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Randy

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2310 on: June 10, 2019, 03:12:55 PM »
If you intend just doing a bit of cycling but not going down the racing route you might want to consider SPD shoes and pedals as the cleats are recessed and means you can walk in the shoes without your toes sticking in the air. They tend to be more for commuters and mountain bikers but perfectly adequate for road use as well. Plenty of shoes on the market will take either type of cleat.You can get perfectly decent shoes for about 50 but obviously the pedals have to be bought as well. Shimano m324 pedals are a good choice if you want to be able to ride in the cleats or with trainers on. (double sided)

Thank you very much for the advice that's great. I intend to cycle just to get healthier not to enter a race. Maybe join a cycling club to go on longer journeys in the future hopefully.

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« Reply #2311 on: June 10, 2019, 03:23:10 PM »
If you intend just doing a bit of cycling but not going down the racing route you might want to consider SPD shoes and pedals as the cleats are recessed and means you can walk in the shoes without your toes sticking in the air. They tend to be more for commuters and mountain bikers but perfectly adequate for road use as well. Plenty of shoes on the market will take either type of cleat.You can get perfectly decent shoes for about 50 but obviously the pedals have to be bought as well. Shimano m324 pedals are a good choice if you want to be able to ride in the cleats or with trainers on. (double sided)

Thank you very much for the advice that's great. I intend to cycle just to get healthier not to enter a race. Maybe join a cycling club to go on longer journeys in the future hopefully.

Join a club if you can. It will bring you on loads and you will get all the advice you need from more experienced members. good luck with it.

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« Reply #2312 on: June 10, 2019, 06:19:48 PM »
I find that Look pedals are fine for road riding. You spend a very small amount of time walking, so I find it's okay to use a pedal system that's optimized for riding. If the only walking you do is a few steps to and from your bike then it's not worthwhile getting SDP pedals. If you use Looks then make sure and use the red cleats. They have more leeway than the grey ones, and stay away from the black ones that have no float at all. If your plate isn't on exactly straight then you could get a repetitive strain injury in your knees. The red cleats let you rotate your feet by a few degrees before they disengage from the pedal, so you can get them lined up so that your feet are parallel.

Make sure and go to a bike shop and get a bike fit, and make sure you wear the exact same outfit you'll be wearing when you're riding. If you wear jeans during a bike fit instead of your cycling shorts then the difference in height with the missing padding could make a difference to the saddle height. Saddle too high and you'll hurt your lower back with the hip rocking. Saddle too low and you'll hurt your knees with the flicking out to the side on every pedal stroke.

If you're getting into it, keep your gears down and your revs up. Spin those legs and get the speed into them.

Wear a helmet. High vis rain cape is handy to have in a country like Ireland. Make sure you know how to change a tube at the side of the road. Carry a spare tube and the tools you need to change it and pump it up. Carry a Co2 canister as well as a pump. You'll need the Co2 to get a good amount of pressure into your tyres. Road tyres should have about 110 to 120 PSI in them. I usually pump mine to 115. Have a floor pump with a gauge for pumping up at home.

And if you join a club then you'll learn a lot more about the best routes to ride, how to ride in a group, etc.. Plus it's better craic than riding alone.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2313 on: June 12, 2019, 02:37:14 PM »
Chris Froome is out of the Tour De France due to a broken leg sustained during a high speed crash this afternoon

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« Reply #2314 on: June 12, 2019, 02:57:26 PM »
Chris Froome is out of the Tour De France due to a broken leg sustained during a high speed crash this afternoon

Yep another time trial recon crash. Have to wait and see how bad it is but likely he would be going to the Vuelta now

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« Reply #2315 on: June 12, 2019, 03:44:14 PM »
Hopefully this will be make it a more exciting tour as ineos won't have three big GC guys controlling the race.
God bless the hills of Dooish, be they heather-clad or lea,

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« Reply #2316 on: June 12, 2019, 05:34:01 PM »
Simiplifies the leadership issue for Ineos but then again Bernal could come in and blow them all away and create another issue. I don't see Thomas winning again tbh even though he is now 3/1 clear favourite. Hopefully Movistar give it a good rattle as they have the resources & manpower to compete.

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« Reply #2317 on: June 12, 2019, 11:52:06 PM »
Froome in intensive care. May well be lucky to ride again after this. Gutted for him