• Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 7 weeks agoSimon E wrote:Nick T

    Simon E wrote:
    Nick T wrote:
    Roberj4 wrote:
    I updated my FSA Compact to a 50/38, (from 50/34) spot on for me.

    How is that beneficial, may I ask? You have the same top end but a reduced number of low gears, probably a good few duplicates as well. Seems like the worst of both worlds.

    Someone who doesn't anticipate riding up steep hills or is a strong climber may not feel the need for the low gearing with a 34 front ring.

    Also, perhaps you haven't noticed others' issues with a typical compact. Lots of people find the jump from 50 to 34 too wide. For me the triple's 39 middle ring is ideal for rolling terrain or steady riding (where I'd be swapping from 50 to 34 and back), while you still have a larger ring for more favourable conditions.

    Fitting a 38t or similar inner ring to the existing crankset would save the OP buying a whole new one (and possibly a new BB too). The difference between 50 and 52 teeth is marginal anyway.

    I have posted this chart before, it may help this discussion too: triple (50/39/30) vs compact (50/34) with 700x25c tyres.

    Good points here (thanks for coming to my rescue). I've been in & out of cycle racing over 30 years and I'm very much 'old' school 42/52 on my old Cad3 winter bike for training and racing in my early years. Very rare that I use the 52/50 tooth outer ring while training these days, it's 42t all the way for me.

    So to find majority of new bikes come with a compact chainset 50/34 is fine if you live in the Alps or the York Dales but (for me) even worse my new purchase (5 years ago) Cannondale has the dedicated BB30 shell so I'm stuck with this system. I like to use of a 34 tooth for hilly Sportifs around the Dales/Lake District but for every day rolling hills a 34 is a total waste of time and I'm not prepared to ride all day long in just a 50t outer ring (can't be that good for my old knees!). I'm not in a position to purchase another BB30 39/52 chainset (expensive, limited choice) that would also mean adjusting my front mech each time I'd change a crankset over.

    So to cut costs and hassle I switched to a 38t 110 BCD keeping the 50t which I find more than happy with pushing. 110 BCD 38/50 is great for every day riding and fast training, I've no problem keeping up with the younger lads.

  • Advice on my first road bike1 year 7 weeks agooh and for pedal stick to

    oh and for pedal stick to double sided SPDs, if you are commuting they are safer in my view and the loss of benefit is minimal.

  • Advice on my first road bike1 year 7 weeks agoif I was in your shoes right

    if I was in your shoes right now I would buy a cyclo cross bike, solid for winter commuting and put some decent tyres on it then it is good for summer roads and touring etc.

    I am going to get a boardman cx comp for next winter but you can probably get something a bit better in your budget.

    enjoy, getting a new bike is great fun.

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 7 weeks agoStupid question time, what is

    Stupid question time, what is wrong with the setup you have. Why do you want to change it.

    Which gears do you use, which don't you use. Do you notice any annoying gaps with the ratios you have, are you consistently changing between chainrings.

    There Is no point in changing for the sake of change, understand why you want to change then do it.

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoAnnoying. Oh dear.

    Annoying. Oh dear.

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 7 weeks agoYou don't live near any

    You don't live near any hills, so do you ever use your 34? If you don't, you won't use a 36 or 38 either.

    Are you running out of gears in your 50? If so, buy a 52, and a 36 to go with it.

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 7 weeks agoAlso there is absolutely

    Also there is absolutely nothing "dutch" about their redesign of the fountain roundabout, in fact it is a turbo roundabout making motor vehicle travel easier and everything else harder just like the one they have put in in Bedford.

  • Investment pays off for Evans Cycles with sales and profits up in 20131 year 7 weeks agoI can never quite make my

    I can never quite make my mind up about Evans. On a scale of an excellent LBS at one end and a really bad Halfords at the other, I'd put them in the middle. Saw an inexperienced person have 10min of chat with an assistant and 45min later he was going to walk out with a bike; the wrong one in my opinion. To the inexperienced, do LBSs just ask too many questions, rightly so, and appear intimidating, so they flock to the chain stores who get the benefit of their custom? Evans are open until 8pm which is pretty handy when you need something urgently.

  • Investment pays off for Evans Cycles with sales and profits up in 20131 year 7 weeks agohad an Evans open near me

    had an Evans open near me recently and I really can't figure it out. Lots of bikes, little in the way of clothing, odd selection of accessories.

    I don't mind ordering a bike for delivery to a store, but clothing, I want to see and feel. If I have to order it I might as well use google and see who is cheap and does returns.

  • Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands1 year 7 weeks agoAnother thing which hasn't

    Another thing which hasn't been mentioned I don't think is this silly cycling island thing over the river thames is completely unnecessary and will be of big detriment to the river and it's wildlife in general.

    I hope 100% that it never goes ahead.

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 7 weeks agoSo what's the best option for

    So what's the best option for me guys? Should I change the Inner Chainring to 38 while keeping the outer 50 or change both chainrings to a 52/36 to optimize gear ratio and shifting?

  • Celebrating the Grand Départ in steel: Pennine Cycles' glorious Tour de France jersey-themed bikes1 year 7 weeks agoThese are lovely, I don't

    These are lovely, I don't care if you all think im a Luddite, I don't remember a better ride than on a steel frame.

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoTook out Romain Feillu last

    Took out Romain Feillu last night on the basis I didn't think he could hack it in the sprint. Balls

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoheh heh, does that mean

    heh heh, does that mean Fouchard has already got me 22 pts today...

  • Fixie/single speed wheels1 year 7 weeks agoi use No Logo 50s and they

    i use No Logo 50s and they work great.

  • Can I install Standard Crank instead of Compact?1 year 7 weeks agoA quick tap of the set up on

    A quick tap of the set up on Sheldon's gear calculator reveals, with 50/38 chainrings on a 11 speed cassette, 6 combinations duplicated to within 2 inches of another, 4 of which are within half an inch.

    Not a great solution in my view, though I do understand the 16 tooth jump - something I pointed out a few posts earlier you may notice.

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoLooks like they are holding

    Looks like they are holding out for the final intermediate sprint points too

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agosimon F wrote:chrisdstripes

    simon F wrote:
    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Yes, Quemeneur is cheap as well so a few people might have some bonus breakaway points today. Getting towards the business end now, could do with something similar to yesterday, except with Meersman instead of Hofland...

    Meersman's going to have to do it from a Belgian hospital - seems unlikely

    Apparently he crashed into the back of a car

  • SRAM Force CX1 groupset launched1 year 7 weeks agoI like they have bought this

    I like they have bought this out at Force level, rather than Red, making it more accessible. Looks good.

  • Cycle satnav app now finds cycling clubs as well as bike shops1 year 7 weeks agoI do really like the leisure

    I do really like the leisure routes function of the Bike Hub app, where you can specify how far you want to go or how long you want to ride for and it'll work out a route.

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agochrisdstripes wrote:Yes,

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Yes, Quemeneur is cheap as well so a few people might have some bonus breakaway points today. Getting towards the business end now, could do with something similar to yesterday, except with Meersman instead of Hofland...

    Meersman's going to have to do it from a Belgian hospital - seems unlikely

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoYes, Quemeneur is cheap as

    Yes, Quemeneur is cheap as well so a few people might have some bonus breakaway points today. Getting towards the business end now, could do with something similar to yesterday, except with Meersman instead of Hofland...

    EDIT didn't realise Meersman had retired. Real shame, I was interested to see if my sprinty purist tactic would work, but now I'll never know...

  • Paris Nice stage 31 year 7 weeks agoIts live on Eurosport today.

    Its live on Eurosport today. Home of cycling finally starts to try to live up to its name...

  • SRAM Force CX1 groupset launched1 year 7 weeks agoI run an Alfine 11 hub on a

    I run an Alfine 11 hub on a Crosslight pro 6 and it is overkill for commuting, a pain to swap out with a puncture, especially if you run mudguards and very heavy. I know the weight compares well when looked at in terms of a whole groupset but with stop start commuting in London i get to feel the weight at every traffic light etc. This is the ideal replacement and i can see its use spreading amongst commuters especially with disc braked bikes.

  • Investment pays off for Evans Cycles with sales and profits up in 20131 year 7 weeks agoEvans new business

    Evans new business model.

    Customer goes into the shop.... " have you got (insert just about anything)

    Evans; "im not sure, let me look.....erm, no but I can order it, it will be here in a week"

    Customer goes home and orders the same item from CRC and it lands the next day. At Wits End

    Ok maybe its a business model that gives them some growth, but I bet they cant sustain it, I would actually be very interested in knowing how many return customers Evans have.