Cycling Thread - All Peddlers and Pedallers welcome.

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VivaLeBeaver Mon 09-Sep-13 14:21:23

Have started a new thread as the other one is very nearly full.

ssmile Sun 08-Jun-14 20:28:22

Hope your tri training is going ok please did you get a cycle trainer? Sorry I thought I had replied but my phone didn't post it. I've used a trainer in the winter months and when my DD was a baby I used it on the patio in the summer when she was too little to go in a babyseat and I was a frustrated cyclist on maternity leave who couldn't get out on a bike! They are boring though and my back tyre did go down but it didn't appear to get damaged.

WannaSplitAPineapple Tue 10-Jun-14 20:47:28

Hi can I pick your brains please? I've just ordered myself a bike and I need a child seat for my little boy. I'm torn between the Hamax Siesta and the Hamax plus, any recommendations?
I haven't ridden in years but I want to try and get fit and have some fun.

ssmile Thu 12-Jun-14 20:31:39

pineapple I had a Hamas recliner for both my girls. We paid extra for the recliner version but it wasn't worth the money. The girls never stayed in the laid back position when they went to sleep and it destablished the weight on the bike. I wish we had bought a co pilot seat as it had a bar across which you could add some padding to so when their sleepy heads fall forward it can rest on the bar. I have had a few rides riding one handed trying to support my DDs head with the other hand behind me smile. But it's fab to go out with them on the back so I hope you have fun.

ssmile Thu 12-Jun-14 20:35:10

I've just had a look and the one we have is a bit like the Hamas siesta but the one I wish we had bought was the topeak used to be a copilot it was worth the extra £20. If you have a tall child you may find that your heel hit their foot rest section so if you get a chance to try the out before you buy I would. Some hire places have them.

WannaSplitAPineapple Thu 12-Jun-14 21:03:51

Thanks for the replies ssmile. I looked at the topeak one originally but then went towards the hamax. My DS is only short so hopefully I won't have the problem of hitting the foot rest. I never knew places would hire them out. I'll have to look into that. They are both on offer in halfords at the moment so I'm tempted to buy them both, hire them to try and then return which ever I don't want. I'm getting all frustrated as I'm desperate to go out but still waiting on my bike to be delivered! Let's just hope I can ride ok with DS on the back!

WannaSplitAPineapple Fri 13-Jun-14 09:30:17

grrrr I didn't put my order through last night and now the topeak seat has gone up in price sad

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Fri 13-Jun-14 10:31:51

I must get back to this thread!

ssmile Sun 15-Jun-14 07:29:27

www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-babysitter-child-seat-with-rack-standard-brakes/ pineapple have you looked at wiggle. I find there very good, quick delivery and free returns via collect plus service.

ssmile Sun 15-Jun-14 07:47:05

pineapple They do two different topeak seats depending on your brake type on rear wheel. If you have disc brakes you will need different one also on wiggle.

We'll I dragged myself out yesterday before DDs woke up and it got too hot. Only did 26miles as it was a hilly route and my legs were lead like smile but very pleased as I broke 100miles this week as my running total. Just a few weeks ago I was doing max 18miles a week, I'm really pleased with how I've managed to build up my weekly miles, just wish I'd lost some weight grin as I'm SO flipping hungry afterwards and crave smarties...not the best recovery food. I've also started having two boiled eggs after but less toasty fingers to see if more protein helps. I've found almonds and bananas are good sustaining me but anyone get any more "eating" n riding tips?

ssmile Sun 15-Jun-14 07:50:21

pineapple I just thought the other thing to consider when carrying kids on the back is not wearing a backpack as it hits them in the face grin I use a handlebar bag to hold bits n bobs as some child seats mean you can't fit a pannier rack either. My DH uses a spare water bottle to carry his tool kit n wallet rather than a bag.

WannaSplitAPineapple Sun 15-Jun-14 19:19:48

ssmile you are so lovely and helpful thanks! My bike (if it ever arrives) doesn't have disc breaks but DH's will. The hamax seat doesn't fit the disk break one. At the moment DS will just be on my bike but the topeak one does give us the option of buying the disk break bracket for DH at a later date.
I've ordered a wedge to go under my seat to put little bits in. I did look at a little pack to go at the front but I'm getting a stepthru so it wouldn't sit right.
Thanks for the recommendation of wiggle. I'm new to all this so don't know the best places to get stuff.
I'm very impressed at your miles! I can't imagine doing 10 miles never mind 100! I have been googling cycle routes today so when my bike finally comes I know where we can go.

Ninetysixpercent Sun 15-Jun-14 19:28:50

Hello, looking for a bit of advice and you all sound like you know what you're doing.
Have recently taken up cycling for fun/fitness. I have a mountain bike and a nice padded saddle but after a few days of cycling I have a sore bottom! Or rather my bones feel sore iykwim. I remember having the same problem years ago too.
So, any advice on how I can avoid this?

williamjust Tue 17-Jun-14 20:13:58

To all cycling mums (and dads) out there:

Give me your feedback on a kids' cycling picture book I've recently done. Read it here:

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Come on! Let's get kids cycling to school...

ssmile Mon 23-Jun-14 22:08:07

96% I've switched recently from big lady gel saddle which I've had for 10yrs+ to a smaller slimmer harder ladies saddle on more of a road bike and it's just as comfy. I do have padded shorts and after 40mile ride my bum bones are bit sore but I think you just get "bike fit" the more you do. I would have been sore after 10miles 3months ago but I'm a lot fitter now.

ssmile Mon 23-Jun-14 22:12:01

Has your bike arrived yet pineapple? Hope you have been able to try it out with your little one in their seat smile

I'm on a nervous count down now to the charity ride I'm doing on Sunday. I've been using it as a goal to increase my mileage this summer so it will be a bit odd once it's over with but I have my eye on another 100k ride at the end of July to keep me motivated grin

WannaSplitAPineapple Tue 24-Jun-14 21:50:23

No still no bike sad i wish I had of just gone out and brought the blumming thing instead of doing bike2work. The wait is ridiculous!

100k shock how far is the one this Sunday? I can't imagine doing 10k never mind 100! How long have you been building yourself up to big rides for?

WannaSplitAPineapple Thu 26-Jun-14 19:58:35

I've got my bike!!!!!!!!! I'm away this weekend so not gonna get time to ride it yet but I finally have it!

ssmile Fri 27-Jun-14 21:39:14

smile pineapple hope the bike is good. It took me 4-5rides to get my bike set up ok, my poor DH was very patient helping me adjust handle bars and add on all bits of kit I wanted and I cycled with a tool kit stopping to adjust my saddle tilt and height on few rides. I set my saddle higher the other day which has helped my knee which was hurting abit.
In answer to your question I hadn't cycled more than 18miles in one go 3months ago but I have been building up my miles slowly over last few weeks, and have done 2x40 mile rides now and averaging 70-80miles a week in total to train for the charity ride this weekend. It's been my challenge this spring to get fitter on my bike. Just a shame I've not lost any weight grin as my DH has lost 7lbs I've slowly gained it! My DH has been training too but separately to me as one of us has had to look after the kids when the other one is out. But we are luckily we have a lovely commute to work which has been most of the training.

Hope you can have fun on your bike now.

ssmile Sun 29-Jun-14 19:56:35

Did it! grin my first charity sportive ride bike 59miles /100k lots hills exhausted now...

Pipkinhartley Sun 29-Jun-14 20:04:29

Well done Ssmile! which one did you do? I give it a couple of days and you'll be searching for the next one!

WannaSplitAPineapple Sun 29-Jun-14 20:33:50

I took my bike out last week literally just for 5 minutes around the block and the next day the back of my knee was really tender. I may try altering the seat and see if that helps.

How did the charity ride go? You've done really well with your training. If you are commuting on your bike do you not feel a bit sweaty when you get there? I did think of riding to work but don't want to be uncomfortable all day, obviously I'd have to work up to riding that far first.
How has your DH lost so much weight? Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.

Weather permitting I'll be out with DS on the back tomorrow!!! Let's hope I manage it!

ssmile Tue 01-Jul-14 20:35:03

Thanks pipkin I feel rather deflated though. My DH has signed up for another 100k in 2.5wks time but I'm not sure I've got the vavavoom to join him, plus I'd have to ask granny to have our DDs again and they wore them out getting up at 5am!
How's the bike pineapple? Did you get out for a ride. I'm lucky when I ride to work I keep my stuff in a locker and we have showers. Approx 30% of staff cycle so it's the done thing and encouraged smile we have lots bikes in the car park even in the winter. My DH isn't so lucky he cycles and has to have a wash in the toilets at work as we both do approx 10mile commute each way.

WannaSplitAPineapple Tue 01-Jul-14 21:04:56

DH and I finally got out for a decent ride ride today, DS went to nanas so we took advantage. I think it was about an 8 mile round trip so not bad to start off with. I imagine I'll pay for it tomorrow. I could feel my knees bruising as I was riding! I took DS out on the back for a short ride yesterday, it's not too bad having him on the back, it just takes a second or two to get my balance as I take off.
Oh Ssmile you should sign up for another! You've done so well training yourself up. Is there another set of grandparents you could ask this time?
I think if I was to ride to work it would be about 12-15 miles and we don't have showers there. It'd also take me about an hour to get there coz I'm not very fast!

RudyMentary Fri 11-Jul-14 08:47:36

Hi All

I'm considering getting a road bike.
I'm a regular cyclist - currently have a hybrid.

Any suggestions? Budget upto £1000

ssmile Fri 18-Jul-14 16:39:38

Sorry rudy I can't help much on road bike. I recently bought a specialised vita which is a road bike commuter with flat bars. It's been ok but I spent another £100 getting it set up to fit me. So I would recommend going to your local friendly bike shop. I got mine off a wee bike shop but bought over the net. Luckily my DH did all the setting up which in total took a day over several days fiddling. I looked at online forums and top 10 lists for ideas of spec against my budget.

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