21/11/2012 at 16:48
Get your self the Big Blue Book of bicycle maintenance, 2nd edition.
That will give you a good clue on what kit to get.
Your local LBS (local bike shop), tri club or cycling club may offer beginners maintenance courses, which would be worth going to.
26/08/2012 at 22:31
You'll not find many.
Looking at doing tris as relays might be your best bet.
26/08/2012 at 09:58
Spam is an annoying problem.
DVB says that action has been taken. Well done.
I made the assumption that NigelW doesn't want spammers. And he strongly suggests that people who also have accounts on BCTTT.com are spammers. The simple conclusion is either that NigelW wants spammers or doesn't want bcttt on the forum.
Anyway, rhetoric aside, I bit because while it's easy to type these things without thinking too hard, it was a pretty offensive statement. I don't like being labelled a spammer.
What i really think:
The moaning may have resulted in action. Time to stop until the results can be seen.
Banging on about bcttt.com is understandable if you know the historical context. But poor taste if you don't. And it's the people without the historical context that i suspect are being wooed. It's probably not working, so shouldn't be done.
Don't see a problem with a link to a site with a pertinent answer, whatever that site happens to be
On the historical context: there is a world of difference between a community and a free support service. Community sites thrive. Free support services don't, unless they have a properly resourced pool of expertise.
Don't knock people so hard who are missing that community.
But polite suggestions that they are going on about it too much are fine. Which is possibly true at the moment.
23/08/2012 at 13:35
I've only been part of the forum for around a year and a half, but in that time i've seen a lot of self promotion for the 'other' site and a general kicking of this forum which has put me off coming back regularly, and I think that that is partly why this forum has died.
I think you are really overstating the issue.
...They want a quick answer and move on....
And ask yourself, who is going to answer these questions?
No one from 220 takes any part, so it has to be people doing it out of the kindness of their own hearts. You start to get to feel taken advantage of, if no one bothers to chip in and keep things going and give a bit back.
...Seems they are happy to let their customers go elsewhere...
Well, a lot of them did. But still have a sense of loyalty to this place, and put in some effort to keep it going.
23/08/2012 at 09:54
When you are cycling along the flat, most of the resistance comes from the air. The faster you go, the harder it is to push the air. It's not a linear relationship though.
To go faster, you must have a smaller frontal area. This is something that tri bars enable you to do.
If you were cycling for an hour at 25mph, and had a relatively poor position, become more aero could make you go a good few minutes faster.
But if you just cycled at 15mph, it wouldn't make so much difference.
So, if you cycle quickly, and have a poor position, the gains can be tremendous.
If you are doing hilly rides, with technical bits (corners, braking, accelerations) then wind resistance is less of a factor.
You may also find it harder to brake and/or control the bike.
In summary, the gains can be vast - but the better you are, and the flatter, straighter the rides are, the more advantages you will get.
With a bit of practice, you should see some gains. But not as much as if you were doing 40kph rather than 30kph
22/08/2012 at 15:58
It has come to my attention though that there may be a worse problem!
Some members are constantly criticizing this forum saying that it's dying and in the next breath they're sending new members away to other forums!
isn't this another form of spam
Question?........If these members were really wanting this forum to thrive, then why send newbies away on they're first post?
On the surface, a compelling argument.
Scratch a little deeper...
Looking at the first 10 or so topics on "General Chat", 40% of the posts are from members of the other place. And only one is a suggestion to visit there.
So, without the other place this one would really lose a lot. Especially as the posts are the answers to questions, not the questions themselves.
There have been 8 topics with replies to them this week on "General Chat", while there have been 16 on the "General Discussion" on the the other place.
There have been two new topics on this forum this week (starting Monday) (one of which is spam/astroturfing), while there have been 9 on the other place.
More significantly, there has been 3 replies this week, and 66 on the other place.
You have to remember that the other place was started by people from here, because "here" just wasn't working well (there were other reasons, but that was a significant one).
Willieverfinish is also correct - there was a really great community here, that was allowed to dissipate because no one stepped up to keep it going. 220's prerogative, mind.
The reality is that this forum is still being kept propped up by the old hands, who happen to be active on the other place.
I wonder what would happen if you had your wish and they all stopped posting here?
14/06/2012 at 17:13
Too broken to run, so thought multisport might be a bet less damaging*
And I felt that I ought to learn to swim.
*I was wrong.
31/01/2012 at 20:18
30/01/2012 at 09:06
The best hrms are the finish ones. (polar and suunto).
The best gps that also does hr is garmin.
If you want to use the HRM in the gym the polar is good as it will be compatible with the machines.
If you want a lot of gadgets (cadence for bike or run, power meters) or swim analysis as well as HRM then the garmin range is the way to go.
Quality is important, which is where the finnish brands score.
Any other make is a compromise of features/quality IMHO
if you are comfortable with data (eg an engineer by trade) go for a more complex model. If numbers set your head in a whirl, go for something simple. Spending more just gives you more complex options which require more analysis.
The primary function of an HRM is to slow you down. If you tend to do all your training efforts flat out you will get the most benefits. If you don't you may find that an HRM doesn't give you much over training on feel.
Hr training is old fashioned now. The state of the art training methods use pace and power.
21/01/2012 at 23:58
A bike that fits you is more important than a bike.
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