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Old 11-06-2017, 07:22 PM
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Don't ride bikes now, when I was a teenager in the 70s I had a Viking Hosteler. I remember it had Campagnolo gears which seemed rather special to me at the time.
I have a Viking, I cycle on Thursday night with half a dozen village mates (even in the middle of winter), we do about 20 miles with a pint of real ale in the middle.:
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Old 22-08-2017, 09:06 PM
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I have a few bikes, I do Triathlon, Ironman among other stuff, my race bike is a Giant TCR SL with full Durace DI2 group set, training bike is a Giant Defy, but my commuting bike is a old Raleigh.
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Tahr - I once had to rescue a Pro during a Wimbleball half when his Di2 packed up after a fall - amazing what you can do if you carry electric tape in your pouch

(Not my shorts Sean, the bike pouch &#128580

How do you like that Groupset? I hear it's VERY smooth!
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Old 22-08-2017, 09:53 PM
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Rob, just read your posts properly. Those are utterly wonderful bikes you have. Kinda like the classic cars of the biking world!

I have a 1986 (vintage) steel custom made Allin with Mavic MA40 rims, campagnolo hubs and Shimano 600 group set which I used to time trial back in the day when I could race without training.

Nowadays I ride a custom Titanium Serrota with Campag Record Groupset, Fulcrum 1 wheels for thilly races and Zipp 404s for flat Triathlons.

This is the bad boy I parted with when the kiddies came along *sniff*!


Mine was shod with Zipp808s which, while quick, where hard to spin up (like a factory S30 flywheel) :P
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Old 23-08-2017, 09:41 AM
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Wow Ali that looks amazing (over the top but amazing).

I ride mainly on Mondays and Thursdays and fairly slowly but it helps to keep me fit. I used to run competitively but my right knee gave up a while ago after 25 years. I do still play badminton in Coventry on a Tuesday eve and have done for 26 years. We had an issue with court booking recently (the Uni block-book ALL the courts for the first few weeks of term and then interest falls). The duty manager came to see us and asked what the problem was - he understood when we explained that we had been playing there every week from before he was born!

Anyway my lads race (one downhill, one on the road and Derby Velo) and I think it's a great hobby but like you Ali they both spend far too much on bikes.
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Old 23-08-2017, 12:10 PM
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Some seriously nice hardware in that collection Rob!!! 👍👍

Great photo of your son descending.

You know, in 2010 I was supporting my wife on her UK half Ironman and watched as people were racking bikes easily worth 10k-15k (utter carbon porn) and so much wearable electronics / monitors / power meters everywhere.

Then along comes a guy with a nail of a Peugeot from c. 1985 with down tube shifters (non- indexed), zero aero, a 6 cog rear cassette and non compact chain rings. Probably weighed more than 3 carbon bikes put together. Zero electronics on him.

1200+ competitors went in the water, around 80 professionals at the front of the pack and he came in with the top 100 riders, finishing in the top 120!!!!! Just shows it's not all about the kit. But somehow we just can't help ourselves
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Old 23-08-2017, 03:18 PM
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............. Just shows it's not all about the kit.......
Yep and I realise that I rave about how light my old Columbia is for a steel bike and I've got a beer belly!
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