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  • caligari 29 Jul 2014 08:16:16 17,193 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    If I've done my sums right, I've just about clocked up my first 1,000 miles over the last few months on my cheap ass SportsDirect fixie.

    No issues to report, no attempts to steal it (haha). Brakes are, predictably, weak, but I ride it fixie so that's not so much of an issue.

    What is an issue, is the weak as shit crank and bottom bracket, which creaks and groans under any sort of load, and the spokes, which I've not bothered to tension so surely at some point will pop a couple (some are looser than jablonski's mum). The saddle was a joke, so I put my old Spesh saddle on from an old bike and it's now lovely.

    None of the above detracts really from the fact that the frame is a cromoly lovely, and soaks up the bumps like a champ. And, despite the wheels and trans being cheap flimsy crap, it has really done well!
    Oddly enough, both of my single-speed bikes have a noisy crank - even after replacing one of them last year with a better 'sealed' version.

    There must be a 'scientific' reason as to why they always end up making so much blinkin' noise.
  • basmans_grob 29 Jul 2014 09:43:44 413 posts
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    Third to fifth in the closing straight. I never was much of a sprinter!
  • Salaman 29 Jul 2014 15:03:37 19,594 posts
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    :-)

    At least you made it to Paris.
  • PES_Fanboy 30 Jul 2014 18:02:22 18,890 posts
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    Right, so I've finally got signed to cycle professionally.

    Part time cycle courier (fuck you, it counts). \o/

    What worries me is my lack of a sense of direction and mechanical skills. Anyone done it?
  • andytheadequate 30 Jul 2014 19:01:40 8,352 posts
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    You can get GPS for bikes, and just make sure you take a pump and puncture repair kit with you.

    Anyone have any recommendations on full suss mountain bikes? Probably looking at 1-1.5k
  • elstoof 30 Jul 2014 19:08:43 8,304 posts
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    Cycle computers are poo for navigation unless you preplan a route, you'll probably be alright with google maps on your phone to be honest. You're in brighton, aren't you? It's such a small town it's hard to get lost there anyway, but with all the one way systems you're probably quicker walking it.

    Get some tattoos on your calves and ride like an absolute tool, you'll pick it up soon enough.
  • skiplevels 30 Jul 2014 19:09:28 634 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    niiiiice. what does it weigh?
  • skiplevels 30 Jul 2014 19:13:07 634 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    What do you want it to do?
    I want something for fast training rides and all-day club rides. I prefer climbing over e.g. time-trialling so lightness and stiffness are more important than aero profile.

    best vfm on market looks like the ultimate AL SLX or the rose xeon RS (or caad 10?) but the roads are so bad up here, I think I should go for carbon. I was thinking maybe getting a sponsor canyon CF SLX but then I don't race so not sure I need all that much bike plus also I am an UBER HIPSTER and want something a little different so considering maybe a rychtarski custom... GAAAAAH
  • PES_Fanboy 30 Jul 2014 19:14:03 18,890 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Cycle computers are poo for navigation unless you preplan a route, you'll probably be alright with google maps on your phone to be honest. You're in brighton, aren't you? It's such a small town it's hard to get lost there anyway, but with all the one way systems you're probably quicker walking it.

    Get some tattoos on your calves and ride like an absolute tool, you'll pick it up soon enough.
    Yeah, Brighton. Wanna move to London though soon so am hoping to transfer.

    They ride like tools because they're tools, but also because you get paid per delivery
  • skiplevels 30 Jul 2014 19:47:43 634 posts
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    there are some well priced genesis volare 853 framesets on the electronic bay that might make a good build. hmmmm...

    basically, I've been saving for a few years and have about 2200 +/- to play with and want to get the most bike I can for my money that will do for fast training rides in summer. stiffness/lightness a priority

    dura-ace, archetypes laced to ultegra hubs and a nice frame for 2200, is that too much to ask?

    Edited by skiplevels at 20:05:15 30-07-2014
  • Bremenacht 30 Jul 2014 21:28:25 19,648 posts
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    andytheadequate wrote:
    Anyone have any recommendations on full suss mountain bikes? Probably looking at 1-1.5k
    You going new? Would you consider 2nd hand? It's worthwhile picking on a few models you like the look of and then watch fleabay for a few months, learning what kit to look for and the prices that should match. I also scoured SingleTrack and some other forum for advice and ads. Having advice from someone who knows what's what would help a lot.

    I had my eye on Orange when I was looking (built in Britain), but ended up with Specialized (FS XC).
  • andytheadequate 30 Jul 2014 21:42:38 8,352 posts
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    My current one was second hand and it's cost me an awful lot in repairs and servicing. I'm thinking of trying to pick one up in the end of season sales.

    Norco and Canyon are my two favourites so far.
  • SmoothMartin 30 Jul 2014 23:22:04 859 posts
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    @PES_Fanboy

    I spent the best part of a year after graduation riding for a couple of firms in London. Came to the job with very little knowledge of the streets, but had a good A to Z in my back pocket.

    I started in September which is considered the best time to start as all the students are back at college and not competing for your pickups. The first few weeks were pretty slow, but the main thing is to remain enthusiastic on the radio and take any job they throw at you.

    We used to get a bonus for working 5 full days and being available 8:30-5:30 and I know that being seen as reliable really counted with the radio controllers. Your main aim as a bike courier is to get as many jobs where you go 2-up or higher, taking multiple packets on a single trip and delivering them in quick succession.

    I really enjoyed my time on the bike (though I did have a desk job for January and February which was toasty and dry) and I still revert back to form anytime I go back to London and get on a Boris bike. My knowledge of the West End and the City has also been very useful in shepherding friends around as well.
  • PES_Fanboy 31 Jul 2014 05:37:08 18,890 posts
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    Cheers Martin!

    I'm gonna do a day a week cycling around That London to get a bit of knowledge before I move. I know the west end sorta but don't really know the City.

    Who did you work for, if you don't mind me asking?
  • SmoothMartin 31 Jul 2014 08:17:47 859 posts
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    @PES_Fanboy

    First company was a very small outfit based at the far end of Old Street whose name I can't remember. I treated that as my apprenticeship and didn't come back after my office job in the depths of winter. My longer period of work was with a Camden based firm called Greyhound.

    I always wanted to work for Metro as they got very cool looking Endura kit and seemed to effortless track stand at all the lights. Some of them were part of the sit around drinking coffee couriers though. I think some people did it as a job when they didn't really need the money and could afford to hang around all day posing outside cafes.

    It was a great experience, but it's not a career. If you love cycling, particularly dodging traffic and playing chicken with oncoming buses you'll have a great time. Just remember to keep a packet of supermarket flapjack in your bag for on-the-go refuelling and know where the warmest, driest office air vents are so you can shelter by them in winter.
  • PES_Fanboy 31 Jul 2014 09:41:35 18,890 posts
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    Great advice, cheers! I'm not after a 'career', decided to surf through life doing stuff I like and hopefully get paid for it. I spend most of my day walking or cycling around anyway, difference here may be getting paid for that!
  • MikeP 31 Jul 2014 10:09:01 2,075 posts
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    skiplevels wrote:
    there are some well priced genesis volare 853 framesets on the electronic bay that might make a good build. hmmmm...

    basically, I've been saving for a few years and have about 2200 +/- to play with and want to get the most bike I can for my money that will do for fast training rides in summer. stiffness/lightness a priority

    dura-ace, archetypes laced to ultegra hubs and a nice frame for 2200, is that too much to ask?
    The Volare 853 is a good starting point. Don't buy Dura-Ace, get the 11 speed Ultegra 6800 groupset if you're headed in that direction.

    It's effectively the same, although I did hear some Shimano engineers had said 6800 has ironed out one or two minor niggles with DA. They think it's possibly the best group set they've ever made.

    Archetypes laced to Ultegra will look nice but be heavy (about 1800g a set) Ksyrium Elite S can be had for about 450 a pair, are stiff and only a touch over 1500g a pair.

    Bang for buck, Canyon and Rose are going to get you a lot. A CF frame will immediately save you a bit of weight over steel as well. The Ultimate CF ticks a lot of boxes, if they still have your size. http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3241

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  • Phil-McCrack 31 Jul 2014 19:43:19 3,347 posts
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    I'm going clipless for the first time this weekend, I'm absolutely babbing it, going to practise down the rear alley at the back of my house before I hit the roads.

    I have been practising leaning against a wall, god what a noob.
    :redface:

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  • PES_Fanboy 31 Jul 2014 19:47:54 18,890 posts
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    Don't sweat it fella, everyone eats shit once with them, and usually at such low speeds the only thing hurt is pride.
  • skiplevels 31 Jul 2014 20:10:26 634 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    The Volare 853 is a good starting point. Don't buy Dura-Ace, get the 11 speed Ultegra 6800 groupset if you're headed in that direction.

    It's effectively the same, although I did hear some Shimano engineers had said 6800 has ironed out one or two minor niggles with DA. They think it's possibly the best group set they've ever made.

    Archetypes laced to Ultegra will look nice but be heavy (about 1800g a set) Ksyrium Elite S can be had for about 450 a pair, are stiff and only a touch over 1500g a pair.

    Bang for buck, Canyon and Rose are going to get you a lot. A CF frame will immediately save you a bit of weight over steel as well. The Ultimate CF ticks a lot of boxes, if they still have your size. http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3241
    was leaning towards handbuilts for bomb-proofedness and rebuild ability. expect ksyriums are pretty robust but managed to bork some aksiums before and that was that, they had to be replaced

    6800 + handbuilts + a.n. frame.... just need to decide on which now, within budget
  • Benno 31 Jul 2014 20:41:21 10,268 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    I'm going clipless for the first time this weekend, I'm absolutely babbing it, going to practise down the rear alley at the back of my house before I hit the roads.

    I have been practising leaning against a wall, god what a noob.
    :redface:
    I went clipless and I've never fallen off, don't worry about it
  • elstoof 31 Jul 2014 21:09:04 8,304 posts
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    I never fell off clipless, I don't know many that have either. It's probably a self perpetuating myth, if you think you're due to fall then you likely will. Just remember to twist your foot out before you come to a stop and use the same leg every time.

    or learn to track stand and never unclip.
  • PES_Fanboy 31 Jul 2014 21:11:59 18,890 posts
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    Well, fuck you all, I did. Track standing with a non-fixie is well tough.
  • MikeP 31 Jul 2014 21:48:55 2,075 posts
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    I've fallen over twice in clipless in about 20 years of riding. Although to be fair the first time was because they were really early ones that used elastomers instead of steel springs. Elastomers get stiffer as they get cold. Something I discovered when I tried to get my foot out in the middle of a winter ride!

    You'll be fine, as El's says, twist & make sure your foot is out early.

    @skiplevels, if you want a lighter handbuilt look at using Ambrosio Nemesis or Novatech hubs, with a lighter rim like Ambrosio Excellight. Strada Wheels are a good company to look at, as are Wheelsmith.

    http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/

    http://www.wheelsmith.co.uk/

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  • Phil-McCrack 31 Jul 2014 22:23:47 3,347 posts
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    I'm already good at track standing, practise it everyday as a little side game, I have competitions with my eldest sometimes to see who can last longest, I win every time, whoo to me.

    I finish work early on a Friday so we'll see how it goes, I now have a little good luck mascot/ride buddy atop my handle bars, he's called funky monkey and he has a little red cape.

    Danny MacAskill gives me a boner
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  • caligari 31 Jul 2014 22:31:10 17,193 posts
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    I have fallen over a couple of times when using clipless - one was from attempting to cycle in a tight circle when waiting for someone to catch up (bad idea) and the other was on ice. That said, I've fallen off twice as many times when I'm not using clipless!
  • skiplevels 2 Aug 2014 21:50:30 634 posts
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    @MikeP thanks mike, I live in glasgow so have access to one of the best wheel builders in the country http://www.wheelcraft.net
  • Phil-McCrack 3 Aug 2014 19:06:36 3,347 posts
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    Well I didn't go clipless, had a fun day though but I'm getting sick of picking up glass shards on my local route, funnily enough it's nearly always Becks beer bottles, fucking chavs.

    Danny MacAskill gives me a boner
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  • urban 3 Aug 2014 20:11:44 11,067 posts
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    Just 7 days until I'm riding the Ridelondon 100. I'm second wave leaving at 6:10 which I believe will put me in with a fairly elite group.

    I'm going to die.
  • Psychotext 3 Aug 2014 21:48:12 55,032 posts
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    Just got back from a skills weekend. I don't suck quite as much as I thought I did. Yay.
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