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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Koncordski » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:01 am

Wrath Rob wrote:
Koncordski wrote:God it was wet and blustery last night, screaming through richmond park in the dark wind and rain is awesome fun, forgotten how much i enjoy the wet when you've got fitted guards on. 8)

Love mudguards, starting to hate the Gatorskins more as their lack of grip in the wet is becoming an issue again. Maybe time for some 4 Seasons or 4000s?


Yep, changed to the 4 seasons from gators, never changed them back. 8)
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby coriordan » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:15 am

4000s are cheap from bikediscount.de. 22 each or something. I'll be lucky if mine last the winter.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Headhuunter » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:17 am

willy b wrote:Fair enough, You may indeed need a 64cm then. Strange that they only got upto a 58cm, unless it's slightly more compact geometry?


I'm 6'3 and I've got a 58cm Ribble non audax 7005 race bike. The geometry is more old fashioned so not sloping so smaller sizes are OK. My "weekend bike" has a more sloping geometry and I needed a 61cm. At 6'6 you might be pushed but you might get away with a 58cm with a long seatpost and stem...
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby whitebait01 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:18 am

Had a bit of a funny one this morning, went via A503/A1 which was nice, a guy on a red specialized in Castelli shorts kept me honest and it was nice to have a chat at lights etc. Anyone on here?

It was really greasy out though and had a few hairy moments, almost donked the back of a stopped bus when a van overtaking it slammed his brakes on leaving me nowhere to go (and had another cyclist almost go into the back of me). Spent some time sideways when a ped stepped out into the road with no warning in Angel and had both wheels slip sideways on a wet drain cover coming up to traffic lights almost making me wobble into a stationary motorbike. Dunno what's wrong with me, but I'll be taking it easy on the way home...
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby pangolin » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:33 am

whitebait01 wrote:It was really greasy out though and had a few hairy moments, almost donked the back of a stopped bus when a van overtaking it slammed his brakes on leaving me nowhere to go (and had another cyclist almost go into the back of me). Spent some time sideways when a ped stepped out into the road with no warning in Angel and had both wheels slip sideways on a wet drain cover coming up to traffic lights almost making me wobble into a stationary motorbike. Dunno what's wrong with me, but I'll be taking it easy on the way home...


Yeah I had at least 3 dodgy moments on the way in, once properly locked up the rear wheel. Told myself off and tried to cycle more carefully, maybe it is just the roads though.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby tetm » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:34 am

tetm wrote:Anybody on here riding a white Spesh and wearing a Sky jersey between Millbank and Queen Street?


No? Good. Because you ride like a prick, and you're slow to boot.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby pitchshifter » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 am

coriordan wrote:4000s are cheap from bikediscount.de. 22 each or something. I'll be lucky if mine last the winter.



I have had mine since 2010 :shock: 2 p*nctures maybe 3? Over 3000 miles and I have only just switched the rear and the front around. Don't cut up anything like my Gatorskins did either.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby whitebait01 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:14 am

Headhuunter wrote:
willy b wrote:Fair enough, You may indeed need a 64cm then. Strange that they only got upto a 58cm, unless it's slightly more compact geometry?


I'm 6'3 and I've got a 58cm Ribble non audax 7005 race bike. The geometry is more old fashioned so not sloping so smaller sizes are OK. My "weekend bike" has a more sloping geometry and I needed a 61cm. At 6'6 you might be pushed but you might get away with a 58cm with a long seatpost and stem...


Prior to the Ribble I had a 60cm Ridgeback Horizon which I felt rather cramped on. I've got a 130mm stem on the Ribble (could probably do with 120mm but getting on fine with it so haven't swapped it out yet). And I think I've got over 6" of seatpost showing on the Ribble... It's not a super long toptube on it though, 595mm I think?
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby itboffin » Wed Oct 03, 2012 17:51 pm

Witnessed an interesting coming together of a fakenger and stealth mtb/commuter this morning, they seemed to bounce off each other quite some distance then stand up and do the very British polite apology thing.

Didn't look like a soft landing either
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby pangolin » Thu Oct 04, 2012 07:58 am

Hi my name is Pangolin and I have been beaten by Movember shorts guy.

That is all.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby willy b » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:14 am

pangolin wrote:Hi my name is Pangolin and I have been beaten by Movember shorts guy.

That is all.


He is quite quick though isn't he?

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby London-Red » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:18 am

Had a quick chat with a tall guy on a Spesh (I think) who I shared the commute with from RP to Embankment. Anyone on here. I spotted the opportunity for a good tow past Pyschic Gardens, and think I lost who ever it was.

Seemed pretty quick, though.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Wrath Rob » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:18 am

willy b wrote:
pangolin wrote:Hi my name is Pangolin and I have been beaten by Movember shorts guy.

That is all.


He is quite quick though isn't he?

He is. And persistent. But that just means you need to MTFU and try harder.

35 miles on the way home last night so engaged Pootle Mode this morning.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby DonDaddyD » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:35 am

I met Grégory Baugé - yep, black guy on a Specialized with carbony bits for seat stays. He latched onto me down Dover House Road heading onto Upper Richmond Road and onwards towards Kew Bridge.

I didn't want to give it the belly like, so I held a 25mph descent down Dover House and then a bout of filtering and going up the inside of a bus stopped at the lights meant he got ahead of me on Upper Richmond Road. Traffic was too dense for out of the saddle warfare and this was a brother, there aren't too many of us so I didn't want to take his scalp. I should have done, it took me most of Upper Richmond Road - until the Sheen Lane lights - to catch him and I had to hold 25mph to do it. Caught him and held the wheel, he didn't want to make eye contact with me at the lights and he was skin breathing.

He went left, I went straight and onto Clifford Avenue - Sth Circular, I think - where I was greeted with the rare benefit of several other cyclists on road bikes.

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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby rjsterry » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:43 am

DonDaddyD wrote:I met Grégory Baugé - yep, black guy on a Specialized with carbony bits for seat stays. He latched onto me down Dover House Road heading onto Upper Richmond Road and onwards towards Kew Bridge.

I didn't want to give it the belly like, so I held a 25mph descent down Dover House and then a bout of filtering and going up the inside of a bus stopped at the lights meant he got ahead of me on Upper Richmond Road. Traffic was too dense for out of the saddle warfare and this was a brother, there aren't too many of us so I didn't want to take his scalp. I should have done, it took me most of Upper Richmond Road - until the Sheen Lane lights - to catch him and I had to hold 25mph to do it. Caught him and held the wheel, he didn't want to make eye contact with me at the lights and he was skin breathing.

He went left, I went straight and onto Clifford Avenue - Sth Circular, I think - where I was greeted with the rare benefit of several other cyclists on road bikes.

Nice.


25 down Dover House Road? With all those speed humps, mini roundabouts and parked cars? Maybe it's changed since I lived round the corner, but that sounds a bit dicey. Kew Bridge, you say; is this the new job?

EDIT: Have you considered a CX-style descent of Putney Park Lane?
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby DonDaddyD » Thu Oct 04, 2012 09:12 am

25 down Dover House Road? With all those speed humps, mini roundabouts and parked cars? Maybe it's changed since I lived round the corner, but that sounds a bit dicey. Kew Bridge, you say; is this the new job?

EDIT: Have you considered a CX-style descent of Putney Park Lane?


The speed bumps are those small ones that don't run the width of the road.

Set your bike to the right of the lane and ride through the gap between the speed hump and islands.

As for the roundabouts, if you can't see a car approaching with enough time to stop then you really ought to question whether you should be riding on the road.

As for CX, wash your mouth out
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Kieran_Burns » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:07 am

DonDaddyD wrote:
25 down Dover House Road? With all those speed humps, mini roundabouts and parked cars? Maybe it's changed since I lived round the corner, but that sounds a bit dicey. Kew Bridge, you say; is this the new job?

EDIT: Have you considered a CX-style descent of Putney Park Lane?


The speed bumps are those small ones that don't run the width of the road.

Set your bike to the right of the lane and ride through the gap between the speed hump and islands.

As for the roundabouts, if you can't see a car approaching with enough time to stop then you really ought to question whether you should be riding on the road.

As for CX, wash your mouth out



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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Koncordski » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:08 am

Nice bimble in this morning on the single speed. The deer photographers were out in force in the park this morning, to be fair it was very picturesque with the sun streaming through the mist and all the Stags going mental at each other.

Only opposition worthy of a mention was the guy riding a black Pearson with DHB shorts who had nice pace along embankment but wasn't too difficult to overhaul and the gorgeous matt black Planet-X with red on the inside of the rear triangle (whatever that bit is called).

Stopped on narrow street when i spotted a mate of mine crossing the road, beautiful sunny day perfect for riding. 8)
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby rjsterry » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:36 am

DonDaddyD wrote:
25 down Dover House Road? With all those speed humps, mini roundabouts and parked cars? Maybe it's changed since I lived round the corner, but that sounds a bit dicey. Kew Bridge, you say; is this the new job?

EDIT: Have you considered a CX-style descent of Putney Park Lane?


The speed bumps are those small ones that don't run the width of the road.

Set your bike to the right of the lane and ride through the gap between the speed hump and islands.

As for the roundabouts, if you can't see a car approaching with enough time to stop then you really ought to question whether you should be riding on the road.

As for CX, wash your mouth out


From memory, the road was usually stacked out with parked cars down both sides, so views at the junctions were pretty restricted but maybe it's clearer in the rush hour. As you might guess, I'm pretty cautious around parked cars right now. Putney Park Lane is perfectly ridable in a normal road bike with a bit of skill.
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Re: Silly commuting racing

Postby Wrath Rob » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:19 pm

Evening Pangolin. Nice to put a face to a name, even if it roused me out of pootle mode to do it.
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