So you ride a pushie hey - The Aus Bicycling Thread

Discussion in 'Australia' started by clarky, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. clarky

    clarky 05' 640 Adv

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    I have trolled through the index and googled and couldn't find a thread about cycling.

    Now I know that there is one in the Fluff section, but I thought that a local one might be handy for those who use the pushie to keep fit and be able to ride the motor variety better/harder :clap :clap

    So why do you do it? Do you compete in anything? and what do you ride?

    To start it off, I do a bit socially and compete in the bike leg of the local triathlon http://www.hellofthewest.com/ it is longer than the standard olympic distance, with a 2km swim, 80km bike & 20km run :freaky

    I have only been riding a few years, and bought a fairly basic bike to see whether I like it or not, managed to pick up a 2007 Le Monds Tourmalet (the red one :evil) for a steal - 105 gears, Carbon Bontrager forks, aero bars, seat post etc. For a budget bike it is really nice to ride.

    Mostly I ride to keep fit and it is a little more social than riding the Katoom.

    Those of you nuts enough to ride down-hill MB.....chirp up too, after having a go at Mammoth in the states this year for the first time on a MB since I was a kid.......you guys are nuts :eek1 :rofl But jeezus it was good fun :lol3

    What about the rest of you?
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    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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  3. clarky

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    Gday M, yeah I know about the massive thread in Fluff, and that there has been a little conversation about MB's on the Aust forum, but I haven't seen too much about road cycling in Aust forum except for JayBo1 in his threads about training for the Safari.....if it doesn't work it will get buried or nuked.......
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  4. JayBo1

    JayBo1 Long timer

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    I have a Scott CR1 Team that I bought new in mid 2007 and have since done just over 16,000 km on it. I commute 32km each way to work - takes around an hour although my Personal Best was a 52:36 set just before Christmas. I celebrated by ordering a new CR1 Pro to be fitted from new with Kysrium SL wheel set. The CR1 Team is all Shimano 105 gear set, although I have fitted Ultegra linked chain and rear gear cluster, while the new CR1 Pro is all Shimano Ultegra stuff.

    I do the occasional 65km "shop ride" on a Saturday morning if I haven't managed my 3 day minimum for the week commuting. I started riding purely for the fitness aspect but now really enjoy it and miss it when I can't ride. (I had 5 months off after my shoulder surgery and 3 months off after rupturing my spleen). I haven't "raced" but did recently ride the 106km "Great Bike Ride" in Perth - finishing in 3hr 22 sec's. I know if I raced I'd get thrashed!

    I find the leg strength I've built to be a major factor in my ability on the 530 in long distance rides like the Safari. I'm hoping the cardio fitness will help deal with the big dunes in the Desert Challenge in March.
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    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    eeeeewwww Roadys :D:lol3
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    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    a cow walked on my pushy and bent it so i now ride janes purple ladies bike
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  7. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Clarky et al,

    I am looking for a bike as we speak I am looking to ride to work and do a bit of X training with the bike - trails and the like!

    As a kid I rode competitive road and triathlon and always loved the bike but gave up and became fat from shift work , laziness and overeating - but I am know trying to turn that around!

    I am trying to find the balance between a commuter and something I can do some trails on and not having much luck any suggestions?
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  8. clarky

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    Geez if you don some lycra Phil you'd be fighting the girls away :rofl
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  9. clarky

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    Gday Leith, I dunno much about anything, and especially not off-road cycles, but I got my mum a bike for xmas, they just ride around the farm on gravel roads etc, and there are some really nice Hybrids with front shocks that can be locked out, and with a slightly knobbie tyre they might just do the job.....would be a damn side lighter than a full-blown MB and pretty good to ride on-road.

    So you've been a tri competitor, come and have a go at HOTW!!!
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  10. JayBo1

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    I started originally with what you're after. I came to realise the best thing was one of each. I commuted on my "semi-mountain bike" (Kojima) and it was good up to about 25 km's. When my commute was stretching beyond that, I switched to the carbon CR1 bike and never looked at the Kojima again. The great plans I had of hitting the trails occasionally just never panned out and now I get my fill of riding just commuting the 32kms each way.

    The thin tyres, 110psi tubes, super light frame, the crouched rider position, etc all help to make the ride so much more pleasant than pushing through the air on a MTB brick. The MTB is there if I ever get around to actually hitting the trails - now unlikely so I'm going to sell it. I'm glad I only spent several hundred on the MTB and several thousand on the roady. It's a balance that worked for me.

    If you were near me I'd lend you the Kojima to try for a while, but really it's just a alloy framed MTB with damping rubber front shocks and rigid rear with 21 speeds. Nothing really special but served me well for a while doing what you're looking for.
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  11. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    hmm maybe if I get this fitness kick up and happening!!! - We have three age group world champions here in gunnedah so there is a very good club to train in if your that way inclined! - which is my problem i m not that way inlcined

    maybe I need to find a reasonable road bike and just focus on the commuting thing for a while!!


    How wet up there hamish??

    We got 40 mm this morning kids are driving me mad 3 days of rain and another couple of wet ones to come cabin fever is on its way!!

    Regards

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  12. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Thanks Jaybo1 - that makes me think the road is the way to go and look at a mountain bike later when i win lotto!!

    or sell a kidney!
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  13. Nitram

    Nitram Been here awhile

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    I crashed at Oran Park racing Buckets in June '08, and busted my shoulder pretty badly. When I got it out the sling I couldn't lift the arm very well, and I found the only thing I could do properly was ride a road bike with drop bars. So I started riding a fair bit- commuting to work Springwood to Parramatta a few days each week, and riding weekends too. My son was racing criteriums with Penrith CC and so I started too. I got a Sentisi with Dura Ace, and then a few mths ago got a full carbon Azzurri with Ultegra gear.

    The criteriums are pretty intense, and 'though I've progressed OK through E and D Grades, I reckon I may not get past C grade. It's full of 25-30 y.o. gym-going types, and my 50 y.o. body often struggles to keep with the pack at times- and nothing left for the sprints at the end.

    Anyway, I'm pretty well hooked, and havn't been back to Bucket racing ! It's great for the cardio stuff and legs of course, but the arms are pretty pissweak. I raced VMX a while ago and struggled to hang onto the bars.

    Cheers,

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  14. K2m

    K2m ....58....

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    Apart from refusing to grow old...... I like to keep fit, but mostly to ride in places that I cannot ride my motorbikes in IE national parks. My wife and I do regular tours in Kosi...... and she can ride her own bike. Modern Mt bikes are a blast to ride fast down a mountain.

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  15. clarky

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    Well get your arse into gear....HOTW is on 31/1/10!!!!!

    We've had bugger all out of this change mate, about 7mm since 24/12. The system was west of us to start with and then it tracked South East....I would be surprised if we get much more, although Elders is predicting 90% 10-20mm for today and tomorrow....

    Although I would take the 40mm you guys got, I'll pass on the 200-300mm out west....thats a bit too much in one go!!!

    PS a roadie might be a better option than the DR for commuting (I hear that the roadies 3rd gear is stronger :rofl :wink: )
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  16. K2m

    K2m ....58....

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    On the Weekend between the Kosi and Trout 2008 rallies, both of which we attended, we did a 3 day trip from Guthega power Station to the Summit of Jagungal staying at Grey Mare hut both nights A nice way to spend 2 weeks:freaky

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    zatigs Happy Wanderer

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    Giant OCR, try to get in 2 x 35k rides a week.
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  20. WestOzKLX

    WestOzKLX Elsie with Allspeeds

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    My thoughts too. Keep it dirt!
    Try this on your carbon forked, Ultegra thingy. impressive BTW.:clap

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