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  1. etiennevt

    New Specialized Shiv

    Sarah True talking about her new Shiv
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    New Specialized Shiv

    For all of us that can't afford to buy one we can always try and win it via zwift:
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    New Specialized Shiv

    For most of us that is a lot of money to spend on a bike, but triathlon is filled with a lot of very successful people especially in the older age groups, to a lot of them $14K would be like us spending $2K on a bike. I don't think they will have any trouble selling the first 500.
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    New Specialized Shiv

    I think I read somewhere it goes around the bottom bracket and up the down tube. Not sure how difficult it would be to take out and reinstall for cleaning. Takes a little effort to suck the fluid out of the current bladder so unsure how hard it would be from the back of the bike, but maybe gravity makes it easier.
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    IM Oz Vs IM Nz

    I enjoyed both races: Swim: NZ - the lake is amazing to swim in crystal clear water, if the wind is blowing it can get pretty wild on the lake, mass start which is not a problem as it's wide enough not to get beaten up. There is a long run to transition from swim exit. PM:- I enjoyed the swim including the weir crossing which is something different, rolling start which I enjoy, gets very shallow in some sections Winner - NZ Ride: NZ - undulating for the first part out of town but then flat in the valley, road surface mainly country chip mix with not a lot of pot holes from memory, wind can get up on the second lap of the bike most often a head wind on the way back to town PM - worst road surface I've raced on thus far, lots of pot holes and country mix in sections as well Winner - NZ Run: NZ - challenging run course, it doesn't look like it from the profile but it's an undulating run with lots of twists & turns PM - flat run with one hill, I found it easier than NZ Winner - PM For spectators you can't beat Port Mac especially on the run were they can see you multiple times per lap when running around the Caravan Park. Lots of support from locals at both races but I feel there is a better finish line atmosphere at PM, it was a lousy afternoon/evening in NZ when I did it so that would have reduced the number of people at the finish line. You can't go wrong with either race.
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    I've been using it since July and it's been great so far, I really like the fact that you can customise the blend, for me it was important to control flavour strength, carbs, and sodium levels which you can adjust to suit your needs. Not having to worry about carrying and taking gels is a big plus. As others have mentioned give Jase a call and he will sort you out.
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    Scicon Sale

    Impressive, was the saddle & handlebars still attached to the bikes or did you have to remove those to lower the height of the bags? Normally only two of us so we don't need anyone in the back seats. The fact that you don't need to disassemble the bike is a big attraction. So do you think it's a problem with Scicon bags in particular or soft bags in general? I've traveled to Europe, NZ and within Australia with the EVOC and never had anything break thus far touch wood. I can just fit my EVOC in the back of our VW Tiguan standing up, with the Scicon like AA7 I would have to load it in on the angle which makes it harder to fit in the other luggage, we normally get someone to drop us at the airport so we have someone in the back seat for the trip to the airport.
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    Scicon Sale

    Sorry to hijack the thread but I'm looking at the Scicon AEROCOMFORT TRIATHLON 3.0 TSA BIKE TRAVEL BAG, at 98cm tall it's 18cm taller than my current EVOC. I think this would be a problem especially when trying to fit it into a hire car, it looks like it would be difficult to fit the bag in anything but an SUV. I can fit the EVOC in the back seat of a Camry for example without any problem. I would appreciate anyone willing to share their experience if you own a Scicon bike bag.
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    BB30 convertor

    I just buy mine from here https://neopro.cc/collections/praxis-works
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    BB30 convertor

    +1 for Praxis I've been using one on my bike for a few years without any problems.
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    c02 on planes?

    I had them in my bike bag flying from Rome to Paris and Alitalia made me take them out of my bike bag. When we flew Jetstar to Cairns last week they asked me if I had any with me, I had decided to just buy them once we arrived in Cairns to save any hassle.
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    Chain lube

    I switched to waxing my chains maybe 6 months ago and it's working great, much better & easier than using lube.
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    Cairns 2018

    I agree, after looking at the course today I'm puzzled by the fast times as well as it does not look like an easy course. Be great to hear from people who have done it before.
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    Cairns 2018

    My first time doing Cairns and I'm doing the full. I'm not sure about the 70.3 course but we just drove the section from Palm Cove to Port Douglas, not any really steep hills. The Rex's lookout climb would be the worst and it's not steep just a steady climb. Surprised how undulating it was, there are not too many flat sections, also very twisty in parts. I was going to ride it tomorrow but it looks way too dangerous, the twisty sections are very narrow and no shoulder to ride on so I think I'll give it a miss. Does anyone know of any good routes to ride heading out from Palm Cove that are less dangerous? It's been very windy here the past few days and would be a strong headwind home. Swam part of the course this morning and it was pretty tough conditions with a reasonable swell and choppy.