General Discussion: Cycling


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Doogan
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513 posts since 13/4/14

30 Jul 2019 09:04
I got a Team Carbon Boardman through cycle to work for £900 a while back and after a few upgrades (brakes and seat were a must) I am really happy with it. Would recommend whatever Boardman have for around a grand.
swiftus
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777 posts since 1/7/09

30 Jul 2019 09:10
At £500, you're probably looking at aluminium frame, Sora/Tiagra groupset, something like this:

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-500-disc-road-bike-black-sora-id_8554410.html

Personally, I would go for second hand at that budget, get more for your money. But understand that if it's through cycle to work scheme, that's probably a no go.

If you can stretch your budget, you can go for something like this:

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-520-disc-road-bike-navy-105-id_8554421.html

Much better groupset, hydro disc brakes. Note that both frames are more 'relaxed' rather than 'race' geometry.
MrW
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2535 posts since 1/8/11

30 Jul 2019 09:18
First tri I did (a sprint) was on a hybrid with clip-on aero bars, still managed to pass a few guys on several grand bikes.

Tbh, any road bike you get new for under £1k won't be specifically suited to a tri, but may give you a couple more mph than your hybrid for similar effort. Best looking at the best road bike you can get within your budget from somewhere that does C2W.

https://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/217215-15-best-2019-road-bikes-under-ps1000-top-choices-cycle-work-scheme

MrW
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2535 posts since 1/8/11

30 Jul 2019 09:31
Also would suggest saving a few quid to get a second hand turbo trainer and putting hours in over winter. Saves your bike from winter roads and you don't need to fork out on winter gear.
figurine
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5744 posts since 14/5/07

30 Jul 2019 15:34
Cheers all, will have a look at the links etc given. Would probably have went with either of those Decathlon ones but for some reason our cycle to work scheme stopped allowing Decathlon as a supplier a couple of years ago.
Goldie
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4620 posts since 17/10/07

30 Jul 2019 21:03
Planet X are worth a look, not sure if they do C2W but the guy who runs it is very knowledgable and helpful when it comes to putting a bike together. Can help your money go a long way.
swede
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8044 posts since 21/3/09

30 Jul 2019 21:27
What suppliers can you use figurine? This triathlon gonna be a one off thing or not? If it’s a one off, getting a £500 bike (with c2w discount) will be more than adequate… but if you get into it you probably wanna look at £1000 bikes (yes Fuk porsche mentality)
MrW
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2535 posts since 1/8/11

30 Jul 2019 21:51
swede wrote: if you get into it you probably wanna look at £3000 bikes, £1000 wheels, £500 smart trainers, £400 watches, £300 wetsuits, £300 bike computers and £150 tri suits to compete in a £400 triathlon

oldgregg
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6274 posts since 13/4/02

30 Jul 2019 23:09
If i have a max of 2.8 on 27.5’s on a bike that takes both 27.5 and 29’s, how do I calculate the max for 29’s?
swede
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8044 posts since 21/3/09

31 Jul 2019 09:23
No set “calculation”. Clearance will differ between bikes based on seatstay and chainstay yokes
swiftus
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777 posts since 1/7/09

5 Aug 2019 14:07
Any fukers do the Ride46/100?

Went along to cheer on a few clubmates, but don't think I could do it myself. Guys at the finish still going full pelt even after they had passed the finish line. So much alpha.
wembly
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316 posts since 15/1/13

5 Aug 2019 20:08
f*ck

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bjorg-lambrecht-dies-at-age-22/
Sneakysbest
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1909 posts since 28/1/12

24 Sep 2019 11:59
After getting fucking drenched this morning, after a tight fitting waterproof, that doesn’t look me feel like wearing a bin bag? Any suggestions?
illwill
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3671 posts since 17/5/04

24 Sep 2019 12:18
Gore Shakedry is the standard but it might be a bit racey looking if you commute in your civvies.

Mission stuff is more casual if money no object. https://missionworkshop.com/collections/outerwear/products/the-meridian-alpine-waterproof-cycling-jacket
JustinCredible
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2519 posts since 11/6/08

24 Sep 2019 12:19
Gore shakedry is supposedly the best out there if you want waterproof.

I rode in this morning and got soaked, was wearing a Rapha pro team race cape and even though it keeps you dry it still means you sweat too much in this temperature as it's not breathable enough.

Depends on how long you're on the bike but my commute is only 10 miles and I find the best compromise is something like a Castelli Gabba with armwarmers which is water resistant rather than waterproof (or the superb Castelli Perfetto if you want what is effectively a long sleeve Gabba)
Burt
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5554 posts since 3/1/10

24 Sep 2019 13:27
Recently bought a Patagonia Houdini jacket for run/MTB'ing. Granted it's not cycling specific but it's extremely lightweight and a great piece of kit. Also it packs away it its' own pocket so takes up a minimal room/weight in a rucksack.
mtthrvy2
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1862 posts since 8/11/10

24 Sep 2019 19:38
rapha's core waterproof is reasonable value for money

https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/core-rain-jacket-ii/product/CRR03XXBRO
Goldie
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4620 posts since 17/10/07

24 Sep 2019 21:37
Weather been catching a few out at the Worlds Eek https://www.facebook.com/15286229625/posts/10157707059039626?sfns=mo
Sneakysbest
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1909 posts since 28/1/12

25 Sep 2019 10:14
Cheers all for the above; think I’ll go with the Rapha, looks good for the coin. In some of those showers yesterday there was no way avoiding getting soaked
mtthrvy2
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1862 posts since 8/11/10

25 Sep 2019 11:50
If you're just avoiding showers then something waterproof with taped seams like the Rapha will do the job.

Long rides in the rain are when you need to worry about breathability.