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Non standard fitment!

1 hour 49 min ago
So, decided to go for a road bike and decided that I would like a specialized allez sport. Had a ride on a 56 and a 58. After which both the LBS and myself agreed that a 56cm would be best.

Sounds pretty normal until you realise that I'm 6ft 1 with a 33" inseam. Obviously everywhere 'guide wise' illustrates a 58 would be ideal for me. However, i feel like I can't get onto the hoods correctly on the 58.

Has anyone else got a history of riding bikes smaller than the wise Internet, or indeed manufacturers recommend?

Got to wait until the bike arrives, but I do feel a bit nervous about how I look on the bike. I don't want it to look like a clown bike.

I almost feel like cancelling the order and going for a 58 simply down to so many recommendations that a 56 would be too small.

What to do... What to do...

Re: You either have or you don't.

7 hours 29 min ago
Tonyf33 wrote:Quite, fair weather cyclists, it does make me chortle, not that I'm judging or anything..
I don't mind fair weather cyclists. I just wish they'd find their own spot in the bike racks at the station - a spot I use all year round...

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

7 hours 52 min ago
gaz wrote:I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."


... and the damage you did to the system the first time you put your leg over the saddle and ripped out all the wires

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

7 hours 57 min ago
Having had a cowboy overtake / stop accident where I did severe damage to myself hitting said cowboy, I no longer use a rucksack at all if I can avoid it. That night I'd left my laptop at work, first time in months. The soft luggage (+ phone/ wallet / book) did enough damage to the back of my neck. A laptop added to the impact would highly likely have ended me. Now I use a rack / pannier to commute, and have equipped a bike specifically for that purpose.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

8 hours 22 sec ago
It would be good if they could design a good quality bike box suitable for air travel that cost less than 200quid.

University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

9 hours 39 min ago
Si wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

If they don't log in to read the topic we've no way of knowing how often they come back to see what people have said.

And I guess if they don't log in they have no way of thanking those who help with their uni assignments. [emoji53]

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

9 hours 43 min ago
Heltor Chasca wrote:Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

If they don't log in to read the topic we've no way of knowing how often they come back to see what people have said.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

10 hours 48 min ago
Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

Re: Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

10 hours 58 min ago
I did the Haughton to the Derrington section last week and they have done some "improvements" just before the now closed Red Lion pub in Derrington. However, the improvements mean simply widening the path to around 3m but not putting down a new top surface making it quite nasty to cycle on using 28mm tyres. The rest of the path into Stafford was really nasty for road bikes last time I used it so I tend to avoid it going around via the back road from Doxey.

As a path its really a rather useful way of getting between Stafford and Newport as it avoids the nasty A518 and the small hills between Gnosall and Newport which some "family" riders might find a bit difficult. At approximately 13 miles each way, its also quite a nice day out for families: there are pubs and a chip shop in Gnosall and a "burger bar" in the car park at the Newport end.

My two grumbles about the path are that "they" tend not to do much in the way of cutting back the vegetation meaning in places the path is only a metre wide and secondly, there are too many Strava segments on the route. Given that its used my walkers, dog walkers and families out for a simple Sunday cycle, its not suitable for setting a fastest time on!

Finally.... if you are interested in riding the path and like raising money for a good cause... Katherine House Hospice are using the path next Sunday for a 20 mile fund raising event. There are also rides of 45 miles and 60 miles available. If my leg heals in time I'll be doing the 45 miler.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

12 hours 43 min ago
for anyone in the area this may be of interest:
http://westbridgfordwire.com/2015/04/23/cyclists-vigil-meeting-for-female-rider-killed-in-nottingham-accident/

also this but not a great deal more information about what happened:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-32430127

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

24 April 2015 - 11:08pm
gaz wrote:I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."

Same here.

And isn't lugging a laptop around just a bit 1990s?

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:57pm
Vorpal wrote:hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Rubbish? Because others are faster? That doesn't make you a rubbish cyclist. Going fast doesn't make someone a good cyclist, unless they're racing.

There are a few people who pass me most days on my commute when the weather is nice. I never see them when it's grotty. Or in the winter. So who is better?
Quite, fair weather cyclists, it does make me chortle, not that I'm judging or anything..

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:52pm
hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Not true, you're cycling ergo you're not rubbish at all, there are always faster and fitter, that's life, putting a smile on and just being abe to accept it is more than half the battle IMO.
I've gone downhill over the last 12 years or so, I'm okay in (very) short bursts but the body just says no (for various reasons)..I'm not that old either.

I give it a dig and ride hard & try to get out as often as I can, some weeks not at all but I'm at peace with the fact I'm never going to be a 'fast' cyclist. I don't think I ever was even when I was 'fit', (rugby league forwards don't do too well on the hilly stuff & it gets worse when you get fat and old ) I'm just happy I can say I am a cyclist

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:52pm
hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Rubbish? Because others are faster? That doesn't make you a rubbish cyclist. Going fast doesn't make someone a good cyclist, unless they're racing.

There are a few people who pass me most days on my commute when the weather is nice. I never see them when it's grotty. Or in the winter. So who is better?

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:40pm
Many years ago when I commuted to work on a trike I regularly caught a slow moving older rider who was almost at retiring age as he slowly pushed a low gear up a drag. During one of our short conversations he said he would love a trike but his wife said they are only for old men!

Now I am that old man, well past retiring age,trike gone and being passed by just about everyone.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

24 April 2015 - 10:23pm
That doesn't quite solve the problem because one cannot use a device whilst it charges, at least if the waterproof part is required. The Ortlieb bag has both, but not useable at the same time. I would actually prefer something simpler and less expensive.

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:16pm
Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

24 April 2015 - 10:15pm
If a rather expensive solution, there is already a bar bag from Ortlieb (Ultimate 6 Pro E - SJS link) that has electrical connections in the bag mount to make/break the power connection so will enable charging small electronic devices (laptops are probably too power hungry for any bicycle dynamo setup).

Rick.

Re: You either have or you don't.

24 April 2015 - 10:07pm
You got FCN'd..
Using your starting point you can roughly work out how many trackie suit/MTB man gained by passing you..
1. Scooters
2. Roadies with shaved legs – like girls
3. Proper rapid Single speed (real men, messengers, tarty shiny fixies)
4. Roadies with hairy legs – like men
5. Faux Single Speeds (fakengers, dirty/functional bikes, silly egg beater gear)
6. Touring Bikes (Mud Guards)
7. “Fast Hybrids”
8. MTBs on Skinnies
9. MTBs on Nobbies
10. Bromptons / collapsing bikes
11. MTB full sus on Nobbies
12. Shoppers
13. Shoppers with wicker baskets

Adjusters
Clothing; None: +3
Non-Cycling: +2
Baggies: +1
Lycra: 0
Team Kit: -1
TDF Jersey: -2

Lugagge: Panniers: +1
Back Pack/Courier: 0
Nothing: -1

Face-Mask: +1
Helmets/Nothing/Sunglasses: 0
Bike Caps /Wrap arounds: -1
Herman’s Safety Wing (orange plastic lolly-pop): +2
Trailer: +2
Child Seat: +1 each x Number of
Beard: +1
Power meter: -1
Aerobars: -1
Lower values for those starting on FCN 9-14 / Higher numbers for FCN 2-8 (see note at the top):
Flats: +1/+2
Toe Clips: 0/+1
Evidently Clipless/spds (cycling shoes): -1/0

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

24 April 2015 - 9:22pm
Actually if I were going to design something for cycling, it would be a waterproof bag with a sealed mini USB, maybe in a couple of different sizes, and with a click clip for mounting on handlebars. I like my phone, and I'm happy to use it as a GPS, but it's not waterproof, and the battery doesn't last so long when I use it as a GPS. Waterproof bags are available, and dyno chargers are available. But I have yet to see a combination that makes it feasible to use my phone as a GPS for long rides or touring.

The same concept might work for a tablet on top of a handlebar bag or something.

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