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Title: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:30:33
Hi gang!

I gots me a new job where I'll need to commute to pipers way, as per the title I plan to cycle, which will involve buying a road bike (as opposed to a mountain bike).
Has anyone bought anything, got any tips on where to go, what to buy or got one going free?

Lots of love and kiss

xx


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:34:39
budget?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:35:59
hello mr batch, a couple of hundred pounds. but ideally the less the better, but if it'll end up costing less in the long run to spend more then i don't have a problem spending more

(i went into total bike and the "salesman" advised me that the £649 allez bike had naff brakes that you'd have to upgrade anyway, when i made it clear i was after a commute bike)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:38:20
Don't rule out a mountain bike so quickly.

They are fine for the road and you might want to go exploring sometimes. Road bikes have skinny tires meaning you can get stuck in the mud too easily.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:41:06
i don't fancy doing offroady stuff really, so a roadbike would do me (and would make it easier to cycle on roads to work). but if i'm paying for skinny tyres and a raised arse then i might as well get a mountain bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:41:39
Was looking at this t'other day but bought a new PC instead, quite over budget though

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:45:31
i don't have a problem spending money on anything decent, but being a bit of a skav i saw a bike for £125 on tesco's and wondered how much difference there would really be...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:46:44
Btwin bikes were highly rated by the Gadget Show. You can't get much better for a budget bike. I'm looking to pick one up soon as I need a new MTB.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:48:29
You're not going to get anything even close to decent for 125 quid. You'll just get 'a bike' for that money.

Your best bet might be to look for something second hand.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:49:37
Your best bet would be to go onto bikeradar and ask the question in the road bike section.
You could always get a mountain bike and stick some schwalbe land cruiser tyres on it. They roll reall well on the road and you can still use them on gravel cycle paths.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:50:36
 
i don't have a problem spending money on anything decent, but being a bit of a skav i saw a bike for £125 on tesco's and wondered how much difference there would really be...

Weight, mostly. Cheap bikes are steel framed, mid-range bikes are aluminium (lighter) and top end bikes are carbon (the lightest).

You can get into the intricacies of gearing, braking and suspension, but at the lower end it's all much of a muchness.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:51:19
You're not going to get anything even close to decent for 125 quid. You'll just get 'a bike' for that money.

Your best bet might be to look for something second hand.
that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:54:54
that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands

He would though, he's trying to sell you something.

In this part of the world I can't see how I would get anything worth while for under 200 quid.  Anything else would just be a frame with pedals and wheels.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:57:46
He would though, he's trying to sell you something.
his patter of slagging everything that is less than a small car requires attention!

many thanks for your assistance, i'm going to go annoy some people on a bike forum


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:00:36
Here is a scan for the review of the bike I linked to.

http://www.cyclingscotland.org/news/cycling-active-btwin-triban-3-review/

Not that I trust magazine reviews :)

I've never ridden one mind, didn't get that far - closest Decathlon shop is Reading.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:02:47
There's nowt necessarily wrong with a frame with pedals and wheels, many people are just fine with that.

If you want something more specific though such as a 'road bike', you'll need to dig a bit deeper.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:54:11
that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands
If it was the old guy he would probably tell you Pinarellos are the best bike ever. Which they are not. As for the Spesh Allez's brakes, well I doubt if you'll be hurtling down any Alpine mountains anytime soon so ignore that.

As Batch has already said look at the Decathlon/Btwin, not the biggest name but you won't find better for the price. You really do get what you pay for with bike and I'd desperatley avoid anything from any big supermarket/sports shop.

As already mentioned get a MTB and put some thinner slick tyres. Or go for the hybrid option which will see you over most half decent surfaces. If you can't be arsed to shop around go for a big brand name (Spesh/Trek/Cannondale), you may not get the best groupset/equipment but you'll get a good reliable frame.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:57:39
that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands
The guy that runs Total Bike is a complete tool, I've had run ins with him in the past. Get down to Mitchells (Shrivenham Road), they have a decent range of road bikes at the lower end of the price scale in one of the rooms upstairs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Simon Pieman on Monday, August 13, 2012, 23:08:14
Buy a cheap bike to start with. You'll probably realise cycling is really shit when it's pissing down with rain (80% of the time). If you foolishly never realise this then go for a more expensive bike should it take your fancy.

Don't forget to budget for a comfort saddle, some lights, a basket and a bell.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, August 13, 2012, 23:27:57
Buy a cheap bike to start with. You'll probably realise cycling is really shit when it's pissing down with rain (80% of the time). If you foolishly never realise this then go for a more expensive bike should it take your fancy.

Don't forget to budget for a comfort saddle, some lights, a basket and a bell.
...I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 12:50:08
I own a kona, nice and easy to ride on the road


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 20:05:07
The Btwin stuff (sold by Decathlon) gets some quality write ups in the specialist cycling press, excellent value for money.

Have you considered a Hybrid, halfway house between MTB and Road bike? Might be exactly what you're after.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 21:23:51
If it was the old guy he would probably tell you Pinarellos are the best bike ever. Which they are not. As for the Spesh Allez's brakes, well I doubt if you'll be hurtling down any Alpine mountains anytime soon so ignore that.

As Batch has already said look at the Decathlon/Btwin, not the biggest name but you won't find better for the price. You really do get what you pay for with bike and I'd desperatley avoid anything from any big supermarket/sports shop.

As already mentioned get a MTB and put some thinner slick tyres. Or go for the hybrid option which will see you over most half decent surfaces. If you can't be arsed to shop around go for a big brand name (Spesh/Trek/Cannondale), you may not get the best groupset/equipment but you'll get a good reliable frame.

I have got a Spesh Allez and had it for three years, never had any problem with the brakes, its a good quality bike.

Also got a Spesh Stumpjumper MTB, fantastic piece of kit but never get the chance to use it enough.

Pity this disn't come up a couple of weeks back, I had a spesh Hardrock I was selling, but sold it to a mate for £40.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 22:16:51
Ive been commuting everywhere for the last year in Bristol and now back in Swindon on a Cannondale Badboy hybrid. Great bike...worth looking out for second hand.

Important to consider the possibility of attatching mud guards and racks...a lot of the very race orientated bikes...like the Allez I believe...do not have eyelets for such attatchments making it difficult if you want such things. Also worth considering the comfort of the bike too, a real racer could be difficult to get on with on swindons shit cycle paths.

Cyclocross bikes are becoming Exponentially popular with commuters because they enable you to have a drop barred roadie for giving it the beans when you want to, but also the comfort and practicality for commuting. It's what I'll be purchasing sometime soon hopefully.

I'd suggest trying to save a bit to get something decent...not thousands by any means...the decathlon bikes do get very good reviews. Have you considered a cycle to work scheme where you pay through your wages and get a pretty significant chunk off the cost of a bike? Worth looking at.

Have to say I love riding my 20 mile round commute. But it's not for everyone.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 07:27:47
I'd suggest trying to save a bit to get something decent...not thousands by any means...the decathlon bikes do get very good reviews. Have you considered a cycle to work scheme where you pay through your wages and get a pretty significant chunk off the cost of a bike? Worth looking at.

i've got up to £400 i reckon, so i'm not looking at anything held together by bluetac, but that said i'm not keen to spend it for the sake of it.

my employers only run the scheme january to january, and as i'll need it soonish it's probably best to bite the bullet on this occasion


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 07:50:59
Good time to buy, if you can wait around a month. A lot of the major manufacturers are releasing their 2013 models shortly, so expect to see some discounts on current 2012 models. Might mean a bit of shopping around, but bargains are out there if you look.

But it would be nice if all you cunts could lay off from buying a Cube Analog Disc in Large any time soon ;-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fatbasher on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 08:17:28
Mitchell Cycles on Shrivenham Road every time for me. They also have pitch side advertising at the county ground....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 22:18:19
mitchells didn't have anything that looked "cool", and as the fella said "if there's nothing you like the look of, don't buy it, as you'll only resent it and look to move it on".

i'm gunna go look at the one in decathlon i think


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:11:42
The decathlon Triban got 92% in one of the cycling mags last month. For £299 with a carbon fork its a deal, its a steel, its the sale of the fuckin century

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:18:29
its a steel,

Nah, its mostly aluminium. Mostly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:20:40
Nah, its mostly aluminium. Mostly.

But that wouldn't have rhymed. :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: walcot red on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 15:18:29
Anybody know if tesco petrol station has an air pump, and is it ok to use it to pump my bike tyres?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 15:28:47
Anybody know if tesco petrol station has an air pump, and is it ok to use it to pump my bike tyres?

If not, I'm sure they could sell you a foot pump.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 15:45:50
Anybody know if tesco petrol station has an air pump, and is it ok to use it to pump my bike tyres?

I really woudn't


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 16:08:24
bennet - if you work for Nationwide you get 25% discount at wheelies.co.uk - but if you've got the job giving out string at the allotment then you'll have to pay full price


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:20:47
i do work for t'wide, but fancied seeing/sitting on a bike before making a commitment to buy...that said 25% off their prices nearly makes it worth the risk


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:24:15
If you fancy a trip to Decathlon anytime soon, I intend to take a look at a new MTB.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:27:07
What model ya going for sam


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:28:01
i am free tomorrow from 4.15 or saturday sammyboy!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:30:14
Bennet - how long have you worked at NBS for ? 

Don't they have CTW scheme ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:31:46
Bennet - how long have you worked at NBS for ? 
too funking long
Don't they have CTW scheme ?
yeppers, but it only runs january to january, and i need a bike sooner


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:35:36
ok. I spent 10 years there til 2007. Playing in one of their golf days next week.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:41:14
What model ya going for sam

Liking the Rockrider 5.2.

i am free tomorrow from 4.15 or saturday sammyboy!

Might be able to do Saturday, have to make a trip to the hospital at some point but I'll see what I can do.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:44:11
ok. I spent 10 years there til 2007. Playing in one of their golf days next week.
i would join the golf society but i don't have a (golfing) handicap


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:45:11
If you join the crofters they do their own


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, August 16, 2012, 17:47:19
i only know people in the other one


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 17, 2012, 12:56:13
I'm flogging my old Apollo if anyone's interested.

20" frame
Full suspension
18 speed
V-brakes

Could probably do with a couple of new inner tubes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, August 17, 2012, 20:22:56
Samdy, go the extra mile and buy the Rockrider 8.1

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-decathlon-rockrider-81-10-39599

No brainer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: jonny72 on Friday, August 17, 2012, 20:59:32
I really don't get the appeal of expensive bikes. As long as it's got a comfy seat, mud guards, lots of gears and a bell what more do you need? Does the extra money really make that much difference if you're a fat fucker who rides a mile or two to work everyday?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, August 17, 2012, 21:57:56
I really don't get the appeal of expensive bikes. As long as it's got a comfy seat, mud guards, lots of gears and a bell what more do you need? Does the extra money really make that much difference if you're a fat fucker who rides a mile or two to work everyday?

Pedals?

I know where you're coming from. If you're trundling a mile or so each way, a £70 special from Halfords is probably perfect.

For me, I want to go trail riding as well as commuting to work, using it to get fit etc. In additional, it'll be used to tow my getting ever bigger 3 year old around in a trailer. So I need something of much higher quality to withstand the rigour of trails, and equally importantly, light. Generally, the more you pay, the better component spec (with regards to the dérailleurs/forks/brakes) and lighter bike you get. Depends what you want the bike for I guess.

That Rockrider spec is awesome for £500. You'd be paying in excess of £900 to get anything remotely similar from Specialised, Cannondale et al.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Friday, August 17, 2012, 22:52:19
Aaah now with weight it seems to me you pay a lot to lose a little. Particularly on road bikes. For example the £300 roadster on here is 10Kg, which the lycra clad at work would class as heavy, they have 7-8Kg £1K+ bikes. Though obviously there is a lot more in the price differential than just being 'lighter'.

I have a fair few spare Kg to lose. The way I see it, it would make a hell of a lot more difference for me to do that than shave 3Kg off the bike!



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 17, 2012, 22:56:24
Samdy, go the extra mile and buy the Rockrider 8.1

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-decathlon-rockrider-81-10-39599

No brainer.

The 5.2 will do me just fine. I have no need to spunk £500 on a bike at the mo.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, August 18, 2012, 17:12:01
i have an important announcement:
i bought the btwin triban 3

that is all


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 18, 2012, 19:42:14
Smashing - good choice


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 20, 2012, 15:50:34
Well in bennett.

I sold my old bike and bought the RR 5.2.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, August 20, 2012, 18:02:05
i bought the btwin triban 3

Can you post back in a month or so and let us know what you think. Might yet go for one myself.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 20, 2012, 19:17:41
Can you post back in a month or so and let us know what you think. Might yet go for one myself.

Ditto with the RR 5.2 Sam ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 20, 2012, 20:24:31
Will do.

Can anyone recommend a decent speedo? I'm not bothered about one with GPS, I've got my phone for that if I want to track my route.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 08:58:46
I have a Kona MB and recently it has developed a slight "clunk" in the right pedal. It's a very slight slip, does anyone know if there is a torque setting for pedals to the crank or do i just tighten it as much as possible? Or, is it likely to be a bearing problem?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 09:08:56
Will do.

Can anyone recommend a decent speedo? I'm not bothered about one with GPS, I've got my phone for that if I want to track my route.

Cat eye wireless seem to be pretty good. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cateye/cycle-computers/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 09:14:35
I have a Kona MB and recently it has developed a slight "clunk" in the right pedal. It's a very slight slip, does anyone know if there is a torque setting for pedals to the crank or do i just tighten it as much as possible? Or, is it likely to be a bearing problem?

It is probably your bottom bracket (the bearings inside your crank). This can easily be replaced for around £30 I would imagine. If you think it might be your pedal then buy some GT85 from Halfords and coat everything around the pedal and crank area.  Alternatively the chain could be worn which would lead to a slip or your chain ring could be damaged.

A lot depends on the amount of miles you have done and how well you have looked after it so try cleaning it up, along with the chain and chain rings to get rid of any muck and grime. Then coat all with GT85 and re-oil the chain.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 09:17:19
Cheers.

I think it all needs oiling tbh, It was sat in the garage for a couple of years but now gets daily use. Can I ask, what is GT85?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 09:22:17
A penetrating lube, ooh eeer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 09:31:14
Cheers.
I think it all needs oiling tbh, It was sat in the garage for a couple of years but now gets daily use. Can I ask, what is GT85?

Its a better form of WD 40 as it doesn't evaporate. When I clean my bike I spray the whole bike with it and then wipe it down. It displaces water a prevent things rusting and seizing up, gives it a nice shine and stops muck from sticking.  Note, wipe brakes and rims with white spirit after  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:09:10
I really don't get the appeal of expensive bikes. As long as it's got a comfy seat, mud guards, lots of gears and a bell what more do you need? Does the extra money really make that much difference if you're a fat fucker who rides a mile or two to work everyday?

For a lot, a bike is a boy's toy, often not ridden very much, but good to be able to swap stories about spec etc. It will usually sit in the shed.

I've never owned an expensive bike, mainly because it will just get nicked. My first bike on which I did many miles, was a sit up and beg with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer....I then upgraded to a Raleigh which was going cheap at Mitchells, as it built for sale in Europe and had certain differences to a British bike....Raleigh couldn't shift them.  It was an ace touring bike and never let me down.  I then got a Raleigh mountain bike, bottom of the range...but more than able to deal with the many tracks and byways around Wiltshire...still got it.

My latest steed is a Dawes hybrid, my lad did the end to end about 3 years ago now, he'd bought this through the internet, and decided when done that he'd had enough of cycling and gave it to me.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:13:08
Not owned a penny farthing then reg?  ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:20:44
Not owned a penny farthing then reg?  ;)

An ordinary...would be good.  I have given more than a passing glance to these bikes that have an electric motor....don't know anyone who has one or if they're reliable value for money etc.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:31:29
For a lot, a bike is a boy's toy, often not ridden very much, but good to be able to swap stories about spec etc. It will usually sit in the shed.

I've never owned an expensive bike, mainly because it will just get nicked. My first bike on which I did many miles, was a sit up and beg with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer....I then upgraded to a Raleigh which was going cheap at Mitchells, as it built for sale in Europe and had certain differences to a British bike....Raleigh couldn't shift them.  It was an ace touring bike and never let me down.  I then got a Raleigh mountain bike, bottom of the range...but more than able to deal with the many tracks and byways around Wiltshire...still got it.

My latest steed is a Dawes hybrid, my lad did the end to end about 3 years ago now, he'd bought this through the internet, and decided when done that he'd had enough of cycling and gave it to me.

I have a strange feeling that my dad used to buy our bikes from Mitchells back in the day!

Loved the smell of the shop.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 14:59:12
I think I need some bike clips because my work trousers tend to flap around a bit. Do any of you guys recommend any? Will i be better off tucking the trousers into my sock. I'm gonna look a plum whatever.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:02:18
I think I need some bike clips because my work trousers tend to flap around a bit. Do any of you guys recommend any? Will i be better off tucking the trousers into my sock. I'm gonna look a plum whatever.

Wear Shorts


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: walcot red on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:03:22
Wear Shorts

But not lycra shorts.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:05:01
But not lycra shorts.

Not going to work maybe - a bit MAMIL


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:05:06
Not an option, I think the sock option is looking good (so to speak :( )


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:05:49
lacky band ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:08:32
possibly, or wellies!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ibelieveinmrreeves on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:09:37
Get the cycling clips, better look than pulling you sock over the top.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Notts red on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 15:17:39
I often see people who have obviously cycled into town and after leaving their bike somewhere continue to walk around with their trousers/jeans tucked into their sock, surely it's not that big a chore to have to do it again once back to the bike.  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: nevillew on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 16:49:44
.I then upgraded to a Raleigh which was going cheap at Mitchells, as it built for sale in Europe and had certain differences to a British bike....


Left hand drive ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: walcot red on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 16:51:06
Did the bell have a french when it was rung?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 16:52:21
My new bike is coming tomorrow. Excited!

If anyone fancies a couple of hours cycling of an evening/weekend let me know.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 17:00:22
Left hand drive ?

There was a mounting for a light which was on the left hand side....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 19:29:30
I went on the Croft Mountain Bike trails on Monday.Good fun, even on my old bone shaker.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 22:52:25
I went on the Croft Mountain Bike trails on Monday.Good fun, even on my old bone shaker.

Didn't even know this existed, thanks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 22:53:10
Where do i find them (precisely, obviously in the Croft area!)?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 22:57:11
http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/croft-trail/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 00:53:00
My new bike is coming tomorrow. Excited!

If anyone fancies a couple of hours cycling of an evening/weekend let me know.

As smooth as tans.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 09:38:46
Smooth?

I'm not exactly asking someone for a date.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 09:50:56
Smooth?

I'm not exactly asking someone for a date.

 :D
Cycle to the game on Saturday


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Wyndham on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 14:42:55
Samdy, how much did they charge for home delivery?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 14:54:06
£14.99


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Wyndham on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 14:58:34
Cheers for that, very decent price.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 23, 2012, 15:06:08
Yep, cheaper than driving to Reading.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 09:57:46
Bump.

Bennett, how's the Triban?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:13:51
Anyone admit to trying out these newfangled scooters the kids have these days? They are much better than the shite that was around when I were a lad.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:52:44
Anyone admit to trying out these newfangled scooters the kids have these days? They are much better than the shite that was around when I were a lad.
these?

http://www.scooterguru.com/images/razor-scooter.jpg


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:57:49
Those!  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:01:17
I see adults using them to get around town everyday, it still amuses me


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:05:47
To be fair they would be quite good for the commute, they are small, light, quick and some can fold up.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:10:02
Some guy was cycling to work (in Dorcan) last week on a fucking unicycle! Nutter.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: wiggy on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:29:26
I see adults using them to get around town everyday, it still amuses me

Me and the Mrs were having a long weekend in Winchester recently. There are some almshouses there where the residents have to wear cloaks as part of a uniform, and one of them, who must have been in his 70's or 80's, got around on a scooter.

He passed us several times over the weekend. You knew it was him coming because one of his wheels squeaked.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:46:46
Do they sell heelies in a size 12?  :)



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 22:16:44
Do they sell heelies in a size 12?  :)



Heelys sell adult ones!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 22:20:34
Bump.

Bennett, how's the Triban?

Bump the bump


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:07:52
Bump the bump

Maybe Bennett is still out on it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:11:37
It was his birthday yesterday.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:12:46
My reply remains but has a whole new meaning  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:07:18
It was his birthday yesterday.

Belated Happy Birthday bennett.

How's the bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:48:44
Can anyone recommend some decent bike lights, now the days ate getting shorter?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:53:32
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1000LM-Cree-XML-T6-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Zoomable-Lights-7-LED-Rear-Light-/251091020942?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Cycling_Bike_Lights&hash=item3a7630ec8e

Get two or three. One mounted on your helmet and another (or two) on the bars.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:55:59
Ta. Bit of a rat run on my way home. I don't mind looking like the space ship from close encounters  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 13:06:34
Most of my loops are 90% off-road with no lighting so I'll be getting some myself soon so I can carry on with my evening rides during the winter.

Can be had for cheaper if you import from HK/China through dealextreme, but probably worth the bit extra to buy from a UK seller.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:14:29
Belated Happy Birthday bennett.

How's the bike.
muchos grassyass Batch

tis wonderful thanks. i need to buy some new lights (decathlon put lights on all bikes, but they're "not much cop") and some longsleeved breathable, warm tops and gloves, as my poor hands do get v cold.

i'm also tempted to get some clip pedals and shoes, but don't fancy not falling over when i forget to take my feet out.

but as far as the bike goes - really good ta. did you buy one in the end Mr B?
samdy, are you planning to get one?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:17:37
No not bought one yet, still umming and aaahing about whether I'd use a road bike. Quite like going down the cycle path from Chippenham to Calne and back in a lunch hour, but that's mountain bike terrain.

Meh, I'll probably crumble and get it eventually.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:23:45
samdy, are you planning to get one?

I'm leaning that way. The plan was to get down to a goal weight/level of fitness and then reward myself with a new full susser MTB. But lately I've been looking at more and more road bikes. I think the rule of n+1 definitely applies here.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:29:39
if either of you gents fancy having a go on my bike (what a disgusting start to a sentence) then you're welcome.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:32:42
if either of you gents fancy having a go on my bike (what a disgusting start to a sentence) then you're welcome.
does your missus know you're pimping her out on the TEF?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 21:35:54
does your missus know you're pimping her out on the TEF?
booo i thought i'd pre-empted this sort of thing by pointing out the disgusting nature of the sentence
in answer to your question - no


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 24, 2012, 11:24:43
I need to get some decent bike waterproof clothes, I currently look like I am carrying a family tent on my back when the wind picks up. Something more figure hugging and aerodynamic (not Lycra tight though!).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 24, 2012, 11:45:03
I need to get some decent bike waterproof clothes, I currently look like I am carrying a family tent on my back when the wind picks up. Something more figure hugging and aerodynamic (not Lycra tight though!).

Best thing here is to get a quality cycling jacket - they make sure the tent carrying look doesn't happen - look at endura/altura for well priced stuff.  Then get yourself some cheapo troosers from somewhere.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:26:24
Aaah now with weight it seems to me you pay a lot to lose a little. Particularly on road bikes. For example the £300 roadster on here is 10Kg, which the lycra clad at work would class as heavy, they have 7-8Kg £1K+ bikes. Though obviously there is a lot more in the price differential than just being 'lighter'.

I have a fair few spare Kg to lose. The way I see it, it would make a hell of a lot more difference for me to do that than shave 3Kg off the bike!



The weight difference is between 2- 2 1/2 bags of sugar. That is a big difference in weight to haul up a hill. I know that loosing lard does the same thing but, from experience, riding a bike that is 2 1/2 kg lighter up a hill is a lot easier than riding a bike up a hill when I am 2 1/2 kg lighter (I live in Buckinghamshire, in Marlow and we have some fecking steep hills near where I live and ride on a daily basis).

The difference in price also has an impact on the quality of the wheels and frame- the most important parts of the bike when it comes to quality IMHO. More outlay means a stiffer frame so power transfer is more effective- flex around the bottom bracket can loose you a lot of power when going hard at it. Stiffer and lighter wheels also save effort. My 'Sunday best' bike, a 2004 Cannondale R800 road bike came with Gipemme Grecal parade wheels, very nice looking wheels but, the rear wheel has only got 16 spokes and, when out of the saddle, pedalling hard up hill, the wheels flexes and rubs on the brakes. When I can afford it, the wheels are going to be changed.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:28:13
if either of you gents fancy having a go on my bike (what a disgusting start to a sentence) then you're welcome.

Thanks for the offer. I reckon I am unlikely to be able to tell a good bike from a crap one, and so the online opinion and Bennett  seal of approval gets my vote.

The weight difference is between 2- 2 1/2 bags of sugar. That is a big difference in weight to haul up a hill. I know that loosing lard does the same thing but, from experience, riding a bike that is 2 1/2 kg lighter up a hill is a lot easier than riding a bike up a hill when I am 2 1/2 kg lighter

That's interesting. Didn't really think this would be the case. In fact by reducing my mass I thought air resistance would decrease due to its squaring properties against velocity. Then I realised I'm not Brian Cox so I gave up trying to work out what that really means.

I believe what you say but I'm never going to be a serious cyclist, so I reckon I'll take the hit on a heavier bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:42:56
The weight difference is between 2- 2 1/2 bags of sugar. That is a big difference in weight to haul up a hill. I know that loosing lard does the same thing but, from experience, riding a bike that is 2 1/2 kg lighter up a hill is a lot easier than riding a bike up a hill when I am 2 1/2 kg lighter (I live in Buckinghamshire, in Marlow and we have some fecking steep hills near where I live and ride on a daily basis).

The difference in price also has an impact on the quality of the wheels and frame- the most important parts of the bike when it comes to quality IMHO. More outlay means a stiffer frame so power transfer is more effective- flex around the bottom bracket can loose you a lot of power when going hard at it. Stiffer and lighter wheels also save effort. My 'Sunday best' bike, a 2004 Cannondale R800 road bike came with Gipemme Grecal parade wheels, very nice looking wheels but, the rear wheel has only got 16 spokes and, when out of the saddle, pedalling hard up hill, the wheels flexes and rubs on the brakes. When I can afford it, the wheels are going to be changed.

I would agree regarding wheels, just swapped the standard wheels on my Allez for some Fulcrum Racing 5's and the improvement is incredible both in terms of general rolling and climbing!

The weight issue is a difficult one, I would disagree and say that saving a few pounds in weight makes a bigger difference both in terms of lugging yourself up the hill but also in not weezing like one is terminally ill whilst you are doing it! I would work on your weight first and then start saving on the bike to put the icing on the cake so to speak.

Anyway off to the Bike Show on Saturday so will no doubt end up with loads of rubbish I dont need!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:51:41
It does raise a smile when you see a bloke who's obviously got a bit of disposable income plodding around on a full carbon Bianchi/Cannondale/Pinarello with a huge beer gut busting out of his replica Team Sky lycra. I mean, if you're carrying that weight, what's the point?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:57:16
I did pass 4 cyclists the other day whilst in my car, they had all the kit etc. One of them was a big bloke, around 18st, the others passed him going uphill.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, September 24, 2012, 13:03:21
Thanks for the offer. I reckon I am unlikely to be able to tell a good bike from a crap one, and so the online opinion and Bennett  seal of approval gets my vote.

That's interesting. Didn't really think this would be the case. In fact by reducing my mass I thought air resistance would decrease due to its squaring properties against velocity. Then I realised I'm not Brian Cox so I gave up trying to work out what that really means.

I believe what you say but I'm never going to be a serious cyclist, so I reckon I'll take the hit on a heavier bike.


I will add the caveate that the bit about a lighter bike being easier to shift than a lighter gut is in my opinion and experience only. I'm not claiming any industry secret knowledge.

It does beg the question however, if I built an airtight frame and filled it with helium, would that make a difference ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 24, 2012, 13:10:41
I would agree regarding wheels, just swapped the standard wheels on my Allez for some Fulcrum Racing 5's and the improvement is incredible both in terms of general rolling and climbing!


I'm looking at the racing 3s, just cos I buckled my back wheel on a sportive last weekend and they are the standard kit om my Trek. I take it that you're happy with the R5s??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, September 24, 2012, 23:06:34
I'm looking at the racing 3s, just cos I buckled my back wheel on a sportive last weekend and they are the standard kit om my Trek. I take it that you're happy with the R5s??

Racing 5's been great so far, ride is a bit stiffer than the originals but spin up quicker and seem to have made climbing a bit easier! They were 165 quid from Ribble came quick and no probs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 09:17:21
Racing 5's been great so far, ride is a bit stiffer than the originals but spin up quicker and seem to have made climbing a bit easier! They were 165 quid from Ribble came quick and no probs.

Excellent thanks. I have Bontrager SSR which came with the bike so am looking to upgrade. Starting to think that £350+ for the Racing 3s are not as good value as £165 for the Racing 5s, especially for my level.

Did see a pair of wheels on Wiggle for £4500 though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:27:05
It does raise a smile when you see a bloke who's obviously got a bit of disposable income plodding around on a full carbon Bianchi/Cannondale/Pinarello with a huge beer gut busting out of his replica Team Sky lycra. I mean, if you're carrying that weight, what's the point?!

A carbon bike has become the new mid life crisis must have replacing the sports car!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:31:03
Excellent thanks. I have Bontrager SSR which came with the bike so am looking to upgrade. Starting to think that £350+ for the Racing 3s are not as good value as £165 for the Racing 5s, especially for my level.

Did see a pair of wheels on Wiggle for £4500 though.

The price of some wheels is genuinely scary, when you look at a team car in the tour and take note of the 4-5 bikes and wheels theres probably £75-100k of kit on the roof.

The thing with wheels is they can be moved between bikes, and when you buy a new bike often it is the wheels that are downgraded by the manufacturer to hit a price point, but if you already have good wheels they are there to put on a new bike if you upgrade... if that makes sense!

I am very happy with mine but if you got the cash why not?



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 15:13:13
Thanks Horlock - makes good sense.  I don't have all the money for the R3s hence why I am trying to justify it to myself.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: nevillew on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 16:09:35
Just buy one then.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 11:20:16
I have an alu frame with carbon forks and seat post and that'll do me for a while. It's a decent bike but many time have have been over taken by an 1980/90's dawes with steel frame. At the level I am at I'll never notice the different with a full carbon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 11:27:40
My MB has the disc style of brakes, but the back one rubs. Is it better to loosen the cable on the brake lever or adjust the brake pad with an alum/allen key?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 11:39:44
Try this. You'll need long arms or someone helping.

Loosen the bolts on the calliper so it’s able to move around a little.
Squeeze the brake and keep it squeezed in.
Tighten the calliper back up.
Let go of the brake lever.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: dave_bambers_right_sock on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 11:47:57
F1 style bike change over blink and you'll miss it

http://vimeo.com/49997914#at=0 (http://vimeo.com/49997914#at=0)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 10:13:45
I will be buying the wife a MB for Christmas, anyone know of any good deals on at the moment? Some of the bikes on amazon are well priced.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 10:16:41
So you're now answering your own questions?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:16:16
So you're now answering your own questions?

Am I? Yes, I am  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 15:17:25
How much you looking to spend 4D?



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 15:29:16
How much you looking to spend 4D?



Anything between £130 to £200. She doesn't want anything too specialized, just to occasionally use on road or cycle path etc. I've spotted a few £250 to £300 bikes reduced by £100.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 15:51:26
For that money you won't get better than the Decathlon range.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 16:12:17
For that money you won't get better than the Decathlon range.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes

This


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 20:26:57
Excellent thanks. I have Bontrager SSR which came with the bike so am looking to upgrade. Starting to think that £350+ for the Racing 3s are not as good value as £165 for the Racing 5s, especially for my level.

Did see a pair of wheels on Wiggle for £4500 though.

If you are still looking for new wheels Ribble now got an extra 10% off wheels for next couple of days http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 22:23:08
Great, thanks


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 16:37:20
For that money you won't get better than the Decathlon range.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes

Looks good! With a bike that's in the £150 to £200 range, is it worth getting one with front suspension or is it better to get rigid forks?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 16:42:06
I have a question about cyclists and cycling in general?

Is it illegal for cyclists to go through red lights and cycle on the pavement? Or is it just frowned upon?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 16:45:03
RLJing is illegal and dangerously stupid.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 16:45:51
Looks good! With a bike that's in the £150 to £200 range, is it worth getting one with front suspension or is it better to get rigid forks?

Get suspension with lock out function


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 16:51:58
RLJing is illegal and dangerously stupid.

I did think so but wasn't sure as I have seen it happen fairly frequently in London, where the cyclists in general do seem to have a bit of a blaze attitude about their riding.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Azza on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 20:21:40
I'm a good boy I stop at red lights on my bike, although mainly to have a rest from breathing out my arse.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 23:33:10
Next year's Tour de France route was unveiled today. Looks like Froome will get his chance, with Wiggins concentrating on the Giro.

I think I might go down for the Alpe D'Huez stage, then try and catch the finish in Paris.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 10:26:02
For that money you won't get better than the Decathlon range.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes

I'll probably go down this route, are there any good bargains to be had at the moment or any recommended MB websites?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 10:36:29
Bargains on what?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:04:46
MTB's I.e. Any more expensive brands that have plummeted into my budget  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 13:19:52
Nows the time to be looking at season end deals on bikes as the shops look to shift 2012 models to make room for 2013.

There are certain companies that do high spec models that are a couple of years old such as Winstanley Bikes in Wigan, but be a little careful with them as from experience they advertise great deals but they will then only have like 1 or 2 of the bikes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 18:33:24
Just bought myself a turbo trainer, done a few sessions with a Chrissie Wellington training mp3. Close to vomitting every time I do it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 19:09:30
Haven't been out for nearly a month now, what with being on holiday, my wife losing my jacket and not having any lights.

Now I've sorted all that I need to get my arse in gear and get out for a ride in the dark.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 22:15:39
Haven't been out for nearly a month now, what with being on holiday, my wife losing my jacket and not having any lights.

Now I've sorted all that I need to get my arse in gear and get out for a ride in the dark.

Been out twice this week and frozen my nuts off, really need to get some winter gloves.

Have discovered Strava which is a bit scary......


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 22:33:01
i've been riding and from work and it's fucking freezing. hurray


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 23:03:02
Have discovered Strava which is a bit scary......

I use it too. I always tell myself I'm just using it to track my route and average speed etc. but it always ends up with me blowing out of my arse trying to beat segment times.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 09:24:11
The front tyre on my bike drops from 40psi to 20psi overnight! It doesn't drop below 20 after that, is it likely the valve is knackered?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:08:02
The front tyre on my bike drops from 40psi to 20psi overnight! It doesn't drop below 20 after that, is it likely the valve is knackered?

or a slow puncture. Don't dick about just replace the tube


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:12:00
I see that you can get a "slime" inner tube that is supposed to be self healing. Any good?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:15:22
A new inner tube will only cost you a couple of quid.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:17:59
I see that you can get a "slime" inner tube that is supposed to be self healing. Any good?
Yes. I wouldn't get anything else these days. I've put them on all the bikes in the family.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:18:35
I see that you can get a "slime" inner tube that is supposed to be self healing. Any good?

I don't think so. Tend to make a mess of everything. Just spend the extra money on some kevlar tyres


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 11:16:19
I have just read some good reviews on them, might give em a go , they are less than a tenner.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 14:38:42
Depends what you are using them for, I wouldn't want to use such things on any bike where the tyres have a lot of pressure as a tyre deflating from high pressure at speed is bloody terrifying!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 15:13:06
Depends what you are using them for, I wouldn't want to use such things on any bike where the tyres have a lot of pressure as a tyre deflating from high pressure at speed is bloody terrifying!

Cycling :)

Same could be said for any inner tube  ???


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ScillyRed on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 15:18:13
Last time I was on my bike, I had a bit of an off road accident - finished up in hospital for a week with a punctured lung and two broken ribs - very painful  :nod:

Bike now safely stored in the allotment shed, where it will probably stay - who says cycling is healthy   :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 18:42:50
Cycling :)

Same could be said for any inner tube  ???

OK I will put it another way, is it a road bike as if you are putting 110psi into the tyres as I do with mine you wouldn't want to depend on a slimey inner tube.

But if its a MTB or a hybrid that run at lower pressure it may be an option.

Taking note of things like pinch flats etc I would not waste a tenner on a fancy tube when you can get cheap ones, no amount of slime is going to seal a pinch or a tear (that sounds a little sexual - sorry!)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: woolster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 19:06:31
Been out twice this week and frozen my nuts off, really need to get some winter gloves.

Have discovered Strava which is a bit scary......
what is this thing called strava you speak of :hmmm:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: @MacPhlea on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 19:52:29
Slime inner tubes are great but if you use a CO2 charged pump to inflate them and the fucking thing won't shut of it does tend to get a bit messy when it explodes... And yes I do speak from experience...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:05:27
what is this thing called strava you speak of :hmmm:

Its a GPS tool that splits routes/roads into sections so if you go out for a ride you can upload your time along that section to see how you compare. You need GPS or a smart phone


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:24:46
Finally got out for a few miles tonight. Riding in the dark isn't as bad as I thought it would be. My new lights are extremely bright! And I didn't run into any axe wielding maniacs either.

Strava is good to some extents, like for monitoring a training plan, but you get some people who I like to call Strava wankers who obviously only go out to push hard on known segments in an effort to get KOMs.





Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:32:19
Finally got out for a few miles tonight. Riding in the dark isn't as bad as I thought it would be. My new lights are extremely bright! And I didn't run into any axe wielding maniacs either.

Strava is good to some extents, like for monitoring a training plan, but you get some people who I like to call Strava wankers who obviously only go out to push hard on known segments in an effort to get KOMs.

Strava Wankers - like it.

What lights did you get Samdy ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:40:14
Bought a couple of UltraFire 501b's from Lightmalls. Took a few weeks to arrive from Hong Kong but it was worth the wait (and the cost saving).

I think the combined output is something like 1000 to 1200 lumens. Bright enough to light up a pitch dark trail for a good 30 to 40 metres in front of the bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:43:29
Cheers - I've been shopping about for some as all I have at the mo is some get-me home knog frogs.

I shall take a look.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:46:55
If you want crazy bright then have a look at Magic shine lamps.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 20:49:42
and if you want crazy expensive !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, November 8, 2012, 23:40:45
what is this thing called strava you speak of :hmmm:
i've been using mapmyride. it's relatively good, not as in depth as strava on face value, but it's handy as it allows you to log foods etc and work out your calorific burn etc


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, November 8, 2012, 23:57:12

Strava is good to some extents, like for monitoring a training plan, but you get some people who I like to call Strava wankers who obviously only go out to push hard on known segments in an effort to get KOMs.


What! That's the whole point! It's like doing an intermediate sprint / dash up the mountain for a green or polka dot jersey. Release the Cavendish/Voeckler within!...safely of course. I bet Wiggo was trying to win back his KoM from some swine that nicked it off him before he found himself sprawled across the bonnet of an Astra van!

Love strava myself...KoM of 3 out of 4 segments on my morning commute from Purton to the train station. Just need to find an elusive 2 seconds to claim back my clean sweep. I bet the git ahead of me had a clear run and a massive tail wind! Sod.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 9, 2012, 08:23:22
Looks like we've got ourselves a strava wanker...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, November 9, 2012, 18:48:56
You ain't doing doing it right samdy...but i'm a strava wanker and proud, if you like. it keeps my 5 days a week dashes to the the train station interesting, but its not as if i have much choice but to go for it sometimes if i'm running late, I'll have to rag it whether I want to or not if i don't want to miss my train.

maybe strava isn't best for you if you're not into the competitive side of it...why not try endomondo?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 9, 2012, 19:02:00
If you look back in the thread you'll see I've openly admitted that I can't help myself but try and beat segment times on occasions, but for me it's because I like the competition of bettering my own segment times and improving my own performance. Not waving my internet penis by boasting about being faster than a load of blokes I've never met.

Do you put the same effort into the whole of your ride? Or just when you know you're on a segment? If the latter than I'd say it's you that's doing it wrong.

Anyway Pete, looks like someone's nicked another of your KoM's, you've only got the two at the moment ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ReadingRed on Friday, November 9, 2012, 19:37:14
Going back to the tyres/inner tubes discussion, I got this from the ETA today - it looks like a decent solid tyre option will be available soon... bit.ly/Txjbdy (http://bit.ly/Txjbdy)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, November 9, 2012, 19:48:23
gah! cheers for bringing that to my attention, hadnt noticed that one. the git has only done 3 miles in total on strava! probably done that stretch on an electric bike or something, thats some going up there. cant see myself getting near that anytime soon, ohwell, something to aim for tomorrow morning.

as I said, if I'm running late (which i often am) ive got no choice but to hammer it all the way. no point in holding back on one bit to prepare for another when ive got a train to catch.

is there not a private strava mode where you can just make your own segments and only look at your own times and scores? i see no problem with a bit of friendly time beating between people ive never met. i enjoy the thought of people on their way to work grimacing on their own trying to beat their own times and those of others. I'm not a serious cyclist in anyway, I'm on a pretty heavy hybrid bike with a massive rucksack. I'm just trying to get to and from work and this adds a bit of fun on the way.

PM me your strava name SG and i'll give you a follow, see how you're getting on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 9, 2012, 20:24:40
That's fair enough. It's just that there's obviously a few utter dicks who get an ego massage from being top of some pretty meaningless timing charts (I'm not saying you're one of them).

This is me:

strava.com/athletes/1010372

Just seen that I actually have one KoM in Lydiard Park, which is nice, considering I had no idea :)





Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Friday, November 9, 2012, 20:28:40
Strava people...

Look up veloviewer.com (http://veloviewer.com). Much more user friendly way to view your KOMs, I always get a bit lost on Strava.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: woolster on Friday, November 9, 2012, 20:56:03
when i installed strava it asked to enable gps tracking does this eat into my monthly data usage


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 9, 2012, 20:59:06
No, it only uses data at the end of the ride when you upload it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: woolster on Friday, November 9, 2012, 21:03:16
No, it only uses data at the end of the ride when you upload it.
cheers samdy


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 19:10:38
Been out and beasted myself in rain this PM but knocked a few mins off my bread and butter circuit ride.

If you want proper strava wanker, a mate of mine beat a KoM round here and then got a really snotty messsge from the rider he beat demanding he deleted it as he 'must have cheated' - twat.

Each to his own, I really am the least competitive person, but found myself proper hurting myself this afternoon to get better time. Plus as I ride alone most the time I do have a habit of switching off and just slowly spinning so it should help.

Perhaps we should start a new strava thread - although as I am in Lancashire cannot see me beating any of your times!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 19:27:42
Perhaps we should start a new strava thread - although as I am in Lancashire cannot see me beating any of your times!!
Is there an option to make a group on Strava? thetownend group maybe?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:31:24
For that money you won't get better than the Decathlon range.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359112-mtb-_-mountain-bikes

Their website has been down for the last few days, and I'm waiting to order a bike  :(.  Can these rock riders be bought anywhere else?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:39:00
No, only from Decathlon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:40:47
Mudguards. I'm in dire need of them  :(

Any recommendations? Ta x


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 13:03:26
Front or back?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 13:06:36
Front or back?

Both, for a MTB (Kona). The seat of my office chair now has a wet patch  :)
The front tyre tends to flick water straight into my mush, I'm not sure if those guards that attach to the underside of the frame are any good? (front).




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 13:10:41
Both, for a MTB (Kona). The seat of my office chair now has a wet patch  :)
The front tyre tends to flick water straight into my mush, I'm not sure if those guards that attach to the underside of the frame are any good? (front).

The ones that attach to the underside of the front don't stop spray when you turn the wheel.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 13:11:16
I don't use any myself, but these get good reviews:

Front: http://www.muckynutz.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=108

Rear: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/crud-race-guard-rear-mudguard/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=uk&gclid=CJu_h_aD4LMCFcrItAodpGkAgQ


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 13:14:26
Thanks both.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, November 22, 2012, 20:40:08
Looking to get the missus a hybrid bike, it has chunky tyres but a slick tread. Any good for roads and cycle paths. She won't be cycling up and down mountains :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, November 22, 2012, 22:38:16
Looking to get the missus a hybrid bike, it has chunky tyres but a slick tread. Any good for roads and cycle paths. She won't be cycling up and down mountains :)

Ridgeback


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, November 22, 2012, 23:49:17
Subway?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 23, 2012, 09:54:37
http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/bikes/hybrid-bikes/f/ridgeback?page=1

Good choice here. Solids, well made bikes, good price, nothing fancy.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, November 26, 2012, 22:50:22
does anyone have any recommendations for good cleats?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:09:42
Attention Batch

I know you use the Chippenham to Calne cycle path, where do you access it at the chip end?  :sherlock:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:21:31
Attention Batch

I know you use the Chippenham to Calne cycle path, where do you access it at the chip end?  :sherlock:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.466494,-2.103195&spn=0.00901,0.040641&t=m&z=15&layer=c&cbll=51.464347,-2.104045&panoid=_tyGXsFz9IZcQ56AmqEfbQ&cbp=11,9.9,,0,0.19

I use cocklebury lane (left track) to get to the above point above, cycle path is on the right as you look at the streetview pic. Follow it straight down until you reach the gate/road (couple of miles).

Turn Left onto road Map Shows where cyclepath joins road and is facing direction you need to travel!

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.453044,-2.068176&spn=0.009012,0.040641&t=h&layer=c&cbll=51.453037,-2.068185&panoid=V9XWNNRvPXKR8R97ogKUMw&cbp=11,115,,0,0&z=15

Ride approx half mile on road towards Studley hill, cycle path resumes on left:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.4493,-2.061267&spn=0.009013,0.040641&t=h&layer=c&cbll=51.449302,-2.06127&panoid=A8dpxXHkTyP2jy3ac6XZWw&cbp=11,54.62,,0,0.19&z=15

Then its just a matter of going straight on cycle path until you reach Calne. Note that not to far along the resumed cycle-path, just after the bridge another path joins in. Make sure you go back the same way you came (left fork from Calne :) )


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:21:40
http://www.cycleroutesuk.com/cycle-route/south-west/calne-to-chippenham.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:43:16
does anyone have any recommendations for good cleats?

For road or MTB use?

I use Shimano SPD for road and whilst the cleats don't last too long I have never had a problem with them.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:46:51
Thanks guys, at least I won't have to start a "can you get cycle maps on a sat nav" thread :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 14:00:10
Thanks guys, at least I won't have to start a "can you get cycle maps on a sat nav" thread :)


Awaits inevitable "how do I get my bike out the mud swamp" question.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 14:00:16
 When I did this....prob not long after the Calne end sexy new bridge was opened, I was a bit disappointed that the old track bed was lost about half way along, and some road was involved. Is that still the case?

 4D have a look at this little gem..no need to get your arse splattered...

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYZeLYJ9dnU


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 14:15:18
when I last went along the route from Calne to chip, I got as far as Stanley bridge, the track appeared to end there. Wad a few years ago mind


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 19:36:43
For road or MTB use?

I use Shimano SPD for road and whilst the cleats don't last too long I have never had a problem with them.
road. sorry i was a tard again. i have some SPD Shimano pedals, just trying to decide which shoes to get.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 20:17:38
road. sorry i was a tard again. i have some SPD Shimano pedals, just trying to decide which shoes to get.


I ride wearing Shimano R160's (I got them v cheap - they are nowhere worth the RRP) and they have been fine....

One thing to bear in mind is that Shimano shoes seem to be narrow and small (I take an 11shoe and I think my cycling shoes are a 12 or even 13!!)

I tried Specialized ones on when I was looking and they seemed comfortable and wider but there were no deals about.

Mates got some SIDI ones and they are proper comfy -but proper pricey too!

Have you ridden with SPD's before?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 22:02:50
nossir, i've got the pedals already as the SPD R540's (only thing other than wheels i'd upgrade on the bike, and they'd need to be mega cheap). so whatever i use it'll be steep and painful curve


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 16:54:09
Getting used to clipless pedels is OK as long as you concentrate and plan ahead a bit at junctions, be careful of attractive women at traffic lights as everyone has to have the moment of making an idiot of themselves by someone catching their eye, forgetting to unclip and the associated shame!

If you are after shoes Ribble have some deals this weekend...

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:28:15
does anyone have any recommendations for good cleats?

MTBs or Road ?? I use Shimano SPDs for MTB and SPD SLs for Road.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:28:43
Just ordered some Fulcrum Racing 3's   ;D

(my freehub cracked at the weekend so felt justified)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, December 10, 2012, 21:13:26
i bought some spd sl pedals and some cheap wiggle homebrand shoes


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 10, 2012, 21:21:18
I need some base layers (top and bottoms) and some winter gloves. It's getting a bit nippy in just a pair of shorts and with fingerless gloves.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bogus Dave on Monday, December 10, 2012, 21:39:35
I don't know about cycling, but I've stocked up on time to run stuff on Amazon, for running now its chuffing freezing. I'd imagine you'd want something more wind resistant as an outer layer, but as an undergarm it could still do a job.

Stuff like  This  (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007DIA5SY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00) is decent priced and good quality.

Also picked up a couple of  These bad boys  (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006HG8GCA/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00) which have been a godsend!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 10, 2012, 21:52:51
Cheers Dave, but I need some proper skin type base layers to go underneath a jersey.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bogus Dave on Monday, December 10, 2012, 22:00:44
Ahh right. You can get them in jjb for about £15


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 10:18:12
Samdy - for gloves have a look at Aldi's winter gloves - only £5 but do a good enough job to be worth 5 times that.

The chap who I was out with at the weekend had a pair and said they were great. Admittedly they may not last ages but at that price who cares how long they last ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 13:29:49
Aldi are also selling a thermal under layer


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 14:18:32
Samdy - for gloves have a look at Aldi's winter gloves - only £5 but do a good enough job to be worth 5 times that.

The chap who I was out with at the weekend had a pair and said they were great. Admittedly they may not last ages but at that price who cares how long they last ?

Can you buy the Aldi gloves on-line?

In terms of base layer I use Helly Hanson Life long sleeve jerseys and they do a very good job of keeoping warm and keeping sweat off your skin, reasonably priced as well.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 14:27:30
Cheers for the Aldi tip, I'll take a look.

I bought some stuff from Lidl earlier in the year when they had a deal on cycling gear and it's pretty decent quality.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 17:51:24
 There maybe some Moulton afficianados out there, who are today mourning the death of Alex Moulton designer of the eponymous bike.

 I know a few lads, mostly mad as boxes of frogs, who rarely ride or buy anything else...Wiltshire connection to boot.

http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/

Have a look at the heritage section  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: leefer on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 20:05:10
If you live in Bradford on Avon any kind of bike is worthless!

All hills and River.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 20:59:06
If you live in Bradford on Avon any kind of bike is worthless!

All hills and River.

Think you'll find mountain bikes are made for hills.....

And don't forget the K&A goes right though BOA. Lovely ride from Bath to Devizes along the tow path, with a fine selection of pubs to drink/eat in.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 14:36:18
Cheers for the Aldi tip, I'll take a look.

I bought some stuff from Lidl earlier in the year when they had a deal on cycling gear and it's pretty decent quality.

I popped in this morning and bought some - they are "thinsulate" so a pretty good buy all round.

All proper cyclists love hills.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 14:46:21
Think I'll need heated grips with the way the weather's going lately.

And as for hills, going down them is fun. Only proper mentalists enjoy going up them, like those that go to France just to cycle the Alpe d'Huez.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 14:53:18
The gloves are really good - you need to get a big size to allow a layer of air to circulate and give you room if you want to wear liners.

My toes are the biggest problem for me despite two pairs of socks and shoe covers - I've even taped up the ventilation holes. You can get battery operated heated insoles but thats seems a bit drastic. I suffer when I go skiing as well


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, December 13, 2012, 21:54:28
this looks interesting...anyone fancy doing this?

http://www.nightrider.org.uk/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, December 13, 2012, 23:04:56
Hmm, possibly. Was going to try and do a few charity rides next year anyway.

The Prospect Hospice do a ride around April time. There's also a London to Brighton night ride.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:58:50
Hmm, possibly. Was going to try and do a few charity rides next year anyway.

The Prospect Hospice do a ride around April time. There's also a London to Brighton night ride.

There is a really good New Forest ride by Orchid Male Cancer - there are routes ranging from 18 (trails) to 30, 45,& 60 miles. I've done it the past 3 years and its really nice. I've alos did Blenheim SPortive which was excellent.

http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/366/OrchidCycle-New-Forest


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:16:01
Think I'll need heated grips with the way the weather's going lately.

And as for hills, going down them is fun. Only proper mentalists enjoy going up them, like those that go to France just to cycle the Alpe d'Huez.

The secret with riding in cold weather is to dress for the middle and end of the ride. If you dress to be comfortable at the start of the ride, you will be swaeting buckets after the first 10 minutes. That and layers. Arm warmers can be removed when you get toastie and put back on if a chill hits, as can leg or knee warmers.

With regard to hills- hills are good m'kay? The challenge of having a hill that you can't get up in one go or without dismounting and pushing is great. Keep revisiting until you beat the bastard, Plus the hooning down the other side at warp factor 8. My personal best is 51.8 mph  :toocool: It certainly gets the juices flowing. It helps having the right bike. Good gearing and  a compact chainset can be the difference between riding to the top or pushing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:46:15
I've only encountered one hill where I've gotten off to push; on the cycle path from Coate up to Chiseldon. One part of the hill hits a gradient of about 18%. It's only a 40 to 50m section, but it's right at the end of a mile long uphill.

Great fun going down it the other way though. Encountered a couple of dog walkers as I reached the bottom a couple of weeks ago; as they always seemingly do they stepped into my path rather than out of the way. Cue screech of brakes and plenty of skidding. Managed to keep the bike right side up, but the bloke shit himself and completely stacked it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:11:19
I have a number of hills within a few miles of me where there are gradients of 20% or steeper, though only for short stretches- 100- 200 meters or so. Most I can deal with but two hills in particular currently defeat me.

One has a slight easing of the gradient by which time my heart rate is up to about 189bpm (50 year old duffer me) so I am really breathing out of my arse. That one usually has me stopping for a minute to get the heart rate down.

The other is the local clubs winter hill climb and I have had to get off and push the last 100 meters of the steep bit up till the end of this summer.

I recently took delivery of a new bike a Wilier Izoard XP Ultegra (http://www.wilier.it/en/products/road-bike/izoard-xp/) which is a) stiffer than my Cannondale, b) has better wheels than my 'Dale and c) has a compact chainset.

Roll on the spring when the hillclimb route will be drier and traction will be better. I have already had the back wheel spinning out under load when climbing the easier hills round my manor :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:35:29
My chain has started jumping between gears, any tips?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:37:45
First you should try re-indexing the gears, if that doesn't work then you might want to replace the chain and cassette.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pauld on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:39:42
I've only encountered one hill where I've gotten off to push; on the cycle path from Coate up to Chiseldon. One part of the hill hits a gradient of about 18%. It's only a 40 to 50m section, but it's right at the end of a mile long uphill.
Whereabouts is that Samdy? Is that at the Chissy end?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:39:48
And before you ask 4D:

Front derailleur: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/front-derailleur-adjustments

Rear derailleur: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/rear-derailler-adjustments-derailleur


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:40:26
Whereabouts is that Samdy? Is that at the Chissy end?

Yep. The last bit right before you get into Chiseldon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:42:13
Thanks :)



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:42:31
My chain has started jumping between gears, any tips?

Degunk rear-derailleur/cables and lubricate. Check derailleur alignement (do not adjust the H and L endstop screws on it) and check for damage, check chain tension and for wear.

Its probably a matter of adjusting the cable tension on the barrel adjuster on the hear lever, but only try using 1/4 of a turn increments..

Best take it to a shop ;)


edit: oops, seem to have been a bit slow typing that, 5 replies....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:50:18
Sometimes it can be as simple as a sticky link or two. Run the pedals slowly backwards, keeping an eye on the chain as it rolls over the rear sprockets. If you have sticky links, they will often sit proud of the sprocket. If there are sticky links, manipulate them a bit to work the gunk out that is causing the stickiness. Sometimes a little side to side pressure against the plates will help.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:53:14
I blame the crappy weather. There doesn't appear to be any damage, I will look to lubricate and check as recommended  :wink:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 13:03:47
How long have the chain and cassette been on the bike? How many miles done on them?

Wear in a chain is not really noticeable to the naked eye and worn sprockets can be hard to spot.

Another good resource for help on all things cycling is to be found amongst the pages of the late, great Sheldon Brown's (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/home.html) web site.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, December 14, 2012, 13:15:46
How long have the chain and cassette been on the bike? How many miles done on them?

Wear in a chain is not really noticeable to the naked eye and worn sprockets can be hard to spot.

Another good resource for help on all things cycling is to be found amongst the pages of the late, great Sheldon Brown's (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/home.html) web site.

Other thing is if the bike is newish it may just be the cables have stretched and need adjusting.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 13:22:08
I recently took delivery of a new bike a Wilier Izoard XP Ultegra (http://www.wilier.it/en/products/road-bike/izoard-xp/) which is a) stiffer than my Cannondale, b) has better wheels than my 'Dale and c) has a compact chainset.

Nice looking bike - very well spec'd - where did you get it from ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, December 14, 2012, 13:23:37
It's a five year old Kona that I bought from new, up until August I had probably only done 50 miles on it. Now do about 20 miles a week, so not much wear I would have thought.

Shimano Acera by the way.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 13:34:23
Nice looking bike - very well spec'd - where did you get it from ?

Got it from my (nearly) local bike shop.

I made the mistake of taking a stroll into the shop as I was passing and the Wilier was sitting there staring at me. I tried to resist but failed miserably.

I got the matte black version but mine had red brake calipers and was fitted with upgraded wheels for some reason. I wasn't complaining.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:26:00
It's a five year old Kona that I bought from new, up until August I had probably only done 50 miles on it. Now do about 20 miles a week, so not much wear I would have thought.
Shimano Acera by the way.

Firstly as already said you need to check they are correctly indexed and the chain/gears are in good order. If they are then you need to look at the cables. If it hasn't been well maintained the cables can lose their consistent tension resulting in gears jumping in the mid range. 

I change my rear cassette and chain at the same time and cables when they start jumping.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:26:22
Got it from my (nearly) local bike shop.

I made the mistake of taking a stroll into the shop as I was passing and the Wilier was sitting there staring at me. I tried to resist but failed miserably.

I got the matte black version but mine had red brake calipers and was fitted with upgraded wheels for some reason. I wasn't complaining.

I'm quite jealous !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:34:32
I'm quite jealous !

It is a thing of beauty and rides like a dream :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 16:34:20
It is a thing of beauty and rides like a dream :)

I turn 40 next month so the wife said I can treat myself. The thing is that my bike is only 3 years old so I am finding it hard to justify.

And now you're tempting me further  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 16:57:00
I turn 40 next month so the wife said I can treat myself. The thing is that my bike is only 3 years old so I am finding it hard to justify.

And now you're tempting me further  ;D

How many bikes does a cyclist need?

Answer = n+1 (where n = the number of bikes they currently own) :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 14, 2012, 17:15:32
How many bikes does a cyclist need?

Answer = n+1 (where n = the number of bikes they currently own) :D

Ha ha brilliant. Love that !!

I've had a look at a lot of bikes and want to get something that stands out from the crowd. I was thinking along the titanium route but the Willier looks the dogs back bits.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 14, 2012, 17:57:46
How many bikes does a cyclist need?

Answer = n+1 (where n = the number of bikes they currently own) :D

Ah, good ol' rule #12.

It can also be written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes that would result in separation.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 14, 2012, 21:04:41
Ha ha brilliant. Love that !!

I've had a look at a lot of bikes and want to get something that stands out from the crowd. I was thinking along the titanium route but the Willier looks the dogs back bits.

Mine was purchased with the full knowledge an approval of SWMBO on the understanding that, as the bike is Italian, it should be named for her favourite Italian. My Wilier therefore goes by the name 'Raffa'  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, December 16, 2012, 18:31:16
Have always loved a Wilier lovely looking bikes, as are the Colnago's and Bianchi's - actually it may just be an Italian thing...

Was thinking of replacing my Specialized but with the ankle biter on the way dont think thats going to happen now. Titanium is a bit different and supposed to be a good ride so wel shall see perhaps in a few years.

One bike I did see at the bike show was a Rose, I think they are german but you seemed to get a huge amount for your money, with Cosmic Wheels as standard, never seen one of the road over here so if you want to stand out that could be an option.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, December 16, 2012, 18:32:55
Cheers for the Aldi tip, I'll take a look.

I bought some stuff from Lidl earlier in the year when they had a deal on cycling gear and it's pretty decent quality.

Went for a ride today and borrowed a mates Aldi gloves (the bastard bought two pairs when they were on sale) and they were proper toasty and thin enought to be able to easily use the bike.

Just need to find a source for some now....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, December 16, 2012, 19:12:19
i fitted my SPD pedals and went for a little roll about. i can see me doing some damage to myself with these!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, December 16, 2012, 19:15:01
I've read plenty of stories about SPDers falling over at lights when they've not been able to unclip fast enough. Usually when there's a pretty lady looking on too.

Got properly muddy this morning 8) And a little lost when I decided to cut through Wichelstowe on my way home. That place is like a maze.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 17, 2012, 14:40:22

Got properly muddy this morning 8) And a little lost when I decided to cut through Wichelstowe on my way home. That place is like a maze.

Last week I took my road bike out and did 45 miles, this week I went out on my mountain bike, got properly filthy and did 8 miles and I was more tired than last week - It was a tad boggy. And I wasn't drugged up to my eyeballs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, December 17, 2012, 14:53:42
I've read plenty of stories about SPDers falling over at lights when they've not been able to unclip fast enough. Usually when there's a pretty lady looking on too.

It is a right of passage towards induction as a 'proper cyclist'  :D

Show me a hardened long term cyclist who rides clipless and claims never to have suffered a 'clipless momet' and I will show you a liar.

BTDTGT scars and embarrasing stories ::)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 17, 2012, 14:53:46
Getting muddy is all part of the fun for me. It's the cleaning the bike when you get home that's a pain the arse.

You don't need to go as far on a MTB to get the same workout as a roadie. I have spent most of my morning eyeing up road bikes though. Not quite sure on my budget yet, but I did run the idea past the wife and she didn't say no...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 17, 2012, 15:00:47
Getting muddy is all part of the fun for me. It's the cleaning the bike when you get home that's a pain the arse.

You don't need to go as far on a MTB to get the same workout as a roadie. I have spent most of my morning eyeing up road bikes though. Not quite sure on my budget yet, but I did run the idea past the wife and she didn't say no...

Go on do it! Totally different world to MTB.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 17, 2012, 16:17:20
Both are thoroughly enjoyable but for completely different reasons.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, December 17, 2012, 22:35:18
i have come to the conclusion that when i die i will be wearing SPD cleats


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 17, 2012, 23:53:58
i have come to the conclusion that when i die i will be wearing SPD cleats

Everybody thinks that when they first use them. You have to change your mindset from "I have to stop - brake" to "I have to stop - unclip - brake". Even now after years of use I cut caught out and panic, especially off roading on my MTB. A number of times I've been caught in traffic and leant up againt a car.

Have you checked that tension is on its easiest setting ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 08:00:18
i have, and it is! i'll get used to it i'm sure


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 13:52:30
Another local(ish) event to consider

http://www.greatwestonride.com/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 13:53:32
You bought your bike yet, pumbaa?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 14:01:47
Nope. Still trying to sell unwanted car first. Sadly. Shame as I saw a lovely 2nd hand Boardman for sale the other week, absolute steal. Ho hum.....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:05:05
Hey bennett, at least you're not one of these unfortunate clipped-in souls:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcqIgCJNjto


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:08:16
We just need the "spectator throws cyclist off bridge" clip :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:43:17
Carnage. And with all the effort from the men in blue t shirts, they managed to stop just 1 of the cyclists from falling.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 16:58:19
Ha, that clip reminded me of the goats that "freeze" when they get scared.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=we9_CdNPuJg


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 13:12:52
Right then TEF cyclists, it looks as though project roadie has been given the green light. Well, I say green light, it was more of a "can't you wait until Christmas is out of the way and until you get a decent bonus from work" but I take that to mean "yes, ok".

So now I have two quandries. Firstly, do I buy new or secondhand. New, I'll get a warranty and maybe a free service. Secondhand, I might get more for my money but won't know if I'm buying a lemon or not. Secondly, what bike do I go for?

With the MTB I bought cheap first to see whether I stuck with it or not before looking to upgrade. Now I know I've got the bug (cycling, not AIDs) I reckon I'll buy something decent straight off the bat, around £700 tops (sssshhhh, don't tell the wife).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 13:53:58
Starter for 10.....

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/cheap-road-bikes-our-pick-of-the-best-35756/

Happy to help.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 14:27:31
Samdy - I'd start with getting your size worked out - once you've done that a lot of the websites have end of year stock that are going for reasonable prices but these tend to be smaller/larger frame sizes.

At that price I'd go for the best spec groupset I could find -I'd say loook for shimano sora/tiagra and avoid any unbranded or shimano 2300.
I'm not a fan of Giant so based on the link that Pumbaa posted I'd got trek/cannondale/felt/boardman.

Personally I'd save up an additonal £300 as at a £1000 you'd have a much better range - its easier to upgrade at this point.

I know shops like Primera in Bournemouth (away game on 12th  ;D) give you 10% of the value of the bike in kit - as do the shop in Cheltenham (Lake Bikes ??)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 14:41:56
Size wise I'm looking at 54cm, although I do realise frame sizes mean different things to different manufacturers. I saw an Eddy Merckx bike that was advertised as 54c, on further reading I discovered it's more like 64cm.

Definitely looking for Sora or Tiagra groupset, or even 105 if the budget allows.

Canyon bikes get good write ups in MTB circles, not sure on their road rep. They do have a 2011 model on their outlet store:

http://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/article.html?o=A1035429

105 groupset, mavic rims and just 8.5kg(!) for £700


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 14:55:53
Canyon bikes get good write ups in MTB circles, not sure on their road rep. They do have a 2011 model on their outlet store:
http://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/article.html?o=A1035429
105 groupset, mavic rims and just 8.5kg(!) for £700
I think Canyon being German will be a safe bet. You'd be lucky to get 105 shifters and mechs for that price but with brakes and ultegra cassette thats a steal.

is that the right link ?? Does the "W" in the title and the lady flow saddle but implies that its for women ?

For size wise I am 5-10 and have a 56cm Trek. Although looking at a 54cm Orbea at the weekend it was a perfect fit.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 15:14:37
Haha, oops, yes probably a womens :oops:

Here's the one without the "W". Definitely all 105 inc. levers & shifters.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/article.html?o=A1035723


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 15:33:34

http://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/article.html?o=A1035723

Buy it - thats a stunning deal. Thats similar if not better spec to my Trek which I bought 3 years ago for £1000.

Buy it !!

(did you want the triple ? I've got one and its great as you never run out of gears but I'd say for anything less than the hill at the back of Ogbourne GC you may not need it)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 15:59:22
It doesn't matter if it's a ladies frame Sam, just means the frame shape is different - go on, buy it :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 16:02:40
Samdy, that does look like a good deal but, does your work do a cycle to work scheme? If they do, you get upt to £1000 towards your bike which you pasy as salary sacrifice over 12 to 18 months. The money comes out of your pay before tax so you are saving money. It also means you can extend the budget a bit without taking a big, one off hit. Mine is about £52 a month.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fred Elliot on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 16:04:33
Haha, oops, yes probably a womens :oops:

Here's the one without the "W". Definitely all 105 inc. levers & shifters.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/article.html?o=A1035723

white will look dirtier quicker, and you will be forver getting Coca Fola's gang to wash it

hope that helps


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 16:47:36
No CTW scheme where I am. We're only a small firm. I could ask the boss if he'd consider doing it, but usually with these things you're limited to vouchers from retailers like Halfords or Evans Cycles which lessens the range to pick from and completely rules out the likes of Canyon who only sell direct.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 16:51:26
I can confirm that white road bikes are a ball ache to keep clean, especialy the chain stays as oil etc gets onto them and is awkward to remove.

That bike looks a steal at the money with 105 throughout, to be honest it is normally reasonably cheap to upgrade assuming that you have the levers as the rest is quite cheap. The wheels look decent as well - happy days. Canyon are decent bikes.

I would actually suggest don't get a triple, get a compact if you can. I have a triple on my Allez and whilst it does provide the gears you need I always feel a girl using the granny ring and thus only really use the middle and big ring. If you ride regularly with people who have compacts you will be toiling on the middle ring as its too shameful to drop down whilst they will be spinning on the smaller ring.

Had this shame over the weekend!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 17:01:13
Mines white and red and yes during the winter months it does get grubby and need cleaning - but summer months its fine as its doesn't show dust. My wifes is black and shows all types of dirt other than oil.

I clean mine then spray the whole this with muc off bike spray or GT85 and wipe off excess - this gives it a nice sheen and stops dirt from sticking to it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Coca Fola on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 17:10:14
white will look dirtier quicker, and you will be forver getting Coca Fola's gang to wash it

hope that helps
Only gypsies wash cars.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 17:44:01
My wife is black and shows all types of dirt other than oil.
 

Fair play mate....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 17:58:44
Fair play mate....

 :clap: :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, December 28, 2012, 21:52:41
So has anyone managed to get out for a spin in this lovely winter weather? Had all manner of good intentions but apart from a very wet 30 mile on Boxing Day its been a right off - just red wine and more red wine sadly!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 28, 2012, 22:00:04
Got out on 23rd for a soggy MTB ride but thats it. I am now part turkey, part roast potato, part minature heroes and need to get out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Friday, December 28, 2012, 22:05:35
Got out on 23rd for a soggy MTB ride but thats it. I am now part turkey, part roast potato, part minature heroes and need to get out.
Have you been out on the new wheels yet? Have been looking at Fulcrum, so would be interested to hear how you get on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 28, 2012, 23:35:35
Did a few laps of the Croft MTB trail on Xmas eve. Was a tad muddy.

[url width=800]https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/r270/622697_10151384989756788_2145692555_o.jpg[/url]


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, December 28, 2012, 23:39:38
Have you been out on the new wheels yet? Have been looking at Fulcrum, so would be interested to hear how you get on.

Racing 5's are great and cheap, cannot recommend highly enough!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 28, 2012, 23:58:48
Have you been out on the new wheels yet? Have been looking at Fulcrum, so would be interested to hear how you get on.

Not yet, very eager to but the weather and the roads have been awful. I shall report back when I have


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Sunday, December 30, 2012, 23:13:27
Did a few laps of the Croft MTB trail on Xmas eve. Was a tad muddy.

[url width=800]https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/r270/622697_10151384989756788_2145692555_o.jpg[/url]

Little bit of mud hurt nobody. What are the trails like at Croft?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 31, 2012, 09:50:30
Little bit of mud hurt nobody. What are the trails like at Croft?

Good fun. Obviously never going to match a proper trail centre built on the side of a mountain, but still plenty of jumps and technical bits.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:22:31
Good fun. Obviously never going to match a proper trail centre built on the side of a mountain, but still plenty of jumps and technical bits.

I know I've asked before, but where exactly does it start?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:33:14
http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/croft-trail/

Everything should be in there Batch.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:40:57
http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/croft-trail/

Everything should be in there Batch.

Ta. On the map:
http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/croft-trail/croft-trail-maps/

There isn't much blue shown. Is blue really follow the red but use blue where shown?
Could an 8 year old do blue?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:47:08
I haven't taken my 8 year old there yet as it could be too difficult in places. The blue bits just bypass the harder red bits.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, December 31, 2012, 13:10:33
Little bit of mud hurt nobody. What are the trails like at Croft?

If it's mud you want, then there's plenty down that neck of the woods. It's very much a local low key affair, done by volunteers.

Not really something you'd want to make an expedition for....the best I've done in a neighbouring county, is the network of old rail tracks etc in the Forest of Dean, something for eveyone and easily a days worth of pedalling.

I walk the paths up Ladder Lane and around the back of the golf course to Coate, from the Great Copse fairly regularly and they're absolutely swimming in mud and water....usually a bit damp, due to the presence of the fledgling Ray, but proper hard going atm.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 31, 2012, 13:48:51
There isn't much blue shown. Is blue really follow the red but use blue where shown?
Could an 8 year old do blue?

Red is the main trail. Blue just avoids the trickier bits. As long as your boy can keep his balance well he should be ok. Most of the jumps have a 'chicken run' next to them. Those that don't you can just roll over them slowly; they're not sheer drop-offs.

I walk the paths up Ladder Lane and around the back of the golf course to Coate, from the Great Copse fairly regularly and they're absolutely swimming in mud and water....usually a bit damp, due to the presence of the fledgling Ray, but proper hard going atm.


I went down Ladder Lane on my bike a month or so ago and it was bad enough then without all the rain we've had lately. The bridleway that runs from Ladder Lane, alongside Croft Woods and up to Pipers Way was pretty much a stream then, it must be well under water by now. Parts of the trail are flooded at the moment, but that adds to the fun.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/377906_10151431348449384_901568867_n.jpg


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, December 31, 2012, 14:00:43
 Yep....that's how it looked last week, must be proper inundated now. I need to go for a walk, to get ready for tonight's debauchery....would like to do Ladder Lane, but think it will be virtualy impassable. Best bet seems the cycle track from Coate to Chiseldon, which has a proper surface.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, December 31, 2012, 14:46:22
Thanks guys, will wait for more clement weather before taking the young 'un :)

My weather station says this is the 18th consecutive day that it has rained on, and 25 of the 31 days in December have had rain. Nice.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, December 31, 2012, 14:46:33
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Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, December 31, 2012, 17:04:01
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It was proper wet out there even the ducks and geese on Coate Water looked pissed off....upside though apart from about 5 fishermen, no other people to be seen (I don't count the bloke in the crazy golf/pitch and putt kiosk) Even the made up paths had a few flooded bits.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, January 7, 2013, 23:26:24
Not yet, very eager to but the weather and the roads have been awful. I shall report back when I have
Ribble have a sale on and these are down to £330ish now, so have taken the plunge!

Could do with a bit of dry weather, I'm running out of places to ride. South Cerney etc to the north is flooded, went down towards Aldbourne yesterday and had to turn back as there was water coming up through the drains and flooding the roads there too!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 7, 2013, 23:29:47
Great. Let me know how you get on. I won't be able to get out for a few weeks.

Been spending birthday money though, new cables, new saddle and new shoes (spds) for the MTB.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 00:41:26
Twice in the last week I have been cut up by a van... I assume that cyclists are not part of the road traffic?   ::)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 23:00:59
how is everyone getting on with their bikes? now it's getting lighter in the morning i'm starting to go slightly longer routes to and from work. it's nice when cars aren't about...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 21:17:49
Not been out since Boxing Day so not going very well


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 21:45:50
Went round Croft last Friday and got suitably filthy again 8)

Project Roadie is on a slow burner at the moment until I can earn some decent bonuses.

If anyone's interested, the Prospect Big Bike ride is on 28th April. 24, 40 and 50k routes available.

http://www.prospect-hospice.net/index.asp?m=159&s=166&ss=&c=1562&p=


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 08:31:21
3 cars overtook me whilst i was going as fast as the car infront yesterday (it was binday down croft hill so there was a big slow moving queue anyway), and then someone overtook me (despite us both moving from a standing start) on a mini roundabout.

i was, and still am, bloody fuming


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 21:10:45
Crafty 65 miler today, that hurt.

Managed to avoid the twat who overtook me then immediately pulled into garage.

Not sure whats more dangerous other vehicles or dog walkers!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 21:18:16
Yeah, drivers are mainly twats when it comes to passing cyclists.

Planning on a 25-30 miler (XC) to Marlborough and back tomorrow morning.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 22:13:02
Yeah, drivers are mainly twats when it comes to passing cyclists.

Planning on a 25-30 miler (XC) to Marlborough and back tomorrow morning.

Sam - do you have the ability to post the route online ? (just being interested for when I'm up next ?)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 22:35:43
Yeah, I'll log it on Strava. Basically I just follow the old railway from Chiseldon to Marlborough. It's a Sustrans route. Stop at Marlborough to fuel up before turning round and cycling back the same way. Trying to build up my distances so that from Marlborough I can head on to Avebury and then loop back up to Barbury Castle and drop down into Swindon down Ladder Lane.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, March 2, 2013, 22:49:38
Ok, excellent. Shame I'm not about otherwise I'd have joined you. Interesting to see the route back


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 14:00:19
Here you go:

http://app.strava.com/activities/42933060

I'm fucking ruined now. That's the longest I've ridden for a few months and the ground was pretty hard going in places. Don't think I'll be able to walk tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 15:41:05
Excellent - cheers Sam. Interesting to see where the old railway line goes. What is the surface like - could it be done on a road bike ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 15:56:03
90% could be done on a road bike. Some parts of the path are still quite muddy though and you'd have a bit of a job on skinny tyres.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 16:24:17
I finally put my hoops on my road bike this morning with  the intention of going out until I sensed it was probably be the safer to build furniture as requested.  >:(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 17:17:20
Sam - do you have the ability to post the route online ? (just being interested for when I'm up next ?)

A decent off road alternative to Marlborough, is to follow the cycle path from Coate to Chiseldon, cross the 345 and head along to to the foot of Liddington Hill.  Straight on up, probably best to wheel or carry bike...cross the hill fort to footpathwhich is then quite cycleable, and you reach the Ridgeway Path. This leads on round to Bytham Farm...a place I've always liked since a kid, its that bit of Roman Road you see going straight up the hill, by the golf course, as the 345 veers off  to Ogbourne. Follow Roman Road to Mynal and then into Marlborough or slightly shorter take the lane by Rabley Wood. Return can be out of Marlborough towards Rockley turn off at Old Eagle and head on up past 4 Mile Clump to Barbury then back as Sam suggests down Ladder Lane. That's knackered me thinking about it. Last time I did something similar was about 3 years ago when my lad was training for John o'Groats to Land's End....fucked if I could do it now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 17:36:08
Sounds epic Reg. Must give it a go.

Where I live, by the south downs, you can just follow bridle paths for miles and get well and truly lost


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, March 8, 2013, 19:55:56
i've just trying to replace my bike's brakes. it turns out they're quite a pickle!
i'll be trying to take my bike to hargroves tomorrow for a service


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Friday, March 8, 2013, 20:26:51
What brakes are they and what's wrong with them?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, March 8, 2013, 20:27:29
What are they, cantilever? Should just be a case of unscrewing the block each side and putting the new one in.

Or have you figured that and you're just having trouble with the cable tension and getting the blocks aligned to the wheel?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, March 8, 2013, 21:29:54
Put a bit of cardboard between each brake block and the rim. Pull the cable tight so the brake blocks are pulled against the cardboard/rim.  Remove cardboard and align with grub screw.

On the subject of cardboard- handy stuff for cleaning between chain rings and cassettes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 9, 2013, 00:24:54
Or have you figured that and you're just having trouble with the cable tension and getting the blocks aligned to the wheel?

i got as far as trying to sort out the tension and the gravity of me making a hash of my brakes hit me ie-  don't fuck 'em up, you need them


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, March 9, 2013, 18:02:06
Been out for a quick jaunt on the new Fulcrum Racing 3s with Conte GP4000s (changed from Bontager Race Lites with gatorskins)

I expected a lot from them and at first I was a bit "meh" but then I realised that I have 3 months of lost fitness and was cycling into a bit of a headwind. It was when I reached some hills that I started to notice the difference, climbing was easier, out of the saddle I picked up pace easier and lost it slower. Downhill was noticeably quicker too. When I turned with the wind behind I really noticed that I was really motoring along. If you want me to quantify I reckon I was about 1 mph faster than last year when I was fitter and regularly doing 100km rides. So if I regain that fitness I should really benefit.

They are stiffer, lighter and quicker with a nice metallic free hub sound.  A bit firmer on the ride but not that noticeable.

Some geeky stats :  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/282174034



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 14:17:43
Thinking of getting one of these

http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/products.asp?category=Bikes&product=Hardrock%20Sport%20Disc%20Black%20Red%20-%202013%20Road%20Bike#.UTyG9RyeNIl

any good? anything better for the money out there?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 14:29:22
Not bad for that money. Front forks aren't the best, but if you're not going to be throwing it around trail centres it won't make much difference.

If you're not too fussed about getting a 29er, for an extra £50 you could get this: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-81-2012-mountain-bike-grey-id_8168918.html

Better forks, better shifters and better brakes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 16:28:30
Sam - I'm looking at upgrading my MTB fork - would you recommend RockShox - or any other brand. I don't want to go expensive.

cheers.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 20:20:56
Rock Shox have the budget end of the market pretty much sewn up.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:55:23
Don't know what all the fuss about Di Canio's appointment is, it has totally overshadowed the real controversy of the weekend...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/sagan-apologizes-for-the-pinch-on-tour-of-flanders-podium


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 14:06:28
Sagan was obviously still reeling from when Cancellara left him for dead on the Paterberg.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 14:46:52
and what a shame that was.......


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 15:33:47
Haha, indeed.

Sprint finishing and uphill wheelies across the line are one thing, but going up against one of the best TTers in the world over 13km is a completely different kettle of fish.

Saying that, he had to give it a go though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 16:32:37
Sagan should have refused to do any work, but he was more concerned with winning Cancellara's respect than the race. If he can somehow cling on to his wheel at Roubaix, he should stay there all the way to the final bend of the velodrome.

Having said that, he probably thinks his day will come and he doesn't want a thief's reputation.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 10:40:29
Looking forward to P-R on Sunday and then the Giro. The last few Giros have been ace but haven't got the press coverage they deserve - but with Wiggo this year I would imagine that would change.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 10:45:35
Looking forward to P-R on Sunday and then the Giro. The last few Giros have been ace but haven't got the press coverage they deserve - but with Wiggo this year I would imagine that would change.

Paris-Roubaix is ace.....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 10:57:08
Should be a straight up battle between Boonen and Cancellara, as the Flanders should've been too if it wasn't for Boonen's early dismount.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:04:48
Should be a straight up battle between Boonen and Cancellara, as the Flanders should've been too if it wasn't for Boonen's early dismount.

Should be a shoo in for Cancellara then as Boonen isn't riding.... sorry  :D :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:20:27
Oops, hadn't realised. Not surprised after that crash.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:26:29
On the subject of crashes I managed to go over the handlebars of my MTB a few weekends back. After suffering a week of discomfort, grazes and bruising I decided to take myself off to A&E. Turns out my arm is fractured.

Smashing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:31:03
Looking forward to P-R on Sunday and then the Giro. The last few Giros have been ace but haven't got the press coverage they deserve - but with Wiggo this year I would imagine that would change.

I think, for pure racing spectacle, The Giro has it hands down over the TDF. Some of the Giro climbs are monsters and the surfaces they ride on- Strada Bianchi, summit finishes on unmade farm tracks where standing on the pedals shifts the weight tto far forward and the wheels spin out on the gravel.

Awesome :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:33:00
Should be a shoo in for Cancellara then as Boonen isn't riding.... sorry  :D :D

Cancellara has to be the man to beat, but I wouldn't rule out Sagan....it would be great to see someone like Geraint Thomas have a decent crack at it, but he doesn't look in good shape.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:39:02
I think, for pure racing spectacle, The Giro has it hands down over the TDF. Some of the Giro climbs are monsters and the surfaces they ride on- Strada Bianchi, summit finishes on unmade farm tracks where standing on the pedals shifts the weight tto far forward and the wheels spin out on the gravel.

Awesome :)

Think you can overdo the mountain top finishes...what you need in a Grand Tour is a decent mix. The Vuelta a couple of years back when Juan Jose Cobo won it, they were finishing up walls. Cobo a typical Spanish grimpeur has done fuck all since.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:43:17
Cancellara has to be the man to beat, but I wouldn't rule out Sagan....it would be great to see someone like Geraint Thomas have a decent crack at it, but he doesn't look in good shape.

Sagan is skipping P-R in favour of the Ardennes.

Thomas was talked up massively for Milan-San Remo and Flanders but ended up on the deck in both when the bunch split. Stannard's certainly got the engine for it, but lacks the race craft.

I can't see anyone keeping up with Cancellara if he decides to go. Gilbert maybe, but it's not really hilly enough for him and BMC are likely to be riding for Phinney instead.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:45:26
Scrap that, just read that Phinney and Gilbert are both out too.

Cancellara's really going to have this easy.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:51:15
Sagan is skipping P-R in favour of the Ardennes.

Thomas was talked up massively for Milan-San Remo and Flanders but ended up on the deck in both when the bunch split. Stannard's certainly got the engine for it, but lacks the race craft.

I can't see anyone keeping up with Cancellara if he decides to go. Gilbert maybe, but it's not really hilly enough for him and BMC are likely to be riding for Phinney instead.

In which case I will rule out Sagan...pity.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:54:46
Scrap that, just read that Phinney and Gilbert are both out too.

Cancellara's really going to have this easy.

Unless he falls off...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:24:26
Chavanel needs to stick like glue to Cancellara's back wheel. Much easier said than done.

If Cancellara falls off the race is wide open…


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 22:58:10
Has anyone insured their bike against theft?

Recommendations? I expect their all pretty much the same


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 23:07:10
Has anyone insured their bike against theft?

Recommendations? I expect their all pretty much the same

Most contents polices insure bikes at home as standard and away from home for a little extra. Personally I'd be more inclined to go for a policy that covered me for accidents and the like


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 7, 2013, 16:48:42
Cancellara's really going to have this easy.

Half right. Vanmarcke gave it a great go. Shame that Stybar got clouted by a pedestrian, he would've had a good sprint on him.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 7, 2013, 17:02:58
Half right. Vanmarcke gave it a great go. Shame that Stybar got clouted by a pedestrian, he would've had a good sprint on him.

A great race....liked the way Cancellara appeared to be fucked and then just steamed away up the road, reeling in the 2 0r 3 groups ahead of him. Now for the Ardennes' classics, Amstel Gold Race...Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 09:47:21
Anybody see yesterday's stage of the Giro ??

For such an early the stage the main favourites went for it and it was superb.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 17:43:59
Has anyone insured their bike against theft?

Recommendations? I expect their all pretty much the same

I use these:

http://www.eandl.co.uk/cycle-insurance


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 19:00:53
Anybody see yesterday's stage of the Giro ??

For such an early the stage the main favourites went for it and it was superb.

Haven't been watching but I've been keeping up with what's happened.

Wiggo lost out a bit today after the peloton split coming into the end of the stage.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 20:33:49
Did i read yesterday that Sky have committed to Froome for the big one or am I making that up?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 20:36:59
Yep, DB has given Froome the leadership but Wiggins hasn't exactly said he'll work for him.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 20:45:18
You would assume that it's more than likely that Wiggins enters the first mountain stages ahead of Froome thanks to the prologue, that's when it will get interesting.

I would guess it will end up being a fluid situtation and the team will assess it after the first couple of mountain stages if one has a noticeable lead over the other.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 20:51:22
Froome's out charging up the Alps currently whilst Wiggins rides the Giro. Froome's no slouch up the mountains, so he wants this pretty badly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 20:54:46
Very True.

Why piss off either one, when it could all turn to shit with a crash in the first week.
Just like what happened to Wiggins in 2011.

I think that Froome will be the stronger, due to the amount of climbing against the amount of TT miles, and I guess he won't be limited by having to wait for Wiggins, but if he can hang in with Froome on the climbs then who knows.

I guess the key will come when one or the other is asked to ride himself into the ground to help the other win.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 21:53:14
I am becoming convinced that the only Wiggins keeps making these ambiguous statements about the tour is that he realises how much it winds up Froomes missus, she really is something of a comedy horror on Twitter. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22:37:48
I am becoming convinced that the only Wiggins keeps making these ambiguous statements about the tour is that he realises how much it winds up Froomes missus, she really is something of a comedy horror on Twitter. 

Why do you follow her ? Is she a bit mental ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22:41:55
Was up for the footy at he weekend and had a great ride out through Bishopstone, Uffington, Fernham, Faringdon and back through Coleshill, Highworth and Blunsdon.  Not been out that way for ages - some really good roads, quiet and great scenary. About 38 miles in all with a pub stop in Fernham.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22:42:03
Why do you follow her ? Is she a bit mental ?

Michelle Cound - I think off the top of my head- she is Froomes unofficial unmuzzled spokesperson. ..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 22:43:42
Michelle Cound - I think off the top of my head- she is Froomes unofficial unmuzzled spokesperson. ..


excellent - may have a gander

Edit : she is a bit tasty


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 09:22:12
Did you see the state of the Euskatel riders Orbea after the crash close to the end of stage 1?  He was laying in a heap in the road with a pile of bikes behind him. A mechanic picked his bike up and I though "His front wheel has come off. How the fuck did that happen?" I then looked a bit closer and realised that his front forks finished about 3 inches below the fork crown! Must have been some impact to snap both blades clean off :eek:

Re Froome and Wiggins in the TdF, I reckon Wiggo will ride for him but keep close, just like Froome did last year. He will then be ready to take over should Froome crash/ fall apart etc.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 20:41:01
Agreed a deal on a 2nd hand 2010 Boardman Pro MTB today. SRAM X0/X9 mech, Reba Race forks, Avid Elixir R Disks, excellent condition (I've given it a thorough inspection), £400. Well happy with that.

I now just need to get rid of the not needed car on my drive, and then subsequently work out a plan to ease back into regular cycling after a circa 12 year absence.....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 18:47:17
Car sold, bike on the way. Happy days (at long last!)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 19:15:38
Hurray! This means we can go play bikes sometime. (Don't tell the wives).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 20:11:01
I'm toying with doing this http://www.castlesbikeride.co.uk/ (if you can just register and not get sponsers)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 20:44:27
I'm looking for a new bike and don't want to mess around with gears, does this look decent bar having no pedals?

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kona/paddy-wagon-tt-2013-single-speed-road-bike-ec044037


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 21:01:25
I'm toying with doing this http://www.castlesbikeride.co.uk/ (if you can just register and not get sponsers)

You'll be making a donation by registering, sure that will be enough.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 21:17:15
I'm toying with doing this http://www.castlesbikeride.co.uk/ (if you can just register and not get sponsers)

Saw that t'other day. Might give it a go too. Like Reg said, the entrance fee is a donation anyway. If you feel guilty about hot getting sponsors then just check a bit of cash in a collection bucket on the day.

What distance were you going to do?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 21:23:26
30 I think if I can find someone to let my Dogs out

I did a ride that started from the same place about 15 years ago, it was good fun but I was fitter and about 5 stone lighter


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 21:31:07
30 miles really isn't too bad. My legs will manage that distance quire easily now, I just tend to get back ache if I don't remember to change position now and again to stretch out.

If it's wet it'll be hard going but that adds to the fun.

Need to sort out my indexing, get a couple of new tyres and brake blocks and I'll be good to go.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 13:25:41
I'm looking for a new bike and don't want to mess around with gears, does this look decent bar having no pedals?

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kona/paddy-wagon-tt-2013-single-speed-road-bike-ec044037

A mate has a Paddy Wagon. he loves it. Be aware that it may come with a flip flop hub so you can run fixed wheel as well. Make sure you know which way the wheel is fitted when you first ride it. Trying to freewheel on a fixed wheel can be 'interesting' to say the least.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 13:29:49
Going to the New Forest on Saturday to do a 25 mile loop on trails. Some really good rides down there and somne great pub stops !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 14:09:09
A mate has a Paddy Wagon. he loves it. Be aware that it may come with a flip flop hub so you can run fixed wheel as well. Make sure you know which way the wheel is fitted when you first ride it. Trying to freewheel on a fixed wheel can be 'interesting' to say the least.

Cheers fuzzy. My knowledge of components is way out of date, so I wasn't sure if it was a decent set-up for the money. Sounds like it's worth it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 19:48:21
Bad day for Wiggins in the Giro today. Looks set to withdraw tomorrow morning with Sky bumping Uran into the leadership. Makes sense, he was ahead of Wiggins in the GC anyway.

On a side note, CRC have a massive sale on at the moment. Just picked up at set of new tyres with 50% off :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 20:02:24
Bad day for Wiggins in the Giro today. Looks set to withdraw tomorrow morning with Sky bumping Uran into the leadership. Makes sense, he was ahead of Wiggins in the GC anyway.

On a side note, CRC have a massive sale on at the moment. Just picked up at set of new tyres with 50% off :)

Bet Froome is delighted about that - if nothing else the war of words between Cath Wiggins and Michelle Cound should liven the Tour this year!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, May 17, 2013, 21:19:06
Hurray! This means we can go play bikes sometime. (Don't tell the wives).

Let me get a reasonable level of fitness first.... :D

On a side note, CRC have a massive sale on at the moment. Just picked up at set of new tyres with 50% off :)

Ooohhh, thanks, off to have a looky.....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, May 17, 2013, 21:28:25
I'm toying with doing this http://www.castlesbikeride.co.uk/ (if you can just register and not get sponsers)

Is this an annual event?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 17, 2013, 21:34:46
Yes it is.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, May 17, 2013, 21:40:19
Next year then!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, May 17, 2013, 23:43:39
This week I have been messing about on an Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE) Adventure trike (http://www.icetrikes.co/explore-our-trikes/adventure). A very different experience but a hell of a lot of fun, especially down hill, through hairpin bends :toocool:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Saturday, May 18, 2013, 00:31:21
So, something I've been toying with in my mind for a while, thought this thread was as good as any to stick it in...

Dual-wheel drive bike? Anyone heard of anything like that?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, May 20, 2013, 09:08:39
So, something I've been toying with in my mind for a while, thought this thread was as good as any to stick it in...

Dual-wheel drive bike? Anyone heard of anything like that?

As in drive to front and rear wheel?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:40:35
As in drive to front and rear wheel?

Yep. Was drunkenly talking about it with a cycling mate in the pub. We couldn't think why it wouldn't be feasible (other than than having to have two sets of gears linked together obviously, so when you change one wheel doesn't end up going faster than the other.). I couldn't find any videos or thoughts on that usual den of mad ideas, YouTube.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:41:46
Obviously the front couldn't be chain driven if you want to turn corners.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, May 20, 2013, 13:08:59
I'm sure I have seen it done somewhere with chain drive.

The mechanic in my LBS recently built up a front wheel with an electric assist motor in it as well.

Thinking about it, belt drive would work better for transferring drive to a front wheel. You would need a high mounted transfer drive though, so that the belt (chain) line ran along the steering axis.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 21:34:55
SPD cleats are annoyingly expensive aren't they! instead of paying £15 for a pair i spent £21 on a new set of shimano spd pedals with SPD cleats included .

always thinking me!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 22:18:59
Very geeky of me I know but I've just worked out that my Garmin Edge 500 can be programmed with routes before I go out along with speed targets so I can train against a virtual partner.

geek central


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 31, 2013, 16:37:49
Wiggo ruled out of the TdF.

That settles the team leadership debate.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: iffy on Friday, May 31, 2013, 16:43:44
Very geeky of me I know but I've just worked out that my Garmin Edge 500 can be programmed with routes before I go out along with speed targets so I can train against a virtual partner.

geek central

http://www.strava.com/ if you've got a smartphone


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, June 3, 2013, 13:15:25
Yeo, did you do the Castles ride yesterday?

I couldn't make it in the end because the wife did Race for Life and I got stuck with the baby.

Very nearly bought a Giant Defy 4 t'other day. Anyone know much about them?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Monday, June 3, 2013, 13:41:43
I didn't I've been having asthma problems for a couple of weeks so I bottled it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, June 3, 2013, 15:25:06
Yeo, did you do the Castles ride yesterday?

I was out walking yesterday, up to Barbury via Hodson then the path up to the Old Ridgeway, then along. The path from the Hodson turn to Old Ridgeway was being used for the bike ride....now if I see a mountain biker when out walking I always like to acknowledge them...so I said hello to about 40 people within about 20 mins. Couldn't have got a much better day for it...other than today, I've done maybe 10 miles....which as I'm trying to get back into something like what I used to be able to do is OK.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, June 3, 2013, 21:01:31
presta valves are fucking shite. i fucking hate them [/tans]


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, June 3, 2013, 21:14:09
presta valves are fucking shite. i fucking hate them [/tans]

I always without fail bend the bloody things!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, June 3, 2013, 21:16:16
i've somehow managed to rip the working bits out. i'm just online to buy some schrader inners now


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 08:15:44
i've somehow managed to rip the working bits out. i'm just online to buy some schrader inners now

a) Get/ use a pump with a flexi hose when pumping tyres up. Direct connect pumps can put stress through and tear the join between the valve and the tube (and bugger up the valve on presta).

b) When you unscrew the nipple on the presta, give it a tap to unseat the core, then screw it back in a bit so that there isn't too much core sticking out.

c) If you change to Schraeder, make sure your rims are drilled to take the larger diameter valve. if you have to drill yourself, do it from inside the rim (tube side) through to spoke side.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 08:19:49
a) Get/ use a pump with a flexi hose when pumping tyres up. Direct connect pumps can put stress through and tear the join between the valve and the tube (and bugger up the valve on presta).

b) When you unscrew the nipple on the presta, give it a tap to unseat the core, then screw it back in a bit so that there isn't too much core sticking out.

c) If you change to Schraeder, make sure your rims are drilled to take the larger diameter valve. if you have to drill yourself, do it from inside the rim (tube side) through to spoke side.

I would agree with all of the above and also mention that I suspect that if you drill road rims to take a Schraeder valve it could be dodgy both in terms of warranty and rim strength.

But if you haven't already got one get a track pump, not only is it valve friendly as mentioned above but is a game changer in terms of getting the right pressures in quickly and easily.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 08:43:36
I would agree with all of the above and also mention that I suspect that if you drill road rims to take a Schraeder valve it could be dodgy both in terms of warranty and rim strength.

But if you haven't already got one get a track pump, not only is it valve friendly as mentioned above but is a game changer in terms of getting the right pressures in quickly and easily.

Track pumps are the dogs bollocks. That is why workshops use them. They can be a bit of a bastard to lug around ona ride though :D

Get a frame/ pocket pump with an integral hose for use out on a ride (or a CO2 inflator).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 08:47:53
Track pumps are the dogs bollocks. That is why workshops use them. They can be a bit of a bastard to lug around ona ride though :D

Get a frame/ pocket pump with an integral hose for use out on a ride (or a CO2 inflator).

I bought a CO2 inflator but havent had (touch wood) to use it yet, the little pump I carry on the bike would I suspect take hours to get some air into a tube!

Agree that a track pump isnt the most agile of tools!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 16:07:05
I'd recommend the Topeak Morph mini (£21.59 at halfords at the mo')


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 19:43:27
thanks chaps, i bought some new tyres and inners on offer at CRC, along with a proper fancy pump


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, June 9, 2013, 21:44:02
 Froome took the Dauphine today then....his ride t'other day when he took the stage off Contador and a breakaway rider was awesome. Looking good for Le Tour.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hitchinred on Monday, June 10, 2013, 16:37:28
Froome took the Dauphine today then....his ride t'other day when he took the stage off Contador and a breakaway rider was awesome. Looking good for Le Tour.

It was great to see him powering away from Contador at the end of that climb. I'm pretty sure he could have taken yesterday's stage but chose to try and reward Porte with a stage win that didn't quite happen.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Monday, June 10, 2013, 18:20:53
It was great to see him powering away from Contador at the end of that climb. I'm pretty sure he could have taken yesterday's stage but chose to try and reward Porte with a stage win that didn't quite happen.

Not sure why but he doesn't do it for me, Froome. I'm sure he'll cope with this bombshell, but I think it's his ugly style on the bike - elbows out, always looking down at the power meter or talking into the radio.

Watching Contador out of the saddle, however, well that's like watching Dimitar Berbatov turn a hopeful punt upfield into a goal with two touches.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Monday, June 10, 2013, 19:00:52
Just got myself on Strava, cracking bit of kit. I don't know how accurate it is but seems pretty good.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, June 10, 2013, 19:08:13
Watching Contador out of the saddle, however, well that's like watching Dimitar Berbatov turn a hopeful punt upfield into a goal with two touches.

Except he's a drugs cheat.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, June 10, 2013, 19:20:22
Except he's a drugs cheat.

A good point, well made.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, June 10, 2013, 19:35:13
Not sure why but he doesn't do it for me, Froome. I'm sure he'll cope with this bombshell, but I think it's his ugly style on the bike - elbows out, always looking down at the power meter or talking into the radio.

Watching Contador out of the saddle, however, well that's like watching Dimitar Berbatov turn a hopeful punt upfield into a goal with two touches.

Agree with that,  his position when climbing looks like someone pushing a supermarket trolley with a mobile phone tucked under their chin (have a look at it)

Contador does have elegance (albeit previously prepared elegance).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Monday, June 10, 2013, 20:02:56
Except he's a drugs cheat.

Maybe, but this is cycling and you'd be a fool to trust anyone wholeheartedly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Monday, June 10, 2013, 20:05:06
Just got myself on Strava, cracking bit of kit. I don't know how accurate it is but seems pretty good.

Just downloaded that today... going to try and spend more time doing stuff (ie. cycling) than watching daytime TV as the eternal job search continues. Will be interesting to see how much distance I can travel and stuff like that.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Monday, June 10, 2013, 20:13:36
30 centimeters


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 18:33:39
Spent the afternoon doing the Downs Link between Guidlford and Shoreham. Didn't have or took enough fuel and came close to getting off the bike and throwing up.  Still had an epic time though - apart from the ticket bloke at Shoreham Station refusing to sell me a ticket as I had a bike - its London to Brighton today.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/328768499


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 19:40:10
Nice ride Bewster!

Can only get lunch hour trips in at the mo, usually Chippenham->Calne and back (13 miles). Absolutely pushed it as hard as I could the other day, went 0.2mph average faster than the last trip. All that effort for 0.2 mph. What the hell. I'm blaming a headwind to Calne that mysteriously reversed direction and on the way back.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 19:43:48
I'm blaming a headwind co Calne that mysteriously reversed direction and on the way back.

Yes without a doubt - or maybe your tyres were a little flat  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 19:53:04
Yeah, plus it was uphill all the way


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 21:05:07
You get those days sometimes where you feel like you've really bust a gut and it makes fuck all difference to performance. Other times you don't really try and end up setting best times on Strava. Usually down to fuelling, especially on longer rides.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, June 17, 2013, 16:03:56
Anyone got a very cheap S/H mountain bike for sale, pref 18" frame. Just want something that a 13 year old will probably wreck within a year  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 17:48:04
I already knew that Danny MacAskill was pretty handy on a bike, but this is just ridiculous.

http://imaginate.redbull.com/videos/riding_film


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 19:37:43
Tour de France  fantasy league anyone?

http://rcuktourdefrance.fantasyleague.com/


League PIN: 32995


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 20:00:04
I'm in.

That's a pretty decent team you've got there. Cav, Froome and Martin. Something for the sprint, GC and TT.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 20:22:54
Tour de France  fantasy league anyone?

http://rcuktourdefrance.fantasyleague.com/

League PIN: 32995


Done


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 21:08:44
Good stuff, I'm in


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, June 21, 2013, 08:26:59
Anyone got any mudguard recommendations? Got a sopping wet arse on the way back from work yesterday morning. No mudguards at all on my mountain bike.

Thought about getting an 'ass saver' but not sure if they are any good - Might actually make one this afternoon!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, June 21, 2013, 09:01:28
Team sorted and entered - but as done in about 5 minutes before work it may be amended a little prior to the event!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 21, 2013, 09:14:37
Anyone got any mudguard recommendations? Got a sopping wet arse on the way back from work yesterday morning. No mudguards at all on my mountain bike.

Thought about getting an 'ass saver' but not sure if they are any good - Might actually make one this afternoon!

I've got a Mucky Nutz Butt Fender. Nice simple mudguard that clips on to the saddle rails.

http://www.muckynutz.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=137


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Friday, June 21, 2013, 14:27:37
I got a crud set, seems to do the trick. The rear is bolt on to seat post. This one I think

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Catcher-Guard-Mountain-Mudguards-BLACK/dp/B003662ESG/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1371821194&sr=8-8&keywords=crud+mud+guards


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, June 21, 2013, 17:03:28
Found a template online and just made myself a 'Butt Fender' from an old broken plastic folder. Might get a 'misprinted' 1/2 price Fender Bender from the Mucky Nutz site too!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Friday, June 21, 2013, 19:03:53
Tour de France  fantasy league anyone?

http://rcuktourdefrance.fantasyleague.com/


League PIN: 32995
Done. They'll be left to fend for themselves though, as I'm away doing my own little tour in July. Santander to Paris by bike, to see Cav win on the Champs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: leefer on Friday, June 21, 2013, 19:25:27
Anyone got any mudguard recommendations? Got a sopping wet arse on the way back from work yesterday morning. No mudguards at all on my mountain bike.

Thought about getting an 'ass saver' but not sure if they are any good - Might actually make one this afternoon!

Get some lightweight waterproofs,much better option all round.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Friday, June 21, 2013, 21:38:17
Just got home with one of Chris Hoy's finest, rather pleased:

(http://www.evanscycles.com/product_image/image/260/422/e13/104220/large/hoy-shizuoka-003-2013-hybrid-bike.jpg)

Just re-fitted the front wheel after putting it in the back of my car, and the disc has lost alignment slightly. Anyone know how I can re-adjust it? The clamping mechanism seems to have 2 screws on the back....?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 21, 2013, 21:43:23
You mean the pads are rubbing on the disc? The pads will just need spacing again. The disc stays in a fixed position.

Next time you take the wheel out, put a spacer between the pads. You usually get one with disc brakes, if not then cardboard or similar will do.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Friday, June 21, 2013, 21:43:52
Loosen the caliber bolts. Pull the brake and keep pulled. Tighten the bolts.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Friday, June 21, 2013, 21:47:23
Yeah, that's what I meant Samdy. Cheers, and cheers grubby, will have a look tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, June 24, 2013, 09:42:30
After a new or newish rear 26" MTB Wheel for shimano cassette (rim brake and needs to be QR).

Any recommendations or anyone got anything spare ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:16:38
 No lycra here....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal/9105173743/lightbox/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 28, 2013, 13:18:36
Which one's you?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, June 28, 2013, 13:41:41
Which one's you?

The one with the horn?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Saturday, June 29, 2013, 16:14:30
What a shambles that opening stage was, no bugger knew where the finish was until the final few minutes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, June 29, 2013, 18:30:17
Silly bus driver.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:57:53
Tony Martin looked in a right state when he climbed on the bus after the first stage finished. A shame about that crash. I would have loved to watch a sprint between Cav, Griepel, Sagan and Kittel. Fair play to Marcel though, taking advantage and bagging the Yellow Jersey.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:18:55
Tony Martin looked in a right state when he climbed on the bus after the first stage finished. A shame about that crash. I would have loved to watch a sprint between Cav, Griepel, Sagan and Kittel. Fair play to Marcel though, taking advantage and bagging the Yellow Jersey.

Amazingly nobody was forced out after that shunt....yesterday, some twat let their dog loose just in front of a charging peloton, luckily the dog just about got out the way by millimetres, had it not I dread to think of the carnage.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:31:24
Amazingly nobody was forced out after that shunt....yesterday, some twat let their dog loose just in front of a charging peloton, luckily the dog just about got out the way by millimetres, had it not I dread to think of the carnage.

Aye, watching that in the background had my sphincter twitching. Should have set Jens Voigt on the owner.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:57:05
I caught the end of the stage and saw the dog nearly get it too. Also the silly spectator that nearly got flattened by Sagan.

Martin copped it pretty bad in that crash. Read somewhere that he had bad bruising pretty much everywhere on his body and tore down to the muscle on his elbow. Was surprised he made it onto the bike and finished yesterday.

Doesn't look like OPQS have the team to deliver Cav over the hilly stuff at the moment, so it'll be interesting to see how he does today.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 1, 2013, 12:23:00
Aye, watching that in the background had my sphincter twitching. Should have set Jens Voigt on the owner.

Probably best to let sleeping dogs lie....Corsica has the highest per capita murder rate in Europe, vendetta is a cultural tradition along with assassination.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 1, 2013, 13:29:43
Apparently Geraint Thomas has a fractured pelvis but is still carrying on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 09:41:34
Was right about OPQS and Cav again yesterday. Guess he must be saving his legs for later in the tour.

Team TT today. Can't see past Sky for this one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 09:53:37
Team TT today. Can't see past Sky for this one.

I am with you on this but Garmin are faves with the bookies. Based on the giro I'd go for Sky as well - different rider line up but still well drilled.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:43:59
I am with you on this but Garmin are faves with the bookies. Based on the giro I'd go for Sky as well - different rider line up but still well drilled.

The problem for Sky is that Geraint Thomas is hampered by the pelvis injury. This will slow him down and reduce the contrbution he can make. garmin as far as I am aware is a fully fit team. I would not be surprisd to see David Millar in the yellow tonight.

Re Geraint, did you see the interview yesterday?

"There is a break in the bone- it is bound to hurt"

Hard as nails that lad. I agree that MTFU should be replaced by GTFU. Will Geraint ever be deemed to be as hard as Jens though?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:57:54
I'd go for Garmin as well with Millar in yellow tonight, its a pretty short stage for a TT (25km) so it will probably be pretty close between Garmin, Sky and OPQS.

Yesterday showed why Cav won't get the Green jersey, Sagan is a better all rounder and he will get over the mountains to contest sprints like yesterday. If Cav had of somehow managed to stay with peloton until the end I'm not sure how much he would have had left in the legs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 15:19:10
Sky +2" on OPQS.

Tony Martin is super human.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 15:23:24
And I subbed Tony Martin out of my fantasy team because I thought the injuries would hamper him :doh:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 20:11:29
And I subbed Tony Martin out of my fantasy team because I thought the injuries would hamper him :doh:

You did ok today though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 20:38:11
All thanks to Simon Gerrans :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 22:04:45
Anybody see Cav's post race interview?

The guy maybe fast but he is an absolute penis.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 22:44:12
Anybody see Cav's post race interview?

The guy maybe fast but he is an absolute penis.

I think that it was an interview with someone who knew he may be in the wrong and went all defensive!  Kittel still scares me though all a bit Ivan Drago!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 22:58:03
Part of it is just the arrogance that most great sportsman have, suspect he isnt exactly the sort of person you would enjoy going for a pint with though.

I actually don't think he did much wrong as per Boardman's explanation at the end of the program.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 09:04:31

I actually don't think he did much wrong as per Boardman's explanation at the end of the program.

I agree he didn't. I think there was a deliberate attmept to slow him down or at least put him off. I think he does get picked on as everyone know in a flat sprint he is almost unbeatable.

Still a cock though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 09:11:07
Anybody see Cav's post race interview?

The guy maybe fast but he is an absolute penis.

I'm going to go easy on him on this. Yes he was on the defensive but, he knows he was involved in an incident where someone went down hard. He knows it wasn't his fault (in his eyes and, to be honest, the post race video tends to support him). He knows that he IS going to get blamed. He has been through all thta shit before. He wan't going to put up with it.

Sprinters get involved in crashes. Lead out trains get involved in crashes. All part of the game and Cav gives good value for money in post race interviews.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 15:42:49
He won't be much happier today; had a load of piss sprayed at him! Disgusting.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 20:49:40
Ventoux...never been up it, but what an alien looking landscape. Froome very impressive today. More or less 46 years to the day, that Tommy Simpson dies up there.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 22:20:56
Froome's to lose now. The way that he dispatched Contador and then Quintana was brilliant.

Commendable rides from Pete Kennaugh and Richie Porte too, did their part very well.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 22:29:58
The landlord of the Bathurst Arms, North Cerney is probably regretting his facebook comment about running 3-a-breast cyclists down today.

His facebook rant went viral and one thing you don't want to do is upset the cycling fraternity.

In truth it could have just been a throw away comment which doesn't reflect his real thoughts. But once social media rage gets going there is only one winner.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 22:30:53
Epic stage and what a win. As Sam said it's his to lose as everyone else is being blown away. Got to love Sagan though.

If you get a chance have a read of Fotheringhams Tom Simpson book - "Put Me Back On My Bike" - very good read and very sad.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Berniman on Monday, July 15, 2013, 00:27:04
The landlord of the Bathurst Arms, North Cerney is probably regretting his facebook comment about running 3-a-breast cyclists down today.

His facebook rant went viral and one thing you don't want to do is upset the cycling fraternity.

In truth it could have just been a throw away comment which doesn't reflect his real thoughts. But once social media rage gets going there is only one winner.

Saw that, and the over the top reaction.  He had a point but went about portraying it in totally the wrong way.

One thing that does piss me off is cyclists and motorcyclists having a go at car drivers all of the time as if they are fucking saints.  I can say the same for lorry drivers (sorry leefer).  It's funny how everyone becomes the most conscientious driver in the world when they are talking about another form of transport.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, July 15, 2013, 08:57:55
Amazing how Froome powered away from Contador.  He has had it a little tougher than Wiggins in this tour so far due to the amount of walking wounded Sky have had.  He is still a bit of a dull bore though.

Also i'm not having the fact that Quintana is 23, he looks about 53!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 15, 2013, 09:01:13
Amazing how Froome powered away from Contador.  He has had it a little tougher than Wiggins in this tour so far due to the amount of walking wounded Sky have had.  He is still a bit of a dull bore though.

Also i'm not having the fact that Quintana is 23, he looks about 53!

I couldn't disagree more...

Agree about Quintana...it's what living at altitude does to you.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, July 15, 2013, 09:04:08
Fair enough


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, July 15, 2013, 10:21:22
Watched this on TV for the first time ever and all I saw was mindless idiots in fancy dress making fools of them selves and posing a massive danger to the riders, regardless if they were cheering them on.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, July 15, 2013, 10:41:25
The last two stages have been fucking awesome, for different reasons.

Saturday was a stage slated to be a boring run in to a sprint finish- another chance for Kittel to out sprint Cav or a chance for Cav to show his bouncebackability. In the end, the wind was the major player, causing echelons to form and crating a whole new raft of tactical dillemas. The Belkin/ OPQS/ Saxo Tinkoff break was fucking great. Blew the race apart for the day.

Well done Cav on the sprint- now won more stages than any other rider when Time Trials are taken out of the equation.

Yesterdays final 20 or so km wastremendous viewing- Froomedawgs bodyguard keeping him safe and keeping the pace high enough that attacks from GC contenders couldn't get away until Quintana went. Froome did really well to pull away from the peleton to reach him and distance Contador and co.

It was really telling in relation to effort when video of Kennaugh falling off the back of the yellow jersey bunce after his efforts was shown. He was so spent he was almost standing still :eek: Schlek had a similar moment as well.

They all really need the rest day today.

Can't wait for the double ascent of Alp d'Huez


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:37:25
Desperately want this but the wife said no. Might have to just order it anyway. Absolute steal at this price. Granted, Sora isn't the best groupset but isn't the worst either. Add to that Fulcrum 7s and FSA components and it's the best value for money in that price range.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-sora-2013/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:49:53
Desperately want this but the wife said no. Might have to just order it anyway. Absolute steal at this price. Granted, Sora isn't the best groupset but isn't the worst either. Add to that Fulcrum 7s and FSA components and it's the best value for money in that price range.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-sora-2013/

Sam - this is tagged as Sora 2013, so if thats true it should have the new Sora shifters which are more like the Tiagra/105s in style - i.e. they don't have have the thumb levers to change up - which make the whole groupset a better proposition.

Plus one of the joys of bikes is being able to upgrade as an when. And as you say you own't get much better for the price.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:07:11
Ventoux...never been up it, but what an alien looking landscape. Froome very impressive today. More or less 46 years to the day, that Tommy Simpson dies up there.

Was a bit of a shame, as the first British rider to win on the Ventoux, that he didn't find time to give Tommy a nod in his post-race interviews.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:22:18
Sam - this is tagged as Sora 2013, so if thats true it should have the new Sora shifters which are more like the Tiagra/105s in style - i.e. they don't have have the thumb levers to change up - which make the whole groupset a better proposition.

Plus one of the joys of bikes is being able to upgrade as an when. And as you say you own't get much better for the price.

I would agree, I have 'old' Sora shifter and whilst they shift fine it can be a pain, although I ride on the hoods around 95% of the time anyway.

I have been looking to upgrade my Allez but the main area is groupset and going up to 105 would be around £400 which doesn't really seem worth it for an Alu frame bike?

May have to bite the bullet and look at a Planet X or Ribble carbon frame and go from there, but with new baby may need some delicate discussion with the finance committee?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, July 15, 2013, 13:22:37
Do all these small differences on bike parts really make any difference to the average man on the street?  :sherlock:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:01:36
Do all these small differences on bike parts really make any difference to the average man on the street?  :sherlock:

I think a lot of it depends on the functionality of the parts replaced and whether or not they need replacing. As already alluded to the old Sora shifters had "thumb" lever to change up - with isn't as easy or as functional as 105s or Ultegras. So yes it would make a difference.

I have Shimano 105s throughout and I'd like ultegra but the cost and the weight saving do not add up at all for me so no. I'd be better off shedding a few more lbs from around my waist.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:06:09
I have been looking to upgrade my Allez but the main area is groupset and going up to 105 would be around £400 which doesn't really seem worth it for an Alu frame bike?

May have to bite the bullet and look at a Planet X or Ribble carbon frame and go from there, but with new baby may need some delicate discussion with the finance committee?

I have an Alu/Carbon Trek with full 105 and I've have been looking to upgrade - so similarly I've been looking at frames/forks and transfer my groupset/wheels/saddle over. I like the look of the Enigma titanium frames as it'll be something a bit different.

But then I'll want to use my old bike on the turbo so it'll mean buying a whole new groupset. How the finance committee love me. Actually she gets more frustared that I won't make a decision and just buy.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:12:35
Don't know if you have seen this :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=THA59sKBkF0


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:13:07
I have an Alu/Carbon Trek with full 105 and I've have been looking to upgrade - so similarly I've been looking at frames/forks and transfer my groupset/wheels/saddle over. I like the look of the Enigma titanium frames as it'll be something a bit different.

But then I'll want to use my old bike on the turbo so it'll mean buying a whole new groupset. How the finance committee love me. Actually she gets more frustared that I won't make a decision and just buy.

Stick the current bike on the turbo trainer as is (with a turbo specific back tyre). Get thyself a new bike complete. Remember, 2014 models will hit the shops soon and 2013 bikes will start being reduced. trek already have a summer sale running on some of the current models.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Spud on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:32:25
Went on my first proper ride on Saturday. Swindon to Cricklade.

Had a couple of pints in the Red Lion. Legs were like jelly on the way back. We stopped near the Blunsdon Arms, scoffed half a pack of Haribo's, and within 10 minutes I was good to go again.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Monday, July 15, 2013, 14:54:05
I did the same ride via the over grown Canal and Moulden Hill Saturday around Midday.There were a lot of really slow people about on Road Bikes Saturday,testament to the Tour I'd imagine.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 15, 2013, 17:45:23
Followed some bloke on his road bike going up the old railway line from West Swindon to Old Town yesterday.

Rode on his wheel, got about half way up and he bailed onto a footpath. Must've been the shame of being paced by a MTB 8)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, July 15, 2013, 20:22:52
Do all these small differences on bike parts really make any difference to the average man on the street?  :sherlock:

I would say yes, but depending on what you do.  Things like better wheels and group set will make ride better and more efficient. I bought some Fulcrum racing 5 wheels and it transformed my bike.

But these people who spend hundreds on carbon components and are then 2 stone overweight - draw your own conclusions. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 16:49:12
I think Froome has been fantastic, thoroughly deserved and great champion. Very humble and eloquent in his dealings with the press especially with the continuous doping  questions.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 19:53:29
Twighlight finish on the Chapms Élysées. In about 35 minutes. Not to be missed. Going to be a great end to a great Tour.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 20:53:20
Shame Cav didn't take the sprint. Great finish to the Tour though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, July 21, 2013, 21:14:18
OPQS are absolutely gash in the last 1000m. Their lead out train just disintegrates. Great spring though, complete with Cav nearly going over the handle bars! Shows how mental that piece of road is for a bike race.

Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe looking fecking superb for this awards presentation.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, July 22, 2013, 08:35:22
OPQS are absolutely gash in the last 1000m. Their lead out train just disintegrates.

Think they have signed Mark Renshaw for next season, normal Cav service could be resumed


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, July 22, 2013, 09:00:25
Think they have signed Mark Renshaw for next season, normal Cav service could be resumed

They have, also rumours continue that Petacchi  will be back for rest of this season and next to lead out!

It was something of a shambles, when you look at the side shot the fact that Kittel was almost out of frame before Cavendish started to sprint illustrated it was a complete non-starter!

Great tour but the last stage could have done with being about half an hour later, didn't really get dark enough during the racing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: yeo on Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:01:41
final table,none of us won a 3k road bike.
I came second..go me! congrats David Bew whoever you are


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3      Andrew Tegg   Lancashire Cycling Project   1674
4      Chris Chadwick   Wiltshire Wheelers   1379
5      Sam Binstead   Blotto Parasol   1234
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Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:56:14
final table,none of us won a 3k road bike.
I came second..go me! congrats David Bew whoever you are


Yey Go me !!  :pint:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:39:07
final table,none of us won a 3k road bike.
I came second..go me! congrats David Bew whoever you are



Whoop a place on the podium!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 22, 2013, 13:42:12
Would've done better if I remembered to transfer out my sprinters for the mountain stages :doh:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, July 22, 2013, 14:58:59
I totally forgot about this after the 1st week, shame


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 20:09:14
If anyone after decent wheels for good money merlin have fulcrum racing 5's for 100, quid, and others.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 20:22:52
If anyone after decent wheels for good money merlin have fulcrum racing 5's for 100, quid, and others.

Good call - thanks

Having said that I've Just upgraded my MTBs wheels for some SRAMs, then the fork went so another purchase Rock Shox and a new headset so not exactly flushed at the mo.

Wished I'd have got my LBS to fit the headset and forks - quite a mission to do so.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: woolster on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 20:29:17
I am thinking about getting a new bike, is this a good bike, and a good deal

Kona  Caldera Mountain Bike Hydraulic Disc Brakes Front Suspension Aluminium Frame 27 Speed, Excellent Condition real head turner, over £700 new, Perfect mechanical condition and clean components, never used off road or out on a wet for long, kept indoors. Still works like straight off the shop floor. It's a Lightweight aluminium 19" frame with 26" wheels. Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, alloy rims, full set of shimano sram xt, very light bike, Recently Serviced at cost of over £50, £350.00,


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 21:07:42
Good call - thanks

Having said that I've Just upgraded my MTBs wheels for some SRAMs, then the fork went so another purchase Rock Shox and a new headset so not exactly flushed at the mo.

Wished I'd have got my LBS to fit the headset and forks - quite a mission to do so.

Couldn't you have just got the forks serviced?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 21:14:49
I am thinking about getting a new bike, is this a good bike, and a good deal

Kona  Caldera Mountain Bike Hydraulic Disc Brakes Front Suspension Aluminium Frame 27 Speed, Excellent Condition real head turner, over £700 new, Perfect mechanical condition and clean components, never used off road or out on a wet for long, kept indoors. Still works like straight off the shop floor. It's a Lightweight aluminium 19" frame with 26" wheels. Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, alloy rims, full set of shimano sram xt, very light bike, Recently Serviced at cost of over £50, £350.00,

How old is it? Spec isn't bad for the money, but "recently serviced" means nothing really. Go and check it out, look out for worn drive train (cassette and chain) and check for wear/play in any bearings or pivot points. Check for obvious things like cracks in the frame, leaky forks or rust.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 21:17:01
And does anyone local have a crank puller and bottom bracket removal tool I could borrow?

Bottom bracket is on its way out and needs replacing, but for the cost of the tools I could just take it to the shop.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 22:49:46
Couldn't you have just got the forks serviced?

They were the originals, 12 years old, seized up and rusty inside, so maybe......but that's not as much fun as upgrading  :)

I have a crank tool but not much used to you, unless you can wait a week.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 22:53:23
I am thinking about getting a new bike, is this a good bike, and a good deal

Kona  Caldera Mountain Bike Hydraulic Disc Brakes Front Suspension Aluminium Frame 27 Speed, Excellent Condition real head turner, over £700 new, Perfect mechanical condition and clean components, never used off road or out on a wet for long, kept indoors. Still works like straight off the shop floor. It's a Lightweight aluminium 19" frame with 26" wheels. Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, alloy rims, full set of shimano sram xt, very light bike, Recently Serviced at cost of over £50, £350.00,

As Samdy said but also if its in such good nick why was it serviced ? Or why service it and then sell it ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, July 26, 2013, 08:07:56
As Samdy said but also if its in such good nick why was it serviced ? Or why service it and then sell it ?

Also the groupset seems a little confused, Shimano Sram XT???

Does sound a little too good, but then again could have had it serviced to sell as may have been off road for a while. May be worth a look but I wouldn't buy such a thing for that money without seeing the bike (And seller) first.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, July 26, 2013, 08:09:15
They were the originals, 12 years old, seized up and rusty inside, so maybe......but that's not as much fun as upgrading  :)

I have a crank tool but not much used to you, unless you can wait a week.

Similarly the fork on my old Stumpy seized up and it was cheaper to replace than repair as it was only a cheap forrk anyway. Got a cheap Manitou Black fork which was great, albeit a little higher than the one I replaced, it was all a litttle 'easy rider' after that!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:04:10
Also the groupset seems a little confused, Shimano Sram XT???

I noticed this too. Sounds like it is a mixture of SRAM/Shimano - probably SRAM Chainset/Cassestte with shimano shifters/mechs. I am surprised to see XT on a bike that was £700 new though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:07:34
Similarly the fork on my old Stumpy seized up and it was cheaper to replace than repair as it was only a cheap forrk anyway. Got a cheap Manitou Black fork which was great, albeit a little higher than the one I replaced, it was all a litttle 'easy rider' after that!

I went for Rock Shox Tora 302 - which have the remote lockout facility and adjustable rebound (?) (don't ask me - it says it on the box ). My MTB isn't my pride and joy so I wasn't unduly fussed but for the sake of an extra £50 over what would have been a like for like replcement I thought it was worth it. And it seems that way.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:13:03
adjustable rebound (?) (don't ask me - it says it on the box ).

Adjusts the harshness of the damping. You want to set it right so that it's not so soft that the front's bobbing away all the time, but it's not so hard that it almost launches the bike (and you) into the air when it rebounds.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:21:54
Adjusts the harshness of the damping. You want to set it right so that it's not so soft that the front's bobbing away all the time, but it's not so hard that it almost launches the bike (and you) into the air when it rebounds.
Cheers Sam.

Something that has struck me a lot recently as I've upgraded bits and bobs on both road and mountain bikes is the quality of the finishing kit that you don't necessarily look for (i.e. not drive chain or frame) can be utterly shoddy. Take my recent example, both forks and headset were, for want of a better word, fucked. I know that manufacturers have to meet price points and this is where they save but the quality of the replacements is way above the originals.

I googled how to service my old forks and came across instructions that said:

1.   Remove forks
2.   Throw in bin
3.   Buy new forks


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:32:21
 Not sure this has been posted amongst all the boy's toys spec stuff, but I use this place for the bits and pieces I need.

http://www.recycles-swindon.co.uk/about-recycles.php


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:48:55
So, I'm trying to commute on my trusty Trek. I added a butt & gut fender plus a fender bender to try to reduce some of the crap being thrown off the road in the wet. I got caught in the residue of the big thunderstorms this week and found my little bits of plastic did a pretty good job. Now I'm looking at getting a better and more waterproof rucksack. I want to be seen in the dark and want to carry my work clothes, towel, toiletries and my lunch. I also don't want to pay a fortune. Any recommendations?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:54:16
So, I'm trying to commute on my trusty Trek. I added a butt & gut fender plus a fender bender to try to reduce some of the crap being thrown off the road in the wet. I got caught in the residue of the big thunderstorms this week and found my little bits of plastic did a pretty good job. Now I'm looking at getting a better and more waterproof rucksack. I want to be seen in the dark and want to carry my work clothes, towel, toiletries and my lunch. I also don't want to pay a fortune. Any recommendations?

Stick all the clothes etc in a bin bag, and put bin bag in rucksack. Get a high viz work thing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 26, 2013, 09:55:39
So, I'm trying to commute on my trusty Trek. I added a butt & gut fender plus a fender bender to try to reduce some of the crap being thrown off the road in the wet. I got caught in the residue of the big thunderstorms this week and found my little bits of plastic did a pretty good job. Now I'm looking at getting a better and more waterproof rucksack. I want to be seen in the dark and want to carry my work clothes, towel, toiletries and my lunch. I also don't want to pay a fortune. Any recommendations?

Why not get a cover  : http://www.wiggle.co.uk/respro-waterproof-hump-rucksack-cover/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:00:18
I've been using shopping bags inside my rucksack. They work, but the rucksack is a bit small, so I need to get something a little bit bigger. That's why I ruled out a cover too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:02:29
I've been using shopping bags inside my rucksack. They work, but the rucksack is a bit small, so I need to get something a little bit bigger. That's why I ruled out a cover too.

Fair enough : http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycle/rucksacks/ - plenty of choice and lots of reviews.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, August 4, 2013, 18:37:52
Fair play to the organisers of the RideLondon event...(even Boris Johnson)...20,000 people cycling 100 miles.  :thumb:

Back in the day, there used to be the Great Swindon(Thamesdown) Bike Ride....I did it for several years...used to start off from Lydiard, or Coate...one year Highworth School and do either 35 or 50 miles. I kind of gave up when they messed about with  aride to Bath that involved an overnight stop...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Sunday, August 4, 2013, 18:43:08
Having not managed to get a place in the ballot I glumly watched on from the sofa this morning, trying to spot the jersey of a mate who did get a spot, only to read that 5000 didn't finish?!

Maybe next year...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Sunday, August 4, 2013, 20:31:58
Fair play to the organisers of the RideLondon event...(even Boris Johnson)...20,000 people cycling 100 miles.  :thumb:

Back in the day, there used to be the Great Swindon(Thamesdown) Bike Ride....I did it for several years...used to start off from Lydiard, or Coate...one year Highworth School and do either 35 or 50 miles. I kind of gave up when they messed about with  aride to Bath that involved an overnight stop...

I'd imagine those penny farthings were quite quick, what with having that huge front wheel :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 5, 2013, 12:33:57
Hmm... what say you, cycling aficionados of the TEF:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/corratec-dolomiti-105-limited-edition-road-bike-2013/rp-prod91544

Seems like a lot of bike for that money. Not the best wheels, but at a snip under 9kg it seems good value for money.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, August 5, 2013, 12:45:27
Hmm... what say you, cycling aficionados of the TEF:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/corratec-dolomiti-105-limited-edition-road-bike-2013/rp-prod91544

Seems like a lot of bike for that money. Not the best wheels, but at a snip under 9kg it seems good value for money.

Couple of things jump out to me at first glance. What is the fork made of - is it carbon or alloy, at that money I would expect the fork to be carbon, and if the roads down there are anything like they were in Cumbria on Saturday god you need it!

Its good that the leavers are 105, but I note that the crank set isnt and I am not sure where any reference to Ultegra comes into it? Never even heard of the brakes although thats not saying a great deal.

At that sort of cash its mainly the frame to look at asthe rest cabn be upgraded, if the fork is carbon thats not bad and the 105 levers will save a bit...

But equally a lot of the 2013 kit will start being cleared to make way for 2014 shortly and I would suspect you may be able to get more bang for your buck elsewhere?

Apologies probably stating the obvious...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 5, 2013, 12:55:44
Yeah, it's carbon fork. The only reason it really drew me was the 105 gruppo. I've been keeping an eye out for 2013 sale models in that kind of price range but most have either the (old) Sora or 2300 and I'm not a fan of the thumb shifters.

Really need to get off my arse and take a look around a few LBS to see what they've got kicking about in their sales.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, August 5, 2013, 13:01:33
Yeah, it's carbon fork. The only reason it really drew me was the 105 gruppo. I've been keeping an eye out for 2013 sale models in that kind of price range but most have either the (old) Sora or 2300 and I'm not a fan of the thumb shifters.

Really need to get off my arse and take a look around a few LBS to see what they've got kicking about in their sales.

Its worth having a look round as there are some deals out there, found this on Winstanleys

http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/39980/Dawes_Sportif_SL_2012_Bike



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 5, 2013, 13:03:49
43cm frame though. I'm short, but not that short :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, August 5, 2013, 13:07:53
43cm frame though. I'm short, but not that short :)

Yeah noticed that after.. sorry.

Evans have some Trek and Fuji bikes going cheap, for instance if you wanted a triple http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuji/sportif-13-triple-2013-road-bike-ec052837#features

From recollection 2013- Sora has the up shifters on the brake levers ala the high spec stuff anyway, I still have old Sora levels with the thumb shifter and they are a ball ache.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 5, 2013, 13:15:34
Hmm... what say you, cycling aficionados of the TEF:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/corratec-dolomiti-105-limited-edition-road-bike-2013/rp-prod91544

Seems like a lot of bike for that money. Not the best wheels, but at a snip under 9kg it seems good value for money.

Not a bad bike Sam. Good spec, good price. The only thing I'd question is that with that level of group set at that price I'd wonder where they were making savings.

My view personally is that prices will start to be cut around now for next years models so there be better bargains. At that price I'd go for a better frame with  minimum of Tiagra.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 5, 2013, 14:10:55
Yeah noticed that after.. sorry.

Evans have some Trek and Fuji bikes going cheap, for instance if you wanted a triple http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuji/sportif-13-triple-2013-road-bike-ec052837#features

I'd go for something like this : http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/caad8-6-tiagra-2013-compact-road-bike-ec042914


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 5, 2013, 14:16:30
I love the look of the CAADs (and who wouldn't want to try and look a little like Peter Sagan), but they're a tad out of my price range at the moment. All depends how generous the 'rents are feeling for my birthday.

Also I'm thinking sizing might be an issue, especially if I end up buying online. I'm fairly average height (ok, a bit short) at 5'8"ish but I'm short in the leg and long in the torso. Typical sizing suggests a 54cm frame which should give ample TT length but I might lack standover clearance and I don't want to look like a gimp with only 2 or 3 inches of seatpost showing.

My old man's the same height and proportions as me so I'll find out what size he has and use that as a guide.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Chubbs on Monday, August 5, 2013, 14:32:59
really need to get my bike out again, got it two summers ago and due to the shit summer last year id didn't get used at all.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 5, 2013, 14:38:13
I love the look of the CAADs (and who wouldn't want to try and look a little like Peter Sagan), but they're a tad out of my price range at the moment. All depends how generous the 'rents are feeling for my birthday.
Also I'm thinking sizing might be an issue, especially if I end up buying online. I'm fairly average height (ok, a bit short) at 5'8"ish but I'm short in the leg and long in the torso. Typical sizing suggests a 54cm frame which should give ample TT length but I might lack standover clearance and I don't want to look like a gimp with only 2 or 3 inches of seatpost showing.


Sam, completely agree with you. I'm 5.95 and on standard frame geometry I fall between 54 and 56 - I went 56 (Trek) and its fine with plenty of seat post. There are plenty of online calculators which take into account leg/arm length to ensure you get the best fit. Get the Mrs Sam to measure you.

As for price only you know what you are happy to spend and the only advice I can give is that when I bought mine for an extra £200 I could've got a carbon frame and I couldn't afford or justify at the time.  However despite loving my bike if I had the chance again I would spent the extra money and pay it back.  And that CAAD looks so good.

http://www.zinncycles.com/ncalroad-ulltimarev.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 5, 2013, 15:06:49
I know what you mean about stretching the budget, if I don't then I'll only regret it later. If I had it my way I'd have no limit and whack it all on the plastic but circumstances dictate otherwise.

Turns out the old man has a compact frame so that doesn't really help me with sizing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 5, 2013, 19:41:55
Sizing is key to comfort and it really changes bike to bike. I sat on a 54 inch Orbea recently and it felt the same at my 56inch Trek. When you are spending that much you need to get it right.  Better to get advice. I heard the Leisure Lake Bikes in Cheltenham are quite good.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 16:40:46
Gaaargh, so many choices.

Compact, double or triple?

Obviously MTB gearing is a lot lower, but on my 22x32x42 I hardly ever use the 22. It's got 11x32 on the back, so dropping down to something like 11x28 isn't going to be a huge issue.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 16:44:23
Gaaargh, so many choices.
Compact, double or triple?
Obviously MTB gearing is a lot lower, but on my 22x32x42 I hardly ever use the 22. It's got 11x32 on the back, so dropping down to something like 11x28 isn't going to be a huge issue.

Defo not double, either compact or triple. If you are a decent biker of reasonable fitness I'd go compact. Around Swindon the only time you'd need a triple is Ogbourne - Aldbourne Hill

Have you found a bike then Sam ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 16:49:50
Have you found a bike then Sam ?

Nope. Still torn.

Want to make sure I get the right one. With the budget I have it's really on the border of good frame & components/low gruppo or okay frame & poor components/good gruppo.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 16:53:33
Its a tough balancing act and a task I don't envy you.

Have you looked at Ribble ? Planet X ?

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road-track-bike/ribble-sportive-7046?part=BB13RIBSPORTIVE7046&sub=conf_BBRA&bike=1



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 17:43:11
As a middle aged fat bloke with dodgy knees, I'm trying to cycle to and from work a few times per week to lose a bit of weight and thought it would be cool to set myself targets.

My normal 'loose' target has been to get to work in about 35-40 mins and, when I get on a main stretch to go no slower than 23mph and try an get over 30mph every now and again. But I've noticed that I am starting to get lazy and getting a 'that'll do' attitude when I start to get tired.

I've got a really cheap, 10 year old bike computer, which records speed, time etc, but was reading today about Garmin's etc. I don't think I can justify the cost of something like an 810, as I only travel the same route and am not really fit enough to do much more.

I then read about Strava and saw that you could download an app to your phone and get the phone to track your movements then upload it to a website. I thought I could try this and then race myself every day.

Do any of you have experience of these types of apps or bike computers? If so, what would you recommend in my situation?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 18:41:58
NMH - I have got a Garmin 500 which is just superb. It does all the usual - speed, distance, time, heart rate, cadence, calories, direction, lap and so many more. You can then upload the ride to Garmin Connect, Strava, MapMyRide etc to analyse it.

It has a virtual training partner so you can use a course or map a route - in your case to work and then enter a speed you wish to complete it in, then start off and race the virtual partner.

They don't come cheap but it is fantastic. Try HandTec.com


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 18:51:11
Maybe worth trying Strava out on your phone first. If you like the 'features' like being able to see all kinds of different stats, average speeds, top speeds, PBs over certain segments etc. then it'll give you a good feel for it.

I used to use it a lot, then gave up because my phone got old and shit and it started really draining the battery. I think once I get the roadie I'll be investing in a Garmin.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 19:30:14
Defo not double, either compact or triple. If you are a decent biker of reasonable fitness I'd go compact. Around Swindon the only time you'd need a triple is Ogbourne - Aldbourne Hill

Have you found a bike then Sam ?

Totally agree with this get a compact.  I have got a triple and it's fine but would like to upgrade and it's whole new group set.  The thing I find is when I ride with people on compacts it feels shameful to use the granny ring so find myself trying to keep pace with them on the middle ring even though the bottom on that is a lot higher that bottom on a compact.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 19:33:50
Maybe worth trying Strava out on your phone first. If you like the 'features' like being able to see all kinds of different stats, average speeds, top speeds, PBs over certain segments etc. then it'll give you a good feel for it.

I used to use it a lot, then gave up because my phone got old and shit and it started really draining the battery. I think once I get the roadie I'll be investing in a Garmin.

I must admit I only use strava on my phone,  got a wireless computer for speed etc but battery doesn't last long so tend to just do by feel and upload at end.  Would like a garmin but with the ankle biter can't really justify the cost at the moment.

Plus without the computer telling me present speed whilst I ride I don't have to see how slowly I was grovelling in the lakes on Saturday.... No legs and not a good ride!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 19:44:01
The thing I find is when I ride with people on compacts it feels shameful to use the granny ring so find myself trying to keep pace with them on the middle ring even though the bottom on that is a lot higher that bottom on a compact.

This!! Except when they have to get off and walk when you still have extra gears  ;D

I managed to win a Go Pro Helmet Cam which I sold and funded my Garmin. Have to say though I wouldn't be without it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 20:11:07
That Ribble bike builder is extremely tempting for all the upgrades.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 20:18:57
That Ribble bike builder is extremely tempting for all the upgrades.

Their frames are made by Dedidiacci (sic) so good quality, but the builder does get the price up. Been tempted myself.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 20:19:10
That Ribble bike builder is extremely tempting for all the upgrades.

Its great, gives you a good indication of price points and what you can get.

Good bikes as well. Pity you can't deselect items.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 20:40:33
Thanks chaps. Havrnt looked at the difference between Garmin 500, 510, 800 etc, but see they aint cheap! Is there a cheaper version? Whats the Cadence stuff for?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 20:46:38
Its great, gives you a good indication of price points and what you can get.

Good bikes as well. Pity you can't deselect items.

Just priced up one of the sportive frames at a tad over £700 with Tiagra and Shimano R501s. Dangerously close to buying.

On the other hand, if this Merida didn't have crappy 8 speed Sora I'd buy it in an instant with the Alex R450 rims (only 470g!).

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Race-Lite-900-2013-Road-Bike_55257.htm


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 21:15:33
Thanks chaps. Havrnt looked at the difference between Garmin 500, 510, 800 etc, but see they aint cheap! Is there a cheaper version? Whats the Cadence stuff for?
I use a Garmin Edge 200. I think that was the base model when I bought it. Doesn't do cadence or heart rate, but you can do the virtual training partner that Bewster mentioned above. About £100 new, £50-60 on ebay.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 21:26:49
Thanks chaps. Havrnt looked at the difference between Garmin 500, 510, 800 etc, but see they aint cheap! Is there a cheaper version? Whats the Cadence stuff for?

The edge 200 is the cheaper version, no hrm  or cadence. Cadence is good for training  or turbo sessions.

Depends what is important to you.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 21:33:04
Just priced up one of the sportive frames at a tad over £700 with Tiagra and Shimano R501s. Dangerously close to buying.

On the other hand, if this Merida didn't have crappy 8 speed Sora I'd buy it in an instant with the Alex R450 rims (only 470g!).

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Merida-Race-Lite-900-2013-Road-Bike_55257.htm

That's got the shifters that are below sora. The good thing about Ribble is that you can spec up the bike with exactly what you want/can afford.

Don't forget you'll need pedals/shoes. Wiggle DHB shoes are a good start with basic shimano SPD SL


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 22:23:56
Think I'll give the Strava app a go. I think I'll be able to use that to record the ride and upload it. I'll then stick with my 10 year old Sigma to see what speed I'm doing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, August 9, 2013, 15:17:04
Its tempting... thats a lot of bike for the money!

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPWHT/planet_x_pro_carbon_franko_bianco_race_road_bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 9, 2013, 16:01:06
It's been that price for a while now.

Had a butchers around Hargroves earlier, but bar a couple of CAAD 8s and Spesh Allez's there's nowt of much interest :(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 9, 2013, 17:07:51
It's been that price for a while now.

Had a butchers around Hargroves earlier, but bar a couple of CAAD 8s and Spesh Allez's there's nowt of much interest :(

Hargroves is shit, I have just down the road from my office. Unhelpful, unfriendly and patronising.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 9, 2013, 17:23:02
Just found the "Special Editions" section on Ribble.

All of this for £601.99:

Ribble 7005 Sportive Frame 52cm (C-Top)
Ribble 7005 Sportive Carbon Road Forks 1 1/8" ITS
Ribble Headset Branded Ribble 1 1/8" Hidden (ITS) 45 x 45
Shimano Tiagra 4600 10 Spd Double Groupset
Shimano 4600 BB Cups (34/35/4500 double/triple) Eng
Shimano Tiagra 4600 Brakes
Shimano 10 Spd Tiagra 4600 Cassette 11-25
Shimano 10 Speed 4601 Tiagra Chain
Shimano Tiagra Double 4650 10 Chainset Compact 172.5 34/50
Shimano Tiagra 4600 10 Double Front Gear Braze-on
Shimano Tiagra 4600 10 Spd Rear Gear Short
Shimano STI Levers Tiagra 4600 10 Speed with cables Double
ITM Pr Whls Aero 2.4 8/9/10 Shim
ITM Alutech Wing 6061 31.8 Bars White 42cm
ITM Alutech 6061 31.8 Stem White 100mm
Selle Italia X1 Flow Saddle White
CSN Superleggera Alloy Seatpillar Black 31.6 400mm
Continental Ultra Sport Rigid Tyre White/Black 700x23mm
Yaw Butyl Inner Tube 700x18/25 SV42mm
ITM Cork Embossed Handlebar Tape Black


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 9, 2013, 19:37:21
That's a great deal Sam. As long as its the right size


Title: Re:
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 9, 2013, 20:32:48
They've a fairly decent sizing guide. I'm between 52 and 54 and they recommend going with the smaller size if in between. I can always change the stem length.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, August 9, 2013, 20:46:58
Looks like a deal that, tiagra is good kit so I'd say go for it. Good scope for cheap upgrades if you want to as well.


Title: Re:
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 9, 2013, 20:50:55
That's one of the "summer specials" so no real upgrade choices except for colour and length of some components.

Frame seems to get good reviews. Rims aren't the best but they can be updated later. Probably going to order it tomorrow.

Need to get some SPD shoes and pedals though.

Shame I didn't get anything sooner, my old man invited me out on a club run tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 9, 2013, 23:23:29
Good job Sam, looks like a bargain tbh. Tiagra g/s is £300 alone.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 00:07:07
Do you semi pros notice any difference from the upgrades?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 00:27:31
Do you semi pros notice any difference from the upgrades?

As already answered :

I think a lot of it depends on the functionality of the parts replaced and whether or not they need replacing. As already alluded to the old Sora shifters had "thumb" lever to change up - with isn't as easy or as functional as 105s or Ultegras. So yes it would make a difference.

I have Shimano 105s throughout and I'd like ultegra but the cost and the weight saving do not add up at all for me so no. I'd be better off shedding a few more lbs from around my waist.

I upgraded my wheels earlier this year, they have better hubs so roll better and longer, they are stiffer and lighter so easier to go up hills. So yes providing the gap between the part replaced and part upgraded is big enough.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:45:01
That's one of the "summer specials" so no real upgrade choices except for colour and length of some components.

Frame seems to get good reviews. Rims aren't the best but they can be updated later. Probably going to order it tomorrow.

Need to get some SPD shoes and pedals though.

Shame I didn't get anything sooner, my old man invited me out on a club run tomorrow.

Sorry that's my bad English (I blame typing on a phone!) I meant that the important bits (frame and group set) look great and if you choose to upgrade wheels in say 12 months around 100 quid will get a great set!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:47:25
I must admit I only use strava on my phone,  got a wireless computer for speed etc but battery doesn't last long so tend to just do by feel and upload at end.  Would like a garmin but with the ankle biter can't really justify the cost at the moment.

Plus without the computer telling me present speed whilst I ride I don't have to see how slowly I was grovelling in the lakes on Saturday.... No legs and not a good ride!

Bloody ironically after posting this my phone gps had a hissy fit this morning and failed to record my ride which was a lumpy one, I can work out the distance and time but not the height which is a bit of an arse.

Maybe I better get a Garmin!  ::)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 23:06:28
I cant get Strava to work! Keeps saying 'Location services are disabled. Would you like to enable them to record Strava activities.' I click yes and it takes me to the Location services which are all ticked.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, August 11, 2013, 08:48:32
Does your phone actually have GPS?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, August 11, 2013, 09:53:06
Does your phone actually have GPS?
I assume so as it has 3 settings for it and can find me on Google Maps.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 21:12:04
Nearly bought the Ribble but something stopped me. Not sure what.

Keep seeing new bikes that I hadn't considered before, or bikes that have been reduced which take my fancy, which is making me even more undecided. For example I've spied a Felt and today seen a Giant Defy 2 and GT GTR 3 with Tiagra for less than £650.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 21:16:43
Nearly bought the Ribble but something stopped me. Not sure what.
Keep seeing new bikes that I hadn't considered before, or bikes that have been reduced which take my fancy, which is making me even more undecided. For example I've spied a Felt and today seen a Giant Defy 2 and GT GTR 3 with Tiagra for less than £650.



The wife?  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 21:58:23
Nearly bought the Ribble but something stopped me. Not sure what.
Keep seeing new bikes that I hadn't considered before, or bikes that have been reduced which take my fancy, which is making me even more undecided. For example I've spied a Felt and today seen a Giant Defy 2 and GT GTR 3 with Tiagra for less than £650.
Maybe you just want to be sure you are doing the right thing. I do the same thing, and did it over buying my wheels.

Also, buying some thing like a bike on line is a big risk when you haven't ridden it. I think you will go round in circles as the whole bike/gruppo/equipment combination issue will drive you mad and sooner or later you'll have to make a decision. 

For some reason I don't like GT or Giant bikes, although Giant they have good reviews - just a personal thing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 22:12:05
I'm not really drawn to the straight lines of the likes of Felt, Giant or GT. Absolutely love the Italian frames. If I could get a Bianchi within my budget I'd have it in an instant.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 22:24:57
I'm not really drawn to the straight lines of the likes of Felt, Giant or GT. Absolutely love the Italian frames. If I could get a Bianchi within my budget I'd have it in an instant.

Agreed. Hargroves have a Bianchi Via Nirone Sora for £699


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 23:59:29
I want a Scott Sub 10 for me pub bike - it's a belter !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 20:35:59
*Gulp*

I've finally bitten the bullet and clicked buy...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 21:30:00
On the Ribble?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 21:40:11
Nope. Gone for the Vitus Zenium VRS. Mix of 105 & Tiagra for £680, plus I actually love the looks too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 21:46:55
Nice. Superb colours as well. Good choice Sam, think you've made the right choice.

I'm up w/e of the 31st if you fancy a ride.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 21:56:15
Quite possibly. Need to sort out some pedals and shoes this weekend.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 22:08:18
Quite possibly. Need to sort out some pedals and shoes this weekend.

OK let me know. Check out wiggle, they had shimano SPD SLs for around £20 and dhb shoes. You can also go via top cash back.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 22:10:16
Sam..

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/SHFIRSRCS/fizik_r3_road_cycling_shoes

Absolute bargain (in red) for some top notch shoes...

Only thing stopping me splurging out on them at the moment is my new wheels that I'm getting parts for and built. Anyone recommend a decent wheel builder around these parts? Mitchell's?



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 22:21:13
Sam..

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/SHFIRSRCS/fizik_r3_road_cycling_shoes

Absolute bargain (in red) for some top notch shoes...

Great spot. That's amazing saving, a bit bright


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 22:37:31
Silver R3 SLs for a tenner more for something a little less noticeable (slightly)

If the red ones are still about in a month I might have to get them to match the hubs on my new wheels.

Check the bargains spotted thread on bike radar forum..commuting chat section. Costs you more money seeing bargains too good to miss than you need.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 22:49:02
Cheers for that.

Red hubs? What did you go for ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 23:48:49
These monkeys...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-New-410g-MTB-Novatec-Mountain-bike-DISC-hubs-D711SB-D712SB-Shimano-SRAM-/271246814230

Lashed to some H Plus Son - Archetype rims. Yumbo. To go on my Genesis Croix de Fer, so needed disc hubs. Those novatecs are supposedly superb for the price, just as good hope hubs but half the price. A wheel builder I've chatted to on the bike radar forum raves about them. Should help shed some weight off my steel beast. Planning on joining Swindon road club for some spins on a Saturday morning soon too, flying from Purton to Nationwide House 5 days a week is getting a bit boring now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 16, 2013, 08:39:15
Very bling !!

Are the changing rooms at NH still hotter than the sun or have they managed to find the thermostat ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 19, 2013, 13:38:24
The new machine has arrived 8)

Going to pop out later and scope out some shoes and pedals so I can get out on it properly, but had a quick blast around the block with my flats on it earlier and loved it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 19, 2013, 13:43:42
The new machine has arrived 8)
Going to pop out later and scope out some shoes and pedals so I can get out on it properly, but had a quick blast around the block with my flats on it earlier and loved it.

Excellent stuff - good times ahead !



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, August 19, 2013, 13:47:12
The new machine has arrived 8)

Going to pop out later and scope out some shoes and pedals so I can get out on it properly, but had a quick blast around the block with my flats on it earlier and loved it.

Good stuff! Just remember from experience, pretty ladies, clipless pedals and traffic lights often end in disaster!  :D :D

If you are ever in Lancashire/Cumbria and fancy some proper hills give me a shout.... I will be the one labouring....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 19, 2013, 13:53:56
Good stuff! Just remember from experience, pretty ladies, clipless pedals and traffic lights often end in disaster!  :D :D

Seconded  ;D

I attempted the round the IOW ride on Saturday - had to abandon as the weather really closed in and it was really nasty/dangerous on some exposed roads. Fuck me the IOW is very hilly.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/360470136


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 19, 2013, 14:00:37
It's going to take a while for me to get used to the compact gearing after spending years on a mountain bike. Although the weight difference should help. Being the geek that I am I weighed it earlier at 8.4kg (including the heavy flat pedals). That's a 5kg saving over my MTB!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 19, 2013, 14:03:41
It's going to take a while for me to get used to the compact gearing after spending years on a mountain bike. Although the weight difference should help. Being the geek that I am I weighed it earlier at 8.4kg (including the heavy flat pedals). That's a 5kg saving over my MTB!

Thats quite a saving. At least you are going the right way, going Road to MTB must be a bitch


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 19, 2013, 19:28:34
Took a trip to Origin this afternoon only to find they were shut  ::) So much for using a LBS.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Monday, August 19, 2013, 21:50:13
Nope. Gone for the Vitus Zenium VRS. Mix of 105 & Tiagra for £680, plus I actually love the looks too.

That looks very sweet.....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 22:04:57
Does any of the other MAMILS out there fancy a TEF mini league for the vuelta on velogames, if so I will set up a mini league but don't want to be William no mates...


Title: Re:
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 22:20:12
Go on then.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 22:28:35
League code is 21220428


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 22:33:38
I hate this thread.

I hate it because I am so envious. I love cycling but it just isn't practical in this stinking great congested, polluted, humid city.

I hope you all get punctures tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 22:38:59

I hate it because I am so envious. I love cycling but it just isn't practical in this stinking great congested, polluted, humid city.


Didn't think that Swindon had got that bad...  ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 08:49:14
League code is 21220428

Done.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:19:47
I'm in.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Red Jed on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:35:50
I hate it because I am so envious. I love cycling but it just isn't practical in this stinking great congested, polluted, humid city.
Yet there are 9 million cycles in Bejing, another overcrowded polluted humid city. :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:41:20
Yet there are 9 million cycles in Bejing, another overcrowded polluted humid city. :D

Have to say, I'd have thought cycling would be the ideal vehicle for such a place..as long as you wear a mask. but I know fuck all about Bangkok, so won't comment.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 10:45:57
The traffic is way to dangerous, I'd probably hyperventilate if wearing a mask when exercising and arriving at your destination drenched in sweat makes it impractical as a means of transport.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 11:02:46
The traffic is way to dangerous, I'd probably hyperventilate if wearing a mask when exercising and arriving at your destination drenched in sweat makes it impractical as a means of transport.

http://travel.cnn.com/bangkok/play/cycling-bangkok-not-just-insane-266276


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 11:14:40
Yeah, right.

A couple of locations that might be suitable for biking. What you need to take into account is that you need to get there first.

Quote
This isn’t the perfect place to ride a bike -- there’s only one two-kilometer oval track around a huge pond -- but it’s right in the middle of Bangkok and is really easy to get to.

Somebody writes an article trying to promote cycling in Bangkok and they need to include an example that 'isn't the perfect place to ride a bike'. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

I happen to actually live here Reg and don't need an article to tell me how it is here. Even walking is too much depending on the distance. Every cunt just jumps in a taxi, bus or motorbike as the climate is just not suitable.

Plus, and putting aside the dangers and the climate, riding around the city just would not be at all enjoyable.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 11:24:05
 Fair enough...there's no way, I'd go out on Swindon's roads...but fortunately there's a decent network of tracks and other off road oportunities.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mystical_goat on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 15:06:28
There's no way I'd ride a bicycle in Bangkok, the cars and motorbikes are dangerous enough there!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 20:30:01
To anyone interested Merlin have some shimano offers on this weekend.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 23, 2013, 09:18:29
To anyone interested Merlin have some shimano offers on this weekend.

Cheers - good one


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 23, 2013, 09:31:29
Shoes came this morning \:)/

Spent half an hour out in the garden practicing clipping in and out. Just about got the hang of it, going to pop out later for a proper spin. Twisting my heel out to unclip seems to have aggravated an old ankle injury slightly, but think it's going to be a case of just MTFU and deal with it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:37:54
Shoes came this morning \:)/
Spent half an hour out in the garden practicing clipping in and out. Just about got the hang of it, going to pop out later for a proper spin. Twisting my heel out to unclip seems to have aggravated an old ankle injury slightly, but think it's going to be a case of just MTFU and deal with it.
You have to change your thinking processing from stop-brake to stop-unclip/brake.
The worse thing you can do is panic when you realise you haven't unclipped. Either keep going if possible or get alongside a car to lean on. Always have a favourite side to unclip, most people's is left and its away from traffic, but mine is my stronger right foot. Also, youtube has some cleat set up guides- I'd advise to watch and do as to avoid toe numbness and hotspots. Apart from that - Enjoy !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DMR on Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:44:40
Injuring yourself trying on a pair of shoes.

Only on the TEF


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:49:42
Not exactly, but thanks for your concern David.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Friday, August 23, 2013, 15:15:12
Not exactly, but thanks for your concern David.

Going to open a book on when the first time that you stop at traffic lights forgetting to unclip will be :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 23, 2013, 15:50:26
Nearly did it at the first junction at the end of my road :D

Can't be all that unfit - managed some top 50s on Strava on my first time out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, August 23, 2013, 16:08:55
Going to open a book on when the first time that you stop at traffic lights forgetting to unclip will be :)

Trust me it will involve a pretty lady in a car smiling at him at the wrong time.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 23, 2013, 16:26:59
Trust me it will involve a pretty lady in a car smiling at him at the wrong time.

or the little boy next door asking why you fell off your bike (technically I was still on my bike)  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, August 23, 2013, 18:52:47
Very bling !!

Are the changing rooms at NH still hotter than the sun or have they managed to find the thermostat ?

Hubs came today, look damn nice.

Heat in the changing rooms changes seemingly at random. Some days it can be quite cool in there, then the next, roasting. The locker room/ hanging rails situation is a disaster now though. If you don't have a locker, which is a vast majority. All there is to use is two 1 meter long rails to hang stuff on. No space to let stuff dry, going to be awful when the weather starts turning shite. I'll be hanging my soaking bib shorts from the stairs in protest until they give us some decent space again.

Shoes came this morning \:)/

Spent half an hour out in the garden practicing clipping in and out. Just about got the hang of it, going to pop out later for a proper spin. Twisting my heel out to unclip seems to have aggravated an old ankle injury slightly, but think it's going to be a case of just MTFU and deal with it.

You'll be surprised how soon you get completely used to having to unclip every time you stop. One thing I will say, when the day does finally come when you get your foot stuck, like someone has already said, don't panic, even when you're about to hit the deck. The trick is to fall off as nonchalantly as possible, as if its all part of the plan to onlookers. You'll know when you're about to go down, just accept it and you'll be fine. It's only happened to me once, luckily in the dark, but infront of a queue of traffic. I knew I was going down and just went with it, no point making a song and dance about it on the way down. Didn't hurt at all surprisingly. I think it's like what they teach you about falling when skiing, if you tense up, you've got more chance of doing damage to yourself than being loose. Plus you look like an even bigger twat panicking, furiously tugging at the pedal to no avail as you flop off.

These days I just try and track stand to avoid fucking about with unclipping.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, August 23, 2013, 22:24:07
Oh so tempted......http://www.mtbe.co.uk/bianchi-c2c-via-nirone-t40151.html



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, August 23, 2013, 22:40:41
Get it for nearer £400 and it'd be a great deal. New bar tape, white seat post and that'd look great.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 23, 2013, 22:58:21
Oh so tempted......http://www.mtbe.co.uk/bianchi-c2c-via-nirone-t40151.html


As Sam said. You are paying for the frame and not equipment. The upgrade potential is huge though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 13:02:23
Heat in the changing rooms changes seemingly at random. Some days it can be quite cool in there, then the next, roasting. The locker room/ hanging rails situation is a disaster now though. If you don't have a locker, which is a vast majority. All there is to use is two 1 meter long rails to hang stuff on. No space to let stuff dry, going to be awful when the weather starts turning shite. I'll be hanging my soaking bib shorts from the stairs in protest until they give us some decent space again.

it really it mental. the towel racks won't allow anything to dry and they're squished together.

lycra is acceptable to go to meetings in right?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 21:02:48
Christ, I'm not even thinking of buying it.....not a hope in hell of that deal passing scrutiny.....just saw it and thought 'bike porn'


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 18:49:14
Spectacularly embarrassing fail this morning.

Bought a new track pump during the week and thought I'd check the pressures and put a bit of air in the tyres before I went out today. First foray with presta valves - cue pump head emptying all air from the tyres and then refusing to lock onto the valve meaning I couldn't pump them back up :doh: Grabbed my hand pump but that was as equally inept at the job.

Rather sheepishly wheeled the bike to the LBS where they kindly pumped them back up for me and I invested in a much better pump. Very good job that I did because I suffered my first puncture about 8 miles into my ride and that would've been a very bad time to find out that my pump was useless.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 18:53:05
It happens to us all. Did you get a Joe Blow ?

I cycled a section of the south downs way on Wednesday - got a puncture after 30 miles and was in the middle of a field in the blazing sun. In my haste I managed to completely miss the hole with the patch.  Managed to get to a pub so I could sort it out properly. Every cloud............


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Flashheart on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 18:54:39
It happens to us all. Did you get a Joe Blow ?


Don't know what that is but it sounds like something I want.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 18:58:15
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?s=joe+blow


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 18:58:19
It happens to us all. Did you get a Joe Blow ?

No, a Spesh hand pump. Nice and narrow meaning it fits well under the bottle cage plus it made short work of getting the tube up to decent pressure.

Going to return the track pump (was only one of the Lidl specials) and invest in a better one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 19:01:19
can recommend the JBs, I've had mine years.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 19:52:45
can recommend the JBs, I've had mine years.

Same here plus a little spesch one under bottle cage and co2 blower.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 19:54:19
Same here plus a little spesch one under bottle cage and co2 blower.

Are CO2's any good. When I reflated my MTB tyre the other day I popped into a garage to check it and it was only 50% inflated. I was wondering if a co2 pump would be better ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, August 31, 2013, 21:09:50
Are CO2's any good. When I reflated my MTB tyre the other day I popped into a garage to check it and it was only 50% inflated. I was wondering if a co2 pump would be better ?

Touching every piece of wood to hand I have never used mine,  but don't think I could get close to 100psi with the little pump I carry.

Have used a mates and worked really well got road tyre up to proper pressure no worry,  main problem is not blowing the tube up!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 2, 2013, 13:04:08
I need to replace my rear mech on my MTB and I am being offered the option of short cage or long cage.

My understanding that as I am running a triple at the front and 8 at the back I'll need a long cage ??

Any views ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Monday, September 2, 2013, 13:24:33
this is good
http://forums.mtbr.com/drivetrain-shifters-derailleurs-cranks/when-use-long-cage-vs-short-cage-derailleur-205890.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 2, 2013, 13:50:57
Cheers, That is very detailled !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 2, 2013, 19:49:26
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/23936407

Bit of a bolt out of the blue, but chapeau to Fernando Alonso.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, September 2, 2013, 19:58:27
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/23936407

Bit of a bolt out of the blue, but chapeau to Fernando Alonso.

I heard this, when watching the Vuelta...well pleased, I'm hoping it stays as Euskaltel....despite being moved to Asturias.

What I've always liked most about Euskaltel...is they seem to compete, without necessarily always winning, but representing the region is the main thing, and so developing young cyclists.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 2, 2013, 22:37:52
Am thinking about cycling to work from Calne to Devizes, but the road from blacklands to the golf club concerns me (hilly, narrow and some nasty blind bends). Anyone ridden that route before?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, September 2, 2013, 23:12:46
Are CO2's any good. When I reflated my MTB tyre the other day I popped into a garage to check it and it was only 50% inflated. I was wondering if a co2 pump would be better ?

Absolutely love my CO2 pump.
(But I do get the CO2 cylinders from work for free)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 2, 2013, 23:18:03
(But I do get the CO2 cylinders from work for free)

How come ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Monday, September 2, 2013, 23:42:14
it really it mental. the towel racks won't allow anything to dry and they're squished together.

lycra is acceptable to go to meetings in right?

I'd like to think so....think people staring at my package as I wonder about the office might get a bit uncomfortable though. Although a few of my jerseys are probably nicer than my shirts.


With the co2 pumps, they're great, but don't rely on them as a sole means of pumping up tyres. In my experience, and I think it's backed up scientifically, tyres don't stay at a high pressure for long compared to your standard air. Something to do with the pure co2 being 'thinner', so can leak through tiny gaps easier or quicker than standard air.

I've noticed my tyres going a little soft after pumping them up with a co2 canister to 100psi or so, within a couple of days. Using a standard track pump, I haven't needed to give my tyres a pump for about 2 weeks, after about 75 miles a week.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 00:45:13
Am thinking about cycling to work from Calne to Devizes, but the road from blacklands to the golf club concerns me (hilly, narrow and some nasty blind bends). Anyone ridden that route before?

I'd be more worried about the 361...you can avoid that by going through Roundway...but it's a steep bugger hill out of there. Only done the the track up to the golf club from there...but the tracks to Heddington and Stockley might provide an alternative.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hitchinred on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 08:43:40
I heard this, when watching the Vuelta...well pleased, I'm hoping it stays as Euskaltel....despite being moved to Asturias.

What I've always liked most about Euskaltel...is they seem to compete, without necessarily always winning, but representing the region is the main thing, and so developing young cyclists.

Enjoying the vuelta despite only local interest being Nicolas Roche. I was actually shouting Tony Martin to the line after his 170k time trial. Extraodinary.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 09:27:26
Enjoying the vuelta despite only local interest being Nicolas Roche. I was actually shouting Tony Martin to the line after his 170k time trial. Extraodinary.

That was agonisingly awesome, we're told that a lone rider just can't go out and ride away from the peloton for any great length, Martin nearly did it...I was gutted he got caught with about 3 metres to go after 170 in front.

Nothing against Roche, but regard Irishmen as being just like any other European. My interest is now with Chris Horner...nearly 42 and won that stage up yesterday's wall...being a yank, you have to wonder if he's clean, hopefully so, because it's good to see the likes of him and Jens still going.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 10:44:05
Martin vs. Wiggins at the TT World Champs later this month should be interesting.

Martin is obviously back to form after a poor TdF and Wiggins stuffed (an admittedly poor) Cancellara by nearly a minute in the TT stage at the Tour of Poland.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 10:52:01
Martin vs. Wiggins at the TT World Champs later this month should be interesting.

Martin is obviously back to form after a poor TdF and Wiggins stuffed (an admittedly poor) Cancellara by nearly a minute in the TT stage at the Tour of Poland.

Cancellara has looked good so far in the Vuelta, doing massive turns on the front up the climbs.  I've no idea what the course is like for the Worlds, and whether it might suit some more than others.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: thepeoplesgame on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12:41:55
Cancellara has looked good so far in the Vuelta, doing massive turns on the front up the climbs.  I've no idea what the course is like for the Worlds, and whether it might suit some more than others.

Pan flat.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12:56:41
Prime for Martin to get that 58T chainring on again.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 13:01:02
I'd be more worried about the 361...you can avoid that by going through Roundway...but it's a steep bugger hill out of there. Only done the the track up to the golf club from there...but the tracks to Heddington and Stockley might provide an alternative.

Off road I'd go stockley - heddington - over roundway.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 13:01:53
Prime for Martin to get that 58T chainring on again.

58T - ouch, my knees hurt at the thought


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 14:37:39
Off road I'd go stockley - heddington - over roundway.

There's about a 500m gap between metalled surfaces back of Oliver's Castle...there are footpaths connecting so may be OK. A bit circuitous for a daily commute, but a pleasant route get into/out of Devizes along Kand A towpath


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 19:29:49
Well, well. The Worlds are definitely going to be interesting after today's showing from Cancellara.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 23:23:14
How come ?
I work in the brewing industry and we use in in some dispense systems


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 23:27:13
I'd like to think so....think people staring at my package as I wonder about the office might get a bit uncomfortable though. Although a few of my jerseys are probably nicer than my shirts.


With the co2 pumps, they're great, but don't rely on them as a sole means of pumping up tyres. In my experience, and I think it's backed up scientifically, tyres don't stay at a high pressure for long compared to your standard air. Something to do with the pure co2 being 'thinner', so can leak through tiny gaps easier or quicker than standard air.

I've noticed my tyres going a little soft after pumping them up with a co2 canister to 100psi or so, within a couple of days. Using a standard track pump, I haven't needed to give my tyres a pump for about 2 weeks, after about 75 miles a week.

Take your word for it but it doesn't make sense.

CO2 is a far bigger molecule than N2 (which makes up most of air), so air should leak more readily.
I work in packaging, and if you are packing a nitro beer like Guinness in a plastic bottle, you lose pack pressure quicker than if you do if it's a CO2 beer like lager


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 19:54:48
To all you cycling fans, this is what I've been killing myself for over the last few months.

http://www.wasdale-tri.co.uk/bike.html

I'm not doing the whole thing (both knees no good, can't run) but 3 of us have entered as a relay team, I'm doing the bike

But, before you belittle me, I am doing the hardest bit of the "Hardest half ironman in the World"

Take a look at the Flythrough on the website.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 19:57:00
Two passes up Wrynose and Harknott. Good luck, you'll be dead at the end!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 20:00:53
Two passes up Wrynose and Harknott. Good luck, you'll be dead at the end!

I drove up Hardknott a few years ago...it's certainly interesting. Oddly in some ways it might be a bit easier on a bike...you can get off and walk..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 20:01:56
Two passes up Wrynose and Harknott. Good luck, you'll be dead at the end!

Got to do them both ways as well !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, September 9, 2013, 08:39:26
Checked weather forecast before going to work last night - Clear and dry. Went to come home this morning wearing shorts, T shirt, wind proof hi-vis jacket and shades to find it freezing cold and peeing it down. Massive puddles all over the road and cars not giving me much room.

Lovely 8 mile ride, especially when I was soaked after 500 yards!

So, I figure with an 8 mile ride, even with waterproofs I'm going to get wet. So, what do you recommend for wet weather kit when riding my mountain bike?

P.S. The gut fender stopped spray into my face, but I still have 'soggy arse syndrome' despite my rear fender bender.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 9, 2013, 09:31:58

P.S. The gut fender stopped spray into my face, but I still have 'soggy arse syndrome' despite my rear fender bender.

Have you looked at the cycling jackets with a tail which prevents the aforementioned "SAS"


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, September 9, 2013, 09:59:56
Checked weather forecast before going to work last night - Clear and dry. Went to come home this morning wearing shorts, T shirt, wind proof hi-vis jacket and shades to find it freezing cold and peeing it down. Massive puddles all over the road and cars not giving me much room.

Lovely 8 mile ride, especially when I was soaked after 500 yards!

So, I figure with an 8 mile ride, even with waterproofs I'm going to get wet. So, what do you recommend for wet weather kit when riding my mountain bike?

P.S. The gut fender stopped spray into my face, but I still have 'soggy arse syndrome' despite my rear fender bender.

This is the problem, when you have to cycle in the rain...if it's cold as well, make sure you wrap up to avoid hypothermia, even if it feels uncomfortable.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:03:08
Did a 100k New Forest Sportive yesterday - great fun although very hilly.

However got knocked off my bike by a full kit sky team wanker at 50 odd miles - lots of grazes, bruises and blood but mostly pissed off as I ripped my new arm warmers, gloves and new saddle along with a broken shoe buckle, scratched derailleur and shifters.

Smashing  >:(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:37:20
What a dick.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:39:17
That was agonisingly awesome, we're told that a lone rider just can't go out and ride away from the peloton for any great length, Martin nearly did it...I was gutted he got caught with about 3 metres to go after 170 in front.

Nothing against Roche, but regard Irishmen as being just like any other European. My interest is now with Chris Horner...nearly 42 and won that stage up yesterday's wall...being a yank, you have to wonder if he's clean, hopefully so, because it's good to see the likes of him and Jens still going.

So Horner takes the Vuelta...the stage up L'Angliru, was immense, Nibali gave it his best shot, but not to be. The combination of narrow road, cloud, and massive crowd provided a primeval spectacle.

I'm inclined to think Horner isn't a clean rider.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:45:48
I'm inclined to think Horner isn't a clean rider.

A lot of people are thinking it. I'll give anyone the benefit of the doubt until it's proved otherwise, but the speech direct to camera after the stage was cringeworthy. Plus he looks far too much like Lance Armstrong on the bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 23:04:38
Did a 100k New Forest Sportive yesterday - great fun although very hilly.

However got knocked off my bike by a full kit sky team wanker at 50 odd miles - lots of grazes, bruises and blood but mostly pissed off as I ripped my new arm warmers, gloves and new saddle along with a broken shoe buckle, scratched derailleur and shifters.

Smashing  >:

you were in a Sportive - if someone is faster than you then get fitter or stop whinging.

The fact that you called hm a "sky team Wanker" speaks volumes


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 06:04:11
Regardless of whether the guy was faster than Bewster or not, how is that any excuse for Bewster getting knocked off his bike?



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 08:14:47
Did a 100k New Forest Sportive yesterday - great fun although very hilly.

However got knocked off my bike by a full kit sky team wanker at 50 odd miles - lots of grazes, bruises and blood but mostly pissed off as I ripped my new arm warmers, gloves and new saddle along with a broken shoe buckle, scratched derailleur and shifters.

Smashing  >:

you were in a Sportive - if someone is faster than you then get fitter or stop whinging.

The fact that you called hm a "sky team Wanker" speaks volumes

I see no moaning or whining in Bewsters post about being passed by riders. I see Bewster taking exception to being knocked off. Where is your problem with that?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 09:01:07
you were in a Sportive - if someone is faster than you then get fitter or stop whinging.

The fact that you called hm a "sky team Wanker" speaks volumes
Actually I was passing him, he looked over his shoulder and as he did so veered into me causing me to crash.

The fact he was a good chap, a fellow cyclist and he stopped and checked I was ok has nothing to do with what he was wearing.

The fact that after we had stopped to patch me up we eventually caught him up again and offered to help with his puncture has nothing to do with what he was wearing.

The fact that he had the full Sky kit with the British National Time Trial Champion rings  - if that isnt a full kit wanker I don't know what is.  (maybe see here to get the full message :  https://twitter.com/WankersFullKit)

ps cheers chaps


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 09:47:33

P.S. The gut fender stopped spray into my face, but I still have 'soggy arse syndrome' despite my rear fender bender.

Aldi are doing shower proof commuting jackets with a fold down "tail" for around £15 - may help provent "SAS"


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ardiles on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:27:40
This (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2013/sep/19/london-cycling-or-public-transport-faster) is very clever.

Of particular interest to London cyclists I expect.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:29:24
Aldi are doing shower proof commuting jackets with a fold down "tail" for around £15 - may help provent "SAS"
Hmmm. Can't seem to find that. I see they have got a 'cycling event' coming soon.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:32:27
Just been up in the loft and found 2 x Bontrager Hardcase Comfort tyres that I must have bought in the US back in 2006/7. My intention was to come back to the UK and start to cycle to work on my MTB. Its only taken me 6/7 years to start cycling and get round to actually fitting them on the bike! Looking forward to seeing if they make a difference to my wearing knobblies.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Saxondale on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:34:12
I've just been given a 10 year old unused Dawes Kalahari.  Its a bike.  Thats all I know.  Ridden to Calne and back a couple of times.  It was nice.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:37:18
I've just been given a 10 year old unused Dawes Kalahari.  Its a bike.  Thats all I know.  Ridden to Calne and back a couple of times.  It was nice.

Yeah, I dunno why people slate Calne  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 13:20:17
Hmmm. Can't seem to find that. I see they have got a 'cycling event' coming soon.

The Mrs picked me up one from our local, its a bit snug so may exchange for a larger size. As with most things with Aldi, if you are there at the right time you can get some good stuff.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 13:58:59
So, I figure with an 8 mile ride, even with waterproofs I'm going to get wet. So, what do you recommend for wet weather kit when riding my mountain bike?

P.S. The gut fender stopped spray into my face, but I still have 'soggy arse syndrome' despite my rear fender bender.

Remember that most waterproof jackets can become 'boil in the bga' kit when riding- particularly if riding hard. You will still get wet, just not as wet perhaps. The most important factor about the jacket in shitty weather is that it keeps you warm as opposed to getting piss wet through and cold.

Re the 'fender bendr', if you mean a big mudgaurd that clamps on to the seat tube/ post, getting a wet arse is not uncommon. I ended up using a section of plastic milk bottle as an extension, pop riveted to the end of my crudguard to stop the skid marks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 15:51:20
I bought this jacket in the end last week (I'm still interested in Bewster's Aldi one as a spare/backup):

http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/running-cycling/mens/cycling-jackets/016782-adrenaline-hi-viz-jacket-p7003.aspx?ism=0&cl=YELLOW#

Bought it based on a recommendation from a friend (and the fact that there are loads of reviews where the majority of people were complimentary)

On the 'SAS'. I have one of these on the back of the saddle:

http://www.muckynutz.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=48&product_id=137

I've also added one of these to the back wheel too (as well as having one on the front):

http://www.muckynutz.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=50&product_id=113



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 16:10:35
I bought this jacket in the end last week (I'm still interested in Bewster's Aldi one as a spare/backup):

http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/running-cycling/mens/cycling-jackets/016782-adrenaline-hi-viz-jacket-p7003.aspx?ism=0&cl=YELLOW#


Can you let me know how you get on ? I've seen these I thought it would be ok for a winter jacket rather than buying expensive stuff that I don't wear.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 19:21:37
Can you let me know how you get on ? I've seen these I thought it would be ok for a winter jacket rather than buying expensive stuff that I don't wear.
Worn it a couple of times this week. Its really good. Nice and warm and kept me dry in the rain. Hung it up to dry overnight and it was perfect in the morning. Difficult to say about the boil in the bag effect as I'm a really sweaty bugger, especially when I max it for 8 miles!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 20:04:50
Worn it a couple of times this week. Its really good. Nice and warm and kept me dry in the rain. Hung it up to dry overnight and it was perfect in the morning. Difficult to say about the boil in the bag effect as I'm a really sweaty bugger, especially when I max it for 8 miles!

Cheers, I may well indulge. I am reluctant to spend £80+ on a jacket when it's going to get filthy.

I don't think you ever get rid of the boil in the bag effect regardless of how much you spend - some may be better than others but you'll be looing at a hefty price tag.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mother Brown on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 20:59:14
Had a Raleigh "Hustler".
Three speed Sturmey Archer(spolling)had to pedal backwards to change down.
Best bike i ever had and it was built in Nottingham and it was green.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 21:11:09
Had a Raleigh "Hustler".
Three speed Sturmey Archer(spolling)had to pedal backwards to change down.
Best bike i ever had and it was built in Nottingham and it was green.

I pedalled a bike with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer for years...good solid bike which did everything I needed, not even sure of the make, just used to get on and pedal it places.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 21:14:23
My Grifter had twist grip Sturmey Archer 3 speed, twist grip shifting is kind of back on MTB today.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 21:16:20
My Chopper had a gear stick between your legs that caused grief if you ever slipped and fell forward.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mother Brown on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 21:44:41
My Chopper had a gear stick between your legs that caused grief if you ever slipped and fell forward.
Sounds iffy.
Were you pedaling uphill or did the chain slip ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 21:53:11
My Grifter had twist grip Sturmey Archer 3 speed, twist grip shifting is kind of back on MTB today.

I had a grifter - it was like a BMX but made out of scaffolding


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, September 20, 2013, 20:08:05
 The boy Simon Yates looks a prospect....took the Tour of Britain stage up Haytor today in fine style. Twin brother Adam is decent too.

 I'd imagine Brailsford has got at least Simon, if not both on his radar.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, September 23, 2013, 11:22:23
And now on to lights........

Having been considering a Lezyne Power Drive XL front light. Would love a Lezyne Mega Drive, but can't justify the cost.

Road I commute on is only partially lit and is as bumpy and pot-holey as buggery! I want to see hazards so that I can miss them. Hence looking at high lumens.

Any thoughts or recommendations?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 23, 2013, 11:43:58
I've got two of these. More lumens than you'll ever need. Cost in the price of some batteries and a charger too.

http://dx.com/p/ultrafire-wf-501b-xm-lt6-5-mode-510-lumen-memory-white-led-flashlight-with-strap-1-18650-55241

Mine took a couple of weeks to arrive from China.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:31:49
I just saw this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-CREE-XML-XM-L-3X-T6-LED-Bicycle-Bike-Headlights-Headlamp-4000-lm-Lumens-8-4V-/321178189891?pt=UK_SportGoods_CyclAcces_RL&hash=item4ac7b64043

Which looks bloody impressive here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai7CJAgNQt0


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, September 23, 2013, 13:26:04
The boy Simon Yates looks a prospect....took the Tour of Britain stage up Haytor today in fine style. Twin brother Adam is decent too.

 I'd imagine Brailsford has got at least Simon, if not both on his radar.

Both going to Orica....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, September 23, 2013, 14:26:36
Both going to Orica....

Interesting...OG seem like a bit of a sprinter's outfit...be interesting to watch thier development.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 23, 2013, 14:40:27
Think of all of those long winters training in the Australian sunshine. Poor sods.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, September 23, 2013, 18:29:28
Interesting...OG seem like a bit of a sprinter's outfit...be interesting to watch thier development.

Heard Brailsford interviewed at the weekend

He said there is so much young British talent about at the moment, and Sky can't employ them all.

He seemed quite please they were going to OG, and sort of hinted they could learn their trade and then he'd have them


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, September 23, 2013, 20:45:00
I bought the Lezyne power drive xl last month and it is very good. Bright, with a wide beam, and good battery life.

I did a 24 hour race around an unlit Thruxton circuit and had no problems. Worth the extra for the 'loaded' pack which contains spare battery and helmet mount.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:10:45
Having a front wheel puncture this morning at 35mph+ was a bit of a buttock clenching moment.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:28:21
Jonathon Tiernen, last year's Tour of Britain winner,  busted. How long 'till Wiggo gets defrocked?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:31:23
Having a front wheel puncture this morning at 35mph+ was a bit of a buttock clenching moment.

Nasty - all ok ? 

I had a sidewall blowout last year just as I crested a hill, a minute later I would have been doing similar speeds.  Switched to Continentals after that.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:32:18
Jonathon Tiernen, last year's Tour of Britain winner,  busted. How long 'till Wiggo gets defrocked?

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I heard that David Icke said Wiggo was clean and not a lizard. Thats good enough for me


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:34:35
Jonathon Tiernen, last year's Tour of Britain winner,  busted. How long 'till Wiggo gets defrocked?
Did he shit on your cornflakes or something?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:40:35
Sonic, it's the gargantuan hyping up of his "glories" that bothers me. When I heard yet another cyclist had been detected as being a cheat I was desperate for it to have been. He must be using sophisticated methods to evade the tests but the truth always outs in this corrupt sport. Only a matter of time.

I wouldn't at all be surprised if he announces his retirement soon


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:54:32
What makes you so convinced of his guilt?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:00:57
Just switched the worlds on. Christ. Better off with a rib and an outboard in Florence today. Some big names out already, notably Cav, Wiggo & Horner.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:02:25
And now Evans & Porte.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:23:07
Does anyone know where I'd get a decent bicycle at a relatively decent price? I don't really want to spend hundreds of pounds, but I want one of decent enough quality.

I'm not fussed about it being brand new, second hand will do, doesn't have to be 'the bollocks' just something that will withstand upto 3 x 10 mile cycles per week without falling apart....

Anyone know much about bicycles? I've seen one on the Halfords website for £99 which is a 'Trax' one, 18 gears, full suspension....is this a bargain?....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:29:37
Anyone know much about bicycles? I've seen one on the Halfords website for £99 which is a 'Trax' one, 18 gears, full suspension....is this a bargain?....

no - Avoid Halfords if you aren't buying a Boardman.

Look here if you want the best value bikes http://www.decathlon.co.uk/

Good price and highly rated.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:33:29
no - Avoid Halfords if you aren't buying a Boardman.

Look here if you want the best value bikes http://www.decathlon.co.uk/

Good price and highly rated.

Brilliant, thanks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:43:21
Sorry to say but pretty much anything new under 200 quid or so will be pretty hateful.
Depends what you want to do with it though. If you ant to trundle half a mile down to the shop/pub once every 2 months, it'll be fine, much more than that you'll want something that the bike manufacturer actually built with their eyes open.

Unless you are flying down mountains or proper off-roading, you don't need suspension. And if you are youll need to be spending many hundred quid more for it to be of any use. Cheap suspension is heavy, doesn't work and just makes it harder work.

As Brewster said, decathlon is as good a start as any.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:44:58
Great,

I don't know too much about them, I just know that I wanna get on it and ride to get fit..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:55:27
You do really get what you pay for.

Assess what you will use it for - road, tracks, trails or combos.

Personally I'm not convinced by hybrids - I'd rather have a mountain bike with slick road tyres and lockable forks - that way you can do more. If you want to use it on road and don't want drop handlebars then maybe a flat bar road bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 13:59:29
What makes you so convinced of his guilt?

Sonic, I've got nothing more to go on than gut instinct. Wiggo is certainly shifty. His withdrawal from some high calibre cycling events on very flimsy pretexts just added to my suspicions. I get the impression his peers aren't too enamoured with him either.

Just call it an inkling.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 14:05:52
So you actually know fuck all...brilliant.


Back to more sensible conversations...Darlo, how much do you realistically want to spend?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 14:11:43
So you actually know fuck all...brilliant.


Back to more sensible conversations...Darlo, how much do you realistically want to spend?

I do know fuck all....but don't tell anyone, I do a decent job of hiding it!  :-[

No more than £150 really, plus it'll be for roads...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 14:22:10
Nasty - all ok ? 

I had a sidewall blowout last year just as I crested a hill, a minute later I would have been doing similar speeds.  Switched to Continentals after that.

Yeah,  it was a bit hairy stopping it and to be honest it was only afterwards I realised how bad it could have been.

More of a pisser was the 40 mins it took to get tyre off change tube,  nick new tube, inflate ( or try to) realise got to change again and repeat.

Riding gatorskins and they are great tyre but a total bitch to remove and get back on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 15:25:29
This road race hasn't exactly gone according to plan, seems like half the field have called it a day.

A chance for a nobody to become a somebody


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 16:37:56
Rodriguez looked pretty pissed off with Rui Costa at the end. Completely understandable considering he'd just wheel sucked for nearly 10km.

Nipped out for a ride this morning. Felt terrible and coming home was into a 10mph headwind, although somehow set 2 new PBs on Strava segments.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 16:54:50

Nipped out for a ride this morning. Felt terrible and coming home was into a 10mph headwind, although somehow set 2 new PBs on Strava segments.

How is the Ventus Sam ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 17:02:09
Vitus ;)

It's great, although I would say that having not ridden any other roadies. Really responsive when you get up out of the saddle or put the power down yet stiff enough not to have you wobbling everywhere when you do.

I think I've dialed in the saddle height and bar position for now, but may need to invest in a shorter stem as I sometimes feel a little too stretched - yet when I'm on the drops the bigger reach helps me to get quite a good tucked position.

Glad I paid the extra for the 105 set up, hasn't skipped a beat yet.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 19:35:49
Vitus, sorry got van Nicholas on the brain  ;D

Excellent. Have you tried flipping the stem so it rises more thus reducing the reach?

My 105 rear mech is damaged after my crash - kept on jumping today whilst out riding.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 19:42:24
Vitus ;)

It's great, although I would say that having not ridden any other roadies. Really responsive when you get up out of the saddle or put the power down yet stiff enough not to have you wobbling everywhere when you do.

I think I've dialed in the saddle height and bar position for now, but may need to invest in a shorter stem as I sometimes feel a little too stretched - yet when I'm on the drops the bigger reach helps me to get quite a good tucked position.

Glad I paid the extra for the 105 set up, hasn't skipped a beat yet.

I've got 105's on mine and the bloody chain keeps falling off the front, generally when I give it a bit of a welly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 20:18:48
Excellent. Have you tried flipping the stem so it rises more thus reducing the reach?

Don't fancy flipping it, ruins the aesthetics IMO.

I've got 105's on mine and the bloody chain keeps falling off the front, generally when I give it a bit of a welly.

Checked the limit screw?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 22:38:26
Don't fancy flipping it, ruins the aesthetics IMO.


Agreed  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 23:18:31
Don't fancy flipping it, ruins the aesthetics IMO.

Checked the limit screw?

No I haven't, it's still as a bought it. I'll check it out, cheers.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, September 30, 2013, 08:35:56
Jonathon Tiernen, last year's Tour of Britain winner,  busted. How long 'till Wiggo gets defrocked?

Incorrect. At this time JTL is required to explain to the UCI why their are discrepencies in his Biological Passport data.

Not 'Busted'. Asked to explain something. He may subsequently get 'Busted' and deservedly so if he is a cheat. He may subsequently provide evidence that the variations in his data were natural outcomes.

I will wait and see before I jump Nile Ranger like to some quite pathetic conclusions relating to other riders who were not part of the set up JTL was riding for when the discrepencies arose.

Thats just me though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 30, 2013, 13:55:45
Just seen that Garmin are doing Vector pedals that have a built in power meter & cadence

Just a snip at £1349.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, September 30, 2013, 23:46:09
For those tat are interested !!

Just completed the bike part of the "Hardest half Iron Man in the World" (shame about the half bit !)

Take a look on the website if interested
http://www.wasdale-tri.co.uk/index.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 00:19:10
Good going NBR, some tasty climbs there by the looks of it. Is that a boardman cross you're on there?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 18:35:33
Good going NBR, some tasty climbs there by the looks of it. Is that a boardman cross you're on there?

Yes - Boardman CX

I got it for the race, because it has disc brakes for the twisty descents - and I was very glad I did !

It will now become my commuting bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 21:16:28
Have any of you got experience of using CO2 inflators?

After my puncture last week inflated the tyre with a CO2 inflator, but this morning before my ride it seemed to have lost all its pressure. Pumped it up to 100psi with track pump and did 30 miles plus and it's still hard (ooer), but if it's a slow puncture need to change it.

Does CO2 go flat quicker than normal air?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 23:09:39

Does CO2 go flat quicker than normal air?
Everything I've read suggests it does.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, October 7, 2013, 10:58:57
I recently presented an argument, based on science, that CO2 should leak more slowly that air, as it is a bigger molecule than Nitrogen.

It was a very well made argument, as TEF members would expect based on my previous posts, however, I too pumped up my tyre with CO2 and I agree it does go down quicker.

Something weird is going, on so maybe we should ask Darra O'Brien, or the smiley Manc guy ?

Having said that, the CO2 pumps are brillinat as an emergency solution out on a ride


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, October 7, 2013, 11:16:14
 :suicide:













 ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, October 7, 2013, 19:46:53
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/333789/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, October 7, 2013, 23:29:00
A bit of self promotion -

You can see me briefly in the red shirt at 2.22 powering up Wrynose

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHAk_tMCmmI&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, October 21, 2013, 22:30:51
Without any tools, how do I tell if I need to replace my chain? I've had the same one since new in 2005. Admittedly I haven't done that many miles on the bike in that time.

Also, how often should you change the cassette and chain rings? I've got a SRAM Powerglide II cassette and some form of Shimano crankset.

I don't have any issues with gears slipping and I haven't notice that the teeth on the cassette or chain rings are shark-finned. Should I just carry on with the same chain, cassette and chain rings?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, October 21, 2013, 22:57:24
Without any tools, how do I tell if I need to replace my chain? I've had the same one since new in 2005. Admittedly I haven't done that many miles on the bike in that time.
Also, how often should you change the cassette and chain rings? I've got a SRAM Powerglide II cassette and some form of Shimano crankset.
I don't have any issues with gears slipping and I haven't notice that the teeth on the cassette or chain rings are shark-finned. Should I just carry on with the same chain, cassette and chain rings?

Its hard to tell if the chain is worn without a tool and that will only cost you £10. The cassette should be changed with the chain - or else the chain will slip. The chain rings should last through 2+ chains and cassettes.

I replaced my cassette/chain on my road bike after 2000 miles but if you read on line some people have them for 3 times that amount and I really look after my bike. Saying that I seem to have gone through a bottom bracket on my MTB in under a year.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, October 21, 2013, 23:04:16
Actually, I've just taken a harder look at the cassette and see that there are signs of wear. Not real shark fins or shark teeth, but the odd mis-shapen tooth here and there.

But I'm not getting any problems with shifting etc. Should I just carry on since there are no problems? What real benefits will I see if I change the chain and cassette? Also, what should I look for in a new cassette (I just read an old review on a SRAM Powerglide II and see it says they don't last long)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, October 21, 2013, 23:38:38
Actually, I've just taken a harder look at the cassette and see that there are signs of wear. Not real shark fins or shark teeth, but the odd mis-shapen tooth here and there.

But I'm not getting any problems with shifting etc. Should I just carry on since there are no problems? What real benefits will I see if I change the chain and cassette? Also, what should I look for in a new cassette (I just read an old review on a SRAM Powerglide II and see it says they don't last long)

Not sure you would see many benefits from replacing them if they are ok, shifting well and not slipping. If they are in good nick, clean and well lubed they should be fine. They tend to wear out together so even thought the teeth are worn and the chain is stretched they fit well together.

Personally Id wait until they start causing trouble and then replace as part of a service along with the cables


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 06:21:53
Not sure you would see many benefits from replacing them if they are ok, shifting well and not slipping. If they are in good nick, clean and well lubed they should be fine. They tend to wear out together so even thought the teeth are worn and the chain is stretched they fit well together.

Personally Id wait until they start causing trouble and then replace as part of a service along with the cables
That's what I was thinking - Thanks for that. Going to do a bit more research and file away knowledge for use later.

Been reading up on various cassettes in preparation for a change and was surprised that you can get one for around £15-25 on Amazon. Reviews seem to suggest slicker gear change with Shimano cassettes rather than SRAM. Looking at youtube, I think I'd prefer the way that SRAM chains easily join. Not sure whether mixing and matching chains and cassette makes is the right thing to do or not?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: @MacPhlea on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 07:22:01
I recently presented an argument, based on science, that CO2 should leak more slowly that air, as it is a bigger molecule than Nitrogen.

It was a very well made argument, as TEF members would expect based on my previous posts, however, I too pumped up my tyre with CO2 and I agree it does go down quicker.

Something weird is going, on so maybe we should ask Darra O'Brien, or the smiley Manc guy ?

Having said that, the CO2 pumps are brillinat as an emergency solution out on a ride

Found this on another forum...

Hmm, this has puzzled me. So much so I had to look into the science of butyl tube inflation   My search of the web has located many misinformed articles and postings on triathlon/cycling forums. Indeed one of my earlier postings on the subject was ambiguous and plays right into sticking point 1:

jibby26 wrote:
CO2 is a relatively small molecule and will squeeze out through the holes in the rubber overnight.


CO2 is a relatively small molecule, but just to screw with your mind on a Saturday morning it is also a relatively big molecule. It all depends on the stick you use to measure it. If you think of nitrogen (N2), oxygen (O2) and CO2 as snooker balls wanting to hit one another then CO2 is bigger than N2 which is bigger than O2. If however you think of them as fast moving molecules that want to get out of the sieve they are in (just like in the example of an inner tube) then it is different. The "kinetic" diameter of CO2 is the smallest, followed by that of O2 followed by N2. Hopefully that clears up this misconception.

Now for the nitty gritty science bit. The reason the tyre goes flat is due to permeation of gases (gas diffuses through the rubber) as opposed to effusion where the gas goes directly through a small hole (a puncture). The different gases all have a different permeation rate (permeability) through the rubber, and different rubbers all have different permeabilities for the same gas.
Now hopefully that is a little clearer than an open water lake after a mass start and I can through in an equation   
The amount of gas that moves through the rubber is known as the flux and given by:

Jm=[Rm x A x (Pi-P0) x Fm]/t

where Rm = Permeability of gas m through material (in Barrer)
A = Area (in cm)
Pi = Inflation pressure (in cmHg)
P0 = Outside pressure (in cmHg, normally 76)
Fm = Molar fraction of gas m (i.e. air is 78% N2 so FN2=0.78)
t = Thickness of inner tube (in cm, approximately 0.1)

Now, for a butyl tube RN2=0.323xE^[-10], RO2=1.30xE^[-10], RCO2=5.17xE^[-10],
If we put the numbers in for a 1cm2 patch in tube inflated with air (Fm: m=N2=0.7809, O2=0.2095, CO2=0.0004) to 8 bar (608cmHg) we get:
JN2=1.34E[-07] cm3/s i.e. one ten millionth of a millilitre per second per cm2 of tube
JO2=1.45E[-07] cm3/s
JCO2=1.10E[-09] cm3/s

So from this you can see that most of the gas lost from a normally inflated tube is actually O2. If you total up these losses then the tube is losing 2.80E[-07] cm3/s per cm2 of tube. My crude estimation of an inner tube puts it's surface area at 500cm2 so the actual loss is around 0.14 microlitres of gas per second.

But if you use a CO2 inflator there is no N2 or O2, so JCO2 now becomes 2.75E[-06] cm3/s per cm2 of tube. i.e. the rate of gas loss from the tire is about 10 times greater.

Hopefully some of you have read to this point and understood some if not all of it. There are a few caveats to these numbers, they are only true for the pressure and compostion of the gas initially described, as the tire deflates both of these will change and it gets too complicated to describe here.

As for why your tire is still infalted Andy, the only thing I think can explain it is Halfords have made the tube so thick the permeation rate is very slow, and/or they have added something to the rubber which reduces the permeation of CO2.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 07:22:11
Nothing wrong with mixing brands between chain & cassette. As long as the chain is the right speed for the cassette it'll be fine.

The quick links on the SRAM chains are handy for removing the chain for cleaning. KMC chains seem to be favoured amongst MTBers.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 08:16:59
You can get magic links for all chains which make them removable. However the link that came with my sram chain wasn't reusable so bought a link from KMC.

I have two chains for my road bike which I rotate after each clean so they wear evenly and I can get more mileage (ocd/geek/sad man)

I favour shimano cassettes/mechs with SRAM chains buts that's just personal preference.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 09:45:48
Something I found out the other day (by personal experience/cock up) was that not all rear mechs have a barrel adjuster and therefore rely on the barrel adjuster on the shifter (if you have one) for tuning.

I found this out as I upgraded my bog standard rear mech for a shimano slx model and couldn't fine tune it because of this issue and the fact that I have no adjuster on my shifter. I ended up having to swap the rear mech for a different model at an extra cost.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10:15:03
I have to index my MTB by using the shifter, because I stupidly cross threaded the adjuster on the mech  :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10:17:19
I have to index my MTB by using the shifter, because I stupidly cross threaded the adjuster on the mech  :-[

I share your pain !  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12:47:04
Not sure you would see many benefits from replacing them if they are ok, shifting well and not slipping. If they are in good nick, clean and well lubed they should be fine. They tend to wear out together so even thought the teeth are worn and the chain is stretched they fit well together.

Personally Id wait until they start causing trouble and then replace as part of a service along with the cables

Also bear in mind the time of year, I always feel a little cheated if I replace a chain/cassette at this time of year as it will wear and get shit up over winter, always nice to start spring with shiny new chain cassette.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 13:39:15
Also bear in mind the time of year, I always feel a little cheated if I replace a chain/cassette at this time of year as it will wear and get shit up over winter, always nice to start spring with shiny new chain cassette.

Ha ha - I'm glad its not just me !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 19:46:15
Ha ha - I'm glad its not just me !!

Nope that's why I have a new chain an cassette sat in the cellar waiting for spring, will keep the old when move over to winter wheels in next week or so and then will get Racing 5's shod with new cassette for next year.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 19:53:12
So what cassettes would you you recommend? I've only had the one that came with the MTB, which is a SRAM Powerglide II 11-34T.

All I want to do is get a good work out cycling (mostly on the flat) for 8 miles each way to and from work.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 20:25:13
So what cassettes would you you recommend? I've only had the one that came with the MTB, which is a SRAM Powerglide II 11-34T.

All I want to do is get a good work out cycling (mostly on the flat) for 8 miles each way to and from work.

I always find the easiest option is to replace like for like but improve the quality - you can't really go far wrong with Shimano or Sram.  Are you going to do it yourself ? How many gears on the cassette?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 20:27:32
I always find the easiest option is to replace like for like but improve the quality - you can't really go far wrong with Shimano or Sram.  Are you going to do it yourself ? How many gears on the cassette?
There are 9. Watched someone on Youtube and didn't look too difficult. So will borrow tools off a mate and give it a go.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 20:31:48
Do any of you gentlemen own a work stand, I am thinking Park Tools PCS10 but not sure if I can justify the extra over a PCS9 - any suggestions/ideas?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 21:07:43
I have a Tacx - was about £120 4 years ago - worth paying the extra for quality in my view. Don't want anything flimsy that could drop your expensive bike. I cant find mine online anymore but it has 3 legs for extra stability

You want something stable and once you have it it'll get a lot more use than you think so in my view its worth the extra. I am always tinkering/cleaning


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 09:06:36
I'm taking two MTB's to the tip today  :(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 09:30:16
There are 9. Watched someone on Youtube and didn't look too difficult. So will borrow tools off a mate and give it a go.

Its quite straight forward as long as you have the tools - chain whip, locking nut remover and spanner.

Good range here:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycle/mtb/cassettes-freewheels/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cassettes?f=2258,4294963681


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:12:23
Thanks Bewster. Surprised at the prices. thought they would be v expensive. Am thinking this will do:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-cs-hg50-9-speed-cassette/

People say its heavy, but I'm only commuting on a MTB and not racing. Am I missing something?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:21:58
Its quite straight forward as long as you have the tools - chain whip, locking nut remover and spanner.

Good range here:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycle/mtb/cassettes-freewheels/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cassettes?f=2258,4294963681

Don't know if its on-line or just in store but Evans have 3 for 2 on their tools at the moment.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:24:59
People say its heavy, but I'm only commuting on a MTB and not racing. Am I missing something?

Don't think you're missing anything. Cassettes are reasonably cheaper until you start to go for the machined ones that are lighter etc


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 17:09:37
Took a minor tumble on the way back from work this morning. Bit bruised, but mostly embarrassed that I lost balance couldn't get my cleat out to put my foot down. Really pissed off that I broke my 3rd Eye mirror. Got it sellotaped up for trip tonight, but cant get a replacement from Amazon for upto 18 days.

Not pleased!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 17:19:52
have you tried anywhere else ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: donkey on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 18:25:54
have you tried anywhere else ?

To be fair to nmh, you could fall off your bike anywhere.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 19:18:35
Took a minor tumble on the way back from work this morning. Bit bruised, but mostly embarrassed that I lost balance couldn't get my cleat out to put my foot down. Really pissed off that I broke my 3rd Eye mirror. Got it sellotaped up for trip tonight, but cant get a replacement from Amazon for upto 18 days.

Not pleased!

Bloody sky riders


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, October 25, 2013, 08:27:23
have you tried anywhere else ?
Yes, did a Google search. No one sells them in the UK. There was one on Ebay too. Just ordered one from Germany on Amazon. The tape around the old one will enable it to last for a couple of weeks.

On a separate subject. Really chuffed with my lights! Bought a couple of slightly different XML T6 lights (Chinese Magicshine know offs). Loved zooming along with an alleged total of over 5000 lumens helping me see.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:08:45
Arrived within 4 days! Result.

Now to find a decent work stand methinks


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 17:24:43
Right then chaps - opinions wanted on this :

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-z6-tiagra-2013/

Just a few facts : I have the facility to upgrade to 105 so not really worried about the groupset. The Tiagra groupset will be used to upgrade Mrs B's bike - so no wastage. I have a pair of Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels and a better saddle. It rides superbly, very smooth and the frame comes with a lifetime guarantee and is the same frame used on the better equipped Z5 and Z4. I could afford to the Z5 but I like the colour scheme as its different (admittedly you may not agree)

So any views why this wouldn't be a good buy ? Any negative feedback on Felt ? Cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 1, 2013, 18:09:45
I like the colour scheme. Like you say, it's different. If you like it then buy it :)

Are you sure the frame is lifetime guaranteed? Wiggle says 3 years.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 18:28:54
Ah yes - just checked on their website and it says 3 years. It actually looks better in real life.

I'm just a bit indecisive when it comes to pushing the button



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 1, 2013, 19:01:18
Have you looked at Merida? Some lovely looking bikes that are "different" to the normal Spesh/Trek/Giants that you see everywhere.

(http://img3.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/975/media/images/2013_Merida_Scultura_Comp_903_601878_i0.png)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 19:31:03
I popped into Mitchells as I am up for half term and they are stocking Meridas - in fact their kids bikes look superb. Sadly they are as discounted as the Felt but I'll have a look online.

Edit - damn you Sam for putting yet more choice in my way !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 19:38:16
This was my other option - I can get it for £1800 - I think you can see an emerging colour theme. However thats twice the price and I'm damn sure its not twice the bike.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/domane-45-compact-2014-road-bike-ec054309


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 1, 2013, 19:52:10
Edit - damn you Sam for putting yet more choice in my way !!

Sorry :D

That Domane does look very nice though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 20:10:50

That Domane does look very nice though.

Yes it does, its over my budget but as we discussed before sometimes you have to got that bit farther to make sure you're happy. Plus, every review rates it very highly, the frame DOES come with a lifetime warranty and its shod with Ultegra.

The Felt being so much cheaper does give me a lot more room for further purchases (need matching gear  ;D)

At this rate I'll still be looking this time next year !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 1, 2013, 20:27:31
Sounds as if I'm a bit like you Bewster. I save up for stuff and then when I can afford it, think better of it and look at things more expensive.

This is what my little baby looks like (minus chrome bar ends, gut fender, butt fender and 2 x bender fenders) and I'm sticking with her!

(http://www.trekbikes.com/images/bikes/2003/mountain/medium/6700.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 20:36:26
I have Trek Alpha 4300 MTB - which looks very similar albeit in blue

My wife tears her hair out with my indecisiveness. The bike is my long overdue 40th birthday gift. I wanted to go titanium and build it myself but the costs were just spiraling despite having wheels.

The trouble is I don't just want to settle for what I can afford - I want it to be what I want. A bit like Robert Penn when he built his own bike.

I despair with myself


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 1, 2013, 21:51:59
Sounds like you've made your mind up and should go for the Felt. Great reviews for the frame everywhere I've looked. Can't find it any cheaper either. And if Mrs B gets an upgrade out of it she'll be happy too!



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Friday, November 1, 2013, 22:15:10
I've had 4 Boardmans now, and I wouldn't have anything else


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 1, 2013, 22:28:22
I've had 4 Boardmans now, and I wouldn't have anything else

Great bikes, especially the Air TT range - just don't really want one/to visit Halfords

I heard a rumour that Halfords are looking to buy Wiggle  - lets hope not.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 00:27:00
Interest alert- I part time at a shop that deals Trek.

The Domane is a damn good bike- OCLV carbon frame which has a limited lifetime warranty (possibly Trek are the only manufacturer that offer a lifetime warranty on carbon fibre frames). The geometry is such that, although it is a racing designed machine- Fabian Cancellara won Paris- Roubaix on a Domane, the taller head tube, longer chain stays and lower bottom bracket make it a more endurance orientated ride. The Domane is a really good ride on thye shitty roads in the UK due to the tyres usually being 700/ 25 as opposed to 700/ 23 and the ISO Speed decoupler at the seat tube/ top tube/ seat stay junction allows the flex in the seat tube to soak up the road buzz. The wide bottom bracket area also makes for a lateraly stiff frame which allows better power transfer to the pedals.

No one I have sold one to wishes they bought something else.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 00:34:39

No one I have sold one to wishes they bought something else.

Cheers Fuzzy.

I'm off to sit in a dark room and cry.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 09:48:07
Have you looked at Merida? Some lovely looking bikes that are "different" to the normal Spesh/Trek/Giants that you see everywhere.

(http://img3.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/975/media/images/2013_Merida_Scultura_Comp_903_601878_i0.png)

Merida incidentally actually own Specialized and are huge.  They are different though don't see many over here at the moment.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 09:57:32
Horlock- have you got a view on the Felt ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:02:33
Horlock- have you got a view on the Felt ?
Just f***in buy it! Awesome reviews and phenomenal price!! :-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:07:35
Just f***in buy it! Awesome reviews and phenomenal price!! :-)

Sir, yes sir  ;D

(NMH - you sound like my wife)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:12:52
Sir, yes sir  ;D

(NMH - you sound like my wife)
I'm not as pretty though!

My own little 'Bewster moment' revolves around these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TenVO7quLB8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmqesSAvLsQ

Why can't I decide!!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:23:17
I'm not as pretty though!

My own little 'Bewster moment' revolves around these:

Why can't I decide!!!

You obviously haven't met Mrs B  ;D (just kidding love in case your're checking my posts)

For me only having the two pockets wouldn't be enough. I use a rack bag thats waterproof to a point with plenty of pockets. Sounds like you have an issue with your commute and stating dry so my preference would be the top one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11:30:04
You obviously haven't met Mrs B  ;D (just kidding love in case your're checking my posts)

For me only having the two pockets wouldn't be enough. I use a rack bag thats waterproof to a point with plenty of pockets. Sounds like you have an issue with your commute and stating dry so my preference would be the top one.
Yes, but! I'm paranoid about being knocked off and the bottom one is luminous and has reflective strips on the shoulder straps and back. However, the top one is only £25 and the bottom £30. For something with more pockets and no rain cover (I'm fed up with those) you are talking twice the price.

Not overly fussed about pockets. Want this for work commute, so only need to carry clothes, washkit, towel, waterproofs and some grub. All, apart from the waterproofs, would get emptied at each end.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12:15:55
well you've made your own mind up then so just fucking buy it  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12:17:33
Just f***in buy it! Awesome reviews and phenomenal price!! :-)

Just have done.

Felt Z6, Full 105 upgrade in black & 2 Merida Dakar kids bikes for Xmas/Birthday

Anyone want to buy a kidney (comes free with a stone)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 13:17:50
well you've made your own mind up then so just fucking buy it  ;D
Touche!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 13:19:02
Just have done.

Felt Z6, Full 105 upgrade in black & 2 Merida Dakar kids bikes for Xmas/Birthday

Anyone want to buy a kidney (comes free with a stone)
Good. When you get fed up with it after 2 weeks I'll buy it off you for half price!  ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:10:32
Good. When you get fed up with it after 2 weeks I'll buy it off you for half price!  ;)

If I do I'll blame you as you forced me into buying it  ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:13:12
Horlock- have you got a view on the Felt ?

Sorry been somewhat busy with the 8 month baby.... she's also playing havoc with my bike time!

I don't know anyone with a felt so can't comment but decent spec for the money. My one comment would have been twith the amount of components you already have (group set wheels etc) you could have got a hell of a frame with that budget (something like planet x or ribble), but that was it really.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:18:27


I don't know anyone with a felt so can't comment but decent spec for the money. My one comment would have been twith the amount of components you already have (group set wheels etc) you could have got a hell of a frame with that budget (something like planet x or ribble), but that was it really.

Thanks Mr H - Yes I thought that but it would mean stripping down what I already have and venturing into the unknown. This way the wife gets an upgrade so it keeps her happy and I'm pleased with my purchase


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:42:13
Just f***in buy it! Awesome reviews and phenomenal price!! :-)

Indecision can have positive side effects though I sent around two years ummin and arring about gettinga  new mountain bike, in the end Mrs Horlock07got so sick of being dragged around bike shops that I ended up with a full sus Stumpy FSR for £1500 that I would have never got through the finance committee at he start|  :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:54:28
This talk of bike brands has got me thinking as I realise I hold some really bizarre prejudices when it comes to certain brands and I wonder whether its just me.. Before I start just to confirm at present I have a road bike and a mtb, both of which are Specialized - which I know is a dull corporate monolith and will make some of the following even more odd.

In no particular order...

Giant - I have this preconception that these are like the VW of bikes, dependable but unexciting.
Trek - Corporate company and uninspiring -and nothing to do with Armstrong.
Cannondale - see above.
Wilier - Lovely but ridden by dentists.
Pinarello -  above but worse.
Canyon - No idea about bikes but I like the graphics
Felt - Obviously ridden by the cycling gods  :D

However I have always wanted an Orbea although people say they are a harsh ride.....

As I said makes no sense at all - feel free to add to the list.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 15:59:25
Giant - I have this preconception that these are like the VW of bikes, dependable but unexciting.
Trek - Corporate company and uninspiring -and nothing to do with Armstrong.
Cannondale - see above.
Wilier - Lovely but ridden by dentists.
Pinarello -  above but worse.
Canyon - No idea about bikes but I like the graphics
Felt - Obviously ridden by the cycling gods  :D

Ha, agree with pretty much all of those.

Bianchi - ridden by MAMILs with all the gear but no idea.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 16:36:59
Had to look up MAMIL and discovered this:

Recently there have been a few articles in the mainstream press about MAMIL's (middle aged men in Lycra). They are:

1) middle aged (obviously) for me I reckon this is 40 - 55 years old
2) money to spend
3) loves gadgets
4) wears Lycra

Here are some other interpretations:

1) suffering from a mid-life crisis
2) wastes money on pointless cycling items he doesn't need
3) Rides around looking like a fool in Lycra
4) Rides around looking fat in Lycra
5) Rides around puffing in Lycra
6) Rides around on a bike in Lycra, when he should be driving a car like other sane people
7) Rides through red lights wearing Lycra
8 ) Rides on pavements in Lycra, knocking down old ladies who are not in Lycra

Sad thing is, I recognise myself in that! Maybe I'd better change my profile picture to this:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oIWjMnkktmc/UGCLs82RluI/AAAAAAAAXYU/Q9ifG3eAim4/s1600/mamil.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 16:42:10
Had to look up MAMIL and discovered this:

Recently there have been a few articles in the mainstream press about MAMIL's (middle aged men in Lycra). They are:

1) middle aged (obviously) for me I reckon this is 40 - 55 years old
2) money to spend
3) loves gadgets
4) wears Lycra

Here are some other interpretations:

1) suffering from a mid-life crisis
2) wastes money on pointless cycling items he doesn't need
3) Rides around looking like a fool in Lycra
4) Rides around looking fat in Lycra
5) Rides around puffing in Lycra
6) Rides around on a bike in Lycra, when he should be driving a car like other sane people
7) Rides through red lights wearing Lycra
8 ) Rides on pavements in Lycra, knocking down old ladies who are not in Lycra

Sad thing is, I recognise myself in that! Maybe I'd better change my profile picture to this:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oIWjMnkktmc/UGCLs82RluI/AAAAAAAAXYU/Q9ifG3eAim4/s1600/mamil.jpg)

To be fair Lampre clothing doesn't look good on anyone....

Cycling is the new golf I believe.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 19:08:19
I don't think anyone looks good in lycra apart from pros - however its a necessary evil and does its job well.
I thought I looked good when I did a sportive in my new jacket then I saw the photos and looked a bit retarded. I don't have money to spend anymore and all the gadgets I buy tend to be at the expense of replacing the clothes in my wardrobe.

I like Trek and Cannondale although they are big brands and along with Spesh seem to come up with some depressingly dull paint schemes. I think the quality of the frames is superb. I once heard that Cube Carbon Frames are cheap and very poor quality (cost about £10 to make) at the lower end of the market - although appealing paint jobs.

I dislike Giant - just seem so bland and having ridden one I am not sure how they win bike of the year - lots of road buzz. Whilst I like the Italian bikes - think they are the Fiat of the bike world - its all about the design. I'm not a big fan of campag which limits choice.




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 18:15:50
I don't think anyone looks good in lycra apart from pros - however its a necessary evil and does its job well.
I thought I looked good when I did a sportive in my new jacket then I saw the photos and looked a bit retarded. I don't have money to spend anymore and all the gadgets I buy tend to be at the expense of replacing the clothes in my wardrobe.

I like Trek and Cannondale although they are big brands and along with Spesh seem to come up with some depressingly dull paint schemes. I think the quality of the frames is superb. I once heard that Cube Carbon Frames are cheap and very poor quality (cost about £10 to make) at the lower end of the market - although appealing paint jobs.

I dislike Giant - just seem so bland and having ridden one I am not sure how they win bike of the year - lots of road buzz. Whilst I like the Italian bikes - think they are the Fiat of the bike world - its all about the design. I'm not a big fan of campag which limits choice.




I am not sure anyone looks good on a road bike,  whenever I see pictures of me from sportives I always resemble an un made bed... I take a lack of elegance to a whole new level.  Whilst Froome and his stem staring have made scruffy riding more mainstream I just look useless.

BTW Mrs Horlock07 suggested that I go for a ride this morning and I declined because it was cold and windy... I am a bad and lazy man!  :cry:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dozno9 on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 19:40:21

Giant - I have this preconception that these are like the VW of bikes, dependable but unexciting.

I have a Giant for this exact reason I don't know what I'd go for next time.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 20:00:55
BTW Mrs Horlock07 suggested that I go for a ride this morning and I declined because it was cold and windy... I am a bad and lazy man!  :cry:

I refer the gentleman to rule 5


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 21:56:18
Anybody ordered anything from Winstanley's Cycles online, as in a complete bike? Decent and reputable dealer, or should I avoid like the plague.....?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 22:44:19
Not ordered from them personally, but they are reputable.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 23:13:41
Anybody ordered anything from Winstanley's Cycles online, as in a complete bike? Decent and reputable dealer, or should I avoid like the plague.....?

I recall someone mentioned to check they have the size you want as a lot of their best deals have v limited stock and sizes.

When I worked in Wigan the shop was bizarrely the upper floor of a pram shop but they have moved since then.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 23:18:06
Anybody ordered anything from Winstanley's Cycles online, as in a complete bike? Decent and reputable dealer, or should I avoid like the plague.....?

They are fine, bought some stuff from them in the past - good service although not a great website IMO

On the subject of online bike shops it's amazing how much variety there is in price - for example Merlin were/are doing Full 105 groupset for £380 where as most others were nearer £600.

I wasn't too upset when I was told I had to go food shopping this morning and not go for a ride  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 23:22:49
Had my first taste of track cycling today (watching!) at the World Cup in Manchester.

Incredible value for money... we had racing 9am-5.30pm, second row seats on the finishing straight all for £30.

The final race of the day, the scratch race, was brilliantly ridden. Mueller attacked with 11 or 12 laps remaining and managed to just hold off the rapidly approaching Viviani on the line. Worth finding the highlights, if you can.

Great day out, recommended.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0860.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0857.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0846.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, November 4, 2013, 00:17:15
Had my first taste of track cycling today (watching!) at the World Cup in Manchester.

Incredible value for money... we had racing 9am-5.30pm, second row seats on the finishing straight all for £30.

The final race of the day, the scratch race, was brilliantly ridden. Mueller attacked with 11 or 12 laps remaining and managed to just hold off the rapidly approaching Viviani on the line. Worth finding the highlights, if you can.

Great day out, recommended.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0860.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0857.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/chrischadwick/IMAG0846.jpg)


I've got tickets for the Revolution at the Olympic Park Velodrome in the spring.

Looking forward to it


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:20:20
This talk of bike brands has got me thinking as I realise I hold some really bizarre prejudices when it comes to certain brands and I wonder whether its just me.. Before I start just to confirm at present I have a road bike and a mtb, both of which are Specialized - which I know is a dull corporate monolith and will make some of the following even more odd.

In no particular order...

Giant - I have this preconception that these are like the VW of bikes, dependable but unexciting.
Trek - Corporate company and uninspiring -and nothing to do with Armstrong.
Cannondale - see above.
Wilier - Lovely but ridden by dentists.
Pinarello -  above but worse.
Canyon - No idea about bikes but I like the graphics
Felt - Obviously ridden by the cycling gods  :D

However I have always wanted an Orbea although people say they are a harsh ride.....

As I said makes no sense at all - feel free to add to the list.

You calling me a Dentist?

Cunt ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Monday, November 18, 2013, 16:23:08
What will they think of next? 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24960489


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, November 18, 2013, 16:38:58
They should build an underground route for cyclists in London.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: leefer on Monday, November 18, 2013, 19:26:58
They should build an underground route for cyclists in London.

Sadly the shocking stat is that 6 cyclists have been killed in London in the last 14 days.
How about making it law that cyclists wear a helmet,now i know that wouldn't save all but surely it is just common sense to bring this law in.
As a lorry driver in and out of London regular it amazes me that this isn't a basic requirement.
Can i add this isn't a go at the cyclists who like lorry drivers are good and bad in equal measures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_helmet_laws_by_country

Funny how the Aussies deem it mandatory.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, November 18, 2013, 19:41:06
It's not just helmets though, it's encouraging all round cycling safety.

Just spend 5 minutes on Youtube watching videos of idiots that jump red lights, hop on and off of pavements and cut up the inside/between buses and HGVs and you'll soon see that making people wear a helmet isn't going to stop them from getting killed.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Monday, November 18, 2013, 20:22:27
It's not just helmets though, it's encouraging all round cycling safety.

Just spend 5 minutes on Youtube watching videos of idiots that jump red lights, hop on and off of pavements and cut up the inside/between buses and HGVs and you'll soon see that making people wear a helmet isn't going to stop them from getting killed.

The only real way to stop drivers and pedestrians and cyclists from causing accidents on each other is to separate them entirely. That works with drivers/pedestrians with this amazing thing called a 'pavement'. Unfortunately nothing yet exists to separate cyclists/drivers or cyclists/pedestrians without intruding on or the other's space. I'm not blaming any one group, there are morons who walk and morons who drive and morons who bike, just making the point that all three need to be separated 'properly' from each other for deaths to decrease.

That being said, watching knobbers cycle on the road, then on the pavement, then crossing a pedestrian crossing to skip a red light, then picking between pedestrians on a zebra crossing without stopping, then cutting around cars etc. makes we wish I had a large stick to put between their spokes. I suppose there's always Darwinian law, but other people always suffer...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: leefer on Monday, November 18, 2013, 20:24:20
It's not just helmets though, it's encouraging all round cycling safety.

Just spend 5 minutes on Youtube watching videos of idiots that jump red lights, hop on and off of pavements and cut up the inside/between buses and HGVs and you'll soon see that making people wear a helmet isn't going to stop them from getting killed.

Oh Sam...not just about getting killed though is it....thousands sustain serious injury with just the smallest of bumps on the ground.
Foolish to think that helmets wont save lives and injuries whatever the driving conditions.
Like saying you dont need seat belts if people drive more safely.....course you do.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mother Brown on Monday, November 18, 2013, 20:45:23
Not a dig at the average Joe on a mountain bike,adorning the company hi viz,on his/ her way to work but since the olympics,its
the surge of professional "weekend wannabee wiggins" type that get on my tits.
Imo they should all wear purple helmets.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, November 18, 2013, 21:56:32
Armstrong meets O'Reilly

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2508961/LANCE-ARMSTRONG-WORLD-EXCLUSIVE-Drugs-cheat-meets-accuser-Emma-OReilly.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, November 18, 2013, 22:00:32
My 10p's worth-

Helmets. Designed to protect the head during low speed impacts. Getting twatted by a 20+ tonne tipper or rear ended by a 50mph Saxo chav or other idiot, just so much fog. As for the low speed impacts, yes they can make a difference but, they increase the size of the head and there are studies out there that suggest that in some instances, a helmet can increase the liklihood of serious neck injury. These can be caused by the helmet impacting the ground when a head wouldn't necesarily do so and putting bending force throughy the neck. Alos rotational injury- helmet getting caught on the rough road surface as opposed to sliding, causing a twisting injury to the neck.

Segregation. A good idea in some circumstances such as extremely busy A roads but need seroius thought and planning. I've utilised some segregated facilities in London and there is nothing worse than having to give way to traffic joining the major route every 100 yards or so because the joining road cuts accross and has precedence over the cycle lane. Apart fom the busy trunk roads, why segregate? There are perfectly good cycle facilities all over the country. They are called roads.

The most important factor in cycle safety is training of ALL road users and proper enforcement of the law. More traffic police to persecute twats behind the wheel, behind the handlebars (human and internal combustion powered) and educating moron pedestrians. I regularly take a sharp breath through gritted teeth when I witness such stupidity as pedestrians so engrossed in their iPod or mobile phone that they just stroll out into the road, or cyclists riding up the inside of HGV's or busses, even when they are indicating left, or drivers pushing the limit just that little bit as they drive through a red light as the other light goes green.

All aspect of road use is populated by really decent folk as well as complete knobbers.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, November 18, 2013, 22:12:23
Armstrong meets O'Reilly

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2508961/LANCE-ARMSTRONG-WORLD-EXCLUSIVE-Drugs-cheat-meets-accuser-Emma-OReilly.html

Judging by some of Lances' recent comments, the shit is surely going to hit the fan for some of the grand high mucky mucks of the sport during his era.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, November 18, 2013, 23:40:08
My 10p's worth-

Helmets. Designed to protect the head during low speed impacts. Getting twatted by a 20+ tonne tipper or rear ended by a 50mph Saxo chav or other idiot, just so much fog. As for the low speed impacts, yes they can make a difference but, they increase the size of the head and there are studies out there that suggest that in some instances, a helmet can increase the liklihood of serious neck injury. These can be caused by the helmet impacting the ground when a head wouldn't necesarily do so and putting bending force throughy the neck. Alos rotational injury- helmet getting caught on the rough road surface as opposed to sliding, causing a twisting injury to the neck.

Segregation. A good idea in some circumstances such as extremely busy A roads but need seroius thought and planning. I've utilised some segregated facilities in London and there is nothing worse than having to give way to traffic joining the major route every 100 yards or so because the joining road cuts accross and has precedence over the cycle lane. Apart fom the busy trunk roads, why segregate? There are perfectly good cycle facilities all over the country. They are called roads.

The most important factor in cycle safety is training of ALL road users and proper enforcement of the law. More traffic police to persecute twats behind the wheel, behind the handlebars (human and internal combustion powered) and educating moron pedestrians. I regularly take a sharp breath through gritted teeth when I witness such stupidity as pedestrians so engrossed in their iPod or mobile phone that they just stroll out into the road, or cyclists riding up the inside of HGV's or busses, even when they are indicating left, or drivers pushing the limit just that little bit as they drive through a red light as the other light goes green.

All aspect of road use is populated by really decent folk as well as complete knobbers.
Must admit that I quite like the idea of getting a full face helmet when commuting - Bought one for my youngest son a few years ago. I know its not the done thing, but why not?

I feel pretty vulnerable, which is why I light myself up like a Christmas tree and ride in the middle of the road as often as possible - That way, motorists have to think about the on coming traffic when over taking me.

I find getting sprayed with surface water or feeling back drafts from vehicles overtaking too close very scary. I also find it scary that cars have forced me through massive puddles (aka fords) when overtaking, when its been quite clear that there is a hazard ahead. As a motorist, I was always taught to look ahead and try to anticipate what the guy in front might have to do, as it is my responsibility to make sure I don't hit him!

Unfortunately, as well as knobbers, there are a lot of decent folk out there that either make the odd mistake or do the odd stupid thing


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 00:09:25
Judging by some of Lances' recent comments, the shit is surely going to hit the fan for some of the grand high mucky mucks of the sport during his era.

TBH I hope this runs and runs and I hope that it goes far and wide, into other sports if necessary. It is quite obvious that the sport was rife and a lot more people need to be named and shamed. He does seem to be taking the lions share of the blame although it doesn't stop him from being an arrogant twat and a bully.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 00:23:56
I'm currently nursing a bruised sternum and broken rib, after a car turned in front of me without warning.

Smashed his windscreen with my helmet - always wear a helmet !

(pic taken next day, he wasn't driving with the frost !)


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 07:34:10
Ouch!

How did your bike come out of it?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:32:40
I'm currently nursing a bruised sternum and broken rib, after a car turned in front of me without warning.

Smashed his windscreen with my helmet - always wear a helmet !

(pic taken next day, he wasn't driving with the frost !)


Shit. Hope you are ok and on the mend


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 14:19:51
I'm currently nursing a bruised sternum and broken rib, after a car turned in front of me without warning.

Smashed his windscreen with my helmet - always wear a helmet !

(pic taken next day, he wasn't driving with the frost !)

Sorry to hear that dude. Get well soon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 14:36:06
Get well soon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 14:48:46
just so I know, cycling on a pavement is illegal in the UK right?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 14:53:53
Correct.

Unless it's a designated 'shared use' path.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 15:14:35
Correct.

Unless it's a designated 'shared use' path.

I did think that. the number of cyclists I see on the footpaths near me seems to have increased recently for some reason!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 15:15:18
Ouch!

How did your bike come out of it?

Spoken like a true cyclist, checking the bikes ok ;D

Hope you on the mend now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 15:20:54
I did think that. the number of cyclists I see on the footpaths near me seems to have increased recently for some reason!

It is either to avoid the gert big trucks OR because their Mum won't let them on the road like the big boys and girls.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:19:52
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25000788


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:32:56
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25000788

Quote from: Emma Way
"It is the biggest regret of my life so far."

It's the "so far" bit that interests me.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:33:41
I haven't played the video but in the still she looks older than 22.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:38:36
It's the "so far" bit that interests me.

Regrets, she's had a few, but then again....she's doing it her Way.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 18:04:05
Regrets, she's had a few, but then again....she's doing it her Way.

Very good.

She is very unremorseful.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 18:56:56
Very good.

She is very unremorseful.

This little bit seems to have appeared at the bottom of the story since I looked at it earlier...

'Way refused to comment as she left court, saying she had signed an exclusive television deal.'

Wonder how they will spin that, I assume as she was found not guilty of the driving charge she will spin that she was found not guilty of any driving offence and it will be full of remorse and how it was the cyclists fault!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 19:44:08
It is either to avoid the gert big trucks OR because their Mum won't let them on the road like the big boys and girls.

I always have a little smirk when I see some chavvy hard man riding on the pavement because he ain't got the balls to ride on road.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 20:15:21
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25000788
Lots that I don't like about this story:
1. The perils of social media. The idiocy of the original tweets and the subsequent 'threats' that she claims she has had since and losing a job over it all.
2. Failing to stop after an accident. Even if the chap wasn't on the ground, common decency would dictate that one would stop and talk to the other person. (Although I am a 6ft plus, large, middle aged gentleman rather than a 22 year old young lady)
3. Profiting out of the situation with an 'exclusivity' deal.
4. The media 'frenzy' of it all.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 22:00:49
Ouch!

How did your bike come out of it?

Not a lot wrong with it, but I've been told to change my carbon forks as you don't know if they've cracked inside


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 22:01:25
Shit. Hope you are ok and on the mend

Cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 22:01:47
Sorry to hear that dude. Get well soon.

Cheers again


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 13:03:20
Anyone been to Aldi's today for their next cycling kit day?

Have refrained thus far as I don't 'need' any of the stuff, just 'want' some of it!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 16:59:50
Anyone been to Aldi's today for their next cycling kit day?

Have refrained thus far as I don't 'need' any of the stuff, just 'want' some of it!

Nope as I am off work this week so not in Manchester.  But I would strongly recommend their winter gloves,  so good I bought two pairs last time - at least as good as the 30 quid seal skinz ones I have.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 18:28:20
although i do enjoy my commute and trips on the bike at the weekend i wouldn't contemplate cycling in london for fear of the sheer volume of traffic.

having visited copenhagen earlier in the year i was loving what they appear to have done with cycling lanes, namely having raised curbs instead of bollocky paint that can quite easily be driven/cycled over.

i've been quite lucky, i've only ever had issues cycling when attempting to be a previously referred to cunt and hop up onto a curb (on a road bike) (only to go arse over tit at speed), but i'm massively aware of drivers being far too eager to get one bike length ahead of me in a queue.

and to conclude, i read this whilst bored at work, i quite enjoyed it:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/matt-glass/london-cyclist-deaths_b_4298701.html?utm_hp_ref=uk


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 23:09:08
Nope as I am off work this week so not in Manchester.  But I would strongly recommend their winter gloves,  so good I bought two pairs last time - at least as good as the 30 quid seal skinz ones I have.
Heard they were good, but want some hi vis ones.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:35:02
Heard they were good, but want some hi vis ones.

I do have this image of you looking like a Xmas tree NMH  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, November 22, 2013, 11:07:49
I do have this image of you looking like a Xmas tree NMH  ;D

I like to think NMH is actually a secret rave enthusiast and this whole cycling thing is just a cover so he can buy flourescent/dayglo stuff without looking suspicious.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, November 22, 2013, 17:50:10
Been out this afternoon for a crafty 31 mile spin, freezing my bollocks off except for my hands which stayed toasty warm due to my £5 Aldi gloves.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Friday, November 22, 2013, 19:00:27
Anyone been to Aldi's today for their next cycling kit day?

Have refrained thus far as I don't 'need' any of the stuff, just 'want' some of it!

I bought the jacket and the leggings - not cheap, but good quality, so good value


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 22, 2013, 19:07:59
Might have to go and have a butchers tomorrow to see if there's anything left.

Haven't ventured out since October because of my lack of winter kit. I do have a jacket, but owing to losing weight it's more akin to a wind breaker now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 22, 2013, 22:02:56
I like to think NMH is actually a secret rave enthusiast and this whole cycling thing is just a cover so he can buy flourescent/dayglo stuff without looking suspicious.
Aciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid !  :banana:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, November 22, 2013, 22:03:44
Aciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid !  :banana:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcqzrNOG2TA


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 22, 2013, 22:09:00
I do have this image of you looking like a Xmas tree NMH  ;D
(http://momentummag.com/downloads/7949/download/bitblt-580x562-aebd526158714761e7a2e9ee31fc1d80f3b3d1dc/Lights_Hokey%20Spokes%20-%20Brilliant%20Bicycle%20Safety%20Light_krider1usethis_Option1.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 22, 2013, 22:23:21
Ha ha  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 16:17:16
Garmin Edge, Cadence and heart rate monitors.

How much experience do you guys have of these?

I only cycle to and from work but I'm trying to use it to lose weight and get fitter. I try to push myself and get to and fro as quickly as possible, but I'm finding that I'm starting to lose motivation and drop down a gear when I don't need to or convince myself that I'm shattered when I'm probably not.

I wondered whether any of these Garmin Edge  (or Bryton) gizmos are worth the money? They are a lot of dosh so wanted some honest opinions from those who have experience of them. I think I like the idea of a 'toy' but I suspect that if I bought one I'd use it for a couple of weeks and then get fed up.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 16:30:31
I have a Garmin Edge 500 fror cycling and a Forerunner 110 for running. Being of accountant ilk I love the detail they give, but unless you know what you are doing then they are pointless.

I bought this book a few years back : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Monitor-Training-Compleat-Idiot/dp/1891369849/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385479372&sr=1-2
and managed a lot of time off of my 10 mile run time and triathlon times without training any harder. It’s very simple once you have worked out your max heart rate and you train mostly at very low effort levels.

I also use cadence for rides and turbo sessions - it quite amazing how much I pedal then freewheel and then pedal again. Sustaining a constant cadence is hard work. Turbo session when you have to maintain a level of cadence are very tough indeed.

Loading them up onto Strava becomes very addictive too – trying to beat segment times can be very rewarding.

In summary, if you use them correctly and stick to your goals they are great – else they are just a gizmo and an expensive one at that.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 18:12:01
Picked up the new bike today. Very happy, it looks ace with full 105 in black. Will test it out on Sunday.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 29, 2013, 18:15:27
Is that a compact? If so I'd be interested in your experience of the 105 chainset. Mine is dead silent in the small ring, but slightly noisy in the big ring. No amount of lubing or adjusting of limit screws seems to silence it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 18:21:39
Yes, 50/34. Do you have the right chain?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 29, 2013, 18:26:25
Yes. Well, it's a mix of Shimano. 105 shifters and derailleurs, Tiagra chain and cassette.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 18:36:13
Noisy on front or rear ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, November 29, 2013, 19:06:35
Rear I think.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 19:19:16
Thats interesting. If it had been the front I'd have said it was the front mech cage alignment, position or maybe the cage was bent or damage in some way. The rear shouldn't be effected by the front ring apart from the two extremes of high and low.

I cleaned my bike a few months ago and the chain started to make a awful racket on the rear cassette. I ended up asking a mate who is an excellent bike mechanic to take a look and he couldn't find anything wrong. Eventually we came to the conclusion that id put the chain on a different way round to what it was before - there are four ways to put it on apparently and when we swapped it round the noise went even though any wear was not visible.

I've come to the conclusion that if things are not easily fixable it's time to go to your LBS.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 29, 2013, 19:21:51
Oh goodie! Im going to learn some more stuff about bike mechanics! (But im still stuck on justifying the expense of a garmin 500 rather than a cheap bryton - £160 v £50)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 20:57:25
Oh goodie! Im going to learn some more stuff about bike mechanics! (But im still stuck on justifying the expense of a garmin 500 rather than a cheap bryton - £160 v £50)

Garmin all the way. If you get one you won't be disappointed.

You can even load routes onto it and race against a virtual partner. Handy if you've got no friends  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, November 29, 2013, 20:59:34
Is that a compact? If so I'd be interested in your experience of the 105 chainset. Mine is dead silent in the small ring, but slightly noisy in the big ring. No amount of lubing or adjusting of limit screws seems to silence it.

Slightly noisy - I dream of that, actually mine isn't too bad but I fear ballsing it up so don't adjust.

BTW and completely off topic if anyone is interested in slightly different team kit Madison Genesis are selling last years design off cheap at the moment.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, November 29, 2013, 21:00:19
Garmin all the way. If you get one you won't be disappointed.

You can even load routes onto it and race against a virtual partner. Handy if you've got no friends  ;D

Would I be saying that the cheap Bryton wont act as a sat nav route follower thing?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 29, 2013, 21:10:59
Would I be saying that the cheap Bryton wont act as a sat nav route follower thing?

That I dont know.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, November 29, 2013, 21:30:13
That I dont know.

Cheers - I realise my post was the worst English ever! I meant to say that for 40 odd quid I assume I cannot plot a route to follow!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, November 30, 2013, 01:19:14
Cheers - I realise my post was the worst English ever! I meant to say that for 40 odd quid I assume I cannot plot a route to follow!

I've not looked into the Bryton specs but having used Garmin for both running and cycling I have very high opinions of them. The Brytons get good reviews but as with most things in cycling you do get what you pay for.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 2, 2013, 12:23:43
Anyone looking for a first time road bike or perhaps a winter hack, this is a lot of bike for £265

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/153516/products/forme-longcliffe-5-0-2013-road-bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 2, 2013, 13:31:55
I'm going to get the Bryton Rider 20E from Rutland. Can't justify the extra for the Garmin (which is what I really want). At £44.99 its a bargin. Just need to pick up a cheap Cadence sensor and a HRM and I'm sorted - I suspect waiting on Fleabay in the next few weeks will be the best bet, unless there are any TEF'ers that have any kit knocking around that they want to offload?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 2, 2013, 13:50:26
 :suicide:
I'm going to get the Bryton Rider 20E from Rutland. Can't justify the extra for the Garmin (which is what I really want). At £44.99 its a bargin. Just need to pick up a cheap Cadence sensor and a HRM and I'm sorted - I suspect waiting on Fleabay in the next few weeks will be the best bet, unless there are any TEF'ers that have any kit knocking around that they want to offload?

Make sure the cadence sensor and HRM is compatible.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 2, 2013, 14:04:15
:suicide:
Make sure the cadence sensor and HRM is compatible.
Sorry Bewster. I know you said go for Garmin 500, but wifey over-ruled you!! I've read a number of places that the Garmin HRMs work with it, but I've not found which cadence sensors do yet.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, December 2, 2013, 14:07:42
Sorry Bewster. I know you said go for Garmin 500, but wifey over-ruled you!! I've read a number of places that the Garmin HRMs work with it, but I've not found which cadence sensors do yet.


They need to be ANT+ compatible. The combined speed/cadence sensor for Bryton is about £45


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 2, 2013, 14:19:01
They need to be ANT+ compatible. The combined speed/cadence sensor for Bryton is about £45
Just found an article saying that B'Twin version (which is £16.99) works with the Rider 40, so assume it works with the Rider 20 ?

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40052&t=12899563

Update: Feck! Then I find on the Decathlon site 4 reviews. One says it works with the Rider 20 - Yeah! Then one says Bryton says it doesn't work 'properly' with Bryton kit! - Booo! Who to believe?

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ant-speed-rate-sensor-cycle-computer-id_8181211.html#User_opinion


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 2, 2013, 14:59:27

Update: Feck! Then I find on the Decathlon site 4 reviews. One says it works with the Rider 20 - Yeah! Then one says Bryton says it doesn't work 'properly' with Bryton kit! - Booo! Who to believe?

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ant-speed-rate-sensor-cycle-computer-id_8181211.html#User_opinion

Ignore the wife - this is important stuff.

G.A.R.M.I.N.   ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:06:01

Update: Feck! Then I find on the Decathlon site 4 reviews. One says it works with the Rider 20 - Yeah! Then one says Bryton says it doesn't work 'properly' with Bryton kit! - Booo! Who to believe?

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ant-speed-rate-sensor-cycle-computer-id_8181211.html#User_opinion

Ignore the wife - this is important stuff.

G.A.R.M.I.N.   ;D

D.I.V.O.R.C.E on the cards if I do! (And if I'm so tight I won't pay £150 + cadence + HRM for the Garmin then do you think I'm going to give her 1/2 my money in a divorce?)

P.S. You could always buy me one for Xmas ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:31:43
D.I.V.O.R.C.E on the cards if I do! (And if I'm so tight I won't pay £150 + cadence + HRM for the Garmin then do you think I'm going to give her 1/2 my money in a divorce?)

P.S. You could always buy me one for Xmas ?

Agreed it is expensive kit - I am lucky I won mine (or rather I won something which I sold).

I have my own bike habit to fund so unable to donate to such a just cause. A spoke went ping yesterday so have to have that fixed. However, thanks to Ajose and the 1-3 Orient defeat I managed to acquire the funds to purchase a C02 pump last week.

Couldn't you just ask for it for Xmas ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:41:08
D.I.V.O.R.C.E on the cards if I do! (And if I'm so tight I won't pay £150 + cadence + HRM for the Garmin then do you think I'm going to give her 1/2 my money in a divorce?)

P.S. You could always buy me one for Xmas ?

This is why you never tell the wife the true cost of anything. She doesn't need to know that the Garmin costs any more than the Bryton ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:46:58
@Samdy & Bewster: This is my Xmas present which is how she found out the cost! :-(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:49:56
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/Wife-Joke_zps806a11e6.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/Wife-Joke_zps806a11e6.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 2, 2013, 15:56:15
To be fair, Mrs B is a keen cyclist too so I have that as extra support on the finance committee meetings.

Its like the 105 updgrade for the new bike, I used the groupset already on the bike to upgrade hers, everyone wins. (although some animals win more than others)  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 17:45:18
Shhh!! Had a change of heart. Shhh!! Not telling the boss. Shhh!! Now I just need to find one cheaper than £130 from Handtec. Shhh !! anyone got any contacts in the trade? Shh!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 19:49:30
Is that for the 500? £130 is a good price for that.

Think Amazon had them at £99 on Black Friday, but you'll be lucky to get it around that price. Sometimes Halfords have job lots that they sell off cheap, but that doesn't happen too often.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 19:51:17
Is that for the 500? £130 is a good price for that.

Think Amazon had them at £99 on Black Friday, but you'll be lucky to get it around that price. Sometimes Halfords have job lots that they sell off cheap, but that doesn't happen too often.

Yes, £130 for the 500 is the cheapest I can find.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 20:55:43
That's a great price. Be careful with Handtec though, I've heard mixed reports. Having said that I've rarely found cheaper.

There some a bit cheaper on eBay but I'd pay more for peace of mind. With the new 510 out you'd expect prices to come down.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 21:26:55
Might wait until after Xmas - But there again! :-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 22:30:12
Might wait until after Xmas - But there again! :-)

And you nag me for being indecisive.  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:59:13
Bloody typical! Got drenched and plastered in crap from the road on the way home yesterday. Now I have a problem with the bike.

Tried to adjust the limits on the front dérailleur today and all of sudden there was a 'ping' and I now seem to only be able to move the chain onto the biggest chainlink. It won't go back off of it onto the middle nor smallest chainlink. I can push the dérailleur back with my hand, but it appears as if the spring the pushes it back has come off of its mounting and therefore no longer has tension.

Any suggestions?

Think its going to have to be a bike shop job. If so, any idea how much it might cost? £10s or £100s ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 13:08:44
If it's the front mech that's gone ping, which it sounds like, then they're cheap as chips. Changing one is 20 minutes work for a competent bike mechanic.

Although if it was working fine before and wasn't rubbing or dropping the chain, why did you go buggering with the limit screws?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 16:05:31
If it's the front mech that's gone ping, which it sounds like, then they're cheap as chips. Changing one is 20 minutes work for a competent bike mechanic.

Although if it was working fine before and wasn't rubbing or dropping the chain, why did you go buggering with the limit screws?!
Because it was starting to jump off of the biggest chain ring and I had to adjust the rear dérailleur because it it was starting to sound noisy. Sad thing was, I'd just got it perfect and then it went ping!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 18:34:32
I try to avoid adjusting limit screws unless I have replaced the cables. Usually any jumping is a sign of cable stretch or wear.

As Sam said take it to your LBS, cheap and easy, unless you go for XT.  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, December 6, 2013, 00:19:20
I try to avoid adjusting limit screws unless I have replaced the cables. Usually any jumping is a sign of cable stretch or wear.

As Sam said take it to your LBS, cheap and easy, unless you go for XT.  ;D
My friend has just emailed to say that we went to his LBS and described the problem. He was told it's going to need a front derailleur change as once those springs have become unattached they're very difficult if not nigh on impossible to get back on.  Damage is about £30 for part and £10 for labour. Doh!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, December 6, 2013, 00:45:35
What make and model is the derailleur? Mtb or road? You can get them at massively knocked down prices if you spend just a moment looking around on the web. And they're piss easy to replace yourself.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, December 6, 2013, 01:08:03
What make and model is the derailleur? Mtb or road? You can get them at massively knocked down prices if you spend just a moment looking around on the web. And they're piss easy to replace yourself.
Its a Shimano Deore from a Trek MTB


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, December 6, 2013, 08:26:07
chain reaction have loadsa deore front derailleur's for under £20.00


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 6, 2013, 08:46:21
£15 on Wiggle.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:20:55
Went to the LBS and they had a Shimano Alivio for £25 plus £5 fitting. Although I could have got it cheaper on line, I went for it to save me a couple of hours messing around!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 6, 2013, 21:59:26
Good job. And you won't have to worry about chain removal and fine tuning.

In future, step away from the limit screws.

On a different matter thanks to a sickness bug I've still not managed a ride on the new steed. At least when I do manage it I'll be 5lbs lighter


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 6, 2013, 22:30:48
My new winter gear turned up this week so looks like I'll finally be able to get out for a ride this weekend.

I look great in lycra tights 8)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 6, 2013, 22:42:12
My new winter gear turned up this week so looks like I'll finally be able to get out for a ride this weekend.

I look great in lycra tights 8)

Did you get overshoes ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 6, 2013, 22:43:54
Nope, one thing I haven't got. Do have thermal socks though, so hopefully they'll do for now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 6, 2013, 22:48:01
Nope, one thing I haven't got. Do have thermal socks though, so hopefully they'll do for now.

I think you'll invest eventually - I went out last week with thermal socks and overshoes and still had frozen toes. Put some duck tape over the vents in the sole of your shoes - it helps.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, December 6, 2013, 22:57:24
Duct tape sounds a good idea.

My sister's just moved and her new gaff is halfway round my usual loop, so I can always stop for a cuppa if it gets too cold :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, December 6, 2013, 23:01:26
Good plan. I've also tried 2 pairs of socks with a layer of cling film in between - every little helps.

and you thought lycra tights were bad  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 00:57:12
Overshoes are great! I look a complete pratt with them, but they help keep my feet warm and dry - Except when I was coming home from work this week and the heavens opened. There was no where for me to stop and get my waterproof trousers out, so I pressed on. The rain unfortunately ran down my 'tights' and inside my overshoes, soaking my socks, feet and cycling shoes!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 13:07:14
Overshoes are great! I look a complete pratt with them, but they help keep my feet warm and dry - Except when I was coming home from work this week and the heavens opened. There was no where for me to stop and get my waterproof trousers out, so I pressed on. The rain unfortunately ran down my 'tights' and inside my overshoes, soaking my socks, feet and cycling shoes!

Hardcore


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 18:40:35
For simply keeping your feet warm and moderately dry, for not much money...these can't be beat http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CLPXOSH/planet_x_neoprene_overshoes

Mine are looking a little ragged at the bottom a year or so on, but I was having to do a fair bit of wandering around train stations with them on last winter. I'm sure if you can leave walking in them to a minimum, they'll last for a good while too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 21:12:05
Mine are similar:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluid-Cycling-Water-Resistant-Overshoes/dp/B00FOQBFI6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386446664&sr=8-2&keywords=tenn+overshoes

Think they were £7 on Ebay.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 17:56:48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhabgvIIXik


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 18:19:25
I think my attempts would result in even worse calamities than in the last few seconds!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 20:07:12
just went for an evening cycle without a backpack on.
to state the obvious - it's noticable how much quicker you can go without one on

you're all very welcome


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 09:44:19
My attempts at staying on the bike were in vain last night. Fell off again! Smashed the replacement mirror I bought last time I fell off too! Really pissed off (with sore knee), feeling sorry for my self and thinking I should jack it all in. Why on earth did I think a fat middle aged bloke should ride a bike?   :doh: >:( :( :cry:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 14:57:22
Hope you're ok NMH.

You can't pack it all in - think of the money you've spent recently  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 16:54:16
Hope you're ok NMH.

You can't pack it all in - think of the money you've spent recently  ;D
I know!  :badmood:

Any recommendations on a mirror? Need something that aint gonna keep smashing when I fall off! The Third Eye one that I've always used is good, but vulnerable at the end of my bars.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 17:38:32
Do you really need a mirror? I know it probably makes you feel safer because you can see what's approaching behind you, but car drivers can see it as a sign of a 'nervous' rider.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 17:58:15
Do you really need a mirror? I know it probably makes you feel safer because you can see what's approaching behind you, but car drivers can see it as a sign of a 'nervous' rider.
I get your point, but I think making me 'feel safer' is quite important. I commute on quite a busy and at times fast road, which is quite rough in places with lots of patching, pot holes and iron work to negotiate. I've found that I need to weave through the 'obstacles' at times and need to have a pretty good all round awareness as things come up behind me pretty quick. Furthermore, there seem to be lots of wankers that overtake far to close to me.

Just starting to look at a helmet mirror instead perhaps.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 17:58:37
Can you not get a dash handlebar cam? I've seen a guy who has one taped to his helmet.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 18:16:00
I was going to suggest a helmet mirror or maybe one of these  :

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Bike-Eye-Rear-View-Mirror_50356.htm


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 18:16:21
I used these when I used to ride in Swansea NMH- http://makezine.com/craft/how-to_rearview_spy_sunglasses/

You can apply the same procedure to a pair of safety specs/goggles/whatever so you don't look like such a pillock riding as it gets dark. Worked really well and didn't mean you had a silly mirror to get in the way/break/make you look like a ditherer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, December 12, 2013, 09:28:41
I was going to suggest a helmet mirror or maybe one of these  :

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Bike-Eye-Rear-View-Mirror_50356.htm
Chap at work offered me one of these. He said I could try it, but he found he couldn't see anything behind as his legs were in the way. Seems that a lot of Amazon customers feel the same.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, December 12, 2013, 09:56:36
I used these when I used to ride in Swansea NMH- http://makezine.com/craft/how-to_rearview_spy_sunglasses/

You can apply the same procedure to a pair of safety specs/goggles/whatever so you don't look like such a pillock riding as it gets dark. Worked really well and didn't mean you had a silly mirror to get in the way/break/make you look like a ditherer.
I might give that a try. I saw this and thought it looked good (the way it mounts) but I can't find any in the UK:

http://travellingtwo.com/resources/take-a-look-mirror


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:35:32
Nice ride this morning. Felt really good on the first half of my loop. Set a few PRs on Strava.

Got out to Leigh crossroads, turned left to head home and BAM! headwind. Fuck that was demoralising.

Finally got home and had a case of the jelly legs. Nearly fell flat on the floor as I stepped off the bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 16:43:25
Nice ride this morning. Felt really good on the first half of my loop. Set a few PRs on Strava.

Got out to Leigh crossroads, turned left to head home and BAM! headwind. Fuck that was demoralising.

Finally got home and had a case of the jelly legs. Nearly fell flat on the floor as I stepped off the bike.
What sort of distance is that?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 17:22:53
Only 25 miles.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 20:09:17
Only 25 miles.
Only !  :eek:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 20:12:07
 Good ride Sam.

Still haven't been out  >:(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 20:46:13
Only !  :eek:

I was regularly doing 20+ miles on the MTB (most of that off-road) before I got my roadie earlier this year. 25 miles in summer conditions is really just a leisurely warm up. I had intended to slowly build up my distances on the road but I haven't managed much time on the bike lately so haven't progressed as much as I'd like.

I've applied for the Ride London ballot so if I do end up getting a place then I'll need to up my training (and distances) massively.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, December 16, 2013, 13:48:50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhabgvIIXik

Sadly, Martyn Ashton is off the bike. He sufferd a fall from a display arena obstacle ealier this year and broke his back. Paralysed from the waist down.

From what I have heard, not a fall from a bike but slipped whilst standing on an obstacle.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, December 16, 2013, 13:57:35
Sadly, Martyn Ashton is off the bike. He sufferd a fall from a display arena obstacle ealier this year and broke his back. Paralysed from the waist down.

You have to admire his attitude:
http://www.bikemag.com/videos/video-against-all-odds-road-bike-party-2-is-released/
Quote
The aftermath of his accident has undoubtedly changed his life by leaving him a paraplegic and a wheelchair user, but Ashton is not one to languish in self-pity, instead preferring perspective, pragmatism, and positivity. “I was immediately just so grateful,” he explains of his reaction to the accident; “I just felt lucky, you know? ‘Fuck, I nearly killed myself’. But I hadn’t, so I felt really chuffed to be honest.”


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 21:04:02
JT-L under investigation for blood passport irregularities. Not all that surprising considering his impressive performances in his latter days with Endura and that he all but disappeared from the peloton after his big move to Team Sky.

In other news, I may have a charity place for Ride London next year but I'm going to hold off on that until I find out whether I got a ballot place or not.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 15:58:17
Wait until they catch the big one  :nod: No wonder he gets so irate when talking about cycling being riven with doping cheats. Me think he doth protest too much.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 16:17:22
Me think you doth drink too much.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 17:39:20
Wait until they catch the big one  :nod: No wonder he gets so irate when talking about cycling being riven with doping cheats. Me think he doth protest too much.

 :twat:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dostoyevsky on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 17:43:23
:twat:

You're an irredeemable imbecile and a deeply gullible one to boot.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 17:44:24
You're an irredeemable imbecile and a deeply gullible one to boot.

Speaks someone who believes David Icke  :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

and a mental pig pushing taxi driver


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 17:48:14
 :popcorn:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 18:18:07
http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/news/article/video-london-ventoux-london-with-a-boris-bike-39345/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 22:36:36
Brutal riding to and from work today. With the witchelstowe road closed and kingshill nose to tail traffic as a result, had to resort to going up the old railway line, muddy but rideable, even on slicks. Shame the bike is caked though. Headwind was gross too.

The wind ramped up the bonkers factor to 50 on the way back though. Didn't fancy going down the railway line with the mud in the dark so resorted going through old town and all the fucking traffic, with the crosswinds trying to hitch me off the bike at every opportunity.

Worst ride ever. The traffic caused by just that witchelstowe road closing takes the piss.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 22:45:59
Brutal riding to and from work today. With the witchelstowe road closed and kingshill nose to tail traffic as a result, had to resort to going up the old railway line, muddy but rideable, even on slicks. Shame the bike is caked though. Headwind was gross too.

The wind ramped up the bonkers factor to 50 on the way back though. Didn't fancy going down the railway line with the mud in the dark so resorted going through old town and all the fucking traffic, with the crosswinds trying to hitch me off the bike at every opportunity.

Worst ride ever. The traffic caused by just that witchelstowe road closing takes the piss.

Rather than go up Kingshill, take the backsies, which start by the filling station, itself on the end of a cycle track under WBR bridge...it comes out about 2/3 of the way up, cross over and a short bit of pavement to Clifton Street turn, which leads into OT via back streets.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:17:27
Wait until they catch the big one  :nod: No wonder he gets so irate when talking about cycling being riven with doping cheats. Me think he doth protest too much.

You are Ebeneezer Scrooge AICMFP.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, December 19, 2013, 16:51:14
Brutal riding to and from work today. With the witchelstowe road closed and kingshill nose to tail traffic as a result, had to resort to going up the old railway line, muddy but rideable, even on slicks. Shame the bike is caked though. Headwind was gross too.

The wind ramped up the bonkers factor to 50 on the way back though. Didn't fancy going down the railway line with the mud in the dark so resorted going through old town and all the fucking traffic, with the crosswinds trying to hitch me off the bike at every opportunity.

Worst ride ever. The traffic caused by just that witchelstowe road closing takes the piss.
Know the feeling! Cycled to work last night in what may have been the worst of the storm. Fortunately there was a nice tail wind for most of the way, but the force of crosswinds at every crossroads I met was phenomenal! At points when the wind was in my face, the icy gusts took my breath away!

Rode very aggressively in the middle of the road in the end after I was 'buzzed' by a double decker bus! Can't believe the twat gave me no leeway when the road is notoriously bumpy from patching and was strewn with debris and enormous puddles from the storm.

Journey home this morning was interesting, due to having to negotiate an overnight ford and downed tree blocking the only piece of cycle path on my route! I hope tonight's journey is more pleasant!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, December 23, 2013, 21:46:49
i've been looking into a relatively cheap upgrade on wheels for my triban. having done the opposide of 4D i've googled and done a bit of research. has anyone seen a good set of wheels sub £200 that are noticeably lighter than my 2.2kg wheels?

i found these:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cole/rollen-lite-700c-clincher-road-wheel-set-ec040074#reviews

but samdy seems to be able to winkle out a bargain!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 23, 2013, 22:04:41
you might want to look at these - I have the R3's and they are super. Somebody else on here has the R5s and are equally pleased.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing-7-clincher-wheelset-2013/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 23, 2013, 22:07:52
Once someone has sorted out Bennett, can I ask about full length mudguards?

I was looking at some SKS Commuter MTB Mudguards but don't know the difference between those, SKS Chromoplastics, SKS Bluemels and any other brand. Are they all much of a muchness?



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 23, 2013, 22:14:13
All i know about mudguards is that you either go light and have what are effectively clip ons, or go a little heavier and get ones that bolt on.

Taking a quick look it seems that the bluemels seem to be a little more robust and are bolt on.

Read the wiggle Q&As - I find them very helpful.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:00:29
you might want to look at these - I have the R3's and they are super. Somebody else on here has the R5s and are equally pleased.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-racing-7-clincher-wheelset-2013/

That would be me...   :bye:

The R5's are great and really made a difference they are however an absolute bitch to get tyres on and off of!

I think I paid about£170 from Ribble. Now 5's are £179 (Ribble or Merlin) and 7's about £120? But I imagine sales will kick off week after Christmas so may be wise to keep eyes open!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:01:53
Equally if anyone see's any decent helmet  :girlgiggle: offers let me know, need to splash the Christmas bonus on a new one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:10:14
I thought it was  :bye:  what tyres are you using ?? I've found that this makes a huge difference.

I need a new helmet too, well it needs to match my bike  :gay:

And maybe new shoes.............



Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:24:51
Gatorskins!

They slip onto the stock wheels which came with bike (generic specialized hubs with Alex rims) but are god awful tight on the R5's. Lost count of the tubes nicked getting them on and off.

Can't justify new shoes but helmet is knacked (old)!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:28:28
I've got/had gators and they are the hardest to get on on off. I bought some GP4000s which are easier. I've heard that Schwalbe Ultremos are a lot easier too. I found that my gatorskins cracked/split - have yours ?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:30:22
I've got/had gators and they are the hardest to get on on off. I bought some GP4000s which are easier. I've heard that Schwalbe Ultremos are a lot easier too. I found that my gatorskins cracked/split - have yours ?

They haven't yet but to be honest not done great mileage this year.  I have heard that with conti's as they are hand made they do suffer from Friday afternoon syndrome and it's a bit of a lottery how well they last?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:39:43
ok, cheers. I'm really happy with them, just hope I don't get too many roadside punctures.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, December 23, 2013, 23:52:39
I got a free Racing 5 upgrade on my Wilier and am well pleased so Fulcrum are a good route to check out wheel wise.

I find that Gatorskins come second only to Marathon Plus in the bastard to fit stakes and I have fitted a few Gatorskins in the shop.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 00:12:03

I find that Gatorskins come second only to Marathon Plus in the bastard to fit stakes and I have fitted a few Gatorskins in the shop.

Glad its not just me


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 08:49:14
My bike came with Shimano R501s. Not the lightest wheels in the world, but certainly a lot lighter than some stock options. Fairly cheap as well.

I've got Schwalbe Lugano's and was surprised at how easy they were to get on and off.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 10:07:26
cheers chaps, i'll have a look around for fulcrums!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 18:01:16
merry xmas to y'all

i've been avoiding people and googling stuff. there's a pretty good deal on these:
http://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-rs11-wheels-black-pair-44693.html

and at 1700g and £90 a pair..it seems pretty darn good.

also, these campagnolo's are pretty, italian, lighter and cheap

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/campagnolo-khamsin-asy-g3-wheelset/

anyone care to offer an opinion, or care at all :) ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 21:40:10
I'd still get the Fulcrums - but that's a very biased opinion as I have no experience of the others.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, December 26, 2013, 12:51:49
fulcrum 7's bought


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, December 26, 2013, 16:32:26
You won't be disappointed at that price


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, December 26, 2013, 20:45:34
gottum for £124.99, which seems a good investment


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, December 26, 2013, 22:43:58
gottum for £124.99, which seems a good investment

Good stuff. Let's us know how you get on


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: jimbob on Monday, December 30, 2013, 21:07:19
Anyone got one of the below/other recommendations?
 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductMobileDisplay?storeId=10001&productId=223837&categoryId=229901&langId=-1&catalogId=10151&ddkey=http:SearchCmdMobile&cm_re=Mobile-_-Cycling-_-Magtrainer


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, December 30, 2013, 21:26:05
Anyone got one of the below/other recommendations?
 http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductMobileDisplay?storeId=10001&productId=223837&categoryId=229901&langId=-1&catalogId=10151&ddkey=http:SearchCmdMobile&cm_re=Mobile-_-Cycling-_-Magtrainer
THIS (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-vaeon-roubaix-padded-bib-tight/) and THIS (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-eq25-waterproof-cycling-jacket/).   :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bigbobjoylove on Monday, December 30, 2013, 22:53:58
Going to start commuting via bike soon (7 miles per day, good to fair road quality with a couple of hills). Can anyone offer any recommendations? Looking to pay in the £500/£600 sort of range.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, December 30, 2013, 23:09:20
Going to start commuting via bike soon (7 miles per day, good to fair road quality with a couple of hills). Can anyone offer any recommendations? Looking to pay in the £500/£600 sort of range.

What sort of bike? Mtb, road, flat bar road,   hybrid ?? Do you need something to take panniers or a rack pack ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bigbobjoylove on Monday, December 30, 2013, 23:16:26
What sort of bike? Mtb, road, flat bar road,   hybrid ?? Do you need something to take panniers or a rack pack ?

No idea on what sort, that's why I'm asking. Won't need panniers or a rack.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 30, 2013, 23:20:49
Must admit that I am no expert, but I would suggest having a read of this:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/whats-the-best-bike-for-cycle-commuting-29898/

Then chose the type of bike you fancy and people (the 2 or 3 knowledgeable ones on here) will be able to give you recommendations.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 00:11:57
No idea on what sort, that's why I'm asking. Won't need panniers or a rack.

Will you use it for anything else other than commuting on roads?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 19:04:33
Equally if anyone see's any decent helmet  :girlgiggle: offers let me know, need to splash the Christmas bonus on a new one.
i bought this last year, and it's er pretty (and still cheeapish)
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lazer-o2-road-helmet-lotto-belisol-team-colours/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:14:51
Good stuff. Let's us know how you get on
i've had a few Km's on them now, and the difference between the stock wheels and the fulcrums is noticeable, especially when paired with some very light (and gaudy) and stiff Sidi shoes.

thanks for the advice chaps.

anyone fancy a jaunt on the bikes when the weather isn't fucking wank?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:21:21
i bought this last year, and it's er pretty (and still cheeapish)
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lazer-o2-road-helmet-lotto-belisol-team-colours/

I saw this today and was trying to work out the colours as its not clear from the pic. Is it mainly black and white ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:22:19
i've had a few Km's on them now, and the difference between the stock wheels and the fulcrums is noticeable, especially when paired with some very light (and gaudy) and stiff Sidi shoes.

thanks for the advice chaps.

anyone fancy a jaunt on the bikes when the weather isn't fucking wank?

If I am in town I'll be up for it. Are the Sidis bright red ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:24:50
coolio

er no, they're less tasteful than red

(http://www.sidicafe.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/6/image/1000x1000/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/l/o/logo_nergialflu.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:26:17
At least you won't get lost in the snow  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:29:35
well i had some white DhB ones, that were heavy and poor fitting. and being white got mucky very easily.

i thought i'd play it safe and get some decent ones that should aid my not getting knocked off!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:49:01
well i had some white DhB ones, that were heavy and poor fitting. and being white got mucky very easily.

i thought i'd play it safe and get some decent ones that should aid my not getting knocked off!

Maybe NMH should get some - then he'd be seen from space.  Would you recommend Sidis ? And what colour is the helmet ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, January 2, 2014, 23:58:43
anyone fancy a jaunt on the bikes when the weather isn't fucking wank?

Me! me!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, January 3, 2014, 00:10:17
Maybe NMH should get some - then he'd be seen from space.  Would you recommend Sidis ? And what colour is the helmet ?
:smugfu:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, January 3, 2014, 08:07:15
Maybe NMH should get some - then he'd be seen from space.  Would you recommend Sidis ? And what colour is the helmet ?
the link i used previously recommending the fizik one. tis black n white.
i'd recommend them in that my only basis for reference is the previous dhb's that weren't great. that and the fact i got them for £80 instead of the usual RRP of £150


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, January 3, 2014, 09:51:25
Me! me!

Aye would be good, just a little too far for me!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, January 3, 2014, 09:53:32
the link i used previously recommending the fizik one. tis black n white.
i'd recommend them in that my only basis for reference is the previous dhb's that weren't great. that and the fact i got them for £80 instead of the usual RRP of £150

Were they cheap cos of the colour, I got a pair of Shimano ones for £60 reduced from £160, I suspect becuase they are silver and look like dancing shoes! They look better now that they are shit up!

Have any of you tried Shimano shoes, it may just be my feet but I find them a little narrow?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, January 3, 2014, 09:54:09
the link i used previously recommending the fizik one. tis black n white.

ok, ignore me. Cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, January 3, 2014, 09:57:40
Were they cheap cos of the colour, I got a pair of Shimano ones for £60 reduced from £160, I suspect becuase they are silver and look like dancing shoes! They look better now that they are shit up!

Have any of you tried Shimano shoes, it may just be my feet but I find them a little narrow?

I have the R106, red and white and they are a good fit, but I guess I don't have overly wide feet


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Friday, January 3, 2014, 10:33:03
Have any of you tried Shimano shoes, it may just be my feet but I find them a little narrow?

Common complaint. Nearly bought some for my MTB and loads of people (in the bargain thread) advised to go bigger than your show size.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, January 3, 2014, 10:57:17
I've got Shimano R88s, they're not too narrow but I did go a size up based on online reviews.

The trouble with Shimano shoes is they're built to Euro sizes rather than UK, so the UK size is generally just an rough indicator of nearest size.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:51:19
Aye would be good, just a little too far for me!

TEF summer tour of Lancashire?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:53:31
I've got Shimano R88s, they're not too narrow but I did go a size up based on online reviews.

The trouble with Shimano shoes is they're built to Euro sizes rather than UK, so the UK size is generally just an rough indicator of nearest size.

Mine are the R160 with mouldable soles, which I have never bothered with. They are fine just seem tight accross the foot - they are a 13 and I normally take an 11.

I have tried on some Specialized shoes which were dead comfy but cannot really justify when need to buy other stuff!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:54:05
TEF summer tour of Lancashire?

Indeed, or Cumbria? I need to get some road miles in before hills become an option again though!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, January 3, 2014, 12:38:11
TEF summer tour of Lancashire?

Tour de Yorkshire might be better....I propose a roll out from Leeds on the 5th July and finish in Harrogate.  I've recently met a bird from Harrogate, sadly English, she tells me the roads will be closed that day.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 00:42:02
anyone fancy doing this?
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-super-series-wiggle-new-forest-sat-spring-sportive-std-2014/

or

http://www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk/

60 miles must be something you can build up to within 4 months...right?


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 05:03:24
Might be worth having a look at the Great Western  Sportive as well, if you're looking for a local one. It's normally on fathers day and uses Nationwide on Pipers Way as start/finish.

Couple of notable hills being Hackpen hill and the one coming out of Ogbourne St George.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:42:28
anyone fancy doing this?
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-super-series-wiggle-new-forest-sat-spring-sportive-std-2014/
or
http://www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk/

60 miles must be something you can build up to within 4 months...right?

I did a new forest sportive last year and it is  surprisingly hilly.  Should be more than enough time to get to 60 if you can get out a couple of times a week includfng a long ride at the weekend. If you can do 75% of the distance then with correct fueling it should be fine.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 13:02:48
Might be worth having a look at the Great Western  Sportive as well, if you're looking for a local one. It's normally on fathers day and uses Nationwide on Pipers Way as start/finish.

Couple of notable hills being Hackpen hill and the one coming out of Ogbourne St George.

cheers chris, i'll look into that one also!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 13:08:44
anyone fancy doing this?
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-super-series-wiggle-new-forest-sat-spring-sportive-std-2014/

or

http://www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk/

60 miles must be something you can build up to within 4 months...right?

There's some nasty hills in the Cotswolds....I used to cycle over to Stroud a fair bit, and could never find a route which avoided Cowcombe Hill, unless wishing to tack a good few miles on to the journey and still having to deal with the steep stuff around Michinhampton. Lovely lanes for pedalling though.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 13:15:01
Might be worth having a look at the Great Western  Sportive as well, if you're looking for a local one. It's normally on fathers day and uses Nationwide on Pipers Way as start/finish.

Couple of notable hills being Hackpen hill and the one coming out of Ogbourne St George.

Is the OSG hill, the one up past the side of the golf course....lovely run down into Aldbourne as a reward for making the effort.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 14:23:05
Thats a killer hill and it's also really good to climb up from Aldbourne and have fast descent.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 14:54:46
anyone fancy doing this?
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/wiggle-super-series-wiggle-new-forest-sat-spring-sportive-std-2014/

or

http://www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk/

60 miles must be something you can build up to within 4 months...right?

Could be tempted to come down if Reg is coming out of retirement?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 14:57:04
Might be worth having a look at the Great Western  Sportive as well, if you're looking for a local one. It's normally on fathers day and uses Nationwide on Pipers Way as start/finish.

Couple of notable hills being Hackpen hill and the one coming out of Ogbourne St George.

Is there a web page for this as been tempted in the past,  excuse to visit the county of my family. Are there things like travelodge or Premier Inn in town (sorry it's a bit of a 4D question)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 15:33:21
Yes plenty of choice.

So are we having a TEF peloton ?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 15:44:00
Could be tempted to come down if Reg is coming out of retirement?

I could manage the 50Km job, but I've never been one for doing highly organised stuff, preferring to do my own thing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 15:50:37
http://www.southernsportive.com/?go=gwestern

i'm happy to join up in something organised, however i don't plan to be in the country from may to august, so anything between those months i won't be able to attend


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 19:54:04
Is there a web page for this as been tempted in the past,  excuse to visit the county of my family. Are there things like travelodge or Premier Inn in town (sorry it's a bit of a 4D question)

Yes, both. Glad I could help  :)


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 20:03:14
Yes plenty of choice.

So are we having a TEF peloton ?

Ha - could have a jersey done - TEF Cycling Club ensuring that the 80% bollocks quota remains to the fore!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 20:04:21
Yes, both. Glad I could help  :)

Good stuff - is this the first time you have provided the answer rather than question?  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 20:05:58
In 6400 posts it could be as many as three.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 14:20:47
went for a ride this morning. felt nice considering i've barely done above in one go 30km before

http://www.strava.com/activities/105487849


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 14:40:36
I see you went up Pavenhill into Purton. How was that on the legs?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 15:02:20
the legs were fine. my morale took a battering when it looked like i'd made it and it kept going!


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 15:07:47
Good on you,  your motivation is better than mine.

Decided to stay in on this nice afternoon and put some Ikea furniture together!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 16:10:18
Really chuffed with myself today. I only commute on the bike and only do it when working nights or at weekends. Found out that a bridge on my route is going to be closed for 3 weeks and the best alternate route is over a bloody big hill! So, with great trepidation, I set out this morning to see if I could ride it. Not only did I manage the ride, but after a 30 min break, I did the reverse route! Didn't set any records, but I f*ckin did it! :-)

P.S. Now I want to get a Pinnarello Dogma to see if it will turn me into Martyn Ashton!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 19:38:49

P.S. Now I want to get a Pinnarello Dogma to see if it will turn me into Martyn Ashton!

You know that he is in a wheelchair now ?? Damaged his back after a fall.

Anybody been to the Pinnarello shop yet ?

ps good ride Bennett


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 21:34:12
You know that he is in a wheelchair now ?? Damaged his back after a fall.

Anybody been to the Pinnarello shop yet ?

ps good ride Bennett
Yes. But I was hoping to be like him pre accident. Think that was the bike he was using in Road Bike Party 1. Anyway, tis this little beauty that I was talking about:

(http://www.shinybikes.com/images/P/dogma_612_big_bob.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 09:50:08
ps good ride Bennett
ta bewster, i ache today though.

also, how pretty is this?!
http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-raleigh-militis-comp-14-47943/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 13:24:42
Raleigh have been making some stunning bikes - they just need to improve on their historical tarnished image.

NMH - if you had that bike you'd be complaining of neck ache all day long with that low front end.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 13:35:53
Raleigh have been making some stunning bikes - they just need to improve on their historical tarnished image.

NMH - if you had that bike you'd be complaining of neck ache all day long with that low front end.
Naah. I wouldn't get neck ache as I wouldn't ride it - I'd just stare at it all day! It just looks so beautiful in black.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 14:57:16
 Get It. It would go well with your luminous shoes  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 16:03:58
Gonna ignore that Bewster!

Are all you cyclist short arses? Keep looking at different bikes and they seem to be designed for people between 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in ! What about those of us over 6ft?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 16:07:52
That's why they have different frame sizes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 19:39:52
Went for a ride with the Mrs today as part of her double knee op recovery. She politely pointed out that after my recent purchase and the kids getting a new bike each for Xmas/Birthday we know have 9  bikes in our garage and that its a mess (2 kids bikes will soon be on eBay - a boy and a girls 16 inch Ridegback if anyone is interested).  To be fair she is right so I spent the afternoon doing this (bike-geek alert) - now have to do the MTBs and I'm done.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/c3104ad5-9827-4b4e-a765-b10c55b24f9c_zps1d8e9ff5.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/c3104ad5-9827-4b4e-a765-b10c55b24f9c_zps1d8e9ff5.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 20:20:11
Gonna ignore that Bewster!

Are all you cyclist short arses? Keep looking at different bikes and they seem to be designed for people between 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in ! What about those of us over 6ft?

I'm 6ft 4in so nope. Hence why my bike looks like a five bar gate next to others.

And also why I left look like a bag of washing on a bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:29:36
Anybody been to the Pinnarello shop yet ?

Oh yes :)

I got wood :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:30:59
I got wood :-[

Was it the smell of rubber ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 13:04:04
Last night I sat down and watched A Sunday in Hell (at last). This is a EDanish film made during the 1976 running of the spring classic Paris- Roubaix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris%E2%80%93Roubaix), which has several sections of french farm track cobblestone (Pave) to endure.

A fantastic film for lovers of the sport.

Rare steak and rice for breakfast.

Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Maertens, Kuypers, Moser 

Some serious sideburns going on in the peleton. Not a helmet (other than the odd hair net) in sight.

Mechanics riding on the roof of the cars, amongst the bikes to ensure speedy deployment.

The crap quality of the Eurovison footage that was broadcast live really gave atmosphere.

A fabulous film.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 13:11:02
Last night I sat down and watched A Sunday in Hell (at last). This is a EDanish film made during the 1976 running of the spring classic Paris- Roubaix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris%E2%80%93Roubaix), which has several sections of french farm track cobblestone (Pave) to endure.

A fantastic film for lovers of the sport.

Rare steak and rice for breakfast.

Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Maertens, Kuypers, Moser 

Some serious sideburns going on in the peleton. Not a helmet (other than the odd hair net) in sight.

Mechanics riding on the roof of the cars, amongst the bikes to ensure speedy deployment.

The crap quality of the Eurovison footage that was broadcast live really gave atmosphere.

A fabulous film.


Sounds great, was that on netflix or anything like that? wouldnt mind watching that if i can find it. Do love a bit of Paris-Roubaix. Tempted to go over for the weekend this year to take it all in.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 13:20:46
First ride in to work today for the first time in a few weeks. Had a manufacture recall on the TRP Spyre disc brakes I put on my bike in October, so had to send them back over christmas and wait for the replacement pair to arrive. Finally came this weekend.

This morning probably wasnt the best day to get back into it though. The road from Purton to Lydiard wasnt gritted at all and was pretty much a skating rink. Managed to tip-toe my way through it thankfully, but couldnt get out the saddle to put some power down without the wheel just spinnning and going nowhere. All good fun though.

Glad to not have to endure driving in any more. Had to laugh when i saw a sign at the bottom of kingshill saying tha Thames water will be doing essential work on Wootton Bassett road on the week of the 20th...."queues likely". Ha...its already basically a car park in the morning thanks to the witchelstowe road being closed....swindon is going to grind to a halt next week.

In other news  :eek:

http://road.cc/content/news/107992-dublin-man-sustains-seven-week-erection-after-crash-landing-bike-top-tube


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 13:29:32
Sounds great, was that on netflix or anything like that? wouldnt mind watching that if i can find it. Do love a bit of Paris-Roubaix. Tempted to go over for the weekend this year to take it all in.

Don't know what platform it was on. My son sorted it and I just vegged out in front of the tele.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 14:17:10
Went out for a ride earlier and it was a little wet. Some of the low ground had roads that where completely flooded for hundreds of yards. Quite good fun but got a little wet.

Then I came across this, the car had stopped because the water under the bridge was, according to some old man, 18 inches deep. It was my only way home without turning back so I went through - first time I've ever been through water and have it come up well over the wheel axles. Thankfully I only had another 5 miles to go home but it was bloody freezing.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/DSC_0041_zpsvvnfzcg1.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/DSC_0041_zpsvvnfzcg1.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 14:19:00
You'll be needing a new bottom bracket soon then.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 15:05:13
You'll be needing a new bottom bracket soon then.

Quite possibly


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 15:55:34
It's how I trashed the bottom bracket on my MTB, but at less than £15 a pop, it's not worth the hassle of removing, drying and re-greasing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 16:03:11
I was on my road bike and I have upgraded Dura Ace BB. Its currently laid on its side draining. I may unscrew and re-pack with grease though.

If not it'll be back to the finance committee for a Phil King  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 16:10:19
 Think I might have been tempted by a bit of cyclo-cross style up the embankment and over the line.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 16:42:07
Think I might have been tempted by a bit of cyclo-cross style up the embankment and over the line.

Its all fenced and an electric track. It was a bit of a laugh tbh. There was one road which was like a stream and the current was so strong I almost didn't have to pedal.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 20:08:18
I was on my road bike and I have upgraded Dura Ace BB. Its currently laid on its side draining. I may unscrew and re-pack with grease though.

If not it'll be back to the finance committee for a Phil King  ;D

Do you mean Chris King or has Town legend Phil King started doing components. ...

Or am I falling for a whooshing?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 20:17:50
Do you mean Chris King or has Town legend Phil King started doing components. ...

Or am I falling for a whooshing?

I'm not that clever ;D

Must do better.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 20:23:21
Went out for first ride of 2014 earlier, http://www.strava.com/activities/107410377 to say that I was blowing through my arse by the end would be kind, had to have a gel 5 miles from home to get back!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 20:50:57
Went out for first ride of 2014 earlier, http://www.strava.com/activities/107410377 to say that I was blowing through my arse by the end would be kind, had to have a gel 5 miles from home to get back!
Good ride - looks a bit hilly.

I went out with a local club for a ride. Now usually it is a good mix of riders and I'm usually at the back with the oldies and women but never the worst. Today I turned up and it was basically the top riders - one of which does 20 min 10 mile TTs. I was dropped at every incline, they had to wait for me at the top of climbs and and I had to really push to keep up. I eventually had to split from them and find my own way home - another 24 miles and it was painfully ponderous.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/432317607


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fatbasher on Monday, January 20, 2014, 08:38:33
Got a good deal from Mitchells Cycles for my lads birthday in March, Small depo and collect week before his birthday. In fact I'm seriously thinking about getting myself a new one now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, January 20, 2014, 09:40:59
Cycling home wasnt much fun this morning! Everything was white, glistening or looked like glass.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 20, 2014, 10:38:57
Got a good deal from Mitchells Cycles for my lads birthday in March, Small depo and collect week before his birthday. In fact I'm seriously thinking about getting myself a new one now.

Thats where I got my kids bikes from and my new roadie. Really good deal and good service


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 10:28:00
after a fortnight of no cycling i went out yesterday morning. whereas before i felt i had more to give i was struggling yesterday

http://www.strava.com/activities/108779608#kudos


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 11:07:06
I came up for the game with bike in tow with plans to go out Sunday morning. The best laid plans...........


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 12:20:46
I came up for the game with bike in tow with plans to go out Sunday morning. The best laid plans...........

Similarly the present monsoon conditions atriking Cumbria have put me off the idea, so the new helmet (and winter socks - why do I always buy socks!) will have to wait another week to be christened!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 12:31:32
I always have visions of cold wet winter rides wrapped up against the elements before coming home to a warm bath and steaming mug of coffee. But the truth is whilst light rain, a bit of wind and low temperatures are doable it is really nasty out there, to the point of dangerous and I don't have a team car to fix punctures and feed me.

Went to the Pinarello shop yesterday. Quite impressive.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:20:02
I always have visions of cold wet winter rides wrapped up against the elements before coming home to a warm bath and steaming mug of coffee. But the truth is whilst light rain, a bit of wind and low temperatures are doable it is really nasty out there, to the point of dangerous and I don't have a team car to fix punctures and feed me.

Went to the Pinarello shop yesterday. Quite impressive.
Did you find me a Dogma that will take my weight and match my budget?

I was lucky with my cycling over the weekend. Commutes either side of torrential rain and what felt like gale force winds blowing in my face!

Talking of commutes - What rear lights do you all use? I'm thinking of getting something a bit more powerful than my £5 Amazon special. Been looking at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ih6pcZ8qpY

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORkq-JJNafs

Both between £10-15


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:34:00
Did you find me a Dogma that will take my weight and match my budget?

Talking of commutes - What rear lights do you all use? I'm thinking of getting something a bit more powerful than my £5 Amazon special. Been looking at this:


Sadly not NMH, but if my numbers come in I'll buy you one

I'm not allowed out after dark so I can't help you. I always think that you can't go wrong with Cat Eye/Bontrager.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 14:27:45
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEhySzO14ik&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 18:11:59
Nice one Bewster! Can't identify with any of that!  :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 18:22:43
There is a MTB one as well.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 21:16:28
There is a MTB one as well.

boooo!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 23:38:53
Quick question - Got a puncture last night. Seems I ran over a broken bottle. Small piece of glass pierced the centre of the tyre and was too much for the slime filled inner tube. I've replaced the tube and just pulled out the glass from the tyre. Should I have done anything else to the tyre? Glue? Patch?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 23:53:38
superglue the tyre if it is small hole, if not it'll be a weak spot and let in water and dirt leading to more punctures

If its big  hole maybe look to replace.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:22:33
superglue the tyre if it is small hole, if not it'll be a weak spot and let in water and dirt leading to more punctures

If its big  hole maybe look to replace.
Cheers Bewster. Have got it all back on the bike and pumped up now. Will go out and get some superglue later.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:36:46
if its an MTB tyre you can always glue from inside or put a patch on the inside. Just be careful not to stick the inner tube to the tyre  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:33:37
Park Tools emergency tyre boot (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/park-tool-emergency-tyre-boot-tb2/rp-prod13249)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 16:01:29
Sorry to harp on...But what size hole do you need to patch? The glass that pierced my (MTB) tire was very small. From the outside you can only see a hole the size of biro nib somewhere just off centre of the tyre. Does that need a big patch on the inside of the tyre?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 16:07:44
Depends how thorough you want to be. Based on what you've said I'd say just glue it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 18:18:45
For no reason whatsoever


http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/817961/products/santini-365-fluid-ladies-bib-short-black.aspx


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:45:02
If any of you have entered Ride London 100 and want to know if you are in before you get your postal confirmation

log in here via a smartphone ( only works with phones)

https://regonline.activeeurope.com/register/login.aspx?EventId=1273725&RegTypeId=121656&MembershipID&MethodId=0&EventsessionId&attendeeExist=1&registrationExist=1

in your profile it will say approved or cancelled


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:45:34
I didn't get in  >:(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:46:39
I didn't get in  >:(
Just turn up on the day and tag along at the end! :-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:50:30
Just turn up on the day and tag along at the end! :-)

A lot of people try that in The London marathon and apparently they organisers are pretty switched on to it, what with timing responders and the like, they wait until you are running up the mall then pull you out the race  :clap:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 14:04:02
If any of you have entered Ride London 100 and want to know if you are in before you get your postal confirmation

log in here via a smartphone ( only works with phones)

https://regonline.activeeurope.com/register/login.aspx?EventId=1273725&RegTypeId=121656&MembershipID&MethodId=0&EventsessionId&attendeeExist=1&registrationExist=1

in your profile it will say approved or cancelled

Bollocks, cancelled

:(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 22:48:04
Tour of Dubai tonight on Eurosport, 11pm. Starts with 10km TT on normal road bikes.  :hmmm:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 22:52:28
www.probikekit.co.uk has 25% off sale clothing, use CLOTHING25 for cheaper clothing


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Monday, February 10, 2014, 01:15:38
Finally got round to putting my old hybrid up for sale.

For anyone interested...or knows anyone in the market for a hybrid...

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/cannondale-bad-boy-fatty-deore-hybrid-bike-large/1048022686


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 09:21:08
morning gang,

does anyone take things seriously enough to have a turbo trainer and a cadence sensor on their bike?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 09:43:17
morning gang,

does anyone take things seriously enough to have a turbo trainer and a cadence sensor on their bike?

cough....possibly....cough....both....cough


Cadence came with Garmin Edge and turbo was bought for shit weather training when I was fitter and into triathlons


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:10:11
Same ref cadence sensor - Haven't got it working for some reason. Must sort that today.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:24:09
When I do use the turbo I use Chrissie Wellington/AudioFuel workouts which are based on effort, time and cadence. Having looked at a few others like SufferFest they all seem to be based on that.

The whole training area around HR/Cadence is very powerful if used correctly. It wasn't until I get a cadence sensor that I realised my pedalling was basically pedal, pedal, pedal, roll, pedal, pedal, pedal, roll (and repeat). Pedalling constantly at high cadence (90) and within a HR zone is quite a challenge. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:42:15
thanks for the replies chaps, i quite fancy getting a turbo trainer for evenings/shit weather but haven't really got a clue whether to go for wind/air/fluid.

has anyone seen a good trainer at a good price?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:56:53
thanks for the replies chaps, i quite fancy getting a turbo trainer for evenings/shit weather but haven't really got a clue whether to go for wind/air/fluid.
has anyone seen a good trainer at a good price?
Ah the endless "if I just pay a bit more debate". I've got a tacx satori. Magnet resistance with shifter that fits on handle bars. Its absolutely perfect for what I want - I'd like a better one linked to a pc which automatically controls resistance but that's well above my price range and level of seriousness (and motivation)

I use it once/twice a week during shit weather months - a telly in front of you is a must have though as it is incredibly dull.  I have an old MTB on it so I don't have to keep changing bikes over. I would suggest it is practical and better to have a proper turbo tyre unless you have some old tyres you are happy to ruin. The back wheel does have to be Quick Release (Tacx provide you with a stronger QR skewer) - I bought a spare back wheel off ebay for convenience.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-satori-pro-trainer-training-mat-dvd/




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:10:04
cheers bewster.
i might buy a second hand one from ebay and see if i use it and start saving up the pennies for a decent one if i use it (£200 seems a bit of an investment)

i'm currently obtaining (perfectly legally i assure you) some sufferfest training vids i plan to watch with my hypothetical trainer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:33:52
I think buying second hand for something you'll use max twice a week for 3 months say is a good way to go. Plus if you've kept your old wheels you'll be spared that expense. I bought a cheap bike computer with cadence sensor when I stopped using my main bike.

I can let you have the Chrissie Wellington/AudioFuel training MP3's as well if you like (perfectly legally lending)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:56:26
When I lived in the US we used to fling the bikes on the back of the car and drive 30-50 miles to different places in the Rockies where there were nice (mostly flat) concreted cycle path loops around scenic features (usually lakes but often spectacular views of the Rockies). We'd decant and ride for a couple of hours or so (up to 20 miles) and then come home again.

Is there anywhere like that round Glos/Wilts/Avon that's worth doing? (I was just looking at Bath to Bristol but I think its currently flooded)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:16:02
When I lived in the US we used to fling the bikes on the back of the car and drive 30-50 miles to different places in the Rockies where there were nice (mostly flat) concreted cycle path loops around scenic features (usually lakes but often spectacular views of the Rockies). We'd decant and ride for a couple of hours or so (up to 20 miles) and then come home again.

Is there anywhere like that round Glos/Wilts/Avon that's worth doing? (I was just looking at Bath to Bristol but I think its currently flooded)

I've posted this before, but the Forest of Dean has a good network of tracks.....graded at family, which is a bit flatter and easier to the sort of thing which might challenge.

I hired bikes from a place called Pedalabikeaway, quite a few years back, and it's still there which shows the popularity.

Just as an after thought, a mate of mine back in the autumn cycled to the Gower....I told him about a decent route out Chepstow way, going over the Severn on the old bridge, and muttered something about some decent old railway lines in the S Wales valleys, which I'd stumbled on years ago...he ended up following a Sustrans route from near Chepstow to Swansea. Some of it is off road, but like all Sustrans routes some of it inevitably goes into urban areas and round the houses, but he was particularly taken by pedalling through Port Talbot. The route then heads off to ultimately Fishguard, via Pembrokeshire.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/celtic-trail-east


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 13:34:45
Many thanks. I thought all the FoD trails were dirt trails, which is not what I wanted.

I often get a day off in the week and thought about driving somewhere with the bike in the back of the car and having a ride in which I wouldn't get filthy.

Will look in more detail.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 13:59:53
Many thanks. I thought all the FoD trails were dirt trails, which is not what I wanted.

I often get a day off in the week and thought about driving somewhere with the bike in the back of the car and having a ride in which I wouldn't get filthy.

Will look in more detail.

Properly metaled cycle paths in Britain, are, pardon the pun, thin on the ground. Your best bet then is to go somewhere relatively empty for GB and do a route of lanes. For example, I recall sticking the bike on the train to Abergavenny,  and doing a loop of the Black Mountains....up through Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin to Hay, then back on the English side through Longtown, which is proper land that time forgot, to re-enter Wales at Llanfihangel Crucorney.

You can get to Abergavenny in a bit over an hour by car from Swindon.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: REDBUCK on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 14:47:42
Depends where you are but the New Forest is not bad for a cycle.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 15:39:22
Depends where you are but the New Forest is not bad for a cycle.

It's surprisingly lumpy


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 20:35:38
this seems like a good package deal...
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_974171_langId_-1_categoryId_229901

need to look for cheap ones instead though


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 20:57:36
Looks like a good deal


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, February 20, 2014, 21:17:48
this seems like a good package deal...
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_974171_langId_-1_categoryId_229901

need to look for cheap ones instead though
One for £139 and another for £59 on Ebay (both 'New-Other')


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:21:47
this seems like a good package deal...
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_974171_langId_-1_categoryId_229901

need to look for cheap ones instead though

I am of the opinion that if you buy cheap you buy twice. Look for Tacx, Elite, Minoura on ebay or see if there are any deals currently being done.

http://www.merlincycles.com/tacx-t-1820-magnetic-trainer-59140.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:38:19
I've had my belt drive bike for a few weeks now, it's great for riding to work and not getting covered in grease, not looking forward to a rear wheel puncture though


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:42:19
I've had my belt drive bike for a few weeks now, it's great for riding to work and not getting covered in grease, not looking forward to a rear wheel puncture though

what did you go for ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:45:19
Avanti Inc 3.0 (it's from New Zealand) I have put enoooooooooooooooormous mudguards and a rack on it as well. A most confortable little bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:49:42
One of these? (http://www.avantibikes.com/au/bikes/on-road/metro/inc-3/) Nice :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: ron dodgers on Friday, February 21, 2014, 14:52:51
I though the gear change would be clunky but it aint - I kept me old one for pub journeys that's like Trigger's broom  - only the frame is original


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, February 21, 2014, 15:18:53
Avanti Inc 3.0 (it's from New Zealand) I have put enoooooooooooooooormous mudguards and a rack on it as well. A most confortable little bike

Don't tell NMH this or he'll be jealous.  ;D

I've always wondered what belt drives would be like especially with an internal hub gear.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, February 21, 2014, 17:21:00
This perhaps?

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B60IVTdq28E/UocbIF1s1dI/AAAAAAAAGgY/eNWu7DkIG-g/s1600/IMAG1496.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, February 21, 2014, 18:30:13
I am of the opinion that if you buy cheap you buy twice. Look for Tacx, Elite, Minoura on ebay or see if there are any deals currently being done.
i was half tempted to buy a £45 new one from play, i am coming back to getting my credit card out for the £150 set from halfords though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, February 21, 2014, 20:10:09
Don't tell NMH this or he'll be jealous.  ;D


I'm always jealous when anyone buys anything new! I want it too!

I am currently trying to shake the n+1 fever which I seem to have.

I think I'm more into the idea of cycling than actually cycling! Mileage for February has been low because of dangerous weather and the way my shift pattern falls. I need to get back out there.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, February 21, 2014, 20:44:35
I'm always jealous when anyone buys anything new! I want it too!

I am currently trying to shake the n+1 fever which I seem to have.

I think I'm more into the idea of cycling than actually cycling! Mileage for February has been low because of dangerous weather and the way my shift pattern falls. I need to get back out there.

Woo hoo.... its not just me then.  Been out once this year but still not stopped me spending over £100 on stuff,  bloody hell I was looking at cross bikes and cross sportives last night!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, February 21, 2014, 23:10:39
I think I'm more into the idea of cycling than actually cycling!

I think that goes for a lot of cyclists. My kids have joined a youth cycling club and I'm tempted to just buy stuff for them too. Maybe its a whole "must have gadget" issue but for people with a more engineering ilk as opposed to an electronic one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, February 22, 2014, 09:39:00
I have no ilk !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, February 23, 2014, 18:36:15
Considering one of these for £370:
(http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/Triban_Road_bike_btwin0941.jpg)

Or this for £429:
(http://www.decathlon.co.uk/media/823/8239801/zoom_400PX_mediacom_546014131.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Sunday, February 23, 2014, 20:18:35
I'm looking at that second one too, and the Felt F95 or Z95. I know nothing though, so can't help!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, February 23, 2014, 20:40:31
The Triban 5 is good value for money. I'd probably pay the extra £50 to get the benefit of the Sora groupset on the Triban 5 than the Microshift stuff on the 500SE.

I uhmed and aahed over the Felt bikes too. Very nice looking and decent kit for the price.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, February 24, 2014, 00:02:58
I must resist! I must resist!

Interested to see that others had been looking at the Triban 5. I liked the fact that reviewers were saying that it was better than many bikes twice its price.

Think I'll prob wait for the T500 in April.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:46:37
Interesting bit of research here, that birds rate fit cyclists....seemingly evolution enables them to detect performance in the face as well as the wallet and bulge in the lycra...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26034659


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, February 24, 2014, 18:52:33
i bought one of these:
http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/stealth-turbo-trainer-with-free-riva-riser-block-id76093.html

seemed good value!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, February 24, 2014, 21:38:19
Interested to hear how you get on with it bennett. I've toyed with the idea, but just don't think I'd use it. Furthermore, it would encourage me not to go to the gym.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, February 24, 2014, 23:30:54
Looks a good buy. Turbos are a bit like gym membership, paying for it is the easy bit, it's using it that makes the difference.

Let us know how you get on


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 08:22:28
will do chaps! quite looking forward to it arriving today, but also a bit gutted i have a cankle where my ligaments are fucked. so i won't be able to use it

(excuses coming out already, it'll be on ebay within the month)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:36:38
will do chaps! quite looking forward to it arriving today, but also a bit gutted i have a cankle where my ligaments are fucked. so i won't be able to use it

(excuses coming out already, it'll be on ebay within the month)

Let me know if you want some training MP3s


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 17:40:20
will do bewster,
same goes to anyone who wants the sufferfest training mp4's


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, March 7, 2014, 15:02:29
Anyone fancy a ride tomorrow morning (swindon area innit) ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, March 7, 2014, 17:30:56
I do, although I'll be massively unfit because I haven't been out for a while.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Friday, March 7, 2014, 17:44:01
bennett's ankle is made of french baguettes anyway


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, March 7, 2014, 19:23:14
bennett's ankle is made of french baguettes anyway

Stale or fresh?

Because stale ones are the hardest substance known to man.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, March 7, 2014, 19:30:17
I just want to see him in his lycra  :girlgiggle: :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:22:26
sam looks fabbo in his lycra, mainly because it matches his bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:29:53
Even the socks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 17:36:18
Although blue rather than red tinted glasses would have matched the outfit and bike better!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 17:41:51
Huh? Has bennett been posting provocative pics of me?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 18:20:55
yes, i put it on the triban forum that NMH stalks me on

(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k535/bennettkaru/7c501e03-bfaa-43e2-bb82-498dfcff1b37_zps96c82611.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 18:27:33
did you jump?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 18:33:42
Probably should've.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 19:30:48
Is it comfortable with saddle and bars at that angle?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 19:35:27
He did have to stop to adjust his saddle. I think it's knackered.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 19:53:57
Is it comfortable with saddle and bars at that angle?!
no, my gooch is fucked and sam wouldn't rub it better.
as he says though, the saddle needs some attention (as well as my gooch)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 21:02:01
Time for some chamois cream?  :gay:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sippo on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 22:44:46
Blimey that doesn't look like Sam in that photo. Looking good mate. :gay:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 22:56:10
Cheers babe x


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 19:46:23
Sam, are you wearing white sandals with socks?   :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 20:18:28
they're cheaper than black sandles with socks


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 20:48:31
Not as good as Bennett's luminous yellow ones.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 10, 2014, 15:43:41
Day off today, the sun is shining and the roads are reasonably dry so finally took the new bike out for a spin. Very pleased, without sounding like a review magazine the carbon really does remove road buzz although I can't really say I noticed a significant weight saving. Took a while to get used to the compact chainset. And my new speed cadence sensor fucked up my Garmin. Beats being at work though.

When I say the sun, it could have been Bennett's shoes.  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, March 10, 2014, 18:03:02
y'all be jellis


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 10, 2014, 19:51:38
y'all be jellis

Yup  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, March 10, 2014, 20:28:41
There was much sniggering from the work cyclists when they were negotiating not to change the cycle to work signup period, and the HR women asked "How many bikes do you need?".


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 10, 2014, 21:47:14
I'm guessing there was much uttering of n+1 and The Rules.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Monday, March 10, 2014, 22:03:37
I'm guessing there was much uttering of n+1 and The Rules.

That's exactly it!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, March 15, 2014, 18:23:37
Can anyone suggest a good site to buy cheap(ish), but not plain, jerseys?

I don't really want team kit and some of the own brand jobbies look gash.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, March 15, 2014, 19:55:37
Can anyone suggest a good site to buy cheap(ish), but not plain, jerseys?

I don't really want team kit and some of the own brand jobbies look gash.

Have you looked at Wiggles DHB/Altura/Endura range Sam ?

Another site other than the usual Evans/CRC is http://www.madison.co.uk/products/cycling/,


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 15, 2014, 20:12:13
www.planetx.co.uk is pretty good for odds n sods in the wardrobe.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 15, 2014, 23:18:40
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/black-white-ss-jersey-320-id_8296069.html

this is nice, and cheap. and when mulley goes to decathlon he can pick you up one!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 17, 2014, 12:51:57
Found a decent retro looking one with go faster stripes on eBay in the end.

But now I find myself looking at new helmets to keep in with the colour scheme. And glasses. And bottle cages.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, March 17, 2014, 13:42:16
The helmet and glasses should match the jersey.

The bottle cages MUST match/ complement the bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 17, 2014, 14:43:58
Yeah, I like to be coordinated as Bennett can attest. I'm only really wanting a new helmet because the aesthetics of the current one aren't that pleasing - it was Lidl bargain that does a job but is rather mushroom like. The glasses likewise.

As for cages, I've only got one fitted at the mo, but given that I want to up my distances this summer I'm going to need to carry more fluid so I'll be needing two. Plus that means I'll be needing two matching bottles as well. I like the look of the Elite Custom cages, but every bugger seems to have them these days. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 17, 2014, 15:05:43
I've just bought some white plastic Bontrager cages for £10 each and they are really good - alot easier to use than the previous ones.

I think the helmet should match your bike/shoes. If any one finds a black and orange helmet/shoes can you let me know?  ;D


edit : just seen that wiggle are doing DHB helmet/Glasses combos


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, March 17, 2014, 15:32:44
Lazer have released a helmet and glasses range that complement. The glasses have short arms with magnets in the end and the helmet straps have metal buckles that the magnets stick to. The helmet also has metal pads in the vents for tucking the glasses securley out of the way when honking up hill.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 17, 2014, 16:39:00
Lazer have released a helmet and glasses range that complement. The glasses have short arms with magnets in the end and the helmet straps have metal buckles that the magnets stick to. The helmet also has metal pads in the vents for tucking the glasses securley out of the way when honking up hill.

That pretty cool


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, March 17, 2014, 16:49:18
I thought so too initially but, I tried one on and wasn't convinced of the security of the magnets when wearing the shades. Maybe I wasn't getting them right though.

That aside, quality helmets and shades.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 17, 2014, 16:57:40
I think the helmet should match your bike/shoes. If any one finds a black and orange helmet/shoes can you let me know?  ;D

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/clothing/shoes/product/review-pearl-izumi-octane-sl-iii-shoes-12-46389/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/northwave-extreme-tech-plus-road-shoe/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 17, 2014, 16:58:18
Those Northwave ones look even brighter than Bennett's Sidi's.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 17, 2014, 17:39:35
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/clothing/shoes/product/review-pearl-izumi-octane-sl-iii-shoes-12-46389/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/northwave-extreme-tech-plus-road-shoe/

If the colours were reversed they'd be ok - they do look a little colourful  !


Title: Re:
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 14:51:11
Is this the kind of thing you are looking for Sam

http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/merino-mesh-base-layer/product/MBL01?cm_mmc=email-_-190314-_-img-_-mesh

:)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 14:56:03
Haha, yes.

Although, I'd have to remortgage the house to afford most Rapha gear.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 15:04:10
Try Team Lidl !

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-5B1BA9EA-B0144E2D/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?id=240&ar=4



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 21:44:07
i just bought one of these in black
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-mono-roubaix-long-sleeve-jersey/

my rationale - it's long sleeved and has a zippy pocket at the back to safeguard my lovely iphone visiting the tarmac


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, March 21, 2014, 21:17:08
anyone made a TEF velo games league for the spring classics yet?

first race sunday...milan - san remo. Last years race was superb. Cant wait.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, March 21, 2014, 21:27:44
not yet, but well volunteered!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 09:19:18
i just bought one of these in black
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-mono-roubaix-long-sleeve-jersey/

my rationale - it's long sleeved and has a zippy pocket at the back to safeguard my lovely iphone visiting the tarmac
Gonna wait until the Oxford Decca opens. If you go to the website you can get a £10 voucher. Going to get myself one of these:

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ls-breath-jersey-3-black-blue-id_8216559.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 16:21:28
Velo games league code: 22151619


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: chalkies_shorts on Monday, March 24, 2014, 13:36:52
Can we have a law that says if there is a cycle lane then cyclists have to use it. Pipers Way in particular.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 24, 2014, 14:09:20
Can we have a law that says if there is a cycle lane then cyclists have to use it. Pipers Way in particular.

Yes, in that case can we have a law that states all cycle paths need to be kept clear from glass and in a good state of repair ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, March 24, 2014, 14:29:16
A cycle path tax could be used to solve that issue


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Monday, March 24, 2014, 14:29:36
Yes, in that case can we have a law that states all cycle paths need to be kept clear from glass and in a good state of repair ?
Only if they can manage the roads first.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 24, 2014, 14:43:39
A cycle path tax could be used to solve that issue

as opposed to vehicle excise duty ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, March 24, 2014, 14:51:03
A cycle path tax could be used to solve that issue
I'd be quite happy to pay that if it meant cycle paths that kept me away from the dangers of other traffic - But I thought I already did within my Council tax?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, March 24, 2014, 22:06:27
Can we have a law that says if there is a cycle lane then cyclists have to use it. Pipers Way in particular.
pipers way cyclepath is awful, especially as it just ends by intel and to get onto it to go up you'd have to go through cars, which doesn't generally end well


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, March 24, 2014, 22:09:47
as for cycle tax - i quite agree it'd be worthwhile, but would you be taxed on purchase instead of ownership or use? i don't think the latter two would be feasible. so you'd be down to an additional tax on top of the purchase price, which'd contradict the idea of cycle to work.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, March 24, 2014, 22:18:23
The thing is the bike tax would just get lumped in all the other taxes and used to fund whatever the clowns in government chose. If road tax or cycle tax was specifically ring fenced in order to provide better roads/cycle paths then I'd happily pay it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, March 24, 2014, 22:30:33
The thing is the bike tax would just get lumped in all the other taxes and used to fund whatever the clowns in government chose. If road tax or cycle tax was specifically ring fenced in order to provide better roads/cycle paths then I'd happily pay it.
yup this


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 00:06:11
Do you see better roads from vehicle tax?  :sherlock:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10:42:28
Do you see better roads from vehicle tax?  :sherlock:

er....thats kind of my point about it being ring fenced


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:02:04
Oops, only got as far down as abrahammer's post.  :bike:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:36:59
I'd be quite happy to pay that if it meant cycle paths that kept me away from the dangers of other traffic - But I thought I already did within my Council tax?

I've got my handy break down of where every £100 of my Council Tax money goes....no mention of cycle tracks.  :crash:

The nearest might be £4 for maintaining roads and grounds......

Quote
Maintaining public highways, for example filling potholes, and open public spaces such as Coate and Lydiard, tree maintainance and grass cutting


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: chalkies_shorts on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12:57:52
pipers way cyclepath is awful, especially as it just ends by intel and to get onto it to go up you'd have to go through cars, which doesn't generally end well
Depends which side of the road - the cycle lane on the other side goes all the way up


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 19:20:00
Depends which side of the road - the cycle lane on the other side goes all the way up

going from nationwide house to marlborough road roundabout you'd have to cycle along the road and then stop, lift your bike onto the cycle path and stop. it's very poorly thought out and usually filled with idiots walking with Ipods blaring so they can't hear my furious bell ringing or profanities


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:08:16
Tour of Britain route announced. Stage 6 starts in Bath and passes through Bradford on Avon and Devizes.

http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/index.php


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:18:37
Tour of Britain route announced. Stage 6 starts in Bath and passes through Bradford on Avon and Devizes.

http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/index.php

I've seen a couple of stages, when it was the Kellogg's tour.  1st time was out Herefordshire way and randomly bumped into it. 2nd time it came up Birdlip Hill, thought this might be a good spot, but they fair flew up, did see Sean Kelly though which was kind of exciting.

If it was somewhere proper close to Swindon I'd make the effort, but they pass so quickly it's not really worth going very far to watch.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:19:11
good work samdy


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:20:50
Also stage 4 goes through Stroud.

So that's two stages within riding distance.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:35:35
I'm surprised you lot aren't in it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:39:52
Nothing up here this year, if Town are at home on 13th Sept might take the Friday off & come down and watch it.

We do however have a round of the Tour Series again this year (they skipped Peterborough last year), which is always pretty good.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:41:45
I remember some cycling event coming through Devizes about 25 years ago, I couldn't believe the speed they went through the town centre  :)


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:43:30
Nothing bar Liverpool in the north west this year which is a bit of a downer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:45:42
Anyone heading to London for the TDF stage?

Watching the race come through my town in the mid 90's got my into watching pro cycling so hopefully this will be as memorable.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Monday, March 31, 2014, 19:47:32
Anyone heading to London for the TDF stage?

Watching the race come through my town in the mid 90's got my into watching pro cycling so hopefully this will be as memorable.


Planning to go down to Cambridge to watch the start of the stage


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, March 31, 2014, 21:09:08
I'm going to Yorkshire for the first two, avec velo. Should be good.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, March 31, 2014, 22:03:34
I have a Kona MTB and am contemplating getting a road bike in addition. I don't want to spend loads, I am not small and svelte  :), any recommendations? The MTB I have has chunky off road tyres and sounds like a land rover on the tarmac, will a road bike make a big difference?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 07:20:37
join the queue waiting for a btwin 500se

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes

short answer - yes.
the tyres are different, the ride is different, the ease at which you can build up and maintain speed is entirely different


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 07:37:43
join the queue waiting for a btwin 500se

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes

short answer - yes.
the tyres are different, the ride is different, the ease at which you can build up and maintain speed is entirely different
Here's what they look like:

(http://www.decathlon.co.uk/content/Graphics-Carrousel/bannerTriban500SE.jpg)

I bought the slightly more expensive T5, which looks the same but has black hoods and Shimano Sora.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 17:09:10
here's a review/first look
http://road.cc/content/news/113951-just-btwin-triban-500-se


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:35:18
A cyclist was killed in London this morning just around the corner from where I work.

Attempted to undertake a lorry apparently.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 16:48:49
A cyclist was killed in London this morning just around the corner from where I work.

Attempted to undertake a lorry apparently.

Oh my goodness so many undertaker jokes. I will resist. Because it's horrible.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 15:33:55
I had a puncture last weekend and whilst changing it managed to slip with the tyre lever and rip my thumb nail away from the skin on one of the spokes. Quite amazing how much this hurts and bleeds.  >:(

Anyway, the point of my post is to gauge peoples opinions on tyres/inner tubes. I currently run Conti GP4000s with Spesh inner tubes.  My punctures have on the whole been few and far between, however I seem to be going through a bad patch at the mo.  Whilst the GP4000s are great tyres they are really hard to get on and off, especially compared to MTB tyres and even worse when your hands are cold and your mates are watching you intently.

So, do you have a preferred tyre, inner tube or combo ? I have tried Conti Gator Skins but I find these split and are the most difficult tyre ever to get on. Do you go for high puncture resistance or low weight – Is there a good balance ?

Also I use my pressurised canister pump for the first time – its ace but the tyre has gone down since as mentioned in previous posts. Plus it gets fucking cold.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 15:46:27
Anyway, the point of my post is to gauge peoples opinions on tyres/inner tubes.

Tyres and inner tubes are good....much better than pedaling on the rim. 

I think punctures are inevitable, so I just carry a spare tube, split tyres can be botched with rubber solution and patches from a repair kit.

I've just got back in from a 12 miler...the main hazard atm is pot holes....now I never go on main roads, doing a mixture of off road, tracks and lanes. Conditions off road are ok it's drying out despite the bit of rain recently, tracks are fine, but lanes are in many ways worse than tracks, due to the amount of pot-holes, in some places almost inevitable that you'll ping something sooner or later.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 16:33:14
I've only suffered one puncture on the road bike and that was a very loud 'pop' followed by a very rapid deflation.

That was on an original tube that came with the bike, can't remember the make. I replaced it with a Spesh tube and haven't had any trouble since. Saying that, I'm bound to get a puncture this weekend.

For tyres I have Schwalbe Luganos. Seem to be a decent all rounder tyre and when I did have the puncture it was an absolute piece of piss to get off.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 16:39:25
Cheers Reg/Sam

It'll be interesting to try a different tyre and see if its any different or whether its hindered by my wheel choice.

Be good to hear Bennett/Horlock/NBR views


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 19:18:02
i've had one puncture, and it must've been slow as i commuted in, left the bike in the bike shed and came back to it and was running on the rim. being a tard i didn't have a spare inner or repair kit (lessons have since been learned).

michelin pro course 4's (black on black, naturally) and for innertubes i use the cheapest naff crap i could get my hands on through wiggle. i think it was 6 inners for £5.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 19:47:25
Currently running conti 4 seasons, quite tight, but not as bad as gatorskins.

Never really really struggled to get a tyre on or off though. Trick when getting the tyre back on. Wen you've got as much of the bead as you can get into the rim in, put your hands on the tyre directly opposite where the bead is not on the rim and run your hands either side of the circumference of the wheel, pushing the tyre into the rim as you go round. It usually moves the excess bead of the tyre in the rim, round to where it is too tight. You should have enough slack to hoick the remaining bead into the rim with a tyre lever if need be.

I've never had trouble with getting a tyre on after doing that. My technique might be quite good because I've changed lots of tyres and inner tubes though.

4 seasons seem to have a good balance between speed and durability for me. Most punctures I get are from pinch punctures from hitting potholes or shallow kerb edges at speed. Keep your tyres at a decent pressure, I run 100psi on 28mm, and that shouldn't happen.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 19:58:11
Just don't hit any squirrels, like the bloke Bennett and I encountered last weekend.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:14:24
Just don't hit any squirrels, like the bloke Bennett and I encountered last weekend.

You cant just say that and not give us more info  ;D


Cheers Webber - sound advice


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:32:50
Front wheel was fucked. Busted a spoke and the wheel was well out of true. Bennett had to give the bloke a lend of his Allen keys to undo the brake calliper so the guy could limp it home.

And yes, we saw said squirrel painted across the road as we went on our way.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:36:40
Front wheel was fucked. Busted a spoke and the wheel was well out of true. Bennett had to give the bloke a lend of his Allen keys to undo the brake calliper so the guy could limp it home.

And yes, we saw said squirrel painted across the road as we went on our way.

Heartless bastards cyclists. Bet he accelerated to hit it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:39:06
Front wheel was fucked. Busted a spoke and the wheel was well out of true. Bennett had to give the bloke a lend of his Allen keys to undo the brake calliper so the guy could limp it home.

And yes, we saw said squirrel painted across the road as we went on our way.

Sounds nasty. Was he ok ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:52:39
The cyclist was fine. He was desperate to get home and grab another wheel so he could get back out!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:53:11
The squirrel on the other hand... RIP.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 20:56:22
The squirrel on the other hand... RIP.
(http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/cr.gif)


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 21:12:36
I run gator skins on whatever tubes happen to be on sale when I happen to be in stood in a queue in a bike shop... think we are running on Bonty ones at the moment.

Tyres are a total arse to get on and off rims,  running on winter wheels at the moment and dreading putting them back on the fulcrum summer wheels shortly as it normally means at least one pinched tube.

Last puncture was 30+mph pinch flat,  frightened the balls out of me and wrecked the tube,  but suspect caused by road surface rather than anything else.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 22:30:13

Tyres are a total arse to get on and off rims,  running on winter wheels at the moment and dreading putting them back on the fulcrum summer wheels shortly as it normally means at least one pinched tube.


Glad its not just me


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 22:47:48
The squirrel on the other hand... RIP.

Must have been a fucking big squirrel to do that amount of damage  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 23:25:37
Must have been a fucking big squirrel to do that amount of damage  ;D
Hope it was grey and not red! (Although it was probably red afterwards)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 09:09:57
re tyre fit problems, either toughen up your thumbs or, for on the road, get a VAR tyre lever (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/tools/cycling-tools/tyre-levers/product/review-var-tools-rp42500-tyre-tool-11-44397/) and for at home, a Simson Tyre Mate (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/simson-tyre-mate-prod22353/)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 09:13:43
re tyre fit problems, either toughen up your thumbs or, for on the road, get a VAR tyre lever (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/tools/cycling-tools/tyre-levers/product/review-var-tools-rp42500-tyre-tool-11-44397/) and for at home, a Simson Tyre Mate (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/simson-tyre-mate-prod22353/)

Having ripped my nail using my thumbs wasn't an option (and I am weak)  ;D

I was reading about the tyre mate - are they any good ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:19:53
Having ripped my nail using my thumbs wasn't an option (and I am weak)  ;D

I was reading about the tyre mate - are they any good ?

Yes they are. I used one a little while ago to persuade a Marathon+ onto a rim where everything else had failed.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:45:30
Yes they are. I used one a little while ago to persuade a Marathon+ onto a rim where everything else had failed.

From experience are Schwalbe easier to fit ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:17:01
http://youtu.be/-XUFVrl0UT4

Took a while of looking for it, but this is the video where i get my technique from.

There seems to be loads of videos that are just crap really. If you want to know how to do something...get an old english bloke with a beard and glasses to show you how.

I dont use toe straps or cable ties because im not putting on a marathon plus and im hard as...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:26:28
For me it depends on the toughness of the tyre. A fast, soft carcass tyre nearly always seems to fit easier (though there are some rim/ tyre combos that are absolute bastards no matter what).

A good puncture resistant tyre with hardcase technology is generally a bastard whatever (though some rim/ tyre combinations (very few) result in more grief keeping the tyre on before you inflate ::) ). As a result, Schwlabe Marathon+ are notoriously real fuckers.

There is a YouTube vid somewheer of a mechanic fitiing an M+ using toe straps etc to keep the bead in place. I generally do it in the workshop and use this technique-

Get all the bead on one side into the groove then insert a very slightly inflated tube. Start to insert the second bead, starting at the valve. Insert about half the bead, working both sides of the valve, working with the tyre against your midriff, inserting the bead that is away from you. Once half the bead is done, push the valve into the tyre (keeping a bit of the valve sticking out of the valve hole so you can get hold of it). This gives you room in the rim to get the bead as far into the rim as possible, giving you more slack at the sectioon of bead you are about to work on. Keep working your way round the bead, forcing the seated bead into the rim as deep as you can. When you get to the last few inches where it gets really tight, place the wheel flat on a bench and use the axle stub or cassette as soemthing to hold the rim in place whilst you lean against it, providing more slack to work with. Now is the time to grip the tyre on both sides of the yet to be inserted bead and try and roll the bead into the rim with the heels of your palms- a lot less stress on the thumb joints. A lot of leaning and feeding the bead around the rim will give enough slack to roll the bead in.

Once the tyre is fitted, put the wheel down and down a pint of finest whatever. Youv'e earned it :D

Edit- cross post with WEBBERhyde who sounds like he found the vid i mentioned


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:29:08
Thanks all.

I think I am a bit of big girls blouse  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 13:39:00
http://youtu.be/-XUFVrl0UT4

Took a while of looking for it, but this is the video where i get my technique from.

Do you think he'd fit in my saddle bag ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 13:48:07
It worries me that everyone seems to complain about certain tyres being a 'bit of a bastard' but I haven't had that much trouble with mine nor my kids mtb's. Haven't had to change a tube on the road bike yet, but am guessing that road bike tyres must be harder to put on than mtb ones?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 14:09:08
It worries me that everyone seems to complain about certain tyres being a 'bit of a bastard' but I haven't had that much trouble with mine nor my kids mtb's. Haven't had to change a tube on the road bike yet, but am guessing that road bike tyres must be harder to put on than mtb ones?

Road tyres and, to a certain extent tyres for hybrids tend to put up more of a fight than MTB tyres as they are a narrower tyre with less carcass to get to grips with and flex. Some MTB tyres can be a snug fit- especially now tubeless tyres are becoming more popular.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, April 11, 2014, 18:58:57
http://youtu.be/-XUFVrl0UT4


Just took the tyre off to check for sharps etc and manage to get it back on using this technique with no tyres levers

Superb advice, worth watching.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, April 11, 2014, 21:41:01
 Paris-Roubaix on Sunday boys and girls...who'd you fancy?

 I'd imagine Cancellara must be favourite, having recently caned the Tour of Flanders. Sepp Vanmarke, was the only rider who could last the burgs with him there...and I've a feeling a Belgium will take it this year. Boonen has looked in decent form....Wiggo is riding, but he doesn't look like a cobbles man to me.  Ian Stannard might have been an outside bet, but he fell into a ditch recently and busted a vertabra  :(

Johan Von Summeran...is another who could have contended, but crashed into a spectator recently.

Not sure if Sagan is in it...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, April 11, 2014, 22:40:56
Poor Sepp must hate the sight of Cancellara right now. Narrowly beaten by him in the Roubaix velodrome last year and then lost to him in Flanders too.

Sagan is trying to become a bit more of a one day rider, so could feature. I'd like to see Thomas get close, but seems to have the knack of getting caught up in crashes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, April 11, 2014, 23:19:51
Just took the tyre off to check for sharps etc and manage to get it back on using this technique with no tyres levers

Superb advice, worth watching.

It's amazing the amount of YouTube videos about that just say to use brute force and a tyre lever. With very tight tyres that's just asking for trouble for one or more of the tyre lever, tyre, rim, tube and and fleshy bits of human that get between any of that lot under a lot of strain. As I said before, if you want to know how to do something properly, get an old bloke with a beard and the shitest handycam he can find to show you. Amazing how so few people know how to do it properly.

Hard to look like Faboo again this year for Roubaix. Shame about stannard, he would have given it a right go, hopefully Thomas can avoid the inevitable plie-ups for once. But after last year, I'd really like to see Zdenek Stybar manage to hang on to wheels of the breakaway and see if he can make it to the velodrome with them this time. He was so unlucky last year, but still came out a hero with his incredible bike control.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 19:29:57
Well, I've taken the plunge and bought myself a beautiful looking steed in an attempt to fill my spare time more productively and get a bit fitter. Never ridden a roadie before, but just had a little saunter about to get used to how it handles and how the clippy shoe things work, and I think I'm going to love it. Whether I think that tomorrow after a proper (albeit beginner level) jaunt with Bennett remains to be seen.

Oh, and I look terrible in lycra.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:06:29
Well, I've taken the plunge and bought myself a beautiful looking steed in an attempt to fill my spare time more productively and get a bit fitter. Never ridden a roadie before, but just had a little saunter about to get used to how it handles and how the clippy shoe things work, and I think I'm going to love it. Whether I think that tomorrow after a proper (albeit beginner level) jaunt with Bennett remains to be seen.

Oh, and I look terrible in lycra.
If yours is the bike that Bennett was talking about elsewhere, it looks a cracker - especially at that price!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:06:51
after reading about tyres and how hard they are to remove etc i hit a pothole and both innertubes punctured.
fucking potholes

also, mulley in lycra <3


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:07:23
If yours is the bike that Bennett was talking about elsewhere, it looks a cracker - especially at that price!
stop stalking me stalking lucien sanchez!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:46:21
Hahaha, busted


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 20:54:15
stop stalking me stalking lucien sanchez!!
:popcorn:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 22:11:09
It's supposed to be a sunny windless day tomorrow, so I'm going to squeeze in another ride.

Unfortunately for Bennett, my valve just wasn't big enough for him today.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 22:30:28
Me too. Gonna see if I can get up and out early doors and head out before breakfast.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 07:20:48
Me 3, up early & back in time for football and Paris - Roubaix.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy Glass is an Alien on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 08:29:55
Unfortunately for Bennett, my valve just wasn't big enough for him today.

That sounded all Carry On  :gay:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 11:32:20
That sounded all Carry On  :gay:

They are a group of men who go out to get sweaty together wearing lycra. It's all a bit carry on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 11:59:03
I did start feeling very envious of Bennett's calves earlier *swoon*


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:08:47
(http://media.giphy.com/media/12pxmojmEOifde/giphy.gif)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:23:50
matron!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 13:35:30
You soon get used to the sight of Bennett's derrière as he powers away from you.

Had a pleasant ride this morning. Dropped my bars by 5mm last week and another 5mm today and found I can get into quite a comfortable position on the drops now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 13:40:15
You soon get used to the sight of Bennett's derrière as he powers away from you.

Had a pleasant ride this morning. Dropped my bars by 5mm last week and another 5mm today and found I can get into quite a comfortable position on the drops now.

Especially when you are a) unfit, b) a novice, and c) you lose your big chainring due to the gears being set up by a retard.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 14:47:30
That's because Bennett rides a Triban. Not just any Triban, but a red Triban. And as everyone knows red is very, very fast!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 15:47:19
Paris-Roubaix on Sunday boys and girls...who'd you fancy?

 I'd imagine Cancellara must be favourite, having recently caned the Tour of Flanders. Sepp Vanmarke, was the only rider who could last the burgs with him there...and I've a feeling a Belgium will take it this year. Boonen has looked in decent form....Wiggo is riding, but he doesn't look like a cobbles man to me.  Ian Stannard might have been an outside bet, but he fell into a ditch recently and busted a vertabra  :(

Johan Von Summeran...is another who could have contended, but crashed into a spectator recently.

Not sure if Sagan is in it...

What did you make of that then Reginald? That was quite some top 10.

Good to see Thomas and Wiggo up there. Very surprised Cancellara never tried to go with Terpstra.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 16:09:11
What did you make of that then Reginald? That was quite some top 10.

Good to see Thomas and Wiggo up there. Very surprised Cancellara never tried to go with Terpstra.

Got home for the last 40k...what a fantastic race.  I thought that when Thomas and Wiggo, bridged the gap, they had a chance...but I suppose if it had gone to a sprint Degenkolb, was going to win.

I just assume that nobody else had enough left to go with Terpstra...a mass sprint in the velodrome would have been fun.

Now onto Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 16:14:54
Great day for a ride - did Wanborough/Baydon/Aldbourne/Rockley/Broad Hinton/RWB. Saw a lot of riders out and about especially loads who were doing the White Horse Sportive.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/479098549

The hill profile probably explains why my legs hurt  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 16:52:25
I attempted Pavenhill today. I ran out of gears far too quickly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 16:59:28
I attempted Pavenhill today. I ran out of gears far too quickly.

Where is that Sam ?

You could come out with us - good fun coming down Ogbourne & Hackpen


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 17:04:27
From Minety crossroads up into Purton. Slowly ramps then really steepens toward the top. Should've hit it faster really.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 17:09:44
Is that the single track road ?

Since I've dropped to a 50/34 I've made sure I've got a 28 on the back but I do miss having 50/38/30.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 17:33:48
It's not really single track. Gets a bit narrow in places.

I've only got a 12-25 on the back. Gets me up most stuff. Just makes me use more legs :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 17:36:47

I've only got a 12-25 on the back. Gets me up most stuff. Just makes me use more legs :)

Hardcore !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 17:57:04
Hardcore/Stupid. You decide :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 18:23:31
Hardcore/Stupid. You decide :)

Hardly stupid, but I'll downsize the gears when I'm better/fitter.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 21:15:09
http://www.velominati.com/riding-ugly/the-hail-mary-shift/

Very timely article written on velominati about running out of gears.

Went for a decent ride whilst off a couple of weeks ago. Forgot just how nasty the Broad Town and Hackpen hills are, especially with a fairly keen head on breeze. I've lost my climbing legs since I moved back from Bristol.

Roubaix absolutely superb. Great to see Brad and Geraint up there. Just a shame one of that group couldn't go with Terpstra to set up a duel in the velodrome. Superb ride though, the others had nothing left to chase at all.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 21:22:02
http://www.velominati.com/riding-ugly/the-hail-mary-shift/

Very timely article written on velominati about running out of gears.

Went for a decent ride whilst off a couple of weeks ago. Forgot just how nasty the Broad Town and Hackpen hills are, especially with a fairly keen head on breeze. I've lost my climbing legs since I moved back from Bristol.

Thanks I'll have a read. I went from Rockley to Hackpen which I reckon was a couple of miles of gradual incline - not short and steep like Hackpen from Broad Hinton. Manage to break the speed limit in Broad Town though - always pleasing  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:22:36
Thanks I'll have a read. I went from Rockley to Hackpen which I reckon was a couple of miles of gradual incline - not short and steep like Hackpen from Broad Hinton. Manage to break the speed limit in Broad Town though - always pleasing  ;D

I always used to use being able to ride up Basset Down, Salthrop and then Hackpen Hill as I sign that I was in reasonable shape after the winter. Never really been a fan of winter cycling, so it would give me an idea of where I was after the break.

Now though, I take it much easier, if I feel like it then fine if not get off and push  :)

More than likely though I'll go off road if possible, so from Rockley it would be up over 4 mile Clump, to Barbury, bit of Ridgeway then down through Uffcott.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 16:56:16
i went up snap hill (that's what the strava segment was called) just after ogbourne st george.
fuck me that keeps going and it horrible


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 14, 2014, 18:02:36
i went up snap hill (that's what the strava segment was called) just after ogbourne st george.
fuck me that keeps going and it horrible

Is that the one at the back of the golf course??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:20:10
My new bottle cages arrived today so once I've got the kids to bed I'm off to do some fettling 8)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:22:37
not a scooby, here's the segment. i went at it too quickly, then my gears refused to go down, then i wanted to die
http://www.strava.com/activities/128488763/segments/2895207284


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:22:52
My new bottle cages arrived today so once I've got the kids to bed I'm off to do some fettling 8)
cycle over and fix mulley's hi/lo please


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:26:02
Anyone free tomorrow morning for 25-30 miles?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:26:56
sadly not, i'm free wednesday evening if anyone else fancies a similar distance?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:29:56
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifSoIWbQtlM

tee hee!!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:31:21
not a scooby, here's the segment. i went at it too quickly, then my gears refused to go down, then i wanted to die
http://www.strava.com/activities/128488763/segments/2895207284

Yep looks like it, big hill that starts steep and gets steeper and steeper


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:31:51
Anyone free tomorrow morning for 25-30 miles?

Would be great but the ride down from Lancashire may tire me out and I need to be in the office in Manchester by 9 so will have to cry off.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 14, 2014, 19:33:00
Would be great but the ride down from Lancashire may tire me out and I need to be in the office in Manchester by 9 so will have to cry off.
tart!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 14, 2014, 20:13:46
cycle over and fix mulley's hi/lo please

Can't abandon the kids I'm afraid. The garden is just about within limits.

Anyone free tomorrow morning for 25-30 miles?

Sadly I have this thing called work.

sadly not, i'm free wednesday evening if anyone else fancies a similar distance?

I would, but I have an 18:30 appointment :(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 14, 2014, 20:18:16
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifSoIWbQtlM

tee hee!!!

Ha ha Peter Sagan working on an east European campsite  ;D

Work? I have a long weekend at the parents due to Easter hols. Thought maybe other parents had some time off.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 16:34:27
 Callas Hill....up out of Wanborough....shortish but sharp. Along with the hill up past the Swindon Golf Club Course, the only two to merit a single black arrow on my local 1958 OS inch sheet.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 18:35:22
Callas Hill....up out of Wanborough....shortish but sharp. Along with the hill up past the Swindon Golf Club Course, the only two to merit a single black arrow on my local 1958 OS inch sheet.

I went up over Uffington to Lambourn then over to Baydon, Aldbourne, Ogbourne today - some quite nasty climbs in there.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 18:55:38
I went up over Uffington to Lambourn then over to Baydon, Aldbourne, Ogbourne today - some quite nasty climbs in there.

Ooh...I was out the back of Liddington, but off road following Ridgeway Path....didn't quite make it to the Ogbourne/Aldbourne road dropping down by the mast on Whitefield Hill.  Now that's a steep old thing, bad enough going down, the last time I went up it there was snow on the ground.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 19:40:16
Ooh...I was out the back of Liddington, but off road following Ridgeway Path....didn't quite make it to the Ogbourne/Aldbourne road dropping down by the mast on Whitefield Hill.  Now that's a steep old thing, bad enough going down, the last time I went up it there was snow on the ground.

I was looking at the Ridgeway path map online the other day and it is quite surprising how it loops round and heads north to Foxhill and then east to Uffington. I think it must be good mountain biking. Don't know where Whitefield Hill is though.

On an aside note I've been doing parts of the South Downs Way (Winchester to Eastbourne) - so far I've got from Winchester to Shoreham. It is really tough going, very lumpy with quite a bit of riding across mud and fields rather than trails.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:33:40
I was looking at the Ridgeway path map online the other day and it is quite surprising how it loops round and heads north to Foxhill and then east to Uffington. I think it must be good mountain biking. Don't know where Whitefield Hill is though.

On an aside note I've been doing parts of the South Downs Way (Winchester to Eastbourne) - so far I've got from Winchester to Shoreham. It is really tough going, very lumpy with quite a bit of riding across mud and fields rather than trails.

I quite like a bit of riding across fields etc....don't want to be doing too much, so I try and mix routes up a bit. Plenty of scope  around Swindon.

Have you ever done the London to Brighton?  I notice they've now got a 75 mile MB route.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides/london-to-brighton/london-to-brighton-off-road.aspx


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 22:19:19
Haven't done London to Brighton and 75 miles off road sounds horrific. I have done part of that route - the Guildford to Shoreham  along the Downs Link which is about 40 miles.

I like to get away from the roads and cars so I go out and follow bridal paths and trails, which down here are plentiful and I am only 8 miles from the South Downs.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:37:38
 Amstel Gold today....going to be a grind if Netherlands is getting the same weather as us. Very open race...maybe Gilbert?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:42:37
Coverage starts at 1pm :) I've managed to bin-off lunch at the in-laws to stay home and watch it.

Wouldn't mind seeing Gilbert do well. Apparently Rodriguez has abandoned, so that's my first choice gone.

For British contention, maybe Ben Swift. Favourite has to be Kwiatkowski now though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:52:06
Coverage starts at 1pm :) I've managed to bin-off lunch at the in-laws to stay home and watch it.

Wouldn't mind seeing Gilbert do well. Apparently Rodriguez has abandoned, so that's my first choice gone.

For British contention, maybe Ben Swift. Favourite has to be Kwiatkowski now though.

It's on Sky, but I'm going to stay loyal to Eurosport....would like to see Swift win it, he's stepped up a bit this year, but Sky just don't seem to do Classics yet.

Not a bad day for slobbing in front of the box, rather than being out  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Costanza on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:54:45
I've recently lost a friend to cycling addiction.

Every conversation and every social network message refers to cycling, "just had a nice walk around Hyde Park and all I could think about was how I wish I had my bike". He's started wearing comical t-shirts referring to his love of cycling.

I wish my friend well on his journey....

 :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:57:53
I've recently lost a friend to cycling addiction.

Every conversation and every social network message refers to cycling, "just had a nice walk around Hyde Park and all I could think about was how I wish I had my bike". He's started wearing comical t-shirts referring to his love of cycling.

I wish my friend well on his journey....

 :)

Cycling can be addictive....it's all the endorphins.  I've always countered the tendency by dampening the endorphins with copious quantities of beer.

Another problem, as lovers of Flann O'Brien's Third Policeman will know is De Selbyism....whereby molecular transference happens between man and bike  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:59:20
everyone should applaud me for riding in excess of 250km in one week, and provide me with a comic cycling based tee shirt


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 13:08:25
everyone should applaud me for riding in excess of 250km in one week, and provide me with a comic cycling based tee shirt

Great achievement. I was happy with my 100 miles.

What size t shirt?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 13:13:48
everyone should applaud me for riding in excess of 250km in one week, and provide me with a comic cycling based tee shirt
congratulations for being a freak


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 13:15:17
It's on Sky, but I'm going to stay loyal to Eurosport....would like to see Swift win it, he's stepped up a bit this year, but Sky just don't seem to do Classics yet.

Not a bad day for slobbing in front of the box, rather than being out  :)

We'll Wiggo and Thomas didn't do too bad last weekend. Thomas looks to be turning into a bit of a one day type rider, although I'm sure in the long term he'll be aiming at the stage races.

Froome is riding the LBL, but that'll just be for his Tour warm up more than anything else.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 13:15:39
everyone should applaud me for riding in excess of 250km in one week, and provide me with a comic cycling based tee shirt

Out tomorrow?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 15:47:53
Well called Reginald.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 18:13:59
Out tomorrow?
nah! too sleepy


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 20, 2014, 18:20:19
Pfft... weekend cyclists...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 21, 2014, 17:22:18
I hate stupid segments like this that finish through traffic lights etc.

I didn't even turn left to go through the end of the segment and it still recorded a time for me, after I'd patiently sat waiting at the lights (no RLJing for me, thank you).

http://www.strava.com/segments/1388376


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 21, 2014, 20:44:06
I am aware this might be a slightly self indulgent post, but bare with me chaps:

I'm pretty nippy on my 11kg ish (inc tyres, pedals) Triban 3, and don't think i have that much more i could lose in terms of body fat.

I want to be able to take it to the next level (having gone travelling for a quarter of 2014), but am really not sure how much of a difference getting a bike 2.5-3kg lighter will actually have.

Would anyone like to offer an opinion?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 21, 2014, 20:50:54
What kind of improvements are you looking for/expecting?

A lighter bike will probably help with climbing and acceleration.

You'll just have to splurge £2k on a full carbon steed and let us know :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, April 21, 2014, 20:59:40
I am aware this might be a slightly self indulgent post, but bare with me chaps:

I'm pretty nippy on my 11kg ish (inc tyres, pedals) Triban 3, and don't think i have that much more i could lose in terms of body fat.

I want to be able to take it to the next level (having gone travelling for a quarter of 2014), but am really not sure how much of a difference getting a bike 2.5-3kg lighter will actually have.

Would anyone like to offer an opinion?
Getting rid of the Triban ???

(http://pds24.egloos.com/pds/201109/04/97/c0056197_4e625e0feb944.jpg)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 21, 2014, 21:00:48
good question! not sure if i'm honest, i might ask chaps who have significantly lighter bikes if they'd mind me having a ride on their steed!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, April 21, 2014, 21:30:33
I am aware this might be a slightly self indulgent post, but bare with me chaps:

I'm pretty nippy on my 11kg ish (inc tyres, pedals) Triban 3, and don't think i have that much more i could lose in terms of body fat.

I want to be able to take it to the next level (having gone travelling for a quarter of 2014), but am really not sure how much of a difference getting a bike 2.5-3kg lighter will actually have.

Would anyone like to offer an opinion?

Just checked a bike forum, someone suggested having a dump before you go out  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, April 21, 2014, 23:27:35
When I upgraded from my 2004 Cannondale R800 (CAD8 Aluminium frame- ALUMINIUM NOT ALUMINUM! and carbon fork) to my 2013 Wilier Izoard XP (full carbon)  I did notice the difference. This difference was caused by a few factors though-

1) Lighther package overall.
2) Stiffer frame- less flex when putting the power down.
3) Compact double chainset as opposed to a traditional double.
4) Far better wheels.

Here is the last ride I did on it-

http://www.strava.com/activities/130998304

I regulalrly ride to work in Maidenhead and ascend Quarry Wood Road. On this ride I did an ascent, turned at the top, hacked down, turned and climbed, hacked down, turned and climbed, did a loop with a couple of other climbs followed by another hack down Quarry Wood Road, another ascent and descent. The last ascent was pushing it though, as by the time I summited, I was riding a bit slower than walking pace :doh: A classic bonk.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Monday, April 21, 2014, 23:40:00
Cover yourself in lighter fluid before the ride and then as you start light a match.

You'll have to go faster to put out the flames.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 09:18:44
Having recently traded up I can say that it makes a difference -I even let the wife have a go at the weekend (  :eek: ) and the first thing she said other than complaints about the saddle was that it was easier to go up hills on.

What is it that you want to achieve ? Going faster or more comfort ? There are a lot of bikes specifically design to go faster or to have longer days in the saddle.

A lot of shops will let you try out bikes before you buy if you leave a credit card - why not take a few steeds out for a ride ?

Another point that Fuzzy metnioned is lighter wheels. The wheels that came with my new bike were very heavy and got swapped out immediatedly for my Fulcrum Racng 3s - if you are thinking about a new bike then consider building into the budget another £400 for better wheels. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:58:13
He already powers away from me up hills on a heavier bike than mine, I don't want him powering away even more!

Having watched Bennett ride (ooh-err), the Triban does have a very upright style. Perhaps you may benefit from something with a bit more racier geometry? Although, having said that, I don't think I've ever seen you riding on the drops, so maybe upright is how you prefer to ride.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 17:51:49
What is it that you want to achieve ? Going faster or more comfort ? There are a lot of bikes specifically design to go faster or to have longer days in the saddle.

He already powers away from me up hills on a heavier bike than mine, I don't want him powering away even more!

Having watched Bennett ride (ooh-err), the Triban does have a very upright style. Perhaps you may benefit from something with a bit more racier geometry? Although, having said that, I don't think I've ever seen you riding on the drops, so maybe upright is how you prefer to ride.

I want to be able to go faster and for longer, and on my bike (wayo!). I don't think it's too much of a knobby thing to say i can go faster and longer than people i currently ride with so have a good starting position.

I've never really used the drops, the hoods are comfy enough and i've got thumb shifters, so i'd only have to come off them to change up a gear or two anyway.

In my head:
lighter bike + better kit = better ride, with some variation between models and brands for comfort/fit etc.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 17:54:39
A lot of shops will let you try out bikes before you buy if you leave a credit card - why not take a few steeds out for a ride ?

Another point that Fuzzy metnioned is lighter wheels. The wheels that came with my new bike were very heavy and got swapped out immediatedly for my Fulcrum Racng 3s - if you are thinking about a new bike then consider building into the budget another £400 for better wheels. 
both of these are excellent points, many thanks!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 18:46:42
both of these are excellent points, many thanks!

Based on this years "bike of the year awards" (all around £1800 - don't know what your budget is) the Cannondale Synapse looks to be the best blend of all attributes. The Boardman Elite tends to air on the racier side of things. BMC time machine is a bit Marmite with the Focus Izalco more sportive-y.

If you are really serious then I'd wait until the end of the season to get some good savings - I saved £500 on a £1400 bike from Mitchells who were excellent and had a good range and more non mainstream makes (Felt etc)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 18:54:25
Based on this years "bike of the year awards" (all around £1800 - don't know what your budget is) the Cannondale Synapse looks to be the best blend of all attributes. The Boardman Elite tends to air on the racier side of things. BMC time machine is a bit Marmite with the Focus Izalco more sportive-y.

If you are really serious then I'd wait until the end of the season to get some good savings - I saved £500 on a £1400 bike from Mitchells who were excellent and had a good range and more non mainstream makes (Felt etc)
i was just looking at vid articles from bike radar on youtube, the they love the canondale synapse...

in terms of when this'll happen - not before christmas, off to america for 3 months travelling so will need to sort this out when i get back. just trying to weigh up whether it's a worthy investment (n+1  gets cancelled out by my mrs being angry)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 18:56:04
Well if we get out before then (when I am in town) you are more than welcome to have a spin on mine and see what you think.

do NBS still pay their annual bonus ? problem solved ;o)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 18:56:52
good man!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: herthab on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 19:05:35
Bunch of spandex wearing cunts.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 19:19:10
I don't think it's too much of a knobby thing to say i can go faster and longer than people i currently ride with so have a good starting position.

Just say I'm not good enough for you  :cry:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 19:40:17
Bunch of spandex wearing cunts.

choo choo


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:06:32
Maybe someone can enlighten me

I see a lot of people around Hertford with state of the art super-lightweight carbon bling machines.

Yet they are often a stone or two overweight.
I've always wondered why they pay over the odds to save a few grams, when a couple of weeks off the pies would save considerably more weight.

Does a gram of weight on the bike have more effect than a gram of weight on the person or something ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:18:08
Maybe someone can enlighten me

I see a lot of people around Hertford with state of the art super-lightweight carbon bling machines.

Yet they are often a stone or two overweight.
I've always wondered why they pay over the odds to save a few grams, when a couple of weeks off the pies would save considerably more weight.

Does a gram of weight on the bike have more effect than a gram of weight on the person or something ?

This is such a good point. At the end of the day you still have to propel the weight of the bike and yourself along - so saving weight on the bike isn't very good if you are carrying extra timber.

I will say that the carbon frame is a smoother ride than my alu frame though


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:24:19
Just say I'm not good enough for you  :cry:
Don't be like this princess, just cycle faster x


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:30:33
I'll get there. My base fitness is someway below yours at the moment. Just need more time in the saddle which means a) organising my work diary better so I'm free in the evenings and importantly b) sorting my leg pain out.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: LucienSanchez on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:31:15
Just say I'm not good enough for you  :cry:

You've got me to make you feel/look better now!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:31:28
I read this thread everytime I see a new post. I don't understand any of it. Still.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:32:39
I read this thread everytime I see a new post. I don't understand any of it. Still.

What you need is to buy a bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:34:30
They were talking about bonking earlier. It had a very different meaning in the 80s.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:38:00
I read this thread everytime I see a new post. I don't understand any of it. Still.

Ha, I do the same.

Although, I have just played football and I cycled there and back.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:41:11
What you need is to buy a bike.
(http://i.imgur.com/hTWqzRj.gif)


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:48:13
Maybe someone can enlighten me

I see a lot of people around Hertford with state of the art super-lightweight carbon bling machines.

Yet they are often a stone or two overweight.
I've always wondered why they pay over the odds to save a few grams, when a couple of weeks off the pies would save considerably more weight.

Does a gram of weight on the bike have more effect than a gram of weight on the person or something ?

Because there is a whole business and media based around telling people that buying a component which is x grams lighter will make you a better rider. 

Stories in the cycling magazines suggesting to gave a big dump before you go for a ride are few and far between but it's still a way of getting weight down and considerably cheaper than a carbon stem.

However to contradict myself saving weight on wheels does make big difference.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 20:58:34
I'll get there. My base fitness is someway below yours at the moment. Just need more time in the saddle which means a) organising my work diary better so I'm free in the evenings and importantly b) sorting my leg pain out.

Whats up with the leg Sam?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:02:49
Because there is a whole business and media based around telling people that buying a component which is x grams lighter will make you a better rider. 

Stories in the cycling magazines suggesting to gave a big dump before you go for a ride are few and far between but it's still a way of getting weight down and considerably cheaper than a carbon stem.

However to contradict myself saving weight on wheels does make big difference.

If I had a choice and there was no weight difference I'd ride a steel frame. Or a least have N+1 with a selection of frames with one being steel. And maybe a titanium. And bamboo with a Di2 groupset (that's just to confuse Sonic)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:07:15
Jeg forstår ingenting.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:08:05
Soreness just below/to the side of my left knee.

Initially thought it was knee related and therefore was looking at saddle height and cleat angle, but have found that it is more of a tendon related thing as it eases with stretching. No pain really when on the bike, just sets in for a day or so afterwards and then goes.

I didn't change much on the bike apart from the bar height, which shouldn't (in theory) affect the lower body. I think it must've be just a 'spring' injury due to upping my mileage and intensity quite a bit recently.

Although I did discover that the cleat on my left foot was a good 15mm further back than on the right, so I think I've been over extending my left leg slightly. I've moved the cleat forward a little and combined with a stretching regime I'm trying to get to the bottom of it.

Failing everything else, I'll have to stump up for a professional bike fit.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:08:56
Jeg forstår ingenting.

Yeah you do


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:09:43
do NBS still pay their annual bonus ? problem solved ;o)
they do, but it'll be sorting the flat out whilst i'm away! maybe if there's anything left i'll click "buy"


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:10:21
Jeg forstår ingenting.

Det du trenger er å kjøpe en sykkel.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:18:04
Soreness just below/to the side of my left knee.

Initially thought it was knee related and therefore was looking at saddle height and cleat angle, but have found that it is more of a tendon related thing as it eases with stretching. No pain really when on the bike, just sets in for a day or so afterwards and then goes.

I didn't change much on the bike apart from the bar height, which shouldn't (in theory) affect the lower body. I think it must've be just a 'spring' injury due to upping my mileage and intensity quite a bit recently.

Although I did discover that the cleat on my left foot was a good 15mm further back than on the right, so I think I've been over extending my left leg slightly. I've moved the cleat forward a little and combined with a stretching regime I'm trying to get to the bottom of it.

Failing everything else, I'll have to stump up for a professional bike fit.

I suffer with similar issues / ITB pain on my left side due to crap hamstrings which goes down the left side of my thigh,  knee and below it. Not sure if its the same cause or injury but things that helped are strengthening and stretching hamstrings and moving my cleats inward so my feet go out - wider stance if you like.  If you have gym ball I'll can send you a link to some exercises that really helped.

On a bike fit front a local tri shop apparently has the South African national team bike fit chap in and he charges £150 for a session that lasts 2-3 hours. Anyone else had this done ? Everyone I have spoken to has said it is worth it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:21:14
Det du trenger er å kjøpe en sykkel.

Ja. Med intern ruting  ;D

That came out better than I was expecting


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: sonicyouth on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:23:23
Det du trenger er å kjøpe en sykkel.
(http://i.imgur.com/9Zs2tJz.gif)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:38:21
in the absence of owt all to do this evening i decided to look at bikes to buy
this seems well kitted and light:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube-agree-gtc-pro-compact-road-bike-2013/rp-prod111918


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:45:30
in the absence of owt all to do this evening i decided to look at bikes to buy
this seems well kitted and light:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube-agree-gtc-pro-compact-road-bike-2013/rp-prod111918

chap in Hargroves once told me that Cube carbon frames are notoriously poor quality and prone to breaking/splitting. Whether this is true or not I have no experience - however they do always seem to very well priced for the spec which would imply the frames are the price saving point as opposed to the groupset.

just a thought. He said that their MTBs are brilliant though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:46:50
chap in Hargroves once told me that Cube carbon frames are notoriously poor quality and prone to breaking/splitting. Whether this is true or not I have no experience - however they do always seem to very well priced for the spec which would imply the frames are the price saving point as opposed to the groupset.

just a thought. He said that their MTBs are brilliant though.
hmph, fine, i'll go with this then
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sed/road-track-bike/ribble-r872-105-shimano-equipped?part=SE14R872SHIMA105&sub=conf_SERC


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:48:45
i was just passing on what I was told


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:50:55
hmph, fine, i'll go with this then
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sed/road-track-bike/ribble-r872-105-shimano-equipped?part=SE14R872SHIMA105&sub=conf_SERC

Thats more like it. Although with 53/39 order some new knees ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:53:50
In that price range, you will not do better than this:

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPULT2/planet-x-pro-carbon-shimano-ultegra-road-bike


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:55:12
ahhh you can change the ribble ones components innit. i'm shocked you can't change the wheels to something better than a Sodi though...you'd think they'd give you a "+£100 for fulcrum quattro's" or summat


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 21:57:01
In that price range, you will not do better than this:

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPULT2/planet-x-pro-carbon-shimano-ultegra-road-bike
i did see that, and it's been noted, but surpassed by
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXRT57ULT/planet-x-rt-57-shimano-ultegra-6800-road-bike

currently, whilst i have money (albeit set aside money) i've got an upper limit of £1500 or something like.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:00:01
this has the makings of a "tefers put their name to bikes they'd cheat on their own steeds with"


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:00:32
There you go, £1500k bike discounted to £1000 in October + £400 wheels + £100 go faster stripes.

Job done.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:02:27
this has the makings of a "tefers put their name to bikes they'd cheat on their own steeds with"

Then look no further

http://www.vannicholas.com/Road/2/allbikes.aspx

or

http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/collections/custom_project_one/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:04:34
this has the makings of a "tefers put their name to bikes they'd cheat on their own steeds with"

Surly Pugsley (http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pugsley) or similar :nod:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:05:44
jeepers they're not cheap Bewster!
I follow Vanilla Bicycles on instagram, they produce some lovely bespoke bikes
http://vanillabicycles.com/



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:09:50
The Trek project one is superb - design your own bike, own paint scheme and gruppo. You've got to have £5k plus though. How much for my dodgy kidney ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:20:43
this has the makings of a "tefers put their name to bikes they'd cheat on their own steeds with"

I'm hoping to be getting a tasty mile munching weight weenie (although anything would be a weight weenie compared to my lovely steel croix de fer) between winter and spring 2015. Committed to a blow out holiday (just dribbling thinking of what I could buy bikewise for the same outlay) in October so will have to wait till after that.

Lots of stuff taking my fancy around the 1700-2000 mark, but I'm a sucker for a project and spreading costs over a period of time. For a real superbike I'd get that Planet X ultegra on a bike to work scheme, strip it down for the components, selling on the frame and wheels and look out for a deal like Westbrook cycles were doing for a Scott foil frame for 500 quid. Build up some wheels in flavour of choice. Lubbly Jubbly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:24:09
This is what I wanted to do but starting with a titanium frame from Enigma or Van Nich but the prices soon spiraled.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:38:31
The Trek project one is superb - design your own bike, own paint scheme and gruppo. You've got to have £5k plus though. How much for my dodgy kidney ??

You can get a 4 series Domane or Madone for £2500- not a full personalised bike but different to stock.

If I was buying a road bike for the UK, I would go for the Domane- designmed for Paris- Roubaix so better on the shitty roads we currently suffer.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 22:43:50
You can get a 4 series Domane or Madone for £2500- not a full personalised bike but different to stock.

If I was buying a road bike for the UK, I would go for the Domane- designmed for Paris- Roubaix so better on the shitty roads we currently suffer.

Good shout - Chap at work could have got me this years Domane, ultegra shod for £1800 and not the £2100 advertised. Really tempted but most of my bikes have been Treks so wanted something different.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 23:03:50
In that price range, you will not do better than this:

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPULT2/planet-x-pro-carbon-shimano-ultegra-road-bike

I'm sure there's a better equipped Boardman for that money.

But wouldn't appeal to the Raffa crowd


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 07:56:24
Good shout - Chap at work could have got me this years Domane, ultegra shod for £1800 and not the £2100 advertised. Really tempted but most of my bikes have been Treks so wanted something different.

You said earlier that a bit of steel is nice. Genesis do some sweet steel framed road bikes. The Madison Genesis team race on steel frames. Very nice they are too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 08:45:47
Do you lot not suffer with the crap condition of our roads? Buckled wheels, punctures etc?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 08:57:32
Do you lot not suffer with the crap condition of our roads? Buckled wheels, punctures etc?

Not if you watch where you are going and develop the ability to bunny hop.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:02:19
Do you lot not suffer with the crap condition of our roads? Buckled wheels, punctures etc?

As Fuzzy said if you are careful you are generally ok but you always get caught out with one or two which is why I have the helium cannisters that I can activate from the drops which makes the bike lighter and less prone to damage.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:09:41
 All the surface water drains, the areas where the edges of the road have crumbled etc are bad enough in my car or on my mtb. I guess what I am getting at is that although I would like to get a road bike, I think I would soon get cheesed off with the bad road conditions,  the heavy traffic. At least with the mtb there is more choice in where to take it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:15:27
All the surface water drains, the areas where the edges of the road have crumbled etc are bad enough in my car or on my mtb. I guess what I am getting at is that although I would like to get a road bike, I think I would soon get cheesed off with the bad road conditions,  the heavy traffic. At least with the mtb there is more choice in where to take it.

As I said above, if you keep your eyes open, avoiding potholes isn't difficult. Crumbling road edges aren't a problem either- you don't belong in the gutter. Best position to ride on normal roads is about a meter from the kerb/ edge of the road. When approaching pinch points like pedestrian islands, take primary position (middle of the lane) after an over the shoulder/ under the armpit look behind until clear of the pinchpoint.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:16:36
You soon get used to dodging potholes and drain covers.

It's the sections of road with 20 year old surfaces with large stone chippings that are the worst. Roads with brand new smooth asphalt are few and far between around here, but when you do find a bit it is very satisfying.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:17:31
Good advice. You obviously enjoy it. Might have to look a bit further into it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 09:26:01
If you do similar routes you get used to where you have to be careful. The advice Fuzzy gives is spot on about positioning - I try to ride in order that cars see me and not tucked into the side on the road.

Gravel seems to be the worst thing as it gets washed onto the roads and on and collects on bends in between were car tyres go. Hateful stuff.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:10:09
Good advice. You obviously enjoy it. Might have to look a bit further into it.

I've got a hybrid...goes well on the road and sturdy enough to tackle tracks and fields etc. Quite heavy, so you wouldn't want to do cyclo-cross on it, but I can still chuck it over walls and fences, with a bit of effort.  If it's real MTB terrain, then I'll just wheel it for a bit and look at the views. 


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 14:25:22
As Fuzzy said if you are careful you are generally ok but you always get caught out with one or two which is why I have the helium cannisters that I can activate from the drops which makes the bike lighter and less prone to damage.

How big are the helium canisters? They'd have to be pretty big to make your bike physically lighter.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 14:39:30
How big are the helium canisters? They'd have to be pretty big to make your bike physically lighter.

Cyclist use the special, compact, weight weenie canisters.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 14:45:47
Cyclist use the special, compact, weight weenie canisters.


 ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 14:48:14
Wahoo, my new lid turned up today.

More colour matched goodness 8) And so much lighter than my el-cheapo one that I'd been using up 'til now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 15:07:42
Wahoo, my new lid turned up today.

More colour matched goodness 8) And so much lighter than my el-cheapo one that I'd been using up 'til now.

wotya get?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 15:14:37
Met Forte. CRC were selling off the 2013 model cheap and had a 10% code over the weekend. Would've been rude not to :) Less than 250g as well.
(http://www.bike24.com/i/p/1/4/56441_00_d.png)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 15:36:01
matches your bike  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 16:08:12
:nod:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 16:10:56
And sandals  ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 20:35:07
cor!
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lapierre-xelius-efi-100-double-road-bike-2013/rp-prod83286


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 21:28:54
cor!
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lapierre-xelius-efi-100-double-road-bike-2013/rp-prod83286

You are just torturing yourself !

and it needs to match your shoes


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 23:03:46
nothing will match my shoes, they're meant to be garish (safety features)
it'll match my kit, that is black, red or white though (apart from one green top)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, April 25, 2014, 16:29:41
Here's Giant-Shimano recce riding Stage 2 of the TdF route through Sheffield.

Nice to see that Degenkolb et al struggle just as much as me up the tough ones :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYF5DnPpJQ4


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, April 25, 2014, 16:50:08
Here's Giant-Shimano recce riding Stage 2 of the TdF route through Sheffield.

Nice to see that Degenkolb et al struggle just as much as me up the tough ones :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYF5DnPpJQ4

These guys are sprinters though...we rarely get to see the Autobus on the box, because they're all doing that.

Giro....coming up early May, starting in....Belfast naturally  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, April 25, 2014, 20:25:00
This years Giro goes up the Zoncolan. I've never seen pro cyclists struggle as much as they do going up it. Great viewing


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, April 25, 2014, 23:22:46
The Giro is my favourite Grand Tour.

In other news- fuck me but I got wet on the ride home tonight :eek:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, April 25, 2014, 23:47:35
Tomorrow's ride is going to hinge firmly on that first cursory glance out of the bedroom window tomorrow morning.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 07:36:22
Tomorrow's ride is going to hinge firmly on that first cursory glance out of the bedroom window tomorrow morning.
it's dry, i'm braving it, as should you


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 07:45:43
I'll be there.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 21:57:07
cheap innit
http://www.merlincycles.com/vittoria-rubino-pro-slick-clincher-tyres-pair-63561.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, April 28, 2014, 19:45:31
cheap innit
http://www.merlincycles.com/vittoria-rubino-pro-slick-clincher-tyres-pair-63561.html
Have you bought them?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 28, 2014, 20:07:20
Discovered yesterday whilst coming down a steep muddy trail that my back brake block rubber had come clean off. That was a bit nervy.

Off to wiggle for some new ones.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:12:33
Have you bought them?
yessir, decent value. no point changing until you have to though, but it always makes sense to emulate the sky service course
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X85MSK0SFzs


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:13:11
also, aldi bike stuff is back 4th May

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-4th-may/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:40:53
I'm sad enough to have had the date marked in my calendar. I'm a sucker for cheap cycling gear.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:48:01
even though there's no team sky and black kit?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:50:40
I'm not a Team Sky fanboy. I just have a colour scheme :)

I'm not really a fan of team kits in general, although I did find myself looking at a Lampre jersey the other day  :gay:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 28, 2014, 22:53:38
i know, i just didn't want to out myself saying Cyan or teal (giggle).

Rule #17 // Team kit is for members of the team.
Wearing Pro team kit is also questionable if you’re not paid to wear it.  If you must fly the colors of Pro teams, all garments should match perfectly, i.e no Mapei jersey with Kelme shorts and Telekom socks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, April 28, 2014, 23:17:57
I bought the Mark Cavendish National Championships OPQS jersey last summer. Really nice jersey, but I've only worn it the once. It didn't feel right wearing it, and everybody is out to get you. Or it feels like it, anyway.

I quite happily wear my old HTC jersey though.

I find Prendas good for cycling jerseys, have some that are a bit different from the normal Chain Reaction/Wiggle fare.

http://www.prendas.co.uk/ (http://www.prendas.co.uk/)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 00:51:12
I bought the Mark Cavendish National Championships OPQS jersey last summer. Really nice jersey, but I've only worn it the once. It didn't feel right wearing it, and everybody is out to get you. Or it feels like it, anyway.

I quite happily wear my old HTC jersey though.

I find Prendas good for cycling jerseys, have some that are a bit different from the normal Chain Reaction/Wiggle fare.

http://www.prendas.co.uk/ (http://www.prendas.co.uk/)

Good to see Cav back to a bit of form and take the first 2 stages of the Tour of Turkey....he gets a nice powdery blue jersey for race leader...now autographed jerseys have to end up somewhere and I don't suppose it's at the Swindon Cycle Club, which as far as I know is still just about clinging on to existence.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 19:34:26
I might just have swung myself a place in one of the following cars for the Bath stage in the Tour of Britain! VERY excited!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 19:45:19
You won't be able to watch see any of the action though just rear of the car infront ;)

In all seriousness that does sound like a pretty good gig you've pulled off there though


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 19:50:07
I might just have swung myself a place in one of the following cars for the Bath stage in the Tour of Britain! VERY excited!

Will you be in charge of the sticky water bottles?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 19:58:34
I might just have swung myself a place in one of the following cars for the Bath stage in the Tour of Britain! VERY excited!

I managed to swing it a couple of years back,  gives you a whole new view on things.

We were in a VIP car driven by a guy who had ridden to a reasonable standard, his first question to us when we got in the car was 'you don't have anything to do with the UCI or British Cycling do you?' When we said no he turned his radio from official race radio to race control radio which had all the control messages.

I didn't realise how many time checks that are passed to the riders are calculated by using roadside features such as an attractive blonde by a farm entrance!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 20:55:36
Will you be in charge of the sticky water bottles?
Ha, I wish. More likely sat in the back buried under spare wheels.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 21:03:40
Ha, I wish. More likely sat in the back buried under spare wheels.

Can you nick us some??


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 21:03:54
I managed to swing it a couple of years back,  gives you a whole new view on things.
I bet. With the in-car coverage you occasionally see on tv it gives you an insight as to what goes on. That's only a fraction of it, I'm sure.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 21:05:25
Can you nick us some??
Bottles? Sure. ;)


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 21:12:59
Bottles? Sure. ;)

We managed to blag absolutely nothing.... although did manage to give two buffets a damn good going over!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 21:18:53
Bottles? Sure. ;)

That'll do


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 22:29:52
cor, this is pretty, and light!
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/bike/rose-xeon-rs-3500-2014/aid:669601


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 22:37:43
cor, this is pretty, and light!
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/bike/rose-xeon-rs-3500-2014/aid:669601

Had a look at Rose last year at the bike show (still use my Rose pen on site visits! :)). 

Fantastic specs, pretty bikes and shit cheap. Was chattering to the guy on the stand about the show bike and he quoted me a price which was seriously about 50% what we thought it was going to be!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 22:56:54
cor, this is pretty, and light!
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/bike/rose-xeon-rs-3500-2014/aid:669601
...but not a Triban!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 2, 2014, 07:06:49
...but not a Triban!
exactly! very light


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 2, 2014, 22:03:29
probably a bit late for it, but a few of us are going for a nice long ride (don't tell sam) tomorrow morning. holler at me if you fancy joining in,


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 2, 2014, 22:03:56
also, it'll be interesting to see how i fare having drunk a fair bit of wine


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 13:36:22
I'm going to hurt tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, May 4, 2014, 16:11:33
A good day for British cycling.

Froome retains the Tour de Romandie title. Cav wins the last stage of the Tour of Turkey and with it the green jersey and Simon Adam Yates wins overall.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, May 4, 2014, 21:12:47
A good day for British cycling.

Froome retains the Tour de Romandie title. Cav wins the last stage of the Tour of Turkey and with it the green jersey and Simon Adam Yates wins overall.

Pretty amazing....I was out for the live stages, saw your post on getting home....but thought that'll be Samdy, giving the results, so didn't read it, as the highlights were on 7-9  :)

Froome actually beat Tony Martin in the TT.

Difficult to know how impressive Adam Yates' win is....given that it seems to be a mostly sprinters race, but he looked good going up some of those Turkish ramps, which are significant....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 08:56:35
I have set up a fantasy Giro league if anyone wants to play.

http://fantasy.road.cc/home

League Id : 77976

They have a new thing where they approve your account which takes about 2 hours so you need to register in plenty of time.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 9, 2014, 16:59:38
i got this emailed to me today
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXRT58CHOR/planet-x-rt-58-campagnolo-chorus-road-bike

drool


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 9, 2014, 17:18:37
The Giro starts in 15 minutes. Take your mind off things by admiring the £10k TT bikes instead.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 9, 2014, 17:59:57
haha!
i'm watching eurosport and am bored of their adverts already


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:07:07
haha!
i'm watching eurosport and am bored of their adverts already

I love the randomness of Eurosport ads.....the fella doing the voice over for the Tour de Azerbaijan.... :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:22:50
I love the randomness of Eurosport ads.....the fella doing the voice over for the Tour de Azerbaijan.... :)
the first time it was amusing, then it grew tiresome


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:33:21
Looked a painful one for Dan Martin.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:41:45
the first time it was amusing, then it grew tiresome

Just about all ads grow tiresome, with the possible exception of the Eric Cantona....Kronenbourg ad.

You'll be telling me you're bored of Vicenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso's, Sidi shoes ads, next.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: pumbaa on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:44:47
Anybody want to do Ride London?

***SPECIAL OFFER*** For TODAY only, we have 3 places in RIDE LONDON with NO REGISTRATION FEE! You must sign up TODAY to secure one of these places and pledge to raise £600 for KIDS! Contact [email protected] ASAP!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, May 9, 2014, 20:56:45
Looked a painful one for Dan Martin.

A complete bugger....is it just bad luck? Martin fell off on the last bend of Liege Bastogne Liege, and everyone else just about managed to stay on in Belfast


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Friday, May 9, 2014, 21:34:09
We have the Women's Tour coming through Hertford tomorrow.

Expecting a massive crowd for it

We are watching it in Hertford, then cycling over for the finish in Welwyn Garden City


Just thought I'd let you know.

Is anyone going up to Yorkshire for the French version in July ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 13:05:08
That wind was a right bastard this morning.

Although, when the wind was behind it did help with some assisted PRs :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 23:43:22
One of the best things about the Giro is the fact that we get 3 weeks of the delectable Orla Chennaoui for our evening viewing, presenting the sky sports highlights. Great gal.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, May 11, 2014, 13:21:45
Some absolute moron attempting murder against a cyclist in Ashton Keynes  :eek:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/13897808188/

Story here: http://road.cc/118538


Title: Re:
Post by: Batch on Sunday, May 11, 2014, 16:38:31
What a wanker.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, May 12, 2014, 13:23:23
What a wanker.

Thats sadly par for the course driving in the north west!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, May 12, 2014, 16:41:21
New helmet arrived today - went for a black catlike whisper - comfy and most importantly matches the bike  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: DMR on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 15:19:57
“There was a guy in a car behind who saw it and who stopped to make sure I was ok but unfortunately I was still too much in shock to ask for his phone number and name.”

That old chestnut.

Get off the road you feckin' pests.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 15:55:00
Those wankers that whizz in between people on those scooters need to get ON the road.

Fucking pests.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 19:20:56
“There was a guy in a car behind who saw it and who stopped to make sure I was ok but unfortunately I was still too much in shock to ask for his phone number and name.”

That old chestnut.

Get off the road you feckin' pests.

::)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 19:26:14
The Tour Series starts today (in Stoke), looking forward to the Peterborough event next week :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 22:05:18
Many years ago in Chippenham I witnessed a driver pull out of a car park onto the road, she obviously didn't see the cyclist who was peddling past the junction. She stopped halfway out and he hit the front wing of her car, causing him to tumble over her bonnet. He was fine, she was fine, and he didn't appear to look to take it any further. I can only assume from a moment of shock or panic she then reversed back to get off the road and proceeded to drive over the top of his expensive looking road bike which was still on the ground. I think he swore  :). I popped over and he took my details as a witness, but I never heard anything afterwards.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 16:00:21
Ribble have a Shimano sale on

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/pp/road-track-bike/Shimano/shim


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, May 15, 2014, 22:56:32
er i've heard from a source within the police that lots of bikes have been nicked recently, so it looks like they're being nicked to order.
make sure your strava home blur is on chaps!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:49:25
Just been out on my bike and passed a guy on a unicycle on Day House Lane.


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 19:14:28
First decent length ride for about 5 months,  42 miles in honour of a mate who died a few months back.

It was a nice ride but I am genuinely battered this evening not to mention the pain in my arse.

The joys of trying to get some fitness back.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 19:17:17
Just the 64 miles today.

I left Bennett and he carried on to do 85. I think he's dead now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 20:15:30
Just the 64 miles today.

I left Bennett and he carried on to do 85. I think he's dead now.

Well done you two and Horlock. Off out tomorrow for first proper ride since my op, looking forward to the nice weather  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 20:29:16
It was bloody warm. Was rationing the liquids on the way back. Saw some woman washing her car and was tempted to ask for a refill.

Tan lines are coming along nicely though.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 20:32:47
Well done you two and Horlock. Off out tomorrow for first proper ride since my op, looking forward to the nice weather  ;D

I went out on Thursday, and did a steady 25 miler....perfect conditions, no wind, nice and warm without a burning sun. 

I suppose in my prime, I could do 70, and be in a world of hurt, 50 being a more sane distance.

Now though, not really sure what I could get it up to with a bit of effort....I don't want to hurt though, so no real after effects from Thursday.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 21:13:21
I went out on Thursday, and did a steady 25 miler....perfect conditions, no wind, nice and warm without a burning sun. 

I suppose in my prime, I could do 70, and be in a world of hurt, 50 being a more sane distance.

Now though, not really sure what I could get it up to with a bit of effort....I don't want to hurt though, so no real after effects from Thursday.

So are you an old road man Reg? BLRC?


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 21:30:33
So are you an old road man Reg? BLRC?

No...I've always used cycling pretty much as a way of getting somewhere, done a bit of touring, but that's hard work, with tent, sleeping bag etc.  Brilliant sense of freedom though, knowing you've pretty much all you need with you....

Now I just pootle about....


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, May 18, 2014, 08:39:15
Just the 64 miles today.

I left Bennett and he carried on to do 85. I think he's dead now.

i'm alive, but the amount of pain my red arms are giving me i'm not sure i want to be.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, May 18, 2014, 08:52:27
i'm alive, but the amount of pain my red arms are giving me i'm not sure i want to be.

Yeah,  the dead straight line across each thigh with white above and red below is proving very useful in illustrating to our little lass why she must wear sun cream!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, May 18, 2014, 09:28:46
I remembered suncream on my arms and neck but not my legs.

The result is nicely browned arms but bright pink/white thighs. Rule #7 in full swing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, May 18, 2014, 11:22:45
Such a good look in your speedos


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, May 19, 2014, 05:53:54
Not really sure where this one belongs but involves a cycle so....

On way into work this morning could see a bike in the road and a cyclist picking himself up. No other vehicle involved. Odd I though till got closer and could see he had a cat IN his front wheel. Bizarre to say the least. Cat was moving . Would have stopped but too much traffic. On Swindon road ( Stratton ) by the entrance to the hobley drive ind est


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Fred Elliot on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 15:39:58
Some absolute moron attempting murder against a cyclist in Ashton Keynes  :eek:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/13897808188/

Story here: http://road.cc/118538

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11227567.Man_arrested_for_dangerous_driving_following_social_media_car_swerving_video/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 16:21:10
Glad they got him, but no doubt he'll just be sent on a driver awareness course.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 16:39:36
ten days to find out where a car is registered doesn't suggest they're taking this seriously.
i demand a witch-hunt!!!


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 20:56:03
I would never be good enough to win a race, but if I were I fear it would end like this...

http://youtu.be/npil8__OEmQ


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 23:13:23
Bennett meets chalkies  :sherlock:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLi0Hrx9QE#


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, May 30, 2014, 19:39:48
Giro goes up the Zoncolan tomorrow - a brilliant watch.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 17:34:36
Giro goes up the Zoncolan tomorrow - a brilliant watch.

That was a barmy climb.

Some of those spectators were out if control.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 19:36:02
This muppet??

https://vine.co/v/MpBnt75QD3m (https://vine.co/v/MpBnt75QD3m)

Well-meaning for sure, badly executed. Amazed to see him running alongside again a few minutes later. Time to turn that jersey inside out and do a runner!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 19:43:11
This muppet??

https://vine.co/v/MpBnt75QD3m (https://vine.co/v/MpBnt75QD3m)

Well-meaning for sure, badly executed. Amazed to see him running alongside again a few minutes later. Time to turn that jersey inside out and do a runner!

What the fuck was Rui Costa doing there anyway!

seriously though anyone in the world champions jersey is a bit of a tit to start with!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 1, 2014, 18:26:52
Well done to WebberHyde for winning the fantasy Giro competition. Prize is on it's way.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, June 6, 2014, 22:07:14
So last night was round one of trying to move Gatorskins to Fulcrum wheels! 

After half an hour of swearing and skin stripping gave up with one half fitted.  Battle recommences Tomorrow.  Really want to get out but does my bloody head in!

Rant over!


Title: Re:
Post by: Bewster on Friday, June 6, 2014, 22:18:27
So last night was round one of trying to move Gatorskins to Fulcrum wheels! 

After half an hour of swearing and skin stripping gave up with one half fitted.  Battle recommences Tomorrow.  Really want to get out but does my bloody head in!

Rant over!

Gator skins are terrible to get on and off and is why I switched to GP4000s. Look at the video with the bearded old guy again

On the subject of bastard things on bikes I tried for 45 mins the other day to remove a magic chain link. Now usually these are OK, squeeze and slide but I could not get it to release.

I gave up and ordered a special removal tool. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/bbb-open-link-closing-link-tool-btl77

Didnt know you could get them, however went out the next day and it came off really easily :badmood:


Title: Re: Re: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, June 6, 2014, 22:26:03
Gator skins are terrible to get on and off and is why I switched to GP4000s. Look at the video with the bearded old guy again

On the subject of bastard things on bikes I tried for 45 mins the other day to remove a magic chain link. Now usually these are OK, squeeze and slide but I could not get it to release.

I gave up and ordered a special removal tool. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/bbb-open-link-closing-link-tool-btl77

Didnt know you could get them, however went out the next day and it came off really easily :badmood:

Don't suppose someone could link to the bearded guy video could they - using phone so searching old threads takes a bloody age.

Also got to fit chain and cassette so expect more pain!

Will look at other tyres love the gators for puncture resistance (35 mph pinch flat excepted) but this fitting ball ache is driving me mad!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, June 6, 2014, 22:39:58
http://youtu.be/-XUFVrl0UT4

Took a while of looking for it, but this is the video where i get my technique from.

There seems to be loads of videos that are just crap really. If you want to know how to do something...get an old english bloke with a beard and glasses to show you how.

I dont use toe straps or cable ties because im not putting on a marathon plus and im hard as...

Good luck, squeeze and pinch. Also put wheel vertically, put foot between spokes and push down to create a bit of slack


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:02:44
Ta... Round 2 will commence this PM hopefully followed by a chain and cassette change!


Title: Re:
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:08:41
Ta... Round 2 will commence this PM hopefully followed by a chain and cassette change!

Good luck.

Tip : Use a bungey cord from rear mech to water bottle cage to make the chain fitting easier.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:44:19
Any of you guys got CO2 inflators? If so, which do you recommend?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12:58:49
Any of you guys got CO2 inflators? If so, which do you recommend?

I have a Lezyne one, very good although it gets very cold when being used. Note that the tyre will deflate in a couple of days as the co2 escapes


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 13:22:25
Mine is a specialized one,  works fine and does allow some modulation when using.

But do mind your fingers as they will freeze to the cannister if you hold it.  Mine didn't come with a sleeve for the cannister but the refills from Evans did!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 13:24:21
I've never tried one on a mountain bike tyre, so not sure how much pressure you'd get


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 14:12:36
Wanted one for the road bike now that I am doing some long distances. I have a pump, but not convinced I'd get more than 70 psi into it. Thinking an inflator and a couple of CO2 canisters would be a wise addition to my saddle bag. Wasn't sure whether this is ok:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-co2-tyre-inflator-set-with-2-cartridges/?referid=affwin&utm_source=affiliate-window&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=triban3owners.freeforums.net


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 16:57:16
Got one of these and would not be without it for the reassurance it brings!

http://www.cycleways.com/store/product/60662/Specialized-CO2-Microblast-Pump/?gclid=CIa2soeQ6L4CFebItAodVE8ANA

Always carry at least 2 cartridges though as we always seem to bugger it up!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Manc on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:03:50
Thought I would join the fun...

I got http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-500-se-road-bike-black-id_8306187.html and went for my first ride this morning. 

I managed 20.5 miles had a little break in the middle but I'm knackered now soapy tit wank.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 13:11:29
Good stuff,  where did you ride?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 13:26:46
Thought I would join the fun...

I got http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-500-se-road-bike-black-id_8306187.html and went for my first ride this morning. 

I managed 20.5 miles had a little break in the middle but I'm knackered now soapy tit wank.
Good man! I have similar, but with black hoods!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 21:22:40
Yesterday, two tyres changed, new cassette fitted, new rear mech jockey wheels fitted and new chain fitted - happy days!

Visit cellar this evening to collect mug left down there are find rear tyre flat - must of pinched the fucking thing - bloody tyres.

Suggested tyre fitting tools now being ordered - I have had enough now!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 22:04:14
Good man! I have similar, but with black hoods!

So you finally took the plunge NMH ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 22:05:50
Yesterday, two tyres changed, new cassette fitted, new rear mech jockey wheels fitted and new chain fitted - happy days!

Visit cellar this evening to collect mug left down there are find rear tyre flat - must of pinched the fucking thing - bloody tyres.

Suggested tyre fitting tools now being ordered - I have had enough now!

Well done on the maintenance/upgrades - pity about the flat ! Gators are a nightmare to fit.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 9, 2014, 09:11:36
So you finally took the plunge NMH ?
Yep. Bought a Triban in late March and have clocked up 535 miles so far. Enjoying every minute....Apart from the hills! :-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Monday, June 9, 2014, 09:39:07
quick question? does everybody here ride clipless?

I ask because despite several tries I just can not get on with them.

I tried Keo. Do you think its worth trying another system or for a recreational rider ( occasional rides of up to 50 mies) is in not worth the hassle.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, June 9, 2014, 09:47:45
I use SPD-SL.

What troubles are you having?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Monday, June 9, 2014, 09:56:33
Well apart for the initial falling off at a junction , which I guess is a bit of a rite of passage, both knee and foot pain thats cleats using with maximum float.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, June 9, 2014, 09:59:42
Same as Sam. SPD-SLs.  On my MTB I use just bog standard Shimano SPDs.

The difference between the two is signifiicant so it maybe worth trying other makes.

Why don't you get on with them ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:04:00
Well apart for the initial falling off at a junction , which I guess is a bit of a rite of passage, both knee and foot pain thats cleats using with maximum float.

If you set them up properly you shouldn't have any pain. Did you follow any guide when installing the cleats?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:07:51
Well apart for the initial falling off at a junction , which I guess is a bit of a rite of passage, both knee and foot pain thats cleats using with maximum float.

Foot pain/toe numbness is quite common - maybe try loosening up your shoes so you toes can move and wiggle about

As for knee pain you may have to adjust your saddle to allow for the change pedal shoe combo - have a go with this

https://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle-tools/saddle-height


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WR5 on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:09:27
loosening the shoes makes sense, I will have another go, and check I have it all set right.
cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:10:35
loosening the shoes makes sense, I will have another go, and check I have it all set right.
cheers


As Sam said, look at some YouTube vids about correct cleat position - usually the ball of the foot needs to be on or behind the pedal axel.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:20:53
The simplest way of setting cleats that I've found is:

1. Using the front bolt only, set the cleat fore/aft position. I prefer so the pedal spindle is just behind the ball of the foot but you may be different.
2. For setting the cleat angle, the best method I've found is to slightly loosen the front bolt i.e. to allow the cleat to swivel but not move forward or back. Clip the shoe(s) into the pedal. If you've got a turbo or rollers jump on and pedal for a couple of minutes to allow your feet to find their natural angle. Remove your feet from the shoe (leaving the shoe clipped in) and tighten the rear bolts. This way you should find your natural foot position quite easily, but a bit of a ball ache if you don't have a trainer and have to ride up and down the street.
3. Once everything is set, if you need to then adjust the cleat in or out for clearance against the crank arm.

That should give you a good starting position. If it feels comfortable then mark the position of the cleat with a permanent marker, then if you make any adjustments in the future to experiment, you'll have your 'default' position that you can revert to easily.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:34:14
that’s very in-depth Sam !  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, June 9, 2014, 11:31:38
I've stuck with SPD's so that I can toggle between MTB and road bike. The point that hasn't been made is one that I stupidly didn't think about for the first several months - Make sure you adjust the tension on your pedals so that it is easy to unclip!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ginginho on Monday, June 9, 2014, 19:17:10
Been going out on my bike more recently as I can't run or play football at the moment due to an injury.

Bought one of these bad boys today to stop my head from burning and to keep sweat from my eyes.

(Watch the video at the bottom) :)

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/uv-buff-nubian-p275377


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, June 9, 2014, 21:17:46
You guys might want to watch ITV 1 now.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:37:31
Bloody hell

http://road.cc/content/news/121104-police-hunt-rider-team-sky-kit-who-assaulted-fellow-cyclist-lancashire


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, June 13, 2014, 13:19:32
Bloody hell

http://road.cc/content/news/121104-police-hunt-rider-team-sky-kit-who-assaulted-fellow-cyclist-lancashire


Yet more reason people who wear team kit are dicks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, June 13, 2014, 13:20:24
Yet more reason people who wear team kit are dicks.

:nod:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, June 13, 2014, 13:36:33
Yet more reason people who wear team kit are dicks.

What do you think of this?

Quote
Earlier this year, we reported how Peter Ward, the man who helped devise the Guild Wheel cycle route, had criticised “poser” cyclists who use it to try and set fastest times on Strava segments.

I'm sure it must be the same sort of modern boys toys cyclists....who lob their gel wrappers out over the Wilts countryside.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, June 13, 2014, 20:55:54
That lad Sagan is pretty handy on all sorts of bikes!

http://youtu.be/DwTy3N5T9uw


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 09:27:14
Didn't he start out as a MTB/cross rider anyway?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 22:49:10
Bought a Charge Scoop and fitted it tonight. Looking forward to trying it tomorrow.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, June 15, 2014, 07:45:58
Bought a Charge Scoop and fitted it tonight. Looking forward to trying it tomorrow.


Charge make great saddles, I have one on my MTB


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: dalumpimunki on Monday, June 16, 2014, 18:10:42
Hello cycling nuts. Not ventured onto this thread until now but I thought I'd direct your attention to the post I just made in the Gen Disc Forum on my lads Sheffield to Singapore cycle ride complete with links to his blog. Have a look if you're interested. He's currently in Germany but his blog seems to have just crashed, here's the link anyway as I'm sure it'll come back up:

http://www.whereisjoe.co.uk/

This is his facebook page though:

https://www.facebook.com/whereisjosef


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, June 28, 2014, 07:17:38
If it wasn't bad enough trying to stay alive amongst the traffic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-28052826

Be careful out there!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 16:55:37
 Ouch!!  Cav  :( Looks out to me.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 17:31:41
Doesn't look good at all does it? What a complete and utter pisser :badmood:

The crowds were amazing though. That'll be me on Monday 8)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 19:21:46
Doesn't look good at all does it? What a complete and utter pisser :badmood:

The crowds were amazing though. That'll be me on Monday 8)

Apparently nothing broken....which is good news, but that is going to be mighty painful for a few days...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 19:33:43

The crowds were amazing though. That'll be me on Monday 8)

Me too  ;D

Where are you watching it ?


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 20:35:20
Had a ride out to watch today,  it's bloody huge! Got to see Jensie out front on his own and shout 'go on Jensie'!

Blowing through my arse on way home but a top day!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Posh Red on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 22:06:52
The crowds were amazing though. That'll be me on Monday 8)

Me too  ;D

Where are you watching it ?

Me three :)

Although we are going to Cambridge to watch the start


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 23:05:11
Had a ride out to watch today,  it's bloody huge! Got to see Jensie out front on his own and shout 'go on Jensie'!

That got picked up on the commentary and Hinge and Bracket AKA Leggett and Sherwin commented on it and the 'knowledgeable British fans'*

Good news about Cav - or at least as good as we could have hoped for at this point. We all know cyclists are tough mother fuckers but he must be made out of titanium. His shoulder took his full weight when he came off. It remains to be seen whether he can carry on but at least he has a chance, which he wouldn't have had if it had been a broken collar bone.

I'll be at Braintree on Monday - Going by train and then cycling the 2-3 miles from there to Rayne, along the Flitch Way which is part of the old disused Maldon-Bishops Stortford railway line, with the aim of getting a prime spot. How easy that will be is anyone's guess. There were some serious crowds out today, but in some places the route was deserted (like any other Tour stage). It will be interesting...

*I made that bit up.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 10:28:20
Cav's out - confirmed...

http://www.espn.co.uk/cycling/sport/story/321719.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 10:45:28
A shame, but I don't think he would've been much of a contender for the points jersey anyway. Think that'll be a battle between Kittel and Sagan.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 12:47:17
Went out for a ride alone this morning and although I am pro-solitude it would have been good to ride with someone. However, whilst alone with my thoughts it got me thinking as to what goes through my mind and the games I play whilst riding - here are some of them:

1) Avoiding the Garmin Beep of Shame - this is when my Garmin thinks I've stopped and auto pauses - embarrassing when struggling uphill.
2) The "why the fuck did I come this way hill ?" - usually at the end of a ride when you think you've got more left in the tank than you have and all you want to do is get off and walk (usually because of number 1)
3) Maintaining cadence when shifting to another ring at the front - usually done by shifting the front and back mechs simultaneously - great when you shift both the right way  ;D
4) Trying to pedal more efficiently - pulling back/up from 5 o'clock, pushing the heels down more, one legged pedaling
5) Is that horse rider an old grufter with a nice arse or a sexy young filly?
6) Leading on from (5) the sex with a stranger fantasy (I'm sweaty and wearing lycra - not going to happen)
7) Where is that rattling coming from ? (usually a loose nut on a valve)

I have more but I am aware that this make me look odd so I'll stop.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 13:16:13
Went out for a ride alone this morning and although I am pro-solitude it would have been good to ride with someone. However, whilst alone with my thoughts it got me thinking as to what goes through my mind and the games I play whilst riding - here are some of them:

1) Avoiding the Garmin Beep of Shame - this is when my Garmin thinks I've stopped and auto pauses - embarrassing when struggling uphill.
2) The "why the fuck did I come this way hill ?" - usually at the end of a ride when you think you've got more left in the tank than you have and all you want to do is get off and walk (usually because of number 1)
3) Maintaining cadence when shifting to another ring at the front - usually done by shifting the front and back mechs simultaneously - great when you shift both the right way  ;D
4) Trying to pedal more efficiently - pulling back/up from 5 o'clock, pushing the heels down more, one legged pedaling
5) Is that horse rider an old grufter with a nice arse or a sexy young filly?
6) Leading on from (5) the sex with a stranger fantasy (I'm sweaty and wearing lycra - not going to happen)
7) Where is that rattling coming from ? (usually a loose nut on a valve)

I have more but I am aware that this make me look odd so I'll stop.
Only one of those 'games' I don't play - Unfortunately its not the one that would make me look less of a perv!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 13:17:38
Only one of those 'games' I don't play - Unfortunately its not the one that would make me look less of a perv!

 :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 15:51:46
Don't know if any TEF members have any daughters around the age of 4 but I have one of these for sale in great condition

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/ridgeback/melody-2012-kids-bike-16-inch-wheel--ec031020


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 16:22:05
My eldest is 4 and I'm looking for a new bike for her actually.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 16:31:33
OK, if you're interested I can send pics, it's used so a few marks and scratches but it was only used for 18 months. Have brand new stabilisers that it came with but didn't use if required.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 17:34:11
Yep, pics would be good. Send me a PM :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: janaage on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 22:21:19
Not sure if people have seen it, or are interested, but very good programme on BBC4 right now, The Lance Armstrong Story. Repeated at 0210 tomorrow too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 22:57:37
Not sure if people have seen it, or are interested, but very good programme on BBC4 right now, The Lance Armstrong Story. Repeated at 0210 tomorrow too.

Cheers Jan, watched it all. Good watch.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 23:00:12
The Armstrong Lie is on C4 tomorrow night as well


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, July 6, 2014, 23:05:25
The Armstrong Lie is on C4 tomorrow night as well

Ah bugger, I've just bought that  :doh:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, July 7, 2014, 00:22:24
Today in Yaaarkshire


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, July 7, 2014, 00:26:20
One more...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, July 7, 2014, 00:27:30
The last one was riding up the route before the race


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, July 7, 2014, 01:06:41
whoops - and that was blubberhouses not buttertubs (that was yesterday) !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:00:36
TDF going past the office today at Victoria Embankment, might take a stroll out, although there are already enough TDF wannabe's on the roads in London that I see daily!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 7, 2014, 13:02:12
I'm on Birdcage Walk


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, July 7, 2014, 15:29:37
Think they are going past my office in 20 minutes, may as well head out and see what the fuss is all about.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Monday, July 7, 2014, 18:06:27
I did 90% of stage one on Friday, and the Blubberhouses section of stage 2. 115 miles, at least 80 of which were in the rain. 6500ft climbing, 7.5 hours. Descending Buttertubs Pass in driving rain, around hairpin bends and down a 25% gradient had a few dodgy moments. Thankfully managed to avoid going over the barrier, as someone had the previous day. Very windy on Grinton Moor. Amazed that that was considered 'flat'!

Did a short section of stage 2, on the day. Brilliant to ride on the closed roads, ahead of the race. Unfortunately the 'power' went to the heads of some of the hi-vis brigade and the roads were closed an hour earlier than they were meant to be, so didn't get to Oxenhope Moor. Had to settle for the small rise to Stanbury, after the cobbled climb through Haworth.

Great stuff. Bring on the Tour of Yorkshire May next year.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 7, 2014, 22:14:03
Had a great day despite hanging around for 4 hours until the race came by and then it's gone in a blink of an eye. Loitered around the finishing line after and got some pics (below), saw Jose Mourinho, had a photo with Paul Smith the designer and saw the lovely Orla Chennaoui  ;D. Fab day if not a little surreal.

Nibali
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/TDF%202014/P1020079_zpse9291507.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/TDF%202014/P1020079_zpse9291507.jpg.html)

Chennaoui
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/TDF%202014/P1020106_zps8ee0d50f.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/TDF%202014/P1020106_zps8ee0d50f.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 09:40:07
Nice one Bewster.

I saw the square root of fuck all and got wet.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 09:55:42
Was in London yesterday so popped up to Walthamstow in the afternnon thinking the crowds would be a bit less on the outskirts, how wrong i was.

Its quite a spectical with all the stuff that comes through before it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10:57:30
The Armstrong Lie was a good watch.

The end sums up his character by him saying he thinks he'll be remembered as 7 time tour winner.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:07:58
I thought the BBC4 program was better, but it was interesting to see it from Armstrong's point of view.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Abrahammer on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:14:45
I need to IPlayer that one


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 14:48:02
Froome crashes out!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 14:59:46
FFS. Oh well, I guess Richie Porte will get his chance earlier than expected.

Please, anybody but Bert.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:04:24
FFS. Oh well, I guess Richie Porte will get his chance earlier than expected.

Please, anybody but Bert.

Wiggo will have the biggest smile about this.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:05:40
Looks a bit of a silly decision now, doesn't it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:18:55
Looks a bit of a silly decision now, doesn't it.

Yes. It would have been hard to accomodate them both as potential winners but this stage was always going to split the race wide open if wet. You always run the risk of your team leader crashing out and thats 2 out of the last 4 years that Sky have lost their leader.

So Thomas or Porte do we reckon ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:25:53
Porte was always second choice. He can climb, whereas I don't think Thomas has what it takes to be a genuine GC contender yet.

Twitter suggests Bert has lost contact with Nibali, but interestingly Sagan is still right up there.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:27:13
Could today finally be the day Vanmarcke wins on the cobbles?!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:28:39
Lots of fallers now and not just on the cobbles.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 15:30:12
I would've expected Porte too but Thomas is also a strong rider. As you say maybe not so much of a climber but then again maybe he has never had the chance as he has always been working for someone else.

If C-ntador has a big gap he'll have a job on his hands to get that back - makes for a good tour.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 19:57:40
Thomas has a bit of an engine on him, I guess with his track background he could be a similar type rider to Wiggins. I'm sure I read recently that Sky see him as one for the future, but they say that with all of their signings. I see him as more of a classics type rider.

What surprised me most about today was Sagan's performance. 3rd in the GC. I know there's not been much hilly stuff yet, but still that's quite an achievement for a sprinter especially if you look at Kittel's GC performance. If only Sagan could climb and TT.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 20:14:12
Spot on Sam.

It'll be interesting to see if Contador or Porte or anyone else can claw the gap to Nibali back.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 20:42:23
What a stage, and what a ride by Nibali, aided by Fulslang and Westra.  Think Preudhomme, chucked that in specifically to fuck up Sky, and it worked a treat.

Nibali's now to throw away...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 22:41:26
I can see someone left field winning this tour the way its going, not sure who though!

Interesting after all the talk of cobbles Froome crashed out before they reached the pave, I assume his wrist was so fucked that he couldn't control a bike in generl.

Not sure what Sky's plan will be, I cannot see Porte being a contender but I could see Thomas winning some stages and possibly Nieve in the mountains so maybe best bet would just be to go for stages. I imagine Wiggins will be smiling, possibly the best outcome for him was not getting selected and this happening, maintains the myth as lets be honest he had no hope of winning it but as he isn't riding we will never know!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 22:43:39
Been out for a ride tonight and if I can spin 5 miles in before Saturday night will have managed a 100 mile week!

Now recovering with a high carb drink (Carlsberg) and the football!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:04:36
I can see someone left field winning this tour the way its going, not sure who though!

Romain Bardet is only 2 minutes or so off of Nibali and he can certainly climb. Could be an outside bet.

Not sure what Sky's plan will be, I cannot see Porte being a contender but I could see Thomas winning some stages and possibly Nieve in the mountains so maybe best bet would just be to go for stages.

I guess Porte will get the protection from Thomas on the flat stages and Nieve/Kiryienka in the mountains.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:22:38
I can see someone left field winning this tour the way its going, not sure who though!

Outside of Nibali, then I reckon Michael Kwiatowski would be a decent punt....50 secs off Nibali atm.  can climb and TT.

Also OPQ, don't have to work for Cav...ok so most of them can't climb, so Kwiatowski, would have to do it himself, but Tony Martin isn't so bad leading into climbs, and Jan Bakelants could help.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:31:21
Talansky has to be a good bet after his win in the Dolphin.

I've seen Nibali crack on climbs so I think this is far from over


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:50:51
and Ribble have 10% off deal at the mo


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 10:52:21
I've seen Nibali crack on climbs so I think this is far from over

Bert too.

Loved seeing him suffer yesterday. Couldn't even hold a wheel toward the end of the stage.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11:42:37
Bert too.


except when he has had beef  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 14, 2014, 15:02:48
Bert too.

Loved seeing him suffer yesterday. Couldn't even hold a wheel toward the end of the stage.



Bert now gone...the wet is chewing them up and spitting them out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, July 14, 2014, 20:30:45
Bert now gone...the wet is chewing them up and spitting them out.

Fractured tibia, fair play to him riding on after the crash


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 14, 2014, 20:40:18
Fractured tibia, fair play to him riding on after the crash

Yes...I'm not a fan of Contador, but it takes guts to get back on and give it a go. Fair play to Nibali though, he put down the hammer and showed who's boss.  I thought Rodriguez might have taken the stage, but he's just not quite back to his best yet, and can't see who is capable of attacking Nibali even in the high mountains.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, July 14, 2014, 22:05:29
Cracking ride from Purito, shame that he didn't have this form going into the Tour otherwise he'd be on the podium again no doubt.

Anyone else catch Sagan doing a no-handed wheelie up the last 20% section?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 08:38:43
Anyone else catch Sagan doing a no-handed wheelie up the last 20% section?

No ! Was this on the highlights on ITV4 or Eurosport.

I don't like Contador either but him being on form would have made it a closer and therefore better tour.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:30:39
It was right at the end of the ITV4 highlights.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BshJJjkCAAEjuHD.png)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adlo7T4aUeM


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:08:15
Thats ace - gotta love him


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 13:23:22
The plot thickens about Bertie's broken bike frame !!

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/07/news/timeline-details-alberto-contadors-tour-ending-crash_336328

Edit : more here

http://road.cc/content/news/123757-so-what-really-happened-alberto-contadors-broken-specialized-tarmac-yesterday


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 16:39:57
 I did a decent circuit today for anyone looking for approx 25 miles mostly off road. So from Old Town out to Coate via Lawns, pick up the cycle path to Chiseldon, then follow Marlborough link on old railway, as far as Ogbourne Maizey, turn off rail path and follow lane to Rockley....decent hill out of Ogbourne Maizey, but nice and cool sunken lane type.

Go right through Rockley, until lane ends, then take a left up the hill, into Fyfield Down Conservation Area.  Follow ancient Saxon Herepath for a bit, but rather than keeping on it down to Avebury, stick to the top of ridge and follow tree line, nice grassy track laid out, through the sheep and sarcens. At the corner of last copse, follow the path running north along edge of copse, to meet track coming up from Old Totterdown, (it looks possible to pick this up earlier, but woods look a bit overgrown). Then a lovely smooth greenway which leads to the Berwick Bassett dew pond on the Ridgeway. Follow Ridgeway to Barbury and then drop down on middle track, avoiding the 2 roads up, to Overtown, then back to Old Town by Ladder Lane.

At this time of year doable on my hybrid.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 16:42:56
Sounds fantastic Reg


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 16:48:00
Sounds fantastic Reg

Yeah. A lovely day for it; there's heaps of routes out that way depending what sort of mileage you're looking for.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 16:58:01
I can imagine Reg haring it down Ladder Lane on his penny farthing ;)

For anyone unfamiliar with it, it's balls out hold on for dear life in the dry. When wet, it's drag the back brake and try and keep the front upright.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DopK18tkk0


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 17:56:37
That's ace...TBF, I do the flat bit at the top, then wheel where it's super steep, then hop back on once the gradient lessens. That's scary enough for me what with roots and overhanging branches, not to mention this year the odd blown down tree.

It was, of course, originally the Swindon to Sarum coach road; I quite often imagine what it must have been like rattling down there being pulled by horses..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 21:57:42
It was, of course, originally the Swindon to Sarum coach road; I quite often imagine what it must have been like rattling down there being pulled by horses..

Never knew that Reg - very interesting.

As for ladder lane........its bad enough on foot


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:10:00
Never knew that Reg - very interesting.

As for ladder lane........its bad enough on foot

I do love a good old road, especially hollow ways or sunken tracks....they definitely have a quality, which oozes history and fires up the imagination.

One of my faves locally, runs up between Compton Beauchamp and Woolstone, it's proper land that time forgot, Hobbitshire. Only maybe 2Km at most, but the land around Uffington follows an essentially Iron Age pattern of tracks and boundaries, and the Hardwell Way as it's called on old maps, has to be pre Roman and feels like it. Never tried it on a bike, more of a walking thing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:27:34
I do love a good old road, especially hollow ways or sunken tracks....they definitely have a quality, which oozes history and fires up the imagination.

One of my faves locally, runs up between Compton Beauchamp and Woolstone, it's proper land that time forgot, Hobbitshire. Only maybe 2Km at most, but the land around Uffington follows an essentially Iron Age pattern of tracks and boundaries, and the Hardwell Way as it's called on old maps, has to be pre Roman and feels like it. Never tried it on a bike, more of a walking thing.

I think we should all come for a ride with you Reg - it would be fascinating. “Reg’s Guided Tours”

I want to do that ride you mentioned the other day but I’d get lost


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:39:58
I think we should all come for a ride with you Reg - it would be fascinating. “Reg’s Guided Tours”

I want to do that ride you mentioned the other day but I’d get lost


The problem would be that I go about half the pace, that I used to, I like to pootle along, other cyclists invariably overtake and disappear pdq.

One of the great things about cycling is you can use it, to suit your requirements, whatever they are, whatever your age.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:42:50
The problem would be that I go about half the pace, that I used to, I like to pootle along, other cyclists invariably overtake and disappear pdq.

One of the great things about cycling is you can use it, to suit your requirements, whatever they are, whatever your age.

I'd happily ride at anyones pace - as long as I don't get lost  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 13:17:03
I'd happily ride at anyones pace

I'd like to see you try and keep Tony Martin's wheel :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 13:29:43
I'd like to see you try and keep Tony Martin's wheel :D

Maybe if he wasn't moving  ;D


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 19:26:48
About to attempt replacing rear brake inner cable on shimano sti. Any tips? To lube or not to lube?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 20:29:00
Don't most cables come pre-oiled now anyway?

I'd judge it based on the old cable you pull out. If it's still oiled then there must be grease within the outers still. If not then I'd run some grease over the new cable to prevent sticking.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 22:06:05
Cheers, Samdy. Old cable came out bone dry, which was perhaps part of the problem in the first place. Liberal coating of teflon grease went onto new cable and is running nice and smooth.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 22:26:43
Cheers, Samdy. Old cable came out bone dry, which was perhaps part of the problem in the first place. Liberal coating of teflon grease went onto new cable and is running nice and smooth.

A word of warning - too much grease can solidify and cause trouble shifting as I found out. As can old and dirty outers.

My new bike got soaked and filthy on a ride and I started have trouble shifting on the rear mech. 3 new cables later I replaced the outer and problem solved. Try a squirt of Gt85 down the outer to clean it out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:09:18
Sam - did you get the pm I sent?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:19:56
Sorry, just realised I did. I'll reply now.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, July 27, 2014, 17:36:00
Just come back from fortnight in Northumberland with the family and managed to fit c.140 miles of riding around commitments.

Lovely riding and very quiet roads, if you like rolling rides next to the sea its great! However one thing, the surfaces are awful and make Cumbrian roads look good, if I lived there I think I would invest in a cross bike or at least some wider tyres!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 13:30:07
Sounds good Mr H. I failed to get out at all at the weekend - need to get out soon and make the most before the weather becomes British again.

Anybody on here done a 100 mile sportive before ?  I've been asked to do the Wiggle South Downs 100 in October - I've done 72 before but just not sure I've got the extra 28 in my legs.

Any feedback/advice/training tips welcome  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 14:13:50
I haven't been out since May, just before I moved :(

I was comfortably doing 50. My biggest was a very flat 65 and I felt that, the legs weren't too bad but it was a baking hot day and I'd ran out of fluids & food and just felt tired.

I'd say if you can get a couple of 70s under your belt you'd probably stretch it to 100 without too much hassle.

Although, having seen Bennett collapsed in a heap on my drive after doing 80...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 16:04:06
Must do better Sam !

Like you I am happy with 50/60 if prepared and properly fuelled. The South Downs are notoriously hilly and I do feel that I will run out of steam around the 75-85 mark which means 15-25 miles on empty and it will be hilly.

Maybe I'll just do the 70.  ;D

Hope the daughter likes her new wheels.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 16:13:45
Must do better Sam !

I'm trying! But between trying to earn a living, revise for exams, decorate the house and manage the menagerie of children & animals I'm finding it difficult to find enough hours in the day as it is!

Hope the daughter likes her new wheels.

Loves it. Despite the tantrums, I refused to put the stabilisers on and she's just about cracked it now. I'll have her coming out with me in no time :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 16:35:07
I'm trying! But between trying to earn a living, revise for exams, decorate the house and manage the menagerie of children & animals I'm finding it difficult to find enough hours in the day as it is!

Loves it. Despite the tantrums, I refused to put the stabilisers on and she's just about cracked it now. I'll have her coming out with me in no time :D

I can see why you are struggling - I am glad I did my exams pre kids. I take it the shed building has taken a back seat ??

Thats good - I am glad. They are bullet proof bikes so should be ok for a hand-me down after. All you need now is a bike seat for your youngest !  (I have a co pilot limo * 2 for sale  ;D). Get yer pikey gold here, gas lighters 5 for a pound.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 16:37:18
Oh, I did exams pre-kids. I'm just doing more post-kids because I'm a sucker for punishment. Looks good on the CV though.

And the youngest will now be put to use on the balance bike.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 19:36:00
Although, having seen Bennett collapsed in a heap on my drive after doing 80...
hey, it was incredibly warm, i'd run out of liquids, a flat tyre and knew the mrs was going to fucking tear me a new one! that's definitely collapsing in a heap material


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 19:47:12
Sounds good Mr H. I failed to get out at all at the weekend - need to get out soon and make the most before the weather becomes British again.

Anybody on here done a 100 mile sportive before ?  I've been asked to do the Wiggle South Downs 100 in October - I've done 72 before but just not sure I've got the extra 28 in my legs.

Any feedback/advice/training tips welcome  ;D
Haven't done a sportive of that length, but have done three 100+ rides this month. Main thing is obviously to pace yourself. Drop your average mph by one or two and be confident of finishing.

Take breaks, even though it's timed, and presumably you want a decent time at the end. One good 20 minute stop around half way and take your time at the provided catering stops.

Main thing I craved, particularly towards end of the rides, was savoury food. Flapjacks, gels, bananas etc are great but get a bit much after 5/6 hours.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Sunday, August 3, 2014, 13:22:26
Cycled to chippenham along the old railway line. Just seen an old boy with a can of lager strapped to the basket on his bike  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, August 15, 2014, 01:05:27
hey gang, i've been looking at purchasing a new bike and came across this on planet-x
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FBPXSLPSRFOR/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-race-limited-edition-road-bike

does anyone have any opinions regarding buying this over anything else?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 15, 2014, 07:06:42
Good bike for the price. Nothing stands out as really top notch kit, nor does anything stand out for being low end. It's a good bike with lots of upgrade potential.

Personally I'd wait a bit longer - you are starting to get silly price drops as the 2015 bikes are being launched - for example

http://www.merlincycles.com/felt-z5-road-bike-2014-71850.html

http://www.merlincycles.com/colnago-ace-105-bike-2013-65846.html

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vitus-bikes-venon-vr-road-bike-2014/rp-prod107025


In other news I'm think about an MTB upgrade - thinking about this to match by black/orange Felt road bike

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-six-60-2014/



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, August 15, 2014, 09:54:26
hey gang, i've been looking at purchasing a new bike and came across this on planet-x
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FBPXSLPSRFOR/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-race-limited-edition-road-bike

does anyone have any opinions regarding buying this over anything else?
Yeah, its not a Triban!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:23:45
hey gang, i've been looking at purchasing a new bike and came across this on planet-x
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FBPXSLPSRFOR/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-race-limited-edition-road-bike

does anyone have any opinions regarding buying this over anything else?

Mate has got a Planet X Pro-Carbon and is perfectly happy with it - from recollection his is Ultegra groupset.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:45:21
Mate has got a Planet X Pro-Carbon and is perfectly happy with it - from recollection his is Ultegra groupset.

that kinda makes a big difference  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:56:59
Don't you have to be a professional to really notice all the differences, like making the bike half a pound lighter?  :sherlock:

Have to say though,  it's a tad annoying when my mtb decides to change gear without my input,  especially when out of the saddle  :D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:14:04
Don't you have to be a professional to really notice all the differences, like making the bike half a pound lighter?  :sherlock:

It's not just about lightness - it's also quality

Have to say though,  it's a tad annoying when my mtb decides to change gear without my input,  especially when out of the saddle  :D

This is easy enough to remedy 4D.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, August 15, 2014, 16:30:53
In terms of lightness my triban is 10.5 kg on a good day, anything new I get will be significantly lighter. Also the group set is naff and I struggle to change when going up a steep bit.

The Planet X ultegra 6800 is still pretty light and in the same bracket, however might just continue watching prices until the 2015's come out as Bewster suggests


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 18, 2014, 07:41:08
The 2015 Ride London ballot is open this morning for those that want to register.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, August 18, 2014, 21:41:52
£58 seems a tad steep!


Title: Re:
Post by: Batch on Monday, August 18, 2014, 22:03:17
Steep? It's f'ing vertical


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, August 18, 2014, 22:04:16
You don't have to pay when entering the ballot though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, August 18, 2014, 22:43:01
Its not too bad, last one I did was £55 due to it being for charity. Most of the events have a few free feed stations which need funding.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 19:20:16
Anybody have a cyclo-cross bike?

Have two road bikes at the moment (summer/winter), looking for something to replace current winter bike that'll also be able to handle a few trails, gravel tracks whilst being quick on road.

First thought was cyclo-cross bike. Then I saw Specialized have a new model, the Diverge, that looks like it might fit the bill.

Budget £800 ideally. Any thoughts?

Cheers



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, August 25, 2014, 20:05:04
In terms of lightness my triban is 10.5 kg on a good day, anything new I get will be significantly lighter. Also the group set is naff and I struggle to change when going up a steep bit.

The Planet X ultegra 6800 is still pretty light and in the same bracket, however might just continue watching prices until the 2015's come out as Bewster suggests

Re the bold bit, unless you upgrade to Di2 (wongalicious kit it is too), you will have gear change problems under load. Ease off the pedals slightly if changing when ascending, it helps to smooth it out.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Mother Brown on Monday, August 25, 2014, 20:16:00
Sounds a bit like the ole Sturmey Archer 3 speed technique :hmmm:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 07:39:41
Re the bold bit, unless you upgrade to Di2 (wongalicious kit it is too), you will have gear change problems under load. Ease off the pedals slightly if changing when ascending, it helps to smooth it out.
I did see an ultegra di2 kitted verenti for £1100 just into 2014...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, August 29, 2014, 21:24:25
Just about a week into the Vuelta....been stonking hot, which has fucked a goodly number of riders, and now starting to take shape....GC should be close between a number of the usual suspects....Froome, Quintana, Valverde, Contador, Purito, possibly Aru.  Degenkolb looks odds on for green, and plenty of chances for breakaways, like today's win for Cannondale domestique di Marchi.

Chris Froome fell off again today, his looking down and not where he is going is increasingly looking like a major obstacle to success.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, August 31, 2014, 19:38:54
Just going through the Wiggle Sale stuff and if you use them they have Shimano SPD cleats for 10.99 (normally about 18-19 quid), will be ordering a couple of sets as I do seem to go through them.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 1, 2014, 09:08:27
Can anyone recommend where to buy a standard cheap 26 x 1.75 hybrid tyre in swindon? 
Ta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 20:22:28
can anyone recommend a bike rack, cheaper the better, for a citroen c1 sized car?
ta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:17:45
I want to download a cycling mileage tracker app that will track me offroad. Any recommendations?

Ta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:25:23
Strava.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:28:56
Thanks. Is it free?  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:35:04
Yes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 13:34:30
Yes.

But be warned that segment times are the work of the devil. Must improve...must improve..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 20:27:14
the segment through witchelstowe is considered dangerous, so you have to agree to the "i know chasing KOM's is silly" before you can see the leaderboard


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Honkytonk on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 23:11:28
can anyone recommend a bike rack, cheaper the better, for a citroen c1 sized car?
ta.

Couple of rolls of duck tape, sorted,


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 23:15:49
Wouldn't it be better to rack the car on the bike?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 13:27:17
Couple of photos of today's stage of the Tour of Britain in Fernhurst

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/P1020352_zpsbefe9203.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/P1020352_zpsbefe9203.jpg.html)

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q486/Bewster/P1020359_zpscf8993d8.jpg) (http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/Bewster/media/P1020359_zpscf8993d8.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 16:19:03
Looking forward to watching the highlights later.

Out today for a ride. Glad I put a long sleeved base layer on. Talking of which, can anyone recommend some good cheap base layers/compression tops?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 16:26:29
I got one from Amazon for a tenner. Then another from Aldi when they had their cycling gear on sale.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 16:46:53
Thinking about the Sondico ones from Sports Direct which are about the same price.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 17:40:26
i would just got with bib, short sleeved top and cheap arm warmers. your core will stay warm enough to not need the extra layer


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 20:20:19
Arm warmers are fantastic,  got some DHB ones and they do all weathers (with a jkt for the really cold winter styff.

Equally knee warmers do me all year round,  go half way down calfs and look ok - I would seriously odd/scary in bid tights!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bigbobjoylove on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 21:17:05
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2014/09/13/fashion-disaster-of-the-day/

Heh.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 21:38:25
i would just got with bib, short sleeved top and cheap arm warmers. your core will stay warm enough to not need the extra layer
I always like to have the base layer as I'm a sweaty bugger and need it to help wick the sweat away. With just a short sleeved top, I tend to get wet and cold and suffer with my lower back seizing up. Today though, a light long sleeved Btwin base layer and a thin short sleeved Lidl top were spot on.

But I was thinking about the long sleeved base layer more for the winter too. I'd considered arm warmers, but I'm most likely to be wearing a wind cheater/rain jacket at all times and I think I'd prefer a base layer.

I was looking at these though:

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLOOSMAW/on-one-merino-seamless-arm-warmers

Any recommendations for leg warmers? I'm toying with getting bib tights, but might just get leg warmers as I have several pairs of bib shorts.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:37:46
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2014/09/13/fashion-disaster-of-the-day/

Heh.

 :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, September 15, 2014, 17:08:31
I always like to have the base layer as I'm a sweaty bugger and need it to help wick the sweat away. With just a short sleeved top, I tend to get wet and cold and suffer with my lower back seizing up. Today though, a light long sleeved Btwin base layer and a thin short sleeved Lidl top were spot on.

But I was thinking about the long sleeved base layer more for the winter too. I'd considered arm warmers, but I'm most likely to be wearing a wind cheater/rain jacket at all times and I think I'd prefer a base layer.

I was looking at these though:

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLOOSMAW/on-one-merino-seamless-arm-warmers

Any recommendations for leg warmers? I'm toying with getting bib tights, but might just get leg warmers as I have several pairs of bib shorts.
if you're cycling in a bin bag i think i've worked out why you're a sweaty sod!
personally i've never found a wicking skins top to remove sweat.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Manc on Monday, September 15, 2014, 19:35:24
Anyone got any tips for maintaining a bike?  As I got one a while back but haven't actually done much at all.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, September 15, 2014, 19:46:24
If anything, keep the chain clean and lubed as a bare minimum.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Monday, September 15, 2014, 20:14:13
Falling out of love with my bike at the moment. Had a clicking/ticking coming from somewhere beneath me a few months ago so stripped the chainset down to the bottom bracket and seemed to have a gritty BB, so replaced that and built it back up. Problem solved it seemed until a couple of weeks ago when an intermittent ticking suddenly appears. Only ticks when pedalling in the saddle, fine out the saddle....so it must be the saddle. Tried taking it apart and putting a bit of oil down the rails, no luck. new saddle bought at the weekend...still ticking away today on the ride to work...ARRRRRGH. Nothing obviously loose, dismantled the chain set and regreased. All to no avail.

I do love bikes, but Christ they can be frustrating. Really don't want to send it to a bike shop as I'm getting the new Genesis Equilibrium disc frame as soon as its out in late October, building it up with most of the parts on my current bike at the moment, so don't see the point of getting a bike checked out if its going to be dismantled completely in 6 weeks or so, plus I've got the expense of a big holiday in a few weeks too. But really hate riding the thing as it is at the moment. Not a happy bunny.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 15, 2014, 20:34:29
It could be your pedal axle. I stripped down my whole drive chain to find a clicking and in the end I swapped my pedals over and it went. Give it a try.

Or coat pedals and cleats in a liberal splash of gt85


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Monday, September 15, 2014, 22:16:47
Yep, that was going to be my next port of call once I get a moment. Not sure what the average life span of a set of half decent pedals are, but would imagine that it would be longer than 2 years or so...although with about 6/7000 miles in them I should imagine.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 15, 2014, 22:50:40
Yep, that was going to be my next port of call once I get a moment. Not sure what the average life span of a set of half decent pedals are, but would imagine that it would be longer than 2 years or so...although with about 6/7000 miles in them I should imagine.

I've had a set of 105s start clicking after less than a year (c.1000 miles). I think you can service them though. Let us know how you get on - always interesting to know.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 09:12:50
Can anyone recommend any good lights - front and rear ?

Fed up with buying cheap/ebay shit that just breaks or falls off/apart.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 09:30:36
Anyone got any tips for maintaining a bike?  As I got one a while back but haven't actually done much at all.

My method is normally to moan about it for a while, spec the repair and spend ages on line pricing parts - then thinking sod it and getting the LBS to do it!



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:40:24
Can anyone recommend any good lights - front and rear ?

Fed up with buying cheap/ebay shit that just breaks or falls off/apart.
Ebay Cree XML T6 front light with a diffuser lens (Approx £18). Smart Lunar R2 Rear Light 2 x 1/2 Watt. (Approx £11 on Amazon)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 18:24:07
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/clothing/shoes/product/review-pearl-izumi-octane-sl-iii-shoes-12-46389/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/northwave-extreme-tech-plus-road-shoe/
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Align-Road-Cycling-Helmet-2015_72896.htm
orange helmet nice n cheap!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 22:32:58
Ebay Cree XML T6 front light with a diffuser lens (Approx £18). Smart Lunar R2 Rear Light 2 x 1/2 Watt. (Approx £11 on Amazon)

Thanks NMH - will take a look

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Specialized-Align-Road-Cycling-Helmet-2015_72896.htm
orange helmet nice n cheap!

Cheers Bennett - I like that !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 17:49:40
I've had a set of 105s start clicking after less than a year (c.1000 miles). I think you can service them though. Let us know how you get on - always interesting to know.

Cleaned and regreased the pedals, still feel pretty decent, so really don't think it's them. It's a sound that seems plenty loud enough that it could be felt through pedals and my feet, but I can't.

Just ordered an ultegra chainset last night....this is getting expensive now! At least it's a good new part to go on the new frame if it doesn't do much for the moment.

In other more exciting news, Jens Voigt about to go for the hour record at 6pm on Eurosport. Shut Up Legs!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 18:54:08
In other more exciting news, Jens Voigt about to go for the hour record at 6pm on Eurosport. Shut Up Legs!

He's currently smashing it. Averaging 50km/h. I probably couldn't even maintain that for 5 minutes, let alone 60.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 18:59:09
Cleaned and regreased the pedals, still feel pretty decent, so really don't think it's them. It's a sound that seems plenty loud enough that it could be felt through pedals and my feet, but I can't

OK that's a shame. Did you take the pedal Axel out? I've just bought a tool to help me do that.

Apart from that id suggest cleats/shoes or just soak every thing in gt85


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:04:01
He's currently smashing it. Averaging 50km/h. I probably couldn't even maintain that for 5 minutes, let alone 60.

Wiggo is going to want to have a crack at that at some point..


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:06:04
And Cancellara and Martin, no doubt.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:13:55
Cleaned and regreased the pedals, still feel pretty decent, so really don't think it's them. It's a sound that seems plenty loud enough that it could be felt through pedals and my feet, but I can't.

Just ordered an ultegra chainset last night....this is getting expensive now! At least it's a good new part to go on the new frame if it doesn't do much for the moment.

In other more exciting news, Jens Voigt about to go for the hour record at 6pm on Eurosport. Shut Up Legs!

Have you checked the BB, problem with bike frames being hollow is it amplifies the sound and can often sound like it's coming from somewhere completely different.


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:14:38
Right can we discuss decent all round tyres,  need to get two new year rounders....


Title: Re:
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:17:09
Right can we discuss decent all round tyres,  need to get two new year rounders....

I used to have gatorskins but found the rubber cracks/splits in places. I've been using GP4000s which seen to be a good option all year.



Title: Re: Re: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:25:56
I used to have gatorskins but found the rubber cracks/splits in places. I've been using GP4000s which seen to be a good option all year.
You must recall my 'history' with gatorskins..... 😂


Title: Re: Re: Re:
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 19:40:56
You must recall my 'history' with gatorskins..... 😂

Ah yes.

Maybe some schwable duranos ? I've no experience of them but they get good write ups


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Ardiles on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 20:00:20
Question for anyone who cycles to work.

I'm now working just 10 miles from home...so within easy cycling distance.  Just wondering what the routine you have.  Do you leave clothes at the office/workplace?  Is it pretty much essential to take a shower when you get in?  I'm just toying with the idea.  I used to do loads of cycling, but have not even owned a bike for a few years now.

Thanks.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 20:30:11
OK that's a shame. Did you take the pedal Axel out? I've just bought a tool to help me do that.

Apart from that id suggest cleats/shoes or just soak every thing in gt85

Didn't have the right tool for that. Do have some spd sl 105s barely used with some fizik shoes that need to be sent back to the shop because they're broken, so will try those at some point before sending them back. Changed the cleats on my normal shoes in the summer and they're tight so shouldn't be them.

Put a new 105 bottom bracket in a few months ago after the clicking first appeared, usually when riding out the saddle then, checked the tightness at the weekend and seemed fine. May try looking at the headset bearings, there's a small amount of play when rocking the bike back and forth with the brakes on, but doubt it will be that, it's just something that's been bugging me for ages. Seems to be coming from the right side of the drive, after pedalling one legged on each side for a bit, hence why I've ordered the new chainset. Just not sure how much work I can be arsed to do on it as I'm away on holiday in a few weeks and then hopefully this puppy will be ready to be ordered soon after I'm back. http://www.shop.18bikes.co.uk/m5b2s586p2307/GENESIS-Equilibrium-Disc-725-Frameset-2015

Fault finding is such a frustrating process, don't really want to do everything listed in one big go because if it does remedy it, I may not be completely sure which one of those things actually sorted it, so I'm none the wiser to what to look out for in the future. But as a consequence you have to take your bits apart, reassemble, ride, and start over again on the next part if its not sorted. Argh.

As for tyres, I've found GP 4 seasons very good through winter, but currently run some michellin pro 4s which have been just as good and cheaper than the contis, but haven't used them in mucky weather yet.

Monster ride from Jens, sums the guy up that after that effort, 5mins later he's joking about with the photographers, grinning like a loon. Most others would need to be swept off the track with a shovel and a bucket. Great way to bow out for him.

No doubt Wiggo and Martin will break that record by a fair distance in current form, but would like to see how they'd do at 43 doing it!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 20:39:53
Question for anyone who cycles to work.

I'm now working just 10 miles from home...so within easy cycling distance.  Just wondering what the routine you have.  Do you leave clothes at the office/workplace?  Is it pretty much essential to take a shower when you get in?  I'm just toying with the idea.  I used to do loads of cycling, but have not even owned a bike for a few years now.

Thanks.

Generally leave trousers in the changing room with a towel, change them at the weekends. Carry in new shirt and underwear etc each day. Depends on your facilities at work where you can keep stuff. I'd say a shower is essential at that distance, unless you ride at walking pace! Nice feeling walking into the office fresh out the shower. But generally the best feeling comes from flying past all the suckers stuck in the nose to tail traffic in their cars. Witchelstowe was completely backed up all the way to wootton Bassett road Wednesday afternoon, never ever seen it that bad. I just flew past everyone with an inane grin, would've pulled a wheelie just to rub more salt into the wound of those stuck there, if I could on my roadie...I'm no Peter Sagan.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 21:59:54
Question for anyone who cycles to work.
I'm now working just 10 miles from home...so within easy cycling distance.  Just wondering what the routine you have.  Do you leave clothes at the office/workplace?  Is it pretty much essential to take a shower when you get in?  I'm just toying with the idea.  I used to do loads of cycling, but have not even owned a bike for a few years now.

I cycle to work some days (7 miles) and we don't have showers so I shower before I go and layer up with deo and apply some more at work. I have a bag that sits on a rear pannier so I don't have a rucksack that makes your back sweat profusely which helps massively.

I leave a pair of shoes at work as these are heavy along with hair gel and deo. Trousers, shirt, tie, etc I take with me. I work it a town centre so its easy if I forget something.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 22:02:05
I have a creak on my MTB that comes from the stem/headset which annoys me but I find a strip down, a re-grease and GT85 stops it for a few months....and then it comes back.

Clicking when pedaling has to be the worst so I understand your pain...............


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 23:19:50
Question for anyone who cycles to work.

I'm now working just 10 miles from home...so within easy cycling distance.  Just wondering what the routine you have.  Do you leave clothes at the office/workplace?  Is it pretty much essential to take a shower when you get in?  I'm just toying with the idea.  I used to do loads of cycling, but have not even owned a bike for a few years now.

Thanks.

I have cycle commuted on a regular basis (90%+ of my journeys) for the last 12- 13 years and have always been at a location with showers. These did however, on occasion, go faulty and be out of action. Remedy- small hand towel/ large face cloth and stand in front of a sink in the gents (warn your colleagues of your routine first!) and give yourself a good wipe down with a damp cloth. Failing that, baby wipes in the pits and crotch area at a minimum. Trousers and footwear stayed at work as did deo/ anti perspirant and a comb. Shirt was gently rolled and carried in my pannier/ rucksack. Rolling neatly reduces the creasing you get with folding. Keep a spare pair of underwear and socks at work for those facepalm moments.

It might feel like a bit of a chore at first but, persevere and it quickly develops into a fantastic way to wake up and start the day. Even in the bad weather. The look on traffic jammed cagers faces when a smiling cyclist stops at the lights, singing rain based songs to himself is priceless ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Friday, September 19, 2014, 00:26:28
Drive. Cycle in the evening and at weekends


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, September 19, 2014, 09:23:32
I can only echo others comments - leave heavy stuff (shoes and shower gel) or stuff you'll need day in day out (troosers, gel etc) at work and only take a shirt/tie combo and pants and socks in on a daily basis.
alternatively if you've got space at work leave a weeks worth of shirts, pants and socks then enjoy not having to lug shit around!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, September 19, 2014, 23:54:16
Drive. Cycle in the evening and at weekends

Cycle to work AND in the evenings and at weekends........


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, September 22, 2014, 18:53:56
Thanks NMH - will take a look

Cheers Bennett - I like that !!
also:
http://www.probikekit.co.uk/sports-footwear/northwave-sonic-3s-cycling-shoes-fluo/black/10896858.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, September 22, 2014, 19:59:34
also:
http://www.probikekit.co.uk/sports-footwear/northwave-sonic-3s-cycling-shoes-fluo/black/10896858.html

And those. Of only they had a ratchet


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 22, 2014, 20:04:25
Looking to buy some kit for my mtb rides. Recently got a hi vis jacket, most of my riding is off road but can include country lanes.
I'm after a hi vis compact ruck sack and possibly a saddle bag. Also a decent and compact pump.
Can anyone recommend a local shop or the best place online?  Ta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, September 22, 2014, 22:12:56
if you've got presta valves i've got a pump and saddle bag you can have for cheaps mr 4d.

£10.99 rucksack cover:
http://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/product/view/id/528291

alternatively a cheap hi viz on amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/VISIBILITY-RUCKSACK-BACKPACK-BEST-SELLER/dp/B004TMV8R4/ref=sr_1_5?s=cycling&ie=UTF8&qid=1411420468&sr=1-5

no idea if either are decent. my crazy bright shoes are enough to warn drivers of my presence


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Monday, September 22, 2014, 23:09:42
I have Schrader valves,  Mr Bennett  ;) but thanks.

I did see this earlier.....

http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-x-lite-backpack-764851?colcode=76485113


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 07:21:48
seems ideal! but you'd need pink shoes to go with it


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 09:25:50
Looking to buy some kit for my mtb rides. Recently got a hi vis jacket, most of my riding is off road but can include country lanes.
I'm after a hi vis compact ruck sack and possibly a saddle bag. Also a decent and compact pump.
Can anyone recommend a local shop or the best place online?  Ta.

Why not try places like Chain Reaction, Wiggle, Tweeks, Merlin, Evans - probably better quality than Karrimor


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 09:27:16
Are they all online or is there a local shop?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 09:29:20
Are they all online or is there a local shop?

Most local to Swindon is Hargroves which I detest.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 16:46:12
bastards have one price online and a different one in store...
not cool!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 17:50:20
 Wiggo takes the World Time Trial...... :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 17:58:25
By nearly half a minute over Martin is an impressive performance, although the hilly course no doubt helped.

I see he's confirmed he'll go for the hour record now too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 18:20:20
GB have a pretty strong squad out for the Road Race.....long and hilly circuit.  Not sure how well Froome is sorted for this sort of stuff.  Italy and Spain usually have the individuals, but not necessarily the team, however as it's in Spain, you'd have to fancy them.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 19:15:49
You only have to look at Rui Costa's win from last year to see that a team effort means very little on a hilly course. A little (or a lot in Rui Costa's case) wheel sucking will get you no favours but a decent chance at a fresh finish.

There's plenty in form that will fancy this one. I'd like to see Rodriguez go well, seemed to have the legs through the Vuelta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 14:26:36
I have a 24 speed (3x8) MTB, which has started to occasionally 'jump' gear on the back set. Can anyone link me to a 'what to do ' guide please?
Shimano suntour sis trigger shifters.
Ta.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 14:32:35
Start off by giving the chain and cassette a good clean. Usually cures minor niggles.

After that, consult Sheldon's bible and learn how to index the gears: http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html

It might just need a quarter or half a turn of the barrel adjuster. You shouldn't need to adjust any limit screws (as long as the chain hasn't been jumping off the cassette completely).



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 14:41:36
Superb, thanks. It's caused a few hairy moments when I'm out of the saddle  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 21:43:20
http://youtu.be/05YRbddSpKM


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 22:36:26
nice! 100kmh...whimper


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 22:43:38
nice! 100kmh...whimper

my thoughts exactly


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:29:53
Anyone doing the November one?

http://www.performancecycles.co.uk/mini/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:29:10
Anyone doing the November one?

http://www.performancecycles.co.uk/mini/

Are we getting a TEF peloton together ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:29:33
Good deal if anyone wants any rubber :

http://www.merlincycles.com/pair-continental-gp4000-s-ii-tyres-with-2-free-innertubes-71989.html


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:34:12
Are we getting a TEF peloton together ?
Peloton of one at the moment - me!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:45:41
I would've, but I'm away that weekend.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:53:42
Peloton of one at the moment - me!


The TEF couid maybe muster a gruppetto....I'd be lantern rouge of the autobus.  Just think of yourself as a Tony Martin style, lone breakaway rider.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, November 7, 2014, 08:23:32
Peloton of one at the moment - me!
Just so y'all know, I'm doing this also


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:28:14
Just so y'all know, I'm doing this also

What length are people doing ?  :-[


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, November 7, 2014, 15:07:07
What length are people doing ?  :-[
Will see how I feel on the day. Doing it with a mate who can do the 65 miles in his sleep. My longest ever is just under 50 miles. If the weather is like this I'll do the minimum. If I'm feeling good I'll go all the way baby!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Friday, November 7, 2014, 17:43:35
I'll be cycling there, doing the maximum, then cycling back.
unless it's raining.

in which case i'll leave you daft twats to it :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 15:19:21
This bloke is crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA#t=422


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 17:37:31
he really is!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 22:13:13
3.40 onwards  :o


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 14:06:31
Some absolute moron attempting murder against a cyclist in Ashton Keynes  :eek:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/13897808188/

Story here: http://road.cc/118538

Anyone remember this from earlier this year?

The moron has been charged with three separate (but similar) offences and has pleaded not guilty to all.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11623403.Driver_faces_three_charges_of_running_cyclists_off_the_road/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 14:11:49
Anyone remember this from earlier this year?

The moron has been charged with three separate (but similar) offences and has pleaded not guilty to all.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11623403.Driver_faces_three_charges_of_running_cyclists_off_the_road/

This moron's brother (Casey) was in my class at secondary school. The family is infamous in Cirencester.

That said I never had trouble off them. Dean was always the best of the lot and I got on with him OK, but he's had a bit of a chequered past re: prison/drugs - think they all have.

Not defending his actions by the way.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 19:07:38
I hope the cunt gets chucked into jail and/or given a horrible and deadly cocktail of drugs


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 19:12:19
I quite enjoy pretending to be a tanswell once in a while, it's quite therapeutic!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, November 29, 2014, 12:35:27
cyclefriends, NMH and I did this in Nov, anyone fancy joining me on 14th Dec?

http://www.performancecycles.co.uk/mini/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 18:53:52
Does anyone have any experience with Shimano, Campag and Sram groupsets? looking at getting a Canyon bike, and am tempted not to play it safe and go for a Shimano clad bike...


Title: Re:
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 19:21:19
Got Sram on my mountain bike and it's fantastic,  have always been sorely tempted to seek out Sram for a road bike.

Dunno about Campag but do believe that due to its history everyone should have Campag once in their lives!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 20:21:29
Hmm, anyone else care to offer an opinion?

(fwiw i do agree about Campag being an eventual purchase, just on a lovely celeste Bianchi)

trying to weigh up:
https://www.canyon.com/en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3581 (£1,499)
https://www.canyon.com/en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3575 (£1,149)
https://www.canyon.com/en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3576 (£1,049)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 20:46:55
All rather nice.

The Ultimate appears to have a 52/36 chainset which is an odd combo. The Endurance has 50/34 which is much more normal. I know you're coming from a triple anyway so will have to get used to the new gearing.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 21:23:03
I've had SRAM 7's and 9's on my last 4 MTB's - absolutely no problems with them.

I don't have SRAM on my racer, but I have heard they are not great - especially the front one.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, December 8, 2014, 11:55:12
Does anyone have any experience with Shimano, Campag and Sram groupsets? looking at getting a Canyon bike, and am tempted not to play it safe and go for a Shimano clad bike...
My mate Ade has Campag Veloce on his Wilier and he raves about it.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, December 8, 2014, 22:20:45
thanks for your input chaps, i'll continue to mull this over. I think in reality it'll be pretty much the same, just the double tap system being a sod to get used to with Sram


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 21:35:20
All my road bikes have been/ are Shimano equipped. I have ridden Campag and tried to sort out SRAM.

I prefer Shimano as I am familiar with it and I like the slick feel to it.

Campag I would describe as 'agricultral' in that it is very positive and clunks into place. Campag lovers love it and would rather eat shit than ride Shimano. The workshop staff in the shop I work in don't dislike Campag but we sometimes struggle to get spares.

SRAM is shit in it's road guise. The bikes I have seen with the worst issues to sort out have tended to be SRAM clad. The double tap is something I dislike with a passion. The mechanics in the shop hate it also.

Others may disagree with my opinion which is personal.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 22:13:28
cheers fuzzy, i value your opinion (if you work in a bike shop, sort me out with a deal innit)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 23:17:23
I have no experience based opinion on SRAM/Campag other that the odd cassette or chain - SRAM chains a bloody good.

However, based on what others have said to me and what they have experienced the consensus seems to be in agreement with Fuzzy


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 21:45:54
looked at the canyon outlet today, Ultimate AL SLX Di2 Ultegra bike within my price bracket.

bought it as it ticked -
significantly lighter than T3
Aluminium is more robust than carbon
Ultegra Di2 is nice
Decent wheelset so no need to upgrade

come on DHL, deliver the fucker


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 21:59:32
You utter utter bastard.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 22:02:02
I'm not envious. Not one little bit.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 22:06:35
oh yeah, well, it's got a paint chip or two on the handlebar, which appears to equate to a £500 discount.

hmm, i've ended this smugly...i started off trying to be nice


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 23:18:35
looked at the canyon outlet today, Ultimate AL SLX Di2 Ultegra bike within my price bracket.

bought it as it ticked -
significantly lighter than T3
Aluminium is more robust than carbon
Ultegra Di2 is nice
Decent wheelset so no need to upgrade

come on DHL, deliver the fucker
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 23:23:09
looked at the canyon outlet today, Ultimate AL SLX Di2 Ultegra bike within my price bracket.

bought it as it ticked -
significantly lighter than T3
Aluminium is more robust than carbon
Ultegra Di2 is nice
Decent wheelset so no need to upgrade

come on DHL, deliver the fucker

cunt  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 23:28:49
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !
I'll still be keeping the t3, don't you worry!


Title: Re: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 23:37:50
I'll still be keeping the t3, don't you worry!
Winter bike so you don't get your posh one dirty.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 01:21:35
Despite currently building up my new frame at the moment....Bloody envious Bennett, sounds like a heck of a spec...good thing is alu doesn't melt in the rain like carbon!   ;D

Finally got my genesis equilibrium disc frame delivered to mitchells a couple of weeks ago. After having to get the shop to fit the headset for me (I was eyeing up a lump hammer and a block of wood, but thought better of it) and the star nut, and acquiring a few bits and pieces I forgot I needed, I managed to start stripping down my old Croix de Fer and building up the new frame last weekend. Got brand new finishing kit and an ultegra chainset, apart from that, all the mechanical stuff has been transferred from the old bike (105 and trp spyre disc brakes) as its stuff I put on it last year anyway and hasn't been really heavily used since. Did the cabling last night. Just needs bar tape doing and I'm ready to give it a test spin.

The steerer tube will no doubt need cutting down once Ive sized myself up on it. I haven't touched it yet and bunged a shit load of spacers on it for the moment. Daren't cut anything off until I'm totally satisfied with the bar height and reach.

Will try and get some pictures up when I get a moment or two.



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 07:58:18
cheers gang. i am very happy with the purchase (on paper at least).

sounds good webberhyde, i saw this the other day
http://road.cc/content/blog/137016-david-embarks-croix-de-fer-bike-build-project

that's a pretty bike!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 20:02:07
Any recommendations for tyres to cope with the crap roads at the moment?

Have been using Continental Gatorskins (700x25c) on the winter bike for years, with no punctures, but they're hopeless on wet/greasy roads.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 20:31:06
I can recall an article advising that grip on road bike tyres pretty much displaces no water and offers no additional grip. Fucked if I can remember where I read it though.
I'm still using 700x23c Michelin Comp 4's but have knocked the pressure right down, I've stayed upright (unless there's ice about)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 20:42:10
Alternatively, here's a helpful article that flies in the face of my recollection
http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/68578-buyers-guide-best-tyres-get-you-through-winter


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 23:25:27
Thanks. Handy link. Was very tempted by those Vittoria Open Pave, as they're on sale at Wiggle. Doesn't quite seem right to have a tyre made of cotton though. Plumped for the Schwalbe Durano.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 23:27:31
Good Choice


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, December 15, 2014, 15:43:11
Most of my late autumn/ winter/ early spring riding is done on my Ridgeback touring bike (daily commuter). It came shod with Continental Contacts which suffered the odd flat due to the sort of sharps that would generally get one arrested for possession of offensive weapons type offences.

When the rear wore out I replaced with a Schwalbe Marathon plus which was a bastard to fit but has been as resistant as a resistant thing on a particularly bloody minded day (so far) so the awkward fit didn't matter. This has been recently replaced due to wearing out and getting big cuts inn the carcass. The front has been replaced recently with another Conti Contact a) as I couldn't get a M+ when I needed it and b) less weight on the front so less prone to sharp pointy intrusion.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 20:10:00
looked at the canyon outlet today, Ultimate AL SLX Di2 Ultegra bike within my price bracket.

bought it as it ticked -
significantly lighter than T3
Aluminium is more robust than carbon
Ultegra Di2 is nice
Decent wheelset so no need to upgrade

come on DHL, deliver the fucker
For some reason Canyon aren't giving it to the courier until next week for delivery.
Gits


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 20:16:21
For some reason Canyon aren't giving it to the courier until next week for delivery.
Gits
At least its not going to get dirty or spoiled before Xmas ! :-)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 21:23:38
At least its not going to get dirty or spoiled before Xmas ! :-)
Yes, heaven forbid it arrive when i've got time off (grumble grumble)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 23:01:10
also, here's the exact bike i'm getting (without the chipped paint on handlebars)

http://www.canyon.com/en/outlet/list.html#category=road-bikes&id=A1040122


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 23:31:10
also, here's the exact bike i'm getting (without the chipped paint on handlebars)

http://www.canyon.com/en/outlet/list.html#category=road-bikes&id=A1040122

nice !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 15:47:16
Yay my ranting online has paid off.
My new bike on its way to me!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 16:51:38
Yay my ranting online has paid off.
My new bike on its way to me!
Drop me a line and we can do the Dec route again if you like?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 18:24:14
It's a date!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, December 20, 2014, 13:26:39
Well, she's here. I spent last night putting bits together, and cooing over her.

I popped out for a quick 4km jaunt round old town, including Eastcott hill, just to see how she handles compared to my Triban.
Before I start, I'll preface by saying "I do love my T3, a great work horse that got me into roadbiking". But good grief, there's such a difference between the two.
When standing on the pedals there's no "drag" in between strokes/stamps (that makes sense, right?)
The Di2 system is really really crisp.
25mm wheels do seem a lot more cushioning.

I'll get pics up when I've got the saddle up to the right height, and I've ridden her in anger.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, December 20, 2014, 23:09:51
Its got electronic shifting!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, December 20, 2014, 23:33:56
Its got electronic shifting!!!!!!!!!

 :doh:

looked at the canyon outlet today, Ultimate AL SLX Di2 Ultegra bike within my price bracket.

Ultegra Di2 is nice

come on DHL, deliver the fucker


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:55:49
If anyone's after a new starter bike or a new winter steed, this has absolutely amazing specs for the price!

http://www.tritoncycles.co.uk/road-bikes-c5/road-bikes-c37/avanti-giro-3-0-road-bike-2013-p10201

105/Tiagra groupset, R501 wheels and even a carbon seatpost for £399.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 18:21:23
I meant to comment, but that was a decent purchase.

Just so you all know, i love my new bike. here's a pic of it for you to enjoy:
(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k535/bennettkaru/IMG_2942_zps7801f311.jpg) (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/bennettkaru/media/IMG_2942_zps7801f311.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 18:49:56
But now you've gotten it all dirty.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 18:54:46
Only the outside, and I've cleaned it off now.
Need to buy the Mrs a new toothbrush though...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 18:56:41
Nice. Looks like the one I saw in Halfords earlier.


Only joking


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 19:16:25
haha well played batch, you bastard!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 20:06:10
Nice bike Bennett, got yourself a great deal there.

 You must be keen as it's been bloody freezing out


Title: Re:
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 20:28:35
:)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 23:06:57
Nice bike Bennett, got yourself a great deal there.

 You must be keen as it's been bloody freezing out
Cheers Bewster, the canyon is completely different to the T3. I'm getting used to the gearing (compact now instead of triple) slowly.

I was 16km short of 3000km for the year, so decided to "layer up". I'd also bought a new Garmin 500, so wanted to have a play around with that.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 23:24:56
Cheers Bewster, the canyon is completely different to the T3. I'm getting used to the gearing (compact now instead of triple) slowly.
I was 16km short of 3000km for the year, so decided to "layer up". I'd also bought a new Garmin 500, so wanted to have a play around with that.

I initially struggled with going from triple to compact - I kept looking and the back cassette thinking "is that it ?"  ;D You'll soon get used to it tho.

3000km is pretty immense - quite an achievement and worth layering up for. I only managed 2300km this year.

Enjoy the Garmin. Try the training partner function - it can result in you turning yourself inside out !!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 13:49:07
I initially struggled with going from triple to compact - I kept looking and the back cassette thinking "is that it ?"  ;D You'll soon get used to it tho.

3000km is pretty immense - quite an achievement and worth layering up for. I only managed 2300km this year.

Enjoy the Garmin. Try the training partner function - it can result in you turning yourself inside out !!
Ha, yeah I enjoyed seeing the cadence again (i've got a wired cateye computer on my T3, so have been able to actually see if I'm spinning sufficiently), but knowing which gear to be in etc is quite a task. Also moving from thumb/brake shifting to both brake shifting is pretty hard going. I kept moving up a gear instead of hitting the other shifter to move down. Although this could be down to be being dumb...

I'm happy with it! I'm especially happy that I did that in 9 months, as I was in America/Canada for 3 months of the year.

Shudder...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 16:14:47
Sort of a cycling question.. at what age should I get our little lass a balance bikeand any suggestions.

She is nearly 2 and likes bombing around on 4 wheel things so I wonder whether now is the time?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 19:07:47
Sort of a cycling question.. at what age should I get our little lass a balance bikeand any suggestions.

She is nearly 2 and likes bombing around on 4 wheel things so I wonder whether now is the time?

I got mine theirs when they were 2 and a half - as they are twins they are slightly smaller so I'd say now.

As a bit of advice get one with a brake - Scoot have a brake - it'll save some hair raising moments


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 19:21:19
I've been offered the opportunity of buying a Ribble Carbon TT Frame - it comes with a ceramic BB30 bottom bracket and carbon SRAM Cranks all for £300 - which is a saving of c.£400 on the RRP and as it only has less than 50 miles on it so it is a great deal. Its a mate's bike and I know the reason for sale so no issues there.

However, N+1 rule aside, do I want a time trial bike ? I've toyed with the idea for a few years after doing a few training rides with a local club but not convinced it's my thing.

Also, I'd have to buy forks, stem, TT handlebars, chain rings, mechs (F&R), cassette, chain, brakes and if I wanted a decent TT bike I'd have to get some wheels (although I do have a spare set knocking about). So I reckon another £500-£750 dependent on deals and quality of components. It might be a nice little project but it's also a lot of money.

So.................any opinions, advice offered - anybody done any TT'ing and loved/hated it ??


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: grubby on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 20:49:36
Sort of a cycling question.. at what age should I get our little lass a balance bikeand any suggestions.

She is nearly 2 and likes bombing around on 4 wheel things so I wonder whether now is the time?

http://www.islabikes.co.uk/products/bikes/item/rothan

Brilliant bikes for kids.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 21:17:39
http://www.islabikes.co.uk/products/bikes/item/rothan

Brilliant bikes for kids.

agreed


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:11:26
I had a Boardman FS Team and a Boardman CX Team nicked from my shed last night.

Cunts


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:18:03
Fuckers - sorry to hear that


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:27:18
Thanks Bewster

They're insured, but you still want to batter the fuckers.

I've had a lot of MTB's, and apart from my beloved old Orange 5, the Boardman FST was the best ( and less than half the price of the 5)
A cracking bike for a grand


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:37:35
Thanks Bewster

They're insured, but you still want to batter the fuckers.

I've had a lot of MTB's, and apart from my beloved old Orange 5, the Boardman FST was the best ( and less than half the price of the 5)
A cracking bike for a grand

Being insured helped but it's still a complete bastard. Do you think they targeted you or just got lucky ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:45:03
A few of us went out for a ride on Sunday morning.
The police reckon we were probably followed, and they saw where I ended up.

They picked the wrong one , 'cos my mate up the road "Mr S-works" has about £20k worth of bikes in his shed.

Or at least he did, they are now in his front room

The police basically said that in the last 5 days there have been several such thefts. They also said that there will be more until a group of caravans parked about a quarter of a mile away are moved on.

I'm probably a racist for passing that on.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, January 5, 2015, 23:53:49
They also said that there will be more until a group of caravans parked about a quarter of a mile away are moved on.

I'm probably a racist for passing that on.

Say no more and no, you're not.

A small chink of light is that you get to go shopping  ;D


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 00:00:52
Yeh................two £1k bikes, or one £2k bike ?

Could be back to the Orange 5 !


Title: Re: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 00:19:14
A few of us went out for a ride on Sunday morning.
The police reckon we were probably followed, and they saw where I ended up.

They picked the wrong one , 'cos my mate up the road "Mr S-works" has about £20k worth of bikes in his shed.

Or at least he did, they are now in his front room

The police basically said that in the last 5 days there have been several such thefts. They also said that there will be more until a group of caravans parked about a quarter of a mile away are moved on.

I'm probably a racist for passing that on.
Strava?

There seem to be a spate of thefts up here every 6 months or so.. I do wonder if there are just gangs moving around doing it- police seem to think majority are just stripped for components so they must know what they are looking for?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 00:42:21
Why do you say Strava ?

I don't use it, but all my cycle mates do.

Is there a way that they can work out where you live from Strava ?

If so, they should have gone a few doors up the road - "Mr S-works" is a Strava addict, and has a summer and winter bike for road and off road, all together, like I said £20K+



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 00:55:01
Strava plots the route on the map which people can view on line and if you start and finish at home it pinpoints the house. You can set a security thing that means the first 500m (or something) is not shown on the map but you have to set it up. Plus many people record what bike they have on strava, I know where all the Cervelos live round here!

I know that when the guy across the road from me had 5 bikes lifted the police were convinced it was down to strava - it's been all over the local rag.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 00:58:07
Thanks, I'll alert my mates


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 01:23:52
Say no more and no, you're not.

A small chink

Dave Whelan might argue otherwise....(after he's been on his FA sponsored recorrection course)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 08:16:58
I had to do a quick check of the shed after I read this. Sorry to hear about the bikes :(


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 17:54:37
Sorry for your loss NtNIIH

Enjoy shopping!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 19:53:30
Cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 21:48:50
Don't forget to search for them eBay and Gumtree in case they turn up. Was reading about this in a bike mag about people tracing their stolen bikes.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 21:54:54
Are you in Swindon NTNIIH?

I'll keep an eye on the for sale:Swindon FB group just in case the thieves are really dumb. Sounds more like a proper job to me though.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 22:14:00
On a similar matter, does anyone have bike insurance?


Title: Re:
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 22:30:24
Nope. My bike is probably worth about 2 months premium though!

Some household insurances cover you. A guy at work had his custom bike nicked from the work bike shreds and his paid up..


Title: Re:
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 23:14:15
Nope. My bike is probably worth about 2 months premium though!

Some household insurances cover you. A guy at work had his custom bike nicked from the work bike shreds and his paid up..

I've got mine included (named) on my home which covers them away from home as well.

However I've often thought about bike insurance which covers accidents etc.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 23:35:28
I've got a communal bike share here, so I don't think my household cover will extend to that (guess I could call them). But was thinking of covering both bikes, juuuuust in case.

Also, I'm doing this on Sunday if anyone fancies coming along and being social
http://www.performancecycles.co.uk/mini/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 00:01:46
Are you in Swindon NTNIIH?

I'll keep an eye on the for sale:Swindon FB group just in case the thieves are really dumb. Sounds more like a proper job to me though.

No I'm in Hertford, but Thanks anyway


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Not that Nice If I'm Honest on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 00:03:44
My bikes were specifically named in my house insurance, with a value.

Trouble is they won't pay over that for the accessories, so if you do the same, add a bit on the value to cover your pedals and lights etc


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 21:13:33
Nearly witnessed a dead cyclist tonight. Fucking imbecile sailing through a red light without a care in the world, car came through the lights around the corner literally a second after they had gone past. Very lucky. No surprise the cyclists killed in London sadly.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 11:25:08
Neither myself nor three mates got a place in the Ride London ballot, and then to add insult to injury they send you a magazine with a training plan - thanks chaps!

We are now looking at other options (including possibly doing London to Paris (on our own for charity) next year - however has anyone done the below - is it an absolute bitch!

http://southernsportive.com/?go=gwestern&eventid=150517&page=routes


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 20:41:36
Neither myself nor three mates got a place in the Ride London ballot, and then to add insult to injury they send you a magazine with a training plan - thanks chaps!

We are now looking at other options (including possibly doing London to Paris (on our own for charity) next year - however has anyone done the below - is it an absolute bitch!

http://southernsportive.com/?go=gwestern&eventid=150517&page=routes

I did that a couple of times a few years ago, when it used to run in June. Nice route. Couple of tough climbs in the first half, Hackpen and Snap, then Hatchet Hill towards the end on tired legs can be difficult. Well sign posted, good organisation and a manageable about of riders.

I too missed out on Ride London... three years running. ::)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 20:55:21
I too missed out on Ride London... three years running. ::)

Same here.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 21:21:32
Same here.

so that's now 6 people I know entered and no one got in!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 21:45:44
Of the four people I know who entered, one got a place. First time applicant. We already had hotel booked for the weekend, so I'll go down in support role. Last year I was offered a friend's place the day before the event, so might get lucky again.

Anyone on here have any experience of racing? Time trialling doesn't really interest me, but seriously considering getting a licence and giving racing a go. Castle Combe has a regular series through the summer, starting in May. Just don't want to be spat out the back after half a lap.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Friday, February 6, 2015, 17:01:48
Of the four people I know who entered, one got a place. First time applicant. We already had hotel booked for the weekend, so I'll go down in support role. Last year I was offered a friend's place the day before the event, so might get lucky again.

Anyone on here have any experience of racing? Time trialling doesn't really interest me, but seriously considering getting a licence and giving racing a go. Castle Combe has a regular series through the summer, starting in May. Just don't want to be spat out the back after half a lap.

Not raced but watched a few. Knowing a few competitors leads me to believe getting spat out the back is a good learning process.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Friday, February 6, 2015, 19:27:23
If you like tinkering with the bike as I do you might find this guy a good follow

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-D/151367174964293

and this is cool too

http://www.wimp.com/rideswheelie/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 10:54:14
Can anyone recommend a universal rear mounted (not towbar) bike carrier? Don't want to spend loads, but want something that will do the job.
Ta  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy Glass is an Alien on Friday, March 20, 2015, 22:25:42
Having not paid too much attention to this thread before, I thought is resurrect it as I've accepted a challenge to cycle from Bath to Swindon via Stonehenge (approx 70 miles). As a novice rider, what advice would you suggest?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, March 20, 2015, 23:13:20
Having not paid too much attention to this thread before, I thought is resurrect it as I've accepted a challenge to cycle from Bath to Swindon via Stonehenge (approx 70 miles). As a novice rider, what advice would you suggest?

Pick your route carefully, I was on the 303 at Stonehenge today and I wouldn't cycle it.  But 70 is a tidy distance, for a novice, so you want to do a few rides previous, to work your way up.  If you're starting from nothing, then maybe a 10 miler, 15 miler etc, until you can comfortably do 50....if you can do 50 comfortably, then you should be able to dig deep and enter a world of hurt to find the extra 20.

Then really it's just making sure you keep hydrated and have sources of energy releasing foods....I use things like nanas, figs, dates and Frusli bars.  As a good emergency anti knock, I find butterscotch sweets decent....but these things are personal, and there's trendy stuff on the market, for most of the regulars on this thread.

One slightly silly thing to be aware of, is that if it is sunny even in Feb or March, and your body hasn't seen sun for a while, you can burn, as the same bits of body tend to be exposed for fairly long spells.

And finally, do make sure you carry a bit of a tool kit, puncture repair, spare tubes, that sort of thing, just in case.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:43:04
Wot Reg sed.
Cannot stress the point of spare tubes (note the plural). Nowt worse than fixing a flat on the back to realise the front is gone as well.

In terms of food - Lidl flapjack for 49p is great. Loads of sugar and carbs.

Mainly enjoy and treat yourself to a pint afterwards


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 18:20:47
Jelly Babies- good back pocket energy booster.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 18:37:34
Wot Reg sed.
Cannot stress the point of spare tubes (note the plural). Nowt worse than fixing a flat on the back to realise the front is gone as well.

In terms of food - Lidl flapjack for 49p is great. Loads of sugar and carbs.

Mainly enjoy and treat yourself to a pint afterwards

A pint after 70 miles.....feels like you've mainlined it  :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 20:45:29
Ok, maybe have a nap first, then a pint


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 20:07:04
Bennett - have you been splashing the cash again on a powertap ?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 21:51:18
I have, but for fucks sake don't tell my Mrs!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 22:29:18
I have, but for fucks sake don't tell my Mrs!

How the hell did you hide that?

Is it good?? Tell us more


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 21:24:53
I got it delivered to my parents and snuck it into the flat v quietly!

It's still early doors, but it's really handy to see my power and start to work out what my Wattage is and can manage it. I'll be starting intervals using my power, in an attempt to be able to sustain a higher wattage for longer. Have we done the share of strava accounts thing? If not, here's mine:
https://www.strava.com/athletes/3626575?utm_source=top-nav


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 22:35:37
I got it delivered to my parents and snuck it into the flat v quietly!

It's still early doors, but it's really handy to see my power and start to work out what my Wattage is and can manage it. I'll be starting intervals using my power, in an attempt to be able to sustain a higher wattage for longer. Have we done the share of strava accounts thing? If not, here's mine:
https://www.strava.com/athletes/3626575?utm_source=top-nav
I did briefly wonder if the guy called bennett, riding a Canyon was you last week. The PowerTap pretty much sealed it.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/800060?utm_source=top-nav (https://www.strava.com/athletes/800060?utm_source=top-nav)

Small world...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 07:17:03
one of us is stalking to other Chris...


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: STFC_Chris on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 21:13:27
one of us is stalking to other Chris...
:D

See you Sunday with King KOM.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, March 27, 2015, 19:13:15
 Impressive win by Geraint Thomas in E3 Harelbeke today.  A major Flanders day race, including some cobbles, Sky normally pants at this stuff, but G saw off, the likes of Cancellara, Sagan, Van Marke, Van Avremat, Stybar, Degenkolb, so bodes well for Roubaix etc.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: WEBBERhyde on Friday, March 27, 2015, 19:50:50
Dammit.

Forgot E3 was today and clicked on here unwittingly only to find out the result before the highlights a bit later...bollocks. Managed to find out about Cancellara too. Gutted him and Boonen won't be at the Ronde and Roubaix.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Friday, April 3, 2015, 00:50:45
I must admit on first read I thought this was an April Fool but looking at the date it's legit....

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/team-skys-secret-weapon-a-suspension-pinarello-dogma-cobble-bike-165107


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:10:44
I'm intrigued to know how this new Pinarello works out.
With Gee, Stannard or Wiggo atop it might be a winner


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:26:15
Right chaps! My battery pack for my Cree XML T6 has died. Battery packs on the Chinese stuff are notoriously bad. Anyone got any knowledge of suppliers with decent replacements?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, April 4, 2015, 11:45:55
I'm intrigued to know how this new Pinarello works out.
With Gee, Stannard or Wiggo atop it might be a winner

Thomas looks a good bet for Flanders tomorrow. Wiggins will be going all out for the Paris-Roubaix before he leaves Sky, so that should be interesting.

Stannard will most likely be used to drag both of them along, although he'll probably have a crack at the Amstel Gold himself.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, April 4, 2015, 11:50:01
Right chaps! My battery pack for my Cree XML T6 has died. Battery packs on the Chinese stuff are notoriously bad. Anyone got any knowledge of suppliers with decent replacements?

Are you able to open the battery pack? It's probably just a few 18650 batteries in there (the same used in laptop battery packs). You can get them on dx.com from China along with a charger for not much money.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Saturday, April 4, 2015, 14:33:53
Are you able to open the battery pack? It's probably just a few 18650 batteries in there (the same used in laptop battery packs). You can get them on dx.com from China along with a charger for not much money.
Going to try a £10 set I can see on Fleabay. If they are no good I'll invest in a battery case and then buy some branded batteries as you suggest.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 5, 2015, 21:25:39
Thomas looks a good bet for Flanders tomorrow. Wiggins will be going all out for the Paris-Roubaix before he leaves Sky, so that should be interesting.

Stannard will most likely be used to drag both of them along, although he'll probably have a crack at the Amstel Gold himself.

G ran out of steam....Kristoff looks formidable atm.

Anybody out today?  Pretty much perfect conditions, I managed about 12 miles, working my way back into it after winter break.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, April 5, 2015, 22:39:23
I was up in town for the game so popped out this morning for a brisk 28. Went down Dayhouse lane, Liddington, Bishopstone, Uffington, Shrivenham, Highworth.

As you said Reg, perfect conditions and dry roads.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 08:17:54
G ran out of steam....Kristoff looks formidable atm.

Anybody out today?  Pretty much perfect conditions, I managed about 12 miles, working my way back into it after winter break.

More importantly it began to resemble wacky races, two riders taken out by neutral service,inflatable banners collapsing on the peloton, just needed a Richard Hammond commentary and it could have passed as an edition of total wipeout!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 13:48:04
Anybody out today?  Pretty much perfect conditions, I managed about 12 miles, working my way back into it after winter break.

I did a little 17.7 miler with just over 1500 feet of climbing- my first proper climbing ride of the year.

I followed this up yesterday with a 23.3 miler including just over 1900 feet of climbing.

My legs are a bit slow today.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:11:42
I did a little 17.7 miler with just over 1500 feet of climbing- my first proper climbing ride of the year.

I followed this up yesterday with a 23.3 miler including just over 1900 feet of climbing.

My legs are a bit slow today.

I also had my first ride for 6 months yesterday (combination of limited personal motivation, changing job (for the better) and having a 2 year old!), lovely weather but hell that was painful - not so much my legs but arms shoulders neck and backside (forgot the chamois cream - grrr)

Managed 31 miles with 1124 feet upwards!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, April 11, 2015, 18:57:00
Joining the 'first ride in ages' bandwagon, I had a spare hour so popped out for a brisk 13 miles today.

The legs aren't too bad, but my word my lungs certainly were.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy Glass is an Alien on Sunday, April 12, 2015, 08:20:13
Brisk 45 miles on Monday. Swindon to Chippenham via lyneham and then back via calms. Flagged a bit towards the end due to beat, but felt good.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Sunday, April 12, 2015, 18:39:10
The sun is out, and Halfords was busy today (additional 20% off cycling stuff ends soon, so got some gatorskins)! Bloody fairweather cyclists ;)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Jimmy Glass is an Alien on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 21:04:26
I cycled to Marlborough and back today, a shade under 30 miles. It was quite pleasant, but are there any other similar routes around as I'd like to go slightly further afield?

I don't mind A roads as long as the traffic has ample space to overtake.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 21:36:46
From West Swindon, I generally head out north through Purton and/or Cricklade. If it's a short one, then just Swindon > Cricklade > Leigh > Flaxlands > Swindon. That's about 25 miles.

If you want longer then you can detour through Latton down the old A419, down the Spine Road, up through Oaksey and Minety.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 21:37:47
Although Bennett will probably be able to give you advice about the Downs, his Strava would suggest he seems to have gotten a love of hills. The nutter.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 21:48:20
I cycled to Marlborough and back today, a shade under 30 miles. It was quite pleasant, but are there any other similar routes around as I'd like to go slightly further afield?

I don't mind A roads as long as the traffic has ample space to overtake.

I've a ride planned....it involves going to Lechlade, this by way of....out of Swindon.via the cycle tracks from by the CG along old canal, then Oxford Road....over the bridge by the White Hart, and round to South Marston, up and on to Sevenhampton (Ian Fleming's grave if you like that sort of thing) on to Coleshill via Fresden....couple of short sharp climbs. Coleshill to Buscot, all of this on minor roads, but you hit 417 to run into Lechlade, reasonably short section not too bad.
Through most of Lechlade, then left turn for the Coln St Aldwyn's road, an ancient salt way, over the old East Glos Railway, then left down into Fairford....I haven't seen the glass in church for ages, so what I'm going for. Then Whelford, along edge of airfield Kempsford, Hannington Bridge over the Thames, thorugh Hannington Wick to Hannington, then down to Blunsdon/Highworth road a quick left right leads into Stanton Fizwarren. A clever bit here enables missing the 361....into Stanton Park head south through the wood there are cyclable tracks, which take you past the back end of the Crem gardens and bring yoi out on the B4141, which is busy but OK for a pavement job to land you by the Kingsdown. Bit of Beechcroft Road, then left into St Phillip's Road, and that does te nice little cycle route along Green Road  and the BMW works to Gypsy Lane. Bugger here is that Gypsy Lane bridge is out, so best way round is to go via Greenbridge back to the CG via Stratton Road and then canal cycle path.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 23:31:51
Although Bennett will probably be able to give you advice about the Downs, his Strava would suggest he seems to have gotten a love of hills. The nutter.
Its only because he is trying to emulate me - Im his mentor, guru and all time cycling hero!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Red Frog on Monday, April 20, 2015, 06:45:43
Although Bennett will probably be able to give you advice about the Downs, his Strava would suggest he seems to have gotten a love of hills. The nutter.

Got. It's got.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 20, 2015, 06:53:11
Its only because he is trying to emulate me - Im his mentor, guru and all time cycling hero!
I was wearing nearly all black yesterday :)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:45:22
Although Bennett will probably be able to give you advice about the Downs, his Strava would suggest he seems to have gotten a love of hills. The nutter.

Nothing wrong with a love of hills. You can't beat a bit of serious uppage- rapidly followed by a bit of rapidly descending.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:06:39
I cycled to Marlborough and back today, a shade under 30 miles. It was quite pleasant, but are there any other similar routes around as I'd like to go slightly further afield?

I don't mind A roads as long as the traffic has ample space to overtake.

I was up at the weekend for the game and went out Sunday - Did Swindon - Liddington - Towards Uffington then up over the hill to Lambourn - Aldbourne - Oggie - home.

There are plently of routes out Uffington Way the bring you back through Highworth - good quiet roads too.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:11:09
JGiaA has missed the all important point though - what bike have you got?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:26:26
So this is a question for you bike mechanics and fettlers out there.....

I have a Felt road bike (with less than 1500 miles on it) with carbon fork and steerer coupled with an FSA headset. Recently I stripped it down, cleaned and greased and also replaced the brakes (upgraded to 105). I was very careful in taking it apart and even downloaded the FSA instructions when I put in back together again.

Now when I brake under quite a lot of force - say at the bottom of hill after doing 30+mph I get quite a lot of vibration and also over bumpy surfaces. I checked, taken in apart and rechecked, tightened again and again but there still seems to be a bit of play in it, more so than my alu/carbon fork on my Trek which has none.

Either I am being neurotic as maybe it was like it before or I'm doubting my ability or there is something amiss. The fork doesn't have a crown race, which is common on carbon fork/steerers apparently (or so I've read) but I'd really welcome anyone’s advice or guidance (apart from 4D's usual unfunny sarcasm)

Cheers


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, April 20, 2015, 13:27:54
So you have good tension on the top cap before torqueing the stem bolts onto the steerer?

Have you left a spacer above the stem? My mechanics all say a carbon steerer needs a spacer on top of the stem before tightening the top cap.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Monday, April 20, 2015, 13:49:59
So you have good tension on the top cap before torqueing the stem bolts onto the steerer?

Yes - Doubled triple checked this

Have you left a spacer above the stem? My mechanics all say a carbon steerer needs a spacer on top of the stem before tightening the top cap.

No, havent tried this yet. Thanks


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Munichred on Monday, April 20, 2015, 15:54:26
(http://i.imgur.com/HQMA0im.jpg) (http://imgur.com/HQMA0im)

Not a bad view of the Alps from the second Biergarten on our first sunny shortish trip (45km) in 2015.

http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=129536

I'm in a cycle group in Munich, whose ethos is "an hour in the saddle, an hour in the Biergarten". We cycle most Sundays in the year, starting in April. We take a local train at around 9am, 20-40km to wherever, then cycle 40-75km to a different station for our return trip, getting back 6-10pm, depending on the weather and how long we stop at the last Biergareten  :pint: If there is a lake on the route there will be a swim stop. It has been known for the whole group (after a Schnapps or three) to be skinny dipping.


(http://i.imgur.com/b6FEXDe.jpg) (http://imgur.com/b6FEXDe)

Not such a good view of your correspondent...



Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Munichred on Monday, April 20, 2015, 16:12:15
Another one...

(http://i.imgur.com/zzAtuKE.jpg) (http://imgur.com/zzAtuKE)


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, April 20, 2015, 16:26:36
 A very sound ethos.  Back in the days when Sunday hours were 12-2, then close until 7. Had an informal group, who'd set off around 10, get to chosen pub out in the sticks for maybe an hours or so drinking then cycle back powered by beer.

Bit of a kip and maybe some grub, to be ready for opening again back in Swindon.

I've done 40Km s'afternoon....might treat myself to a pint or two later.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: bennett on Monday, April 20, 2015, 18:57:37
Nothing wrong with a love of hills. You can't beat a bit of serious uppage- rapidly followed by a bit of rapidly descending.
This was in proper bandit country, with far too many narrow lanes with loose gravel to let the brakes go.
https://www.strava.com/activities/288453003


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Monday, April 20, 2015, 22:42:37
That is a damned impressive profile mate.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 07:38:33
This was in proper bandit country, with far too many narrow lanes with loose gravel to let the brakes go.
https://www.strava.com/activities/288453003
Oi! You be bloody careful - That's my old fackin manor! :-/


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 19:23:47
Have you left a spacer above the stem? My mechanics all say a carbon steerer needs a spacer on top of the stem before tightening the top cap.

This really helped so many thanks. The steerer expander had also moved.

I had a professional bike fit today which was excellent and quite surprising. New stem and adjustmernts to saddle (height/forward), handlebars, cleats (cleat wedge on left side). Bike initially feels fantastic but I'll report back after a few rides.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 19:30:37
This really helped so many thanks. The steerer expander had also moved.

I had a professional bike fit today which was excellent and quite surprising. New stem and adjustmernts to saddle (height/forward), handlebars, cleats (cleat wedge on left side). Bike initially feels fantastic but I'll report back after a few rides.


Glad to be of help Bewster.

A bike fit can make a big difference with small adjusments can't it?


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 20:30:51
So much so. Everything was so subtle but it just felt right. Biggest move was the saddle up 10mm.

Can't wait to test it out on the road.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 11:24:06
So much so. Everything was so subtle but it just felt right. Biggest move was the saddle up 10mm.

Can't wait to test it out on the road.

I have been meaning to have a bike fit for years, especially as my lower back seems to be getting worse as I get older - but I have always been fearful that they will find that my bike just doesn't fit me in the slightest - its a massive frame as I am 6'4".


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 11:25:52
I know this has been raised before (by me) but I cannot be bothered to trawl back through 100+ pages of this thread ( and I cannot use the search thing), what did we conclude were decent all round tyres that are not Gatorskins (as I cannot abide the consent battle getting them on and off!).

Sorry!


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:08:38
I know this has been raised before (by me) but I cannot be bothered to trawl back through 100+ pages of this thread ( and I cannot use the search thing), what did we conclude were decent all round tyres that are not Gatorskins (as I cannot abide the consent battle getting them on and off!).

Sorry!

Continental GP4000s (folding) are my choice


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:12:34
So much so. Everything was so subtle but it just felt right. Biggest move was the saddle up 10mm.

Can't wait to test it out on the road.

Had a good ride at the weekend on the bike - did 41ish miles. I can honestly say that it felt brilliant - I seem to be generating more power and thus more speed with less effort. I still got a sore neck and back ached a little but I'm expecting 10+ rides to get used to it.

The biggest change was on my legs - I find that my weaker left side fails to fully utilise hamstrings and glutes through the pedal stroke but this was significantly improved. So far so good


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:16:25
I need to work on my setup. Still getting a niggly knee pain after rides which no amount of cleat or saddle adjustment seems to fix. I've always had problems with the ankle on that same leg, so I'm putting it down to a mobility thing. I reckon it's something I'll just have to deal with (with the aid of my foam roller).


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: fuzzy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 13:36:31
I need to work on my setup. Still getting a niggly knee pain after rides which no amount of cleat or saddle adjustment seems to fix. I've always had problems with the ankle on that same leg, so I'm putting it down to a mobility thing. I reckon it's something I'll just have to deal with (with the aid of my foam roller).

Try getting yourself checked out for wedges under the cleats of inside the shoe- if your natural foot position is cambered, this might account for pain in the knee/ ankle as you compensate.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 13:52:58
That was next on the list, along with longer pedal spindles.


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 13:58:35
Try getting yourself checked out for wedges under the cleats of inside the shoe- if your natural foot position is cambered, this might account for pain in the knee/ ankle as you compensate.

I had a wedge put under my left cleat last week - its seems to work.

http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Bikefit/3-Hole-Cleat-Wedge-single/MH4?gclid=CjwKEAjw1KGqBRC55bru-sa7zCcSJAAxsBf5beze73952hNDZCYMjpaM2cl_XztzYvG1ms8ZkHrzsBoCB7rw_wcB


Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Bewster on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 17:11:42
Is Bennett doing this Nationwide Cycle thing ?


Title: Re: Cycling