• SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 6 weeks ago^^^ I have strong views on

    ^^^ I have strong views on Avid Elixirs...I have four mountain bikes that are in regular rotation and all of them have Elixirs on them.

    I really wouldn't ride with anything else, they are a bit of a faff to bleed I'll grant you that, but well worth it as I like the bite and feel of them over just about any other brakes I've used.

    I'd probably only ever swap over to Formula brakes for weight savings but I like the simplicity of swapping race wheels/tyre setups between bikes with minimal fuss.

  • 2013 Road.cc Tourist Trophy1 year 6 weeks agoHome county: East

    Home county: East Sussex

    January: Surrey
    February: Kent
    March: Isle of Wight
    April: Dorset (and a tiny bit of Wiltshire)
    May: Perth & Kinross, Angus, Fife, Cumbria
    June: Somerset, Wiltshire (properly), Hampshire
    July: Lot and Correze, France
    August: Suffolk, Norfolk
    September: Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Powys
    October: Derbyshire, Staffordshire
    November: Cornwall
    December: Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey

    Went "home" to ride the hometown roads that I rode as a kid, and then local roads from my teenage years when I got into road biking after watching Robert Millar in the 1985 TdF. Not ridden these roads for about 25 years but didn't need my map as it all came flooding back. Chased my teenage self for 65 miles.

    Photographic record of the whole year www.themanfromicon.com/TT2013/TT2013.html

  • Women's Road Racing1 year 6 weeks agoWhilst I agree with the

    Whilst I agree with the sentiments above... The top of the sport needs more coverage, the top riders better remuneration.
    However, at a domestic level, does a third cat lady really need to have two bikes supplied, kit, races paid for etc etc.
    Certainly this doesn't happen with the men.
    I guess what is happening is that people are getting on the band wagon, but in the cheapest, easiest way possible.
    And then there is the other elephant in the room... Coverage of women's racing, and the sporting spectacle it presents.
    Now in theory, women's racing should make for great tv, shorter distances, and a smaller group of people that can actually win events. This should be gold dust, but it's frankly not (with a caveat that Nicole cooke's world champs win was probably one of the best races to watch anywhere). So why is this the case?
    1. Women's racing is being judged with a contemporary, objective eye that men's racing side swipes through heritage.
    2. That the courses used for women's racing are not designed to best showcase t women's style of racing.
    Finally, what I will say is, don't think the men's scene is in any way rosey. A fair chunk of the domestic guys riding the tour of Britain were sat at an office desk the day following the London showdown. Also, ask tom southam who paid his 'salary' during his barloworld days.
    I believe the reality is that outside the world tour, the men just shut up and take it. More fool them.

  • Targets for 20141 year 6 weeks agochiv30 wrote:... and more

    chiv30 wrote:
    ... and more Enrique bashing if he hasn't paid up this season Big Grin

    God. No. Please. I wouldn't be able to take it. So, just in case, Dave, can I send you a US Postal Money Order a few weeks before the Giro? Would you accept it since I'm electronically challenged? Smile

  • Suspended sentence for cyclist who seriously injured pedestrian1 year 6 weeks agoPavement riding is a menace,

    Pavement riding is a menace, I don't care about anyone who goes along slowly and is considerate of everyone else, but there are loads of people who hurtle around at road speeds on the pavement and something should be done. Perhaps providing somewhere better for people to ride.

  • Suspended sentence for cyclist who seriously injured pedestrian1 year 6 weeks agoContrast this sentence with

    Contrast this sentence with the £150 fine and 3 point a woman was awarded for killing a cyclist in Devon because "her baby kicked". The sentence in this case was right, the cyclist deserved it. I just wish the law treated car drivers with the same level of conviction.

  • 2013 SRAM Red PC1091R Chain1 year 6 weeks agoVery sorry to say that this

    Very sorry to say that this has now sold. Thanks to all for any interest.

  • Crowdfunding sought for auto-adjusting bike light (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoBobbinogs wrote:I had a bike

    Bobbinogs wrote:
    I had a bike light that got dimmer the slower I rode when I was a lad, think it was powered by something called a dynamo Wink

    Picked up a used complete set last week for £3, at any reasonable speed it throws out as much light as My Lezyne Macro Drive, it's in a better position and doesn't have to be taken off the bike whenever it's parked. Better idea! Pledge me a tenner plus postage on kickstarter and I'll see if I can get you one too.

  • Surrey Council Council pushes for sportive organisers to be forced to give a year's notice of events1 year 6 weeks agoI really want to know what

    I really want to know what happens if they stop the sportives then loads of people just turn up and ride around surrey every weekend anyway, just in a disorganized fashion.

    And don't the Wild Arse Federation or whatever they are know how to ride bikes?

  • Suspended sentence for cyclist who seriously injured pedestrian1 year 6 weeks agoFFS the guy didn't cause an

    FFS the guy didn't cause an accident simply because he was cycling off of the designated bike path, he caused an accident because he was an idiot who was cycling too fast for the conditions and didn't leave the pedestrians enough space. And WTH is 'significant speed' - very vague.

  • What jacket? Help please...1 year 6 weeks agoCost is high but it is well

    Cost is high but it is well worth the investment.

    Castelli Gabba ss with nano flex or no rain arm warmers. The gabba has basically replaced every other piece of wet / winter weather kit I have.

  • SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 6 weeks agoAvid disc brakes? ask the

    Avid disc brakes?

    ask the mountain bike community for their strong views on the misery that Avid disc brakes have brought to many riders over the past decade including the Juicy, Code and Elixir product lines

    I use Avid disc brakes on my mountain bike, and have been using their brakes and selling / servicing them for many years..including lots of warranty claims for customers.

    Bit like old Manitou forks, with Avid you either got "good ones" or "bad ones" that constantly gave you bother.

    Unfortunately when you produce huge numbers of brakes for OE and aftermarket customers, you get many sets of "bad ones" and the use of DOT fluid never helps with long term reliability and piston movement.

    The Elixir 7's on my current bike were replaced within 2 months, because the MC in the brakes were 'faulty' and even SRAM TECH could not find a fix

    SRAM do have very good warranty backup and I was given the upgraded aftermarket Elixir 7 with carbon levers at no upcharge, cannot complain about that?

    Bike was out of action for less than 1 week.

    unfortunately the good warranty backup SRAM offer, might be needed more often than not D Oh

    most of the MTB community see Avid as a swear word and often switch to Shimano for hydro discs

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 6 weeks agolookmanohands wrote:YIPPY ITS

    lookmanohands wrote:
    YIPPY ITS RAINING HEAVILY Big Grin

    Good isn't it, might actually be able to ride round corners tomorrow!!!!

  • Targets for 20141 year 6 weeks agoHave more fun on the forum

    Have more fun on the forum whilst hopefully getting finishing top 15 in fs league ...oh and more Enrique bashing if he hasn't paid up this season Big Grin

  • Surrey Council Council pushes for sportive organisers to be forced to give a year's notice of events1 year 6 weeks agoI am in the ballot for a

    I am in the ballot for a place on the LondonSurrey100 on 10th August. That would be on the second anniversary, 10th August 2012, of my mother's death at Walsall Hospice. If I ride it, it will be sponsored for that hospice in memory of my mother and to help them care for those in need of their services. If Surrey residents try and stop me, just to get to their golf club in time for Sunday lunchtime drinks, God help them!

  • Tech Roundup: Froome Sidis, Donhou, TenSpeed Hero, Magnetic Bike Lights, Lynskey + more1 year 6 weeks agoSurely the main fault with

    Surely the main fault with the magnetic lights is that they'll only work on ferrous frames (or Nickel or cobalt). That's a good way to minimize the market for your product.

  • SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 6 weeks agoDeanF316 wrote:Can we bloody

    DeanF316 wrote:
    Can we bloody shut up about disc brakes. I'm just sick of this web site being taken over by the for and against disc brakes.

    Oh, I thought it was taken over by the anti helmet/reflective clothing brigade calling everyone victim blamers...It would be lovely to have disc vs rim debate at least it has something to do with cycling rather than commuters dying in london.

  • 2013 SRAM Red PC1091R Chain1 year 6 weeks agoyou've got mail

    you've got mail

  • Surrey Council Council pushes for sportive organisers to be forced to give a year's notice of events1 year 6 weeks agoIt does look as if some

    It does look as if some sensible compromises have come out of this process though.

    The road closures will not be for so long and the professional race will be run behind a rolling road closure as examples. Personally I feel that has been a sensible move.

    It also appears that consideration has been given to local access and this may be somewhat easier than in the past. If only the council and the organisers had done this previously, it would have saved an awful lot of tension.

    All the details are on the Surrey County Council website.

  • Shimano Sora 3500 groupset1 year 6 weeks ago"the gear cable loops out

    "the gear cable loops out rather than sneaking under the bar tape, but that doesn't affect performance at all"

    Can We Haz recognition that going under bar tape is always gonna make shifting worse, like-for-like? Many prefer old-school Tiagra specifically *becuase* it didn't go under tape. (Plus the free poor-mans-aerobar feature Smile )

  • SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 6 weeks agoCan we bloody shut up about

    Can we bloody shut up about disc brakes. I'm just sick of this web site being taken over by the for and against disc brakes.

  • Surrey Council Council pushes for sportive organisers to be forced to give a year's notice of events1 year 6 weeks agoQuote:And not only must

    Quote:
    And not only must sportive organisers notify the council of their plans, but also anyone planning “an activity which has a footprint on the highway or may affect movement on the highway,”

    I look forward to this being extended to every school-run-mum and rush hour driver causing queues at the start and end of each day - they affect movement on the highway!

  • Tech Roundup: Froome Sidis, Donhou, TenSpeed Hero, Magnetic Bike Lights, Lynskey + more1 year 6 weeks agoThose gloves look good. Testy

    Those gloves look good. Testy testy. Big Grin

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 6 weeks agoYIPPY ITS RAINING HEAVILY

    YIPPY ITS RAINING HEAVILY Big Grin

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 6 weeks agoSodium ferrocyanide ( E535 )

    Sodium ferrocyanide ( E535 ) and ABP ( like molasses ) are added to the salt which stops it caking and sticks it to the road better. When it dries out it can make it slippier than a plain dry road though Smile