- Newbie with lots of choices and cannot decide which is best!1 year 5 weeks agohampstead_bandithampstead_bandit wrote:
giant defy is disc brake on carbon fibre models only. the defy aluminium are all caliper brakes as before.
Ah righto, thanks.
- Newbie with lots of choices and cannot decide which is best!1 year 5 weeks agoTrek 2.1 will be nice, you'll
Trek 2.1 will be nice, you'll like it! Also, it's good that you're buying alu, because when you get hooked (you will!), you can demote it to your winter bike when you buy something blingy...
- Ted Baker launches "bike friendly' designer clothing range through Wiggle +video1 year 5 weeks agoOh, look. Another company
Oh, look. Another company that appears to only concern itself with bikes + men. But then it doesn't appear to be that great a showing so if you're thinking of trying to cater for women as well in the future you can stuff it.
(Wow, that came out a little bit more aggressive than I originally intended.)
- Woman who caused cyclist to fall off his bike and die banned from driving for six months1 year 5 weeks agoMy sincere condolences to Mrs
My sincere condolences to Mrs Hamilton. I hope she finds some comfort in the fact that at least her husband's death was deemed worthy of a court case.
James Darby, 44 was killed in identical circumstances in Beckenham and yet treated as roadkill. It was also inferred in the local press that he was culpable in some way as they reported 'he crashed into a stationery car'.
- Attention Towpath Riders: Canal & River Trust Sharing Towpaths Consultation Findings1 year 5 weeks agoThe signs on my local towpath
The signs on my local towpath say "Cyclists give way to pedestrians, Pedestrians look out for cyclists" which seems perfectly sensible and reasonable advice to me, just a shame a small minority of both parties ignore it. I feel all towpaths could be easily managed by one rule: Don't be a dick! maximum fine £1,000 or be pushed in the canal.
- Tour of Britain1 year 5 weeks agoWould be excited about my
Would be excited about my showing on Stage 1 but everyone else probably had the exact same guys.
- LBS bike service options - Is it worth it?1 year 5 weeks agohampstead_bandit wrote:trickyhampstead_bandit wrote:
tricky question to answer as the bike industry has made few concessions to retain quality bicycle mechanics as a long term career choice - for most, its simply not worth the poor conditions and low pay as a long term career choice.
That's changing, a lot of bike shops are subcontracting top self employed mechanics now on a 50% of labour charge basis.
- Ted Baker launches "bike friendly' designer clothing range through Wiggle +video1 year 5 weeks agoNot being from that there
Not being from that there London I can't see many keen bike riders being very comfortable going out dressed like that nor many keen socialisers being happy turning up in the pub or restaurant wearing that either, and is anyone really going to go to work in that kind of thing and sit in business meetings or teach their class or build houses or weld oil rigs or whatever all day in light blue rolled up padded shorts?
I know it's great that fashionable brands are doing these designs as it shows cycling has become mainstream and cool and everything and there must obviously be a market and maybe I'm just not down with the kids here but who buys this stuff?
- LBS bike service options - Is it worth it?1 year 5 weeks agoAs an independant mechanic
As an independant mechanic myself I encourage anyone who can to look after their own bike as much as possible. But for £35 including (Fibrax SS) cables I will fully service your bike and probably have it better than new and back to you on the same day. For a small extra fee I will come and do it at your house or workplace. For most people it's not a question of whether or not they can do it themselves, but whether they can be arsed for what they would save.
Now this is the same sort of service that you would get in a good LBS, maybe slightly more thorough as I treat every bike as if it's my own, it's just cheaper because I'm not paying for a shop and my only real overhead is my insurance. However when I first started in the bike game a service involved stripping down the bike completely, replacing every cable, brake pad and bearing, thoroughly cleaning and regreasing every part and generally making it so I won't see you again for 10,000 miles. I will still do this for £50 but you don't find it many places.
Do it yourself if you can, but if you're unsure how seek advice from an expert and bear in mind that my workload brakes down something like this.
10% of jobs due to crashing or physical damage.
20% of jobs due to neglect.
30% of jobs due to bad home (and occasionally shop) mechanics.
40% of jobs down to genuine wear and tear.
So don't be a bad home mechanic and try to fit a headset with a hammer, use your local mechanic for jobs which need specialist tools and leave the rest of the bad mechanic shit for people that buy bikes in boxes for £100.
- Woman who caused cyclist to fall off his bike and die banned from driving for six months1 year 5 weeks agoAirzound wrote:And the lessonAirzound wrote:
And the lesson from this sad story is - Don't ride in the door zone.
Get an Airzound as well.
considering how long the doors on some big cars are and how pressured by traffic folks riding on a lot of roads are there's always going to be times when riders are within range of a flung open door. you only need to be 'inside the door zone' by an inch to risk being hit - difficult to guarantee you're always going to be in the clear if it happens
not sure how the horn will help - do you beep it as you go along in the hope it will alert people to your presence or do you beep it in preference to trying to brake or swerve if someone opens a door right in front of you in the hope they'll shut it again before you hit it?
- Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy1 year 5 weeks agolevermonkey wrote:bikebotlevermonkey wrote:bikebot wrote:levermonkey wrote:
Road apartheid will only fuel resentment and hostility between different groups of road users.
Well there's a daft OTT use of language.
Really? A system set up supposedly to provide equal and separate development of different groups that in actuality leads to the advancement of one group to the detriment of all others.
I think the key word there is "supposedly". If your mind is already made up that segregated infrastructure is a ploy, then your mind is made up. Those crafty Dutchies, forty years advancing motorists and they've got away with it!
- Attention Towpath Riders: Canal & River Trust Sharing Towpaths Consultation Findings1 year 5 weeks agoEr...
Since canals are now
Since canals are now looked after by the Canals Trust, no one needs a permit to ride along them. British waterways ceased to exist in 2012, as did the much used, much loved and regularly demanded permit...
- deeper rim rear wheel?1 year 5 weeks agoThere are far cheaper options
There are far cheaper options than a zipp wheel. Try planet X, its a lot cheaper (£400-500) for a set of 52mm wheels. Check out their site. Also if you join a club then they should be able to offer some advice.
- Tour of Britain1 year 5 weeks agoAnyone doing the scores this
Anyone doing the scores this evening ?
- Ted Baker launches "bike friendly' designer clothing range through Wiggle +video1 year 5 weeks agoWe probably shouldn't have
We probably shouldn't have shot the jacket on a bike with a more upright position...
Just like the last jacket I commented one, a Vulpine one I recall.. Seriously, you guys are the kiss of death for anyone wanting to show their product in a sensible way.
There are jackets out there which are perfectly capable of being used on bikes and used as casual wear, but the way that 'designers' interpret this leaves a lot to be desired...
'Ave a word fellas
- Woman who caused cyclist to fall off his bike and die banned from driving for six months1 year 5 weeks agoseven wrote:I wonder whatseven wrote:
I wonder what would've happened if it had been a pedestrian flinging a lump of metal which was merely the same shape and size as a car door onto the road, causing a motorist to swerve/crash and die?
A young lad got three years in jail recently for throwing stuff from a road bridge over the A1. He did hit a lorry but nobody was badly hurt fortunately http://tinyurl.com/plvygln
- Cyclist dies after police car hits him – then reverses over him, say witnesses1 year 5 weeks agoI see your point, however I
I see your point, however I doubt many motorists visit cycling websites
- Newbie with lots of choices and cannot decide which is best!1 year 5 weeks ago@half wheeler
bulk of 'brands' made by Giant (cannondale, non-project series Trek, etc,) or Merida (specialized aluminium, etc.) or smaller vendors
most important when choosing a 'brand'? support from local dealer, and warranty terms to take of your ownership...
- Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy1 year 5 weeks agokie7077, segregated cycle
kie7077, segregated cycle paths are part of the way forward and with that i agree with you, however i do have a concern and this comes back to the british mentality.
If you are able to see yourself on that bike, or as a pedestrian you might bother to care, but as regularly demonstrated UK drivers are **** when it comes to sharing the roads. We have the on going issues in the new forest, i have a post on my Facebook feed where a race somewhere east anglia way had tacks on the road today and at least one rider hospitalised by the sounds of it. Today i had far to many dangerous overtakes, i witnessed motorists whinging that roads were closed for the local half marathon.
There is no give and take, there is no acceptance that other people actually have a right to use the roads. Even the whinging about lorries overtaking on the motorway and blocking car drivers.
With the attitude of motorists now and the times you get comments such as use the cycle path, even when it is unuseably crap! If the paths aren't perfect you might as well not bother.
- NeilPryde Bikes renames its Alizé bike following trademark dispute... with Specialized again1 year 5 weeks agoFurther news from
Further news from Specialized:
it has been agreed with the UCI that track riders in Derny paced events may no longer use the term 'Allez!' in communicating with their pacers, unless they are riding bikes supplied by and clearly branded as, Specialized (sic).
The counter command 'Ho!' is under review as it may be held to be a defamatory reference to Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard.
Similarly, the French national guard are being briefed in respect of spectator behaviour at all next year's UCI calendar events, especially the TDF. Only riders on the relevant American branded bicycles may be encouraged in the traditional way, on pain of fines and/or imprisonment.
- Cycle campaigners give thumbs up to new London superhighway plans – but not everyone's happy1 year 5 weeks agokie7077kie7077 wrote:
The countries with lots of cyclist segregation don't bear out your fears, whilst here in the UK were we have very little segregation, drivers already hate cyclists and drive badly around them. I think we have very little to lose and a lot to gain.
Exactly that, why keep raising theoretical concerns when this experiment has been done.
The danger isn't just the speed of traffic but the type and density. I find the roads in the centre of London much more dangerous than most of the national speed limit roads out in Surrey, for the simple reason they are packed wheel to wheel with buses, trucks and lorries.
In city centres segregation isn't just about safety, or rather the danger of speed, it's about reserved capacity. It's the same principle as bus lanes, though a bus will never find itself squeezed off the road in a battle of might is right. I've never heard bus passengers complaining about commuter apartheid when they have a nice car free lane. In fact I'm going to start calling these the VIP cycle routes, that's a much better description!
- Newbie with lots of choices and cannot decide which is best!1 year 5 weeks agoOh goodness just found same
Oh goodness just found same bike for £800 now at Cycle Surgery!
- Ted Baker launches "bike friendly' designer clothing range through Wiggle +video1 year 5 weeks agoHalfWheeler wrote:Why wouldHalfWheeler wrote:
Why would you wear special 'cycling friendly' clothes if you're only doing a mile down to the local independent, artisan coffee roasters?
F**king hipsters, honestly...
Do hipsters wear Ted Baker?
Plus maybe the local independent coffee roaster i a bit further away, or you want to ride to work (graphic designers need exercise too), or in to town to the gastropub.
Anyway, not sure why there should a problem with anyone on a bike or anything that makes them more likely to ride one.
- LBS Recommendations1 year 5 weeks agoAvoid Halfords
- Woman who caused cyclist to fall off his bike and die banned from driving for six months1 year 5 weeks agoAnd the lesson from this sad
And the lesson from this sad story is - Don't ride in the door zone.
Get an Airzound as well.