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Video - Cyclist Hit by Drunk Driver in Brazil

Started by Gianni. Last reply by Gianni yesterday. 4 Replies

It's troubling how many cyclists get injured when struck by cars.  Some cities in Sao Paulo have seen the rates of cyclists hospitalized practically doubled year on year.Case in point, Adão Dos…Continue

Bike Helmets

Started by ken Jackson. Last reply by ken Jackson Oct 10. 2 Replies

I've tried a few and just don't like the feel so unless in a country requiring them by law, I go helmetless. I've had plenty of bike accidents, smashed out teeth, broken femur, broken wrist but not…Continue

Cycling clothing for beginners

Started by Supernova Oct 4. 0 Replies

So i'm researching up cycling clothing and wanting to buy some,I was looking at Bib shorts and they seem to have a lot of pro's compared to normal shorts, the only thing is, I'm just over 6ft 1" and…Continue

East Coast tour this fall

Started by ddddave. Last reply by ddddave Sep 30. 1 Reply

Hi y'all, my name is dave and I'm going to be doing a tour from NYC to Florida, staying kinda close to the coast. If anyone has any area-specific tips they are surely welcome. I am an somewhat…Continue

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Comment by Stephen Lewthwaite on October 11, 2014 at 7:35am
Thanks Marcais this is awesome I'll certainly be careful with the dates and perhaps swap to more bananas as an experiment. Thanks for taking the time to write this network is an amazing source and source of support and encouragement.
Comment by Marcais on October 11, 2014 at 6:26am

Hey Stephen,
Weight gain is a common side effect of starting off but even though you may be heavier than previous your energy, hydration and recovery will be inporved - it's not all about the weight people! You could be a featherweight with a full carbon bike but if you eat crap you'll race crap.
But as for the weight itself - I found eating a lot of dates or processed sugars in one go seems to fuel weight gain for me personally. And be sure to exercise the other parts of your body other than just your pedal-pushers.

Comment by Stephen Lewthwaite on October 10, 2014 at 4:56pm
G'day just joined the cyclists. I joined 30 b a while ago but then fell off. Back on now ".2 weeks" and enjoying reading the tips below.

I'd be keen to know how much food is enough as I am currently eating 5000cals to feel full riding about 300-500 per week. Putting on a bit of weight not great coming up to a race, any more tips?
Comment by Supernova on October 1, 2014 at 7:39am

Yeah the stem shifters looked quite annoying to me, especially as i'd probably transition to the brake/shifters on the front drop bars. Appreciate the help Marcais :) Shared a lot of good information and it's helped me think, :) . I read a lot that the bike should fit yourself, in that respect, buying / building your own doesn't sound too bad

Comment by Marcais on October 1, 2014 at 7:22am

Hmmm, the apollo's a bit weird - stem shifters? bit too traditional and awkward for me, and would also mean the brake levers are pretty low quality and (at least I find) uncomfortable to lean on.
To answer both questions - buy slowly, don't rush into anything and when buying something: it should be something you are already looking for, not something that makes you think you need it. Take your time, nothing worse than  rushing into a purchase and it not being what you expected

Comment by Supernova on October 1, 2014 at 3:44am

Would you guys also advise buying cheap parts when you see them? For instance MTB pedals and 3T ergonova handlebar for the bike i eventually want?

Comment by Supernova on October 1, 2014 at 3:31am

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/apollo-fusion-road... How about this one, it's new.. but there's not too much choice on ebay or gumtree and you have to compete in bidding also..Only thing is it's not my frame size, I need something around 58cm, I'm 6 ft 1"

Comment by Marcais on September 30, 2014 at 2:52am

From having the carrera TDF myself it's a good starter bike. The gears are too high for any serious climbing, especially when you're starting off but it's a great entry - platform pedals so you don't have to start using cleats straight away, simple parts so you can start on some lower end gear shifters and then learn when you have progressed beyond them. So yeah the only real downsides are the high gears, brakes aren't super snappy but it's not like they're expensive ones anyway, and at least on mine the Handlbars are weirdly big.
Both of them look in good condition - chains and cassettes look like new.

As for comparison - the Felt does look really good, don't be fooled by the gatorskins on Carrera: kevlar reinforced doesn't always it will actually keep out punctures, I find pressure and riding style make much more of a difference. I know the saddle on the felt and it is a pretty crap one - A good fitting saddle is a great thing to find yourself and keep with you between bikes. Although it looks all small and aero - I would be surprised if the Felt was heavier than the carrera, the carrera isn't very light and the wheels themselves are pretty heavy too. 
Final opinion: I would have the guess the Felt would be a better bike but would also therefor be a more of an investment than the carrera i.e. you'd hold on to it for long than the carrera. Keep in the mind the the Carrera is 8spd and the Felt is 9spd so drivetrain replacements on the felt will cost a little more. One more point - It says the frame size is an XL: mine is a L, I'm 5' 11" and I find mine is toeing the line of being too big for me - I had to put a much shorter stem on for a good while as I adjusted to it.

Comment by Supernova on September 30, 2014 at 1:04am
Comment by Supernova on September 30, 2014 at 1:01am

How about this, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Carrera-TDF-2013-Road-Bike-with-Extras-an... -- If i don't get this, something similar?

 

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