• Video: Belkin team helpers share previously-secret Tour de France preparation techniques1 year 5 weeks agoGreat Video

    Great Video

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 5 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:Cycle lanes

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Cycle lanes are everywhere, they're called roads.

    This.

    I might be in a minority here, but it shouldn't be about having paint slapped on the road marking out some arbitrary cycle lane to encourage people onto bikes, it should be about improving driving standards such that "everyday" cyclists don't feel unsafe or intimidated on the roads.

    If my experience is anything to go by, drivers tend to pass you more closely when you're in a 3ft wide cycle lane than they do if you were just cycling on the road anyway. I tend to stay out of these painted cycle lanes too as they just dump you by the kerb amongst all the drains and general road debris.

    Besides, it shouldn't be about cyclists having to be confined only to travelling on marked cycle lanes. Ok, for utility cycling where there are obvious routes between popular destinations there is perhaps some sense in this, but when I'm out at the weekend I want to use the roads I want to use, and not feel threatened by drivers because there isn't a cycle lane on them.

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 5 weeks agoQuote: ... better facilities

    Quote:
    ... better facilities ...

    Quite rich considering every time circumstance has forced me inside my local Halfords in the last 5 yrs I have complained that they can't be taken seriously as a bike shop *with NO bike parking*

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 5 weeks agoMarcMyWords

    MarcMyWords wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:

    However, you do state that you've already bought the SPD pedals. I think SPD adapter kits are available for the 3-hole bolt pattern on most shoes.

    Thanks for your post - I do have the pedals but they were only about £15 so if something else is better, I'm happy to sell them on / give them away and start again for the right pedal and I'm hearing lots and lots of positives about Speedplay.

    Ah, ok. I chose them because they give you a large pedalling platform (check out the size of the cleat compared to others, they're double-sided and the float is not spring-loaded. It's neutral, which means that the pedal doesn't keep trying to pull you back to it's central position. I've had knee issues in the past.

    Check this out - I don't think this has spd on the list, but the comparions are interesting all the same:
    http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=roadcompare.compareroad

    I use Specialized Body Geometry shoes, but that's partly because the sole is laterally tilted, with a built-in 1.5mm varus wedge. I actually require about 4.5mm varus wedging, which is difficult to achieve while leaving enough room in the shoe for your foot, so that built-in amount has value to me.*

    There are shoes with 4-hole bolt patterns specifically for Speedplay, which are worth looking at because they allow you to do away with the adapter kits that allow you to use speedplay on shoes with 3-hole patterns. This is good because it reduces the distance between the sole of your foot and the pedal axle. These shoes are usually at the pricier end of the scale though. Off the top of my head, I think Lake, Northwave and Sidi each have a speedplay-specific shoe.

    *If this is jargon is sounding like a mystery, check out the Specialized Body Geometry websites to understand more. You may be one of those people who can use any fitting shoe without a problem, but you could also be the kind with more specific requirements. It would be a shame to spend your money on something that turned out to be unsuitable.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Giro stage winner Ulissi tests positive for excessive amount of anti-asthma drug1 year 5 weeks ago...and of course we could

    ...and of course we could wait until the B sample results are in before actually stringing him up. Controversial suggestion out here in the 'tubes I realise....

  • Thinking about a hybrid... sorry!1 year 5 weeks agoNothing wrong with hybrids.

    Nothing wrong with hybrids. I've owned a Mongoose Crossway for years. A very cheap bike, but has been excellent both on the road and for light offroad riding. I even did a 1,500 mile fully loaded tour across France on it last autumn. Certainly not the best bike you can buy, but the wheels and Continental tyres are bombproof.

    I have been looking for a replacement recently though. The advice from my LBS was that the Giant Escape and Trek 7.1 FX are both pretty good. I think the disc brake models are more than £500 though. Trek have already brought out their 2015 range so many of the 2014 models are already on sale.

    I was also warned against the Dawes Discovery range. Even though the shop stocked other Dawes bikes they don't sell the Discovery due to poor quality.

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 5 weeks agoCycle lanes are everywhere,

    Cycle lanes are everywhere, they're called roads.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 5 weeks agoIf it's of any use, I started

    If it's of any use, I started the following thread back in January which ended up with a fair amount of input, so might be worth a quick read:

    http://road.cc/content/forum/109722-beginners-advice-pedals-shoes

    Notwithstanding the generally positive recommendations for "normal" SPDs on road bikes, I was eventually swayed by the advice of my LBS and went for SPD-SLs. I use them daily for commuting on the bike and don't have any problems clipping in/out (after my requisite three stationary falls whilst learning...), I'm using Shimano R550 pedals with the tension set in the middle.

    No problems for me actually walking in them either, not that I walk miles in them but I can get up and down stairs without difficulty. The concern is that the yellow Shimano cleats I use have basically worn out already after only 4 or so months, although all the walking on the London to Brighton ride weekend before last really didn't help...

  • Would-be cyclists want more cycle lanes and better facilities, says Halfords survey1 year 5 weeks agoAnd in other news - bears

    And in other news - bears found to be defecating in woods!

    Why is it the world and his wife realise the benefits of good cycling infrastructure except, it seems, the people who make the decisions about such things?

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 5 weeks agoI've got a 'Cyclists: Stay

    I've got a 'Cyclists: Stay Classy' A4 sticker on the back of my bike child seat. I used letters from another Stay Back sticker so I was limited in the letters available. Still, less American than "awesome", even if "Stay classy" is an Anchorman catchphrase.

  • Transport for London agrees to scrap 'Stay Back' stickers1 year 5 weeks agoQuote: "The next challenge is

    Quote: "The next challenge is to encourage all those transport companies who have put ‘Stay Back’ signs on the wrong vehicles to take them off.”

    Why encourage? Why not just order with the line that they are not regulation signage...

  • Video: Belkin team helpers share previously-secret Tour de France preparation techniques1 year 5 weeks agothat is awesome!

    that is awesome!

  • Cyclist deaths and serious injuries fell in 2013 – but DfT says too early to say if it’s a long-term trend1 year 5 weeks agoThese stats are meaningless

    These stats are meaningless without data on the number of journeys by bike

  • Video: patchnride fixes punctures in 60secs1 year 5 weeks agoRich71 wrote: presumably the

    Rich71 wrote:
    presumably the inner tube will be flat inside rendering the whole idea totally useless as the liquid/patch will just spurt out over some random flaccid crumpled part of the tube and not in/on the offending puncture and the chances of it actually successfully sticking and sealing are zero
    Also the chances of the hole in the tyre being in alignment with the hole in the inner tube is very unlikely

    Hmm. Usually when I fix punctures I pump a bit of air in first to find the hole, if it's totally flat, which it isn't necessarily. So I guess you'd do the same and pump it up before injecting the magic stuff.

    And if you pump it up enough I'd have thought that the holes in the tube and the tyre would more or less line up, if you haven't had to take the tyre off.

    I do see some potential pitfalls, mainly to do with whatever gave you the flat still lurking in the tyre and how well this 'leak detector' works in the real world. Interesting idea though. Not sure why you're quite so wound up by it!

  • Video: patchnride fixes punctures in 60secs1 year 5 weeks agoMy my. Some angry folk out

    My my. Some angry folk out today. If someone actually solved cold fusion half of Road.CC would be ranting about the loss of coal and nuclear fission. Big Grin

    Punctures are not difficult to find. The idea that the inner tube hole doesn't align with the outer tube hole is daft. What happens then? Is the inner tube freely floating with the tyre? Silly

    I'm happy to give this invention a go. Good on them! Don't let the Nimbps (not in my back pocket) brigade put you off. They'd probably have dismissed clipless as an unnecessary fad.

    One problem: it won't deal with splits or broken valves so a spare tube is always necessary.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 5 weeks agoShimano A600 pedals and RT82

    Shimano A600 pedals and RT82 shoes, I use RT82 shoes which are brill but currently run with cheap 520 pedals, will soon be buying some A600 as they have good reviews!! I use my bike for fun and for transport so prefer to be able to walk like a normal person off the bike and when in town much better for the stop start traffic.

  • Video: Belkin team helpers share previously-secret Tour de France preparation techniques1 year 5 weeks agohe he

    he he

  • Giro stage winner Ulissi tests positive for excessive amount of anti-asthma drug1 year 5 weeks agodaddyElvis - the difference

    daddyElvis - the difference between this and Froome is that Froome's test results did not show and adverse amount and was within the UCI limits, and as such he has no case to answer whereas Ulissi has shown an adverse result which is outside the UCI limits.

    If your going to comment try sticking to the truth.

  • Video: Belkin team helpers share previously-secret Tour de France preparation techniques1 year 5 weeks agoPure Class.

    Pure Class.

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 5 weeks agooliverjames wrote:Make an

    oliverjames wrote:
    Make an English version saying "Stay Amazing" and I'll buy some. I cannot abide "awesome".

    Hey, Dave, you need to bump up "Implement an 'unlike' button" on your priority list Smile

  • Video: Belkin team helpers share previously-secret Tour de France preparation techniques1 year 5 weeks ago(No subject)

    Applause

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 5 weeks agonotfastenough wrote: However,

    notfastenough wrote:

    However, you do state that you've already bought the SPD pedals. I think SPD adapter kits are available for the 3-hole bolt pattern on most shoes.

    Thanks for your post - I do have the pedals but they were only about £15 so if something else is better, I'm happy to sell them on / give them away and start again for the right pedal and I'm hearing lots and lots of positives about Speedplay.

  • Transport for London agrees to scrap 'Stay Back' stickers1 year 5 weeks agoVery glad to hear about this

    Very glad to hear about this move. However I think the horse has already bolted on this one as far as drivers of other private vehicles are concerned, and the misplaced sense of entitlement these stickers engender among them about road 'ownership' and their responsibilities to other road users will take years to eradicate.

    abudhabiChris wrote:
    Some states in the US have "Share The Road" as the message on their licence plates (or "license" plates as they insist on calling them).

    Why not use something like that. It's also a reminder to cyclists, some of whom in my experience confuse being assertive with being aggressive.

    As they're not visible at all to the driver inside the vehicle, and probably not very visible to drivers outside it, their apparent sole function is to be 'a reminder only to cyclists'.

  • Pedals / Shoes1 year 5 weeks agoInteresting about the Crank

    Interesting about the Crank Brothers, not seen those before but having a look now at some promising reviews. And they look like they fix in with a 2 bolt system?

  • Share the love on the road with a stay awesome sticker1 year 5 weeks agoWould definitely buy a window

    Would definitely buy a window sticker. Sticking something on the company car is otherwise a no-no.