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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active May 2022

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    @scherrit. I'll certainly ask him, but wondered whether there were views on this out there that I had missed.

    What set me thinking about it was reading Jan Heine's book the other day. He was talking about how, because faster riders lean forward more, as more weight is supported by pedalling harder, they need longer reach than someone riding more slowly. For similar reasons, front suspension is more effective for faster riders as more weight forward, and rear (eg fat tyre, sprung saddle) more effective for slower.

    What struck me was that, on an ultra, I transition from one type to the other.

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    I have trended to have to make adjustments to fit during ultras on the fly in the past as issues have arisen. For example I think that, during every ride of over 600km that I have ever done, I have lowered the saddle height. And a couple of times I have put my bars higher. But there are other adjustments I would like to have made at times but which were harder, such as a shorter stem.

    And doing it on the fly might be risky. On TCR 2019 one of the changes I made was to put my saddle back, which might have contributed to getting Shermer's as it made my reach longer and forced me to extend my neck further.

    I now think that, based on my history, it should be fairly predictable and am wondering if I could try to start TCR with my bike set up for how I am likely to want it to be on day 3 onwards, rather than for day 1.

    Has anyone else either thought about, or read anything about, how required fit changes as power decreases and fatigue increases over the course of an ultra? I'd be interested in anything that looks at this.

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    That looks good. I still prefer the desktop search functionality where I can select by length, start location, etc and then edit the route to fit what I need, but good to have this as well.

    I'm happy to keep paying them as well as I've had over a decade of use out of it, mostly when it was free, and have used it for several hundred routes.

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    Annoying, but if Komoot is paying the organiser they won't do anything to upset them even if it is shit. And individual riders have no negotiation power. There seem to be enough unsophisticated users who love komoot to put up the sycophantic social media posts.
    Eventually they'll either run out of money.

    Edit - @amey I hadn't read your post when I wrote mine so it was not a response to yours! Interesting to hear what the good bits are about Komoot as to me it's shit. But I've not (and will not) invest time in getting the hang of it.

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    Thanks, a good term for me to google!

    I part grew up on a farm so I find it interesting to see the agriculture. It was clearly a very big deal there, pretty intensively farmed and, as you say, loads of grain. Also a bit of salad / vegetables: lettuce, sprouts / cabbage and carrots.

    A lot of the grain got watered at night by massive water jets, which is fine, but they also water the roads which was a bit annoying when I got sprayed. I saw some big bits of farm kit, but I bet the combines are the size of houses.

    In that area I managed to beg some water from a gypsy. I was running low and passed what I thought was a campsite and went in to ask if I could fill my bottles from a tap. But there wasn't a tap. A guy came up with a bottle of water and chatted a bit, and he said he was Gitan. I only knew that as cigarettes, but then I worked out it meant Gypsy, and it was a travellers' site. Have to say it looked a lot better than the equivalent in the UK - but obviously not on mains water. Felt a bit bad as paying wasn't appropriate and I didn't have anything to give him in return at the time.

    Further south, in the Loire, they were harvesting strawberries and asparagus - lots of guest workers being bussed in.

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    I did it.
    Having beer in Dieppe waiting for ferry, having beer.
    Route was ok but there is a boring, flat bit of France between Normandy and the Loire that I'd forgotten about.
    I'll write a bit more shortly

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    Making sure she didn't get the bus

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    I'm doing this this weekend - just jumping on the ferry to Dieppe and heading south for a day and half, then turning round and coming home:

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39381597

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    Thanks, that's very reassuring to hear!
    My other good wheels are XR31t, which are OK, but not quite as nice, and definitely more suited to flat roads than climbing.

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    People with Light Bicycle rim brake wheels - they seem to reckon the braking is fine nowadays. But has anyone done something like a long, twisty alpine descent and not had toasted rims?

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