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SJM

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Update on overshoes. Used for the first time yesterday. Dirt, freezing rain and a little snow. Feet stayed warm if not perfectly dry.

The merino wool base layer was brilliant

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Another vote for these overshoes, game changer yesterday on the first outdoor ride since November.
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I’ve booked my first 100 mile sportif :smug: :nailbiting: I can do 40-50 miles now quite comfortably. I run/strength/cycle etc at least 4 times a week. It’s not until July. Should I follow a specific training plan or just build up distance slowly?
That will be fun. I did ride London a couple of years ago, mainly I kept increasing my distance each week or so. The biggest ride I did beforehand was 84 miles which with
poor route planning was tougher than London.
If you look on Zwift training plans there is PRL 100 which is I think a 16 week plan to train for the 100. I did a few of these but as the weather got better being outside was more fun.

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mrs mtx

Member
Location
Pembrokeshire
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I need help! Here’s my beautiful little Britney:love: liv langma disk 2
My dad wants to upgrade his bike to a similar or better spec than mine :rolleyes: he wants another giant, full carbon, disk breaks and the same sort of gearing as mine so he can try and keep with me climbing hills:LOL: I think mines 11/32 but when I’ve gone through the guys bikes on giant they all have random numbers and not that?

please help🙏
 

Tomr10

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I need help! Here’s my beautiful little Britney:love: liv langma disk 2
My dad wants to upgrade his bike to a similar or better spec than mine :rolleyes: he wants another giant, full carbon, disk breaks and the same sort of gearing as mine so he can try and keep with me climbing hills:LOL: I think mines 11/32 but when I’ve gone through the guys bikes on giant they all have random numbers and not that?

please help🙏
There are converters online to compare chainsets l. How old is he maybe an e bike would be a good idea
 

mrs mtx

Member
Location
Pembrokeshire
There are converters online to compare chainsets l. How old is he maybe an e bike would be a good idea
He’s 60 in December but there’s no way he’s buy an ebike :LOL: His lady friend has one though!
He ran his first marathon with me in 2019 and is doing his first 100 mile bike with me in July. He’s quite fit and very competitive :facepalm:
 
Would the 11/30 be much difference to my 11/32 for hills?
If your going to H/west you may as well check out Bierspool and Enterprise as well.

Bierspool gave me a great quote on an Orbea two years ago which I should have but didn't take them up on. Mikes B also do Cannodale now as well as Giant and Enterprise do Specialized.

TCR is quite racy, the Defy not so much apparently. I'd quite fancy a racy one though now (bike that is!).

They'll surely all be £2-2500 by now
 

Tomr10

Member
Him being able to go faster on a e bike gives you something to chase I know a few people who just do more miles in same time these days
 

fudge

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire.
Would the 11/30 be much difference to my 11/32 for hills?
TBF these bikes are pretty pricey, I would hope the retailer would set you up with the gearing you want if you are paying full price! That probably won’t apply to an internet bargain though.
I think a 32 cassette will work if the rear mech can handle a 30. The difference between a 30 and 32 is marginal but I think I would have a 32 in Wales! I haven’t read all the specs of the bikes I posted links to, so check the size of the chain rings as well. I guess the defy models will have 50/34 on the front whilst the TCR may have 52/36 which is obviously a higher gear. Again those can be changed but that’s more money than a cassette, if money is no object you can have any gear on any bike!!⚙⚙⚙££££
 

mrs mtx

Member
Location
Pembrokeshire
If your going to H/west you may as well check out Bierspool and Enterprise as well.

Bierspool gave me a great quote on an Orbea two years ago which I should have but didn't take them up on. Mikes B also do Cannodale now as well as Giant and Enterprise do Specialized.

TCR is quite racy, the Defy not so much apparently. I'd quite fancy a racy one though now (bike that is!).

They'll surely all be £2-2500 by now
There’s no way im sending him to M
Bikes :LOL: His current giant is from there and its nothing what he wanted.
I think they had it stock to sell and bombarded him with details that he had no idea about, it’s only 18 months old and it’s had no end of problems.
They tell him it will be covered under warranty and then ‘find’ things that need doing not under warranty as well!
Mine was £2000 but I got really good nhs discount online so I’m happy to do something like that again or at least have specs and details in my head when I take him in a shop:LOL::facepalm:
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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