- Your cycling confessions
Right now, I much prefer running to cycling. Which meant that last year I rode reasonable mileage but almost all of it was commuting. I reckon I did under 10 rides that weren’t commuting, and that included Ride London and Velo Birmingham.
But irrelevant of the above, I still stockpile bargain kit, mostly tyres. So if anyone needs a pair of well aged, fast road tyres then let me know, I have a selection available.Posted 2 weeks agoiancity1Member
I struggle fixing punctures. takes me 1-2 hours to do it at home, never had one out in the wild but 90% sure I wouldn’t be able to cope.
When the inevitable happens, and I can’t fix it, its time to turn to Tannus tyres (jees, alliteration much!) 🙁
Roadie btw, only here for the craic 🙂Posted 2 weeks agomarkgraylishMember
(1) When the weather is good, I’d rather ride on the road than in the forest…
(2) I got a dog primarily for trail buddy purposes as none of my human friends are reliable enough☹️
(3) <Darwin Award nominee> I occasionally ride double black North Shore trails at night and solo, apart from said doggy trail buddy. Doggy has not yet mastered calling 911 on my phone either…</Darwin Award nominee>
(4) My idea of tweaking the suspension on my bike is to drop or add in a few PSI to the tyresPosted 2 weeks agorichmtbSubscriber
I’ve never actually demo-ed a bike before I’ve bought it. Closest I ever got was riding a Heckler for a day then buying a Blur!
But I’m completely convinced that every new bike has been better than the one before it. I’m either immensely lucky with my bike choice or a good chunk of the “wow this bike is amazing” is just in my head.Posted 2 weeks agoScienceofficerMember
I have realised that it’s about the ride, not the equipment. Despite this, I mourn my lack of passion for new kit.
I suspect that at 46 I’ll never progress beyond the standard I am at now, and I am comfortable with that fact. Despite this another part of me rails at such a lazy and defeatist attitude.
I am deliberately more abrasive on the forumPosted 2 weeks ago
than my real life persona in order to elicit even the faintest glimmer of the old forum of the early/mid 2000s instead of this pale, anodyne, dissatisfying version we find ourselves with, that sadly, is still better than all the others.
I hate any form of bike maintenance. Love riding the things, but maintenance is just a chore.
I’m a (mostly reformed) serial bike swapper, almost always involving frame swaps (usually a couple a year) – but ironically I find building them up tiresome and annoying.
Benn putting off new build for a month or so already.Posted 2 weeks ago13thfloormonkMember
Have just spent the last 2 months injured building my ‘dream’ bike.
– I didn’t enjoy building it (it’s still not finished)
– It came out heavier than the spreadsheet said it would (surprise surprise…)
– I think it’s the wrong size
– I can no longer build wheels and now have a very expensive handbuilt front wheel which is somehow off-centre (rim brake front, should build up symmetrically without trying!).
– It has somehow now cost me the same as a very nice carbon Orbea Terra would have, albeit with much nicer wheels and the ‘right’ length cranks.
I guess the general ‘omni-confession’ is that I am far too fussy. I wish I could forget all my weird little preconceptions and OCD and just go back to riding whatever I have to hand and enjoying it!
I did all this just because I couldn’t live with squeaky disc brakes in wet winter conditions, but now see reviews for Swisstop pads which run quiet in all conditions!
D’OH!Posted 2 weeks ago
Ok, I admit it, I did a shit at devils dyke whilst out road biking…
Haha, that reminds me of the time I was walking Inners before a race and got caught short around the XC track where it turna into a series of jumps (big dipper?). Ended up with my back against a tree dropping my guts praying nobody was out for an evening ride. Bad enough at that point but even worse when you realise you have nothing to wipe with which necessitates a shuffle along the track to look for some handy leaves.Posted 2 weeks agoJordanSubscriber
It’s starting to get a bit Bear Grylls now but I reckon moss is actually best for bum wiping when out in the wild.
Never tried that, have you?
Ferns are brilliant though, you can get a clean finish and it actually feels quite nice.
Try nettles for that little extra excitement.Posted 1 week ago
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