• Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agonorthstar wrote:Colin

    northstar wrote:
    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    aslongasicycle wrote:
    8/10 from the toughest marker in the business. Boom!

    Nowasps, the collar is adjustable, so it gives you more range of use/temperature.

    Northstar: http://road.cc/content/blog/79326-vulpine-fifteen-thoughts-value
    Smile

    How come i've cycled thousands of miles and still don't feel the need for this then... ; )

    Wow, you are miserable. You don't have to say anything if you don't want it or won't buy it or are not interested in it.

    At least Aslongasicycle is man enough to face up to criticism. Surely that should mean something even to you. If Paul Smith or some other retailer/designer cared enough to show their face to their critics I would see it as a really positive sign about their products and their value.

    Perfectly happy thanks, i didn't realise anyone was not allowed to speak the truth?

    Don't bother replying, i'm not interested but you probably will anyway xxx

    I read it as you making a point, not having a moan.. I saw the elastic as a solution looking for a problem, same as the arm pocket!

    +1 to having an opinion on an open forum.. Applause

  • Strava app now available on Google Glass1 year 9 weeks agoI agree it's a thorny one.

    I agree it's a thorny one. but i'm not sold on the idea that it's necessarily worse than looking down, nor that the average road user would make any allowances for you doing that. or even notice.

    if the tests were done and HUD proved to be a safer method of displaying satnav information in a 44-tonner than a separate screen, then i'd want eveyone on HUD. and if it was the other way round, i'd probably want it restricted. but right at this moment in time any ban for google glass is just a knee-jerk reaction. we don't know whether it's better or worse. it's just different. I'm tempted to suggest that it's no worse than an aftermarket satnav, most of which are placed within the swept area of the windscreen and so are technically illegal anyway.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoColin Peyresourde

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    aslongasicycle wrote:
    8/10 from the toughest marker in the business. Boom!

    Nowasps, the collar is adjustable, so it gives you more range of use/temperature.

    Northstar: http://road.cc/content/blog/79326-vulpine-fifteen-thoughts-value
    Smile

    How come i've cycled thousands of miles and still don't feel the need for this then... ; )

    Wow, you are miserable. You don't have to say anything if you don't want it or won't buy it or are not interested in it.

    At least Aslongasicycle is man enough to face up to criticism. Surely that should mean something even to you. If Paul Smith or some other retailer/designer cared enough to show their face to their critics I would see it as a really positive sign about their products and their value.

    Perfectly happy thanks, i didn't realise anyone was not allowed to speak the truth?

    Don't bother replying, i'm not interested but you probably will anyway xxx

  • Bike repair stand1 year 9 weeks agoI don't think any of them are

    I don't think any of them are 'tuck it under your arm' portable, they weigh a lot which is good because it helps stop them falling over. No problem in a car boot or taking it from a flat to a garden though.

    I've got a Minoura 1000 which was about £80 and works very well for mechanical work and cleaning the bike.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoaslongasicycle wrote:Fixie

    aslongasicycle wrote:
    Fixie Girl wrote:
    aslongasicycle wrote:

    Nrbus again: China is a highly advanced and technologically (certainly in terms of apparel) superior manufacturing choice. In my case it sure as spokes isn't cheap. I choose on quality, not price.

    Curious as to why the switch from S. Korea to China..?

    Change of factory for many reasons, mainly late stock and their change of management. The quality is even better with this new supplier, though ironically the timing has been worse. Woot. Manufacturing! Tough world.


    Nick - missed this just now. Not something we've nailed yet in the UK either...

    Tough indeed.. Pete

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoNeil753 wrote:As an hgv

    Neil753 wrote:
    As an hgv driver, I sometimes think the Freight Transport Association are their own worst enemy, but in this case they are right.

    .

    "As an hgv driver" & "but in this case they are right"

    First comment explains a lot and they are not right.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agonicdoye wrote:I have asked

    nicdoye wrote:
    I have asked Vulpine (on twitter) if they will try and manufacture some goods here in Blighty - they are looking into it.

    I must admit premium pricing for cycle clothes (take a bow Rapha) (and "ordinary" clothes) which are made in the far east, really annoys me. Angry Some companies manage to get their clothes in Italy.

    I haven't tried any of Shutt Velo's stuff yet (I have some in the post) so I don't know how that matches up. My only pair of Lusso shorts are frankly, rubbish Sad


    What have your ordered Nic?

    Nick - I still have those UK contacts. Wink

    Pete

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoFixie Girl

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    aslongasicycle wrote:

    Nrbus again: China is a highly advanced and technologically (certainly in terms of apparel) superior manufacturing choice. In my case it sure as spokes isn't cheap. I choose on quality, not price.

    Curious as to why the switch from S. Korea to China..?

    Change of factory for many reasons, mainly late stock and their change of management. The quality is even better with this new supplier, though ironically the timing has been worse. Woot. Manufacturing! Tough world.

  • Police aim to educate drivers & cyclists in safety initiatives in Bristol & Edinburgh1 year 9 weeks agoI'm not convinced that all

    I'm not convinced that all these drivers are genuinely ignorant. And even if they are, is that a valid excuse; it's pretty clearly explained in the Highway Code which is pretty much mandatory reading.

    If I get caught driving at 50 in a 30 limit can I just explain I didn't know what the signs mean.

    I agree that ASLs are a poor excuse for proper infra. But that doesn't give drivers an excuse to park in them, or police an excuse for letting them off.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoColin Peyresourde wrote:Don't

    Colin Peyresourde wrote:
    Don't bakeries need flour and other ingredients delivered?

    Yes, but not every day in an HGV.

  • Upgrading road bike1 year 9 weeks agobe smart with upgrading the

    be smart with upgrading the drivetrain, a rear mech is pretty much a rear mech, but good shifters do feel nicer than cheaper ones. A chain set is a chain set, although there is a decent weight saving going from cheap to very expensive.

    Place to start though is tyres, i like Michelin, others swear by Contis. Just get a reasonable set Pro4, gp4000's, etc.

    Next wheels, the more you spend the better, within reason. But have a think if you want light or if aero is more what you want. And be realistic, carbon rims might be in vogue, but are they really practical for commuting to work, winter riding etc.

  • Upgrading road bike1 year 9 weeks agoI was thinking tiagra and

    I was thinking tiagra and fulcrum 3's

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoGoingRoundInCycles wrote:I

    GoingRoundInCycles wrote:
    I think that the cycling lobby needs to be very careful with this issue. If we successfully make the case that HGVs and bicycles cannot co-exist safely at peak times then there is only one credible option: ban bicycles from the roads at peak times.

    Cyclists have other options. We can switch to walking, public transport, motorcycles, scooters or even the wretched car if we have to. What are Tescos going to do? Replace one artic with how many vans, creating more pollution and congestion.

    Our society has evolved to be completely dependent on motorised transportation. From my viewpoint as I type, I cannot think of a single object in this house that would be here without some form of motorised transportation being involved, nothing in the fridge, not even my bicycle.

    Without a total revolution in the way that we live (and that sort of transformation takes years of planning and implementation) like it or not, the HGV is much more essential to the way our life than the bicycle.

    Unless we want to end up with the same status as rollerskaters and skateboarders when it comes to rights to use the road, we should accept reality and concentrate on practical measures such as better education, segregated lanes / routes instead of dreaming of a pie-in-the-sky motorless utopia, 'cause it ain't going to happen.

    I didn't want to mention it but I agree with you; once the impossibility of a peak hour lorry ban becomes obvious, then it's possible that a peak hours bike ban (for certain routes) will be considered. As you say, it's not as if cyclists have to cycle on the busiest roads, and that will be the main thrust of the argument. I don't want cyclists to be banned, because it could be the thin end of the wedge, but the more vociferous the "clamour" for an hgv ban becomes, the more likely a "politically expedient" solution may be found.

    No government is going to risk any hint of a supply problem in the capital. Human nature being what it is, you'll have panic buying and, as we all know, there are thousands of Londoners just waiting for an opportunity to start looting again, now they know that the police only have limited resources to cope with an organised campaign. The top brass know they must ultimately keep the trucks rolling at any cost.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoaslongasicycle wrote: Nrbus

    aslongasicycle wrote:

    Nrbus again: China is a highly advanced and technologically (certainly in terms of apparel) superior manufacturing choice. In my case it sure as spokes isn't cheap. I choose on quality, not price.

    Curious as to why the switch from S. Korea to China..?

  • Strava chat1 year 9 weeks agoelevation gain ? we can all

    elevation gain ? we can all add in some more hills if we try

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoDon't bakeries need flour and

    Don't bakeries need flour and other ingredients delivered?

  • Strava chat1 year 9 weeks agoRaleigh wrote:Distance. Only

    Raleigh wrote:
    Distance.

    Only competition worth doing.

    Socks for the leader each week or something.

    Whilst i agree it is the only real challenge, the detail that your going to have to do c300+ miles a week to be in with a chance isn't going to help many to have a chance. I do c200miles and no way i can find another 100miles!

  • Laser bike light scoops £10,000 UK student business prize (+ video)1 year 9 weeks agoNot strictly a fair

    Not strictly a fair comparison but the XFire Bike Lane rear LED sells for £30 while the Blaze (not yet released) can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for £60. I'm not sure which design I prefer - my instinct says that the majority of dangerous cars come from behind me or from the side, so the projected bike lane seems better. Green does seem more visible than red though.

  • Upgrading road bike1 year 9 weeks agoNothing wrong with the allez

    Nothing wrong with the allez frame and anything other than a 2300 groupset will feel like dream. Personally I would look at a minimum of a tiagra groupset as a minimum, ideally ultegra if the ££££'s can cover it or 105 if not. For wheels, fulcrum 3's if possible but fulcrum 5's are ok. Don't know what your budget is but a cheap improvement can be gained from shifting to continental GP 4000's (just over 50 quid for a pair on wiggle at the moment). However, winter might not be the season to do this !

  • Ultimate winter glove1 year 9 weeks agochrismday

    chrismday wrote:
    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    Castelli, Rapha, Spesh? Pah. 5 quid Aldi gloves and if it's really cold: the secret ingredient - surgical gloves. Totally waterproof and keep you toasty warm! A tip given to me second hand from a French guy who rides a lot in the alps

    Do you wear the surgical gloves inside the normal gloves or on the outside?

    Inside. Unless I have really expensive gloves on I don't want to get wet Wink Or if I plan on doing a bit of surgery...

  • Ultimate winter glove1 year 9 weeks agochrismday

    chrismday wrote:
    arrieredupeleton wrote:
    Castelli, Rapha, Spesh? Pah. 5 quid Aldi gloves and if it's really cold: the secret ingredient - surgical gloves. Totally waterproof and keep you toasty warm! A tip given to me second hand from a French guy who rides a lot in the alps

    Do you wear the surgical gloves inside the normal gloves or on the outside?

    Inside. Unless I have really expensive gloves on I don't want to get wet Wink Or if I plan on doing a bit of surgery...

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoAy up, back again. Will try

    Ay up, back again. Will try and answer all points.

    Nrbus: It is not made in the UK but China. I'm afraid we considered a hood and it isn't practical in this case (and most cases, to be honest) and the jacket is unlikely to change in design much at all again as we and many customers think we've nailed it. Clothing is always a personal choice.

    Belgravedave: Epic breathes better than Gore. Definitely. Why I chose it.

    Colinpeyresourde: Thanks for the kind words. Paul Smith is from Nottingham like me, so a real hero!
    The fabric is waterproof but we cannot call the jacket waterproof by law as the seams aren't taped. That is deliberate. For breathability and looks.
    Please read my blog on why we chose the material and why I think it is a better cycling rain jacket than a full waterproof.

    Epic is very robust, will last the lifetime of the jacket and it isn't a DWR after-treatment.

    http://www.vulpine.cc/Blog/bikes-tech/choosing-the-best-possible-rain-fa...

    Nrbus again: China is a highly advanced and technologically (certainly in terms of apparel) superior manufacturing choice. In my case it sure as spokes isn't cheap. I choose on quality, not price. As you can see. Please pick up a jacket and inspect it. I've found at events that customers often nod and say they understand once they have a feel!
    I did raise an eyebrow Roger Moore style when BikeSoup compared our jacket to a Gore jacket! Tim and Antony used to stock Vulpine via their other site Stolen Goat, until I pulled us out, and should be aware that it is not a fair comparison without drilling down further into quality, features, usage, etc.

    Righto, hope that helps. I'm very proud of our garments and very happy to answer the hardest questions.

  • Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoI have asked Vulpine (on

    I have asked Vulpine (on twitter) if they will try and manufacture some goods here in Blighty - they are looking into it.

    I must admit premium pricing for cycle clothes (take a bow Rapha) (and "ordinary" clothes) which are made in the far east, really annoys me. Angry Some companies manage to get their clothes in Italy.

    I haven't tried any of Shutt Velo's stuff yet (I have some in the post) so I don't know how that matches up. My only pair of Lusso shorts are frankly, rubbish Sad

  • Strava app now available on Google Glass1 year 9 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:Neil753

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    Neil753 wrote:
    Whereas, in the UK, there are around 10,000 (yes, ten thousand) accident claims submitted to motor insurance companies per day. Far too many to have riders tanking along whilst checking the weather forcast.

    they can already do that, assuming they have a new garmin, or a smartphone, the use of either of which is currently legal when riding a bike.

    looking at data will detract from your ability to look at the road. but since we've made a decision that looking at data is acceptable (bike computers, car instruments, sat nav) I can't see that there's any argument at all for banning google glass just because it's displaying data. if it was proven to be more distracting than other forms of displaying data, then maybe. but so far as i know, there's no study that shows that. anyone seen one?


    It's an awkward one, Dave.

    The way I see it is that it's easy to notice someone glancing down at their garmin, and so I'm able to react to their momentary lack of situational awareness. But, if they're using Google Glass, it's impossible to tell. That is where the potential conflict lies, and I'm fairly sure that if I was hauling 44 tonnes, not many cyclists sharing the road with me would want to see me using Google Glass. It must surely work both ways. Apart from anything, courts are already reducing settlements for cyclists not wearing helmets; can you imagine the complexity of a case where the cyclist is wearing, but claiming momentarily not to be "using", Google Glass?

    My gut feeling is that they'll be a big debate in the media once the first penalties are handed out. Drivers will say, "what about cyclists then?", and a "clarification" by the Department for Transport will be issued, to the effect that Google Glass (or similar) will be banned for cyclists too. Google's proprietary specs are not exactly annonymous are they, so they'll be easy to spot by any passing patrol who just need to notch up another fixed penalty at the end of their shift.

    I can see this being used in the pro peloton, for cyclo cross and, if I was thinking about the hour record then I would be asking my engineers to investigate incorporating this technology into my aero helmet (if Wiggo hasn't already thought of this then two tickets to see him break the hour record would be very welcome Cool ) , but I can't see it being allowed legally on a public road.

  • Johan Bruyneel: "I'm done with cycling" - but cycling isn't done with him1 year 9 weeks agoIt will be commented on again

    It will be commented on again and again but quote "Im done with cycling"...

    ...Yohan..really?? I fear cycling is done with you and was so a long time ago. I shit you not.

    Good bye and good ridence Wave