• Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender2 days 3 hours agoI love them - use them all

    I love them - use them all the time when I'm in London.
    I've got a key now, one of the "pay as you pedal" memberships so there's no annual fee. Never once had an issue with charging and you can see your statement online whenever you want anyway.

    And I won £123 in a photo competition that Santander were running when they took over the contract from Barclays. Smile

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs112 days 3 hours agoI'm in a similar situation

    I'm in a similar situation with upgrades for a Defy 1. For about £300 if could save about 300g and get 28mm medium section rims, but I don't know if I would notice a difference in real world.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 4 hours agoPlasterer's Radio

    Plasterer's Radio wrote:
    Batchy wrote:
    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

    If it's like the Fly6. It will.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the 60FPS mode. if a car passes you doing more than about 40MPH difference the Fly6 had great trouble picking out a clear rego plate.

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs112 days 4 hours agoI don't want to burst your

    I don't want to burst your bubble, but for 200g you will not see any difference in performance(speed) up hill or flat. You might feel a difference in tyres, but it will be imperceptible. Wheel performance is all a con unless your going to solid wheels, even that is minimal.

    Honestly, if you want to be faster, train harder. I have increased my average speed, (2 mph) from last year by interval training. and not just doing ride outs.

    If you have money to burn in your pocket, by all means get yourself another set of wheels, but don't be surprised that there is no noticeable speed improvement over your usual courses.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 4 hours agoBatchy wrote:All this

    Batchy wrote:
    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

    If it's like the Fly6. It will.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 4 hours agoAll this Stava/Smart Phone

    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 4 hours agoI've got no idea whether you

    I've got no idea whether you can change the settings without a smartphone, but I would expect that the cyclists who are in the market for such a product will most likely already have a smartphone or will know someone with one.

    I didn't join the Kickstarter campaign at the time, but after getting a Fly6 (when it dropped to under £100) I was very impressed with the video quality and have pre-ordered the Fly12 on that basis. It looks like they've got better mounting options than the bracket supplied with the Fly6 - I managed to break 2 brackets within a week!

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender2 days 4 hours agoSanderville wrote:Bigger

    Sanderville wrote:
    Bigger wheels. I had a 12-month key but I only rode them a couple of times because the wheels were so small that steering was lethal. Put bigger wheels on them. I'd like to see bigger wheels. Can they have bigger wheels?

    Wouldn't bigger wheels make the hire bikes even heavier?

    I have a key as well, but so far have never hired a bike as
    a - I'm wary about being overcharged in case the bike doesn't dock properly
    b - there is a docking station outside my office, but (until recently) none near where I live, and anyway
    c - I use my Brompton to get to work. It has small wheels and they're great.

  • Hands on: Rotor Uno groupset2 days 4 hours ago@Redvee there was an American

    @Redvee

    there was an American boutique parts company that did this years ago, albeit a retro fit system for existing Shimano mechanical mountain bike derailleurs

    What they produced was a pump / piston unit for each end so that the mechanical shifter drove the hydraulic system which then drove the mechanical derailleur

    very expensive, the testers at the magazines who reviewed it reported on issues with indexing reliability due to changes in atmospheric pressure (weather / altitude).

    Unlike a hydraulic brake system which simply uses pressure increase to close the brake (with an "open" diaghragm on the MC to allow for heat expansion and pressure changes), it would be interesting to see how Rotor can provide reliable indexing considering the small incremental steps in an 11 speed shifting system

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 4 hours agoCXR94Di2 wrote:I'm a

    CXR94Di2 wrote:
    I'm a kickstarter Smile

    Me too.

  • Lusso Cooltech Arm Warmers2 days 4 hours agoLooks the part . Well

    Looks the part . Well explained review

  • Hands on: Rotor Uno groupset2 days 5 hours agoTried this yesterday. Double

    Tried this yesterday. Double the effort to change gear needed compared to cable sti.

    Love the innovation thou

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 5 hours agoSounds absolutely brilliant

    Sounds absolutely brilliant IF you are conversant with all this technology, it seems you would (according to the write up) need a smart phone to adjust the settings. Speaking for myself who is not so much of a Luddite but a firm believer in the KISS principle I would love it if they did two versions of this a basic (passive) model like the fly6 and this other one with all the bells and whistles.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly122 days 5 hours agoI'm a kickstarter

    I'm a kickstarter Smile

  • Save Preston Park: Hundreds expected to join mass ride next month2 days 5 hours agoDue to the expected numbers

    Due to the expected numbers taking part in this campaign ride on the 5th September the meeting point has been change to Steine Gardens in Brighton at 10am.

    http://goo.gl/u0LhGG

  • FSA prototype electronic groupset breaks cover at Eurobike2 days 5 hours agoHmmm brains in the front

    Hmmm brains in the front mech.... what if you wan to run 1x11 ???

  • Carbon frame - is it worth it ?2 days 8 hours agoGo for crabon.. if you can

    Go for crabon.. if you can stretch to 1600 euros, you can get a focus cayo 7.0 even..

    a crabon frame makes more sense than an allie.

    http://www.tour-magazin.de/technik/test_center/raeder/rennraeder/rennrad...

    http://www.tour-magazin.de/technik/test_center/raeder/rennraeder/rennrad...

    Put the article into google translator, that's quite accurate from german to english.

    You'd be surprised. And I do believe a carbon frame rides just better-more compliant and comfortable, than a harsher-rigider alloy.

    Regards Angry

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender2 days 8 hours agoI rely on Boris bikes the

    I rely on Boris bikes the days I'm working in London. Used one 5 times only yesterday. Not sure if it's my imagination but it doesn't seem to have worked so well since it switched to Santander. Been several times lately where I've struggled to find a working bike or to find an empty slot to dock. Makes me wonder if Serco are getting less money under the new sponsorship or whether it's unrelated - I have no idea.

    The bikes themselves are ok but could obviously be better. Except the wheels. The wheels are spot on. Great wheels.

  • York cyclist ‘flabbergasted’ at not being allowed to take bike on bus2 days 10 hours agoI live in a rural area and

    I live in a rural area and don't run a car. Consequently, when I can't bike, I have to use the bus. And when something needs doing on the bike that I can't do myself, that means taking the bike. Alternatively, when I want to Rail-and-sail home to Ireland with the bike, I'm usually taking more luggage than I can bike with.

    It's not 100% reliable, but always, always, always pop the wheel off before the bus approaches. The rear one is even better; non-cyclists see a dangling chain, and simply take your word for it that the bike is unrideable.

    Mine's a very quiet bus service, though; as the various tales of buckled wheels show, this won't work everywhere.

  • York cyclist ‘flabbergasted’ at not being allowed to take bike on bus2 days 10 hours agoBike racks are not used on

    Bike racks are not used on the front of any buses in the EU as they completely fail the basic requirements of C&U regulations in several ways - most notable in the serious hazard of forward facing parts of the bike, over which there is no control to avoid edges that are too sharp (min radius permitted 2.5mm) and lined up to core out an injury at adult eye height (handlebar).

    I've used buses to carry bikes since 1986 when the official SMT Conditions of Carriage had Clause 7(d) which specifically stated that bikes would be carried on the appropriate vehicles.

    I imported the first Sportworks racks to the UK in 1996, and after reviewing the issues noted we did use them on the rear of buses, and inside buses. At the rear they got filthy, and cost at least 40 seconds in dwell time to load, plus offering easy pickings for a bike thief any time that the bus stopped moving.

    Sportworks had pressurised many states to amend their C&U regulations to get widespread use of the racks based on an earlier unit made by Mobilis for the 1990 bike on bus service in Phoenix AR, and thought that they only needed to apply the same techniques to the UK and Europe, where pedestrian activity is far higher, and pedestrian lives valued more than in the US - hence a greater concern for pedestrian safety.

    In the US the move to low floor step free access buses lags well behind the UK and Europe. Since 1999 no new buses can be sold which are not ro-ro low floor and the aim is to have the entire UK service bus parc 'accessible' by 2020. Officially and unofficially bikes are being carried inside these buses, ideally a 'conversion' will include a securing system and protection of the interior of the bus from pedals and handlebars bashing around, but with a low floor fleet you can start cycle carriage tomorrow at minimal cost and fuss to try out the idea and see if a formal delivery is possible.

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender2 days 12 hours agoBigger wheels. I had a

    Bigger wheels. I had a 12-month key but I only rode them a couple of times because the wheels were so small that steering was lethal. Put bigger wheels on them. I'd like to see bigger wheels. Can they have bigger wheels?

  • Hands on: Rotor Uno groupset2 days 12 hours agoHydraulic gears aren't new,

    Hydraulic gears aren't new, IIRC there was a cable actuated hydraulic system released around 15-20 years ago. Can't remember who but Hope are the sort of people who'd give it a go.

  • 10 great bike light deals from Lezyne, Moon, Cateye and more2 days 12 hours agoiUpham wrote:Any chance the

    iUpham wrote:
    Any chance the road.cc bib shorts could make an appearance in next weeks deal catchers???

    And maybe some Rapha gear for half price?!

  • Seat post lengths2 days 12 hours agoA good rule of thumb is that

    A good rule of thumb is that the post should extend to below where the seat stays join the seat tube.

  • Police chief writes to cyclist to explain why he can't investigate crash2 days 12 hours agoI like the sound of the

    I like the sound of the fellow and am heartened that he has heard about the infra and the lorry design (10 years ago, he'd have mentioned helmets and cycle training). And it's nice that people become more candid at times, even if only just before they retire - we would not all do this in his shoes but it does have value, yes it does.