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by LakesLuddite
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Winter headwear
Replies: 18
Views: 596

Re: Winter headwear

I have a Rapha 'Belgian' cap - a christmas gift a few years back. I only ever wear it on the coldest days as it's quite thick. Most of the time I will wear a buff, and a cotton peaked 'casquette' over the top. This does me on the colder ride into work, or the early part of a ride, then I can take th...
by LakesLuddite
Tue Oct 15, 2019 13:23 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: New aero bike vs deep section wheel upgrade
Replies: 21
Views: 803

Re: New aero bike vs deep section wheel upgrade

Why don't you just get the deep section wheels for now, and then if you still feel the need for a full aero frame later go and get one? There will probably be some good bargains on frames and components after Christmas so you could build it up with the spec that you want.
by LakesLuddite
Mon Oct 14, 2019 13:54 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Over Gloves
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: Over Gloves

I have some of these, and they are windproof and a single layer so will fit over track mitts quite well (I do this as well, as I often use them on the way to work, then come back with just the mitts on - in fact I'll be doing that today). https://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-windproof-cycling-gloves/ I have...
by LakesLuddite
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Recommend Me Some Gloves and Overshoes!
Replies: 14
Views: 642

Re: Recommend Me Some Gloves and Overshoes!

I’ve gone through most permutations of gloves and overshoes over the years. I’ve settled on Dissent gloves, but ONLY the outer waterproof ones which I team up with Meraklon liner gloves (about a fiver). When it gets really cold (which is relative to individuals) I will add the DeFeet wool gloves be...
by LakesLuddite
Tue Oct 08, 2019 13:24 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Inner tubes (stupid question)
Replies: 1
Views: 450

Re: Inner tubes (stupid question)

Well their own website has a version that is 28-35mm, but not sure if these are readily available here in the UK. https://shop.slime.com/collections/self-sealing-bicycle-tubes/products/extra-strong-self-sealing-bicycle-tubes-700-x-28-35mm-presta?variant=14220796035138 28-32mm may work, you'd be stre...
by LakesLuddite
Fri Oct 04, 2019 13:19 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Do you think this new Ritchey carbon stem is genuine....?
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Do you think this new Ritchey carbon stem is genuine....?

I take it you've noticed it may be a second with a flaw which probably isn't ideal being carbon? Probably nothing to worry about but it would probably put me off. Oh no I never picked that up, where are you seeing that? If you open up "condition" it says:- New other (see details): An item...
by LakesLuddite
Wed Oct 02, 2019 13:04 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Dream bike - what would you spend?
Replies: 116
Views: 3198

Re: Dream bike - what would you spend?

Can you use an allen key, screwdriver and a pair of wire cutters? If so, you can build a bike. It's really THAT simple. And I am incredibly cack-handed. this exactly. as dear departed Yossie once said, its a bicycle not a rocket ship. I tell you what, let me 'build' your next bike for you and see h...
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Bought a GT Grade Claris - Not sure which year
Replies: 7
Views: 618

Re: Bought a GT Grade Claris - Not sure which year

So you can't get the rear Quick Release skewer out? For what reason? Is it too tightly closed to be able to pull open? The more info we have the better advice we can give.
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 'Essentials' case recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 780

Re: 'Essentials' case recommendations

A bit pricey but fits the bill (and the phone, cards, keys - ho ho):

https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/rainpro ... LEC05XXULT
by LakesLuddite
Wed Sep 25, 2019 13:12 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Shimano Hydraulic brakes which bike shop to believe
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Shimano Hydraulic brakes which bike shop to believe

It is my (perhaps overly simplistic) understanding that Shimano use Mineral oil, Sram use Dot fluid, so I suspect given even I know this, then any decent LBS will definitely know which liquid to use. As has been said before, there didn't seem to be any reason to bleed or top up the fluid, and given ...
by LakesLuddite
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Tubeless tyres on Hunt rims. How the F*** do they seat?
Replies: 22
Views: 772

Re: Tubeless tyres on Hunt rims. How the F*** do they seat?

I have Hutchinson Fusion 28mm on my Hunt Wheels. They seated with no issues whatsoever, needed a couple of tops ups in the first two weeks, but are now holding fast really well. I've had the wheels for a while now, they are, I think, the aero disc or maybe 4 season wheel (they do tend to keep renami...
by LakesLuddite
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Rapha Essentials Accessories Case - Can You Fit a Waterproof Jacket Inside?
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: Rapha Essentials Accessories Case - Can You Fit a Waterproof Jacket Inside?

[That's awesome, thanks for taking the time to try that! Nice to see a helpful and constructive reply for once :lol: My Core jacket is an XS and I'm thinking of going for the Lightweight Essentials Case, which apparently has a bit more "give" than the standard leather (effect?) one; there...
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: I need to buy a bike - HELP!
Replies: 11
Views: 760

Re: I need to buy a bike - HELP!

^you have linked to the 520 but that is MUCH better bike than the 100 for road use. Not sure you need to spend so much if it’s only going to be used on a trainer though. Incidentally, looking at the decathalon chart you do look more like a medium in their bikes. Thanks, Im going to go for the cheap...
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Rapha Essentials Accessories Case - Can You Fit a Waterproof Jacket Inside?
Replies: 23
Views: 1062

Re: Rapha Essentials Accessories Case - Can You Fit a Waterproof Jacket Inside?

I am sat here with a Rapha Core waterproof jacket (size S) on the back of my chair and a (standard size) essentials case on my desk. Will the former go into the latter...? (20 seconds of stuffing, squeezing and zip pulling later)... Yes. At a squeeze. But I think it will put undue pressure on the zi...
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Very good prices on Boardman?
Replies: 24
Views: 1733

Re: Very good prices on Boardman?

Thank you, that is very helpful. A couple more questions if I may. Is it too 'race' given that at most I will be doing 100 km sportives twice a year and the rest of the time 30-50 km at the weekend. I only started cycling a couple of years ago. No. In fact having this bike would mean you'll probabl...
by LakesLuddite
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Very good prices on Boardman?
Replies: 24
Views: 1733

Re: Very good prices on Boardman?

Sorry, posting error!
by LakesLuddite
Fri Sep 20, 2019 13:06 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Routes around Burnley/Bradford/Skipton area
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Routes around Burnley/Bradford/Skipton area

Get yourself to Ilkley, and up the Cow and Calf, or head due north to Steeton, Silsden, Addingham then up around Bolton Abbey and perhaps as far as Grassington. Or from Bolton Abbey loop back round to Ilkley.
by LakesLuddite
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Hand Position On Steep Climbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1779

Re: Hand Position On Steep Climbs

Just do what feels natural - as long as you're getting up the hill then it's working. Personally I'm on the tops until the gradient gets above 12-15%, then I'm usually out of the saddle, en danseuse.
by LakesLuddite
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Need a new bike
Replies: 17
Views: 1025

Re: Need a new bike

Foxymoron wrote:Got it today, it's amazing...I put the allez in the shed, going to sell it. Got strangely emotional about it.


Can you not keep the Allez for the crappy commutes?

Enjoy the new bike - pictures in the 'Your Bike' section please!!

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