- Royal Mail to phase out bikes in 20145 hours 34 min agoMeanwhile,
Meanwhile, www.docmailpost.co.uk takes over last mile delivery using bikes, and manages to be faster, cheaper and greener.
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- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding5 hours 42 min agoAmazing, well done guys
Amazing, well done guys Hope Martyn's well on the singletrack to recovery.
- Lance Armstrong apologises to Christophe Bassons - but Betsy Andreu labels 'Tour of Redemption' a sham5 hours 46 min agoThe two are in agreement that
The two are in agreement that LA would have won in '99 doping or no doping? Really? It's getting worse than when LA used to bully people into silence.
- is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?5 hours 55 min agowent down on an icy/greasy
went down on an icy/greasy corner on saturday at a relatively fair speed (32km/h-ish), luckily the bike and gear emerged relatively unscathed (new bar tape needed) but my leg, ribs and shoulder are paying the price now.
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding5 hours 56 min agoPuts a huge smile on my
Puts a huge smile on my face!!!!
- a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!5 hours 56 min agoClearly my tribisnowbike with
Clearly my tribisnowbike with integrated sports cat and assymetric sidesaddledrive has not lit your fire. No problem, I'll give Graham Obree a call instead.
Assuming for the sake of argument that this is not the schoolboy fantasy that it sounds like then you have a few things to consider.
For a start, all you have at the moment is a side drawing of a bike type object, bikes are 3 dimensional which means you have to consider how everything fits together, the cross sections of the tubes, the tolerances of the joints and clearance for wheels, bearings cranks, cabling - all that stuff that makes a bicycle go and stop.
Unless you're going to do that 3d work yourself then you'll need to get someone else to translate your 2d drawing into a CAD file (like this for example http://www.designworldonline.com/uploads/Imagegallery/2Catia-and-Simulia...) and fill in all the missing details, at which point it scarcely becomes your design at all.
Secondly - you've highlighted one of the big problems that market-driven bicycle designers face. This is that bikes mostly consist of some tubes and triangles that join together a set of parts into a functioning machine. It’s a tried and tested formula but bike companies spend thousands trying to ever-so-slightly differentiate their collection of tubes and triangles from everyone else’s but not so much that they upset the UCI or the consumers conservative tastes– then they get them built in the same handful of factories in the far east, put stickers on them and invent some acronyms that look good on a website. Some of them put wiggly bits in (Pinarello) some of them do angular stealth bombery bits (BMC) but they are fundamentally indistinguishable.
The detail, such as it is, in how they are put together and how they ride, even this aspect has seasoned journos struggling to fill a paragraph when comparing one well made, lightweight, high end bike to another. Compliance… stiffness… er... directness! etc.
What you seem to be keen on is building something that is almost exactly like any other high end aero road bike, slightly different in tiny details but it basically still conforms to the narrow design language that tells the viewer that this is one of those fancy bikes that goes fast. If they don’t get it, then it also has the name of a sports car manufacturer on the side which should ram the point home.
So if you want something that is cosmetically almost exactly the same as an existing product and realistically, is unlikely to perform better, then why not buy the existing one? You could get a fancy custom paint job and spend the loose change on an engineering course, a workshop and some tools and make some stuff yourself instead of outsourcing the whole lot. It seems like an extravagant vanity exercise for potentially more loss than gain.
- Café Roubaix could keep name after Fuji owner wades into Specialized row5 hours 57 min agojimc101 wrote:Specialized hadjimc101 wrote:
Specialized had to do what they did, even though they are the brand everyone seems to like to hate.
No, no they didn't. They really didn't.
It was a dickish move by Specialized on the back of several other dickish unnecessary moves.
- Café Roubaix could keep name after Fuji owner wades into Specialized row5 hours 59 min agoQuote:I find itQuote:
I find it un-believeable that Specialized was granted a trademark based on a placename.
Why? Trek have a trademark on "Alpe d'Huez".
As mentioned above, there are hundreds of trademarks based on place names.
Doesn't mean no-one else can use it, it simply means that IN THAT CONTEXT (bike branding), you can't use it unless you have a licence from the company that owns it.
- Planet X Bikes6 hours 20 sec agoI know it's an old post, but
I know it's an old post, but I just thought I'd throw my two penn'orth in. I've just taken delivery of a Pro-Carbon Ultegra and the customer service I've had has been second to none, absolutely brilliant from start to finish. I've just ridden the bike for the first time today (was delivered Saturday) and I'm massively impressed. It's an absolute missile, can't wait for spring...
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding6 hours 3 min agoBackwards, downhill, on wet
Backwards, downhill, on wet hairpin roads. On the front wheel only
Take that, Eskil Ronningsbakken.
- Café Roubaix could keep name after Fuji owner wades into Specialized row6 hours 4 min agobikeboy76 wrote:Who are ASIbikeboy76 wrote:
Who are ASI and how do they own the name of a French City?
Welcome to the wonderful world of trade marks and intellectual property.
You ought to see the registration for where I live Chesterfield: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU000064048
- Café Roubaix could keep name after Fuji owner wades into Specialized row6 hours 6 min agoAt the end of it, everyone
At the end of it, everyone got some PR, for the cafe, I've not got a lot of sympathy, as they failed in doing due diligence with their name, not so much for the cafe, but more so for the wheels.
Specialized had to do what they did, even though they are the brand everyone seems to like to hate.
The bigger thing really is, should you be able to trademark a place name like they (ASI/Specialized) did?
Will keep on wearing my Specialized BG shoes, as they are the best fitting ones for me I have found yet.
- Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1006 hours 8 min agomrmo wrote:by quiet routesmrmo wrote:
by quiet routes are we simply talking about guiding cyclists on to the rat runs beloved of jam avoiding delivery drivers? or are we talking pedestrian and cyclist friendly areas with minimal numbers of cars?
Let's not think about it. Something must be done. We're doing something.
- Cycle Superhighway 2 “not fit for purpose" says surgeon who treated recent crash victims6 hours 17 min agoThatBritishBlokeThatBritishBloke wrote:
someone who is so involved in the clearing up the consequences of these terrible incidents has a view which is likely more considered than your's or mine
Completely disagree. In order to start talking about "epidemics" you need to be getting the opinion of someone that has actually been trained over a long period of time to understand statistics and the evaluation of population-level maladies.ThatBritishBloke wrote:
... unless that is, you're a traffic accident investigator. Are you?
You appear to consistently assume that because someone is an expert in one field that they will be an authority on anything related to it. Hint: you're looking for a specialist whose name starts with "statisticia". Can you guess the last letter?
- Family of cyclist killed by drink-driver look to crowdsource funeral costs (+ video)6 hours 32 min agoFrickin asshat driver should
Frickin asshat driver should be paying for it
- is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?6 hours 34 min agoOn an mtb you'd often sit on
On an mtb you'd often sit on the saddle nose on really steep stuff so that a) you don't lift the front b) don't spin out the back 'cos you're too far forward, or putting too much torque down at one point in the pedal stroke.
I guess you've run out of gears ? - maybe a bit more weight further back, and controlling your pedal stroke a bit more - maybe with not all your weight through the downwards pedal ?
But what do I know, I mostly ride a recumbent - I've been getting wheelspin on steep stuff very occasionally, I think some little-used back-roads roads are just a bit slippy..
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding6 hours 37 min agobluddy lycra louts
bluddy lycra louts
wouldn't lend him my bike
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding6 hours 46 min agoIncredible skill.
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding6 hours 47 min agoAbsolutely Bonkers!
Loved it, get well soon Martyn.
- Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1006 hours 53 min ago"Our streets should be as
"Our streets should be as famous for cycling, and as popular with cyclists, as the streets of Copenhagen or Amsterdam"
They're becoming famous, yes, but for all the wrong reasons. Infamous, more like.
The modal share of cycling in London is minute compared with Copenhagen or Amsterdam. It will take more than 'keeping your wits about you', wishful thinking like the above and the sordid victim-blaming that Boris indulges in at almost every opportunity to increase cycling in London much beyond current levels.alexb wrote:
It's a good job he's so smart that he can trash every advance made by other people and then reinvent it under his own name when it turns out that it did have a function and was performing well.
We've seen this over and over again with Boris, he's an idiot. I guess he'll soon suggest restricting traffic by means of some fancy cameras and a charging system soon...
One can't but help get the impression that the typical working day in the mayoral office must be like being in the comedy show Twenty Twelve.
- Café Roubaix could keep name after Fuji owner wades into Specialized row6 hours 58 min agoIs it true there is no such
Is it true there is no such thing as bad PR? Specialized have got everyone talking about their name and the brand of their bike. Consumers have short term memories, yet the brand name is lodged in your brain somewhere. Wonder if they will still come out on top with their xmas sales?
- Maria Leijerstam's South Pole trike7 hours 7 sec agoI had my gear and brake
I had my gear and brake cables freeze solid at Afan when it was -6 degs C. I had to walk the bike down the mountain.
So my advice is... good luck!
- Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1007 hours 1 min ago"We are driving up safety
"We are driving up safety standards for all vehicles"
Meanwhile lorries keep driving over people on bikes and other vulnerable road users...
- Video: Road Bike Party 2 - amazing skinny-tyre stunt riding7 hours 2 min agoactually the best one
actually the best one yet....totally awesome!
- Video: Cyclist & lorry driver experience Met's Exchanging Places scheme7 hours 6 min ago^^^ To the joker.
^^^ To the joker.
The very nature of a lorry's design is to optimise space and put the cabin ontop of the engine. The combustion engine itself can't be made smaller due to the size and torque required to spin the drive shaft at load.
Maybe what you have in mind is to put the engine in the middle, between the payload and the cabin. With the cabin at vehicle height level just to save some other lousy road users.