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by rfryer
3 Jan 2021, 5:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?
Replies: 237
Views: 3963

Re: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?

The specific point that interests me being that in the 2014 referendum people in Scotland (SWIDT) had an option to Remain in the UK and the EU. If there's another referendum on independence in the near future that won't be the case. I think this is a key point. I voted in 2014, and the main reason ...
by rfryer
3 Jan 2021, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1731

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Turbo mindset is very much like gym mindset - and like any indoor gym it needs space and time. I'd say this is true for non-smart turbo trainers. However, I don't think it is always the case for modern smart trainers. I say this as a regular Zwift user, who in the past has failed to keep up trainin...
by rfryer
1 Jan 2021, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1731

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

Those claiming its too boring on a turbo trainer should try Zwift. I agree. I'm sure that there are some who can't get on with it, but I think it should scratch the motivational itch for a lot of cyclists. You can race, do group rides, structured training, collect routes, or just ride around; whate...
by rfryer
13 Dec 2020, 10:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst ride of the year
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Worst ride of the year

I should start another question but can I convert existing rims to tubeless and I am loathe to dump a good pair of expensive rims. It's sometimes possible, but not usually Ideal. With tubeless tyres you want them to remain in place on the bead seat if flat, rather than sliding into the rim well. To...
by rfryer
13 Dec 2020, 11:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst ride of the year
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Worst ride of the year

Just to add a different, smug, perspective, I was surprised to find a couple of large thorns sticking through my tubeless tyre when I replaced it due to tread wear. I'd had no iden they were there, but each might have lead to a similar experience if I'd had tubes.
by rfryer
15 Nov 2020, 3:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High Performance Cars
Replies: 335
Views: 7851

Re: High Performance Cars

... Even my modest car can potentially travel at twice the legal limit and if it weren't for its computer, is quite difficult to keep it below (say) the national limit on a motorway... How does this bit work? Are you saying it's hard to avoid the urge to to put your foot down or that maintaining a ...
by rfryer
13 Nov 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1496

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

Certainly SRAM. It might be my eyes, but I can only count 9 sprockets on that photo, though.
by rfryer
13 Nov 2020, 6:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1496

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

The included cassette will be compatible with the bike if the rear derailleur on the bike is made by either SRAM or Shimano, and the bike has 11 sprockets on the cassette. If a different number of sprockets,, then you'll need to buy a different cassette. If the derailleur is made by Campagnolo, you'...
by rfryer
12 Nov 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1496

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

I'd say that you're looking at 30s for wheel on vs 60s for direct drive (once you've had a bit of practice). May double those numbers if you're not trying to break records! However, that's assuming you use wheel-on with your outdoor wheels. Ideally, you want to be using a trainer tyre, which will me...
by rfryer
11 Nov 2020, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1496

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

A wheel off trainer will be more accurate when it comes to power and therefore when using software like Zwift will give a better experience. Definitely avoid a cheap non-smart trainer if the intention is to use it with Zwift as these are notoriously inaccurate. I have an Elite Direto OTS 2 which I ...
by rfryer
7 Nov 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainer apps advice
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Turbo trainer apps advice

I've tried most of the options, and settled firmly on Zwift. I didn't want to - it's expensive, and I object to the incessant advertising on TV and online - but it is much more immersive than the other options, whether training, racing or just going for a ride. When it comes down to it, the main req...
by rfryer
26 Oct 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Exercise bike v trainer
Replies: 33
Views: 1373

Re: Exercise bike v trainer

Personally, I'd strongly recommend getting a smart trainer, a dedicated bike, and a Zwift subscription. It might seem a very expensive option (it is) bit it's far better value than a contraption that you use once or twice, then takes up space in the corner while you lose fitness sitting on the sofa!...
by rfryer
22 Oct 2020, 5:21am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing

See here , where it says the capacity of the long cage rear mech is 31 teeth, which matches an 11-42 cassette. If you wanted to run 46/30 with 11-42, you'd need a rear mech with a capacity of 47. Thanks, though not sure I understand. How is the 31 teeth calculated? Is it some sort of combination of...
by rfryer
21 Oct 2020, 3:21am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing

For GRX I'd double-check the allowed ratios. It's possible that when running 2x, the cassette must be considerably smaller than is supported when running 1x, maybe 11-34 rather than 11-42. Still confused to be honest! My bike shop said no, that the 11-42 is 1x only...though that's the same shop tha...
by rfryer
7 Oct 2020, 6:36am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Off-Road / Cyclocross gearing

For GRX I'd double-check the allowed ratios. It's possible that when running 2x, the cassette must be considerably smaller than is supported when running 1x, maybe 11-34 rather than 11-42.