Cycling Thread - pleasure peddlers to serious cyclists sign in here!

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Thistledew Sat 13-Aug-11 16:41:39

Hi All

I thought I would start a cycling thread. It would be great if we could make it all inclusive, so whether you currently just enjoy bike rides but are interested in taking it further, or already train seriously, please post what you are up to and what your aims are. By sharing knowledge and experiences, hopefully we can spur each other on.

If you want to, please post a quick biog of how long you have been cycling, how much you currently cycle, and what your goals are.

And for those who wish to engage in a bit of bike porn, please feel free to post what sort of bike you ride!

Happy peddling!

Pan Thu 21-Feb-13 15:42:48

Did I say it's beautiful?

Pan Thu 21-Feb-13 16:06:43

With these mudguards. They look rather handsome.

MaryPoppinsMassiveSack Thu 21-Feb-13 16:16:11

And a big hello to all you cyclists out there...

I've a couple of mtbs and a couple of road bikes, though recent injury has meant I'm not riding so much right now. There's nothing good locally for the mtbs though Surrey hills is only an hour or do away for a bit of proper off road. The road bikes are for commuting only, no fun to be had dicing with death on the roads.

Those of who remember my thread about tasty road kill from a couple of weeks back may also remember that DH added sequins and glitter to a pheasants skull and attached it to his bike. Well, It fell off.

dobby2001 Thu 21-Feb-13 22:06:31

Swoons at Pans new bike smile

LemonDrizzled Fri 22-Feb-13 13:30:27

Ooh Pan what a beauty! I'd love disk brakes on my road bike for those hills! My hands get so cramped squeezing the levers.

I'm off cycling abroad this weekend. I think I may freeze to death! Packing thermals and balaclava and Seal Skins. Brrrrrr!!

LadyMud Fri 22-Feb-13 16:16:52

Lemon, if you're going abroad, why aren't you going somewhere WARM ???

The BBC reckon it'll be freezing here all weekend . . . shock

Thistledew Fri 22-Feb-13 16:24:34

Very nice Pan. Is that a double or triple chain set? The geometry looks like you could probably put drop bars on it and call it a cyclo-cross bike, if you fancied.

disorganisedmummy Fri 22-Feb-13 17:21:21

Pan,that bike is lush.I have a Specialized rockhopper which has disk brakes too.It's such a different feeling to my road bike.The weather here (Southend) is also set to be barely above freezing so even though I have plenty of warm winter gear I think the freezing wind will stop me getting out.It will be a weekend on the turbo me thinks!!

Pan Fri 22-Feb-13 17:40:20

Oh my giddy aunt!

I've moved from an old behemoth tanker of a bike, to a sleek, speedy, light-weight tea clipper. It's a double chain set Thistledew (so saves the weight, fiddle and duplication of some gear ratios without losing range as far as I can see). It instantly felt I was riding something 'flimsy' but soon realised I was riding something called 'progress'. I can lift it up and down on my index finger. The narrower tyres and the lack of suspension equals swifter reactions and an absurd level of responsivity.

The hydraulic disks means slowing/stopping almost on having the thought to do so. The handle bars are shorter than the old Trek but that'll help in filtering between cars and it doesn't lose anything in stability for it. ( and it comes with a cutesy little bell!) With 22 traffic lights and 5 round-abouts between home and work I don;t think I'll be v much quicker - just that I won't be flogging myself to get in and home, esp on our Peak District hills.

Tearing myself away from my new baby.....*Lemon*, where are you going to subject yourself to sub zero temps? Scandinavia? Iceland?

dobby2001 Fri 22-Feb-13 19:03:19

Anyone been riding today? I was supposed to be recceing a ride but wussed out and went to the gym instead-just the walk down there was bone numbing! I am doing a 20 mile training ride on Sunday morning though, which I will be hunting out the thermals for! What are other folk up to?

TheArmadillo Fri 22-Feb-13 19:38:15

I did an hour each way to work (I'm not exactly fast) and it was fucking freezing. Got back over an hour ago and am still trying to warm up. 4 pairs of socks and my toes still went numb.

Still glad I did it though.

disorganisedmummy Sat 23-Feb-13 10:16:46

Very jealous of you all getting out there.It's been half term so not been able to get out all week and at the weekend it's my husbands turn to go out on his bike but it's just too cold and windy.May get on the turbo but my road bike has a problem with the cranks (cracking sound) so it really needs to go back to the bike shop,which means I prob won't have it at all next week.Grrrr.

Thistledew Sat 23-Feb-13 10:45:55

I'm off to a bike mechanics course this afternoon. Exciting! I hope to be able to learn how to tune my gears so I no longer have to wait until it gets really bad then take it into the bike shop.

nightshade1 Sat 23-Feb-13 19:00:18

i fell off today...........at almost a standstill blush
we had stopped in a gateway briefly and was just getting back on to the road for the ride home and somehow i managed to slip the clain everything jammed my peddles didnt move and i was spat out the side! got up and back on no problem and rode home before checking myself for damage- i think i was too cold to feel anything! i have a puffy gravel rashy knee and a wacking great briuse and hard lump on the back of my calf and now it hurts

Pan Sun 24-Feb-13 10:30:43

Ooch!!! at gravel rashy knee. Lots of anti-septic and cups of tea?
The standing still ones are the best/worst - I used to ride a big 650cc Suzuki and the only two accidents I had was when I forgot to put the stand peg down before getting off....blush and grin at the time.
Am taking 'Chris' (yes for a Boardman bike, original..) out this afternoon on some hills to sort out his gear paddles, and to find out just how mean those brakes really are.

Thistledew - dunce here didn't know you could tune your gears. Is it to a 'C#' by any chance?blush

LemonDrizzled Sun 24-Feb-13 19:29:07

I'm back and in one (frozen solid) piece.
Lady it was a quick cross channel raid with our Club to ride 60/70/80 miles and back on the ferry. I kept up and didn't moan too much even when it was hail/snowing. I even managed the longest ride with DP despite the 50 mile mood dip. But I ache now.

I'm wondering whether to enter a 100K Audax next weekend while he does the 200K. There of lots of nice people going who I can tag along with. It's nice getting fit enough to contemplate these things.

Poor nightshade! hope you are okay. thistle will you get a certificate? I love getting qualifications for stuff!

LemonDrizzled Sun 03-Mar-13 20:52:40

Well I decided to do the 100k Audax today and even though it was bitterly cold and there was a horrible headwind going out I survived and finished easily. I am so proud of myself! I even paid for the badge smile

LadyMud Mon 04-Mar-13 14:34:24

Well done, LemonD! I hope there was lots of cake afterwards?

EASTER . . . is anyone in the Yorkshire Dales 30/31 March? If you'd like to join me for a little gentle mountain biking, then give me a shout. Mainly ladies, but well-trained men may be brought along, for gate-opening, puncture-fixing and other menial tasks wink

LemonDrizzled Tue 05-Mar-13 00:13:23

Wish I was Lady but DP is taking me somewhere extremely cold!

There was lots of cake, but after 40 miles I was yearning for something savoury and hot so I had chicken curry in a cafe. I whizzed cheerfully home after that with a new lease of life! I was hungry most of the day so ate non stop and never got the misery dip. Progress I think.

ssmile Thu 07-Mar-13 09:06:13

Oh you are all inspiring me to look at doing a charity ride so i have something to focus on. I was getting really fit uptill dec then had awful ride home from work and some health issues flare up and just felt my fitness drain away the last 3mths in the endless bad weather and dark grey days. I got my bike on the turbo trainer last week but the gears have ceased up abit. It was ok for the trainer but would not be ok on the road. We are going skiing in 2weeks time (with 2young DDs...must be mad!) i had really wanted to tter than this. i than I am now. We have a popular local ride in June which is 60 or 100miles. My DP did the 60miles a couple of years ago nearly killed him grin he hadnt accounted for the loonngg hills in the route. Prolem is i have an OP boooked in April so not sure how much this will knock me out fitness wise but longterm should make me feel a lot better smile so is 8-9wks long enough to train up for 60miles with hills? I can do about 20miles comfortably as that was my work commute roundtrip - last done in Dec!

LadyMud Thu 07-Mar-13 11:06:02

Ssmile, are you planning to do the 60/100 mile ride in June? That sounds a bit ambitious to me, if you're having surgery in April. Even a GA knocks me back for a few weeks.

I think the secret is not to compare yourself with last year. Just accept how you are right now, and gradually build up your fitness levels. Getting fitter beforehand will help you recover quickly from the op. Then come back to it as soon as you feel ready afterwards - but don't overdo things, or push yourself too hard.

Thistledew Thu 07-Mar-13 15:51:38

ssmile - I only took up cycling two years ago, and in the first year I went from needing a hot bath after an 11 mile ride in February, to being astounded with myself for doing a 26 mile ride at the end of May, to tackling a 65 mile ride at the end of June! I was tired at the end of the 65 mile ride (which was through the Midlands so had some ups and downs but nothing too hilly) but I wasn't by any means suffering and I felt fine the following day.

If you are used to cycling, and you take the ride at a steady pace that you are comfortable with, and take on plenty of liquid and calories as you go then I would say you will manage 60 miles without too much of a problem.

Only you can judge how your op affects you. One thing I did to give myself confidence that I could do the 65 miles was to do a 30 mile ride at a fast-ish pace. I figured that if I could cycle hard for 30 miles, I would most likely be able to cycle 60 at an easy pace.

LemonDrizzled Thu 07-Mar-13 23:05:07

ssmile good for you to have a target to aim for. It really helps get you out on drizzly days when the sofa looks inviting.
I started cycling a year ago and was booked on a 80 mile French day trip in February by DP who is a crazy long distance rider and thinks 120 miles is just a warm up! He took me out on Sundays and we built up from 20 miles a week to 50 over six weeks. On the big day we started early, put in 20 miles before coffee, another 25 before lunch, then 35 in the afternoon before supper. I couldn't sit down and sex was banned for a week but it was fun and I was so proud of myself. Just take your time and lots of energy snacks and water and enjoy the company and the scenery! You will rise to the occasion.

SummerLightning Fri 08-Mar-13 08:22:44

Ssmile I think you can do it too. But this comes from me who is signed up for a 100 mile ride in less than a month and I have only ridden 50 in recent times! I come from the oh it'll be fine what's the worst that can happen school of thought.
If you're worried can you wait until after the op to enter? I agree it is good to have a goal. And as for your dp being knackered when he did it, I always find I have more stamina than my dh even though he is naturally faster so you may find if you take it steady you will be fine

Lemon you seem to be getting in a lot of riding! (Jealous)

Ladymud I would love a ride in the dales but will be at my parents over Easter.

LemonDrizzled Fri 08-Mar-13 11:46:02

DP says you can always ride twice as far as your longest ride to date, so Summer you will be fine. You may not go fast but it is all about endurance not speed. Us girls are good at that, and a bit of body fat keeps you warm too!

Ironically cycling is not my main sport but I don't do that activity in the winter. But I have to say I am enjoying it more and more and getting fitter. DP is trying to lure me off on a long distance ride soon. Once DS has finished A levels maybe!

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