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Over here we have a government initiative called the 'Bike to Work Scheme' whereby you can procure a bike and kit to the value of €1000 (~£850) every 5 years. The company pays for it and claims the VAT as well as getting social insurance breaks - You get a bike for which you pay €450 over a year which is deducted at source and is again ex tax.
Most of the gang at work have subscribed and so I've sent off for the forms this week. I have my eye on a racing bike and am trying to figure out how best to use it for complimenting my running.
(I've been grounded from running for a few weeks due to illness but am back this week and started training yesterday for a half in early December)
 

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Steady now :)
I need to learn to fit cycling into my training plan and we'll see about competing. As for swimming and Tris I must admit that I'm more than a bit curious but let's leave it there for this year at least.
I suppose my initial question is more about how does cycling benefit running or viceversa?
And how do you fit them together effectively?

***off to google triathlons***
 

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Steady now :)
I need to learn to fit cycling into my training plan and we'll see about competing. As for swimming and Tris I must admit that I'm more than a bit curious but let's leave it there for this year at least.
I suppose my initial question is more about how does cycling benefit running or viceversa?
And how do you fit them together effectively?

***off to google triathlons***
 

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TODAY I become a cyclist - Bike ready to be collected this afternoon.
Next I must find a ditch to fall into, I suppose ;)
 

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I cycle to work every day. It's only 1.5miles but I go home for lunch so do this 4x a day and to make it worth it I sprint the distance (cycle as fast as I can). It's like a small high intensity workout 4x a day. Whether you do a long distance or like me short sprints, depends on your goals but it's certainly a good change for the body and especially knees.
 

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You can safely ride on rest days.

What sort of distance is your commute? Will you be riding to work?

When do you swim, and when's your first tri? :p
I don't commute but the company allowed us to use the scheme if we do a sport outside of work - I'm an engineer and drive all the time so my running (and now cycling) keep me in shape.

I can swim but rather clumsily I suspect - will get some lessons in the New Year and maybe have a go at a Try-a-Tri to see what it's like.
I understand that swimming is also great for the body so the Triathlon is appealing to me.
 

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I cycle to work every day. It's only 1.5miles but I go home for lunch so do this 4x a day and to make it worth it I sprint the distance (cycle as fast as I can). It's like a small high intensity workout 4x a day. Whether you do a long distance or like me short sprints, depends on your goals but it's certainly a good change for the body and especially knees.
I'm thinking of doing a short cycle in the evenings (10 - 20K) a couple of times a week and a longer spin on rest days from running.
 

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Had my bike from the " cycle to work scheme " for a week now and loving it , my first ride out was 20 miles and it was great . I will be cycling on all of my rest from running days ! Have done about 40 miles in total so far ! I will be looking soon to do a 50 mile ride but wont do it alone i will be taking a mate from work along for the company !
 

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The eagle has landed...
 

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Ooh! Bike porn!

Very nice.

Out of interest, did you choose those pedals or did they come as standard?
 

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Ooh! Bike porn!

Very nice.

Out of interest, did you choose those pedals or did they come as standard?
Those came as standard Claire, I have the ones with the cleats on back-order, due for next week.

Looks like a good bit of kit John!

I'll take you're word for it Gareth - enjoyed a short blast around the green a while ago but it'll be Sunday before I'll get to really see what she's made of.
 

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Those came as standard Claire, I have the ones with the cleats on back-order, due for next week.
Hope you have better luck than I did. I reverted to flat pedals because I'm not confident enough for clipless. Saying that I have improved a great deal over the last few months so in the run-up to next triathlon season I will re-introduce them.
 

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Yep, I call them death traps... :(

Bike does look nice John, stems set quite high though...
I'm considering getting it properly fitted once I get the cleated pedals, there's a shop nearby that takes all your measurements and adjusts all the settings - I s'pose it's the Gait Analysis of cycling :)
 
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