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maxl

Member since Mar 2008 • Last active Jul 2014

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Hi there. A belt-drive frame needs to have a breakable chainstay, seat stay or rear dropout, since the belt is a single piece and cannot be broken like a chain. So I think retrofitting is possibly out of the question. Haven't see them sold as frame-only. Best bet might be to commission a framebuilder to make you one, or buy an off-the-peg complete bike and customise it… Hope that helps

  • in Rides & Races
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    Either way I wont be using my bike, bikes will be supplied for us at the event so I dont need to worry about set up, but that was another thing, if my training bike is set up one way and the bike I use is slightly different wont that be detrimental to me?

    If it's not even your bike, then it throws it all into the imponderables. You need to get out there on what you have, and then make sure you get the bike set-up as well as possible when you're there.

    How long is the whole ride?

  • in Rides & Races
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    Sounds as if a change in set-up and some training for an hour or more at threshold are the best plan.

  • in Rides & Races
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    What adoubletap said. You're going to be doing a long ride at threshold intensity, that's the sort of training you need to do, no?

    If the position isn't good on your road bike, shouldn't you try to change it? That's the bike you're committing to riding up a mountain, probably a good plan to get as comfortable as you can on it…

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think that may be the Stelvio…

    But to answer your question, it sounds as if any time on the bike would be useful. How come you can't bring yourself to get out on your geared bike?!

    Hill training on the single-speed would be OK, but probably not the most targeted and effective training. Assuming you've got a do-it-all gear on it, then you'd be riding up the hills over-geared, which would help most at building strength.

    On a climb like the Tourmalet you'll have to be putting in an effort sustained over 1.5 hours or whatnot. So in my book it sounds like it'd be a good idea to put in some time building general endurance and cardio-vascular fitness too. Long rides and sustained climbs at tempo, not just explosive efforts.

    That's a completely unscientific opinion BTW… :-)

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Tyre is deflated I presume?

  • in Rides & Races
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    Why not just do it yourselves – there is plenty of route information and advice on hotels/camping etc if you search 'London Paris'.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    I'll go for that. Cheers. PM coming.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    It'll be awesome, but be prepared for the fact that the very highest roads will not be reliably 'open' until at least late May, and it could be as late as mid-June. So anything like the Iséran, Galibier, maybe even Izoard will be touch-and-go. It might put some rather large impediments in your route…

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