• Kansi - watch out?1 year 12 weeks agothey were originally

    they were originally distributed by Fisher Outdoor leisure, then I think they went direct. To my knowledge they've never been distributed by Madison

  • Kansi - watch out?1 year 12 weeks agoYaargh! Wrote Madison, meant

    Yaargh! Wrote Madison, meant Fisher Outdoor. Binna longday.

    Sorry, Madison, especially as you were so nice to me once at Mountain Mayhem. Sorrysorrysorry... Now corrected above.

    Thank you Gkam.

  • Kansi - watch out?1 year 12 weeks agoAs in Kansi, the folding

    As in Kansi, the folding bikes? Never have I heard of them being associated with Madison Thinking

    Depending on how you paid and if they are winding up, you will still be covered.

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 12 weeks agoI think the telling part is

    I think the telling part is the order in which the spokeswoman for Southampton Council puts “improve traffic flow” followed by “safety” in the sentence !

    Well I’m sorry to disappoint her, but if I ever have the misfortune of cycling in Southampton and that junction, any slowing of the traffic flow caused by me going through the junction (going straight ahead or turning right) in “Primary Position” ignoring the green paint, comes after my safety !

  • brakes on single speed/fixies1 year 12 weeks agoThis is like reading exam

    This is like reading exam answers by students who haven't read the question!

    I'd try the brakes it comes with, fatbeggar. If they're not great, you could upgrade, either the blocks or the calipers, later.

    Do try fixed as well, though - it's great fun! (And if you do, I'd recommend keeping both brakes, it's just safer. You don't have to use them, but they're there if you need to.)

  • CAAD8 or Volant 20/301 year 12 weeks agoI had a CAAD8 Tiagra a couple

    I had a CAAD8 Tiagra a couple of years ago; sold it, and have basically been regretting it ever since. Wonderful bike, I had more fun on it than the £2000 Carbon bike that preceded it.

    All the 6000 series alloys ride very similar: I actually prefer them to 7005, they seem to have a bit more life in them.

  • Genesis go carbon (but just the forks for now) and 28mm tyres for 20151 year 12 weeks agoJust to register as another

    Just to register as another person who will be disappointed if the new Equilibrium Disc can't take 28mm tyres and guards!

  • Rapha launch new Training & Racing range1 year 12 weeks agoI've got to ask the question,

    I've got to ask the question, is Rapha kit really worth the money? I love my funkier bib shorts and long sleeve jersey and Altura rain jacket and can't imagine what extra performance I would ever need or gain from such expensive gear.

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 12 weeks agoFwiw I went from an old

    Fwiw I went from an old campag (veloce I think) to ultegra 11 sp from Merlin. Lovely shifting, and I no longer try the wrong shift action when I change bikes.

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 12 weeks agoEvery current Shimano

    Every current Shimano 10-speed system is compatible with every other. So you can use cheaper wearing parts (cassettes, chains, chain rings) and splurge on the shifters, front and rear derailleurs etc.

    AFAIK you can't do mix and match crank parts with Campy.

    That said, I'm leaning to a Super Record gruppo on my next Bianchi. It's just the 'super' name. And it's lighter than DA. And both bike and frame will be Italian. I have Ultegra on the current one, it's fine and works well, but...

    I think you might start a philosophical conflict putting Campag on an American frame Wink Surely it needs SRAM.

  • .1 year 12 weeks agoWe should put a stop to this

    We should put a stop to this kind of thing.

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 12 weeks agoHere are mine. Sagan

    Here are mine.

    Sagan 40
    Boonen 18.4
    Avermaet 22.8
    Coquard 16.2
    Stybar 18.8
    Thomas 15.9
    Delage 4.9
    Zoidl 3
    Willems 7.8

    Total 147.8

  • Advice - Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset vs Campagnolo Athena Carbon Groupset1 year 12 weeks agoI think the 6800 is the way

    I think the 6800 is the way to go, great feel, precise shifting (which i have never experienced with Campag) and a plus is that the braking on the ultegra is IMO much better than DA anything campag have made. Plus you won't have to change everything for your bike.

  • Genesis go carbon (but just the forks for now) and 28mm tyres for 20151 year 12 weeks agoGood god man, how will elite

    Good god man, how will elite race mechs do quick wheel changes with thru-axles? Eh?

    WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE PROS?

  • Genesis go carbon (but just the forks for now) and 28mm tyres for 20151 year 12 weeks agoGood god man, how will elite

    Good god man, how will elite race mechs do quick wheel changes with thru-axles? Eh?

    WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE PROS?

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 12 weeks agoEntries close at 9am

    Entries close at 9am tomorrow, same time as the window for Omloop so get your teams in quick.

    Unfortunately I left the spreadsheet I set up on my PC at work so the first score update will be after both Omloop and KBK on Monday.

  • .1 year 12 weeks agoHave I missed the point?

    Have I missed the point?

  • Rapha launch new Training & Racing range1 year 12 weeks agobrackley88

    brackley88 wrote:
    notfastenough wrote:
    Weird isn't it? Tell you what, next time a new poster asks a forum question about what bike they should buy for less than £800, how about all the Rapha wearers (why not the Assoss/Castelli/Vulpine/Road Rags wearers? That stuff isn't cheap either) wade in with "Don't buy that cheapo stuff, if you can't afford at least £3000 then don't bother, take up running!"

    Would sound fairly bizarre, no? Not to mention obscene.

    In my humble opinion I did not see that as the tone of most the the 'Rapha wearers'....but may be misjudging if this is irony (sorry if so).

    I think the point is, some people can afford a £12000 bike, some a £50 bike. I like them all. I don't think the woman on the £12000 is a tool because she has an expensive bike. I think "hey, another cyclist...great, we have something big in common...and wow....that is a nice bike". I don't look at the person on the £50 bike and think "pity them the poor desperate struggler"...I think "hey.. another cyclist...great, we have something big in common".....I have a £300 winter bike, a £1500 Ti planet x and a £5k Wilier....it's just me riding a bike, having fun on all of them.....surely my fundamental status as a cyclist stays constant whichever I am on. I wave at all other cyclists (even those in team kit...I dont care, they are riding), I say hello to Granny's on on basket bikes..kids with stabilisers....if someone wants to draft me on an A road then so be it, if someone flies past me as I daydream of the pave I think yeah...looking good.....it's all good...love everybody.

    Same goes for kit...I have a good range of Rapha stuff and some great cheaper stuff...it's all good...I dont become worthy of the laughs or mocking of others based on my kit choice. It's just me, riding a bicycle, wearing stuff....it's all good, love everybody

    You're right, that wasn't the tone of the Rapha wearers- my point was to turn all the reverse snobbery on its head, because it's just ridiculouus.

    Part of the biggest irony, IMO, is that cycling is a relatively expensive sport anyway. Why be surprised when a few participants have cash to splash on luxuries?

  • Proper Purist Classics Comp1 year 12 weeks agoFor me Cancellara

    For me

    Cancellara 25.2
    Boonen 18.4
    Sagan 40.0

    Nuyens 3.0
    van Summeren 9.7
    Stybar 18.8

    Hushovd 23.7
    Adam Yates 5.1
    Rasch 3.0

    total 146.9

  • Vuelta a Murcia1 year 12 weeks agoMatysiak Machado Byron

    Matysiak
    Machado
    Byron Patricio Guama De La Cruz (Ecuaaadooorrrrr)

  • Essential cycling kit1 year 12 weeks agoI've used these and find them

    I've used these and find them okish as I commute there is plenty of left foot down at junctions and lights and unsurprisingly that one has secummed to duck tape to hold it in place. They have lasted about 4 months of fairly constant use 10 journeys a week. Not sure if this is good or bad really as I've not used any other make recently did have a pair of nw ones which were ok but suffered the same.e wear fait.

  • Shimano launch new road tubeless and disc wheels + road/trekking components1 year 12 weeks agoHi, Found

    Hi,
    Found this:-

    http://happymtb.org/2014/02/28/nytt-fran-shimano-2014-2015/

    Cheers!

  • London cycling less safe, improving too slowly says report1 year 12 weeks agoUsh wrote: You are absolutely

    Ush wrote:

    You are absolutely correct: you value your car and its use like the vast majority of people which use them. Your convenience, comfort and profit vastly outweigh all other considerations. Well done. Enjoy it. This is the world that you and those that think like you have created.

    .

    K I will thanks. It sounds like we've created a pretty decent one on the whole, and we'll probably work out how to make it even better.

  • Genesis go carbon (but just the forks for now) and 28mm tyres for 20151 year 12 weeks agoThe truth is that

    The truth is that technological progress in road bike design is hopelessly stifled by the UCI. Mid-priced mountain bikes and soon pedelecs will make £6000 road bikes anachronisms even before the latter leave the showrooms. Take f.i. the discussion about tires: my 29 inch mtb is shod with 2.1 inch tires. This wheel/tire combination is massively larger in diameter than the 700c wheels shod with 28mm tires of my road bike (and yes I have been riding on 28mm rubber for many years for all the good reasons cited). Once mtbikers discovered the benefits of larger wheel diameters, the industry switched almost overnight from the random 26 inch wheel format to the 27.5 and 29 inch formats. No UCI to block progress! It is obvious that road bike design would benefit inmensily from a new larger disk-brake, thru-axle, broad rim carbon wheel/ tubeless tire format to fully exploit wind cheating possibilities, more comfort, faster rolling and increased safety, with virtually no increase in rotating mass. The downside? None. Long live the UCI! Long live bigotry and backwardness!

  • Southampton City Council “satisfied” with “innovative” junction + video of riding through it1 year 12 weeks agoThe, perhaps minor, point

    The, perhaps minor, point that gets me with these sort of junctions is the cyclist must wait for 2 sets of light changes if they are turning, vs the one change required by motorists.

    It isn't so bad in this video as it appears to be only one sequence (i.e. the second light changes not long after you get to it) but I have an intersection of my commute where I have to wait for 2 sequences before eI have made it to the other side of the intersection. Cars, of course, get to go through the whole way on the first green light.

    (I obviously live somewhere with cyclist lights and compulsory paths)