• LCC urges Londoners to oppose TfL's King's Cross gyratory plans - consultation closes on Monday1 year 5 weeks agoSame old tfl rubbish.

    Same old tfl rubbish.

  • What pedals for my road/commuter?1 year 5 weeks agoShimano A530s? About 30 quid.

    Shimano A530s? About 30 quid. I think they include a set of SPD cleats too. Been looking at them myself, as I have an awful set of Wellgo pedals I'm using at the mo. I suppose if you like your current VP 133s, keep with those.

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoI suppose this may be useful

    I suppose this may be useful to someone who doesn't ride much, but then they're not likely to have a huge cycling wardrobe, are they? In other words....chocolate teapot.

  • Asking for advice on a new bike1 year 5 weeks agoDon't mind me, just another

    Don't mind me, just another voice adding praise to the Hy/Rd brakes - swapped out the stock BB-5 ones on my commuter for them, and I'm glad I did.

    My mate just now bought a Whyte Suffolk too, partly because it came with those brakes.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoLove life, love cycling, love

    Love life, love cycling, love the road & love my helmet. Two accidents & major concussion. Would never go without one. Last year spotted two pro's 60+ all the gear & just cap, this frightened me a lot. I respect cyclist when in a car & respect drivers when on my bike but all it takes is lose of concentration. Please wear one it could save your life.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agozanf wrote:When the HSE makes

    zanf wrote:
    When the HSE makes recommendations about building site safety, PPE is not at the top of the list, yet in any conversation about road safety, its top of the list for what cyclists should do.

    My job's connected with the construction sector and I can tell you that in the UK, enforcement of PPE is pretty strong. If you're not wearing a hi-viz or a helmet, you won't be allowed onsite in all but a few instances, and those sites where the rules aren't enforced are the ones you don't want to risk going on anyway.

    And it has to be the right kind of high-viz too. I have a German high-viz top I can't use in the UK as the reflector stripes go the wrong way. The HSE rarely has to enforce PPE any more because the construction sector has become pretty good about self-policing. Most firms don't want to risk an incident where it's found out later someone didn't have the right kit, because they'd be fined heavily and considering PPE is cheap, it simply isn't worth it.

  • Brim Brothers power meter to launch in August1 year 5 weeks agoAs a Brim, I wonder if I can

    As a Brim, I wonder if I can get "family" discount Big Grin

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote: Nick, in my

    KiwiMike wrote:

    Nick, in my view inferring someone lacks common sense and is a fool goes beyond 'banter' - amongst friends/colleagues maybe, but we are neither.

    There you go again, taking it personally. I haven't directed anything towards you, other than the replies that include quotes, just airing my opinion as anyone is entitled to. If you get use out this app, great. I'm happy.

    Algorithms is a bit grandiose for what essentially "it's 5C - wear a base layer and it's going rain at 11:30 so take a gilet". I could knock up an app on the Spectrum that does pretty much the same thing Wink

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoI wear a full face helmet on

    I wear a full face helmet on my motorcycle and a cycle hat on my cycle - I appreciate the choice when I am on my cycle and I am glad that Laura Trott seems to appreciate that, she seems pretty sensible to me.
    Interesting top speeds through town are only very slightly higher on my motorcycle and yet I wear protective clothing, boots and helmet - but comfortable in Lycra and trainers on my cycle - go figure!

  • Sheffield cyclists protest at cycle lanes being blocked by police postponed following apology1 year 5 weeks agoIf there is a formal road

    If there is a formal road closure in place on match days, all road traffic - including cyclists - are prevented from using the road. Consideration needs to be given to whether or not there are alternative places for the match coaches to park, in order not to push cyclists and other road users onto hazardous routes.

  • Chinese Bikes1 year 5 weeks agoAlmost all carbon frames are

    Almost all carbon frames are made in China/ Taiwan these days. Apparently Thailand is starting to beocome another manufacturing source.

    By almost all I mean NOT high-end Treks, Colnago C59/60, Time, Look, Calfee, Guru, Seven, IF, Formighli, Passoni, and other custom builds. Everything else, including Specialized, Pinarello, Canyon, Wilier, in fact every pro-tour team supplier, is Asian based.

    Pinarello, for example, order [N x 100's] number of raw frames at $300 a pop. They respray and finish the bike in Italy and charge $3,200 for it. Because the Chinese component is less than 10% of the value of the total product, legally they can say it is made in Italy.

    There is an element of QC and guaranteed warranty associated with buying your Pinarello from the italians as opposed to from the Chinese. That said, the breakage rates of all carbon frames appears similar. It could be argued the lay-up of the Chinese versions is not correct so the genuine article is better, but I know a local Pinarello dealer who swears that most Pinerello copies are in fact the genuine article, just taken to a local paint shop to get finished.

  • New to Road cycling...1 year 5 weeks agoWhen I got back onto road

    When I got back onto road bikes about 2 1/2 years ago I got a Specialized Allez 16 for around £500 in a sale. Last year's version is still about in some places for that price, and the 2014 model is around £600. It has served me well and I have no intention of replacing it - I might upgrade from the Shimano 2300 group set in the next few months to 105 or something, but even that is not really a necessity-for my kind of riding I have never really needed more than the 16 gears. I have put decent miles into it as well as quite a few sportives around 80 miles at at time , hilly and flat terrain and it has been comfortable and I've had no major mechanical issues (although I am quite religious about cleaning and lubing it after every few dry or every single wet and mucky ride). I went to a local bike shop to buy it and that meant I had the proper size (I'm 5ft 9, about 100kg, and the 54cm frame was the best fit-if I had just done it on-line I would have picked a 56cm based on my measurements, which when I tried it out in the store proved to be a bit too big).
    The aluminium frame means I have no probs using it all year round-the only changes I made were to the original tyres, a new chain a few weeks ago and SPD-SL pedals. I had the bike about 2 months before going for the clipless pedals so it wasn't an outlay that was needed at the start.
    You should think about what sort of riding you are going to be doing obviously but I think there is no big rush to go carbon, particularly as a first bike. I am in no hurry to upgrade my Allez and am currently doing 80 miles a week at least. At the last club run a couple arrived with their carbon wonders that were at least 3 times more expensive than mine but they found it tough going- so despite all the stuff you will hear about weight, stiffness etc the frame material and groupset are only as good as the person pushing the pedals!

  • Top Gear producer: Cycle safety piece wasn't anti-cyclist, aimed to promote mutual respect on the road1 year 5 weeks agoI thought it was great.

    I thought it was great.

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agowww.forecast.io (free) and

    www.forecast.io (free) and the ability to think (free) highly recommended Wink

    Can see this application having some use though, used with a pinch of salt and the ability to see it as 'suggestions' rather than fact. Which is the point, after all.

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoNick T wrote:KiwiMike

    Nick T wrote:
    KiwiMike wrote:

    My initial response was to say what a bunch of patronising BS, but that wouldn't be productive, so I won't.

    My initial response was to suggest you might want to stop taking a bit of banter on the internet quite so personally, but I then remembered that what we're actually discussing is an app that tells you how to put clothes on and it's kind of making me sad thinking about it.

    Nick, in my view inferring someone lacks common sense and is a fool goes beyond 'banter' - amongst friends/colleagues maybe, but we are neither.

    p.s. As you and a few others seem to have rather missed thepo pint here, to clarify: it's not an app to 'tell you how to put clothes on' - it's an apparently exhaustively-tuned and tested algorithm that takes input from weather forecasts (of which you may be unaware), matches against your personal temperature preferences and suggests suitable garb to ensure enhanced comfort across your ride.

    http://www.thewashingmachinepost.net/what_to_wear/

  • Asking for advice on a new bike1 year 5 weeks agojason.timothy.jones

    jason.timothy.jones wrote:
    nice bike, let me know how you get on with the HyRd brakes, im thinking of getting some

    How did you get on with the shop did they be nice with the C2W?

    They were great - charged me £200 for a wheel nut!!

    The brakes are remarkably subtle, that's the main thing I noticed. I got quite a bit of speed up and they felt responsive and unfussy. Builds a lot of confidence.

    Need to decide on pedals now, I'm going to start a new thread.

  • Top Gear producer: Cycle safety piece wasn't anti-cyclist, aimed to promote mutual respect on the road1 year 5 weeks agoI'd suggest anyone who has

    I'd suggest anyone who has taken the time to complain to the BBC, and isnt satisified with the response, should continue to escalate the issue until it reaches the BBC Trust. They are an independent body, there to ensure the BBC is regulated and compliant with the BBC Charter (which spells out the reasons for the mandatory licence fee).

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoWhen the HSE makes

    When the HSE makes recommendations about building site safety, PPE is not at the top of the list, yet in any conversation about road safety, its top of the list for what cyclists should do.

    I find it funny that there's a direct correlation between the people who call for mandatory helmet law and how their argument for such legislation is formulated entirely by anecdotal evidence.

    Calling for such legislation because your partner/family member/acquaintance once fell on their face and you claim its down to wearing a helmet that saved their life, is about as convincing as making the same call because a bloke down the pub told you they save lives.

  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya1 year 5 weeks agoToo bad Julian Arredondo

    Too bad Julian Arredondo isn't 3 points anymore Confused That made one decision so easy!

  • Not sure what to wear to cycle in the rain? There’s an app for that1 year 5 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote: My initial

    KiwiMike wrote:

    My initial response was to say what a bunch of patronising BS, but that wouldn't be productive, so I won't.

    My initial response was to suggest you might want to stop taking a bit of banter on the internet quite so personally, but I then remembered that what we're actually discussing is an app that tells you how to put clothes on and it's kind of making me sad thinking about it.

  • Top Gear producer: Cycle safety piece wasn't anti-cyclist, aimed to promote mutual respect on the road1 year 5 weeks agoFor me it was simply

    For me it was simply disappointing. For all their bluster I believe the team are good guys and I genuinely expected some insight and education for their viewers but there was none. More disappointing was Chris Boardman's involvement, he was simply a stooge for some lame humour, nice fee for him hopefully but did nothing for cycling.

  • Video: Is this man the luckiest unlucky cyclist in the world?1 year 5 weeks agoGetting clobbered edge-on by

    Getting clobbered edge-on by a piss-stained pikey mattress wouldn't be any fun.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agokie7077 wrote:ped

    kie7077 wrote:
    ped wrote:
    Personal choice wins for sure. I choose to wear one.

    For the myriad 'mate was wearing a helmet, had a crash, still got injured' stories I've yet to see a single 'mate was wearing a helmet, had a crash, still got injured, wished they hadn't been wearing a helmet' one.

    Well, you asked for it, the parents of these children will be wishing they didn't wear helmets:
    Child deaths due to cycle helmets

    What a load of bollocks, strangulations due to wearing them off the bike mostly, you know, the kind of thing that can happen with a scarf, only a scarf doesn't come with a warning sticker, label and handbook, bike hat does.

  • Top Gear producer: Cycle safety piece wasn't anti-cyclist, aimed to promote mutual respect on the road1 year 5 weeks agoWe are giving far too much

    We are giving far too much publicity to Clarkson, Top Gear and the Beeb by even discussing their crass programme.

  • Laura Trott changes her mind on helmets1 year 5 weeks agoped wrote:Personal choice

    ped wrote:
    Personal choice wins for sure. I choose to wear one.

    For the myriad 'mate was wearing a helmet, had a crash, still got injured' stories I've yet to see a single 'mate was wearing a helmet, had a crash, still got injured, wished they hadn't been wearing a helmet' one.

    Well, you asked for it, the parents of these children will be wishing they didn't wear helmets:
    Child deaths due to cycle helmets