• New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agoWoh... not really thrilled...

    Woh... not really thrilled... something's off... Kind of liked the old look better...

  • Spoke keys1 year 10 weeks agoFWIW, those Spokey

    FWIW, those Spokey one-size-doesn't-fit-all ones are meant to be superior to the ring-shaped multi-size ones.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoPowys

    Powys

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 10 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:the

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    the actual layout of the site has barely changed at all. we've taken the carousel out and done quite a lot of work on the section pages, boxes, etc to make them more user-friendly, and signposting throughout the site is more consistent. oh, and it's not yellow.

    Dave - you've lost the stars and the yellow. Quite liked the carousel too. Perhaps more importantly we now have larger text (great for mobile devices, looks a bit Daily Mail on my screen - sorry!) Could you not use a Google or Cufon font for the header nav bars?

    I know this is complaining about change which is easy - but compare the front page with the old and they are different and it was the difference that made road.cc that little bit special to my eyes: http://web.archive.org/web/20130614231711/http://road.cc/

  • Road.cc new look discussion thread1 year 10 weeks agoSite is looking good, but

    Site is looking good, but where's the RSS feed link gone?
    I'm looking but not seeing it, I know that the feed still works but I'm moving from one reader to another and I can't add Road.cc

    At Wits End

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 10 weeks agoI hate these populist

    I hate these populist bull..... petitions.

    Pricing is set by what the consumer will pay, if that is 250 quid then it is 250 quid whether 20% of it is tax or not.

    Pretty sure I paid VAT on a replacement headlight for the car...

  • Bespoked show announces move to London1 year 10 weeks agoWoohoo! I'm delighted

    Woohoo! I'm delighted Smile

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agotook this one the other day!

    took this one the other day!

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agolooks lovely

    looks lovely

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 10 weeks agoJohn Stevenson wrote: Imagine

    John Stevenson wrote:

    Imagine if its staff were trained to understand, enthuse and serve beginner cyclists well and to talk to them not in the mumbo-jumbo of tech and features that specialist shops generally use, but in the *benefits* of different bikes, and why you really will have a better time if you spend £400 instead of £150.

    They will buy good bikes, not BSOs, go away and enjoy riding them. Some of them will 'graduate' to more specialist LBSes. That good first experience of the bike industry could help drive growth for everyone, and the training will put a big pool of service-orientated staff into the LBS labour pool, instead of the hyper-knowledgeable but lacking is social skills spotty kids you find at one extreme of the LBS range and the clueless minimum wage backpackers you seem find at the other.


    Couldn't agree more. But if that's the plan... They need to stop selling the real Trax/Apollo BSOs. If I go into Pizza Express, they don't have Chicago Town microwave options at the bottom of the menu.

  • Ex-world champion Philippe Gilbert takes on Belgian postie in one-off bike swap race (+ link to video)1 year 10 weeks agoLucky the postman wan't Matt

    Lucky the postman wan't Matt Bottrill, Gilbert would have had no chance.

  • Greater Anglia trains plans bike ban1 year 10 weeks agoThe day I picked up my bike

    The day I picked up my bike it travelled from Liverpool Street to Chingford on Greater Anglia. That line gets standing room only at peak, but it's ok at other times.

    Banning bikes outright is ridiculous. I'm going to write to my MP. Or Boris. Or someone.

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 10 weeks agoHere is my baby, And it is

    Here is my baby,
    And it is the only scott on here ATM!

  • Bespoked show announces move to London1 year 10 weeks agoI'm going

    I'm going Smile

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 10 weeks agoWhy has no-one pointed this

    Why has no-one pointed this out before! Great petition (for once), I'll be signing.

    jimmyd wrote:
    Yes it's clearly a luxury not to be hit by a car/pedestrian/bike that hasn't seen you in the dark. There is also VAT on Tampons - Ask your missus if she thinks they are luxury items!

    Somewhere in there, there's a joke about cyclists and tampons being stuck up c...

  • Spoke keys1 year 10 weeks agoSheldon Brown says "The

    Sheldon Brown says

    "The diameter of spokes is sometimes expressed in terms of wire gauges. There are several different national systems of gauge sizes, and this has been a great cause of confusion. A particular problem is that French gauge numbers get smaller for thinner wires, while the U.S./British gauge numbers get larger for thinner wires. The crossover point is right in the popular range of sizes used for bicycle spokes:

    U.S./British 14 gauge is the same as French 13 gauge
    U.S./British 13 gauge is the same as French 15 gauge

    Newer I.S.O. practice is to ignore gauge numbers, and refer to spokes by their diameter in millimeters:

    U.S./British 13 gauge is 2.3 mm
    U.S./British 14 gauge is 2.0 mm
    U.S./British 15 gauge is 1.8 mm
    U.S./British 16 gauge is 1.6 mm"

    Personally I would just go to the bike shop and see what fits good.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agogreat pics

    great pics

  • Abolish VAT on bike lights, says petition1 year 10 weeks agoYes it's clearly a luxury not

    Yes it's clearly a luxury not to be hit by a car/pedestrian/bike that hasn't seen you in the dark. There is also VAT on Tampons - Ask your missus if she thinks they are luxury items!

  • RaceWare Direct Go Pro bar mount1 year 10 weeks agothe nylon that this mount is

    the nylon that this mount is made from is a lot less brittle than gopro's own mount, and also the mounting method means it's in contact all the way around the bars.

  • Chris Boardman interview: Bikes, Halfords, Pat McQuaid & changing the world1 year 10 weeks agoFirst, many thanks to

    First, many thanks to everyone who has said kind things about this interview. I'd like to take the credit, but Chris is such a smart, engaging and articulate guy that I wa really just the typist.

    Talk of Boardman always comes round to Halfords, but I have to strongly disagree with Vulpine Nick here.

    I think an improved Halfords would the best thing imaginable for the UK cycling industry.

    Halfords accounts for 25 percent of the UK bike industry, and given that it generally operates in the sub-£500 price bracket, it's the first place many people encounter cycling retail.

    Imagine if its staff were trained to understand, enthuse and serve beginner cyclists well and to talk to them not in the mumbo-jumbo of tech and features that specialist shops generally use, but in the *benefits* of different bikes, and why you really will have a better time if you spend £400 instead of £150.

    They will buy good bikes, not BSOs, go away and enjoy riding them. Some of them will 'graduate' to more specialist LBSes. That good first experience of the bike industry could help drive growth for everyone, and the training will put a big pool of service-orientated staff into the LBS labour pool, instead of the hyper-knowledgeable but lacking is social skills spotty kids you find at one extreme of the LBS range and the clueless minimum wage backpackers you seem find at the other.

    I've known a few people at Halfords for a few years now and I've never heard them as excited as they are under Matt Davies.

    A few people in Halfords have been talking about this sort of change for years, but the senior management was wedded to constant 50% OFF sales. That era is dead, killed by the internet. Now, you have to have service and to have that you hire good staff, train them well and give them reasons to stay. Davies did that at Pets R Us; I can't see any reason why he can't do it at Halfords.

    And if you doubt how much difference one person can make, look at the way Harriet Green turned around Thomas Cook in a year.

    May Halfords help rise the tide that lifts all our boats.

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoAutumn means the start of

    Autumn means the start of 2014 training -where the hard work starts!

  • Win a unique HOY Autumn edition bike with road.cc and Evans Cycles!1 year 10 weeks agoGospel Pass, last Friday

    Gospel Pass, last Friday morning.....

  • New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agomight strip the inside

    might strip the inside sidebar out of the forum pages. quite a lot of threads don't have tags so a lot of the time it's redundant

  • Greater Anglia trains plans bike ban1 year 10 weeks agoMy partner and I live on a

    My partner and I live on a boat and our bicycles are our only form of transport. We often cruise the Rivers Lee and Stort and make good use of the Greater Anglia trains in and out of London to various stations along the line (which runs parallel to the rivers).

    I have no problem with a ban on cycles on peak time trains, this is normal for nearly all rail services these days and makes sense given the increasing passenger numbers.

    We tend to arrange our work so we can travel off peak firstly because Greater Anglia like most rail providers has made good use of current national policy to increase their prices expediently and off peak is cheaper, and secondly to because we want to take our bikes even if only a couple of stations until we are within cycling range of London for e.g. Bishops Stortford to Broxbourne by train then cycle.

    I can safely say that we have never had any problem getting us and our bikes on board off peak trains and have never ever come into conflict with other passengers whilst in transit or at stations.

    I'm pleased to see they are intending to improve facilities for cyclists including the hire schemes which I am sure will appeal to many commuters but not us, however, I believe their policy to be a little contradictory and any further restrictions on either folding or non folding cycles unnecessary.

  • New Forum Look1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:can we put everything

    Quote:
    can we put everything back to the way it was?

    i'm guessing not, eh