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« on: August 14, 2013, 06:33:35 PM »

Just sat in the bath chilling after a cycle home... (you're welcome)


And wondering if there are any cyclists on blonde... road, mountain, track, speed or other types - all welcome.

I'm cycling to and from work at the moment, three times a week.  But it is 11 miles and a fair variation of up and down.  Its fun once I'm in the saddle and because I'm actually going somewhere it does make it easier to 'manup' and just do it.


It's a strange pain tho.. just being drained bit by tiny bit, squeezing out every ounce of energy.


Oh and CARS!! and WHITE VANS?!?! What is their problem?
I thought lorry drivers would be an issue.. but so far they're good as gold.


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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 07:17:42 PM »

I'm a cyclist in theory - have a bike which i should be using to get to and from work (7.5 miles each way) but have fallen out of the habit and struggling to get back into it again.  Having read this I'm gonna man up and deffo take my bike tomorrow.  Or Friday.  Or Monday.

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 08:15:52 PM »

What bike and what tyres do you have?
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 08:25:58 PM »

i cycle to work 2 or 3 times a week, its 30 miles each way. Did the great notts 100 miler a few weeks ago. Got a silly London to Snowdon ride and then walk up and down Snowdon challenge in a couple of weeks.

Weird thing, every time i get on my bike i feel like i couldn't do 5 miles, then after 5 miles i feel like i could do a 1000.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 08:34:18 PM »

*cough/brag/cough* http://edstourdefrance.blogspot.co.uk/2007_03_01_archive.html

Barely been on a bike since mind.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 08:44:04 PM »

*cough/brag/cough* http://edstourdefrance.blogspot.co.uk/2007_03_01_archive.html

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013, 10:23:46 PM »

I bought a second hand mountain bike about 18 months ago, cycled to work & back anytime it didn't rain. Only 3 miles each way but I enjoyed it. Recently upgraded to a road bike & have been trying to do a 40mile trip a week. Absolutely love it!

Hope this thread takes off!
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2013, 11:13:17 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 11:16:31 PM »

I cycle regularly and do a 100+ mile ride to my dad's grave each year on father's day.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2013, 01:12:42 AM »

I cycle regularly and do a 100+ mile ride to my dad's grave each year on father's day.

wow, that's not a laughing matter.....

gd effort.


I have bought a Giant Defy 3.  Its fun and sexy...
Shimano white clip pedals (love, cant understand not using clips)
and samsung s4 on music in my ear as I go - either clubbing music or now 45 with PJ and Duncan or similar


the ruddy gooch ache tho....
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2013, 03:04:24 AM »

Yes, the likes of HGV drivers tend to have a good level of awareness, which is probably down to the extra training. However, the white van man can often see you as getting in the way of his day to day job.

There's a great study on the psychology of drivers by the University of Berkeley in this video [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqGrz-Y_Lc/url].

The only spoiler I'll give is that Blondes with a few miles under their belts might be familiar with the sight of these certain vehicles in the bicycle safety boxes!
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2013, 08:44:49 AM »

I cycle regularly and do a 100+ mile ride to my dad's grave each year on father's day.

wow, that's not a laughing matter.....

gd effort.


I have bought a Giant Defy 3.  Its fun and sexy...
Shimano white clip pedals (love, cant understand not using clips)
and samsung s4 on music in my ear as I go - either clubbing music or now 45 with PJ and Duncan or similar


the ruddy gooch ache tho....



No offence,  but if you listen to music when you ride you're losing two of your most important safety devices.
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2013, 08:31:27 PM »

Hmm I assumed that PJ and Duncan bit must of been a level  

Anyway here's a working line for that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqGrz-Y_Lc
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2013, 05:09:57 PM »

Just sat in the bath chilling after a cycle home... (you're welcome)


And wondering if there are any cyclists on blonde... road, mountain, track, speed or other types - all welcome.

I'm cycling to and from work at the moment, three times a week.  But it is 11 miles and a fair variation of up and down.  Its fun once I'm in the saddle and because I'm actually going somewhere it does make it easier to 'manup' and just do it.


It's a strange pain tho.. just being drained bit by tiny bit, squeezing out every ounce of energy.


Oh and CARS!! and WHITE VANS?!?! What is their problem?
I thought lorry drivers would be an issue.. but so far they're good as gold.




'Spin' a lower gear...optimal is about 90 rpm. This helps reduce lactic acid build up and also helps you to react better to inclines, obstructions etc

I try to keep at what I think 90rpm is.....

I was told that by the bike guy in the shop, but without a cycle computer I cant be sure, so I've tried to watch the other cyclists I see and gather a good idea of the correct rhythm.

I'm pretty happy with putting the bike where I feel comfortable and safe when riding.. I definitely don't go in the middle unnecessarily, but I also wont keep to the far left hand side so people can squeeze past.

any tips from the guys who cycle a lot??
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2013, 05:30:30 PM »

any tips from the guys who cycle a lot??

Wash your cycling shorts regularly and thoroughly.

Exercise bike miles bear no resemblance to miles out in the open.

Allow yourself to forget the inconvenient truth that he was a cheat and watch this video on loop for inspiration (about 17secs in):



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