General Discussion: Cycling


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DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

5 Sep 2011 13:45
That winning run in the rain is Jawdropping!

Commentator's go down is hilarious
aitch
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8924 posts since 19/8/07

5 Sep 2011 14:50
Can anyone recommend any good winter cycling gloves? The only thing that screws me over during the winter is my fingers which go numb because of the cold. Anything that stops the chill would be great! Ideally, they would need to be padded and good grip. Normally I'd just go out and buy some but would be nice to hear some recommendation. They'd be for off road use.
BOOKSTORECORE
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7634 posts since 8/8/06

5 Sep 2011 14:53
Thinking of doing the North Sea Route to Hamburg next spring. Anyone done it before?
andymakesglasses
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20613 posts since 26/1/06

5 Sep 2011 15:00
I've got some Gore Windstopper ones which are really hard-wearing and have lasted me years. But they do only cut out the wind, which takes the edge off the cold, so on cold days you'll really need something with insulation. Gore are pretty pricey too for what they are (although as I said their stuff seems to last well).

I tend to just use my Outdoor Research walking gloves (or Salomon ski gloves if it's really cold) through the coldest days of the winter.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

5 Sep 2011 15:50
I have a nice pair of endura gloves which have done me well, these are similar:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=34818

I really find you want waterproof in winter gloves, even if it adds bulk, as it's bloody horrible when your gloves get soaking and your hands get freezing + very wet.

These look good if you have small hands

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/seal-skinz/all-weather-cycle-gloves-ec019852

Might buy them actually
aitch
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8924 posts since 19/8/07

5 Sep 2011 16:00
Cheers fellas. I was hoping the Scots would provide some input on this subject Laughing out loud I've got some gore fingerless ones for summer which I've found are bullet proof.

Those Endura ones seem to tick all the boxes though, and they're waterproof too.
16simon
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600 posts since 21/4/11

5 Sep 2011 17:08
Specialized Radiant are great for when it gets really cold, bit bulky but all the really heavy duty winter gloves are. Review here: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/clothing/gloves/product/review-specialized-bicycles-radiant-glove-10732/
du tan
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1270 posts since 15/8/03

6 Sep 2011 14:01
I'm looking to purchase road SPD pedals -I'm new to road biking, and clipless pedals (I've used toe clips up to now).

Can anyone recommend some good pedals/ manufacturers -or some to stay away from?

I'm hovering over buying Shimano 105's. Any good? http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/pedals/road/product.-code-PD-5700-S.-type-.pd_road.html

Any help/ advice greatly appreciated. Thanks…
Jesus
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6084 posts since 7/10/08

6 Sep 2011 14:03
they will be fine

or

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/Keo-Classic-Pedals/LOOKPEDA860?utm_campaign=Googlebase&utm;_medium=organic&utm;_source=Googlebase

the shimano is based on the Look design
BOOKSTORECORE
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7634 posts since 8/8/06

6 Sep 2011 14:07
Probably a silly question, but are MKS toeclips universal? Or do I need to use them with MKS pedals?
du tan
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1270 posts since 15/8/03

6 Sep 2011 22:14
Thanks Jesus
swede
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9982 posts since 21/3/09

7 Sep 2011 08:15
iirc all toe clips are universal. mks clips will work with all pedals that have the ability to take clips
Fläsket
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3933 posts since 14/8/04

7 Sep 2011 18:48
aitch wrote: Can anyone recommend any good winter cycling gloves? The only thing that screws me over during the winter is my fingers which go numb because of the cold. Anything that stops the chill would be great! Ideally, they would need to be padded and good grip. Normally I'd just go out and buy some but would be nice to hear some recommendation. They'd be for off road use.
how cold are you talking? when your toes and fingers start going numb, that's usually the indicator that you're losing heat from other areas of your body such as your head and chest. without good coverage there, your body will reduce the blood flow to your extremeties.
for temperatures close to or a little below 0 F a pair of choppers gets me by fine. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047VOV9Y/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf;_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf;_rd_t=201&pf;_rd_i=B001KWYG8O&pf;_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf;_rd_r=17AC3GR9MADPA95MCXB3)
but they can be cumbersome if you're riding with gears and brakes.. more incentive to go fixed eh
arcteryx alpha sv glove looks pretty fantastic in terms of dexterity and warmth, but quite pricey.
pearlizumi lobster gloves with hi-loft insullation are good down into the teens.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

7 Sep 2011 22:42
Might buy a cyclocross bike (this: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/expede-10-2010-cyclo-cross-bike-ec021921) cheap as a commuter / day to day ride for Edinburgh, means I can go up/down curbs/through the terrible potholes/along the canal etc a bit easier if I want to. Bad idea? Good idea?
coco_m
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439 posts since 9/6/10

7 Sep 2011 22:50
swede wrote: iirc all toe clips are universal. mks clips will work with all pedals that have the ability to take clips

is this true/apply to old bikes? I have an old raleigh, the spaces on the pedal seem really far apart…am I gonna have to bust out the reflectors?
Fläsket
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3933 posts since 14/8/04

10 Sep 2011 20:29
duffman a steel one would probably be better for city use. something like a bianchi volpe or surly crosscheck.

i'm in the market for a new helmet after smashing my beloved whisper over someone's head in a drunken rage last night. wouldn't mind getting the orbea odin euskaltel colours as a follow up. anyone handled them?
swede
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9982 posts since 21/3/09

10 Sep 2011 20:46
DuffMan wrote: Might buy a cyclocross bike (this: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/expede-10-2010-cyclo-cross-bike-ec021921) cheap as a commuter / day to day ride for Edinburgh, means I can go up/down curbs/through the terrible potholes/along the canal etc a bit easier if I want to. Bad idea? Good idea?

good idea
16simon
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600 posts since 21/4/11

10 Sep 2011 20:58
DuffMan wrote: Might buy a cyclocross bike (this: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/expede-10-2010-cyclo-cross-bike-ec021921) cheap as a commuter / day to day ride for Edinburgh, means I can go up/down curbs/through the terrible potholes/along the canal etc a bit easier if I want to. Bad idea? Good idea?

Cross bikes can be good for urban use as they have a slightly more upright position, fatter tyres, stronger wheels and lower gearing (46/39 on this one, against 53/39) compared to road bikes but the brakes aren't great…. dual pivot brakes on road bikes are much more powerful. Basically, fun fast bikes if you can live with the braking.

The Cannondale CAAD5 crosser looks like good value as Evans have it marked down atm.

DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

10 Sep 2011 21:28
I think I'm going to do it, found it for £350 which is a bit of a bargain.
EVERS
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8580 posts since 2/7/06

10 Sep 2011 21:29
finaly got my wheels today from here: http://www.1stoxtedscouts.com/bikesaleprior.htm £60. will do a fit pic tomorrow Cool