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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 Oct 4. 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 Paul Wieringa on November 14, 2015 at 4:06pm

I'm a Roadie, I have 15 road bikes.....well I did. In the past 2 weeks I've sold 4 of them.

I've built up, rebuilt and sold about 12 this year. I made $ on all of them - which was the intention.

At present I have;

steel Lennie Rogers made in Aussie

steel NZ made Bauer single speed I've had since new for over 20 years

Scott CR1 Pro 2013 full carbon (my race bike)

Pinarello FP3 full carbon & full Campagnolo Record

Genius alloy / carbon with full mudguards (we day bike)

Malvern Star Oppy 3 full carbon (will sell it)

DBR alloy (will finish and sell too)

Steel Saronni from the 90s full Campagnolo

2 TEAM Raleighs from the 80s I'm restoring

I race and train a lot over similar roads and race courses here so its nice to have a different bike to ride as the the interesting variable.

Comment by Christopher Houston on November 13, 2015 at 12:11am

Well the two free hub bearings arrived today and I fitted them in under 15 minutes. Very straight forward even without the special tool. having got the old bearings out and cleaned everything up I put the hub in the oven and the bearings in the freezer. I then lightly greased the contact surfaces and used a socket of the same diameter as the bearing combined with an old vice I had to bring them together.

Comment by Christopher Houston on October 11, 2015 at 6:57pm

Sadly I didn't see the tube in any detail Marcais as I was rushing to catch the start of the ride.  My helper showed me the split just before it was thrown away.

With regards bike fit, this is the video that inspired me to question what is included in any bike fit before handing over cash:


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?


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