• Steve Peat launches Zum Zum balance bike on Kickstarter1 day 4 hours agodrmatthewhardy wrote:Not

    drmatthewhardy wrote:
    Not negative, _practical_ comments.

    Exactly - I criticised the design because I studied mechanical engineering and as a cyclist as well, I know a thing or two about weight distribution and wheelbase issues, and how those affect handling and steering.

    As another post also pointed out, there's no proper height adjustment for the seat, so the child will quickly grow out of it. As a former engineer, I can seen exactly how the design could be improved to deal with the weight distribution and wheelbase issue, as well as to provide seat adjustment, and it wouldn't add a great deal to the cost.

    The system it has for extending the wheelbase as the child grows will offset the rearward weight distribution, but will also steepen the steering angle. The additional height gain for the seat will be very small.

    The balance bike my kids rode (which is still in the loft) had a saddle that could be adjusted for height. Children grow pretty quickly in size between the ages of two and four, which is when you'd expect them to be riding a balance bike. It is a crowded market now and there are better products around. I don't see the point in being positive about a product that has such obvious flaws.

    If Steve Peat wants to contact me, I'm more than happy to explain how to improve the design at minimal cost for the product. But I'd expect a consultancy fee.

  • Rapha unveil 2015 Team Sky clothing1 day 4 hours agoLove the tricolour jersey.

    Love the tricolour jersey.

  • Sustrans invites riders to sponsor a mile of the National Cycle Network1 day 5 hours agoShades wrote:Wow, a whole

    Shades wrote:
    Wow, a whole stack of Sustrans 'bashing'! I'm pretty familiar with my local routes; they even opened 2 monster tunnels south of Bath - many thanks Sustrans. Applause I recently did the Hadrian's CTC Cycleway and the signage was excellent with useful bits of cyclepath to keep you away from busy sections of roads. I had a map and the route loaded into Viewranger and I hardly had to use them.

    I half-agree with you.

    The two tunnels are great, as it the Bristol-Bath Railway path. I've cruised these routes and enjoyed them greatly.

    The reason that Sunstrans get such a bashing is that, great as they these routes are, they don't deliver against the organisation's stated aims. In these examples they have created a brilliant leisure facility that doesn't function so well as a piece of transport infrastucture. Remember that article about riders being stopped by the police for exceeding a moderate 20mph on the Railway Path?

  • Sustrans invites riders to sponsor a mile of the National Cycle Network1 day 5 hours agoShades wrote: I recently did

    Shades wrote:
    I recently did the Hadrian's CTC Cycleway and the signage was excellent with useful bits of cyclepath to keep you away from busy sections of roads.

    And were you trying to get to work?

    That is my point, leisure routes are all well and good, but muddy bridleways don't make good commuter routes.

  • "No way" Scotland will hit 10 per cent cycling target at current level of spend, campaigners warn1 day 5 hours agoThe consequences for missing

    The consequences for missing said target are...?

  • Plans/Ambitions for 20151 day 5 hours agoneildmoss wrote:Le Mans 24

    neildmoss wrote:
    Le Mans 24 Hours, solo Worried

    https://www.justgiving.com/NeMoVeloSolo/

    looks a fantastic challenge, maybe one for me in 2016

  • Plans/Ambitions for 20151 day 5 hours agoTrain smarter, get fitter.

    Train smarter, get fitter. Maybe do a couple of 100 mile sportives. Oh and do an independent London to Paris.

  • "No way" Scotland will hit 10 per cent cycling target at current level of spend, campaigners warn1 day 5 hours ago@djcritchley Having used

    @djcritchley Having used them, I have found them perfectly functional, which is more than I can say for the Scottish Government's Cycling Action Plan.

    Unless the the Scottish Government make a real effort (which it certainly isn't now), it will miss it's target for 10% cycle modal share by 2020. Not only that it will miss it Health and Climate Change targets (which are under pinned by CAPS) as well. We can only hope that under the new leadership we will see Scotland become the modern, forward looking nation which the SNP are always claiming they want Scotland to be.

    Scot Govt. really is drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, trouble is they haven't realised they are over the new limit to drive...

  • Eurostar no longer carries bikes on Avignon service1 day 5 hours agoDid they have a special place

    Did they have a special place for storing the bikes? I've travelled on the Eurostar from Paris to London with my bike in a bag and just stored it with all the other luggage at the end of the carriage I was seated in. I waited until a few bags had been stored then laid my bike on the top. The bag is bigger than 85cm, but didn't stick out much further than the other bags (perhaps 2 or 3 cm at most).

    Did the same thing on the SNCF trains in September between Laval and Paris, Geneva to Nice (via Marseille), Nice to Paris (via Marseille) and back from Paris to Laval.

  • Plans/Ambitions for 20151 day 5 hours agoLe Mans 24 Hours, solo

    Le Mans 24 Hours, solo Worried

    https://www.justgiving.com/NeMoVeloSolo/

  • Netherlands government launches ‘intelligent bicycle’1 day 5 hours agoThink I've seen some

    Think I've seen some vibrating handlebars and saddles on the road to Roubaix!

  • Does your.......1 day 5 hours agoShades wrote:No, it would be

    Shades wrote:
    No, it would be vetoed with the comment, "you already have far too much cycling stuff".

    Or as the CFO here at Truffy Inc is wont to say, "you don't really need to spend that money!?"

  • Wheel upgrade?1 day 5 hours agodeero83 wrote:(Or there's

    deero83 wrote:
    (Or there's always the "It was only £40 on Wiggle" approach my club-mates take!)

    Or the old "I've borrowed them off " line Smile

  • Wheel upgrade?1 day 5 hours agodeero83 wrote:(Or there's

    deero83 wrote:
    (Or there's always the "It was only £40 on Wiggle" approach my club-mates take!)

    Or the old "I've borrowed them off " line Smile

  • A bone to pick with you folks1 day 5 hours agoBrilliant.

    Brilliant.

  • Does your.......1 day 5 hours agoAlready had my xmas pressie

    Already had my xmas pressie !! everyone clubbed together o I could get the Turbo Trainer in September Smile

    Nothing for me to open on Xmas day but I think I may have some new gloves from my daughter Smile

  • Oh silly me.1 day 5 hours agoOuch and just before Xmas as

    Ouch and just before Xmas as well, will Santa be kind Smile

  • Oh silly me.1 day 5 hours agoOuch! Screw it, look at it as

    Ouch! Screw it, look at it as a wheel upgrade.

  • Does your.......1 day 5 hours agoNo, it would be vetoed with

    No, it would be vetoed with the comment, "you already have far too much cycling stuff".

  • Netherlands government launches ‘intelligent bicycle’1 day 5 hours agoApril the first is still four

    April the first is still four months away...

  • Wheel upgrade?1 day 5 hours agodeero83 wrote:Think I just

    deero83 wrote:
    Think I just need to let her forget about it for a bit and then go for a sneaky purchase.

    It worked with my Fizik shoes!

    (Or there's always the "It was only £40 on Wiggle" approach my club-mates take!)

    I sold a pile of cycling bits that I don't use on ebay, then just sat on my paypal balance until I saw a good deal.

  • Does your.......1 day 5 hours agostenmeister wrote:I'm a

    stenmeister wrote:
    I'm a grown-up - I don't have a xmas list. If I want something, I buy it myself, that's the beauty of having a job and a salary.

    Might I also hazard a guess that you're single? Or at least, not yet in such a long term relationship that your/your partners money has morphed into 'our money'? I reckon most on here earn a decent salary - I'm freelance and do quite well thanks - but with a house/wife/kids/cars/christmas etc, it's not just a case of throwing money at my toys whenever I want.

    In response to the OP, I'm hoping for a few cash donations in cards, as I wouldn't trust anyone else to get the right chainset! "Great thanks Mum, can you make sure it's a 6800 series 50/34 172.5mm in grey?!"

    I have asked for some Chase marmalade vodka though - it's awesome!

  • Sustrans invites riders to sponsor a mile of the National Cycle Network1 day 5 hours agoWow, a whole stack of

    Wow, a whole stack of Sustrans 'bashing'! I'm pretty familiar with my local routes; they even opened 2 monster tunnels south of Bath - many thanks Sustrans. Applause I recently did the Hadrian's CTC Cycleway and the signage was excellent with useful bits of cyclepath to keep you away from busy sections of roads. I had a map and the route loaded into Viewranger and I hardly had to use them.

  • Wheel upgrade?1 day 6 hours agodeero83 wrote:Think I just

    deero83 wrote:
    Think I just need to let her forget about it for a bit and then go for a sneaky purchase.

    It worked with my Fizik shoes!

    (Or there's always the "It was only £40 on Wiggle" approach my club-mates take!)

    I sold a pile of cycling bits that I don't use on ebay, then just sat on my paypal balance until I saw a good deal.

  • Inverness council says "suicidal" cycle lane is safe1 day 6 hours agoI think zenbikermaniac needs

    I think zenbikermaniac needs to have a think about inclusive cycling, not just for the brave and fast.