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sodomgomorra
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1603 posts since 24/3/14

20 Aug 2018 08:35
Thanks for the recommendations everyone,

some good looking stuff there.

I don't have an unlimited supply of money though.Where to look if i'm after something a bit more budget friendly for basics/under-layers etc/socks etc.



andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

posted 20 Aug 2018 09:10, edited 20 Aug 2018 09:10
Wiggle's own dhb brand is decent and functional if not particularly fashionable, as is Sealskinz. I've got a few bits from Altura and Endura which are good.

Keep an eye of SportPursuit for bargains. The Isobaa merino stuff is good at SportPursuit prices but I wouldn't pay full price for it. Icebreaker and Smartwool are better in my opinion.

Smartwool Phd socks are good.
swede
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10145 posts since 21/3/09

20 Aug 2018 09:16
sodomgomorra wrote: Thanks for the recommendations everyone,

some good looking stuff there.

I don't have an unlimited supply of money though.Where to look if i'm after something a bit more budget friendly for basics/under-layers etc/socks etc.

as andy said, both excellent if you want branded gear. if you can wait a month for deliveries I would highly recommend spexcel on aliexpress. I also buy loads of these "giro" socks - very well made and cost a fraction of the real thing;

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/FREE-SHIPPING-High-quality-Professional-brand-sport-socks-Breathable-Road-Bicycle-Socks-Mountain-Bike-Socks-Racing/32830614390.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.195.6c2cb76dAzv3bC&ws;_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10151_10065_10344_10130_10068_10342_10547_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10192_10190_10084_10083_10618_10307_10820_10301_10821_10303_10059_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620_449,searchweb201603_56,ppcSwitch_4&algo;_expid=26379235-bc84-463e-8dee-15734ca6b1f7-25&algo;_pvid=26379235-bc84-463e-8dee-15734ca6b1f7&priceBeautifyAB;=0

in real life the colours are much more vibrant (like the real thing) and have giro logos down the back (like the real thing)
swede
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10145 posts since 21/3/09

20 Aug 2018 09:18
spexcel - https://spexcel.aliexpress.com/store/2219030

their sizing is a bit all over the place so I usually buy a couple of sizes and flog the leftovers. in general though the sizing is VERY small. I would take an XL in their gear, but an L in rapha pro team
MrW
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3080 posts since 1/8/11

20 Aug 2018 09:33
Castelli and Sportful are owned by the same parent company and made in the same factory. Got a few bits of both and despite the price difference, I can't tell the difference in quality or materials.

Sportful No Rain gear is excellent, kept me warm and reasonably dry through several very cold wet rides where others were cursing their kit.
MLI
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5173 posts since 6/10/09

23 Aug 2018 09:39
Any intel on when Brooklyn Machine Works might come back?
swiftus
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1640 posts since 1/7/09

5 Sep 2018 18:18
Any recommendations for mudguards for road bikes?
MrW
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3080 posts since 1/8/11

5 Sep 2018 18:33
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sks-raceblade-pro
swiftus
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1640 posts since 1/7/09

5 Sep 2018 19:08

Cheers, I was looking at that. Confused about which to go for:

- Raceblade Pro
- Raceblade Pro Stealth

Can't see any difference between the standard and the Stealth.

My tire width is 23mm.
JustinCredible
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2720 posts since 11/6/08

6 Sep 2018 12:03
Mudguards on road bikes are shit so depends on whether or not you want to be able to take them off when you don't need them.

Raceblade pro's are the only detatchable ones I've used (on my best bike) and they are ok but did need a massive amount of fiddling with to set them up in such a position they didn't rub (25mm tires but not much clearance on my frame). They do also move a bit during the ride but still would recommend.

For a more permanent solution, had SKS chromoplastics on my winter bike for a couple of years until I trashed them and they were really good but again a bit of a ballache to fit - needed a hacksaw to cut them to size before fitting…

Replaced them with Portland Design Works full metal fenders which were expensive but excellent quality and look decent so happy with them.

sodomgomorra
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1603 posts since 24/3/14

7 Sep 2018 16:24
Rapha has this thing on instore.
30% off core jersey + bibs combo.

sodomgomorra
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1603 posts since 24/3/14

8 Sep 2018 15:19
Also @Swede,

Those 'Giro' socks. Any truth to 'One size fits all'? Aren't you UK 11 like myself?

Also thanks everyone in this thread. Cobbled together some decent kit based on the recommendations here. Mostly rapha and sportful bits. Glad I asked because most stores are full of lairy overpriced shite..
Seventyfour
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9432 posts since 6/10/05

posted 16 Oct 2018 18:55, edited 16 Oct 2018 18:55
Anyone interested in my 55 Condor Italia rc custom built with ultegra 6800 52x36, all Fizik R1 aliante seat, post and stem the bars are r3 bull. With Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset. Its mint,done less than 100 miles, I'll include the look keo 2 max carbon pedals that have been used once. I have the original receipt for £2500,im looking for half that.
https://www.condorcycles.com/products/condor-italia-rc-frameset
Pics to follow if anyones interested

swiftus
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1640 posts since 1/7/09

16 Oct 2018 20:01
Rapha selling on Wiggle now.

Lost its prestige (if it hadn't already)?
Hanto
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3286 posts since 30/11/09

16 Oct 2018 20:22
swiftus wrote: Rapha selling on Wiggle now.

Lost its prestige (if it hadn't already)?

Definitely. The content and marketing strategy post investment has shown a marked change. The 'mystique' has been lost I think and it looks like they are trying to flog as much as possible. I know they used to sell via Sigma etc. early on, but I thought they pulled out of that to try and protect the brand. This seems like a step backwards.
swede
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10145 posts since 21/3/09

16 Oct 2018 22:25
sodomgomorra wrote: Also @Swede,

Those 'Giro' socks. Any truth to 'One size fits all'? Aren't you UK 11 like myself?

i am a 9.5/10 and they fit good.. i am sure an 11 would be ok too. if you had tiny feet (no snaye) they would be massive though
swede
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10145 posts since 21/3/09

posted 16 Oct 2018 22:25, edited 16 Oct 2018 22:25
rapha was dead years ago with the sky contract

(obviously I still wear it though and yes the products are very good imo)
wembly
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572 posts since 15/1/13

17 Oct 2018 10:55
they return to the world tour with EF-Drapac in '19

swede wrote: and yes the products are very good imo
+1

would love to try out some of that Pas Normal Studio stuff but hate to shop online for bike kits if I don't know my size - and don't want to think about their prices
swiftus
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1640 posts since 1/7/09

17 Oct 2018 11:34
Loving the retro jerseys on Prendas, anyone know what the quality is like?

Ordered some winter socks from there which are great.
webfred
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58 posts since 28/3/15

17 Oct 2018 19:57
wembly wrote: would love to try out some of that Pas Normal Studio stuff but hate to shop online for bike kits if I don't know my size - and don't want to think about their prices

For reference, I am using the same size in Pas Normal jerseys and bibs as Rapha Pro Team. Some of their stuff are a bit too branded imo, but the quality and fit is superb.