• Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra1 year 15 weeks agoThere'll be a limited number

    There'll be a limited number of HiMod Synapse framesets available from next month: http://www.cannondalespares.com/Cannondale-Synapse-High-Mod-Frameset-201...

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 15 weeks agoI'm still eager to see you

    I'm still eager to see you bike collection, mate - come on, don't leave me hanging!

  • Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1001 year 15 weeks agoby quiet routes are we simply

    by quiet routes are we simply talking about guiding cyclists on to the rat runs beloved of jam avoiding delivery drivers? or are we talking pedestrian and cyclist friendly areas with minimal numbers of cars?

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 15 weeks agoNzlucas wrote:accept that

    Nzlucas wrote:
    accept that real shops cost money but have a quality that can never be replaced by a internet site.

    Unfortunately this is increasingly rare, IME anyway.

    Still, I don't see how this would be a goer for an LBS at all.

  • Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1001 year 15 weeks agoSo I'm going to get a map?

    So I'm going to get a map? cheers.

  • #girodilento 250 a festive riding challenge for people with commitments1 year 15 weeks agoIs there a TL;DR version of

    Is there a TL;DR version of this blog post?

    I don't have a lot of spare time.

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 15 weeks agoCycleSurgery do Click and

    CycleSurgery do Click and Collect and Pricematch..... plus they have actual shops with workshops...

    But seriously, this business model wouldn't work. Most LBS can order parts at your request if they have good relationships with the suppliers, they just can't offer the low price wiggle et al does due to overheads (IE Hiring a Mechanic, having a physical premises).

    If you want cheap parts, get in the trade, otherwise accept that real shops cost money but have a quality that can never be replaced by a internet site. A good shop will have great service and expert knowledge, if you find one like that then support it cause they need you.

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 15 weeks agoSForeman wrote:The problem is

    SForeman wrote:
    The problem is the people who jump the red lights when there ARE pedestrians trying to cross at the 'green person'. My son was sent bowling into the gutter by one when he was on his way home from school. The cyclist didn't go over to help him, or ask if he was OK. He just stood over him and yelled abuse. I have several times nearly been hit by cyclists jumping red lights when the pedestrian light is green.

    True, though I've only ever seen this happen once, myself. And there is always the option for quick-witted pedestrians of thumping the offending cyclist as he whizzes through a crossing!

  • Do we challenge red light jumpers/green man means cyclist1 year 15 weeks agodaddyELVIS wrote:Red Light

    daddyELVIS wrote:
    Red Light Jumping is not a big issue in the grand scheme of rule-breaking. I stop at most lights, and jump the odd one or two. I don't see forums harping on about drivers breaking speed limits!!

    Or their appalling and illegal parking habits!

    God, the ridiculous places they decide to deposit their cars! Road markings and basic safety sense mean nothing to them when set against their desperate need to avoid using their legs for more than a couple of yards at the end of their journey.

    Putting aside the little problem of neither group being a centrally controlled entity, I'd be fine with doing a deal - no cyclists jump reds in return for no speeding or illegal parking by motorists. Otherwise they can STFU.

  • Replacement wheels for winter bike1 year 15 weeks ago105 or ideally Ultegra hubs

    105 or ideally Ultegra hubs laced to Open Pro's (cheap option) or if there's room in the budget Velocity A23 or H+Son Archetype rims.

    The hubs only come in 32 or 36 hole but 32/32 will be stronger than any factory build even laced up with Sapim Lazers (probably wise to go Race non drive side rear).

    My winter wheels are basically Ultegra/Open Pro and while they're not light they are outstanding as a do anything, almost no maintenance wheelset and unlike most factory wheels you can maintain the hubs easily.

  • Boris Johnson criticised for downgrading dangerous junctions overhauls to 33 of a promised 1001 year 15 weeks agoIf even half of the amount of

    If even half of the amount of money being totally wasted on HS2 (£50 - £80 BILLION!) was put into cycling & pedestrian infrastructure across Britain what could we could achieve? Cities & towns made cyclist/pedestrian friendly, children riding to school on bikes not in cars, improved national health with massive cost saving to the NHS - now that would be a legacy worth leaving rather than a utter blight on the landscape with highly dubious 'benefits' that most of us will neither see nor care about At Wits End

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 15 weeks agoI like the idea in principle,

    I like the idea in principle, indeed I've e-mailed my LBS several times already asking for various things to be ordered and colleced them several days later, of course the danger of doing that is that you end up paying full RRP, not a concern if it's a pound or two but anymore than that then quite frankly i'd rather the money in my own pocket.

    For instance I'm buying a set of 4 Seasons soon, £44 RRP, £30 online with free delivery, I'd rather buy the tyres online and spend the rest in the shop.

  • Pedal power to the pole - Welsh woman aims to be first to complete Antarctic epic1 year 15 weeks agoI want 1!

    I want 1!

  • Winter tyres1 year 15 weeks agoopen pave's. The rubinos that

    open pave's.
    The rubinos that came with the ribble 'special' offer bike, lasted an hour due to causing an 'off' around a right hander rounabout at slow speed in wet weather.

    pave's feel planted. even on grime laden roads.

  • If the winter is going to be as bad as they say...1 year 15 weeks agoTake a look at Portland

    Take a look at Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders.

    Full length with flaps and will fit most frames with or with eyelets.

    You will need 23 tyres. They are easy to fit too.

    Everyone who wants guards and sees mine would like some although I understand a week ago they were out of stock in the UK.

    No rattles either on bad roads or putting your feet down on a climb or sprint.

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 15 weeks agoMy LBS in Wareham do offer a

    My LBS in Wareham do offer a service in checking assemby of bikes ordered online; my last two visits to them for adjustments to bottom bracket and disc rotor have cost precisely £5 each- people who love bikes and provide a good service.

  • Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 year 15 weeks agoummm....

    ummm....

  • Updated: Boris Johnson backs down from claiming campaigners are putting people off cycling1 year 15 weeks agooozaveared wrote:Some of the

    oozaveared wrote:
    Some of the comments on here look a bit tribal party political for my liking. Now of course there will be a whole bunch of cyclists that don't like the Conservatives and a whole bunch that do and others that don't care either way.

    I am not a conservative but I am more than happy to give Boris a fair hearing over many other politicians for one reason and one alone. He walks the walk or should I say, he rides the roads. Whether he has done enough or the right things is all a matter for discussion but I don't think he is anti cyclist I think he is pro cyclist and is a cyclist himself. Cyclists won't get better provision by being politically tribal but by acting as a cycling lobby and rewarding politicians that are pro cycling and punishing ones that aren't.

    I agree partially. He's someone that actually uses a bicycle, is seen publicly to do so and has managed to continue to keep bicycling front and center.

    The difficult part is determining which politicians and policies are "pro cycling": as should be evident from this forum cyclists are not a homogeneous whole. There appear to be some whose vision of utopia is riding in a restricted network of roads while wearing a helmet and dayglo tabard screaming at other cyclists for breaking the rules.

    Politicians of all stripes will and do promise anything and help to suggest that their election would result in a massive sea-change. But how realistic is it to envision that some of those who are busy screaming about the huge number of cycling deaths are actually going to shove their hand into the machinery of the economy by cutting motor vehicle trips dramatically?

    At the very least I want to see the plonkers out on their bicycles the way Boris is -- he gets a lot of points for that.

  • Lance Armstrong apologises to Christophe Bassons - but Betsy Andreu labels 'Tour of Redemption' a sham1 year 15 weeks agoI hope Stephen Frears/Ben

    I hope Stephen Frears/Ben Foster absolutely demolish his personality.

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 15 weeks agothe angles top tube is there

    the angles top tube is there to reduce disrupted airflow between the persons legs and frame so the airflow is more consistent and more smoother against the frame, which in theory makes the bike more aerodynamic = MORE SPEED! and the bonding of the carbon is well secret! but the grade and type of carbon has never been used in a bike before! and the components will be campagnolo (I'm a campagnolo kinda guy but I could get anything and everything to make it lighter or stronger! the front wheel will be a mavic io and the rear... well haven't decided yet! any suggestions?) and well if you had the money I could make the bike (if put in production) and I would put any type of branding, name or decal you could like! (within reason of course Tongue )

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 15 weeks agoyou see I was thinking about

    you see I was thinking about this, but even so, it would cost a fortune per bike! and there is such a small margin in the market for £40,000 road bikes!!

  • Should bike shops become collection points for on line sales?1 year 15 weeks agoI would rather stick a spoke

    I would rather stick a spoke through my eye. If you dont own/run a bikeshop, you have no idea how exepensive it is to do so. Everything costs, everything. The profit bit comes after several years of hard graft. So the thought of becoming a collection point for the very thing that threatens every ibd is absurd. Yes, we are workin hard on plans for next year to reduce the growing effect on sales, and no, i didnt go into business expecting it to be easy.

  • Replacement wheels for winter bike1 year 15 weeks agoSimon E wrote:I'd say the

    Simon E wrote:
    I'd say the answer depends on your budget.

    32 spoke Open Pro with something like 105 hubs and d/b spokes is a traditional, strong, rebuildable wheel. .

    +1 although in the end I went for H + Son Archetype on Ambrosio Zenith (the former for the wider rim and the latter because Sam at LMNH said they were more interesting than 105s).

  • Replacement wheels for winter bike1 year 15 weeks agoI'd say the answer depends on

    I'd say the answer depends on your budget.

    32 spoke Open Pro with something like 105 hubs and d/b spokes is a traditional, strong, rebuildable wheel. Paul Hewitt is a well known builder but there are others with a good reputation like Al at Wheelcraft and Wheelsmith, both in Scotland.

    Otherwise Shimano R500 might be worth a look, Parker have them at £95 at the moment (here).

    I bought some Giant PR2 wheels from a local guy who bought a Defy and upgraded almost immediately, though I have yet to try them on the road. Pairs sell on ebay regularly.

  • #girodilento 250 a festive riding challenge for people with commitments1 year 15 weeks agoThis a great idea, and a more

    This a great idea, and a more realistic goal than the Rapha 500 for a father of free such as me. I'm aiming for the full 250 kM