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Any Winter Riders out there ? (Winter meaning snow and below freezing weather) ;)

Started by Dean Johnson. Last reply by Dean Johnson on Sunday. 3 Replies

This fall/winter my goal is to ride at least 5 hours a week on average until the spring. Doesn't sound like much but when It gets to -20 degrees F here it's a bit of a challenge with iced up…Continue

Tags: bike, fat, snow, riding, winter

Improving stamina.

Started by Arsenio Bringas Jr.. Last reply by Christopher Houston Aug 10. 12 Replies

Alright ladies and gents, I'm no pro cyclist, I'm on the newbie side. The most I've ridden is 30 miles. Will I be able to ride 100 miles by this summer if I only ride once a week ? Seems like a steep…Continue

Tags: stamina, cycling

power meter help

Started by sean mac giolla pheadair. Last reply by DatVegan Mar 26. 3 Replies

hi all,I'm totally new to cycling. I'm getting my first bike next week, giant defy 3.I'm also going to get a stages power power meter. My question is will I be able to fit the power meter myself or…Continue


Started by Christygee. Last reply by Christygee Mar 9. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm completely new to cycling. A friend of mine suggested I get a bike from Nashbar.com, but I see that they don't sell Giant/Trek/the big names. I'd love a Giant Avail or something similar.…Continue

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Comment by Marcais on October 2, 2015 at 7:31am

The tubes don't decide the pressure - it's the tyre that decides the pressure and the max. pressure written on the tyre is close to half the pressure it would take for the tyre to be blown off - unless the tube slipped underneath the bead of the tyre and then pushed it off and popped. What part of the tube was the split on? the side or inside face?

Totally - I've never heard a fitter mention it once, they seem to just be concerned with some 'magic' angle of your knee and hip and maximising it if you're flexible enough. I've read and heard a lot of what Steve Hogg has to say about crank length and it doesn't venture into extra short ones at all.

Comment by Christopher Houston on October 2, 2015 at 3:43am

Not sure if any of you saw Harley extol the virtues of a dry lube recently (Squirt)? Anyway I discovered that the UK importer lives around the corner and thought I would try it.  It's not expensive, on a par with the Finish Line many of us use.  Anyway i have just completed 140 miles without cleaning my drive train. this is what it looks like (pretty amazing I thought!):

Comment by Christopher Houston on October 2, 2015 at 2:33am

loved the article by the way, very interesting.  The question is who do you trust to do a good fit after that if they don't question you about cranks?

Comment by Christopher Houston on October 2, 2015 at 2:31am

Hi Marcais, the tyres are Shwalbe Durano S and a very tight fit.  There was no evidence of the tyre having come out of the rim.  I recon that when I checked the tyres and gave them a quick puff in the cold, they just expanded in the heat and couldn't cope?

Comment by Marcais on October 1, 2015 at 10:22am

Oh - really interesting article I found online about crank length:

Was searching around for loads of stuff - so much subjective stuff 'I'm 6'3" but i prefer 170mm' 'anyone over 5'10" should have 172.5mm...most of the time...it's personal' - basically nothing of any real help.

Then I found this gem of an article - good hard science.
Read it, loved it, was buying some new cranks anyway; opted for 165mm cranks 48/34 instead of 50/36 as I had previously - I've been riding then for a week now with the saddle raised to compensate and they are amaaaazing! faster cadences, knees less in front and behind of me, can push harder without my knees getting as tired because they're way lower; In the future I wil, If i get the chance, even try 160mm or even 155mm

Comment by Marcais on October 1, 2015 at 10:16am

Long split and no tyre damage - sounds like the tyre slipped off the rim; I've only seen that when a tyre slips off or it gets stretched down into the well of the rim. What brand of tyre and rim are they?

Comment by Christopher Houston on September 30, 2015 at 6:28pm

A first for me last Saturday. We are hitting Autumn here in the UK and every sunny Saturday is a bonus. I leave my bike covered but outside. As usual I  checked my bike, tyre pressures etc before I drove to my meeting up point for a group ride. While i was chatting at the meeting up point there was an almighty bang and everyone looked at each other wondering what it was.  You've guessed it, it was my tyre, now in the sun, that had just let go.  Luckily I just had time to change the tube before we set off but the inner had a split over 6 inches long.  Glad it didn't wait until I was riding but I guess contact with the cold road would have kept the temperature down then?  The tyre itself was fine and i have ridden on it nearly 100 miles since so i am unclear why the inner would go off like that?

Anyone had similar experiences?

Comment by Christopher Houston on September 16, 2015 at 10:18pm

I must add that I have gone from knowing nothing about bike maintenance to now being able to fix/tune almost anything. And it is You tube that has made that possible. Cheers to all the generous people who upload videos. 

Comment by Christopher Houston on September 16, 2015 at 10:12pm

Had my road bike for a little over a year now and nothing has gone wrong (other than tyres etc). Bying second hand is a risky purchase perhaps but it has proved a wonderful first road bike for me.  I have however just found that my freehub bearings, that support the rear cassette, are very worn (but the hub otherwise is in good nick - see photo) and so I have decided to replace the bearings (£6) and the whole drive train at the same time as i bought the bike 5K miles ago and the train was not knew then. I took the hub to Evans as the bearings are a pig to remove and refit (unless you spend £40 on a tool).  Imagine my surprise when they said that they would not just replace the bearings but the whole hub assembly! So i was facing a £60 bill for parts (as I would be happy to install that myself) or nearer £100 if they did it for me.  I was shocked, this is the sort of response i would have expected from Halfords but not Evans. Anyway nearly £100 on a wheel that was already heading towards its wear indicator limits made no sense (Fulcrum racing 7 wheels cost £165 the pair, new!). So I looked on ebay (don't you just hate it!) and found a new pair of 2014 wheels (which are lighted and better than my 2011 pair) for £87. Now I have a second pair of wheels and I will have a go at changing the bearings myself for the £6 they cost.

Comment by Christopher Houston on August 10, 2015 at 9:45pm

Just want to say a big thank you to the Wyndy Milla crew based outside Guildford in the UK. They organise rides on Saturday mornings for free. A good crowd show up (30-40) and then we split into smaller groups. I have been riding with them for the last year now and have swapped between groups depending on available time and fitness. I have found them all consistently good, regrouping regularly, showing great routes and always faster than me so I get pushed.  Thanks Guys! All they ask is that look the part.




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