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  • Ask Dave   1 year 5 weeks ago

    cgipryan wrote:
    Dave, do you think we should open an "Ask Enrique" thread? I, for one, would certainly follow that...

    From what i've seen so far of the man, it would just be filled with inane questions from himself with the occasional pat on the back from his little side-kick....

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I can buy a pile of bricks and some mortar pretty cheaply too, getting the builder to make a house out of it all is the expensive part Big Grin

    If you can build your own bike and have the tools, then great. It's what I do. Most people can't though, and you should expect to pay someone for their time in doing it for you.

  • Bespoked: 5 stunning bikes   1 year 5 weeks ago

    So you went to a show and took photographs of models in tight leather.....? Hmmmmm! Bet you didn't put it quite that way when you got home!
    Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor

  • Ask Dave   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Dave, do you think we should open an "Ask Enrique" thread? I, for one, would certainly follow that...

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I have to agree. The locals I came across were pleasant and polite.

    There was a little needless honking from a couple of cars but who's to say they were locals?

    It seems the whole problem is caused by a very few small minded residents.

    I had a great day and I'll be doing next year for sure!

  • dhb Momentum Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey   1 year 5 weeks ago

    The wind slam Jersey is also highly recommended. It might be reviewed on here somewhere...

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)   1 year 5 weeks ago

    ChairRDRF wrote:
    Did the Rapha Hell of North (London) event on Sunday, lots of proximity with walkers and cyclists.

    You'll have to check with the organisers, but it seemed to me that there were no problems with c.400 cyclists, often off-road.


    +1 to this. I did the same event, at one point there was a traffic jam of about 6-8 of us up a bridleway behind two horses being ridden two abreast, there was no honking of horns, no rude gesticulation and no swearing, just a polite "excuse me please". One of the riders explained that they were riding 2 abreast for safety, as one horse was nervous and would kick if passed on the narrow path, so we patiently waited for them to go single file on a wider part of the track and passed them slowly with "thank you"s and "have a nice morning"s in both directions.

    Saw quite a few horses on the ride and every time riders slowed in plenty of time, rode single-file and gave them plenty of room.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike   1 year 5 weeks ago

    If you can build the same bike cheaper than Genesis do it, if you want to, but you don't, you just want to bump your gums online.

    We can all get stuff cheaper than RRP, bikes are not unique in that. Some people pay RRP, they must do?

    As for telling a manufacturer not to come online and engage with punters? Really?
    Isn't that a good thing? Isn't it great that a manufacturer is reading 'opinion' and, even subliminally, taking note?

    Crack on Albert, I am a bit of a Genesis fan and have two of your bikes in my collection, or as my partner likes to think of it 'spare bedroom', this one is way too expensive for me but I hope some of those lucky beggars who can afford £100+ cycling jerseys will go for it rather than a carbon bike.

  • Bespoked: 5 stunning bikes   1 year 5 weeks ago

    macrophotofly wrote:
    Help Please: Any idea where you can get handlebars similar to the Veloboo gold ones? Anodised gold (rather than 24k!) or even just plain black would be great.

    Need them in MTB diameter (22.2mm) at the bar ends, with the full width ideally being between 42 -50cm.

    Looks like Lauterwasser bars. Soma do a version in alloy and steel. Neither in gold or black, though you could get the alloy one anodised. Don't know where to get them in the UK. I had a set shipped from the USA.

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I was faced with the same challenges when building my bike. For couple of beers (more like a crate) local bike shop let me use their tools and gave some advice. At the end I had a good idea which tools I need at home and which jobs are best left to professionals (like wheel truing). Other thing I thought I could not do was wrapping dropbars. After few attempts and messed up tapes I did a good job.

    I was installing Ultegra 6800 groupset which worked "out of the box" with minimal adjustments needed.

    I say, give it a try and do not rush. You might end up getting loads of satisfaction from repairing and tweaking on your own bike Smile

  • Sheffield urged to appoint cycling champion and allow bikes on trams   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Step 1: fully integrate public transport with biking (including pedelecs);the investments needed to modify trams, trains and buses (the latter with bike racks at the back?) to carry bikes "safely" are negligible compared to f.i. mere road maintenance due to wear caused by car use.
    Step 2: electrify all public transport
    Step 3: defossilize electricity generation

    Step 1 will save tens of thousands of lifes yearly in the UK alone according to a Sustrans report on combating the health risks caused by exhaust emissions; in fact, the gains would be almost breathtaking (excuse the pun), by slashing expenditure on car infrastructure and national health care (due to an increase in health levels). However, such a bold initiative would meet with fierce resistance of the special interest groups who thrive on the status quo. Which explains why the obvious remains a pipe dream.

    Step 2. will massively multiply the gains of step 1

    Step 3. will save the planet

    And now we would please like to hear the counter-arguments. Anyone? Hello!

  • Judo boss slams Brian Cookson’s Winter Olympic idea   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Did I miss the part where Mr Judo pointed out the flaws in Cookson's proposal?

  • Garmin or Strava for routes abroad ?   1 year 5 weeks ago

    So if I'm using my phone app of Strava how does it detect where I am? I am confused because I thought that it did this on data roaming. I'll use the app for a run, but not for a cycle.

  • Video: Brazilian cyclist drafts lorry... at 124 kilometres an hour   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I hope they wear a base layer in case they fall! Wink

  • Sergio Henao suspended by sky   1 year 5 weeks ago

    I don't know where people get these things - ex-pro? Good post Super Domestique - you are right. I have noticed a change in the way comment is received now.

    I don't care about Sky anymore than I do Lampre or IAM racing. I do care about doping and I don't think it will ever go to bed. I've read up about the subject (and not just cycling related).

    The authorities on the matter (which I do not claim to be, but I certainly have more knowledge than your joe off the street) know that doping is a constant in sport. It hasn't just gone away. The evidence is that it goes on a little, but often. If this is true, and I see dirty Berti won the Tour of the Basque Country this weekend, then the people to suspect will not be your lantern rouge, they will be bubbling around in the higher orders, because doping has to be worth something to do it. Or at least those with most to gain from doping will be those that make it count.

    I think some people have taken my comments to be an attack on cycling, but actually those in the know are aware that it is every where. Even at the Winter Olympics there was talk of using Xenon gas to boost RBC.

    If I bash Sky, I bash everyone. I can still enjoy the sport, but I can also be sceptical. Some who know me may remember that I vociferously denounced Horner. Some people believe that he is innocent, but given his biggest and most astounding win he has kept a low profile in the sport and advisably so. I don't think cycling really needed him to highlight that doping was still a factor....anyway moving on.

  • Sheffield urged to appoint cycling champion and allow bikes on trams   1 year 5 weeks ago

    One of the key advantages of combining cycling with public transport is that those who might be deterred from making a trip or part of a trip by bike because of conditions that would not put off 'hardened' riders.

    In reviewing a project that looked at this issue it was found that many 'non cyclists' would make journeys by bike with the comfort of being able to use a taxi, tram, or bus, to get around the challenging parts of their journey - this might be hills, weather, and noted by many women, riding back late at night through less salubrious parts of their town or city. Informally, in rural areas, bikes go on to modern low floor buses to avoid the substantial risks of riding on an unlit country road at night - for example the Hamilton-Strathaven service, which is both uphill, and invariably into the prevailing wind over the moor top.

    Now despite what the administrations say, what actually happens at the front line can be very different as the pictures show. there is a young lady with a bike on the No 73 bus to Stoke Newington heading back from Euston at 23.00 one night, and causing no one any problems, and, taken from a 'special' tram service run by TfGM for conference delegates, a man with a bike waiting to board a Metrolink tram at Eitihad Stadium in Manchester. Even as LCC and CTC met with DLR to discuss the trials of cycle carriage last year those in the meeting looked across from the office to nearby Poplar Station to see a guy with a bike walking along the platform!

    Pragmatically the ability to Police the open boarding systems for most tram and light rail networks will never stop every bike from getting aboard, and a draconian regime will deliver confrontations, and potential for major service disruption, so the sensible position is to manage, by providing clear rules about how and when to travel and relay on the soft policing provided by the disapproval from other passengers, and the impossibility of getting on a packed tram.

    It is worth noting here that in May1996 the peak hour ban on cycle carriage on Merseyrail trains was dropped, and they have never seen it necessary to re-introduce it, as it largely self polices, and at weekends, organised rail & ride days out can see 20 or more bikes on a single 3-coach train, and as for the Liverpool to Chester bike ride....

    In Manchester for example it actually makes sense to get off at tram at the edge of the city core, pretty much at the same places that the cyclists used to get off the trains they used to use before the arrival of the trams blocked them from the useful routes from Bury and Altrincham, initially and now Oldham as well.

    One key argument that the experts bring up is 'excursions within the vehicle' - in plain English that's the effects that happen with the rapid acceleration, and dramatic braking of an emergency stop when magnets drop down and 'glue' the tram on to the rails. With such fierce changes in speed people and the items they have with them become projectiles. Well personally I think I'd fare better fielding off a 12-15Kg bike than say a 80-120Kg person or a wheelchair user flying to the front of the tram when the driver drops in full emergency braking, and in most cases the designated place for a bike would be fitted between draught screens or transverse seating.

    The DLR trial generated around 1000 additional journeys per month that were captured by their user counts, and it would seem likely that most other systems would experience a similar boost, a detail which might have some interesting results for Birmingham in particular, where use has remained at a plateau over many years, and the stops (on the old railway line between the centres of Birmingham and Wolverhampton) are some distance from places where the passengers live and work along the route.

    The really galling detail is perhaps that the trams used in Croydon, Manchester, Blackpool, and Birmingham are practically identical to the same basic models which carry bikes in almost every other city they are used in (Croydon's newest trams were actually added to a production run for Bergen (picture), where the identical vehicles do carry bikes).

    In 2007 TfL did commission world specialists TTK to report concerning cycle carriage on the Croydon system, and the recommendation was that a trial of this be set-up - that report has now been sitting in a drawer at TfL for 7 years, with no sign yet that the recommended action will be delivered.

  • Bespoked: 5 stunning bikes   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Help Please: Any idea where you can get handlebars similar to the Veloboo gold ones? Anodised gold (rather than 24k!) or even just plain black would be great.

    Need them in MTB diameter (22.2mm) at the bar ends, with the full width ideally being between 42 -50cm.

  • Sheffield urged to appoint cycling champion and allow bikes on trams   1 year 5 weeks ago

    more detail on the report is here

    http://www.cyclesheffield.org.uk/2014/04/08/10098/

    its a big move beyond doing very little and doinng that grudgingly but I think this line is disappointing as I see nothing in the report will move Sheffield beyond the low average:
    "We looked at what is happening in the city and compared Sheffield with other cities. We found that Sheffield compares reasonably well with other cities but we want to do even better"
    The terms of reference I recall asked something like "why are so many more bike journeys made in Bristol - a comparable city"
    There is nothing best practise in the report all average in my opinion lets hope a champion for cyclists can develop some pace and political will

  • R445: Road of Dreams   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Sorry to break the news to you bike boy. Those aren't bike lanes. They kind of act like a hard shoulder. If your driving and don't have your wits about you, you get undertaken. As a driver you swing into them to allow others to pass. This does benefit the cyclist though as the lanes tend not to hoard glass and debris.

    BTW Ireland is not flat. Only Tipperary is. We've got plenty of mountains. Some being real b******s. Manmore Gap being one with gradients of 27%. Torr Head is another on which I have yet to stay on the bike.

  • R445: Road of Dreams   1 year 5 weeks ago

    glynr36 wrote:
    Looks pretty boring to be honest, who wants to ride a flat road!

    Just me then. Sad

  • Video: Brazilian cyclist drafts lorry... at 124 kilometres an hour   1 year 5 weeks ago

    There's several uploads of this guy on You Tube. One of them has a gang hammering down the hard shoulder as he passes them. Totally unreal.

  • Ask Dave   1 year 5 weeks ago

    Dave, who came up with the name Road.cc? Was it your first choice?

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