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Attilauk

posted on 14/9/16 at 07:30 AM Reply With Quote
Any Cyclists on here?

I have found over the years that a lot of Car / Motorbike enthusiasts are also keen cyclists, I was wondering if that was the case on here too?

I'm primarily a Mountain Biker but I have a road bike too for fitness training.

Also did anyone else join in on National Cycle to Work day today? I had a very enjoyable 27 mile pedal into work this morning and now feel great because of it, we'll see how I feel after the pedal home this evening though...

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nick205

posted on 14/9/16 at 08:00 AM Reply With Quote
Not a motorcyclist (was always told no by parents), but have long been a keen cyclist - both MTB and road. Due to my recent onset of epilepsy I don't road cycle at the moment, but still MTB a fair bit. I have cycled to work and home before - 22 miles each way. We used to have a shower at work and the "awakeness" after cycling to work and having a shower is hard to beat. Others at work gave me a wide berth on such days as I may have been a little ferocious Cycling home was good too with a shower waiting there. IMHO cycling should be encouraged and employers should be encouraged to provide showers to help it. Better for people and traffic levels as well.






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Mash

posted on 14/9/16 at 08:25 AM Reply With Quote
Was a very keen, no, fanatical, cyclist until about 8 years ago

Used to race in time trials right through the summer, regularly 4 times a week, plus the odd road race (not so many as it's a young man's game, and I was old even then ). Trained all through the winter, rode to work, and did long rides at the weekend. Used to knock out anywhere around 7000 miles a year

Still have 6 bikes, some at my Dad's, some here in the garage, and occasionally go out on the MTB. It's a great sport to get into, low impact, and really good for cardio. Trouble is the rest of us road users aren't really into it, so it's a bit on the dangerous side. It's also definitely got worse since I retired from competition too Still would get back into it again if I had the time though

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peter030371

posted on 14/9/16 at 08:31 AM Reply With Quote
I spent a lot of time road riding for the first 6 months of the year to get me up to completing the Cambridgeshire Grand Fondo in June (which I did and can tick off as 'job done'. Having done the GF in June I since have only been on the bike 3 times (the last time was this last Friday) as I think I went a little too 'hardcore' for the first 6 months and burnt myself out

I still enjoy it but its finding the time. Riding to work is OK (14 miles each way) so long as I don't need the car that day at work which I often seem too plus I hate riding at 7.30am as all the drivers are still half asleep

I do enjoy setting targets and Strava helps with that...still not got a KOM although I am second on one near my house but I just can't get any faster on that segment

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roadrunner

posted on 14/9/16 at 08:59 AM Reply With Quote
I'm a massive petrol head who loves to ride.
6000 to 7000 miles a year I cover on my bike. Either commuting 30 miles a day, or on a weekend.
Had a great ride out Sunday morning. 107 miles in 4 hours 59 minutes. ;-)

Catching the train to Bristol on Saturday to hopefully collect an Audi a6 3.0tfsi avant.

Brad.

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HowardB

posted on 14/9/16 at 09:27 AM Reply With Quote
road riding looks like my next new hobby, with all you 5000+ milers on here, what advice would you give to a newbie?



ps - apologies in advance for the hijack







Howard

Fisher Fury was 2000 Zetec - now a 1600 (it Lives again and goes zoom)

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ravingfool

posted on 14/9/16 at 09:32 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by roadrunner
I'm a massive petrol head who loves to ride.
6000 to 7000 miles a year I cover on my bike. Either commuting 30 miles a day, or on a weekend.
Had a great ride out Sunday morning. 107 miles in 4 hours 59 minutes. ;-)

Catching the train to Bristol on Saturday to hopefully collect an Audi a6 3.0tfsi avant.

Brad.


That's a lot of miles (and quickly)!

I've got friends who do similar and race but I don't have the facilities at work to let me commute by bike which is a shame. A shower at work would make a huge difference to my life and my riding. I tend to do less than 2,000 miles/year as it is and regularly miss a month completely as other priorities get in the way.

I've taken up running this year as it's easier (quicker) to fit in a hard work out on foot than on bike, but it's definitely not as fun.

Successfully 'chased the sun' in June. https://www.chasethesun.org/

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roadrunner

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:04 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ravingfool
quote:
Originally posted by roadrunner
I'm a massive petrol head who loves to ride.
6000 to 7000 miles a year I cover on my bike. Either commuting 30 miles a day, or on a weekend.
Had a great ride out Sunday morning. 107 miles in 4 hours 59 minutes. ;-)

Catching the train to Bristol on Saturday to hopefully collect an Audi a6 3.0tfsi avant.

Brad.


That's a lot of miles (and quickly)!

I've got friends who do similar and race but I don't have the facilities at work to let me commute by bike which is a shame. A shower at work would make a huge difference to my life and my riding. I tend to do less than 2,000 miles/year as it is and regularly miss a month completely as other priorities get in the way.

I've taken up running this year as it's easier (quicker) to fit in a hard work out on foot than on bike, but it's definitely not as fun.

Successfully 'chased the sun' in June. https://www.chasethesun.org/

I mentor 2 young fella's who should get into pro teams soon. With that in mind, I have to keep my fitness levels high just to keep up with them.

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roadrunner

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:09 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HowardB
road riding looks like my next new hobby, with all you 5000+ milers on here, what advice would you give to a newbie?



ps - apologies in advance for the hijack



Don't go mad and put yourself off. Build gradually into it.
If you start to get above 30miles in a single ride, take plenty of high energy drinks and snacks. The last thing you want is to bonk. ;-)
Brad.

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peter030371

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:20 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ravingfool
Successfully 'chased the sun' in June. https://www.chasethesun.org/


How was it? I do like the look of this but its a big jump for me from no more than 90 miles in a day to 200+ miles in a day!

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sdh2903

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:20 AM Reply With Quote
Buy some decent shorts and chamois cream
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SJ

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:23 AM Reply With Quote
Yes, I'm a cyclist. I would have cycled to work today but as I'm working from home not much point. Will be going out for a quick ride at lunchtime though.
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HowardB

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:25 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by roadrunner
quote:
Originally posted by HowardB
road riding looks like my next new hobby, with all you 5000+ milers on here, what advice would you give to a newbie?



ps - apologies in advance for the hijack



Don't go mad and put yourself off. Build gradually into it.
If you start to get above 30miles in a single ride, take plenty of high energy drinks and snacks. The last thing you want is to bonk. ;-)
Brad.


sounds like good advice,. thank you all, chamois cream ?????







Howard

Fisher Fury was 2000 Zetec - now a 1600 (it Lives again and goes zoom)

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peter030371

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:29 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HowardB
cream ?????




Look up Bum Butter or Udderly Smooth My wife still laughs at me every time I use it but it make a real difference

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ravingfool

posted on 14/9/16 at 10:53 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter030371
quote:
Originally posted by ravingfool
Successfully 'chased the sun' in June. https://www.chasethesun.org/


How was it? I do like the look of this but its a big jump for me from no more than 90 miles in a day to 200+ miles in a day!


It was a long day!

I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not come off on a slick corner within the first 40 miles... (it was a very early start and everything was still drenched from torrential downpours the day before).

Fortunately not too badly damaged and just kept eating and pedalling and I didn't slow my group down.

263 finishers this year according to the website and nearly 300 at the start which meant that for the first 100 miles or so you were riding with lots of other people the whole time - really fun. Towards the end it petered out a lot but even then you continued to play leap frog with the same people as you paused for nutrition. The final 50 miles was great fun with a cruise down Cheddar Gorge overtaking cars!


If you can do 90 miles in a day then I'm sure you can do over 200, you will just need more food and more time. A bit more fitness just means you do it quicker!

I didn't ride enough this year in training but did do a week of ~80 mile rides each day (London - Paris - London) as my main practice and then a single 167 mile day as proof of concept. I had time for more that day but decided to quit whilst I was ahead as I bonked a bit. Learnt a lot about fueling though and didn't make the same mistakes on the full ride a couple of weeks later.

I'd want to have done more fitness training if I did it again.

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ravingfool

posted on 14/9/16 at 11:01 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter030371
quote:
Originally posted by HowardB
cream ?????




Look up Bum Butter or Udderly Smooth My wife still laughs at me every time I use it but it make a real difference



I've got some ASOS chamois cream (something like this: http://www.wiggle.com/assos-chamois-cream-140ml/) which is very good.

I only bother if it's going to be a very wet day or you're doing mega miles and you just want to prevent any risk of a problem. Shouldn't really have any problems in the dry.

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907

posted on 14/9/16 at 11:12 AM Reply With Quote
Do you lot mind? I'm just having my dinner.

It's oxtail soup as well.





Member of the Suttol Owners Club, and the BMMC

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roadrunner

posted on 14/9/16 at 11:26 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 907
Do you lot mind? I'm just having my dinner.

It's oxtail soup as well.


It could have been worse. You could have been eating meat and two veg. ;-0

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peter030371

posted on 14/9/16 at 11:41 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ravingfool

It was a long day!

I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not come off on a slick corner within the first 40 miles... (it was a very early start and everything was still drenched from torrential downpours the day before).

Fortunately not too badly damaged and just kept eating and pedalling and I didn't slow my group down.

263 finishers this year according to the website and nearly 300 at the start which meant that for the first 100 miles or so you were riding with lots of other people the whole time - really fun. Towards the end it petered out a lot but even then you continued to play leap frog with the same people as you paused for nutrition. The final 50 miles was great fun with a cruise down Cheddar Gorge overtaking cars!


If you can do 90 miles in a day then I'm sure you can do over 200, you will just need more food and more time. A bit more fitness just means you do it quicker!

I didn't ride enough this year in training but did do a week of ~80 mile rides each day (London - Paris - London) as my main practice and then a single 167 mile day as proof of concept. I had time for more that day but decided to quit whilst I was ahead as I bonked a bit. Learnt a lot about fueling though and didn't make the same mistakes on the full ride a couple of weeks later.

I'd want to have done more fitness training if I did it again.


I did just look at the route and spotted the Cheddar Gorge bit and thought, I bet that's fun and then its flat to the finish. So tempted but training for that will seriously eat into Striker building time to maybe 2018 once the car is on the road :-)

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nick205

posted on 14/9/16 at 03:07 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Attilauk
I have found over the years that a lot of Car / Motorbike enthusiasts are also keen cyclists, I was wondering if that was the case on here too?

I'm primarily a Mountain Biker but I have a road bike too for fitness training.

Also did anyone else join in on National Cycle to Work day today? I had a very enjoyable 27 mile pedal into work this morning and now feel great because of it, we'll see how I feel after the pedal home this evening though...



The other item I can heartily recommend is a turbo trainer. I use mine regularly in my garage and find it a great way of getting a few miles in even in the dark. An iPad with some films or music helps pass the time too. Yes it can be considered dull in relation to real miles outside, but for me it's a means to riding without having to leave the house.






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jelly head

posted on 14/9/16 at 06:00 PM Reply With Quote
Been mountain biking for 20+ years now, I mainly stick to trails though after being twatted off three times on the road, i'm not a big fan of hospital food. Mind you my knees are on their way out now

I do think though that off road riding does improve your driving, that feeling you develop for the bike sliding around has got to be transferable.

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02GF74

posted on 14/9/16 at 06:17 PM Reply With Quote
Used do 6.5k miles per year and time trialling when lived in Bucks many years ago.

Now living in Herts spend more time off road, too many incidents from inconsiderate drivers puts me off.

Back then my thighs were bigger than your waist, now my waist is bigger than your waist!

Also have motorcycle licence but not ridden it recently, looking at a cafe racer winter project as if i dont get back on a motorcycle in the next 5 years, i will be too scared as i become more doddery with advancing years.





Visit China. Meet the child that made your trainers.


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Mash

posted on 14/9/16 at 07:18 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HowardB
road riding looks like my next new hobby, with all you 5000+ milers on here, what advice would you give to a newbie?



ps - apologies in advance for the hijack




Yes to decent shorts, not sure about chamy cream, didn't seem to get on with it, but a really decent saddle is a MUST

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Benzine

posted on 14/9/16 at 07:23 PM Reply With Quote
My main tips would be to get Strava. As I live in the middle of nowhere it's the best thing for motivation, in the absence of having other people to ride with. I've even got a power meter now, having lots of fun cycling recently
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Attilauk

posted on 15/9/16 at 08:04 AM Reply With Quote
Wow it's great to see so many keen cyclists on here, some big miles being put in too!

Lets see some pictures of your toys then, everyone loves a bit of bike porn...

This is my Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29er



its used mainly for trail riding and the odd Enduro race


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