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chris_tim

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Jan 2015

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    Thought that might be the case, think it was all the mud. Never had an issue shouldering when training but I've never had my bike so clogged up with mud before.

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    My right shoulder is wrecked after today, it's swollen up nicely too. Any tips for comfortable shouldering of the bike or is it fairly normal to feel a bit tender there after a race like today?

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    Really enjoyed today too, my first race but managed to not be last which I was surprised at. Worst start ever but luckily I'm pretty good at running so made up some time on that savage grassy hill bit.

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    You're right, largely the conditions look good and the drainage is rarely good in this area. Sumners pond is set up the hill a little bit too which must help, it's all private land around there too so as you say no horses.

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    Took the cross bike to work as my lane was covered in black ice/un-rideable. Was great riding on the thick frozen grass (surprisingly fast) and along the South Downs Way until it started getting seriously rutted, it soon became impassable meaning I ran about a mile until I could remount for a fast grassy decent of death. At the bottom of the decent was large areas of frozen ruts caused by horses, was so sketchy. Probably the most stressful commute I've had, wasn't worth the cross practice. Way home was even worse, thick mud that rendered the tread on my tyres useless and left me with one gear to limp home! Sumners pond will be challenging if conditions stay as they are.

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    How often do people clean their bikes? I've been cleaning mine after every ride and giving the chain/cassette a good going over and re-lubricating etc, is this standard procedure for most or me being a mechanic and over thinking it.

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    Deal with the new 105 a lot at work, took one of our demo bikes out the other week and have to say it is nice but not as nice as Sram. Sram has a far more positive feel when selecting a gear and as mentioned it is lighter than Shimano's 105, it depends on what bike you will be using it on and budget. Shimano is cheaper, it is also far more readily available. You can walk into most respectable bike shops and pick up a replacement part, Sram would probably have to be ordered as most Sram stuff on stock tends to be their MTB kit. The double tap is great, means no flappy brake lever! Go test ride some bikes with the new 105 and Rival 22, see which you prefer.

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    It's not too bad in the flesh, it's hard to get a photograph of it head on. It seemed alright the other day in the sloppy stuff, suffered a bit with wet leaves though.

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    Clearances with a 32c Rocket Ron. Took it out yesterday, so good. Smashed the MTB's in the slippery stuff and climbs, amazed at how stable it is even in the chalk sludge by the river. Need to work on my descents though, struggle on the downhills due to lack of confidence and not sure where to position myself on the bike. Going out with a friend from work who is a Mtb and cyclocross coach soon, hopefully get me ready to race!

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    They were in place but not set up, not an issue for me being a bike mechanic but did need some work to get road worthy out the box.

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