Introductions - tell us about yourself

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MrCJF
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby MrCJF » 19 Aug 2020, 11:17am

I've only just discovered this page after making a few posts. I've used Bike Radar forums for years, but find it's less and less useful (especially with the UCI season decimated), and i'm a Cycling UK member.

I got into cycling with the kids when they were small, but then they lost the enthusiasm for it. I also got into cycyle commutting (3 miles) for a while. After changing jobs I stopped riding, until I was signed off sick with work related stress. Among the many bits of advice from the GP was to exercise in green spaces, which turned out to be the most helpful bit of advice I recieved. I now have a job with a choice of road and canal commutting routes.

I've done a few sportives, but with a 12 - 14 mile each way commute, that tends to use up my energy most weeks.

I have a Genesis CdF (that's it's full name - not Croix de Fer) and last year I got a Boardman ADV specifically for the commute.

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Sweep
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Joined: 20 Oct 2011, 4:57pm
Location: London

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Sweep » 19 Aug 2020, 3:59pm

welcome paul.
You'll be healthier for not being a pro cyclist, or harbouring ambitions to become a weekend one.
Sweep

parmos
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby parmos » 20 Aug 2020, 9:23am

New Member here 46 yr old (well on monday i will be) from the North East smoggy land

Cycled on and off since the mid 90s mainly Mountain biked but in recent years after years of heavy weight training and doing odd duathlons here and there, i am spending a lot more time on the saddle again already done 2500 miles this year and hoping it carries on into the winter months.

Type of riding these days is whatever takes my fancy really as i own 5 bikes (hybrid, 2 Full suspension, hardtail, and a gravel bike) only recently bought the gravel bike i replaced a PlanetX Pro-Carbon road bike with the gravel bike and absolutely fell in love with it, i can road bike on it then fly off road so versatile :D

cheers

GeekDadZoid
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Joined: 21 Aug 2020, 7:01pm
Location: Stockport

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby GeekDadZoid » 27 Aug 2020, 10:41pm

Evening All

New member to the forum and CUK. I have taken a family membership out as we really want to get the kids on the bike more.

I am 39 next week and with the return to the office on the card next month I am looking to replace my walk & train commute with commuting by bike. I have done it a few times before so no the route it reasonable and takes around the same time as the train/walk combo. Look like I will only be commuting 2/3 times a week too so should be ideal.

I currently have two bikes a Saracen Ventura 2 Hybrid, this was a bargain buy a few years ago and I really enjoy riding it, gives me the right balance of speed on the road and ability to take it off road as required, I have some old school bar ends fitted to it which give me some extra hand positions, I have a rear seat fitted for my youngest too. We haven't been on too many rides yet but he loves it so far. Got a few jobs to do to it to get it ready for more riding time, the front forks need replacing as the suspension is coming to the end of its useful life, I have managed to get NOS of the same part so got that ready to fit when I have a spare day, will replace the bearings at the same time too. I also need to get some mudguards and pannier rack fitted.

I also have a cheap Raleigh Folding bike, one of the generic Halfords ones, I picked it up for very little money as a lockdown project and its now perfectly rideable, but could do with a few more tweaks, managed to use salvaged parts from everything expect a new gear & brake cables. Its nothing fancy but ideal for throwing into the boot of the car to take away camping when we cannot take the big bike and at least I can pop to the shops etc on it.

Anyway enough waffle.

Magpies
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Joined: 1 Sep 2020, 10:12pm

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Magpies » 1 Sep 2020, 10:32pm

Hello from Cambridgeshire!
I'm a regular on CycleChat under the same user name, and am looking forward to posting on this forum.
I've been cycling for many years, both for daily commuting and for leisure. Most of my leisure cycling now is on my audax bike built by Spa. Nothing I like better than roaming the flat, open fen landscapes on this comfortable fast tourer design. Thanks Colin531!
I've learnt quite a bit lurking on this forum for a few years already, which has helped me fettle my bikes and enjoy my cycling.

Cowsham
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Cowsham » 2 Sep 2020, 1:26pm

GeekDadZoid wrote:Evening All

New member to the forum and CUK. I have taken a family membership out as we really want to get the kids on the bike more.

I am 39 next week and with the return to the office on the card next month I am looking to replace my walk & train commute with commuting by bike. I have done it a few times before so no the route it reasonable and takes around the same time as the train/walk combo. Look like I will only be commuting 2/3 times a week too so should be ideal.

I currently have two bikes a Saracen Ventura 2 Hybrid, this was a bargain buy a few years ago and I really enjoy riding it, gives me the right balance of speed on the road and ability to take it off road as required, I have some old school bar ends fitted to it which give me some extra hand positions, I have a rear seat fitted for my youngest too. We haven't been on too many rides yet but he loves it so far. Got a few jobs to do to it to get it ready for more riding time, the front forks need replacing as the suspension is coming to the end of its useful life, I have managed to get NOS of the same part so got that ready to fit when I have a spare day, will replace the bearings at the same time too. I also need to get some mudguards and pannier rack fitted.

I also have a cheap Raleigh Folding bike, one of the generic Halfords ones, I picked it up for very little money as a lockdown project and its now perfectly rideable, but could do with a few more tweaks, managed to use salvaged parts from everything expect a new gear & brake cables. Its nothing fancy but ideal for throwing into the boot of the car to take away camping when we cannot take the big bike and at least I can pop to the shops etc on it.

Anyway enough waffle.


I have one of those wee Raleigh folders -- useful thing.

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Morzedec
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Location: Cornwall/Deux-Sevres

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Morzedec » 7 Sep 2020, 3:26pm

Hello, all Newbies - welcome to the madhouse.

It would interest me (and I'm the important one in my life) to know where you all reside/live/lodge/camp/squat/inhabit, so a request that you complete this part of your personal information (together with your inside leg measurement).

I can then continue with my Government-funded research program of mapping the locations of Touring Cyclists. It don't pay much, but it's better than working for a living.

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ChrisP100
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby ChrisP100 » 25 Sep 2020, 1:45pm

Good afternoon all,

New to the forum and Cycling UK,so I just thought I'd pop in and say hi.

I've recently started cycling again after being a fairly avid road cyclist as a kid and mountain biker in my late 20's. I'm a bit older now, and I've started commuting (just as summer turns to autumn; probably not the best time). My commute is only 10km (each way) through the centre of Lincoln, but it's got a lovely hill at either end, which certainly gets my blood pumping at 0645 in the morning, plus the 100km a week is certainly helping my fitness.

I ride a Carrera Subway hybrid (v-brake version), which I do all my own maintenance on. It's not the lightest bike in the World, but it's pretty robust. I've had it for about 7 years, and used it fairly sporadically in that time. About a month ago I kitted it out with SPD's, (I use road shoes with 2-bolt SPD cleats), and I'm about to fit a set of mudguards for the winter months. It's only a 14-speed (12-32 & 32/44), so not a massive range of gears, but I just about get by. I certainly run out of cogs doing downhill at 70kph though :wink:

I do have a niggling problem with the rear mech which is causing me grief. The limit screws like to move incrementally and ever so slightly every time I drop onto the small cog, until eventually (at the most inconvenient times) the chain comes off and gets suck between cassette and dropout. I've taken to checking it weekly, but even that isn't often enough. I'm sure I can fix it with a good de-greasing and a dollop of threadlock.

I've had more than a few near misses, none of which have been any fault of mine, but I'm getting better at anticipating danger (maybe developing a sixth-sense?). But rather than be all doom and gloom about the antics of other road users, I see it as the odd one or two idiots spoiling it for everyone else. For the most part people are pretty good (although the guy in the BMW estate last week at the junction of Nettleham Road.......... :x :wink: ).

Cheers,

Chris.

Cowsham
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Cowsham » 25 Sep 2020, 4:12pm

ChrisP100 wrote:Good afternoon all,

New to the forum and Cycling UK,so I just thought I'd pop in and say hi.

I've recently started cycling again after being a fairly avid road cyclist as a kid and mountain biker in my late 20's. I'm a bit older now, and I've started commuting (just as summer turns to autumn; probably not the best time). My commute is only 10km (each way) through the centre of Lincoln, but it's got a lovely hill at either end, which certainly gets my blood pumping at 0645 in the morning, plus the 100km a week is certainly helping my fitness.

I ride a Carrera Subway hybrid (v-brake version), which I do all my own maintenance on. It's not the lightest bike in the World, but it's pretty robust. I've had it for about 7 years, and used it fairly sporadically in that time. About a month ago I kitted it out with SPD's, (I use road shoes with 2-bolt SPD cleats), and I'm about to fit a set of mudguards for the winter months. It's only a 14-speed (12-32 & 32/44), so not a massive range of gears, but I just about get by. I certainly run out of cogs doing downhill at 70kph though :wink:

I do have a niggling problem with the rear mech which is causing me grief. The limit screws like to move incrementally and ever so slightly every time I drop onto the small cog, until eventually (at the most inconvenient times) the chain comes off and gets suck between cassette and dropout. I've taken to checking it weekly, but even that isn't often enough. I'm sure I can fix it with a good de-greasing and a dollop of threadlock.

I've had more than a few near misses, none of which have been any fault of mine, but I'm getting better at anticipating danger (maybe developing a sixth-sense?). But rather than be all doom and gloom about the antics of other road users, I see it as the odd one or two idiots spoiling it for everyone else. For the most part people are pretty good (although the guy in the BMW estate last week at the junction of Nettleham Road.......... :x :wink: ).

Cheers,

Chris.


Welcome Chris.

Slothman
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Hi...

Postby Slothman » 29 Oct 2020, 5:25pm

Hi everyone, it's good to be here and I hope I can both give and take to and from this community as the time goes by. :hello:
I confess to perhaps being a little premature in as much as not having a bike yet, actually that's not strictly true as I do have a MTB. It's a 2003 (I think) Claude Butler Cape Wrath 18" frame. I don't really use it as I find it uncomfortable on my shoulders and hands for road use (which is what I plan).
Looking at it as a cup half full though, it's in superb condition!

Anyway, let me rewind a little. I am 57 (13st 5'8") and have been running for over 20 years (not without a rest obviously) but I've never really been a 'serious' runner and only ran for fitness and escaping hordes of lusty woman after my body....ok I may be exaggerating slightly about the women....or perhaps a lot....and...perhaps even to the point of it being a complete lie :? :whistle:
So, back to the point, as I get older I am finding that running is putting too much stress on my joints and specifically my hips and Achilles, not so much my knees although they do play up sometimes but mainly when my shoes are on their way out.
However, before I commit myself to the Derbyshire home for the old, wobbly, creaky and delusional I thought I'd look at maintaining my fitness (or at the moment getting it back) by way of cycling?
Now as I said my previous experience of cycling was not particularly good s I found it painful and uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, I expect different muscle groups to play up but I'm talking about serious shoulder burn/cramp and tingling/numb hands. I also felt violated by the saddle after even short rides of around 2 miles or so, at one point it was so bad I almost needed counselling.
I understand that these issues may be due, at least in part to poor set up or configuration of my riding position (although it was set up for me by the shop after the last service) but either way, I think also that a MTB is not ideal for long rides on the road.
So, I'm looking at getting a road bike, second hand and perhaps after Christmas.
I don't know much at all about this hobby/sport so after Googling I think that perhaps an 'endurance' or 'sportive' road bike may suit me as they are apparently configured more for comfort and long distance, mainly by flex in the frame and frame shape angles etc. The downside is that they do seem awfully expensive so unless there are (much) cheaper options or great used deals I may have to re-think.
I'm not after breaking any records or even joining a club, certainly not at this point but I do want to cover some distance in relative comfort.
I am a bloke though so like all us blokes I like my toys and want something that looks decent and isn't too bottom of the range.
So there you are, I'm hoping to annoy you all with stupid questions but don't despair, I fully expect a few stupid answers so we're going to get along just fine :wink:

Cowsham
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Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Postby Cowsham » 30 Oct 2020, 1:20pm

Claude Butler Cape Wrath --- doesn't look too bad a bike -- I'd put touring tyres on it, get your weight distribution on it right ( ie not too upright it'll hurt if too much weight on your bum )then find the saddle that suits you best at that angle. You'll be surprised how comfy that owl thing could be. Weight doesn't matter too much unless your a young thoroughbred lean racing machine. Some road bikes are bone shakers and that's not good at our age.