- Cycle Show 2013: First look faves from Condor, Enigma, Van Nicholas Specialized, De Rosa, Cube, Colnago, Starley, Kinesis, Argon, Pinarello and more1 year 3 weeks agothank God I don't need to
thank God I don't need to choose a new bike, despite the n+1 rule. Some amazing bikes on show, and the Condor bikes are particularly beautiful this year.
- Advice on new bike or just upgrading my current one1 year 3 weeks ago@drmatthewhardy - thanks.
@drmatthewhardy - thanks.
I appreciate that actually choosing in person is best and it is my intention to visit a few trusted LBSs at the weekend.
I hoped that a few people on here would be able to offer some ideas/advice on what's currently working for them that they would recommend. Anyone?
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoAnyone else seen anything
Anyone else seen anything cutting edge? Pros and cons? I am thinking, more black light tape, Sparse lights and maybe Monkeylectics would make a good package.
- Appeal rejected against "unduly lenient" sentence for driver in Audrey Fyfe case1 year 3 weeks agodp24 wrote:The circumstancesdp24 wrote:
The circumstances in which this is possible are extremely limited - largely, as Simon has pointed out, in relation to the ECHR (as in the Fraser case), or whether the government has acted ultra vires in respect of devolved powers.
In general there is no right of appeal to the Supreme Court, and the SC cannot review something which is purely a matter of (Scots) law. I believe the number of cases that have fit the criteria and been reviewed by the SC since devolution is about 30.
Ah, that makes sense, I thought there were quite a number of ways to get it to the Supreme Court.
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoSparse lights, USB charged
Sparse lights, USB charged and designed with security in mind, don't have to take them off the bike when parked. Only concern is the brightness and would the front one mess my spacers up. Just released after the kickstarter so taking orders for delivery later.
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoMonkeylectic. This is just
Monkeylectic. This is just the mini lights, they have full wheels systems. Choose you own pattern, very tron light bike. Great side visibility, much smaller then the Revo, wouldn't look so good stopped at the lights.
- The campaign to rid Surrey of 'lycra louts'1 year 3 weeks agoAll I have ever asked for is
All I have ever asked for is to use the roads as far as my own fair share is concerned. With consideration for other road users. They are a resource for all of us to use, that we all pay for.
How about we all play nicely and share?
Or is that asking too much?
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoMeanwhile I have been keeping
Meanwhile I have been keeping an eye on some Kickstarter projects. I currently have two Cateye Opticubes and a 5 LED cateye red bar on the back. They are reasonably bright but use up the AAAs. I would like something that actually cast some light forward and more side visibility (to stop Icecream vans swinging out from the right who don't know their own turning circle.) And maybe something that is USB based for charging.
So I wonder what you guys think of some of these new technologies:
Revolights, gyroscopic LED projection forward and back. Very bright looking and side view excellent, but I would be concerned about the weight as the bands go all the way around the rim; having them fitted to the wheels all winter might put me off training.
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoHalo belt, nice If I wanted
Halo belt, nice If I wanted to pop out and not fiddle with lights, maybe down the pool hall. Never leave the lights behind.
- Funky new lights1 year 3 weeks agoThis is 2m of 15mm tape. with
This is 2m of 15mm tape. with direct light from the flash on it, quite effective! covers the right side. I think I will get more and wider tape and do both sides and back to boost visibility.
- London to host 2016 UCI Track World Championships1 year 3 weeks agopetestuartpetestuart wrote:
True enough. It is bloody freezing in there.
I was thinking more of the effort to stay somewhere near the black line when you get down to a 10 second lap. That and being unsure where vertical is after a while.
- Road Worlds 2013: Tony Martin makes it three in a row, Sir Bradley Wiggins takes silver1 year 3 weeks agoAnyway the cat was the star
Anyway the cat was the star of the show!
- Road Worlds 2013: Tony Martin makes it three in a row, Sir Bradley Wiggins takes silver1 year 3 weeks ago^not been around here much
^not been around here much since July I take it!
- Cassette Replacement1 year 3 weeks ago50x11 on a commute averaging
50x11 on a commute averaging 18mph is like going in 5th gear in car around shopping centre.focus on high cadence.i stick middle ring on a triple on my commute and average 23mph with cadence always around 90rpm
- 'Cycling should be central to the 2015 General Election,' says Ian Austin MP1 year 3 weeks agoNick T wrote: what's stoppingNick T wrote:
what's stopping him from doing all of this right now in Dudley North and promoting his success as an example of how it can actually work?
He is a Member of Parliament, not a Dudley councillor, and so has no power to implement these ideas in Dudley.
- Planet X Bikes1 year 3 weeks agoI had a Pro Carbon with
I had a Pro Carbon with Dura-Ace which was sadly nicked a few years ago... amazingly fast (too fast for me).
I have to say I had great customer service (by email though rather than phone - perhaps that's the trick). Before advising on size they asked for a picture of me on my current bike, then for some measurements, and gave me good advice about what to choose. After it arrived I had a question about the carbon layup in one area and they again asked for photos and got feedback from the manufacturer.
Later on had some questions about their wheels, same thing - helpful prompt emails.
This was a couple of years ago now but I suspect it's the same as many bike shops - it's slightly pot luck depending on which member of staff you speak to. My closest bike shop is an extremely LBSish LBS - custom frames, big workshop, mystical wheelbuilders, owned by the staff - and some of them are great while others are just grumpy feckers.
- Carradice Super C A4 Pannier1 year 3 weeks agoI did a bit of digging when I
I did a bit of digging when I was sub-editing this, because Iwein also thought cotton duck was untreated and just got its water resistance from the fibres swelling.
According to Carradice themselves, not so:
"The fabric is pressure impregnated with Parrafin Wax to make it waterproof."
- Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 3 weeks agoJonas Lorenzen wrote:... youJonas Lorenzen wrote:
... you shall all address me "Lord of the Forum's Scorum's WC Individual Time Trial 2013"...
"Lord of the blah, blah, blah"... That was exceptionally funny! The brightness of your reflected glory would blind the normal man, so none could look upon you directly... I, for one, sir, will oblige, at least until Sunday's race when you get deposed by the Lord of the Forum's Scorum 2013 WC Road Race Competition, or something like that! Ah! the joy of winning, it must feel grand... Bask in that pride... You're the man!
- UCI presidency: Cookson ensures independence of vote-counting, but under fire over campaigning tactics1 year 3 weeks agoSo Mangal receives a text
So Mangal receives a text message from an anonymous internet based text-messaging account and assumes that is someone linked to Cookson, without checking to see if it really is or someone pretending to be from Cookson
- 'Cycling should be central to the 2015 General Election,' says Ian Austin MP1 year 3 weeks agoWhy do we have to be
Why do we have to be blackmailed into voting to stimulate change, what's stopping him from doing all of this right now in Dudley North and promoting his success as an example of how it can actually work?
- Cycle Show 2013: First look faves from Condor, Enigma, Van Nicholas Specialized, De Rosa, Cube, Colnago, Starley, Kinesis, Argon, Pinarello and more1 year 3 weeks agoI liked the graffiti covered
I liked the graffiti covered Starley that was there. (Plus Pantani's Bianchi but that ain't exactly new)
- DfT statistics show cyclist casualties continue to increase but sharp increase in fatalities may be a fluke1 year 3 weeks agoBare numbers, whilst each
Bare numbers, whilst each illustrative of a tragedy, are not the statistic we should look at. There's been a marked increase in the number of journeys by bike and miles cycled in the last 2 years (I expect), so what's the ratio of KSI to miles ridden?
If this is going up, the problem is getting worse. If this is going down then the solutions are working. If this is static then the solutions aren't working but neither is the problem getting worse
- Sport Minister Hugh Robertson: No more money for Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ1 year 3 weeks agoHow exactly does a police
How exactly does a police stations policing costs far exceed 1 million pounds???
- Census data used to draw up detailed map of where London's bike commuters are1 year 3 weeks agoThat is a pretty impressive
That is a pretty impressive space where it is quicker to ride a bike
- Cassette Replacement1 year 3 weeks agoI normally change the
I normally change the cassette with every second chain. I replace the chain when it is close to or at 0.7 mark on a Park CC-3 and if it jumps then the cassette gets swapped too.
for 7 speed cassettes I have used Shimano 12-28 HG50 and HG20 on my commuter but there is a 11-28 version too (HG30, I think). All are solid, durable items. Keeping the chain and cassette reasonably clean and chain lubed will extend lifespan of both. IME the KMC Z82 chain is better than the Z51 and SRAM PC830, both of which must be made of cheese, as they doesn't last long
I can't imagine many people being undergeared with 50x11, but there are plenty who claim to be 'spinning out' on the flat into a headwind and dragging a 18kg trailer with this combo (or whatever). Yeah, right! Make sure you keep your mobile phones on, Dave Brailsford is sure you be calling you with an offer very soon...