- Tirreno-Adriatico16 hours 40 min agoArgh! Those prices!
Argh! Those prices!
- Lightweight wheels vs Aero wheels16 hours 41 min agoI am no faster or slower on
I am no faster or slower on my usual routes with either my lightweight alloys or my deep section carbons on undulating terrain. The only time I've had a noticeable difference is climbing Great Dunn Fell on deep sections, I won't do that again.
Aero rims are massively over egged outside the pro peloton or Cat 1/2 and above crits IMO.
- Replacement front wheel (for a hybrid bike)16 hours 44 min agoTo be bomb-proof, I'd get a
To be bomb-proof, I'd get a hand built front wheel from a good wheelbuilder. What's broken? The rim? You may be able to re-use the hub. Difficult bit is identifying a good builder. I recommend Harry Rowland. You could give him a ring.
This Kinesis CX Disc wheelset can be had for £260.
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands16 hours 46 min agoGkam84 wrote:Enfield can justGkam84 wrote:
Enfield can just hand their money back now
Bike-lane in the door-zone... check!
Buses turning across the bike-lane... check!
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry16 hours 47 min agoI think the higher end bike
I think the higher end bike products are massively over priced when you consider the manufactring and R & D cost. Just my opinion no evidence. But with cycling being "trendy" some rider want to show there wealth by buying very expensive gear that they will never get near to using to its potential. Bit like the shit golfer with the £1000 clubs who will never use the clubs potential.
Thing is manufacturers are taking full advantage of this (true capitalism) and they are charging as much as people will pay.
I really like Casstelli it's good quality and looks nice too but £130 for what are nylon tights come on? But I pay it because I'm a knob like all the other sheep. As for Rapha pricing well.....
But as true up and coming capitalist some companies apparently in the Far East (who I suspect make the legitimate gear too), have seen a gap in the market.
Some of it is very poor quality but some appears very good. I am aware of a rider I met on a sportive last year who had a Dogma which he bought as a frame set for £300 a chinerelo he called it if memory is right, it was identicle in every way to a friends genuine dogma. Ok I couldn't X-ray it to check integrity of the carbon ect but felt the right weight and he had ridden a few thousand miles.
Now in not saying copy right infringement is ok but then neither is profiteering and I can see why a person who could only dream of spending what they may see is a fortune on a bike would want to look as good as the bloke who can spend £5000plus on a bike. But that is our society isn't it?
Now I suppose you might say get a better job and buy a better bike AKA Clarkson argument for cars. Or the bike companies could stop taking the piss with the pricing.
As for organised crime, it could be argued that by over pricing the posh bike manufacturers are creating a market for counterfeits. IMO I cant see Colombian drug Barrons investing in fake bikes. The only crime I can see is if the buyer is not told its a fake. Is it criminal to charge £4000 for so thing that cost £300 to manufacture.
I'm very happy with my Ribble not posh but rides great.
- B'Twin launch budget e-bike16 hours 48 min agoGreat value, but I'd rather
Great value, but I'd rather have a hardtail. And ditch the triple chainrings and front mech, e-bikes only need a few gears.
Surely they could do that cheaper/better quality for the same money?
- Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 wheels16 hours 50 min agomorethansonglyricsmorethansonglyrics wrote:
Seems like a rip-off. You can get cheaper, lighter carbon for a quarter of this price.
You can get absolutely anything cheaper in any walk of life if you look hard enough (to a degree), but that's not the point is it? A Kia may be cheaper and more reliable than a Maserati but I want the Maserati.
- Campagnolo officially launches Super Record RS groupset16 hours 53 min agoIt has little Italian flags
It has little Italian flags instead of red decals. That's enough for me to want it. I'm in.
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry16 hours 55 min agoIt's really scary that
It's really scary that innocent bikers are being lured by organised criminals
with all their prostitutes and narcotics.
- Campagnolo officially launches Super Record RS groupset16 hours 58 min agoCall me a cycnical Simon, but
Call me a cycnical Simon, but surely Campag have been making gears long enough that there can't be any improvements left to be had from "revisions." Unless they're talking about improvements in their marketing department.
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry16 hours 59 min agodafyddp wrote:I think (I'mdafyddp wrote:
I think (I'm pretty sure) I read that many pros buy cheap, unbranded, Chinese carbon frames to build virtually disposable winter/trainer bikes.
Why would they do that when they've access to an endless supply of free bikes? Fernando Alonso doesn't have to mess about with a P reg GTI in the winter, does he?
- Campagnolo officially launches Super Record RS groupset17 hours 20 sec agoI thought the shifters had a
I thought the shifters had a bit of tweaking too?
If it's really just chainrings and the front derailleur, then that makes upgrading pretty cheap (well, relative to when they went to 11 speed).
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 3 min agoOh good grief. Please tell
Oh good grief. Please tell me that's the before picture.
There are so many things wrong with the picture, the most disturbing of which must be the approaching white Audi
- Royal Mail destroys woman's £323 inflatable bike helmet - because it contains compressed gas17 hours 5 min agoPaul__M wrote:well it mightPaul__M wrote:
well it might save you from brain damage
Very skeptical of how that is worded. It seems possible that the tests were performed on an already inflated Hovding "helmet", which gives no idea of how well it performs at the actual inflating part.
£200+ for a single use "helmet", that doesn't look like you are wearing a helmet seems profligate to me. What if when you do need it, it does't work?
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry17 hours 6 min agoIt's more Machiavellian than
It's more Machiavellian than that. Pinarello, for example, buys all their unfinished frames from China at around 200 bucks a pop, perhaps less with bulk buys. They're brought into Italy where they are painted and finished (admittedly it's nice paint), after which they charge over 2,000 bucks for the finished article.
Because less than 10% of the total value of the end product is made outside of Italy, Pinarello can legally say that each from is made in Italy.
Now, while I've mentioned Pinarello, the truth is that all these brands are at it. Colnago*, De Rosa, Cipollini, Willier, Cervelo, Specialized*, Trek*... Even Zipp has the parts to their rims made in China (perhaps Taiwan) then the components are bonded in the USA. And they charge 1,000 bucks for doing this (admittedly Zipps are very nice rims).
While I don't condone piracy, so wouldn't ride a Chinarello, I have no problem going to the same factories the "manufacturers" do and buying the same product for a fraction of the mark-up they do. And they are the same as the real brand; a local pinarello dealer said they have seen fake Dogmas that handle exactly the same as the genuine article. They say you couldn't tell the difference.
Perhaps Road could write an investigative article about how much money the European and American manufacturers make by marking up Asian products and pretending it's home grown. Oh wait, then you wouldn't get invited to those provate launch parties in exotic locations, would you?
* These guys do make some frames outside of Europe.
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 8 min agoAnd the £100m is a complete
And the £100m is a complete insult, since they spend more than that on motorists...plus where has the supposed £1bn gone for london in general...oh wait.
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry17 hours 8 min agodafyddp wrote:I think (I'mdafyddp wrote:
I think (I'm pretty sure) I read that many pros buy cheap, unbranded, Chinese carbon frames to build virtually disposable winter/trainer bikes. I'm guessing the general consensus is that they are at least safe enough for the rigour they're likely to go through. if they add brand decals to these frames, they obviously become counterfeit, but it doesn't mean they're any less safe.
Really? I doubt that is happening at all. What with them getting given bikes by their teams.
It also does mean it's 'less safe' http://cyclingtips.com.au/2011/08/are-all-carbon-bikes-created-equal/ read this as a starting pont.
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 9 min agoIn addition i bet you none of
In addition i bet you none of this will actually happen, all they do is talk, talk, talk.
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 11 min agoThe fact that these boroughs
The fact that these boroughs have to compete or some get it and some don't says it all.
Most of what they are doing looks to be complete rubbish anyway, kingston was fine outside the station before they started messing around with it for no good reason.
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry17 hours 12 min agoI went to a prs (music
I went to a prs (music royalties collection agency) talk where they blithely mentioned music piracy being linked to paedophilia and terrorism. They got booed to a stop and quite right too.
The radio supposedly used in the Lockerbie bomb came from a market trader stall that had counterfeit handbags. That quickly turned into "Don't Buy Fake Gucci Or You Help Terrorism". It's quite shameful. Or shameless. Both, I suppose.
- Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 wheels17 hours 13 min agoIt would be interesting to
It would be interesting to see a comparison between these and say Planet X CT45 for quality, durability and stiffness.
- Buy a fake, risk death, support slavery – says bike industry17 hours 21 min agoI heard that the only way to
I heard that the only way to prove you have a real frame is to saw the downtube in half and retrieve a small piece of paper which either says “congratulations on having purchased a genuine product!” or “you are an idiot” - basically much like a really expensive fortune cookie.
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 21 min agoEnfield can just hand their
Enfield can just hand their money back now
- Vulpine reveal spring 2014 range in new lookbook and video17 hours 28 min agonotfastenough wrote:I seenotfastenough wrote:
I see we're back to Nick's "15 points about value" again!
Are you doing a version without the pad Nick? I feel like some luxury undies!
Gizza chance!... Joking apart, we may do, if there's interest. As long as they benefit cycling.
And it'll always come back to those 15 Thoughts On Value!
- Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest get £30m each to become Mini-Hollands17 hours 37 min agoI live right next to
I live right next to Kingston, and if anywhere would benefit from a make-over for cycling, this is the place. It has a horrendous one-way system, a busy pedestrian area, and the cycling provision is sidelined, poorly signposted, illogical and patchwork at the moment.
They have tried over the years, but it shows a lack of joined-up thinking. If you tried to cross the town from one side to the other as a newcomer, you'd get lost or end up cycling somewhere you shouldn't.
Looking forward to seeing the full plans now. I wish I could speak to the people designing this so I could show them a few points of contention myself!