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Wow, that front light is £70!

Hope it's good!


70GBP?! I paid €55 for mine from Amazon.. It is good and that's cheap at the price, relative to all the others. The majority have AA batteries so you have to keep buying new ones, plus the USB rechargeable one is generally a bit lighter and the quality of the product is very good.. Also it's a CREE LED which is one of the new generation ones.. as it turned out, I just don't need the power that it produces - I've descended at 75kph in the dark on the 3rd brightness level (I didn't realise at the time lol).

Regarding the tubs, I've seen carbon rims for tubs, but I guess it's slightly easier to form the rim shape with carbon layups than it is to form the "lip" required for normal tyres.

Me? I stick with my favourite Schwalbes :)



Didn't look for long, I think the first one I saw was around £69.

Just found it, from Amazon, £69.97:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MacTronic-BPM-3 ... B005D6FYQQ

The carbon rims would add so much to the price though. Can't justify it. For new rims/tyres for a 29' MTB I'd be looking at £150 upwards. At best

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yeah, I wasn't advocating a set of carbon rims! :D My brother bought some and they cost more than my whole bike.
Wow, it would cost less to buy one of those lights on Amazon.de.. http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_de_DE=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Dsports&field-keywords=MacTronic+Front+Scheinwerfer%2C+weiss%2C+BPM+300+L


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:18 pm 
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domdonald wrote:
yeah, I wasn't advocating a set of carbon rims! :D My brother bought some and they cost more than my whole bike.
Wow, it would cost less to buy one of those lights on Amazon.de.. http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_de_DE=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Dsports&field-keywords=MacTronic+Front+Scheinwerfer%2C+weiss%2C+BPM+300+L


Yeah, a bit of a difference. But then if you'd add the posting cost it may be around the same price.


Oh well, I wasn't even thinking of lights and I've ended up almost buying one!!! Amazon is dangerous for your pocket!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:43 pm 
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yup, I hate amazon sending me emails of things I might like.. I often have to resist the urge to click!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:49 pm 
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yup, I hate amazon sending me emails of things I might like.. I often have to resist the urge to click!


That's why I've set it as junk!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:28 pm 
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Dammit I just want my bike voucher to arrive!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:38 pm 
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I've spent the last few days up pricing up some new wheels. Not sure I really need them but hell, that's never stopped me before..... Just not sure how the wife will react :O

Sure they'll make me so much faster ;-)

Decisions decisions......

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:23 am 
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I've spent the last few days up pricing up some new wheels. Not sure I really need them but hell, that's never stopped me before..... Just not sure how the wife will react :O

Sure they'll make me so much faster ;-)

Decisions decisions......


Build em yourself.... the sense of accomplishment is amazing when they are all trued up. Plus a small box of spokes, hub, rims, etc arriving at different times doesn't look as expensive :lol:


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I have built wheels many years ago and breaking the cost up sounds good, I just don't think I have the patience these days.

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I've spent the last few days up pricing up some new wheels. Not sure I really need them but hell, that's never stopped me before..... Just not sure how the wife will react :O

Sure they'll make me so much faster ;-)

Decisions decisions......


Buy them anyway, they're only wheels.... How expensive does she think they'll be?

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She probably thinks I'll need to spend 50 quid but in reality I'm looking at around 400, plus a cassette and tyres.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:46 am 
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For some I reason I can't seem to find the Lance results stripped thread. But here we go. Confession incoming!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/report- ... -interview

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I would love to watch that interview.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:49 am 
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Right, after all that talk about the pumps, I went for a Lezyne one:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... p-09-34943

Bit more expensive that I wanted, but I liked this one for some reason!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:48 pm 
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Flipping hell how long do I have top wait for my cycling voucher!?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:24 pm 
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Woohoo just collected my bike!

My goodness is cycling tougher than I remembered, I'm definitely less fit than I used to be but the bike feels so twitchy and gusts of wind or passing fast cars seem to have quite an effect on my trajectory.

Also when I lock my bike up with a D-lock, is it ok if the lock rests on the spokes? I dont want to damage them as I can see the individual spokes bend.

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What bike do you have? If it's a road bike I certainly wouldn't rest any kind of lock on the spokes.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:48 pm 
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Its a hybrid, has 700c wheels.

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f1madman wrote:
Its a hybrid, has 700c wheels.


Probably OK then but be careful.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:26 pm 
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i already want to buy pedal clips... to enable me to do some "spinning"

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:56 pm 
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Get SPD pedals and clips as it will suit the bike and the shores still let you walk in them normally, unlike the SPD SL pedals most road bike rides like myself use.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:02 am 
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Maybe this should be in the annoyance thread :-P

Use the Spd's properly!

My wife is an ultra runner so I can't compete in terms of fittness, but even watching her on the cycle trainer is painful!
The concept of even power delivery, pull as well as push, simply deludes her.

And, yes, I did explain but as a married men I know there is a point where you simply 'shut up' 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:13 am 
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What is an SPD?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Search Shimano SPD and you'll find small squarish pedals that are very small. These can be ridden in normal shoes if needed but are designed to fit compatible shoes. The advantage with these is that the cycling shoes often look like pretty regular shoes. They have a recessed clip in the sole so you can walk in them normally.

SPD-sl pedals are very different and normally used on road bikes. They are better for this type of cycling but the shoes have to have a clip fitted on the bottom. This means you look like noddy when walking in them! I do anyway...

SPD pedals also work either way up so are easier to click into. This is very useful if you cycle in busy places and have to keep stopping and putting a foot down.

SL pedals only work one way up.

You should be able to get pedals from around £20 upwards and decent shoes for £30 upwards. Well worth an investment. You'll cycle faster for less effort as energy isn't lost by having shoes slipping around on the pedals.

They are also very easy to clip in and out of so don't worry about getting stuck clipped in when you stop. Just a quick twist of the foot is all that's needed.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:16 pm 
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Spd pedals and shoes.

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SPD SL

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Once you've got used to riding with them, you'll never go back to as bike without them again.

I take cheap SPD pedals and shoes with me on holiday when I'm flying to a place where the holiday home has bikes for us to use. This and a adjustable spanner and I can get them switched in minutes.

If you want, you can get really good looking shoes in a variety of styles.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:33 pm 
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Oh my gosh theres so much new stuff about cycling I never knew. the SPDs look very neat!

However I spent the whole morning riding today and my bum is sore, I might invest in a new seat first, or should I wait a few weeks and see if my bum just needs to get used to it?

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Do you wear padded shorts? I'm sure the seat will be fine and yes you do need time to get used to it. However padded shorts are a must really.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:22 pm 
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I just wore tracksuit bottoms lol. Haven't bought padded shorts or anything.

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Padded shorts make a huge difference and can of course be worn under other layers if needed.

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Went for another cycle ride today..... Man my arse is really sore!

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f1madman wrote:
Went for another cycle ride today..... Man my arse is really sore!


You're mad. it will get worse everyday unless you have a few days rest in between :-D

40 miles hard riding today (except the cafe stop of course) and no discomfort at all......

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Went for another cycle ride today..... Man my arse is really sore!


You're mad. it will get worse everyday unless you have a few days rest in between :-D

40 miles hard riding today (except the cafe stop of course) and no discomfort at all......


You are right I am mad! Was tempted to go out tomorrow as well, but might take your advice and give my bum a rest.... but then again the weather aparantly gets colder again by Thursday so maybe I ought to get a load of riding in before!?

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It depends on your seat as well madman. Mine came with a racing seat that didn't matter that I had a padded pair of shorts or how much time I spent on it, it just felt sore after 20 miles. So I invested the grand amount of £25 and got a nice cheap gel seat that is pure magic!

I agree with Asphalt as well, spd's will make such a difference to you. I got something similar to these shoes:


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Which look like normal shoes and you can cycle down to the pub with them looking normal, unlike something like this:

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i have SPDs on all my bikes, including my road bikes, even though they are really mountain bike pedal - this is because I can only afford one pair of shoes :)
I may get SPD SLs for the road bike(s) if I can afford the shoes, cleats, pedals etc at some point.

Depending on how much you cycle and how serious, you can always buy the pedals which are like "normal" pedals on one side, with SPD clips on the other. I have these on my mountain bike, so I can just go down the shops on the bike wearing trainers or normal shoes. The small double-sided SPD pedals are a bit too small for normal shoes.

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A friend on mine occasionally rides on his bike in normal shoes despite having SPD SL pedals. He has a spare set of cleats which he quickly clips into the pedals. This gives you as better surface area to grip on when using normal shoes.

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Due to offroad use I prefer a cage with my spd's rather than one sided.

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The 647's are more comfortable with ordinary shoes due to the mechanism being more 'guarded'.


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These are the Shimanos I got, plastic so they weigh less:

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Well I'm off to ride Box Hill on Wednesday. I have to visit relatives near Reading so am going to take my bike and a bit of a diversion. Can't wait to ride it.

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Ordered myself one of these today. Been after a decent way of cleaning and tuning my bikes plus the rest of the families. My brother in law has one and brought it down this weekend for me to try. It's amazing. So simple to use. As the bike is only attached by the front forks, you can even lift the bike up at the back to clean under the bottom bracket. You can spin the back wheels and tune gears as the back wheel is free to move.

If you remove the back wheel you can attach the bike at the back leaving the front wheel clear so you can fettle the front end if needed. Can't wait to get it...

Oh, and the attachment slides along the top bar so it fits all large child's bikes and bigger.

Plus it fold away flat in seconds.

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