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Jase



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was 67km not miles Gunner. No way I had a fondo in me today in those conditions!
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jase wrote:
It was 67km not miles Gunner. No way I had a fondo in me today in those conditions!


You ruddy metric guys..................... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


My mistake. Embarassed

Long commute home today on the Boardman CX bike. Ruddy Baltice ride into work this morning at 0430hrs, and equally as cold when I rode home at 1000hrs

Up and out of town via Ormesby Bank then along the dual carriageway to Pinchinthorpe where I turned to make my way to Great Ayton. Pressed on through Easby, Ingleby Greenhow and down to Stokesley, passing Westbrooks Cycles and some lovely bikes in the windows. Very Happy

On to Rudby then turned to make my way home via a very icy back lane to Seamer, quite hairy at a few points.

A nice 30, very chilly miles in the bag. Very Happy


https://www.strava.com/activities/841533051

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Gunner



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I'm a "pensioner", I've been banging out some excellent rides. Some longish, some short, some slow... Embarassed and some quite quick... Wink with the rest of the time being taken up with building up a new, large model rail layout.

Today I decided to head out and do a route a local cycling club had an "Event" over on Sunday just gone. Couldn't make that, did I say it was only a £1, that's one English quid entry, so thought I'd have a stab at it on my own today.


Set out for the start which was at a local pub, handy. Very Happy

Weather was ruddy cool I can tell you, and I was glad of the Gabba long sleeve top I had on as rain looked a definite possibility. I was on the Scott CR1 Team for a change with 25mm tyres.

Set off from the start and soon warmed up as I made my way through Maltby and Leven Bank then pressed on at a good pace all the way to Scorton.

Turned left here on exiting the village into a bitterly cold wind which made things quite hard going, traffic was very light, and fortunately remained so right through the ride.

Finally into Northallerton then a stiff climb up to Bullamoor, which probably isn't that stiff, but my legs were quite tired from a lot of recent rides plus that ruddy wind. Nice run down toward Brompton, then some slight wind assistance as I crossed to Rountons and onto Rudby, the wind after Trenholme Bar becoming really ruddy annoying.

Through Rudby, then a proper grind for the last few miles, had I mentioned that it had started raining about 12 miles previously, as I made my way to the course finish just before Stokesley.

2 hours 52 min for the 50 mile route of the course which I felt wasn't too bad given the conditions.

Made for home passing through Stokesley then back to the start for a total ride time of 3hrs 14min for 56.4 mile.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I note that the new Spesh Roubaix Comp has been voted 'Bike of the Year' by Cycling Plus. It is the exact model I bought a while ago, just before the latest hefty price increase!

Since it's my first 'top notch' road bike, I can't compare it to others, but I've ridden it long enough and far enough now, to see the good points.

I do a lot of hill climbing and descending so I had the gearing altered, with a sub compact set of front rings, of 48/32, in place of the original 50/34. This, in conjunction with the 32 biggest cog on the cassette gives exactly the same lower gearing as my previous 50/34 with 11/34 cassette on the older basic 9 speed Roubaix. It's what I need for those 'seek and destroy' 1 in 4 hill climbs scattered around the Dales and moors.

The biggest plus of the bike (for me) is the handling.In contrast to the older bike, which always felt as though it was understeering into corners, this one just thinks itself around with what feels like less lean. Confidence inspiring, especially in the wet! (Whether geometry, wheels and tyres, I don't know, but the effect is real enough.)

The second plus (for me) is the disc brake set up. Superb and very constant. No more expensive wheel replacements because of ground away rims (what goes up must come back down) on a yearly basis,

As for the 'wonderfull' (claimed) front suspension? Well, I suppose it works and takes some sting out of bad roads, but it's hardly up to M.T.B. full suss standards.

Also, the 11 speed cassette does have some point on the higher geared 5 or so cogs in that they are very close ratio, so it's easy to snick about in them to hold a steady cadence at speed. The bottom end gears are wider spaced and little different to the older 9 speed Roubaix.

So was it worth the cost? Well as an older (80 in 7 months time) who likes to climb long hills, I would say so. It definitely feels more eager to do so than I've been used to. At anyrate, it puts a smile on my face, so as long as it proves durable .....?
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the disc brakes cable or hydraulic on this model.....????
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely hydraulic, and very smooth and progressive. They fully compare with M.T.B. consistency!

I was talking to other oldies recently, who are 'put off' by the way most good (top end) road bikes are always geared for the fittest, and racing riders. Why on earth do the manufacturers always assume that older 'touring' type riders wouldn't buy such good bikes if they offered the option of lower gearing to suit?

I see that sub compact front ring sets are at last increasing in sales, as it is dawning on some suppliers that not everyone needs 'racing' gearing. Lowering the gearing, (at annoying extra expense of course), has certainly made it a far nicer bike for me, and, I can still keep up with the pedals at anything up to 40!
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have cable disc brakes on my Cannondale Synapse and can't understand why the difference between them and the hydraulic brakes on my MTBs is so great.

Many, many years ago when disc brakes began to appear on MTBs they were quite shocking but by now I would have thought that even they would have moved on in leaps and bounds, but it does not seem to be the case.

Wondering whether it is worth upgrading to hydraulic, on the downside this is my "Winter" bike, and the rim brakes on my Summer bike would stop me on a sixpence oddly enough..................

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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my (limited) experience cable disc brakes have never come close to hydraulic ones. I've not tried CX hydraulic, but my MTB brakes have great modulation.

I've borrowed a few friends CX bikes to see how much they've come on since 2011 when I bought mine, and was never impressed with the ones with cable discs over rim brakes. Tektro ones if I remember rightly, as my Giant (and the Kona) felt like it stopped better. Though that was in dry conditions.
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cable disc brakes on my CX bike are much better than the ones on my Synapse but still not a patch on any hydraulic brake I have used.
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Robmet



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunner wrote:
The cable disc brakes on my CX bike are much better than the ones on my Synapse but still not a patch on any hydraulic brake I have used.


What calipers do you have on the synapse Gunner? My CX bike originally came with Tektro and no matter the amount of fine tuning they just weren't very good.
I know its a drastic change but swapping the calipers for some Shimano CX model and upgrading the cables (makes a massive difference on cable discs) to the Jagwire Ripcord set had them as good as the hydro setup. The power and modulation was unbelievable compared to how it was on the Tektro calipers.

As far as I see it now the only advantage the hydro has over this setup is the self adjusting pads, on cable calipers you have to adjust for wear manually.

I got these:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/jagwire-ripcord-mtb-brake-cable-kit/?sku=53603 81441

Caliper
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Shimano-BR-R517-Calliper-Without-Rotor-IS-Or-P ost-Mount_80117.htm

Im sure i paid less for mine??
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the Synapse road bike the brakes are: TRP Spyre C cable disc 160/140mm


On the Boardman Team CX the brakes are: Avid BB5 Road Mechanical Disc Brake - 160mm

The Avids are much better but I will have a look at the links you posted, it's a possibility I suppose, swapping the calipers for something better.

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