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Wheel upgrades

Posted: Yesterday at 23:44

I bought what is called these days an entry level road bike, a Specialized Allez (Elite), hung with Tiagra from new and latterly 105 parts when they needed replacement. Wheels were DT Swiss or something, but they didn't like winter and died, so were replaced FOC for Shimano R501. They are absolutely fine. Could I do better?

I can see that wheel prices go from £50 to £2500.

If I am looking at a wheel upgrade, what price point should I be aiming for? Obviously a front pothole seeker that's dearer than the rest of the bike is silly.
And what, exactly, are the advantages of this fantastic upgrade?
What are the pitfalls? There's no such thing as a free lunch, everything has its compromises.

Familiar friendly competion - 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 23:20

Rollers x1, Blank x2, Run x 2, bike Sat, Swim just now. And a bit of list fairy-ing.

Cheggers - 333
BluePeter - 168
SaintB - 162.59 
Posh Twat - 148.5
OC -139 
Trogs - 132.6
Proven Robbie - 129.5
Southern Snail - 128 
maths - 124
Blisters 120.2 
Seren - 119.80  
Flat Footed - 107
ShuffleB - 103 
Goldstone (IM Wales) - 98.37 
BamBamTri - 96 
Booo (Outlaw) - 93.5 
Jen Hart - 90 
Ironwolf - 88.5
Bobs Your Father - 85 
WildWill - 81.6
Long John Silver - 77.5
Alex_h - 65
Crooky - 60 
Nursey - 58  
MrZ - 48 
Adbru - 38 
In The Blue - 28.5 
Alibear30 - 13 
Cake - 13 
mikasa - 9.6 

Sunday 25th January 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 20:40

Fantastic result Joe, and well done to Ben too. Not a bad weekend's results from a fairly select group these days.

I bet Emzap is relieved that the quiz went well. Been panicking for weeks on that one.

For me, I blobbed the opportunity for a gentle run, as I needed to investigate a "clang" from the Clio. It turned out that a front suspension spring had broken. That's another job to add to the list.

Training, was therefore restricted to swimming. Focus was on the front of the stroke: the catch/pull. Lots of sculling with bent arms like windscreen wipers, and the main set included LOADS and LOADS of doggie paddle. Needless to say that I drank lots of pool. I'm just enjoying a beer now.

Saturday 24th January 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:39

So, do you need to replace the charred trainers Joe?

Saturday 24th January 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:19

I hope the marathon went well Joe. Was 3:30 your 'A' target (PB), your 'B' target (a training race), or 'C' (burn the trainers if I don't get it)?

Dustin, it looked like a good day for the mud.

Happy Park Runs peeps, I am wondering whether the whole Park Run phenomenon will actually start to benefit the general race times of GB athletes. The more you race, the better you get. The larger the pool of people in the improvers category, the more there will be in the next one, until the elite system catches the best of them.

Saturday is bike day. 1 degree C when I set off. 60 miles, and I think that I was riding solidly, even challenging for some of the hill tops. You've got to have a bit of fun. The legs held on, despite yesterday's run.

Lyrics, er, no. Situation normal.

Friday 23rd January 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 23:23

evening all

Work schedules meant two blank days, but a home day today. Sadly, it involved a full day's work too. However, I did manage to sneak in a nice 11 mile run. It was glorious, and just flowed. I didn't want to push because I've not done anything longer than that, and I'm biking tomorrow as well.

Nice to read back and catch up on everything else.
(No to lyrics)

Cycle training rollers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 22:18

My old touring bike is happy as a no hander. It's something to do with an easier angled down tube, and most definitely to do with the distance between the centre line of the front axle and the extended centre line of the steerer tube. That used to be easy to see, as steel forks were bent at the end. Nowadays the carbon shape hides what little there is. Anyway, I find the bike twitchy, but I did miss out 30 years of bike developments.

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 22:12

Just enough time tonight for a 5.5 miler, at 8m/m (ok 7:59m/m). Cold, damp and the stuff of champions. So I'm told.

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 07:50

"Sorted" LMH? Not the word that first comes to mind!

Plan for today is a nice boring little run. Cross fingers.

Cycle training rollers

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 23:39

WAAAY too early for that.

I've only managed it once on the road on this bike.

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