• Decent (Enough) Short-Duration Locks1 year 5 weeks agotruffy wrote:AWP wrote:You

    truffy wrote:
    AWP wrote:
    You could try one of these.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Targus-Defcon-Anti-Theft-System-PA400E/dp/B002EA...

    I use it along with a fairly light weight coil/combination lock. It's loud enough to make you aware somebody is messing with your bike. It has both motion sensor and cable tamper. It'll sit in a jersey pocket along with your gels or whatever.


    Is that anything like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITYhXlE8GQ

    That's an earlier version. I've double checked mine and that hack does not work.

    Thanks for pointing it out though.

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 year 5 weeks agomrmo wrote:It never crosses

    mrmo wrote:
    It never crosses their minds that they are a huge part of the real problem, that they speed, drink drive, use phones, park on double yellows, etc etc. By deflecting the blame they quite effectively shirk their own failings.

    I think you're as guilty there of making sweeping generalisations as the drivers you condemn. I know my wife doesn't do any of those things! Wink

  • Is the King of the Mountains an also-ran?1 year 5 weeks agoDrJDog wrote:Billj wrote:I

    DrJDog wrote:
    Billj wrote:
    I can't remember which race it was but I'm sure I read that there was one trialling timed climb segments for its KOM title. So a bit stravaesque with whoever sets the shortest times (regardless of whether first or last over line) picking up the points.

    I like it as would seem to reward best/fastest climber. Would need to combine with some sort of breakaway jersey to ensure the race was animated but would work better than the Giro's 'Energy Prize' for best time over last 3k which on sprint days effectively just awarded the sprinter with the poorest positioning.

    I had this exact thought the other day. Much better, in my opinion, and definitely do-able with modern timing technologies. Probably very difficult to do 30 years ago..

    Doesn't really work for spectators, though. Instinctively more satisfying to watch someone going over the top of the climb and knowing they took the points, than waiting until everyone is through, and then finding out someone in the middle of the group somewhere was the winner.

  • Look launch 795 aero road bike + video1 year 5 weeks agoWhat is weird is that their

    What is weird is that their MTB's with that headset/stem integration look as bad ass as you can imagine... but it just doesn't work on the road.

    I'll stick to the 695.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 5 weeks agoThis is the whole point of

    This is the whole point of AfterShokz - they don't block out the ambient noise around you so you still have "use" of your ears.

  • Feel the pain of overweight cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoFor sure pedal stroke

    For sure pedal stroke technique is very important with a high cadence (my natural cadence is 90-100) as the higher it is, the more the imperfections in your pedal stroke will come out usually resulting in a lot of bouncing around in the saddle. There are quite a few good videos out on how to work on pedal stroke

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjdSJ-YrCcM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P1j1j0ttVPU

    but a couple tricks that I've found helpful are:

    1) Spin quickly >120 in a really low gear downhill and as you start to bounce around on the saddle you'll notice where the dead spots in your pedal stroke are--mine tend to be not so much on the pull back (5-7 on the pedal clock) but the kick forward at the top just before you start the downstroke.
    2) Unclip one foot and pedal only with the other foot. Another good way to find dead spots as the downstroke with the opposite leg isn't masking the dead spots in the clipped in leg.

    Some experts recommend:
    3) Shift up 1-2 gears too high on an uphill and the high resistance can show you your dead spots. This I think is less helpful simply because if you're a grinder, you're used to trying to muscle uphill with a low cadence so it may be harder to feel how your resistance around the circle is shifting.
    4) I'm waaay to spastic to try rollers. I'd probably fall off and break my frame Silly

    @dottigirl: I had Mavic Aksiums for 5 years riding through rough, potholed streets and never had to true them (I realize I'm light but I've nailed quiet a few potholes dead center at 20+ mph). My husband is just under 90kg and he got some Aksiums for last winter and they're still spinning pretty smoothly. Also, in terms of your dodgy knees, I'm no spring chicken either but I feel that a higher cadence/lower resistance riding style is really gentler on my knees. Also having a pedal with a decent amount of free float really helps. I have Speedplay Frogs and Crank Brothers Candy pedals which both have ~6 degrees of float.

  • Look launch 795 aero road bike + video1 year 5 weeks agoI'm with the majority on

    I'm with the majority on here, that is one ugly bike Sick

  • Poor Planet X setup1 year 5 weeks agoI read in a few places about

    I read in a few places about people having to disassemble and re-grease their PX headsets to keep them quiet. I know I did.

    This isn't high end engineering. It's dead simple, and takes 1 (at most 2) allen keys and some grease. You should be doing this yourself.

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 year 5 weeks agonot sure how to put this, I

    not sure how to put this,

    I think it sums up the problems on the UKs roads quite well, it is their fault.

    Far too many motorists look at the out groups, be it cyclists or HGVs and complain. Why do trucks take so long to overtake, why do cyclists not use the cycle path etc etc.

    It never crosses their minds that they are a huge part of the real problem, that they speed, drink drive, use phones, park on double yellows, etc etc. By deflecting the blame they quite effectively shirk their own failings.

  • Anti-cycling Dales councillor banned for drink driving1 year 5 weeks agoI couldn't resist: Hi

    I couldn't resist:

    Hi Councillor Quinn,

    I just read you have been found guilty of drink driving. Perhaps you could ride a bike, but please stay below the speed limit. It might also help you shift some of that excess weight you’re carrying. Happy cycling!

    Kind regards,

    Darren
    PS if you want tips on which bike to buy please ask and I’ll be happy to help.

  • Is the King of the Mountains an also-ran?1 year 5 weeks agoBillj wrote:I can't remember

    Billj wrote:
    I can't remember which race it was but I'm sure I read that there was one trialling timed climb segments for its KOM title. So a bit stravaesque with whoever sets the shortest times (regardless of whether first or last over line) picking up the points.

    I like it as would seem to reward best/fastest climber. Would need to combine with some sort of breakaway jersey to ensure the race was animated but would work better than the Giro's 'Energy Prize' for best time over last 3k which on sprint days effectively just awarded the sprinter with the poorest positioning.

    I had this exact thought the other day. Much better, in my opinion, and definitely do-able with modern timing technologies. Probably very difficult to do 30 years ago..

  • Newbie looking for first road bike up to £1,500 - Possibly the Felt Z5 but after opinions1 year 5 weeks agoI've just built my £1500

    I've just built my £1500 machine with a Kinesis Aithein frame, H plus Son Archetype rims, and SRAM Force groupset. It is brilliant. I don't know if you can get bits like that on the bike to work scheme though.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agoThat was in response to

    That was in response to notfastenough et al.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agoI was pretty surprised when

    I was pretty surprised when he said it and I made it clear I valued my head over metal and glass. He didn't press the point so either he now sees the world in a whole new way or he's just stopped bothering trying to reason with his eccentric non-driving son in law.

  • Trek Domane 2.0 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoCompletely agree with you re

    Completely agree with you re those tyres. Applause

    Last year, I bought a Trek Madone 2.1 which had Bontrager R1s on (700 x 23c). A month into my proud new ownership, I'm riding downhill at approx 20mph in north Wales. The road was wet as I braked approaching a mini roundabout. The tyres did just what you described. I came off, blacked out, and ended up in an ambulance with road rash. Thankfully, the Trek got off with very minor damage. The tyres were binned as soon as I got home though.

    Trek dealers should be made to pull them straight away.

  • Virus Warning from Avast1 year 5 weeks agoRedvee wrote:Gkam84

    Redvee wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    internet explorer.....i thought that died years ago Devil

    IE is handy when you've done a fresh install and need to download Chrome, other than that it's a waste of time.


    My step son was moaning about having to use IE for that very purpose this morning! Saying it would be slow. Kids of today!

  • Video: Europcar's Kévin Réza picks up fan's helmet cam1 year 5 weeks agoInteresting how on the back

    Interesting how on the back of the car headrest you can spot a map of which riders' spare bikes are located where on the roof! Outside slots reserved for Reza, Rolland, Voeckler, Coquard. Quemeneur on the back.

  • Muc-Off 5x Premium Brush Kit1 year 5 weeks agoMy favourite bike brushes are

    My favourite bike brushes are made by Dr Best; Oral B are good too but a little expensive.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 5 weeks ago@timboid yes totally. sound

    @timboid yes totally. sound leakage is huge.... but these are not for sitting in a quiet room !

  • Bianchi launch Aquila CV time trial bike1 year 5 weeks agoPaul J wrote:I thought

    Paul J wrote:
    I thought non-structural fairings were illegal under UCI rules?

    I think they changed the rules and they have to fit in a 'box' they have, as the Pinarello Bolide has similar covers

  • Bianchi launch Aquila CV time trial bike1 year 5 weeks agotruffy wrote:Can it be fitted

    truffy wrote:
    Can it be fitted with mudguards? A pannier would be a nice addition too.

    In all seriousness, though, how much difference does all the aero tech make when you stick a human being on top, albeit one with a funny-shaped helmet?


    http://cyclingtips.com.au/2010/04/biggest-bang-for-your-buck-in-time-tri...

    Add it all up, yes that shows the rider based stuff makes a huge difference, but take away the aero bike and wheels and Tony Martin would have come 6th on Stage 20.

  • Look launch 795 aero road bike + video1 year 5 weeks agoThat fairly hideous, isn't

    That fairly hideous, isn't it. Maybe it'll be a grower, but I doubt it.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 5 weeks agobeen using aftershokz2 (not

    been using aftershokz2 (not bluetooth version) on my 40 mile round trip commute to work since buying a pair at the bike show in january. mixed country back lanes and a roads. couldn't imagine riding without them now. can hear all the traffic etc around me and also clearly hear the radio or music. best thing i've bought in ages. impressively they developed a fault within a week of purchase...and i had a new pair delivered within a week ( which have been faultless). great after sales care !

  • upgrade tiagra 4503 to ultegra 6703 - is it worth it?1 year 5 weeks agoJust your cranks? Absolutely

    Just your cranks? Absolutely no noticeable difference whatsoever other than aesthetics.

  • Bianchi launch Aquila CV time trial bike1 year 5 weeks agoI thought non-structural

    I thought non-structural fairings were illegal under UCI rules?