• Kool Stop Dura 2 Dual Compound brake blocks1 year 3 weeks agoGood pads, if you can find

    Good pads, if you can find anyone that stocks them...

  • Not-so-Happy Meal as cyclist refused service at drive-thru McDonald's1 year 3 weeks agoWhere else does this nobber

    Where else does this nobber drive his bike through? Perhaps he'd like to take chance on driving his bike on the local M27 motorway? Does he clean it in the local automatic car wash?

    Some people on bikes just seek out conflict. Yawn

  • Wiggle ponders move to Midlands1 year 3 weeks agoThey should come to Milton

    They should come to Milton Keynes. There is loads of warehouse space and it's right next to the M1

  • Peter Sagan signs for Tinkoff-Saxo1 year 3 weeks agorusswparkin

    russwparkin wrote:
    @notfastenough

    i just see him as the flavio briatore of cycling, just a really eccentric honest guy.
    .

    Flavio Briatore honest Rolling On The Floor !!!!!

  • Cervelo launch R2 costing £1,9991 year 3 weeks agoOMG... That was at the

    OMG... Surprise

    That was at the pretentious chap earlier on.

  • Cervelo launch R2 costing £1,9991 year 3 weeks agoThis is a mirror image of

    This is a mirror image of what they've done with the S3 & S2. The S2 is the same frame as the S3 but has different forks and is only available as a complete bike with cheaper finishing kit to keep the price down. The idea is that you get a package to get you started & upgrade as you go.
    I would guess the price at £2,400/500 based on the S2.

  • Thinking about a hybrid... sorry!1 year 3 weeks agoparksey wrote:That Avanti

    parksey wrote:
    That Avanti looks like an interesting proposition, particularly for the price, might have a look at what they've got in the way of UK distributors.

    Whilst browsing round some local stores I have come across the Cube Hyde range, bikes that seem to be designed for urban use with discs and 42mm road tyres. There's an Acera model for £550 but also a couple of hub-geared options above that.

    Definitely intrigued by the idea of hub gears though, but am concerned whether having "only" 8 gears with something like Alfine is enough? Not so much that they won't go low or high enough, rather the gaps between them will be too big.

    Can anyone who rides a hub-geared bike offer any input?

    I've had the Avanti Inc 2 a week now, with the 8 speed Alfine hub. I cannot fault it at all. It's smooth, accelerates well (42km/h on the flat was a lot easier that I expected from a bike like this) and the belt drive hasn't left a mark on me. Only issue I've had is that an allen bolt that holds the frame together at the split point (which I believe all belt drive bikes need to have) fell out as it hadn't been properly tightened. Picking it up tomorrow with problem rectified. Now seriously considering a Rohloff or similar and belt drive for an audax/sportive build in the next few years.

  • Quick Poll - Should I ride deep section wheels for the first time in a hurricane?1 year 3 weeks agoI've had a dig around, the

    I've had a dig around, the event definitely won't cover damage if I crash, as expected. And from what I can read about British Cycling membership, they don't either.

    Does anyone know of any companies that do weekend/event insurance as a one-off/pay-as-you-go thing?

    Sorry, gone way off topic now...

  • Lorry speed limit increase will kill cyclists, says Department for Transport1 year 3 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:I've

    notfastenough wrote:
    I've written to my MP a few times before regarding other issues, and the reply never fails to be a fob-off. "Go away little pleb and leave government to the grown-ups" is how it reads, so I'm unsure what to do about this.

    vote for someone else.

    Seriously though. MPs get all kinds of letters. I expect he fobs off the bloke that writes to him all the time complaining about the bloody cyclists as well.

    What exactly do you think the powers of an MP are?

  • Kask helmet amnesty runs until end of August1 year 3 weeks agoandyp wrote:'A lump of

    andyp wrote:
    'A lump of expanded polystyrene covered in a thin skin of polycarbonate, out in the sun every day, for five years?'

    aye. And subjected to knocks and regular exposure to skin acids and corrosive sweat (have you seen what sweat can do to a headset if you have an unprotected bike on a turbo trainer!)

    Having said that, I do believe that a 5 year old helmet will provide the same level of protection as a brand new one. i.e. sod all.

    Having bounced my head off concrete and tarmac in a couple of different sports/activities with and without a helmet, I know which was less appealing.

  • Not-so-Happy Meal as cyclist refused service at drive-thru McDonald's1 year 3 weeks agoMaybe it is old news, but if

    Maybe it is old news, but if you had read Mark Beaumonts book 'The Man Who Cycled The World' then you would know that McD have had vegetarian burger meals for a very long time - it surprised Mark when he walked in to the first McD he saw in India and realised they had no meat based food for sale and only vegetarian, which made him happy and the scoffed down 3 whole meals as I recall before getting back on his bike for the afternoons ride.

  • Dura Ace C24 wheels - sticky brakes issue1 year 3 weeks agothe Concept of a Rim Rubber

    the Concept of a Rim Rubber is sound, what you get for your money is rubbish.

    I use a normal pencil eraser from the supermarket, it does take all the very fine grist and crap away quite nicely, I cant say it make braking much better, but the rims look sexy

    I use the same thing on my Diamond Steel (the type used for honing knives) this makes a remarkable difference

  • Wiggle ponders move to Midlands1 year 3 weeks agoandyp wrote:Haribo? Is it

    andyp wrote:
    Haribo? Is it just me who never ends up with this mythical freebie? I always seem to get a single hydration tab.

    I've always associated the Haribo with when I buy parts. I guess they are to help with fettling? Along with a cup of tea/cool pint...

  • Wiggle ponders move to Midlands1 year 3 weeks agoGrubbythumb wrote:glynr36

    Grubbythumb wrote:
    glynr36 wrote:

    I suspect they want a ready built facility to move into, not build one of their own.

    I understand that, but given they are talking about moving in summer 2015, that is more than enough time, given the land and a willing local authority, to get a warehouse and office well on it's way, if not finished, after all, it's just a huge slab of concrete with a steel framed building.

    sadly its not.

    having recently been involved in a project that included a new building its a hugely long drawn out process.

    and after that you have to get the internet connectivity sorted and for a new site BT are quite happy to quote a minimum of 6 months

  • British Cycling and Leeds Cycling Campaign propose transformation of Leeds centre1 year 3 weeks agoIt's great that CB is

    It's great that CB is continuing to use his big media profile to help pro-bike schemes, but this is not a bike scheme, this is a city centre prestige redevelopment (proposal).

    1. It is a "shared space" initiative. Great in a quiet residential street, but suicide in a city centre. If cars are allowed in at all, it will be full of cars. If not, we will just get run over by buses. Segregated, cycle-only space please.

    2. Getting to the Headrow from anywhere in Leeds will continue to involve just as much danger as before, in order to enjoy the couple of hundred metres of boulevard living.
    Anyone who rides in Leeds can probably point out several bike deathtraps within 100 metres radius of British Cycling's pretty picture. make that a 1km radius and suddenly the list of deathtraps gets so long that you would have to print it on a toilet roll.

    The money would be better spent on less prestigious, but more deadly junctions and stretches of roads that currently have much greater urgency.

    Why aren't they? Because Leeds council doesn't actually care about safety for cyclists, just civic "prestige" (ie a flashy city centre). This is because the cameras of the world will look at the Headrow, but will not look at the other squillion miles of roads in Leeds MDC.

    The attention of the press is rapidly attracted to a dead body under a car on the Headrow, but not a dead body under a car on Otley Road, or Dewsbury Road, or York Road, etc etc.

    This is the same reason why a "cycle superhighway" from Bradford centre to Leeds centre gets massive publicity and hoo hah... because it will pass through the centre. You can be sure that the fanciest bits of provision will be the nearest to the press cameras. Away from the press' radius if interest, the facility will be the usual ill-thought-out rubbish.

    LCC's "vision" is colossally more optimistic and pleasant, but is also inclusive of non-motorists all over the city. Its main purpose isn't civic prestige, but usability and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and anyone else not in a private car.
    Somebody tell Mr Boardman about LCC's proposal and get him to get behind that... and roll the concept out to everyone else's towns and cities too.

  • Deda Wheels1 year 3 weeks agoOh dear... So I bottled it.

    Oh dear...

    So I bottled it. Slept on it and cancelled the Deda order - didn't want to be a wheel tester!

    Gone and ordered a set of Wheelsmith Race24s. Cannot wait for them.

    M

  • Lorry speed limit increase will kill cyclists, says Department for Transport1 year 3 weeks agoI've written to my MP a few

    I've written to my MP a few times before regarding other issues, and the reply never fails to be a fob-off. "Go away little pleb and leave government to the grown-ups" is how it reads, so I'm unsure what to do about this.

  • Not-so-Happy Meal as cyclist refused service at drive-thru McDonald's1 year 3 weeks agohampstead_bandit wrote:...12

    hampstead_bandit wrote:
    ...12 years ago riding on City Road in London, cycled into the drive-thru MC'D to get a vege burger...

    Since when did McD sell vege burgers? I have never heard of this (in 28 years of vegetarianism).

    Are you sure you are not thinking of Burger King, who have sold vege burgers and bean burgers for decades?

  • Wiggle ponders move to Midlands1 year 3 weeks agoandyp wrote:Haribo? Is it

    andyp wrote:
    Haribo? Is it just me who never ends up with this mythical freebie? I always seem to get a single hydration tab.

    Stop buying small jerseys, buy XXL, they will get the message.

  • Quick Poll - Should I ride deep section wheels for the first time in a hurricane?1 year 3 weeks agoNo, they're not insured. He

    No, they're not insured. He said the event should have insurance to cover damage in the event of an accident. That can't be true? Also said british cycling membership would have similar cover. I'm also highly sceptical about that.

    Need to get it cleared up before sunday!

  • Evoc vs Hard Case. Am I being paranoid?1 year 3 weeks agoEVOC all the way. It has the

    EVOC all the way. It has the "give" to absorb any impacts, hard shells don't have that. The way the bike sits in, with the wheels protected by tubing, and they themselves protecting the bike, plus the protection to the rear-mech, I think means it's better than a hard case. Confidently take my (daftly pricey) bike abroad in the EVOC 3-4 times a year.

  • Peter Sagan signs for Tinkoff-Saxo1 year 3 weeks agoBertie to Alonso's team then?

    Bertie to Alonso's team then?

  • Kask helmet amnesty runs until end of August1 year 3 weeks ago'A lump of expanded

    'A lump of expanded polystyrene covered in a thin skin of polycarbonate, out in the sun every day, for five years?'

    aye. And subjected to knocks and regular exposure to skin acids and corrosive sweat (have you seen what sweat can do to a headset if you have an unprotected bike on a turbo trainer!)

    Having said that, I do believe that a 5 year old helmet will provide the same level of protection as a brand new one. i.e. sod all.

  • Dura Ace C24 wheels - sticky brakes issue1 year 3 weeks agoYep, I'm now on my 5th pair

    Yep, I'm now on my 5th pair of these wheels! I got some SwissStop green pads, definite improvement on the Dura-Ace pads but still the same issue, particularly on the front. I was recommended to try sanding the pads this week, so have done so, not tried out yet. I also got a rim-rubber which is possibly the daftest item in my bike-toobox, doesn't seem to do very much more than soap and water does...! If this still goes on after these latest attempts I think its time for a full refund and to buy something else.

  • Kask helmet amnesty runs until end of August1 year 3 weeks ago"Modern helmets are

    "Modern helmets are incredibly robust and should last for five years"

    No, no, no. A lump of expanded polystyrene covered in a thin skin of polycarbonate, out in the sun every day, for five years?

    If you are a helmet wearer, ask yourself "how much is my head worth?"

    MY head is worth more than £20 per year, and even at full price, £33 per year.

    I change my helmet at least every 2 years, even if it looks fine, because foam/polycarbonate helmets deteriorate whether they are bumped about or not.

    Has anyone done CE / Snell / BSI tests on a 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old helmet to see if they still protect?