• Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 5 weeks agoI have 2 excellent shops near

    I have 2 excellent shops near me but I do think they could do themselves a favour by opening later in the evening and on Sundays if they want to compete with online. If I want something quick and can't wait until Saturday I have no option but to go to a Cycle Surgery near my work or order from Wiggle for fast delivery, as they shut at 6. I cycle past it every night around 6.45 and the number of times I wished it was open.....

  • Badger watch1 year 5 weeks agoI find shouting at the

    I find shouting at the buggers does the trick. Rode over one a few years back on a very narrow lane, luckily just the rear wheel so recovered and stopped. Then it loped into the field track opposite where I was stopped, and *I swear* it snarled at me.

    Much more worried about a deer leaping from the verge though. On a bike or in a car.

  • Badger watch1 year 5 weeks agoPart of my helmet. Damn

    Part of my helmet. Damn badger.

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path1 year 5 weeks agosamuri wrote:This is two

    samuri wrote:
    This is two silly little girls who carried out actions they thought would be funny without considering the implications.

    As much as i would like to hope it was a silly prank booby traping trails is not unheard of, I have seen it myself. It was a matter of time before it moved to cycle paths difference is I am often wearing more armor on the trails than on the cycle paths.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rope+on+trails#q=booby+trap+mtb+trails

    Dac

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 5 weeks agoit's difficult to see how

    it's difficult to see how you'd crash this bike with enough force to render the internal head tube bearing seats unusable without that being the very least of your worries Thinking

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says it would be "liberating" to ride Tour de France in support of Chris Froome1 year 5 weeks agos_lim wrote:Think Wiggo is

    s_lim wrote:
    Think Wiggo is showing class with this interview. He seems in a better place with his head, and accepting that Froome is the better man, he can add value being a super-domestique.

    That said, not really looking forward to the grind-fest the tour is becoming with the Sky train up front. For my money, the GT they didn't challenge for, the Vuelta, was by far the best stage race to watch last year.

    I know what you mean about the Grind Fest but that's pro sport. It's very effective. It's just like a very boring very technical and skillful game of Italian Football with both teams defending and looking for a draw.

    The other teams need to figure out what to do about it. Let's hope that brings some interest.

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path1 year 5 weeks ago"Socially dysfunctional

    "Socially dysfunctional times?" Moronic behaviour more like!

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 5 weeks agoI commented on the Cervelo

    I commented on the Cervelo R5ca hanging on the wall at mine, something to the effect of "that must cost you a fortune just to hang it on the wall", to which they replied that they had sold 5 in the last eight months. That's just one model, generating over £40k in revenue. God only knows how many £2k bikes they sold in that time. They've also just extended the shop.

    To be fair, they are the extreme I guess, but I think it depends on knowing your market and all the other business-focused stuff. There is a little shop in Knutsford that used to be run by a nice old guy, who I heard having a grumble to his mate that times had never been as hard (maybe 18 months ago). Then I walk in a few months later to see a new younger guy running the place (he'd bought the business), the cheaper bikes and kit have gone, and there's a couple of Scott Foils and CR1s hanging up. I mentioned what the previous guy had said, and he told me he'd sold 3 CR1s that month.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 5 weeks agoThere's plenty of room for

    There's plenty of room for LBS to do well. The old model still works. But not if you don't know anymore about bikes than the punter. Ok Halfords is not an LBS in my book and gets away with a business model of scale and not really catering to more experienced cyclists. BUT there's is a model not to follow. I have on occasions asked questions of the mechanic in there only to find that I knew more about bike mechanics than he did and he didn't actually answer the question. And this was not on high end stuff either.

    People will go to their LBS if they know what you are talking about. If they offer good advice with the products that they sell because if they don't then it'll be cheaper on Wiggle and CRC. If their staff are actually cyclists not just some kids that have a bike. If they offer more than you can get online. And something absolutely not related to bikes or cycling ie great service.

    I'll give you an example of bad service. My female colleague a newbie to cycling new bike cycl to work scheme had a mechanical issue on the way to work. Gears grinding badly adjusted, cable stretch probably. But she didn't know and worried about getting home she popped the bike into the LBS.

    They charged her £40 for a "silver" service on a practically brand new bike. There were no broken parts just gear adjustment but they claimed to have checked brakes etc etc etc. This was a straight forward rip off. It almost certainly just needed a barrel adjustment on the rear derailleur.

    If it were my bike shop that would have been free. Free and make a friend. As it happens not only will me colleague not use that shop, nor will I and now nor will the 8 or so cyclists in my office.

    For crying out loud when I took my Smart Car for new tyres I discovered that I didn't have the locking nut. So I took it to Mercedes in Guildford. They got out the Master Set. Found the right one by trial and error. Unlocked the ones on there and replaced them with ordinary ones. They gave me the reference number of the size needed and said I could buy the right tool online if I wanted which would be much cheaper than their OEM one. They gave me back my locking nuts cleaned and charged me £10 for the ordinary bolts. Nothing for Labour. On my way back to the tyre shop. They basically had me over a barrel and they didn't take advantage. Now that's good service.

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path1 year 5 weeks agoYes they are kids but this

    Yes they are kids but this wasn't "assault", it was attempted murder.

  • Wiggle launch Black Series by Tune1 year 5 weeks ago[drool] They are some

    [drool]

    They are some handsome upgrades. Love Struck

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says it would be "liberating" to ride Tour de France in support of Chris Froome1 year 5 weeks agoThink Wiggo is showing class

    Think Wiggo is showing class with this interview. He seems in a better place with his head, and accepting that Froome is the better man, he can add value being a super-domestique.

    That said, not really looking forward to the grind-fest the tour is becoming with the Sky train up front. For my money, the GT they didn't challenge for, the Vuelta, was by far the best stage race to watch last year.

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 5 weeks agoI would be interested to read

    I would be interested to read something from an owner, about the difficulties invved with the running of an lbs

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 5 weeks agoThanks for that - the link is

    Thanks for that - the link is still active on the Chris King site, so if (as another comment suggests) it's no longer the case, I would have thought it would be removed or updated. I understand Chris King is a business, but it's often cited as being a reference, so who to believe?

    I would suggest that "driven by responding to and exploring emerging riding styles and rider requirements" is sort-of making my point. Where some manufacturers seem to stick with tried-and-true (maybe to a fault) there is (what I call) a "fashion" market for "emerging styles". I've seen a lot come and go over the years, and as you point out, there's nothing wrong with the British BB standard - but look at what's on offer now (with similar rationalisation). Sometimes different is better - sometimes it's just different

  • Taipei Cycle: New products from Culprit, Santini & Birzman + bonus lugged wooden bike1 year 5 weeks agoThe Culprit chainstay brace

    The Culprit chainstay brace just looks like an admission that it wasn't such a great idea to lose the seatstays in the first place.
    I like the wooden bike, just for kicks, but surprisingly light

  • Wiggle launch Black Series by Tune1 year 5 weeks agoLovely looking stuff,

    Lovely looking stuff, chainset is seriously nice

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 5 weeks agoI often wonder how they

    I often wonder how they survive,... mine keeps getting bricks thrown through its window at the moment Kiss(

  • Wiggle launch Black Series by Tune1 year 5 weeks agoGorgeous but how much???

    Gorgeous but how much???

  • Merseyside woman thrown from bike by rope strung across path1 year 5 weeks agoThis sort of offence should

    This sort of offence should be treated similarly to cretins who throw concrete off motorway bridges.

  • Badger watch1 year 5 weeks agoI reckon they should shoot

    I reckon they should shoot the little buggers.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says it would be "liberating" to ride Tour de France in support of Chris Froome1 year 5 weeks ago"There were a couple of times

    "There were a couple of times last year when Chris was really isolated and I want to be in a position that I can be there when that happens."

    Oh I betcha do!

  • Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'1 year 5 weeks ago700c wrote: Oh and a tip: if

    700c wrote:

    Oh and a tip: if you get the 'work harder' line, or similar, from some yoof in a hot hatch, a good reply could be 'my bike's worth more than your car you ******* chav!'* **

    *I'm not actually advocating this as it may contribute to conflict between road users, it was an attempt at comedy.

    No need to qualify it- haven't you been paying attention? You can say anything you like, as long as you then claim you were just being ironic, or that it was a 'piece of satire'. That means that if anyone has a problem with what you said it's because they're thick, or a boring fun sponge or something.

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 5 weeks agoAs much as this comment will

    As much as this comment will ring true of others above I will proceed.

    Sport is not about politics and is about engaging, I think this in light of Sochi is the wrong approach. We are very good in the West telling people wjat to do. As people have stated above it has taken time for us as a civilised modern society to get rid of discrimination be it gender, racism etc.

    Why not tout our culture of being open to everyone and the sporting excellence coming to our shores than lambast others for inadequacies of their leadership.

    Not signing/no need to share

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 5 weeks agoI have to say, I'm a bit

    I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed by the lack of internal routing for the Di2.

    For a big mile-muncher, weather resilience has to be built in. I run an external Di2 at the moment, but I think for a frameset upgrade i'd only really be looking at internally routed options.

    Oh, and can we please have some stack/reach measurements?

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 5 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I am getting

    drheaton wrote:
    I am getting totally destroyed....

    Serves me right for picking mainly stage racers, should have loaded up on classics riders Angry

    Hofland in particular looks like a great rider to have picked, 200 pts for 1 credit and likely to get a few other outings through the year.

    I think people are thinking a par score for a rider is around 100pts per credit?

    Hofland looks good....riding P-N by the looks of it too(look at his price in Road CC now....more than a Westra,Kelderman or Kangert!!)

    But Doc....you've been around long enough to know that the stage riders will start getting points when the stage races really get going?