• Wheelsets - the basics?!1 year 10 weeks agoBear in mind you will need to

    Bear in mind you will need to take your cassette off your current wheels and swap it to your new ones, and fit the appropriate spacer if needed. You could take old and new wheel to a lbs and ask them to sort it for you for some cash would be the easiest way. You may have to fiddle with the rear dérailleur to get the gear changes spot on (YouTube will help).

    A secondhand set of aksium wheels from eBay or gumtree or wherever would be a decent upgrade, most likely £100 or there abouts. do a quick search on aksiums and your weight to make sure they are ok for your weight. Or a set of wheels built around open pro rims from eBay.

    Tyres are also a good upgrade, but then you start upgrading everything!

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 10 weeks agoJust to add to the very good

    Just to add to the very good post by tripod regarding an in case of accident panel perhaps we should compose a letter to government departments and MPs asking for concise clarification as to what is and isn't likely to be acceptable to a court where death and injury has been inflicted.

    If we are knocked off a bike but find the poor motorist did it accidentally as they were distracted by a really good joke on the radio perhaps then we'd know to wait for the ambulance in a quiet dignified manner rather than risking wasting police time with notions of a complaint.

    Preferably wherever this is possible we should make every effort to drag ourselves to a ditch to ensure other motorists aren't inconvenienced by our selfish but temporary blockade, we are after all guests on the roads and shouldn't outstay our welcome.

    Of course, if we wish to test the justice system as we were hit by a motorist attempting to use an untested excuse such as 'I simply couldn't be arsed to turn the wheel to avoid you' then the bolder amongst us may wish to consider a complaint, if only to determine if such an excuse needs to be added to the general guidance already acknowledged.

    This would save much time for the police and the CPS and define clear boundary between ways to hurt and kill people that are accepted as accidental from alternative excuses that warrant extremely harsh penalty, such as forcing someone to endure the misery and hardship of covering 2 miles without their car to a bus stop.

    Such hardship really is intolerable isn't it?

  • SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 10 weeks agoallez neg wrote:I'm not

    allez neg wrote:
    I'm not entirely incontinent in the workshop.

    It's always good to know there are house trained bike mechanics about.

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:Since the chains

    Quote:
    Since the chains contact area is far greater on the big chainring than any other sprocket or chainring, this is where the wear really notices.

    No it's not, the cassette wears quicker than the chainring(s) since the load is spread over far fewer teeth.
    Imagine you're in the 53:18 - a nice middling gear. The load on the chainring is spread over about 26 teeth (the half of the chainring ion contact with the chain at any one point), that same load on the cassette is spread over 9 teeth. Hence it wears quicker.

    Most cassettes show wear on the 16-20 teeth range first while the 11/12 and 25 (or whatever your lowest gear is) last longer since they're used less.

    I still can't work out if it's easier to clean it all regularly in the hope of prolonging it's life or ride the whole lot into the ground and replace...

  • Brighton's new bus and cycle lanes deemed a success for sustainable transport1 year 10 weeks agoWhile I like the idea, I am

    While I like the idea, I am still concerned about the times when the bus needs to pull into a bus stop.
    Are there the floating bus stops? Those golorious invention which have pedestrians snaking across a cycle lane, that also have the segregated lane behind the bus stop often too narrow for road sweeps and so they fill with leaf and other detritious.

  • Shimano Sora 3500 groupset1 year 10 weeks agoAl'76 wrote:With additional

    Al'76 wrote:
    With additional 10% Xmas discount you could a 105 groupset from Ribble and pocket £25.....or buy Sora Rolling On The Floor

    You can have a full Sora groupset for about £200 if you shop around. £379 is the list price.

  • Proposal to modify ASL zone - opinions wanted.1 year 10 weeks agoTurns out ASLs are good for

    Turns out ASLs are good for pedestrian safety too. There are stats online, on wikipedia ASL page iirc.

  • Government plans to roll out traffic courts to deal with low-level driver offences across England and Wales1 year 10 weeks agodrfabulous0

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    Quote:
    Justice Minister Damian Green said: “The safety of the general public is paramount, and we take road safety very seriously, which is why we have recently increased the sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving to 5 years imprisonment.

    Rubbish, the sentence is still nothing.

    and what would you need to actually get a 5 year, in reality 2.5Year sentence?

  • NIMBG - Not in My Back Graveyard: Plea not to build cycle path alongside cemetery in Denbigh1 year 10 weeks agouserfriendly wrote:"It’s bad

    userfriendly wrote:
    "It’s bad enough having a cycle path near our homes"

    Err ... what?

    That's what I was wondering, pity he didn't elaborate.

  • puncture/pump advice1 year 10 weeks agoI've got a Topeak Road Morph

    I've got a Topeak Road Morph for my tourer, that lives in the pannier and comes highly recommended. For my road bikes, I prefere the Topeak Race Rocket HPX. Both have flexible hoses, the Road Morph is quicker, being a mini track pump, but is also considerably bigger/heavier. For smaller/lighter, the HPX is very good, but takes longer to get 100 psi. I guess you pays your money and takes your choice.

  • 10 top tips for winter-proofing your bike1 year 10 weeks agoBad advice IMO. I dunno how

    Bad advice IMO.
    I dunno how many miles you ride, but unless you ride all the time in one gear only its physically impossible for your cassette to see as much action as the chain.
    The cassette is normally the last to wear, the chain is first and a worn chain (also called stretched, as the worn pins elongate the chains overall length) will fairly quickly wear out the teeth on the chain ring, normally the big ring as that's what you are mostly in. You will then experience noise, & poor gear changes up front.
    If you change the chain before it gets too "stretched" then you will avoid damage to the front chainring (which is typically more expensive than a chain, and also avoid damage to the cassette.

    Thinking about it, I bet you dont change from the big to little ring, or that you in fact only have one chainring and no front derailier and hence no bad front shifting?

    Since the chains contact area is far greater on the big chainring than any other sprocket or chainring, this is where the wear really notices.

  • Government plans to roll out traffic courts to deal with low-level driver offences across England and Wales1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:Justice Minister Damian

    Quote:
    Justice Minister Damian Green said: “The safety of the general public is paramount, and we take road safety very seriously, which is why we have recently increased the sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving to 5 years imprisonment.

    Rubbish, the sentence is still nothing.

  • Make cycle awareness part of driving test, says top motoring journalist1 year 10 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:There is a

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    There is a long term downward trend in road fatalities, which are now at about the same level as they were in the late 1940s when there was a mere fraction of the same number of registered vehicles on the road network as we have now.
    ...
    But look at the fatality rates from the 1970s or early 1980s, when there were fewer motor vehicles on British roads, and realise how far road safety has improved.

    That's all true, but there are multiple factors at play: 1. rate of incidents (governed mainly by driving standards), 2. number of vehicles/people involved per incident (governed by usage patterns, eg a motorway collision can easily involve far more vehicles than a B-road) and 3. severity of incidents (governed mainly by vehicle safety engineering).

    I'd speculate that although factor 1 is the interesting one, factor 3 is by far the greatest influence. If we were going to try to isolate the first factor, we'd look at collisions between four(-plus)-wheelers and two-wheelers, because the safety engineering for the latter (aside from helmet laws for motorcycles) hasn't ever changed significantly. You'd need to normalise it by the approximated number of passes, which you can guess at from total mileages of cycles and cars (ignoring that some roads only carry one or the other).

    I've not done that and I won't speculate on what the trend is, other than that I very much suspect once you remove vehicle safety engineering from the equation you're at best looking at a much, much less impressive improvement in overall safety.

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 10 weeks agoYeah, +1 to Sarah from me. I

    Yeah, +1 to Sarah from me.

    I think the baby kicking thing does have an element of plausibility to it, however I do agree with the majority here and think she should have got a ban - even a couple of months would have been ok, especially given that festivals are generally a summer thing, so the ban could be done and dusted before they really kick in so her livelihood shouldn't have been jeopardised disproportionately.

    It would have sent out a more positive message too.

    Internet shopping, lifts from friends (and the childs father?) and, shock horror, public transport and walking could all get her from A to B and make the inconvenience manageable.

    My licence took a 40 day holiday to Swansea back in 2001, for a minor speeding matter. I cycled everywhere or got lifts and it was hard as I needed to travel short distances several times every day for work, but I managed it and there was a lesson learned and I've not been caught speeding since.

  • New Forest Authority claims cyclists poo on village greens1 year 10 weeks agoIntae the wids amongst the

    Intae the wids amongst the trees.
    Tam bared his erse, his cheeks to ease.
    Nae sinner hud his breeks gan doon.
    Than shitty flees were swarming roon.
    Intae the wind he bared his baws
    And from his erse a big keech faws.
    The reek it curled amoungst the trees.
    ‘twis enough tae make the birdies sneeze.
    An’ a’ the bees on bended knees,
    Got sick a fricht o’ Tams big erse.

    Big Tam wis in awfy pain.
    It came oot his erse like a nine pund wean.
    Thur wis a tear faw fi’ his eee
    For a bigger shite you’d never see.

    Big Tams erse wis raw an sair.
    Says big Tam I’ll shite nae mair.
    Yonder it lay amoungst the grit.
    A dirty stinkin’ muckle shit.

    Yonder it lat si saft, si fresh.
    Nae een, nae teeth, nae brains, nae flesh.
    I swear it never drew a breath.
    Tams Muckle Turd. Smile

  • SRAM issues total recall and Stop Use Immediately warning for Red 22 and S700 hydraulic brakes1 year 10 weeks agoMy All-Time Top Cyclist

    My All-Time Top Cyclist Dinner Party Conversation Starters:

    Helmets
    Red lights
    Hi-Viz
    The Rules
    TT'ing on A-roads
    Riding two abreast
    Online or bricks'n'mortar

    And now, drumroll please...

    Disk brakes.

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 10 weeks agoMany, many more men get away

    Many, many more men get away with raping women than the number of women who get away with falsely accusing men of rape, if you want to shine a spotlight on the justice system.

    But my main objection I suppose was your phrase 'all they have really achieved is to open their legs'. This site is meant to be welcoming for all, so take your demeaning language elsewhere, thanks.

  • New Forest Authority claims cyclists poo on village greens1 year 10 weeks agoQuote:“Some of them go very

    Quote:
    “Some of them go very fast and it’s only a matter of time before an old person is hit by a cycle.

    Oh no! There is a potential for a collision, what about the collisions between people of all ages and cars? By this logic we should ban all cars, after all they kill far more pedestrians than cyclists...

  • Buyer’s guide: Waterproof cycling jackets1 year 10 weeks agoI'd say close but cigar-free

    I'd say close but cigar-free for your general introduction...

    The fabric is important, but not the most important. However wonderful the Super-Duper-Tex it's made of is, if it don't fit it won't be much good.

    Para. 3 is a bit at sea. A DWR is used in combination with a coating or membrane to stop the outer face getting saturated, because if that happens breathability goes down to around nothing. But the DWR isn't what makes the jacket waterproof. re-proofing is just getting the DWR back up to speed, it doesn't affect the fundamental waterproofing bit.

    Taped seams to be waterproof... yes, unless you've got a Paramo or similar jacket. It isn't technically waterproof as it will fail a hydrostatic head test, but it will keep you dry (which is the important bit) by the liner keeping the water away from your body. Bit warm for hard cycling outside of water but more breathable than any other waterproof system.

    No mention of pockets. Rear pockets are popular but if you use a rucksack or ride a 'bent they're no use and may actually make the jacket less comfortable. And if you're off the bike in a crowd they're potentially a gift to pick-pockets. I prefer front chest pockets big enough to stick a map in, others prefer no pockets, some just a small one on the chest, etc. etc. But it's worth thinking about what (if any) storage you want (why that Rapha means nothing to me, even if I had the cash).

    Hoods... never use them on a bike myself and don't recommend them on the road, but off-road they're liked by some and it can be handy to have something that works off the bike. If you want one and you wear a lid you'll need to consider how they'll work together.

  • Bristol Cycling Campaign Manifesto's success sparks council debate1 year 10 weeks agoI don't think the

    I don't think the commissioner is trying very hard to be impartial. In fact her comments make me think she's starting from a biased position and is making excuses on behalf of motorists. How does she explain the rage shown to cyclists with lights, or in daylight hours - let me guess, RLJing, refusal to use cycle paths, non-helmet wearing!

  • Wheelsets - the basics?!1 year 10 weeks agoI've upgraded the oe wheels

    I've upgraded the oe wheels in a couple of my bikes (road and mtb) and not regretted it - usually you'll get a weight saving and better reliability, and weight saved on wheels is normally something you'd notice.

    If you're riding hilly terrain then the logical thing would be to save weight. When I worked in a bike shop we used M-Part wheels from Madison a fair bit - shimano hubs, mavic or DT rims and a good standard of build all for a good price. Worth a look.

    I guess the first thing to do is assess what you have on your bike - you could weigh the wheels (the front one anyway as you'd not need to mess about removing cogs) and see what the hubs feel like - are they a recognised brand, do the bearings feel smooth? Are the rims ok on your wheels, can you feel a bump where the rim is joined?

    You'd not need to spend megabucks to get an improvement on basic oe wheels and obviously if you do end up getting a better bike in the future you may be able to use them on that too.

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 10 weeks agoNo, I agree - we don't. Now

    No, I agree - we don't.

    Now explain to me how it is 'sexist' to point out that women have enjoyed preferential treatment at the hands of the justice system, to the point where (to take but the examples of false accusations of rape and murder of partners), a situation akin to almost complete impunity has been allowed to develop.

  • Wheelsets - the basics?!1 year 10 weeks agoI have the Triban 3, and

    I have the Triban 3, and unlike most other people, still have the original wheels on. They are not that heavy in comparison to other wheels in the same price bracket, but it did find they needed a bit of love to get them rolling properly as the cones were to tight, and there was basically no grease in them from new.

    If your handy with tools, this is really easy to sort out, if not take them to a LBS and have them serviced.

    There is a triban forum http://triban3owners.freeforums.net/ that is full of useful advice, but for some reason everyone seems to have changed there wheels to RS10 or RS30's which is fine if you have the money to spend, but in my opinion, as I have said, there is nothing wrong with the stock wheels once they are dialed in properly.

    As far as weight is concerned, as I remember they are just a tad over 2kg, and to get any real significant savings on weight you will be spending more that the cost of your bike...for each wheel, and you may save 300-400gm, so about the same as 1/2 a bottle of water.

  • Proposal to modify ASL zone - opinions wanted.1 year 10 weeks agoAdding a 10 seconds cycles

    Adding a 10 seconds cycles only phase would add 10seconds to the cycle, not 40. Simultaneous greens from all directions works:look at the Netherlands!

  • Pregnant woman blames collision with elderly cyclist on kicking from unborn baby1 year 10 weeks agoFrom personal experience of

    From personal experience of working on festivals, any trustifarian with a double barrelled surname will never, ever, suffer from extreme hardship.

    Mummy and daddy wouldn't allow it.