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Basically you are dropped into one of three maps with whoever has logged in, generally between 2-6k riders. You can either free ride round the map, do training or graded events/races. Now and again real riders appear (greipel was on there last night!). I use my iPad via Bluetooth but generally you would need a smart trainer to have a decent experience. I think you can get away with a dumb trainer and power/cadence meters but it obviously won’t pick up the gradients of the hills. You can do 20km for free so might be worth a try to see if you can connect
If you need gradients on your turbo, just stick some bricks under the front wheel.

Winsford, two bricks, Meriden Hill, three bricks, Alpe d'Huez ten bricks, and so on.

For downhill sections stick 'em under the rear wheel instead, and shove a fan in front of your face at maximum setting.

For the most realistic Coventry cycling experience, you'll want the missus stood next to you. She should lob half-empty fast food containers in your general direction whilst shouting "get out of the f**king road, fat boy!". :)
 

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GIRO D'ITALIA.....anyone following?

....always had ventoux on my bucket list.....but etna looked awesome yesterday.

Im loving Yates attitude.....

Quest present the highlights well so hopefully next seasons goals show on quest telly will be good too.
 
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Know what you're getting at.....


.....but then you watch them racing......awesome.

I hate what football has become......but then we see city.....awesome
 

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I did the tour de Yorkshire sportive last Sunday, 80gruelling miles and 7500 ft of climbing. Baking hot day but a top event. We arrived back in Leeds to free beer and then watched the pros come in a few hours later. Highly recommend the day!
 
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I really need to get out. Only been out twice since Christmas.

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I really need to get out. Only been out twice since Christmas.

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had the same problem due to piss poor weather this year. never had a year like it for a long time. Zwift has helped get me into shape over this period!!
 

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Yep.....watched the ladies race this morning.....unbelievable finish.

Those cobbles certainly were hideous......

I did start a TDF thread......but it kinda got lost what with the WC and all that jazz.....

TDF 2018

EDIT: NICK.....can you stick the TDF thread into the main cycling thread or summat....ta.
 

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Ha Ha.......some geezer just jumped the peleton on a MTB......must have had about 10m of air at highest point......Totally Radical man!
 

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Yep.....watched the ladies race this morning.....unbelievable finish.

Those cobbles certainly were hideous......

I did start a TDF thread......but it kinda got lost what with the WC and all that jazz.....

TDF 2018

EDIT: NICK.....can you stick the TDF thread into the main cycling thread or summat....ta.
Would love to do the roubaix sportive one day
 

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I really want G to win, but i think he'll drop off in the last week.

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Froome will win it but they could easily get G up there. The depth of that Team Sky train is too much for the field. They need to attack more but only seem to be teams like AG2 and Movistar that have a go
 

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Froome will win it but they could easily get G up there. The depth of that Team Sky train is too much for the field. They need to attack more but only seem to be teams like AG2 and Movistar that have a go
Sky's control of the peloton is unbelievable to watch sometimes. I haven't watched todays stage but know the result, but watching yesterday to see Sky with so many riders at the front of the peloton dictating the pace was a mark of how good their team is, which I know is down to resources but they do have some fantastic riders.

Would love G to win it, I hope he can push on and hold on, would be a worthy winner.
 

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Sky's control of the peloton is unbelievable to watch sometimes. I haven't watched todays stage but know the result, but watching yesterday to see Sky with so many riders at the front of the peloton dictating the pace was a mark of how good their team is, which I know is down to resources but they do have some fantastic riders.

Would love G to win it, I hope he can push on and hold on, would be a worthy winner.
To be honest I think it takes a bit away from the sport. It’s inevitable that they will win unless they crash out. Just cannot compare on resources hence the push for the salary caps
 

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Sky's control of the peloton is unbelievable to watch sometimes. I haven't watched todays stage but know the result, but watching yesterday to see Sky with so many riders at the front of the peloton dictating the pace was a mark of how good their team is, which I know is down to resources but they do have some fantastic riders.

Would love G to win it, I hope he can push on and hold on, would be a worthy winner.
They were under pressure today in my opinion, Mkwi could hardly give anything once they got to D’Huez if it hadn’t been for their little Columbian I think they may have struggled to claim the same result today.
I think G has the better form over Froome, the on form Froome would have blown away the field when he went on his breakaway. Credit to Dumolin for clawing him back. Think the time gap is significant enough for Sky to sit up and say look maybe we should get behind Gee without risking damaging Froome chances, easily done by using Froome as last man for Gee and if Gee can stay the pace Froome will.
 
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I miss Cavendish winning the sprints. he seems to be in a much weaker team this time around.
I don't think he's ever going to break the stage-wins record.
 

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I miss Cavendish winning the sprints. he seems to be in a much weaker team this time around.
I don't think he's ever going to break the stage-wins record.
Age thing I’m aftraid, struggle after they hit 32ish. Didn’t have the legs and probably the last time we see Cav in the tour
 
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Age thing I’m aftraid, struggle after they hit 32ish. Didn’t have the legs and probably the last time we see Cav in the tour
Also not helped with his early season crashes that injured him. He's missed a lot of cycling this year.

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We are looking into getting bikes, nothing fancy like racing bikes where we go 60 miles but just to do a few of the 2-3 mile trips we do.

Any advice on a mens / womens cheap enough bike?

Also looking at one of those bars that connect to a child's bike to turn it into a tandem, don't fancy letting my daughter onto the road just yet by herself so need to build up her road sense.
 

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We are looking into getting bikes, nothing fancy like racing bikes where we go 60 miles but just to do a few of the 2-3 mile trips we do.

Any advice on a mens / womens cheap enough bike?

Also looking at one of those bars that connect to a child's bike to turn it into a tandem, don't fancy letting my daughter onto the road just yet by herself so need to build up her road sense.
Theres so much choice these days Nick......totally depends on if you plan on bumping it up kerbs & riding off-road on tracks etc. & also budget.

If your Mrs. wants a classic looking womans bike, then Id take a look at the Vicky Pendleton range at Halfords.....my mates wife has got one & he reckons its lightweight & a good spec for about £200.

If you want a blokes bike for every occasion, then I'd probably go for a "gravel" or "adventure" bike.....basically a cross-breed of road bike & MTB......Genesis make some lovely ones but they are expensive.......i'm constantly on ebay waiting for a bargain Genesis Croix de fer to pop up in my area.....

Kids bikes is easy. Get a Frog. no question. Both my lads have been riding since they were 3 & have had several frogs....great quality kids bikes...they retain their value really well & there is a good 2nd hand market for them.
 

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We have the kids bike already but she isn't that confident on it, mainly because we dont have chance to take her to practise and ride it properly as if we go for a walk she is usually stop / start waiting for us :(

It will mainly be for the road just to get from A to B, don't really want to spend shed loads as it will be more for a bit of fitness rather than a cycling hobby.

Just need to get a shed to keep them in first as well!
 

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We have the kids bike already but she isn't that confident on it, mainly because we dont have chance to take her to practise and ride it properly as if we go for a walk she is usually stop / start waiting for us :(

It will mainly be for the road just to get from A to B, don't really want to spend shed loads as it will be more for a bit of fitness rather than a cycling hobby.

Just need to get a shed to keep them in first as well!
Ebay all the way then mate......loads of bike bargains to be had......its almost a hobby in itself.
 
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Theres so much choice these days Nick......totally depends on if you plan on bumping it up kerbs & riding off-road on tracks etc. & also budget.

If your Mrs. wants a classic looking womans bike, then Id take a look at the Vicky Pendleton range at Halfords.....my mates wife has got one & he reckons its lightweight & a good spec for about £200.

If you want a blokes bike for every occasion, then I'd probably go for a "gravel" or "adventure" bike.....basically a cross-breed of road bike & MTB......Genesis make some lovely ones but they are expensive.......i'm constantly on ebay waiting for a bargain Genesis Croix de fer to pop up in my area.....

Kids bikes is easy. Get a Frog. no question. Both my lads have been riding since they were 3 & have had several frogs....great quality kids bikes...they retain their value really well & there is a good 2nd hand market for them.
I got my daughter the Vicky P bike and she loves it. It really it a pretty looking thing!

Would agree with a CX bike for some sort, I use mine when the weather gets poor and the tyre width is wider.

You can get anything but just depends on how much you want to spend really. Cycling is a very addictive hobby but can be very expensive too!!
 
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Theres so much choice these days Nick......totally depends on if you plan on bumping it up kerbs & riding off-road on tracks etc. & also budget.

If your Mrs. wants a classic looking womans bike, then Id take a look at the Vicky Pendleton range at Halfords.....my mates wife has got one & he reckons its lightweight & a good spec for about £200.

If you want a blokes bike for every occasion, then I'd probably go for a "gravel" or "adventure" bike.....basically a cross-breed of road bike & MTB......Genesis make some lovely ones but they are expensive.......i'm constantly on ebay waiting for a bargain Genesis Croix de fer to pop up in my area.....

Kids bikes is easy. Get a Frog. no question. Both my lads have been riding since they were 3 & have had several frogs....great quality kids bikes...they retain their value really well & there is a good 2nd hand market for them.
I was interested in your post to Nick and that you would recommend a crossbreed/hybrid type bike. I have looked at them and been sorely tempted but wasn't sure whether to go for it or not?
I have looked at the Boardman ones, but wasn't sure if they came recommended? (I am looking the more starter end of his crossbreed range)
 
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I was interested in your post to Nick and that you would recommend a crossbreed/hybrid type bike. I have looked at them and been sorely tempted but wasn't sure whether to go for it or not?
I have looked at the Boardman ones, but wasn't sure if they came recommended? (I am looking the more starter end of his crossbreed range)
They have a decent enough name. I’d go for one off eBay though. No point in paying full price if you don’t get on with it
 
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Surely the shipping costs on a bike via eBay would eat into the cost too much?
If you only need a bike to go 2-3 miles, anything will do.
Do they have any specialist bike shops around you?
Where I live, they usually have a few used bikes out front that they've taken in trade for bikes they've sold.
What about charity shops, do they ever have bikes?
 
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Gumtree is always worth a look if you don't mind traveling. One of my buddies got a second hand bianchi ultegra gears really cheap but had to collect from Wales


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