Numpty IM Bike Thread

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01/02/2012 at 17:06
The other thing about shops is - sometimes they will do a deal if you ask. I know my local shop will give 5% off bikes and 10% off everything else not already in a sale to members of any club - and they never ask for proof so I'm assuming they aren't really bothered if you are in a club or not. Other people I know barter them down even more saying I saw this for such a price on the internet - I never have the heart for that kind of thing but by all accounts it works.

So if you do see a bike in a shop it's worth asking their best price - at worst they can only say whatever it says on the ticket - and you can always take it back if it's local. Saw a brand new bike today - mail order - the Shimano shifter was broken on the first day - what a pain that now has to go back to get fixed rather than just popping it down the local shop.
05/02/2012 at 21:18

Spent the day putting bits on the new bike.. 4 inches of snow mean no riding

Its going wel, but I need a new brake cable outer as I cut it too short...... oops, the front only turns one way at the moment

Anyway, I have some shiney sram r2c shifters.......
Do i need any form of barrel adjusters for these....the rear deraleiur has one, but the front has nothing....

I cannot see much on any forums......or on bike photies....

My road bike has some inline ones b/w the bar tape and the point the cable goes down the frame.....

so if I need inline ones, any iea where I buy them from..???

Cheerful Dave    pirate
06/02/2012 at 06:34
You shouldn't need one for the front, they don't usually need fine adjustment like that in my experience.
Iron Muffin    pirate
20/02/2012 at 14:36

Thanks for the advice. I have done some more research and have my eye on a Dolan Hercules. The shop is about an hour away so will get over this week hopefully.

 Any feedback on Dolan?

20/02/2012 at 15:03
Dolan bikes have been around for a long time - their founder Terry Dolan has been building bikes for over 30 years. lots of shops sell Dolan bikes and generally they perform well
Edited: 20/02/2012 at 15:34
Darkness    pirate
20/02/2012 at 17:31

I did a season of road racing on a Dolan Hercules and the Etape de Tour.  Never let me down at all.

Mine was, and I expect they still are, Chinese carbon frames which Dolan import, spray up and put their logos on, but nothing wrong with that.  My Dolan looked identical to other "manufacturers" bikes who did just the same. 

That is a few years ago now and the frame today looks different to mine but I expect the same applies.  This is true of a many carbon frames today.

Edited: 20/02/2012 at 17:33
20/02/2012 at 17:40
they're probably the same carbon frames as P-X, Ribble and many other well known branded names. you can buy these frames direct from the Chinese builders if you know where to look - you can even but the exact same frame as Pinarello buy direct from the factory - aka Chinarello.

cougie    pirate
20/02/2012 at 17:42
There was a Dolan at the World Cup event on the track yesterday. Romanian I think. He used to supply all the Irish team I think - and Boardman rode a lot of his bikes before carbon fibre made it hard to just spray one frame up as another and nobody would know.

I had one of his custom built - lovely bike. He's an interesting character too. I think the CF frames are just bought in, but I doubt he'd put his reputation at risk if it were a crap frame.
Ratbag    pirate
20/02/2012 at 17:46
FB and you guys doing?

I've been thinking about something to do and the Etape keeps coming to mind.

Have either of you done it? and how hard is it to get in?


20/02/2012 at 17:50
he's supplying bikes to Sean Yates's pro team I think as well - or was. I suspect they would be Chinese made but to Dolan's specs and not generic. the tooling needed to build your own carbon frames is way too big an investment compared to that needed to weld your own alu/steel/ti frames together
20/02/2012 at 17:53
bleeding hell - Ratbag!

hi old timer....

not done the Etape - just never appealed to me. I do know it's not easy to get into though - lottery I believe?? there's plenty of other bike challenges that are easier to enter and will give a sense of achievement. how about Paris-Brest-Paris??
Ratbag    pirate
20/02/2012 at 17:53
Hmmmmm....maybe I'm invisible......
Ratbag    pirate
20/02/2012 at 17:56
OK maybe not...cheers fb...I thought it was well over subscribed....I just feel like a bit of a challenge...but would also fancy a bit of what's happening this year that might appeal to me?

Yeah, sorry to barge in just like's been a while...hope you're keeping well matey...
20/02/2012 at 18:54
Ratbag - this year and last they've actually had 2 etapes a few days apart - different stages of the Tour - think that has made it easier to get into as it's doubled the places available. As far as getting in I'm not sure how quickly the places sell out - I don't think it is a lottery but I may be wrong - you might still be able to get a place as part of a tour package ?

I'm doing the Marmotte which is similar - but I'm pretty certain that has sold out now - there are lots of others dotted around though - I was looking at which one to do but went for the Marmotte again as I know others going down for it so it was that with a group or something else on my own. Have a look at Circuit of Mont Blanc or the Maratona - they look interesting alternatives.
VTd    pirate
25/02/2012 at 18:45

I had to search well back to find this through the spam.

I have a second hand trek 2.1 which I intend using as my main bike for a couple of years.  I was never fitted for it, and it feels relatively comfortable, although I recognise and acknowledge the importance of a bike fit.

I am a newcomer to bikes (at 50!), and as such I am building my mileage gradually iaw the Fink program.  I have cycled numerous 20-30 milers, a couple of 40's and today managed my longest mileage to date, 55 quite hilly and breezy miles @ 15.5 av mph.

My problem is a tighteness across my shoulders and neck which led to me suffering fatigue long before my legs tired.  I googled the problem and read quite a few threads on different forums with the obvious different answers.  I have been stretching my back out and roll my shoulders more and more frequently on the go and as the miles build up, but the burn still niggles on.

Q1.  Will this ease as I get used to the longer days in the saddle or should I have that bike fit now?  I don't want to spend unecessarily if the tightness is something that will ease with my core strength training, and with time on the road.

Q2.  Should I go for a basic fit now, or would the rather expensive retul fit at my LBS be worth my money with the inevitable spend on new bits.

I am not avoiding spending money, just trying to avoid needlessly spending money if I just need to harden up.

Edited: 25/02/2012 at 19:07
cougie    pirate
25/02/2012 at 20:38
I'd vote for keeping at it. Was this just on your longest ride ? You've added a. Extra hour or so to the normal rides so you'd expect it to be a bit harder ?
It will probably get better as you get used to it.
25/02/2012 at 20:47
VT'd,Just wondering if it could be your cycle helmet being to low at the front so you have to force your head up to see where your going.I had to remove the peak off mine last year and the neck pain isnt as bad now.
Cortina5    pirate
25/02/2012 at 20:54

I normally get something similar, but not today. That said I am doing daily shoulder excercises at the moment.

Good idea Spongecake! 

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/02/2012 at 20:56
Handlebar width could be another factor too. If you have 42cm bars you may need 44.
VTd    pirate
25/02/2012 at 20:56

Thanks  Cougie, it only started to annoy me after about 40 odd miles.  I'm happy to now gradually build on today, which was a big jump up for me.

I had my tyres at about 110psi and the road was very bumpy and chewed up.  I read that this combination can transmit right through the bars to my shoulders if my grip on the bars isn't relaxed. 

I seem to spend a lot of time on the hoods, only dropping down when I'm pushing along a flat, is that usual?

Since I ride on my own at present (my local bike club are pacing too quick at an average of 19mph for me to join their weekend rides),  my beginners questions must find their way to here.

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