• A wet sportive...50 weeks 3 days agoMartyn_K wrote:As a footnote

    Martyn_K wrote:
    As a footnote i still find it very funny to see the macho ego's trying to resist taking a battering when they see my missus cruising past them (and another female in our team). The girls commented on the amount of guys that tried to force them off the teams wheels or pushed on in a huff only to blow a lung about a 1/4 of a mile down the road.

    I like this lots.

  • road or hybrid50 weeks 3 days agoArm your self with a decent

    Arm your self with a decent set of 1.25 slicks and a track pump to keep them inflated at the right PSI, swap the risers for flats and bar ends and maybe invest in Shimano SPD pedals and a pair of shoes. This will make a world of difference.

  • Is it a brave new world?50 weeks 3 days agoTjuice wrote:Re: #1 Some

    Tjuice wrote:
    Re: #1
    Some decades back, when I was young (I'm guessing around 10 yrs old), I was cycling along a fairly narrow shared-use path (was once an old railway track), when a chap on a race bike came barrelling up on a race bike at some speed.
    He shouted "on your right", or "keep to the left", or something like that. I was not expecting it and it completely spooked me, so in the heat of the moment, I panicked and ended up going right.

    Race bike chap had to emergency brake and we both ended up still upright, having not collided, on the grass at the right hand side of the path. I apologised of course and he was grumpy but not angry.

    As I reflect on this, I can't help feel that had he slowed down a little and just carefully worked his way past me (I was a child - I would not have been hard to overtake), rather than yelling at me at speed, the incident would not have happened. And the path was neither a race track, nor the open road.

    Not sure this story really adds anything to this thread, but thought I'd share
    Smile

    Good story, and very relevant today. We still don't seem to have decided what/who these shared use paths are really for and I'm sure there are loads of examples like this happening all the time.

  • Kinesis Aithein Build50 weeks 3 days agoThis is mine - I have since

    This is mine - I have since chopped the steerer tube. I have no idea how to make this photo appear upright. Sad And I work with computers Sad

  • Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme tyres50 weeks 3 days agoSo many questions, like: Were

    So many questions, like:

    Were they easy to get on/off the wheel rim?

    What other tires would you compare them too?

    "several thousand kilometres" - Can you be a little more specific?

    The review seems a little short for a £45 tire that is rated at 4.5 stars...

    Sorry, but winter is just around the corner; the last one didn't go well (25mm Conti 4 seasons) so I'm just trying to preparing in advance. Big Grin

  • Islington cyclists stage protest after latest London fatality50 weeks 3 days agozanf wrote:Matt eaton

    zanf wrote:
    Matt eaton wrote:
    ....but what would happen when the lane reached the junction where the white van is pulling out? In most situations like this cyclists are faced with a give-way to cross the side junction, at which point we're better off using the road. If cyclists were to be given priority drivers coming out of the side junction....

    This is because currently, the mindset with infra designers and most cyclists and campaigners/advocates, is that they still see cycling as bolted on solution that tries to interfere with traffic flow as little as possible.

    The only mindset to have is that all concessions have to be made by private vehicles until it is the least convenient (and less subsidised) form of transport.

    Another junction that does exactly what you worry about is on the Tavistock Place/Gordon Square cycle lane: http://goo.gl/maps/j6SY7

    On this junction, you get cars that do not stop at the lines and so you have massive conflict with cycles,and its a very well used route. Instead the junction should have a raised platform so that cars are forced to slow before it, and are made aware because of the physical environment that they are crossing a cycle lane. Similar things are done in the Netherlands

    The NL example looks much better, however in both cases I think I'd be more comforatable (feel safer) on the road than the cycle lane, but that's a subjective view, informed by cycing in the UK.

    The biggest practical problem with these designs is a cultural one. Cars are viewed as superior and if they need to block a cycle lane whilst waiting to join traffic on a 'proper' road it's deemed as perfectly acceptable. Strict liability would also help a lot; I'm sure that Dutch drivers are very careful about crossing or even blocking cycle paths compared to Brits.

  • What/which, Tyres? 700 x 25, road50 weeks 3 days agoWhat do you mean by last? A

    What do you mean by last? A season, a year, two years?
    What are you currently running?
    How are you killing them at the moment?
    How much are you looking to spend?

    I really rate my Vittoria Open Corsa SC they 'last' about a summer, but are such a good tyre performance wise I can deal with that.

  • Heart rate zones - Struggling to stay in a low zone!50 weeks 3 days agoThanks I guess that makes a

    Thanks Smile

    I guess that makes a lot of sense. Low intensity riding isn't worth it if you're only doing 30 mins. But 2 hours worth is a lot more meaningful.

    At the moment I am trying to do 30-mins to 1 hour, so the higher intensity makes a lot of sense I guess. I have a 10km loop near my flat which I flat on focussing on a bit, as I know what to expect on it, and I know I don't have to go flat out on it. That way I could do 1-2 hours on it, not get too bored with it, and aim to keep a steady pace.

  • Mavic Wheels50 weeks 3 days agobashthebox wrote:Hmph, sounds

    bashthebox wrote:
    Hmph, sounds like the shop are being really difficult with you. Might be time to drag out the Sale of Goods Act of 1979. Mavic may or may not honour a warranty, but the shop most certainly have a responsibility to sell you stuff that doesn't break.

    This is something 3 years old, you won't get anyway where SOGA on this.

    You'd argue that you're riding the wheels in a way that they are designed to - perhaps you could show them strava data to let them know you're not riding 1000km a week, so your usage isn't deemed exceptional.

    Quote:

    Anyway, real up on SOGA and talk to the manager using 'fit for purpose' and other such terrifying phrases. They'll probably fix things for you sharpish.

    They are fit for purpose though, 3 years old and then something has gone wrong, you can't hold a shop accountable for that.

  • Canyon sell off team bikes50 weeks 3 days agoIt seems like a good idea,

    It seems like a good idea, until the bike starts comparing you to it's previous owner Laughing

  • Is it a brave new world?50 weeks 3 days agoRe: #1 Some decades back,

    Re: #1
    Some decades back, when I was young (I'm guessing around 10 yrs old), I was cycling along a fairly narrow shared-use path (was once an old railway track), when a chap on a race bike came barrelling up on a race bike at some speed.
    He shouted "on your right", or "keep to the left", or something like that. I was not expecting it and it completely spooked me, so in the heat of the moment, I panicked and ended up going right.

    Race bike chap had to emergency brake and we both ended up still upright, having not collided, on the grass at the right hand side of the path. I apologised of course and he was grumpy but not angry.

    As I reflect on this, I can't help feel that had he slowed down a little and just carefully worked his way past me (I was a child - I would not have been hard to overtake), rather than yelling at me at speed, the incident would not have happened. And the path was neither a race track, nor the open road.

    Not sure this story really adds anything to this thread, but thought I'd share
    Smile

  • Mavic Wheels50 weeks 3 days agoPawls are a

    Pawls are a consumable/serviceable part though, they wear. Would you complain to the manufacturer of the tyre you use when it wore through?

    Also SOGA saying 6 years isn't how long goods have to last for though.

    tradingstandards.gov.uk wrote:

    How long have I got to make a claim?
    The law states that a trader's legal responsibility for faulty goods lasts for six years from the date of the contract. This does not mean the goods have to last this length of time, but this is the time limit that the law gives you to take legal action.

    Also if you are going to pursue them under SOGA as it is more than 6 months after you buying them the onus is on you to prove they aren't upto standard, not the retailer.

    Basically, something broke, and it's out of warranty, suck it up and pay for the new stuff you need.

  • A wet sportive...50 weeks 3 days agoOne other nasty smash I saw

    One other nasty smash I saw was someone pulling out from a feed station and a fast rider crashed into him - not good form gunning through the feed area and I am not sure if the guy pulling out knew what hit him.

  • Islington cyclists stage protest after latest London fatality50 weeks 3 days agobikebot wrote:Aye, you could

    bikebot wrote:
    Aye, you could build it that way, but building a segregated lane between them offers much better protection against left turning vehicles, which as we all sadly know has actually been the cause of many of the worst accidents.

    I don't think I'm visulising what you are describing correctly as it seems that what you describe would increase the chance of left hooks. As riders come off of the 'pavement' cycle lane to re-join the road or painted cycle lane at the 'white van' junction it seems that they would be very vunerable to drivers entering or leaving the juction from all directions. Drivers may fail to realise that they need to yield to cyclists on the 'pavement'. Have I got it totally wrong?

  • Dates confirmed for 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 - ballot opens next month50 weeks 3 days agoThe Olympic Legacy is that 12

    The Olympic Legacy is that 12 months before the date of the 2015 Ride London, the same as this year, hotels within an easy bike ride of the Olympic Park have already DOUBLED their room rates for the night before.
    Last year we got a room at normal rates because they didn't realise there was an event that far ahead.
    Olympic Legacy means profiteering and normal London greed.

  • A wet sportive...50 weeks 3 days agoYeah would seem obvious for

    Yeah would seem obvious for slower riders to be more on the left and faster on the right but alas some don't think it is obvious. On the last feed station a number of people were moving over to it on the left when a fast chap came through swearing on the left side ignoring the empty right hand lane and nearly taking out those slowing down.

  • Signs marking Yorkshire Grand Départ route being stolen by souvenir hunters50 weeks 3 days agoUnfortunately The Skipton to

    Unfortunately The Skipton to Cray road is now chocker with cyclists following the route and tangling with pretty thick fast moving traffic up hill and down dale. It's no one's fault and the cyclists have a perfect right to ride it but it's not a pleasurable experience for much of stage 1.

    Like many Pro cycle routes it's fine when it's closed to traffic but pretty hairy when not.

    Even on the Cray to Hawes section you're plagued by the constant close passing MALCOLM's - Middle Aged Leather Clads On Large Motorbikes. Or 'knob rockets' as the wonderful Tim Moore calls them.

  • A wet sportive...50 weeks 3 days agoI thoroughly enjoyed it

    I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the conditions and would recommend it for the closed roads.
    The conditions were just crazy at some points - I saw a guy go down hard going up new lands corner because he got out of the seat to climb and lost traction in the flood water coming down - ouch !
    As usual there was your usual sportive reckless riding and my sole goal was to get down new lands corner well away from numpties. I was lucky but I do recall having the brakes full on and still doing 24mph down the steep bit. Going down it I was really glad not to have to do another descent.
    The littering was terrible and the number of dropped bottles was shocking, especially with some riders just ignoring them and not pointing them out.
    I saw one guy crash hard at a corner, the marshalls were yelling at him to slow down and he ignored them and went down like a sack of spuds.
    I finished in 4:29, mainly because I was so wet I just wanted to get it done and I didn't see the point in stopping.
    All in all a real experience and I fear as I did not get to ride the full 100 I might just have to return....

  • Cube Bikes /Company50 weeks 3 days agoI had a 2012 GTC Pro, I had a

    I had a 2012 GTC Pro, I had a similar problem with the famous cable rattle, many e-mails it took to get a response and fixed.

    That being said I have battered that bike and it took everything I threw at it.

  • Mavic Wheels50 weeks 3 days agoThanks Bash..... I've tried

    Thanks Bash.....
    I've tried that but the bloke in the shop said he knew all about the Act, and then when I mentioned traders' obligation he said "well I don't know about that".
    I can sense a Small claims action in the pipeline to educate them.

    What I don't think is a good idea is to start a publicity campaign in case it may scupper any small claim action.
    Cheers

  • Eneco stage 150 weeks 3 days agoWent sprint crazy last night

    Went sprint crazy last night which is going to bugger me up later in the week. Also took out Breschel this morning which was stupid.

    Boonen, Bouhanni, Guardini, Howard, Jans, Modolo, Markus, Mezgec, Porsev(!),

    Purist - no idea -
    Boonen, Dumoulin, Gilbert, Guardini, Jans, Rojas, Sprengers, Stybar, Thomas.

  • Schwalbe Durano S Tyres w/RaceGuard50 weeks 3 days agoI fancy a pair of them for

    I fancy a pair of them for this winter. I've got Schwable tyres on a couple of my other bikes, they do seem bomb proof, if a little heavy. But the lack of punctures is great, I don't that at all.

  • race radios?50 weeks 3 days agoWhat you need for an event is

    What you need for an event is a set of PMR's (Private Mobile Radios)

    Search IC-F4032S, expensive though.

    Something else you might be good with is the Midland G-30 (5 mile radio) perfect for running an event, you can get headset adapters for the motorcycles.

    I was just as the Scottish Crit Champs yesterday, I will try and find out what they were using

  • Hurricane could hit RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday – riders warned to prepare for weather50 weeks 3 days agoIt was excellent

    It was excellent organisation, and great to see all the people out cheering, despite the weather.

    The only problem was the castelli crew with their expensive bikes acting like pro's and throwing their gel and food wrappers to the ground...yeah you know who you are SHAMEFUL. Probably the same people who can't mend a puncture! Angry

  • Canyon sell off team bikes50 weeks 3 days agohttp://kinetixproducts.com/sh

    http://kinetixproducts.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=124

    wow! good link. Big Grin

    I do like those rabo crossbikes, and somewhat randomly you can get HTC's old timetrial helmets...