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fruit for long ride snack?

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Hello cyclists,What would be the ideal snack, besides banana's (of course) for a long ride over 100km?I can only carry so much in my jersey and don't have access to fruit along the way. Thanks for…Continue

touring california on bike self-guided

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Hello,Planning on riding thru California with Wine Country self-guided tours.Any recommendations, or best places for riding?MirellaContinue

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Comment by Christopher Houston on Wednesday

The Tour of Britain came by over the weekend so we took a ride to spectate at a local hill. They came up that hill faster than I go can go down it. How is it possible to keep up that performance day after day when you are doing 150-200 Km each day.

Comment by Christopher Houston on August 9, 2014 at 2:13am

Thanks for the advice Craig, i thought Gatorskin were pretty popular and reliable.

I was back on my MTB yesterday evening and I couldn't get over the difference.  The ride felt like I was in an armchair, fluffy slippers n' all. I felt quite powerful and didn't feel sluggish at all which surprised me.  i am still waiting for Evans to do me a bike fit for my road bike as i wonder if the setup is not optimal for me (but MTB is)?

Anyway off to the Greek isles for 10 days so no rides but plenty of cigars (organic of course). one of my very few vices left, promise.  Have a good one, I'm waiting for a photo of Ken's new bike now.

Comment by Carbed Up Craig on August 9, 2014 at 12:35am

Hi Christopher,  Yeah, it was simply amazing.  That was on of the early rides, when I got more confidence I picked up the speed.  I had a bad experience with Gatorskins a small seed actually made a tear in the trye.  I switched to michelin lithion 2, I'm reasonably happy with them.

Comment by ken Jackson on August 4, 2014 at 9:00pm
Hey chris, I'm getting it custom fit through my LBS. I'm going road but will throw some aero bars on because I like being able to shift around on the bike. I'll stick with alloy wheels though because bangkok is just too rough on carbon and my kids keep a firm grip on my pockets......they said about a couple weeks to a month so I'm drooling in the meantime.
Comment by Christopher Houston on August 4, 2014 at 8:52pm

Wow ken, they look beautiful.  I know nothing about them myself so wish you luck.  Are you going for a standard road bike configuration, trial, triathlon?  Have you had a chance to try them out?  Good Luck, Christmas come early.

Comment by ken Jackson on August 4, 2014 at 6:32pm
Just ordered my new road bike, my trek's showing wear and tear. Nich, it's a Thai brand and super sexy. Should be ready by the end of the month, I'll post pics, be prepared to be lovestruck.
Comment by Christopher Houston on July 29, 2014 at 1:25am

Have come down off the high of the TDF now. Need to keep the carbs up high to prevent getting morose.

Also noticed that my rear tire appears to be a dud.  It had a flat spot where the side walls were slightly shorter than elsewhere.  It was not down to wear on the tread section of the tire. I first noticed it when going down hill quite fast and got loads of vibration through the frame.  Has anyone encountered the same problem?  The tire was a Continental Gatorskin, which I have now replaced.

Comment by Christopher Houston on July 29, 2014 at 1:14am

Wow Craig i was exhausted just watching it. The moment you overtook the scooter and vehicle like they were standing still was epic.

 I noticed that I have now hit 45.1 MPH on a ride but must be acclimatising to the bike as I don't remember being scared!

Comment by Carbed Up Craig on July 26, 2014 at 2:34am

Nice ride Christopher.  I've managed 45.6 mph, check this out for a descent  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knqD_6QOyv0

Comment by Christopher Houston on July 16, 2014 at 10:00pm

Well, I have had the road bike for a month now and have completed just over 300 miles (UK).  Thankfully the punctures and the bits falling off have all but stopped but i am still adapting to the style of riding a road bike which i am finding very different to an MTB. I have also been frustrated by the android MapMyRide.com app.  I have on three occasions found it switched off during the ride? has anyone else experienced this?  

Also quite scary. i went down a hill on my 23mm tyres and looked at the Odo' which read 41.8 MPH. I am old enough to be very aware of my own mortality and i shivered at what might have been.

Loved having the Tour de France in England last week even if we have lost our two best riders. the coverage on TV has improved beyond belief after having two previous winners.

Hope you are all getting out if you have the decent weather we are enjoying. I am finding hydration difficult to maintain. I take my camleback now as two bottles is not enough for me during a three hour ride inthe sun.  Anyone else find this a problem? Cheers


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