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number21

Member since Jan 2016 • Last active Feb 2021
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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I've got threaded bb on my current road bike with 30mm spindle. It's the only road BB I've ever worn out and I did it in a year. Campag, shimano, done thousands of kms with threaded external BBs on 24/25mm axles no issues.

    Sample size of one pretty much makes my experiences meaningless but will see how long the second BB lasts.

    As for mtb - never found Sram BBs great even on threaded 24mm stuff and never used a 30mm/threaded bb combo but I'd rather stick to shimano.

  • in Photography
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    Do I see Haribo? I though Wiggle stopped including it....

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    I'd be keen for a non 5w/kg one.

    I'd love to join one of these, but 8am doesn't work - I have daily standups for work first thing. Anyone want to do an evening one?

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    A+: 4.6w/kg FTP, 300w FTP or higher.
    A: 4.02w/kg FTP or higher.
    Cat B: 3.2w/kg to 4.0w/kg FTP.
    Cat C: 2.5w/kg to 3.2w/kg FTP.
    Cat D: Under 2.5w/kg FTP.

    There's a loophole if you're a lightweight where you can have higher w/kg as long as you are under power (250 for B, 200 for C, etc.).

    For the TTT though the teams are categorised based on the number of riders in each grade. So if you have even 1 A grader you are bumped up a class, etc. The classes have stupid coffee based names with the lower the milk content the faster the teams.

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    If you mean you'd be up for TTT, that'd be sweet. Your figures from four months ago are solid A territory. Yes I stalked you on ZP.

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    I'd say laptop, with Zwift companion app on phone. Ipad works great too if your laptop isn't up to it

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    Ha yeah the team time trial is a bit complex.

    Your team captain usually tells you what to do though. So, download discord app, get invited to group - that makes communication during race easy and its set to only turn on the mic when you talk so you don't just hear trainers and fans.

    Team captain then tells you which event to join, and how to set up a Zwiftpower account, and how you add your team tag to your name. You don't need to worry about what grade to enter - the team captain checks all the grades of the riders based on their figures and enters correct event. If an ungraded rider puts out mega watts the team automatically gets upgraded after the event.

    The only difficult bits are:

    • At the start, when the event starts you have to sit and wait for your team captain to tell you to go (s/he is timing the start so you go at your alloted time in real life)

    • During the race, drafting each other in a line is optimal, so you need to communicate a bit. It's best to ride at a pace all riders can maintain with stronger riders doing longer turns, just like in real life. Its waaaaaay harder than in real life though...

    My team were really keen but then one by one couldn't make it after 3-4 races so I'd be keen to get another team going and I'd happily manage all these pesky logistics, as long as there are 4 keen riders of any ability who will commit to doing things like setting up a zwiftpower account and not being a dick and riding off in to the sunset as soon as the banner drops.

    It makes otherwise-boring zwift a bit more interesting on Thursday evenings!

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    Communication is via discord. The WTRL TTT is a bit of a hack workaround so there's a real process to getting the start right - half the fun.

    Teams can be mixed ability and graded accordingly. The main thing is working together well. If there's an A rider then probably put them on the front for long turns but not pushing threshold for drafting B/C/D riders in the team.

    It's fun but so popular now that sometimes the wait in the start pen can be very long, over 10 minutes.

    If team was new and couldn't check their Zwiftpower results, I'd say a reccy ride as a group would be almost essential.

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    Four. Only three need to finish. But the more the better up to 8.

    I've raced with three before and it's fine but hard to get a solid time.

  • in LFGSS Cycling Club
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    If anyone wants to create a TTT team I'm game.

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