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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!

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Jun-13 19:35:57

Coming home was fine. Yes, its nice to have unwind time.

I'm stressed now though. Just realised one of the pannier clips has fallen off. Looking at the design on the other pannier the long horizontal clip at the bottom can slide off the bag. Paid £60 for the panniers and its the first time I've used them and now one will flap about at the bottom. Stupid bloody design.

notasaint Tue 04-Jun-13 19:41:58

not a saint, yet still a pedant. Just this:

A pedaller (or pedaler) is a person who rides a bike, and is related to pedal. It’s always spelled with one ‘d’. The double ‘l’ spelling is the one to use in British English and the form with the single ‘l’ is the American one.
With no lights on his bike, the mystery pedaller risked the wrath of the law.
The noun pedlar is now relatively rare and is typically found in British English. It has nothing to do with pedals (in fact, it probably derives from a dialect word, ped, meaning a wicker basket). Pedlar is the source of the verb peddle, and refers to a person who travels around selling small goods, or one who sells illegal drugs.
A peddler is exactly the same as a pedlar: this spelling used to be encountered chiefly in American English, but is now becoming much more common in British English too:
Police have made a series of arrests across Bradford in a crackdown on drug peddlers over the Easter weekend.

In conclusion, as a pleasure pedaller and not a pleasure peddler (I don't push drugs or other small goods), can I still join? Great thread.

ivykaty44 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:09:03

velcro vivalebeaver use a small piece of velcro to attach the pannier to the down bit of the bike rack at the back? If you get sticky velcro so it sticks to the pannier - then cut another piece to wind around the bike carrier

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Jun-13 21:15:18

That sounds a good idea IvyKaty, I didn't know you could get sticky back Velcro. Would it be strong enough do you think to not get pulled off? I suppose it's not holding any actual weight up .....but there would be a fair bit of jiggling.

I'm going to ring Edinburgh Cycles up tomorrow and moan. It's a stupid design, not fit for purpose, etc....stuff shouldn't just be able to slide off. It's one of their own Revolution bags. I'm sure they'll probably just tell me that no one else has ever had a problem.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Jun-13 21:17:19

I suppose the other thing I could use is a bungee cord hooked on the rack and then round the front of the pannier.

LadyMud Tue 04-Jun-13 21:37:56

Viva, I reckon it's a design fault with those clips. The same thing happened on my stupid Basil panniers angry. Well done for your commute, though!

Notasaint, are you my DH? He can be rather annoying, too. Go ride your bike and relax wink

I'm a paddler and a pedaller - and would love to be a pleasure peddlar grin

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Jun-13 21:57:10

I've found a spare and it looks like there's a pinch screw I was supposed to tighten. God knows how I was meant to know that as they don't come with instructions!

LawrenceSMarlow Sun 09-Jun-13 16:10:46

Hello cyclists, hope you are all enjoying the sunshine smile
I need some commuting advice/ encouragement, please. I have been cycling to work for the last almost-a-year, a measly 2 miles in the city centre. My job changes in August and it is about 8.5 miles. How feasible of a step-up is this? I would really like to carry on cycling at least twice a week. I am wimpy about several things: I am very slow and concerned I would have to set off in the middle of the night to arrive on time; getting lost- about half the route is along a canal so that should be OK but the rest looks confusing; roundabouts- it looks as if there is one big one, I have never tried one before. I will practise the route at some point and see if it is realistic. Can someone convince me that it is very do-able please?! grin

VivaLeBeaver Sun 09-Jun-13 16:25:48

I think it's doable for sure. I started cycling last summer and 5 miles used to kill me. I upped my distances quite quickly to 10 miles but pretty much stopped cycling over the winter and this horrible spring we've had.

Started cycling again a few weeks ago and commuted to work on my bike for the first time last week. 8 miles each way and it was better than I thought. I set off 90 mins before I had to be there and it took me 40mins, then I suppose another 5-10 mins allowed for locking my bike, removing stuff like pannier, pump and getting changed.

If you're unsure of the route practice it first at a weekend.

LawrenceSMarlow Mon 10-Jun-13 11:09:39

Thanks Viva smile

LadyMud Mon 10-Jun-13 18:41:21

Lawrence, many businesses and many towns have Travel Advisers to help you plan your journey to work. There may be some Bikeability training available, to show you how to cope safely with roundabouts and other hazards.

ssmile Mon 10-Jun-13 21:47:08

Ive recently started cycling once a week again to work. Its 9.2miles each way. I do gind it hard work getting home again at times. Mainly because I can't doodle as have kids to collect.Where I workthey promote a buddy scheme where by you can cycle in you first time with someone else to give you more confidence if they cycle all or put of the same route as upu. We have a bug (bicycle user group) just an Internet type chat forum and newsletter email to share hints n tips. Plus we have lockers &showers available. Schemes like this reallywork as eeven in the cold dark winter there would be 60-70 bikes in the shed and in summer easily 100 out 400 staff on site.
I leave my shoes & towel at work and try to cycle with only a small front handle bar bag. I hadsurgery 9wks ago and only in last wk felt upto much exercise but loving getting back on my bike again. I was SO proud of our DD just turned six she did 7miles on Sunday on her little 18" no gears bike smile

Thistledew Sun 16-Jun-13 00:36:28

Hi all

I haven't posted for ages. I had nearly 6 weeks off the bike again for partly good and partly not so good reasons - I got a nasty sore throat, then DP and I got married and went on honeymoon!

I have had some good rides in the past couple of weekends - still getting dropped on the hills with my club, but by less and less now, and am actually quicker than a couple of new people who have joined! My goal by the end of the summer is not to get dropped at all.

I have also got into the rhythm of commuting 2-3 times a week, which is a great way of getting the miles in the legs.

Oh,and notasaint - if you look at the beginning of the thread you will see my mea culpa regarding the peddler/peddaller mistake. Dyslexia means I mistake homonyms sometimes.

Thistledew Sun 16-Jun-13 14:09:25

Not such a great ride today.

The last two weekends I have done some really hard (for me) rides of about 50-55 miles with around 1,000 meters of climbing. I have done a couple of week day commutes each week as well, but nothing to strenuous during the week.

Today, my legs felt really painful. I opted for an easier ride and was very glad I did because even after I had warmed up, my legs were hugely sore as soon as I started to put any pressure down on any incline.

I have been getting quite a bit of cramp recently, and wonder if it is connected? The cramp is fortunately not whilst I am riding and I get it mostly in my hands and feet, but there have been a couple of times I have been woken in the night by cramps in my calves.

I drink a 750ml bottle of energy drink with electrolytes when I am riding on Sundays and use salt in cooking, but I don't take electrolytes during the week.

Anyone with any ideas? Could the soreness in my legs be connected to the cramps? Do I need more electrolyte?

I also have a major craving for tomato juice at the moment, which has been shown to have benefit in post exercise muscle repair.

AmericasTorturedBrow Mon 17-Jun-13 06:38:13

Hi all, back and finally recuperated from my 545mile charity bike ride. It was immense and so glad I rode with a team a bit fitter and faster than me as in the days I tried to keep up I definitely pushed myself beyond what I'd normally try to achieve and did it. Met some amazing people along the way and raised a ton of cash.

Physically I coped ok, legs didn really start to burn until a few days after we finished, but the toe problem tried to rear its ugly head - managed to avoid it by taking shoes off at every rest stop and takin ibruprofen constantly. But think I'll buy new shoes for next year (tip, already signed up!). My lips were chapped and bleeding and so sore for days after which wasn't fun at all sad

BUT I miss my bike so back to the training rides next weekend

VivaLeBeaver Mon 17-Jun-13 07:16:29

Thistledew, congrats on getting married.

I wonder if you're a bit potassium deficient? Tomatoes are high in potassium and I think deficiency can cause cramps. Maybe try some bananas as they're high in potassium as well as been good energy.

I guess if it doesn't get better see a dr.

Americas- what/where was your ride? Sounds good, well done.

AmericasTorturedBrow Mon 17-Jun-13 14:57:45

Agree in potassium - someone suggested my toe pain could be cramping so I started having banana at breakfast and every rest stop which probably helped

The ride was AIDS/LifeCycle - riding from San Francisco to LA to raise money for HIV/AIDS

Thistledew Thu 27-Jun-13 00:17:45

Oh fookin hell! Only went and crashed my fookin bike again!

DH and I were doing a two-up 10 mile time trial - which was a first for both of us. We had a bit of confusion as to the route, which ended up with me thinking we were going straight on and him thinking we were turning. I clipped his wheel and went down.

Fortunately not nearly as bad as my crash in January. I have a bruise on my right shin and left hip, and a fairly impressive hole in my left elbow, but am otherwise ok. So bloody cross though! angrysad

Thistledew Thu 27-Jun-13 00:19:15

Oh, and congrats Americas on your ride. Very impressive! thankswine

VivaLeBeaver Thu 27-Jun-13 01:02:13

I've crashed my bike as well - first time ever!

I hurt all over, landed on my helmet head but have a terrible headache. Scraped legs and arms and nose. I'm sore all over like I've been hit by a bus.

Tried to go up a drop kerb at a funny angle and it wasn't as dropped as I thought it was.

mirai Mon 01-Jul-13 02:39:55

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evilgiraffe Tue 02-Jul-13 14:30:54

If he gets some proper shorts and a jersey, he'll probably enjoy it more and therefore it's more likely to last as a hobby, I'd say. Appropriate kit makes a huge difference to both comfort and speed.

Wiggle do some fairly cheap padded shorts - a pair of those and a jersey should be fine to start with. If it's warm he could probably manage without a base layer t-shirt to go under the jersey, and get one later on if the fad lasts.

Chopstheduck Tue 02-Jul-13 14:33:44

If you were local, I'd say go to sports direct or aldi, but it is a bit tricky with you being in Japan! None of it is essential, especially for only 7.5 km. Does he have any normal sports wear that is light weight? The shorts do tend to be padded which is nicer, but really for such short distances he def doesn't NEED them.

OW! VivaLeBeaver that sounds nasty, hope you are ok! I frequently fall off when mountain biking, but don't go too fast off road so maybe a scratch and a bruise and that's about it! I have been hit by cars twice though when much much younger, once resulting in head being glued back together and concusssion! grin

TheFuzz Tue 02-Jul-13 14:41:03

Cycling shorts, or MTB style shorts with a padded liner as a basic requirement. MTB style if he isn't into lycra then go for lycra shorts with baggies over the top. You don't want to be cycling with underwear on under normal shorts ideally - nasty chaffing as a minimum.

Will he be carrying work clothes with him ? 7.5km isn't far, but he will need a change of clothes especially if hot.

As for tops, yes the pukka kit is best, but he could manage with any 'technical' gym tops, or indeed a proper football top. Cotton t shirts will be horribly sweatty and absort sweat, so will need something that breathes.

He will need two pairs of kit to be safe - wash kit after each day's commute, and dry it between uses (i.e. hang to dry at work).

Other than that he won't need too much. Puncture kit and pump and a couple of spare tubes to carry with him - so he can fix it on the way rather than call you out to collect him. Waterproof jacket in case of heavy rain.

Don't bother just yet with clipless shoes and pedal combinations. Just get the basics.

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