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  • elstoof 13 Nov 2013 12:43:16 7,016 posts
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    Edited by elstoof at 12:44:17 13-11-2013
  • elstoof 13 Nov 2013 12:43:33 7,016 posts
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    Keep paying 15 quid each time, that hefty idiot tax is what keeps the LBS's going.
  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 12:45:04 53,967 posts
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    Why are you paying £15 for a tube / fitting? Wiggle sells top end ones for like.. £4 each. Buy a pack of 5 for £20, learn how to fit them, never look back.

    It's not even comparable in difficulty to most bike jobs.



    Edited by Psychotext at 12:46:49 13-11-2013
  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 13:47:38 53,967 posts
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    Am I missing something here? What the fuck:

    Rain Cape - £199.99
  • elstoof 13 Nov 2013 14:34:37 7,016 posts
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    Brooks are surely taking the piss there, it's like a campaign to take the heat off Rapha. I like their criterion jacket for a grand though. Designed by Timothy Everest in London!
  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 15:33:50 53,967 posts
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    By comparison... arguably one of the highest end mountain biking jackets you can get costs about £170, and that's still ridiculous. :D
  • mal 13 Nov 2013 15:46:34 22,462 posts
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    So, with the turn of cold air today, I thought I'd finally get to try out my lidl vest under a thin short-sleeved t-shirt and wind jacket. It's not merino I don't think - only thing I can find out is that it's 95% poly-wotchacallit. A bit over-warm in shops and the likes, but appreciably warmer on the road, and it handles sweat well. But for now I'll put it back in storage until I'm into double-gloves at least.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • MikeP 13 Nov 2013 17:16:28 1,817 posts
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    Brooks are LOLexpensive for some things, they really are taking the piss.

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  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 17:19:14 53,967 posts
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    I hope the reason those £850 jackets are out of stock is because they never actually got any in the first place.
  • Trafford 13 Nov 2013 17:57:14 5,739 posts
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    I quite like the Brooks Oratory jacket. Ideal for the Brompton class.
    I'm living in a pair of Levis Commuters at the moment, very comfy.

    Edit, it is Brompton Oratory I meant, doh

    Edited by Trafford at 17:58:58 13-11-2013
  • motti82 13 Nov 2013 18:52:43 2,881 posts
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    TarickStonefire wrote:
    Got a puncture on a tyre a few months ago, took it to Cycle Surgery, £15 for a new inner tube and the labour to fit it there and then, seemed great value to me. Got another puncture this weekend (massive shard of bottle glass, dammit) so another £15, which again seems worth it but they said, buy a puncture repair kit and take this old tube home and repair it and then you've got a spare you can fit yourself next time.

    I had a look at what that involved and I think I'd rather pay the £15. Am I being daft, is repairing and fitting an inner tube really easy? Easier than completely recalibrating all my gears and brakes which I've done before? It's just all that faffing with a tyre removal tool and trying not to get the inner tube caught on the rim so it tears again, all looks very fiddly.
    If you keep getting punctures, invest in some puncture proof tyres and a track pump. I got some Schwalbe Marathon Tyres last year, worth it as I've not had a puncture since. Track pump is just handy for topping up tyre pressure once or twice a week.
  • OptimusPube 13 Nov 2013 19:15:22 2,960 posts
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    TarickStonefire wrote:
    Got a puncture on a tyre a few months ago, took it to Cycle Surgery, £15 for a new inner tube and the labour to fit it there and then, seemed great value to me. Got another puncture this weekend (massive shard of bottle glass, dammit) so another £15, which again seems worth it but they said, buy a puncture repair kit and take this old tube home and repair it and then you've got a spare you can fit yourself next time.

    I had a look at what that involved and I think I'd rather pay the £15. Am I being daft, is repairing and fitting an inner tube really easy? Easier than completely recalibrating all my gears and brakes which I've done before? It's just all that faffing with a tyre removal tool and trying not to get the inner tube caught on the rim so it tears again, all looks very fiddly.
    The fuck? with practise you can change an inner tube in less than five minutes, keep the old tube and repair it when you get home, patching a tube can be done in less than ten minutes finding the puncture, cleaning it, applying the glue, letting it dry a bit (wait 2 to 5 minutes) apply patch, job done.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • OptimusPube 13 Nov 2013 19:17:17 2,960 posts
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    Oh and £15 is a rip off lol, I used to fix car punctures for a living and we only charged £10 for a bloody car, that's the patch new valve and wheel balance.

    Lol.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
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  • OptimusPube 13 Nov 2013 19:24:40 2,960 posts
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    Anyway I came in here to ask if any of you have resprayed an old bike as I'm seriously considering doing it to my old mountain bike? I'm going to get a whole new gearing system for it, crank, front and rear derailleur, sprocket and chain, then I'm going to give it a new shiny paint job.

    I've been looking at videos and it doesn't look too difficult just a little taxing and time consuming.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 19:45:43 53,967 posts
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    By the time you've bought all of that you'd be MUCH better off just buying a new bike (especially at the moment with the sales). I've run the numbers on it a few times (I love my old frame) and it always works out significantly more expensive to buy the equivalent parts.

    Unless by "new", you actually mean random stuff you've got hanging around.

    Edited by Psychotext at 19:47:07 13-11-2013
  • elstoof 13 Nov 2013 19:54:09 7,016 posts
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    You'd probably be better off getting a frame powder coated rather than spraying it.
  • OptimusPube 13 Nov 2013 20:22:52 2,960 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    By the time you've bought all of that you'd be MUCH better off just buying a new bike (especially at the moment with the sales). I've run the numbers on it a few times (I love my old frame) and it always works out significantly more expensive to buy the equivalent parts.

    Unless by "new", you actually mean random stuff you've got hanging around.
    This is where I've been torn, fix up or new, I'd be genuinely chuffed at my own customised hard work, it's on its last legs as it's creaking and crunching and it weighs a tonne (steel frame), I'll just have to keep on pondering in to the abyss.

    /goes back to looking at cheapo mountain bikes.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • Psychotext 13 Nov 2013 21:25:11 53,967 posts
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    Could do far worse than one of these:

    Voodoo Bantu - £399

    Boardman Comp 2013 - £585

    Also the Carrera Fury 2013 which has won quite a few "best cheap bike" awards, but seems to be unavailable online.
  • Psychotext 14 Nov 2013 10:41:22 53,967 posts
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    Looks like CS2 has claimed yet another victim.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24936942
  • mal 14 Nov 2013 11:07:44 22,462 posts
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    It's pretty bonkers the number of collisions and deaths we've had this month in London. Still significantly more dangerous on country roads mind you.

    Think I've been on that road in the past when I got lost coming out of Liverpool St station. Not a pleasant journey that one.

    Edited by mal at 11:08:19 14-11-2013

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • urban 14 Nov 2013 11:15:15 10,942 posts
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    Guardian's write up on the 5th in 9 days

    The CS2 is what I use to get home, I'm just off Mile End Road.

    So...on that note, I've just got shitty little knog lights at the moment. Anyone got the line on the best affordable lights for commuting.

    Not looking for a set that'll light up the street, those are ridiculous.

    Edited by urban at 11:24:24 14-11-2013
  • Psychotext 14 Nov 2013 11:29:34 53,967 posts
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    I just noticed that comment about pedestrian deaths being higher but the press not being interested. What a fucking idiot.

    Maybe he should consider the number of pedestrians in London vs the number of cyclists in London.
  • mal 14 Nov 2013 11:41:57 22,462 posts
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    Depends what you mean by affordable.

    I've ridden about with various lights. Cheapest are a couple of lights from Argos which were perfectly bright. Cateye lights are a lot more expensive but only slightly better IMO.

    At the moment I'm sporting lights from these guys which aren't cheap, but at least you can be pretty sure they won't break within 12 months like most lights.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 12:16:22 1,817 posts
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    I use this on the front;

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/el135-3-led-front-light-ec007943

    And this on the back:

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cateye/tl-ld1100-10-led-rear-light-ec007955

    The nice thing about both of them is they throw a decent amount of light to the sides as well as centrally, which is handy for people seeing you at junctions.

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  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 12:17:29 1,817 posts
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    Also. Put your hand up if you bought @Trafford's Surly Karate Monkey off him.

    o/

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  • urban 14 Nov 2013 12:20:07 10,942 posts
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    £60-70 for a set?
  • Psychotext 14 Nov 2013 12:22:25 53,967 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Also. Put your hand up if you bought @Trafford's Surly Karate Monkey off him.

    o/
    lol... what the fuck Mike. That's like 8 bikes now isn't it?

    At least it stops him badgering me. :D
  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 12:28:44 1,817 posts
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    My quest to own ALL THE BIKES continues.

    However, I think I may have to start selling a couple.

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  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 12:43:10 1,817 posts
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    The current bike stable is:

    Specialized Roubaix Weekend Bike
    Cube CX race bike
    Surly Cross Check for pretty much every other road use
    The handsome cafe bike that I built

    Coming up:

    Rourke custom 40th present to myself
    My winter bike wot I'm building
    Surly Karate Monkey

    So potentially seven at the moment :D

    In the spring the Roubaix will have to find a new home, and I think I'll sell the cafe bike too.

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  • basmans_grob 14 Nov 2013 13:17:52 279 posts
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    I've always used spoke reflectors as well. When driving they really stood out for me, as I could see bikes from the side as clearly as the front. Otherwise you can be a tad hard to spot if your lights don't go sideways.
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