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  • j_mcdj_mcd Posts: 462
    towser44 wrote:
    Just ordered a pair of these from CycleSurgery. GIRO Empire E70 knit for 99 of your English pounds. Still seem to be around the 140 plus price at Tredz, CRC, Evans et al

    https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/giro-men ... olour=3451

    Anyone have these and have any opinions about them. I'm quite tempted.

    Also, how is Giro sizing, I usually wear Northwave which come up a little small.
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  • poptart242poptart242 Posts: 419
    I wear a 43 in Shimano, Giro, Fizik and found the 43 in Northwave a little too big, if that helps.

    Empires in general are the best shoes I've ever worn. Brilliant sole, adjustable foot beds and laces just work brilliantly for a perfect fit. I've never had to re-tie on a ride.
  • galatzogalatzo Posts: 1,274
    I've just bagged a Ultegra R8050 Groupset for £850 and got cashback too :shock: :D :shock: :D
    https://www.evanscycles.com/bike-compon ... ce_inc_vat
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  • w12_ladw12_lad Posts: 160
    galatzo wrote:
    I've just bagged a Ultegra R8050 Groupset for £850 and got cashback too :shock: :D :shock: :D
    https://www.evanscycles.com/bike-compon ... ce_inc_vat

    Good spot.

    Bought.

    Anyone want to swap a brand new Ultegra 8000 52/36 170mm chainset for a 50/34 170 or 172.5?
    Or I would be happy to just swap the rings?
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,407
    try the 52/36 you might be surprised how good that combo is, paired with a 30 or 32 cassette is a winner
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,303
    itboffin wrote:
    try the 52/36 you might be surprised how good that combo is, paired with a 30 or 32 cassette is a winner

    Agreed.

    I'm not powerful, but get on very well with a 52\36 & a 53\36, both with an 11-28 cassette on the back.
    I generally like to spin, and enjoy hills.
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  • w12_ladw12_lad Posts: 160
    Daniel B wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    try the 52/36 you might be surprised how good that combo is, paired with a 30 or 32 cassette is a winner

    Agreed.

    I'm not powerful, but get on very well with a 52\36 & a 53\36, both with an 11-28 cassette on the back.
    I generally like to spin, and enjoy hills.

    Nah, I'm a spinner.
    I have many bikes, chainsets ranging from 50/34, 46/34 and one with 46/30. Most with 11-32 cassettes.
    My average cadence is mostly around 100 and I like long hilly rides.
    I never feel undergeared on the big ring and still, very occasionally want for a lower gear uphill if I'm tired or just want to spin.
    Yes, I "could get up anything" with larger gears and working harder but why would I bother? I have plenty of larger gears that can be used when I want to push myself uphill.
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 743
    W12 lad wrote:
    Daniel B wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    try the 52/36 you might be surprised how good that combo is, paired with a 30 or 32 cassette is a winner

    Agreed.

    I'm not powerful, but get on very well with a 52\36 & a 53\36, both with an 11-28 cassette on the back.
    I generally like to spin, and enjoy hills.

    Nah, I'm a spinner.
    I have many bikes, chainsets ranging from 50/34, 46/34 and one with 46/30. Most with 11-32 cassettes.
    My average cadence is mostly around 100 and I like long hilly rides.
    I never feel undergeared on the big ring and still, very occasionally want for a lower gear uphill if I'm tired or just want to spin.
    Yes, I "could get up anything" with larger gears and working harder but why would I bother? I have plenty of larger gears that can be used when I want to push myself uphill.

    I'm a spinner at around 100rpm and I'd never go back from 52/36 to 50/34. An Ultegra long cage will take an 11-34 cassette which means nearly 1:1 gearing which will spin you up anything.
  • bendipbendip Posts: 82
    older version of the rubino pro (no graphene) ..2 for £20.49 in 25mm.

    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/vittoria-rubin ... ack-tyres/
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,303
    This IS a bargain. Scott Addict 30 - ok, so only 10 spd Tiagra, BUT look at the frame!

    £1600 down to £800. 52 & 54 in stock.

    mdb-f19211_19211-0.jpg

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/scott-2018-addict-30-mens-road-bike-black-265354.html
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,407
    W12 lad wrote:
    Daniel B wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    try the 52/36 you might be surprised how good that combo is, paired with a 30 or 32 cassette is a winner

    Agreed.

    I'm not powerful, but get on very well with a 52\36 & a 53\36, both with an 11-28 cassette on the back.
    I generally like to spin, and enjoy hills.

    Nah, I'm a spinner.
    I have many bikes, chainsets ranging from 50/34, 46/34 and one with 46/30. Most with 11-32 cassettes.
    My average cadence is mostly around 100 and I like long hilly rides.
    I never feel undergeared on the big ring and still, very occasionally want for a lower gear uphill if I'm tired or just want to spin.
    Yes, I "could get up anything" with larger gears and working harder but why would I bother? I have plenty of larger gears that can be used when I want to push myself uphill.

    100 rpm :shock: censored that has me blowing out my censored on the turbo, my road test ride earlier in the week was 65-70 rpm in the 52 and almost 80 in the 36, which makes my climbing better and i'm not that bad already at climbing, so i need to up shift on the 52 and match the 80 rpm for full sweet spot.
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  • pedritopedrito Posts: 1
    Not sure where to ask this, having trouble locating a Sram rival 1x groupset at a reasonable price, any pointers would be greatly appreciated
  • londoncommuterlondoncommuter Posts: 2,128
    Daniel B wrote:
    This IS a bargain. Scott Addict 30 - ok, so only 10 spd Tiagra, BUT look at the frame!

    £1600 down to £800. 52 & 54 in stock.

    mdb-f19211_19211-0.jpg

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/scott-2018-addict-30-mens-road-bike-black-265354.html

    Has anyone got any (polite) thoughts on these cheap Modas for commuting?

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... mod67.html

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... od443.html

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... odrub.html
  • k1875k1875 Posts: 487
    Daniel B wrote:
    This IS a bargain. Scott Addict 30 - ok, so only 10 spd Tiagra, BUT look at the frame!

    £1600 down to £800. 52 & 54 in stock.

    mdb-f19211_19211-0.jpg

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/scott-2018-addict-30-mens-road-bike-black-265354.html

    Has anyone got any (polite) thoughts on these cheap Modas for commuting?

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... mod67.html

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... od443.html

    https://www.startfitness.co.uk/cycle/bi ... odrub.html

    Get the first one, if any. I haven't personally used Microshift gear but have seen plenty of comments along the lines of "does the job", "perfectly OK". What I've never seen is anyone arguing that it's better than the SRAM/Shimano equivalent.

    You'd want to clarify the full spec as the listing is pretty short on details. Which wheelset does it come with as the listing mentions the American Classics and the V sprints. Likewise, how much of the groupset is Apex and what are the bits that aren't?
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,303
    I would agree on the Apex Bolero - the last one looks the 'nicest' but you are after a commuter, so I assume want mudguards.

    They appear, without any indepth checking, to be on a similar par with Decathlon biked, so you might want to check them out too.
    Also, I gather Go Outdoors run with a very well rated line up of mountain bikes, and I think they might be starting with road bikes too, so probably worth a look.

    EDIT: Having had a brief look at Go Outdoors and Decathlon, the most they can muster it would seem is 8 spd rear cassettes, where as this one is 10spd, so much more modern, and consequently a bigger closer range of gears.
    If you stick one in your basket, and leave it there for a few days, they sometimes send you a 5% discount code, although whether they would do it for something of such high value I am not sure, and whether you would want to risk it going out of stock in your size too.
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    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
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  • TGOTBTGOTB Posts: 4,828
    pedrito wrote:
    Not sure where to ask this, having trouble locating a Sram rival 1x groupset at a reasonable price, any pointers would be greatly appreciated
    Here's the setup I have on no less than 4 CX bikes (mine and my daughters)
    - Cheap used 2x10 shifters (Red, Force, Rival, Apex according to preference)
    - Remove shift lever and internal gubbins from left shifter (10 mins job, reversible, plenty of instructions online)
    - MTB clutch mech (I use X9 type 2, but you can go up/down the range as preferred)
    Job done. Also works with 10-speed hydraulic (S700) shifters. Never investigated whether it works with 11 speed, but I suspect it would.
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • nitrousoxidenitrousoxide Posts: 3,824
    https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-rs ... 89846.html

    £200 for the pair, or £180 if you have 200 reward points.

    If https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-5 ... 54421.html is flat mount, could be a nice brake upgrade.

    Few other sale items https://bikes.merlincycles.com//search? ... 13bca38e4e
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  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,532

    The Castelli LW bibtights are a fabulous buy at those prices!
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,931

    If https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-5 ... 54421.html is flat mount, could be a nice brake upgrade.

    Not according to the pics on the site it isn't

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    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,421
    I feel like a broken record on this but if you want to build up a bike with those RS505 shifters and calipers you could do much worse than the Dolan RDX frameset, still on sale for £200, flat mount brakes and full carbon fork, includes headset and seatpost, has mudguard bosses....
  • matt_n-2matt_n-2 Posts: 581
    Rapha sale is on...
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    Colnago CLX 3.0
    Colnago Dream
    Giant Trinity Advanced
    Italian steel winter hack
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,314
    Probably not the best but lidl have a turbo trainer for £30

    https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/MiddleofLidl. ... leId=24632
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,303
    apreading wrote:

    The Castelli LW bibtights are a fabulous buy at those prices!

    Just ordered a pair from Tredz for £66.50, £71.50 (in Small and Medium only though) plus (or minus) the ubiquitous £5 off code.

    Looks like I bagged the last black and yellow pair (Merlin still have those at £90), fancied trying a new colour scheme.

    Is it fair to think of them as a long omloop, or not remotely?
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,532
    Dont know the Omloop. They are like the Sorpasso between knee and waist, with a think lycra calf and a lighter bit around the body. I found they really increase the range as they keep the key bits of the body as warm as the Sorpasso, you can put a warmer layer around the body if its cold and my calves dont feel the cold so much. So they cover most of the cold stuff but unlike the sorpassos they can be worn far longer into the early months of the year without overheating.
  • timmyotooltimmyotool Posts: 172
    apreading wrote:
    Dont know the Omloop. They are like the Sorpasso between knee and waist, with a think lycra calf and a lighter bit around the body. I found they really increase the range as they keep the key bits of the body as warm as the Sorpasso, you can put a warmer layer around the body if its cold and my calves dont feel the cold so much. So they cover most of the cold stuff but unlike the sorpassos they can be worn far longer into the early months of the year without overheating.

    I'd second that, bought them on a whim last year for a similar price, really useful for that 10 degree day, which seems to be what most nice London winters days end up at.
  • thistle_(mbnw)thistle_(mbnw) Posts: 2,743
    redvision wrote:
    Probably not the best but lidl have a turbo trainer for £30

    https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/MiddleofLidl. ... leId=24632
    Wow. Might give it a go, I've never tried a turbo before so at least I shouldn't be disappointed :)

    Can you combine it with one of these so you have an mtb turbo?
    Or for that authentic "censored road surface" effect ?https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/MiddleofLidl.htm?articleId=24633
  • nitrousoxidenitrousoxide Posts: 3,824
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wahoo-ELEMNT-G ... 01DFQUTTC/ £190

    While the price might be much of a deal, what I did notice was that it gave me the option to pay £38pcm for 5 month, interest free... I don't buy much from Amazon, but never seen that option before.
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  • bendertherobotbendertherobot Posts: 11,612
    Rapha sale, glasses are 50% off [50 quid]
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,407
    i was tempted until i saw the photos of people wearing them \o/ now that's funny

    the 80s is OVER!!! deal with it Rapha
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    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
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    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,798
    Rapha sale, glasses are 50% off [50 quid]
    Got me some to try.....cheers for the heads up!
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