• When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoRaleigh wrote:Ass saver.

    Raleigh wrote:
    Ass saver. Takes even less time than your SKS.

    Where sells these? I'm tempted to get one for this intermittent time

  • Lezyne Port-a-Shop Toolkit1 year 6 weeks agoIf this is the aim of the kit

    If this is the aim of the kit "rebuild..at your destination" then it fails as it has no pedal spanner

    I agree with whoever said it lacked a splined socket/chain whip/hypercracker for getting the cassette on and off. Friend of mine went MTBing in Utah, when he came to unpack the bike it had been damaged in transit and the bearings in the rear wheel had to be replaced. A drive side spoke could also easily get damaged in baggage handling and then need the cassette removing to fix it.

    My "on the road" kit might be considered heavy but can fix more stuff than this:

    * Topeak Alien RX16, for chaintool, allen keys, knife, screwdriver, spoke key
    * Two steel tyre levers
    * A small Screwdriver
    * A small pair of point nosed pliers with a cutter
    * An adjustable spanner

    And these spares
    * m5 nuts and bolts
    * tyre boot
    * 2 inner tubes
    * some cable ties
    * "powerlink" chain joiners
    * puncture repair kit
    * gear cable

  • Advice - SPD-SL vs. Speedplay pedals1 year 6 weeks agoI tried Speedplays cuz theyre

    I tried Speedplays cuz theyre 'Pro'......tart

    Best decision ever - so much more feeling of power transition through the full pedal stroke and so much easier to use - double sided, take abuse.

    I dont get people saying they need maintenance - I bought Stainless ones - I just squirt spray stuff in the shoe cleats every now and then and replaced the show cleats after 12 months just as its a routine.
    The outter side fo the cleats are a soft metal and do damage easily when walking but they have NO effect on use as its the innerside that is in contact with the pedal, just dont get them filled with mud as mentioned.

    Pedal stack height is lower - im not good enough to benefit from the aerodynamics of this.

    They are more fiddly to fit to the shoe and you do need to use loctite to secure the screws...I did that with spds anyway as im not daft and I never found spds non-fiddly to start with either. You get used to it - its just different.

    Why would you buy plastic, easy to brake, annually replaced cleats that are less comfortable for the average rider is the question.

    A decent bike fit/show fit, will reduce the comfort issues one type has over the other though.

    I like em cuz theyre double sided and way better than mtb-spd. Laughing

  • I've just bought a BB30 FSA Adaptor for my Carbon Frame What's the best tool to install it?1 year 6 weeks agoI used the Shimano bearing

    I used the Shimano bearing press in combination with the 2 cups from the Park BB30 Tool installation kit.

  • Charge Plug 4 road bike1 year 6 weeks agoI got the Plug 3 on the cycle

    I got the Plug 3 on the cycle to work scheme for commuting and have used it over the winter during terrible weather. I have changed tyres to Cont 4 seasons and bar tape to gel tape. This has improved performance. My route is pretty hilly and I get up the hills but slowly. Robust, forgiving ride but you are not going to fly along. Been out on it with group on road bikes and struggled to keep up on flat. Not really a road bike, not a cross bike, not really sure what it is yet. Probably good for chucking around town. Looks good.

  • Advice - SPD-SL vs. Speedplay pedals1 year 6 weeks agoSpeedplays - good enough for

    Speedplays - good enough for Spartacus, good enough for me Smile

    The light action ones I can just about pull my foot out, but the Zeros ... not
    a chance. I now have light action pedals on the GF-Ti with zero cleats and
    this works a treat. Yes you do need to lube them, especially if you're riding
    in a lot of wet/rain etc and having the float fully open makes for an odd
    sensation first time out of the saddle - feels like the cleat has come loose !!
    cleats are expensive which is another reason for coffee shop covers but I've
    not worn a cleat out yet and one pair is over 2 years old - just make sure you
    have the post coffee mantra of "covers covers covers" as 1/2 a mile of not
    being able to clip in then realise why is a touch embarrassing Smile

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoUsually in a fit of temper

    Usually in a fit of temper when the roads have shaken loose various parts of them and they've started jamming in to your wheel.

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoI took the full mudguards off

    I took the full mudguards off my winter bike and stuck an ass saver on it for use when "summer" weather is cack. It keeps a surprising amount of water out of your crack/sack area - rubbish for anyone sat behind you though.

    I've had carbon frame failures during both summers meaning that I've hopped back to the winter bike. Hopefully this year there won't be any such problems and I'll be riding the summer bike all year!

  • Your thoughts on the Sportful hot pack jacket1 year 6 weeks agoI've to the jacket Nd the

    I've to the jacket Nd the gilet , both great. If you run hot you can get sweaty if climbing but then you just stuff it away. I got it cheap on PBK about a Year ago. Protects me against showers not downpours

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoI bet Rapha do transition

    I bet Rapha do transition mudguards, at great expensive, for this tricky problem.

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agogiven up even thinking of

    given up even thinking of ever getting them off ... Smile

  • 5 stylish designs from Taipei Cycle1 year 6 weeks agoThe pump incorporating the

    The pump incorporating the push fit connector is clever. It's been lifted directly from plumbing and hydraulic engineering that design has, fingers crossed they are not sued for patent infringement by Hepworth who manufacture flexible hoses for car manufacturers.

  • Coroner: "No doubt" that pothole caused crash that killed cyclist1 year 6 weeks agoJonny_Trousers wrote:Terribly

    Jonny_Trousers wrote:
    Terribly sad.

    Talking about those potholes circled by white spray paint in readiness for them being repaired. I've often wondered if you could get away with sneakily spraying around those holes that are deemed minor on the hope that they'd get filled in too.

    Would recommend doing that - they mark them to say they are aware....at which point they become legally responsible for repairing them and any damage caused by not doing so - like this.
    Imagine this case - council never made aware even though painted as some eejit done it themselves...no claim possible.
    Dont do it.

  • Brooks England MT21 Multitool1 year 6 weeks agoI think Brooks have missed a

    I think Brooks have missed a trick here, because many Brooks enthusiasts will be riding bikes that need tools not included on multitools like this one.

    What they should have done is create a small leather pouch, filled with individual tools, a bit like the Mafac tool kit of yesteryear, with sufficient space to add any extra tool required.

    Not really sure that carrying a multitool with a knife, in an urban area in a jersey pocket, is such a good idea either.

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 6 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:Much as I

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    Much as I oppose Uganda's ridiculous policies sport is supposed to be about coming together and politics should be kept out of it.

    Exactly, invite the athletes but not the VIPs.

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoAss saver. Takes even less

    Ass saver. Takes even less time than your SKS.

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 6 weeks ago'Much as I oppose Uganda's

    'Much as I oppose Uganda's ridiculous policies sport is supposed to be about coming together and politics should be kept out of it'

    Agreed. Which is why I've signed.

  • Dymag carbon wheels launched + first ride impressions1 year 6 weeks agoAlways wanted a set of Dymags

    Always wanted a set of Dymags for my Honda V4 (pre-cycling days, before I was the engine!).

    Now I still want a set of Dymags.

  • Graeme Obree launches petition urging Glasgow 2014 to shun Ugandan MPs who backed anti-gay law1 year 6 weeks agoSigned and shared

    Signed and shared

  • !!!!STOLEN £9K OF BIKES!!!!!!1 year 6 weeks agoI quite fancy a cheap Dale so

    I quite fancy a cheap Dale so I will keep an eye on Gumtree. Thanks for the tip.

  • Lance Armstrong wins temporary halt to $12m SCA Promotions case1 year 6 weeks agoThey are weirdly similar

    They are weirdly similar names for very different organisations.

  • Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'1 year 6 weeks agoCompletely forgot about this

    Completely forgot about this TG cycle piece but caught a clip as I was changing a DVD over. Realised it was going to wind me up and quickly went back to the boxset.
    JC can come and speak to me about the idiot who nearly squeezed me into a line of parked cars last night and, when I protested, got in front of me and rammed his brakes on. Only just stopped in time and his excuse was, "there were cars coming the other way"! Had to make some detours from my normal route as I reckoned he was looking to park up and have another go at me.

  • RockShox launch Paragon suspension fork aimed at urban and trekking riders1 year 6 weeks agoA better bet if you did not

    A better bet if you did not want to screw up the geometry while running a cross tyre would be a 700x35 specific leading link fork. The axle path keeps effective axle to crown height down.

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoWhen the clocks change. It's

    When the clocks change. It's a symbolic moment when the winter bikes get a service and put in the shed and stays there for the summer (apart from any light touring bimbles). Plastic bike comes out and strava averages go up a bit. Big Grin

  • When do the mudguards come off?1 year 6 weeks agoJust before I comment to

    Just before I comment to myself, "why did I take the mudguards off!", as I'm getting a good spraying.