The Sh*te on a Bike Thread

Thread for those who are week on the bike leg

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04/02/2008 at 17:46
No Cougs it's Almere so I have until the end of August.
Dustboy    pirate
07/02/2008 at 23:26
Just come across this thread. Good grief I am soooooooo rubbish on the bike looking at you lot. I am half tempted to go back to my old hybrid. At least then I had an excuse.
D74
08/02/2008 at 06:25
Actually, I've just noticed the sub title to this thread.  Does anyone really take a week to get round the bike leg?
08/02/2008 at 07:13

Ok, my first month of bike training has been interesting, thought I'd post a few comments to see if other people have had similar encounters and to hope that I am not going mad.

Training has gone well and I've learned a number of things. Having the rear wheel try and overtake the front wheel is not a good place to be especially on a bend. Sliding round a junction on my ass while my back heads off in a different direction is equally not a good place to be. Trying to beat a PB on a certain route by trying to go round tight bends on a wet and windy day is just silly. I initially pumped my tyres up to 80 psi (on recommendation from a well intentioned friend) which left me repairing punctures almost every time I went out. I now put 115 psi in my tyres and am surprised each time I go out as I quite looked forward to a puncture for the 5 minute rest.

I obviously live in a weird part of the country as I always end up cycling into a head wind no matter which direction I am heading. I am now able to eat gels and bananas whilst cycling but must remember to look where I am going as it generally helps! All in all the cycle training is going well!

08/02/2008 at 19:31

Lee-sterine - I think you must be in the same place as me as I always encounter headwinds too!

Puncture repairing is not a bad skill to have tho'

Dustboy    pirate
08/02/2008 at 19:48

Gels on the go? Blimey, a pro. I have to stop, find one, tear the bit off, fold it up all the way liek a toothpaste tube and put it in the bin after. I rode witha goodly tail wind for the first time ever the other day, didn't half go.

I use 120psi. And red and black tyres. Touch ood, have only punctured once, in a tri, blew me wheel bearing too. 

Gyraffe    pirate
09/02/2008 at 20:57
Hey gang. Just looking for some reassurance about the move from a hybrid to a road bike. I borrowed a friend’s carerra to get used to the ride position so I would know what feels right/wrong when I start shopping. Went out today for a practice and really struggled on the steep hills – normally I spin up in my lowest gear sitting down. On the borrowed bike I just ran out of gears and had to get off and walk!!! I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or if a basic road bike is just less good at going up steep hills than a hybrid. I’m a complete numty but the borrowed bike seems to have about 14 gears – a big changer for the front and 7 ring things at the back. Am I missing something or is this bike just not up for it?
Edited: 09/02/2008 at 20:58
09/02/2008 at 21:13
Gyraffe -  know nothing - but am very weak on hills and a triple on the front helps!
09/02/2008 at 21:41

It's a bit like the old joke that bikes are getting worse - 40 years ago mine used to fly up hills twice as fast as the modern ones.    

Dustboy    pirate
10/02/2008 at 00:58
I am numpty too but believe modern stuff all 2 rings at the front and ten at the back. Triple al seems a bit complicated but with modern tech, is probably fine.
10/02/2008 at 01:14

G, firstly the bike you borrowed is quite old I would suggest as its only got a 7 speed cassette.
Almost certainly its got a 53/39 or similar on it as the size of the front rings and your hybrid probably has a 42 big ring.

what Im getting at in essence is thatthe rodie you took out is geared completely differently to your hybrid.... Options?

Well firstly you could get a "compact" crankset on your new bike, You could even get a triple. Personally I find the chainlines run weird with triples, so would stick to a double. This uses a 50/34 chainwheels and will be closer to your hybrid setup on your current steed, and will give you more spinning gears using the 34 ring than a 39. Secondly you could change your cassette to a more mtb setup. You probably would find if you looked the biggest rear cog on the road bike was 25 or even 23 teeth whereas on your hybrid youve probably got a 27 tooth one.

In essence a proper roadbike will be faster and more efficient, as its stiffer in the right places and lighter. It will take a little getting used to, but it will be better. Either that or the tour guys should all be on hybrids, and the "king of the mountains" stage winners should be on Raleigh shoppers.

What it boils down to is the fact your hybrid has a small front ring and a big back one, hence spinning up hills, and the roadie didnt, but you can solve it. If you struggle on climbs get a compact, and if you still struggle throw a cassette with a 27 on there. Dont let gearing put you off getting the right tool for the job. Loads of people use compacts, its what works for you that matters

Gyraffe    pirate
10/02/2008 at 13:30

Thanks Bassy that helps a lot. Will find out about compact etc.

Popsider - I'd agree with you except I caned up our lane on Friday evening on the hybrid with no problem - didn't even make it to the first bend yesterday.............

Dustboy    pirate
11/02/2008 at 00:34

Bassy is top bike bloke and knows his stuff. Can also probably achieve escape velocity on the big ring. So if you see something strange in orbit....

I have a compact. And I need it. At the moment.... 

JD.    pirate
02/07/2008 at 15:45
boing for not particular reason
JD.

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