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Title: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on February 20, 2015, 09:29
http://prendas.co.uk/prendas-ciclismo-retro-inspired-polo-gb-great-britain-red-white-blue.html



 :cool


Much cheaper than the wiggins rapha kit that is a rip off of this one :)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on February 20, 2015, 15:29
Entire new kit, basically. I have dropped two to three sizes since I bought the last lot. In clothing waistline terms, that is from 34"/86mm down to 29"/74mm. Though it will be expensive, I suppose it's a nice problem to have.

I will replace my shoes too, after two full seasons. The Gaernes are awesome - so stiff and light - but they are scuffed to oblivion and they have never quite fit me perfectly. That story is in the Shoes: wide and wonderful (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=6704.0) thread.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on February 20, 2015, 15:34
One of these, although not quite sure when that will be as money too tight at the moment

(http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/images/models/Planet%20X/2014/on-one-ti-pickenflick-sram-rival-cyclo-cross-bike/Main.jpg)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on February 20, 2015, 15:41
One of these, although not quite sure when that will be as money too tight at the moment

(http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/images/models/Planet%20X/2014/on-one-ti-pickenflick-sram-rival-cyclo-cross-bike/Main.jpg)

Lovely stuff, Joel. Commute or CX or both?
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on February 20, 2015, 15:47
Bit of an all-rounder. Have a hybrid and an MTB at the moment and want to swap for this which will cover all bases including commutes, rides with friends and rides through the woods with the kids.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: l29205 on February 22, 2015, 16:40
One of these, although not quite sure when that will be as money too tight at the moment

(http://www.thebikelist.co.uk/images/models/Planet%20X/2014/on-one-ti-pickenflick-sram-rival-cyclo-cross-bike/Main.jpg)

With that compact crank up front and the pie plate of a cassette in the back you should be able to climb up the side of a house.  :)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on February 22, 2015, 20:18
Not sure the exact brand or model, but I want a one of these:

http://yeticycles.com/#/bikes/sb6c (http://yeticycles.com/#/bikes/sb6c)

(For those pure roadies on VR - it's called an enduro bike. You ride them on hilly, twisty trails with lots of drops. Absolute blast!!  :s )

Problem is, I don't want 27.5 - our experience in Spain last year says that 26 is still the way to go for what we want to ride ... So it's getting harder and harder to find anything to spend money on ...   :angry :angry :angry
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on February 22, 2015, 21:33
With that compact crank up front and the pie plate of a cassette in the back you should be able to climb up the side of a house.  :)

Judging by my latest ride I would have trouble getting over a matchstick!
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on February 22, 2015, 23:39
Judging by my latest ride I would have trouble getting over a matchstick!

Take those silly hub decorations (discs) off the new bike and it'll be far easier ...  ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on February 22, 2015, 23:58
I like discs for commuting in London
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on February 23, 2015, 02:24
I like discs for commuting in London
Well then at least go hydraulic - cable actuated are no better than a good pair of min-V's on a cross bike (in fact, because of the pad wear patterns that you get with cable discs, they rapidly become worse ...)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on February 23, 2015, 10:20
My thoughts are turning to a winter bike now...

The single speed is starting to hurt!
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: just some guy on March 03, 2015, 08:30
I really want one of these for winter here in the frozen North

plus this is a cool vid in a weird way - if the guy gives you the sh*ts cause he is only a bit funny - boy can ride a bike though

https://vimeo.com/120566398
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on March 03, 2015, 09:22
Its looking likely now that a Team VR jersey could be the next purchase :)

Woohooo
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on March 03, 2015, 09:46
Its looking likely now that a Team VR jersey could be the next purchase :)

Woohooo

Put a penny in the savings and you'll be able to eventually buy a Team VR jersey with the interest.  :lol
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on March 03, 2015, 10:39
Its close... I feel it :)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: l29205 on March 08, 2015, 17:46
I have been on a bit of a buying spree as of late.

I got myself a new to me computrainer and I built myself a new set of wheels Hed belgium tubular rims with DT hubs.  Got a great deal on the rims from the LBS I used to work for and the hubs where practically free.  The CX-ray spokes cost more than each of the other two separately.

Next TIG welder, for Stainless steel Cross bike.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on March 23, 2015, 09:28
The original product in this thread will soon be mine. A parcel has arrived at Cuckoos towers from Prendas and my birthday is only a couple of months away  :shh ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 21, 2015, 02:21
Wasn't sure where to post this, but has anyone else been following this development?

(http://opencycle.com/i/v-634698594600000000/openlogo.gif)

https://twitter.com/opencycle/status/590175626771968000

Introducing U.P. (http://opencycle.com/UP?utm_content=buffer6a46d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

Quote
Gerard Vroomen - 16-Apr-2015

Andy and I are very excited to introduce the U.P. (Unbeaten Path) today. It is our new GravelPlus frame, a gravel grinder without limits. Ideal to go off the beaten path, from exploring a few gravel or dirt paths during your local ride to taking “the road never traveled."

(http://opencycle.com/i/b/1102/p/IMG_5675b-310.png)



SOC15: OPEN CYCLES GETS CLOSER TO THE ROAD WITH UNBEATEN PATH GRAVEL BIKE (http://www.bikerumor.com/2015/04/17/soc15-open-cycles-gets-closer-to-the-road-with-unbeaten-path-gravel-bike/)

(http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Open-Cycles-UP-Unbeaten-Path-gravel-road-bike-details05-600x400.jpg)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 21, 2015, 06:18
Love that.

Am wondering if a gravel bike will be suitable as my next winter machine.

The £250 single speed from Edinburgh bicycle co op might not have a sixth winter in it. !!


That's if I don't spend all my money here http://belgianboysclub.cc/
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: LukasCPH on April 21, 2015, 08:22
(http://opencycle.com/i/b/1102/p/IMG_5675b-310.png)

I want one! :luv
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 21, 2015, 10:55
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/limits-the-world-s-smartest-cycling-power-meter

Seriously considering this...
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: lancasterke on April 21, 2015, 12:23
pondering this

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXNANORIV22/planet-x-nanolight-sram-rival-22-road-bike#customise

or this
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPFOR22/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-force-22-road-bike

I've had my current bike for 7-8 yrs

also some new shoes on the list
Sidis (ones i've got are great sidi 5s, but 5 years old and a bit tired) need a pair of sunday best shoes.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on April 21, 2015, 13:32
pondering this

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXNANORIV22/planet-x-nanolight-sram-rival-22-road-bike#customise

or this
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPFOR22/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-force-22-road-bike

I've had my current bike for 7-8 yrs

also some new shoes on the list
Sidis (ones i've got are great sidi 5s, but 5 years old and a bit tired) need a pair of sunday best shoes.
I was interested in what other roadies they had on their site - and they have some nice kit.

Unless you have a particular liking for Sram, I'd say spend the extra GBP100 and get the Pro with Campag Chorus? It's a far, far better groupset and will last you many years longer than Sram.

Also, if you're being enticed by the "aero" frame on the Nanolight, do recognise that those claims are 99% marketing, no matter whose frame it is ...

Whatever way you go, sounds like with the Saxo program you're in, you've got the sort of justification that we all dream of to be able to buy yourself a really nice bike ...  :D
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: LukasCPH on April 21, 2015, 15:07
Unless you have a particular liking for Sram, I'd say spend the extra GBP100 and get the Pro with Campag Chorus? It's a far, far better groupset and will last you many years longer than Sram.
Yes. In my (somewhat biased and not at all expert) opinion, the groupsets rank as follows:
Campagnolo > Shimano >>>>>>>>>> SRAM.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/limits-the-world-s-smartest-cycling-power-meter

Seriously considering this...
From a short glance, it looks very interesting. :)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 21, 2015, 16:53
My main worry being the additional width to the pedals. If that's the right thing to say.

As the bolt goes on the crank and then the pedal screws in, you might find a different pedalling action.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Capt_Cavman on April 21, 2015, 17:09
My main worry being the additional width to the pedals. If that's the right thing to say.

As the bolt goes on the crank and then the pedal screws in, you might find a different pedalling action.
I suppose you could move your cleat to compensate?
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 21, 2015, 17:40
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/limits-the-world-s-smartest-cycling-power-meter

Seriously considering this...
Very interesting.

Plus, everything always sounds cooler with a Scottish accent.  :s

But wouldn't that device totally alter the Q Factor (or at least the perceived Q)? That's one thing I'm not quite understanding.

Inventions like this must strike some fear into the hearts of the big boys in the cycling industry—and more power to that.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 22, 2015, 11:26
Thats it... I just didnt know the phrase for it. It alters the width your legs are apart when pedalling.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Capt_Cavman on April 22, 2015, 12:50
pondering this

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXNANORIV22/planet-x-nanolight-sram-rival-22-road-bike#customise

or this
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXSLPFOR22/planet-x-pro-carbon-sram-force-22-road-bike

I've had my current bike for 7-8 yrs

also some new shoes on the list
Sidis (ones i've got are great sidi 5s, but 5 years old and a bit tired) need a pair of sunday best shoes.
I've been looking at the pro carbon too, but probably the SRAM Rival version.

If it was me, I'd go for the SRAM without hesitation. The reason for this is that I'm a big old tub of lard who lives in an area that makes the Ardennes look as bumpy as a flat thing. I don't do big distances but I like to pootle up and down dale and I need a lot of teeth on the rear cassette to get anywhere interesting without a lot of straining. So any gains in ergonomics, renewability, efficiency etc.,are more than offset by extra cost and the inability to bike up to my mother's house.

However, I doubt whether any of the things that affect my choice would affect yours. Which is a very long-winded way of saying the choice is personal and there is no 'better' just a personal basket of pros and cons at each price point.

The best advice I can give is to try out couple of bikes, one with each system and decide whether the Campy is worth £100 more to you.

One thing to note is that PX have been doing SRAM deals for quite a while now, whereas this time last year it was all Shimano so I wouldn't be at all surprised if packages and relative prices were to change before long.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: lancasterke on April 22, 2015, 13:19
I've been looking at the pro carbon too, but probably the SRAM Rival version.


One thing to note is that PX have been doing SRAM deals for quite a while now, whereas this time last year it was all Shimano so I wouldn't be at all surprised if packages and relative prices were to change before long.

I've currently got a pro carbon with dura ace (from about 7 years ago) really love that bike. I spoke to them recently and they said they'd had some probem s with ultegra reliability (but i think the truth is price related, when they get a bargain on a job lot of stuff they then only sell that until they're all out)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on April 22, 2015, 14:46
I spoke to them recently and they said they'd had some probem s with ultegra reliability (but i think the truth is price related, when they get a bargain on a job lot of stuff they then only sell that until they're all out)
Mate of mine who works in a bike shop has made the same comments about Ultegra and 105. Basic impression is that they've cheapened out on some of the materials in crucial functional parts, hence the drop in reliability. Not helped by the fact that they've had some issues with crud getting into the levers ever since they went to "aero cables".
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on April 22, 2015, 14:53
However, I doubt whether any of the things that affect my choice would affect yours. Which is a very long-winded way of saying the choice is personal and there is no 'better' just a personal basket of pros and cons at each price point.

Which is true, except for one qualifier - that Campag is and always be the best groupset to put on any road style bike!!!  :D :D :D :D

Seriously, your comments are right ... and given that there are always questions coming on the board about whether groupset X or Y is the way to go, I wonder if we can't find some way of building a thread that has a database of user comments on the different gruppos? We'd have to run a rule that it is only observations from users - ie., I don't get to bag SPAM road groupsets for being what I consider to be unreliable, awkwardly designed crap because I've not got them on my bikes.
(And to be fair - I have had over 10 years of flawless performance from my X.0 on my MTB ...)

Thoughts??
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: LukasCPH on April 22, 2015, 19:05
Which is true, except for one qualifier - that Campag is and always be the best groupset to put on any road style bike!!!  :D :D :D :D
Quoted for the truth!!! :cool :cool :cool

Seriously, your comments are right ... and given that there are always questions coming on the board about whether groupset X or Y is the way to go, I wonder if we can't find some way of building a thread that has a database of user comments on the different gruppos? We'd have to run a rule that it is only observations from users - ie., I don't get to bag SPAM road groupsets for being what I consider to be unreliable, awkwardly designed crap because I've not got them on my bikes.
(And to be fair - I have had over 10 years of flawless performance from my X.0 on my MTB ...)

Thoughts??
I'm in favour of this. And that even though it means that I can only praise Campagnolo to the heavens, and say that the cheapest groupset available (in my case, Shimano Sora[1]) isn't the way to go - who knew? :D
 1. That was what I had on my very first road bike, and even completely inexperienced me noticed the world of difference when I exchanged it (and a wad of cash) for my current bike after less than three months. The upside is that it accustomed me to the Campagnolo shifting mechanism, which of course is the only way a shifting mechanism should ever be designed.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 24, 2015, 08:47
https://twitter.com/James_Warrener/status/591488069829730305 (https://twitter.com/James_Warrener/status/591488069829730305)

Wedding Anniversary gift !!!
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on April 29, 2015, 15:57
The Monton Belgian style polo is down to about 13 EUR with small delivery charge if anyone was genuinely interested :)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on September 03, 2015, 18:19
Borrowed a quote from another thread that jogged my memory:

Nice. Just add one of those disposable clip on rear fenders and you've got a great all weather, all round bike.

I think the best reason to fit mudguards (fenders) is for the sake of one's ride buddies, and I almost always ride solo.

So my question is this: has anyone - or does anyone know someone who has - used one of these 'ass savers'? They seem cool (and cheap and no-maintenance) for keeping oneself a bit drier on a wet day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ_kl2bdkbY
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on September 03, 2015, 19:32
I have one, it's good. Doesn't stop your feet getting soaked though ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on September 03, 2015, 19:38
I want a funky saddle for my black Boardman. Red, grey or white. Comfortable rather than racy so more padding.

It's for short journeys and off-road pootling.

Any suggestions please?
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on September 03, 2015, 20:42
I want a funky saddle for my black Boardman. Red, grey or white. Comfortable rather than racy so more padding.

It's for short journeys and off-road pootling.

Any suggestions please?

Not sure about non-racing saddles. If colour is important though, perhaps visit http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycle/saddles-seat-posts/ and select from the colour swatch.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on September 03, 2015, 21:12
Soft and forgiving but not too soft or forgiving is what I want. Good for gravel and dirt tracks but also good if I want to do a 30 miler once every so often. The Boardman saddle isn't bad, I just fancy a new one which isn't black. Was wondering if anyone had tried the Selle Italia X1 X-Cross or similar rather than the hard as nails racing saddles
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on September 04, 2015, 07:46
Soft and forgiving but not too soft or forgiving is what I want. Good for gravel and dirt tracks but also good if I want to do a 30 miler once every so often. The Boardman saddle isn't bad, I just fancy a new one which isn't black. Was wondering if anyone had tried the Selle Italia X1 X-Cross or similar rather than the hard as nails racing saddles

Oddly enough, I find Selle Italia saddles a bit soft. My Wilier has one and I still haven't gotten quite used to it. I have looked at several models in recent times because of that: I wanted to see if others in the range were the same. They're not.

The Fizik on my Look is definitely the hardest saddle I've ever ridden! :lol
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: stereojet on September 04, 2015, 09:23
I've used the Selle Italia C2 for a while and really like it. Have a white one with a cutout (can't remember the model at the mo) that isn't quite doing it for me though.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on September 04, 2015, 11:07
I had a Fizik Gobi on a Bianchi Pista via Brera steel single-speed until last year which was pretty hard. I also had a C2 which was like rock, so got rid of it very quickly.

Just bought the X-Cross anyway, should arrive in the next few days, supposed to have extra padding and be suitable for cross country so should in theory be perfect.

You see I don't wear my bibs when I'm pootling or doing my catsitting, so needs to be a bit more appropriate.

Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: stereojet on September 04, 2015, 11:22

You see I don't wear my bibs when I'm pootling or doing my catsitting, so needs to be a bit more appropriate.



Nor me. I guess I have a rock-hard bum, because I find the C2 very comfy.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on September 04, 2015, 12:57
Nor me. I guess I have a rock-hard bum, because I find the C2 very comfy.

I read somewhere that, to a point (although hopefully not literally), the firmer the saddle the more comfortable it will be. I wonder if that's true.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: stereojet on September 04, 2015, 15:08
That also depends on whether you've got the right width. A firm saddle that doesn't rest on your sitbones would be a right, er, pain in the arse....
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on September 04, 2015, 17:19
I read somewhere that, to a point (although hopefully not literally), the firmer the saddle the more comfortable it will be. I wonder if that's true.
Got nothing to compare with on real bikes - since I always use relatively firm saddles anyhow (Rolls, Flite or more recently Ritchey WCS are the only saddles I've ever used).

That said, I do find the sofas padded, wide saddles that they put on the spin bikes in the gym at work to be bloody horrible! Takes me nearly half way through my first week of swing before I can ride without cramping my arse ... (Width also makes for chaffed inner thighs...) :S :S :S
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on September 04, 2015, 17:44
Borrowed a quote from another thread that jogged my memory:

I think the best reason to fit mudguards (fenders) is for the sake of one's ride buddies, and I almost always ride solo.


Coming from a part of the world that makes where you live look about as dry as the middle of the Sahara, I'd honestly say that, anyone who  thinks that they want to fit mudguards/fenders to their bike, doesn't actually need them.

The reason I say that is that, in a really wet part of the world (like the entire western side of NZ) statistically it rains every second day, year round and you can get days of rain in any month that has a vowel in it' s name.

In that environment, you quickly get to the point where you either have mudguards on year round - which is seriously uncool in summer - or you just get used to getting wet and getting a face full of "Belgian toothpaste" ...
And in saying that, my home town was a service town for the dairy industry ... with the expected result in terms of road surfaces where we trained ... so yes, I am fully aware of the potential unpleasantness of riding in a group without mudguards ...  :o

So, I'd say - save the money and put it to something worthwhile - like an upgrade from Chorus to Super Record (mechanical, of course) ...  :cool ;)

The only exception that I'd make to that "rule" is one from where I now live.

Mudguards - or I guess I should call them fenders, since I'm talking about Canada - are essential in the snow, on the front wheel at least. A long guard, preferably with a mudflap drastically reduces how much snow, salt, grit and general crud accumulates on your chainrings, cranks and brackets - which stops freeze up and helps to keep the number of chain changes over winter to a minimum. A rear one may stops a bit of accumulation on the frame, which stops the salt attacking the frame.

Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: irondan on September 04, 2015, 18:15
I want a funky saddle for my black Boardman. Red, grey or white. Comfortable rather than racy so more padding.

It's for short journeys and off-road pootling.

Any suggestions please?
I bought a Sella SMP Lite 109 for my fat ass and love it. I love the comfort that this particular design gives me. Sella has the same design with more padding in other models too. It's definately worth testing. imo  :cool
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on September 04, 2015, 18:30
... getting a face full of "Belgian toothpaste" ...

A fascinating post, topped off by this, of which I had never heard until now! :lol :P
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on September 04, 2015, 19:21
A fascinating post, topped off by this, of which I had never heard until now! :lol :P

As I have been told on many an occasion, I'm in my element when I'm talking (about) sh*t ...   :cool :cool :cool

 ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Joelsim on September 04, 2015, 20:38
I bought a Sella SMP Lite 109 for my fat ass and love it. I love the comfort that this particular design gives me. Sella has the same design with more padding in other models too. It's definately worth testing. imo  :cool

Looks very nice indeed, but then I saw the price :0

Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: LukasCPH on September 07, 2015, 22:47
So my question is this: has anyone - or does anyone know someone who has - used one of these 'ass savers'? They seem cool (and cheap and no-maintenance) for keeping oneself a bit drier on a wet day.
I have one, haven't installed it yet though. Looks like a good concept though: If, like me, you can get one thrown at you for free, take it! ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on September 08, 2015, 11:18
I have one.

Ideal for use on your own and not getting a line up the back of your jersey, not so good in the group ride.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: irondan on September 09, 2015, 00:27
Looks very nice indeed, but then I saw the price :0
Yes, they're very expensive seats. I was having some numbness and other "issues" with my old seat so the money I spent to alleviate these problems was well worth it to me.  ;)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Russell Martin on July 06, 2017, 13:18
I need a better saddle. It takes me about 14 days for my butt to adjust to my bike every spring after not riding because of winter.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 24, 2017, 13:25
Got another Prologo Kappa from P-X in the sale the other week. Lovely pad.

In other news, does anyone run Gator Skinz and are they a worthwhile winter tyre?
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on March 26, 2018, 19:31
I bought a bell today. I think you will understand when I write that I know now how folks probably felt in the 50s when buying condoms at a pharmacy.

(https://www.bbbwebshop.nl/2409-large_default/fietsbel-mini-bbb-16.jpg)

I was lurking around the vicinity of the counter, waiting for a quiet moment to pay without being seen by anyone except the manager, who had the manner and appearance of a particularly censorious undertaker.

Just when I thought it was safe to approach, as if to buy my own headstone, a bald mechanic from #ag2r swung in first with a barrage of difficult questions about tools. The cheek! This was the parts and accessories desk, tools were at the other end of the store!

I retired to the safety of a row of Ridleys like a glum gollum and awaited another opportunity to break cover.

Eventually I got my chance but not before a pair of Danish U23 riders had asked about the availability of a particular model of Bianchi. It seems that one of them had totalled his at a race last weekend and needed to replace it or else his trip to Belgium was over already.

It transpires that installing a bell on a bike is actually a legal requirement in Belgium. Like most of the laws here though, people tend to ignore it. For me, however, it is becoming essential now that the organised hiking season is about the start. Most hikers like to walk up hills, down dales and alongside rivers but Belgian ramblers seem to prefer monopolising bike paths...
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Kiwirider on March 27, 2018, 15:35
I bought a bell today.

You what??? How could you??? No wonder you felt more than a litte dirty doing so!!!

I hear your point about walkers on bike paths ... but there are countless other options before resorting to a bell.
For example, the Persians had a good idea for an axle attachment that I think could work on a bike with minimal retrofitting ...

(https://alchetron.com/cdn/scythed-chariot-77be71c5-c904-4e44-adc1-10e46e4d50f-resize-750.jpeg)
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: L'arri on March 27, 2018, 16:25
You what??? How could you??? No wonder you felt more than a litte dirty doing so!!!

I hear your point about walkers on bike paths ... but there are countless other options before resorting to a bell.
For example, the Persians had a good idea for an axle attachment that I think could work on a bike with minimal retrofitting ...

(https://alchetron.com/cdn/scythed-chariot-77be71c5-c904-4e44-adc1-10e46e4d50f-resize-750.jpeg)

god yes, a pair of bladed QRs like that would be marvellous ... and aero!
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Caruut on March 27, 2018, 17:20
I hear your point about walkers on bike paths ... but there are countless other options before resorting to a bell.

My preferred option is to just say the words "ring ring". Most British people seem to accept that as equivalent to an actual bell without complaining.
Title: Re: what's your next purchase ?
Post by: Zam on April 12, 2018, 18:44
Giant Hybrid