- Really dead good things I have learned this year about cycling
Some of the top ones from me, what’s on your list? Just felt the need to share (it’s Burns night, I’ve had a few drams…)
1) All cycling is good, extending the commute is awesome, buying a cross bike to take in some cheeky fun bits is my best move yet!
2) Ardent tires horrifically bad in mud, Beavers awesome but as puncture resistant as wet tissue paper don’t even look at a bramble bush…
3) Mudguards on a commuter (not the cross bike, but the roadrat), whilst looking HORRIFIC, are really amazing. Sorry, idiot realisation after 5 years of horrendous wet/cold/muddy feet/legs/arse
4) Softshells are the most ridiculously practical cycle wear (and for skiing!) for winter cold and wetness. 3 different thicknesses for different weather. Boosh. no more soaked through sweaty cold clammy wetness that even the best goretex gives (esp as I am a hot fatty)
5) having new biking expereinces, rather than more bikes/bike bits (except for a new corss bike of course… ahem…) is the nuts.
6) Just get out and ride. all encompassing work, family and (stupid me) scout leadership has meant joining group rides very dificult. This kept me off the bike as I felt I needed to be out with the Badgers (my local riding group). x-mas break saw me just getting out and riding and totally loving all mountain proper rides even on my own. A very deeply rewarding experience.
7) despite what said above, a new bike always rocks. cross bikes are a hoot! 😆
Any startling realisations from you lot?
Right, where’s the Bruichladdich…
KevPosted 5 years agocfinnimoreMember
Hans Dampf. Answers all my own “what tyre” questions.
I really do actually only need one gear.
“Flow” is a real thing that can happen.
Surly Singelators are indestructible.
Steel dropouts will eventually bend.
I am the only member of the piss-pot & goggle club.
Edit: One persons prestige Ryan Leech Trials bike is anothers perfect Gift-for-Girlfriend!Posted 5 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
mr. Blobby, I had the itch for about a year, saved a bit of cash, scratched the itch, love it! Not taking oer from mountain biking, but my roadrat is a bit unloved as cheeky trail commutes on the CX are an every day thing now. Awesome!
Great stuff from you lot. cynic-al, I should add that your carbon madness and Dr. Ps cooking are some of ten sets threads on here! 😆
Amdybanks – yup, agreed. Tis nice to work some other bits too. 8)
Brake-neck – yup, 2013 is proving me to be something of a learning (well, technically it was dec 26th, but you get the drift). 🙂
KevPosted 5 years agowolfensteinMember
1) buying 1 year carpass in cannock saves me a lot of money
2) cannock is full of orange bikes … And i want one 🙄
3) 1st hour in the morning of the weekend is not a good idea to ride.. Let other riders ride first to clear out the slime that builds up over the week on rocks and boardwalks 😛Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Learnt last year…
Cycle touring in France is way nicer than the uk, free drinks, perfect Tarmac, great food and no one tries to run you over.
Hi viz clothing on the road means you get treated better.
When racing on a fat bike you can trick folk on normal bikes into fat only lines, leaving them stuck in deep mud, or sliding out in the corners.
The surly krampus, rigid 29x 3.0 tyred bike is really fast and nimble… Showing that you could spend loads on pivots, rebound, remote reservoirs etc to get a smooth ride, or you can just use really big tyres to achieve the same thing. Refreshingly simple.Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
Agreed with OP #5 and Al, new riding experiences fuel the fire.
Add to that from the last year
As good for the soul or wonderfully selfish as solo rides are, riding with good friends can’t be beaten.Posted 5 years ago
A good bike is easily justified but good doesn’t mean expensive or ‘pimped out’.
Having a high aim for the year helps all of your riding.
and learned from here – anodised kit really is the ultimate taste-test )Capt. KronosSubscriber
Even riding the same, rather dull, loop (North Face Trail) repeatably is better than not getting out (especially when riding solo in crappy conditions.
I am hoping the hours put in there will pay dividends as the weather improves and I start getting out onto more interesting routes! After all, still gets you fitter and there are plenty of tricksy bits to build the bike handling up.
May go again tomorrow.
And Whinlatter on Monday is looking a possibility too!Posted 5 years ago
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