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by Benz3ne
26 Sep 2021, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What did you buy today?
Replies: 95
Views: 2646

What did you buy today?

I don’t think I’ve seen a similar thread here so let’s get one started! 😁

Today it looks as though I’ve secured a single-speed for quick trips to the shops. Looks like a Giant Bowery (the 2008 one in black and silver). Has different forks to the OEM, being carbon instead of aluminium. Looks in decent condition and for a good price too by the look of it.

In other news, I found a crack in my rear Ksyrium on my road bike. Had a spare front Ksyrium in white in the house so they’re both at a LBS having the rim swapped over. Hopefully getting that back tomorrow, so another little expenditure for me.
by Benz3ne
16 Sep 2021, 8:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Greetings whilst riding
Replies: 146
Views: 7873

Re: Greetings whilst riding

I give a nod to cyclists I pass, or stick a hand out for a little 'wave', regardless of their choice of cycle.
A few give a nod back, especially the 'regulars' I see, but I'd say the majority don't.
From my experience, it seems to be older persons that won't nod back, moreover if they're riding a road bike. Yes, this is a generalisation and doesn't ring true for all that fit this description, but just something I've picked up on.
by Benz3ne
24 Aug 2021, 1:34pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving performance…
Replies: 43
Views: 1474

Re: Improving performance…

Mick F wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 2:33pm
Benz3ne wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 2:03pm
Mick F wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 1:54pm 14.5miles done today! :D
First time on a bike since 28th July = 26 days ago.

I could have done 20, but probably not 30.
My 14 odd miles today meant 1,399ft of ascent so I did (as normal for round here) 96ft per mile.
Hats off to you, that's longer than my longest ride to date so I'd be very happy with that considering you're still recovering!
Thank you.
:D

Sitting down with a beer (or two) now.
I've earned it.
100% agree! ;)
by Benz3ne
23 Aug 2021, 7:47pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: Stolen: Carrera Crossfire E ladies 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Stolen: Carrera Crossfire E ladies 2020

Paulatic wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 7:26pm
Benz3ne wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 7:12pm today (23/07)
Did you mean 23/08 or is it an old post?
I did mean 23/08. My apologies, will amend now.
by Benz3ne
23 Aug 2021, 7:12pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: Stolen: Carrera Crossfire E ladies 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Stolen: Carrera Crossfire E ladies 2020

My NHS-working fiancé had her bike stolen between 1:30-4:45pm today (23/08) from outside her work, Singleton Hospital, Swansea after someone cut through her ‘coil’ type bike lock. It was parked amongst around 4 or 5 other bikes at the time.
Is a silver-coloured with a couple of blue accents, 700x40c Kenda tyres, flat bar with HESC motor and SA Suntour controller, Shimano Tourney (iirc) 7 speed gears, Beavertail SKS mudguards front and back (front has been dented across its width and re-straightened - doesn’t come as standard), as well as an Aldi bike bag attached to the frame and front and rear lights. Lights are Amazon specials but brown/dark copper coloured shell to front and rear mounted vertically to the seatpost.
Thanks all.
by Benz3ne
23 Aug 2021, 2:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving performance…
Replies: 43
Views: 1474

Re: Improving performance…

Mick F wrote: 23 Aug 2021, 1:54pm 14.5miles done today! :D
First time on a bike since 28th July = 26 days ago.

I could have done 20, but probably not 30.
My 14 odd miles today meant 1,399ft of ascent so I did (as normal for round here) 96ft per mile.
Hats off to you, that's longer than my longest ride to date so I'd be very happy with that considering you're still recovering!
by Benz3ne
23 Aug 2021, 8:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Giant Defy Advanced Pro sizing?
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Giant Defy Advanced Pro sizing?

If I was spending that sum of money on a bike, I'd be inclined to try it out myself and see how I fit on different sizes.
by Benz3ne
20 Aug 2021, 7:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Avoiding Bike Rage
Replies: 35
Views: 1394

Re: Avoiding Bike Rage

I, too, get frustrated when people are passing too close.
Typically I let them know that it’s close (audible cue) but try not to let that get the better of me.
Mostly, I’m focusing on either pushing hard or my breathing so the amount of effort I put into reprimanding bad drivers. 😁
by Benz3ne
20 Aug 2021, 8:36am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Stomer belt
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Stomer belt

It would be worthwhile checking with your surgeon, if you have the opportunity to have a follow-up appointment with them. If you outline what your goals are, they'll give you a conservative time-frame before people typically reach those goals.
Your GP may be able to assist but they may just pass you on to a specialist regarding this.
I hope the operation was successful and you make a speedy recovery.
by Benz3ne
19 Aug 2021, 8:18pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving performance…
Replies: 43
Views: 1474

Re: Improving performance…

borisface wrote: 14 Aug 2021, 9:56am The basic fundamental rule to improve performance is ride more, weigh less.
I’d rather not weigh less than 66kg at around 179cm…
Muscle gain sounds like a good option to me.

I was a little “out of sorts” after 6 days off the bike, it took longer to warm up but I felt like I had some in the tank. Slow cycles both ways for my commute (after 5hr 30 of driving yesterday…) but coming up my finishing straight (up a reasonably steep hill) I had plenty to merge into traffic and stick with it for the uphill slog. Even a month ago I would’ve struggled with that level regardless of how easy I took the rest of the cycle!
by Benz3ne
14 Aug 2021, 3:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First project bike!
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: First project bike!

Hacksaw and chisel approach is on my mind for that drive side, or to Chuck on a reasonably sized ring and see how that holds up.
Big thanks to hellhound for the 26er wheels. The front is just fine, the rear needs a bit of an overhaul but that’s all part of the fun.
Chain removed today, and with it the derailleurs.
Bars are temporary; these will end up as drop bars.
Tensioner hanger installed.
Not a huuuuge amount of effort required to have a working bike I feel!

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by Benz3ne
13 Aug 2021, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear gears and derailleurs. Will I notice a difference?
Replies: 25
Views: 1215

Re: Rear gears and derailleurs. Will I notice a difference?

As a beginner myself, I went straight into the mindset that “if I upgrade then I will be faster”.
What I’ve continued to realise is that my Claris 3x8 has its shortcomings BUT is entirely serviceable (save for the poorly front shifter…).
The shortcomings for me ebbs and flows, I get to a point where I feel like I need gears between the gears I have. I persevere and get a little fitter then I feel I don’t need them for a bit longer, that starts to stagnate again and I feel like I do…
Part of me wants a 2x10 Tiagra or similar on my bike now, but I still know that I could get by with a cheap, cheerful Claris, with its reduced replacement part’s costs and be just fine!
I believe there’s a tendency that group sets higher in the hierarchy are described as shifting better but also that the newest Tiagra are excellent.

See if you can have a go at something higher up the chain and whether you feel a difference?
by Benz3ne
13 Aug 2021, 3:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving performance…
Replies: 43
Views: 1474

Re: Improving performance…

ChrisP100 wrote: 13 Aug 2021, 11:02am I'd echo the comments on recovery.

I do a fairly similar distance to and from work Monday to Friday I have a fairly sustained but not too steep hill on the way in and a short but horribly steep grind on the way back. Mondays are always breeze both ways, but by Wednesday evening I start to feel the effects of cumulative fatigue. Friday mornings are always a struggle to get going, and by the time I get home on Friday I've had enough. This is worse if I've had some time off like this week (last 2 weeks off). My legs currently feel like lead, and I've got one more effort to do on the way home :D

On comparing my times over numerous journeys they are normally within a minute or two, although sometimes I get caught in traffic. One factor that people often miss is weather conditions. I can sometimes be one or two gears slower if I'm riding into a direct headwind.
That's ringing true for me. I'm feeling it on the odd day off towards the end of the week. Today's day off was initiated by yesterday's mad headwind, straight on, unrelenting. I described my cycle home to SWMBO as:
"As if I was cycling uphill until I reached the park, and then it was actually uphill".
Mine is usually pretty consistent but I do, every now and again, have a spurt which sees a cycle a couple of minutes faster than the usual range. I'm trying to stick to it as 'total time elapsed', so for both legs of the journey. This is around 52-53 minutes usually, but my best total is presently 47.5 minutes. Funnily, however, that was the day after my previous best total of 49 minutes...

I've almost a week off now for a camping trip away where I doubt I'll be doing any cycling... part of me is wondering whether I should get on the bike tonight or tomorrow morning (or both) for one last spurt before at least 4 days off my velo.

Cheers for the comments, Chris. Let's hope we can find ways to aid our recoveries :wink:
by Benz3ne
12 Aug 2021, 3:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SAFETY, Visibility
Replies: 172
Views: 4724

Re: SAFETY, Visibility

Psamathe wrote: 12 Aug 2021, 3:30pm
Stevek76 wrote: 12 Aug 2021, 12:28pm ....
If harm has occurred to a pedestrian or cyclist due to the fault of a motor vehicle driver then a crime has been committed......
The issue I'd see with that is so much depends on your definition of "harm". Whilst there are some clear lines (e.g. collision and cyclist with broken leg) it could be interpreted in a much broader context (e.g. cyclist not touched nor injured but now too scared to cycle to work).

Ian
If mental ailments are diagnosed and signed off by a medical professional (e.g. in the case of PTSD), as well as losses resulting from them, then a civil claim can definitely be filed.
Whether the estimated value actually exceeds any worthwhile thresholds is where the hurdles start coming in, regarding submission of civil claims.
by Benz3ne
12 Aug 2021, 11:42am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Improving performance…
Replies: 43
Views: 1474

Re: Improving performance…

foxyrider wrote: 11 Aug 2021, 7:53pm
gbnz wrote: 11 Aug 2021, 2:20pm
Benz3ne wrote: 11 Aug 2021, 12:04pm Managed a couple of segment PB's today which surprised me
Hmm....yes, it's apparent that my speed monitoring computer doesn't adequately account for tyre size variations! Thus my speed on my Giant OCR road bike benefits by always being 3.5% faster! And the journeys are 3.5% longer :lol:

I'll have to ride it more often :wink:
A potential issue with any bike mounted speed/distance recording whereas a Garmin (other GPS devices are available :lol: ) will, in theory, be more accurate regardless of tyre/wheel variances as they are independent of the bike. But of course you knew that right?
I'm doing mine through GPS, so unless the GPS signal is varying a lot on my regular cycle route, I should be okay! :wink: Thanks for the heads up!