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New bike for Iornman. Ribble, Planet X etc?

Posted: Yesterday at 08:44
Dave I seem to recall a photo from IMUK a year or two back of a gentleman who was erm, built for comfort more than speed, on a very expensive bike with Zipps and a pointy helmet who just scraped under the cut off.

I'll be on a Triban 5 in the pissing rain for four hours today. It's a triple with IIRC a 30/25 lowest ratio and 50/12 top. The stock wheels are made from cast iron, even I could make them flex enough to rub the brakes on a climb, and if you don't fill the bearings with GT85 after a wet ride the rear will sieze.I got some half decent replacements FOC off Decathlon and with some better tyres has made a huge difference. I'll still use my Ridley with 50mm wheels for Outlaw though!

Mark there were people at Outlaw last year on steel framed bikes with downtube shifters that Coppi would have said were old fashioned, they probably still beat me on a 2 and half grand Ridley. If my wife see this, 2 grand Ridley. Buy a new bike but make sure it fits and ride it a lot.

New bike for Iornman. Ribble, Planet X etc?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:52
It's all about the training and being able to get off the bike after 112 miles and run/walk/shuffle 26 more miles. Only training will do enable you to do that.

Let's be clear though, since when did going faster actually come in to the buying a new bike equation?

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:46
Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a go, this was already rearranged from last week when again they claimed I wasn't in. And 7.30-21:00 is a joke, I don't know how Yodel stay in business.

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 17:28
Yodel you lying set of C U Next Tuesdays. I've waited in all day for my new wheels to arrive and you claim you missed me, like hell you did, the dog goes mental when somebody knocks the door.

New bike for Iornman. Ribble, Planet X etc?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 15:06
11 spd will get you either one higher or lower gear than 10spd or your existing range with closer gaps between the ratios, it's not going to make the difference between finishing and not finishing.

What is the most you would pay to enter an event?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 22:36
US races are expensive, I entered a 10k a few years back in Dallas, that was $75 IIRC, no chip timing, drinks, mile markers etc. It was, apparently, a bargain. My winner's prize was a voucher for a local running shop, I had time after the race to shower and go to the airport.

Shugborough Relays, that's about 3 quid for each two mile leg and is bloody brilliant.

Ironman, they know how to charge.

In the news today

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:33

A couple of things come to mind,


It's one thing the plane being blown apart at 38,000 feet and instant(ish) death, but how scary must 8 minutes of dropping steadily to the floor be?




It is said that the pilot, or human error, is the largest single cause of aircraft related accidents, but who would fly on a pilotless aircraft?


Jeremy Clarkson is sacked!

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 22:08
Top Gear best was years ago. I remember an episode 5 or 6 years ago where they made motorhomes and Clarkson's was a white Citroen 3 storey thing and thinking yeah they're scraping the barrel here. The odd episode since then has been good but it as tired and too forced.

I'm maybe being very cynical but in my opinion I'm not wholly sure contract renewal time and this aren't totally unrelated, nothing would surprise me.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:43
cougie wrote (see)

I just use normal continental innertubes.

Don't tell Nigel Farage about these continental inner tubes for heaven's sake, they'll be something else to blame, bring back UK inner tubes.....

TT Bike

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 07:29
Can't seem to use quote function Dave but that's my experience of Planet X, useless customer service. IMO if they sort it out they'll be a better business. 5 of my last 6 orders have had something wrong and they're never too fussed about it. Still, a BlueSeventy Helix for 200, 50mm carbon tubs for under 300 quid, what can go wrong?
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