• 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agoIts a market research list.

    Its a market research list. Probably selling it for many £1000's. You have no chance of seeing the list...

  • Chinese Bikes1 year 12 weeks agoI also have experience,I

    I also have experience,I bought a wheelset from a website “diy carbon bike" , total take me 10 days to receive the wheelset , the wheelset has not quality problems,I think I was lucky .

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I did have

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I did have something up and took it down before you quoted...

    Oops!

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoI did have something up and

    I did have something up and took it down before you quoted and asked more questions Day Dreaming

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:You're right, I

    Gkam84 wrote:
    You're right, I said too much...

    Yeah... Sometimes it's better if we keep a lid on things like that... You never know if the people at PCS look at this site, see you yakking about it and decide, 'Nah, I don't want to do business with them... They talk too much... And don't seem to be able to keep our business dealings private' Blah blah blah... Good talk! Wink

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 12 weeks agocomm88 wrote:Every ride I've

    comm88 wrote:
    Every ride I've had in the past 5 years or so has involved at least one near madness encounter. Sometimes more.

    My sympathies, but in the last five years, and riding almost every day, I haven't experienced any "near madness encounter".

    Admittedly I'm extra cautious, often riding a quieter (but less direct) route, slowing right down when in town, only putting the hammer down when I'm well away from people and traffic, wearing a hi-viz, using cycle paths if they're half decent, staggering my ride times to avoid the rush hour, and often walking across a complex junction rather than cycling through it. I can honestly say that I haven't come across anything remotely close to a near miss.

    However, and this isn't aimed at you because I obviously don't know what riding you do, but I do see a depressingly large number of cyclists riding in a manner, or at a particular time and location, that give me the distinct impression that their day to day survival is purely a matter of luck.

  • Wiggle moves offline to offer bike repair and servicing at business parks1 year 12 weeks agoI wouldn't bet on that Neil,

    I wouldn't bet on that Neil, they have the infrastructure in place already, they have tools beyond what they could ever need.

    So all the need to do is employ some decent mechanics, cover their wages and thats it. Their overheads will already be factored into their existing costs.

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoyour right, I said to much

    your right, I said to much Laughing

  • Wiggle moves offline to offer bike repair and servicing at business parks1 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:That'll see a

    Gkam84 wrote:
    That'll see a few LBS in those areas struggling or giving up completely. As soon as someone that big moves into your market, you are screwed.

    Take heart, Gkam. Although the likes of Wiggle can sell parts cheap, they cannot possibly compete with rates charged by an internet savvy home based mechanic, a price positioning concept with which they are no doubt familiar Cool

  • Wiggle moves offline to offer bike repair and servicing at business parks1 year 12 weeks agoYes, I didn't mean to

    Yes, I didn't mean to criticise the article for linking the two together, it was a very valid point to make. I was trying to reel in my own comment which has gone off on a bit of a tangent about Rapha (as, I'm afraid, will this).

    And yes, it does make perfect sense. It's produced a company that irritatingly difficult to hate on any legitimate grounds (although that doesn't stop people from trying). They have completely nailed the market, which must have been quite a challenge for a new business entering into an industry so steeped in tradition.

    It's been quite an inventive and elegant bit of market nailing though. The business seems to have carved quite a unique hole for itself, rather than just trying to squeeze up alongside other established brands. It's spread itself neatly around the 'sport' and the 'lifestyle' elements of cycling, painted the whole thing in a neat, elegant colour scheme, filled in the gaps with soft-focus lens effects and softer-spoken poetry, and then wrapped it up in a tidy musette and let people pass it around. The coffee shop, online social presence, and organised rides keep the business dynamic and connected. As real as it is aspirational. It reminds be of bees spreading pollen. A flower so alluring that the bees can't help returning and spreading ever more pollen as they do. It's quite neat really.

    Anyway, I'm sure this site has seen enough talk about Rapha in its time (which is really testament to its effectiveness), so I wont continue any longer.

    Oh, and you're right about Prada - it's a touch more accurate than any Baked Beans analogies I can think of.

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I gave up

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I gave up reading after your final quote...

    Ok. Here's the rest of it with a few paragraphs edited out...

    You having said,

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I am thinking about setting up a site, either as part of roadcc game or on my own, to include historical race data
    in October 2013 in the Suggestions/Requests for the 2014 season, well, it made me wonder what PCS could possibly do that you, Gkam, didn't already know how to do. And it also makes me wonder if you, like PCS, wouldn't end up republishing already available information just like they do? Thinking

    Blah, blah, blah...

    I just wonder if you should even be talking about PCS and failed business dealings with Road.cc on the forums. I don't see Dave talking and complaining about it.

    Blah, blah, blah...

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agoNo one has mentioned that

    No one has mentioned that Giant make most of the other bikes Merida don't....

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 12 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:As a taxpayer

    KiwiMike wrote:
    As a taxpayer I'm happy to see my money go to make this man's life better.

    And I want to see my employees and their bosses - who clearly fail to manage force response policy - strung up by the nuts for causing this to happen.

    All too often Police kill or maim innocent people while responding to crimes or calls for help. Their *first* obligation is to get there without harming themselves or others. No point speeding if you end up not arriving at all. An emergency elsewhere is zero excuse to endanger others.

    I think he deserves the compensation. The police driver was negligent. But asvfor all the anti police crap that's nonsense. The driver was in the wrong but he was driving like that toward a shooting. Presumably to put himself in harms way on our behalf. The police like paramedics and the fire service are required to drive fast. We agree to that right? Their presence is required somewhere pretty ricky tick. The risk is that it can go wrong. In this case it did. The police need to pay compensation. Mr McLeod deserves his compensation. The police officer probably had night mares about it. It's shitty for everyone especially Mr McLeod. But if I am ever lying in the road after a collision. I still want that paramedic there as quick as he can be. I accept that there are risks involvedvin that. And if the paramedic makes a mistake and injures someone on his/ her way to do that. Then I hope the person gets compensation but I don't want the paramedic bad mouthed. My job doesn't involve me having to put my self in harm's way or take calculated risks to get somewhere quickly. I'm not about to pillotlry people that do when tjey mak a mistake.

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoI gave up reading after your

    I gave up reading after your final quote, I can't remember where that came from, but I was thinking about it a while back.

    I don't know the detail for how it was going to work, I am not privy to Road.cc business decisions, as I've said before, I don't work for them, I only do a bit of the fantasy game. I just know there was going to be some sort of tie in and they were asking for alot of money.

    As for my dislike of PCS, it has nothing to do with me looking at setting up a website, not their tie in with this site. It has to do with making money by reusing data from someone else.

    It is like me making up a data sheet with something on it and then giving it to a friend to do something, but they started selling MY work...

  • Wiggle moves offline to offer bike repair and servicing at business parks1 year 12 weeks agogood to see wiggle expending

    good to see wiggle expending but its a shame there will be no parts available to buy, lots of locals hate the fact that we have one of the uk's largest online bike companies on our door step yet they wont allow us to collect orders and we have to wait days for items to be delivered via royal mail etc..

    even if they charged £1 per collection to pay for a staff member to man a collection desk i think everyone would be happy to pay it.

    there are no shops that stock good selection of road parts at decent prices in portsmouth and its frustrating when you realise u need something in a hurry so you can go for a ride at the weekend yet you cant get the part you need that day.

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agonick h. wrote:Effing

    nick h. wrote:
    Effing frustrating that this story doesn't contain the list! Is it supposed to be some big secret? I love anoraky lists like this. I WANT THE LIST!!! Angry Angry Angry Angry

    +1, link...?

    I've got a new Trek which I ordered in minimal logos finish cos erm I didn't want anyone to know it was a Trek. After 1000km I wish I'd gone for bright pink with Trek all friggin over it it's that awesome.

  • PCS1 year 12 weeks agoGkam84 wrote: You don't need

    Gkam84 wrote:
    You don't need to know everything about the works of the game Wink

    That's true. I'm just trying to decipher what it is you're trying to say and why you're upset at them and why you keep bringing them up, and what you were trying to do and if there was another way of doing it and if the proposition would have sounded fair to me. It just seems like something you're resentful about and just wanted to help you get it off your chest once and for all, since you've brought it up a couple of times. I'm just curious since you've mentioned it in various threads but you don't really say anything except:

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I think its better to stick to World Tour races, as "certain" website's that helped us seem to want to make money now and are not interested in linking up.
    in October 2013 in the Suggestions/Requests for the 2014 season thread.

    and then you said:

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I gave up using them [PCS]... All they do is rehash startlists from official sites and get rider lists from teams tweeting them. Its nothing special. Anyone could do it and they value their site quite a bit....HAHA...
    a few weeks ago in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya thread.

    and again 2 days ago on this thread (above):

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Road.cc was going to tie in with the fantasy game I believe and they tried to charge a fortune. They have new app's coming, including a betting one.... they are using data that is free to access for everyone and most of them are no secret... why should people be misled into thinking that PCS is the place to find it all... they haven't even got the teams lined up [that] shows their lack of interest in doing things properly and their high interest in just being high profile and making money...

    Well, you seem bitter and frustrated about it. Am I wrong?

    But there's something weird about this... Thinking Of course, they seem like a professional outfit to me, and you must have liked them to approach them to do 'something' for you in the first place, but then, as I said before, then you sound amazingly bitter, at least to my ears, that they had the 'affront' to want to make a 'fortune' for their services.

    You've said at least 3 things about them that reek of discontent, so I thought maybe you just wanted to get it off your chest. But maybe I was wrong. I don't see Dave or dr complaining about it, so I was curious. That's all. I get drawn to mysterious things I don't understand. Like your bitterness towards what seems like one of the coolest cycling sites I know. I'm like a moth to light! It's a mystery to me what a 'fortune' is for you and what you could have possibly wanted to do with them that they would charge you for. That's it.

    Maybe it deserves to remain a secret. Maybe it's part of your business plan, but I just thought you seemed in the mood to talk. You having said,

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I am thinking about setting up a site, either as part of roadcc game or on my own, to include historical race data

    well, it makes me wonder what they could possibly do that you didn't already know how to do. And it also makes me wonder if you, like PCS, wouldn't end up republishing already available information? Thinking

    Just curious. It just seems that you must (!) have liked them or you wouldn't have approached them. And then it's weird to hear you complain about them. I think they know what they're doing. I just wanted to know what you could have possibly asked them to do that you sounded so desperate that they said, 'You know what? I bet I can charge this guy an arm and a leg for that!' or, as sometimes happens in business, they think, 'Man, I really don't want to work with this guy. I think I'll give him an astronomical quote for my services so he doesn't pester me anymore. I can live without him. He seems more a nuisance than a good client'.

    It seems like you were the point man on this, and, well, I wonder why Dave wasn't in on the negotiations and whether you yourself should even be talking about it on the forums. I don't see him talking about it. So I thought maybe it really (!) bothered you and you needed to get it of your chest. So, you brought it up and I thought, 'Well, hell, if he's going to talk, I might as well satisfy my curiousity!' 'I wonder if Gkam's sense of fair pricing is the same as mine?' Now I'll never know! Sad

  • Colnago brakes versus Ultegra1 year 12 weeks agoThanks both - good advice.

    Thanks both - good advice. Will go over the rims once again and get new brake blocks tomorrow as per the Specialized before more expensive investments. Much appreciated

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 12 weeks agocomm88 wrote:Let's make no

    comm88 wrote:
    Let's make no bones about it - riding on the UK's roads is very scary!!! Even for very experienced riders, it pushes you to the limits - just to try to stay alive!!! Every ride I've had in the past 5 years or so has involved at least one near madness encounter. Sometimes more. You have to keep your wits about you - at all times - and expect that the driver behind you - or coming at you - will do something stupid. Frequently - they do!;

    I cant agree enough.....I would say that easily 80/90% of my rides have some incident and I am a very very defensive rider as I value my legs.

    Generally I would say these incidents fall into the non malicious kind, people just not thinking (caring) but I have had occasions when people have pulled alongside to shout abuse or driven behind blowing the horn. Its is just beyond words.

  • Do I need a Garmin?1 year 12 weeks agoI think this topic can be

    I think this topic can be summed up in two questions

    Do you need a Garmin? No
    Do you want a Garmin? Yes

    If not true for the OP, it was for me.

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agodenzzz28 wrote:Thats the

    denzzz28 wrote:
    Thats the reason why I dont buy those three brands in the first place. "Everybody have them".

    I bet you drive a Vauxhall though....

  • Cyclist left disabled after being hit by police car wins High Court case against Metropolitan Police1 year 12 weeks agoOh look, another one on the

    Oh look, another one on the "attack", i guess you've been suckered into.

    I'm not your "mate" either.

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agojoules1975 wrote:Sorry to be

    joules1975 wrote:
    Sorry to be pedantic, but Specialized don't make their bikes, Merida make them and stick the Specialized badges on.

    Indeed, they own 51% of Specialized. Not sure that it matters though, Merida make some quality frames.

    I'm not surprised to see that Bianchis are on the rise, I've started to see a few more around now, one being used as a winter bike (shudder).

    I'd be surprised if Pinarello isn't up there soon what with the Team Sky deal, the fact that they're stocked in Halfords these days and the fact you could probably fool people that you have a Dogma because the FP Uno looks quite similar.

    Boardman and Planet X are two others that could be up there in a few years I think.

    I don't see why people care that much about what other people ride though tbh, you get to a certain level and they're all the damn same anyway.

  • Leeds plans 20mph zones in communities along its £29m "super cycleway"1 year 12 weeks agovorsprung wrote:northstar

    vorsprung wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    Ah yes, 20mph limit (zones) which are ignored routinely by 100% of motorists.

    Nah, more like 50% ignore it. But that's better than it being a 30mph zone

    Nope I would say 100% (or very near). I regularly cycle into Leeds city centre and its a total joke. Potholes everywhere, cars jumping lanes at speed, general speeding and lack of care and cars and vans jumping the queue to race down the bus lanes.

    I was knocked down this week and ended up hobbling to the local bike shop (Leeds city centre), who informed me that they are getting 2-3 people in a day who have been knocked down....I assume the actual number is higher given that this only represents the number of people who walked in for bike repair.

  • 1 in 3 sportive riders are on Specialized, Trek or Giant, says research firm1 year 12 weeks agoAm also quite surprised

    Am also quite surprised Bianchi was there. I'm sure they're very nice but on the face of it don't offer the same value for money as a Giant. I accept that's based just on specs but that can be daily persuasive.