The Cycling Chat Thread

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

  1. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member


    Ion: I am also fed up of the weather as currently commuting 16-18m a day in it and super done with bring freezing and soggy.
  2. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Managed to take all three kids (age 10-14) to the big adventure playground 3 miles away on bikes by myself. About half and half on road and segregated bike path. The road bit is really quite alarming, although the kids have reasonable road sense. Two out of three quite confident riders, oldest one quite anxious. Drivers just don't give you enough space :confused: nobody was driving particularly aggressively, just too close on the overtakes, and with no reason really. The other thing I noticed is that traffic light cycles are often really short, and if you're a mixed ability group it's often changing to red again before the last rider gets across.
  3. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Just to let everyone know, seeing as the weather is about to get good, I spent about an hour today cleaning my bikes drivetrain back to an almost “as new” condition.

    So when it pours down next week it’s my fault :rolleyes: :D
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  4. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    First proper ride today, not counting commuting. It was so great to get out and into the hills Only a 28 mile 2 hour job, but a good amount of ascending.

    I've got that incredibly annoying creaking from the cranks going on though. The sound that only fully stripping, regreasing and reassembling might fix. But won't. And then you pay someone to do it. And then it makes no difference .
    I'm right at the beginning of that algorithm now.
  5. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    In the name of boredom and science I have just drained and bled a set of R9100 disk brakes three times to determine the best method.

    1. Gravity bleed
    2. Fill from the bottom
    3. Vacuum bleed

    The Shimano dealer manual tells you to do 2. followed by 1. but most people (and bike shops) I know do one or the other. 1. worked fine on the front but was rubbish on the rear. 2. followed by 1. was adequate on front and rear but wouldn't satisfy me. 3. works great on front and rear. In all cases you need to partially purge the master cylinder and add a few more drops of fluid to get the elusive "high and hard" lever feel. Shimano specifically tell you not to do this as it can blow out the master cylinder seals but #yolo.
  6. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I hereby declare summer officially started :cool:

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  7. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Campag goes 12 speed and the cranks look like crap.


    The SuperRecord crank is hollow carbon though which will count for something at the coffee shop.
  8. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Twelve speed??? Good grief.

    Must be something wrong with me; I'm happy with my three speed Sturmey Archer hub gear. And drum brakes too!

    ivo Registration IMGP7377.jpg
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  9. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    3 speed and drum brakes is all good, but I'd be concerned about that lock!
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  10. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    The photo was taken at a "control" on an Audax ride where the bikes are all pretty well monitored, so a lightweight lock's all I carried.
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  11. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Didn't the SA hub keep disintegrating on long rides?
  12. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    The 5-speed SA hub on the Pashley Roadster did. After the third hub had packed in (in two years) I got a chap to replace it with an 8-speed which hasn't broken since. I think it's worth noting that Sturmey Archer have discontinued that model of 5-speed hub and replaced it with another 5-speed which is half a kilo(!) heavier. I suspect I wasn't the only person suffering hub failures...

    The 3-speed on the Pashley Guv'nor hasn't missed a beat :thumbs:
  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The mudguards alone look heavier than my entire bike :D

    If you do audax rides on that you must have legs made of steel :eek: :cool:
  14. nick

    nick Pleomorphic Adenomas R us

    Park Lane south bound is a nightmare this week because they have blocked off a lane to give various despots privacy at the Commonwealth Heads of Government shindig. The motorized vehicles are all squeezing into the remaining lanes, leaving less space to cycle though the gaps. Also making it hard to breath because of the resulting fumes
  15. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    The mudguards are gorgeous :cool: and don't really weight that much.

    I got them from Woody's Fenders. Mudguard porn here: Wood bicycle fenders

    Pashley also do their own wooden mudguards Wooden Mudguards • Pashley • The Collection • Accessories & Attire but flat mudguards aren't half as good as concave ones.

    Hah! Audax rides on the Guv'nor are easy compared to Audax rides on the Pashley Roadster. That's a bit more of a challenge seeing as it weighs 25Kg or so, then there's the hundredweight of luggage I haul round with me...

    Here's me on the Roadster at the start of the National 400 in 2016, complete with legs of steel and massive hangover :D

    AUK National 400 2016.jpg

    ETA: who needs cycling shoes, eh?
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  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    :eek: :cool:
  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I’m picturing you getting on a carbon race bike and propelling yourself into orbit :D
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  18. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Baroudeur...

    Regarding cycling shoes and those mini ski binders that they clip into. I can honestly say I cannot tell any difference between clip ons and a pair of Adidas Sambas. But I too have had legs of iron, once! :D
  19. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    I'm often overtaken by skinny little fuckers on carbon fibre bikes which have an under-saddle pack that's about the size of my fist. :mad: When at Controls on Audax rides it amuses me to suggest they try picking my bike (plus attached luggage) up and seeing the wide-eyed expression of disbelief on their scrawny little faces.

    For the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015 I rode to the start from Worcester on the Roadster. I was hauling not only the tools, clothes, spares, food, etc. that I'd need on the actual ride but also ancillary clothes, shoes, etc. that I'd need for the days before and after the event. The whole lot was... heavy.

    I encountered some other Brits about a hundred miles or so from Paris. They were having a rest and refuel, so I stopped for a while also. They commented on my "huge" bike (the cheek!) so I suggested they pick it up to see how it compared to their bikes. How I chuckled when one of them literally could not even pick it up :D
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  20. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I can. I recently put a set of flats on my bike to go riding with my daughter and hated them. Just feel so disconnected from the bike, and standing out the pedals on hills is rubbish as you can’t dig in as much. Plus no pulling up as well as pushing down.

    Clipless pedals are :cool:
  21. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    So what sort of average speeds are you managing for those rides on your mighty steed? :D
  22. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Late to this - I suspect there is nowhere as I have had bikes resprayed at Brixton Cycles and Condor and they both sent them out of London iirc.

    What's more timing is a pain - they don't seem to have a booking service so you can't say that you want the frame done in e.g. 6 weeks' time and then give it to them a few days before. Instead, they take your bike and keep it for 6 weeks. Antediluvian customer service.
  23. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Generally just the merest fraction inside the minimum overall event speed.

    Although I have finished a 600 in 38 hours on the Roadster which you could say was absolutely flying :D
  24. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Riding a bike without SPD/SPD-SL just feels wrong and even dangerous to me. They are worth about 5-7% on power output vs flats.
  25. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    I went out for a sneaky Friday morning childfree ride yesterday (kids have a half day at school on a Friday here and I had a day off work). It was a beautiful warm sunny day. Because I only decided to go spontaneously I was by myself. All lovely until about ten miles in when I stopped at some temporary traffic lights, unclipped and for some reason rested my foot on top of the pedal again instead of putting it straight down :confused: which clipped me in again and then I couldn't get my foot out again in time to stop the unceremonious sideways topple :mad: all rather undignified. No-one was there to see it at least. I weirdly didn't seem to have any damage on the side of me that hit the deck at all but I somehow managed to whack my other shin really hard on some bit of the bike (bottle cage maybe) and it instantly came up in a big lump. Had a banana and got back on, did another 16 miles and went home to get the kids coming in from school. It was really swollen up when I got home so I sat with ice on it. Swelling down today but still hurts quite a lot :( and generally quite achey about the body from falling off. Such a stupid accident :facepalm:
  26. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    At least you fell off where no-one could see you.

    I changed a pair of cleats once but failed to tighten them properly so part way through my commute - as I approached a set of traffic lights on red - I found that twisting my foot twisted the entire cleat and wouldn't release my shoe. A fraction of a second later I found that the same thing had happened to the other cleat.

    Not being able to grab on to anything I toppled sideways in front of a huge audience :mad: :facepalm: :D

    Sorry about your leg though.
  27. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    You missed off the important bit - was the bike OK? :hmm: :D
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  28. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    i broke my elbow when I toppled sideways a few years ago.
  29. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Sti lever knocked a bit squint and scratched a bit, that's all :D
  30. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    I’ve probably told this one here before, but my stupidest clipless story was one evening commute when I came up to the very busy pedestrian crossing outside Leeds station and as I came to stop at the lights, unclipped and attempted a ‘postman’s dismount’ intending to walk over the crossing. As my right leg swung over the back of the bike my left leg pushed down on the pedal and clipped back in. Miraculously I didn’t topple over, but the dance moves I had to employ not to do this were probably less digninfied than ending up on my arse would have been. Amused a few pedestrians at least.

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