• Do you trust your handlebar stem?1 year 4 weeks agoCareful Jellysticks who you

    Careful Jellysticks who you say things like that to - most engineers can talk for hours about this rubbish if you let them - Let me tell you about inviscid hydrodynamics......

  • Video: SRAM preview revised 2015 hydraulic discs1 year 4 weeks agosurly_by_name wrote:Seems odd

    surly_by_name wrote:
    Seems odd that you can squeeze one bit of aluminium (a rim) as hard as another (a rotor) and get the second one to melt without having any effect on the first - maybe stopping distance not the same?

    If you think about it, it isn't really that odd. 400grams of aluminium in a rim and c100 in a disc.

    Then think of surface area to dissipate the heat.

  • Campag 11 speed backpedal woes1 year 4 weeks ago+1 for checking the

    +1 for checking the derailleur hanger. The tool for that (Park Tool DAG-1) is around £50, so take it to the LBS.

    The wheel alignment problem sounds odd. Get them to check the frame alignment too. Something might be wrong!

  • First Women's Cycling Forum to be held in Edinburgh1 year 4 weeks agoIt will be followed on the

    It will be followed on the Monday 16 June by the Scottish première of the film Half the Road, which explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. Not to be missed!

  • "A new low" - TfL refuses to order removal of 'Cyclists stay back' stickers1 year 4 weeks agoSo now there's hard proof

    So now there's hard proof people are using these stickers to abdicate statutory responsibility from vehicle operators. Riiiight.

    It would be terribly irresponsible to suggest that non-HGV vehicles bearing these stickers have their nearside indicators dealt to with a centre punch, so I won't.

  • Forum game idea - Eurovision National Championships1 year 4 weeks agoYou could do omnium style

    You could do omnium style scoring?

    so you pick the winner you get 0 points, through to 9 for 10th and any rider outside of those positions automatically gets 10 points.

    Just an idea to make it abit different, and encourage people not to just pick the potential podium guys, as would still get something out of the lower places. Also keeps others in the game if they pick 5th place in the first 4 races, against one that picked all winners as the gap would just be 16 points rather than 40 based on your scoring

    Like I say just a idea

    Also do you have the dates of those that week, as I'd suggest the 9 be Spain, Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, GB, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Norway

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoMy '90s Gitchee Gummee would

    My '90s Gitchee Gummee would love to be a Bianchi...

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoYes, i love Bianchi! I hope

    Yes, i love Bianchi! I hope to win!

  • Boris bikes v Tour de France stage 1 in Yorkshire — all 204km of it1 year 4 weeks agoGreat work guys - top job!

    Great work guys - top job!

  • If it's good enough for Vin Cox...1 year 4 weeks agoLovely looking bike. I've had

    Lovely looking bike. I've had the standard, black Croix de Fer for about 18 months and have really been enjoying it. Yes, its a bit heavy, but its so versatile. I'm able to keep up on the intermediate level club runs and I'm sure the extra weight is good for my fitness - I'm continually telling myself that it'll pay dividends when I buy a lightweight racer.....we'll see about that.

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 4 weeks agoSomeone will be

    Someone will be moaning....I'd give you 1/10 on who it will be aswell.

    At least this is going to be a challenge, pick a couple of top guys and you'll have to look at cheap guys.

  • Bike Help1 year 4 weeks agoHi thanks for the reply my my

    Hi thanks for the reply my my budget isn't an issue and I plan to be racing I would just really like some pointers on ghe main differnces bar the frame I'm not too fussed about componants either

  • Do you trust your handlebar stem?1 year 4 weeks agoFlying Scot wrote:I remember

    Flying Scot wrote:
    I remember these ITM 2 bolt stems failing about 10 years ago, the bolts were gash and there was the torque vs thread friction issues.

    I have been lucky for 10 years? Plain Face

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agowant some good eroica

    want some good eroica schwag... go here.. great clobber
    www(.)lasquadra(.)co(.)uk/shop/

  • Bike Help1 year 4 weeks agoForget about weight and think

    Forget about weight and think about geometry and components/materials and if you might upgrade.
    That said, if you are moving from heavy steel, both bikes will feel ace in comparison Wink
    More seriously, what's your budget and type of riding planned ? Horses for courses and all that (both bikes you are looking at are at the racier/sprint end of the spectrum).

  • Video: SRAM preview revised 2015 hydraulic discs1 year 4 weeks agoDeanF316 wrote:Why can't

    DeanF316 wrote:
    Why can't people see road disc brakes are not required but are just I want it rather I need it.

    No particular implementation of brakes is a required implementation - it's merely a matter of their advantages and disadvantages. Hell, let's be honest, you don't even need brakes (or gears) with a fixie and people seem to cope OK.... on the whole.

    I've used both on road, and I personally prefer hydraulics discs and primarily for the reasons you also hear repeated in pretty much every review on them : better feel and more consistent braking in varied conditions. Both those reasons should be classed as 'want' rather than 'need', and i'd pay extra for it - but not too much. YMMV. You had issues with your discs, I found them a maintenance delight - such is way of things. Also, rim brakes will be around for more than the foreseeable future i'd imagine, so I wouldn't get too worked up about - i'd prefer the situation where we both have choices.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agopick me please,i promise to

    pick me please,i promise to iron both tops,unlike the chap in the photos

  • Council chief-executive who led Blackpool to become Cycling Town killed in hit-and-run1 year 4 weeks agoMy condolences to the

    My condolences to the family.
    I am going to betray my prejudices here but it is a small minority of French nationals who drive non French cars.
    I hope justice is served whilst recognising it is of limited comfort to the bereaved.

  • Criterium du Dauphine1 year 4 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:and 150

    Gkam84 wrote:
    and 150 challenging budget. I like Day Dreaming

    Let the moaning commence...... Yawn

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt1 year 4 weeks agoyes please thank you

    yes please thank you

  • FORUM's SCORUM's MINI LEAGUE 20141 year 4 weeks agoNot one of my better ones.

    Not one of my better ones.

  • Boris bikes v Tour de France stage 1 in Yorkshire — all 204km of it1 year 4 weeks agoAwesome effort chaps

    Awesome effort chaps

  • New sponsors sought for London's cycle hire scheme1 year 4 weeks agoThe current fleet are

    The current fleet are reaching the stage at which renewal of the bikes, or a complete rebuild is required - as they hit the far side of the bath-tub curve and mean time between failures starts to decrease exponentially.

    So a new sponsor should seriously be considering a full fleet renewal or rebuilding. Serco may also want to decline the renewal of their contract to run the scheme, which also reaches a break-point.

    The operation has a major problem in that it was never meant to deliver bikes for rail commuters to get to & from their offices, using the tariff structure and hardware specified by TfL. As a result crippling costs to put out around 500 bikes at Waterloo through 126 docking points (which the system demands are used for the wasteful triple handling process in the morning and evening peak bring bike from store, dock bike, user undocks bike & user returns bike to dock, staff undock bike and move to store), and then the situation in EC1/EC2 when the 500 Waterloo bikes get parked between 08.00 and 09.00 and sit all day before a huge demand for bikes at 17.00.

    The hard wired Bixi system was a special system demanded by TfL, everywhere else Bixi operates like a 4th generation system with docking points that can be paced on the street and operational in around an hour, or operated from trailers that can be wheeled out or taken away as they are filled and emptied. Systems like Call-a-Bike and Nextbike - planning to start in Bath, Glasgow & Stirling require no fixed hardware on street, and Nextbike places over 1000 extra bikes out in Leipzig for a media festival - overnight (they have operated bike hire for 2 days at Birmingham and Leeds Cycle City Expo conferences, for conference delegates). There might equally be a place for the London-built Brompton hired out through Brompton Docks as the 'keep all day/all week' hire bike. more suitable for a city commuter.

    Only 2 bidders from the original 6 actually looked serious when the Serco-Bixi deal was signed and the Serco-Bixi bid combined a bidder with a system (albeit not in use anywhere at that time) and a bidder with resources, but no system. the OYBike system, already running automated bike hire in West London, since 2004, failed to prequalify to bid, as TfL's assessment considered that they had insufficient resources (odd given that at that time Veolia Transportation was a 49% shareholder). The other bidder was Clear Channel, who had both resources, and a system developed from 1997 (Rennes) onwards. JC Decaux declined to bid, as the funding model did not fit their preferred system, likewise the German Call-a-Bike did not 'fit' the operational system demanded by the TfL specification.

    This time around? Well I'd expect any sponsor to want a change to the expensive operational system, and possibly (as renewal is due) an enhanced fleet of bikes. Rather than the 'all your eggs in one basket' funding by a block sponsor, TfL might look at the successful PRIVATE and PROFIT-making operation of Nextbike, who sell the branding space on their bikes to keep the operating costs down, and have a system which does not require docking stations if the number of bikes needs to be varied, or a surge of demand sends bikes to a particular location. In Berlin, bikes sponsored by an energy supplier included a USB socket for charging mobile devices as you cycled along.

    Keep your eyes peeled and get along to sample the bikes in Glasgow and Bath, when they arrive later this month - or perhaps the Hourbike systems in Liverpool, Lincoln and Nottingham.

  • New sponsors sought for London's cycle hire scheme1 year 4 weeks agoThe current fleet are

    The current fleet are reaching the stage at which renewal of the bikes, or a complete rebuild is required - as they hit the far side of the bath-tub curve and mean time between failures starts to decrease exponentially.

    So a new sponsor should seriously be considering a full fleet renewal or rebuilding. Serco may also want to decline the renewal of their contract to run the scheme, which also reaches a break-point.

    The operation has a major problem in that it was never meant to deliver bikes for rail commuters to get to & from their offices, using the tariff structure and hardware specified by TfL. As a result crippling costs to put out around 500 bikes at Waterloo through 126 docking points (which the system demands are used for the wasteful triple handling process in the morning and evening peak bring bike from store, dock bike, user undocks bike & user returns bike to dock, staff undock bike and move to store), and then the situation in EC1/EC2 when the 500 Waterloo bikes get parked between 08.00 and 09.00 and sit all day before a huge demand for bikes at 17.00.

    The hard wired Bixi system was a special system demanded by TfL, everywhere else Bixi operates like a 4th generation system with docking points that can be paced on the street and operational in around an hour, or operated from trailers that can be wheeled out or taken away as they are filled and emptied. Systems like Call-a-Bike and Nextbike - planning to start in Bath, Glasgow & Stirling require no fixed hardware on street, and Nextbike places over 1000 extra bikes out in Leipzig for a media festival - overnight (they have operated bike hire for 2 days at Birmingham and Leeds Cycle City Expo conferences, for conference delegates). There might equally be a place for the London-built Brompton hired out through Brompton Docks as the 'keep all day/all week' hire bike. more suitable for a city commuter.

    Only 2 bidders from the original 6 actually looked serious when the Serco-Bixi deal was signed and the Serco-Bixi bid combined a bidder with a system (albeit not in use anywhere at that time) and a bidder with resources, but no system. the OYBike system, already running automated bike hire in West London, since 2004, failed to prequalify to bid, as TfL's assessment considered that they had insufficient resources (odd given that at that time Veolia Transportation was a 49% shareholder). The other bidder was Clear Channel, who had both resources, and a system developed from 1997 (Rennes) onwards. JC Decaux declined to bid, as the funding model did not fit their preferred system, likewise the German Call-a-Bike did not 'fit' the operational system demanded by the TfL specification.

    This time around? Well I'd expect any sponsor to want a change to the expensive operational system, and possibly (as renewal is due) an enhanced fleet of bikes. Rather than the 'all your eggs in one basket' funding by a block sponsor, TfL might look at the successful PRIVATE and PROFIT-making operation of Nextbike, who sell the branding space on their bikes to keep the operating costs down, and have a system which does not require docking stations if the number of bikes needs to be varied, or a surge of demand sends bikes to a particular location. In Berlin, bikes sponsored by an energy supplier included a USB socket for charging mobile devices as you cycled along.

    Keep your eyes peeled and get along to sample the bikes in Glasgow and Bath, when they arrive later this month - or perhaps the Hourbike systems in Liverpool, Lincoln and Nottingham.

  • Always on—the plight of the humble gear cable1 year 4 weeks agoThe Glendevon road is okay

    The Glendevon road is okay but it's nothing next to the road up and over to Dunning, if my memory is correct. That downhill to Dunning runs for about 3 hours!