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by rbarcan
Fri Sep 13, 2019 20:21 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Worlds Harrogate Sportive
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Worlds Harrogate Sportive

Anyone got info about precisely what the organisers mean when saying ‘reflectors’ must be used? I’ve asked themif flashing lights will be enough but no reply yet. Do they mean front facing, rear facing, spoke mounted (front, rear, both) .... all of these?! Never seen this requirement before and don’...
by rbarcan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 21:05 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: CX bike or not???
Replies: 27
Views: 1507

Re: CX bike or not???

If I could take only one bike to my desert island it would definitely be my Kinesis Crosslight. Certainly not heavy and I find the 46:36 / 11:28 combination just fine for the many steepish hills in the Bristol area.
by rbarcan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 20:33 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Road tubeless tyres, where and how much?
Replies: 2231
Views: 157091

Re: Road tubeless tyres, where and how much?

Have just posted this elsewhere and hope not too off topic here too. Thinking of replacing my Campag Neutron clinchers with Conti 4000s 25s and going tubeless for upcoming week in Picos de Europa. I tried road tubeless a few years back and liked the feeling of security at not risking pinch flats ......
by rbarcan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 20:23 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut Oxic
Replies: 24
Views: 7846

DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut Oxic

Thinking of replacing my Campag Neutron clinchers with Conti 4000s 25s and going tubeless for upcoming week in Picos de Europa. I tried road tubeless a few years back and liked the feeling of security at not risking pinch flats .... or blowouts on long descents. (I have experienced former and, altho...
by rbarcan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 21:09 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Re: Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?

Thanks for your replies. Johnmiosh, those cleats look interesting. Do you have them? I'm unclear whether they actually clip into the pedals somehow and whether they would fit to 2 hole SPD shoes (such as the Giro Republics which I don't think would work very well with 5mm 'blocks' on the sole ayjayc...
by rbarcan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 21:08 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Re: Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?

Thanks for your replies. Johnmiosh, those cleats look interesting. Do you have them? I'm unclear whether they actually clip into the pedals somehow and whether they would fit to 2 hole SPD shoes (such as the Giro Republics which I don't think would work very well with 5mm 'blocks' on the sole ayjayc...
by rbarcan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 08:50 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Shoes for toe clips and SPDs?

I have just restored my 1978 tourer for the Eroica Britannia in June. Sadly I find that my 1980's Sidi shoes no longer fit me due to the ravages of time and fallen arches! I have been stalking E-bay for vintage shoes that will work with toe clips and look the part but they are going for crazy prices...
by rbarcan
Fri Sep 23, 2016 18:55 pm
Forum: Cyclocross
Topic: CX and commuting for £1500
Replies: 18
Views: 2274

Re: CX and commuting for £1500

Anyone looked at the Boardman CX 9.00? £1250 and seems to tick all my boxes.
by rbarcan
Thu Feb 11, 2016 22:04 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: "'er indoors" has tumble dried my Gabba
Replies: 32
Views: 3819

Re: "'er indoors" has tumble dried my Gabba

The Castelli washing advice needs to be read with care. It seems to suggest that tumble drying in a pillow case will help reactivate the water resistance but also says only if the label says you can. Mine says not to tumble dry or iron!
by rbarcan
Fri Dec 11, 2015 23:06 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Campag 10/11 speed compatability
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Re: Campag 10/11 speed compatability

Thanks for replies. In fact my Record may be 2006 I realise -pre skeleton and front is probably dual pivot. Rear definitely not and I was really impressed by the dual pivots front and rear on the Dura Ace I borrowed when in the Pyrenees last year. Oh and my rear mech is aging and won't accommodate m...
by rbarcan
Thu Dec 10, 2015 23:11 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Campag 10/11 speed compatability
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Campag 10/11 speed compatability

I run Campag Record 10 speed from 2007. Works fine but having tried Dura Ace I realise how much more powerful dual pivot brakes are and also want to extend gear range. Therefore looking to upgrade to either Record or Chorus 11 speed. My issue is that the new 4 arm look is just plain ugly and I may a...
by rbarcan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 06:20 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Top end Bib shorts
Replies: 287
Views: 29791

Re: Top end Bib shorts

Just back from a very hot week in the Alps so can report further on the LP shorts. I had bought both classic and Passione versions. Classics wore badly after 1 ride but I suspect stitching on new saddle was implicated in that. Didn't wear he classics this trip but tried the Passiones. They were more...
by rbarcan
Sun Aug 16, 2015 22:00 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Top end Bib shorts
Replies: 287
Views: 29791

Re: Top end Bib shorts

That sounds a bit strange, I've got really skinny thighs and my LP bibs didn't move at all on a 100 mile ride today. I've given them a good check over and there is a tiny bit of piling underneath, maybe 1cm or so on one side. I agree it's odd. Suspect it's because they use a 'ribbed' material in th...
by rbarcan
Sun Aug 16, 2015 18:17 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Top end Bib shorts
Replies: 287
Views: 29791

Re: Top end Bib shorts

Just completed my first ride with LP Classics. The company advised small. Leg grippers extremely tight but despite that they managed to ride up by the end and felt quite constricting. Pad was comfortable. Couldn't wait to get them off when I got home. Shocked to see the degree of wear (piling) where...
by rbarcan
Thu Aug 06, 2015 17:04 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Top end Bib shorts
Replies: 287
Views: 29791

Re: Top end Bib shorts

Having had to bin my 10yr old Assos when my friend told me they were becoming too revealing (in an eponymous sort of way..) I have been following this thread with interest. Decided to try LP. Incredibly fast and helpful response and they've given me a 15% discount for ordering 2. I went for one Clas...
by rbarcan
Fri Jul 03, 2015 21:24 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Ride London 2015
Replies: 694
Views: 36628

Re: Ride London 2015

I've done the same as I'm staying a mile from the start. Just assuming/hoping that the transport back to QEOP is secure and there won't be any damage. Also hope they are flexible on times as I don't know how long I am likely to take as it's my first time too.[/quote] Actually I've now looked at map ...
by rbarcan
Fri Jul 03, 2015 20:08 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Ride London 2015
Replies: 694
Views: 36628

Re: Ride London 2015

Question from a first timer. I'm staying close to the start and debating how best to get back there from the finish. Anyone here used the Bike Transport Service? I if so what do you think? In particular what is the protection for the bikes like? I don't want my Italian thoroughbred getting damaged? ...
by rbarcan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 18:10 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Exmoor Beast
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Exmoor Beast

I am registered for this on Sunday but have just realised I have no idea what time it starts. I havent had any rider info pack. I have emailed them but in case they dont reply can anyone please help!
Thanks
by rbarcan
Mon Apr 28, 2014 06:55 am
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Tour of Pembrokeshire
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Tour of Pembrokeshire

My friends and I did the 108 m route. Absolutely epic. I've been riding for a very long time (I see from the results I was just about the oldest old bloke there!) and thought I'd got the t-shirt ages ago, but that was my single hardest day on the bike. It was so gusty at the start I never thought I'...
by rbarcan
Mon Oct 21, 2013 07:25 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Is it worth getting waterproof bib tights for the winter?
Replies: 20
Views: 12289

Re: Is it worth getting waterproof bib tights for the winter

I have the Sportful Fiandre light jacket (2011 version I think) and their Fiandre bib tights. Both work a treat. I haven't noticed and drop offin performance of the tights. The jacket did leak a bit for the first time recently in 2.5 hrs continuous rain. I contacted Sportful who advised spraying wit...

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