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  • Psychotext 17 Dec 2013 20:56:54 54,164 posts
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    Crud Raceguards aren't particularly offensive.
  • MikeP 17 Dec 2013 21:45:49 1,862 posts
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    I bought myself a Surly Jethro Tule. For my Karate Monkey.

    My missus owes me a double-double Christmas & Birthday pressie rollover. So I'm asking for a RockShox 30 Gold TK fork, an Alfine 8 Speed Rear wheel, an XT front wheel and a J-Tek bar end shifter. Enter the Frankenbike.

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  • Psychotext 17 Dec 2013 23:14:00 54,164 posts
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    "J-Tek bar end shifter"

    Freaky looking thing.
  • OptimusPube 18 Dec 2013 19:07:33 3,013 posts
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    For anyone on the lookout for some winter cycling gloves I can highly recommend Altura Pro Gel, I've had them roughly three weeks now and tried them in all conditions, they are waterproof and wind proof as I found out tonight in these crazy winds we're having, excellently waterproof and even in minus temperatures they keep your hands toasty warm and they are very comfy.

    They're a little expensive for a pair of gloves at £35 but I can't recommend them highly enough, they are brilliant , it's crazy but even in freezing conditions my hands were actually getting sweaty.

    The real test I suppose is when it gets to like -10 but I think I can see them working.

    10/10

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  • mal 18 Dec 2013 20:17:13 22,522 posts
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    35 quid's pretty cheap for gloves these days. Not sure I have much truck with waterproof ones though - I find as much of the challenge is taking sweat off your hands, so I'll let a bit more rain in on wet days if it leaves my palms drier on dry ones.

    /shaves monobrow

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  • skiplevels 18 Dec 2013 21:08:15 448 posts
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    I have sealskinz

    they're shit in heavy rain
  • caligari 18 Dec 2013 21:36:05 17,040 posts
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    It's worth getting yourself a cheap pair of glove liners, too - it really makes a huge difference once the temperature really drops.

    I use Specialized Deflect gloves, along with a pair of Pearl Izumi liners - snug!
  • MikeP 19 Dec 2013 14:40:54 1,862 posts
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    Just treated myself to a set of these



    Black Walnut tube blocks to hold things steady while you cut them.

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  • MikeP 19 Dec 2013 16:11:02 1,862 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    "J-Tek bar end shifter"

    Freaky looking thing.
    Says the man whose compatriots ride bikes with more controls than the average jet fighter. ;-)

    Edited by MikeP at 16:11:17 19-12-2013

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  • OptimusPube 19 Dec 2013 17:08:19 3,013 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Or the couple before yours for that matter. \o/

    Unrelated, anyone bought themselves anything cycling related for Christmas? Couple of books and a fancy vintage looking pedal spanner for me.
    Just getting some winter racing skins of my mum, I'd like a floor pump and a good light as well.

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  • mal 19 Dec 2013 17:58:48 22,522 posts
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    When the temperature really drops I just wear my autumn gloves and my walking gloves over the top at the same time.

    Got caught in a bit of a shower today, which was a bit of a pain as I had a few errands to run after my ride, and putting back on now cold gloves soaked on a mixture of sweat and rain (probably more of the latter today, could have done with an extra layer on once the cold front arrived with the rain and the temp dropped from double digits to just above 5). Still, as I always say, if you're cold you're not pedalling hard enough.

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  • Psychotext 20 Dec 2013 11:19:36 54,164 posts
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    skiplevels wrote:
    I have sealskinz

    they're shit in heavy rain
    They're completely waterproof. Stick your foot in a bucket and nothing will get through. What's likely happening is that you have water running down your leg and into the big hole that happens to be at the top of the sock...

    This can be fixed by wearing trousers over them, or adding a neoprene seal.

    MikeP wrote:
    Says the man whose compatriots ride bikes with more controls than the average jet fighter. ;-)
    We've even got heads up displays on visors now too. :D

    Edited by Psychotext at 11:20:41 20-12-2013
  • OptimusPube 20 Dec 2013 14:11:46 3,013 posts
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    Heads up display on your fucking visor, that is taking it way to far lol, jesus christ.

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  • MikeP 20 Dec 2013 19:28:04 1,862 posts
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    Finished putting the last bits onto the frame today. Needs a clean, then it's off to the painters.

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  • skiplevels 20 Dec 2013 21:05:14 448 posts
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    I have sealskinz gloves. they soaked through on last weekend's ride. useless. I was wringing them out.

    these ones:
    http://www.sealskinz.com/UK/gloves/kj441-all-weather-cycle-gloves-black.html

    "totally waterproof" my arse

    Edited by skiplevels at 21:06:11 20-12-2013
  • Psychotext 20 Dec 2013 22:29:35 54,164 posts
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    I've only ever tried the socks, no idea about the gloves (hence what was in my comment).
  • Psychotext 20 Dec 2013 23:00:33 54,164 posts
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    Nearly ended up on this by accident...

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/most-terrifying-mountain-biking-trail-on-earth/8975
  • OptimusPube 21 Dec 2013 13:36:35 3,013 posts
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    Anyone else watching The Olympic Journey on BBC right now, it's on about the cycling team in Rwanda, a proper real eye opener.

    :(

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  • ReGuRgIt8oR 21 Dec 2013 13:45:02 2,602 posts
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    Edit - never mind I've found the answer to my query elsewhere.

    Edited by ReGuRgIt8oR at 15:14:03 21-12-2013
  • Psychotext 22 Dec 2013 21:04:58 54,164 posts
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    Weather is shocking at the moment. Trying to get as much cycling in as possible but it's hard going.
  • skiplevels 22 Dec 2013 21:15:20 448 posts
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    94.1 cold, wet, difficult miles this weekend

    switched from a compact to a standard and my knees are like ow ow ow
  • elstoof 23 Dec 2013 08:09:16 7,278 posts
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    Big boy gearing.
  • MikeP 23 Dec 2013 12:07:50 1,862 posts
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    Just booked into Rapha's Tempest Festival up in Yorkshire.

    It's a 4-day event, and the basic package is £85 per person, which is a bring your own tent job. £20 a night for camping on the doorstep of the first two stages of the TdF, plus all the other stuff they are offering is pretty good value, IMO.

    http://www.raphatempest.cc/

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  • Psychotext 24 Dec 2013 19:48:25 54,164 posts
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    Another horribly mud filled ride. Blech.
  • skiplevels 26 Dec 2013 17:45:51 448 posts
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    treated myself to a new groupset in the merlin sale: 55% off sram apex is a stellar deal

    now to decide whether to try fit it myself or have a shop do it

    only thing that has me dithering is lack of tools : /
  • skiplevels 26 Dec 2013 17:46:51 448 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Big boy gearing.
    I'm a pansy. compact 4 lyfe \m/
  • MikeP 26 Dec 2013 19:03:24 1,862 posts
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    skiplevels wrote:
    treated myself to a new groupset in the merlin sale: 55% off sram apex is a stellar deal

    now to decide whether to try fit it myself or have a shop do it

    only thing that has me dithering is lack of tools : /
    It's pretty straightforward, nearly everything can be installed with a decent set of allen keys. There are a couple of specific tools that can really help, like a decent set of cable cutters (Park do good ones that will last a lifetime), and a small torque wrench. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-essential-torque-wrench/

    The only thing that's likely to need a specialist tool is the installer/remover for the bottom bracket cups. They are pretty cheap though.

    You could probably buy everything you need, plus a copy of Zinn and the art of road bike maintenance for about the same price as the shop putting it together for you.

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  • skiplevels 26 Dec 2013 19:07:04 448 posts
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    yeah - I have a copy of zinn. I don't have a crank-puller (to remove the current square tapered crankset) or a crank tool (or torque wrench) for the bb cups. I guess I'd need a set of clippers too

    48£ for the toolset from evans; could maybe borrow the crank-puller...

    no stand either tho. hmm

    Edited by skiplevels at 19:07:17 26-12-2013
  • caligari 26 Dec 2013 19:14:59 17,040 posts
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    Picked up a few items from my latest Cycle 2 Work order. The Merino long-sleeve top is amazing - how did I ever cope without it?

    Also grabbed a nifty Altura skullcap (again - highly recommended for this chilly weather - just don't forget that you have it on) - and a set of Knog Blinder USB Road lights - which live up to their name. The front still isn't as bright as my P7 torch, but a great for areas that actually have street lights.

    My girlfriend also bought me some spoke reflectors which are pretty fun - not sure if I'll just keep them on one of my single speeds, though - they're rather flashy!

    I think I'm going to HAVE to get a pair of tights - any (cheap but cheerful) recommendations? Assos/Rapha/Gore will have to wait until the next C2W order.

    Edited by caligari at 19:25:24 26-12-2013
  • MikeP 27 Dec 2013 19:30:51 1,862 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    Picked up a few items from my latest Cycle 2 Work order. The Merino long-sleeve top is amazing - how did I ever cope without it?

    Also grabbed a nifty Altura skullcap (again - highly recommended for this chilly weather - just don't forget that you have it on) - and a set of Knog Blinder USB Road lights - which live up to their name. The front still isn't as bright as my P7 torch, but a great for areas that actually have street lights.

    My girlfriend also bought me some spoke reflectors which are pretty fun - not sure if I'll just keep them on one of my single speeds, though - they're rather flashy!

    I think I'm going to HAVE to get a pair of tights - any (cheap but cheerful) recommendations? Assos/Rapha/Gore will have to wait until the next C2W order.
    Have a look at Endura or Dhb (Wiggle own brand) if you're on a budget. They both knock out decent price kit, Endura is generally very good value for money.

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