• Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 year 8 weeks agoCantab wrote:Why is the

    Cantab wrote:
    Why is the Blackburn even included here?

    Just had another look at the article and on reflection I've removed the Blackburn and replaced with the Moon, a cracking little light for 50 notes that gets a very good review.

  • Your guide to the best front lights for cycling + beam comparison engine1 year 8 weeks agoI've just bought an LED3si

    I've just bought an LED3si (now called Freeway) to go with my existing Lumicycle battery. It replaced a 20W Supermarket Special halogen bulb. I was trying to decide between this and the Apex which has a brighter wider beam.

    The chooser above is really interesting. At the moment mine pointing quite low giving the bright spot a short distance ahead and more width closer to the wheel. I can see this makes sense. I don't think it dazzles. In effect my beam pattern will be the one shown in the chooser but shifted down so the entirety of the bright area is below horizontal.

    Lumicycle claim that the LED3si is less likely to dazzle. I compared it with the Apex, which has a wider beam and twice the output at 1.5 times the input current, except in the around town LOW mode where it matches output for less current. Lumicycle warn that the Apex could dazzle unless left in its lower power modes and not pointed towards the opposite side of the road.

    My observations after two nights with the Freeway (LED3Si):

    * Power isn't really needed. I can ride comfortably on unlit roads with the LED3si in MID at 2.6W, 300 Lumens. I typically ride between 15 and 20mph, more towards 15 at the moment on winter tyres. HIGH (600 lumens) is nice at around 30mph. I don't think BOOST (850 lumens, another half an f-stop for photographers) is needed. Even on Sustrans paths in the dark I don't need the high power. The wider beam Apex may need more power as it's spread thinner. It would be interesting to compare Lux on the road as we see reported for some of the German lights. I wonder if Apex's MID (3.2W) would match Freeway's HIGH (6.7W) in use and be quite useful.

    * On the first night I felt I was turning into darkness. Also steering wobble meant the spot moved around. Less noticeable last night, maybe having the light at a better lower angle. Consciously leaning the bike when I turn seems to help. This is one area where the wider angle Apex may be better.

    * I don't think it's as dazzling as a car headlight even on dipped beam. An advantage of running on HIGH on open roads as opposed to MID is that after you've been blinded by an oncoming car you find you can still see the road with your own light.

    * It lit the hedge on my side of the road quite well last night. It didn't light the hedge on the other side. Road signs are very visible so even pointed down it is throwing a reasonable amount of light forwards and upwards.

    * It was nice to have it on LOW even in daylight as a running light in the grotty weather this morning - and at 0.8W it should do that continuously for a day or two on my old battery pack.

    I've not had any drivers flash me or make comments yet.

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 8 weeks agopresumably the colours chosen

    presumably the colours chosen have some sort of significance - yellow is for cowards?

    and since the rules don't allow triples a factor should be applied so a grade 5 with a triple would be 5-3 = grade 2 ?

    Wink

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 year 8 weeks agoIt seems road.cc may be going

    It seems road.cc may be going the same way as Bike Radar.

    Please follow the true course road.cc. I'd hate to see the same ridiculous number of critisising comments here as I see on other cycling websites.

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 8 weeks agobashthebox wrote:Could you

    bashthebox wrote:
    Could you not have licensed their logo too? I mean, since you're throwing all this cash about and all.

    I don't think you can import logos into Microsoft Paint.

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 year 8 weeks agoA sad time for a local bike

    A sad time for a local bike shop to go, particularly when everything cycling seems to be on the up. I love my local bike shop and hope it never closes.

  • Northwave Extreme GTX winter boots1 year 8 weeks agoGo for winter boots. You

    Go for winter boots. You will never look back. I now have two pairs of Northwaves - Fahrenheit and Celcius. Only difference is the 2 or 3 bolt fixings. I have gone for a bigger size and can wear two pairs of socks etc.

    I was lucky and bought both pairs in the Spring and got them much cheaper.

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 year 8 weeks ago“if your surname is not Howes

    “if your surname is not Howes then you are not taking over”

    ...that's a bit of a defeatist attitude if you ask me! With a bit of ingenuity they could sell the shop to someone who wants to do something new and different and carry on the name. Or at the very least, carry on the shop.

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 year 8 weeks agoSad to hear. When I lived in

    Sad to hear. When I lived in Cambridge this was my go to shop.

    Also got a Dawes Galaxy from them which did me proud for commuting through all weathers.

    Sad day

  • Five of the best cycling front lights for under £501 year 8 weeks agoWhy is the Blackburn even

    Why is the Blackburn even included here?
    Road.cc's own verdict is "a disappointing light which lacks the power to make it a contender at this price range" and specifically says "the Scorch's 140 lumen don't go very far and you certainly wouldn't be able to navigate on unlit roads" entirely contradicting this article's introduction "at the top of the price range you can start to get powerful lights that will be good for a bit of country lane night riding."

    The eBay Special Cree XM-L lights, on the other hand, seem to be much more highly respected by the community, and perform very very well in the 'the big road.cc lights test 2013', yet even the latest dual LED model only costs £30, slap bang in the middle of this article's price range and, unlike the Blackburn, is surely one "of the best LED front lights to get you through the winter". So why the omission?

    The overall impression leaves the reader questioning the editorial independence of this article... Thinking

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 8 weeks agoNot sure I understand... Why

    Not sure I understand... Why bother branding it Lamborghini at all if they are not involved with the project? Seems odd.

  • Mark Cavendish says he may never ride Milan-San Remo again1 year 8 weeks agoDefinitely! T'would be

    Definitely! T'would be awesome Big Grin

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 year 8 weeks agoI bought my first ever pair

    I bought my first ever pair of lycra shorts from Howes, back in about 1987. They had a real leather chamois and I had to tape over the KAS logo on either side with brown packing tape for my first crit in Bar Hill. I'm sure that's one of millions of memories coming back to millions of people with this sad news, I do think they should let the business go on, however.

  • SRAM issue Red WiFLi 10-speed rear derailleur recall1 year 8 weeks agoAfter two recalls, it makes

    After two recalls, it makes you wonder if SRAM felt they had to rush out the new RED groupset to make up for not having an electric system. I imagine the marketing team might have felt being one of the first to go to hydraulic brakes combined with 11 speed would help them compete against Shimano and Campag's much glitizier electric offerings.

  • Northwave Extreme GTX winter boots1 year 8 weeks agoIve a pair of the Artics

    Ive a pair of the Artics (same as the Celcius but a little warmer), 2nd year with them now and they are awesome. had them down below zero (it can get pretty chilly if you include the wind factor) and feet ramined perfectly comfortable, they also remain dry in everything but biblical downpours.

    much less hassle then squeezing into over shoes and multiple socks.

    I'm a big fan and will replace like for like when they finally die (showing no signs yet)

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 8 weeks agoI had my first off 2 days ago

    I had my first off 2 days ago whilst descending a hill (slowly). I was wheel spinning going up so i knew it was slippy but i still lost it on the way down. Turns out i could barely walk on the road and i had difficulty re mounting my bike as a result. I won't be using back country roads in wet weather again!

  • Cambridge bike shop Howes Cycles to close after 173 years1 year 8 weeks agoGot my first 'proper' bike

    Got my first 'proper' bike from them, a 1996 Dawes Galaxy, which took me 3000km round NZ among other duties. I don't live in Cambridge anymore but still sad to hear they're going.

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 8 weeks agostuartp wrote:"Check out my

    stuartp wrote:
    "Check out my new 25.4mm handlebars"

    What is this 1998?

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 8 weeks agoRapha do their jerseys in

    Rapha do their jerseys in metric sizing.

    End of argument.

    Wave

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 8 weeks agolookmanohands wrote:Oh and

    lookmanohands wrote:
    Oh and the grit/salt is mixed with wee as well! Went to a 2 hour presentation about it with work last year....yummy

    Another reason to use full mudguards.

  • Mark Cavendish says he may never ride Milan-San Remo again1 year 8 weeks agoGood luck to him. It would be

    Good luck to him. It would be great to see a Brit in yellow for at least a day when the race visits our shores.

  • Richie Porte says he'll leave Team Sky - but not until end of 20151 year 8 weeks agoI would like to see him given

    I would like to see him given a chance in the giro or the vuelta next year with a strong team behind him and see what he can do.

    Undoubtedly he has the talent to do it but like all good riders he needs a good team with him.

  • Bristol's mayor George Ferguson backs rush-hour lorry ban1 year 8 weeks agoQuote: in which he criticised

    Quote:
    in which he criticised supermarket operators for using articulated lorries to deliver supplies to small stores throughout the city

    Spot on - and it's not just a cycling issue, it's a pedestrian and a traffic one too. Too often the locations of these stores have no dedicated loading bay, so the vehicles are simply pulled up outside on the street while they're unloaded, reducing visibility and increasing the danger to pedestrians trying to cross the road. It also creates further congestion, holding other vehicles up while they have to wait for a gap in oncoming traffic to pass.

    His suggestion about transferring to smaller vehicles can be done, but no doubt there'll be plenty of bleating from the companies about why it can't.

  • Jeannie Longo sues France's anti-doping agency for €1.1 million1 year 8 weeks agoIf you're running late for

    If you're running late for work the EPO wouldn't be much use, it'd take too long to kick in.
    You'd be far better off leaving a little bag of "Pot Belge" in your saddle bag for those situations. Quick toot and smash it to work in record time.

    Oh, you weren't being serious?

    Oh, erm, yeah, erm, me neither...officer...

  • British Cycling introduces grading system for sportives1 year 8 weeks ago"Check out my new 25.4mm

    "Check out my new 25.4mm handlebars"

    "Wow gotta get some of those, the ones I am using are an inch"

    Don't get me wrong I wish we were totally metric or totally imperial, not stuck forever in this halfway house.
    How many kms/litre does you car do for instance?