- 60 mile road ride set up – advice?
I’d run the tyres slightly softer than 100 psi, 90 will give a comfier ride and not slow you down any. Make sure the saddle is at the right height, as far up as it can go without your hips rocking when you pedal should do the trick. And you might need to fettle with the bars rotation so that the hoods are in a comfy position. You should be able to brake from them and spend most of your time riding on them, so make sure they’re not too far down or too far up for you. Thats probably about it.Posted 6 years agosamuriMember
Make it as comfy as you can, it’s a long time to be in the saddle. Rotate the bars up a bit if that helps. Your leg should be almost extended with the pedal at the bottom on a road bike so adjust the seat height accordingly.
I’d get some rides in on the bike as soon as you can.
I presume you’re doing the Manchester to Blackpool ride. See you there if you are.Posted 6 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
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I presume you’re doing the Manchester to Blackpool ride. See you there if you are.
Given the numbers who do it you’ll be lucky 😉
Last years run into Blackpool was great with the tail wind, but the 12 miles towards Lytham St Anne’s against the wind was a bit brutal for some, I passed a fair few sat at the side of the road almost crying 😮Posted 6 years ago
I’m joining a mate for a 60 mile ride in a couple of weeks and borrowing someone’s road bike for this outing. It’ll be the first time I’ve been on a road bike since being a nipper. Anyhing obvious I need to take into account. I’ve got the lent bike for a week beforehand to adjsut and try out etc…Posted 6 years agoHerman ShakeMember
Good padded shorts! And if you want to be extra comfy get your hands (well, ass) on some Assos chamois cream. Makes the world of difference. I did 66 miles on Friday and started getting pretty uncomfortable after about 50.
Got some cream for my next training ride for which I was still sore and it completely soothed and prevented it happening again.Posted 6 years agosamuriMembernjee20Subscriber
depends how big you are. 85 psi rear/75psi front here.
Are you 3 stone? I’d not even consider going that low personally, on occasions I’ve not pumped my tyres up I find the front feels vague and it all gets a bit sluggish. I tend to stick to 100, up it slightly for racing/TTs. My 23c Fusions have a recommended pressure of 115psi.Posted 6 years agoStuey01Member
Have been out on the bike for a bit of a test ride. First time I’ve been on a road bike for decades… Everything feels fine but my hands ache like mad and I feel like I’m gonna pitch forward over the bars. Is this normal ?!
To be expected if you haven’t been on one in years. Give it a couple more rides before you knee-jerk change anything. If it is still bothering you then look at the saddle to bar drop and consider flipping the stem to get a more relaxed position.Posted 6 years agotraildogMember
My top tip is don’t slam on the brakes and don’t swerve. As a mountain biker, group riding skills are not really something you think about. Be extra careful at the Manchester Blackpool because it can be carnage. I know a lot of people who refuse to ride it due to crashes and added car dangers.
Another tip is don’t use a backpack.. 🙂Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
100psi minimum in 23c’s IMO.
At 80psi I can feel the tyres folding over in corners.
100psi front, 110psi rear, came back form yesterdays ride (45miles, 1000m climbing, 3hours).
As for feeling good afterwards, 1scoop whey protein, 1 tsp BCAA’s, 2g creatine, 1g electrolyte salts, or off the shelf ‘recovery’ products are available, even after a deliberatly hard (for me) session I was up and about doing stuff all day afterwards and only have the slightest ache this morning.Posted 6 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Have been out on the bike for a bit of a test ride. First time I’ve been on a road bike for decades… Everything feels fine but my hands ache like mad and I feel like I’m gonna pitch forward over the bars. Is this normal
No, it’s not – but other people’s road bikes are always terribly set up for you.
Road bike set up is critical – there’s no senisble norm like MTBs. Your bars may have been too low. But if it’s not yours beware of messing about with it too much!
Took me 18 months of slightly tweaking my bike to get it right.Posted 6 years agoloweySubscriber
As for feeling good afterwards, 1scoop whey protein, 1 tsp BCAA’s, 2g creatine, 1g electrolyte salts, or off the shelf ‘recovery’ products are available, even after a deliberatly hard (for me) session I was up and about doing stuff all day afterwards and only have the slightest ache this morning.
Hmmmm… our afternoon and evening beer session may not be wholy appropriate then ?
See you all there to those who are doing it.
Should I pack Sudocrem ?Posted 6 years ago
We are also able to run at much lower pressures (86-100 psi), which lets the wheel roll directly over variations in the road, instead of bouncing off of them (like when you have rock-hard 120 psi tires…) The end result is faster, and you can feel it immediately when you ride the system.
Ok, so the guy is talking about tubeless, but the theory holds true for normal tyres too.Posted 6 years ago
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