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A new record this morning to blow away the disappointment of being a second off my best last week. I've knocked almost a minute off my time this morning, so I'm more than a little pleased :)
6th May 2009, 09:39   | tags:,,,,

nice one! I got the road bike out this week as I have a long ride coming up this weekend - here to Fishguard on Saturday morning (40m), then Fishguard to Cardigan and back throughout the day (60m) then back here on Sunday... I spent 2 days servicing the bike, and went out for a ride last night and was well impressed with my speeds (30mph on the flat), but my rear axle just got noisier and noisier through the ride. New wheelset today then! Well done in shaving a minute off, that's brilliant, gives you a good boost for the rest of the day!

6th May 2009, 09:54

540air says:

I'm dead pleased with the way the time has come down, especially as I still haven't switched over to street tyres yet. It really does make me wonder how much faster I could do it on a road/racing bike.
That's a serious amount of mileage you'll be covering this weekend, especially with the hills you have there. 30mph on the flat is awesome, I'd be happy to get that downhill I think. I have no idea what my speeds are at any given point, other than I know I'm going quite quick when I can't pedal as fast as the wheels are turning.
Does teh rear have sealed bearings, or is it likely to be something has gone kaput inside?

6th May 2009, 10:41

nige says:

Good job, to both of you in fact!

540, if you've still got a Nokia with GPS, you can download Nokia Sports Tracker (http://sportstracker.nokia.com/nts/main/index.do) which gives you so much information regarding route, time, speeds, altitudes etc. I've started using it on my rides and it is mega-accurate. Free too, which is great. Check it out.

6th May 2009, 10:56

see my blog for the new purchases - the rear axle wasn't serviceable, so I didn't even bother to look what the matter was - sounded and felt like split bearings, which would have pitted the cups and cones anyway. I find that because I ride my MTB most, especially during winter, when I get on the road bike, it is so much easier to accelerate and maintain speed that you fly along with seemingly very little effort. Even with urban tyres on an MTB, you'd be sucking the dust of a road bike. Get One.

6th May 2009, 13:55

540air says:

nige - cheers my man, I've downloaded it onto my phone now so will have a fiddle over the next few days. Having said that, I'm out visiting customers for the next couple of days, so it'll probably be next week before it gets used properly :)

hobo - I keep thinking about getting one, but I'm not sure I could hack it on a permanent basis. Riding for me is much more than just riding and I'd get bored not being able to jump things. I need to get one on a temporary basis, where I can use it occasionally when the mood takes me :)

6th May 2009, 17:42

yep, it's horses for courses. After riding an MTB, the temptation is to try and jump the odd kerb to dodge traffic, but you physically can't do it with wheels like this (I have tried though!) There are days when you just want to get your head down and put some mileage in, or make some speed, and that's where the road bike comes into its own.

6th May 2009, 20:01

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