The Cycling Chat Thread

Discussion in 'transport' started by ChrisFilter, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Light. Stiff. Variable build quality and no bricks and mortar store to take it to if you have a problem with it.
     
  2. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    You get a great spec for the money due to their direct sales model. There was a slew of horror stories around deliveries a while ago but apparently they’re much better now.
     
  3. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Canyon are pretty good value in my experience and generally fit decent quality components not OEM branded crap. However, never order anything that is not showing as "in stock" as the projected production dates are largely meaningless - this is where the tales of order fulfillment hell originate. My Aeroad arrived at my door in Western Australia 6 days after ordering. There is a degree of self assembly but they provide very good instructions and all the tools including a somewhat accurate torque wrench. If you monitor the website obsessively you can occasionally get a bit of a discount, though rarely in the most popular frame sizes. I'd definitely have one over a Trek or Specialized but the VFM calculation probably isn't quite as keen as a Giant or Merida.
     
  4. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Get off your bike and fix that R32.:thumbs:
     
  5. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    My dream bike is a Madone. Someone on my group ride yesterday turned up on a brand new one, DA DI2 disc, full Project One custom paint job in that cool paint that changes colour depending which way you look at it. Was absolutely stunning.
     
  6. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    We are on holiday for a few weeks and, as is the way, with these things the project has been subject to scope creep. R34 turbos, HKS manifolds, S15 rear subframe/HICAS delete, Ohlins, etc. It'll be done by Xmas. Unless I decide to do 6 pot Endless brakes and I might as well do cams while I'm in there...
     
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  7. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    They are cool but replacing the cables is a season in hell so your mate made a wise choice with Di2/Disc.
     
  8. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    He also made a wise choice because disc > rim :cool: :D
     
  9. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

  10. Motown_ben

    Motown_ben Well-Known Member

    Got over to moel famau in North Wales again this morning. Expanded my horizons a bit and found some new tracks which were v v up and downy. Managed a 20 loop which was v hilly and involved the odd spot of pushing. [​IMG]

    Sent from my EML-L29 using Tapatalk
     
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  11. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    "Science over living a life"?

    What do folks make of this training plan for Ride100 London this year. All Swift based, there doesn't appear to be an alternative.

    Personally I can't think of anything worse than having to do an hour a day getting nowhere. Why stay indoors and cycle when it's British Summer time, get out, see the world, go to places you've never been before. Ride for 5hrs, bonk, get thirsty, get defeated by a climb etc come back stronger having lived it.
     
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  12. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    It's a bit complicated, isn't it?. I would choose just two or three routines that work for you, all you want is progression.
    Swift or exercise bikes are a good way of doing specific reps because you can measure the effort and don't have to worry about traffic or weather or anything like that.

    More plans here: Training Plans
     
  13. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    I reckon rim brakes on road bikes will die off pretty quickly now. It's already happened at the top end of the market. eTap AXS is disc only in both Red/Force and it would not surprise me if the next DA/Ultegra go the same way,
     
  14. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Yeah. Although it will be more telling with what happens at the lower end. Shimano launched series branded 105 hydro last year, I’m guessing Tiagra will be next.
     
  15. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Tiagra 4700 got hydraulic discs in 2015. You hardly ever see them though.
     
  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Isn’t that the RS404 ones, not strictly “series” as such? 105 had the RS505 version, but it’s only last year they’ve released 105 branded callipers and shifters.
     
  17. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Impressive, what's that big spike in the middle,looks scary.
     
  18. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Edge Hill, 3/4 of a mile of double digit gradient with a peak of 18%.
     
  19. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Just got my starting wave for Velo Birmingham and I’m pissed off :mad:

    Green 5, one of the last to go, so I’m gonna spend the first hour picking my way through all the slower muppets :mad:

    Why did they bother asking your rider speed when we registered? It clearly meant fuck all :rolleyes:
     
  20. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    From this:
    To this:
    In just a few short years :thumbs:
    Can't wait for Spymaster to become a cyclist now
     
  21. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    He can get a tandem with Pickman's model and let junior do all the work on the hills
     
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  22. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I did actually hire a bike on holiday last year but I felt myself becoming less and less intelligent with every press of the pedals so I stopped.
     
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  23. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    To be fair, there’s still quite a few I’d ban. Usually the slow fuckers in my way :D
     
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  24. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    How kind - and unexpected - to receive your invitation to the thread.
     
  25. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    Oi!

    You leave us slow fuckers alone :mad:
     
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  26. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    721 feet of off-road climbing from the asthmatic 11 year old this evening :)

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  27. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    Yeah I'm after you even! Purple 2 I think
     
  28. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Away up north for the week with no bike, weather is gorgeous, seeing loads of people out. Jealousy is getting a bit much. It’ll piss down next week.
     
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  29. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    Gah. Bike's been nicked again. (Was stolen before but got it back.) Looks to have been fairly professional, it was pretty secure and few others have been taken from the racks at the station, no evidence left. RIP little Merida. Haven't really been cycling since I'm working at home, but still a considerable nuisance. :(

    Eta: so, commuter/hybrid bike recommendations in the £600-900 bracket? Specialised Sirrus?
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019 at 6:54 PM
  30. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Yesterday’s ride, was really pleased with this :)

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