Silly commuting racing

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Kieran_Burns » Wed Jan 30, 2013 14:27 pm

phy2sll2 wrote:
Blonde Cyclist wrote:88.2 to 77.8 (doesn't everyone keep their gearing charts to hand?), even bigger than you thought! 88.2 on the road, with hills?! Kudos! That's bigger than my track gearing at the moment (although I'm going to take it up to 90+ as I felt a little undergeared at Newport this weekend!)...



Muchas Gracias for the clarification there!

Built the bike with the track in mind. Thought I remembered 48x15 being a little light at Herne Hill last year, so went for 49x15. Never really intended to ride it on the road but I'm off to Newport on Friday and just fancied reminding my legs what FG felt like.

Answer, of course, is: painful. Especially into a headwind like Monday's.


so... the only difference between a single speed and a geared bike is that you carry the gears in your rucksack on a single speed?
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Blonde Cyclist » Wed Jan 30, 2013 14:30 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:so... the only difference between a single speed and a geared bike is that you carry the gears in your rucksack on a single speed?


And need a lot more tools to change them...
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby dhope » Wed Jan 30, 2013 14:37 pm

Blonde Cyclist wrote:
Kieran_Burns wrote:so... the only difference between a single speed and a geared bike is that you carry the gears in your rucksack on a single speed?


And need a lot more tools to change them...

Pfft, rotafix method, you only need the chain to loosen the cog.

And something to remove the lockring if you're being cautious (/sensible). Maybe some spare links and a chain tool.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby iPete » Wed Jan 30, 2013 14:47 pm

Double pfft, get a hub with 2x fixed cogs.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Blonde Cyclist » Wed Jan 30, 2013 14:54 pm

Track bike does not have quick release wheels so that's a wrench for starters. Lockring tool, sprocket tool, allen keys if I want to change the chain ring... I think I know why I commute on my geared bikes!
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby iPete » Wed Jan 30, 2013 15:00 pm

eh? all I carry is one of these!

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My new wheelset uses an allen key on the hubs, annoying because I like my tarty wrench! If you have two fixed cogs attached all you need is said wrench... all 75g of it!

I wish I could commute on a Planet X beasty :D

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby phy2sll2 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 15:12 pm

dhope wrote:Pfft, rotafix method, you only need the chain to loosen the cog.


Yes, I'd like to keep the paint on my bottom bracket shell, not on the chain.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby MarkAshton » Wed Jan 30, 2013 15:22 pm

Wrath Rob wrote:Just seen tomorrow's forecast. The wind is getting stronger. Then on Thursday its getting wetter. And then on Friday its going to get colder.

I love winter.


Forecast says its about the same as last night. To be fair, last night wasn't that bad. It was a good solid headwind which is much better than a crosswind. Monday was worse with the rain and more unpredictable gusts.

The invisible wind wall on millbank will most likely be back tonight though.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby njee20 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 15:35 pm

Speak for yourself, slog of all slogs with the headwind! Less dangerous than a cross I guess, but more depressing.

Puncture in Tooting High Street too, not the night for it!

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby TGOTB » Wed Jan 30, 2013 16:48 pm

njee20 wrote:Speak for yourself, slog of all slogs with the headwind! Less dangerous than a cross I guess, but more depressing.

Agreed. Last night I was doing 11mph across Richmond Park at threshold (~300W for the power geeks)
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby stuj15 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 17:13 pm

28 mph Westerly. Good luck all those heading into it.


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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Ian.B » Wed Jan 30, 2013 18:44 pm

On the train with a large box, which arrived today from the US after 15 days in transit :D

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby MarkAshton » Wed Jan 30, 2013 20:08 pm

The wind wasn't that bad tonight was it?. Few gusts which made things interesting.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby notsoblue » Wed Jan 30, 2013 20:16 pm

I don't like this wind.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby ManiaMuse » Wed Jan 30, 2013 20:16 pm

Headwind wasn't so bad, just got my head down on the drops and put some effort in.

Gusty crosswinds on the other hand, nearly got caught out 2 or 3 times where I was really drifting across the road (I'm pretty lightweight so doesn't take much). Was really fighting the bike a couple of times which wanted to go flying, could have done with a brick in my bag. I was worried I might be blown into the path of another car especially as it isn't always obvious to motorists how windy it is.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby MrSweary » Wed Jan 30, 2013 20:48 pm

What a delightful ride home. 30mph average if you take into account the 20mph headwind! 8)
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby coriordan » Wed Jan 30, 2013 21:16 pm

Evening NSB. Lungs were a bit sore after getting in after that mahoosive 1 mile ride home (it was headwindy, and the red chinos aren't very aero, not as good as the green ones though)

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby lotuseater » Wed Jan 30, 2013 23:20 pm

Monday's wind was worse due to the rain reducing grip in the cross wind gusts. I moved 2 metres into the middle of the road on a couple of occasions.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Jan 31, 2013 07:19 am

coriordan wrote:Evening NSB. Lungs were a bit sore after getting in after that mahoosive 1 mile ride home (it was headwindy, and the red chinos aren't very aero, not as good as the green ones though)


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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby rubertoe » Thu Jan 31, 2013 08:19 am

No legs for me today, combined with a late night and early start, got well and truly dropped by the only guy I did see, but I blame the fact that he wouldnt echelon in the cross winds.

Also, the left crank didnt feel right, so I stopped mid commute for a fettle and the crank came fell off!
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