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Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

26 August 2014 - 2:13pm
Mark1978 wrote:But you are certainly right that when you're riding with someone you feel obligated to keep up and not take as many breaks as you otherwise would.

If you can’t shout to your ‘buddy’ “Hold on a bit. I’m getting knackered.”; he’s NOT a buddy.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 2:03pm
reohn2 wrote:Well it's funny you should mention that,tell your OH great minds think alike
Wasn't it an episode of Top Gear where Jeremy C asked 4x4 owners driving around London why they had one and most claimed to be farmers or 'country folk' (Which I assumed meant that they live in the Surrey suburbs).

Made me laugh anyway the idea of all these 'country folk' taking a day out from country matters to drive their Sunday best vehicles around the nations capital - day after day after day after...

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 2:01pm
Honda CR -V (2012-)
Toyota RAV 4 (2013-)
Ford Kuga (2013-)
Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013)
Honda CR -V (2007-2012)
Lexus RX (2009-)
BMW X1 (2009-)
Toyota RAV 4 (2006-2013)
Skoda Yeti (2009-)
Audi Q3 (2011-)
Volkswagen Tiguan (2008-)
BMW X3 (2010-)
Honda CR -V (2007-2012)
Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013)
Vauxhall Mokka (2012-)
BMW X5 (2007-2013)
Skoda Yeti (2009-)
Mazda CX-5 (2012-)
Hyundai ix35 (2010-)
Land Rover Freelander (2006-)
Kia Sportage (2010-)
Kia Sorento (2010-)
Land Rover Discovery 4 (2010-)
Volvo XC60 (2008-)
Nissan Qashqai+2 (2008-2013)
Volvo XC70 (2007-)
Nissan X-Trail (2007-2014)
Audi Q5 (2008-)
Ford Kuga (2008-2012)
Volvo XC90 (2002-)
Mitsubishi AS X (2010-)
LR Range Rover Evoque (2011-)
Hyundai Santa Fe (2006-2012)
Vauxhall Antara (2007-)

Here's a list of recent 4x4 and SUVs.

They are in 'Reliability order'. Most at the top. Least at the bottom

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

26 August 2014 - 2:00pm
I ride alone partly because I don't want to hold other people up if I suddenly tire, or simply aren't able to keep up with them. But if I was walking with someone else, or a group (i have taken groups walking) as a leader I'd go at the speed of the slowest. But an audax, where time matters, it's a bit different, so if someone said 'leave me' I think it's a matter of respect to take them at their word. It's clear from posts here that slowing to stay with them puts them under pressure, and may even cause physical damage as well as discomfort. That's not doing anyone any favours.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 1:57pm
Flinders wrote:My OH, when living in London, wondered if there might be money in offering a service to SUV drivers of spraying a light mud layer on the sparkling vehicle to make it look like it had actually seen any mud, and thus confer streetcred to those buying SUVs who never went off-road but wanted to look like they'd 'been to their place down in the country for the weekend, darling'.
Well it's funny you should mention that,tell your OH great minds think alike

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 1:52pm
My OH, when living in London, wondered if there might be money in offering a service to SUV drivers of spraying a light mud layer on the sparkling vehicle to make it look like it had actually seen any mud, and thus confer streetcred to those buying SUVs who never went off-road but wanted to look like they'd 'been to their place down in the country for the weekend, darling'.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 1:49pm
lisap wrote:Oh dear, I own a horse, ride a bike, drive a 4x4 and I'm female.

There obviously no hope for me but in my defence I do not run cyclists off the road with my car, always pull over so other drivers can pass me on country lanes when on the bike and thank people when they slow down for me while I'm riding my young horse.

I live in a very hilly place, my 4x4 is covered in mud from being on the farm every day AND when it snows I wouldn't get off my property without it.

Am I excused
You're excused!

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

26 August 2014 - 12:14pm
It's the SUV's and 4x4's towing that get me - they leave room with the vehicle but forget about the caravan/trailer behind! And don't start me on motor caravans (many with bikes on the back - you would think they would no better) - I once got clipped by a foot step that had not been retracted!

Re: Holes in carbon forks

26 August 2014 - 8:58am
I'd take those forks straight back!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

26 August 2014 - 6:11am
Can you carry a change of clothes? preferably in something that won't let them get wet?

Re: Holes in carbon forks

25 August 2014 - 11:06pm
pictures?

Re: Holes in carbon forks

25 August 2014 - 9:58pm
Jagged holes in carbon are scary. I'd holler.

Holes in carbon forks

25 August 2014 - 9:45pm
Just bought a new carbon road bike and noticed that there is are 2 small holes in the forks, one on each side, on the inside, about 2 inches from the hub. Have only ridden it for a couple of miles so I doubt that I have caused the damage especially as the location of the holes is symmetrical - although the shape is different. One is about 2 mm across and is quite deep and jagged. The other is smaller and is regular shaped. Not like a chip. Can't see anything similar on any other carbon forks in the house. Although the holes don't look like they would cause a danger at present, I'm a bit concerned they could indicate a fault in the manufacture and could get worse - probably going to take it back to the shop. Has anyone seen anything like this before?

(Not impressed anyway as the forks nearly fell off after 2 miles - headset hadn't been screwed together properly in the shop. Also there's a clanking from the bottom bracket. Call me old fashioned but I expect to get a usable bike for £1400 and not just something that looks nice....)

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

25 August 2014 - 8:22pm
Would Marathon Plus make you go 1/25th slower on a Galaxy? I'd have thought so. I have them on Brompton but that's because I don't fancy changing a tube while commuting.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

25 August 2014 - 8:17pm
If I plan a ride with someone or a group, it's a shared experience, set off together ride together finish/or not together, that's it, that's the plan and it's understood.
it's different on an Audax, where I've teamed up with people on the road, even where it's the same people as above, we're all on our own ride even though it's the same ride we're on. This also seems to be well understood as well.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

25 August 2014 - 5:51pm
But you are certainly right that when you're riding with someone you feel obligated to keep up and not take as many breaks as you otherwise would.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

25 August 2014 - 5:02pm
freeflow wrote:I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should.For the record, I thought your OP was perfectly clear. And I think you did the right thing in giving your companion the option. That he chose not to exercise it, was his decision.

The point I made in my earlier post was that, unlike you and your companion, and I'm sure the majority of posters on this forum, there are I'm afraid some incredibly selfish cyclists about. And social networks thereof. I'm not about to name any specific forum because I don't need to!

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

25 August 2014 - 4:51pm
I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should. The difficulty here is that it is not a rider just disappearing off. That's pretty unacceptable. But instead a competent but struggling rider encouraging a buddy to ride on.

On saturday there was no question that I would not finish, but I whilst my buddy was willing to ride slower it still put pressure on me to ride faster than I wanted and to do so with fewer stops. If my buddy had followed my advice and ridden on then I could have slowed my pace for a while to get my energy levels back up, and I could have stopped for short period more frequently to rest my knee and eat/drink.

Of course there is always the ego thing in that I didn't want to be continually saying, can we go slower please.

If I am accompanying a struggling rider, I will, if I can, ride besides or behind the rider. I'll only go in front if there is a strong headwind or if I'm specifically requested to do so.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

25 August 2014 - 4:39pm
If there is a rider in physical difficulty, never, never, NEVER leave them.

Your friendship will be rewarded many times more than a stupid little medal.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

25 August 2014 - 4:22pm
So I rid up to the point of leaving the towpath on my commute route and was completely drenched. I'd say the biggest problem were the puddles which occupied the entire width of the path. Mudguards helped, but not enough. Making the commute practical will be difficult in those conditions.

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