• STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 6 weeks agodon simon wrote:Strava has

    don simon wrote:
    Strava has its uses, I find that mentioning to other cyclists that I'm on a Strava run gets me instant respect and people who get in my way frequently apologise for upsetting my rhythm.

    Now turn it round. Are they just plain scared of you because your one of those screaming, red-clawed, psychotic Strava nutters and they want to get as far from you as possible before you beat them to death for wrecking your time.

    I know I'm being tongue-in-cheek with you Simon (just as I suspect you are being) but here is what happened earlier this year.

    One frosty, clear and windless morning a friend rang and asked me if I was going out for a ride. I told him I was and we decided to meet up and bash some hills in Kent for the sheer hell of it. Near Westerham whilst going up a hill that was both steep enough and long enough to stop conversation and cause a nice burn in the legs we heard the dreaded bellow of "STRAVA!" behind us and as the group passed us we got an additional "GET OUT OF THE FUCKING WAY! WE'RE ON A SEGMENT!"

    Our enjoyment of a perfect cycling day was wrecked. I accept that all Strava users are not the same but you will forgive me if I allow experience to colour my judgement.

  • Eight teenagers to lead out professionals for Stage 3 of the Tour de France in Britain1 year 6 weeks agoWhat a superb experience for

    What a superb experience for them all.
    Now, when these eight riders and the Tour come past my flat in Plaistow**, I'll be able to bore everyone with my in-depth knowledge of the British/Belge cycling scene.
    **I exaggerate ! It's passes 100 metres away.

  • Chris Boardman calls for more ambitious cycling provision outside big cities1 year 6 weeks agoIt never ceases to amaze me

    It never ceases to amaze me how hard it is to get good sensible practical infrastructure and how cheap it is.

    You could probably build one mile of good cycle track for the cost of one inch of crappy urban motorway.

    How difficult or costly would it be to say that every road scheme where the speed limit is over 40mph must include a two-way 3m wide segregated cycle track running parallel to it on at least one side of the carriageway?

    How difficult or costly would it be to say where the speed limit is under 40mph then a 2m wide protected cycle lane must be provided on each side of the carriageway in the direction of travel?

    We also need to deal with the problem of side roads. A protected priority for the cycle lane/track would solve the problem of cyclists being forced to stop at every junction in order to perform observations. The stop-start nature of most cycling infrastructure is one of its greatest problems.

    It is easier, cheaper and with a better result to design in features than it is to retro-fit features afterwards.

    Retro-fitted cycling infrastructure is nearly always either a shared footpath or a bit of paint squeezed to the side of the road and we all know how crap that is.

  • STRAVA - - - - DELETED -- BYE BYE!1 year 6 weeks agoStrava has its uses, I find

    Strava has its uses, I find that mentioning to other cyclists that I'm on a Strava run gets me instant respect and people who get in my way frequently apologise for upsetting my rhythm.

  • Giro Stage 141 year 6 weeks agoWhen 69pts on a stage is

    When 69pts on a stage is enough for green arrows you know it's an unpredictable Giro...

    No changes tomorrow or tuesday and try and pick up a stage win in Forum Scorum's on the flat is the sum total of my ambition now At Wits End

  • Giro Stage 141 year 6 weeks agoPlayed it safe and most of my

    Played it safe and most of my points came from classifications. Not a great score, but still moved up 5 places to 39th overall, so can't be that bad.

    Wanted to bring Duarte in for today but stupidly missed the deadline. Oh well, two transfers saved, I suppose Plain Face

  • Scott Addict 10. XXL. Full 11 sp Ultegra Group1 year 6 weeks agoThis is now sold.

    This is now sold. Applause

  • Giro d'Italia Week 3 Preview1 year 6 weeks agoSuch a shame this isn't

    Such a shame this isn't available on a free view channel. This is the really exciting part of cycling and it should be accessible to everyone.

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 6 weeks agosomnia vendunt abundántibus

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  • Castelli sizing....1 year 6 weeks agoI did something quite

    I did something quite radical, I went to a building that I think is called a shop that has people in it who can bring you a range of sizes until you find the jacket that fits. I was then able to pay and walk away with the correct piece of kit.
    No inconvenience of waiting in for a delivery.
    No inconvenience of having to go back to the Post Office in order to return the incorrect size.
    All in all, I was surprised that my 183cms and more or less 70kg frame required an XL, but at least I had the correct sized jacket and NanoFlex arm warmers in my hand- all for the princely sum of 135GBP.
    Thank you Demon Tweeks.

  • Chris Boardman calls for more ambitious cycling provision outside big cities1 year 6 weeks agoIf Boardman can get councils

    If Boardman can get councils to actually think about what they're doing, rather than just paint the gutter green or put a picture of a bike on a footpath, that would be a success.

  • Bike Service - What would you expect to go wrong after 1700 miles?1 year 6 weeks agobikebot wrote:Flying Scot

    bikebot wrote:
    Flying Scot wrote:
    Reading the above comments, to clarify my duty, I do a lot of climbing in all weathers, but also keep the drive train very clean.

    Serious point, how are you cleaning it? You're not using a jet wash by any chance?

    No, absolutely not, but you're talking 25 to 40 year old kit here, with no seals whatsoever.

  • Help needed identifying Shimano hub1 year 6 weeks agoIt's a 70's uniglide, the

    It's a 70's uniglide, the first of the free hubs, they are obsolete.

    The freehub bit should come apart from the cassette though.

    These were rubbish though!

  • new bike shop, Bristol1 year 6 weeks agoSpecialized concept store

    Specialized concept store also just gone live near Ikea

  • To EPS or not EPS...1 year 6 weeks agoI was talking about

    I was talking about mechanical as I know the weight differences, and I'm sure the actual guts of things that aren't motorised are fairly similar across the sets.

    SR is ~100g less than R which is ~100g less that C. At the sharp end of technology, £6 per gram isn't the worst value weight saving on a bike, but I'm not trying to tell you what good value is to you - you don't justify buying Super Record, you just do it if you want it.

    They only brought Super back because people wanted it, anyway.

  • Giro d'Italia Week 3 Preview1 year 6 weeks agoIt would be nice if one could

    It would be nice if one could actually watch it on UK TV .

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 6 weeks agoStunning bike, want one

    Stunning bike, want one Smile

  • Bike Service - What would you expect to go wrong after 1700 miles?1 year 6 weeks agoFront brake pads would need

    Front brake pads would need replacing, indexing fine tuned, bolts re torqued, brake and gear cables adjusted after a bit of stretching, not much else...

  • South Oz police threaten to fine unhelmetted riders on anti-compulsion protest ride1 year 6 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:So the rest

    levermonkey wrote:
    So the rest of the world is wrong? The statistics compiled in your own country are wrong?

    “Overseas experience is not necessarily directly applicable here.” Oh! Really?

    I know that just because your paranoid doesn't mean that no-one is out to get you, but, you don't think that, horror of horrors, you might, just might be out of your [insert expletive here] gumtree?

    He's probably referring to the difference in car divers attitudes towards cyclists. A lot of Australian drivers have lost the [insert expletive] plot !

  • To EPS or not EPS...1 year 6 weeks agoNick T wrote:Titanium axle

    Nick T wrote:
    Titanium axle too, quite a weight saving over Record all in. About as much again as Record loses over Chorus, wether that's worth it is up to you.

    By the official numbers there's an 86g difference. Over on weight weenies I've seen a few real world examples weigh in with a much smaller difference than this. Super Record has rarely ever made sense as an upgrade over Record, except for the emotional impact of the red "super" word.

    In my opinion charging an extra 600 or so quid for titanium bolts and a sliver of carbon and red ink is bordering on criminal, and I'm glad Shimano and SRAM have so far stayed clear of these marketing lead product tiers.

    Can't really compare to Chorus as Campag don't do Chorus EPS (yet).

  • South Oz police threaten to fine unhelmetted riders on anti-compulsion protest ride1 year 6 weeks agoI'll bite, though I

    I'll bite, though I shouldn't.

    I'm a cyclist in Australia. Melbourne to be exact. Melbourne is supposed to be the most cycle friendly city in Australia. And in some areas you can use bicycle paths, or clear bike lanes have been marked on the roads.

    But for the greater part the city, and Australia, is stubbornly car orientated. This does not just include the way that the transport corridors are marked it, it includes the way they are used, the psyche of the users and the tone of discussion in the media.

    People have pointed to me the studies that show that in a fall the person can suffer from injuries that are caused by the wearing of a helmet. So I don't disregard that. I've also read the studies on the uptake on cycling reducing the cost of medical care in later life. That is an excellent finding and should be promoted.

    However, it is currently still too dangerous to cycle around without a helmet on Australian roads. One of the points made in the study that looks at the contribution of the helmet to injuries is that there needs to be a safe cycling environment to begin with. If the fall was to occur at a moderate pace without the collision of a car then the helmet is a detriment. That is still probable in Australia, but much less probable than in a country that has cycling infrastructure and a cycling culture.

    I do hope that one day I can cycle about safely without a helmet. But to suggest that now is the time is to stubbornly place my desire above the reality of the situation.

    I doubt that this post will have any effect upon some of the previous posters but I hope that other readers will consider it against what they already know or believe in a measured way.

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 6 weeks agoajmarshal1 wrote:Some Fella

    ajmarshal1 wrote:
    Some Fella wrote:
    For someone who has a sneering derision for a) people who ride Pinarellos and b) people who wear Rapha i have to say that that is a beautiful bicycle.

    As a Rapha customer I feel genuinely sorry for you. It must be miserable spending your days worrying about other people.

    Just ride your bike fella, you'll feel better. Well, until someone in Rapha on a Pinarello drops you on your favourite climb.

    I think the Condor in that colour scheme is a nicer bike though. I just don't like Pinarellos.

    Okay don't cry, I think the first guy was being tongue in cheek.

  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 6 weeks agoOut of all the really

    Out of all the really expensive things there are to do, having someone set up a really expensive bicycle for one's really expensive cycling holiday seems like a lovely choice.

    Now people who only do really expensive things can also enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bicycle too! Hooray for bicycles!

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  • Pinarello produce bespoke Rapha Travel bikes1 year 6 weeks agoSome people confirming my

    Some people confirming my suspicions that Pinarello riders / Rapha wearers perhaps take themselves a bit too seriously and cant see when someone is being a bit ironic.

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  • Is it a cop? Is it a box? Actually, it's both. CardboCop credited with lowering bike thefts1 year 6 weeks agoSurely if B follows A, then A

    Surely if B follows A, then A caused it! Confused Get a sticker! Reduce crime!! Save "hard working families' hard earned cash" and reduce need for expensive policing!!! After all, if it works there, it works everywhere. Applause Is it me? At Wits End "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken