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About bert40

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  1. bert40

    Got 404s, what next?

    Go a disc and the Zipp disc. On the just because, an 808 is just another version of the 404 and despite all the technical mumbo jumbo, wind tunnel, but road enviro etc, the disc is the best option. My vintage, I have a pair of 440's and a Zipp 950 disc (purchased off Pauli Kiuru). Absolutely love the disc. The 440 rear is very nice, the disc is that much better again. Apart from the faster feel of the disc, there is no substitute for the sound of a disc on the road (a true disc, no wheel covers cut it). Just love having people look around as you come up behind them, you know they've heard the disc (ah, the good old days when I would/could pass people). The bit extra for the Zipp fades very quickly over time. In 1991 I spent nearly twice as much on my new Cannondale 3.0 series criterium frame instead of half the money on a Bundy frame, Avanti bike etc and I'm still riding it today and never regretted the extra money. I know if I settled for the Bundy 753, it would have been a nice bike but it was not what I really wanted. Would I still be riding it today, no I wouldn't be. My thoughts.
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    Jim Hazel Trophy, does it still exist.

    Kens reply mentions his book. What's the title of his book? I've checked iBook's and not finding anything, will check local book store.
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    Disc wheels - yes/no?

    Go a disc, worth the money. I have a retro Zipp 950, very nice sound on the road and being autographed by Pauli Kiuru (purchased from Pauli - so it knows how to go fast), Greg and Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham, its guaranteed to be fast.
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    Use by date on gels

    Bonus and yes! Except probably some dodgy flavor that no one wants.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    All good here, no swelling and very little pain. Am taking it easy, just walking around the house. Had open with plug/mesh. Will lay low till after Christmas and then ease back into it. Been surprisingly good, haven't needed any painkillers at all. Had a spinal block which was better than a general. Will take bandage off next Tuesday and check out his handy work.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    Just wondering how your recovering Chuckie? All good here, open surgery yesterday morning, head home today. Getting out of bed and walking fine, so far so good.
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    Running Attire

    Similar boat here, pulled out some old gear, some hot designs as well as other brands. Most had elastic that was shot. Just found some New Balance shorts and an Under Armour singlet top at Rebel to keep me going. Not fussed onlooking the part, just glad to be out running. Agree the hot designs was good stuff but a bit too old.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    This will be me as well soon. Surgeon yesterday, pre admission today and booked for next Tuesday. Will be open and plug/mesh method. Left inguinal. Don't know when happened, running, cycling or weights (squats or dead lifts most likely). Noticed about 2-3 months ago but not causing me any problem. Just looking to get it done, recover and ease back into training. I've had 5+ years doing very little (to none!), so after a good 12 months getting back into the groove, a few weeks out wont be a drama.
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    Bike maintenance

    I mainly use a good quality chain lube, the rest gets a good wipe down regularly with a clean rag. The cables I pull out each season to clean and check. The cable guide under the BB is the main area that will attract the dirt and impact on shifting. Next will do the headset, will aim to replace as its been in place for a few years now. My bike is a Cannondale 3.0 series criterium frame. That will stump the junior burgers on here. Its a SC800, 1991 model (they had a criterium and road frames then) that came with Ultegra 7 spd. Have regularly upgraded gear, now running 9spd Dura-ace with Ultegra 10spd levers. A well looked after bike will last a very long time. Its had a respray, in original colours, some years back and still looks fairly flash (to me anyway!)
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    HRM with GPS - Speed Sensor?

    Thanks for the input. Will see how I go without. Put the money saved towards a Salomon running pack.
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    Lights for Night MTB

    I just run handlebar mount and have got the Exposure Six Pack. Very impressed, very bright and programmable so can adjust for the duration required. Each program (has 10) has either high/low or high/medium/low which cycles through on the touch of a button on the back of the unit. What I like most though is no cables to an external battery pack. Very tidy set up. Not cheap, but I'm very happy with it. With a second mount, its a matter of seconds to swap between bikes.
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    HRM with GPS - Speed Sensor?

    I'm looking to upgrade from my Polar 625X after 8+ years of service. I'm looking at the Polar V800. For cycling, given it has GPS I presume you wouldn't need the usual speed sensor mounted on your forks. The speed sensor is an optional extra and you can have a couple of bike settings in the watch, just as I do in the 625X. Just looking to save money if I don't need the sensor. Do people find the GPS gives reliable speed readout? I won't be in built up cities with it and when on the MTB I won't have big forest overhead either to interfere with the GPS signal. I figure if I can get by without the sensor, can spend the money on other things. Will still get the stride sensor. When running, my experience has been that the stride sensor responds quicker to change of pace (intervals etc) than the Garmin with GPS I tried some years back. Thanks
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    Front Derailleur plate

    There is a couple on eBay. Not sure if they would be an exact match, there may be some variation in the amount of bend around the tube. Maybe worth a try for $9 from Taiwan.
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    Endless.com - Asics purchases

    i've used runningexpo.com in the past. Good prices on Asics and ship to australia.
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    Kool Stride Jogging Stroller

    Photos added. Can supply more if you PM me. Thanks Richard