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General discussion / Re: Bucket bikes
« on: Today at 08:21:03 AM »
We're looking at getting a cargo bike for carrying the kiddo and groceries around.

So far the frontrunner is the Urban Arrow Family.

We had looked at the Yuba Supermarché but we have our doubts about the build quality and it doesn't seem to be available with electric assist.

We expect to spend over $5,000 on this, so it's a not insignificant decision, but it's still cheaper than getting a second car. (We used to have two cars but decided to cut it down to one to see how it goes since we're heavy users of bikes, buses and trains. So far it hasn't been a problem. There was only once or twice in the last few years when we both needed a car at the same time, and in those cases we just used Lyft.)

It'll be interesting to see the effect of the bucket bike on our car usage, we might be able to cut that down even further if we can get our groceries by bike. We're already taking the little one to and from daycare by bike using a handlebar-mounted baby seat, but she'll outgrow that soon enough, and it's not so easy to use.

Not sure what it is like round your way Eamonn but bike theft outside shops and supermarkets seem to have gone through the roof here in Birmingham. Particularly youngsters getting threatened at knifepoint in parks to hand over their bikes.  Couple of weeks ago a guy took his bike inside the local Tesco express, went to pay for a loaf, and bang it was gone. Security man on door wouldn’t let them look at CCTV. Burglary seems to be on the up as well. Not sure if the crime stats will reflect that but just what I am hearing locally.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: June 02, 2020, 09:53:03 AM »
I like when you come out of Glassagh in Donegal, where that Teac Jacks place is. Head up the climb past Bloody foreland and then you drop down the other side and onto into Magheraroarty. Not particularly high but the descent is nice, great views out to Tory Island. Just watch for the sheep on the road. Would love to do some of the alpine ones but getting up them first might be an issue.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 30, 2020, 12:37:30 PM »
Just in from a 40 mile ride (plenty for me), lockdown is over around Birmingham, roads seem busy enough. Crossed over m40 and m42 a couple of times and looks like normal motorway traffic. It’s hot out there and fully needed 2 litres of fluid. In the little villages we pass through there are some olde worlde little pubs that would be so tempting a day like that. Maybe as well they are closed.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:10:49 AM »
Mavic aksiums for me. I’m not interested in speed so much, more durability and reliability. Have them on both road bikes and so far so good. Roads here are shite as well so there is that to consider.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:35:48 PM »
Just pulled the road bike outta the garage for the first time in 18months. Front break lever has absolutely no tension. Do we think its just the cables or would the fluid have leaked?

Hydraulic brake. Try pumping it repeatedly. That happens on my mountain bike if not used for a bit.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 28, 2020, 04:16:49 PM »
Winter bikes have always been and always will be.

Easier set up for mudguards, additional frame clearance, wider tyres etc. Some racing machines you could not wedge a match stick between the frame and the rear wheel.

Is that so? From my experience it's a fairly new phenomenon since cycling has become popular in the last 10/15 years.

I've winter wheels for handiness and because I upgraded (and got rid of most of my bikes). In reality I couldn't care less about components wearing out quicker - it just gives me an excuse to upgrade. It's not like the bike dissolves into a mess come spring time and everything has to be replaced anyway. You never hear of mountain bikers having bikes for nice weather etc.... they get out and enjoy it.

Also I am away that the correct number of bikes to own is n+1 (n being the current number you own).

When i started with the local club in 1985 you want to have seen what passed for a winter bike then. Usually a proper heap, often fixed wheel. 

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 28, 2020, 03:25:33 PM »
Winter bikes have always been and always will be.

Easier set up for mudguards, additional frame clearance, wider tyres etc. Some racing machines you could not wedge a match stick between the frame and the rear wheel.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:54:36 AM »
Somebody selling a £9k bike just appeared on my Facebook timeline.

Genuine question - who buys a £9k bike and what do they hope to achieve? Can it really improve times / endurance over a £1k bike, or is it just a rich boy’s toy?

Can I assume that someone’s riding style/technique doesn’t differ between a £1k and £9k bike - so if there is an improvement in times, it can be traced back to the bike?

I would say the improvement would be pretty minimal over a 1k bike. Unless you are a serious racing man you dont need anything like that. The difference between a £200 bike and a 1k bike is very noticeable but once you get into the bigger numbers does something at 8k beat something at 5k ? I doubt it. The bike shops have done a great job on convincing people that they need everything to be the dog balls and where it isn't you upgrade. So for example bike shop will pitch a bike in around the 2k mark but there will be something on it they will convince you that you need to upgrade at some point. Usually the wheels, or they give you a really nice frame and wheels but use Tiagra groupset (entry level nothing wrong with it), or they give you Ultegra groupset but stock heavier wheels. Nothing wrong with wanting to improve fitness and speed but 9/10 times it is you that needs improving not the bike.
And i would know...... But if someone wants to buy a bike at 9k who am i to tell them what to do with their money. But sure i suppose it is like cars or watches for example. You can spend fortunes on them but they generally only do what a much cheaper one does.
I'd say when all this pandemic is over the 2nd hand market will be flooded with stuff as lots of people have bought bikes that will give up heading in to winter.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:27:29 AM »
To you guys that consider yourselves cyclists can you list your current bikes (winter & summer)...I've been into cycling now about 5-6 years and have slowly built up a nice stock of gear and a couple of nice bikes, the reason i was asking about bikes is I worked on the Ormeau Rd, Belfast for a few years and McConvey Cycles were only a few hundred meters up the road from me so every lunch time i'd be up looking and admiring the stock. All my bikes to date have been Specialized as McConvey Cycles are Specialized dealers, majority of my clothing are Specialized but recently I've been guying Mavic gear, DHB, Assos and a few others.
I'm also starting to wonder now what other bike brands are like to ride...Canyon's, Trek's etc, so this is why i was asking for your bike brands. When i first started cycling i thought there was about half a dozen bike

Current summer bike: Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro 2019
Winter bike: Specialized Roubaix 2015 (love this bike, it is so comfortable)

Dream bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac/Venge

Dream on bike: Pinarello Dogma (nicest bike on the market but £12,000 cannot be justified)

Summer - Cube Peleton 105

Work commute, trails

Winter hack
This one was an ebay mongrel, i picked up the frame for £100 around the time Lance and the discovery channel bike image was non too popular. Built up from ebay parts for about £400 in total. Its 3x10 set up. Very comfortable bike. I don't like the sloping top tubes of a lot of modern bikes so next purchase could be a Cannondale as they seem to do a lot with horizontal top tube.

Like the look of the Wilier brand

Had one of these out of Geordie Wilsons in Cookstown late 80's. They dont make em like that anymore !!
Wish i'd have kept it they are worth a small fortune now

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 15, 2020, 04:24:44 PM »
Trek Emonda ALR5 - Aluminium (Purple Flip version), with 105

Very nice, good luck and health to enjoy it.
Too good for a winter hack !

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 15, 2020, 10:27:15 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

What did you go for?

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:45:36 AM »
Anyway what do you think of the revised pro calendar. Cramped to say the least. I've been to the Vuelta twice now in September in the north of Spain and have to say a few days in the mountains the weather was poor enough. I'd have my doubts about it being run late Oct early Nov. Making a massive assumption that it isn't all changed / cancelled again i'd have an opportunity to do Tour de france in September so might go down that route although booking anything is fraught with problems. So if i do it could be a driving job down to the Alps. If that doesnt happen a weekend around Tour of Flanders or Paris Roubaix might be on the cards. In the grand tours there could be some screwy results with the season so out of kilter and riders not suffering normal fatigue by July or for that matter having enough racing miles in the legs. Hope it all goes ahead on the basis this virus fecks off with itself.

-1st August: Strade Bianche (Italy)

-5-9 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)

-8 August: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)

-12-16 August: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)

-16 August: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)

-25 August: Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France (France)

-29 August -20 September : Tour de France (France)

-7-14 September: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)

-11 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)

-13 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)

-29 September -3 October: BinckBank Tour

-30 September: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)

-3-25 October: Giro d'Italia (Italy)

-4 October: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)

-10 October: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)

-11 October: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)

-14 October: A Travers la Flandre (Belgium)

-15-20 October: Gree - Tour of Guangxi (China)

-18 October: Tour des Flandres (Belgium)

-20 October - 8 November: Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)

-21 October: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)

-25 October: Paris-Roubaix (France)

-31 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:06:24 AM »
Is the social distancing on the plane not a waste of time with the air being recycled through the aircon anyway ?

aircraft filters stop viruses, you will probably get it directly.
Who told you that one?

Feckin' scientists

Interesting as the news piece i saw on the aer lingus flight yesterday suggested that the aircon negated the social distancing. I know anytime i fly i often get slight head cold few days later. I'd like to think the link from WHO is correct for all airlines and aircraft.

General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:02:17 AM »
During lockdown, how far / how long are you allowed to cycle on the road in free state / UK?

5K in Ireland (free state as you put it ;)). You can cycle as long as you want just don't go beyond 5k
No limit in distance in uk (I think)

There is a guideline in UK that people took as gospel from Michael Gove of 1hour. General principle is you should be able to get yourself home if you have mechanical problem (anyone that is cycling in anyway seriously would anyway). Saw a piece about it on the legal aspects of it and it more or less said there was no limit. The limit in Ireland of within 2km or whatever it was is a waste of time. Maybe that was the idea. Turbo trainers are supposed to be like hens teeth.

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