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  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 9 hours ago

    Yeah not a good day for me @shedbrewed. Can’t really work out why, legs had been feeling good all week and in practice I was feeling fresh and liked the course, could ride most of the woods, but it didn’t come together for the race. Think I sat up a bit after finding myself in no mans land a couple of laps in. A self releasing boa dial didn’t…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic 2019 General Election in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    Anyone using this as an excuse to not vote labour is an idiot,

    Bit rich coming from someone who has consistently railed against brexiteers being labelled stupid 😉

    I think two things get conflated with the dislike of Corbyn
    1) A perception that he isn’t a ‘good’ leader
    2) A perception that his policies are too hard left – which may be…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic 2019 General Election in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    @kelvin – agreed, I’m keeping on trying. The message in these cases has to be ‘you’re not voting for Corbyn (zero chance of a majority), you’re voting against boris’

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    Definitely taking a spare bike, currently trying to line up some pit help and access to a jet-washer! Can you remember if there are taps there.. I think there is?

  • ferrals replied to the topic 2019 General Election in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    THe big issue is, as said above, people no longer care if things are out-right lies if it meet their world view. It’s therefore hard to run a reasonable campaign and get your point across; which is why the tories seem to be doing well by repeating their three-word bullshit mantra.

    Also, I’m not sure how many people are even listenting to the…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic Vittoria Terreno XC in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    I use the terreno dries for cx (same tread but 31c); they are far more capable offroad that they look, happily dealing with very wet grass, slight mud and my local mtb trail centre. They come up very square on my rim. Feel good and fast on tarmac. I can’t comment on durability.

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    So regional champs weekend. Who’s racing where? Any goals? Even though I’ll never be anywhere near the podium the champs always seem to have a bit more significance than a league race.. I guess its double BC points if nothing else!

    The Welsh champs are at Gilwern, I’ve only raced there once in a small local race, but really enjoyed the mix of…[Read more]

  • I’ve often thought about it, but I’ve always assumed you need a power meter to be able to follow coached training plans properly.
    If you havent done so already I’d be tempted to try and self coach uing one of th BC plans or Zwift/Trainerroad. Trainerroad now have a ‘train outside option whihc gives you suggested RPEs if you dont have a power meter…[Read more]

  • The ‘tearing velcro’ sound of tyres scrabbling for grip on grassy off-camber corners

    The starting whistle and the sound of 25 spd’s clicking into place

  • Ah thanks… not quite the right shape but will probably do the trick!

  • Does anyone know if you can buy the t-nuts that toestuds screw into for shimano shoes anywhere? My go-to for spare parts is sjs cycles but no luck. Googling fails me too.

    One option I have found some specialized ones so may gamble on them fitting, but would be good if anyone knows if they do fit.

    Cheers.

  • What are peoples favourite taper week workouts? I’m not followin the CX plan really but its thursday taper is San Joaquin -5, which I don’t really fancy. I’m thinking I’ll either do Scott peak -1 or maybe Dorr, but looking for other options.

    This mornign I did Silverthrone which was a nice one to do with legs still tired from Sunday’s race.…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 5 days ago

    Cheers @shedbrewed

    @Garry_Lager – I find it jsut depends on how the race strings out, its that point when you realise the guys in front have too big a gap and there’s no-one directly behind you that I find the pain really sets in! If i’m in a bunch then concentration/fear of loosing places means the pain doesnt seem so bad. Sundays HR trace was…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Good day out in Bristol- seemed like half the Welsh league had the same idea. I see what hoopyfrood meant about draggy – even had to pedal on the downs. The wooded stuff was great fun. Not too muddy, but bad enough that my mech stopped shifting with 1/4 a lap to go. luckily it didn’t snap. Good result for me in the top 10.
    Looking forward to the…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic Afan on a hardtail… in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Kryton, I would take your race bike and as suggested zip tie an old inner tube to the downrube if you are worried. I used to train a lot at Afan with an alloy Scott scale so no issues using a hard tail, but as you know it is recommended to train on your race bike or on a bike set up with the same geo.

    Regarding training loops. I recommend doing…[Read more]

  • Interested in this.. my sealskins (a few years onld now) work well but are a bit too thick so I find they don’t work great for running.. although admittedly this is running in bike shoes. Because of this I tend just to wear normal socks for cx races, but I’d rather have thin waterproof socks for wet muddy days if I could.

  • ferrals replied to the topic Vittoria terreno in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    The mix seem a bit more aggressive (higher knobs) than other intermediate tyres I’ve had.

    Big fan of the wets as cx race mud tyres.

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    @Garry_Lager – i don’t really have issue with the 80% rule, it meant I went harder than I normally would and pushed everywhere I could. Good to be forced to approach a race differently and to be honest it was a relief to be pulled after 20 minutes in the red 🤣. Standard was amazing, different level completely. Well worth doing.

    @hoopyfrood -…[Read more]

  • ferrals replied to the topic Power meters for MTB in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    I’m also interested in the avio ones… though for cx use not mtb.

  • ferrals replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Three things I would do.
    1) practise skills – it’s more fun than getting fitter and will have a bigger impact on enjoyment IMO (and probably placement).
    2) Depending on the venue by the end of Jan you can expect some running so do some short runs so its not a total shock if you dont already run occaisionally.
    3) Do some standing start sprints.

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