• Hands on: Cycliq Fly1218 hours 45 min agoI think that's cool. It's a

    I think that's cool. It's a lot more than I expected. You have to give them marks for pushing things forward. Sit in a coffe shop and look at a fast decent or section of road on your phone. That's brilliant!

  • 10 great bike light deals from Lezyne, Moon, Cateye and more18 hours 48 min agoBeg to differ on the JE James

    Beg to differ on the JE James Smart Lunar 25 "...hard pressed to find a better bargain all year..."
    Planet X undercut this by £3, will throw in an excellent rear light for £12, and for £15 offer a 60Lux version

    http://www.planetx.co.uk/s?q=smart+lunar

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender18 hours 49 min agoWhy is it that Boris gets all

    Why is it that Boris gets all the credit for these bikes. It was Ken Livingstone's concept and his team did all the spade work ! !

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs1118 hours 52 min agoI upgraded the wheels on my

    I upgraded the wheels on my road bike a couple of years ago. I had bought a Focus Cayo that came with Mavic Aksiums and Schwalbe Durano tyres. I was thinking about whether I could justify an upgrade when the decision was forced as I cracked the rim on the front wheel of the Aksiums.

    I bought Fulcrum 3s and shod them with Conti GP 4000s tyres.

    It didn't make me alot faster, but it did make the bike nicer to ride. The wheels are stiffer and the annoying brake rub when I got out of the saddle disappeared. They do get up to speed quicker which feels good (the upgrade is a bit lighter), but improving fitness and riding more has had a much bigger effect on speed.

    Lots of people will tell you not to spend your money. The answer to going faster is not usually spending money, but sometimes upgrades do help you to enjoy your bike more and for recreational riders like me that at the end of the day is the most important thing.

    So in summary I am pleased with my choice and if you can afford it and are more focussed on how the bike will feel rather than average speeds then there is no reason why you wouldn't enjoy the outcome of a similar upgrade.

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs1118 hours 52 min agoI have some RS11's as cheap

    I have some RS11's as cheap training wheels for when it's bad out - they weight (without skewers) 1951g - just checked as they were handy. I'd get some Shimano RS81 C24's (1504g / save 447g) and swap your tyres to Continental GP 4000s (410g for two, saving around 90g) and Continental Race 28 Supersonic inner tubes at 50g each - saving 100g for the pair over normal inner tubes.

    From the first shop I tried:

    RS81's £309.95
    Tyres £63.50
    Tubes £18.70
    Total £392.15

    So if you shop around (especially for the tyres/tubes) for about £350 you would save about 637g from your wheels - mainly from the rim. As I use these two set-ups I can tell you this is noticeable.

    Of course the other option is to get something more aero, such as RS81 C50's - heavier by about 200g, but you'll notice the aero benefit more than the 200g. But then you're looking at £530 for a set of those wheels.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1218 hours 55 min agoPlasterer's Radio

    Plasterer's Radio wrote:
    Batchy wrote:
    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

    If it's like the Fly6. It will.

    I like the Fly6, but compared to even very cheap action cameras the image quality is fairly awful. That's mostly fine for how that device is used (security), but if you want to shoot pretty video look elsewhere.

    It looks like the Fly12 will be a lot better.

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender19 hours 2 min agoI love them - use them all

    I love them - use them all the time when I'm in London.
    I've got a key now, one of the "pay as you pedal" memberships so there's no annual fee. Never once had an issue with charging and you can see your statement online whenever you want anyway.

    And I won £123 in a photo competition that Santander were running when they took over the contract from Barclays. Smile

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs1119 hours 2 min agoI'm in a similar situation

    I'm in a similar situation with upgrades for a Defy 1. For about £300 if could save about 300g and get 28mm medium section rims, but I don't know if I would notice a difference in real world.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1219 hours 17 min agoPlasterer's Radio

    Plasterer's Radio wrote:
    Batchy wrote:
    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

    If it's like the Fly6. It will.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the 60FPS mode. if a car passes you doing more than about 40MPH difference the Fly6 had great trouble picking out a clear rego plate.

  • Wheel upgrade from shimano rs1119 hours 26 min agoI don't want to burst your

    I don't want to burst your bubble, but for 200g you will not see any difference in performance(speed) up hill or flat. You might feel a difference in tyres, but it will be imperceptible. Wheel performance is all a con unless your going to solid wheels, even that is minimal.

    Honestly, if you want to be faster, train harder. I have increased my average speed, (2 mph) from last year by interval training. and not just doing ride outs.

    If you have money to burn in your pocket, by all means get yourself another set of wheels, but don't be surprised that there is no noticeable speed improvement over your usual courses.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1219 hours 27 min agoBatchy wrote:All this

    Batchy wrote:
    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

    If it's like the Fly6. It will.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1219 hours 32 min agoAll this Stava/Smart Phone

    All this Stava/Smart Phone /Gismo/ Teasmaid stuff is fine. But does the thing take decent images/footage. If not, it will be a waste of good money !

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1219 hours 34 min agoI've got no idea whether you

    I've got no idea whether you can change the settings without a smartphone, but I would expect that the cyclists who are in the market for such a product will most likely already have a smartphone or will know someone with one.

    I didn't join the Kickstarter campaign at the time, but after getting a Fly6 (when it dropped to under £100) I was very impressed with the video quality and have pre-ordered the Fly12 on that basis. It looks like they've got better mounting options than the bracket supplied with the Fly6 - I managed to break 2 brackets within a week!

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender19 hours 35 min agoSanderville wrote:Bigger

    Sanderville wrote:
    Bigger wheels. I had a 12-month key but I only rode them a couple of times because the wheels were so small that steering was lethal. Put bigger wheels on them. I'd like to see bigger wheels. Can they have bigger wheels?

    Wouldn't bigger wheels make the hire bikes even heavier?

    I have a key as well, but so far have never hired a bike as
    a - I'm wary about being overcharged in case the bike doesn't dock properly
    b - there is a docking station outside my office, but (until recently) none near where I live, and anyway
    c - I use my Brompton to get to work. It has small wheels and they're great.

  • Hands on: Rotor Uno groupset19 hours 57 min ago@Redvee there was an American

    @Redvee

    there was an American boutique parts company that did this years ago, albeit a retro fit system for existing Shimano mechanical mountain bike derailleurs

    What they produced was a pump / piston unit for each end so that the mechanical shifter drove the hydraulic system which then drove the mechanical derailleur

    very expensive, the testers at the magazines who reviewed it reported on issues with indexing reliability due to changes in atmospheric pressure (weather / altitude).

    Unlike a hydraulic brake system which simply uses pressure increase to close the brake (with an "open" diaghragm on the MC to allow for heat expansion and pressure changes), it would be interesting to see how Rotor can provide reliable indexing considering the small incremental steps in an 11 speed shifting system

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1220 hours 9 min agoCXR94Di2 wrote:I'm a

    CXR94Di2 wrote:
    I'm a kickstarter Smile

    Me too.

  • Lusso Cooltech Arm Warmers20 hours 10 min agoLooks the part . Well

    Looks the part . Well explained review

  • Hands on: Rotor Uno groupset20 hours 12 min agoTried this yesterday. Double

    Tried this yesterday. Double the effort to change gear needed compared to cable sti.

    Love the innovation thou

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1220 hours 20 min agoSounds absolutely brilliant

    Sounds absolutely brilliant IF you are conversant with all this technology, it seems you would (according to the write up) need a smart phone to adjust the settings. Speaking for myself who is not so much of a Luddite but a firm believer in the KISS principle I would love it if they did two versions of this a basic (passive) model like the fly6 and this other one with all the bells and whistles.

  • Hands on: Cycliq Fly1220 hours 28 min agoI'm a kickstarter

    I'm a kickstarter Smile

  • Save Preston Park: Hundreds expected to join mass ride next month20 hours 42 min agoDue to the expected numbers

    Due to the expected numbers taking part in this campaign ride on the 5th September the meeting point has been change to Steine Gardens in Brighton at 10am.

    http://goo.gl/u0LhGG

  • FSA prototype electronic groupset breaks cover at Eurobike20 hours 44 min agoHmmm brains in the front

    Hmmm brains in the front mech.... what if you wan to run 1x11 ???

  • Carbon frame - is it worth it ?23 hours 28 min agoGo for crabon.. if you can

    Go for crabon.. if you can stretch to 1600 euros, you can get a focus cayo 7.0 even..

    a crabon frame makes more sense than an allie.

    http://www.tour-magazin.de/technik/test_center/raeder/rennraeder/rennrad...

    http://www.tour-magazin.de/technik/test_center/raeder/rennraeder/rennrad...

    Put the article into google translator, that's quite accurate from german to english.

    You'd be surprised. And I do believe a carbon frame rides just better-more compliant and comfortable, than a harsher-rigider alloy.

    Regards Angry

  • Boris Bikes management - and redesign - contract up for tender23 hours 41 min agoI rely on Boris bikes the

    I rely on Boris bikes the days I'm working in London. Used one 5 times only yesterday. Not sure if it's my imagination but it doesn't seem to have worked so well since it switched to Santander. Been several times lately where I've struggled to find a working bike or to find an empty slot to dock. Makes me wonder if Serco are getting less money under the new sponsorship or whether it's unrelated - I have no idea.

    The bikes themselves are ok but could obviously be better. Except the wheels. The wheels are spot on. Great wheels.

  • York cyclist ‘flabbergasted’ at not being allowed to take bike on bus1 day 1 hour agoI live in a rural area and

    I live in a rural area and don't run a car. Consequently, when I can't bike, I have to use the bus. And when something needs doing on the bike that I can't do myself, that means taking the bike. Alternatively, when I want to Rail-and-sail home to Ireland with the bike, I'm usually taking more luggage than I can bike with.

    It's not 100% reliable, but always, always, always pop the wheel off before the bus approaches. The rear one is even better; non-cyclists see a dangling chain, and simply take your word for it that the bike is unrideable.

    Mine's a very quiet bus service, though; as the various tales of buckled wheels show, this won't work everywhere.