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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2295 on: February 14, 2019, 12:36:23 AM »
1)27
2) on and off about 5 years although have missed winters out in most of that time.
3) Specialized allez and yeah I get it serviced regularly enough
4) the bike was my dads so it wasnít ideal for me although Iím the same height roughly as him and I changed the stem to a shorter one and changed the Seatpost etc
5) initially it was a 50/34 with an 11/28, after man of sperrin I changed it to an 11/30 Which helped a good bit when cycling round Donegal over the summer.

Something doesn't add up here. Would you consider yourself in reasonable physical condition(do you participate in any other sport?).

It does take a while to build up the muscles associated with cycling but you have been cycling for 5 years or so, so you would imagine that would have happened by now. I would imagine that your top speed on the flat would be greater than 16mph and certainly more than 13.

Provided the bike is setup correctly your specific bike should have the right gearing to get you up most hills.

What I would do is. Go to someone to have the bike specifically set up for you. That should cover everything from seat/handlebar position to cleat position in your shoes. Also have them check the bike again for something that Could be seized(bottom bracket, wheel bearings or brakes).
           Could you borrow someone else's bike to see does that make a difference?
           General advice would be to try to get out for a spin with a someone else or better still a local group, which will definitely bring you on. If you are finding climbing difficult then find a hilly circuit and repeat.
            As the weather improves and days lengthen increase the miles. In the winter do what you are doing or perhaps get to a spinning class. I manage to get out on the mountain bike during winter as I find the road too dangerous at evening/night.

   

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« Reply #2296 on: February 14, 2019, 08:44:03 AM »
I just go to the gym when I can maybe a couple of times a week. I can hit a top speed of more than 16 like, usually mid 20s in a sprint but average speed is 15 at best usually. I probably would need to get out with a group or talk some of my mates into getting bikes. Also probably need to spend a few weeks riding up and down the sperrins. I just feel like my fitness seems to stay the same level and every ride feels like the same effort (not easy and not threshold effort)

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« Reply #2297 on: February 14, 2019, 09:38:52 AM »
Thereís better men than me to advise you here but my guess is not to worry too much about your watts or pace over the winter but try and get more miles into the legs, the more times you get out the better youíll get and the speed will go up and the watts will follow.
What about joining a club and going out with them, thatíll bring u on loads.

Same as.

Just get out on the bike and start cycling, if there is a club with a beginners group near you then even better. Too early to be worrying about watts

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« Reply #2298 on: February 14, 2019, 02:10:01 PM »
I just go to the gym when I can maybe a couple of times a week. I can hit a top speed of more than 16 like, usually mid 20s in a sprint but average speed is 15 at best usually. I probably would need to get out with a group or talk some of my mates into getting bikes. Also probably need to spend a few weeks riding up and down the sperrins. I just feel like my fitness seems to stay the same level and every ride feels like the same effort (not easy and not threshold effort)

Ahh ffs, sorry about that, makes more sense now.
          Unless your in a group its actually hard enough to maintain a high average speed. So i wouldnt worry too much.
           Get yourself out with a local club. You will soon improve!

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« Reply #2299 on: February 14, 2019, 04:19:12 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys Iíll just get stuck in over summer ha

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« Reply #2300 on: February 15, 2019, 08:25:34 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys Iíll just get stuck in over summer ha

Get stuck in now. The old saying winter miles = summer smiles

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« Reply #2301 on: February 15, 2019, 08:26:36 AM »
Anyone doing lap the lough this year ? I see it starts in the Moy 89 miles

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« Reply #2302 on: February 15, 2019, 09:20:11 AM »
Zwift - how do people that have been using it for a while find it now? It's been a relatively decent Winter so far so I don't feel I'm getting value from Zwift tbh, £12.99 p/m is sharp enough too for what it is. Did Trainer Road for a while as well but soon realised it wasn't worth paying for it too. Those coaching plans are the same shit presented differently, smoke and mirrors a lot of it, but cyclists are a funny bunch

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« Reply #2303 on: February 15, 2019, 09:37:57 AM »
Anyone doing lap the lough this year ? I see it starts in the Moy 89 miles

I'll probably do it. I'm doing Mizen to Malin in September so will use the lap as part of my training.

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« Reply #2304 on: February 15, 2019, 10:01:15 AM »
Zwift - how do people that have been using it for a while find it now? It's been a relatively decent Winter so far so I don't feel I'm getting value from Zwift tbh, £12.99 p/m is sharp enough too for what it is. Did Trainer Road for a while as well but soon realised it wasn't worth paying for it too. Those coaching plans are the same shit presented differently, smoke and mirrors a lot of it, but cyclists are a funny bunch
Iíve found that my way of using it (speed sensor on cheap turbo) it doesnít really make me feel like Iím part of the game. I end up looking at the effort level needed and just keeping the head down. I might cancel it. The gcn workouts on YouTube seem decent. Maybe if I had a direct drive smart trainer that mimicked the hills etc then zwift would be better.

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« Reply #2305 on: February 15, 2019, 10:06:20 AM »
Anyone doing lap the lough this year ? I see it starts in the Moy 89 miles
Whatís lap the lough like difficulty wise? Might aim to do it this year

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« Reply #2306 on: February 15, 2019, 01:21:20 PM »
Zwift - how do people that have been using it for a while find it now? It's been a relatively decent Winter so far so I don't feel I'm getting value from Zwift tbh, £12.99 p/m is sharp enough too for what it is. Did Trainer Road for a while as well but soon realised it wasn't worth paying for it too. Those coaching plans are the same shit presented differently, smoke and mirrors a lot of it, but cyclists are a funny bunch
Iíve found that my way of using it (speed sensor on cheap turbo) it doesnít really make me feel like Iím part of the game. I end up looking at the effort level needed and just keeping the head down. I might cancel it. The gcn workouts on YouTube seem decent. Maybe if I had a direct drive smart trainer that mimicked the hills etc then zwift would be better.
I'm doing it with power but doesn't automatically adjust for hills either, feel similarly. I also did the free Sufferfest videos on YouTube the past few years and they were a good job for intervals.

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« Reply #2307 on: March 16, 2019, 07:44:37 PM »

Anyone doing lap the lough this year ? I see it starts in the Moy 89 miles
Whatís lap the lough like difficulty wise? Might aim to do it this year


Done it years ago and it wasn't so bad with only hill.   Be careful as loads of noobs doing it
God bless the hills of Dooish, be they heather-clad or lea,

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2308 on: June 10, 2019, 02:50:03 PM »
Hello All,

I am sure this has been covered already but looking for some advice of cycling shoes. I bought a racer a few years ago but was too lazy to use it. I now have a different mindset and began cycling a few weeks ago.. Only up to 30km yet and have gone out the last 3 Sunday mornings before the family are up.

I just wear a pair of runners but they don't fit into the pedal straps great so i was thinking of getting the proper shoes cycling shoes and of course i would need new pedals to suit.

Any advice on what make to get and where to buy would be great appreciated. .Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #2309 on: June 10, 2019, 03:05:10 PM »
Hello All,

I am sure this has been covered already but looking for some advice of cycling shoes. I bought a racer a few years ago but was too lazy to use it. I now have a different mindset and began cycling a few weeks ago.. Only up to 30km yet and have gone out the last 3 Sunday mornings before the family are up.

I just wear a pair of runners but they don't fit into the pedal straps great so i was thinking of getting the proper shoes cycling shoes and of course i would need new pedals to suit.

Any advice on what make to get and where to buy would be great appreciated. .Thanks in advance.

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)