• Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoDeanF316 wrote:Hi Albert Just

    DeanF316 wrote:
    Hi Albert

    Just bought myself one of your High Lattitude 650b frame set and bought all the components of the internet. Full XT group set, Rox shock forks at price less than complete
    bike from you with only Deore. So how is that I can sit at home and get a better deal than you. You would be better off buying your shamino from Ribble or Chain reaction. I see Chain Reaction are only ready offering 40% discount on pre order 105 11 speed and I assume they are buying from Shamino.

    I think we have opened a real can of worms here. Once you have to go on line forums to defend your pricing policy you are either ripping people off or have lost control. The bike buying public are beginning to get sick of being taken for mugs by the cycle trade. Yes you are on a high with the current trend for cycling on back of the sportive craze but every bubble bursts. Look what happened to new motorbiker craze of the mid to late 90's.

    Hi Dean, great point and quite a lot of factors at play. Can of worms indeed!Some of it comes down to import duty we're subjected to on bikes/frames we import from the Far East (frames = 7% / bikes = 14%). It might not sound like much of a difference, and, at the lower/mid end of the scale the difference can be absorbed somewhat without much to overall retail price. As you can imagine, in the instance of the model above, which obviously has a very large sum of parts, it has a significant effect on the overall srp. Another factor, and arguably the biggest and most relevant to percieved value, is the aftermarket pricing of groupset/parts. With online players working on very small margins, bypassing a link in the traditional distributor/dealer/consumer) supply chain (and passing the savings onto the consumer), fierce competition/price wars, coupled with the fact that an awful lot of it is grey stock and purchased at OEM prices means that in terms of aftermarket parts, the end consumer has never had it so good! This obviously comes at the detriment of the percieved value of OTP bikes at the moment. I hope this goes some way to maybe helping explain the current situation.

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoI disagree with the above

    I disagree with the above comment. I don't want to race, I want to enjoy my cycling with my friends and other like minded people. I agree there are some that treat it like a race but, having seen little of it on the sportive in question on Sunday, they're a minority.

    You may not be a fan of sportives and prefer racing, if the sportives are banned what do you think will be the next target of choice for the NIMBY!?

    The truth of the matter is that this actually has little to do with cycling, it's about an attitude and culture developing in the New Forest among some residents who feel it's their personal space and not to be shared with the likes of you, me and Joe public.

  • Video: Jon Snow launches CTC campaign urging councillors to pledge creation of Space for Cycling1 year 5 weeks agoof course we all know what

    of course we all know what we'll end up with, more shared paths and having to wait to cross every fscking sidestreet...

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agostep-hent wrote:localsurfer

    step-hent wrote:
    localsurfer wrote:
    My bike?
    Custom frames don't have to have all the fancy scroll work on them and so on. A basic bike, especially tig welded, aren't that expensive.

    I was quoted 800 for a tig welded 853 frame with carbon forks, so this wouldn't be much more.

    That's an excellent price for 853, especially including a fork. Would you mind sharing who the builder is?

    PM'd you

  • More gearing questions1 year 5 weeks ago" I have a new(ish) bike and

    " I have a new(ish) bike and on my old one i ran a compact on the front and a 12-28 on the back. "

    It seems like nobody actually read ur initial post above.
    I was in the same position as you when I bought my first road bike ,53/39 front 11/25 rear , after coming from an mtb to full race rings and living in S.Wales climbing comfortably is important , I tried the 12/28 rear block on the std front and it isn't massively different , as such I spent 30 quid on a set of compact front rings (105 should have the same bcd whether compact or race and I've never looked back.

    All in you should be able to do rings / chain / rear block(tiagra) for under 100 quid and it will be money well spent

  • Ultegra Di2 Front Derailleur not going into adjustment mode1 year 5 weeks agoDon't know if you've already

    Don't know if you've already come across this but someone on one of the tri forums had probs getting his FD to micro adjust too. The OP didn't follow up so don't know how things turned out but they referred him to pages 57-58 in the Shimano manual for doing micro adjustments.

    http://si.shimano.com/php/download.php?file=pdf/dm/DM-UL0001-00-ENG.pdf

    Here's the tri forum thread too if that helps

    http://www.forum.slowtwitch.com/forum/Slowtwitch_Forums_C1/Triathlon_For...

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks ago"A 953 tubeset costs the

    "A 953 tubeset costs the builder a substantial amount over 853 just for the metal, plus you'll have to pay danger money on top so you'll not be expecting much change from a grand over what you're paying for 853."

    Really? I stand corrected if that's the case.

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)1 year 5 weeks agoThe photo attached to this

    The photo attached to this story is of me! I rode this event a few years ago and remember being very respectful of the animals I encountered due their unpredictable nature. It is unfortunate that someone thought it necessary to sabotage what is a great event and a shame those responsible don't seem to speak up and have some sort of dialogue with the organisers to see if any compromises can be made to stop nail scattering ruining an otherwise enjoyable event?

  • I'm sure this has been covered before - light and strong wheel options?1 year 5 weeks agoDon't get me wrong, I've

    Don't get me wrong, I've Mavic rims, just no experience of their hubs, but kept seeing opinions of others on longevity, so avoided them.

    I don't know if it they're better or worse than anything else.

  • I'm sure this has been covered before - light and strong wheel options?1 year 5 weeks agoHope Hoops.

    Hope Hoops.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoDean Martin went fishing, and

    Dean Martin went fishing, and caught a massive eel.

    That's a moray.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoVolare? Was it designed by

    Volare?

    Was it designed by Dean Martin?

  • Beer and fish and chips: the rocket fuel that'll propel the Tour de Yorkshire to greatness1 year 5 weeks agoLeodis wrote:velorules

    Leodis wrote:
    velorules wrote:
    Enough with the Tour de Yorkshire rubbish. You're proud of where you live...its been hundreds of years of that rubbish....we get the message. Cambridge would have been more representative of the UK as a whole (more cosmopolitan and larger number of cyclists) and would have flown the flag for the whole country.

    I didnt think 2012 was flying the flag for the whole country, it was flying for London & SE only.

    We should turn the M25 into a moat.


    Tell the people of Weymouth that... Wink

    Personally I'm really happy that it's going to Yorkshire, and I'm really happy it's coming through Essex. I wish Cambridgeshire/Essex were making something of the opportunity though, instead of resurfacing a couple of roads and hoping it goes away.

  • Police fine 150 in London safety crackdown as MP calls for national dangerous junction audit1 year 5 weeks agotired old fart wrote:I have

    tired old fart wrote:
    I have two thoughts on the apparent blind spots these vehicles have: first I do not believe the blind spots exist: and second if they have such blind spots why do they drive in such a manner that they themselves put other road users in them by driving too close etc. If the drivers are indeed professional drivers they will overcome such challenges in a professional manner. Stay safe.

    You don't believe these blind spots exist?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzL0Kyk4m-8

  • Video: Jon Snow launches CTC campaign urging councillors to pledge creation of Space for Cycling1 year 5 weeks agoWho edited the vid, I wonder

    Who edited the vid, I wonder ?

    At 1:20 in there's a panning shot of a cyclist seemingly engrossed with his phone. Hardly a 'ringing' endorsement of safe cycling Wink

  • Video: Jon Snow launches CTC campaign urging councillors to pledge creation of Space for Cycling1 year 5 weeks agoSo the CTC are jumping on

    So the CTC are jumping on this space for cycling thing, BUT as Jon says in the video. Its all up to national government and local councils.....

    So yeah, lets just sit back and watch nothing happen. CTC's normal response to everything has come about again.

  • Proper Purist Classics - pick your Ardennes teams1 year 5 weeks agoMade some changes to my team.

    Made some changes to my team. I had to (!) have Poels!

    32.6 Alejandro Valverde
    31.5 Michal Kwiatkowski
    28.8 Joaquin Rodriguez
    25.1 Philippe Gilbert
    10.2 Damiano Cunego
    12.8 Wout Poels
    3.0 Julian David Arredondo
    3.0 Phillip Gaimon
    3.0 Stefan Denifl

    Total 150.0

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    I make that an OCD-bothering 149.9...
    Thanks to you my OCD is relieved, too... I can feel my nerves relaxing... Ahhhh... I owe you a beer Ghed... Big Grin And if there's a prize for this competition I'll beqeath (?) it to you... since I blatantly stole Poels from your team...

  • Proper Purist Classics - pick your Ardennes teams1 year 5 weeks agoGhedebrav wrote:I make that

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    I make that an OCD-bothering 149.9...

    Heh heh... Smile

    Ghedebrav wrote:
    Poels 12.8...

    I now have Poels envy... Sad Nice choice! Smile I need him now Big Grin

  • Central London’s Square Mile to become 20mph zone in July1 year 5 weeks agomerckxissimo

    merckxissimo wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    100% of male drivers under the age of thirty should have their licence taken off them.

    Either you're not a very good troll, or you're not very intelligent. Thinking

    Well, if I were a troll, I would have succeeded, because you answered me.

    And an opinion does not denote either high or low intelligence.

    You're welcome.

  • Police fine 150 in London safety crackdown as MP calls for national dangerous junction audit1 year 5 weeks agoI have two thoughts on the

    I have two thoughts on the apparent blind spots these vehicles have: first I do not believe the blind spots exist: and second if they have such blind spots why do they drive in such a manner that they themselves put other road users in them by driving too close etc. If the drivers are indeed professional drivers they will overcome such challenges in a professional manner. Stay safe.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoWhen you can buy the bits

    When you can buy the bits retail, build the bike yourself, and save over a grand there is something badly wrong with the price.

    I think it's a gorgeous looking bike, but that price for a steel frame is madness. Especially since it's probably impossible to repair.

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)1 year 5 weeks agostupegg wrote:I love how

    stupegg wrote:
    I love how people live in an area think they own that area.

    Well there's nothing wrong in taking pride and a feeling of stewardship in your area, seeing as you spend most of your time there. Go somewhere that doesn't happen and decide if you think it makes for a pleasant environment.

  • dhb Momentum Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey1 year 5 weeks agoyes, yes, PJ. dhb kit is

    yes, yes, PJ. dhb kit is very good, and for the money is outstanding. much as Iwein concluded. I've a fair bit of experience of both dhb and Castelli, and Castelli *is* generally nicer. and much more expensive. I generally buy dhb when it's my money I'm spending.

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)1 year 5 weeks agostupegg wrote:I love how

    stupegg wrote:
    I love how people live in an area think they own that area.

    It's kind of a natural reaction, isn't it? Even people in big cities tend towards that way of thinking. And it's not always a bad thing - 'taking ownership' of the environment around us often means taking better care of it and can result in a nicer environment for everyone. For the most part, people don't get carried away with it, and recognize that public rights of way exist, particularly in a national park, and that everyone has to share the space. The problem in the New Forest seems to be that a small bunch of very vocal individuals have taken it upon themselves to decide who gets to do what in public spaces. Perhaps they would prefer to lose the national park status, and have the whole thing sold off for luxury flats and retail developments? Just a thought...

    Good on Tony Hockley for getting in and seeing what it is really like though. Maybe he can help to calm the local disquiet and push for a bit more balance all round!

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)1 year 5 weeks agoDid the Dorset Coastlet Audax

    Did the Dorset Coastlet Audax on the Sunday, to avoid the Wiggle Ride; Dorset a much friendlier place to ride, even had cars giving way to let us across major roads. More hills too!