• L'Erocia1 year 5 weeks agoI got my steed from the

    I got my steed from the village bike in Carlshaton South london. They've got plenty of bikes and bits. Coney Hall Cycles in West Wickham also seems to have some.

  • Recommended replacement Bottom Bracket....1 year 5 weeks agoDangermouse wrote: Thanks -

    Dangermouse wrote:

    Thanks - the UN55 is a good price! Did you change your crankset too?

    No, a lot of people advise that for taper mount, but I take it with the same pinch of salt as the advice that you change your cassette with your chain. If you dare to raise the question of whether to grease or not to grease the taper assembly, you'll find a wide range of opinions!

    Clean everything up before putting the old chainset back on and use a torque wrench (reversible for the BB) unless you've got a good feel for that much force.

  • Bealach-na-Ba, Applecross1 year 5 weeks agoSmidge.

    Smidge. http://midgeforecast.co.uk/smidge/about-smidge/

  • Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 5 weeks agoIt's an awful stretch of road

    It's an awful stretch of road that we've learned to avoid.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agofarrell wrote: I fear we have

    farrell wrote:

    I fear we have wasted far too much time on this.

    you think?

  • Recommended replacement Bottom Bracket....1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:That's an easy

    bikebot wrote:
    That's an easy one, well it is for me having done exactly that replacement this spring. That FSA part is a little notorious for conking out early, so I swapped my own after riding it through the Winter rather than wait for it to happen.

    Buy yourself a Shimano UN55, cheap (under £15 online), reliable and very easy to find.

    For Specialized, you'll probably be able to find size details for the BB online somewhere, otherwise as Derny says, pull the old one out. If you can't get the exact width, you have a little wiggle room. I had to replace a 103mm with a 107mm as that's the smallest size for the UN55, but still within reach of the front mech after adjustment.

    Thanks - the UN55 is a good price! Did you change your crankset too?

  • Bargain GPS watch headlines latest Aldi cycling offers1 year 5 weeks agoThe workstands are excellent

    The workstands are excellent - got one a couple of years ago and it's good enough to have used it to build a bike.

  • Campaigners warn Newcastle risks losing millions of pounds in DfT cycle funding1 year 5 weeks agowhat's the bets there'll be a

    what's the bets there'll be a mad rush to spend it quickly by the simple expediant of making more shared-use paths and more advisory cycle lanes and stupid cycle symbols on the road at give ways... nothing that we really want, just the usual cheap dreck done quickly that doesn't take any space away from motorists...

  • Dura Ace C24 wheels - sticky brakes issue1 year 5 weeks agoI did read on there, or

    I did read on there, or somewhere, that using carbon-specific brake pads helps as, even though the rim is alu, due to the carbon laminate there's an amount of carbon on the rim. But, also that these brake pads are very wearing for the rim - these wheels are £600 so am loathe to risk destroying the rim.

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenough

    notfastenough wrote:
    fukawitribe wrote:
    I'll do this once more then i'm off - i'm rapidly becoming an unfortunate XKCD cartoon...

    Someone is WRONG on the internet!

    Oh yesh Big Grin

    (Alas I was that man last night)

  • Timbuk2 XT Seat Pack Small1 year 5 weeks agoyes, easily, which is why i

    yes, easily, which is why i said it Smile

    and it's a bit rude to discuss the size of a man's multi-tool

  • Dura Ace C24 wheels - sticky brakes issue1 year 5 weeks agoFew threads on WeightWeenies

    Few threads on WeightWeenies mention the same thing, but no one seems to be able to solve it.

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agofukawitribe wrote: I'll do

    fukawitribe wrote:
    I'll do this once more then i'm off - i'm rapidly becoming an unfortunate XKCD cartoon...

    Someone is WRONG on the internet!

  • Ghana fields first ever track cyclist at Commonwealth Games this summer1 year 5 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:If you were

    levermonkey wrote:
    If you were going to build a track sprinter from scratch, you know like 'Build a Bear'; I think that what you would end up with is young Master Jedidiah.

    The force is strong with this one.

  • Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 5 weeks agoVery sad. That's a horrid

    Very sad.

    That's a horrid road and it makes me cringe every time I see people recommending it as a LEJOG route. It desperately needs some cycling improvements, even if just to help people avoid it - a signalised crossing at All Stretton, a roadside path between Craven Arms and Affcot, another between Marshbrook and Little Stretton.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoat Cambridge Cycling

    at Cambridge Cycling Campaign, we run a mass bike ride (families etc) under Bikeweek insurance. We had the best part of a thousand riders and passengers this year (youngest rider was 6, not bad for a 28 mile ride- youngest passenger I heard an age being defined in weeks). Helmets weren't compulsory and indeed were the minority...

  • Bealach-na-Ba, Applecross1 year 5 weeks agoBe prepared for midgies! I

    Be prepared for midgies! I went there in July a few years ago and it was pretty bad. I rode in leg warmers, arm warmers, gloves, the lot, and with a bandana across the face, despite it being warm. Didn't try any but perhaps some type of midgie-repellent might have helped, though they're pesky buggers and there's millions of them.

  • Witness appeal as cyclist dies in suspected hit & run in Shropshire1 year 5 weeks agoRIP. Thoughts to the family

    RIP. Thoughts to the family at this time.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 5 weeks agoP3t3 wrote:If you want to

    P3t3 wrote:
    If you want to refer to it as "The Peaks" then you need to start from calling it "The Peaks District", which isn't the case. Not in any literature of any sort and not by the Peak District National Park for example.

    The original name may come from the Pecsaetons, but your original point suggested that locals didn't call it The Peaks, I and many others know that they do.

    Both www.peakdistrict.gov.uk and www.visitpeakdistrict.com refer to and use the term "The Peaks", I would class a website as literature, you may not. I'm fairly sure that I have had brochures for The Peaks that reference and use the term The Peaks but I don't have them to hand right now.

    The term is also used by the Youth Hostel Association, The Met Office and several others with interest in the area.

    You say the area isn't an area of peaks but the area has the Dark Peak and the White Peak, surely the plural of peak is peaks? Or do I have to go back and rewatch David Lynch's 'Twin Peak"?

    I fear we have wasted far too much time on this.

  • Are cracks appearing in the Walsh / Sky love affair?1 year 5 weeks agoFukawitribe, it's simple: 1)

    Fukawitribe, it's simple:

    1) UCI have been found out not following WADA code
    2) UCI still have Zorzoli at the anti-doping helm, FFS
    3) On Cookson's watch - the who promised integrity, honesty, transparency and to clean up the sport
    4) Sky have been found out as bull-sh!tters
    5) Sky do not operate to the same high ethical standards as many other teams, despite the BS PR they spout
    6) Froome used a drug during the course of a stage race ( which he won) that is abused for PE reasons in many pro sports, including cycling
    7) Most other teams (MPCC members) would not let their riders compete whilst on that drug
    8) conclusion - nothing much has changed at the UCI and Sky are not the cleanest team!

  • Campaigners warn Newcastle risks losing millions of pounds in DfT cycle funding1 year 5 weeks agoshock horror, an underspend

    shock horror, an underspend and lack of thought when it comes to cycle provision.

    Maybe paint suppliers are running low, or maybe when faced with providing something that isn't paint the transport department went into meltdown?

  • Shutt VR Ltd Edition Green Tweed Cap1 year 5 weeks agoFashion Victim.. Have you not

    Fashion Victim.. Have you not noticed the rise in retro..?

    yes it makes it worse.....some ol' geezer on a steel audax frame hes ridden for 40 years with a tweed cap is cool.....some hoxton hero in one on a fixie.......fashion victim/sheep lol!

    by the way I'm old school not retro by default...ie. was there first time round.....

  • Timbuk2 XT Seat Pack Small1 year 5 weeks ago"It will easily swallow a

    "It will easily swallow a road inner-tube, multi-tool, some tyre levers and a patch kit: so all the essentials for a ride."

    Easily? Thinking I've got one of these bags and there's a tube, tyre levers and if I'm lucky I can squeeze a fiver in the gap at the top. Your multi tool must be tiny.

  • Evans Puncture Repair Kit1 year 5 weeks agoI prefer the Topeak Flypaper,

    I prefer the Topeak Flypaper, but I dont think any of the glueless are designed as a permanent fix.

    I normally use a glueless on the road and fix properly when I get home, but on my road bike I tend to just put a new tube in, i get the ones from Decathlon at £1.50 so its not a huge expense

  • London cycling culture and bicycle theft1 year 5 weeks agoThis is a little off topic

    This is a little off topic from the survey itself, but I've just had a thought of something and this seems like a good place to ask.

    One of the basic reasons why so many bikes are stolen is because of low quality locks. With councils seemingly installing sheffield stands everywhere, would it make sense to adapt them so that a strong chain is a part of the stand?

    The weight of a good lock can be a problem and I'm sure like many people here, when I've used a bike to commute to work I used to leave the lock on the stand rather than carry it backwards and forward. My idea is that if all the public stands already had a heavy (think motorbike size) chain attached to the stand by a bracket, all you would have to carry is a good quality padlock.

    Am I mad, or does this make sense to anyone?