Latest posts by Bman

10/05/2013 at 12:38
I have cheap and cheerful DHB ultralites. They fit my face nicely, good ventilation, peripheral visibility and lenses are fine. At the price, Im quite happy to get new ones if there is an incident. Good for bike commuting and nice for running so you would cover a larger market.

I also use oakley jawbones if I were to go for a longer ride on a sunny day. Better lenses mean the eyes are happier on a longer ride. Great quality.

For a sprint or OD race, the DHB would be my choice.

I think if you a two types in your range, a decent quality but cheap (ish) one would out-sell by a country mile. see conversation
07/05/2013 at 11:27
So a creme egg mojito might not be the best suggestion then? see conversation
30/04/2013 at 10:54
Well, when I was actually injury-free and racing, I used to enjoy this race, being a good benchmark for early season fitness.

It does get windy on the bike but hey ho, everyone is dealing with it. If its a nice day (no comment), its great for family and spectating as you go past the same spot so many times.

My advice is if its your first one there, before the race get as close as you can to the water on the parking side of the lake to see what you will be swimming towards on the final straight of the swim. Visual markers are important to avoid the zigzag towards the water exit (for me anyway). The may have a banner above or behind the swim exit so it will be good to know what you are aiming for.

Make a note of where you parked! With so many cars, it took me ages to find the car last time.
Enjoy! see conversation
29/04/2013 at 13:56
How about the mirror for the cyclist " who doesnt do mirrors"

Cycleaware View Point Adjustable Mini Mirror Round (mini)

A little round mirror attaches inside his sunglasses so his street cred will be intact, but he might still be able to see you. I say might as the reviews are mixed. I think it would annoy me, personally.

I agree, best thing is to take turns at front. It will also help your confidence on the road, which is invaluable. see conversation
23/04/2013 at 11:32
I agree about the fit, but get the best frame you can and you can upgrade components later. Best doesnt necessarily mean carbon so rather get an alu frame with the stack/reach to match your body rather than a carbon one thats slightly out and makes you fidget for comfort after 20 miles.

105 is solid and reliable so nothing wrong with that, if you are worried.

Is it for training or racing or both?

Steel is around to stay isnt it?

Robert Penn's book: Its All About the Bike = good read! Book price: £5, associated component upgrades: ongoing saga. see conversation
06/02/2013 at 17:35
Hi, hip and lower back pain seems to be a strange mishmash of cause and effect in my experience. I recently got an MRI dignosis on similar type of pain, turned out to be referred pain from inflammed iliopsoas tendon passing through the hip. So you may be experienceing some other type of referred pain, although MRI should pick up inflammation.

Id say certainly stretching all the major muscles might help if hip flexion like sitting is causing pain. I think if its not a fall you took, then general over- or mis-use of muscle groups can be to blame. A common one (myself included) is for cyclists to use the wrong muscles and overload others. An example is you may have been using your quads too much while cycling due to bad form or poor position on the bike, which allows your glutes (which are supposed to do most of the work) to get lazy and you end up losing hip stabilisation. This means your legs dont end up working in a straight line and your other joints up or down from the hip can get messed up too. Lower back and knee ones are common, as I'm still experiencing.

You could try retraining your hip flexors and glutes (glute medius especially) to fire properly. Exercises like the clam and dirty dog were the only things that helped me control the hip pain (in same place as yours on the side) temporarily while I continued medical examinations. I realised immediately how weak one side of glute medius muscles was compared to the other. Expect results very quickly (days) as the stabilising muscles start doing their job.

Not sure if this will help, but why not give it a go... see conversation
24/10/2012 at 12:01
What Flo combo did you go for?

In my reading, owning their discs in the UK will be troublesome if you lose a spoke or they need servicing, as you are supposed to send it back to them in the US. see conversation
11/10/2012 at 17:33
Had a decent LBS look at it yet? They should have some experience in Di2-specific frames these days. Im afraid Im not Di2-compliant so cant help. see conversation
03/10/2012 at 10:53
Might be gone or if it helps, but this is on gumtree in London this morning: see conversation
28/09/2012 at 18:29
You make a good point!

I'd just read that having a compact with a 11-23 is essentially the same top speed as a Std with a 12-25, and gives you more on the hills too. Sounded like a winning combo, but now Im not sure.. see conversation

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