1500 will get you Ultegra and carbon frame at the moment (winter). Canyon is nice if you don't mind a ridiculous wait and zero support if anything's not right. It's the reason you don't see many. There are so many manufacturers now, it's not easy as a buyer, but there must be low barriers to entry as a supplier. 1- Choose Campagnolo or Shimano. You'll stick with them for life from here. 2- Identify the best Camp/Shim groupset you can afford in that bracket. I only know Shimano, and would say Ultegra is great, 105 is a very good club standard. 3- You're getting 11 speed rears now, so any spares will have to match. 4- An obvious thought. The price of a bike is generally split into the sum of its parts. Frame - all from Taiwan/China, painted to suit. You get what you pay for. Group set of mechanicals. Fixed price, so compare the spec. Saddle- all OE Spec are cheap and some nastier than others. Most people swap out after a year. Wheels- are a big ticket item. Or they should be. This is where they can make it seem cheap.
Upgrades? Saddle, 50 to 100. Pedals - you'll need some, say 40, Wheels - on a 1000 bike a 300 pair of wheels will be impressive. Tyres- Conti GP 4000s at 22 to 35 each depending on wiggle sales.
Save the old wheels and tyres for the turbo trainer.
To save the most amount of money, sign up for the cycle to work scheme. It's not a scam. It's effectively a zero interest loan from tax free income over 12 months, for up to 1000. You can even repeat the deal 12 months later. The Govt aren't bothered about the conscience end of the deal. The thought is that cycling is generally good for you, so they ignore the loopholes. (I cycle 100 miles with the club, get home, do an email, and therefore I've commuted to work)
Fresh coffee on the go. Guatemalan, if you must know. Lyrics...surely there's a trick here....it's a yes (I think)
Run: Finally, got a run before tea and before getting nagged (that was later). Felt able to stretch the legs a bit and push on a little. Result was 7.5 miles, at a pace of 7:26m/m. Very happy with that. It looks like most of the weekend cycling is now out of the legs!
I still count myself as an amateur and a latecomer Pirate. I'm only going to vote if I have a realistic ambition to get to the official sailing. I'm realistic that semi-commitments aren't good enough.
As has been said, I feel special when I pull on the Pirate colours. Everybody knows and recognises us. It's an impressive marketing triumph. There's no need for a "club" name.
Which races do I fancy going to? Lanzarote, Nice, Austria, Switzerland, Mallorca, Wales, and Outlaw. Why? The opportunity for decent support and a party atmosphere, preferably with a good course.
One by one each got a negative mark, except Wales. I can see why the UK races have less of a party atmosphere, it's that the morning after is like a hangover. Everyone staggers about, fails to meet up, and buggers off home. As far as I can tell the party is still going on in Mallorca.
LMH, It's good to know what the issue is, at least you can then get your head round it. AOH, I bet Lac Leman (sod the accent) is a bit warmer than Scapa Flow. Ryano 6, I notice the sprint finish to dip under the 1:45. It's just a clock you know! I'll give you 3 more HM races to get a shot at 1:30.
Early finish, so I got a chance of a decent session. Chose the swim option over the flogging of dead legs. Swim, (pool), 3000m in 64 minutes. Concentrating on long reach, body rotation, and trying to lead the recovering arm in a more relaxed manner. I'm finding that my most efficient style is when I time the stroke to be more like 3/4 catch up. Mind you, I'm sure it's still like watching a Labrador puppy learn how to walk.