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Thread: Today's Bike Ride

  1. #7731
    Master mr brightside's Avatar
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    Loving it in the Pilates Studio
    Anyone heard about the drought in 9spd parts? The foundries in PRC that make the high carbon steel shut down for corona, so now the supply chain has no plate to punch chain links out of. Levers aswell, i've heard, are in short supply. That said, i won't have any problems, due mainly to the fact that this terrible situation will have no effect whatsoever on the supply of 7400 and 7800 Dura Ace bits.
    Luke Appleyard (Wharfedale)- quick on the dissent

  2. #7732
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    Live in Brum, run in Worcestershire and Shropshire
    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    Tour Of Britain goes through the Lake District tomorrow. I don't know exact route, but stage starts in Carlisle, down into the Lake District, along side of Ullswater, Pooley Bridge, Tirril, Penrith, then uP over Hartside to Alston, before finishing in Gateshead.
    I was up in the Lakes earlier than expected so caught the sprint at Penrith.
    Took a few pictures - got a good one of Cav.

  3. #7733
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    I was up in the Lakes earlier than expected so caught the sprint at Penrith.
    Took a few pictures - got a good one of Cav.
    Nice Pics, shame you didnt get a shot of ex fellrunner Mark Donovan as he came through his hometown in 9th place overall.

    Been a great weeks racing
    The older I get the Faster I was

  4. #7734
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    NE Lakes/Coventry
    It was shaping up into an interesting stage, but alas i was busy with work so switched the tv off as they were heading out the other side of Penrith. Caught a glimpse of the peleton going through the village (but sadly they missed the lead group going through as the adverts were on!)

  5. #7735
    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Thanks for tipping me off about the imminent (October) release of Dura-Ace R9200.

    I don't think I have ever seen a reference to this site on here so mind blowing.

    (It is nothing to do with the over-rated, pop music combo I believe was known as Cream)
    " dry as the Atacama desert".

  6. #7736
    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I was well aware of this site, but decided not to share it as I thought it might be a rabbit hole too far to lose hours of time down ...

    What you didn't mention, and I only found out a few days ago, was that as well as launching Dura-Ace R9200, Shimano also launched Ultegra R8100, which is also a fully electronic 12 speed groupset

    The real question then, is why anyone would buy the 12 speed electronic R9200 for a street price of around 3000, when they could buy the technically same, (but slightly heavier), 12 speed electronic R8100 for a street price of around 2000.
    Indeed but this begs the question of whether Shimano expect to actually sell many Dura-Ace sets (outside arrangements with Pro teams) or whether it is more about creating an image for the wealthy. Madison (the distributors) claim they will sell every set they receive.
    " dry as the Atacama desert".

  7. #7737
    My seat just broke. Anyone of you guys experienced anything similar?

  8. #7738
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    My longest road ride today at 52 miles and 5250ft. All went well till a bumble bee hit my mouth and stung me on the bottom lip. Hurt like hell an cycled 25 miles with it swelling up like an inner tube. Went down pub after to rehydrate and had to drink 2 pints through a straw, locals all took the p***!
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

  9. #7739
    Having done my 10th fell race for 2021 last weekend (Ilkley Moor) my bike mileage has suffered (2200 only so far) but my son is doing the Fred Whitton tomorrow so I thought I'd go out today for a pootle to empathise: Bolton Abbey, Appletreewick, Burnsall, Bardon Fell,...29 miles and 2500+ feet.

    I think the FW is a bit longer and higher than that - but, well, it's the thought that counts.

    Thinking of bees, inner tubes and Marco: I think I have stopped repairing inner tubes - life is short and all that - but when I see others on this thread ride 10 year old tyres and like the smell of glue, I feel feckless, profligate and racked with guilt.
    Last edited by Graham Breeze; 18-09-2021 at 10:41 PM.
    " dry as the Atacama desert".

  10. #7740
    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    When I was working long hours I calculated that in view of the cost of my precious free time it was actually cheaper to fit a new inner-tube, (particularly if I could buy them cheap/bulk), rather than repair a puncture. This was also exaggerated by the fact that modern puncture repair kits didn't seem to do what they were supposed to do (and used to do).

    A change of circumstances, and the purchase of a Park Tools puncture repair kit, has swung the balance the other way. On the subject of tyres, a front gets very little wear and although I don't have accurate annual mileage figures, it is only since my operation that I am doing clearly over 1000 miles a years (and this is spread across two bikes). Each to their own, but I tend to swap the front tyre to the back wheel after three years, preferring to have better grip on the front.

    It is also worth mentioning that matured tyres wear better. Back in the early 1980s, Pro bike teams used to mature tyres in dark cellars, (a bit like cheese, but with a different smell), for 2-3 years before use as it improved the puncture resistance and wear. As I tend to buy tyres when they are cheap, rather than when I need them, I end up keeping them for up to 5 years before they get fitted to a wheel.

    Being as old as I am, buying tyres for use in 5 years time might be somewhat optimistic.
    " dry as the Atacama desert".

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