• Buyer's guide to cycling overshoes1 year 8 weeks agoJust bought some Endura

    Just bought some Endura overshoes, they're very warm. Yet to try them in a good down pour, but looks like Saturday is going do the business. The Endura helium water proof top will also get a good testing.

  • David Cameron says he's “a big fan of cycling revolution”1 year 8 weeks agoI am sure as long as cycling

    I am sure as long as cycling is in the public eye and positive any top politician that wants to be popular will support it..... you never know they may actually believe what they say? I doubt it though!!!

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:Great... they could've

    Quote:
    Great... they could've given a time they were going to finish the competition... missed the entry now!

    Yeah, I also didn't realise autumn was over just yet Crying

    On rural errands earlier today before the rain came........

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 8 weeks agoI used to get really annoyed

    I used to get really annoyed at people driving cars in bus lanes when I was commuting up to North London. One of my favourite tricks was to slow down and stop and take a photo of them. People got really annoyed at this. But damaging a vehicle is a bad idea.

    Passive resistance makes a better point.

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 8 weeks agoGuyz2010 wrote:Flash PEACEFUL

    Guyz2010 wrote:
    Flash PEACEFUL protest rides I'd support from my screen, wilfull vandalism and hijacking gets NO SUPPORT WHAT-SO-EVER. It ain't helping our situation.
    Reading this website, it does appear there are rather a lot of angry cyclist that need to chill out.

    +1

  • Fernando Alonso to launch team at 2014 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoNick T wrote:Less fuel is

    Nick T wrote:
    Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

    Each car uses less in one season than one jet does in one transatlantic flight? Wow! Where do you get these numbers? That's pretty impressive! Now let's see, one jet is carryig how many passengers in that flight?... Over how many miles? And an F1 car is carrying 1 passenger how many miles in a season? And a bicycle carries 1 rider how many miles in a season? Hmm... Would love to see the math...

  • Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic starts filming Friday1 year 8 weeks ago21 Days in Tape.

    21 Days in Tape.

  • Latest transfers1 year 8 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:So a bit like

    Ha Ha smarty pants Smile

    There was me thinking i was the first.

  • It started with a £1.99 gear inner cable...1 year 8 weeks agoShimano 105 is not difficult

    Shimano 105 is not difficult to index as long as derailleur hanger is in alignment, cabling in good condition and drivetrain parts not too worn (specifically the rear derailleur does not have excess slop in cage pivots, bent cage, or over-stretched tension spring)

    if that hanger is slightly bent, or cage bent, pivots sloppy, you will not be able to get reliable shifting across the entire cassette.

    Having the chain slip under power (generally in smallest rear cog i.e. 11T) is a different matter, as this setup will generally work fine on the workstand in terms of indexing, but once a rider puts some load onto the chain it can slip.

    the hanger alignment tool is money well worth spending, as others have mentioned. Also, don't assume a new derailleur hanger is actually straight, especially the OE "brand" hangers which are cheap cast items - its always better to use a CNC machined hanger from Wheels or North Shore Billet, etc.

    cabling is another critical issue; many brands use cheap OE cable from Jagwire, etc. which can use issues like 'shifting lag' where you can get a reliable up shift, or down shift, but not in both directions!

    I'd always use Shimano SP-41 for 10 speed road bikes (either for Shimano or SRAM drivetrains) and genuine Campag for Campag drivetrains. Pay attention to cable length (especially rear loop into rear mech) and cable prep / finishing when installing.

    professional bike mechanic and workshop manager Smile

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoMine was fucking amazing.

    Mine was fucking amazing. What a load of shit!

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks ago(No subject)

    At Wits End

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoWould have been the Colnago

    Would have been the Colnago until I noticed it was loaded with SRAM. Sacrilege.

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 8 weeks agoI used to live in Hong Kong

    I used to live in Hong Kong and ride with a group of locals who were not afraid to surround and have "frank and open discussions" with drivers of vehicles who put us in danger or made stupid manoeuvres. Not sure of the long-term effect on individual drivers but they certainly drove off rather cautiously.

  • Rumble in Brum as "vigilante" cyclists stage bus lane protest1 year 8 weeks agoI used to live in Hong Kong

    I used to live in Hong Kong and ride with a group of locals who were not afraid to surround and have "frank and open discussions" with drivers of vehicles who put us in danger or made stupid manoeuvres. Not sure of the long-term effect on individual drivers but they certainly drove off rather cautiously.

  • David Cameron says he's “a big fan of cycling revolution”1 year 8 weeks ago''My £1000 C2W bikes cost me

    ''My £1000 C2W bikes cost me under £100 once all calculations are taken in. How is this not a great deal?''

    Unfortunately for the many people who work in private sector jobs without a C2W scheme is is not a great deal because they have to pay the taxes the mostly NHS staff are getting relief against their hobby for, and for those who have access to a scheme they clearly need to be on benefits like you to wangle a £1,000 bike for £100 deal so great deal for you, not a great deal for many of the rest of us.

  • David Cameron says he's “a big fan of cycling revolution”1 year 8 weeks agoCranky Acid wrote:Brooess

    Cranky Acid wrote:
    Brooess wrote:
    "motorists have to think carefully about how to deal with a peloton"

    He's spot on about this. We won't need separate infrastructure if people just grow up when they drive and think about driving properly...

    What complete nonsense. Drivers are humans, humans make mistakes, humans get angry and humans shift blame. Even a huge shift in drivers attitude would not be enough to make roads inviting for most people.

    Separate infrastructure is the only way you'll see my wife, my kids and 70% of my neighbours take up the bike as a regular form of transport.

    Integratonism/'vehicular cycling' has been the call for the last 30 - 40 years and it has failed. It is fundamentally flawed yet those who either sit on the fence about it (such as Broess), or fall definitively on its favour (Franklin / Forrester) will never admit that it has been tried, has failed and will never, ever work.

  • Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 8 weeks agoteaboy wrote:Cyclists are

    teaboy wrote:
    Cyclists are already seen as an outgroup, so unless you are currently a 'cyclist' (not just using a bike for transport) then you are unlikely to get involved.

    There is actually a huge amount of suppressed demand for cycling that was demonstrated by the token day out ride back in August but those people will only get involved once they see that they benefit on several levels: the roads are better for them, safer for their kids and their local area is a calmer, more pleasant place to live.

    teaboy wrote:
    If there is to be the change we need then others have to be involved too, and the whole psyche of road use in this country needs to change. This means from government, the courts, parents and schools, policing and infrastructure.

    The onus needs to be placed on altering the behaviour of those who use their cars to drive 100m to Greggs because its more convenient than any other form of transport. (A slight theatrical image there but it should be that town centres are best served by buses, walking and cycling. That cars are made to be the least convenient form of transport)

    teaboy wrote:
    I don't know how to tackle it, but groups like the LCC have more weight than individuals. Whether what they're currently doing has an effect or not is debatable (obviously!)

    IMO, they are ineffective and have been for all of their existence, just as the CTC has for the latter part of theirs. Maybe its that they are still run by the old guard clinging on, or those how are far too passive, or lacking in the ability to see how transport planning/social wellbeing all joins up? Maybe its that the LCC's remit is too narrow? It has been pointed out to me by people involved with them that they have charity status and are too close with TfL/local authorities to dare upset the applecart. If thats the case then they will never overstep the mark, which frankly, is exactly whats required.

    teaboy wrote:
    I do think there is a place for the protest rides. It allowed an emotional outlet after the death of a rider. It allows people to 'do something' and feel involved, while someone else does the real work that cannot be done on the street.

    My point was not that there is no place for protest rides but that there is absolutely no point in organising protests as the LCC has done: aiming to limit its time, and its disruptive effect, to the minimum. If that is how they are going to do it, why bother?

    Anyone with basic knowledge of Londons traffic flow will be able to work out that a few protests as specific junctions would create a city wide gridlock. For example, a lorry took the wrong lane entering the Blackwall tunnel, got stuck and consequently gridlock East London for around 4 hours.

    Do that the next time a child, pedestrian or cyclist is killed by vehicles and you have a very powerful tool that will bring those with the administrative power to the table to deal with the issue: either stop the public sanctioned murder occurring on the streets or risk having the city brought to a standstill every time someone is killed.

    On the long term side, present better solutions (devised by local people in conjunction with those with urban design knowledge/skills) and you start to control how your environment is shaped, rather than the passive "please give us some space and maybe a bit of your respect".

  • It started with a £1.99 gear inner cable...1 year 8 weeks agoDitto re. Changing down two

    Ditto re. Changing down two to shift down one, then up one. SRAM Apex though so not exclusive to Shimano!

  • Fernando Alonso to launch team at 2014 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoNick T wrote:Less fuel is

    Nick T wrote:
    Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

    And how much fuel is used flying drivers and kit to Australia?

  • Fernando Alonso to launch team at 2014 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoLess fuel is used in a

    Less fuel is used in a formula 1 season than in one transatlantic flight.

  • Fernando Alonso to launch team at 2014 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agotoetruck wrote:So cycling

    toetruck wrote:
    So cycling companies then... also wondering how anything to do with Formula 1 fits with an ecological soul ???

    Laughing

    F1 might have a carbon footprint the size of Belgium but technologies like ABS and turbo injection and now KERS do find their way into road cars. Remember your bike was not exactly eco friendly to make.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFFrsvgu1Y

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoNearly forgot but it's still

    Nearly forgot but it's still the 18th no!

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 8 weeks agoI was just looking at the

    I was just looking at the Rankings page and wondering if it's up to date as far as including the last points from the last races. Just wanted to see the totals for all riders after the whole season. If they're not up to date, can they be updated to reflect the last points garnered from Beijing? Smile Thanks! Smile

  • Mont Ventoux - Places to stay, bikes to hire1 year 8 weeks agoI can recommend Veloventoux.

    I can recommend Veloventoux. It's laid-back but provides everything you might need, including bike hire.

    I was advised to go in the first half of May as the weather is reliably fine but not too hot. It worked for me, although it was bitterly cold at the summit we were well wrapped.

  • David Cameron says he's “a big fan of cycling revolution”1 year 8 weeks agoCycle to work is great. The

    Cycle to work is great. The problem is some companies dont know how to process the final payment in favor of the employee. The is an option to pay the tax on the final payment instead of the 21% of the original purchased price. As the payment come out before you pay tax if fall into "non taxable pay" (same as pensions etc) as a result it will also affect Tax credits if you get them. My tax credits go up almost the same amount my pay goes down. My £1000 C2W bikes cost me under £100 once all calculations are taken in. How is this not a great deal?