• Vulpine Men's Original Rain Jacket1 year 9 weeks agoFixie Girl wrote:+1 to having

    Fixie Girl wrote:
    +1 to having an opinion on an open forum.. Applause

    No problem with that. But why make a criticism about something you're not interested in and don't like. He said he couldn't see the need for it. Why make such negative comments?

    North Star is miserable is my opinion.

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agonorthstar wrote:Neil753

    northstar wrote:
    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.

    I'm not. But I agree with him. Is that OK?

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

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

    Yes, but not every day in an HGV.

    Well are you saying sandwiches are the problem then? I'm being a bit obtuse. But where does it start and stop? I would like fresh bakeries too. But are you picking on them? How many bakery trucks were involved in accidents? Should you lobby particular industries for their non-essential use of lorries/HGVs. Seems a bit simplistic. But maybe I'm wrong.

  • Upgrading road bike1 year 9 weeks agoIf you're going to upgrade

    If you're going to upgrade the groupset, no need to go higher than 105. I have a 105 bike and an Ultegra bike and I can't tell a single noticeable difference at all other than looks. No need to spend a huge amount of money on wheels either. My Fulcrum Racing 7s don't make me any slower than my Ksyriums.

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks ago8o8 finch@m wrote:Cycling On

    8o8 finch@m wrote:
    Cycling On A Budget........

    Is it possible for "road.cc" to do some articles that show cyclists that do not have a big bank balance the best bargains out there in the cycling world. This should includes things like Bikes, Clothing, component upgrades etc. There are lots of good deals out there, it's just finding them. Laughing

    it is, although this thread is specifically about the fantasy game

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

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    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.

    Some fair points there, Dave. Certainly this technology will provoke many discussions over the next few months.

  • Suggestions/requests for the 2014 season1 year 9 weeks agostumps wrote:northstar

    stumps wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    zzzz.

    I hope thats directed at me, its been a while since you posted a derogatory comment and i'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor

    LOL and your obsession with me continues in comments section, no wonder you are (or claim to be) a pig, tragic, xxx.

    Don't bother replying because it won't be read but you probably will anyway ; )

  • Best Cycling Film or Documentary1 year 9 weeks agoI video taped the beeb's

    I video taped the beeb's Boardman v O'Bree documentary, I find it just as fascinating today as I did then. The homespun v the science, a real insight to men and their machines. Greatest moment came when O'Bree apologised to Chris after beating him in a pursuit semi final, magic.

  • Arthritis in the knee1 year 9 weeks agocheers matt - just bought the

    cheers matt - just bought the 'devil's claw' gel Devil will give it a go!!
    yeah - i realise ive got to cut-back with the 'profens'!!

  • World TT champ Tony Martin to go for Hour record?1 year 9 weeks agoThe hour record is alive and

    The hour record is alive and well again, great!

  • Freight Transport Association: Banning HGVs during peak hours is not the answer to cyclist deaths1 year 9 weeks agoIn this case I believe Neil

    In this case I believe Neil is right.

    Let's imagine they ban heavies from 7-9 and 4-6, where will they park up? Lorry parks will have to be created on the outside of the exclusion zone which by the time you add the extra travel involved will effectively stretch the exclusion time even further.

    What you will be left with is more heavies per hour trying to squeeze into London at the allowed times.

    or

    If you ban the biggest vehicle there is every chance you will need 2/3/4 smaller vehicles to transport the same amount of goods, is that a preferable situation?

  • 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..?