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  • Psychotext 14 Nov 2013 13:41:16 53,808 posts
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    My nephew put some on his bike for Halloween... they worked pretty well:

  • elstoof 14 Nov 2013 14:15:02 6,604 posts
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    The lezyne micro drive front light I've got does the job, and a Cateye rapid 3 on the back.

    I seem to have entered the Etape du Tour somehow, let's hope the weather holds up.
  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 14:49:10 1,767 posts
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    Good shout on the side visibilty. I like those movement activated valve caps, I keep meaning to get some.
  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 14:50:08 1,767 posts
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    @elstoof Are you doing The Marmoset as well?
  • elstoof 14 Nov 2013 16:19:30 6,604 posts
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    I'm 50/50 on it, I'll definitely do the Etape because there'll be a bunch of us going down there but it's worked out I don't know a single person doing the marmotte this year. I reckon a lot of UK based cyclists would rather be up in Yorkshire for the grand depart rather than go to the Alpe on the 5th of July, I got a ticket to keep my options open more than anything. If I've got enough brownie points with the wife I could always just hop on a train to Grenoble and have a quick spin. If not, there's always next year.
  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 16:23:03 1,767 posts
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    Ah - I didn't realise it was the same time as the UK stages of the tour. Screw that then.

    Looks like it'll be the spring classics for me, then.
  • elstoof 14 Nov 2013 16:25:15 6,604 posts
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    You were thinking about it? I didn't realise either when I entered!
  • MikeP 14 Nov 2013 17:12:14 1,767 posts
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    It came up in conversation with a mate yesterday, so it's a fairly recent thought, I'll admit.

    There's always the Etape I guess.
  • elstoof 14 Nov 2013 17:21:23 6,604 posts
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    I'd hurry for tickets if you fancy it, I don't know if it's sold out yet and be warned the entirety of Pau is already fully booked hotel wise too. Best options now for accommodation is either camp or stay at Lourdes where the finish is and figure out how to get to Pau for the start 40km away in the morning.
  • elstoof 14 Nov 2013 17:24:51 6,604 posts
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    Otherwise, if you do go in for the Marmotte I'll more than likely do it as well. Opening stage of the tour on the 5th probably won't be too exciting anyway.
  • Psychotext 15 Nov 2013 00:28:38 53,808 posts
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    Grr... one major problem of putting an event in a tiny little town is that any B&B nearby gets booked up ridiculously far in advance. I'm already seeing problems booking for one event in November 2014!

    Related, do people in East Sussex hate cyclists? Not one of the B&Bs I was looking at mentioned cycle storage or being cyclist friendly, and whilst I received responses to my (cycle related) questions from all the other B&Bs I've mailed today I've got absolutely none from any in East Sussex.

    Seems like one hell of a co-incidence. :D

    Edited by Psychotext at 00:56:11 15-11-2013
  • elstoof 15 Nov 2013 06:23:19 6,604 posts
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    The only reason I've got a place to stay in Pau is because a club mate booked two hotel rooms the day the etape route was announced, before entries even opened. And that was all he could get even then.

    All these sportive organisers are pushing for bigger and bigger numbers but they don't seem to be thinking about the logistics of it, releasing an extra few thousand tickets to boost profits is all well and good but it's a pain in the arse for those people who've bought a ticket before realising there's no rooms left in a 20 mile radius.

    Edited by elstoof at 06:30:45 15-11-2013
  • Salaman 15 Nov 2013 18:11:00 18,861 posts
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    Wohoo, going next Friday, me. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/15/six-days-of-ghent-races-cycling-belgium
  • Psychotext 15 Nov 2013 18:14:57 53,808 posts
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    You people are all far too fit. :p
  • OptimusPube 16 Nov 2013 10:56:17 2,907 posts
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    Want some light recommendations, I have lights but they're just cheapo ones for motorists to see me but I want a front light to actually see with in complete darkness, what do you guys use?

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

  • Megapocalypse 16 Nov 2013 11:31:51 5,309 posts
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    I think this is the updated model of one I bought a few years ago. Did me fine on a night ride in thick fog on unlit country roads.
  • elstoof 16 Nov 2013 11:52:56 6,604 posts
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    Ebay Chinese blinder for about £20 is the value option. 800 lumens and a separate battery pack full of dazzling brightness.
  • elstoof 16 Nov 2013 11:57:20 6,604 posts
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    This sort of thing.
  • OptimusPube 16 Nov 2013 12:00:41 2,907 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    This sort of thing.
    Hey that's great, one's I've been looking at are 100 quid and above. :eek:

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

  • andytheadequate 16 Nov 2013 12:45:11 8,076 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    This sort of thing.
    I have one of them, and although it is incredibly bright, the charger blew up the first time I plugged it in
  • elstoof 16 Nov 2013 13:11:44 6,604 posts
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    I know about 10 people with them. One of them stopped working after 3 rides, 9 of them have been going strong for a couple of years. There's always the chance of a dud when it's that cheap, of course, but there always is when you buy 20 quid electronics from China.
  • andytheadequate 16 Nov 2013 13:50:36 8,076 posts
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    Indeed. When I contacted them they were very good and sent a replacement, as well as a discount. The other people I know who have them are all happy
  • TheBlackDog 16 Nov 2013 15:38:56 366 posts
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    First snow ride this season. The crunching of ice and snow beneath my tyres is music to my ears, carving through the snow with my front wheel (not intentionally). Best ride for ages, and winter riding is excellent when the mud is too frozen to cover you and your bike.





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  • MikeP 16 Nov 2013 17:20:59 1,767 posts
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    Nice! Whereabouts were you riding?
  • andytheadequate 16 Nov 2013 17:22:58 8,076 posts
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    Never ridden in the snow, is it difficult to stop it sliding?
  • Psychotext 16 Nov 2013 18:50:19 53,808 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    I know about 10 people with them. One of them stopped working after 3 rides, 9 of them have been going strong for a couple of years. There's always the chance of a dud when it's that cheap, of course, but there always is when you buy 20 quid electronics from China.
    Its' all about the battery packs on the whole. Don't use the ones you get with the lights as they're basically shit. Oh, and if you're going for one of those lights it's best to grab the new XM-L2 version (brighter / more energy efficient):

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181229268616?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 (Doesn't come with batteries)

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:53:44 16-11-2013
  • TheBlackDog 16 Nov 2013 20:42:11 366 posts
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    @MikeP Central France (the Massif Central) near to the Sancy mountains. This ride was only at about 900m though, so I was quite surprised to find so much.

    @andytheadequate Well, it is quite hard to stay up but as long as there is plenty of snow around the front wheel and you don't let the bike lean over, you can sort-of ski the front wheel back to where you want to go. Doesn't matter so much with the back wheel. Worst is hitting a patch of icy snow on a bend but I was taking it easy and just enjoying the crunchy textures. And I did use quite a few 4-wheel drive tracks made by the hunters.

    You should see Tony Doyle riding in the snow at Herts in this video: Tony Doyle in the snow. I don't know how he does it.

    In fact, I was going to ask if anyone has any experience of using snow tyres for XC.

    Edited by TheBlackDog at 20:44:48 16-11-2013
  • Psychotext 17 Nov 2013 19:28:52 53,808 posts
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    Good ride today, a bit too technical for me in places though. Real tricky.
  • caligari 18 Nov 2013 12:22:33 16,989 posts
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    My baby is back in action - complete with (overly pimp) Rubino Pro tyres, pedals (wimpy one-sided - so that I can pop to the shops in flat shoes), chainset, seatpost and - most importantly - MikeP's Fizik Aliante saddle.

    Jaysus, I'd forgotten how amazingly comfortable these saddles are - even though I did love my old Brooks Swift.

    Edited by caligari at 12:23:30 18-11-2013
  • MikeP 18 Nov 2013 12:46:33 1,767 posts
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    Nice, that looks very tidy.

    I went CX racing yesterday, binned it on a corner and twisted my mech hanger. Managed to ride on OK but the shifting was a bit hinky. New one fitted, overhauled all the cabling to the mech and it's better than before the crash.
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