• Howies Leadout bibshorts1 year 6 weeks agoI've been using the

    I've been using the replacements regularly for around 5 months now and everything is going fine. The pad is still where it should be, and they're as comfortable as ever. Looks (so far) as though Howies have sorted the only real issue with these excellent bibs.

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoThere's clearly no intention

    There's clearly no intention for this to be "news". It's just propaganda designed to increase hatred towards two of society's scapegoat groups - politicians and cyclists...

    One thing you'll notice about all the anti-cycling propaganda is how none of it is supported by any facts (road tax, 2-abreast, helmets, hi-vis, riding in the gutter etc)

    The Daily Mail knows exactly what it's doing when it publishes stories like this. Sadly, there seem to be enough people who're gullible enough to take it in...

    Although seeing so many people commuting this morning and out riding in the sunshine yesterday, I think they've backed the losing horse on this one...

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoWhat a load of tosh. Still I

    What a load of tosh.

    Still I expect they have some pictures of Myleene Klass/Kelly Brook/whoever in their underwear/bikini by way of compensation for not being a newspaper.

  • Tech Roundup: Rapha, Enigma, Thule, Orro, Fizik, Kali, SiS, Prendas, Peter Sagan t-shirts and more1 year 6 weeks agoI want a top tube that slopes

    I want a top tube that slopes the other way 'cos then when I go uphill it'll feel like I'm cycling on the flat Big Grin

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 6 weeks agoAren't the big mail order

    Aren't the big mail order sites based offshore and thus don't pay VAT?

  • Inquest into death of drowned Bristol cyclist hears council didn't act on safety warnings1 year 6 weeks agoAre these rails still in use?

    Are these rails still in use?

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoI normally use asterisks, a

    I normally use asterisks, a spoonerism or a deliberate mis - spelling of the word but...

    The Daily / Sunday Mail. What a bunch of cunts they are.

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoI would have thought the

    I would have thought the bigger "scandal" was the fact that some employers pay a premium mileage allowance for employees with larger engines
    As reported here on 28/02 Leeds pay an additional £420K to employees by means of a 65p per mile allowance rather than a the HMRC standard 40p

    To me this appears to be a tax free backdoor subsidy for employees who do a bit of travelling and feel a larger vehicle would massage their egos..no doubt kept in place as more management types benefit from the policy?

    From this perspective paying someone 20p a mile to travel and the associated benefits for the employee and society seems a bargain

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agostumps wrote:Why should they

    stumps wrote:
    Why should they be allowed to claim for anything ? I expect the vast majority of people aren't allowed to claim for anything in their jobs. But i digress.

    Sorry Stumps, I disagree on this. If an employee needs to visit other premises (that are not classified as their base location), then they are entitled to claim mileage in the same way. As much as the MP expenses thing does appear to be just a massive bonus scheme, the mileage amounts are the HMRC values.

    That said, I'm self-employed and could claim for my 7-mile-each-way run to the office, but I don't bother when on the bike, or (rarely) in the car. Basically it's a fair bit of admin for small beans in return.

    As for the mail, this story is like arguing about the formation of deck chairs on the deck of the titanic...

  • Planet X1 year 6 weeks ago+1 with the comments above.

    +1 with the comments above. Really good value starter. Love mine and can not get around to retiring it for the second time. Much prefer the SL Pro to the RT-57.

  • Just in: B'Twin Triban 500 SE1 year 6 weeks agoThe 'straight tube seatstays'

    The 'straight tube seatstays' don't appear to be that different to the straight tubes Specialized have on the Allez frames, although that is apparently for performance reasons, and that's not an overly harsh frame considering it's apparent design brief. Just wondering whether making a judgement about the design of the frame just by looking at it might appear a little unwarranted. I rode the older model of this last year, not sure if the frame has changed much for this model, but I thought it was a good ride, admittedly it had some different wheels and tyres to standard, but couldn't believe the price of it for how well it rode. It'd be nice if it came in something other than black though.

  • garmin edge 800 - syncing problems1 year 6 weeks agoI have an edge 500 that's

    I have an edge 500 that's seen better days, quite regularly refuses to be recognised by any computer or cable. Turns out moisture ingress seems to be the issue for me. A tiny drop of WD-40 in the access port every so often seems to do the trick.

  • Tech Roundup: Rapha, Enigma, Thule, Orro, Fizik, Kali, SiS, Prendas, Peter Sagan t-shirts and more1 year 6 weeks agoNorthernbike wrote:Why do

    Northernbike wrote:
    Why do they make these retro bikes with sloping downtubes? It's like bringing back the Morris MInor and sticking an aerofoil on the roof.

    As already pointed out, the Etape is not a "retro bike".

    More on point -- Enigma is a custom frame builder. Their expertise attracts a lot of people with fit issues. For some of these customers, a sloping top tube is a godsend. (I'm assuming you mean "top tube" not "downtube", since all down tubes slope?!)

    [mild rant mode]
    I am getting a bit tired of comments about the steep top tube slope and/or tall headtube on many custom road bikes. Oddly enough, in my experience to date, all these comments come from people who never seen the bike's rider in person. What's that about?!

    So for all you armchair critics out there -- and by that, I mean those who are NOT trained and qualified bike fitters and/or frame designers -- I'd like to pose a little puzzle you can try solving at home:

    Your customer wants a light touring bike. He/she is long-legged and short bodied. You start with a stock geometry frame but the reach is too long (and that's just the glaringly obvious problem).

    Have you got access to special Bike CAD software that lets you key in all of your customer's physical measurements and strength and flexibility parameters, plus desired ride characteristics? And then lets you experiment with all the tube lengths, diameters and angles?

    Oh, you don't have Bike CAD? No matter... try reverse engineering from the experts. If you like, take the Etape shown in this article (or my own link below) and try making it more "normal". Level out the top tube... shorten the head tube... obsess about rake and trail, or standover and toe overlap...

    How many problems emerge, not just in terms of fit but frame strength and handling?

    http://velovoice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/custom-enigma-etape-update-final...

    Yes, the result may look odd to the eyes. It may offend a certain aesthetic. But a great deal of consideration and thought has gone into the design. Every decision has a good reason behind it.

    And the result is a bike that enables someone who wants to cycle to do so without pain.
    [/mild rant mode]

    I never get questions or comments from people who've actually seen me riding my bike. Just sayin'.

  • Help! Pedal stuck in crank1 year 6 weeks agoOff to the LBS

    Off to the LBS

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoI agree with the other

    I agree with the other posters. What is the problem here, and why is it news? If someone can claim back expenses for wear'n'tear on their car when they use their own car for business reasons, then why can't someone claim back expenses for wear'n'tear on their bike if they ride that for business?

    The real scandal is that bikes got worn down by modern British urban streets far quicker than cars - perhaps we should be able to claim more for cycling for work, rather than less Thinking

    I think the essential problem here is that the Mail cannot see that a bicycle is a valid mode of transport, or that it is anything other than a toy... hence their indignation. They cannot imagine that it wears down and gets repaired (just like a car), and in their mind, it's like someone claiming expenses for wear'n'tear on a teddy bear.

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoToilet paper in non-story

    Toilet paper in non-story shocker.

  • Tech Roundup: Rapha, Enigma, Thule, Orro, Fizik, Kali, SiS, Prendas, Peter Sagan t-shirts and more1 year 6 weeks agoIn reply to Bez: Looks a bit

    In reply to Bez:

    Looks a bit like a de-branded Kinesis DC37...? They seem to be Enigma's go-to fork when the customer wants discs brakes.

  • Inquest into death of drowned Bristol cyclist hears council didn't act on safety warnings1 year 6 weeks agoAgreed with Adrian - the

    Agreed with Adrian - the route to the back of MShed is a mess.

    Some thought is needed to sort out how pedestrian and cycle traffic comes off Princes St Bridge heading South generally. The whole performance of cutting back into the traffic there is unsafe and there are a lot of riders simply travelling the wrong way up the road as a result.

    Personally, I tend to go in front of MShed. If you travel dead slow and cross the tracks at an oblique angle they're fine.

  • Help! Pedal stuck in crank1 year 6 weeks agoThis is better than Sherlock.

    This is better than Sherlock. We want photos!

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 6 weeks agoOnly time my bikes go inside

    Only time my bikes go inside an lbs is for headset install or replacement or, on the mtb suspension rebuilds, because I don't own the tools for that (yet). Every other job I can do myself. I determined to teach myself these skills after one too many patronising conversations with lbs staff who wanted to take me for a mug or insult my choice of bike/riding style/equipment selection. Funny how "xxx is shit" often means "we don't have those in stock". And one too many times collecting a bike from an lbs to find it hadn't been fixed or had new faults that weren't there before.

    The smartest lbs hereabouts at least offers a £30 per hour to fit the parts you supply yourself service and the people there can frequently be heard to say "Buy it yourself off the interwebs; we can't get near those prices" which is an excellent and common-sense approach. Another just refuses to fit bits you bring in yourself and charges list for everything plus labour!

  • Michelin Pro 4 Grip tyres1 year 6 weeks agoI would only be interested in

    I would only be interested in a 25c size. Clincher that is.

  • Mail on Sunday slams MPs claiming cycling allowance of 20p a mile - we take a close look at the figures1 year 6 weeks agoPersonally I think we should

    Personally I think we should pay people to cycle to work. The opposite of charging them to drive, if you like.

  • Paris Nice stage 81 year 6 weeks agoI think this was the only

    I think this was the only stage in the whole race won by someone who didn't qualify as a young rider. Regardless of what some people have been saying about the parcours not being challenging enough to attract the big GC names, this has to be a positive by-product of that!

    Bouhanni
    Hofland
    Degenkolb
    Slagter x2
    Betancur x2
    Vichot

  • Michelin Pro 4 Grip tyres1 year 6 weeks agoin a tyre review, perhaps

    in a tyre review, perhaps worth mentioning if it is black, red or yellow? I'm guessing black, but nowhere do you say this!

    Wink

  • dhb iOn Cycle Helmet1 year 6 weeks agoThe Snell Memorial Foundation

    The Snell Memorial Foundation is based in the US, but most US helmets now use the CPSC that is weaker, inspired by catching up (chasing down?) to the weaker Euro Norm. As I understand it, the main difference is that Snell includes hitting a rock shape, as well as a kerb and a flat road.