• 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoRegarding bicycles being more

    Regarding bicycles being more likely to aquaplane if you reduce tire pressure, this is absolutely not the case.

    Yes, it's possible to go fast enough that the rate in which the water is sliced through drops below the rate the water can actually be moved aside. In this situation the tire has nowhere to go but up, and so will aquaplane.

    But in bicycles this speed is around 200 mph. In cars, it's much lower as car tires are flat, so it's much more difficult for the water to get out of the way. So the speed of aquaplaning is around 40 or so mph, depending on the tire design, car weight, etc.

    The old wives' tale you're referring to is the belief that bicycles will aquaplane in the first place.

  • How did I not know about this?1 year 11 weeks agoHis was a remarkable

    His was a remarkable achievement, although the spin put in from the journos is a little off the mark. He rode a quality Reynolds 531 frame with good quality gearing that matched his actual speeds well, so although its easy to be seduced by extra gears and losing weigh from the bike they don't actually translate to massive gains on the road. This said I reckon his old tyres would run slower than up to date designs, and the road conditions were certainly worse than we would have nowadays.

    Even now the audax mob will sway towards a steel steed as it gives you long term anti-fatigue riding (along with Ti) and I believe its comfort and fit which dictate long distance performance.

  • Boardman launch 2014 Elite Series1 year 11 weeks agoCan i just say, as a 100%

    Can i just say, as a 100% heterosexual man, how much i love Chris Boardman?
    He is a truly exceptional human being.

    Those CXR bikes are rather lovely too.

  • CX 36/46 MEGAEXO to Compact 34/501 year 11 weeks agoI'm just using the bike for

    I'm just using the bike for commuting Jack but that sounds like good advice and not to expensive. Many thanks to you both.

  • CX 36/46 MEGAEXO to Compact 34/501 year 11 weeks agoThank you Paul. I think that

    Thank you Paul. I think that is what I will do.

  • CX 36/46 MEGAEXO to Compact 34/501 year 11 weeks agoShould be a 110 bcd chainset,

    Should be a 110 bcd chainset, so changing chainings is eminently possible. FSA rings usually have the bcd clearly marked on them, so simply check that before buying replacements. As Paul says, you'll need to reseat the front mech upwards.

    Forget about bb30 on that frame though. It is possible, but pointless.

    HOWEVER... Whilst you've got the chainset off, take the Megaexo bottom bracket off and bin it. They truly are shockingly bad. Putting them on a CX bike is laughable as the seals seem to be made of bog roll.

    Take your pick of Hollowtech 2 bottom brackets as a replacement as almost any over a tenner will be miles better than the FSA.

  • Front Light for Really Dark Nights _ Any Recommendations??1 year 11 weeks agohope vision one isn't really

    hope vision one isn't really 'toss'. slightly overegging your pudding there, but don't let that stop you.

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoUsually strip and grease the

    Usually strip and grease the pivot bolts on my brake calipers to stop them getting crudded up and sticking on which can be a complete PITA.

    Can emphasise to much about cleaning wheels. I have learned that the hard way having being told that my wheels could not be trued because the spokes had fused onto their nipples.

    Like the article says, it's also worth remembering clean your chain before you lube it or the crud on it can act as a rather handy grinding paste for wearing down the rest of your drivetrain.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 11 weeks agosodit wrote:Flippin ek the

    sodit wrote:
    Flippin ek the same old crap yet again I'm off to have a crap its going to be a lot more fun than trawling through the same old arguments and rants again, but before I go here's my 10 penneth aka rant.

    Get used to the idea folks, seat belt are compulsory so are motor cycle helmets, eventually so will cycle helmets!

    WHY because people seem to think its everybody else's fault when they have an accident ITS YOUR LIFE be responsible for it, assume every motorist is out to get you! That's how I ride my bike and my motorcycle and funnily enough I drive my car the same as well. Is it going to stop some dozy tit pulling out in front of you NO but if your ready then maybe you have a chance to slow, avoid or get off before impact and wearing a helmet might save your life. I agree when a 32 ton truck turns left over you even wearing a car probably isn't going to save your life

    Large vehicles have blind spots remember it and live.

    People make mistakes, cannot be bothered or are just crap at controlling there vehicle remember that and live.

    Do I agree with compulsory helmet laws no, will it happen? Probably if people don't start to take responsibility for there actions and I mean vehicle drivers and cyclists, if not then the government will.

    Rant over you can all wake up now and I'm off as I really need a crap Cool

    It sounds like you've already gotten rid of all of it. Fully admitting you can't be arsed to consider anyone else's opinion but vomiting your own on the screen anyway.

    And can you please explain this laughable assumption that "everyone is out to get you?" If that were true, no helmet or roadcraft would help. So what's the point?

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 11 weeks agoMy daughter picked up a bike

    My daughter picked up a bike from Evans a couple of weeks ago, because her firm are tied into Evans for the Bike to Work scheme.

    Yes, there were a few assembly niggles; I had to sort out the bearings, retrue one of the wheels, adjust the headset, fix the mudguard, replace the seat bolt and seat both tyres properly, but I'm pragmatic about it. A couple of hours in my workshop were a lot less hassle than a protracted situation at the store.

    At the end of the day, staff at Evans are hardly the bastions of bicycle knowledge. If they were then they'd find better wages elsewhere, wouldn't they? So go easy on them. And no shop assistant likes a smartarse customer asking patently complicated questions.

    Do your homework, know what you want so you can just point to the bike you want, keep your receipt, take your bike back for anything serious, but just accept that what you're buying into is only one step up from buying a partly assembled bike in a box.

    For many customers, especially ones who would be intimdated by staff at a LBS, Evans is all they really need, at least for their first bike.

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 11 weeks agogareth2510 wrote:My

    gareth2510 wrote:
    My observation was due to the amount of riders I see riding with a helmet as opposed to those who dont points to my opinion that a law wouldnt change much. If you already use your bike to get to work etc and a law comes in saying you must wear a helmet, would you stop riding your bike and jump in a car? Some how I think probably not.

    Your comment regards wristbands lets you and all of your observations down.

    You don't need to think. You need to look at places who already have done it. Large numbers of people did. Evidence over-rules what you *think*

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 11 weeks agogareth2510 wrote:My

    gareth2510 wrote:
    My observation was due to the amount of riders I see riding with a helmet as opposed to those who dont points to my opinion that a law wouldnt change much. If you already use your bike to get to work etc and a law comes in saying you must wear a helmet, would you stop riding your bike and jump in a car? Some how I think probably not.

    Your comment regards wristbands lets you and all of your observations down.

    Most of the people I see wearing helmets and hi viz seem to cycle in the gutter rather than take the road or hop up onto the foot path. I actually had another cyclist tell me off for using primary. Meanwhile he had been cycling on the yellow lines!!

    Edit - should have made it clearer they will hop on to the footpath rather than take the road

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoWhat aload of rubbish mate.

    What aload of rubbish mate. So how many miles do you do before you have to replace the cassette, chain, front chain rings and jockey wheels. If you take your logic just never clean or maintain your bike to save money to buy a whole new bike to replace the one that is worn out by no maintainance.

  • Vasectomy and Cycling1 year 11 weeks agolazyslug wrote:I had the snip

    lazyslug wrote:
    I had the snip years ago, got on the bike too soon and ended up with a pair of coconuts. You have been warned!

    that sounds like a bonus to me …. shaved and massive Laughing

  • CX 36/46 MEGAEXO to Compact 34/501 year 11 weeks agoI think you should be just

    I think you should be just able to change the rings as long as you get one with the same bolt centres. Don't for get to raise your front mech.

    Not sure on the BB as I have never had the pleasure of taking a Colnago to bits, but suspect you can't as BB30 is a larger diameter to Megaexo and BB30's are press fit as opposed to screw in. (It all depends on the bottom bracket shell).

    have fun,

    Paul

  • Wiggle rides into Twitter storm over 'make helmets compulsory' blog1 year 11 weeks ago@John Stevenson - to respond

    @John Stevenson - to respond to a couple of points you've made in reply to me -

    The point about why helmet manufacturers haven't been sued - you omitted the context which was @Ush suggesting helmets act as a lever on the spine, and by implication this makes them more dangerous than not wearing one at all. Sorry, but I do not think this is true. If it was, manufacturers would have been sued for millions. And they haven't. I'm aware that manufacturers go to great lengths to put disclaimers on their helmets, but that's not the point here

    The other point you made about my assumption being wrong - that all of us want to cycle safely on the road - (because you, in fact, want separate cycling infrastructure). Well, we are on ROAD CC. It's a forum about ROAD cycling with whom you are employed. Surely it is a safe assumption that you wasn't to cycle on the road and do it safely.

    I think you've made some great points, and very well argued, but at times, you and other anti-helmet campaigners are coming across as obtuse. As for accusing me of 'just being here for the finger exercise', well, it's a forum. What else would you have me do? Am I to feel bad for expressing an opinion?

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks ago"the sealant will react with

    "the sealant will react with oxygen and plug the hole"

    This isn't true. I'm not sure that I want to try to explain exactly how the sealant works without copying and pasting from a manufacturer's website, but it's related to particles that respond to changes in pressure (e.g. the point where air's escaping from a punctured tyre) and essentially pile up on each other forming a plug.

    It's definitely not a reaction with oxygen for two reasons. (1) in most cases the tyre's full of air, which is exactly the same as the air outside the tyre - just at lower pressure. (2) air is about 80% nitrogen, and 20% oxygen. Smile

  • GB women's pursuit squad can match men's times1 year 11 weeks ago"So, it seems likely that in

    "So, it seems likely that in a race that is longer, with more team members, the room for improvement is greater."
    Is that stating the bleeding obvious.

    I'd rather be behind them.....if you know what I mean.

  • Andrew Gilligan says cyclists may be safer without safety gear1 year 11 weeks agoDid anyone spot the

    Did anyone spot the "Lodnon's" typo.

    Wearing a helmet makes good sense as does high viz. I do the latter but struggle at times thinking "why should I" I'd like to wear black at times.

  • Dutch city Utrecht awarded 2015 Tour de France Grand Départ1 year 11 weeks agoIf French Cities are asked

    If French Cities are asked for Eu10M to host Grand Depart , what will outsiders be expected to pay ? Considering the extra costs involved in getting there and , i would expect a 50% premium ? Bearing in mind the novelty of being an outside France Location and the restricted number of opportunities available , could even be that Utrecht will part with Eu20M ?

    Has the TRUE Cost of " Yorkshire Depart " been assessed as Yet? Complaining about paying the " Policing Costs " , strikes me as a badly thought out " Campaign "?

    Will be interested to see WHAT , Yorkshire plans to do about giving " Para Sport " , publicity ( if any ) during the days of the " Le Tour"?

  • Andrew Gilligan says cyclists may be safer without safety gear1 year 11 weeks agoI've just dug out some photos

    I've just dug out some photos I took on the 1980 London to Brighton ride. I could only find two cyclists who were wearing helmets. Then I had a look at some of the pics I took on last year's event, and it was hard to spot anyone not wearing a helmet.

    I feel drivers give me more room if they see I'm not wearing a helmet, so I don't wear one. (I do wear hi-vis though).

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoI run Schwalbe Durano S tyres

    I run Schwalbe Durano S tyres usually at about 110 - 120 psi in the dry but 90psi in the wet. Grip is dramatically improved and very noticeable. A bucket of soapy water & a brush by the garage door helps to clean up the wheels too, only takes a minute to do a once over.

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 11 weeks agoGraymee2 wrote:I keep reading

    Graymee2 wrote:
    I keep reading articles and forum posts telling people to decrease their tyre pressure in winter to increase the size of the contact patch and therefore the grip. When I was at school I was taught a physical law that states friction is independent of surface area so decreasing your tyre pressure would not increase grip. Has this physical law been disproved?

    I have also read that bike tyres do not need aggressive tread patterns and dont aquaplane like cars because their tyres are thin and cut through the water to make contact with the road. So, reducing tyre pressure surely reduces this effect and increases the likelihood of loosing traction and grip. There are a lot of urban myths perpetuated and regurgitated in the cycling world and everyone seems to believe the old chap down the club who learnt what he knows off his grandfather.

  • Dutch city Utrecht awarded 2015 Tour de France Grand Départ1 year 11 weeks agoThat's the 2015 bike holiday

    That's the 2015 bike holiday sorted then. Applause

  • Evans cycles - the MacDonalds of bicycles?1 year 11 weeks agoThe thing with a LBS is that

    The thing with a LBS is that it can be intimidating for a beginner. When I decided to buy a road bike my first call was at my LBS where I found a couple of lean, wiry blokes in lycra discussing gear ratios they were planning to use on their 100 miles plus ride that weekend.
    Then the assistant bewildered me with jargon (that I now understand) and insisted on trying to sell me a bike that was £300 more than my budget. I realised that this was a world I was unready to enter.
    So I went to Halfords, selected a bike off the shop floor on the basis that I liked its colour and didn't feel that anyone was patronising me.
    2 years later I was able to buy a bike from the LBS confident that I knew what I wanted and what the assistant was talking about.