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Mix and match bike parts

Posted: Today at 07:59

I thought the idea was that all the parts of a gearset were perfectly matched, and that there was limited interchangeability, even between components from the same manufacturer.

My bike has (had..!) Shimano Tiagra from new, and some replacements were needed.

The local bike shop offerered me the Tiagra or 105 front mechs. "What's the difference?" "A fiver", "No, I mean mechanically", "Nothing".

We've only got the 105 chain blocks in, they are identical, or slightly better, yes it's a fiver more.

New chain sir? We prefer to fit SRAM when we service and build bikes.

Confused? I should say so.

Wednesday 16th April

Posted: Today at 07:50

Cracking morning here. With a bit of luck I'm going flying, taking the wife and D2 down to Cornwall for the day. It all depends if the plane is in full working order. It was OK at the weekend, but these old machines seem to have a life of their own.
Pilot to parachitist "You won't find me jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane".
Parachutist to pilot "I've yet to come across one".

Anyway, the bike has cost me more in parts recently. 2 years and 3000 miles, replace chain block, chain, front gear changer. Good job I had the confidence to set it all up myself. Chance to clean and grease bearings too. She's humming nicely now. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: Yesterday at 13:20

A long winded way of saying yes?

 

Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:04

OH. Two thoughts spring to mind. One, is that bilateral breathing is a major attribute to an open water swimmer, especially when the chop is coming from certain directions. So keep practising (it took me a year). The second thought is that Michael Phelps only breathes one way. So it can't be a performance limiter. Take whichever advice you prefer.

Monday 14th April

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:50

Dibs, nice 400m swim. 8:32? Right, that looks like my next target. (I think I got 8:40 last time I checked a 400, and that was a huge pb). The gauntlet is well and truly thrown.

LMH and Dibs: When are you planning to go to the open water?

 Bristol Open Water, The Lake, Trench Lane, BS36 1RY Bristol, United Kingdom lake temps 13.5 degrees at 4pm. Much warmer than Cotswold lakes.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:23

Lorenzo: Doing a pb by 7 minutes to go sub 3? Been there done that mate. Old gits rule.

OO: fck me, TWO sub 3 PBs in 2 weeks, no wonder your legs were crying at the end. Respect. Old gits rule.

PMJ: I understand that you stattos focus on specific trends. But, don’t you think that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy? “I’m good at 10k, because my ranking is better” Cobblers, it means that your marathon distance needs more work. As does your 1 mile time. Did you hear Mo Farah saying that he’d be better suited to 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m? Justifiably he’s got better gradings at those events by any measure. Nah, he was so p*****d off it seemed like he wanted to run another marathon next week. Stupid, I know. Nobody is likely to PB twice in two weeks at a marathon.

TR. Large Spheroids mate. You kept quiet about the 50 mile weeks.

Must check out Marigold’s time. Steve Way? Errrrr. Hang on a minute. I’ve just gone into the results, and apparently he won. Place number 1. Even when I check the men’s leader board he came 16th, and that’s ahead of two Brits Scott Overall and Ben Livesey. Only a 2:11 by Chris Thompson and a 2:08 by Mo Farah pipped him. Now that’s class. IS BRITAIN ON THE WAY UP?

Sunday 13 April 2014

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 23:15

WOW ! LMveryH. I don't think that you left anything in the locker today, did you? I always say that if you can talk, walk, or even just stand up at the end of a race then you didn't try hard enough. I think that blacking out ticks the "effort" box. A nice PB is a just reward.

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 23:08

Solo bike, Bike with the gang, Swim training. The lack of midweek running is showing in my (low) numbers.

April Fools

Cheggers (411) (404) (503) 212
Seren Nos (272)( 281)( 416) 166.35
Magna Carter (203.6) (234.2) (328.2) 162.9
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) 157
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) 124
TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) 105.5
GH0ST (184.5) (123) (203.5) 95.5
Golden Boots (96) (208.6) (215) 86.4
maths (154) (185) (210.5) 83.2
Stanners (274) (289) (305) 78
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3) 68.8
Pingu Pongu (148) (158.5) (189) 68.5
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) 64
Cake (121) (48) (144) 62
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) 58.5
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) 58
Blisters (88) (186.6) (140) 56.8
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) 49
Mikasa (44.6) (66.6) (8) 8.6

Mad as a March Hare

Rafi (195) (232) (152 )
Rocco (28) (115) (139)
Blue Steel (141) (103) 113 (114.25)
X-ray girl (136)(96) 92
Honk (293) (133) 67
Dawn Shadow (73) (70) 55
In the Blue (15) (36.5) 26

Sunday 13 April 2014

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:29

Cracking outing to everyone who raced the 26.2 at London. We shall await the inevitable threads that say "My Garmin recorded it as being 27.4 miles, is that due to the weaving through the crowds?"
Especially a big well done to anyone who PB'd, anyone for whom this was their first, and anyone who beat one of those artificial constructs of time that we set ourselves as targets.

Lyrics: Don't stop me now, by Queen. iPods aren't allowed, but you can still sing out loud.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:18

PMJ, first to finish! Tough luck mate, thinking of the bigger picture and all that.
Lit and Speedy, looks like I owe ya both.
Martin H, what a fantastic result. You certainly left it on the streets today. Ferritic spheroids mate, and a CHAMPIONSHIP START next year.
OO51: sub 3, PB, and a well earned beer. I’m having one on your behalf. There’s not many seconds between your time and the hour marker. As a veteran of the same category, I know just how hard it is to get that sort of a result. You belong to a very, very select band.
Lorenzo: 4 minutes off the PB is a fantastic result and it certainly gets you into that area that makes you start thinking about the next campaign.

(Just swimming for me, and an hour of ever increasing torture from the coach. 2000m. At least I’m clean.)

Now then, it looks like I owe the nominated charities for 4 of you. You’d better PM me the details. I am a man of my word.

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