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General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:27:29 AM »
To you guys that consider yourselves cyclists can you list your current bikes (winter & summer)...I've been into cycling now about 5-6 years and have slowly built up a nice stock of gear and a couple of nice bikes, the reason i was asking about bikes is I worked on the Ormeau Rd, Belfast for a few years and McConvey Cycles were only a few hundred meters up the road from me so every lunch time i'd be up looking and admiring the stock. All my bikes to date have been Specialized as McConvey Cycles are Specialized dealers, majority of my clothing are Specialized but recently I've been guying Mavic gear, DHB, Assos and a few others.
I'm also starting to wonder now what other bike brands are like to ride...Canyon's, Trek's etc, so this is why i was asking for your bike brands. When i first started cycling i thought there was about half a dozen bike

Current summer bike: Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro 2019
Winter bike: Specialized Roubaix 2015 (love this bike, it is so comfortable)

Dream bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac/Venge

Dream on bike: Pinarello Dogma (nicest bike on the market but £12,000 cannot be justified)

Summer - Cube Peleton 105

Work commute, trails

Winter hack
This one was an ebay mongrel, i picked up the frame for £100 around the time Lance and the discovery channel bike image was non too popular. Built up from ebay parts for about £400 in total. Its 3x10 set up. Very comfortable bike. I don't like the sloping top tubes of a lot of modern bikes so next purchase could be a Cannondale as they seem to do a lot with horizontal top tube.

Like the look of the Wilier brand

Had one of these out of Geordie Wilsons in Cookstown late 80's. They dont make em like that anymore !!
Wish i'd have kept it they are worth a small fortune now

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 15, 2020, 04:24:44 PM »
Trek Emonda ALR5 - Aluminium (Purple Flip version), with 105

Very nice, good luck and health to enjoy it.
Too good for a winter hack !

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 15, 2020, 10:27:15 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

What did you go for?

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:45:36 AM »
Anyway what do you think of the revised pro calendar. Cramped to say the least. I've been to the Vuelta twice now in September in the north of Spain and have to say a few days in the mountains the weather was poor enough. I'd have my doubts about it being run late Oct early Nov. Making a massive assumption that it isn't all changed / cancelled again i'd have an opportunity to do Tour de france in September so might go down that route although booking anything is fraught with problems. So if i do it could be a driving job down to the Alps. If that doesnt happen a weekend around Tour of Flanders or Paris Roubaix might be on the cards. In the grand tours there could be some screwy results with the season so out of kilter and riders not suffering normal fatigue by July or for that matter having enough racing miles in the legs. Hope it all goes ahead on the basis this virus fecks off with itself.

-1st August: Strade Bianche (Italy)

-5-9 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)

-8 August: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)

-12-16 August: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)

-16 August: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)

-25 August: Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France (France)

-29 August -20 September : Tour de France (France)

-7-14 September: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)

-11 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)

-13 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)

-29 September -3 October: BinckBank Tour

-30 September: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)

-3-25 October: Giro d'Italia (Italy)

-4 October: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)

-10 October: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)

-11 October: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)

-14 October: A Travers la Flandre (Belgium)

-15-20 October: Gree - Tour of Guangxi (China)

-18 October: Tour des Flandres (Belgium)

-20 October - 8 November: Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)

-21 October: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)

-25 October: Paris-Roubaix (France)

-31 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:06:24 AM »
Is the social distancing on the plane not a waste of time with the air being recycled through the aircon anyway ?

aircraft filters stop viruses, you will probably get it directly.
Who told you that one?

Feckin' scientists

Interesting as the news piece i saw on the aer lingus flight yesterday suggested that the aircon negated the social distancing. I know anytime i fly i often get slight head cold few days later. I'd like to think the link from WHO is correct for all airlines and aircraft.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:02:17 AM »
During lockdown, how far / how long are you allowed to cycle on the road in free state / UK?

5K in Ireland (free state as you put it ;)). You can cycle as long as you want just don't go beyond 5k
No limit in distance in uk (I think)

There is a guideline in UK that people took as gospel from Michael Gove of 1hour. General principle is you should be able to get yourself home if you have mechanical problem (anyone that is cycling in anyway seriously would anyway). Saw a piece about it on the legal aspects of it and it more or less said there was no limit. The limit in Ireland of within 2km or whatever it was is a waste of time. Maybe that was the idea. Turbo trainers are supposed to be like hens teeth.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 06, 2020, 08:55:47 AM »
Without this going into a melt down between cyclists and motorists we all know there are motorists who are pure ball bags and clearly there are cyclists that fit that mould too but we all have to share the road and we're going to have to tolerate each other and respect each other. Its funny how we Irish have turned into the rush rush nation and haven't the time for nothing...a few decades ago the Irish were renowned for being laid back and even lackadaisical where we took everything in our stride but we've become the metropolitan city slickers in a rush even in the towns...

Where is this going to end as the population expands and the cyclists increase too it's only going to get worse...I always look at it this way...Imagine having to go to someone's wake and funeral that you knocked off the bike, watching their wife/husband/kids in bits knowing you played a part in it. That would soon put it into perspective.

You are dead right of course, but just on the point of cyclists i assume you mean all cyclists not just the lyrca brigade. For example where do you start with a clown riding on the pavement going in the wrong direction down a one way street shouting at pedestrians to get out of his way. Saw that not that long ago in city centre. Also a guy lives on our road here is up and down all day (dont know what the hell he is at) on a mountain bike, seems to be nipping to the shops but all the way down a flippin cul de sac on the pavement. You really need to watch out for him when backing off the driveway instead of looking out for the kids playing on their bikes.
It is generally a symptom of a declining society where there is generally less respect for other people and it manifests itself through incidents on roads, in supermarkets, in pubs etc etc.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:12:37 PM »
Last Sunday I saw a car overtake a cyclist by going right of the 'keep left' island in the middle of the road.

That is just normal here  ;D

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:11:53 PM »
Last Sunday I saw a car overtake a cyclist by going right of the 'keep left' island in the middle of the road.

Maddog, that was a scarey incident, and you escaped unscathed only by your quick reactions and skill. But what would have been the outcome if the driver had stopped and spoken to you. Did you want an apology? Would holding an arm up out of he window have worked the same?

I'd be a bit cautious of a hothead stopping and getting out of his car especially when he knows that he is in the wrong.

I could forgive the mistake but the standing on the brakes to make me hit him from behind is dangerous driving and attempted assault. He did that because i had the temerity to object to nearly being run over. Happened that quick i hadn't time to work through the scenarios and had lost my temper probably at that stage. Wish i had have had headcam but then i don't really believe in running to cops perpetuating the battle between road users. Might have made exception for that p***k though.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:11:36 PM »
Is the social distancing on the plane not a waste of time with the air being recycled through the aircon anyway ?

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:52:27 PM »
Last week when out for a pedal i was coming back in the road and was within 2 miles of the house when this bit of a incident takes place. A guy is waiting to pull out of a side road in a people carrier, bloke probably in his 60's. As i get to where he is pulling out of and passing his exit point on other side of the road he crosses the first lane and then into my lane and nearly knocked me off but for a very quick swerve at last second that put me within an inch of the kerb. I let a roar out of me and i see him looking in mirror and then he stands on the brakes. So i motion to pull over to discuss the matter and he takes off for another few yards and stands on the brakes again. Then speeds off. So it would seem this guy either didnt see me as he pulled out (which is highly unlikely) or just didnt give a toss.
I've noticed that there is an element almost worse than the boy racers and its a small number of the 60+ who believe their car is the only thing that should be on the road. Have to say i am used to people pulling out and doing stupid things but this one shit me up. The weird thing is that this particular road sees some of the daftest stunts coming out of the entrance to Dickens Heath, so much so that you are always waiting on it. It isn't a particularly dangerous or fast stretch just has some right idiots negotiating it. That said the driving during "lockdown" has been pretty bad. Lots of boy racers using it as an excuse to get the foot down in 30mph zones. 2 roads down had 2 cars racing down it, a parked car was going to block one of them winning the race to the cemetry so he mounts the pavement for 100 yards to get ahead. Any child stepping out of their house would have been cut in two. In Birmingham the law has lost control of the roads, there is no fear of any consequences from those that abuse it.

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: April 30, 2020, 12:30:28 PM »
Westworld S3 is pretty good. Better than S2.

Any idea what the hell is going on in it ?

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: April 16, 2020, 10:26:19 AM »
Tweet from Ben Fogle this morning.

It’s the Queens birthday next Tuesday. Let’s throw her a surprise. At 9am 21st April, we are calling on the whole country to sing Happy Birthday from our windows and doorsteps. Let our song bring good cheer not just to Her Majesty but to the whole nation #singforthequeen

Set your alarm folks!  ;D

You would like to think he was pulling twitters leg but...........

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:21:24 AM »
What age? Is that in NI?

Edit: I should also say very sorry to hear that :(

He would be in North Yorkshire. He'd be the 80 mark but as fit as a fiddle up until last week. Sound aul skin too.

He passed away few hours ago. RIP

Oh that's awful. I'm really sorry for your loss.

It just seems so unfair that a man that has paid his way all his life, had 2 daughters NHS nurses and a son in law an NHS doctor gets thrown on the scrap heap. I know they have to prioritise given the present resources but it should never have come to this.

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