• Just In: Garmin Edge Touring1 year 12 weeks agoI've had a Garmin touring for

    I've had a Garmin touring for a couple of weeks now and have to say I'm unimpressed. After owning a Mio 505 for a month before (only had to return that after I found the screen too sensitive in rain which made it useless for tracking rides or navigating in the UK winter - it was perfect otherwise and had far better spec/higher res screen) I had been a bit spoiled, the navigation on the Mio device was much better than the Garmin. The Garmin should avoid off road routes but no matter what options I select just about every course/route it creates includes off road sections (Rooley Moor road, Rochdale being one).

    In the dark or somewhere you aren't sure of and being routed onto one of the these routes on a road bike is frankly ridiculous. Great if you're on a cyclo cross or mountain bike.

    Although the Garmin can follow a course I've had issues with it if you join the course anywhere but the start, it's great when you go from the start and gives nice car like turn by turn directions.

    The Mio on the other hand has the option of navigating to the nearest point on the course and going from there. The Mio could also be setup to avoid off road routes.

    Plus points of the Garmin though are that I can use the touch screen with winter gloves, unlike with the Mio, which was not good with this but went crazy when raindrops hit the screen. I love the physical buttons for starting and stopping the ride. I love the compact size of the device. The out front mount (that came with it) is much better than having the device on the stem. Garmin connect is much better than the Mio PC software but I do miss walking into the house after a ride with the Mio selecting wireless sync with the broadband router and having the rides automatically upload to Strava.

    Basically I'd like the Mio with the physical buttons and same feel of the Garmin touch screen and a compatible mount. The Garmin seems like a lackluster attempt to catch up to the Mio 505.

    Don't know what the reviewer will think but would be interested to know if there are any ways around the routing issues, the would make me much happier with my purchase.

    Thanks
    Richard

  • Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Disc1 year 12 weeks agolocalsurfer wrote:Does seem

    localsurfer wrote:
    Does seem heavy, my 853 steel bike is 16lbs and a bit (although it is a teeny 48cm frame).

    But, it's in the ride. A good steel bike will ride better than a rubbish carbon one.

    But is this a good steel frame?

    Hi Ten Gas pipe and 953 are both steel, the rides don't compare.

  • Drivers oppose automatic speed control, says IAM1 year 12 weeks agoMcDuff73 wrote:shocker it

    McDuff73 wrote:
    shocker it wasnt true but its a damn good idea to get cars driving at the proper speeds dont understand why anyone would object to it unless they are all saying they want to break the law!?
    This sort of thing would make the streets safer for vulnerable users by controlling speed in urban areas more effectively than speed cameras and police patrols have been able to do previously.

    Agreed.
    My vote would go to any politician who announces that speeders in urban areas would get double points and double the fine. Speeding is far more likely to cause injury to innocent folk in urban areas. Traffic light cameras on every controlled junction to catch the jumpers.

  • First look: Volagi bikes1 year 12 weeks agoThat steel one is very

    That steel one is very nice.
    Price will stop me but its one of the nicest I have seen.

  • Strike ONE!1 year 12 weeks agoGlad you're OK. Nothing you

    Glad you're OK. Nothing you can do sometimes. Just keep an eye on the drivers eyes where you can.

    Today I had a HGV wave me through as I was travelling quicker. And another wave me across a junction. Some drivers are looking for you and behave with respect. But for the ones who don't, keep your eyes open.

  • TRP Hy/Rd mechanical interface hydraulic disc brakes1 year 12 weeks agoSimilar issues with me on

    Similar issues with me on lever throw. I've had the TRP HyRd for nearly 2 months now running with Ultegra 6700 levers on a compact bar. They were OK to start with but a bit underwhelming, I was hoping this was bedding in period. There was some improvement but as the pads have gradually worn the system has failed to compensate. Culminating in complete failure today pulling a whole handful of lever to not much effect.
    TRP have even issued a bulletin note on how to adjust them not using too much barrel screw and without "locking out" the system but for me this doesn't leave enough travel before I'm bottoming out the levers and that's with a lot of care to get the cables taught in the resting position. No shims or any other in line used.
    Anybody got any other tips? My confidence is rattled after today's near miss and bail out at a junction.

  • First look: Volagi bikes1 year 12 weeks agoMarmite looks. Somehow due to

    Marmite looks. Somehow due to cost they won't sell in great numbers so exclusivity is likely. Jury is still out for me.

  • Strike ONE!1 year 12 weeks agoThats why i was miffed at

    Thats why i was miffed at flying into a rage because im sure thats why he just drove off i'd like to just talk to him and explain the situation, maybe everyone should be made to ride a bike on the road to see it from the 'other' perspective.
    Glad your ok though fella.

  • Helmets!!!!!1 year 12 weeks agoor on a much safer cheap

    or on a much safer cheap car?!

  • Lou Reed on Bikes.1 year 12 weeks agoHow can this young athletic

    How can this young athletic hipster be dead?

  • Drivers oppose automatic speed control, says IAM1 year 12 weeks agoI would prefer not to have

    I would prefer not to have in-car technology force drivers to obey the law but let's face it, many of them won't do it voluntarily.

    Perhaps an alternative to speed control is to have a loud alert, like a persistent beeping tone that automatically adjusts so it it louder than any ambient noise. While you are speeding the annoying noise just keeps on going... do it with the windows down and everyone else knows you're doing it too.

    "Any further deterioration in the good relationship between police and public is to be deplored, but it is difficult to see how this could be avoided."

    Good relationship? So policing is determined by public pressure now! How about teaching people to respect the law? And what about the public who want more law-abiding drivers, lower vehicle speeds in urban areas and fewer fatalities?

  • THis is what we have to put up with1 year 12 weeks agoNorthernbike wrote:Anyone

    Northernbike wrote:
    Anyone expecting Chomsky-Foucault in the comment tread of a local rag like that is always going to be disappointed so don't be too disheartened. Those folks won't be leaving the house much so you're unlikely to meet them face to face.

    Not after dark, their tags will go off.

  • Giro Air Attack helmet1 year 12 weeks agobrackley88 wrote:It is

    brackley88 wrote:
    It is perfect for northern european riding outside of the summer as it acts as an 'Air Defence'. Yes, it is well ventliated, but it does keep the direct windchill off my head brilliantly and is going to be my helmet of choice until we have much warmer weather back.

    Exactly my experience! In summer at +27 it was sufficiently ventilated, small holes kept the bugs and bees out, visor is definitely more comfy than goggles sitting on your nose. In autumn rain, my head stayed fairly dry... and if it gives me some advantage on my TT and triathlon runs, well, that's a nice bonus!

    P.S. If you think that you'd look weird in it, just ask bystanders what they think of your lycra... Laughing

  • Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Disc1 year 12 weeks agoI have a scarily similarly

    I have a scarily similarly spec'd Cotic X, complete with the same XT M756 hubs - which are great, but boy are they heavy!

  • Drivers oppose automatic speed control, says IAM1 year 12 weeks agoFifty-seven per cent of

    Fifty-seven per cent of drivers feel that ISAs won’t have a positive impact on road safety

    Why would they trot out this garbage? It's meaningless.

  • MET office weather warning for Strava users1 year 12 weeks agoI can report that it rained

    I can report that it rained in Manchester, just like every day for the last month, nearly.

    St. Lou Reed's day, patron saint of the recovering addict?

  • Video: Thor Hushovd stars in Norwegian cycle safety clip1 year 12 weeks agoGreat video. Did show it from

    Great video. Did show it from both sides so quite fair.

  • THis is what we have to put up with1 year 12 weeks agoShould come with the standard

    Should come with the standard online warning - "beware, internet forums regularly contain nuts".

  • Strike ONE!1 year 12 weeks agoI got off very lightly but my

    I got off very lightly but my bike was a total write off having taken the brunt of the hit (I effectively just got ejected off it). I think the witnesses around were more shocked than I was. You're right though, it does make you more jittery but someone has to exercise caution and it doesn't appear to be car drivers under the current justice system.

  • THis is what we have to put up with1 year 12 weeks agoAnyone expecting

    Anyone expecting Chomsky-Foucault in the comment tread of a local rag like that is always going to be disappointed so don't be too disheartened. Those folks won't be leaving the house much so you're unlikely to meet them face to face.

  • Just in: Genesis Equilibrium Disc1 year 12 weeks agoDoes seem heavy, my 853 steel

    Does seem heavy, my 853 steel bike is 16lbs and a bit (although it is a teeny 48cm frame).

    But, it's in the ride. A good steel bike will ride better than a rubbish carbon one.

  • Edinburgh Council responds to tramline cycle safety fears1 year 12 weeks agoFair play for the quick and

    Fair play for the quick and proactive response too Applause

  • Lou Reed on Bikes.1 year 12 weeks agofarrell wrote:arfa wrote:Clad

    farrell wrote:
    arfa wrote:
    Clad head to toe in black, that'll get the high vizzers going Wink

    I did, briefly, consider poking that particular bear and thought better of it, that and him not wearing a helmet.

    Hey, this is Lou Reed after all. Having burnt the candle at both ends and lived to the age of 71, perhaps he should be the poster boy for the anti helmet viz brigade.....

  • Video: Thor Hushovd stars in Norwegian cycle safety clip1 year 12 weeks agoThank you for the hat tip -

    Thank you for the hat tip - when I saw this I thought, that'll look great on Road.cc news. And so it does! Seriously, we need a similar video here in the UK, would do wonders for driver/cycling relations. Imagine, Hoy, Wiggo, Cav, Trott, Pendleton and co in something similar? Certainly beats a poster campaign.

  • Lou Reed on Bikes.1 year 12 weeks agoTrain round the bend - Lou's

    Train round the bend - Lou's homage to watching sprint finishes approach