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05-16-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 727
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I did this on Saturday, the iconic Koppenberg...

I did this on Saturday, the iconic Koppenberg climb in Flanders, Belgium. It is relatively easy really in ideal conditions to do it, but the cobbles make it hard going if trying to push for a good...
05-16-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Europe is generally very bike friendly - from...

Europe is generally very bike friendly - from trains, airlines, cycling network, storage, parking etc. Some countries, like Denmark, Belgium etc lead the World in terms of cycling and infrastructure....
05-14-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 647
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Yes, you don't need a speed sensor; the computer...

Yes, you don't need a speed sensor; the computer uses GPS. You don't need a cadence sensor if you use a power meter; it does that too.

...
05-14-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 647
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Hammerhead have been offering a HR monitor for...

Hammerhead have been offering a HR monitor for free with their Karoo 2 for some time. You don't need any other sensors.

I'm a convert to the K2 from Garmin and really like it.

...
05-13-22, 12:37 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,605
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I started slow 3 years ago, 3x a week, 50km per...

I started slow 3 years ago, 3x a week, 50km per ride. Now I'm doing 400-500km per week, 6x a week but every 2-3 weeks I will take 2 rest days. It really depends upon how my knee feels, if it feels...
05-09-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,605
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I stuffed my right knee up racing in the 90's. It...

I stuffed my right knee up racing in the 90's. It took 2 years to heal for general stuff but not for pushing hard or anything. I returned to cycling after 17 years away and found that I can train...
05-09-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 653
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Can't recall a saddle that was uncomfortable but...

Can't recall a saddle that was uncomfortable but I haven't had many. I used the same Cinelli in the 80's/90's and now have a Selle Italia Carbon Superflow Boost SLR (122g lightweight model),...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,348
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Selle Italia have a sizing guide tool that you...

Selle Italia have a sizing guide tool that you can use online to figure out what type/size would suit you best and it is reasonably accurate for most.

I have a Selle Italia Carbon Superflow SLR...
05-06-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,129
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Interesting start! I've got my fingers...

Interesting start!

I've got my fingers crossed for Almeida - but then so has the rest of Portugal here!

...
05-05-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 994
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Cobbled pave in Europe's cycling mecca's are...

Cobbled pave in Europe's cycling mecca's are entwined in the history and romance of road racing there. It is part of cycling culture for anyone who has ridden in France, Belgium etc. I'll be tackling...
Forum: Triathlon
05-05-22, 06:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,093
Posted By AlgarveCycling

To find a coach, you could try Training Peaks. ...

To find a coach, you could try Training Peaks.

https://www.trainingpeaks.com/coaches/search

My coach is on there too.

A PM is a great tool, if used correctly, but I'm not all that sure it...
05-03-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 56,451
Posted By AlgarveCycling

https://youtu.be/Q1uM5KEmLg4 Most do both,...

https://youtu.be/Q1uM5KEmLg4

Most do both, seated and standing, according to gradient, time in the saddle, how much power they want to put down etc. I use an equal measure of both.

I also much...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,138
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Re-read my posts :) I never wrote "most...

Re-read my posts :)

I never wrote "most bikes need ballast anyway" Stop projecting.

You are specifically using aero bikes - focusing only upon those. I claimed in my original post that disc...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,138
Posted By AlgarveCycling

https://www.cyclist.co.uk/8583/canyon-ultimate-cfr...

https://www.cyclist.co.uk/8583/canyon-ultimate-cfr-lightest-race-legal-bike

Movistar's climbing bike. Needs ballast.

Shop around, you can get bikes that need weights added to meet the 6.8kg...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,138
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Ok...I set my brake calliper's with new pads and...

Ok...I set my brake calliper's with new pads and I only need to adjust over time to allow for pad wear - so not very often.

My road bike disc's on the other hand can stick at any time. Sand, grit...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 09:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,168
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Rim brakes have worked very well for decades....

Rim brakes have worked very well for decades. They get the job done, no doubt and I'm not about to ditch my Wilier because it doesn't brake quite as well as my Trek.

For me personally and why I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,138
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Weight-penalty is a red herring; the Pro's are on...

Weight-penalty is a red herring; the Pro's are on disc-braked bikes that meet the regulatory 6.8kg - they couldn't go lighter if they wanted to and they have zero weight penalty because...6.8kg.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 01:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,473
Posted By AlgarveCycling

On the group rides I regularly join it depends on...

On the group rides I regularly join it depends on who is there, nature of the ride etc. The weaker riders may never pull at all and only a few do all the work. I've sat on the front alongside a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 12:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,168
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I have Zipp 303's, SRAM Red callipers and Corima...

I have Zipp 303's, SRAM Red callipers and Corima brake pads on my Wilier. It stops very well in the dry, although still not as good as my disc-braked Trek.

In the wet, zero contest, the...
04-23-22, 01:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,882
Posted By AlgarveCycling

This is certainly true for stamina and endurance,...

This is certainly true for stamina and endurance, albeit you absolutely need to bust a gut and do HIIT for speed increases for racing, TT's etc - you cannot expect to increase outright speed purely...
04-21-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,617
Posted By AlgarveCycling

As other's have pointed out, that chart is pretty...

As other's have pointed out, that chart is pretty daft and meaningless.

I'm 53, today I did a short lap due to time constraints, did 44km, 312m and 33.6km/h average. Not full gas at all but felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,755
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Short answer from me is: I've not tried anything...

Short answer from me is: I've not tried anything like that. I've never used the Nav functions on any of my bike computers and I've not tried to upload apps to them.

I do get all my message...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 01:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,755
Posted By AlgarveCycling

The Karoo 2 has a SIM card option for those who...

The Karoo 2 has a SIM card option for those who want to keep it separate from their mobile phones, for whatever reason, or simply not to have a mobile with them and rely totally on the Karoo alone. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I have 303 Firecrest (clincher) on my Wilier and...

I have 303 Firecrest (clincher) on my Wilier and like them a lot; very fast wheels.

I also have Roval Rapide CLX's on my Trek and they are also great - they are 50/60 depth too as standard so no...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-22, 05:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,634
Posted By AlgarveCycling

82F here in the Algarve region of Portugal;...

82F here in the Algarve region of Portugal; Spring weather. Blue sky, strong Sun, plenty of tourists out on the beaches this morning. I did an MTB cruise of the coastal trails.

...
04-19-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,882
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'm only 53 and my training is a bit more than...

I'm only 53 and my training is a bit more than most and reflective of racing goals but I know someone locally who is a triathlete in his 70's. He typically does 5 days a week with 2 complete rest...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,324
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Discs have been around for a lot longer on MTB's...

Discs have been around for a lot longer on MTB's than road bikes and falls off-road are also generally more frequent. Yet I've never known anyone to have any cuts from a disc brake. Chainrings, yes,...
04-18-22, 04:13 AM
Replies: 2,397
Views: 560,629
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Ok, I don't have this now, sadly, but this is my...

Ok, I don't have this now, sadly, but this is my bike from the late 1980's/early 1990's that I raced at National Champs on etc. Superb, my first carbon frame, full Campagnolo C-record transferred...
04-16-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 948
Posted By AlgarveCycling

When I say I do not care about 100% accuracy I...

When I say I do not care about 100% accuracy I am, of course, talking about literal accuracy, not consistent accuracy for an individual unit - where I do want the unit to be true to itself.

A PM...
04-16-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 948
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'm only interested in 10s power and normalised...

I'm only interested in 10s power and normalised power from my PM as an idea of what I'm doing and where I am - it doesn't need to be 100% accurate and I am not bothered about dual. I have a Stages 3...
04-16-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,530
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Dealing with dogs is just part of cycling where I...

Dealing with dogs is just part of cycling where I am. Historically, a lot of people abandoned their pets years ago during hard times and now we have wild packs running around. They are typically ok,...
04-15-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,358
Posted By AlgarveCycling

True, I couldn't handle that nowadays. :D ...

True, I couldn't handle that nowadays. :D

Funny how we acclimatise to a place though. I grew up in South Africa where the climate is typically warm. When I moved to the UK, in my first 2 weeks I...
04-15-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,358
Posted By AlgarveCycling

It's 28C here now and I really enjoyed my ride...

It's 28C here now and I really enjoyed my ride this morning.

Anything less than 15C and I'm in serious Winter kit! I can handle heat better than cold when out cycling.

...
04-12-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,088
Posted By AlgarveCycling

True, I think, any liability costs will be far...

True, I think, any liability costs will be far less onerous, nothing like what the USA has become used to.

In terms of all round insurance for accidents, injuries and liability, there is medical...
04-12-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,088
Posted By AlgarveCycling

The sponsors are usually the supermarkets, local...

The sponsors are usually the supermarkets, local businesses etc. Here is a typical example of an upcoming MTB race:
https://apedalar.pt/eventos/info/2898

Entry is 10 euros and if you want lunch,...
04-12-22, 04:49 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 64,235
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'd agree with this. I'm small, only 5ft6in...

I'd agree with this.

I'm small, only 5ft6in and weigh 140lbs. I can drop that weight more and probably should a little. My ftp doesn't sound great, around 260 at the moment but had it up to 280...
04-12-22, 01:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,884
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I typically join one of three rides when I want a...

I typically join one of three rides when I want a group ride; one is with my racing team - sometimes road but often MTB XC - another with a road biking Club that has a no-drop policy which we all...
04-12-22, 01:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,509
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Racing season for me began last Sunday, MTB XC. I...

Racing season for me began last Sunday, MTB XC. I have another in 2 weeks and then every month after that until December. My goal is to win a couple for my age category. I'll target a couple of Gran...
04-12-22, 01:28 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 5,088
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Our events are run on very reasonable budgets....

Our events are run on very reasonable budgets. The MTB XC races we have - usually one or two a month - have many local business and council Sponsors who chip in. There is a minimum participation of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-22, 04:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,492
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Indeed. We can also look at EF Pro Cycling's...

Indeed. We can also look at EF Pro Cycling's Lachlan Morton who took 2 days out of his normal racing schedule to do 1063km non-stop in 42 hours recently for Ukraine. No extra prep, just did it off...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-22, 02:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,492
Posted By AlgarveCycling

RAAM vs the Tours is actually an interesting...

RAAM vs the Tours is actually an interesting debate I have been having recently because a member of one of the Club's I belong to is doing RAAM this year with the intention of winning and I really...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,492
Posted By AlgarveCycling

My personal views - they may be different to...

My personal views - they may be different to yours - are these:

It is all about the effort you put into it.

Cycling can be a lot easier than running because you can go slow, save energy, save...
04-06-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,579
Posted By AlgarveCycling

There are quite a few women who race locally so...

There are quite a few women who race locally so they join us on Club rides etc from time to time. I trained with one of the Women's World Tour Pro's earlier this year, immensely strong and it was a...
04-06-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 6,970
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I'm all for new tech that makes a positive...

I'm all for new tech that makes a positive difference to my cycling.

Carbon frames/forks = major positive difference to me for racing.
Electronic Groupset = mostly minor but on occasion...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,824
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I typically don't worry too much about average...

I typically don't worry too much about average speed when I'm riding - I used to many years ago and know a fair number who still do which is fair enough. At 53, I'm more conscious of recovery time...
04-02-22, 01:06 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 72,826
Posted By AlgarveCycling

One of the main differences between a man's bike...

One of the main differences between a man's bike and woman's bike is the saddle! Step-through's have always been ideal for women because they can wear skirts, dresses and so became seen as 'ladies...
04-01-22, 05:20 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,370
Posted By AlgarveCycling

In the UK cycling with no front brake on public...

In the UK cycling with no front brake on public roads is illegal and bike couriers can get into trouble if caught using fixed gear bikes with no front brake - one infamously was jailed for killing a...
04-01-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,123
Posted By AlgarveCycling

I bought my Wilier Zero6 with Sram Red in 2019...

I bought my Wilier Zero6 with Sram Red in 2019 from one of Europe's largest online-only retailers in their annual sale. It was a 2018 bike in 52cm and one of 3 they were trying to shift. All black,...
03-30-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,055
Posted By AlgarveCycling

My wife used to enjoy her commute in Amsterdam...

My wife used to enjoy her commute in Amsterdam and the trips to the grocery store. I bought her an e-bike that is very similar to the bike she had in Amsterdam to get around here - it is quite hilly...
03-30-22, 01:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,055
Posted By AlgarveCycling

Back in the 80's and 90's we trained without HR...

Back in the 80's and 90's we trained without HR monitors, Power meters etc. We just had basic computers telling us distance, speed and average speed. It seemed to work just fine.

Now though, in...
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