• Indian city Calcutta bans bicycles from 175 major roads1 year 7 weeks agoNever fails to amaze me just

    Never fails to amaze me just how stupid and illogical we can be. I give us another 200 years tops. Yawn

  • Bespoked show announces move to London1 year 7 weeks agoI organise Bespoked and would

    I organise Bespoked and would like to make a few comments in response.

    Bespoked is only 2 people my wife an artist and graphic designer and myself a frame builder. Our sole intention is to promote framebuilding to a wider audience.

    Firstly the velodrome has got to be one of the most amazing cycling buildings in the world. The show will take place in the centre of the track (also outside), the space where normally only the riders are allowed and the medals awarded. So an amazing building filled with the finest bicycles in the world and a chance to talk with the people that made them.

    The reason we even started looking of a new venue was due to the fact that since the venue has been taken over by the council they have rented out much of the building for office space that we have previously used. The entrance has now moved to the back door to make way for these offices. We have been begging to use the space where the Imperial museum ever since it closed, this is now office space. I would like to comment that the staff that actually work at the Passenger Shed are excellent lovely people. Bristol needs an event space rather offices in my opinion.

    In response to comments about it being all about the money, it's not! Stand prices have gone up £25 since 2012 and the ticket price in London will be the same as this years show at £10. We have always had new builders spaces at a discounted price, offer free studio photography for all exhibitors to help them promote themselves.

    I have been responsible for initiating the UK Framebuilders Guild, although still in it's infancy, but brings UK framebuilders together to further progress the profession.

    Bespoked will never be in an exhibition centre like the NEC as i don't think it suits the bikes or the makers.

    People visit Bespoked from all over the world, London is not really that far from anywhere in the UK.

    I'm very excited about the show being in the velodrome in what will be one of the first times the public will be allowed in since the Olympics. Within a couple of hours of applications being opened some we have received applications from some of the best builders from all over the world. So I hope that people are still able to come even if (for some) it might take a bit longer to get to. it will be well worth it.
    Phil

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoAutumn means sunrise season

    Autumn means sunrise season has started!
    Beauly Firth looking towards Inverness

  • Helmets!!!!!1 year 7 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Giro

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Giro Savant is *very* good for the money

    +1
    My father has one and really likes it.

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 7 weeks agoPJ McNally wrote: But do we

    PJ McNally wrote:

    But do we need the smiley panel, really?

    Day Dreaming At Wits End Rolling On The Floor Wave Cool I'd say so.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoThose beautiful early Sunday

    Those beautiful early Sunday mornings when no one else is on the road

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 7 weeks agoSainsburys having fresh fish

    Sainsburys having fresh fish stalls didn't increase the pool of fishmonger talent. It closed almost all the independent fishmongers and now all the fishmongers work at Sainsburys or stack shelves.*

    *generalisation for purposes of example. No fishmongers were consulted.

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 7 weeks agoCycling is a luxury, you

    Cycling is a luxury, you always have the option of walking. hence cycling accessories should have VAT, no matter how essential they are to cycling.

    Also Female sanitary products are a luxury because there are plenty of reusable options, moon cup for instance. I know this because the wife keeps telling me about it, again, and again.

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 7 weeks agoIt's an interesting argument

    It's an interesting argument John. But I think your logic is that Halfords own the entry level market and people naturally move on as they improve.
    But Halfords now stock Pinarello. Boardmans go up into the thousands of £. Why would Halfords be happy simply to corner the entry level market and see those customers go elsewhere? They want to sell across all price ranges. Halfords want to beat Evans and Cycle Surgery. Companies of their size (like any company to be fair) require growth. That means constant expansion into the market.
    Now there is s a Darwinian argument which says that if they're better, let them take over. But as we've seen with Tescos and the like, choice is crushed, the workforce is pulled into one gravitational field and suppliers must compete on high volume prices with aggressive buyers or die.
    I'd certainly argue that LBS need to improve their game. And Darwin will have his say. Your argument about an improved pool of bike staff is an engaging one. But would they ever move, if there are no other choices and the LBS have no margin to pay them ages to entice them away?

    It's a biggie! Right, who fancies a seminar?

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 7 weeks agopretty good - i like that the

    pretty good - i like that the forum comments previews (on the right) are longer now.

    But do we need the smiley panel, really?

  • Bespoked show announces move to London1 year 7 weeks agoPutting the discussions about

    Putting the discussions about which venue would be bestest to one side, i think it's fantastic that there's a real and growing market for handbuilt bikes in this country. The fact that the show has outgrown the Bristol Space is testament to the fact that it's a real growth area, and the remit of the show has grown too, with more international builders recognising the potential in the UK market. So that's all good.

    am i disappointed that it's leaving bristol? yes, of course, because it was our local show for one thing. but given that it has to move, i think the olympic velodrome is a very fitting home for it. whether it's in london or not. i'm not convinced it's as accessible, on a country-wide level, as temple meads. but let's give it a chance, eh?

  • Helmets!!!!!1 year 7 weeks agothats what im doing today

    thats what im doing today Smile they all look good actually , i just cant bring meself to go over 50 quid but ive got a couple of lbs' locally and an evans so the mrs can trail around after me today looking like a bored puppy! (payback! Devil )

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 7 weeks agoIn the forties and fifties a

    In the forties and fifties a purchase tax was levied on complete bikes but not on components, club cyclists therefore bought frames only and built up with parts they could afford or wanted thereby saving lots of money, it was a popular way of getting the bike you wanted.

  • Bespoked show announces move to London1 year 7 weeks agoVery disappointing. I know

    Very disappointing. I know I'm biased being in Bristol already, but this is a real shame. If anything I'd say it's become less accessible as you've now got to fight your way through the capital by whatever means you choose rather than stepping out of a major rail terminus and straight into the show. IMHO it will lose some of its charm as well - nothing like a bit of West Country randomness to make things more interesting.

    Still, I reckon the manufacturers will do better out of it given the greater number of monied individuals in town. Stand by for even more city types commuting on Pegorettis / Legends / Cyfacs etc.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoCan't beat the open roads and

    Can't beat the open roads and glorious views of wiltshire.

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 7 weeks agoI think you will find

    I think you will find according to EU rules VAT once it has been added is a one way street, i.e. it cannot be removed. The only option is to have it applied at a lower rate as happened to VAT on domestic fuel years ago.

  • Grumpy old Git on a Bike1 year 7 weeks agoNice one Daddy,I do the same

    Nice one Daddy,I do the same as you but not under my breath,as for passing a club run,if I know the club I always shout morning,and the club name,that usually suffices,but as a locally and wider known rider it throws me a curve ball,when a rider near the back shouts my name,I cant ride by without a reply. Laughing

  • Turbo help1 year 7 weeks agoAs said above, trainer tyres

    As said above, trainer tyres are quieter, spare wheel set up ready to go with a close ratio cassette on it, a fan is essential even in winter, drink, towel (or thong Wink ) and something to keep you motivated.

    A well used rear wheel is an option as you're not going to be doing any braking so as long at the rim can take a tyre it will do. eBay or maybe your LBS if someone has replaced old wheels and they've still got them. Swapping tyres will soon become a chore. Get a mat under the turbo to make it quieter still, yoga mat will do.

    Another 'fest user here and just started with Trainer Road. The difference is... painful.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoAutumn means more care needed

    Autumn means more care needed with the bike and its always important to get some assistance... from your daughter in pink overalls.

  • FS: New 2013 Focus Izalco Team SL Frameset 56cm1 year 7 weeks agoOpen to offers. Would also

    Open to offers.

    Would also trade for 58cm Focus Izalco, 58cm Canyon Ultimate CF SLX or 57cm BMC SLR01 or SLC01

    Thanks

  • Bikes & gear worth £25,000 stolen from Bath's Odd Down circuit1 year 7 weeks agoThis is serious organized

    This is serious organized crime - why is the appeal from the bike club? If it was a car that was nicked, would the police leave it to the owner to appeal for info?

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoMy girlfriend cycling on the

    My girlfriend cycling on the white gravel roads of Tuscany last November

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoMorning fog on the way to

    Morning fog on the way to Winchester

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 7 weeks agoJust stopping to appreciate

    Just stopping to appreciate the sunset. Can't beat that golden hour! before the harvest.

  • Turbo help1 year 7 weeks agoFor me the turbo is hell. I

    For me the turbo is hell. I use it a lot in race season though because it helps a lot getting me race fit. Anyway it has helped me to have a bike permanently set up on the turbo. If this is practical for you it can be the difference between regular use and the turbo gathering dust. If not definitely have a spare wheel ready to go.