• Advice on climbing bike 5k-6k1 year 7 weeks agoMy LBS stocks Parlee

    My LBS stocks Parlee http://www.velocity44.com/products.php?plid=m20b93s6p3819&tbv=PARLEE_Z5i... and if I was spending that much on a bike, I'd seriously consider something quite niche. I'd also look at Cervélo's (having a soft spot for them) but by they're becoming more ubiquitous these days (probably due to the aforementioned LBS also being a stockist! Big Grin ) The Focus is by all accounts absolutely stunning to ride.

    1. What's on offer at your local shop.
    2. Can you get a proper bike fit there to determine if the bike will fit.
    3. Are you going to be happy with it long term.

  • Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride1 year 7 weeks agoI disagree

    I disagree

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoadrianoconnor wrote:Me too.

    adrianoconnor wrote:
    Me too. In fact, I once got a camera for using on my commute, as a gift from somebody who really meant well, but I won't use it. When I'm riding:

    #1 priority is to stay safe, and arrive in one piece
    #2 priority is to enjoy the ride (which includes riding fast and getting PBs, of course)

    Dwelling on dangerous behaviour won't help either of those goals, and if I get knocked off, the new #1 priority would be 'getting back on the bike' -- it would absolutely not be 'getting revenge on the driver' (which would be even more all-consuming than posting video of near-misses).

    And when I do get cut up by a driver who mis-judges how quickly I'm approaching, or when someone passes by too close, I just let it go. Even when I'm queuing in traffic and a car is beeping me to get out of the way (bizarrely happens once every few months on the same stretch of road -- the cars never, ever have anywhere to go -- we're literally queuing through the city centre), I'll just give the driver a big smile and a thumbs up before disappearing off down the road.

    My priorities are exactly the same, but the camera is a great idea purely to dispel the "my word against yours" scenario in the event of an incident. Brilliantly, you can even combine it with use of Strava (or whatever). Thus:

    Angryman: "You came out of nowhere, weaved all over the road, and were going far too quickly!"*
    You: "Nope."

    Police or the courts get involved, and you turn up with video evidence, GPS logs of your speed, and a smug grin.

    A happy byproduct is that it also makes me swear less, since I let the camera do it's job and I don't get as angry. I've never even transferred any footage to my laptop except when testing the camera angle and position, and certainly haven't uploaded to the web.

    *Insert expletives as necessary! Smile

  • Advice on climbing bike 5k-6k1 year 7 weeks agoNo offence taken but yes I'm

    No offence taken but yes I'm genuinely doing this, tried many different bikes recently, not impressed with 11sp or any mechanical setups after using ultegra 10sp di2 for a long time. It's not as simple as your making out, I suppose I'd like to try buying a frame and choosing my own components but I'd never make my mind up!

    I'm not judging people who spend under £1,000 on a bike, there is plenty of choice for them, loads of different reviews, upgrade potential. Sorry but I'm just seeking some thoughts/opinions/advice on dura ace di2 11sp in particular. I know a few people who have bought a bike and are unhappy with it for various reasons, sizing etc, I'm just trying to make sure that's not me.

  • Video: East Belfast bandsmen in 'Pink Lycra' tribute to Giro d'Italia1 year 7 weeks agoVery good , nice to see a bit

    Very good , nice to see a bit of humour added to the proceedings, there will obviously be a Republican response in the near future to look forward to!!

  • Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride1 year 7 weeks agoPaul M wrote:Garbage in,

    Paul M wrote:
    Garbage in, garbage out. You only have to look at Strava's "heat map" across northern Europe to see what garbage it produces. It suggests that the UK is a more active cycling nation than the Netherlands which is palpable nonsense. I even suggests that there is more cycling in the UK - by a wide margin - than in France, and even at the level of weekend sports riding that is a nonsense as anyone who has driven a French road can attest.

    Lord help us if this rubbish gets used to inform local authority investment decisions.

    Amen to that.

    It's a heat map of MAMILs not cyclists. End of.

  • can anyone see my posts, me and northstar muted?1 year 7 weeks agoAnd still no response from

    And still no response from any pm or this thread from a true admin , even with forumites saying something needs to be said or done lol

  • Buyer’s Guide to Saddles1 year 7 weeks agoNo SMP saddles - criminal !

    No SMP saddles - criminal !

  • Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride1 year 7 weeks agoGreat that Strava are pushing

    Great that Strava are pushing these towards councils - HIGHLY COMMENDED !!!

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks agoSky could do a lot more...ok,

    Sky could do a lot more...ok, British cycling are slowly pulling people in and the people are just great super super optimistic about cycling which nearly makes ya eyes water! but Sky, massive team...what has football done with mass-money pointing towards the iconic BIG CAR done for motoring ?? - a bloody LOT.

    And the attitude that goes with it!

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoThose last two overtakes were

    Those last two overtakes were pretty scary... the lorry as bad as the coach really.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoThat last one still kills me'

    That last one still kills me' - puts me on the floor... Rolling On The Floor

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agoBrilliant idea, well done

    Brilliant idea, well done Embra Cooncil!!!! Its all about Education Education, Education.

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agoMake them do their "cyclist's

    Make them do their "cyclist's perspective" riding in morning and afternoon rush-hours. make them do it again in winter in rush hour, when it is dark.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoYork drivers mistakes -

    York drivers mistakes - shrugged off as normal.

    York cyclists mistakes - cause outrage and ranting in papers.

    "can we have better infrastructure, or tougher penalties for drivers?"
    NO - you need to get your own house in order.

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoHis bike one was all over the

    His bike one was all over the national press. We should not be rewarding him with this coverage (and I suspect he is aware of the coverage and feels excited about it) unless this one gets the same national coverage, as he intended. At least that way we'd not be irritated by the memory of his unhelpful naivety.

  • Video: East Belfast bandsmen in 'Pink Lycra' tribute to Giro d'Italia1 year 7 weeks agogreat irish humour

    great irish humour

  • Video: East Belfast bandsmen in 'Pink Lycra' tribute to Giro d'Italia1 year 7 weeks agoHa, ha, ha!

    Ha, ha, ha!

  • 38mm Far Sports Carbon Wheels: Update #11 year 7 weeks agofukawitribe wrote:Sorry

    fukawitribe wrote:
    Sorry should qualify that - just talking about the tyre system weight here, not the rim etc.

    The other thing that you have to bear in mind when considering weight (unless you have a support vehicle) is that a spare tub is heavier than a spare tube (or even 2 spare tubes).

  • Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers1 year 7 weeks agoMe too. In fact, I once got a

    Me too. In fact, I once got a camera for using on my commute, as a gift from somebody who really meant well, but I won't use it. When I'm riding:

    #1 priority is to stay safe, and arrive in one piece
    #2 priority is to enjoy the ride (which includes riding fast and getting PBs, of course)

    Dwelling on dangerous behaviour won't help either of those goals, and if I get knocked off, the new #1 priority would be 'getting back on the bike' -- it would absolutely not be 'getting revenge on the driver' (which would be even more all-consuming than posting video of near-misses).

    And when I do get cut up by a driver who mis-judges how quickly I'm approaching, or when someone passes by too close, I just let it go. Even when I'm queuing in traffic and a car is beeping me to get out of the way (bizarrely happens once every few months on the same stretch of road -- the cars never, ever have anywhere to go -- we're literally queuing through the city centre), I'll just give the driver a big smile and a thumbs up before disappearing off down the road.

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks agoIt is correct to say that it

    It is correct to say that it will never be built. They might paint some lines or put up some signs, or even paint the tarmac blue as per London's cycling "superhighways". However, real infrastructure requires building. This is the bit that will not happen.

    Shortly after the triumphant launch of a few km of white lines up the side of death-trap roads, immediately after the Tour, riders will notice that the areas supposedly reserved for their use is full of parked cars, vans etc.

    Then they will notice that it is neither cleaned nor maintained.

    After 3 to 5 years the logos of bicycles and the lines themselves will be wearing away, caused by innumerable cars, buses and lorries driving on them. Neither the council nor the cops will do anything about this.

    By this time, several people on bikes will have been run over within the "cycle paths", often by drivers overtaking and turning left across them, the cause of which is a combination of the fact that the "facilities" will not be segregated from traffic, and the fact that the drivers simply don't care and all know full well that their actions will go unpunished by the cops.

    Despite this, the council(s) will massively congratulate themselves on the enormous "improvements" they have so benevolently and generously deigned to dribble down to the lowest of the low of road users, the helpless saps that choose pedals. They may even have the downright cheek, the sheer brass neck to mention the Netherlands, as if to imply that any bike path Leeds has ever built or planned is even remotely comparable to the average Dutch "fietspad", even one designed in the 80s.

    No change in modal share will be measurable (although some will be made up in fictitious figures labelled in the small print as "traffic models" or "predictions".

    How do I know this? This is what has happened before and is happening right now with other suicidally dangerous, badly designed or unmaintained cycle "facilities" in Leeds.

    Get someone from the Société du Tour on the phone and have a listen to how the French pronounce the phrase "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose".

    Leeds is the city that broke me. I was a devoted, obsessive bike rider. I abjectly refused to drive, insisting on going from anywhere to anywhere else in Leeds by bike. The desperately bad reality of "The motorway city of the seventies" (and eighties and nineties and noughties and today) made me absolutely refuse to ride in the city, ever again.
    So what will it take to get the ordinary citizen to sling their leg over a bike and ride to the shop, to school, to work, or (shudder) into the centre? It will take a very, very great deal more than what very, very little the council will "build".

  • Advice on climbing bike 5k-6k1 year 7 weeks agoDon't take this the wrong

    Don't take this the wrong way, but wasn't it you that posted recently having gone from Ultregra Di2 to Dura-Ace mechanical, then bought Di2 again? And now you're looking at this? Don't misunderstand me, if you've got the cash, you spend it how you want and don't let anyone tell you different (and what lovely things to spend it on! Big Grin ), but are you geniunely doing this?

    I suppose the reason I ask is that while it's entirely reasonable to see many "what bike for a grand?" threads, I'd expect someone who is in the market for something like this to understand their requirements and preferences to such a degree that the bike will pick them rather than the other way round. (e.g. My intended style of riding + required geometry + preferred materials/components etc, + nice paintjob = bike x).

    Apologies if I've mistaken you for someone else, or similarly, if I've been presumptious about your method of buying bikes.

  • Leeds responds to Lizzie Armitstead’s #ChooseCycling letter1 year 7 weeks ago"Responding to Armitstead’s

    "Responding to Armitstead’s letter, council cycling champion Roger Harington said: “As a council, we are firmly committed to making Leeds as cycle-friendly as possible.”"

    Contradicted by the fact that LCC is building another piss poor, obstacle-ridden bike path on the roll out road for this years TdF

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agoHuw Watkins wrote:Excellent

    Huw Watkins wrote:
    Excellent initiative

    If we could just get someone from up there to knock TFL's door and talk to them about their bus drivers

    And a mandatory part of getting a black cab licence.

  • Edinburgh council puts lorry drivers on bikes to learn cyclists' perspective1 year 7 weeks agoGo one better, make

    Go one better, make Bike-Ability level 3 and CBT a prerequisite for all new drivers and anyone who drivers in a professional capacity unless they are physically handicapped and couldn't ride.