Archive for September, 2012

And the solution is…

If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know the solution to this problem.

Nice warm country, perhaps trouble with crime, but can’t be any worse than being parked in a flash car.

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Light bike, heavy bag

I had the chance to commute to work (2.5 miles each way) on my now lightened bike.

Trouble was, I had my laptop with me. After taking the longer way home (5 miles) up a steep hill (15%) and feeling not particularly like I was dancing on the pedals, I decided to weigh my bag.

9.9kg! That’d by why then and frankly I wouldn’t want to cycle any more than 5 miles with that on my back. I couldn’t use the TT bars because it was too uncomfortable.

I have to find out how much of that is the monster laptop I’ve been given by work (very nice for working on and 5 hrs battery life, but a little chunky) and how much is other junk. I already know that 800g was potatoes, exactly offsetting weight saving of the £250 I spent on the new wheels.

 

Bike upgrade

After itching for a new bike for a long time, I finally took the “sensible” decision to upgrade the trusty Sirrus (for the second time in it’s life) with some nice light wheels and slightly skinnier tyres (28 vs 32mm), to see if I like that sort of thing. I’ve done this, partly because I reckon this is the biggest bang for the buck performance wise (that I haven’t done already) and I like all the components I now have on the Sirrus, which I might not be able to get on a new bike.

So, after £250 of new wheels and tyres, I have a bike that’s 800g lighter and looks flash.

Old:

New

After 3 weeks of tonsillitis, lack of tools and colds, I finally managed to get out for a ride on my new wheels. I took advantage of being able to do a slightly longer 30k loop. You can see the comparison between the new and old set-ups.

New: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/223529805

Old: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/212111116

So, a gain of 0.5mph. However, it felt much more lively to accelerate, I din’t feel anywhere near as fit as the effort on the old wheels and it quite abit windier.