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Roscoemck




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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never really got bored on the turbo, always listen to podcasts.

My "pain cave" isn't the greatest. Small shed with the usual stuff packed in. No heat, battery operated light and no insulation.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roscoemck wrote:
My "pain cave" isn't the greatest. Small shed with the usual stuff packed in. No heat, battery operated light and no insulation.


Surely you have a ~800watt heater in there whenever you're turbo'ing?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
Roscoemck wrote:
My "pain cave" isn't the greatest. Small shed with the usual stuff packed in. No heat, battery operated light and no insulation.


Surely you have a ~800watt heater in there whenever you're turbo'ing?


Hahahaha! Very true, I'm never cold after 5 minutes, quite the opposite.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't really get cold winters here, and I'm not one to get that cold either. Best bits of kit I've found for the UK are the Gore Oxygen Windstopper jersey (base layer underneath + roubaix arm warmers), plus a packable gilet for the first 20-30 min if it's cold. Other awesome bit of kit I had was (again) a Gore Phantom 'convertable' jacket I got when I was living in Bavaria; served me well through the winters there. I'm eyeing-up the Castelli Perfetto Convertible, although I probably don't need it Rolling Eyes

One of the other benefits of convertible jackets is that if you fall off and rip the arm, you can still use it as a s/s jacket/jersey Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
Roscoemck wrote:
My "pain cave" isn't the greatest. Small shed with the usual stuff packed in. No heat, battery operated light and no insulation.


Surely you have a ~800watt heater in there whenever you're turbo'ing?


Only thing kicking out 800Watts in my pain cave is me Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
We don't really get cold winters here, and I'm not one to get that cold either. Best bits of kit I've found for the UK are the Gore Oxygen Windstopper jersey (base layer underneath + roubaix arm warmers), plus a packable gilet for the first 20-30 min if it's cold. Other awesome bit of kit I had was (again) a Gore Phantom 'convertable' jacket I got when I was living in Bavaria; served me well through the winters there. I'm eyeing-up the Castelli Perfetto Convertible, although I probably don't need it Rolling Eyes

One of the other benefits of convertible jackets is that if you fall off and rip the arm, you can still use it as a s/s jacket/jersey Very Happy


For some reason, it doesn't seem to matter what I wear, once it gets below 5c I cannot stay warm at all and it's miserable.

Maybe it's something to do with getting older.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roscoemck wrote:

For some reason, it doesn't seem to matter what I wear, once it gets below 5c I cannot stay warm at all and it's miserable.

Maybe it's something to do with getting older.


You must be used to rain though, living there Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SidSnot wrote:
Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning


Is that stuff any good? Now I don't commute I don't need as much kit, so don't look at the cheap options very often. Generally I've found that it's a false economy buying cheap shorts, both in terms of comfort & durability.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning


Is that stuff any good? Now I don't commute I don't need as much kit, so don't look at the cheap options very often. Generally I've found that it's a false economy buying cheap shorts, both in terms of comfort & durability.


My experience of it was its fine for a short bike commute but 2-3 hours in the cold and wet you will have wished you bought something better.

It lasted ok but performance wise its not great. Waterproof stuff is boil in the bag, padding the bibs is poor etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning


Is that stuff any good? Now I don't commute I don't need as much kit, so don't look at the cheap options very often. Generally I've found that it's a false economy buying cheap shorts, both in terms of comfort & durability.


I've been riding in aldi bib tights for the winter commute for years, they're fine.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning


Is that stuff any good? Now I don't commute I don't need as much kit, so don't look at the cheap options very often. Generally I've found that it's a false economy buying cheap shorts, both in terms of comfort & durability.


I've been riding in aldi bib tights for the winter commute for years, they're fine.


I've got a pair of fleece backed bib tights I bought back when I was commuting; unpadded so they didn't need washing after every use. Tbh I found them too hot 99% of the time, and when it was cold enough it was generally too icy to ride safely. Someone at work gave me a pair of Gore next2skin windstopper bibs shorts he'd never used, and that's what I use on cold wet rides these days, with windstopper leg warmers.

I don't really feel the cold that much, so can get away with less/thinner layers than most people. I can remember many rides when I've spent much of it with my rain jacket flapping unzipped behind me. I've been reading reviews of the Perfetto, and am amazed people can still wear it comfortably above 18 degrees but not below 10. I'd probably wear it with a base layer down towards 0.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
Some good winter cycling bits at Aldi starting today...I raided it this morning


Is that stuff any good? Now I don't commute I don't need as much kit, so don't look at the cheap options very often. Generally I've found that it's a false economy buying cheap shorts, both in terms of comfort & durability.


For me, yeah. I've had an Aldi jacket for a couple of years, still does the job
I even did IM Wales twice in an Aldi tri-suit...I don't think they do them anymore. Maybe I should apply to be a brand ambassador? #10Percent Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Roscoemck wrote:

For some reason, it doesn't seem to matter what I wear, once it gets below 5c I cannot stay warm at all and it's miserable.

Maybe it's something to do with getting older.


You must be used to rain though, living there Rolling Eyes


Oh yes, I am! The cold doesn't bother when running, but really gets to me cycling
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Castelli Gabba seems like an incredible bit of kit to me compared to everything else I've used.

I have the short sleeve bright yellow version which makes it quite versatile since it works from early Autumn into late Spring, I just use base layers and Castelli nanoflex arm warmers as and when required, and if it's really cold a cycling jersey fits underneath too.

Got caught in a deluge on Wed night and it kept my body pretty well dry, but also seems to have a wetsuit effect whereby there feels like a warm layer of moisture trapped in the material. Plus being windproof it keeps you nice and toasty even with just a base layer under it.

The real killer though is that it seems to work in warmer weather too, and is incredibly breathable, I did a 90min hardish ride a couple of weeks ago wearing it, and didn't feel like I was boiling in a bag at all. Therefore it's something you can ride in most of the time, and if you happen to encounter rain it just works.
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