29/05/2007 at 17:03
I did Crystal Palace this weekend. Very scary bike being wet and slippy, + huge fun going down a steep hill into a hard left turn.
Still, very enjoyable even if I was slower than last year :(
29/05/2007 at 17:03
Yup, it is a HRM but all singing and all dancing. About the only thing it doesn't do is play the Rocky theme tune when you get a pb [:D]
25/05/2007 at 18:20
I was wonering if any one else has used one of these? I'm thinking about getting one and eventually getting the tyre levere pod for the bike and shoe pod fir the run. Are they any good, everything I've read about them sounds superb, but real life experience anyone?
25/05/2007 at 18:20
I've done long runs in my Pearl Izumi stuff, very comfy. Could be worth a look?
09/03/2007 at 18:00
I think with the amount of time I spend out alone this is a superb idea, especially given my very bad habit of not carrying any id or contact numbers.
09/03/2007 at 00:30
Supposedly running tubs helps reduce the chances of a puncture, not entirely sure why though.
However if it follows the thinking behind tubes then I can see why. Run your tyre at a higher pressure. If I get pushed off into the grit I can hear it pinging out from under the wheel because it is so hard (imagine if it was softer it can deform more easily and thus puncture). I typically run at 100-110psi depending on the weather (I heard somewhere if it is wet running a lower pressure will help with grip) and have only had one puncture so far (I imagine having just written that though that I've put a nail in my tubes [8D]).
I'd also imagine the quality of the tube and the tyre used help. I know that there is a tyre out there under the name of Armadillo or some such which is extra-reinforced against puncturing compared to regular tyre. Remember though that it will affect your rolling resistance and slow you down.
At worst it could be your exceptionally unlucky.
08/03/2007 at 17:50
Just to put Tri's post into perspective if anyone starts reading it like I did and gets the fear...
The measurements provided are distances that you climb for rather than the height climbed! :D
The London course is fast but the little ascents end up killing you as a result (being flat you'll push harder for longer, then get faced with a climb and your legs are gone).
08/03/2007 at 17:33
The Castle Combe Duathlons are a good starter, small field, takes place on a closed circuit and friendly.
02/03/2007 at 17:40
Thanks everyone for your advice, hugely appreciated.
Jufty, I'll be trying your tip out! Cheers!
22/02/2007 at 18:00
The main thing is so it's comfortable for you.
If your familiar with bike setup's then the only main difference will be setting up your cockpit with the aero bars. First you need to decide how low you go! Typically the headset will have about 4 spacers on it, these can be removed to lower the overall cockpit height (how low your front body is). Elites tend to try and get as low as possible, but if your new to aero positions I recommend you start high, and work lower as it puts a lot of strain on the neck and shoulders. (You'll find this even in a high aero position until your body gets used to it, so don't worry.) Until your confident about your set up do not cut the stem down to size as once it's gone it's gone.
For deciding the length I mainly go for what feels comfortable, I like quite long arms on mine which I think (and this could be mistakenly) helps me get lower, you'll need to compromise on how far in you go as you need your knees to not clash with the elbow. The spacing between you elbows should be done so that when you knee is closet to you elbow they are in line. This helps maintain the effect of the aero position by not breaking the line of your body through the pedal stroke.
I think that's about it for the main points. It's mostly a trial and error process. I know that 220 rana good article last year on aero positions but I can't recall the issue number.
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