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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25400 on: July 13, 2015, 11:01:11 pm »
Been getting the finances in order for the last 6 months here and probably the rest of the year hence not a great deal of riding  >:(
but things are improving quite a bit.
Personal side of things are also on the up after a horrendous 12 months so all's good.
Hoping next year to be sorted and on the bike a lot more. Also i'll be looking at picking up a new bike next summer all being well  :)
Just applied for another job where i already work which is a decent increase if i were to be fortunate enough to get it.
No tour today and i'm off. Ain't that typical  ;D
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25401 on: July 13, 2015, 11:03:30 pm »
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25402 on: July 13, 2015, 11:14:29 pm »
I have considered this but loving the Fignon look.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25403 on: July 14, 2015, 10:03:30 am »
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25404 on: July 14, 2015, 10:05:29 am »
Been getting the finances in order for the last 6 months here and probably the rest of the year hence not a great deal of riding  >:(
but things are improving quite a bit.
Personal side of things are also on the up after a horrendous 12 months so all's good.
Hoping next year to be sorted and on the bike a lot more. Also i'll be looking at picking up a new bike next summer all being well  :)
Just applied for another job where i already work which is a decent increase if i were to be fortunate enough to get it.
No tour today and i'm off. Ain't that typical  ;D

Not much of anything yesterday but good luck with the application.
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25405 on: July 14, 2015, 10:06:48 am »
Since Sundays ride, I've noticed that my right hamstring has got tight.

As a precaution I have avoided doing any spinning at the gym and only doing cycling to warm up. Anything I can do to get rid of the tightness?
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25406 on: July 14, 2015, 10:10:13 am »
Anyone got onto this loon, he either owns or works in  the cycling cafe by Ainsdale Station, one of the lads was talking to him a few weeks ago and reckons he's a decent fella but he's been riding each stage of this years TdF on a chopper, the mad bastard http://teamchop.co.uk/
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25407 on: July 14, 2015, 10:27:07 am »
I did watch women's fotball...but I've fallen out of love with football in all it's forms..I can't be arsed most of the time....I spent most of last season reading whilst watching our ganes out of the corner of my eye.

Maybe my lack of exposure to the game and it's circus this summer might help...I  wasn't aware we'd signed Clyne till a mate told me a week after he'd signed. ;D
Sounds like you need some rugby league in your life.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25408 on: July 14, 2015, 10:29:59 am »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?

As a fellow Londoner who has had a few offs in the last few years, I only sympathize.

All I can advise is getting back on your bike as often as you can and stick to familiar safe rides e.g. the outer circle Regents Park to get yourself back in to the groove. After my last spill in the winter I was screaming in my head at the start of a couple of rides but I was fine after that.

Good luck.
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25409 on: July 14, 2015, 10:31:24 am »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25410 on: July 14, 2015, 10:33:55 am »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25411 on: July 14, 2015, 11:12:56 am »
Since Sundays ride, I've noticed that my right hamstring has got tight.

As a precaution I have avoided doing any spinning at the gym and only doing cycling to warm up. Anything I can do to get rid of the tightness?
Stretches before and after has been recommended to me by a lad i know who is into muscle therapy etc. Here's his advice to me in detail:

Warm Down Stretches

After your training session/race has finished complete at least 2 laps warm down at a slow and steady pace.
All clothing should be loose fitting and should not restrict your movement
All stretches should be carried out in a slow and controlled manner holding each stretch for 6 Ė 10 seconds.
Stand with your feet hips width apart with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your toes pointing forward.

With your arms by your side and your face looking straight ahead gently move your head to one shoulder and hold.
Relax by returning your head to the centre.
Repeat this on the other side.

Do the same as above but this time stretch your arm on the opposite side down the side of your leg
(If you are moving your head to the left-hand side then stretch your right arm down)

Next take your right arm and hold it out in front of you, using your left hand placed on the outside of your right arm and gently pull it across the front of your body.
Repeat on the opposite side.

Take your right arm up and over your head and move the top of your body over to the left.
Return to an upright position and repeat on the opposite side.

Moving down to the legs and take your bodyweight over onto your right side stretching the inside of your left leg.  Repeat on the opposite leg.

Move your right leg one step in front of you, and transfer your body weight forward and resting your hands on your right knee, making sure that the heel on your left foot stays in contact with the ground.
Repeat on the opposite leg.

Sit down and bring your knees up towards your chest, let your knees gently open and place the base of your feet together.  Place your hands between your legs and gently take hold of your ankles, using your elbows gently push your legs out until you feel the stretch and hold.

Return to your sitting position.

Lie down on your back and take your right leg, bend it at the knee and place your hands on to your knee and gently pull this into your stomach, making sure that your left leg is in contact with the ground.  Relax by allowing it to return and then repeat this on your left leg.  When you have relaxed then do it to both legs at the same time.

Bring your right leg back, this time straightened and put your hands on the back of your leg, NOT YOUR KNEE, and gently pull this back.  Repeat on the left leg and then both together.

Bend your right leg with your foot on the ground, place your left foot across you right knee, place your left hand through legs and join it with your right hand, gently pull your right leg backwards.
Relax and repeat this on the other leg.

Turn onto your left-hand side.  Bend your right leg and take hold of your foot.  Making sure that your shoulder, hip and knee are in a straight line.  Gradually move your knee backwards.  DONíT PULL YOUR FOOT AS THIS ONLY PUTS PRESSURE ONTO YOUR KNEE.
Relax, turn over and repeat on the other leg.

Finally lie on your back.  Stretch your arms upwards and try to touch an imaginary wall at the same time as pointing your toes forward to try to touch another imaginary wall.
Relax, take a few moments before you get up as any sudden movement may result in you feeling dizzy.
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25413 on: July 14, 2015, 12:04:27 pm »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?
It's hard to say really as we are all different,when I got knocked off by a BMW driver a couple of years ago it didn't really effect me and 20 mins later I rode 18km home.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25414 on: July 14, 2015, 12:16:51 pm »
It's hard to say really as we are all different,when I got knocked off by a BMW driver a couple of years ago it didn't really effect me and 20 mins later I rode 18km home.

I got pushed off my bike by one of them dickheads last summer, knocked me out.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25415 on: July 14, 2015, 12:29:49 pm »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25416 on: July 14, 2015, 01:17:45 pm »
Since Sundays ride, I've noticed that my right hamstring has got tight.

As a precaution I have avoided doing any spinning at the gym and only doing cycling to warm up. Anything I can do to get rid of the tightness?
Walk it off..... ;D  Seriously. How much walking or running do you do? As we all know the hamstrings on cyclists can be and invariably are shorter than other athletes as they contract at the knee and hang loose at the hip due to your position on the bike. The upper ham's are looser and weaker because of this and the lower ham's are bent and this can lead to the lower part to become shortened and tight. Walking and running will alleviate this imbalance.
Exercise is to the body what reading is to the mind.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25417 on: July 14, 2015, 01:23:18 pm »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?
As a fellow Londoner who has had a few offs in the last few years, I only sympathize.

All I can advise is getting back on your bike as often as you can and stick to familiar safe rides e.g. the outer circle Regents Park to get yourself back in to the groove. After my last spill in the winter I was screaming in my head at the start of a couple of rides but I was fine after that.

Good luck.
I don't think about it...shit happens and we deal with it...all differently I know...so with that in mind...see the bolded part of the above post...that was what I was going to suggest. Leisurely laps around a park or closed bike only area until you regain your confidence...good luck la...I know it's a tad unnerving when you get knocked off.
Exercise is to the body what reading is to the mind.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25418 on: July 14, 2015, 03:02:07 pm »
Lads. Any tips on how to get your riding confidence back after a few horrible offs and near misses?

I've lost all my mojo with my riding at the moment. I live and work in London and I feel that every time I go riding, there's a chance I won't come back with my heart beating and my brain inside my head. Been knocked off a couple of times now and had a few forced offs to save myself from going underneath the wheels of a van or a massive Chelsea tractor.

Haven't been on my bike for a couple of months now, it's just not in me at the moment. I know Blert had a horrible experience a while back and although our experiences are at opposite ends of the severity spectrum I guess it must have taken a big leap of faith to get back on the trusty steed (well, a new steed).

Anyone been in that situation before? Is it just a case of baby steps? Do a 10-mile ride round areas you know and then build it up bit by bit?
The price of property these days down the smoke I suggest you sell your 1 bedroom flat for the going rate, probably in the region of £3million to £5million and buy a nice big house up in Northumberland, complete with about 6 thousand acres of land for less than £1million and pedal round that as much as you like.

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25419 on: July 14, 2015, 03:03:53 pm »
The price of property these days down the smoke I suggest you sell your 1 bedroom flat for the going rate, probably in the region of £3million to £5million and buy a nice big house up in Northumberland, complete with about 6 thousand acres of land for less than £1million and pedal round that as much as you like.

I'll pop up and keep you company during your rides if you like    :wave

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« Reply #25420 on: July 14, 2015, 03:44:48 pm »
The price of property these days down the smoke I suggest you sell your 1 bedroom flat for the going rate, probably in the region of £3million to £5million and buy a nice big house up in Northumberland, complete with about 6 thousand acres of land for less than £1million and pedal round that as much as you like.

I'll pop up and keep you company during your rides if you like    :wave

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25421 on: July 14, 2015, 04:51:20 pm »
The price of property these days down the smoke I suggest you sell your 1 bedroom flat for the going rate, probably in the region of £3million to £5million and buy a nice big house up in Northumberland, complete with about 6 thousand acres of land for less than £1million and pedal round that as much as you like.

I'll pop up and keep you company during your rides if you like    :wave

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25422 on: July 14, 2015, 07:36:50 pm »
No real advice here Shane, but maybe ride with other people? If they can do it, so can you. :)



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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25423 on: July 14, 2015, 07:42:24 pm »
Off to Wales in the morning....nice day...abar 180 and close to 13000 feet..got's to be easier than watching the TDF. ;D
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« Reply #25424 on: July 14, 2015, 07:50:03 pm »
Less painful.

You always seem to get good weather, its supppsed to clear up tomorrow. Any predictions for the weekend?
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25425 on: July 14, 2015, 07:55:07 pm »
Less painful.

You always seem to get good weather, its supppsed to clear up tomorrow. Any predictions for the weekend?
Woram I like...Nostradamus of the forecast. ;)

Saturday's a bust...Sunday's good to go.
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« Reply #25426 on: July 14, 2015, 07:56:45 pm »
Woram I like...Nostradamus of the forecast. ;)

Saturday's a bust...Sunday's good to go.
Sweet. Will get my waterproofs. :wave
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« Reply #25427 on: July 14, 2015, 08:01:54 pm »
Sweet. Will get my waterproofs. :wave
You working again, Saturday? It's supposed to be pretty windy too on Saturday....scratch the above..it's now forecast to be warm and sunny with a high of 63f....still a tad windy at 16/17 mph from the west south west.
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25428 on: July 14, 2015, 08:09:43 pm »
Here's a very unflattering pic of me (In British heart foundation kit) smashing a Team Sky fullkitwanker during the London to Brighton

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25429 on: July 14, 2015, 09:12:55 pm »
Stage previews up.
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"Doping isn't addictive but it's an instrument of power: whoever wins attracts the money; for themselves, the team and the sponsors"

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25430 on: July 14, 2015, 09:33:44 pm »
Please, once you have lived in London you would struggle to adapt to Newcastle. We wear clothes in winter for example.
Southern softies springs to mind.   :)

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25431 on: July 14, 2015, 11:04:36 pm »
You working again, Saturday? It's supposed to be pretty windy too on Saturday....scratch the above..it's now forecast to be warm and sunny with a high of 63f....still a tad windy at 16/17 mph from the west south west.

Hoping not too, and just going for a ride somewhere nicer. But forgot that i checked earlier and saw the wind...


Anyway, enjoy tomorrow :wave
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25432 on: July 15, 2015, 04:47:06 am »
Hoping not too, and just going for a ride somewhere nicer. But forgot that i checked earlier and saw the wind...


Anyway, enjoy tomorrow :wave
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It's weird getting more than 2 hours sleep and having a semi leisurely breakfast....last few rides I've been on the road for 2 or 3 hours already at this hour. ;D

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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25433 on: July 15, 2015, 07:26:50 am »
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25434 on: July 15, 2015, 08:46:31 am »
Beautiful day and under 2:30 to work this morning, made up.

Enjoy the day all and get out if you can :wave
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25435 on: July 15, 2015, 09:58:37 am »
Southern softies springs to mind.   :)

That's what a lifetime of using inside toilets does to you. :)
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25436 on: July 15, 2015, 11:07:11 am »
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25437 on: July 15, 2015, 06:01:46 pm »
Just had to give statements to the police after some knobhead overtook us shouting abuse cut in and knocked one of the lads off his bike, bike totalled, road rash and sore ribs, lucky wasn't him totalled. Got his numberplate he didn't stop then came back later after we told him what we thought let the busies deal with him. Knob
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25438 on: July 15, 2015, 06:25:26 pm »
Just had to give statements to the police after some knobhead overtook us shouting abuse cut in and knocked one of the lads off his bike, bike totalled, road rash and sore ribs, lucky wasn't him totalled. Got his numberplate he didn't stop then came back later after we told him what we thought let the busies deal with him. Knob

Hope the lad is ok, shocking that but sadly all too common on the roads now. Hope the prick gets what he deserves although I applaud your restraint for not knocking the fuck out of him.
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Re: The Cyclist Thread
« Reply #25439 on: July 15, 2015, 07:06:01 pm »
Just had to give statements to the police after some knobhead overtook us shouting abuse cut in and knocked one of the lads off his bike, bike totalled, road rash and sore ribs, lucky wasn't him totalled. Got his numberplate he didn't stop then came back later after we told him what we thought let the busies deal with him. Knob

Good your mate is ok, hope the c*nt in the car gets a ban and a charge for assault.
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