• Ride London 100 (2014) - Accommodation1 year 21 weeks agoPremier Inn are OK with bikes

    Premier Inn are OK with bikes in room, I asked when I booked.

  • First road bike for about £1k1 year 21 weeks agoI am one of the people that

    I am one of the people that had customer service problems with Planet X, but to be fair to them, they have sorted my problem out and offered a £30 voucher in return for my problems.

    Again in their defence my experience with them was still astonishingly better than what I have got from the larger places, to the extent that I am still a customer of Planet X...even before the freebe.

    That being said, I agree that for £1K you would expect a 105 groupo as a minimum, and a decent set of wheels. Everyone is skimping of the finishing kit now, so the other consideration is frame material. If you go with Aluminium for your price you should get better components than the same price on a carbon frame, except for the Planet X bike with Ultegra

  • First Ride: B’Twin Ultra 9201 year 21 weeks agoClear coated UD carbon frames

    Clear coated UD carbon frames often come out looking like that in close-up photographs.

  • A bad Bike service1 year 21 weeks agolearn to be your own

    learn to be your own mechanic, not always easy, but that way you can be sure everything's done to your standards. This time of year I clean the drive chain after every ride, degrease and re lube.

  • Reliability Ride proves a massive hit (UPDATED WITH LINK TO EVENT PHOTOS)1 year 21 weeks agoOk, a link to the individuals

    Ok, a link to the individuals non competitive times.

  • More from Core: New Fizik Volta saddle, Ergon, Guy Martin's Rourke bike, Brooks spanner, Nalini shoes, Endura clothing… a glowing pump and lots more!1 year 21 weeks agoI'm with MonkeyMechanic. If

    I'm with MonkeyMechanic. If we hacksaw the front 'tow bar' off, that is a mighty fine looking machine.

  • Are you a Super Commuter? Freebies on offer from CycleScheme for 12 ride-to-work enthusiasts, plus starring role in Cycle to Work Day1 year 21 weeks agos_lim wrote:I like the idea

    s_lim wrote:
    I like the idea of this, less so the output from the headcam at me vociferously swearing at lorries/cars overtaking within a hairsbreadth distance.

    Exactly that. Mine wouldn't be broadcastable before 9pm!

  • Are you a Super Commuter? Freebies on offer from CycleScheme for 12 ride-to-work enthusiasts, plus starring role in Cycle to Work Day1 year 21 weeks agoI like the idea of this, less

    I like the idea of this, less so the output from the headcam at me vociferously swearing at lorries/cars overtaking within a hairsbreadth distance.

  • Bar Fly launch new Garmin and GoPro mounts1 year 21 weeks agoLove the minimalism of the

    Love the minimalism of the Fizik mount - will definitely get one, when the Fizik stems finally come out. It feels like they've been 'coming' for months now, and still no sign…

  • Jail for South Wales driver "blinded by sun" who killed cyclist1 year 21 weeks agoThe problem is that he most

    The problem is that he most likely just lied about being blinded by the sun. Seemingly that ten seconds of blindness just happened to coincide with him running a man down. If I were the chaps family I would ask someone to check the scene out, find the exact spot where he was struck and figure out where the sun should have been in the sky at that exact day and time in clear weather conditions as I bet a pound to a penny the guy just made that bit up.

  • First road bike for about £1k1 year 21 weeks agoTo avoid getting confused

    To avoid getting confused firstly decide what type of riding do you do now and what type would you like to be doing in a years time. Ultimately buy a bike that does what you want to do rather than you do what it's capable of.

    You said that you do around 40miles and wish to increase. That suggests a more relaxed sportive rather than a racy set up. Do you want mudguards? Audax or winter style bike. Maybe something can handle the odd forray onto a canal towpath? Cyclocross or heavy duty commuter.

    Then start to think about frame materials, don't get to hung up on the carbon/alu debate. The wheels and components are often just as important and a touch easier to change if you get it wrong. Each bike is a compromise.

    Finally don't be too swayed by what others say. We all are biased and think our bike is the best in the world. I personally would reccommend the Planet X Superlight jobby as I still love mine after 5 years. There again I've just built a £3K Ridley and think it's light years ahead.

    Starting at a good LBS is well worth it. They should listen and gently point you in a better direction, remember they can only sell what they stock. A bike show on the other hand will give you a good idea of what is out there, but the choice may seem like a minefield.

  • First Ride: B’Twin Ultra 9201 year 21 weeks agoSimilar thoughts about the

    Similar thoughts about the finish, looks like a prototype. I do love B-Twin's distinctive angular frames though, you won't mistake it for anything else... which is unusually brave for a 'value' brand.

    In fact the only real problem with this bike is the Boardman Pro Carbon SLR... and the Boardman is £200 cheaper even before various discounts start coming into play...

  • Tour of Dubai Stage 21 year 21 weeks agoPodium!! Lasse Norman Hansen

    Podium!!

    Lasse Norman Hansen is my 3.0 rider for the season - should have picked him for this

  • New military cycling world Hour record "excruciating" says engineer1 year 21 weeks agoI need to start making more

    I need to start making more sacrifices.

    Well done. Applause

  • Road to ruin: Councils warn they may have to ignore pothole repairs on some roads1 year 21 weeks agoIn a way the DfT is right

    In a way the DfT is right about funding. Councils get lots of cash in the form of maintenance and transport plan grants. the trouble is that many see these as a way of implementing shiny, new, pet projects rather than keeping what they've got up to scratch.
    Follow this up with utility companies not filling their holes properly, councils not actively chasing for rectification (is that even a word?) and, dare i say, the end of the financial year so the councils haven't allowed enough budget for the winter months, you have a disaster. As for that third point, don't know why they don't budget properly; it's not like autumn and winter come at different times every year.
    And my final moan. i agree with markfireblade's comment. Too often they spend money on bike paths on straight roads yet omit any decent safety measures where they are really need; junctions and roundabouts. God forbid that the through-velocity of a motor vehicle is ever reduced.

  • The best cyclists are more handsome, says research using Tour de France cyclists1 year 21 weeks agoSo they excluded the team Sky

    So they excluded the team Sky riders because they were wearing sunglasses. Yeah, that's the reason Wink

  • Trek Project One competition: the shortlist1 year 21 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Reckon

    notfastenough wrote:
    Reckon Darren Collard's is the smartest, although in the real world, I'd end up replacing the bar tape with black as it would just look crap once scuffed and dirty.

    Thank you notfastenough Applause , I've been a little crafty in my design as the pink has been limited to both the tyres and 'bar tape, which can cheaply and easily be changed. But all the same, it makes it standout a bit too as it is!

  • Are you a Super Commuter? Freebies on offer from CycleScheme for 12 ride-to-work enthusiasts, plus starring role in Cycle to Work Day1 year 21 weeks agoIt's a wonderfully cheap bit

    It's a wonderfully cheap bit of marketing from Cyclescheme though eh, 12 essentially free staff writer-come-salesmen to publicise your services from a talent pool of people who've not yet figured out that commuting by bike is no more interesting than commuting by car or tube or bus in reality.

  • Jail for South Wales driver "blinded by sun" who killed cyclist1 year 21 weeks agoWhats the difference between

    Whats the difference between this guys behaviour and the coach drivers who was found not guilty of the same last week?

  • Elite Mag parabolic rollers *SOLD*'1 year 21 weeks agoHi, Just wondered if these

    Hi, Just wondered if these are still for sale?

  • Tour of Dubai Stage 21 year 21 weeks agoPreliminary Results Stage 2

    Preliminary Results Stage 2 Tour of Dubai:

    Awaiting confirmation of Intermediate Sprint Results

    Stage 2 Rider Scores

    Taylor Phinney BMC Racing Team 45
    Peter Sagan Cannondale 42*
    Marcel Kittel Team Giant-Shimano 39*
    Lasse Norman Hansen Garmin Sharp 22
    Juan Jose Lobato Movistar Team 22
    Giacomo Nizzolo Trek Factory Racing 20
    Roberto Ferrari Lampre - Merida 18
    Nikolay Trusov Tinkoff-Saxo 16
    Lucas Sebastian Haedo Skydive Dubai Pro Cycli 14
    Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team 12
    Adriano Malori Movistar Team 12
    Raymond Kreder Garmin - Sharp 11
    Stephen Cummings BMC Racing Team 10
    Tyler Farrar Garmin - Sharp 9
    Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 7*
    Antonio Viola Vini - Fantini - Nippo 7
    Dylan Van Baarle Garmin Sharp 7
    Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing 6
    Takashi Miyazawa Vini - Fantini - Nippo 6
    Francisco Mancebo Perez Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling 5
    Lawson Craddock Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Tom Veelers Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Bert De Backer Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Koen De Kort Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Cheng Ji Team Giant-Shimano 5
    Mark Renshaw Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 4
    Pier Paolo De Negri Vini - Fantini - Nippo 3
    Maciej Bodnar Cannondale 3
    Danilo Hondo Trek Factory Racing 2
    Alexander Porsev Team Katusha 2
    Willie Smit Vini - Fantini - Nippo 2
    Soufiane Haddi Skydive Dubai Pro Cycli 1
    Sergey Chernetski Team Katusha 1

    Stage 2 Team Scores

    Twybaydos 118
    chiv30 97
    Dave Atkinson 93
    chrisdstripes 90
    TERatcliffe26 87
    stevemarks 83
    enrique 80
    lucas 80
    archieboy 79
    Ghedebrav 76
    northstar 74
    backflipbedlem 70
    stumps 68
    ray silvester 57
    J Andrew Hill 19
    *Gkam84 60

    Nice going, Twy! Smile You're looking good for the next stage!

    Overall leaderboard after Stage 2

    chrisdstripes 226
    chiv30 205
    archieboy 203
    Twybaydos 198
    TERatcliffe26 178
    Ghedebrav 171
    stevemarks 169
    enrique 164
    lucas 164
    ray silvester 158
    Dave Atkinson 151
    northstar 134
    backflipbedlem 130
    stumps 126
    J Andrew Hill 26

    Congratulations, chris! You're doing well! And chiv overtook archieboy and is now in 2nd place! Smile

    Please check my maths! Smile

  • Are you a Super Commuter? Freebies on offer from CycleScheme for 12 ride-to-work enthusiasts, plus starring role in Cycle to Work Day1 year 21 weeks agoI would do it, but I don't

    I would do it, but I don't think CycleScheme are looking for stories about how bloody awful the cycle path is, or me commenting about the number of cars/trucks/buses driving through red or stopping on the pedestrian crossing.

  • 176 junctions in Greater Manchester upgraded to improve cycle safety1 year 21 weeks agoAnother one against

    Another one against segregation.

    Whilst I can see the advantage of segregation in and around town centres, there is a very real chance that drivers will pay even less attention where there is no seperation as they have got use to not having to. And that is the whole problem in this country, drivers have got use to having the roads to themselves and don't adapt to circumstance.

    Also they are a death trap if whilst happily tottling along at 20mph, some prick steps out and you have no option but to bunny hop over the kerb into faster flowing tin cans. I know !

    If you really want to go Dutch style. Their attitude is a lot better,
    1. Cyclist have right of way.
    2. If you are involved in an accident, you are at fault not the cyclist unless you can prove otherwise.

  • First road bike for about £1k1 year 21 weeks agoThanks for all of your

    Thanks for all of your comments and advice - very helpful to me!

    Would it be worth visiting the London Bike Show next week or will I leave even more confused?! Doesn't take much to confuse me Smile

    Cheers

    Peter

  • Are you a Super Commuter? Freebies on offer from CycleScheme for 12 ride-to-work enthusiasts, plus starring role in Cycle to Work Day1 year 21 weeks agoWhen I moved in with my

    When I moved in with my flatmate, he had zero bikes and commuted by bus/train - he now has 4 bikes and commutes by bike daily Big Grin