Groupset is the crank, gears, brakes Suze. They are typically made by one of three companies (Shimano, Campagnolo or SRAM). They are usually the items which differentiate the price of a bike in a similar range of bikes.
Am strugling to come to terms with the news about flight MH17. I was on that exact same flight 30 days ago. Can't find a nice thing to say about Russia's proxy-war with Ukraine or the utter stupidity of making advanced weapons avialble to people who don't understand how to use them, or have a sense of parameters for which they can be used. How do you deal with boiling anger at a faceless foreign government that denies all culpabaility? ....Maybe go for a long hard bike ride?
Great pics TD, I spotted a few of my club mates and local parkrunners there. Perhaps I'll grow a pair and have a crack at this one myself next year as its so close to home.
Good to hear from you, sorry the training isn't going good hopefully you can be back running sooner rather than later!
Matty - let them know about the link. Am more than happy to share hires pics with anyone that wants them. And if their images are dark, I can modify them so they look perfectly exposed, so they need not be deterred if they don't look great right away
My bike is Cube and it looks (a bit) like this but nowhere near as clean and with a different groupset. I did a quick set of hill reps yesterday. A really steep hill nearby, not so long. 6 reps in the heat, good to get the heart banging.
Hello Solb, welcome aboard. I took some piccies at Giant's Head marathon. Which one were you?
The last month has been terrible for training. Some long haul travelling, lots of work, then that stupid bike accident (11 days ago, and my body is covered in sore itchy scabs, lovely). Got myself out for another good long ride yesterday and managed to get in one of the famous climbs from the Tour of Flanders. It is called the Kapelmuur or Muur van Geraardsbergen (aka 'The Wall'). It's mental - very steep and the higher up you go, the worse the cobblestones become. Even in 30C heat and dry conditions my back tyre was slipping on the stones. To think they race this in the very variable April weather (read 'shitty'). Amazing.
About 5 hrs riding in total and according to the data I've collected over the last 6 years, my second hardest bit of exercise according to TRIMP scores (675 points). I've come to the conclusion that I really don't like being unfit and I'm hitting a bit of a lull in work over the summer, so fully intend to smash a few hills and get some muscles back.
I might also plan in that knee op and see if they'll let me try running again. Boy do I miss it. It's been 6 weeks since I last did a (little) run.
Well, I hope in UK/ Western Europe is enjoying this mini-heatwave and remember if you are running this weekend, don't stick a metal umbrella in your backpack
I haven't run in a month - knee is just too painful. Probably won't run again until I've had it operated on but no immediate plans to go see the docs about that. So I'm a non-runner right now. But still, I love biking and it's all the rage right now. So I set out for good hard ride yesterday (thank goodness no Leeds Rob around to misinterpret me!). I managed 4 kms of good riding and then the hard bit happened.
Managed to lose my front wheel on a downhill roundabout. Reckon I was going about 40kmh at the time. Now I can't easily sit still/ lie down/ move. Silly boy.
Thank you lovely people for kind and generous thoughts. The problem with avoiding t'interwebs is that is how I am in contact with so many friends and family and I do feel a sense of seperation, but I promise to come back more interesting and informed
Am currently reading Glenn Greenwald's book about the Edward Snowden leaks - No Place To Hide. It is part fascinating, part horrifying. Ciao ciao for now....