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For Sale - Pinnacle hybrid bike
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Hi all,I have for sale my Pinnacle Meanstreak 1.0 hybrid bike, medium size (5'6" - 5'10"). It is in good condition, as can be seen from the pictures, and is currently fitted with Kenda Kwick Roller…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Bick Oct 3, 2014.

Touring with 28 spoke wheels
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Hi all,Just looking for an opinion. I am hoping to go touring again soon an I am considering using some 28 spoke wheels. The reason being that they have much better hubs, they freewheel noticeably…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darren Cash Jul 29, 2014.

Japanese Bike Parking

Just saw this on BBC Click, looks pretty smart to me.Short version;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOokxGbyufMLonger version (in にほんご);…Continue

Started Nov 16, 2013

Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
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Just saw this and thought it might be of interest to some:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John K Nov 28, 2013.

 

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ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013
"I looked at that one but decided on the vector more for ease of use, seen some interesting data esp on climbs"
Monday
Lucas commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013
"Hi Ian, I use a Powertap from Cycleops. The principle is the same though, the cadence is detected from the natural torque spikes caused by the application of force to the pedals. I used to have a speed and cadence to this bike but I removed it once…"
Feb 22
ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013
"if you have cadence stars for the PM do you use a garmin vector then ?"
Feb 22
Lucas replied to Andrew George's discussion Helmet cameras
"Thanks for the heads up! Ordered, delivered, just need some less we weather to try it out. I'll post something up when I have so that you can all see what you think. Cheers, Lucas "
Feb 22
Lucas posted a blog post

Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013

Training week 3 complete, it’s been productive again. Still undecided about competing in Triathlons this year, I’ve been training for them just in case I decide to do some. In any case, the training only helps to build general fitness which certainly isn’t a bad thing for racing on the bike. Lying DownI had a target of swimming 8 km this month, this week I surpassed it. In 6 sessions I’ve covered 10 km in the pool, slowly increasing my speed with the intention of perhaps becoming quick enough…See More
Feb 22
Lucas replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Mad March Hare
"If he is already fit he will be able to do it with pacing. It would be useful for him to get a bike soonest though, I suppose he wouldn't be overly excited to find his teething problems 25km into a 114km ride. As for the bike, I have a Triban…"
Feb 22
ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 2 - The legs work!
"they are if you don't get the rubbish premium Garmin one !! (got the previous version) FTP is only a marker, I use trainer road indoors and outside the garmin vector.  It is because I am lazy to swap it between bikes !! However what…"
Feb 20
Lucas commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 2 - The legs work!
"That's a good resting HR. I use the HR monitor for all of my running and cycling. I think that the combination of the HRM, power meter and cadence sensor works really well. Some people believe that it's all about measuring the power since…"
Feb 20
ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Training Week 2 - The legs work!
"very good and whilst technical it shows how modern tech helps measure and monitor progress. Without it I would be lost and my main concentration for hat I want to do is HR. Got my restingHR down to 54, targeting 46 for June. Once I get that I really…"
Feb 18
Lucas replied to Andrew George's discussion Helmet cameras
"I think it depends on your budget and what you want from it. I have been considering the Garmin Virb Elite since it has ANT+ and therefore displays heart rate, cadence, speed, altitude, power, heading, route map and even g-force amongst other…"
Feb 16
Lucas posted a blog post

Training Week 2 - The legs work!

Second week of training, there is progress. Thanks to improvements in the weather I have been able to stay dry when out on the bike, I wouldn’t have missed out on the training if it was raining but it is nice to at least be dry. I have been doing a mixture of rides, incorporating some hills (although nothing major since we don’t have massive climbs in Birmingham) and a 10 mile TT training effort. The highlight of the week for me though was a training session at the Wolverhampton outdoor…See More
Feb 15
ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Back on the Bike - Training week 1
"same as my plans Ian, target of 13 stone by the Alps another 1.5 stone to go ha ha "
Feb 14
Ian Ingram commented on Lucas's blog post Back on the Bike - Training week 1
"I don't want to hijack Lucas's excellent thread any further so I'll message you with my thoughts. Lucas - I also saw a dip in power with weight loss but the key was Watts per Kg and Aero profile. By losing weight my W/Kg still went up…"
Feb 14
ian robathan commented on Lucas's blog post Back on the Bike - Training week 1
"ha ha you guys do not look too bad at all after the climb ? you seen the Col Collective vids, they are an inspiration for me.  Just tell me how it felt in your terms ?"
Feb 14
Ian Ingram commented on Lucas's blog post Back on the Bike - Training week 1
"Here's one to get you started Ian"
Feb 14
Ian Ingram commented on Lucas's blog post Back on the Bike - Training week 1
Feb 14

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West Midlands

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Training Week 3 – Rolling back to 2013

Training week 3 complete, it’s been productive again. Still undecided about competing in Triathlons this year, I’ve been training for them just in case I decide to do some. In any case, the training only helps to build general fitness which certainly isn’t a bad thing for racing on the bike.

 

Lying Down

I had a target of swimming 8 km this month, this week I surpassed it. In 6 sessions I’ve covered 10 km in the pool, slowly increasing my speed with the…

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Posted on February 22, 2015 at 20:49 — 3 Comments

Training Week 2 - The legs work!

Second week of training, there is progress.

 

Thanks to improvements in the weather I have been able to stay dry when out on the bike, I wouldn’t have missed out on the training if it was raining but it is nice to at least be dry. I have been doing a mixture of rides, incorporating some hills (although nothing major since we don’t have massive climbs in Birmingham) and a 10 mile TT training effort. The highlight of the week for me though was a training session at the…

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Posted on February 15, 2015 at 22:36 — 3 Comments

Back on the Bike - Training week 1

First week back on the bike, it’s been great.

I knew that I missed my bikes, I just didn’t realise how much. I have set up the training bike, it’s a B-Twin Triban 5 from Decathlon. I used it for a bit of touring in Wales in 2013 and I’ve been nothing but impressed with it. It’s a comfortable ride and it’s versatile, in my opinion it’s good value for money. It’s not the lightest bike, the most rigid or responsive but I wouldn’t expect it to be either. It costs less than £500…

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Posted on February 8, 2015 at 12:08 — 8 Comments

Almost Back in the Saddle

Finally, having pretty much finished the decade of studying, it looks like I’m going to be able to get back to real life. Last year was tough, having to sacrifice any hopes of racing, triathlons or even sportives, to focus on getting the work done. This year I intend to change all that.

 

I’ve been in southern France for the last 4 months, and whilst to many that would seem like the ideal training ground, I’ve actually been writing my thesis. I have access to a bike here, for…

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Posted on January 25, 2015 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

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ian robathan replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Mad March Hare
"I could not enrol on this but on Sunday will be doing  reliability ride but seen the weather…"
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West Midlands: Sharp increase in bike theft at railway stations (Feb 2015)

This piece first broadcast on 25 Feb 2015. Televised on UK's regional television BBC One - West Midlands. Programme (Program) - Midlands Today.
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David replied to David's discussion Old kryptonite tube key D-lock
"Haven't tried, not really bothered. Am thinking of it as a secondary lock for things like…"
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LS replied to David's discussion Old kryptonite tube key D-lock
"Can you open it with a pen? If so it's probably best not to use if for locking a bike away…"
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Old kryptonite tube key D-lock

I just came across an old D-lock that's been stashed away for several years - the old tube key…See More
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John Pitcock replied to CKS's discussion When car makers make bikes
"Like several car manufacturers: Peugeot made bikes before…"
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ian robathan replied to CKS's discussion When car makers make bikes
"the saddle is 22lbs it seems ! "
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