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11/12/2009 at 16:41
Says it all in the title

Anyone think they're good for indoor turbo work? Wheres the best place to get them in the UK


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24/09/2009 at 13:35
alrite there IronKav - I'm another Irish man (up in Tyrone here) who has signed up for IMCH next year - similarly I have purchased the old Don Finkster to help me along the way.

I started Triathlon last year (2008) with my main race of the year being my first Olympic distance - done that, then this year was a half ironman distrace Tri (also done a couple of sprint Tris and 4 half marathon races) - done those and so the next step is the full IM.

I'm planning on just tottering along from now til Xmas with a weight program, good nutrition and some medium level cardio to keep me going - want to lose a stone or so, so as not to have to carry it about Zurich, and also to leave me in good shape to start the 30 week Finks plan.

That, Im going to start the week after Xmas and follow it best I can

So have you your flights and accomm booked yet? We're flying from Dub on the Thur back on the Tue - so should be a nice break albeit a bit tiring on the Sunday! lol. Theres 4 of us heading over but just me doing the IM so hope to have a few shouts of support and a great big Irish flag flying on Heartbreak Hill!

Keep in touch fella


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19/05/2009 at 19:10
ok Cheers Conehead!

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19/05/2009 at 18:53
OK - only started into tri last march 08 and still relatively 'fresh' today to most of it with a couple of sprints and olympic distances under the belt.

Anyway - had left my bike in to be serviced there last night at my LBS which is a different one from where I bought my Specialized Allez.

The guy last night was taking a look over it and was very very surprised to see it had a 11-28 cassette on it - he didn't explain too much to me but made it sound like it was a terrible choice to have put onto a road bike from the original shop and had mentioned that it was more like a mountain bike cassette. He has offered me the choice to get a 12-25 or 27 put onto it which he said should offer me a lot more whilst on the bike.

So as I said - I'm still a relative newbie especially to bikes and their setup. So I've a couple of questions regarding this:

1) Did the original shop where I bought this bike make a bad mistake and put this cassette on? Do I have any right to complain to them or is what they done acceptable i.e. the bike still worked in essence.
2) Would this 11-28 cassette setup have been a less than efficient setup as opposed to a 12-25 etc?
3) Will I notice any differences if I get the cassette changed to a 12-25?

Thanks for any feedback guys


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12/05/2009 at 21:20
Damn you conehead!!!! lol stretching the budget!!

Do you think its really worth putting these wheels on a allez? i.e. will I see the benefit of them on my current setup?

Thanks for the quick response btw

GD see conversation
12/05/2009 at 19:40
haha good plug there conehead ;)
I'm based in N.Ireland here so it'd cost me more than £99!
Plus its the girlfriends bday on the 20th - hmmmm THAT would not go down well me thinks! I be tired enough!

Yeh I know all about the bike course from doing research after I'd set my heart on doing the course lol!
Sure theres only 37miles of hills (more likely mountains!) at the start of it to get through then it'll be plain sailing :) eh? :)

Ok thanks mate! see conversation
12/05/2009 at 19:23
alrite conehead - I blame you by the way of tempting me into this expensive yet addictive sport with your book! hehe

well budget is kinda up to £400-450 on these wheels - as I only paid £500 for the bike it doesn't make sense to spend more than that on them? I wanna use them for training and racing - and use my current stock back wheel for the turbo.

I'd dearly love (and will most likely) at some point to get a nice carbon tri dream bike for more expensive money - but since this is only my 2nd year in tri (aiming for my first middle distance this August and a full IM next June in France - thats the goals) then I didn't want to dive in spending £1000's on a bike just yet - get myself up to a significant level where its justified spending that kinda money :/ if that makes sense?

any feedback very much appreciated

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12/05/2009 at 19:06
Thanks Jac - yeh let me know how you get on - the Eastons look fantastic and they review fantastic - but 220 reviewed the RS80's as 'the wheels to be in 2009' so wondering if they are worth the extra few £?


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12/05/2009 at 18:50
I thought I seen the Boardman in Halfords priced at £999??

Unless theres a cheaper model?

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12/05/2009 at 17:26
Hi guys - looking to upgrade my wheelset from the stock wheels that come with my bike last year - have a Specialized Allez and am aware that putting on £1200 wheels on a £500 bike just isn't worth it!

So just looking at the top end of the training wheel market - the two that stand out for me from reviews are the Easton EA70 wheels and the Shimano RS80 which are £100 dearer - but both are given excellent reviews.

Has anyone any experience of either of these two wheelsets? Will I definitely feel / see a difference in my cycling upgrading these - I'm told thats one of the best upgrades you can do to a bike to nake it perform better - without buying a new carbon dream machine! :)

Thanks in advance of any feedback!

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