Bike choice for Scottish BIke Show Sportive

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Tim Downie, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Tim Downie

    Tim Downie Guest

    I'm doing the 100 mile sportive next weekend and there are a few hills.

    I'm not bad on hills and I've been training on every hill in Ayrshire on my
    road bike which has a lowest gear of 42 x 25 (although I've done 99% of my
    riding on the 52 ring).

    Given the hills on this particular route,
    (, would I be daft to use
    my road bike when I have a good quality tourer that has a lowest of 32 x 28?

    I really don't want to walk up any hills but I like the gear changers and
    general handling of my road bike more.

    Probably an impossible question to answer. Is anyone else from here going?
    What gears are you planning on using?

    Tim Downie, Apr 7, 2012
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  2. Tim Downie twisted the electrons to say:
    I think "there are a few hills" is practically traditional for both
    Sportives and Audaxes?
    I think the scale on that graphic is a little deceptive? If you haven't
    already, perhaps try to work out what the average gradients might be for
    some of those spikes and see how scary it looks in numbers?

    Not attending myself, but I do feel having asked us this question you
    should provide some kind of ride report after the event? Even if it's
    just "you idiots, how could you let me attempt that on the road bike
    rather than the tourer"! :)
    Alistair Gunn, Apr 7, 2012
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  3. Tim Downie

    Tim Downie Guest

    Well it seems that you CAN do this course with a lowest gear of 42x25
    (although it wasn't easy). I asked an entirely untrustworthy friend for
    advice and he reckoned my road bike should do the job. My £199 Halfords job
    did look a little out of place amongst all the other bike porn though. ;-)

    A couple of very steep hills near the end were a cheeky surprise. ;-)

    A very scenic course although not all of the roads were particularly
    pleasant to ride along because of traffic. The northward leg up from
    Callander was hard work as it was into a bit of a head wind. The road TO
    Callander was pariculary lovely.

    Excellently organised and I'd do it again.

    Tim Downie, Apr 15, 2012
  4. Tim Downie twisted the electrons to say:
    Surely that's part of the fun?
    You appear to have had your Garmin set up to start a new "lap" every
    1.61km? I'm assuming there was a reason for this?
    That can happen ... I did the C2C many years ago (from Whitehaven to
    Sunderland) and there was a hill towards the end that I thought should
    have been shown in the gradient profile!
    Alistair Gunn, Apr 16, 2012
  5. Tim Downie

    Tim Downie Guest

    It was I forgot to change it from "run" mode to "cycle" mode and it was
    logging mile intervals. It's all in miles when I look at it on
    connect.garmin. Maybe you have to change units when you view it? I can
    only assume that unit choice is set in a cookie on your own machine.

    Tim Downie, Apr 16, 2012
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    Ian Smith Guest

    Well done! I regularly cycle in these areas and know some of the roads
    very well. The old Glen Fruin road must've been fun. Glen Douglas,
    starting from the Loch Long side, is another corker (done recently). On
    39x25, it took max effort to reach the top and not touch the ground with
    my feet. :)

    I considered attending the sportive as a last-minute entrant, but
    unfortunately injured my undercarriage by accidentaly riding down a
    pothole; saddle and me met rather violently. After a week of unabated
    pain and swelling, I may have to consult with the medical profession
    soon. :-( On the plus side, the bike appears undamaged.
    Ian Smith, Apr 16, 2012
  7. Tim Downie

    Tim Guest

    It was indeed! Hard work at the time (and I did have a little break to
    admire the view) but with hindsight, it wouldn't have been as fun without
    Where does that start/finish? Can't quite find it. Not that it matters
    that much. I don't suppose I'll be up that way again until next year. ;-)

    Ouch! Sounds like a wise decision. Hopefully the sportive will be on again
    next year. Relatively cheap too compared to Glasgow/Edinburgh.

    Tim, Apr 16, 2012
  8. Tim Downie

    Rob Morley Guest

    Situations like that make me appreciate my suspension seatpost.
    Rob Morley, Apr 17, 2012
  9. Tim Downie twisted the electrons to say:
    Ah! That would explain it!
    Aye, I'm in km on Garmin Connect (comes with the territory from having
    done Audaxes and having aspirations towards doing some 5k & 10k runs[1])
    and I guess it must be a viewer defined setting. Which, IMHO, does make
    sense as a design choice.

    [1] Once I've bought some running shoes!
    Alistair Gunn, Apr 17, 2012
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    Ian Smith Guest

    Glen Douglas is farther north and roughly parallel to Glen Fruin,
    finishing at Inverbeg Inn on Loch Lomond. Apart from the Renton to
    Cardross back road, it's the steepest climb I've done.

    Friends and I will most likely go for the Glasgow/Edinburgh sportive.
    But meantime, injuries notwithstanding, I hope to do a few centuries
    of my own. We just need a half-decent spring/summer. :)
    Ian Smith, Apr 17, 2012
  11. Tim Downie

    Ian Smith Guest

    That sounds tempting right now. :)

    Might let common sense prevail and take up running for a few weeks;
    allow healing, but still maintain fitness.
    Ian Smith, Apr 17, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I don't think it would give your sore bits an adequately cushy ride -
    it's a cheap telescopic one set to only move when I hit a largish bump,
    mostly it's fairly rigid. Something like a Thudbuster LT may give the
    sort of cushioning you need, but they cost a bit more (£150).
    Rob Morley, Apr 17, 2012
  13. Tim Downie

    Ian Smith Guest

    That price hurts in a different sort of way, heh.
    Ian Smith, Apr 17, 2012
  14. In uk.rec.cycling.moderated on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:39:33 +0100
    You could always go for complete prevention and get a recumbent!

    Fairly hard to damage the crown jewels riding one of those.

    Zebee Johnstone, Apr 17, 2012
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    kimble Guest

    Depends on where you mount the Garmin... :)

    kimble, Apr 18, 2012
  16. In uk.rec.cycling.moderated on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:30:25 +0100
    Well yes, but elastic bands on that bit of anatomy are *always* a bad

    Zebee Johnstone, Apr 18, 2012
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    My chum Slash managed it, albeit with the assistance of a strong wind and a
    study tree, at the 2001 World Championships. He was still in better nick
    than Big Iain, who got his handlebars up his nose after colliding with the
    fence :-(
    Dave Larrington, Apr 18, 2012
  18. Tim Downie

    Tim Downie Guest

    I did that last year but really didn't care for the route up to Douglas.
    Didn't help that it was a windy wet day but it was pretty exposed and not
    particularly scenic. The second half was better

    Tim Downie, Apr 18, 2012
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    Ian Smith Guest

    A fully enclosed recumbent would be one of my "money-no-object" items.
    The ultimate in pedalling comfort for west of Scotland climate.
    Outrageous cruising speeds would be a side bonus. :)
    Ian Smith, Apr 18, 2012
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    Ian Smith Guest

    That sounds like a completely new level of ouch.
    Ian Smith, Apr 18, 2012
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