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  • Psychotext 21 Mar 2013 20:22:05 54,237 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Hmm. Pipedream 400 might do the job. Not seen those before.

    I'll be in a two skin tent and on a 4 tog mat so I doubt the cold should be too much of a problem (sure as hell not going out in winter either.

    Uhh... my shopping results when I tried to find a pipedream 400.

    NSFW NSFW NSFW

    (Yes, I've gathered that they only sell them direct)

    Edited by Psychotext at 20:30:33 21-03-2013
  • Trafford 21 Mar 2013 20:45:59 5,791 posts
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    Alpkit are a great company, they don't hold much stock, so prices are low. It also means that they can be sold out of certain things for months at a time while they pluck those geese again.
    You get a hand written thank you with every order also.
    *You get the Pipe dream into a 2 litre stuff sack, just don't keep it in there all the time.

    Edited by Trafford at 20:50:12 21-03-2013
  • Psychotext 22 Mar 2013 12:58:58 54,237 posts
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    I'm reading that the pipedream might be a bit tight around the shoulders for some? Are you fairly broad? Do you find it comfortable?
  • Trafford 22 Mar 2013 15:14:05 5,791 posts
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    No I'm a scrawny 6ft 2. Which is the limit length wise.

    Think the Sky High range offers larger sizes.

    Edited by Trafford at 15:20:47 22-03-2013
  • Psychotext 22 Mar 2013 17:29:32 54,237 posts
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    They're a bit heavier than I was after (for that sort of price). Think I'll grab one of those Tesco ones temporarily (amazingly they're not much heavier than the SkyeHigh ones), then see if I can borrow a Pipedream for size (or ask around for people's shoulder measurements!).
  • Trafford 22 Mar 2013 18:34:36 5,791 posts
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    It's a Mummie cut so width up top shouldn't be a real issue, unless you're massive.
    I do find the length a bit restrictive with the hood up. I'm at the limit in that aspect.
  • Psychotext 22 Mar 2013 18:47:08 54,237 posts
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    Length will be fine for me. I've seen an awful lot of people mention the width though which makes me nervous given what I'd be paying for it... really don't want to be left with something I wont be comfortable using.

    Whilst I'm not massive, I am fairly broad shouldered (~21" from one shoulder edge to the other).

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:47:43 22-03-2013
  • Deleted user 22 March 2013 19:11:45
    Iím going to buy a load of stuff for my bike tomorrow. When I first got my bike I knew very little about cycling but loved how colourful fixies were. Got my fixie, very quickly got sick of the colour but LOVE the simplicity of riding fixed gear. Easy to maintain and a nice challenge on lengthy rides.

    Basically Iím going to end up with two bikes tomorrow, the one I originally bought and the one Iíve built after buying things bit-by-bit (bars etc).

    Here are the stages itís gone through so far:



    Image 1 Ė When I originally bought it. It did have two brakes but took the rear off when I went fixed. I liked the orange at first. Thought it was cool.



    Image 2 Ė 3 months later, got dropbars and a new lighter front wheel (those big wheels suck in the wind)



    Image 3†Ė The latest look. Realised orange was ridiculous. I like riding fixed but donít want to look like one of those people.
  • Psychotext 22 Mar 2013 19:18:17 54,237 posts
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    Oh thank god for that last pic. :D

    The orange tyres on black rims probably still would have worked though.
  • mal 22 Mar 2013 20:02:15 22,581 posts
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    Trouble with coloured rubber is it goes off a lot quicker than black, and to be honest, manky colour tyres look proper miserable.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Deleted user 22 March 2013 20:03:12
    Yeah the orange + black combo worked on black rims but the orange tyres were SO cheap. They were torn to shreds by the time I got my gatorskins on new year.

    Note: the timeline of those pics is late July 2012 to 1st Jan 2013.

    Edited by lukejones at 20:03:36 22-03-2013
  • elstoof 22 Mar 2013 20:37:13 7,396 posts
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    I love an orange bike.
  • elstoof 22 Mar 2013 20:38:17 7,396 posts
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    Heyyyyyyalll no to orange H+Sons though.
  • urban 23 Mar 2013 08:26:23 10,945 posts
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    Dodging people walking across during a green light because there wasn't any cars.

    They didn't see me clipping along at 25...Spotted my line through them but thought I would give the guy walking across the road absorbed by his phone not paying attention to a damn thing a little scare.

    Biked past and shouted 'HO!' as I buzzed through, smiling right at him while I did, He was SHAT himself. My bike dick move of the week.

    Everyone has moments right?

    Edited by urban at 08:28:10 23-03-2013
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 08:52:59 7,396 posts
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    Nah, within the realms of acceptability. I've held my hand out and let it smack someone on the arse before. Would have been the head but I was in the drops.
  • Deleted user 23 March 2013 09:08:34
    Haha. Thatís excellent. Bike dick moves are great if justified.
  • Trafford 23 Mar 2013 11:55:18 5,791 posts
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    Cycling through a suburban town last weekend, the road was blocked by a protest march. Women, children, OAPs and a bag piper marching on the local library due to be shut down.
    I stopped to watch, even commented to a MX rider who turned around took another route.
    I couldn't believe it, but forcing his way through the procession was a MAMIL, not prepared to stop. I managed to shout dickhead in his ear.
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 12:01:33 7,396 posts
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    Heh, what a cock. I've been tempted so often to push a cyclist over for that sort of shit as well, up on the pavement and all that bad behaviour. More than likely end up doing a lot more damage than is justified though.

    Walks on the Regents Canal towpaths are the most common place for my dark thoughts.
  • Trafford 23 Mar 2013 12:12:04 5,791 posts
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    Yeah manners cost nothing.
    My pro tip for cycling on bridleways-always cede to equestrians, often leads to smiles from fair maidens.
  • caligari 23 Mar 2013 21:27:12 17,057 posts
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    I went in to order some new gear via my work's 'On Your Bike' Cycle To Work scheme.

    One slight problem - the On Your Bike website seems to have vanished. There also doesn't appear to be any kind of phone number to get hold of them. I think that the bike shop were convinced that I had been dealing with a scammer.

    All I get from their website is a domain registration site:

    http://www.bicyclebenefits.co.uk/
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 21:35:32 7,396 posts
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    http://www.onyourbike.com/cycle2work.php

    These guys you mean
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 21:37:32 7,396 posts
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    All of these schemes are a sort of scam anyway, you don't need these third parties to take advantage of the tax saving. Any company accountant should be able to rattle the paperwork together and have your payroll adjusted with ease, cut out the middleman and save you and your employer more.
  • Trafford 23 Mar 2013 21:53:30 5,791 posts
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    Interesting you say that elstoof, my firm does that, I always put it down to them being parochial.
  • caligari 23 Mar 2013 22:38:30 17,057 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    http://www.onyourbike.com/cycle2work.php

    These guys you mean
    You'd think so, but no - it could possibly be the same company, but the 'portal' that I have been using (and that they advise the companies to go through) is the one that isn't showing up.

    Strange - could it be that their site has been hammered over the weekend? You'd think that it would just make things 'sluggish' - not invisible.
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 22:54:13 7,396 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Interesting you say that elstoof, my firm does that, I always put it down to them being parochial.
    Yeah, rather than pay a company 1000 and they issue you with a voucher to redeem at participating shops, your boss just needs to pay for whatever it is like any other company purchase. They reclaim the vat the normal way then accounts/payroll manager follows the HMRC guidelines for the scheme. Pretty simple really. All these third parties do is restrict your choice, take a cut or sit on your money for a while for filling the odd form in for you.
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 23:02:42 7,396 posts
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    That's reet weird that caligari, a google of the bicyclebenefits.co.uk brings up a few of their pages with a preview of the text but they all link to that domain for sale page. It's like it's there, but not there.
  • elstoof 23 Mar 2013 23:06:05 7,396 posts
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    Oh yeah, and according to Planet X's FAQs, when you use a voucher they add on 10% because they pass on the scheme's charges - always worth mentioning you're going around the voucher route to your lbs so how about knocking 5% off in recognition of my good will ;)
  • Trafford 23 Mar 2013 23:44:50 5,791 posts
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    That's a good tip^^. I'm saving for a Ti frame come December, will be getting a 750 bung from work to put towards it.

    What annoys me is the weekend warriors at my place, using the scheme to buy a nice bike, but still travelling in via car.
  • Salaman 24 Mar 2013 16:40:08 19,076 posts
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    Fuck me, Sagan really is in a league of his own. Can't wait to see how it goes next week. Too bad Boonen fell today but both Cancellara and Sagan seem to be in top shape!
  • caligari 24 Mar 2013 16:47:02 17,057 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    That's reet weird that caligari, a google of the bicyclebenefits.co.uk brings up a few of their pages with a preview of the text but they all link to that domain for sale page. It's like it's there, but not there.
    They've got a message up - finally - saying that their site is down whilst they're updating it.

    Seems a little odd to do that on the weekend of one of their busier periods.

    As for the order itself, it's just for a new helmet, jacket, lock and pump - nothing too exciting, I'm afraid.
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