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General Chat Thread, Cycling to Work in General; I brought a cycling jacket from Lidl last week and wore it for one day (it was v.sunny). All I ...
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    I brought a cycling jacket from Lidl last week and wore it for one day (it was v.sunny). All I can say is that I look forwards to wearing it on a nice cold morning as it baked me!

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    First proper day back and i over slept! cycling tomorrow it is then!

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    First ride in light rain this morning. Turned back after 1/4 mile - not for the rain, but because I realised I still had my slippers on.

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    If anyone has a single speed (or a hub-geared bike) you might want to try this, especially with winter coming up. I'm sure we can find some of this stuff lying around. Around cables, admittedly, but around nonetheless.


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    I cycle about 10 miles each way, when I first started I was using my sisters old mountain bike and back pack. This would give me a sweaty back and I found that I often ran out of gears. Ended up buying a GT Transeo hybrid and kitted it out with mud gaurds and a pannier rack and then spent 90 on Ortlieb pannier bags but I think they are the best purchase I've made in cycling accessories, they are completley water proof, its great not having to wrap everything up in carrier bags. Tyre wise I use Schwalbe land crusiers, they are a lot lighter than Marathons and they seem to be very puncture resistant, I've had my bike nearly 2 years and have yet to have a puncture. I got my cycle clothing from Sports Direct as I felt it useful being able to try them for size first and they seem to be holding up. I know a lot of people like to travel light but I tend to load everything in to my panniers for a bit more a challenge, makes decesents more interesting though. My dad has given me his old road bike that i use on nicer days and I'm going to convert it to a fixed gear bike whcih should make the hills round my way more of a challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenABF View Post
    I got my cycle clothing from Sports Direct .....
    I was gonna post that until you beat me to it! Sports direct have got some great deals on cycling clothing (Muddy Fox branded tops,jackets,shorts,leggings for about 10 each) at the moment.

    We'll worth a trip if you're looking for any kit.

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    Aldi apparently have another cycling event starting the 27th September

    I've had quite a few things (clothes wise) from there all of which are well made and lasted well

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    so how is everyone getting on with cycling?

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    just clicked over 1000 miles commuting to work since 1 January 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    just clicked over 1000 miles commuting to work since 1 January 2012
    how far do you do a day?

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    21 miles.. I try to come on the bike at least twice a week but usually aim for 3 maybe 4 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    so how is everyone getting on with cycling?
    Sticking with it twice a week (mon/fri), trying to add a third in on wed, but things keep happening that prevent it. Managing 40-45 mins for the 11/12 miles on ride in, more on the ride back (different, more 'difficult' route).

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    i only have a 15 minute ride and thats hard for me! lol

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    Just got a new bike and knocked 15min off my time!

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    Been cycling to work for 3 weeks now after rediscovering my love for mountain biking. After the initial cost for fixing up the bike and getting a helmet which is an absolute must its been saving me quite a lot on petrol per week. I sustained a torn MCL in June and so the cycling has really helped with the rehabilitation of my knee, I second Oaktech on the ibuprofen gel the stuff is great. I cycle everyday I doubt I can maintain that over the winter but will do my best some of the links here have been really useful in preparing for the cold months.

    The downsides for me are other road users... I have already had 2/3 near misses and been clipped once, funnily enough most incidents happen in the school car park when parents are speeding through it. Also the road conditions here are graded as poor for cyclists by the local council so I try to stick to the canal and river paths.

    What are peoples tips/advice for riding on the hard frost/ice? I ride a mountain bike along shingle canal path so that lessens the impact of frost for me apart from iced up puddles. I am guessing for road bike users riding purely on the road it must be a pretty hairy experience in these conditions fair play to you.

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