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One for the cyclists here... 12:25 - Apr 28 with 53581 viewsllangyfelach

For varying reasons I'm not confident enough to get out and about on my bike, so for the next couple of months I'll be using my indoor Turbo Trainer. I'm mindful that at the moment I'll be training based on time rather than distance, so want to get myself a decent milometer. Any recommendations?

Ta in advance

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One for the cyclists here... on 22:45 - Jul 6 with 1497 viewsrob

Awesome morning at Cwm Rhaeadr near Llandovery today.




Just a little GoPro vid of it for future reference and anyone who hasn't ridden this little gem of a trail. I've riden most of 'official' trails in Wales and this stretch of singletrack is up there with the best of them, if not, the best.

It's bloody lovely up there aswell, there is a stunning view near the top of the climb. Cycling isn't only great for fitness but getting your ass off the sofa and getting out there and seeing new places.
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One for the cyclists here... on 22:59 - Jul 6 with 1492 viewsmax936

One for the cyclists here... on 22:45 - Jul 6 by rob

Awesome morning at Cwm Rhaeadr near Llandovery today.




Just a little GoPro vid of it for future reference and anyone who hasn't ridden this little gem of a trail. I've riden most of 'official' trails in Wales and this stretch of singletrack is up there with the best of them, if not, the best.

It's bloody lovely up there aswell, there is a stunning view near the top of the climb. Cycling isn't only great for fitness but getting your ass off the sofa and getting out there and seeing new places.


Looks a great ride that Rob, been stuck in here on my arse allday, its gonna be a long 6 weeks, at least I've got my exercise bike to keep my fitness up
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One for the cyclists here... on 05:10 - Jul 7 with 1460 viewscsf

It's just gone 5 and I'm about to embark on my first ride for about two years. Only a little 6 miler but it's a start. This thread has been a decent motivator in getting me out, so thanks a lot.
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One for the cyclists here... on 09:19 - Jul 7 with 1425 viewsmax936

Don't drink and rid out there fellas.

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One for the cyclists here... on 11:14 - Jul 7 with 1400 viewsorion3016

One for the cyclists here... on 22:45 - Jul 6 by rob

Awesome morning at Cwm Rhaeadr near Llandovery today.




Just a little GoPro vid of it for future reference and anyone who hasn't ridden this little gem of a trail. I've riden most of 'official' trails in Wales and this stretch of singletrack is up there with the best of them, if not, the best.

It's bloody lovely up there aswell, there is a stunning view near the top of the climb. Cycling isn't only great for fitness but getting your ass off the sofa and getting out there and seeing new places.


Cracking rob. That's one of the few trails in wales I haven't done

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One for the cyclists here... on 11:17 - Jul 7 with 1399 viewsorion3016

One for the cyclists here... on 09:19 - Jul 7 by max936

Don't drink and rid out there fellas.



That's why I limit to 13 pints now....
Those aberdare mtb boys are usually a bunch of nerds so they've gone up in my estimation

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One for the cyclists here... on 16:14 - Jul 9 with 1325 viewsJackfath

Hope you're getting better Max my friend.

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:09 - Jul 9 with 1309 viewsmax936

One for the cyclists here... on 16:14 - Jul 9 by Jackfath

Hope you're getting better Max my friend.


Im getting there, thanks JF.
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One for the cyclists here... on 08:43 - Jul 11 with 1267 viewsorion3016

There's an excellent film on bbc I player - Storyville , lance Armstrong

He was a hero of mine, bought all his books and loads of livestrong kit over the years, although at least some of that money went to charity
This film shows how a manipulative cheat who dominated so many people with his ego rose and spectacularly fell

Recommended viewing

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One for the cyclists here... on 14:41 - Jul 12 with 1231 viewsJackfath

One for the cyclists here... on 08:43 - Jul 11 by orion3016

There's an excellent film on bbc I player - Storyville , lance Armstrong

He was a hero of mine, bought all his books and loads of livestrong kit over the years, although at least some of that money went to charity
This film shows how a manipulative cheat who dominated so many people with his ego rose and spectacularly fell

Recommended viewing


Watched this last night. Very interesting.

Also, the styles and shapes of the pelotons bikes, helmets, handlebars etc over the years. For example, Lance was often seen using tri bars on his bike, none of the current crop of TDF riders use them, are they outlawed in this race?

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One for the cyclists here... on 15:01 - Jul 12 with 1221 viewspansypants

His handlebars were on steroids Fath

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:48 - Jul 12 with 1188 viewsorion3016

One for the cyclists here... on 14:41 - Jul 12 by Jackfath

Watched this last night. Very interesting.

Also, the styles and shapes of the pelotons bikes, helmets, handlebars etc over the years. For example, Lance was often seen using tri bars on his bike, none of the current crop of TDF riders use them, are they outlawed in this race?


That's a good question re tri bars as I think they are still legal so when the 1st time trial stage comes shortly we can have a look

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:49 - Jul 12 with 1185 viewsJackfath

One for the cyclists here... on 18:48 - Jul 12 by orion3016

That's a good question re tri bars as I think they are still legal so when the 1st time trial stage comes shortly we can have a look


It's the first year I have been interested in it tbh. I was amazed at them tanking up the hill to the finish today. They could have given me a 30 min head start and still stuffed me.

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One for the cyclists here... on 19:01 - Jul 12 with 1179 viewsorion3016

One for the cyclists here... on 18:49 - Jul 12 by Jackfath

It's the first year I have been interested in it tbh. I was amazed at them tanking up the hill to the finish today. They could have given me a 30 min head start and still stuffed me.


These guys are just racing snakes, after watching the lance film I just hope everyone is legitimately clean cos it's a truly superhuman effort to back up day after day for 3 weeks

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One for the cyclists here... on 19:03 - Jul 12 with 1178 viewspansypants

One for the cyclists here... on 19:01 - Jul 12 by orion3016

These guys are just racing snakes, after watching the lance film I just hope everyone is legitimately clean cos it's a truly superhuman effort to back up day after day for 3 weeks


Even on blood doping and gear it takes incredible efforts

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One for the cyclists here... on 19:05 - Jul 12 with 1176 viewsJackfath

Mr Pacemaker went to see Stage 3 in London. I wish I had made the effort now. I shall go next time.

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One for the cyclists here... on 19:08 - Jul 12 with 1175 viewsorion3016

One for the cyclists here... on 19:05 - Jul 12 by Jackfath

Mr Pacemaker went to see Stage 3 in London. I wish I had made the effort now. I shall go next time.


I think he really enjoyed
The crowds were incredible with the real possibility of a swift return to uk in a few years
They do make a point of visiting at least one neighbouring country each year , 2 this year with Belgium

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:16 - Jul 13 with 1147 viewsmax936

Just ordered this looks a great little product to lengthen the life of your chain,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0013D9N1K/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8
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One for the cyclists here... on 18:17 - Jul 13 with 1142 viewsJackfath

One for the cyclists here... on 18:16 - Jul 13 by max936

Just ordered this looks a great little product to lengthen the life of your chain,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0013D9N1K/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8


I bought one of those the other week Max. Didn't pay that much though. It came from China and is a great little cleaner.

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:30 - Jul 13 with 1134 viewsmax936

One for the cyclists here... on 18:17 - Jul 13 by Jackfath

I bought one of those the other week Max. Didn't pay that much though. It came from China and is a great little cleaner.


Oh bollox, where did you get it?
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One for the cyclists here... on 18:33 - Jul 13 with 1133 viewsJackfath

One for the cyclists here... on 18:30 - Jul 13 by max936

Oh bollox, where did you get it?


No de-greaser but bought some in Tesco. Also bought some GT85 and some dry lube for the links.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AAXFF8Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8

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One for the cyclists here... on 19:16 - Jul 13 with 1124 viewsmax936

One for the cyclists here... on 18:33 - Jul 13 by Jackfath

No de-greaser but bought some in Tesco. Also bought some GT85 and some dry lube for the links.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AAXFF8Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8


I've put Finish Line Wet lube on my chain big mistake it makes the bike sound like a bag of nails when pedalling, think the lube as attracted every speck of dust and crud available,
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One for the cyclists here... on 19:33 - Jul 13 with 1116 viewsDDCH

One for the cyclists here... on 18:33 - Jul 13 by Jackfath

No de-greaser but bought some in Tesco. Also bought some GT85 and some dry lube for the links.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AAXFF8Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8


Be very careful with GT85 it is not a lube. Good for getting water out but not much else.

Dry lube is great but wax based ones are a nightmare in Swansea as sand sticks to it. I currently use Morgan Blue extra dry lube...........sounds a bit dodgy

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One for the cyclists here... on 16:44 - Jul 14 with 1077 viewsJackfath

One for the cyclists here... on 19:33 - Jul 13 by DDCH

Be very careful with GT85 it is not a lube. Good for getting water out but not much else.

Dry lube is great but wax based ones are a nightmare in Swansea as sand sticks to it. I currently use Morgan Blue extra dry lube...........sounds a bit dodgy


Thoughts on these routes gents?

http://www.thefivevalleys.co.uk/route/

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One for the cyclists here... on 18:57 - Jul 14 with 1053 viewsPacemaker

One for the cyclists here... on 16:44 - Jul 14 by Jackfath

Thoughts on these routes gents?

http://www.thefivevalleys.co.uk/route/


Tough in parts v tough In a few places.

Start to Talbot Green pretty good ride a few climbs over Stormy Down and Barn Hill Laleston but ok.

From Talbot green it is a tough climb up through Lanelay Hall lane then Blackmill lanes from Tonyrefail to Glynogwr which is v tough in parts and a bit dangerous with traffic, from there you drop into Blackmill and up to the top of the Bwlch via the Ogmore valley,it is ok but has a v steep climb out of Nantymoel then onto the Bwlch which is a slog. If I were you and you want to do it this is the route I would choose, don't take the longer route it is a good bit tougher, plus you can bet it will be hot.

The Bwlch and Rhigos are a tough ride on their own without the Bridgend start.I cannot do it due to work otherwise I would go with you.

Have a ride along the A48 from Margam to Bridgend and back it will be about 30 miles round trip but it will give you an idea of what the start is like as it gets much tougher from there on.

Wait until I am back from Hols and I will take you down to Ogmore by Sea from Baglan a good 50 miles with plenty of challenging terrain.

Nothing to see here.

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