• Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist19 hours 19 min agoIt is difficult to

    It is difficult to generalise, and many non cyclists refer to any drop handle bar bike as a racer, equally it is difficult to accurately assess speed.

    What IS going to happen is that while ever transport authorities use Government cash meant to increase cycling to improve the canal tow path network there is an increasing potential for conflict which highways engineers refuse to consider.

    If the money is to be well spent it may be that the route is used by commuters or transport and if the money has been taken from improving cycle facilities on road, then they need to be designed for? Often there is very little room on a canal towpath for good shared use paths (see Sustrans design guidance)

    Another issue is that after consultation Canal & rivers trust, along with highway authorities change the design spec and either put gravel down or add in passage & access barriers, which prohibit many users especially disabled or impaired.

    The point about dogs is well made and prevalent on all shared routes, loose dogs or those on a long lead are a liability.

    Perhaps we should ask DfT to audit schemes to ensure they deliver what was promised and if not take their money back?

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?19 hours 21 min agoThanks a lot. Seems I'd

    Thanks a lot.

    Seems I'd better order a new pair of pads now...

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?19 hours 28 min agoYou need to give the caliper

    You need to give the caliper and disc a good clean with rubbing/isopropyl alcohol

    Also if the pads are contaminated then try giving them a light sanding and you may be lucky, if not then new pads will be needed

  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist19 hours 31 min agoI dont think Strava has

    I dont think Strava has anything to do with this, if Strava banned all segments on shared paths,the kind of person thats fussed about setting a fast time on a canal path isnt just going to turn around and say well Im NOT cycling down there now, or Ill cycle it really slowly instead thatll show them, are they Thinking

    IME of all the encounters on shared paths Ive had, anyone who is moving on a bike and/or wearing lycra is considered by a pedestrian as "fast/racing". I was accused of speeding by a pedestrian once, when Id actually come to a complete stop to let them past, I did point out their grasp of physics was lacking and was told to f*** off for my trouble.

    and dog walkers who let their dogs off lead on these paths are the bane of my of commute, to the point Id rather mix it with cars& tipper trucks on the roads instead of having to avoid another dog leaping out of a bush.

    shared paths seem a great idea,but cyclists are the only ones who do the sharing, everyone else treats it as their own private path

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1219 hours 36 min agoArticle says it uses the same

    Article says it uses the same mounting tech as gopro so I guess that's a yes.

  • Cyclists being killed due to delays fixing potholes say CTC19 hours 38 min agoHaving a busted shoulder from

    Having a busted shoulder from a pothole in 1992 I'm well aware of the problem.

    My local council is Sefton. I suspect they have a road repair schedule that is at least 3 years post survey. It is the only way to explain the way they re-surface roads that are ok and yet leave others covered in potholes.

    Their subcontracted road crews will only patch what is on their survey list leaving new potholes alongside those patched as the new potholes weren't on the original survey back in 2012.

    Micro Tarmac - a thin glue and gravel mix laid over an existing poor surface and the heavy wear gravel heavy surfaces are now appearing in residential roads in my area.

    The smooth stuff has the best run off which means less frost damage so lasts longer - but it costs more.

    The whole system is a mess.

  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist19 hours 43 min agodrawkrb wrote:the big problem

    drawkrb wrote:
    the big problem here is STRAVA segments, they have been asked to do some thing about it but say they cannot. they leave it up to cyclists to block these dangerous areas but that does not work I suggested they had people over here that could block canal tow paths but got no reply. on chesterfield canal 0ver a 6 mile section you have 5 blind bends long sections that are only 2 people wide a main road to cross with bad line of sight, and a café area with no cycling.

    This isn't my experience of strava at all, my local shared use paths are all marked as dangerous segments and have been for a long time.

    As an aside I don't really understand the system, cyclist and pedestrians sharing a space is dengrous. But cyclist sharing the road with homicidal people in 10 ton metal boxs, that's fine.

  • Campagnolo releases free MyCampy app19 hours 43 min agoMoan, moan, sob, sob...you

    Moan, moan, sob, sob...you lot need to feck off and polish your square tapers. It's pathetic!

    V1 user and I'll be upgrading to V3 as soon as this is out for no other reason than because it looks like a great upgrade. The V1 will get retrofitted to one of my other bikes.

    Campagnolo just doing their thing, doing it well and doing it without fanfare.

  • Packing Cleats19 hours 45 min agoGet a pair of (cleated)

    Get a pair of (cleated) shoes, and have a proper 'balls and braces' bike fit done. You won't need to pack the cleats, if they are fitted with the pedals/ bike accounted for with a proper fitting.

  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist19 hours 48 min agoI don’t believe the cyclist

    I don’t believe the cyclist threated to kill the pedestrian’s family. Swear at him yes, but threaten to murder – nonsense. Another embellished story from the Castelli cyclist/large lady cyclist school of tales.

  • Lusso Cooltech Arm Warmers19 hours 49 min agoLusso is top stuff. I like

    Lusso is top stuff. I like each of the products they make and they have been great value for money.

  • Carbon frame - is it worth it ?19 hours 50 min agoI've got a couple of Carbon

    I've got a couple of Carbon bikes, and a couple of Ally bikes. The Carbon bikes are easier to get up to speed, and will stop quicker, if everything else is the same. They are more comfortable on the rough stuff (pretty much any British road). Are they worth the premium in cost? Nope, no way. I actually prefer the Ally bikes, for long rides, I keep the Carbon bikes for short hops, or particularly hilly routes, that said I did both the I.O.W. Randonee, and the PRLS, on the ally bikes.

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?19 hours 52 min agoChecked the pads. And, it

    Checked the pads.
    And, it seems to be some oil Crying

    But not the worst case like breaking piston, it's the oil at the caliper bleed port that I forgot to clean one or two months ago.

    Now, what to do?
    Will degreaser help in these case?

  • Dog walker pleads for understanding on canal towpaths after receiving death threat from ‘racing’ cyclist19 hours 57 min agoI've come across Strava

    I've come across Strava segments on canal towpaths. I know they are there and my times are not 'racing' times. But there are people who will always be tempted. They can be flagged but that won't delete them. People can just override the hazardous flag to view the leaderboard, and they still show on Strava apps like VeloViewer as KOMs. The temptation won't be removed as the segments can't be deleted permanently and you can't stop people making new ones
    If you could permanently block certain locations people would also abuse that function. Strava is right; it isn't down to them to police; it is a social network. As such the Adam Hills rule applies; DON'T BE A DICK.

  • Shimano Metrea 1x11 urban groupset unveiled19 hours 59 min agoIf I had to buy an 'urban

    If I had to buy an 'urban bike' I'd want a nexus, what's not to like about them?

  • Cyclists being killed due to delays fixing potholes say CTC20 hours 1 min agoRamuz wrote:Well done Tories!

    Ramuz wrote:
    Well done Tories! No money for proper policing, decent road surfacing, buses or the Northern Powerhouse.

    Yawn
    So when something good happens do you credit that to the Tories?

  • Police chief writes to cyclist to explain why he can't investigate crash20 hours 2 min agoAlso, not dealing with

    Also, not dealing with 'minor' incidences and near misses is bad economics. Eventually you will have to deal with death, and that costs a whole lot more for the police force. Better to increase policing for the common issues to reduce the propability of the major ones.

  • Shimano Metrea 1x11 urban groupset unveiled20 hours 4 min agoWonder if this will mean that

    Wonder if this will mean that bike mfrs will bring out a range of up-market urban bikes? I think the group set looks very nice.

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?20 hours 8 min agoI'll check it, but will it

    I'll check it, but will it get worn in just 2 months?

  • Rotor/break pad clean hints?20 hours 11 min agoCheck your brake pad Sounds

    Check your brake pad
    Sounds like they're worn through.

  • Shimano or Sram??20 hours 16 min agoShimano Di2 anyday. If not

    Shimano Di2 anyday.

    If not Di2 I go for ultegra. Shimano has much better build quality and just more durable.

  • Shimano or Sram??20 hours 16 min agoShimano Di2 anyday. If not

    Shimano Di2 anyday.

    If not Di2 I go for ultegra. Shimano has much better build quality and just more durable.

  • Which shoe?20 hours 20 min agomoulded insole is an luxury.

    moulded insole is an luxury. The hurt part needs to be fixed first and getting the right shoe is the most important.

    I personally do not find sidi that special. If anything I think it is not that comfortable even with moulded insole.

  • Which shoe?20 hours 28 min agoIf your feet hurt there's

    If your feet hurt there's something wrong. Give some serious thought to having a set of moulded inner soles done. I did and they're a revelation, got a set of Sidas ones at a proper Bike fit place. They're in my cycling top 3 buys. You'll really notice the difference especially when climbing.

  • Which shoe?20 hours 28 min agoShimano R171. I have two

    Shimano R171. I have two pairs. One for spare.

    The most comfortable road shoe I've ever ridden and I have a lot.

    Of all the shoes including Rapha and Sidi I dreaded to put them on. With Shimano it puts a smile on my face and it is one of those few items I have on cycling that I look forward to wearing or using it.

    When I have it on I don't feel its there and I've not once felt uncomfortable or have hot spots. Just incredible shoe at an amazing price.

    Only the R171 and R321 is worth the money.