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The other thread got too big.
Reckon this one will be good until next February / March.
tried out my new waterproof neoprene gloves this morning. verdict: fine but a total bastard to get them back off.
They're probably shit but oh well.
makes you feel like a dolphin
Quick to dry, doesn't flap about in the wind.
Honestly wish it was acceptable to wear bike stuff all day every day.
Not sure I have any other see-able bits.
As for blokes: you can wear some normal shorts over lycra ones OR just don't give a fuck about it.
lycra in the playground is just unseemly.
Side note: my colleague has to boil wash the padding from her boyfriend's lycra pants every week. Grim.
and I thought the lettuce soup was grim
the mtb shorts hide my sexy arse from schoolkids
I don't wear them on the ride home. let em look I say.
Well, not quite my bum. It was in the general bum region.
please try to stay on topic
because going through city traffic, etc, doesn't really appeal - I just try to do longer rides at weekends.
I'd quite like to try some sportives over the next year - are there any ones that people can recommend as being decent ones for someone new to them?
(though I didn't do it for charidee) and though lots of folk complain about it cos of the sheer numbers and that, it's a great long ride to start you off. I had a really nice time and will do it again next year.
Might do this next year: http://humanrace.co.uk/event/letape-london/
I'll be back from France by then
Tend to be a bit on the expensive side,but there are 3 course lengths to choose from, well stock feed stations, timing ect... Check their website for a full calendar.
The day-glo needs to be put into weekends only retirement.
Let's leave the budget open-ended until I decided I can't afford it, which will be tomorrow.
Quite hard to recommend anything without a budget
love my ribble
Asking for a friend.
3 large rear flashing red lights
What's your setup?
One rear light.
No lights, no saddle bag, nada. When it starts getting properly dark at 6, it'll be two front lights, helmet light, two back lights
everyone get on here:
My two aims when cycling are:
1) Don't sweat
2) Don't build leg muscle I'll have to hoist around when climbing
I reckon on any given route I will be the slowest user of Strava. Anyone going slower than me will probably not be fussed about logging their activity.
in the rush hour is going much faster than an average of 12-15 mph.
Hence the safety wink. I've done my share of riding in busy cities and it sucks
to commute to work, I got one mile in before misjudging a line of fast-braking traffic on a downhill, and bounced myself off the back of some poor sod's car. So I'm quite careful now.
Of course I believe the average speed in Central London for motorised traffic is only something like 17 mph.
it was the car's fault. it's ALWAYS the car's fault.
Though people still overtake me a lot.
I am VERY unfit so I don't really care, hoping my speed will improve though.
I'm definitely getting faster. still slow as fuck, like.
I do the same boring route 2 to 3 times a week. Do not expect much variation.
mainly mountain biking around Brighton - bit of road
I don't Strava my commute as it's too short to bother
climb some hills, you guys.
I'm in oxford! there's no hills anywhere near me
Cycled in London over the weekend, that was fun. The A2(00?) up to Blackheath was narrow and there was shit loads of HGVs which was a bit grim. My friend lost his bike key when we were out so had to leave his bike chained to my friend's front gate.
Gonna do the Dunwich Dynamo in July (I know) next year. Looking forward to it.
Finished building my new commuter in the summer, fixed-gear Columbus-tubed big grey lump. It's lovely to ride and have picked up riding fixed much quicker than expected. Annoyingly can't go *quite* as fast as my old singlespeed but them's the brakes (lol).
will have my ss/fixed done *hopefully* this weekend
I live about 100 metres from the A2 and avoid it whenever possible...
I did it this year, it was brilliant. Most of it anyway. A proper unique experience.
It was a really good read. Pretty sure I want to do it next year too :D
Cheers for that. I'm hoping to do it again next year if it all works out. A completely pointless endeavour in all fairness but felt so satisfying swimming in the sea at 7am after watching the sunrise along the way.
Not sure I'd say the same if it was a headwind and pissing rain all the way mind.
For my bike, not for me to wear. I keep it outside so it keeps it from rusting and was the only one I could find that had a space to let the lock through. Also doubled up as an impromptu picnic blanket in the park this weekend (y)
If I keep sliding forward on my seat what's the issue? Seat angle? Seat height? Handlebar height?
This is my bike by the way, not my blog but the woman's who I bought it off. It's steel frame but the lightest I've ever had. I love it so much <3
Seat height and seat angle tbh. Sounds like the seat is too low and you're compensating for it. Raise the seat and possibly slide it back on the rails. An easy guess on position is to place the pedal at a 6 o'clock position and place your heel on the centre of the pedal. Your leg should be ever so slightly bent at the knee.
but I worry about not being able to reach the floor if I need to. Going to mess around with the seat height in the morning but I have drop handlebars and I already feel like I am really bent over so might lift them too. Going to be like riding a unicycle.
I have almost a 10-15cm drop between seat and bars. There should be a slight drop between the two. Just fiddle until it feels right.
you shouldn't stay sat on the saddle, wobbling around on tiptoes
You should get off the saddle and stand properly on the floor
then back on when you move off
then you can run your saddle at a decent peddling height
Check how busy your commuting route is compared to other bike wankers:
I own some bib shorts. What else do I need?
Got that. What next?
Gloves and lights...
with the exception of a spare inner tube and a multi-tool. probably better to get them before you find out you need them.
just doing my bit
anyone rockin a buff in here
May have to buy a new one soon.
And I'm still turning up at work with a sweaty back. I only wear a sweatshirt (but with quite a heavy rucksack), but I look at cyclists around me in jumpers and coats and wonder how they avoid the swamp gathering on me.
I know that there was some rucksack chat ^upthread, but personally I never cycle with one. Usually a shoulder bag/satchel for me, or if I have a 'big load' then use my panniers.
Cycling slower will help with the sweat too
Full rapha kit wanker today (apart from the casquet, which is Vulpine). Laters
Vulpine clothes look niiiiiice
But get stuff when it's reduced as it is a little expensive. Vulpine is good too, but not enough performance stuff, more based around leisure riding and looking good off the bike
I am in my late 20's and bought a bmx as I used to love riding it when I was 15. I was confident I wouldn't feel self conscious when riding it but as a result of friends, family and the general public ridiculing me I hardly ride it - this is also despite me being able to do loads of cool tricks.
(or just sell the bike)
Or to put it another way, 'clothes'? I do. My commute is four miles and flat as a pancake, so even in the summertime there's no chance of my breaking a sweat. Also, partly as a result of the majority of my cycle being through Zone 1 London and partly because I cycle an XL size hybrid, I don't go very fast.
It seems a much more continental approach to cycle a bit slower and wear your own stuff. That said, some folk seem to appreciate their cycling kit as armour to the outside world.
Also, I don't wear a helmet...
Sound like a nice relaxing cycle with minimum bother, though I would wear a helmet in London, the roads are very unpredictable.
(ie very stretchy jeans and a long-sleeved under a short-sleeved tshirt) but as it's 8 miles I now have a PLETHORA of lovely lycra wanker stuff to wear so it'd be a shame not to.
if I'm cycling / commuting round brighton I just wear normal clothes and no helmet
I wear all the gear if I'm out road/ mountain biking
Thus, I just wear jeans and a T-shirt (plus jacket if it's cold). Similarly, it's 4 miles through flat, slow, London.
cos, you know, safety
Since I was about 12, and I've never felt any compulsion to get proper bike gear. I just wear an old pair of cutoffs and a t-shirt/sweatshirt in summer/winter. I've just never understood the appeal of the lycra.
This^ reminds me, the first time I did Brighton to London (prefer it that way round - get the big hill out of the way first) I did it on an old mountain bike while wearing jeans, a t-shirt and DMs. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I do think that there's been a tendency to go a bit kit-heavy these days. After all, the bike is essentially the only thing you REALLY need.
But if I'm doing a ton plus I'm wearing the best stuff I own
Comfortable clothes + comfortable bike + leisurely speed = comfortable ride...
Let alone dms. Fair play
...by stopping for fish n chips and two pints. It's not easy being an elite athlete like me.
THAT is how it's done.
50 miles, stop for pub lunch then head home. Lovely
...I had fish n chips and two pints for lunch pretty much everyday - need to keep the calories up and that. Reckon that over the course of the two weeks it took me (including getting away/to home) I probably drank about 70 pints. You don't see anyone on Le Tour matching that.
I was having double fried breakfasts, big lunches and dinner. As well as getting pissed on 5 of the 7 days. Could not do that now
Cereal? Yes please.
Yoghurt and fruit? Yes please.
Fry up? Yes please.
More toast? Yes please. In fact, whatever you got...
I sweat like a beast if I wear a normal t-shirt
question: how many wears would I get out one of those softshell jersey type things before it needs a wash? do I need one for every day of the week? because they're a bit pricey
(wearing it over a base layer obvs)
or two or three smaller ride is a good rule for most kit
The £8 ones I got from Aldi have been great for the shorter rides I do (I am also a sweaty beast).
do you not need to wait for a specific day of the month or something to buy bike stuff from aldi?
so it's the same as any other shop then? their website tries to make out like they only sell non-food stuff on certain days
it is entirely possible that I am an idiot and have completely misread it
Variously themed stuff (e.g. cycling kit) gets released in when-it's-gone-it's gone batches, in limited stock, on particular days, with advance notice. So if you've got your eye on something in particular, then get in there early doors to avoid disappointment innit.
I think it's just basic stuff though.
ALSO if you just want cheap cycling kit and aren't really bothered about brand or whatever then this site is amazing:
The team pursuit teams have just bossed it. Impressive stuff considering this is the second to last high profile meet before the Olympics next year.
one glance in the mirror tells me no, but i can't afford full-length tights until the end of the month.
could i get away with it in the meantime? or should i just suck up the cold and leave the overshoes aside until i can pair them with full-length bottoms?
and only cost a few quid (as long as you don't buy castelli or owt)
but if you want to get wanky about it
3/4 plus oversocks YES
3/4 plus overshoes NO
Gonna go on ahead and rock the three-quarter length/overshoe look on the club run tomorrow with pride.
Bike now rides like a silent assassin.
Also gonna buy some leg warmers, more lights and some extra base layers today.
They are a thing of beauty.
cool I'll just remortgage my flat and have a look
Also some heavily reduced bib tights which look useful for when it's freezing.
But having ridden in all sorts of different kit over the past 8 years, from Aldi and cheap, cheap stuff, up to rapha and the top end, and most things in-between, I Just think that it's worth spending a little more sometimes. I've got a merino wool base layer from from Rapha which is three years old, and it's as fresh as the day it was delivered. Different strokes, different folks I guess.
just got decathloned out my face
base layers x 3
jersey x 1
silly wee clip on lights x 2
clothes all probably on the small side for me but idgaf. have also (finally) fitted my mudguards, adjusted my pedals and brakes and greased everything.
should probably go out for a ride now...
tell you what, kinda wish I'd greased me nips
Just got round to it. Insurance and stuff.
never needed to
primarily in case i have a shot at the Wednesday track league, but that hasn't happened yet. Chain Reaction discount is welcome.
Needed third party insurance when I joined a club. Was pennies for a year.
looks like it's £33 / year according to their website
Then another 10% for something else. Ended up being less than £15 for the year. I don't have bike insurance as my bike isn't worth owt really and so I only wanted public liability. Contents insurance isn't valid for riding with a club.
I'm hoping mine does
The majority of home insurance policies offer third party cover for any person connected with the household outside of the home.
Join your local CTC if ya just fancy insurance
Not sure why people are so hostile to it. Bizarre.
Just saying that you're covered in other ways. But if you want to join a club, your house insurance won't cover you. I've never been a club member, so have no need for British cycling or ctc membership
Beyond the insurance. But whatever.
Get a healthy discount at my lbs, not interested in joining a club (although I might join audax club next year). Anything else?
I love BC :)
Lost a bar end plug this morning though :(
Just setting off. BYE!
You done away with your Mango now then?
Gearing was just too high. Hilariously they've brought out some newer geared bikes with much kinder gearing which I'd have probably gone for. However my Triban 3 was a complete bargain with a carbon fork and Sora gears so I can't complain at all. Plus I love her (him?).
gonna be permafrost on the roads soon too :(
Used them for the first time this weekend. Fell over twice, it was fine (and to be expected). BUT. I am struggling with one aspect of it: which foot I put down when stopping. Usually I put my right foot down first, but then I also start riding again with my right foot on the pedal first. If I want to remain clipped in then I'm gonna have to train myself to set my left foot down first (and I'm guessing this is safer anyway given the kerb is on the left side), and I was trying to do that this morning wearing normal shoes and I just couldn't do it. Also, when I stop, I seem to put all my weight onto my right side which means trying to set my left foot down first feels really unbalanced. Also I can't push off with my left foot on the pedal, so doing it that way isn't an option.
(apart from falling over at the start)
On the leg thing, I'm right-footed... 95% (while just out and about) of the time I unclip my right foot and stand on that, then push away with my left and my right can clip in and get the first forceful stroke in.
That way I've never clattered the pedal on the kerb too if I'm tight against it at a junction or similar.
Clipping in/out is fine.
I think I'll try unclipping the right and pushing away with the left, see if I can get used to that.
I'll blame my sis, who told me to unclip my left foot first and that's why I fell off. TWICE. Stupid sister (not really she's my cycling hero).
I would imagine it's easier to learn to push off with your other foot, rather than learn to unclip your other foot first... if you see what I mean?
if you naturally put your right foot down first, keep doing it. but start pushing off with your left instead.
but clipping out / going to put your foot down needs to be instinctive and if you hesitate you can unbalance yourself and fall over.
when you're already stopped with one foot on the floor, you can't really fall over without trying very hard.
(maybe? fuck knows)
I just can't imagine it.
who pushes off with the foot that's on the ground anyway? sort your life out, knickers
put my left pedal down
right pedal up, ready to get off saddle and put right foot on floor
dismount getting off saddle putting right foot on floor
left foot also comes off, so i'm essentially straddling the bike with 2 feet on the ground, but pretty much straight away bring the right pedal up to start pedaling with that, pushing off with the left
in the clipped in scenario with this, the left would now be clipped in and i'd push off with the right
Sounds like the right foot needs to stay clipped in and the left will push off (or trackstand)
why have i picked up these bad habits :(
Your stronger foot should stay clipped in and the weaker one would push off. Takes a little getting used to, but it'll come.
i get what ya mean now, you put both feet on the floor. if i've stopped (junction etc), i still have one foot clipped in. like so: http://i.imgur.com/Vp3e0uR.jpg
poor sod. :(
all signs point to my right foot staying clipped in but putting left foot down is HARD. argh.
Who unclips both feet for pausing at a junction?
Keep one foot clipped, and have the other one for resting and pushing off, surely?
(But, to be tbh, how much actual pushing off actually happens? Surely most of the initial moving off momentum comes from pressing down on the pedal on the side opposite to your resting foot?)
I understand the need to keep one foot clipped in, hence my hesitancy to keep the left one clipped if it's not the one I naturally start pedaling with.
I'm torn between changing that^, or, putting my left foot down first (feels wobbly and was the cause for the 2 falls on Saturday).
I unclip the left foot and push off (such as it is) with that one, too. And I'm happy to pedal away with the right foot first. Happy days.
I'd rather sacrifice pedal power than stability. So, on that basis, for you, I'd advise you to stick with your right foot for unclipping, standing, and pushing off. Keep dat left foot locked, yo.
Regardless of what feels best for pedaling away, I can see why people might prefer to unclip/stand/push with the right foot. Cos if you topple, I'd expect it, more often than not, to be in the direction of the clipped foot. And if your left foot is the clipped in one, your topple will likely be away from traffic.
I hope it has lights.
And now it's started PISSING IT DOWN.
Might try that again...
Day indoors, bugger it.
just feeling tired.
Five minutes in and you'll be laughing, though.
Magnificent spectacle. Track racing in a club, if you will
Looks ace although not sure about watching Ministry of Sound DJs with my missus' dad
Don't have an answer. Mine streams all the time, summer and winter
dunno if it's all the snot or something. have to wash them.
Actually it's a good thing you didn't buy them.
that is totally not aero.
I do have a carbon fibre bottle holder to save on weight
(despite being >14st:)
Plus carbon frame, crankset and seatpost.
And world champs. As great as the achievement is, the aussies will push them very hard. Our endurance team look strong, sprinters, not so much.
Most advice is to buy a quality d-lock.
I have something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abus-Granit-Steel-O-Flex-1000-Black/dp/B000OYLJDO/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1445414479&sr=8-10&keywords=abus+bike+lock
What lock do you use? Any other advice? Feel free to recommend me a d-lock
Yeah, I have a Kryptonite one, too, for using anywhere other than at the (locked) work bike shed or outside the local shop for five minutes.
At work/the local shop I just use a relatively lightweight no-name spiral cable jobber.
Shout out to the relatively heavy-duty OnGuard cable lock that withstood an attack by some gits with cutters, who must've given up (or been spooked).
No credit goes to the heavy duty looking raw chain and padlock combo which has been used in the past but which has failed in public at a uni bike rack (cheapo bike, no great shakes, but still annoying). A similar chain and padlock combo failed in a 'secure' private underground car park where I lost a decent Box (I reckon this was an inside job by the concierge).
think that's the one I've got.
but try as I might I can't seem to fit it to my bike in a way that doesn't get in my way when riding so have to carry it about in my backpack. bit annoying.
This one, but got it for like £20 somehow: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/abus-u-mini-401-bike-lock/
I prefer small because it doesn't weigh as much as a larger one and apparently the angle w/r/t yr bike means it's harder to try and break off.
I couple that with Kyrptonite cable from another lock as both my wheels are quick release. Some people use 2 u-locks but my bike isn't worth much and I can't take much more weight.
This is, apparently, an excellent budget gold sold secure u-lock: http://www.tredz.co.uk/.OnGuard-Brute-Standard-Shackle-U-Lock-Gold-Sold-Secure-Rating_59957.htm, as is this: http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Asaklitt-Shackle-Lock/31-2166
Don't bother with one any more. Leave my bike in the loading bay at work.
I do sympathise with this. No bike is ever safe from dastardly thieves.
I had a bike stolen from within a block of flats before. And from a balcony. It's horrible isn't it.
And that a mate had moved it, but a very quick realisation dawns that it was stolen. Looked like a heap of shit, had very nice campag bits and must've been a target as the police said there was a attempted theft on it a fortnight beforehand.
that looked like a pile of shit but had all its Campag bits stripped off while he'd gone to a cafe. People are such wankers.
No longer keep my bike locked up outside. Not the end of the world. Cafe owners are a good sort if you're a solo rider, tend not to mind sticking my bike in a quiet corner
One of these:
It's a good trade-off between weight and security, and mounts way more snugly on the frame. Couple it with a thin-ish cable for the front wheel. No lock is ever going to protect your bike 100% and I feel as confident leaving it with this on as with a d-lock. My last hybrid got nicked outside Old Kent Road Asda while d-locked in broad daylight as I was in the shop for 10 minutes max.
Bought the frame and wheels but the wheel axle is too fat for the front dropout. Anyone tried changing an axle in a wheel before?
but could you file the dropout to make it bigger?
I've heard of people filing the dropout when converting a bike (with downward pointing dropouts) to a fixie (which requires horizontal drop outs for chain tensioning purposes)
What could possibly go wrong with me taking an angle grinder to it?
someone on the internet told you to do it so it must be right!
went out for my first ride with a cycling club last night and really enjoyed it.
was worried about being able to keep up, but was no bother at all. there's quite a few folk that do it so they split into groups of different speeds. went with the easiest one to start off with and found it pretty gentle so might try out the next one up. although I'd rather find it too easy than worry about holding folk up so idk
10/10 would recommend
Which was a surprise to me since I'm the least sociable person imaginable.
The different categories did completely different rides and you could just rock up on the day and decide.
TEA AND CAKE! cor.
loads of calories guilt free? yeah don't mind if I do!
might go this Sunday. MIGHT.
aye, I wasn't really sure how it would go since a lot of people into cycling can be a bit... intense. I didn't want to go in for anything that takes it too seriously or that.
but this group seems to have a good vibe. might need to get myself some more powerful lights though. it gets dark as fuck around here.
And I'm the slowest person who has ever joined a bike club, probably.
Ordered their jersey the other day. Nice.
do you think you'll join?
yeah, fink so
only slight concern is they wear bright pink and black gear :D
tbf there's no colour out there that's going to make me look good in a lycra top so might as well all in
where is penge?
Sounds like a rude word.
"Ahhh Balonz you fucking penge"
I'm off to use my new word
it's fairly brutal
classic bike wanker stuff
someone should sue someone
there's a few clubs near me which have amazing jerseys:
beckenham rugby cyclists have a really amazing jersey but i can only find pictures of old ones online
I think I could design a cracking jersey – maybe a DiS one with the drowning man (RIP) on the front
I gots these http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/twc/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/untitled-7.jpg
they're nice but I wanted real bike shoes.
Got these ones http://www.planetx.co.uk/imgs/products/px/950_constW/CLFR3WPW_P1.jpg
fizik shoes are brilliant. Been eyeing up some for a while now
For posterity, here's mine;
damn, i want/need these:
EXACTLY my club colours.
Bah, who needs to pay rent eh?
dont think they make fighters anymore. They've turned them into sonics (I think).
bought some fleece lined bib tights.
what the fuck is happening to me.
Jeez, get it right japes. They'll come in handy when the temperature drops towards zero. A merino base layer and socks will keep you dead toasty on those cold rides
they're so comfy
when you're wearing them in the house, you're a stronger man than me.
Probably a better ballet dancer as well.
:D totally did this
had to try and get into my jeans as quickly as possible before any colleagues saw me. Failed.
Although I have been rocking the knee warmers/oversocks combo for a while.
man I cannot get this cycling clothing thing right at all
last week I couldn't feel my toes, out tonight sweating my balls off
my ride today was in shorts and short sleeve jersey and nowt else. Yesterday morning , I was in knee warmers, over socks, arm warmers, merino base layer. This time of year (and early spring) are the hardest to plan for. But, I'd rather over layer up, than under layer up. You can always take things off, if you get cold, it's very tough to warm up on the bike.
Talk to me about comfy saddles. I do not give a shit about drag.
The best £20 you'll ever spend on your arse.
Is it squidgy or solid?
Moulds to your bum after a while. I advised Epimer to buy one and he is very pleased with it.
like you've got a bone in either cheek and you need something that nicely supports either side. some of the bike shops will measure it by having you sit on a thing that takes a bum print.
Or just spunk 25 quid on a charge spoon. seems to do most people.
the mechanic man was like YESSS A CHARGE SPOON I HAVE THEM ON ALL MY BIKES. He was a proper bike wanker too so it further validated my saddle choice. I have a red one because it makes me go faster.
my other bike has some selle italia job on it. Genuinely can't tell the difference even after proper bum-numbing distances.
I think you can get a premium version of the charge spoon as well if you want to spend a bit more.
Christ almighty it was absolutely terrible. I don't think lady-specific saddles are for me.
edition of the Charge Spoon.
Differences between normal version and STEALTH version:
1. Red embroidered logo is now black
2. Price is now more
I've just checked what a Charge Spoon actually looks like. The STEALTH version is much nicer. Got holes in it for something and it's made of leather for aero or something.
if ever I have a black bike I am getting this saddle
what is wrong with you all
they all pretty much look the same?
a lot of them say you can try them out for a few rides to see if you like them but idk can't imagine the shop would be too happy if you actually attempted that
I know for a fact that fizik saddles do various stages of tester saddles (like a new one and a broken in tester). Means you can pop it on your bike for a week and feel how the seat is, without ruining the new saddle
Need to force myself to go clipless on the road. Got the thing I was talking rubbish about upthread sorted, I think (went round and round a park and the weekend clipping and upclipping) so need to take the plunge. Given I've already fallen over twice what's the worst that can happen?
give yourself plenty of time to unclip.
never had a problem personally.. sometimes fail to clip in straight away so make a slow getaway but I manage eventually.
5 mins out there and you'd have forgotten everything you were worried about.
You'd have to go a long way to beat something I did when riding LEJOG. Unclipped my left foot coming up to a set of traffic lights, lost balance and fell right onto the road in front of a bus load of people. Or the time I did the same outside a pub in Winchester and received a massive sarcastic cheer. We've all been there!
Is the Triban 500 SE really the miracle first time road bike all the reviews make it out to be? I'm sick of people overtaking on my hybrid me even when I'm pedalling furiously. I can currently afford the £300 for it, going to see if I can have a go on one at Decathlon this weekend.
(I have the older Triban 3 which I got for £199).
You've probably seen the reviews but
http://road.cc/content/review/116333-btwin-triban-500-se-road-bike (also 9/10 and I believe it won best budget road bike and maybe best commuter too on the same website last year)
No-brainer really, especially given they're reduced at the moment. Just make sure you get the fit right. Also, if drops don't feel right initially, don't worry about it. It will come.
No, but if it fits the budget then go for it
That they are good bikes especially for the money, but I believe that there are more options out there, if you can stretch to £430-500
Boyfriend bought the Giant Defy 5 for £299 a couple of weekends back, that's another option (doesn't have the carbon fork but I do believe has a more "relaxed" geometry than the T500SE, gears and brakes on both are very entry-level, Giant has a compact chainset whereas the Triban has a triple) but if you're unsure whether or not this cycling malarky is for you and you have a tight budget there's not much wrong with these entry level bikes I don't think.
Bikes up to £500 are much of a muchness really. Some come with a carbon fork, some come with Shimano Claris, others with 2300 or sora, some with a mixture of parts. It doesn't really matter because up to £800, most bikes are quite literally the same, with an increasing expense of the parts, be they wheels or gearing.
I am in no way spreading the idea that cheaper bikes are shit. Ultimately, another person out enjoying riding their bike is no bad thing.
which I presume you haven't rode - clearly they've made a lot of people very happy. If lower end bikes aren't your thing - just leave it alone?
Yes we know you have an expensive bike and are a VERY SERIOUS RIDER.
Oh man I love my Triban so much <3
But hey, you make your own opinions about people, that's grand.
And of course I'll make my own opinions. Who else is going to make my opinions?
But as pentago said, no beeves. I'm going out to be a a VERY SERIOUS RIDER.
HAVE A NICE RIDE
...this is the bike wankers thread!
I think as long as you're not buying a BSO (which I think we can all agree any Triban IS NOT) then you're okay.
As I said up there a little way
owning several super ace serious ones is just a bit shit really.
Anyway, lastdino: go and try the Triban. If you live in London and are going to the Surrey Quays Decathlon, it's right next to Southwark Park which provides ample space for you to ride around getting used to it after you've splashed out :)
I'm going to give it a go and will report back. The general vibe appears to be very positive, but I did want to hear a differing opinion so thanks Rich-t. I don't think I'm ever going to be a bike-nut but I do cycle as my main mode of transport and like to go on the occasional long distance ride so I think it's time to commit to something a little more grown up.
I presume you will want mudguards and a rack for luggage as you will use it to commute. I would check if the frame has the appropriate mounts.
You can buy this stuff with p-clips to use with frames without mounts nowadays. Go for it, lastdino
Backpack is fine at the moment. Maybe next summer.
Too uncomfortable and a sweaty back is one of life's grimmest experience
ladies casual cycling trousers. Y'know, for when I go to the pub or the cinema or whatever. What am I becoming?
I only ever wear trousers/jeans when cycling anyway these days, and I desperately need a new pair.
They'd better fit.
I will report back.
...so couldn't lock my bike up on arrival at work. Bought an emergency combo lock from Robert Dyas and locked it up in the most public spot I could find. Who wants to take bets on whether or not it's still there when I leave this evening?
I think it will be. Fingers crossed.
hope it's still there Pents.
it was fucking shit.
it was grand. got rid of my AWFUL period pains too.
got beeped at my a bus though. the jury is out as to whether or not i was in the wrong. also had a new bit of road to go on. exciting!!!!!!!!!!!
HE is in the wrong for beeping.
e.g. If you moderately inconvenienced him by very visibly and safely moving into a lane he was in causing him to not be able to accelerate as quick as he'd like or something like that.
bus beeped at me the other day for hesitating for about a split second at some traffic lights, so I pulled right in front of him and cycled comically slowly.
the traffic was still but as I decided to turn left onto the road (and into the bus/bike lane) the bus started moving again. He could see what I was doing and that he wouldn't have got anywhere but he was inching slowly forward and so beeped me for going round him. My path was clear and his wasn't, so fuck him.
only had them re-indexed 2 weeks ago, I hope nothing's up :(
get it on a stand, spin the wheels and change all the way up and all the way down several times tightening/loosening the barrel adjuster if it's refusing to change or too eager to change on any cog.
(a maintenance stand is a really good investment)
To the bike stand. Good piece of kit to invest in
I also do know how to do this stuff myself so I just need to sort it out tbh
Could be any number of reasons. Might need the rear mech aligned (could've been knocked somewhere), could have a bent hanger, new cables, or just a loose cable causing the rear mech to skip out of line. Could just need readjusting again.
Pop it back in and explain that you only had them sorted 2 weeks ago and you're slightly worries
though wouldn't be surprised if something's been knocked given it's been in my lounge for the last week or so, hmmm. I pass a free bike workshop on my way home tonight which is handy.
I had to drive in today which has annoyed me greatly.
in traffic/on train like a loser.
piss off cars
I also am about to ride home on mine.
Penty: I hope your bike's still there.
In STEALTH mode though, obvs.
"This is the worst thing I've ever sat on!" - roadcc
"Fuck me my arse is killing me" - cycling weekly
"One word - 'Ouch'" - bike bellends monthly
Don't really get the fuss. It's okay I guess. There was little bag of Haribo in the box it came in though so b d
Realised that my two week old tyre has an inch long split right through the tyre. Not impressed, especially at £50 a pop (much cheaper online, but gotta support the lbs). Luckily a mate is giving me a set of tyres to tide me over. Gutted tbh. Might be a possibility of a refund via warranty which would be nice.
God bless you £5 cable lock...
From 6000 for the year. Might, might be able to hit 7000 by the end of the year, but not bad.
I did 4,000 in 2010 and doubt I'll get anywhere near that again*
[*unless I can convince my girlfriend to let me do the coast to coast north America jaunt that I fancy]
I've reindexed the gears and the chain keeps skipping over the third-smallest sprocket on the cassette. I can't be sure, but on very close and careful inspection it looks like a couple of teeth are ever-so-slightly out of line. Teeth on cassettes aren't perfect though are they, so I dunno.
How can this be? It's not affecting my ride *that* much but obvs it's a bit annoying. I've ridden about 500km on it so I don't think it's "wear", and though I had a couple of crashes two weeks ago (clipless riding round a park) it's only just started skipping so I don't think I can attribute it to that.
What are my options (before I take it to a shop)? If I ride with it like this am I gonna do anything any lasting damage? I plan on giving it a proper clean and inspection this weekend. Bit annoyed really :(
and it appears the only things that really cause this are the chain stretching or wearing causing damage to the cassette (how can this be possible after 500km?) or damage from a crash or something.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BIKE? I don't even really use that sprocket that much.
You'll end up damaging more than that cog on your cassette, most likely the entire cassette and both front rings could potentially be damaged if left long enough. The teeth should be straight on the cassette, so you might have damaged it somehow, or something got caught when riding?
A proper clean, take the chain off, and the cassette if you have the tools, will help, but I'm stumped. If it's not sorted after a clean, bike shop
Good excuse to buy a chain tool tonight I think.
Easiest way to check wear is by looking at the front chainrings. If the chain isn't sitting flush against the bed of the ring, and it looks slack or you can stretch it off of the teeth or you can see under the chain to the bed of the chainring,then it'll be a new chain. Sorry if that doesn't make sense, but I'm on a mobile and in a meeting
If the chain wears too much, it'll cause the teeth of the chainrings to have a shark fin profile.
The rear derailleur was a bit bent and a mechanic was able to bend it back into shape in a couple of minutes. I hadn't crashed so just put it down to someone bashing it when parking their bike next to mine. If you've crashed twice, it sounds like a likely cause.
The hanger, the bit that attaches the rear mech to the bike could've been damaged in a fall. This happened to a mate of mine this was the cause of dodgy shifting and the chain not being aligned correctly on the cassette.
is this the sort of thing i'll have to pay a bike shop for?
If it is a bent hanger, they'll just bend it back if possible
(I love this thread)
What's in yours?
Feel unprepared for this winter
It's great quality.
Also http://bikebargains.co.uk/ is your friend.
I bookmarked that site. I clicked some links from Thursday's deals and some items are already out-of-stock. Looks like you must be super speedy.
Cheap brand specific flash sales. Bikediscount.de is a German company and is also cheap
shorts x 2
roubaix bib tights x 1
jersey x 2
long sleeve base layer x 3
short sleeve light base layer x 3
3 bib shorts: (dhb, cheap Chinese knock offs [Morvelo, surprisingly good], Tenn)
bib tights from Decathlon, Roubaix lined (yet to be worn as not cold enough)
several jerseys: (cheap Chinese version of Morvelo; Macmillan charity jersey by Adidas; hi-viz Altura; Primal striped; day glo Adidas; cheap Decathlon [never really worn]; long-sleeved Roubaix dbh which is awesome but it's not cold enough for this yet)
various base layers
various padded shorts (no longer worn after discovering bibs)
leg warmers (can't remember brand, yet to be worn as not cold enough)
Giro Civila SPD shoes
Kask Rapido helmet (green)
Shimano mitts; non-descript full gloves
need: jacket (but I HATE wearing a jacket when it's cold. I have a "city" cycling jacket which is dead nice but I don't even like wearing that)
Short sleeve base layer
Long sleeve jersey
Roubaix bib tights
Maybe a gilet (I love gilets btw)
(Already own a running jacket)
Would never wear a real life gilet in real life but do want a nice cycling one.
gilet <3 any time, any place
but the feeling of a warm body and cool arms is quite the sensation.
5 x casquettes (2 Vulpine, 1 casquetteurs and 2 rapha)
2 x helmets
2 snoods (1 buff and 1 rapha winter collar)
2 rapha merino base layers
14 jerseys (2 rapha, 4 trade team plus an assortment of plain stuff)
7 bib shorts (1 rapha, 2 Morvelo, 2 Santini and 2old knackered bibs for wet riding)
1 shorts (non bibs, chuck them over bib tights for winter riding)
1 tights for under bib shorts in winter
1 roubaix bib tights
1 oversocks (rapha)
1 sealskins overshoes
5 Rapha merino socks
1 rapha pro team socks
2 pairs Road shoes (one for dry, one for wet)
1 rapha city jacket (but like plasticniki, don't like wearing it unless it's very cold)
2 sunglasses (1 Oakley knockoffs as a gift from China, one Oakley radarlocks for best)
1 campagnolo gloves (hardly ever wear gloves except for very cold rides)
Probably missed a load off as well.
3 rapha arm warmers
2 rapha knee warmers
I get very warm when riding at the best of times. Really only wear a base layer if it's under 5c. Generally wear 2 jerseys if I'm feeling like it might go either way.
Honestly, the amount I sweat, it might be a good idea
what parts should I aim to upgrade on it?
This is rich-t's territory I reckon.
(I have NO idea... Dura-ace that mofo?)
but it's ever so slightly (ie completely) beyond what my paycheck can cover (inherited some money so was able to buy my new bike).
Mechanical DA for around 1k which is a good price if you're interested (ultegra will do the job just as well). 105 will be fine unless you're an amateur racer
I'd aim to upgrade those first, but I wouldn't be too worried just yet (unless you really want to). That bike will be fine without upgrading for a long time yet. That's a mighty fine bike btw.
Or fsa slk carbon. They're the only bits atm that stand out as obvious upgrades if you're desperate for one
i'm always worried that there's at least one area of the bike they may have skimped on.
thanks for the advice.
But until you're positive you want to upgrade parts, remembering that the bike would work out of the box perfectly fine, I wouldn't be dropping cash straight away. Get used to how the bike rides, rolls, climbs and descends, then you'll be in a better position to upgrade.
constantly feeling the need to spend more money on bike crap.
...a couple of years back?
My bike from a couple of years back has no bell. Another, from maybe 5 or so came with a bell
my pal who works in a bike shop said their shop still did it
that looks fast
As its one of the cheaper bikes available with carbon frame, disc brakes and electronic gears.
One day... One day...
I have no idea how they work. Surely both ends are still attached by a cable.
Anyone sampled a bike with one?
But I still want one :S
Rode a mate's with dura ace Di2. Now I'm now shimano fan boy, campy all the way for me, but it was incredible. Shifting was so quick and accurate. Could change from inner ring to big ring without letting up on the power when climbing, precise and easy to get to grips with. Honestly is the future for road gearing (between that and sram's wireless stuff anyway. But fuck paying 2k plus atm.
Could be wrong but it either works on Bluetooth or ANT sensor, as newer garmin devices can display your current gearing and some bikes even auto select gears for the rider. Crazy!
most di2 systems still use wires afaik
Yes, not just one wire between the shifter and the derailleur, but many with two separate junction boxes.
A minority of riders prefer the graduated shifts a mechanical derailleur affords – i.e. you can feather the lever if a gear is jammed, noisy or sticking.
Seems similar to preferring terrestrial television reception because you think a grainy picture is authentic.
the idea of not being able to ride your bike because the battery is flat is a bit weird though
for drying wet gear at work?
Don't have my own office, there are no radiators, no separate room for leaving kit etc... Taking a change of kit is a bit much?
This is stopping me cycling in the rain :(
I take extra kit for the commute back. Sounds like your solution. I've bought an airer specifically for drying wet stuff at work.
we have a grotty storage cupboard that I can chuck everything into.
I can just about deal with a soggy ass but wet socks are the saddest thing.
spare socks in yr desk obviously
because I have 650c wheels on my bike :/ (I believe there are NO mudguards to fit)
It's more the fact that logistically drying stuff (even myself) at work is a bit of an issue.
I've got the standard (non-long?) raceblades.
they're quite annoying, they get knocked out of position really easily / slide about and always end up rubbing the tyre.
for my pug ss/fixed build. cheers knickers. (really need to get some photos of it, it's an absolute beaut.)
begging to be made.
i'm not making it.
How about http://tokyobike.co.uk/shop/full-fender-mudguard-26-650c-black-for-cs-and-bisou/dp/207 ?
650c x 23, so they're skinny but have a small diameter
you can spread a bit of stuff out on top of it and it'll dry surprisingly well.
take a spare pair of sock and pants though
in case you piss yourself
we don't even have real PCs, just fake little boxes on our desks
could you get some massive sheets of blotting paper, some massive books (e.g. atlases) and press individual items of clothing dry within the pages of various volumes dotted around the library?
Keep a record of which books you've used.
I'm on my third coffee, it's when my creativity really kicks in.
You can dry the blotting paper overnight on a radiator so you can reuse it.
set fire to some of the books
ah've just pished myself, trying to dry out ma pants eh. be with you in a sec.
how are you getting on with your clipless pedals, knickers?
(well I have, just not using my shoes. REASON: still a bit nervous, and been concentrating on allowing my style of riding to accommodate putting only my left foot down. Think I've cracked it now. I count about 12 sets of traffic lights on my commute, plus a weird junction you always have to stop at... add that to erratic scooter and motorbike drivers, dickhead cyclists and pedestrians I kind of want to be really confident using them before I start riding to work.)
So I thought I'd put it somewhere really safe and obvious until the jersery came out the wash. Can I find it now? Can I bollocks.
My bar tape's already dirty and it's only been on a few weeks.
I'M A BIKE WANKER!
then nobidy will be able to tell if it's dirty or not.
Only problem is that you'll be have to change the tape a lot to keep it looking fresh. Hence why I use black tape as I cba changing white tape every time it gets dirty.
(Those rules are fun and very tongue in cheek)
Thought 'd update you all, put you all at ease. THANKS BABES x
Gosh, what a troubling 12 minutes
I took out the wee strips of foam padding from my helmet and put them in the washing machine. three went in and two came out. now my helmet sits lop-sided.
Just how often do you pish yourself?
took about 50% longer as well. PERSEVERED THOUGH.
Windy as fuck wasn't it. London Bridge was VERY hairy today, was squeezing through buses while utter utter bike wankers where screaming at me to go faster while doing it (I don't really want to be squeezing through buses thanks lads, you total fucking arseholes) and then when I hit the empty stretch of bridge, the wind, oh my god the wind.
Got to work and found out I didn't have my hair brush with me, ahaha.
THEY are the ones that give cyclists the bad name.
Them and rich-t.
Bet you felt like a (straggly-haired) hero when you got to work though right?
There's three lanes of traffic and sometimes buses are backed up the length of the bus/bike lane, meaning you have to make a super quick decision about filtering through (usually okay as there's lots of room, normally) or just waiting, but today the traffic was horrendous and some vehicles we across two lanes and OH GOD there was a fucking motorbike in amongst the cyclists.
I felt like a hero anyway because I am one of the last of the bike wankers only wearing shorts and a tshirt, WHY ARE PEOPLE IN JACKETS ????????????????????
I mean who would be wearing jacket, long tights and under-helmet cap thing in this blazing hot weather? not me I can tell you that much.
maybe I will then invest in some panniers)
...and the stupid bus slalom run in particular, are such a pain at the moment. That said, I don't think I've ever had another cyclist shout at me to go faster ever in all the time I've been cycling, and I don't cycle particularly quickly. Presumably some macho idiot thinking it's ok to shout at a girl?
Zero miles cycled last week. Poor show. That said, put up a new bike cave in the garden yesterday and while doing so dug out my penny farthing which I've not touched for a couple of years. Rode it around the garden a couple of times which highly entertained my daughter.
is that really you
can't believe people still use tinypic to be tbh
And yes, I apologise for using tinypic but I am limited by what I can use at work...
the buses, but NOPE. Christ. Dickhead.
why is the wind ALWAYS against me?
never once have I had a tail wind NOT EVEN ONCE WIND YOU PRICK
you just thought you were really fast.
seriously it catches me out every time. I'll be flying along thinking "fucking look at me!" then I'll realise... "ah".
no, don't think so. pretty sure whenever I've unexpectedly gone very quickly it's because I'm awesome and whenever I'm going slow it's because the wind hates me
also pretty sure I've never cycled down a hill
It was handy to know how fast I was (or wasn't) going.
Shall I bother getting a new one? Probs a gps thingy? I dunno.
and the edge 200 for £65.
got an edge 25, pretty happy with it.
would be perfect if it was micro usb instead of a stupid cradle thing but fine
it uploads to garmin's own thing (which is a bollocks) and then that exports everything to strava
so... essentially, yes
(well, it bluetooth's to yr phone and uploads that way. not by itself)
Bluetooth compatible so just need to download garmin connect, sync your Strava account to your garmin connect account and you can upload whenever you like as long as you have a Internet connection on your phone
Nearly got blown over going along Portsmouth seafront. Just had to roll along really. Had to walk the last 3 miles or so (front light fail), average destroyed. Killer.
Frankly insane bike ride I'm doing next year. Riding 871 miles in 71.5 hrs on the bike, with minimal rest periods. I'm a little bit worried tbh.
oh be nice
why 71.5 and not 72
Think it's worked out at 12mph across the 871 miles. Dublin - Belfast - Edinburgh - Cardiff - London in 3 days of riding time
you'll be a serious contender for topping the DiS strava group that week
Over 72.5 hours, including rest periods, over almost 900 miles, then yes. But I rode 1000 miles and walked the 5 peaks earlier in the year and that was very tough, but this will be twice as hard as that was.
Really happy considering I am quite unfit and thought I was destined to be really slow forever.
How shall I celebrate?
This makes me officially the slowest. I suggest you celebrate by cycling home as slow as you can without toppling over. Thank you.
25: it's tiny and a new(er) model than the 500, has Bluetooth so better pairing capability
500: backlight, more accurate gps, it's like the DADDY of gps computers
WHAT TO DO
Worked perfectly until I smashed the screen after dropping it on the floor. Only downside is the lack of Bluetooth. Since buying the 810, found uploading rides painless. With the 500, uploading needs to be done with a USB cable and laptop/pc. Makes long distance/touring a pain in the arse if you want to upload to strava/garmin connect. Not a major issue, I'll grant.
The 500 gives you a plethora of display fields and ranges which can be useful, doubt the 25 has as many, but if you'll only use 10, it'll be perfect for you. They're around the same price atm, but imo the Bluetooth function swings it for me
as I can't plug stuff into any of the PCs here (lol, I know) and I'll mainly be using it to improve my commute rides (and in any case at weekends I rarely turn my laptop on any more).
Anyone know about the new Lezyne units? They look nice but they're pretty new so have hardly any reviews.
But I'd personally stick with a garmin due to familiarity
the garmin edge touring shouldn't be much more than the 500 and will also do all your mapping (inc. turn-by-turn directions) for you (and comes with free OSM maps) as well as all the cycle computer stuff.
as I said up there^ I've got an edge 25 and I'm happy with it.
it doesn't do any maps though, it only shows a 'breadcrumb trail' of routes (look up someone using one on youtube). it does give you turn prompts but they're not super clear and occasionally can lead you down a wrong turn. I didn't think I would use the map bit very often but it turns out I do, so I maybe should have got a 500 or something.
but then again it's tiny and does bluetooth and ant+ and that, so I'm happy enough.
(have a mount for my phone to do that if needed) and in any case the 500 doesn't do it either.
saying that, it's being a right wee bastard today and won't upload my ride
its ace. get it with cadence, speed and HRM and you're laughing.
then start saving up for a power meter.
buy once, buy best. you'll use it everyday for the next 5 years.
the garmin cost more than my bike as it is
Just so you know your going between 8-15mph seems utterly pointless to me
Than the data.
Mobile is accurate enough..
yeah, I was thinking about if it's worth it when a phone can do all that stuff anyway
but then I don't want my phone on my handlebars falling off / getting wet, it's difficult to work it wearing gloves and the battery would get totally shafted after a few hours. in the end someone gave me it as a present :D
My pr on a savage climb near me, set using strava app, has never been beaten since using a garmin. All other times are pretty consistent, apart from that one pr.
My mate has a KOM on a descent at 60mph, before,he got a garmin, when his cateye said he was at 53mph.
Just doesn't seem particularly accurate since I've gone over to a GPS computer. And my 810 is much better at accurate elevation than the 500 was. Always a good 500ft out over a big ride.
Looks shit, and it's hard to work with gloves, could fall off the mount, get soaked in an unexpected shower.
Dunno, each to their own, but gimme a garmin or a polar or something similar, over using the app. Only time I've used it recently was on a 200 mile ride and was running it as back up incase my garmin died (which it did). Did the last 30 with nothing, and it was lovely not looking at my speed, distance, elevation ect, and just ride.
Sound nothing like Niki's commute to work and back
I've seen there's a hill towards the end of her commute to work that she might be able to hit 60mph down...
I only want one mainly cos my ~£10 Lidl thing broke and I assume others will too. Would prefer gps one as minimal faff, also not needing phone to log rides will be handy. And it's Christmas soon and I can't think of much else I'd like.
Being able to look at speed / distance / time is really handy and I miss it now.
Some parts of my ride home are quite dark.
Not *dangerous* dark.
But dark enough to make me feel like I'm flying through the air in some weird squatting position. I quite like it.
...describing cycling as being the closest a person can get to bird flight. Liked that.
Is on a snaking side path between the Old Kent Road and Peckham Library. The 'Surrey Canal Path' I think it's called. It's great fun and has some really dark bits under bridges. There's even a shortcut over a turn, so when I'm riding I feel like I'm in Mario Kart.
(did you get the Triban?)
Want a new stem but not sure non cycling family members would consider it festive enough.
What about some super-nice kit?
and an Ortlieb bag)
To convince my family it's a good present to get me
I'm hoping santa brings me a torque wrench
*adds to list*
Don't buy a torque wrench from a cycling tool manufacturer (Park Tools ect...). If you get one from a decent tool manufacturer (draper ect...) it's cheaper, and tends to last longer.
less aero though
That copy is a tough read
Perfect for seatclamp bolts, stem bolts ect. Almost essential for a carbon frame or components. Not sure you'd need a full wrench for an alloy bike, unless you were whipping your bottom bracket out, or cassette off regularly. A key like that, pre set at a specific tension would do you well.
I've also just realised I still need a work stand
I want a truing stand too but they're £££
I was gonna let you borrow it but not any more
BTW, you in Oxford long-term, japes?
looks like it
Or I might come to Oxford and we can go on a really slow bike ride.
Stresses me out and I don't enjoy it. Plus I live with a real bike mechanic and my boyfriend knows how to do everything because he's dead good at bikes.
Hope front and rear lights. Will cost a load (£400-500 for both) but means I'll be able to do long overnight rides and audax rides. #boring
If I could, I'd love one
Just the right temperature (a little cold), a bit of sun, no traffic issues.
Well done, London.
Even the London Bridge bus slalom wasn't too bad. My first ride in two weeks and a very pleasant way to cycle off my post-Julia Holter hangover.
One of them's out in our club ride next Sunday. Woo yay FAME at last. (Hope it's Chris Marshall Bell, phwoar)
you couldn't make it up.
over in the "Thread for people" thread.
I am a bike rider AND a squash drinker (and proud)
will possibly do a double tour as part of my long distance ride training
Would be nice to get a bit of a DiS bike wanker chaingang going.
Think twentynine is too?
I would like to do this
I know alllll the good ones.
...Easter Sunday a couple of years back. Nice trip. West coast be brutal windy followed by hilly though.
it's an easy trip over to the island from chichester. Thinking it would be a nice ride for the DiS bike crew
Officially they'll only stash two bikes per crossing but they managed three when I went over...
getting washed with fairy liquid bc normal soap won't get rid of the chain oil
Probs gonna do this next year at least once. Maybe the Netherlands. Shorter trip could be Hadrian's Wall followed by Skye. Might cycle to Berlin instead?
Anyone got any inspiration for me?
No point fucking around, may as well just do the big one in your own country. Single best holiday of my life...
...is the Camino de Santiago, French route:
Would obviously have to get a bike suitable for doing so as would want to do the walkers' route rather than on roads. Reckon it should take less than two weeks including getting there and back.
Got a dream to cycle around Scotland's highlands and islands
how do you get yr bike there
Can take your bike on the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland and go from there.
Also I believe Eurostar have reversed their terrible decision which meant you had to dismantle your bike before taking it on their trains.
Meant to post the link to email Eurostar your displeasure in this thread. Oops.
Tells you all you need to know about cyclists
Well wanna cycle. Let's meet on holiday again pniks!
Could I cycle to Poland?
Credit card touring I believe it's called. Done LEJoG (like pentago, one of the best weeks of my life), Paris - London and London - Paris. Turn up with minimal gear and ride 75-100 miles a day. Train or eurostar home, easy.
My dad has done Portsmouth - Dover - Brussels which was a good laugh supposedly. And London - Gibraltar on a completely unsuitable racing bike. Would've loved to have done that, but work weren't accommodating, especially after my 5 peaks ride earlier in the year.
Would probably be a couple of weeks crossing the pyrenees. Having done 6 or 7 climbs out there, I'd love to go from the bay of biscay to the med exploring the foothills and the high mountain passes, dropping into Spain and back into France. I've also heard the the Moselle Valley, which crosses from France into Luxembourg and Germany is a lovely trip, or a tour of the Scottish islands.
My bike is an old steel racer and can't fit panniers, but i managed to get a huge saddlebag and attach a tent to that, like so: https://scontent-bru2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t31.0-8/11891453_10153581116494715_3100954492351787552_o.jpg
The best part was eating all the baguette and drinking all the wine before setting off on another 100+mile today. We more or less planned the route day by day (which did mean we ended up crossing the 'Normandy alps' for a good few hours). Had such a plastic. Got really pro peloton tan lines too.
Ignore the man boobs
Linda keating (ronan's older sister) constantly moaned at me for the state of them
Finding the following a bit weird:
*lower down on road, can't see as much
*having to be extra wary of potholes, bumps, etc
*manoeuvring in central London - braking, putting your foot down, all that fannying about when there's junctions and traffic and pedestrians, it all seems that much more of a pain at the moment.
(Nice for zooming through the zone 2 bits, mind)
(Hopefully you already have.) I found I got used to the riding position quickly. Hopefully it's the right size frame for you?
Keep tyres pumped up and yeah, avoid large potholes. You should be able to go a bit faster and take the lane a bit more meaning you're less in the gutter (so less likely to come into contact with the shittier bits of the road), I find?
I don't experience your third point, not sure I ever did.
but it's just naturally less upright than on a hybrid.
The manoeuvring thing is linked to the first two (less awareness, spend more time looking at the road), but I find braking a bit less 'natural' too. It's mainly in the last few hundred yards of my commute, which is all about ducking and weaving through a zillion little junctions...don't know whether I'll get used to it or should just rethink my route.
How long have you been riding to work with it? I imagine everything will feel a bit more natural in time. Don't rethink your route just yet.
and get back on the pashley
With zxcvbnm in the basket
Think I've said it before but quite... baffled as to how I'm still wearing shorts. Hope this weather contin...*looks at next week* oh.
What do you do when someone nicks the saddle, stem and handlebars of your new bike (that you hadn't added to your insurance yet)?
I was thinking either howl at the moon or violently assault something.
Thereby the eternal cycle of life is complete...
[I am genuinely sorry for your loss]
People can be such dicks.
Might be worth checking if you get coverage for that sort of thing through your bank. I didn't realise my current account came with insurance that covered personal items up to a value of £1000 or so and they paid for a new laptop when mine was 'stolen'.
So pissed off.
Best bit is the attachments for my lights are gone too, so I can't even use my old bike without buying a new set of lights. Aaaaaaaaaargh.
the actual best bit is that I use the bike racks that are covered by my work's CCTV, except I checked with our security guard and that camera isn't working at the moment.
b fucking d
You might not HAVE to add it to your insurance though.
If it was < a certain amount you might be ok. And that amount is *at least* 1000 because I called about mine which cost that at the time and they were like "chill".
I called to add mine and they said I was already covered for items worth less than X (can't remember X) and I didn't need to specifically added.
Worth a call.
I know my old, shit bike is covered, but we specifically added it and hadn't got round to doing this one yet.
This happen today?
Imagine some little scrote walking around central London with just some handlebars, a stem and saddle. Jesus christ.
Imagine some prat walking home with half a bike. In the rain.
that does take the edge off it a bit
That's really shitty
I think violently assaulting something will help
Sorry to hear that. As various people have said worth ringing your bank or contents insurers as you may be covered under a certain amount. Christ, so so shitty
If your old bike is still insured I'd commit some mild fraud and claim that as being stolen.
Maybe check on the Triban forum in the meantime to see if anyone has similar bits knocking around that they'd previously upgraded?
hey guys, if anyone wants to buy a saddle, stem or handlebars (hardly used) send me a pm.
I'll even chuck in some attachments for bike lights.
Seems OK in quiet streets in a town/city. Useless to go anywhere quite far
But the likelihood of it sort of maybe sending you down roads which aren't suitable if you're riding in a place you don't know is... inevitable, isn't it? I mean I know it doesn't specifically tell you to go down roads but if you're unfamiliar with your surroundings WHO KNOWS where you'd end up.
...when cycling in the countryside as often the signage is quite poor and it would be useful to get an idea in which direction to head. In cities I would have thought it would only really be useful on a black system (which no UK cities have).
Just a little more pleasing on the eye. I can type an address into strava, upload the route to my garmin 810, and away I go. It's not providing anything new (unless I'm missing something)
like you have to with all GPS units under a certain price.
It'd be great in cities that have decent infrastructure, not too sure about how good it'd be in most British cities, where a wrong turn could see you stuck on a road that's dangerously unsuitable for cycling.
and they are bendier roads so what may start of looking south.. ends up more west etc,,
OR... I don't know where I'm going, and that's great
Cycle nut in the office says he has loads of spare stems and handlebars in his shed, so he's going to bring some in for me b d
Wonder where they came from...
1. Walked the bike home last night. A cyclist stopped and offered to give me his bike pump because he felt sorry for me. Was weird/nice.
2. Talk to me about gear shifters (shimano, 3x8). Choosing, purchasing, installing, etc. I know nothing.
Seen this, but not sure if I should upgrade my chorus to super record... I'm hoping for opinions on whether I should drop a load of money on some metal...
Honestly am very tempted, but know I can't afford it
You've never complained about your current groupset.
The amount of money spent compared to the difference it'll make isn't great.
Save your money, ride your bike.
I'm just looking at reasons to justify it. Though, both shifter bodies need replacing soon...
But only when your present groupset is worn out ;-)
Cheapo winter gloves were fine, my swanky Decathlon bib tights were exceptional. Wasn't really sweaty when I got to work.
Just went to go get them, and no one's in.
OH MY GOD MY FUCKING FINGERS.
I'll never feel anything ever again :(
My boyfriend said his new gloves are shite and his hands were numb. Oh deary me.
Universal Windstopper Mids. THEY'RE ACE. When you don't forget them. Wouldn't mind thermal socks, but so far tinfoil has worked a treat ;D
round the toes, toasty/roasty
keep my feet dead warm in the cold.
custom stuff takes FOREVER to arrive, still haven't got our winter jackets yet. it's november -.-
It'll be spring when they arrive. That Rapha jacket is boss btw. Averaged 2c temp wise yesterday, and just wore a short sleeve merino base layer underneath. So, so warm
probably caught frostbite by then. it's been nice knowing you all, i leave all my chamois to pnicks
The POWER OF DiS
to go under over the one I wore in.
but like you shouldn't do your food shop hungry, you shouldn't go to a bike/clothes shop cold.
I can see this is going to be the next 3 months isn't it.
Was surprisingly okay with just the CRAPPEST base layer and a jersey (albiet a really nice Roubaix dhb one) today. Though I have been... shivering ever since. Uh oh. Am I ill?
I do also have A cold though in my defence.
have bought some non bike specific thermal trouser type things
had every intention of buying some more bib tights but they were like £40 a pair, and I would need at least one for every day of the week... no way.
so I'll see how it goes with the £5 option.
How are the club rides?
they are ace, the people are ridiculously lovely. getting quite big now. big enough for an email to go out telling everyone to respect pedestrians' right of way while we wait to head out as there are too many of us to all fit on the pavement outside the shop :')
Must contact my local club. Bit afraid they might be paceline aggressives. I would like to go for the café et gateaux, you know?
Penge has about 5 different rides every Sunday, ranging from a very slow 10mph (my ride of choice), 25ish miles, with a cake stop (and quite often this involves having cake BOUGHT for you which is quite frankly ridiculous), to 50+ miles averaging 18mph. When you get a range of rides like that it means you have all sorts of people going on them, it's really great. Also means than when you do improve or feel more comfy with longer rides and being faster, there's other rides to go on and room for you to improve your riding. They also have a "no person left behind" rule :)
There's no way I will ever be able to keep up with clubs like Dulwich Paragon.
Quite often have 3 rides of differing speeds, distances and abilities. They all meet at the same cafe for cake, which is a nice idea. Only issue is they are the most cliquey (sp?) club and it is hard for outsiders to integrate with the existing members.
Went out with Hampshire Road Club yesterday and they were a lovely bunch, but they focus solely on racing, so tend not to do much social riding. Would like something in the middle of the two if I was thinking of joining a club.
You'd probably fit in well with the fast Penge CC lot. They are rich-t fast.
I seem to have got incredibly lucky with Penge -- it is exactly what I'm looking for: shorter, slower rides while I'm unfit and still newish to long rides. I honestly couldn't believe how friendly they were too.
The SDV guys are cunts, unless you know a member, and have soured my opinion of clubs and their riders. First time I went out with them a couple of years ago, I was pushed onto the opposite side of the road going round a blind bend. When I turned round the bloke who edged me out was looking at me, smiling and laughing. For the rest of the 60 mile ride, I wasn't spoken to and felt quite intimidated. Didn't stop for cake and went home. Not bothered with them since. Shame as the idea of a club is surely to be an inclusive place for like minded people.
But to a few above, Check your local CTC for slower paced rides if you don't fancy a 25kmh chain gang kinda thing. Nice way to meet local people.
Penge sounds a nice club.
Rich, where did they leave from?
If you're ever as far west as Winchester you're more than welcome to ride with us.
Havant. Next door neighbour is something to do with TT organisation and plans the very few social rides they do
We should all have a spin round together some day. DiS Box Hill Challenge 😂
Decathlon are doing their super-nice £32.99 700 race jerseys for £5, in the Canada Water store at least. They are actually dead nice.
Anyone? Virtually goes past my front door.
It goes right past my front door. I'll have flapjacks for any DiSers who want to come. Also you may pee in my house :)
But £35 for a 58 mile ride really isn't on. I generally ride the route from home and tie it in with a loop I'm doing.
if im free on the day, which I don't think i am (think I'm working) then meeting at the roundabout near wickham is a shout.
Can see why (rich, middle-aged, male) people enjoying bike building. It's like grown up lego or something.
(Bike now looks like I bought it in a jumble sale, and not even in a charming way, but never mind).
I have a barely passable knowledge about bike building. Tightening s screw to a preset torque yeah no probs. Anything more complicated gets taken to the bike shop.
Cleaned up my bike the other day and lost the powerlink for the chain. Maintenance and fixing isn't my bag.
but learning is...fun? (Still got to fit the gear cables and do the indexing, so might change my tune).
It's absolutely filthy.
can just about be bothered in the summer, but I'd honestly rather ruin my groupset than deep clean everything every couple of weeks. How bad is that?
Will someone please recommend an insurance company for theft outside the home?
Though about Endsleigh: https://www.endsleigh.co.uk/personal/home-insurance/bicycle-insurance/
N.B. this is specifically for theft outside my home, garden, shed etc.
got one of they £5 aldi cycling jackets
how bad can it be?
It's EXTREMELY reflective, which is what I was after.
Looked at all the usuals and nothing's floating my boat much. He likes stripes, nothing too loud. ~£50 I reckon.
Maybe this? http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/club-jersey/product/CBJ08XXBLKMED
Not sure if that'll be an issue, but I don't like short zips personally. This is a better buy, if you can push it,
Have two of these and they're brilliant. Will work in any temperature below 25c. One of mine is 4 years old and looks almost brand new.
Can't wait to swag it out.
They're nice, made from the same sort of merino-polyester mix as Rapha jerseys and much cheaper.
Not sure whether I like the styling particularly, at least on the website. Reckon that they'd look great in person though.
But my favourite is almost identical to the Manchester wheelers kit (which is pretty damn fine) and I don't want to look like some wannabe member.
hands were pretty warm this morning, 10/10
I was too warm.
Now the sun's out and it's 16 degrees? IN DECEMBER? FUCK OFF MAYTE.
yr saddle's no flat
Walking to work, had to google "drowned sound bike wankers" 😂
My club's in CW this week yay. I see my best mate and my arm! Fame at last!