• Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks ago700c wrote:I think it is time

    700c wrote:
    I think it is time these events were regulated/ licensed in some way, if only to help counter the often spurious arguments that NIMBY's come out with.

    I don't disagree with you, however logistics and market forces make it very difficult to implement.

    At the moment, the Wiggle/UK Cycling Events rides are all insured by British Cycling so there is a degree of control and licensing there - British Cycling has the power to say "no, we won't insure your event on that day because..." But at the moment, an organiser being told "no" can simply wander off to a third party insurance provider and put the event on anyway.

    Not saying that happens with Wiggle at all - as far as I can see they're one of the best in the Sportive market at the moment.

    So it's incredibly difficult to control or licence them, the police don't have nay powers to stop them although you could argue that better dialogue within the venue to limit numbers would be a good thing - again that'd be up to the risk assessment, the venue and the organiser.

    The New Forest and to a lesser extent Surrey (and also Pitlochry with the Etape Caledonia) all have very small but very vocal (and very well-organised and well-connected) groups of NIMBYs (for want of a better word) - while the vast majority of people either don't care one way or the other or are actively pro these events, unfortunately the "opposition" is sufficiently motivated to make life extremely difficult for all concerned. Not sure how this one is going to play out in the next year or two...

  • Shimano Road Discs: Final thoughts (for now)1 year 8 weeks agoMy next bike will have discs,

    My next bike will have discs, I don't care if people think they're ugly (I don't happen to think they are ugly anyway). For me, the benefits are;

    1. Rim wear is a thing of the past
    2. Puncture repair a whole lot more pleasant without the grey sludge getting everywhere
    3. Consistent braking
    4. Quieter braking once bedded in, none of that gritty graunching sound which is the sound of £££ being machined away
    5. No picking alloy shards out of brake pads every few rides to lengthen the life of rims
    6. No regular measuring of rim depth/thickness with a dental gauge (tyre off, blah blah, it's not a quick 2 minute job)
    7. Carbon rims become a possibility for a winter machine
    8. Eventually, rims will be optimised with not brake track etc to mean possibly same overall weight, but not as much of it on the extreme outer edge of the rim

    If I was a competitive racer, I'd probably stick with rim brakes even if discs were approved.

    I bet there's some downsides, but I think most people who ride in all weathers who pay for their own kit will eventually choose discs.

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoYeah. Fixie's are totally 'de

    Yeah. Fixie's are totally 'de jour'. My friend who has probably not ridden a bike since he was 15 talked effusively about fixies. But if they are the proper thing, in the wrong hands, they are a menace. Though I imagine that people, like my friend, would either find such a bike unrideable and wouldn't bother to commute on it.

    Kudos to those who can make it work for them, but it's for the few and not the many.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agohum going against the grain

    hum going against the grain here but i think there are to many sportives period. what happened to just going for a ride around a route?

    when did it become the norm to pay £40 to ride the roads that every other day of the year are free?

    i live on dartmoor and did the classic route in reverse this year cost me nothing and i didnt have to worry about the phycotic riders who dont know the decents and cattle grids stacking it left right and centre and generally cycling with no regard for the people around them?

  • Charge 2014 range first look1 year 8 weeks agoI'm all in favour of a wider

    I'm all in favour of a wider choice of British-built steel road bikes. In fact that's practically all I ever look at. But it looks like I'll be filing this lot under "things that make me go 'meh'". And only Sora on the Plug 3? There are various offerings from Ribble, Genesis and Kona that appear to give more bang for the buck.

  • Shimano Road Discs: Final thoughts (for now)1 year 8 weeks agomrmo wrote:Guyz2010

    mrmo wrote:
    Guyz2010 wrote:
    yep, no lies, standard Ambrosio rims on the Bianchi worn out over 5500miles, replaced with Miche Syntium AXY's £280 . I ride all year round day or night back lanes in Devon hilly, gritty, muddy wet, steep decents in single track lanes with brakes on all the way and not your pretty high street Surrey on sunny sundays. Pretty easy arithmatic that a child could do. £280/5500miles = £0.0509, if I replaced the Syntiums with Syntiums again the cost would reduce to 3.5p/mile as they lasted longer. No poseurs Enve's for me at that rate. So many aggressive tossers around these days.

    Maybe you should be looking at changing the rims not the wheels, that would save you a fair chunk to begin with. Personnally i managed to get c5 years out of a set of Open Pros, c30000miles??? replaced them with Ambrosio Excellights, new rims cost £100.( If i had stuck to Open Pros i wouldn't have had to change the spokes.) works out at c0.3p a mile. My riding is a mix of Devon, the Cotswolds, the Vales of Evesham and Berkley and the FoD. Plenty of crap roads, plenty of not so crap roads.

    He gets 5500 miles on the rims where he rides in the way he rides, you get more miles on the rims where you ride in the way you ride.

    It's not a valid comparison.

    FWIW, my rims tend to last 5000 miles or so on my bad weather bike. There's also the several hundred miles leading up to that point where you're thinking "am I pushing my luck on these rims".

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoTom Amos wrote:I was cycling

    Tom Amos wrote:
    I was cycling through west Berkshire recently - massive equestrian area - when a helicopter passed overhead. Horses in adjacent field went nuts. Should helicopters be banned then? One has to ask if horses are scared by bikes, they must be terrified of cars, lorries etc?

    The problem with bikes is they are reasonably fast and quiet. Cars are noisy so the horse has plenty of warning, but even then a fast car will easily spook a horse.

    Horses have evolved to flee from danger, you are the silent hunter. A horse hears you, jumps and flees. Obviously you don't want a horse to do that! Common sense says let the rider know you are there, don't rush etc. Watch what the horse does as you pass.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoThese Wiggle events are

    These Wiggle events are pretty big. As per recent reports in Surrey, locals are getting frustrated by the lack of consultation or central management / coordination of these events, which means there can be very large numbers of cyclists on the road at one time, participating in events organised by companies with varying degrees of competence, across routes that may even cross or flow against each other..

    The equestrians sound like NIMBY's, sure, but what they're asking for is simply the only way they can think to restrict such large volume events, in the absence of any regulation.

    I think it is time these events were regulated/ licensed in some way, if only to help counter the often spurious arguments that NIMBY's come out with.

    Cyclists are the only group of road user that participate in organised events in such large numbers on the road, I suspect (imagine 3000 horses - it would never happen!).

    It's time we approached this with some common sense instead of considering it a 'them and us' situation with parties diametrically opposed.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoI commute/train on various

    I commute/train on various routes in the NF area and there is no month or week without a new "animal death" sign appearing on the side of the road.

    Again, a bunch of narrow minded idiots is moaning about imaginary dangers and keeping quiet on the real ones in case they upset the motorised sacred cows.

    Yawn...

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoI understand that earlier in

    I understand that earlier in the year the organisers of one of the events carried out a survey of sample riders - which suggested that over a third of participants had stayed locally. Sooo ... if they want the local tourist economy to be reduced ... so be it.

  • Fernando Alonso to launch team at 2014 Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agofreespirit1 wrote:bikeboy you

    freespirit1 wrote:
    bikeboy you won't believe this, we agree on something!!

    Nooooo. I am talking about carbon mitigation through technological development. In that sense the 'cost' of F1 is worth tolerating. There is no such thing as 'carbon neutral,' paying to sell your emissions to someone else is bollocks and everyone knows it.

  • Call for route restrictions as Longer HGVs damage roads, property and endanger cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoThere is no justifiable

    There is no justifiable economic reason for these vehicles to be in urban centres. It doesn't matter how much longer or heavier they are than the existing fleet they are too big. They should be restricted to motorways and major A roads only.
    Even if they imposed access restrictions on these vehicles there will always be the driver who believes their sat-nav and goes down a road which is impassable because of width or height restrictions, like the one I encountered on Thursday evening in Guildford. Having ignored a height restriction sign at a junction he drove a mile down a road only to get stuck at a railway bridge. He then held up rush hour traffic for nearly an hour while he tried to turn his vehicle around.
    We have had 50 years of turning urban centres into road systems to take progressively larger and larger trucks. As soon as the changes have bedded in along comes the freight industry and says; "That wasn't so bad was it? But what we'd really like to do is have even bigger trucks"; and like idiots the DoT rolls over and gives in.
    The road systems in urban centres should be restricted to pedestrians, bikes, cars, vans and LGVs.
    Vehicle this size should be used as feeders and the money wasted on widening roads and junctions and repairing the damage they do, spent on infrastructure that has delivery and distribution hubs to service the local community.

  • Buyer’s Guide to Saddles1 year 8 weeks agoI recommend the Specialized

    I recommend the Specialized Romin Evo if you ride on the hoods (more upright). I can do 4-5 hour rides on rough roads with no issues.

    The big advantage of Specialized saddles is the choice they offer (width, shape, and rails). IMHO getting the proper saddle width is critical. I was riding a top of the line San Marco 135mm saddle and suffering. Switched back to my Alias 143 and noticed the difference on the first ride. Upgraded to the Romin Evo Pro 143 and haven't looked back.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoI was cycling through west

    I was cycling through west Berkshire recently - massive equestrian area - when a helicopter passed overhead. Horses in adjacent field went nuts. Should helicopters be banned then? One has to ask if horses are scared by bikes, they must be terrified of cars, lorries etc?

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoDrift wasn't cancelled it was

    Drift wasn't cancelled it was postponed for a few days; walkers etc are advised to keep clear of drifts as they are 'dangerous'!

  • Lezyne lights on an aero SP1 year 8 weeks agobump

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  • It started with a £1.99 gear inner cable...1 year 8 weeks agoInitially I was reading all

    Initially I was reading all the problems about 105 indexing with a "the fuu?" expression - as I have Ultegra from new, on a new bike and had little problems with it, or rather in recent memory...

    Then I remembered about my disappointment on switching to 105 STIs/Ultegra RD on a different bike and the number of things I tried - none of which worked. Cables were all new etc, but I had a problem with the middle of the cassette and I put it down to the mech hanger after all this time based on replies from a "good ol bike shop", comments on here as well as having exhausted all other possibilities!

    Going back to Ultegra on the new bike - it was flawless, absolutely 100% on the first few rides. Then I had one wet ride after which the shifting was just completely different - shifting out of saddle under load - either way, was pretty scary as there would be big jerks through the pedals as the chain did not engage fast enough. After some time though it became fine and also having switched to SRAM chain and cassette that took my mind off it.

    Recently though, I decided to try going back to Shimano cassettes just for a bit of change. I went with a KMC chain and initially had some quite alarming jerks on shifts either way. Having checked things in the usual fashion I just decided to leave it. After maybe 1k it all was fine again. So the bottom line at least from my experience is that Shimano cassettes take a pretty long time to bed in compared to SRAM which seems to work the same throughout the lifespan. Now I would be inclined by the price rather than brand.

    In the end the point is that maybe all the people that are having trouble with settings up 105 might just need to leave it for a bit, omitting any hanger problems. Trust me though, I know how tempting it is to fiddle with the cable tension if there are a few suspicious shifts! Big Grin

  • Sportful Pista LS Jersey Full Zip1 year 8 weeks agoI think reviews of LS's need

    I think reviews of LS's need to have a photo of the arms out straight. Mimic how your arms would be positioned in front on a bike.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks ago"Get orff moi land." "Err,

    "Get orff moi land."

    "Err, it's not your land. It's publicly owned."

    "I said, get orff moi land."

    I think that pretty much sums up athe attitudes of those residents in the New Forest complaining about cyclists. If they were to call for the use of large 4x4s to be banned, the number of horses killed on the roads in the area would be reduced significantly.

  • Charge 2014 range first look1 year 8 weeks agoI may be wrong. (Please) but

    I may be wrong. (Please) but it looks as if the Plug 5, the top one, is black.
    Why must bikes be so bloody dull?

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoThat's fair enough. I cycle

    That's fair enough. I cycle and drive. I'm amazed by the number of unlit cyclists I see and yes, I've nearly hit a couple, and that has left me shaken and angry. The law aspect is irrelevant. No sane person wants to injure another person. Just use lights when it's dark/dusk if you're a cyclist, car driver, pedestrian on a road with no footpath and aside from the law, we all get home and live to enjoy another day. If it takes a fine to achieve it, then so be it.

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    Perhaps an orchestrated TFL/police stop and educate for offenders. 'We're pulling you over today because of the paucity of your road skills and offer you the chance to undertake some 'free' road handling skills' sort-of-thing.

    I didn't mention lights, jumping reds or anything else 'minor' on the basis that they are a given, but usually done without real risk to bodily harm. The instances above were ones where I was severely concerned with the individuals safety precisely because of the proximity to danger.

    Yep, sounds reasonable to me. If the police use the carrot approach rather than the stick, it's more likely to stick.

    I don't commute into London any more but did do so for 15 years and along some of the most congested routes. Another thing that some people used to do that really got up my nose was slipstreaming (or whatever else you want to call it).

    Now that's fine on a velodrome or on the Tour or on a club ride out with consenting adults, but on a commute through busy London it is a recipe for disaster, especially when the person giving the tow doesn't know at first he or she has picked up a passenger. This happened to me a few times and I used to get pretty loud and make it pretty clear that I was not going to allow it, especially in the case of one dunce who was on a fixie with no brakes. Some people clearly don't understand what braking distances are.

    Fixed wheel bikes with no brakes belong at the velodrome, not on the road.

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoGive them a leaflet for their

    Give them a leaflet for their nearest free Bikeability course? Or helpful and constructive comments at the time? (tried being sarky, but none of it came out right).

    I end up just riding safely and trying to set a good example, and shaking my head to myself when I see an idiot, whether they be motorist, cyclist or pedestrian.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoHaving lived in the forest

    Having lived in the forest this is no big surprise they people complaining all seem to think it's 'their' forest but it's our forest. As ever there is always something for them to complain about but they would be buggered if no one visited the forest because it's full of unfriendly selfish NIMBYs.

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoPerhaps an orchestrated

    Perhaps an orchestrated TFL/police stop and educate for offenders. 'We're pulling you over today because of the paucity of your road skills and offer you the chance to undertake some 'free' road handling skills' sort-of-thing.

    I didn't mention lights, jumping reds or anything else 'minor' on the basis that they are a given, but usually done without real risk to bodily harm. The instances above were ones where I was severely concerned with the individuals safety precisely because of the proximity to danger.