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Further and Faster / Re: Base training
« Last post by rob on Today at 08:29:13 am »
The long slow stuff I just can't abide on a trainer - how can anyone ride multiple hours at 60% FTP indoors?

Every now and then you don't get a choice.
Parts and Accessories / Re: Gilles Berthoud Aspin saddle
« Last post by Blodwyn Pig on Today at 08:25:48 am »
Out of interest, as there were no instructions in the box, and google fails me, which way does one turn the tensioning bolt, to tension, and when tensioned, is there some resistance to the bolt turning, or will it just keep going until the saddle is 12" long?  ( for future reference)
On The Road / Re: On the commute today
« Last post by Si S on Today at 08:24:05 am »
There's either a decent tailwind or I'm finally getting over the lurgy, asked for a bit of power and there was enough there to catch onto the back of a passing bus  :thumbsup: , not been able to do that for a week or so.
Audax / Re: Your Longest Winter Ride?
« Last post by Nick Firth on Today at 08:09:27 am »
Unfortunately when I reached Cardiff the Artic was overloaded by 2 tons at 46 tons, I had to go over my driving hours by I hour so did a 16 hour day instead of 15, I slept in the truck till Friday, it's called the real world, some people have a harder life than others, I went to the college of hard knocks.
Audax / Re: Your Longest Winter Ride?
« Last post by GPS on Today at 08:07:29 am »
You raise an interesting point, CET - dehydration due to water bottles freezing. I've had that on winter rides and have had to stuff a bidon up my jersey to keep it warm. It's not very comfortable but it does the job.

Another issue is eating enough whilst riding in winter. Wearing thick gloves means you can't get at your food very easily. Does anyone have any solutions to that ?

Slightly off thread I know, but while we're on the subject of long winter rides ...
Audax / Re: AUK and OCD inc.
« Last post by citoyen on Today at 08:01:03 am »
This discussion has made me realise that, without looking, I do not know what the AAA points are for any of my calendar events*.

Oh great, that means I can enter all your events safe in the knowledge that they are entirely flat...
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Health & Fitness / Re: Weight Loss Discussion Thread
« Last post by chrisbainbridge on Today at 08:00:15 am »
10 days back into diet.  Over the summer with less cycling, stress over job plans, etc had piled on a stone and I was very aware that I now looked like a fat middle aged man with that ring of fat below the rib cage.

10 days ago started the Michael Mosely 800calorie diet as i suspected I was heading / had a fatty liver.  So far really good.  Lost a few lbs already and feeling better.  Aim is to be sensible at Christmas and then a holiday before really pushing through for 8 weeks as per the book.

The Sporting Life / Manchester United Clear-out?
« Last post by citoyen on Today at 07:33:35 am »
You're the one who came on first bleating and whining about hating United. :hand:

The difference is bobb wasn’t ‘disgusted’ at this ‘insignificant nonsense’ being deemed newsworthy, so he kind of has a point (although Wowbagger is as entitled to comment on insignificant nonsense as anyone else).

Personally, as a Liverpool fan who endured the dismal 90s after the glory years of the 70s and 80s, I have some sympathy for Man Utd fans* - it looks like you could be in for a similar period of turmoil. Very different circumstances now, of course, and I can’t see it being too long before Man Utd are back competing for the title.

*jks. I’m actually revelling in your misfortune and especially gleeful that it was a trouncing by my team that put the final nail in Jose’s coffin.
Audax / Re: Belgium rides 2019
« Last post by Ivo on Today at 07:25:02 am »
Some other reports have arrived on the Bruges 200, prompting a French randonneur on the French forum to write the following: "Un BRM 200 à cette période de l'année dans les Flandres, il n' y a vraiment que les Flandriens pour ne douter de rien! Bravo! car il faut oser affronter les conditions hivernales."
Whereby the honorary title of Flandrien is not limited to those speaking Flemish.

Daniel did a write-up in French:

My photo's are available on
Antonio uploaded his photo's to

Neither photo's nor riderports from the fast groups.

The car in the Ditch in that second album was being pulled out when I went through, the tow truck plus car were blocking the whole road and the cycle lane. Was a sod to get round.

I have no memory of the section in the woods from your photos. The bit with concrete panels in a line of trees. How far from the start was that?


The dragonsteeth was on sunday, on the coastline. Old German defence lines.
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