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trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

26 Jul 2015 13:54
Looks smart that Cool

Need to change my tyres. Anyone used Vittoria Rubinos?
haz
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4334 posts since 7/1/04

26 Jul 2015 15:00
RAMBO wrote: has any one used speed play pedals before? I'm having a nightmare clipping into them, any advice is appricated

Try loosening off the screws on the cleat a bit - but not so much that the thing starts to fall away.
ginner
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258 posts since 15/4/14

27 Jul 2015 12:50
Anyone advise on the best hybrid/commuting bike for use on roads, canal paths etc. around £500 mark?
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

27 Jul 2015 13:37
Have a look at what cyclocross bikes are available at your nearest Evans or LBS
JustinCredible
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2454 posts since 11/6/08

27 Jul 2015 16:55
trailofdavid wrote: Looks smart that Cool

Need to change my tyres. Anyone used Vittoria Rubinos?

I've had Rubino Pro's and Rubino slicks in the past, best value for money commuting tyre I've come across so far, can't fault either
JustinCredible
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2454 posts since 11/6/08

27 Jul 2015 17:16
ginner wrote: Anyone advise on the best hybrid/commuting bike for use on roads, canal paths etc. around £500 mark?
Agree with trailofdavid - a cyclocross is a better option than a hybrid as you can put road tyres on and it's almost as good as a road bike (on the road) with the added advantage of being perfectly capable on tow paths etc.

I would imagine you'll need to spend a bit more than £500 to get a decent new cx bike, if I was you I would get something second hand. Try the bikeradar forum classifieds or even ebay / gumtree - something like a Kona Jake, Cannondale CAAD-X, Kinesis Crosslight, Boardman CX or if you don't want to spend too much on second hand then maybe a Specialized Tricross which can usually be had for around £250 - £350 depending on condition.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

27 Jul 2015 17:40
JustinCredible wrote:
trailofdavid wrote: Looks smart that Cool

Need to change my tyres. Anyone used Vittoria Rubinos?

I've had Rubino Pro's and Rubino slicks in the past, best value for money commuting tyre I've come across so far, can't fault either

Ah thank you
JustinCredible
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2454 posts since 11/6/08

27 Jul 2015 17:42
No bother, worth pointing out they're not a race tyre so if you are looking for something super grippy or very low rolling resistance then there are far better alternatives but for everything else they are decent
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

27 Jul 2015 18:27
Now that you mention it, I'm not commuing. Whilst I'm not racing, I'm doing between 40-70 miles a week at a decent standard, so any other recommendations would be appreciated
illwill
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3535 posts since 17/5/04

27 Jul 2015 20:24
Anyone doing Prudential at the weekend?
Best
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9757 posts since 21/10/05

27 Jul 2015 21:37
I am, little bit underprepared

Are you doing it?
JustinCredible
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2454 posts since 11/6/08

28 Jul 2015 11:34
trailofdavid wrote: Now that you mention it, I'm not commuing. Whilst I'm not racing, I'm doing between 40-70 miles a week at a decent standard, so any other recommendations would be appreciated

http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews

Whilst there are loads of tyres not tested on there the newer Rubino Pro's actually did really well in this test (for a mid range tyre).

25c is supposedly the best (current school of thought…) & latex tubes make a real difference too but are pricey & need pumping up before every ride.

Vittoria Open Corsa CX, Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp & Continental GP4000S have always reputedly been right up there with the very best clinchers, but as always you pay a premium.

For 40 - 70 miles a week a pair of tyres should last you the summer so I wouldn't worry too much about price - you'll spend more on a night out than on a pair of the best tyres.
alchemist
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391 posts since 27/2/07

28 Jul 2015 18:30
JustinCredible wrote:
trailofdavid wrote: Looks smart that Cool

Need to change my tyres. Anyone used Vittoria Rubinos?

I've had Rubino Pro's and Rubino slicks in the past, best value for money commuting tyre I've come across so far, can't fault either

x2
illwill
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3535 posts since 17/5/04

28 Jul 2015 20:01
Best wrote: I am, little bit underprepared

Are you doing it?

Yeah, me too. Just seen that I have to go to the bloody Excel to register the day before. Massive arseache if you live outside London.

What you riding? I'll be on a celeste Bianchi with horrible blue tyres.
Best
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9757 posts since 21/10/05

28 Jul 2015 21:33
Yeah that is really annoying, I didn't realise that either.
Good luck, I'll look out for you but with 30k people doing it will some coincidence. Seen that the BBC have updated the weather forecast to cloudy from rain which is lucky.

I'll be on this
breck
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939 posts since 5/3/09

30 Jul 2015 22:33
stoney wrote: Why is froome so disliked ?

cos he's going up hills faster than pantani and armstrong did and pantani was one of the best natural climbers ever. plus panti and armstrong were both drugged out of their heads too.

a few years ago froome couldn't climb out of his own bath and now he's riding faster than these 2 clean? yeah right.
BENi
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217 posts since 10/5/09

30 Jul 2015 22:51
Which mountains is he going up faster than Pantani/Armstrong?
likephenomenon
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560 posts since 28/2/10

31 Jul 2015 09:34
breckroadlover wrote:
stoney wrote: Why is froome so disliked ?

cos he's going up hills faster than pantani and armstrong did and pantani was one of the best natural climbers ever. plus panti and armstrong were both drugged out of their heads too.

a few years ago froome couldn't climb out of his own bath and now he's riding faster than these 2 clean? yeah right.

Its the history of doping scandals and of course the burden of the yellow jersey, it puts a massive magnify glass over your head. Just comparing climbing times is bullshit tbh, there are certainly more factors that can affect a performance.

In the end its really simple: innocent until proven guilty.
wembly
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289 posts since 15/1/13

1 Aug 2015 12:08
likephenomenon wrote: In the end its really simple: innocent until proven guilty.
Mr.X.
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2825 posts since 23/6/13

1 Aug 2015 17:20
My new nomad cc, had to wait a month for sc to get new stock, can't wait to ride this beast.