• HHHHEEEELLLPPPPP!1 year 13 weeks agoNice!

    Nice!

  • Straw poll time please1 year 13 weeks agoIf you make penis jokes in

    If you make penis jokes in your review, you've got to expect some may make negative comments, surely?!

    Quite untypical from road cc.. When the inevitable negative feedback comes in, telling the reader to chill out and get off his high horse, criticising him for starting a thread (!) Is a bit of an overreaction, no?

    Penis gag quite amusing, by the way..

  • Holme Moss1 year 13 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Thanks!

    notfastenough wrote:
    Thanks! Well I can't convey how brilliant Saturday's route was, and I reckon that without all the organization etc that we put into it, you could just park in pateley bridge and do a loop that took in all the best bits of day 1, maybe 110 miles. Let me know if you want the route details.

    Yes please!

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agobig mick wrote: Birney29

    big mick wrote:
    Smile Smile Smile
    Birney29 wrote:
    Genuinely not trying to be rude here, but at this stage, the weight of the bike should not really be much concern to you.

    By your own admission, you are a big fella and will make up for over 90% of the rider+bike weight.

    Best thing to do is pick the bike that fits you best. If it is comfy, you will be more inclined to get the miles in and get the weight down. That will make a huge difference.

    If I was you, I would not spend a great deal just now. If you spend 600 - 1000, you will find it very difficult to get a bad bike. Even the basic Shimano 2300 groupset is actually really good. That's what i use on my commute - 200 miles a week in all weathers and it never misses a beat. £600 would get you on a nice frame with either 2300 or sora with a strong and reliable set of wheels. Good shout on the SPD.

    Why not set yourself a target weight and use the promise of a lighter, racier machine as a motivational tool?

    Good luck on the search.


    Best advice on here me thinks.

    I disagree. I have a bike with 2300 and while it does its job as a winter hack there really isn't anything inspirational about riding it. I don't like the front shift, and the rear shift needs the lever to travel a long way to get it to move, add that to some solid but cheap, slow wheels and it's enough to turn the quickest road into custard.

    From all the different advice here I think that the only sensible conclusion is to follow rule #12. The ideal number of bikes to own is n+1

    Go Van Nic Chinook, it's quick, comfortable and will last forever.

  • Twickenham motorists fined for illegally using cycle lane as police launch crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoCycle lanes like these always

    Cycle lanes like these always need barriers to stop cars just ignoring the marking and driving in the lane.
    Would be good if more Police took this more seriously.

  • Calls for rush-hour ban on lorries in London after death of cyclist on Monday1 year 13 weeks agoIMO British cycling are not

    IMO British cycling are not helping here:

    Banning Lorries from commuting traffic? Totally unrealistic.

    LCC et al calling for safety features / training to be mandatory for Lorries and drivers - good idea.

  • HHHHEEEELLLPPPPP!1 year 13 weeks agoDon't forget the Canyon

    Don't forget the Canyon Outlet bit with previous years' models on there. I picked up a Speedmax with full Dura Ace for about the cost of the full dura ace!!

  • howies launch new Cycle Range1 year 13 weeks agoWould the Race Radio pocket

    Would the Race Radio pocket fit a phone?

    Or a multi-tool?

    I'm assuming that if you purchase the bib shorts you're not actually entering in to a contract with howies that stipulates the race radio pocket can only be used for the purpose of holding a race radio.

  • SRAM to reveal new groupsets on Monday +Video1 year 13 weeks agoHydraulic shifting is rubbish

    Hydraulic shifting is rubbish compared to electronic.

    Heavier, higher maintenance and more difficult to run satellite shifters.

    The ideal scenario is a lever with inbuilt hydraulic reservoir, full hydraulic disc brakes and electronic shifting, all with full internal cable (well, wire and hose) routing.

    Interestingly, I heard of a case of a Youth rider running Di2 as her young hands weren't strong enough to shift a lever all the way across so Di2 made excellent sense for her - touch button shifting. Needs wealthy parents though!

  • howies launch new Cycle Range1 year 13 weeks agovery nice gear

    very nice gear

  • SRAM to reveal new groupsets on Monday +Video1 year 13 weeks agostephen connor

    stephen connor wrote:
    Electronic shifting is great for racing but I wish one of the big three would look at the Acros A-ge hydraulic system and develop a road system so that price of the system would decrease. Hydraulic shifting would not require as much maintenance (charging) as the electronic gruppo's. I could also see weight savings from the system and the advantage of being able to run tighter angles in hydraulic lines as compared to mechanical (cable operated) systems.

    Lightweight hydraulics taking less maintenance? are you for real!?

    Charging is not maintenance, and those who actually use it even agree its infrequent.

    Tighter angles than mechanical? nothing beats an electric cable in that respect.

  • Cyclist injured by NYPD car gets billed $1,263 for damage to vehicle1 year 13 weeks agomr-88 wrote:northstar

    mr-88 wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    And it was driverless...

    Where are you getting driverless from ? It was an unmarked car, but says nothing about driverless. I also did some more looking up about the incident and there was a driver in the unmarked police car.


    Oh dear... The point being made is that UNLESS the car is driverless, it is the driver that injures other road users.

  • Just in: 3T Mercurio 40mm carbon tubular wheels1 year 13 weeks agoYou are right about carbon

    You are right about carbon fiber's lack of strength in compression, Mythbuster, but the layup around the spoke pockets forms a 'truss' (rather like a suspension bridge), so the fibers are in fact in tension, adding to the rim's strength around the pockets.

  • howies launch new Cycle Range1 year 13 weeks agoThe Leadout Bibshorts seem to

    The Leadout Bibshorts seem to be £59.00 according to their website (not £79).

  • Just in: 3T Mercurio 40mm carbon tubular wheels1 year 13 weeks agoYou are right Sooshee, 3T

    You are right Sooshee, 3T acquired the rights to the Cane Creek hub design. But it is manufactured by our own factory, under our supervision.

  • Paris-Roubaix Tech: Tyres, wheels, chainrings, chainguides and directions1 year 13 weeks ago72psi!?! Oh dear, I ran 100

    72psi!?!

    Oh dear, I ran 100 psi. No punctures, I did feel like I'd been 20 rounds wi Mike Tyson and he'd never hit my face once. Smile

  • Read lots but more confused!? (big guy)1 year 13 weeks agoBirney29 wrote:Genuinely not

    Smile Smile Smile

    Birney29 wrote:
    Genuinely not trying to be rude here, but at this stage, the weight of the bike should not really be much concern to you.

    By your own admission, you are a big fella and will make up for over 90% of the rider+bike weight.

    Best thing to do is pick the bike that fits you best. If it is comfy, you will be more inclined to get the miles in and get the weight down. That will make a huge difference.

    If I was you, I would not spend a great deal just now. If you spend 600 - 1000, you will find it very difficult to get a bad bike. Even the basic Shimano 2300 groupset is actually really good. That's what i use on my commute - 200 miles a week in all weathers and it never misses a beat. £600 would get you on a nice frame with either 2300 or sora with a strong and reliable set of wheels. Good shout on the SPD.

    Why not set yourself a target weight and use the promise of a lighter, racier machine as a motivational tool?

    Good luck on the search.


    Best advice on here me thinks.

  • howies launch new Cycle Range1 year 13 weeks agoThanks @jimmythecuckoo, We

    Thanks @jimmythecuckoo,

    We bill the pocket on our site with "Race radio pocket (in case you turn pro)".

    It's simply there if you need it.

  • howies launch new Cycle Range1 year 13 weeks agoVery nice although a radio

    Very nice although a radio pocket might be a feature too far for most of us Smile

  • Cyclist injured by NYPD car gets billed $1,263 for damage to vehicle1 year 13 weeks agonorthstar wrote:And it was

    northstar wrote:
    And it was driverless...

    Where are you getting driverless from ? It was an unmarked car, but says nothing about driverless. I also did some more looking up about the incident and there was a driver in the unmarked police car.

  • Calls for rush-hour ban on lorries in London after death of cyclist on Monday1 year 13 weeks agojasecd wrote: Banning HGV's

    jasecd wrote:

    Banning HGV's at certain times is, IMHO, pointless - London is busy all the time and I regularly ride outside of rush hour like many others.

    I disagree: the levels of congestion in rush-hour encourage a lot of the worst behaviour, like overtaking when it isn't safe, ducking into cycle lanes because they're clear and the road isn't.

    There's bad behaviour at all times to be sure, but the worst routinely bad driving I see is in rush hour. I've found motorists to be generally more patient and considerate when they don't perceive it to impact upon their journey, such as overtaking with proper width when the opposite lane is empty.

  • Twickenham motorists fined for illegally using cycle lane as police launch crackdown1 year 13 weeks agonorthstar wrote:The sub

    northstar wrote:
    The sub headline says it all.

    Yeah - this bit ...

    "...take action after borough commander knocked off..."

  • Calls for rush-hour ban on lorries in London after death of cyclist on Monday1 year 13 weeks agotorquerulesok wrote:To

    torquerulesok wrote:
    To survive, simply don't mess with trucks or buses before an intersection where they might turn left. Let them go, don't squeeze past.

    Such waits might add a minute to my 12 mile commute into work in the City. My life is worth that.

    In my experience many cyclists lack common sense. There are two sides to this story and problem.

    I'm sorry, but this makes me really quite angry. I never undertake lorries and my life is daily endangered by drivers who overtake too close and pull in after overtaking too fast. You'll presume to sit here and lecture cyclists on staying safe while the people killing others continue to drive on our roads without so much as being told off by the police.

    Happened to me this morning: lorry couldn't wait two seconds for the opposite lane to clear. Ironically I was trying to take a quiet route today because I have a sore throat and can't keep up with traffic and take the lane, as I normally would. He definitely saw me as he beeped before deciding that rather than wait he would endanger my life.

    While there are things that cyclists can do to increase their safety, the power and therefore the responsibility is with the truck driver.

  • Twickenham motorists fined for illegally using cycle lane as police launch crackdown1 year 13 weeks ago£30 - wow that is going to

    £30 - wow that is going to make people think twice.

    How about points on the licence?

  • Twickenham motorists fined for illegally using cycle lane as police launch crackdown1 year 13 weeks agoThe sub headline says it all.

    The sub headline says it all.