- Road Race Tickets1 year 29 weeks agoDespite logging on at 11,
Despite logging on at 11, didn't get a ticket for the time trials. Miffed to say the least!
- lighter wheels or just save for a lighter bike1 year 29 weeks agoI'm going to disagree with
I'm going to disagree with you all by saying:
I'd keep the bike as is, and save for a new one.
The Honky Tonk looks like a 'solid' bike from what i can see on the internet, and I don't think that putting light wheels on would make as significant a difference as you may be expecting.
Lighter tyres may be worth more in terms of investment into speed than wheels.
Otherwise, save up for something like an Allez, and put good wheels on that.
Even some of the ribble alloy frames look decent. Keep the kona for hacking around, perhaps for the winter, or rainy days.
- How to stir up a hornets nest1 year 29 weeks agoandylul wrote:Saying that, ifandylul wrote:
Saying that, if I rode through a hornet's nest, I'm sure my helmet would not afford me much protection from the stings
yeah, especially a road lid with big vents. I've swallowed up all kinds of flying insects with mine up to and including a giant bumblebee. if you're going to ride near a hornet's nest, probably best to stick a piss pot lid on
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoSorry? Glasgow is the UK's
Sorry? Glasgow is the UK's fifth most 'cycle-friendly' city???
- Hell on Hovis Hill1 year 29 weeks agoHe was going so fast at the
He was going so fast at the top of the hill he practically took off over the finish line. it was something to see alright.
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoF***wits
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoMaybe it's actually quite
Maybe it's actually quite acurate, London is 56th!
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoWell, it's a joke, but the
Well, it's a joke, but the high number of bike thefts in Cambridge isn't. My family have had 4 stolen in the last couple of years and now keep all of them indoors, even though it's a nuisnace with a narrow hallway and having to move them in and out all the time. Never had to do this before in about 35 years of living here.
A lot of other aspects of cycling in Cambridge could be improved as well. Can't compare to other cities as I've only lived in London in England.
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoWhat a joke - in Kingston
What a joke - in Kingston upon Hull we have 12% of commutes by cycle, 135 20mph zones and countless off road tracks and cycle lanes and yet we do not even get a mention.
- Fantasy Giro d'Italia: the winners1 year 29 weeks agorobacairns wrote:Thanks Dave,robacairns wrote:
Thanks Dave, and congrats to everyone else. I would disagree slightly though about saying I made no mistakes, and the last weekend was certainly not a comfortable one for me.
After stage 19 where I picked Inxtausti instead of Henao or Uran and he finished with the sprinters, I thought I was pretty much cooked. Blessing in disguise though, as it forced me to go to a real favourite of mine - "Mad" Thomas De Gent for Saturday (more for the TT than anything else), and the rest pretty much took care of itself. For me, it felt like a bit of a roller coaster. Looking forward to my new ride.
Congrats on the bike. Looks like my tip of Golas proved useful for someone even though I definitely made too many mistakes to be near the top.
I just hope the Tour goes better, even though it is nerve-wracking near the top as I remember from the last time I was there in the Tour last year.
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoLancaster, one of the former
Lancaster, one of the former Cycling Demonstration Cities, not even rated?
- Hell on Hovis Hill1 year 29 weeks ago"By a big lad on a £400
"By a big lad on a £400 Chinese frame from ebay. It's not just about the bike."
Blimey, that's not Wheelz on his fake Pinarello is it?!
Interesting though, since the forces he must have put through it (and that it withstood) say something about the quality of the frame.
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoAs someone whom goes to uni
As someone whom goes to uni in Plymouth and rides there almost every day, I'm guessing that the list is actually in reverse order and they just haven't told anyone.
- How to stir up a hornets nest1 year 29 weeks agoIt has been said that if you
It has been said that if you think you don't need a helmet to protect your brain then you are probably right
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoSurprised by Cambridge's
Surprised by Cambridge's mid-ranking for number of bike shops as well. Were they just looking at branches of Halfords or something? It would seem likely that the place with the most cycle journeys also has the most demand for cycle shops, and I've never felt short of choice for a place to get gear or repairs.
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoReally flawed methodology at
Really flawed methodology at play here. St Helens, which I know fairly well from family connections, is *not* a cycle-friendly town, yet it gets fourth place on this chart.
Given this ignorance of very basic statistical principles, it doesn't fill you with great confidence about Virgin Money's general numeracy or intelligence. I certainly won't be trusting them with my investment portfolio.
(N.B. I don't actually have and investment portfolio, but even so.)
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks ago"Virgin Money Cyclone
"Virgin Money Cyclone researchers rated towns and cities on a range of criteria including bike thefts; accidents; serious injuries and deaths for cyclists; the availability of cycle routes and the availability of specialist bicycle repair centres.
The project allocated points for towns and cities based on their ranking, which were weighted to reflect the population in order to produce the top 60 cities and towns."
So if a town has a cycle path but no one has bike so non are stolen and there's no accidents then it would come out on top!
- How to stir up a hornets nest1 year 29 weeks agoAnother life saved. I can't
Another life saved. I can't think of a single rational reason not to wear a helmet. Was knocked off once in a race and was told when I came out of surgery that without question the helmet saved my life. I always wear one.
Here's the rub. I have a son with a wobbly riding style and little road awareness. I make him wear a helmet. He says it's "not cool" and that he "looks like an idiot".
So is it all about what 'other people' think about you?
Sod other people - I'll stay safe thanks...
- How to stir up a hornets nest1 year 29 weeks agoUsh wrote:While I'm glad yourUsh wrote:
While I'm glad your friend is alright I don't like your post because:
#1 If the helmet split then it wasn't operating within the parameters for which it was designed. They're supposed to crush, not split.
#2 Posting this and then saying "don't argue about it" is disingenuous.
Ush, i appreciate your points but i'm not aware of the build quality of helmets, he was wearing a "met" helmet so i cant comment.
I only posted the item so people could think about it and to show how easy serious accidents can happen. I dont want people to argue as it gets us nowhere and as i stated everyone is entitled to their views.
I apologise if you feel that the post is inappropriate.
- Exclusive: Reynolds RZR 92 wheelset1 year 29 weeks agoFour grand!
- Oakley Jawbone with Transition lenses1 year 29 weeks agoI need high-prescription
I need high-prescription lenses (-7.75) so Oakley can't help me. Bolle are showing off a new innovation which allows them to provide appropriate-strength lenses in a similar frame (ie same wraparound style so beloved of sportspeople). Point is, Bolle are paying a fortune to the inventor of the new tech to license the innovation exclusively for this year only. So I'm an early adopter, and have paid £254 for a really well-engineered pair, custom-made, with a great fit and a personal service from the UK distributor who met up with me to show off dozens of frames and lens colours. That's only marginally more than these, so I would agree that it's reasonable to question the value of an off-the-shelf pair at this price bracket.
For what it's worth, when we talked through the options, the distie admitted that, were it his money, he wouldn't bother with the Transitions bit.
(I wouldn't however, buy any that I couldn't be sure of the quality of - experience has already taught me not to take my eyes for granted)
- Plymouth ranked Britain's most cycle friendly city... Cambridge comes 60th1 year 29 weeks agoLaughable
- how often do you pump yours tires?1 year 29 weeks agoyep, should be at least once
yep, should be at least once a week for my road bike. My town bike's lucky if it gets pumped up once a month or less!
- lighter wheels or just save for a lighter bike1 year 29 weeks agoMaybe try to balance the
Maybe try to balance the upgrade a little. A guy on the club run has just bought Campag Scirocco wheels (I think) and says that have dramatically improved the performance over the stock rims on his (approx £1k) bike. Wiggle are doing the pair for just under £200, but they could probably be had for cheaper. Upgrade the calipers as above and add Swiss-stop pads (£22-ish). I'd keep the Armidillos, they seem quite quick to me. This will probably make a huge difference.
I've started going to a Mountain bike centre and hiring a bike for an hour to hoon around on the trails, the first time I pulled on the brakes the hydraulic discs nearly sent me flying!
- how often do you pump yours tires?1 year 29 weeks agoA track pump by the front
A track pump by the front door helps, I found. Easier to remember and running the right pressure makes for a better ride. Agreed with the various points on low volume high pressure means more pumping. I keep my GP 4000s at 110 ish and they'll drop maybe 10 a week or so. My brompton with marathon plus seems to hold the pressure better, so 90 for a week or more, mountain bikes fortnightly.