure I want to get into spending big money as don't think I would keep the cycling up afterwards. I am reading here about boys spending £800-£1200 on bikes. Is there any point in me going out and buying a basic racer at about £200 or am I just wasting my money?

For about £300-£350 you would be able to pick up a 2nd hand one that would do for what you want it for. There are loads of them out there, i picked up a bianchi bike for a mate a few weeks back £350, alu frame with carbon fork, full shimano ultegra throughout in mint condition as the guy had "upgraded" on the cycle to work scheme.
You would be far better to do this than spend the same amount on a new more basic bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 15, 2013, 10:07:45 AM
Joe Brolly's Life Cycle - you can register now

http://makelifeyourlegacy.com/ (http://makelifeyourlegacy.com/)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 18, 2013, 11:29:35 AM
Lads, just picket up a 26 x 1.75 tyre  in Lidl this morning. The size on my bike tyre says 26 x 1.60

Will I be ok?

 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 18, 2013, 12:12:57 PM
Lads, just picket up a 26 x 1.75 tyre  in Lidl this morning. The size on my bike tyre says 26 x 1.60

Will I be ok?

Should be fine
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 18, 2013, 12:20:02 PM
I going to pop in to see if the chain cleaner they have advertised is any good as it looks a bargain for under a fiver
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 18, 2013, 12:44:03 PM
Lads, just picket up a 26 x 1.75 tyre  in Lidl this morning. The size on my bike tyre says 26 x 1.60

Will I be ok?

Should be fine

Thanks MD
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 18, 2013, 12:45:51 PM
I going to pop in to see if the chain cleaner they have advertised is any good as it looks a bargain for under a fiver

I got the Chain cleaning kit looks grand. the tyre and tube for €14! Cant be bad
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 18, 2013, 12:49:14 PM
Nothing worst than arriving for a cycle and your chain is bogging and everyone else chain looks like than it was just bought.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 18, 2013, 12:58:29 PM
Nothing worst than arriving for a cycle and your chain is bogging and everyone else chain looks like than it was just bought.

I have my bike six years (cycle to work most days, winter and summer) the chain got its first clean and oil about a month ago!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 18, 2013, 01:29:33 PM
Thanks to those last two posts, I now realise that Gerry and GerryKeegan are two different people.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: muppet on April 18, 2013, 01:37:11 PM
Thanks to those last two posts, I now realise that Gerry and GerryKeegan are two different people.

 :D :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 18, 2013, 01:55:39 PM
Thanks to those last two posts, I now realise that Gerry and GerryKeegan are two different people.

Are you sure?

I could just be chatting to myself!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 18, 2013, 02:59:40 PM
Thanks to those last two posts, I now realise that Gerry and GerryKeegan are two different people.

Neither of which you would want to assist putting their chain back on.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 18, 2013, 07:12:26 PM
Nothing worst than arriving for a cycle and your chain is bogging and everyone else chain looks like than it was just bought.
I spray my chain with WD40, give it a wipe with a babywipe & then lube it again, shifts some dung of the chain & a lot less footery.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 18, 2013, 11:41:05 PM
for £4 a bargain



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on April 19, 2013, 02:22:56 PM
Anyone doing any races?
Had the first Mayo cycling race there a week ago, my first race, some speed. One bad crash with a dislocated shoulder and a busted eye. Must say I really enjoyed it.

Back out this Wednesday for the second one and Tuesday for the Connacht TT league, can't wait.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 20, 2013, 11:00:32 PM
Fair play to you for racing, I am the wrong side of forty to start it now.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 21, 2013, 04:13:19 PM
Dan Martin wins Leige-Bastonne-Leige. A huge victory in the final Classic of the season. Rode a superb tactical race. After his Tour of Catyluna win  the world's his oyster.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 21, 2013, 08:59:17 PM
great ride by dan today, he is looking good for the tours.  nico over 4 minutes down and contador fell back big style after showing good at the start, andy done well to finish this one
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on April 22, 2013, 12:08:05 AM
Dan Martin emulates Seán Kelly with Belgian win

Ireland's Dan Martin of the Garmin-Sharp team won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic on Sunday. Spain's Joaquim Rodríguez was second in the 261.5km hilly one-day race, with Spain's Alejandro Valverde in third.

After a late attack by Rodríguez on the final ascent, Martin caught the Spaniard then broke away with 400 metres to go for a lone win. Martin is the second Irishman, after Seán Kelly, in 1984 and 1989, to win the race.

The first breakaway came when Lotto Belisol's Bart De Clercq opened up a lead of 14 minutes alongside Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Jonathan Fumeaux and Pirmin Lang (both IAM Cycling), Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Sander Armée (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator). However, after the group hit the climbs towards the end of the race, they were hauled back with just under 40km to go.

A succession of riders attempted to break clear with Garmin Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal gaining a 20-second lead at one point, but the peloton kept hauling any lone riders back in.

Rodríguez made his charge when a kilometre out but Martin went with him and used his fresher legs to attack when 400 metres out to claim his first major one-day victory.

The win bridges a 21-year gap to the last Irish classic triumph of Kelly in San Remo in 1992.

http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/dan-martin-emulates-se%C3%A1n-kelly-with-belgian-win-1.1367553
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 22, 2013, 09:34:43 AM
Lads, I haven't been on a bike for about 10 years but have been approached about a couple of charity cycles, each around 80 miles, at the end of the summer.
Not sure I want to get into spending big money as don't think I would keep the cycling up afterwards. I am reading here about boys spending £800-£1200 on bikes. Is there any point in me going out and buying a basic racer at about £200 or am I just wasting my money?

For about £300-£350 you would be able to pick up a 2nd hand one that would do for what you want it for. There are loads of them out there, i picked up a bianchi bike for a mate a few weeks back £350, alu frame with carbon fork, full shimano ultegra throughout in mint condition as the guy had "upgraded" on the cycle to work scheme.
You would be far better to do this than spend the same amount on a new more basic bike.

Cheers MD (and MR2).
As a quick education in what to look out for. i.e. what is the difference between what I get for
 
£1000: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_789235_langId_-1_categoryId_165710

£500: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_810601_langId_-1_categoryId_165710

£200: http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_912087_langId_-1_categoryId_165710
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 22, 2013, 01:46:45 PM
On a sliding scale the less money you spend the poorer quality your bike will be:

Frame quality & weight, goes up from Steel, Alu, to Carbon. Cheapest are steel, mid range Alu.

Groupset / Gearing, Shimano's goes from 2300, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. Your cheapest is below 2300, so it'll not be smooth & have fewer gears.

Wheels:  Heavier & poorer performing the cheaper they are.

Tyres: Same, as you pay more they become better performing, cheap tyres can be  durable but awful performance wise.

In my own experience a shite bike might put you off altogether, comfort is the most important thing imo, if you're not comfortable you're screwed, so sizing is vital, frame geometries vary with bikes too, some with a more race minded design others with a relaxed set up. Trek have the simplest system, H1, H2 & H3 designs racey to relaxed/sportive.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 22, 2013, 02:21:57 PM
On a sliding scale the less money you spend the poorer quality your bike will be:

Frame quality & weight, goes up from Steel, Alu, to Carbon. Cheapest are steel, mid range Alu.

Groupset / Gearing, Shimano's goes from 2300, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. Your cheapest is below 2300, so it'll not be smooth & have fewer gears.

Wheels:  Heavier & poorer performing the cheaper they are.

Tyres: Same, as you pay more they become better performing, cheap tyres can be  durable but awful performance wise.

In my own experience a shite bike might put you off altogether, comfort is the most important thing imo, if you're not comfortable you're screwed, so sizing is vital, frame geometries vary with bikes too, some with a more race minded design others with a relaxed set up. Trek have the simplest system, H1, H2 & H3 designs racey to relaxed/sportive.

Cheers Benny, a lot of common sense in what you say re comfort, performance and weight (wheels & frame) but the bit about gears is double dutch to me. I need it broken down further.

Are 2300, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace brand names for the different levels of Shimano gear sets?
Are Shimano the bench mark for gear sets?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 22, 2013, 02:56:35 PM
They are, in theory Dura Ace is the lightest & best performing Shimano groupset. Sram & Campagnolo are other brands, Shimano is the most popular on these shores.

On a progressing scale of expense & performance Sram has, Apex, Rival, Force & Red

Campagnolo has Xenon, Veloce, Centaur, Athena, Record & Super Record.

Each has Electronic options at the top ends.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 07, 2013, 12:10:56 AM
Done this on Sunday,  Map my ride (http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/273185968)




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 07, 2013, 01:25:15 AM
Good stuff. Anyone doing the maracycle at the end of June? Signing up for it myself. Never did that sort of distance before but I'll give it a go!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 08, 2013, 11:24:53 PM
Early days in the Giro but think Cadel Evans is looking well up for it, backed him there EW at 14/1. Wiggins losing time in lost bonuses & getting caught in crashes, TT on Saturday will tell a tale, but Wiggins still Evens fav. I'd lay him all day on Betfair.

Pan flat 2moro, Cavendish odds on for the stage, backed Roberto Ferrari @ 33's for an intetest - took a stage last year taking Cav out by the root in the process.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 08, 2013, 11:54:04 PM
I did the Portadown towpath to Newry and back last weekend. My only issue was a lack of useful cycling signposts once you get in to Newry - I would have liked to go on out the Omeath road
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 09, 2013, 11:01:43 AM
Great to see new teams attacking each day, makes a change from a sky leadout.  Cav didn't look great on the hills yesterday and probably gave up and saved his energy until today.  The TT will sort out the GC cyclists this weekend.  Its a pity dan or nico not in it to give us somebody to shout for.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 11, 2013, 03:32:48 PM
Wiggins is having some shocking bad luck in the Giro. Crashes & yesterdays spill, Puncture & bike change knobbles his TT hopes today and hampers his expected GC recovery.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 12, 2013, 09:46:45 PM
Wiggins was lucky not to have dropped more time today, his confidence in descending in the rain seems to have  gone
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 13, 2013, 12:04:45 AM
Joe Brolly's Life Cycle - you can register now

http://makelifeyourlegacy.com/ (http://makelifeyourlegacy.com/)
Anyone else on here doing this? Might do the short one - I've managed to get the bike out of the garage for the first time this weekend for two fairly short spins (wind was savage tonight!) so not ready to push the distance just yet.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 13, 2013, 07:59:18 PM
Quote
(wind was savage tonight!)

i never seen a year as much wind between the rain and the wind yesterday it was tough going.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 13, 2013, 08:27:09 PM
Quote
(wind was savage tonight!)

i never seen a year as much wind between the rain and the wind yesterday it was tough going.

Indeed. That is why my bike stayed in the garage yesterday and I went for a jog in the rain.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 13, 2013, 11:41:12 PM
Went round the lough on sunday. 82 mile in serious wind and rain! Tough going.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 13, 2013, 11:51:28 PM
that was some ride jim, i would say that it was windy coming of the lough.

a good ride by philip deignan in the tour of california tonight in serious heat
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 14, 2013, 12:05:41 AM
that was some ride jim, i would say that it was windy coming of the lough.

a good ride by philip deignan in the tour of california tonight in serious heat

Didnt seem to end, was especially tough from randalstown - ballyronan. Tail wind for about 10 mile coming into portadown and then it started up again. Completed in around 5hrs 15mins. Good to get that one in the tank though. Have the Maracycle coming up at the end of June. Need to get a couple more long rides in before then. Met a fella from Triangle Tri club who was just about to head off for the Lanzarote Ironman!! One day  ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 14, 2013, 11:12:26 PM
anyone see this today in the giro


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on May 14, 2013, 11:28:38 PM
Nothing worst than arriving for a cycle and your chain is bogging and everyone else chain looks like than it was just bought.

Ah I reckon there are worse things in life that could happen. !
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abble on May 15, 2013, 09:45:58 PM
Giro D'Italia ----- I've a bet waiting on Nibali, as part of an accum from the weekend. I'm thinking should i attempt to cover my stake by getting on Cadel Evans now also. Does anyone outside of these two now have a realistic chance of winning it or is it still too early to say ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 15, 2013, 10:07:04 PM
anyone see this today in the giro




Brilliant. Why do I love watching other people fall over?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 15, 2013, 11:33:47 PM
Went out tonight and did 20 miles in 1.21 mins, fairly flat and ran into a hail stone shower that last 3 miles with a strong wind FFS!!

 Haven't got a decent bike, it's an aluminium frame, straight handlebars. Looking to get a new bike soon fairly high spec in the £850 range, would I be taking much time off that on the new bike?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mikhail Prokhorov on May 15, 2013, 11:37:56 PM
Went out tonight and did 20 miles in 1.21 mins, fairly flat and ran into a hail stone shower that last 3 miles with a strong wind FFS!!

 Haven't got a decent bike, it's an aluminium frame, straight handlebars. Looking to get a new bike soon fairly high spec in the £850 range, would I be taking much time off that on the new bike?

yeah with a decent bike you should be able to go under a minute no problem  ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 15, 2013, 11:40:27 PM
A minute in the right direction ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 16, 2013, 12:16:04 AM
Sylvain Georges, who rides for the ag2r failed a drug test in the giro, 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on May 16, 2013, 04:05:35 PM
Cycling experts.
Would something like this be good for a road bike?

http://eurocycles.com/ie/product/eurotrek/tdf-road-bike#reviews

I mentioned before I bought a cheapo bike in Halfords but it is only fit for the knackers yard now.
Was gonna buy a hybrid but have not bought anything yet.
Don't want to spend too much as I could easily give it up after a few weeks though I hope to stick at it this time around.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 16, 2013, 06:22:16 PM
Looking for some advice as well. Anyone got an opinion on Boardman bikes? Specifically looking at this one:
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_165710#tab3

Buying through a cycle to work scheme so unfortunately limited to Halfords!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 16, 2013, 10:02:10 PM
Couldn't go wrong with that Maguire.

Laoislad, alrite for the money, but as maddog or someone has alluded to before, there's far better value to be had in the used bike market. You could pay the same money for a year old bike with vastly superior components.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 18, 2013, 05:52:19 PM
Did the Life Cycle today - went for the longer spin in the end, 83km. Brutal weather in the second half - blinded by the rain. Peter Robinson did it too - not sure if he did the shorter or longer one. Spotted a few Armagh GAA men - Stevie McDonnell and John and Tony McEntee. Good turnout overall.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 18, 2013, 06:59:53 PM
The cycling top they produced looks well, is it on general sale do u know or was it just for participants? Would invest.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 18, 2013, 07:46:09 PM
Think it's available from the website.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 18, 2013, 08:34:53 PM
Tis alrite, no sizing guide, anyone buy one able to give any indication? L or XL normally & cycling gear sizes can be all over the shop.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on May 23, 2013, 12:08:40 PM
Still looking round at Bikes ot get myself started. I think I have worked out what I need and have narrowing it down to a couple of bikes within my price range. Both are designed as endurance bikes and have carbon forks and both have the same Shimano Sora gear sets but there is still a bit of a price difference. Doent know if it is dowen to the shops involved or the build quality of the bike but does anyone have any thoughts about the quality of Giant (Defy 3) v Specialized (Allez Sport)?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on May 23, 2013, 04:02:40 PM
Still looking round at Bikes ot get myself started. I think I have worked out what I need and have narrowing it down to a couple of bikes within my price range. Both are designed as endurance bikes and have carbon forks and both have the same Shimano Sora gear sets but there is still a bit of a price difference. Doent know if it is dowen to the shops involved or the build quality of the bike but does anyone have any thoughts about the quality of Giant (Defy 3) v Specialized (Allez Sport)?

Wouldn't be anything in them i would guess other than the brand name on them, alu frames with Sora components. Dont get too hung up on whether one component is slight lighter than another (sora v tiagra v ultegra etc) If you get either bike you should be a long time before worrying about upgrading. Either should be an excellent bike for someone starting out. Take the plunge and good luck with it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on May 23, 2013, 05:23:45 PM
Still looking round at Bikes ot get myself started. I think I have worked out what I need and have narrowing it down to a couple of bikes within my price range. Both are designed as endurance bikes and have carbon forks and both have the same Shimano Sora gear sets but there is still a bit of a price difference. Doent know if it is dowen to the shops involved or the build quality of the bike but does anyone have any thoughts about the quality of Giant (Defy 3) v Specialized (Allez Sport)?

Wouldn't be anything in them i would guess other than the brand name on them, alu frames with Sora components. Dont get too hung up on whether one component is slight lighter than another (sora v tiagra v ultegra etc) If you get either bike you should be a long time before worrying about upgrading. Either should be an excellent bike for someone starting out. Take the plunge and good luck with it.

Cheers, the main things I was looking for were comfort, carbon forks (reduced road vibrration!) and puncture resistant tyres. After that I wasn't to hung up. My thinking is a heavier bike the more benefit I will get from it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 23, 2013, 08:09:18 PM
Tis alrite, no sizing guide, anyone buy one able to give any indication? L or XL normally & cycling gear sizes can be all over the shop.

I've gone for L.

It had better fit or there'll be hell to pay.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 23, 2013, 08:32:48 PM
I bought one tonite myself, an L, last time i saw you i thought i was a bigger  L than you, which has me worried a bit now  :P
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on May 23, 2013, 08:42:23 PM
I bought one tonite myself, an L, last time i saw you i thought i was a bigger  L than you, which has me worried a bit now  :P

Worry about it when you think you are being sponsored by castlemaine
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 25, 2013, 08:47:51 PM
Early days in the Giro but think Cadel Evans is looking well up for it, backed him there EW at 14/1. Wiggins losing time in lost bonuses & getting caught in crashes, TT on Saturday will tell a tale, but Wiggins still Evens fav. I'd lay him all day on Betfair.

Pan flat 2moro, Cavendish odds on for the stage, backed Roberto Ferrari @ 33's for an intetest - took a stage last year taking Cav out by the root in the process.
Cadel slips to third, but he'll be delighted with his Giro i'd imagine, he's got some real form to build on for Le Tour.

Doing the Sperrin Sportive 2moro, lumpy looking profile.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on May 25, 2013, 09:16:32 PM
Was at Armagh Boot sale this morning and seen this great sign. Some great Bicks for you cycling lads



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 25, 2013, 09:20:26 PM
i am surprised with cadel performance so far it just goes to show the old man is not done yet.  i seen a video of yesterdays cancelled stage and the snow was piling down so they had no other choice but to cancel it.  this tour makes the tdf look like a sunday spin.


i am doing 100 miler tomorrow so the panic is on to get back to omagh to see the tyrone match, so hopefully there is not much half turns being shouted
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 29, 2013, 05:28:38 PM
Tis alrite, no sizing guide, anyone buy one able to give any indication? L or XL normally & cycling gear sizes can be all over the shop.

I've gone for L.

It had better fit or there'll be hell to pay.
Any sign of ur top? I ordered last Thursday & no sign, £4.95 for p&p i'd expect mucho better :-\
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on May 30, 2013, 08:41:39 AM
Still looking round at Bikes ot get myself started. I think I have worked out what I need and have narrowing it down to a couple of bikes within my price range. Both are designed as endurance bikes and have carbon forks and both have the same Shimano Sora gear sets but there is still a bit of a price difference. Doent know if it is dowen to the shops involved or the build quality of the bike but does anyone have any thoughts about the quality of Giant (Defy 3) v Specialized (Allez Sport)?

Thinking of a bike myself, but haven't the foggiest about frame sizes I should be looking at. I'm 6', inside leg of 32" and dress to the left, what sort of frames should I be looking at as it'll probably be a gumtree special I'd go for?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on May 31, 2013, 04:24:43 PM
Looks like the issue of who will lead sky in the Tour de France has been settled. Wiggins out.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on June 02, 2013, 10:25:33 PM
Bought this yesterday.



Got some great reviews on bikeradar.com and other sites I checked and Halfords are having a bank holiday sale this weekend so got it for €435.
Not a top of the range bike I know but I didn't want to spend a fortune on something that will probably spend the winter in the shed!
Took it for a quick 20km spin this evening and I can't get over how nicer it is to ride than the last bike I had which was a mountain bike.
Very happy with it.I have a bit of a sore hole after it though,the seat isn't as soft as the last bike!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 02, 2013, 10:38:27 PM
Get the pants with the padding on it, it will be grand
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 03, 2013, 07:18:46 PM
Anyone doing the Wicklow 200 on Sunday? Giving it another go but i've only about 1/4 of the training i had done this time last year as i'd an awful run of luck with illness this winter & spring.

Still no sign of the Optforlife cycle top either, ordered 11 days ago :-[
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 03, 2013, 07:24:34 PM
Bought this yesterday.



Got some great reviews on bikeradar.com and other sites I checked and Halfords are having a bank holiday sale this weekend so got it for €435.
Not a top of the range bike I know but I didn't want to spend a fortune on something that will probably spend the winter in the shed!
Took it for a quick 20km spin this evening and I can't get over how nicer it is to ride than the last bike I had which was a mountain bike.
Very happy with it.I have a bit of a sore hole after it though,the seat isn't as soft as the last bike!

Great wee bike and a big change from the mountain bike for you.   Just need to get the miles done now
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 03, 2013, 08:15:50 PM
Anyone doing the Wicklow 200 on Sunday? Giving it another go but i've only about 1/4 of the training i had done this time last year as i'd an awful run of luck with illness this winter & spring.

Still no sign of the Optforlife cycle top either, ordered 11 days ago :-[

I had planned to do it and the burren this year but saving my money for France.  You could be out a fortune with this cycling craic with the amount of charity cycles that are on.

Hopefully ur run of bad luck is over benny, nothing worst than seeing ones out on the bike and yours is stuck in the shed
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 03, 2013, 08:19:57 PM
Anyone doing the Wicklow 200 on Sunday? Giving it another go but i've only about 1/4 of the training i had done this time last year as i'd an awful run of luck with illness this winter & spring.

Still no sign of the Optforlife cycle top either, ordered 11 days ago :-[

Ditto
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 03, 2013, 08:21:20 PM
anyone that watch the giro will not be suprised to know that a second vinti fantini cyclist failed a drug test today. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 04, 2013, 01:18:31 PM
Optforlife top arrived, L aint very L   :'(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 05, 2013, 11:10:00 PM
alberto had a bad day at the office today and with tomorrows climbs to come he needs  to pull something out of the bag
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on June 07, 2013, 12:15:33 AM
Optforlife top arrived, L aint very L   :'(

Mine arrived today too. Large is a good fit for me
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 10, 2013, 10:48:38 AM
Wicklow was spectacular yesterday, beautiful conditions, be a long time before it's done again in those conditions. 126miles of enjoyable torture, near 7,500ft of climbing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on June 10, 2013, 05:36:40 PM
Wicklow was spectacular yesterday, beautiful conditions, be a long time before it's done again in those conditions. 126miles of enjoyable torture, near 7,500ft of climbing.

That's sum going! Serious amount of climbing in that. How long did it take you?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 10, 2013, 05:49:02 PM
All day, a days work. 8 & 3/4 hours actual riding time, we cruised round at our leisure. I was reading the cycling boards beforehand and fellas planning to refuel on the bike & not take breaks - now that is maddness, cant see were the enjoyment is in that, especially on such a beautiful day. Some serious hotties about yesterday too
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Count 10 on June 10, 2013, 07:37:34 PM
All day, a days work. 8 & 3/4 hours actual riding time, we cruised round at our leisure. I was reading the cycling boards beforehand and fellas planning to refuel on the bike & not take breaks - now that is maddness, cant see were the enjoyment is in that, especially on such a beautiful day. Some serious hotties about yesterday too

we thought you had the pump shoved down your lycra ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 10, 2013, 11:18:16 PM
well done benny, some climbing.  a great day for the tan lines
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on June 19, 2013, 08:36:50 PM
Programme on 5Live at the minute on 100 years of the Toure de France.  I assume it will be available as a podcast.  Very interesting.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mickey Linden on June 19, 2013, 10:44:39 PM
Anyone ever left their bike in to get serviced? Where's best place to get this done? Mine is not an expensive bike so wouldn't want to spend too much on it to be honest. How much would a service usually cost?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 20, 2013, 01:29:11 PM
If you are on O2 and sign up to O2 moments you can get a free service with halfords until the end of June.  They check and adjust brakes and gears.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on June 20, 2013, 03:38:22 PM
If you are on O2 and sign up to O2 moments you can get a free service with halfords until the end of June.  They check and adjust brakes and gears.
They wouldnt come highly recommended, I'd go to a local independent who's more protective of their reputation. No more 25quid should cover it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on June 20, 2013, 04:22:34 PM
Cookson on a twitter Q&A as he running for UCI pres and Armatrong comes in with this

Quote
Question for @cooksonforuci - any plans to convene a Truth and Rec Commission  to FULLY understand the mistakes of previous

Would be interested to see if Armstrong fully participated in such an event
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 20, 2013, 08:32:00 PM
A service can vary wildly depending on the state of ur bike, if u need new cables, chain, cassette or brakepads ur £50+ straight away. I've yet to see a £25 service, but i wouldn't leave a bike into a shop for minor stuff. Halfords can be very hit & miss with servicing, not even sure they put their bike mechanics through the Cytec qualification.

If you know a regular (amenable) cyclist with 10/15 years experience they'll likely be well fit to service a bike for you.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on June 20, 2013, 09:51:10 PM
If you are on O2 and sign up to O2 moments you can get a free service with halfords until the end of June.  They check and adjust brakes and gears.
They wouldnt come highly recommended, I'd go to a local independent who's more protective of their reputation. No more 25quid should cover it.
I wouldn't use Halfords for a service either - and I have the O2 offer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 20, 2013, 10:48:47 PM
Cycleology in Armagh are apparently decent and not expensive.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nally Stand on June 21, 2013, 12:13:35 AM
Whats the best option for buying a bike lads, in around £300-£400 range...a new bike or a higher spec but second hand bike? Any good sites online for second hand ones? Thanks!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Count 10 on June 21, 2013, 06:12:07 AM
If it is a road bike you are after you can pick up a decent new one at Halfords....the Carrera Virtuoso is a great bike for the money

 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1?cm_re=Category+Pages-_-Under+the+fold-_-road

gumtree you may get a better second hand one but make sure you have the right frame size etc when buying.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on June 21, 2013, 08:41:02 AM
If it is a road bike you are after you can pick up a decent new one at Halfords....the Carrera Virtuoso is a great bike for the money

 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165710_langId_-1?cm_re=Category+Pages-_-Under+the+fold-_-road

gumtree you may get a better second hand one but make sure you have the right frame size etc when buying.

Bought this a few weeks ago. Great bike.
Doing between 10-15 miles a night since I got it. Was 13 stone 9 when I started and am now down to 12 stone 8.

Feeling great.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nally Stand on June 21, 2013, 09:26:36 AM
Have been looking at that one alright. Is there much difference in having carbon forks or not?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: take_yer_points on June 21, 2013, 02:30:01 PM
Anyone ever left their bike in to get serviced? Where's best place to get this done? Mine is not an expensive bike so wouldn't want to spend too much on it to be honest. How much would a service usually cost?

A few years back there was a fella in Belfast (Lawrence Street, off University Street) who taught you how to service your bike. You could book a Saturday morning and he'd show you how to do it but you would do all the work. I'm not sure of the price or if he's still there but always thought that was a great idea
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 09, 2013, 10:38:17 PM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: el_cuervo_fc on July 09, 2013, 11:00:53 PM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

It's easier to practice using them on the road. The garden doesn't give you much time to twist your foot. Unless you practice by holding onto the wall and twisting your outside foot.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 09, 2013, 11:54:18 PM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

It's easier to practice using them on the road. The garden doesn't give you much time to twist your foot. Unless you practice by holding onto the wall and twisting your outside foot.

The road is harder to fall on!! But you're right will give it a bash next week, kids were laughing as I just fell over, here in doors was loving it!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2013, 10:57:59 AM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

What pedals are you using ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 10, 2013, 11:17:32 AM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

What pedals are you using ?

Ones for a Specialized bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2013, 11:24:11 AM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

What pedals are you using ?

Ones for a Specialized bike


Im assuming they are clip in and not the old style toe clips, if they are you should be able to adjust the tension somewhere on the pedal so that your feet are not too hard to get out. When you are more confident you can tighten it up so that your feet are more solidly locked in to the pedal.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 10, 2013, 11:47:14 AM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

What pedals are you using ?

Ones for a Specialized bike


Im assuming they are clip in and not the old style toe clips, if they are you should be able to adjust the tension somewhere on the pedal so that your feet are not too hard to get out. When you are more confident you can tighten it up so that your feet are more solidly locked in to the pedal.

Cheers will give that a bash when I get back from triathlon on Saturday, big difference in it I'd say (speed/effort) than ordinary pedals
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on July 10, 2013, 12:37:56 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2013, 12:57:38 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?

Eat before you are hungry and drink before you are thirsty is the old rule. All depends on what you had before you went out but there is nothing worse than hitting the wall and having nothing left energy wise.

http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/beat-the-bonk-17082/ (http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/beat-the-bonk-17082/)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2013, 01:03:53 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on July 10, 2013, 04:34:31 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.

Is there though? What difference does it make?
I see lads out on the road when I'm cycling dressed like they are in the Tour de France with all the gear on them and I am keeping up to most and passing others with a pair of football shorts,t-shirt and a pair of runners on me.
They remind me of the fella on the Golf course dressed head to toe in Tiger Woods or whoever branded gear and spends half an hour lining up a two foot putt.
Unless you are competing in races/triathlons etc does it really make a difference what you wear when you are out cycling?
I don't think so.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 10, 2013, 04:47:09 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.

Is there though? What difference does it make?
I see lads out on the road when I'm cycling dressed like they are in the Tour de France with all the gear on them and I am keeping up to most and passing others with a pair of football shorts,t-shirt and a pair of runners on me.
They remind me of the fella on the Golf course dressed head to toe in Tiger Woods or whoever branded gear and spends half an hour lining up a two foot putt.
Unless you are competing in races/triathlons etc does it really make a difference what you wear when you are out cycling?
I don't think so.

I know what you are saying but i would be more concerned about the lads spending 2k on a bike to do 10 mile spins once a week rather than those that want to get kitted out properly. The idea of the clip in shoe is that its held in the one position and that the right part of your foot is over the centre of the pedal. The sole of the cycling shoe being much harder than a trainer will transform the energy and effort you put in to pedalling more effectively than a spongy trainer will. Also on a long enough ride chances are your foot will eventually get sore if in trainers. But if its not bothering you tear away as you are.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on July 10, 2013, 04:50:27 PM
I thought the clip in shoes gave you the ability to pull up on the peddal as well as push down?

I've lined up a 2 foot putt before.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on July 10, 2013, 04:57:58 PM
I thought the clip in shoes gave you the ability to pull up on the peddal as well as push down?

I've lined up a 2 foot putt before.

Those are my own particular achiles heel, and even the shorter ones which I pull left :-(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on July 10, 2013, 05:03:30 PM
I thought the clip in shoes gave you the ability to pull up on the peddal as well as push down?

Yep, can make a massive difference (overall).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Puckoon on July 10, 2013, 05:11:14 PM
I thought the clip in shoes gave you the ability to pull up on the peddal as well as push down?

I've lined up a 2 foot putt before.

Those are my own particular achiles heel, and even the shorter ones which I pull left :-(

Sent you a PM there - consider the source - I ain't on tour!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 10, 2013, 05:23:44 PM
Tried the clip on shoes for the bike there today, fell off twice in the garden trying to get the f**kers off!!!! A bloody nuisance was able to clip them off but fall off on the other side lol!! I've a race on Saturday but will use the cages instead until I become more competent!!

Any best tips to fixing such problems?

What pedals are you using ?

Ones for a Specialized bike


Im assuming they are clip in and not the old style toe clips, if they are you should be able to adjust the tension somewhere on the pedal so that your feet are not too hard to get out. When you are more confident you can tighten it up so that your feet are more solidly locked in to the pedal.

Cheers will give that a bash when I get back from triathlon on Saturday, big difference in it I'd say (speed/effort) than ordinary pedals

Where is your triathlon Milltown?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on July 10, 2013, 05:25:02 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.

Is there though? What difference does it make?
I see lads out on the road when I'm cycling dressed like they are in the Tour de France with all the gear on them and I am keeping up to most and passing others with a pair of football shorts,t-shirt and a pair of runners on me.
They remind me of the fella on the Golf course dressed head to toe in Tiger Woods or whoever branded gear and spends half an hour lining up a two foot putt.
Unless you are competing in races/triathlons etc does it really make a difference what you wear when you are out cycling?
I don't think so.

I know what you are saying but i would be more concerned about the lads spending 2k on a bike to do 10 mile spins once a week rather than those that want to get kitted out properly. The idea of the clip in shoe is that its held in the one position and that the right part of your foot is over the centre of the pedal. The sole of the cycling shoe being much harder than a trainer will transform the energy and effort you put in to pedalling more effectively than a spongy trainer will. Also on a long enough ride chances are your foot will eventually get sore if in trainers. But if its not bothering you tear away as you are.

Fair enough so.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 10, 2013, 05:27:47 PM
Thinking of tackling the Causeway Coast Sportive in Sept. Would need to get more hill training in before I sign up to it though. Have my eye on Wicklow 200 if I was able to do the Causeway Coast.

Would love to do the Castlewellan and Dublin triathlons as well but I am working hard to get my swimming up to scratch before I tackle that!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 10, 2013, 08:26:49 PM
I've done 2 Wicklows, was meant to do Causeway last year but was injured at the time, but fellas i know who did both thought the Causeway was tougher, shorter yes, but the climbing is meant to be fiercer.

 I wouldn't be taking it lightly Jim, Torr Head is meant to be some beast of a climb.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 10, 2013, 09:57:43 PM
Letterkenny this Saturday. Near Churchill Jim.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 10, 2013, 10:01:58 PM
I've done 2 Wicklows, was meant to do Causeway last year but was injured at the time, but fellas i know who did both thought the Causeway was tougher, shorter yes, but the climbing is meant to be fiercer.

 I wouldn't be taking it lightly Jim, Torr Head is meant to be some beast of a climb.

I have heard it is serious!! That's why I havent committed to it yet, need to see how the training goes before now and then. Im off over the summer so hope to get a good bit of training in. I did the Maracycle there a few weeks back and it wasnt too bad at all. No real climbs on it that are challenging, just took our time and plenty of stops along the way. A fella who nearly died with cancer about 2 years ago completed with us, some going!!

What sportives have you planned to do then?

Letterkenny this Saturday. Near Churchill Jim.

Good stuff Milltown, have a look at Castlewellan at end of august. looks good.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 10, 2013, 10:47:04 PM
Not sure, just back from holidays so my post wicklow conditioning is gone! If weather is ok I'll probably do the Causeway myself, bar that dunno, might do the lap of the lough, events have conspired against me were it's concerned and I've never actually done it. The Innishowen 100 is another tough one in the middle of August, google Mamore Gap it's another beast apparently.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on July 10, 2013, 11:01:39 PM
I've done 2 Wicklows, was meant to do Causeway last year but was injured at the time, but fellas i know who did both thought the Causeway was tougher, shorter yes, but the climbing is meant to be fiercer.

 I wouldn't be taking it lightly Jim, Torr Head is meant to be some beast of a climb.

I have heard it is serious!! That's why I havent committed to it yet, need to see how the training goes before now and then. Im off over the summer so hope to get a good bit of training in. I did the Maracycle there a few weeks back and it wasnt too bad at all. No real climbs on it that are challenging, just took our time and plenty of stops along the way. A fella who nearly died with cancer about 2 years ago completed with us, some going!!

What sportives have you planned to do then?

Letterkenny this Saturday. Near Churchill Jim.

Good stuff Milltown, have a look at Castlewellan at end of august. looks good.
Torr Head is brutal in a car! Assuming you approach from Cushendun hurling pitch it isn't one long climb onto the flat, there are a good few peaks and troughs beforeyou reach the road to Ballycastle. Keen boys.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 10, 2013, 11:15:32 PM
Not sure, just back from holidays so my post wicklow conditioning is gone! If weather is ok I'll probably do the Causeway myself, bar that dunno, might do the lap of the lough, events have conspired against me were it's concerned and I've never actually done it. The Innishowen 100 is another tough one in the middle of August, google Mamore Gap it's another beast apparently.

Im doing lap the lough with a few friends but will just do it for a bit of craic and stay at their pace. I am thinking about going around the lough on Friday actually. Handy enough spin hill wise, that bit from randalstown to toome would be the hardest. Mid August is ruled out for any races for me as I will only be back from holidays at that stage!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 10, 2013, 11:55:48 PM
Not sure, just back from holidays so my post wicklow conditioning is gone! If weather is ok I'll probably do the Causeway myself, bar that dunno, might do the lap of the lough, events have conspired against me were it's concerned and I've never actually done it. The Innishowen 100 is another tough one in the middle of August, google Mamore Gap it's another beast apparently.

Im doing lap the lough with a few friends but will just do it for a bit of craic and stay at their pace. I am thinking about going around the lough on Friday actually. Handy enough spin hill wise, that bit from randalstown to toome would be the hardest. Mid August is ruled out for any races for me as I will only be back from holidays at that stage!

sent pm jim
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on July 12, 2013, 12:21:16 AM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.

Is there though? What difference does it make?
I see lads out on the road when I'm cycling dressed like they are in the Tour de France with all the gear on them and I am keeping up to most and passing others with a pair of football shorts,t-shirt and a pair of runners on me.
They remind me of the fella on the Golf course dressed head to toe in Tiger Woods or whoever branded gear and spends half an hour lining up a two foot putt.
Unless you are competing in races/triathlons etc does it really make a difference what you wear when you are out cycling?
I don't think so.

I know what you are saying but i would be more concerned about the lads spending 2k on a bike to do 10 mile spins once a week rather than those that want to get kitted out properly. The idea of the clip in shoe is that its held in the one position and that the right part of your foot is over the centre of the pedal. The sole of the cycling shoe being much harder than a trainer will transform the energy and effort you put in to pedalling more effectively than a spongy trainer will. Also on a long enough ride chances are your foot will eventually get sore if in trainers. But if its not bothering you tear away as you are.
And here is the argument against clip ins.
http://www.cyclorama.net/viewArticle.php?id=376&subjectId=9
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 12, 2013, 01:02:26 PM
I've always used the old style toe clips, and touch wood I've never had a problem.

I dont fancy the twist ones - it means having to buy expensive shoes. Are they much better?


Also, after about 30-35 mile last Sunday my energy levels plummeted. I was drinking lucozade sport cherry flavour. Should I also be taking a banana or chocolate bar at 20 mile?


The old style clips i find are actually harder to use. I use Look pedals now and find them sound. You can get a pair of shoes for about £50, there is a world of difference between pedalling in cycling shoes and trainers. But the main thing is suppose is getting out there and enjoying it and being comfortable in whatever you choose. Its a long time from Paddy Crilly used to nail my cleats to my shoes in his old cobblers shop.

Is there though? What difference does it make?
I see lads out on the road when I'm cycling dressed like they are in the Tour de France with all the gear on them and I am keeping up to most and passing others with a pair of football shorts,t-shirt and a pair of runners on me.
They remind me of the fella on the Golf course dressed head to toe in Tiger Woods or whoever branded gear and spends half an hour lining up a two foot putt.
Unless you are competing in races/triathlons etc does it really make a difference what you wear when you are out cycling?
I don't think so.

I know what you are saying but i would be more concerned about the lads spending 2k on a bike to do 10 mile spins once a week rather than those that want to get kitted out properly. The idea of the clip in shoe is that its held in the one position and that the right part of your foot is over the centre of the pedal. The sole of the cycling shoe being much harder than a trainer will transform the energy and effort you put in to pedalling more effectively than a spongy trainer will. Also on a long enough ride chances are your foot will eventually get sore if in trainers. But if its not bothering you tear away as you are.
And here is the argument against clip ins.
http://www.cyclorama.net/viewArticle.php?id=376&subjectId=9

It is everyones personal preference but i have yet to come across anyone that doesnt prefer clip ins once they have got used to them.

A good compromise  is the shimano double sided pedal which is good for getting away from traffic lights etc as you can use the flat side to get the speed up and then clip in.

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/shimano-pd-m324-pedals (http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/shimano-pd-m324-pedals)

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 17, 2013, 11:25:39 AM
I'm still a novice on the bike but looking to better times, still think I've a lot to learn regarding getting in the right gear for the type of road, i.e gradient. Is there a chart out there for best gear to be in on the roads?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on July 17, 2013, 03:43:40 PM
What's the craic with cycling on motorways in Ireland? I had to drive down to Portlaoise today from Lucan and there was a fella cycling on the hard shoulder of the M7. I didn't think cyclists were allowed on motorways.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 22, 2013, 05:17:21 PM
You're not allowed on motorways, any chance it was just a dualler? I've been blown out of it by cars for cycling on the N4 down past Lucan, before it becomes a motorway.

On the pedals, theres no comparison.
Firstly safety, high speed crash you'll automatically clip out, the cages are a death trap because you're stuck in them.
Secondly just ur power output, one of the first things you do on a turbo trainer is one leg exercises, to try and smooth out ur stroke so that u apply power equally through the 360 degrees, a clip in pedal allows u do this, essentially pull up with ur much larger hamstring muscle. with cages ur foot is coming away from the pedal and lifting the plastic, out of position.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 05:47:12 PM
103 mile done today. 4,724 feet of climbing going by strava. Spelga Dam for the first time today! it's a bollox! Pissed down on us for the last 40 odd mile.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 31, 2013, 06:02:20 PM
Some cycling and climbing on a piss poor day. Where you checking out the route for the giro next may
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 06:06:39 PM
Some cycling and climbing on a piss poor day. Where you checking out the route for the giro next may

It wasnt too bad this morning. Went Lurgan direction, banbridge, Rathfriland hill, spelga, newcastle, dundrum, saintfield, lisburn, glenavy and home. 6 and 1/2 hours moving time. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 31, 2013, 06:09:24 PM
What mad notion did you take to go cycling those miles today
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 06:15:25 PM
Im a teacher so I'm off all summer  8) 3 of us went out as theyre both doing the causeway coast so wanted a few hills today. I dont think I will do it this year. I have a few triathlons and a half marathon to do around that time so dont wana burn myself out for it. Thinking of Wicklow 200 next year though.  Should start a gaaboard strava group!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 31, 2013, 06:21:17 PM
Only started to use strava last week as other cyclist said it give better detail than map my ride.  A gaaboard group would be good to see how others where getting on
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 06:27:44 PM
Started one there. Search for it and see it if works
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 31, 2013, 06:48:28 PM
I am searching under clubs and can't see it.  What did you call it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 06:53:01 PM
it's called gaaboard
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 31, 2013, 07:02:27 PM
That's what I was trying, what did you put down for location
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 31, 2013, 07:12:17 PM
Ireland as location. I've probably made a balls of it. I'm the only member so far haha u might need to actually log in on the computer to do it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on August 05, 2013, 10:28:43 AM
Guys, just in case you're interested, Drumragh Sarsfields are running a 30/60 mile cycle on 8th September through West Tyrone.
Maps and further details below, you can register online for a jersey etc or just turn up on the day and register (no jersey)
https://www.facebook.com/TheCannonballRunSportive
http://regonline.activeeurope.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1257146

Joe Brolly is taking part if you'd like to cycle with him, although no cynically taking him out as he passes you over Scraghey, he doesn't like those sort of tactics ;)

The Cannonball Run - 60 Mile Route
Clanabogan – Omagh – Drumlegagh - Drumquin – Castlederg – Edenery - Lisnarick- Irvinestown– Dromore - Clanabogan
The Cannonball Run - 30 Mile Route
Clanabogan – Omagh – Drumlegagh - Drumquin – Dromore – Clanabogan

Title: Mountain Biking
Post by: WeeDonns on August 05, 2013, 10:31:01 AM
Also lads, any of you into Mountain Biking?
I went up to Davagh Forest Park (http://www.mountainbikeni.com/davagh-forest/) at the weekend and hired a bike and loved it.
Think I might do the cycle scheme again and get a mountain bike :) Any buying tips appreciated
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 05, 2013, 11:05:21 AM
Ireland as location. I've probably made a balls of it. I'm the only member so far haha u might need to actually log in on the computer to do it.

Quote
No cycling clubs with the name gaaboard found in ireland.


Are you (like me) using the free version of Strava?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 07, 2013, 12:57:09 PM
Ireland as location. I've probably made a balls of it. I'm the only member so far haha u might need to actually log in on the computer to do it.

Quote
No cycling clubs with the name gaaboard found in ireland.


Are you (like me) using the free version of Strava?

yes it is the free one, sorry for late reply
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 10, 2013, 02:04:08 PM
Read Sean Kelly's Autobiography Hunger - a great read, written in Kelly's Laconic style of commentary a la eurosport.  Fair few typos in the text, so he might have typed it up himself as well. :P  Couple of great 'spakes' in it.

I've just started In Search of Robert Millar (by Richard Moore) and it's a bit of a page tuner too.  Have Tyler hamilton's 'secret race' and Half man / half bike (eddy mercxx biog) to get through as well (brought those 2 on holidays and drank beer instead of reading).  Guess there's a bit of theme developing in my reading choices.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 18, 2013, 10:56:39 AM
Was out on the bike today, did the course for my triathlon next month, 12 miles in 45 minutes, far bit of climbing in it with one massive hill down to finish. How the main guys find another 15 mins of that is beyond me, some going.

I'm hoping to take a minute or two off that, as the wind was tough.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 18, 2013, 03:53:57 PM
Was out on the bike today, did the course for my triathlon next month, 12 miles in 45 minutes, far bit of climbing in it with one massive hill down to finish. How the main guys find another 15 mins of that is beyond me, some going.

I'm hoping to take a minute or two off that, as the wind was tough.

Where is the course?

I had the ultimate shame today. Heading out out of Carrickfergus, into a big headwind, and two women overtake me. Harrumph!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on August 18, 2013, 09:25:39 PM
Was out on the bike today, did the course for my triathlon next month, 12 miles in 45 minutes, far bit of climbing in it with one massive hill down to finish. How the main guys find another 15 mins of that is beyond me, some going.

I'm hoping to take a minute or two off that, as the wind was tough.

Where is the course?

I had the ultimate shame today. Heading out out of Carrickfergus, into a big headwind, and two women overtake me. Harrumph!

I bet you jumped on their wheel quick enough, for the slipstream purposes of course
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on August 18, 2013, 10:34:23 PM
Have been back on the bike this last few weeks due to a running injury. Doing 20ish mile a pop. Might look towards doing a few more miles and a few 100ish mile challenges. As per running slightly addictive once you get into it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 19, 2013, 11:44:10 AM
Was out on the bike today, did the course for my triathlon next month, 12 miles in 45 minutes, far bit of climbing in it with one massive hill down to finish. How the main guys find another 15 mins of that is beyond me, some going.

I'm hoping to take a minute or two off that, as the wind was tough.

Where is the course?

I had the ultimate shame today. Heading out out of Carrickfergus, into a big headwind, and two women overtake me. Harrumph!

Out of the Valley Park (facing KFC) head up the road to the roundabout down then O'Neil road on to the Doagh road and travel all the way up to the top road and head out to Ballyrobert turn left and head back to Corrs corner and make way back to the Valley past the Graveyard, that's a serious down hill, I was in top gear peddling like a lunatic !!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 19, 2013, 03:39:28 PM
Was out on the bike today, did the course for my triathlon next month, 12 miles in 45 minutes, far bit of climbing in it with one massive hill down to finish. How the main guys find another 15 mins of that is beyond me, some going.

I'm hoping to take a minute or two off that, as the wind was tough.

Its all about the turbo trainer!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 21, 2013, 10:01:25 AM
Read Sean Kelly's Autobiography Hunger - a great read, written in Kelly's Laconic style of commentary a la eurosport.  Fair few typos in the text, so he might have typed it up himself as well. :P  Couple of great 'spakes' in it.

I've just started In Search of Robert Millar (by Richard Moore) and it's a bit of a page tuner too.  Have Tyler hamilton's 'secret race' and Half man / half bike (eddy mercxx biog) to get through as well (brought those 2 on holidays and drank beer instead of reading).  Guess there's a bit of theme developing in my reading choices.

after listening to second captains last night i might just treat myself to the sean kelly book.  he talked about the classics, stephen roche and his own failed drug tests.


Podcast (https://soundcloud.com/secondcaptains-it-com/second-captains-august-20th?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Secondcaptainsitcom+%28Second+Captains+%40+The+Irish+Times%29&utm_content=FeedBurner)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 21, 2013, 11:09:05 AM
I've read it and its interesting but he says nothing about the drugs, side steps the first due to there being a small about of pee in the B sample so he didnt appeal the 3 month suspended sentence and says the second is from tablets for a cold. Briefly mentions a team mate being kicked out of the TdF for doping but says no more.
But from a cycling point of view very interesting
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 21, 2013, 04:30:10 PM
Nearly finished the Robert Millar book - superb.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 25, 2013, 10:50:52 AM
Did same route as last time (12 miles) and managed same time  >:(. Well I don't feel too bad but was hoping to take a minute of it, 2 weeks till race day!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on August 25, 2013, 06:33:37 PM
Great win for Roche today in the Vuelta, hopefully he can push on from here.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: orangeman on August 25, 2013, 08:03:32 PM
Savage stage today and a brilliant win for Roche.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 25, 2013, 08:17:51 PM
Did anyone here do the Lap of the Lough today?

I was the cyclist going in the other direction in Aontrim
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 25, 2013, 09:36:31 PM
I did it, actually my first time too. Went round fairly sharpish, going out yesterday for 45m probably didn't help me.

Planning on doing the Causeway Sportive Saturday week, that'll be a different ballgame.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 25, 2013, 10:17:00 PM
I did it, actually my first time too. Went round fairly sharpish, going out yesterday for 45m probably didn't help me.

Planning on doing the Causeway Sportive Saturday week, that'll be a different ballgame.

How long did it take you benny? I was looking to do the causeway coast but injury has meant i have been off the bike now for about 3 and half weeks ffs.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 25, 2013, 10:24:49 PM
I cycled from Armagh & met boys in Portydown so ended up doing 90m @ 18.8mph average. Only stopped once for 15mins.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 25, 2013, 10:35:37 PM
I cycled from Armagh & met boys in Portydown so ended up doing 90m @ 18.8mph average. Only stopped once for 15mins.

Yes I reckon I could sustain 18.8 mph for 90 metres too.

Oh wait, hang on...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 25, 2013, 10:40:54 PM
I cycled from Armagh & met boys in Portydown so ended up doing 90m @ 18.8mph average. Only stopped once for 15mins.

Good going benny! Great day for it as well! Been around the lough 6 times this year, going to go around it during the winter a good bit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 25, 2013, 11:45:42 PM
I cycled from Armagh & met boys in Portydown so ended up doing 90m @ 18.8mph average. Only stopped once for 15mins.

Thats some going, I'd be over the moon at 10/12 mph for that distance
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 26, 2013, 07:20:24 AM
Are any of yiz on Strava? It's a better way of tracking your progress than writing down your average speed and distance in a paper training diary.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on August 26, 2013, 07:57:30 AM
I did LTL yesterday - average speed 27km/hr (16.8 mph). Second year doing it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on August 26, 2013, 08:01:24 AM
I cycled from Armagh & met boys in Portydown so ended up doing 90m @ 18.8mph average. Only stopped once for 15mins.
How did that only add 5 miles?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 26, 2013, 09:26:25 AM
Lift home from peatlands - and i wasnt complaining.

I bought a Garmin (200) in the spring, best bit of cycling related equipment i've ever had (cost £97 on ebay), love it, i sit for ages studying the data. Recently got a Strava account, great job too.

 I see the cycling gear is back in Lidl from Thursday & they have their own Garmin type GPS unit for £40.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on August 26, 2013, 09:36:26 AM
Got the Garmin 200 myself this year - good piece of kit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 26, 2013, 10:46:48 AM
Are any of yiz on Strava? It's a better way of tracking your progress than writing down your average speed and distance in a paper training diary.

I set up a Gaaboard club strava account but don't know if people are able to find it. Might need a paying account to be able to set it up. Search it when u get a chance
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 26, 2013, 10:55:58 AM
Are any of yiz on Strava? It's a better way of tracking your progress than writing down your average speed and distance in a paper training diary.

I set up a Gaaboard club strava account but don't know if people are able to find it. Might need a paying account to be able to set it up. Search it when u get a chance

Send a link Jim, is there an app for this ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on August 26, 2013, 01:01:58 PM
Lift home from peatlands - and i wasnt complaining.

I bought a Garmin (200) in the spring, best bit of cycling related equipment i've ever had (cost £97 on ebay), love it, i sit for ages studying the data. Recently got a Strava account, great job too.

 I see the cycling gear is back in Lidl from Thursday & they have their own Garmin type GPS unit for £40.
Gotta be worth a punt.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 26, 2013, 06:12:18 PM
Done 85 mile from Omagh to slane  on saturday and cycled back up again with a belly full of pints from the night before that wasn't a good idea.  Great riding by the Irish lads on the vuelta again today.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on August 26, 2013, 08:52:05 PM
Lift home from peatlands - and i wasnt complaining.

I bought a Garmin (200) in the spring, best bit of cycling related equipment i've ever had (cost £97 on ebay), love it, i sit for ages studying the data. Recently got a Strava account, great job too.

 I see the cycling gear is back in Lidl from Thursday & they have their own Garmin type GPS unit for £40.
Gotta be worth a punt.

Loads of cycling gear in Lidl today but that gps unit was not for sale.
On sale in the North only maybe?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 26, 2013, 09:13:52 PM
Was gonna get myself a Garmin to use with a power meter, but then I discovered you only need the Strava app for your phone to record rides. It tries to guess your power but I discard that data because without a power meter it has no way of knowing whether you were drafting or doing any work, or if you were with the wind or against it. Still plenty of data there to analyze though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 26, 2013, 09:19:04 PM
Are any of yiz on Strava? It's a better way of tracking your progress than writing down your average speed and distance in a paper training diary.

I set up a Gaaboard club strava account but don't know if people are able to find it. Might need a paying account to be able to set it up. Search it when u get a chance

Just tried, but Strava doesn't make it easy for you to find stuff. Got a link?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 26, 2013, 10:35:33 PM
http://www.strava.com/clubs/gaaboard (http://www.strava.com/clubs/gaaboard)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flutehook on August 27, 2013, 12:27:19 AM

Loads of cycling gear in Lidl today but that gps unit was not for sale.
On sale in the North only maybe?

On sale from Thursday....

http://www.lidl.ie/cps/rde/xchg/SID-2D5D4C9C-124C7A5A/lidl_ri_ie/hs.xsl/index_34274.htm


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 27, 2013, 02:02:49 AM
http://www.strava.com/clubs/gaaboard (http://www.strava.com/clubs/gaaboard)

Thank you!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 28, 2013, 09:22:04 AM
We're a bitteen scattered
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 28, 2013, 09:37:20 AM
can't see us meeting for a Sunday morning spin anytime soon
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on August 28, 2013, 09:57:09 PM
Lots of middle aged men who cant run or play football any more but can look ridiculous by squeezing into lycra.

Would it be better called the Mid-Life Crisis Group?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on August 28, 2013, 10:12:18 PM
Just joined. I don't wear lycra.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 28, 2013, 10:18:49 PM
You mite be barred for not wearing lycra, preferrably bib shorts - to hide the belly.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on August 29, 2013, 07:48:11 AM
Lots of middle aged men who cant run or play football any more but can look ridiculous by squeezing into lycra.
I'm not middle aged. And I could never run or play football.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on August 29, 2013, 08:11:23 AM
Sorry, but baggy shorts and hairy legs are the best way to look silly on a bike. Get those legs shaved and tog out properly. You wouldn't show up for hurling training in basketball shorts.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on August 29, 2013, 10:05:25 AM
I think we need to start a bit of this (copied from boards)

This is my pride and joy, its an absolute pleasure to ride it



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 30, 2013, 11:02:53 PM
This is my yoke


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 30, 2013, 11:08:14 PM
Just signed up to do this

Southwest 200 (https://www.facebook.com/southwest200)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 31, 2013, 07:15:09 AM
looks sore


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 31, 2013, 12:51:03 PM
looks sore




Fcuk!! Hope it heals well, the shoes not come off on time?? get back on that bike soon soon
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 31, 2013, 04:38:44 PM
Looks like Roche is in the leader's jersey in Spain, great stage too.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on August 31, 2013, 04:43:09 PM
Just signed up to do this

Southwest 200 (https://www.facebook.com/southwest200)
Ropey time of year for that Gerry. That's a clinker jersey tho, i'd buy that for my collection, on sale?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on August 31, 2013, 06:47:04 PM
£50 quid for the jersey, they taken orders up to this Friday only
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on September 02, 2013, 10:18:44 AM
Just a quick reminder of our club cycle this Sunday @9am guys. You can turn up and register on the morning - £15.
Everyone will be well fed & watered during & after

Guys, just in case you're interested, Drumragh Sarsfields are running a 30/60 mile cycle on 8th September through West Tyrone.
Maps and further details below, you can register online for a jersey etc or just turn up on the day and register (no jersey)
https://www.facebook.com/TheCannonballRunSportive
http://regonline.activeeurope.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1257146

Joe Brolly is taking part if you'd like to cycle with him, although no cynically taking him out as he passes you over Scraghey, he doesn't like those sort of tactics ;)

The Cannonball Run - 60 Mile Route
Clanabogan – Omagh – Drumlegagh - Drumquin – Castlederg – Edenery - Lisnarick- Irvinestown– Dromore - Clanabogan
The Cannonball Run - 30 Mile Route
Clanabogan – Omagh – Drumlegagh - Drumquin – Dromore – Clanabogan
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on September 02, 2013, 08:38:25 PM
Most people accuse me of talking thru my arse - today they are right, as it is my arse talking.

I've had my bike about 3 years now, and according to Strava I've had 19 runs this year, covering 480 mile. Not a lot I know, but you gotta take in age and other pursuits.

My question is this: I've had a gel seat since I got the bike. Should I take the gel seat off now? If I do, what is the benefit of using the ordinary seat?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 02, 2013, 09:21:00 PM
Gel seat on a road bike? If you're happy with it why change, probably some aero advantages to be had if you step it up. I've a recurring saddle sore that the road bike saddle certainly isn't helping.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 02, 2013, 09:32:18 PM
start to use this a few months ago, great stuff and no need for a gel seat




http://www.wiggle.co.uk/assos-chamois-cream/ (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/assos-chamois-cream/)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on September 03, 2013, 05:13:15 PM
Gel seat on a road bike? If you're happy with it why change, probably some aero advantages to be had if you step it up. I've a recurring saddle sore that the road bike saddle certainly isn't helping.
Metanium.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 03, 2013, 09:48:01 PM
Use Sudocream for the sore (& udderly smooth chamois cream), does the job. I got a tube of hydrocortisone for a wasp sting last week, think it's the stuff the pro's use for sores?? Mite slap it on.

Weather looking shite for Causeway, might swerve it now.

Went head over shite at the weekend too, #7 i think :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on September 04, 2013, 04:06:17 PM
My humble steed, love it, although I will be upgrading the wheels before the year is out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on September 04, 2013, 04:55:59 PM
Fantastic performance by Roche today, 6th in today's TT, back up to 2nd over all.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 04, 2013, 05:35:08 PM
Great ride by nico today, his itt had improved big time since his move to saxobank.  Second on a grand tour.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on September 04, 2013, 05:57:14 PM
My humble steed, love it, although I will be upgrading the wheels before the year is out.




That grass could to with a good cut...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 04, 2013, 06:18:37 PM
And a lick of paint on the fencing wouldnt go astray

What did that set you back BR? (If you dont mind me asking, cyclists usually dont!)
Is it carbon?

And either its very new or you take excellent care of it! The chain ring and cassette are shining
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on September 04, 2013, 07:30:31 PM
My humble steed, love it, although I will be upgrading the wheels before the year is out.





Loving bike, great colour
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 04, 2013, 09:03:21 PM
Gel seat on a road bike? If you're happy with it why change, probably some aero advantages to be had if you step it up. I've a recurring saddle sore that the road bike saddle certainly isn't helping.

Great yokes these  ;)

Gel Padded Shorts (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OpenRoad-Mens-Padded-Cycling-Shorts/dp/B007PDR2J2)

Seriously!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 04, 2013, 09:43:00 PM
Aye, i've half a dozen pair of gel padded bib shorts. Saddle sore is down to the miles!

Sean Kelly  lost a Vuelta because of a saddle sore, he had to withdraw! Off course he's not in my league.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 04, 2013, 09:51:34 PM
My humble steed, love it, although I will be upgrading the wheels before the year is out.




That grass could to with a good cut...


 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on September 04, 2013, 09:56:01 PM
Gel seat on a road bike? If you're happy with it why change, probably some aero advantages to be had if you step it up. I've a recurring saddle sore that the road bike saddle certainly isn't helping.

Great yokes these  ;)

Gel Padded Shorts (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OpenRoad-Mens-Padded-Cycling-Shorts/dp/B007PDR2J2)

Seriously!
The Lidl ones weren't bad for the money, I bought a couple of pairs.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on September 07, 2013, 04:34:53 PM
there is a 30 mile cycle at 9:30 in morning from clann eireann club in lurgan for charity pips if any of you close enough fancy it...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 07, 2013, 11:35:16 PM
Irish cyclist Philip Deignan has signed for Sky
 http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15412/Deignan-really-excited-to-return-to-WorldTour-with-Team-Sky.aspx
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on September 08, 2013, 10:54:33 PM
Amy interest in the cycle for life Ballina cycling club is doing next weekend Deel Rover?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: supersarsfields on September 09, 2013, 09:33:40 AM
Did our club cycle there yesterday and did 60 miles in 3.40. So was happy with that (I wasn't out to break any records!!). Had only been out once this year back in June for a 30 miler. Home and into a cold bath and thankfully don't feel too bad today. Might try and get out more regulary again as really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: moysider on September 09, 2013, 09:49:37 AM
Aye, i've half a dozen pair of gel padded bib shorts. Saddle sore is down to the miles!

Sean Kelly  lost a Vuelta because of a saddle sore, he had to withdraw! Off course he's not in my league.

It was an ingrowing hair that did for Kelly in that Vuelta.

The shammy (chamois) cream is a big help avoiding sores.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on September 14, 2013, 05:07:12 PM
Queen stage superb today, well done Horner, undeniably the strongest on show. La Vuelta has been the most entertaining Grand Tour for the 3rd year in a row. The Angliru is just a ridiculous climb, but great to watch.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on November 06, 2013, 11:54:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le7z-rj4jdw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le7z-rj4jdw)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXjakcTQDX0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXjakcTQDX0)
Couple of good programmes on youtube for anyone interested
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on November 08, 2013, 11:39:03 PM
Anyone ever been to Alpe D'Huez? If so what is the best way to get there from Belfast or Dublin in July time?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 09, 2013, 12:03:33 AM
Anyone ever been to Alpe D'Huez? If so what is the best way to get there from Belfast or Dublin in July time?

looks brutal

http://www.cycling-challenge.com/alpe-dhuez-five-different-rides/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on November 09, 2013, 07:57:08 PM
I'm not that keen!!

Wouldn't mind this though
 http://www.alpetriathlon.com/en/index.html (http://www.alpetriathlon.com/en/index.html)

Need to see what the cost and logistics would be though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on November 09, 2013, 08:31:04 PM
To Armagh and Down cyclists:

Please stop bullying or threatening car/van/tractor drivers because they are using the towpath on the Newry side of Poyntzpass. It is a public road, and it is the only road that residents can take to get home. The road is a single lane road, so do not expect a four wheel vehicle of any sort to pull in onto the verge and risk getting stuck in the drainage channels.

I'm a keen cyclist. But if I catch any cyclist stopping front a pensioner in his car to shout abuse, or deliberately cycling slowly to hold up an 80 year-old while he drives in the car behind, then I will hand out a severe kicking. You have been warned. Of course the trashing will be done in the best possible taste.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 16, 2013, 03:15:03 PM
The Gaaboard Strava group aint seeing much action chaps, 2 or 3 regulars and that's about it!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 16, 2013, 03:43:11 PM
The Gaaboard Strava group aint seeing much action chaps, 2 or 3 regulars and that's about it!

Haven't went out much, need to get some winter gear, Madigans team have been running a novice run the last few Sat mornings but I've had things on
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on November 16, 2013, 05:10:55 PM
The Gaaboard Strava group aint seeing much action chaps, 2 or 3 regulars and that's about it!

I'm running at the minute so the bike has been locked in the shed for a while. Been out twice in the last 6 weeks and I'm using a garmin now so haven't used strava in ages. Heading out tomorrow morning though, probably do the bun run up to antrim and back by the lough shore road. In an around 50 mile with only a couple of hills.

When I do this marathon I will be back on the bike full time!! Much easier on the joints and much more enjoyable than running.

Anyone getting any new gear off santa?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on November 16, 2013, 06:01:49 PM
The Gaaboard Strava group aint seeing much action chaps, 2 or 3 regulars and that's about it!

There is a gaa board strava!! I must take a look.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 17, 2013, 08:49:41 AM
There's a link a few pages back, apparently it was hard to locate.

Jim, i update Strava with my Garmin data, never used strava any other way.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 17, 2013, 12:29:15 PM
Getting a few miles in these days on the old hybrid. Out on the old Dawes hybrid with mudguards for the winter and it feels like a tractor with pedals after the road bike. Can't recommend those Cree lights enough for anyone venturing out at night. I got back the other night after an hour and half ride and left them on in the garage they were still burning on full beam 2hrs later and the recharge time is only couple of hours. Shops are selling them around £80 - you can get them off ebay (Chinese imports) for about £25 or £30. 2 seasons out of them now and no problems apart from the stupid rubber rings they give you to fit them to the bars. Why are all lights and computers coming with these rings rather than a fixable bracket? Weather wise we are getting away rightly over here so far in November.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on November 17, 2013, 02:11:13 PM
The Gaaboard Strava group aint seeing much action chaps, 2 or 3 regulars and that's about it!

Any word yet of you taking up golf?

Cycling is wet and windy conditions is not fun, so I go jogging instead.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 17, 2013, 02:51:24 PM
Awful soaking & foundering this morning. Golf is shite.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 17, 2013, 08:47:17 PM
Awful soaking & foundering this morning. Golf is shite.

Was down Monaghan/Cavan direction today, some serious headers out in that weather on their bikes, fair play lads, some soaking I'd imagine, though it was mild temp wise
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on November 17, 2013, 11:45:25 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2508961/LANCE-ARMSTRONG-WORLD-EXCLUSIVE-Drugs-cheat-meets-accuser-Emma-OReilly.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2508961/LANCE-ARMSTRONG-WORLD-EXCLUSIVE-Drugs-cheat-meets-accuser-Emma-OReilly.html)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on November 18, 2013, 12:17:39 AM
Awful soaking & foundering this morning. Golf is shite.

Was down Monaghan/Cavan direction today, some serious headers out in that weather on their bikes, fair play lads, some soaking I'd imagine, though it was mild temp wise

Could have been me, I was out between 10 and 1, Newbliss, Cootehill, Ballybay, Monaghan, Clones. 75km of utter misery.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 18, 2013, 07:49:22 AM
Aye could have been. Fecking headers :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 18, 2013, 10:36:28 AM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on November 18, 2013, 10:54:21 AM
Ah you still need to get the long kms in maddog
Turbo is good and essential if you want to improve but theres also a place for low HR longer stuff

Knocked out 90k myself, average heart rate was about 110
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grounded on November 19, 2013, 01:28:50 PM
Didn't know whether to put this in this thread or the ' hypocrisy of women thread '
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25000788


If you remember this was the case were she tweeted about knocking a cyclist down, got caught out and then went on BBC to proclaim her innocence and state that she was the victim in all of this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-22636230
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on November 19, 2013, 01:38:05 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on November 19, 2013, 04:50:16 PM
Shes signed a tv deal with ITV, she'll make a packet out of this
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on November 19, 2013, 05:32:57 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.

Totally agree
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grounded on November 20, 2013, 01:41:00 PM
Shes signed a tv deal with ITV, she'll make a packet out of this

She has claimed she waived the fee for appearing on Daybreak this morning. It seems she is actually the victim in all of this!

http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/20/bloodycyclists-driver-was-cyber-bullied-after-stupid-tweet-4193682/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on November 20, 2013, 01:59:36 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.

Totally agree

Love the turbo, complete satisfaction from a set on it and stick on second captains podcast or some such and I fly through it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 20, 2013, 02:14:51 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.

Totally agree

Love the turbo, complete satisfaction from a set on it and stick on second captains podcast or some such and I fly through it

The gym has those Livestrong cycles in them, I haven't tried it yet but I believe it simulates a race/stages in the Tours. Was wondering has anyone tried them, are they any good?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DennistheMenace on November 20, 2013, 02:19:28 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.

Totally agree

Love the turbo, complete satisfaction from a set on it and stick on second captains podcast or some such and I fly through it

The gym has those Livestrong cycles in them, I haven't tried it yet but I believe it simulates a race/stages in the Tours. Was wondering has anyone tried them, are they any good?

Was it one last night, found it fun but not sure if the novelty would wear off after a few weeks.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on November 20, 2013, 03:25:31 PM
Do none of you just head for the turbo trainer if its lashing ?

Detest the turbo, get no satisfaction it of it. Can't beat getting out.

Totally agree

Love the turbo, complete satisfaction from a set on it and stick on second captains podcast or some such and I fly through it

The gym has those Livestrong cycles in them, I haven't tried it yet but I believe it simulates a race/stages in the Tours. Was wondering has anyone tried them, are they any good?

Was it one last night, found it fun but not sure if the novelty would wear off after a few weeks.

I've a Tacx VR turbo and find it great.

Would use the GPS Rides feature that simulates my usual training routes using Google Earth quite a bit when I can't get out. It just avoids some of the boredom of following a training program on the turbo.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: muppet on November 20, 2013, 04:13:53 PM
Shes signed a tv deal with ITV, she'll make a packet out of this

I can see it now............Bad Braking!

With Emma Way, of Watton.

When wayward cyclists go bad....

"We came on to wy side of the woad. I wulled to the weft as wuickly as I could. He was wight in front we......."
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 20, 2013, 04:38:01 PM
Turbo'd last nite, first of the season & it was shit, had ipod on the go & watching Swed v Port on the laptop and still found it hard to get going. Been doing a lot of spinning this Autumn (always disliked it), it's took half a stone of me in 6 weeks or so, tho the enthusiasim is generally on the wane now 'til new year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: An Gaeilgoir on November 20, 2013, 04:48:04 PM
In the market for a good second hand bike, not a mountain bike..if anyone knows of a good place to buy one....
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 20, 2013, 06:05:27 PM
Turbo'd last nite, first of the season & it was shit, had ipod on the go & watching Swed v Port on the laptop and still found it hard to get going. Been doing a lot of spinning this Autumn (always disliked it), it's took half a stone of me in 6 weeks or so, tho the enthusiasim is generally on the wane now 'til new year.

Slightly addicted to spinning. Been 3/4 times a week (2 years) without fail though it's frustrating (weirdly) watching ones just go through the motions and look as if they are heading down hill the whole time!!!

I seriously though need to get out on the roads for longer distances
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: T O Hare on November 20, 2013, 06:51:47 PM
Lads I bought a giant defy 5 last week and it was my  first day out yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I'm somewhat sore today. The only problem I had was the gears or shifting as the cycling buffs call it. Any good tips for gear changing or anywhere good online advice for me ??
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on November 20, 2013, 11:14:48 PM
Just a matter of getting used to them.

There's a Sean Kelly general guide for newbies available as a pdf on the wickow200 website, good reading.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: T O Hare on November 21, 2013, 12:53:17 AM
Just a matter of getting used to them.

There's a Sean Kelly general guide for newbies available as a pdf on the wickow200 website, good reading.
Cheers Benny
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on November 21, 2013, 08:13:08 AM
Lads I bought a giant defy 5 last week and it was my  first day out yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I'm somewhat sore today. The only problem I had was the gears or shifting as the cycling buffs call it. Any good tips for gear changing or anywhere good online advice for me ??

What set up is it (triple or double on front?) and what are the gears, 2300, Sora ? Was the problem that the gears were not smooth or was it just getting used to the shifters was the issue ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 02, 2013, 11:32:06 AM
Lads - anyone with experience of CUBE bikes ? Am torn between these 2 bikes on the cycle to work scheme. Think the Bianchi is the nicer looking bike but the CUBE has 105 throughout and a better wheelset i think. Any other opinions on bikes in around the £1000-£1300 bracket ?

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds (http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds)

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154 (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on December 02, 2013, 05:39:40 PM
Lads - anyone with experience of CUBE bikes ? Am torn between these 2 bikes on the cycle to work scheme. Think the Bianchi is the nicer looking bike but the CUBE has 105 throughout and a better wheelset i think. Any other opinions on bikes in around the £1000-£1300 bracket ?

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds (http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds)

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154 (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154)
I have a Bianchi Via Narone, a few years old but similar spec to this one. Decent bike except the wheels supplied were crap, had to bin them after a couple of months and buy a set of Mavics.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on December 03, 2013, 10:32:15 AM
Lads - anyone with experience of CUBE bikes ? Am torn between these 2 bikes on the cycle to work scheme. Think the Bianchi is the nicer looking bike but the CUBE has 105 throughout and a better wheelset i think. Any other opinions on bikes in around the £1000-£1300 bracket ?

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds (http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds)

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154 (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154)
I have a Bianchi Via Narone, a few years old but similar spec to this one. Decent bike except the wheels supplied were crap, had to bin them after a couple of months and buy a set of Mavics.

Were the wheels those reparto corse ones?


http://shop.epic-cycles.co.uk/2013-bianchi-reparto-corse-rx51-lite-wheels---campagnolo-204-p.asp (http://shop.epic-cycles.co.uk/2013-bianchi-reparto-corse-rx51-lite-wheels---campagnolo-204-p.asp)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on December 05, 2013, 08:15:19 PM
Lads, what are your opinions on ordering bikes from websites such as DHgate? load of lads from the local cycling club have ordered Chinerello Dogmas off this site. There are a load in the club who already have them. Is it too good to be true? Are they really made in the same factory etc? It is 1/4 of the price for one of the frames ffs
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 05, 2013, 11:28:23 PM
Any links? I suppose you're just cutting out middle men & a fancy paint job.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on December 06, 2013, 10:04:42 AM
Any links? I suppose you're just cutting out middle men & a fancy paint job.

http://www.dhgate.com/product/black-blue-pinarello-dogma2-60-1-2012-aero/135563095.html#cps-12-5|null:8


they even do the fancy paint job.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on December 06, 2013, 10:18:50 AM
Any links? I suppose you're just cutting out middle men & a fancy paint job.

http://www.dhgate.com/product/black-blue-pinarello-dogma2-60-1-2012-aero/135563095.html#cps-12-5|null:8


they even do the fancy paint job.
Would there be customs and vat on that?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on December 06, 2013, 12:47:11 PM
Just shows the profit margins on bikes if they can fire out frame & forks for that price. I'd be interested to speak to someone with one myself.

Edit- i've had loads of stuff from China & few bits from this crowd, never been caught for customs charges, but think they are liable - not sure tho.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on December 06, 2013, 07:03:34 PM
Just shows the profit margins on bikes if they can fire out frame & forks for that price. I'd be interested to speak to someone with one myself.

Edit- i've had loads of stuff from China & few bits from this crowd, never been caught for customs charges, but think they are liable - not sure tho.

Good margins alright but your typical small local Bike shop won't have the volumes to survive on tighter margins.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on December 07, 2013, 01:03:12 PM
Lads - anyone with experience of CUBE bikes ? Am torn between these 2 bikes on the cycle to work scheme. Think the Bianchi is the nicer looking bike but the CUBE has 105 throughout and a better wheelset i think. Any other opinions on bikes in around the £1000-£1300 bracket ?

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds (http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0463KR&gclid=CMzJ24S2kbsCFUiN3godgQwA2w&gclsrc=aw.ds)

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154 (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/impulso-105-compact-2013-road-bike-ec045154)
I have a Bianchi Via Narone, a few years old but similar spec to this one. Decent bike except the wheels supplied were crap, had to bin them after a couple of months and buy a set of Mavics.

Were the wheels those reparto corse ones?


http://shop.epic-cycles.co.uk/2013-bianchi-reparto-corse-rx51-lite-wheels---campagnolo-204-p.asp (http://shop.epic-cycles.co.uk/2013-bianchi-reparto-corse-rx51-lite-wheels---campagnolo-204-p.asp)
Yes, fancy looking but crap
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on December 07, 2013, 01:05:43 PM
Just shows the profit margins on bikes if they can fire out frame & forks for that price. I'd be interested to speak to someone with one myself.

Edit- i've had loads of stuff from China & few bits from this crowd, never been caught for customs charges, but think they are liable - not sure tho.
Whoever the goods are delivered to is liable.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on December 30, 2013, 06:08:48 PM
Well anyone get anything good off santa? I got a good bit of winter gear - gloves, socks, Team Saxo thermal Jersey and Bib tights (I'm now a full kit w**ker) and a few other bits a bobs.

I really want a new bike though, I've seen a lovely Cervelo from slane cycles in belfast but its too expensive ffs.

Also I have been using the sufferfest videos for the turbo, they're a great job. Nearly falling off the bike by the end of them!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on January 07, 2014, 04:02:13 PM
Question of this cycle to work scheme some employers are using?

Is the salary sacrifice taken out before the tax?

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on January 07, 2014, 04:18:23 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on January 07, 2014, 04:24:15 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 07, 2014, 05:38:31 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)

Theres far better deals around at the minute. What height are you?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 07, 2014, 07:37:05 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)

Theres far better deals around at the minute. What height are you?

One of these would be up his street


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 07, 2014, 08:40:45 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151
 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)

 That's a good  deal, a full Carbon set up with a Tiagra standard spec for under 1K would have been hard found a year  or two ago. The really good deals on ikes only seem to be only available if you're either under 5ft or over 6.5ft. (or a company cant shift their stock).

Last Spring I got a Ribble 365 winter carbon with a Tiagra standard spec (was also available in Campagnolo Veloce for same ££) for just under 1K - cost to me under cycle to work scheme is around £670

If you know what you are at the Ribble (& Dolan) Bikebuilder websites are great value.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 07, 2014, 09:26:09 PM
Just to contradict myself! Here's a £700 carbon bike, with a Sora standard spec. With the cycle to work scheme that would be some deal! Available in various sizes, no idea if they are a good bike, though i've read decent reviews.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/162745/products/mekk-poggio-1-5-2014-road-bike---3k-white.aspx
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 12, 2014, 03:11:38 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=463417630436488&set=gm.621566347879102&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=463417630436488&set=gm.621566347879102&type=1&theater)

great bike for you there.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: orangeman on January 14, 2014, 01:50:13 PM
I didn't know whether to put this is in the WTF thread or the cycling one - did you lads happen to see anybody like this round Tallaght recently ?


Erectile dysfunction are two words most men shudder at the thought of – but an even scarier prospect is when an erection lasts for five weeks.
 
That was the case for one young man who attended a Dublin hospital after a bike injury.

The 22-year-old mountain biker’s unfortunate ailment, known as priapism, was caused when he sustained a straddle injury on the crossbar of his bike that resulted in an irregular blood flow to his penis.
 
A cyclist had an erection for five weeks after injuring himself on the crossbar of his bike (stock picture)
 
The man did not attend Tallaght Hospital until five weeks after sustaining the injury and medics reported that the initial examination ‘revealed no signs of injury, but penis was erect’.
 

A doctor who treated the man said that intercourse would have been ‘possible, but painful’ for the man during his ordeal.

According to the Irish Examiner, Dr Ronan Browne, Consultant Intervention radiologist at Tallaght Hospital, said: 'It was an anxious time for the patient as it would be for any young man.'
 
The man did not attend Tallaght Hospital (pictured) until five weeks after sustaining the injury
 
A report in the Irish Medical Journal into the treatment of the man stated the unnamed patient’s ‘rigid erection’ could have caused a blood clot if it had not been treated.

After several different treatments, the man’s swelling finally subsided when doctors inserted gel foam and four tiny platinum coils at an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that supplied blood to the man’s penis.

This reduced the ‘high flow’ blood supply to his member. - Daily Mail



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on January 14, 2014, 02:23:28 PM
Yes - comes out of gross pay which is where you see the benefit.

right so, might have to avail then

any thoughts on this yolk, although I don't envisage paying anywhere near full whack for it?

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005 (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_918473_langId_-1_categoryId_289005)

Theres far better deals around at the minute. What height are you?

6'00"

That link isn't working Jimmy...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 14, 2014, 02:40:39 PM
Great weather for cycling last weekend, managed 100k Saturday and Sunday, two good sessions. Hopefully this frosty patch will clear up by the weekend
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 14, 2014, 02:53:01 PM
Yer hole, stayed in bed Saturday morning because of frost, got drowned doing 45m on Sunday. :P I've had 2 spills recently, 1 nasty enough, sunday was my 4th outing in 2 months ffs. Roll on the Spring.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 14, 2014, 02:56:00 PM
Great weather for cycling last weekend, managed 100k Saturday and Sunday, two good sessions. Hopefully this frosty patch will clear up by the weekend

Just shows you the difference between people who run and cycle, able to do 100k cycle and unable to do 10k run. I'd struggle to do that distance on the bike but would find 10k a breeze
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 14, 2014, 03:13:33 PM
Ah I could manage the 10k, its more that I'd want to be breaking the 40 for it and I'm not sure I'll be in that kinda shape
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 14, 2014, 04:05:46 PM
Ah I could manage the 10k, its more that I'd want to be breaking the 40 for it and I'm not sure I'll be in that kinda shape

Breaking 40 would be superb ffs
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 14, 2014, 04:18:06 PM
I dont like to be going backwards! I did one last July under 40 and I'd like to beat that
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 14, 2014, 04:23:04 PM
I dont like to be going backwards! I did one last July under 40 and I'd like to beat that

I'd be chuffed with 42, that's my target, wee bit off it at the minute for some reason, though the route I do is very hilly, will pick a flat-ish one maybe at the weekend though I'm out both nights, wee bro heading back to Oz so couple of send off's before he goes
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 14, 2014, 09:33:08 PM
Where is a good place to train for climbing? Spelga is closest to me but it would have to be repeats. Taking a stone or 2 off would probably help as well i suppose  >:(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 14, 2014, 10:01:31 PM
Where is a good place to train for climbing? Spelga is closest to me but it would have to be repeats. Taking a stone or 2 off would probably help as well i suppose  >:(

Christ you're worse than me for doing all different sports lol.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 14, 2014, 10:17:13 PM
Where is a good place to train for climbing? Spelga is closest to me but it would have to be repeats. Taking a stone or 2 off would probably help as well i suppose  >:(

Christ you're worse than me for doing all different sports lol.

Swim, bike and run!! No climbing yet  ::)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 14, 2014, 10:22:00 PM
Where is a good place to train for climbing? Spelga is closest to me but it would have to be repeats. Taking a stone or 2 off would probably help as well i suppose  >:(

Christ you're worse than me for doing all different sports lol.

Swim, bike and run!! No climbing yet  ::)

Was climbing the walls over Xmas, 2 weeks of was a bummer ffs :P
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 14, 2014, 11:06:23 PM
get those sufferfest videos and get on the turbo when its icy. sweat pissing off you and you don't see the hour or so going in.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 15, 2014, 04:01:50 PM
It hard to get the motivation to go out when it's cold and wet. Done 40 mile  today that felt like 60
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 15, 2014, 04:57:31 PM
Its the feeling of being out and getting the hard miles done when the soft f**kers are inside!
Cant beat that kinda training, even mentally
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 15, 2014, 05:29:50 PM
Winter miles equals summer smiles
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 15, 2014, 06:09:45 PM
Got out today myself, the lovely mild day forecast didn't quite materialise in these parts.

I've a set of bathroom scales that weigh differently depending on the surface. They normally sit in a carpeted bedroom & that's the weight i would say i am, I happened to take them into the (tiled) bathroom & was a full 4lb lighter, i took them into a different bedroom (wooden floor) & the same weight as the bathroom, took them to a different (carpet) bedroom & back up 4lb.

They aren't the dearest scales in the world, but what surface would give the truest reflection? I was obviously delighted with the hard surface version & it's my new claimed weight  ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 15, 2014, 07:23:57 PM
Got out today myself, the lovely mild day forecast didn't quite materialise in these parts.

I've a set of bathroom scales that weigh differently depending on the surface. They normally sit in a carpeted bedroom & that's the weight i would say i am, I happened to take them into the (tiled) bathroom & was a full 4lb lighter, i took them into a different bedroom (wooden floor) & the same weight as the bathroom, took them to a different (carpet) bedroom & back up 4lb.

They aren't the dearest scales in the world, but what surface would give the truest reflection? I was obviously delighted with the hard surface version & it's my new claimed weight  ;D
Always a hard level floor. But you should just keep it in the same place all the time regardless, that will give you the weight you've lost or put on each time you stand on the scales
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 15, 2014, 07:39:20 PM
 Double chinkers tonight to celebrate!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on January 16, 2014, 09:01:56 AM
Double chinkers tonight to celebrate!
That will get you back on the bathroom floor anyway.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 19, 2014, 01:04:47 PM
Out again this weekend. 40 mile yesterday and 35 today. Completely soaked to the skin yesterday as well!! The pace isn't quick but glad to be getting some miles in at this time of year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 19, 2014, 02:00:36 PM
Just back from 40 myself at 17mph average but got dropped on nearly every hill.  First time out in a long time with no rain or wind beating at me
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on January 19, 2014, 02:04:59 PM
Just back from 40 myself at 17mph average but got dropped on nearly every hill.  First time out in a long time with no rain or wind beating at me

Thats good going. We were only going along around 14.5/15 average today. My uncle is 63 and he's out cycle with us every week!! Just got himself a 2012 fuji team edition bike as well to add to his collection.  £3k reduced from £6k.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 20, 2014, 09:31:17 AM
See Letterkenny? Man Philip Deignan made his debut for Sky in the TDU warm up crit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 23, 2014, 06:22:51 PM
Jesus, Cadel's in some nick, great stage win and looks the TDU winner. Left Richie Porte for dead on the Queen stage major climb - both targeting the Giro too.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 25, 2014, 12:36:35 PM
Rictchie Porte restores the natural order on the TDU with a good win on a great stage, Gerrans overhauls Cadel, 1sec in it with a sprint stage left.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 25, 2014, 08:20:21 PM
jens voigt was unreal today i thought and after he got caught he attacked again.  looking forward to seeing him this year when he has nothing to lose or no contract to sign for next year.  evans must have thought that he had it when he dropped gerrans on the last climb.  hopefully deignan has done enough to get a start for the giro on home ground in may
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Gazzler on January 25, 2014, 08:33:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfdvIfT8H5c&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on January 25, 2014, 08:39:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfdvIfT8H5c&feature=youtu.be

i seen that earlier but i know that violence is not the answer but the cyclist was being a bit of a p***k
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on January 25, 2014, 10:35:18 PM
70k today in as bad a weather as I've been out on. Went over the windy gap to castlebar, had about 10 mins of gales with hailstones head on
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on January 25, 2014, 10:42:57 PM
After last weekend i wasn't going through it again today, fook that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gallsman on January 26, 2014, 12:46:58 AM
Lads, a mate of mine set out a few weeks ago to cycle from Dublin to Beijing to raise money for Crumlin Children's hospital. HE's currently banged up in Luxemburg with a bust knee. Take a look at how he's getting on:

http://dublin2beijing.com/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 08, 2014, 12:36:25 PM
Early on the season and all that it is it looks increasingly likely that Cavendish's days as Top Sprinter are over. Kittel looks deadly, winning 3 in Dubai, including getting over a few bumps in yesterday's stage.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 08, 2014, 09:02:28 PM
Friend trying to talk me into doing a stage of the Giro d'Italia when it comes to Belfast, is it 160 miles? Any takers??
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 08, 2014, 09:23:39 PM
Friend trying to talk me into doing a stage of the Giro d'Italia when it comes to Belfast, is it 160 miles? Any takers??

Sky have signed me up for it! Id do it again if i had to though
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 08, 2014, 09:52:59 PM
Friend trying to talk me into doing a stage of the Giro d'Italia when it comes to Belfast, is it 160 miles? Any takers??

Sky have signed me up for it! Id do it again if i had to though

Not the real one the one that is opened for the amateurs!!! Groups of 50 at a time I think, there are 2000 doing it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 09, 2014, 02:42:21 AM
Friend trying to talk me into doing a stage of the Giro d'Italia when it comes to Belfast, is it 160 miles? Any takers??

Sky have signed me up for it! Id do it again if i had to though

Not the real one the one that is opened for the amateurs!!! Groups of 50 at a time I think, there are 2000 doing it


Where do u sign up?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 10, 2014, 11:52:43 AM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 10, 2014, 06:41:51 PM
A bad day for Sam today after a great start yesterday in the tour of Qatar
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 10, 2014, 06:59:06 PM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 10, 2014, 07:00:23 PM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!

Haven't done big miles before, but have been assured it should be ok!!! Like fcuk it will but I think I'll take the bait
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 12, 2014, 01:26:52 PM
Sam finished fifth today in the sprint in Qatar. 90 mile at an average of 35 mph/57kph not bad going for the boy from Carrick-on-Suir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7_RvfRvZUo
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on February 13, 2014, 11:34:28 AM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!

Haven't done big miles before, but have been assured it should be ok!!! Like fcuk it will but I think I'll take the bait
I think the 135KM would be plenty for me. I don't think I could carry enough grub to keep me going the 10 hours I would need to do the full course.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on February 13, 2014, 01:45:58 PM
Will probably avail of the cycle to work scheme and go for the Boardman team carbon bike from Halfords,,

What sort of pedals and shoes would you recommend? Do I need to buy, shoes, the associated cleats that suit the pedals?

What do I need to look out for?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WeeDonns on February 13, 2014, 02:03:05 PM
Have you seen this guys;

http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video (http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video)
Quote
In May, the world’s top professional riders will take to the roads of Ireland for the start of the Giro d’Italia. Two weeks later, over the Bank Holiday weekend of My 24-26, it will be the turn of regular riders when the three-day Curadmír Ulster Cycle heads into the hills of Northern Ireland on what organisers say is designed to be toughest route in the British Isles.

A fully supported multi-stage sportive, the ride covers 360 miles in three days through some of the wildest and most remote terrain in Ulster.
Riders can enter as teams or individuals but organisers expect they will work together to complete the event rather than treat it as a competition (sounds a bit optimistic to us).

The route promises great scenery including the 700m ascent of the Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, the Mamore Cap with hairpin gradients of 27%, and the Fermanagh Mountains, where the final hilltop finish will overlook Lough Erne.
The event will have a rolling base camp, with rider villages providing facilities including: tents with mattresses, premium catering, hot showers, physio and massage services and a mechanics’ tent. In the evening riders will be able to relax and recover with comfy seating and live music in the chill-out marquee.

The name Curadmír, in case you’re wondering, means ‘Champion’s Portion’ – the feast awarded to the bravest warriors in the battles of ancient Ireland.
Entry to the Curadmír Ulster Cycle starts from £475 and is open now. If you get in quick, there’s an early bird price of £375 until midday on Monday February 17. See www.curadmir.com for more information
Never heard the term 'Fermanagh Mountains' before
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 13, 2014, 02:32:11 PM
Will probably avail of the cycle to work scheme and go for the Boardman team carbon bike from Halfords,,

What sort of pedals and shoes would you recommend? Do I need to buy, shoes, the associated cleats that suit the pedals?

What do I need to look out for?

you wont go wrong with these shoes for £45

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-r10-road-cycling-shoe/

with these pedals (cleats included)

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-r540-spd-sl-sport-pedals/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 13, 2014, 02:33:26 PM
Have you seen this guys;

http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video (http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video)
Quote
In May, the world’s top professional riders will take to the roads of Ireland for the start of the Giro d’Italia. Two weeks later, over the Bank Holiday weekend of My 24-26, it will be the turn of regular riders when the three-day Curadmír Ulster Cycle heads into the hills of Northern Ireland on what organisers say is designed to be toughest route in the British Isles.

A fully supported multi-stage sportive, the ride covers 360 miles in three days through some of the wildest and most remote terrain in Ulster.
Riders can enter as teams or individuals but organisers expect they will work together to complete the event rather than treat it as a competition (sounds a bit optimistic to us).

The route promises great scenery including the 700m ascent of the Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, the Mamore Cap with hairpin gradients of 27%, and the Fermanagh Mountains, where the final hilltop finish will overlook Lough Erne.
The event will have a rolling base camp, with rider villages providing facilities including: tents with mattresses, premium catering, hot showers, physio and massage services and a mechanics’ tent. In the evening riders will be able to relax and recover with comfy seating and live music in the chill-out marquee.

The name Curadmír, in case you’re wondering, means ‘Champion’s Portion’ – the feast awarded to the bravest warriors in the battles of ancient Ireland.
Entry to the Curadmír Ulster Cycle starts from £475 and is open now. If you get in quick, there’s an early bird price of £375 until midday on Monday February 17. See www.curadmir.com for more information
Never heard the term 'Fermanagh Mountains' before

£475 seems a bit steep for what you are doing, i cant see many signing up to do it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on February 13, 2014, 03:41:59 PM
Will probably avail of the cycle to work scheme and go for the Boardman team carbon bike from Halfords,,

What sort of pedals and shoes would you recommend? Do I need to buy, shoes, the associated cleats that suit the pedals?

What do I need to look out for?

Why would that site be quoting the price in $ for me??

you wont go wrong with these shoes for £45

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-r10-road-cycling-shoe/

with these pedals (cleats included)

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-r540-spd-sl-sport-pedals/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 13, 2014, 03:54:47 PM
there is an option at the top right to change currency settings
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on February 13, 2014, 04:33:02 PM
yeah there is, good lad.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on February 13, 2014, 04:47:31 PM
Have you seen this guys;

http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video (http://road.cc/content/news/110910-three-day-sportive-celebrate-giro-d%E2%80%99italia%E2%80%99s-irish-start-video)
Quote
In May, the world’s top professional riders will take to the roads of Ireland for the start of the Giro d’Italia. Two weeks later, over the Bank Holiday weekend of My 24-26, it will be the turn of regular riders when the three-day Curadmír Ulster Cycle heads into the hills of Northern Ireland on what organisers say is designed to be toughest route in the British Isles.

A fully supported multi-stage sportive, the ride covers 360 miles in three days through some of the wildest and most remote terrain in Ulster.
Riders can enter as teams or individuals but organisers expect they will work together to complete the event rather than treat it as a competition (sounds a bit optimistic to us).

The route promises great scenery including the 700m ascent of the Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, the Mamore Cap with hairpin gradients of 27%, and the Fermanagh Mountains, where the final hilltop finish will overlook Lough Erne.
The event will have a rolling base camp, with rider villages providing facilities including: tents with mattresses, premium catering, hot showers, physio and massage services and a mechanics’ tent. In the evening riders will be able to relax and recover with comfy seating and live music in the chill-out marquee.

The name Curadmír, in case you’re wondering, means ‘Champion’s Portion’ – the feast awarded to the bravest warriors in the battles of ancient Ireland.
Entry to the Curadmír Ulster Cycle starts from £475 and is open now. If you get in quick, there’s an early bird price of £375 until midday on Monday February 17. See www.curadmir.com for more information
Never heard the term 'Fermanagh Mountains' before

£475 seems a bit steep for what you are doing, i cant see many signing up to do it

I would want them to be providing me with a bike for that.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 14, 2014, 07:42:10 AM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!

Haven't done big miles before, but have been assured it should be ok!!! Like fcuk it will but I think I'll take the bait
I think the 135KM would be plenty for me. I don't think I could carry enough grub to keep me going the 10 hours I would need to do the full course.



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http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride (http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Eamonnca1 on February 14, 2014, 08:16:17 AM
Will probably avail of the cycle to work scheme and go for the Boardman team carbon bike from Halfords,,

What sort of pedals and shoes would you recommend? Do I need to buy, shoes, the associated cleats that suit the pedals?

What do I need to look out for?

I use the Look Keo system. Use grey or red cleats, stay away from the black ones because they have no float, so if your cleat isn't set dead straight then you could get a repetitive strain injury in your knee. The reds give you the most leeway, greys a little less. I use the greys because I like to be able to clip out a bit easier.

Get your bike shop to check your riding position and the straightness of your feet. A good shop will put you on a turbo trainer so they can watch you pedal and make sure your cleats are on right, so your knee shouldn't be flicking to the side at TDC. Very hard to spot that sort of thing yourself, it takes an outside observer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 14, 2014, 08:41:05 AM
Sean Kelly riding with Emyvale CC Sunday morning, Open event for charity, plan on going to see the King.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 14, 2014, 06:17:17 PM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!

Haven't done big miles before, but have been assured it should be ok!!! Like fcuk it will but I think I'll take the bait
I think the 135KM would be plenty for me. I don't think I could carry enough grub to keep me going the 10 hours I would need to do the full course.



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http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride (http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride)

signed up there. looks like a class event! The goodie bag is worth the 40 quid entrance fee alone.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on February 14, 2014, 06:46:12 PM
http://m.newsletter.co.uk/sport/amateurs-get-ready-for-the-big-italian-bike-ride-1-5859254

Definitely doing this!

Haven't done big miles before, but have been assured it should be ok!!! Like fcuk it will but I think I'll take the bait
I think the 135KM would be plenty for me. I don't think I could carry enough grub to keep me going the 10 hours I would need to do the full course.



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http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride (http://www.chainreactionhub.com/giro-20114/1251-the-chain-reaction-cycles-big-italian-bike-ride)

signed up there. looks like a class event! The goodie bag is worth the 40 quid entrance fee alone.
Plan to do the medium one - looks like it might sell out before the weekend is over.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 14, 2014, 07:22:51 PM
Would loved to have done it but we have a 135 mile cycle on for the club that weekend
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 15, 2014, 08:25:56 AM
Signed up for the big one.

Eh Milltown, take money with you & buy stuff along the way.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on February 15, 2014, 08:26:45 AM
That looks class
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 15, 2014, 08:45:46 AM
Signed up for the big one.

Eh Milltown, take money with you & buy stuff along the way.

looks like Im being peer pressured into in by friends ffs
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 15, 2014, 09:03:09 AM
Signed up for the big one.

Eh Milltown, take money with you & buy stuff along the way.

looks like Im being peer pressured into in by friends ffs
Go on Milltown, I'll reach you a pint outside The Mariners Bar  ;)

Could be worse, you could be going anti-clockwise and up Torr Road.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on February 15, 2014, 11:23:08 AM
That is me signed in for the medium one.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on February 15, 2014, 12:44:48 PM
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1087175_-1_400267__400267 (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1087175_-1_400267__400267)

Has anyone tried or have any experience of these SMP saddles?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on February 15, 2014, 12:50:05 PM
That is me signed in for the medium one.
+1
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 16, 2014, 10:26:27 PM
47 mile today and struggled the last 5 of it. A lot of work to do before the Gran Fonda
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 16, 2014, 10:29:15 PM
47 mile today and struggled the last 5 of it. A lot of work to do before the Gran Fonda

You bet, 235k is nuts
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 16, 2014, 10:41:50 PM
47 mile today and struggled the last 5 of it. A lot of work to do before the Gran Fonda

You bet, 235k is nuts
You doing it? There's 820 signed up and all so far! Great numbers. It will be touch and go for me I think! If I am struggling then I will just turn off and do the middle one. I read that you can do that. Going to try train hard for the big one and give it a lash.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 16, 2014, 10:49:18 PM
47 mile today and struggled the last 5 of it. A lot of work to do before the Gran Fonda

You bet, 235k is nuts
You doing it? There's 820 signed up and all so far! Great numbers. It will be touch and go for me I think! If I am struggling then I will just turn off and do the middle one. I read that you can do that. Going to try train hard for the big one and give it a lash.

Friends of mine are doing the main one, but unfortunately I'll be at a stag weekend in Torremolinos that Sunday, all inclusive 5 star resort, I'll be thinking of yous lol
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 16, 2014, 11:32:40 PM
Loads of fat cnuts out cycling today. May be the sport for me!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on February 16, 2014, 11:36:39 PM
I did a very modest 16km today in around 50 minutes on a fairly hilly route. First time on the saddle since Lap the Lough last August, so easing myself in gently!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 16, 2014, 11:57:07 PM
Loads of fat cnuts out cycling today. May be the sport for me!

Yep I thought I saw you




I got lost looking for these ones today


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 16, 2014, 11:58:46 PM
Seriously though, how much are these people eating if they are putting in the miles and their gut is still resting on their thighs as they pedal?!  :-\
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 17, 2014, 12:02:04 AM
Seriously though, how much are these people eating if they are putting in the miles and their gut is still resting on their thighs as they pedal?!  :-\

It's a low impact sport in fairness, plenty of fat people are cyclists, they may not be able to run but by feck they can fairly motor on a bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on February 17, 2014, 11:30:54 AM
Most people over eat on the bike, take on lots of sugar and there's no need for it. It's possible to go for three hours anyway without anything, could even go without the breakfast and still manage it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 17, 2014, 02:10:32 PM
Most people over eat on the bike, take on lots of sugar and there's no need for it. It's possible to go for three hours anyway without anything, could even go without the breakfast and still manage it

50 mile today with only one weetabix in me but I drank 2 bottles of dilute while on the bike. Going to have to get a rid of a stone for this season though, can fairly notice it on the hills!

Tough conditions today. Really struggled with the pace on the way home but I was at a swimming at 6.30am today so I am blaming that for my legs feeling like lead! How do the pros do it day after day on the tour - even with the drugs!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 17, 2014, 02:24:21 PM
Want to lose weight - go to spin class 2/3 times a week and put the effort in, dont eat rubbish, lay off alcohol (& bread if u can) and you'll lose a stone in a month / 6 weeks. I eat like a total hoorbag on the bike & have plateau'd there weight loss wise. spinning has took a stone off me this winter (mostly twice a week, with a cycle on weekend)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on February 17, 2014, 02:39:18 PM
Most people over eat on the bike, take on lots of sugar and there's no need for it. It's possible to go for three hours anyway without anything, could even go without the breakfast and still manage it

50 mile today with only one weetabix in me but I drank 2 bottles of dilute while on the bike. Going to have to get a rid of a stone for this season though, can fairly notice it on the hills!

Tough conditions today. Really struggled with the pace on the way home but I was at a swimming at 6.30am today so I am blaming that for my legs feeling like lead! How do the pros do it day after day on the tour - even with the drugs!

You doing an hour in the pool? Need to get back into the pool again, need at least 3 hours a week leading up to the season me thinks
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gallsman on February 17, 2014, 03:08:11 PM
Want to lose weight - go to spin class 2/3 times a week and put the effort in, dont eat rubbish, lay off alcohol (& bread if u can) and you'll lose a stone in a month / 6 weeks. I eat like a total hoorbag on the bike & have plateau'd there weight loss wise. spinning has took a stone off me this winter (mostly twice a week, with a cycle on weekend)

Throw in some relatively heavy squats and deadlifts with that and you're laughing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on February 17, 2014, 04:20:43 PM
Any good apps for Cycling lads ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 17, 2014, 04:23:24 PM
Most people over eat on the bike, take on lots of sugar and there's no need for it. It's possible to go for three hours anyway without anything, could even go without the breakfast and still manage it

50 mile today with only one weetabix in me but I drank 2 bottles of dilute while on the bike. Going to have to get a rid of a stone for this season though, can fairly notice it on the hills!

Tough conditions today. Really struggled with the pace on the way home but I was at a swimming at 6.30am today so I am blaming that for my legs feeling like lead! How do the pros do it day after day on the tour - even with the drugs!

You doing an hour in the pool? Need to get back into the pool again, need at least 3 hours a week leading up to the season me thinks

Yeah have been going 3 times a week to a class mon wed and Friday with the wife before work. Class training and it has brought my swimming on something shocking. It was 15 mins of leg kick as warm up, shit load of 50m sprints and then back stroke. You do an average of 70 lengths in the hour id say, much better than going by yourself as you wouldn't push yourself nowhere near as hard.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 17, 2014, 05:46:13 PM
Any good apps for Cycling lads ?
Strava is the market leader. It's more than an App. Pre Strava I had Velox on my android powered phone, was good, hard on battery.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 19, 2014, 03:38:09 PM
Anyone ever use slane cycles? What type of bike are you boys riding or what one would you like? Id love a cervelo
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on February 19, 2014, 05:06:23 PM
I see someone has organised a 100 mile run on the giro route up the Antrim Coast. It was limited to 1,000 riders and £30 each. A handy £30k for the organiser. Anyone here enrolled?  It would be well outside my comfort zone
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 19, 2014, 05:25:52 PM
Anyone ever use slane cycles? What type of bike are you boys riding or what one would you like? Id love a cervelo

they are about along tme so i reckon they should  be good.  sure we would all love a r3
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 19, 2014, 06:38:53 PM
Anyone ever use slane cycles? What type of bike are you boys riding or what one would you like? Id love a cervelo

they are about along tme so i reckon they should  be good.  sure we would all love a r3
S series for me!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 19, 2014, 07:05:32 PM
I'm tempted to go back to a top spec Aluminium yoke, a CAAD 10 or a Rose Alu. Both lighter than similarly priced Carbon yokes, geometry might be too agressive for my dodgy back tho.

Dream bike a Bianchi Oltre or a Storck.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 22, 2014, 09:24:59 PM



I want this bike!!!

Out for 60 today. That's nearly 200 mile this week and every single mile was every in rain or wind. Bring on the summer!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 22, 2014, 09:42:52 PM
thats big miles for February, you will be in some shape come June/July
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 22, 2014, 09:56:14 PM
thats big miles for February, you will be in some shape come June/July

On mid term break this week! Don't usually get out as much as that. Going to try get a few 100milers in before the giro, I'm a long way off that at the minute though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on February 22, 2014, 10:46:28 PM
I'm tempted to go back to a top spec Aluminium yoke, a CAAD 10 or a Rose Alu. Both lighter than similarly priced Carbon yokes, geometry might be too agressive for my dodgy back tho.

Dream bike a Bianchi Oltre or a Storck.

Couldn't resist getting the new bike out for a jaunt today. Cube Peleton 105 job. Nice solid feel to it, but very surprised at how far over the front I felt. Back in the day could never have raced on it, would have been like a sail in the wind. Good to get out again after all the shite weather, however the roads here remind me now of what the roads were around Timahoe and Ballivor back in the late 70's and 80's when heading for the Bord na Mona joint. Full circle.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 23, 2014, 03:26:17 PM
its always nice to get a spin out on a new bike. 

just back from a spin on my winter bike and i reckon the bearings are away on it going by the noise it was making today.  i don't really want to go out on my good bike as i won't go back to my winter bike after riding it

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: An Gaeilgoir on February 25, 2014, 04:26:36 PM
Can any one recommend a good website for cycling gear, looking to get pedals, cleats and a new pair of shoes.... Thanks.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on February 25, 2014, 04:55:35 PM
www.wiggle.co.uk
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en
http://www.rosebikes.com/?nogeo=1

I find rose very good, u can pick up some great deals
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on February 25, 2014, 05:12:32 PM
I buy 95% of my stuff from wiggle
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on February 25, 2014, 08:19:51 PM
I buy 95% of my stuff from wiggle

Same. It's a great site with cracking deals on. My da was getting suspicious with all these packages arriving from a place called 'wiggler'. Got some great castelli gear and swimming stuff from it recently all much cheaper than any of the other big sites.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on February 25, 2014, 09:38:58 PM
Any gods amount of sites about, some always have something or other on sale, I wouldn't tie myself to anyone in particular. Bought a 105 cassette of Merlin cycles for £19.99(inc p&p) other day, bought an Ultegra one of CRC for £30 a while back. Regularly use Ribble, wiggle, bike-discount.de, Evans cycles, cycle-clothing.co.uk, few on ebay & i bought a set of Fulcrum Quattros of some French site (ajcycles.fr) b4 xmas for a great price. Shop around at all times!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on March 18, 2014, 07:19:47 PM
How's everyone getting on?

I have a few sportives in mind:
http://naomhcolumcille.com/News/tabid/372/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/423/Tour-The-Lough-Registration.aspx (http://naomhcolumcille.com/News/tabid/372/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/423/Tour-The-Lough-Registration.aspx)
http://www.etapemourne.com (http://www.etapemourne.com)
http://www.wicklow200.ie (http://www.wicklow200.ie)
http://www.trilimits.co.uk/#!slideshow/cp0k (http://www.trilimits.co.uk/#!slideshow/cp0k) Half Iron Distance
http://www.cooperationireland.org/maracycle (http://www.cooperationireland.org/maracycle)
http://www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com (http://www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com)

Anyone tried these before? Going to pick two or 3 of the best ones, some of them are around the same date so I will have to make a decision and stick to that one. Not getting enough big miles in for the Giro as I have the paris marathon at the start of April, most I have went this year is 60! Should I just stick to the 80 mile route or grind out the 140mile?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on March 18, 2014, 10:31:07 PM
I'm under pressure in work to do the Fun Run in the Glens on Sat 14th June

https://www.facebook.com/FROGRun (https://www.facebook.com/FROGRun)

How's the golf JimStynes?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on March 18, 2014, 10:41:08 PM
That looks good! Give it a go

Aye haven't played regular enough this past few months because my weekends have been taken up with running for the marathon and tutoring children in the afternoons. Plus the weather was shit for a long time! Overall though my long game is going alright and my short game is terrible as per usual  :o  Lighter nights not too far away!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on March 24, 2014, 11:30:41 AM
Anyone racing this weather, did the Des Hanlon in Carlow yesterday, great race but f**k me it was tough going
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 24, 2014, 11:47:32 AM
Your operating on a different level that the rest of us if your racing. What cat are you?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on March 24, 2014, 11:57:08 AM
Oh A4 and going backwards!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 29, 2014, 08:00:54 PM
some of you guys putting big miles in for march on the strava site, 76 and 62 mile and here was me thinking i was doing well with a 60 miler in.  btw i hate the fecking wind
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 29, 2014, 08:28:20 PM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 30, 2014, 08:35:17 PM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.

Never understood why people have summer/winter bikes. Nothing wrong with having plenty of bikes but just can't fathom this trend of buying expensive bikes and then not cycling it for fear of getting it dirty.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pullhard on March 30, 2014, 08:46:34 PM
My Roadie is sick please help me fix her.

This has happened few times, Coasting up to a red light, feet on the pedals but not spinning. The lights change to green, and press down on the pedals and no resistance and im just left there spinning. I drop a few cogs and im able to set off again. Annoying, worried and dangerous. Any ideas ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on March 30, 2014, 09:52:01 PM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.

Never understood why people have summer/winter bikes. Nothing wrong with having plenty of bikes but just can't fathom this trend of buying expensive bikes and then not cycling it for fear of getting it dirty.

Is it because the salt on the roads during the winter damages the carbon or maybe more chance falling off in the ice in the winter time? Not sure either but I know boys with 3 and 4k bikes that only ride them about 3 months of the year and use their winter bike the rest of the time!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 30, 2014, 10:51:51 PM
See Andy Schleck is still a fanny, Frank looking good tho in Corsica.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 30, 2014, 11:01:22 PM
Frank looked good alright and he was up for a win as well going by the attacking he was making. sagan looked good on the harelbeke, hopefully this sunday fabian and tom will give him a run for his money.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 30, 2014, 11:42:17 PM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.

Never understood why people have summer/winter bikes. Nothing wrong with having plenty of bikes but just can't fathom this trend of buying expensive bikes and then not cycling it for fear of getting it dirty.

Officially its because of salt on the roads etc. But seeing as the roads aren't gritted as much any more its not such an issue, especially with sealed bottom brackets etc, back in the day I think the aul stuff would have got in there.
Its handy to have one mudguard fitted out and one not anytime of the year given the climate we enjoy.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 31, 2014, 01:24:12 AM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.

Never understood why people have summer/winter bikes. Nothing wrong with having plenty of bikes but just can't fathom this trend of buying expensive bikes and then not cycling it for fear of getting it dirty.

Is it because the salt on the roads during the winter damages the carbon or maybe more chance falling off in the ice in the winter time? Not sure either but I know boys with 3 and 4k bikes that only ride them about 3 months of the year and use their winter bike the rest of the time!

Salt cannot damage carbon and will not reduce the life of components if you wash them down properly after a spin. I don't see What the point having a bike if your feared to ride it, certainly not at 3 or 4k.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 31, 2014, 01:27:33 AM
Back on the Summer bike this week, the bones & muscles are taking time to settle back in - had a couple of very uncomfortable spins, bit better today although the weather was kat.

Never understood why people have summer/winter bikes. Nothing wrong with having plenty of bikes but just can't fathom this trend of buying expensive bikes and then not cycling it for fear of getting it dirty.

Officially its because of salt on the roads etc. But seeing as the roads aren't gritted as much any more its not such an issue, especially with sealed bottom brackets etc, back in the day I think the aul stuff would have got in there.
Its handy to have one mudguard fitted out and one not anytime of the year given the climate we enjoy.

True it's handy to have the mudguards but not to the extent Of buying another bike. Just leave the mudguards on all winter and wash the bike after a ride.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 31, 2014, 07:47:15 AM
You should always wash the 'bike' after a good ride :D

How many posters are doing the Giro stages?? Im off on a stag weekend so missing out.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 31, 2014, 09:51:46 AM
It's easier now to operate solely with the one bike with the new clip on mudguards. In the past if the bike didn't have mudguard eyes which most proper racings bikes hadn't then you couldn't fit them, hence the 2 bikes. Also it used to be that a lot of guys would ride fixed wheel (1 gear) bikes in the winter for fitness reasons (never saw that myself but there you go) - funny how the fixies have now come back as retro. Makes you feel old !
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 31, 2014, 09:55:50 AM
It's easier now to operate solely with the one bike with the new clip on mudguards. In the past if the bike didn't have mudguard eyes which most proper racings bikes hadn't then you couldn't fit them, hence the 2 bikes. Also it used to be that a lot of guys would ride fixed wheel (1 gear) bikes in the winter for fitness reasons (never saw that myself but there you go) - funny how the fixies have now come back as retro. Makes you feel old !

You have hipster t**ser to ride one now
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 31, 2014, 10:51:40 AM
It's easier now to operate solely with the one bike with the new clip on mudguards. In the past if the bike didn't have mudguard eyes which most proper racings bikes hadn't then you couldn't fit them, hence the 2 bikes. Also it used to be that a lot of guys would ride fixed wheel (1 gear) bikes in the winter for fitness reasons (never saw that myself but there you go) - funny how the fixies have now come back as retro. Makes you feel old !

You have hipster t**ser to ride one now

I couldnt even if i wanted to
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 31, 2014, 12:05:53 PM
Still a few older fellas about riding fixies during winter to train.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 31, 2014, 12:18:43 PM
Still a few older fellas about riding fixies during winter to train.

Surely though you can train with the bike in the same gear?

Considering pros don't have winter training bikes, I don't see where this trend has started among amateurs. I'm not knocking having more than one bike, I've quite a few and they all get used for their purpose. I just absolutely hate this nonsense of not using the "expensive" bike during the winter for fear of getting it dirty/damaged by having a "winter training" bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 31, 2014, 12:41:48 PM
Still a few older fellas about riding fixies during winter to train.

Surely though you can train with the bike in the same gear?

Considering pros don't have winter training bikes, I don't see where this trend has started among amateurs. I'm not knocking having more than one bike, I've quite a few and they all get used for their purpose. I just absolutely hate this nonsense of not using the "expensive" bike during the winter for fear of getting it dirty/damaged by having a "winter training" bike.

When did it start - no idea but when i was racing from 1984 onwards they were long at it then. But in those days a hack bike was a hack not just a slightly cheaper version of the normal summer bike except with mudguards. Ironically my own winter hack is better equipped (ultegra) than the new bike (105) but i built it cheaply with 2nd hand ebay parts so i will stick with it for winter and wet weather.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on March 31, 2014, 01:12:56 PM
Still a few older fellas about riding fixies during winter to train.

Surely though you can train with the bike in the same gear?

Considering pros don't have winter training bikes, I don't see where this trend has started among amateurs. I'm not knocking having more than one bike, I've quite a few and they all get used for their purpose. I just absolutely hate this nonsense of not using the "expensive" bike during the winter for fear of getting it dirty/damaged by having a "winter training" bike.

When did it start - no idea but when i was racing from 1984 onwards they were long at it then. But in those days a hack bike was a hack not just a slightly cheaper version of the normal summer bike except with mudguards. Ironically my own winter hack is better equipped (ultegra) than the new bike (105) but i built it cheaply with 2nd hand ebay parts so i will stick with it for winter and wet weather.

The irony is I have a hack (hard to call it that because it was a discounted 2013 full tiagra) for the daily commute etc... with mudguards on and sometimes use it for more leisurely spins.

It was bought as the cnuts in work using the cycle racks have no respect or are thieving w@nkers. The handful of times I bought my proper bike in work, I've had spokes broken on 2 separate occasions, mudguards stole of the bike, the Garmin speed/cadence sensor stolen and various scratches on the frame due to people throwing bikes on top of it; despite being stored in an underground secure car park  >:(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on March 31, 2014, 02:47:34 PM
Still a few older fellas about riding fixies during winter to train.

Surely though you can train with the bike in the same gear?

Considering pros don't have winter training bikes, I don't see where this trend has started among amateurs. I'm not knocking having more than one bike, I've quite a few and they all get used for their purpose. I just absolutely hate this nonsense of not using the "expensive" bike during the winter for fear of getting it dirty/damaged by having a "winter training" bike.

When did it start - no idea but when i was racing from 1984 onwards they were long at it then. But in those days a hack bike was a hack not just a slightly cheaper version of the normal summer bike except with mudguards. Ironically my own winter hack is better equipped (ultegra) than the new bike (105) but i built it cheaply with 2nd hand ebay parts so i will stick with it for winter and wet weather.

The irony is I have a hack (hard to call it that because it was a discounted 2013 full tiagra) for the daily commute etc... with mudguards on and sometimes use it for more leisurely spins.

It was bought as the cnuts in work using the cycle racks have no respect or are thieving w@nkers. The handful of times I bought my proper bike in work, I've had spokes broken on 2 separate occasions, mudguards stole of the bike, the Garmin speed/cadence sensor stolen and various scratches on the frame due to people throwing bikes on top of it; despite being stored in an underground secure car park  >:(

That is bad. As an aside a friend was telling me last night how he had the wiper blades stolen from his work van outside his house. When he went to a local garage to replace them he was told it was a common enough occurence. :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on March 31, 2014, 07:31:15 PM
With fixed gear 'training' the freewheel is disabled AFAIK, so u have to pedal whether u like it or not, good for cadence training i suppose & if you'd more gears sure you'd just cheat.

I like the idea of 2 bikes i have to say, though like others my winter bike is nearly every bit as good as the summer one. I look after it too, so it would do me fine during the summer if required.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 31, 2014, 08:24:29 PM
Wee problem with my gears, it won't click into top gear, I've a wee duathalon in Lisburn this week so id like to get it fixed. Any ideas??
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on March 31, 2014, 09:07:01 PM
You should always wash the 'bike' after a good ride :D

How many posters are doing the Giro stages?? Im off on a stag weekend so missing out.

Cycling from Omagh to Ballycastle to watch it. A weekend of beer and craic hopefully
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on March 31, 2014, 10:29:15 PM
Wee problem with my gears, it won't click into top gear, I've a wee duathalon in Lisburn this week so id like to get it fixed. Any ideas??
your derailleur needs a wee tweak probably, is your chain well lubricated also. 2 minute job for a bike tech but there will be plenty of you tube clips showing you how to do it yourself. its fiddly but no bother to a man of your capabilities ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on March 31, 2014, 11:30:12 PM
Went to sundrive track there a few weeks ago and did my accreditation, you've to do it before they let u train for real, all on fixies with no brakes, loved it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on April 15, 2014, 02:01:50 PM
The Giro stages this  May.

http://www.girostart2014.com/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haranguerer on April 16, 2014, 10:02:29 AM
I'm looking to get into this cycling lark, with a view to eventually getting into triathlons (in between/after the football).

My work has the cycle to work scheme, and I've been looking at the top end of that limit (£1k). There are a number of guides on the net, but for an ill-informed newbie like me, its hard to distinguish between any of them. Someone said to me too that I'd get much better spec for that money looking at previous season bikes, but its generally a lot harder to find information about these, and also stockists, even on the net.

Has anyone any advice/recommendations for me?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 16, 2014, 11:50:18 AM
I'm looking to get into this cycling lark, with a view to eventually getting into triathlons (in between/after the football).

My work has the cycle to work scheme, and I've been looking at the top end of that limit (£1k). There are a number of guides on the net, but for an ill-informed newbie like me, its hard to distinguish between any of them. Someone said to me too that I'd get much better spec for that money looking at previous season bikes, but its generally a lot harder to find information about these, and also stockists, even on the net.

Has anyone any advice/recommendations for me?

Can recommend the Cube Peleton 105 version which is Shimano 105 throughout with Mavic Aksium wheelset. Can't think of a better equipped bike in the price bracket. If you go into some of the shops you might get something from last years stock lists reduced.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 16, 2014, 12:51:17 PM
Check out Ribble.co.uk - bikebuilder & their special editions. The Ribble Azzuro (full Carbon frame & forks)  with full 105 is superb value @£999. Check the guides for sizing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haranguerer on April 16, 2014, 03:25:07 PM
Thanks lads, I took a look at both there.

Maddog - are those Cube peletons all compact? I was told that compact meant less gears so you sacrifice top speed - does that make much of a difference starting out?

Benny, can I ask what the difference is between the two on Ribbles home page

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/?type=RIBMO

i.e. the azzurro you refer to and the gran fonda above it? Both priced the same, and components seem identical.

I showed the two of them to a guy in here who cycles and he said both were great, and a great deal.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 16, 2014, 04:13:51 PM
The Azzuro would be more Racey, the GF (which i have) is better for longer rides (sportives), if you are thinking Triathlon the Azzuro with the standard chainset (53/39) is the boy for you, if you're a big fella an 11-28 cassette on the back. The Ribble Evo there is marketed for Triathlons, it's very racey in comparison to the others.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 16, 2014, 04:44:37 PM
Thanks lads, I took a look at both there.

Maddog - are those Cube peletons all compact? I was told that compact meant less gears so you sacrifice top speed - does that make much of a difference starting out?

Benny, can I ask what the difference is between the two on Ribbles home page

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/?type=RIBMO

i.e. the azzurro you refer to and the gran fonda above it? Both priced the same, and components seem identical.

I showed the two of them to a guy in here who cycles and he said both were great, and a great deal.

They come in compacts and triples. Mine is 20 speed 50x34T and if you get it lit in 50x11 you wont need to worry about sacrificing any speed. Think the cassette is 11-28 so plenty of range for hills too.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on April 16, 2014, 06:36:16 PM
Check out Ribble.co.uk - bikebuilder & their special editions. The Ribble Azzuro (full Carbon frame & forks)  with full 105 is superb value @£999. Check the guides for sizing.

That's a serious deal, think it sacrifices a little on wheel quality for the carbon frame but could always upgrade them after a while.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 16, 2014, 09:40:37 PM
I have them Rodi Airline Aero wheels on my winter bike (£20 dearer than the ones on the Azzurro there) and they are 100%, they are roughly speaking the equivalent of Shimano R500s (but much better IMO).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Babe Ruth 47 on April 16, 2014, 10:16:01 PM
Can anyone recommend some good value, 50mm carbon clinchers, or know of anyone selling a set. Budget is around €6/700 but ideally less. Thinking of going with the Race 50 c23 from wheelsmith, but would like to explore all options prior.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 21, 2014, 09:10:03 PM
Think I'm going to drop down to the middle distance Giro Sportive. A few of the fellas I know who are doing it have all dropped down to the middle distance too so I wouldnt know anyone in the 140 mile distance. The time cap would worry me as well. I reckon I could do the 140 mile but would be afraid of missing the time cap at some of the stages.

90 mile (my garmin quit at 83mile ffs) around the lough on saturday there, handy enough but my knee started giving me a bit of pain near the end! Went out with the wife for a quick cycle (i purposely didn't write 'ride') today and it was still giving me bother!

On the plus side my new Bianchi Sempre Pro arrives this week!!

How's everyone else getting on?

Also my mate asked me about this http://www.hauteroutealps.org (http://www.hauteroutealps.org)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of6LqccnNmg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of6LqccnNmg)
He's interested in it but I don't think I would get the permission slip signed from the wife and I don't think I could physically do that for 7 days! Would need to lose 10kgs at least for a start. It would be amazing though!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 21, 2014, 10:17:33 PM
yesterday was the first time out in the shorts and i am glad to report that my tan lines are coming on nicely.  our club in drumquin had our annual cycle yesterday and i covered the first 35 miles with a 21 mph/33km average before i got dropped out of this group at the next hill. 

some big miles being covered in our gaaboard strava site for the month of april
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 21, 2014, 10:20:14 PM
2 x ton+ rides this past week or so, feeling a bit more confident about Giro route now. What's this I hear about registering on the Sat nite? fook that!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 21, 2014, 10:26:03 PM
Some going lads! I got roasted on saturday there, the most ridiculous farmer tan ever.  Great getting out in the shorts and jersey.
I must upload my strava, I keep forgetting to since I started using the Garmin more.

Benny, any idea what the arrangements are for the giro 140 route? If I was allowed to set off at 7am I would be more confident of finishing in the time limit. At the minute I think I will be going in the middle distance with a few of my mates. I'll try get a 100+ cycle this weekend and then decide.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 21, 2014, 10:30:49 PM
60 milers is the most i have done so far this year. i am like a big kid waiting for the giro to come as i have the flags, road spray and stencils ready to go.  all being well we are doing a recce in the car tomorrow to ballycastle to finalise the details of our trip from omagh to see stage two of the giro, hopefully we have 50 cyclist going.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 21, 2014, 10:33:41 PM
No idea Jim, haven't really looked at it again since I booked it. Could end up in the Medio myself.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 21, 2014, 10:38:23 PM
60 milers is the most i have done so far this year. i am like a big kid waiting for the giro to come as i have the flags, road spray and stencils ready to go.  all being well we are doing a recce in the car tomorrow to ballycastle to finalise the details of our trip from omagh to see stage two of the giro, hopefully we have 50 cyclist going.

haha my uncle is the same. He is not going to a family wedding (his wifes side, not my side of the family thank god) because the giro is on. He told them not to even bother asking him as he has waited for too long for this! I am working on the friday and I don't think I will get to see any of the time trial. The one I really wanted to see. Disappointing that Cavandish isn't going now.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 21, 2014, 11:10:17 PM
Just looked at their Facebook page, times are not too scary bless you have a mechanical. http://chainreactionhub.com/images/news/events/bigitalianbikeride/bibrtimingsfbook.jpg
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 21, 2014, 11:20:44 PM
If I could start at 7am it would be good! Not starting with the fast fellas though! f**k that, I wouldnt make it to Ballymena with that group!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 23, 2014, 09:47:11 PM
Not sure how to add a picture but Chain reaction have a great 3d visualisation of the route on fb

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 24, 2014, 11:32:24 PM
anybody else get one of these today


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 24, 2014, 11:45:40 PM
anybody else get one of these today




Nope! Where did you get that? I've never watched a pro cycle race before, is it just a matter of standing at the side of the road and watching the peleton go past for 20 secs and thats that then?

Out on the new Bianchi the other day. I've been cycling a tank this past 2 years! The new bike is so light compared to the Felt I have.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 25, 2014, 12:00:34 AM
its for the team presentation before the giro starts where all the cyclist are introduced to the press and public. they where on the visit belfast site this morning.

yep stand watch them go pass in a flash but the "caravan" that goes before it gets the craic going.

a new bike is always a joy to ride

caravan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1WAIXbnIHY)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on April 25, 2014, 10:11:28 AM
Where'd you get that Gerry and where can I get one?
Of course if you're not using yours I'll happily take it off your hands

Thinking of heading up for the team time trial on the friday
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 25, 2014, 10:25:47 AM
All the tickets where gone yesterday by 3pm.  The TTT should be good as they will be flying.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on April 25, 2014, 10:37:41 AM

Nope! Where did you get that? I've never watched a pro cycle race before, is it just a matter of standing at the side of the road and watching the peleton go past for 20 secs and thats that then?


Yeap. Its all over in 20-30 seconds, but the circus beforehand is mildly entertaining. Hopefully they will be throwing out lots of freebies.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Muzz on April 25, 2014, 10:38:58 AM
The presentation is on Thursday night.  I may have 2 passes for the night if anyone wants them but will confirm early next week.  The upload from Gerry isnt enough and you have to collect wrist bands.

PM me if anyone wants them
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 25, 2014, 01:18:10 PM
What time is the time trial? I'm working on Friday until 3 and it's the stage I really wanted to see out of them all.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: theskull1 on April 25, 2014, 01:35:18 PM

Nope! Where did you get that? I've never watched a pro cycle race before, is it just a matter of standing at the side of the road and watching the peleton go past for 20 secs and thats that then?


Yeap. Its all over in 20-30 seconds, but the circus beforehand is mildly entertaining. Hopefully they will be throwing out lots of freebies.

Exactly...is the TV not the best seat in the house "if" you want to watch the race?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 25, 2014, 02:00:55 PM
No doubt TV will be the best place to watch the race but this could be my only chance to ever watch a big pro race like this and it's only 20 mins from the house. Be a shame not to go watch it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on April 25, 2014, 04:42:47 PM
No doubt TV will be the best place to watch the race but this could be my only chance to ever watch a big pro race like this and it's only 20 mins from the house. Be a shame not to go watch it.

Exactly, I have booked the Friday off to see the time trials. I coudn't care less who wins. For me it is all about the chance to experience the live event.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 26, 2014, 06:56:23 AM
http://www.roadbikereview.com/reviews/lance-armstrong-yes-i-feel-like-i-won-races-video (http://www.roadbikereview.com/reviews/lance-armstrong-yes-i-feel-like-i-won-races-video)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on April 26, 2014, 06:44:15 PM
yesterday was the first time out in the shorts and i am glad to report that my tan lines are coming on nicely.  our club in drumquin had our annual cycle yesterday and i covered the first 35 miles with a 21 mph/33km average before i got dropped out of this group at the next hill. 

some big miles being covered in our gaaboard strava site for the month of april

Thats fair going Gerry. Jeez i think i'm going well averaging 17 miles an hour  . What would club racers be averaging ? I know my bike is hampering me a little time wise as it's a hybrid, but it will have to do as i won't be getting a race bike till next year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the Deel Rover on April 26, 2014, 06:46:19 PM
anybody else get one of these today




Nope! Where did you get that? I've never watched a pro cycle race before, is it just a matter of standing at the side of the road and watching the peleton go past for 20 secs and thats that then?

Out on the new Bianchi the other day. I've been cycling a tank this past 2 years! The new bike is so light compared to the Felt I have.

What were you cycling before Jim ?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 26, 2014, 07:23:21 PM
Was cycling a felt z80! Great wee bike but was 7/8 years old. Do me for winter!

Garmin problem!! I uploaded my cycle today and only part of it loaded to strava and it won't load to garmin at all. It's still on the garmin. Every time I delete the strava download and upload it only uploads the deleted cycle! It won't upload to garmin connect at all! Any way round this? I manually updated a distance and time etc but wanted to see my trophies lol
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on April 26, 2014, 07:40:15 PM
That's not good as you don't want to be bottom of the gaaboard Strava league ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 26, 2014, 07:49:31 PM
The lanterne rouge! Got my start time for next week by the way 7.40-8.00! It will be very tight for me finishing on time!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on April 26, 2014, 10:41:33 PM
Scary one today.
Was doing my second accreditation on the sundrive velodrome, half an hour in and tipping round, whatever happened I stopped pedalling, not a good idea, these are fixies, fired off the bike. Came to as I was being helped back to the club house. Had been out cold, helmet cracked. Could remember my address when asked but couldn't remember what I worked at, what day it was, what month it was. Was aware that I was confused.
Off to hospital and came to, luckily nothing broke, ligaments gone in shoulder and showed up some old injuries.
Hopefully not out for too long, had just signed up for the Orwell Randonee next Saturday and three days of race the RAS from May 18
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 27, 2014, 12:23:38 AM
Scary one today.
Was doing my second accreditation on the sundrive velodrome, half an hour in and tipping round, whatever happened I stopped pedalling, not a good idea, these are fixies, fired off the bike. Came to as I was being helped back to the club house. Had been out cold, helmet cracked. Could remember my address when asked but couldn't remember what I worked at, what day it was, what month it was. Was aware that I was confused.
Off to hospital and came to, luckily nothing broke, ligaments gone in shoulder and showed up some old injuries.
Hopefully not out for too long, had just signed up for the Orwell Randonee next Saturday and three days of race the RAS from May 18

Jesus sounds like u got out of it lucky enough! That race the RAS looks good. Good luck with it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on April 27, 2014, 12:56:46 AM
Hopefully I can make it now, arm in a sling at the mo
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 27, 2014, 09:54:29 AM
How much to get a gear cable fixed/replaced?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on April 27, 2014, 11:58:44 AM
€20 in dublin
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 27, 2014, 12:05:10 PM
€20 in dublin

Grand, thanks
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haranguerer on April 28, 2014, 09:47:11 AM
Check out Ribble.co.uk - bikebuilder & their special editions. The Ribble Azzuro (full Carbon frame & forks)  with full 105 is superb value @£999. Check the guides for sizing.

That's a serious deal, think it sacrifices a little on wheel quality for the carbon frame but could always upgrade them after a while.

I'd been all on for the Ribble, then a friend sent through this, which seems even better for the same money (ultegra groupset rather than 105):
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPULT6800/planet-x-pro-carbon-shimano-ultegra-6800-road-bike

Was set on that until I fell for a second hand focus cayo carbon, sram red/force, carbon wheels, which I'm pleased to say I'm now the proud owner of  :)

Cheers for the help lads!

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 28, 2014, 06:41:49 PM
How much to get a gear cable fixed/replaced?
fella i go to seems to charge £10 for everything and won't even take money at times. Based in Lurgan. PM if you want his number
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on April 28, 2014, 08:43:55 PM
Check out Ribble.co.uk - bikebuilder & their special editions. The Ribble Azzuro (full Carbon frame & forks)  with full 105 is superb value @£999. Check the guides for sizing.

That's a serious deal, think it sacrifices a little on wheel quality for the carbon frame but could always upgrade them after a while.

I'd been all on for the Ribble, then a friend sent through this, which seems even better for the same money (ultegra groupset rather than 105):
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPULT6800/planet-x-pro-carbon-shimano-ultegra-6800-road-bike

Was set on that until I fell for a second hand focus cayo carbon, sram red/force, carbon wheels, which I'm pleased to say I'm now the proud owner of  :)

Cheers for the help lads!
Jesus that's a ridiculously good deal for the Planet X.  I was going to hold off until the Autumn and buy a real good un for next Summer, but I might cycle to work scheme that for £999 & upgrade a few bits myself.

Good luck with the Cayo, nice bike.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haranguerer on April 28, 2014, 08:52:00 PM
Cheers, looking forward to getting out on it.

I asked around, and the consensus was the Ribble was an incredible deal, so for the planet x to beat it really is something!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on April 29, 2014, 08:47:33 PM
Some good distances on the leader board last week lads! Heating up for the Giro!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 04, 2014, 07:15:59 PM
Did the 140 route today. Managed to finish with only about 20/25 mins to spare!! Complete brutal. easily the toughest cycling event I've done. 2 punctures as well  >:(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 04, 2014, 08:44:02 PM
Tough going alrite Jim.  Have to say it was the best organised sportive I've ever done, sometimes you can get very little for your entry fee but thought we got a great goodie bag and superb marshalling, signage, grub etc.. today bought the Jersey too last night, £45 impulse buy, caught again.

Roll on Wicklow!  You'll have to have a go at that Jim, about 4/5,000 feet more climbing, but 18 miles less than today's distance.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 04, 2014, 09:58:22 PM
Did the 140 route today. Managed to finish with only about 20/25 mins to spare!! Complete brutal. easily the toughest cycling event I've done. 2 punctures as well  >:(

Were the puctures caused by nips from man hole covers? They are a torture in the city and town areas. Road service dont know/care about making them smooth.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on May 04, 2014, 10:26:49 PM
Did the 140 route today. Managed to finish with only about 20/25 mins to spare!! Complete brutal. easily the toughest cycling event I've done. 2 punctures as well  >:(

Tight we climb from Broughshane to Glenarm then the wind in your face all the way to Whitehead and another climb into Carrick. Didn't enjoy that part of it.

Well organised though and even the Mayor if Ballymena out for some reason. I think I will be peeing high5 for the next 3 days.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 04, 2014, 10:54:57 PM
Tough going alrite Jim.  Have to say it was the best organised sportive I've ever done, sometimes you can get very little for your entry fee but thought we got a great goodie bag and superb marshalling, signage, grub etc.. today bought the Jersey too last night, £45 impulse buy, caught again.

Roll on Wicklow!  You'll have to have a go at that Jim, about 4/5,000 feet more climbing, but 18 miles less than today's distance.

big eye opener today as to how average i am. Fellas from the local club beside me average 18.9 for 144! Serious speed and fitness. I need to improve my fitness and lose some weight big time if I want to do something like the Wicklow 200. I am not in a club so i don't know how to properly cycle in a group and a crash put me off cycling too close to other people, I was afraid for my new bianchi rather than my own safety. Had to cycle a good 50 mile on my own today at one stage!! I agree with the organisation, top class and great goodie bag! Although I thought the Aid Station from Ballycastle to Glenarm was too far away, wouldnt have minded a wee drink/food stop somewhere in between after those hard climbs.

The pros will prob fly round it with ave speed of 35mph or something
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 05, 2014, 12:12:21 AM
What's with all these miles? Why do all cyclists not do kilometers? Did the 135km myself- tough enough slog but a good day.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 05, 2014, 08:55:04 AM
Did the 140 route today. Managed to finish with only about 20/25 mins to spare!! Complete brutal. easily the toughest cycling event I've done. 2 punctures as well  >:(

Were the puctures caused by nips from man hole covers? They are a torture in the city and town areas. Road service dont know/care about making them smooth.

I think so! 5 mile in and I got a bloody puncture! Was in a good group as well. Flying along at a manageable pace then that happens.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 05, 2014, 11:29:26 AM
Did the Orwell Randonne Saturday, 140k, over the Sally Gap, Wicklow Gap and back over the Sally. Tough course but felt strong until cramping near the end. Picked up a few top 10 segments up the Sally gap
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 05, 2014, 05:00:21 PM
Did the Orwell Randonne Saturday, 140k, over the Sally Gap, Wicklow Gap and back over the Sally. Tough course but felt strong until cramping near the end. Picked up a few top 10 segments up the Sally gap

Sounds painful!!

Might give the Mourne Etape a go in a few weeks. anyone ever do it?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 05, 2014, 05:09:23 PM
Yeah, did the 75 mile route 2 years ago on a scorching day in May.  It was very tough Jim, climbing from go to woh.  Someone else here did it the same day, AQMP maybe? Ideal prep for Wicklow.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 05, 2014, 05:22:02 PM
I might do the 45mile, i dont know if I could be bothered with anymore slaughtering sessions this year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Iceman on May 05, 2014, 05:46:39 PM
Any of yous do any Mountain Biking? Found a great trail park near us - about 25 mins away. Though you's might like a look at one of the trails on offer for the elite - I won't be attempting! There are a load of trails for beginner level and up. Place is called Duthie hill:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBMjHxvkdo  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBMjHxvkdo)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 05, 2014, 07:11:30 PM
I might do the 45mile, i dont know if I could be bothered with anymore slaughtering sessions this year.

It is perverse that you can be in so much pain and still be enjoying something :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 05, 2014, 07:26:35 PM
I might do the 45mile, i dont know if I could be bothered with anymore slaughtering sessions this year.

It is perverse that you can be in so much pain and still be enjoying something :D

Asked myself a few times yesterday if i was mad in the head for putting myself through that torture. Makes me want to get fitter and better though.  The sweet suffering!

Cycling has to be one of the toughest sports out there. After boxing, mma, and triathlon. What a painful way to earn a living.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on May 05, 2014, 11:01:33 PM
Tough going alrite Jim.  Have to say it was the best organised sportive I've ever done, sometimes you can get very little for your entry fee but thought we got a great goodie bag and superb marshalling, signage, grub etc.. today bought the Jersey too last night, £45 impulse buy, caught again.

Roll on Wicklow!  You'll have to have a go at that Jim, about 4/5,000 feet more climbing, but 18 miles less than today's distance.

big eye opener today as to how average i am. Fellas from the local club beside me average 18.9 for 144! Serious speed and fitness. I need to improve my fitness and lose some weight big time if I want to do something like the Wicklow 200. I am not in a club so i don't know how to properly cycle in a group and a crash put me off cycling too close to other people, I was afraid for my new bianchi rather than my own safety.Had to cycle a good 50 mile on my own today at one stage!! I agree with the organisation, top class and great goodie bag! Although I thought the Aid Station from Ballycastle to Glenarm was too far away, wouldnt have minded a wee drink/food stop somewhere in between after those hard climbs.

The pros will prob fly round it with ave speed of 35mph or something

Something similar, started off to fast and was buckled by Ballymena, no one should want to get to Ballymena that fast. From then on everytime it got tight I had nothing in the tank and kept dropping off groups.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: muppet on May 07, 2014, 04:11:33 PM
Any of yous do any Mountain Biking? Found a great trail park near us - about 25 mins away. Though you's might like a look at one of the trails on offer for the elite - I won't be attempting! There are a load of trails for beginner level and up. Place is called Duthie hill:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBMjHxvkdo  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBMjHxvkdo)

I won't be doing any of that, but my little lad loved the video.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 08, 2014, 11:36:57 PM
just back from the city hall and there was a good reception for the local lads, thankfully the rain stayed off.  heading to ballycastle in the morning for a weekend of cycling and beer.





Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on May 14, 2014, 10:57:32 AM
Anyone recommend a half decent cycle rack for a salon type car? Don't want to bust the bank and haven't got a tow bar!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: majestic on May 14, 2014, 01:03:16 PM
Hi everyone,

Was wondering what you guys would recommend for a new start on a road bike. I was hoping to keep it below £500, so I've done abit of research and it seems going for a sale bike would be best (last years model). I need a new activity, as running and football are looking unlikely to be an option for me anymore. If I don't start something soon I am going to explode lol

All help and suggestions welcome. Cheers
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 14, 2014, 01:28:17 PM
Anyone recommend a half decent cycle rack for a salon type car? Don't want to bust the bank and haven't got a tow bar!
Will you offer manicures and pedicures or just haircuts?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 14, 2014, 08:21:50 PM
Checkout buy and sell cyclist on Facebook. There is a halfords bike on there now for £200
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 14, 2014, 09:27:54 PM
How hard is this Mourne Etape? I've a match on Saturday night and don't know if I could face it while I am sore from football. I've a friend interested in going too but this will be his first sportive!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 14, 2014, 10:12:33 PM
How hard is this Mourne Etape? I've a match on Saturday night and don't know if I could face it while I am sore from football. I've a friend interested in going too but this will be his first sportive!
Just looked at the route - 7 categorised climbs of which 5 are category 3!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 14, 2014, 10:32:57 PM
It's very tough, not to be taken lightly as it's 'only' 75m. Sunday doesn't look great weather wise either.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 14, 2014, 10:56:38 PM
It's very tough, not to be taken lightly as it's 'only' 75m. Sunday doesn't look great weather wise either.

I would probably only do the 45mile route. Surely that would be manageable. How good would this be! http://www.hauteroutealps.org (http://www.hauteroutealps.org)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 15, 2014, 05:36:00 PM
That is ridiculous ffs!!! Unbelievable climbs fecking hell!!  The one legged rider pure inspiration there
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 15, 2014, 07:55:04 PM
It's very tough, not to be taken lightly as it's 'only' 75m. Sunday doesn't look great weather wise either.

I would probably only do the 45mile route. Surely that would be manageable. How good would this be! http://www.hauteroutealps.org (http://www.hauteroutealps.org)
That looks amazing - absolutely killer though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 15, 2014, 09:35:45 PM
You would need a years training and I would need to get rid of 10kgs for the likes of that. Ridiculous but must be some achievement to finish that. the youtube videos are class.

This is another class one but serious money needed for it  http://www.tourdeforce.org.uk (http://www.tourdeforce.org.uk)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 21, 2014, 12:29:09 PM
Just finished three days of Race the RAS, where you do the route the morning of the race, amazing stuff, would love to have been doing the 8 days. WOuld highly recommend it to anyone, great craic, great scenery and tough cycling
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 21, 2014, 05:50:47 PM
Sounds class, many do it? Hope you've it up on Strava til we get a look
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 21, 2014, 06:31:21 PM
Fair play to you that's some riding, even to compete it is a big achievement.  Having being out on the bike since the giro as I have a bit of a bug. I have new wheels ready to go on my bike but I have no energy to do even one mile.   On a plus I have nearly lost 6lb
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 21, 2014, 08:20:29 PM
Sounds class m4s. Would love to do something like that.

Anyone ever get a bad run of punctures? Haven't had one in 2 years then I've had 4 in the past month, all on the new bike too!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 21, 2014, 10:10:05 PM
Have you a good rim tape on the wheel Jim?  If it's a bit lacking (i.e shite or non-existent) it can cause punctures - run some electrical tape round the rim covering the spoke holes, can make a big difference.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Maguire01 on May 21, 2014, 11:42:10 PM
Have you a good rim tape on the wheel Jim?  If it's a bit lacking (i.e shite or non-existent) it can cause punctures - run some electrical tape round the rim covering the spoke holes, can make a big difference.
Yep, I had a run of punctures sorted with new rim tape.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 21, 2014, 11:43:55 PM
The Mavics I'm using dont have spoke holes so it doesn't need rim tape. Strange
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haranguerer on May 22, 2014, 09:08:56 AM
Would these be an option?

http://road.cc/content/review/81257-slime-smart-tube-self-healing-inner-tube

Considering them myself - first spin on the new bike there, got a puncture within a mile. There were ultremo zx's on the bike, good for racing, not for puncture protection by all accounts. Got two gatorskins there, hopefully will help, considering these tubes too.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 22, 2014, 09:33:46 AM
Sounds class, many do it? Hope you've it up on Strava til we get a look
I'll try and throw it up this evening. Would recommend it to anyone, there was about 100 of us on Sunday and then 45-50 of us for the other two days, most were staying on for the full week. Split into two groups each day, faster group averaging 31-33kph including p*ss stops. Stopped in a GAA club each day for grub and tea after about 90k.
Really well run event and relatively cheap, I paid €400 for the three days, that all in, accomodation, B&B, dinner and lunch, bus transfers and support vans. Think the full week was €1000. Great way to see the country and great craic the comradery and abuse was great, plenty of jibing
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 23, 2014, 06:32:49 PM
Bike sold :D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 23, 2014, 06:48:26 PM
Might know a fella interested. I'll text him.

What you looking to buy instead?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 23, 2014, 07:11:56 PM
Not sure yet Jim.  I love my Ribble 365 winter bike and the new Ribble Azzuro is a Summer version of it, so it's high on my list. That Planet X deal with full Ultegra 11 speed is a mighty deal and I could cycle to work scheme it.  I've fancied a CAAD 10 (or an Evo) for a while too though... or a Giant, Bianchi... etc.. too many to choose from.

I've that Ribble up on Gumtree & FB cyclist buy & sell (not live on gumtree yet)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 23, 2014, 08:03:35 PM
Seen ur bike on Facebook.  Have to say I love my Ribble and I have yet to see another one if them around the Omagh area.  I must post a photo of it and my new cosmics. Great bike for the price   
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on May 23, 2014, 11:49:14 PM
Where can you buy the Ribbles?
I wouldn't be confident enough setting myself up to buy online so would still go into a shop to get guidence. Was looking at a Spezialized and a Frondriest for an upgrade.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 23, 2014, 11:57:18 PM
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbg/road-track-bike/ribble-carbon-road-bikes?sub=conf_BBRC&type=RIBMO

Ribble bikebuilder, addictive. Plenty of sites offer bikebuilding. Dolan, Canyon, Rosebikes.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on May 24, 2014, 12:01:34 AM
Not sure yet Jim.  I love my Ribble 365 winter bike and the new Ribble Azzuro is a Summer version of it, so it's high on my list. That Planet X deal with full Ultegra 11 speed is a mighty deal and I could cycle to work scheme it.  I've fancied a CAAD 10 (or an Evo) for a while too though... or a Giant, Bianchi... etc.. too many to choose from.

I've that Ribble up on Gumtree & FB cyclist buy & sell (not live on gumtree yet)

An S Works as a treat for when u win the lotto! I absolutely love my Bianchi, would love some cosmics for it but no real need for them as I am not racing.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 24, 2014, 09:51:09 PM
A friend posted a pic on Facebook the other day cycling up Hardknott Pass in the Lake District. Looks absolutely brutal and she was 100 miles in when she had to climb it  :'(.

All that exercise can't be good for you  :)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 24, 2014, 10:11:05 PM
Couple of boys from our club did the Fred Whitton Challenge last year in appalling conditions, Hardknot & other similar monstrosities in it, brutal stuff.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 24, 2014, 11:11:17 PM
Couple of boys from our club did the Fred Whitton Challenge last year in appalling conditions, Hardknot & other similar monstrosities in it, brutal stuff.
Aye that's the one she was doing. She is seriously fit but think that was tough going.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 28, 2014, 09:52:22 AM
some craic on the giro yesterday, a lot riders time to make up over these last few days.

hard to think they would be this much snow about in late May


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 28, 2014, 09:56:43 AM
Came of the TT bike in a race on Sunday, huge crack in the frame, f**king disaster
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 28, 2014, 10:01:58 AM
Came of the TT bike in a race on Sunday, huge crack in the frame, f**king disaster

not  good and i guess there is feck all you can do
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 28, 2014, 10:04:28 AM
Getting mixed reports, some places seem to be able to fix it and lots of people saying dont go near a damaged bike
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 28, 2014, 10:06:17 AM
heading out today with my son and eventually try out my new wheels




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on May 28, 2014, 10:08:00 AM
a damaged tt bike would be dodgy due to the force you would be applying, different if it was leisure riding
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 28, 2014, 10:37:12 AM
a damaged tt bike would be dodgy due to the force you would be applying, different if it was leisure riding

That's what I like doing at the weekends :P
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Orior on May 28, 2014, 11:05:58 AM
some craic on the giro yesterday, a lot riders time to make up over these last few days.

hard to think they would be this much snow about in late May




Makes the Antrim Coast cycle look attractive
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on May 28, 2014, 02:16:08 PM
Would be tempted by this

http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/scott-foil-15-compact-drive-20-speed-road-bike-2013-p207813
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 28, 2014, 06:02:23 PM
I've ordered the Planet X , with full Ultegra 11speed,  too good a deal to pass up, cycle to work scheme job as well.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 28, 2014, 06:22:00 PM
slightly frustrated at my cycling, well lack of would maybe be a better way of putting it. Was only 12 miles for the race on Sat and while the route (IMO) was hilly it was still done by the fast in 29 min me on the other hand completed the distance in 47 min :(

Now I had a Specialized make, decent enough bike worth about a grand, while there are some serious bikes on show the difference in me riding the bike and the others was very noticeable. I don't know if I'm in the right gear at times either (I don't have the legs looking as if they are going faster that the wheels)

So do I need more hours on the bike, I do maybe 20 miles out on the road a week, and obviously during the shitty weather I was always spinning at the gym (not that that well replicate road ridding)

So what I'm looking is, how can I improve? Very annoying as in Triathlons it's the cycling that makes the time a lot better.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 28, 2014, 10:05:24 PM
Join a cycling club (or ride with a club a few times) just to get some proper advice.  The simple things you pick up all add up and will make a difference.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on May 28, 2014, 10:42:23 PM
Join a cycling club (or ride with a club a few times) just to get some proper advice.  The simple things you pick up all add up and will make a difference.

It's hard to commit to as I'M flat out refereeing doing a lot of gym/swim work also, she'd go crackers if I said I'm out most Sunday's for 4 hrs lol

But you're right I've a few friends who are regulars but the cnuts would take me out to Glenarm and fecking leave me on me own !!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on May 30, 2014, 11:13:42 PM
Some awesome performances on the mountain TT Giro stage today, Quintana will be a future TDF winner, Movistar politics aren't going to help him this year with Valverde the undisputed #1. I'd love to see Quintana & Froome fight it out in France this year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: laoislad on June 02, 2014, 10:32:47 AM
Milltown Row 2 at it again.......

Bike sex man placed on probation.

Cleaners caught Mr Stewart simulating sex with a bike.

A man caught trying to have sex with his bicycle has been sentenced to three years on probation.
Robert Stewart, 51, admitted a sexually aggravated breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and simulating sex.

Sheriff Colin Miller also placed Stewart on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.

Mr Stewart was caught in the act with his bicycle by cleaners in his bedroom at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr.

Gail Davidson, prosecuting, told Ayr Sheriff Court: "They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.

"They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white t-shirt, naked from the waist down.

"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."

Both cleaners, who were "extremely shocked", told the hostel manager who called police.

Sheriff Colin Miller told Stewart: "In almost four decades in the law I thought I had come across every perversion known to mankind, but this is a new one on me. I have never heard of a 'cycle-sexualist'."

Stewart had denied the offence, claiming it was caused by a misunderstanding after he had too much to drink.

The bachelor had been living in the hostel since October 2006 after moving from his council house in Girvan.

He now lives in Ayr.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on June 02, 2014, 10:33:59 AM
Milltown Row 2 at it again.......

Bike sex man placed on probation.

Cleaners caught Mr Stewart simulating sex with a bike.

A man caught trying to have sex with his bicycle has been sentenced to three years on probation.
Robert Stewart, 51, admitted a sexually aggravated breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and simulating sex.

Sheriff Colin Miller also placed Stewart on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.

Mr Stewart was caught in the act with his bicycle by cleaners in his bedroom at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr.

Gail Davidson, prosecuting, told Ayr Sheriff Court: "They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.

"They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white t-shirt, naked from the waist down.

"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."

Both cleaners, who were "extremely shocked", told the hostel manager who called police.

Sheriff Colin Miller told Stewart: "In almost four decades in the law I thought I had come across every perversion known to mankind, but this is a new one on me. I have never heard of a 'cycle-sexualist'."

Stewart had denied the offence, claiming it was caused by a misunderstanding after he had too much to drink.

The bachelor had been living in the hostel since October 2006 after moving from his council house in Girvan.

He now lives in Ayr.

If it improves my times........
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 02, 2014, 08:16:34 PM
Some awesome performances on the mountain TT Giro stage today, Quintana will be a future TDF winner, Movistar politics aren't going to help him this year with Valverde the undisputed #1. I'd love to see Quintana & Froome fight it out in France this year.

that's the way to sort the men from the boys, just get them to do a ITT up hill. i thought aru was unreal the way he took 3 minutes of of majka and still was able to finish so well on the next stage.  its a pity  quintana took so much time on  stage 16 as it a kind of tarnished what was a great stage for him.  even if they had all regrouped at the bottom of the climb no one could have stayed with him the way he rode the last few km.  its a pity nico and dan had their misfortune at the start as it would have being great to see them battle it out for GC.  it was great to see a race that sky did not control and what has to be one of their quietest grand tours.  philip came good at the end for a guy that broke his collar bone a few months back.

i cant see quintana  doing the tour as he won't just want to fill out the top ten and valverde seems to be the main man for the tour for movistar. if the tour will have as much drama as the giro it will be a great three weeks.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 09, 2014, 09:58:48 PM
Superb stage at the Dauphine today, Froome and Contador battling it out like the two big dogs they are.  I think froome has his number tbh, but I was rooting for Bertie I have to say. Nibali isn't in these boys' league. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on June 10, 2014, 10:22:51 AM
My new bike arrived on Saturday......drool



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on June 10, 2014, 10:44:07 AM
Superb stage at the Dauphine today, Froome and Contador battling it out like the two big dogs they are.  I think froome has his number tbh, but I was rooting for Bertie I have to say. Nibali isn't in these boys' league.

Froome able to attack him while leading, i think Bertie will be playing for place money next month. Froome better in the TT, better in the mountains, only bad luck will beat him.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 10, 2014, 12:28:57 PM
My new bike arrived on Saturday......drool




Bike porn, class.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 10, 2014, 08:17:01 PM
Lovely bike mayo. Health to enjoy.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 10, 2014, 08:24:39 PM
Some noise today about froome using an asthma  inhaler on yesterday's climb. even mrs froome was standing up for her man on twitter. Alberto will just sit on his wheel this week and save himself fir the tour.  If yesterday's stage is anything to go by we are in fir a great three weeks and we might have two irish men riding it as well.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on June 10, 2014, 08:59:34 PM
My new bike arrived on Saturday......drool




Bike porn, class.
Jesus that's lovely! What wheels you putting on her?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on June 10, 2014, 10:33:00 PM
I have a set of Zipps that I use on the Tri bike that I mite try out but that would involve switching brake pads before every race and I may be too lazy. Other option is a nice set of mavic cosmic but there's yellow on them so don't know how they'll look
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NAG1 on June 11, 2014, 12:20:33 PM
Any of the bike geeks  ;) on here able to recommend a handle bar bracket/ holder for an iphone?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Zip Code on June 11, 2014, 12:33:22 PM
Any of the bike geeks  ;) on here able to recommend a handle bar bracket/ holder for an iphone?

Jesus can people not even go for a cycle without the phone these days!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NAG1 on June 11, 2014, 12:51:02 PM
Any of the bike geeks  ;) on here able to recommend a handle bar bracket/ holder for an iphone?

Jesus can people not even go for a cycle without the phone these days!

It is for her indoors, she likes to have the wee apps for running and now for cycling to show her how well she is doing!

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on June 11, 2014, 01:25:28 PM
Any of the bike geeks  ;) on here able to recommend a handle bar bracket/ holder for an iphone?

Jesus can people not even go for a cycle without the phone these days!

It is for her indoors, she likes to have the wee apps for running and now for cycling to show her how well she is doing!

Buy her a Garmin
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 11, 2014, 01:27:36 PM
Any of the bike geeks  ;) on here able to recommend a handle bar bracket/ holder for an iphone?

Jesus can people not even go for a cycle without the phone these days!

It is for her indoors, she likes to have the wee apps for running and now for cycling to show her how well she is doing!

Buy her a Garmin
He's from North Antrim. Gaffer tape will do the same job.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DennistheMenace on June 11, 2014, 02:42:35 PM
What channel is the Tour De France on next month, Eurosport?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on June 11, 2014, 02:44:24 PM
Yep. Live coverage and a highlights programme each night
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ed Hardy on June 15, 2014, 05:51:37 PM
Bit fed up running the roads and my ankle gives me some bother if I run to often. So thinking of getting a road bike. Any suggestions of bikes or where to buy one, live in Co.Down. I wouldn't want to spend much more than £300 on the bike incase I don't enjoy it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Denn Forever on June 15, 2014, 06:20:19 PM
What channel is the Tour De France on next month, Eurosport?

TG4?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 15, 2014, 07:40:18 PM
And ITV4 as well.

Ed - read back through a few pages, similar advice has been given on a few occasions. You sound like you're in the market for a Halfords type beginner bike (Carerra / Apollo) , or something of better quality but 2nd hand - of the likes of Gumtree, Ebay or the Facebook cyclist buy & sell page.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: CiKe on June 15, 2014, 08:37:36 PM
What is view from experts on the Tour after an interesting end to the Dauphine?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on June 15, 2014, 09:34:15 PM
Not that I think I'm an expert - Think Froome has Contador' s number tbh, Froome' s fall on Friday knocked the stuffing out of him.  Big performance from Kilderman of Belkin, Nibali looks as good as me. Tallansky won that by default today. Valverde is the only big gun who we haven't seen lately who will fancy his chances at the Tour, can't see it tho. If he stays injury & bad luck free in France, Froome wins IMO, but Contador has probably never been in better form & I hope he wins. Interesting that other cyclists who have since posted higher levels of clenbuterol than Contador was done for have been cleared of any wrongdoing, guess the horsemeat fiasco made them realise you can't trust the meat industry.

See Froome is getting a bit of stick for use of an inhaler and a TUE (Theraputic Use Exemption) for use of something for a chest infection (steroid based) at the recent Tour of Romandie. Brian Cookson the British UCI supremo getting it in the neck as his son works for Sky and the Kimmages of this world think the 2 are linked. Don't think Sky are at it, but they are losing the PR war big-time by putting themselves in these situations (but then again they've done nothing wrong).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on June 22, 2014, 07:30:10 PM
What about the Causeway Coast Sportive lads? Heard it is the hardest sportive in Ireland, I am thinking of doing it but don't know if I will have the time to fit in the training with football and going on holidays in August. Is it really as bad as they say it is?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 05, 2014, 08:43:44 PM
3 weeks of telly watching begins. hopefully we will see a good battle with chris and alberto when we get to the mountains on the last week.  alberto looks to be in great form and with a ITT on the second  last day he needs to have a good lead on froome if he wants to be in yellow in paris.  alberto team  looks weaker as two of them rode the giro and with Kreuzigar banned  but it didn't mater last year what team alberto had he wasn't going to win it.

btw poor cav today  ;), that's what happen when you shoulder someone at 40mph.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 06, 2014, 10:26:22 AM
Bad enough crash. Three lads that id do spinning with during week had nasty crash last Sunday, the leads trye burst and he hit the ground at 30mph and rest came in behind him. Broken vertebrae and other broken bones in back. One has broken collarbone and punctured lung and broken ribs . I was to head out with them but had race myself next day!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grounded on July 06, 2014, 02:18:30 PM
Selling them in lidl this week along with some other cycle gear.

http://www.lidl-ni.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-31B54068-FEAC83B0/www_lidl_nie/hs.xsl/Offers.htm?action=showDetail&id=9402
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 06, 2014, 04:39:48 PM
That's one of the draw backs from cycling if you go down your are going to hurt yourself bigtime and could be of work for a while. Cycling Ireland insurance not worth a feck either when it comes to paying for the mortgage   
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on July 07, 2014, 02:22:43 PM
anyone on here do the Ring of Kerry at the weekend?

I was down at it as my wife was doing it, mad stuff, almost 10,000 cyclists of all shapes and sizes doing the 180KM course from 5am..
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on July 07, 2014, 02:37:42 PM
What about the Causeway Coast Sportive lads? Heard it is the hardest sportive in Ireland, I am thinking of doing it but don't know if I will have the time to fit in the training with football and going on holidays in August. Is it really as bad as they say it is?

I'm thinking of entering it too and wondering the same. Done my 1st Ring of Kerry at the weekend and you'd be expecting Mols Gap to be comparable to climbing the Alpe d'Huez listening to some people  :P

Have 2 weeks holidays planned at the end of July and a few other weekends booked up so not sure I can fit enough training in. Was thinking of doing the Sean Kelly (100km) and Skoda Cycle Series (120km) on the last 2 weeks of august to try and build up to it. I'm not sure I have time to get the speed back in the legs for the climbs though after a year of injuries. Distance wouldn't be a problem but I don't fancy 9 hours in the saddle  :'(
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thebigfella on July 07, 2014, 02:45:12 PM
anyone on here do the Ring of Kerry at the weekend?

I was down at it as my wife was doing it, mad stuff, almost 10,000 cyclists of all shapes and sizes doing the 180KM course from 5am..

Done it with my missus. We slept in and didn't start to after 8am; not sure if it was the best prep to have pints the night before :)

Was plenty still heading off around 8 though and good craic. Well worth doing but I think you have to not take it too serious though.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on July 07, 2014, 04:40:23 PM
anyone on here do the Ring of Kerry at the weekend?

I was down at it as my wife was doing it, mad stuff, almost 10,000 cyclists of all shapes and sizes doing the 180KM course from 5am..

Done it with my missus. We slept in and didn't start to after 8am; not sure if it was the best prep to have pints the night before :)

Was plenty still heading off around 8 though and good craic. Well worth doing but I think you have to not take it too serious though.

There was a lad went passed me at the finish with the Kerry GAA top on, a pair of ordinary jeans on a fairly basic mountain bike, so it mustn't have been that hard, the wife begged to differ, although she thought it was pretty dangerous at stages with so many trying to get down some narrow roads around Waterville and the likes.
Micko was out waving to the cyclists  there, but she didn't know who he was..
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: AQMP on July 09, 2014, 03:06:57 PM
Froome out of Tour after crashing twice on today's stage.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: The Bearded One on July 09, 2014, 03:53:08 PM
Have recently bought a bike and have been doing a bit on my own, 25-30 mile runs normally, fairly infrequently. I would be reasonably fit, still playing football but not training as hard as I would have done.

I can cover anything between 16.0 - 17.5 mph depending on the weather conditions and how many hills I encounter. There are a number of cycling clubs in the local area, I am reluctant to join in though as I don't know if I would be fit to keep up. Has anyone here found that spinning classes help to improve performance out on the road? I can squeeze a class in before work a few mornings if I thought it would help me.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 09, 2014, 04:45:38 PM
Have recently bought a bike and have been doing a bit on my own, 25-30 mile runs normally, fairly infrequently. I would be reasonably fit, still playing football but not training as hard as I would have done.

I can cover anything between 16.0 - 17.5 mph depending on the weather conditions and how many hills I encounter. There are a number of cycling clubs in the local area, I am reluctant to join in though as I don't know if I would be fit to keep up. Has anyone here found that spinning classes help to improve performance out on the road? I can squeeze a class in before work a few mornings if I thought it would help me.

Join - it will bring you on in leaps and bounds. Your average is around somewhere right for club runs so you shouldn't have a problem.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 09, 2014, 04:52:46 PM
Have recently bought a bike and have been doing a bit on my own, 25-30 mile runs normally, fairly infrequently. I would be reasonably fit, still playing football but not training as hard as I would have done.

I can cover anything between 16.0 - 17.5 mph depending on the weather conditions and how many hills I encounter. There are a number of cycling clubs in the local area, I am reluctant to join in though as I don't know if I would be fit to keep up. Has anyone here found that spinning classes help to improve performance out on the road? I can squeeze a class in before work a few mornings if I thought it would help me.

Join - it will bring you on in leaps and bounds. Your average is around somewhere right for club runs so you shouldn't have a problem.

Good average speeds, most clubs have A's B's and C's runs so depending on distance and speed you could well fit into one of those, spinning is all fine and dandy (I do 3/4 a week) but it's about getting the miles out on the roads that will really bring it on. It's something I need to do also, as I'm planning to do a couple of big cycles next year
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 09, 2014, 05:17:55 PM
Well that has opened things right up, cobbles are the bomb for a race, Nibali's to lose now you'd think. Should make for a great race though with Berti trying to catch him.

Have to say I dont like Froome

Liked this though


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 09, 2014, 06:02:41 PM
Well that has opened things right up, cobbles are the bomb for a race, Nibali's to lose now you'd think. Should make for a great race though with Berti trying to catch him.

Have to say I dont like Froome

Liked this though




The irony being they will probably both go to the vuelta
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 14, 2014, 03:49:38 PM
Jesus, Bertie out too. This Tour is going to peeter out.

La Vuelta will be the best Grand Tour again. Froome, Bertie & Quintana.

Valverde must have something in the tank for the Tour, I'm gonna have a sneaky bet on him for the overall.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on July 16, 2014, 03:19:43 PM
Roache going for the stage win if anyone had a free hour and a half to kill
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 16, 2014, 03:25:29 PM
Disappointing Bertie is out. While I love watching the tour de france the last few years have been too easy for the winners though sky seem to reckon your man(who's name escapes me) could have a good stab at winning it on the longer mountain stages. (Richie?)

Hopefully Roche can do it.

The Irish guy in the triathlon was leading coming of the bike so he must be handy enough at cycling too though it was the sprint triathlon. Still not to shabby.

Yes La Vuelta looks to be where it is at.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 16, 2014, 03:28:15 PM
Disappointing Bertie is out. While I love watching the tour de france the last few years have been too easy for the winners though sky seem to reckon your man(who's name escapes me) could have a good stab at winning it on the longer mountain stages. (Richie?)

Hopefully Roche can do it.

The Irish guy in the triathlon was leading coming of the bike so he must be handy enough at cycling too though it was the sprint triathlon. Still not to shabby.

Yes La Vuelta looks to be where it is at.

??

Richie Porte? Hopefully not.........
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 16, 2014, 03:33:28 PM
The sprint triathlon that the Alistair Brownlees won in Hamburg in the world series was led by an Irish guy of the bike. Must check out who it was though I can only find German reports/ sites and don't speak german...

Incidentally the world team triathlon was great viewing. Britain won it with two pretty weak girls in it (it's 300m swim, 6.6 k bike, 1 mile run x 4 team members) and the Brownlees brothers pulling them through with great bikes / runs.

Yes Richie Porte. I hope not too but was just watching the itv4 rest day program yesterday who reckoned he had a good chance. Of course as he's sky they may be a bit pro sky...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 16, 2014, 03:33:56 PM
Disappointing Bertie is out. While I love watching the tour de france the last few years have been too easy for the winners though sky seem to reckon your man(who's name escapes me) could have a good stab at winning it on the longer mountain stages. (Richie?)

Hopefully Roche can do it.

The Irish guy in the triathlon was leading coming of the bike so he must be handy enough at cycling too though it was the sprint triathlon. Still not to shabby.

Yes La Vuelta looks to be where it is at.

??

Richie Porte? Hopefully not.........

Shaw? Not sure I'll look it up but I noticed that also. Some feat to be leading at that stage in fairness, against some cracking Tri sprinters. Brilliant race

edit: Ben Shaw it is, 54 minutes he finished in

http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2014_itu_world_triathlon_hamburg/264385
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 16, 2014, 03:39:55 PM
A 16:10 5k wouldn't really cut it against those boys unfortunately.

Team sprint really was great viewing. The individual event itself was good too. The Brownlees brothers are likeable sorts so you find yourself wanting them to win.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 16, 2014, 03:48:55 PM
A 16:10 5k wouldn't really cut it against those boys unfortunately.

Team sprint really was great viewing. The individual event itself was good too. The Brownlees brothers are likeable sorts so you find yourself wanting them to win.

Aye was looking at that time, those lads are serious sprinting the whole way, Brownlee was out on his feet at the death, its been a great series. Thought the Brownlee's had slumped a bit in form but bounced back. Reid from Ireland also doing well, needs to get more promotion though
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 17, 2014, 12:33:36 AM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 17, 2014, 09:25:13 AM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.

If you are on facebook there is a great site for ones selling second hand gear which seems great. punch this into your facebook page, all local enough stuff   Buy and Sell (Cyclist only)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 17, 2014, 10:08:52 AM
I use www.roseversand.de for cycling components, they do good deals on top stuff, any gear I've ever gotten off them has been good.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on July 17, 2014, 03:45:43 PM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.
Its not supposed to get any easier, just faster. The fact you hung in shows you've the head for it if not the gear ;D.
You just have to browse them all to get the deals, right time, right place, right size.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 17, 2014, 04:27:57 PM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.

XXL in Italian cycling gear for yourself!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 17, 2014, 06:48:23 PM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.

XXL in Italian cycling gear for yourself!!

Lol...funny bastid :) anyway u make sure u cover that big dome during that sunny spell...don't want the glare from the sun bouncing of your head blinding other cyclists ;-)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LeoMc on July 18, 2014, 09:22:39 AM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.
Its not supposed to get any easier, just faster. The fact you hung in shows you've the head for it if not the gear ;D.
You just have to browse them all to get the deals, right time, right place, right size.
Wiggle and Chain reaction would be the main ones I use but keep an eye out for the Lidl stuff too. Their shoes, under shirts, gloves and wireless cycle computers are all grand
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 18, 2014, 09:32:35 AM
Guys can anyone post up any links to a website for cycling gear that I can buy cheap replica gear (shoes, shorts and tops etc) and also for parts for bikes (pedals,forks etc)...thanks.

Went out last night with proper cyclists and done about 38 mile and it nearly killed me, I thought I was in reasonable shape but now I know I'm not. One of the guys stopped for a piss about 28 miles in and I didn't know if I had to shit myself or throw up and my legs were like jelly but I made it home anyway. I found out this evening that they were going rightly ( his words) the longest I've cycled before was 55 miles but it didn't feel as hard or bad as last nights 38 mile.

XXL in Italian cycling gear for yourself!!

Lol...funny bastid :) anyway u make sure u cover that big dome during that sunny spell...don't want the glare from the sun bouncing of your head blinding other cyclists ;-)

Haha got the head all covered don't worry! Honestly though, any Italian makes are ridiculously small! Not made for a big strapping centre half back like yourself! Join strava cycling app then add the Gaaboard group.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 18, 2014, 11:29:11 PM
> so much for sky's plan B

> tour is over, roll on the vuelta

> is nibali on the juice or are the rest of them that poor

> hopefully nico can get up the road and get a stage

> will the schleck boys be working in halfords this time next year

> who taught talansky how to ride a bike

> will sagan every get a stage win

> need more posters on strava to put a few fast boys under pressure


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 18, 2014, 11:51:25 PM
> so much for sky's plan B

> tour is over, roll on the vuelta

> is nibali on the juice or are the rest of them that poor

> hopefully nico can get up the road and get a stage

> will the schleck boys be working in halfords this time next year

> who taught talansky how to ride a bike

> will sagan every get a stage win

> need more posters on strava to put a few fast boys under

Hopefully
http://gifsoup.com/view/3895484/peter-sagan.html (http://gifsoup.com/view/3895484/peter-sagan.html)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 18, 2014, 11:55:50 PM
Ive a bad knee this past 2 weeks so my strava times and miles have been down but Im coming after you boys!!

Did anyone think Talansky was putting it on a bit for the cameras and trying his best to go for the heroic story! The yanks love that sort of stuff. No doubt he was sore but crying at the end and saying he did it for his team mates etc  Maybe I'm just grumpy.

Pity Quintana didn't enter the tour, although he would have probably have ended up in a pile along with the other top GC men.

Anybody fancy doing the La Marmotte next year?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 19, 2014, 12:33:13 AM
> i think garmin where wrong in making him ride on, when they knew he wouldn't start the next morning.  i loved the fake tears, he probable thought he had a chance after he won the dauphine

> fair play to anyone who rides  the la marmotte in one day, i rode it last year but not all in one day.  hopefully there is a group of us heading out to the tour next year to cycle a few hills

> quintanna and froome head to head should be good but i think quintanna has the beating of him

> sky very quiet on JTL doping, is it to easy to say it didn't happen on their watch

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 19, 2014, 12:36:36 AM
> i think garmin where wrong in making him ride on, when they knew he wouldn't start the next morning.  i loved the fake tears, he probable thought he had a chance after he won the dauphine

> fair play to anyone who rides  the la marmotte in one day, i rode it last year but not all in one day.  hopefully there is a group of us heading out to the tour next year to cycle a few hills

> quintanna and froome head to head should be good but i think quintanna has the beating of him

> sky very quiet on JTL doping, is it to easy to say it didn't happen on their watch

In comparison to the steepness of the hills around ireland what would the marmotte climbs be like? Is it a case of steep enough climbs but they just go on for miles and miles? Looking at it, it would be impossible to train for it around here.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: gerry on July 19, 2014, 12:49:59 AM
the hills around here have steeper ramps where in france they are less severe and go on forever. most of them have hairpins so you have a rest as they flatten out.  as long as you have a compact ring and can spin a small gear you will be grand.  the main thing is to ride it at your own pace and not try to slow  down or speed up to match others,

if you decide to do it, you will love it as the scenery, weather and roads are class
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Tony Baloney on July 22, 2014, 07:42:45 PM
I passed one of your number cycling up the hard shoulder of the M1 between the Saintfield and Balmoral junctions  :o
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: haveaharp on July 23, 2014, 03:53:13 PM
Go on Nico, dig in to feck
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 23, 2014, 04:00:13 PM
hes going to have to work for Majka
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grounded on July 25, 2014, 01:11:15 PM
After a few years off, I've just started back doing a little road cycling. Maybe my memories are a little rosier than reality but i cant remember there been any road rage incidents with drivers previously. However since I've started back there has definitely been an appreciable decline in the respect drivers have for cyclists. I've witnessed more than a few so called  road rage incidents since I've started back. I appreciate cyclists also have responsibilities but I've even witnessed Drivers deliberately going out of their way to create hassle for cyclists. I know they did a recent enough ad campaign about cyclist safety but it doesn't seem to have worked. Point being that all the good work of promoting cycling is wasted when inexperienced cyclists get an experience of our roads. Bar forcing the ignorant f*#ker out of his her car and onto a bike what can be done?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 25, 2014, 03:01:37 PM
After a few years off, I've just started back doing a little road cycling. Maybe my memories are a little rosier than reality but i cant remember there been any road rage incidents with drivers previously. However since I've started back there has definitely been an appreciable decline in the respect drivers have for cyclists. I've witnessed more than a few so called  road rage incidents since I've started back. I appreciate cyclists also have responsibilities but I've even witnessed Drivers deliberately going out of their way to create hassle for cyclists. I know they did a recent enough ad campaign about cyclist safety but it doesn't seem to have worked. Point being that all the good work of promoting cycling is wasted when inexperienced cyclists get an experience of our roads. Bar forcing the ignorant f*#ker out of his her car and onto a bike what can be done?

Dedicated cycle lanes, simple. But hey that costs money, how many new roads have been built in the last few years (up and down Ireland) have put in proper cycle lanes? The new Larne road and the Carrick road are nearly done, I wonder was the cyclist ever thought about in these new roads?

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mayo4Sam on July 25, 2014, 03:07:45 PM
I think theres an onus on the cyclist, we cant change how motorists act/react to us but we can demand respect on the road.

As someone who has cycled and driven a tractor for all of my adult life and a lot of my childhood you realise that people in cars just do not want to be held up by something slower than them. As a tractor its easy, you are on the road and people have to take car passing you, they are in a one tonne vehicle you're in a three tonne vehicle, they hit you, thet are in trouble. I always laugh when lads pass you blowing the horn and sticking their fingers up at you, what do you want me to do, not drive on the road.

Well I think a cyclist has to demand the same respect, if you cycle up on the ditch or in single file you are basically saying, yes its ok by me to overtake. If another car comes towards the car overtaking, well who are they going to run into the car coming at speed in the opposite direction or the cyclist?
You're not holding up traffic, you are traffic.
And yes you'll have the same number of assholes who beep and stick up their fingers at you, I wave and smile  ;D
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ONeill on July 25, 2014, 03:15:44 PM
What about this Nibali fellow? On the glue or wha?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 25, 2014, 04:17:32 PM
What about this Nibali fellow? On the glue or wha?

Think an all ireland where Dublin and Kerry withdraw after round one, Mayo win by 10 points in the final in a hack canter.

Nibali is a grand tour winner (Italy+Spain) and built his seaon around the Tour de france. If he was clean he'd be that much ahead of those contesting the podium positions. If he is juiced then he could have saved himself the bother.
The proximity of the like of Peraud and Pinot suggest to me that its as weak a tour as there has been in a long time. Not Nibalis fault of course with thw withdrawal of Froome and Contador. Good luck to him.
His record in grand tours (France 7th 2009 3rd 2012) (Spain 1st 2010 7th 2011 2nd 2013) (Italy 2010 3rd 2011 2nd 2013 1st)

He hasnt come out of nowhere.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 25, 2014, 04:24:42 PM
His surge up the mountain yesterday to pass the old guy, can't mind his name, was reminiscent of a particular scene they showed in one of those Armstrong documentaries. Barely even out of breath...

I love the TDF but unfortunately due to it's history winners will always be questioned...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 25, 2014, 04:33:42 PM
His surge up the mountain yesterday to pass the old guy, can't mind his name, was reminiscent of a particular scene they showed in one of those Armstrong documentaries. Barely even out of breath...

I love the TDF but unfortunately due to it's history winners will always be questioned...

It certainly was impressive.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 25, 2014, 09:07:24 PM
The most uninteresting Tour I've watched.

Hopefully La Vuelta will be better, Contador's not going to make it according to his tweets. Froome v Quintana should be good, Horner fancies his chances & I think it's Rodriguez's main target of the season, Betancur, Dan Martin, Cadel? should also be there, there'll probably be a few other big names there who've had shite Tours as well. Plus they'll probably have the kudos of having Cavendish there.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 25, 2014, 09:27:23 PM
The most uninteresting Tour I've watched.

Hopefully La Vuelta will be better, Contador's not going to make it according to his tweets. Froome v Quintana should be good, Horner fancies his chances & I think it's Rodriguez's main target of the season, Betancur, Dan Martin, Cadel? should also be there, there'll probably be a few other big names there who've had shite Tours as well. Plus they'll probably have the kudos of having Cavendish there.

Nibali has run away with it, but the racing beneath him has been very exciting i thought.
A few cracking stages!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: oakleafgael on July 26, 2014, 09:24:15 AM
After a few years off, I've just started back doing a little road cycling. Maybe my memories are a little rosier than reality but i cant remember there been any road rage incidents with drivers previously. However since I've started back there has definitely been an appreciable decline in the respect drivers have for cyclists. I've witnessed more than a few so called  road rage incidents since I've started back. I appreciate cyclists also have responsibilities but I've even witnessed Drivers deliberately going out of their way to create hassle for cyclists. I know they did a recent enough ad campaign about cyclist safety but it doesn't seem to have worked. Point being that all the good work of promoting cycling is wasted when inexperienced cyclists get an experience of our roads. Bar forcing the ignorant f*#ker out of his her car and onto a bike what can be done?

Dedicated cycle lanes, simple. But hey that costs money, how many new roads have been built in the last few years (up and down Ireland) have put in proper cycle lanes? The new Larne road and the Carrick road are nearly done, I wonder was the cyclist ever thought about in these new roads?

Combined cycleway/footpath for large sections of the new A8. Most of the new road infrastructure in Ireland over the last 15/20 years has been Dual Carriageway/Motorway which aren't suitable for cycleways.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stew on July 26, 2014, 10:47:23 AM
Bc thanks for the help with the cycle shops. I am looking forward to coming home.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 26, 2014, 11:53:34 AM
Stew, Armagh has gone cycling mad, there's 4 or 5 clubs within a 10m radius, the same again in unofficial groups and hundreds of individuals cycling, you'll certainly not lack companions. Still a crew going from the Harps club twice a week.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 27, 2014, 05:00:57 PM
Kimmage's Rough Rider documentary on RTE1 Monday nite @ 9.35pm.  Decent article below


http://www.thescore.ie/paul-kimmage-game-is-up-kind-of-journalism-i-practice-1591253-Jul2014/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: illdecide on July 27, 2014, 05:29:52 PM
Went Lurgan to Omeath today and I'm shattered here now. Think its about 65 mile or so and that's a record for me, my back  started to get a bit sore the last 10-15 mile...how the feck do u guys go further than that? That's deadly
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Milltown Row2 on July 27, 2014, 05:46:15 PM
Went Lurgan to Omeath today and I'm shattered here now. Think its about 65 mile or so and that's a record for me, my back  started to get a bit sore the last 10-15 mile...how the feck do u guys go further than that? That's deadly

Seat in right position? I've noticed once I lifted the seat as far as I could (in fairness with these wee legs that's not far ha) the back ache that I sometimes got was gone, my be an option, the big cyclist here could maybe give a better view on it
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennydorano on July 27, 2014, 07:33:16 PM
Proper bike fits can help with things like that (all wee things can add up to bigger problems- Cleat position, Saddle Height, reach / stem length and use of spacers), but a bad back is a bad back, I know all about it unfortunately.

Anyway, if you're not hurting on a bike, you're not trying hard enough :)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on July 27, 2014, 10:44:01 PM
Cycling has to be the toughest mainstream sport out there. Those grand tours are absolutely brutal. Hard men!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grounded on July 29, 2014, 01:24:34 PM
Proper bike fits can help with things like that (all wee things can add up to bigger problems- Cleat position, Saddle Height, reach / stem length and use of spacers), but a bad back is a bad back, I know all about it unfortunately.

Anyway, if you're not hurting on a bike, you're not trying hard enough :)

Does anyone new where you can get a bike fit(I live in the Newry area)Thanks
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 5 Sams on July 29, 2014, 11:13:44 PM
I know fcuk all about cycling but that Kittel lad is an animal. Would he never be in the frame for a Tour win or is he just a specialist sprinter? All advice gratefully accepted. (Haven't a clue) Must say I enjoyed it and Paris looks like a spectacular city. I've never been.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 29, 2014, 11:24:30 PM
He has several more stone to carry him up mountains ... He just about stays in the race in the mountains so is miles behind. Specialist sprinters too heavy for the long tours - best they can hope for are stage wins / yellow jersey.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: maddog on July 29, 2014, 11:57:44 PM
He has several more stone to carry him up mountains ... He just about stays in the race in the mountains so is miles behind. Specialist sprinters too heavy for the long tours - best they can hope for are stage wins / yellow jersey.

I assume you mean green jersey. Generally speaking you are right. There are exceptions like Peter Sagan, Sean Kelly in his day. Bernard Hinault won 5 tour de France but also won a bunch sprint on the champs elysees. Some sprinters are better than others in the mountains and on a lumpy stage can drag themselves through whereas the out and out sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel always struggle badly. I think the formula generally is the longer the climb the less chance they have. Short and steep like you would get in England or Ireland they can cope with for the most part no problem as its about powering your way up whereas the long stuff is totally different, maybe 25km of constant ramp. An exception to the weight thing was Miguel Indurain. A big guy for a tour winner.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on July 30, 2014, 09:02:31 AM
He has several more stone to carry him up mountains ... He just about stays in the race in the mountains so is miles behind. Specialist sprinters too heavy for the long tours - best they can hope for are stage wins / yellow jersey.

I assume you mean green jersey. Generally speaking you are right. There are exceptions like Peter Sagan, Sean Kelly in his day. Bernard Hinault won 5 tour de France but also won a bunch sprint on the champs elysees. Some sprinters are better than others in the mountains and on a lumpy stage can drag themselves through whereas the out and out sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel always struggle badly. I think the formula generally is the longer the climb the less chance they have. Short and steep like you would get in England or Ireland they can cope with for the most part no problem as its about powering your way up whereas the long stuff is totally different, maybe 25km of constant ramp. An exception to the weight thing was Miguel Indurain. A big guy for a tour winner.

Ach sure a good dose of EPO would give you that extra pep in your step pedal.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: imtommygunn on July 30, 2014, 10:27:11 AM
He has several more stone to carry him up mountains ... He just about stays in the race in the mountains so is miles behind. Specialist sprinters too heavy for the long tours - best they can hope for are stage wins / yellow jersey.

I assume you mean green jersey. Generally speaking you are right. There are exceptions like Peter Sagan, Sean Kelly in his day. Bernard Hinault won 5 tour de France but also won a bunch sprint on the champs elysees. Some sprinters are better than others in the mountains and on a lumpy stage can drag themselves through whereas the out and out sprinters like Cavendish and Kittel always struggle badly. I think the formula generally is the longer the climb the less chance they have. Short and steep like you would get in England or Ireland they can cope with for the most part no problem as its about powering your way up whereas the long stuff is totally different, maybe 25km of constant ramp. An exception to the weight thing was Miguel Indurain. A big guy for a tour winner.

Oops - yes green jersey!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: JimStynes on August 02, 2014, 09:48:14 AM
A few cracking documentaries up on youtube at the minute. Don't know how long they will last though.

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/slaying-the-badger/ (http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/slaying-the-badger/)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxNA3Hc93mM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxNA3Hc93mM)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQUOKDVHSM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQUOKDVHSM)

Pissing down this morning so didn't get out. Reminds me that I need to buy some good winter gear!
I see Gerry got a retweet from Oleg Tinkov.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on August 04, 2014, 09:11:45 AM
Need to buy replacement tyres for a bike, but they're 700 x 22c and on short supply in the likes of wiggle, chain reaction etc, etc.

Would I get away with a 700 x 23c on the same rim?
 
and whats the difference between folding bead and wire bead?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on August 04, 2014, 09:28:51 AM
yes will work fine, just slightly higher profile. The folding denotes a foldable tyre which you can carry as a spare, better off with the solid bead imo.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: johnneycool on August 04, 2014, 04:15:15 PM
yes will work fine, just slightly higher profile. The folding denotes a foldable tyre which you can carry as a spare, better off with the solid bead imo.

Thanks, found one on wiggle so it'll do for now.

Are the 23c just slightly wider rather than higher, unless I'm misunderstanding this?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Last Man on August 04, 2014, 04:39:15 PM