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by rfryer
24 Apr 2019, 4:49pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Vitus Energie VR
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Vitus Energie VR

Thanks for the suggestion about getting a second set of wheels, that's stupidly good value when compared with £50 for an XD driver.

And just when I'd decided I could live without a fast-wearing 10T sprocket on this bike!
by rfryer
24 Apr 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Vitus Energie VR
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Vitus Energie VR

I've not seen any endorsements - I came across Vitus while googling for a bike with the right spec, at the right price. Vitus is probably the least prestigious bike brand that I have bought, others are Genesis, Moulton, Specialized, Brompton, Rose & Planet X. I had no great expectations, but hav...
by rfryer
23 Apr 2019, 1:20pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Vitus Energie VR
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Vitus Energie VR

This thread is for the initial impressions of my Vitus Energie VR cyclo-cross bike, bought from Wiggle. My motivation for getting it was that I wanted a winter bike. I'd been using my best road bike over the last few months on club rides, including evenings, and was getting tired of badly fitting mu...
by rfryer
18 Apr 2019, 3:22am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Good review, Gaz. I bought one as well after you shared the link, and your impressions match mine. I also bought a scatter-gun light at the same time, thinking it would be a good full beam to pair with the Icon's dip. That's much more of a "wow" light in terms of power, and value (includes...
by rfryer
14 Apr 2019, 8:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update
Replies: 303
Views: 44770

Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2019 update

I thought this was worth a punt when I saw it yesterday, price has dropped a few pence since then. B&M Ixon IQ Premium <£24 . Not arrived yet. Bought primarily for occasional use on my folder, although it may also become primary back-up for my commuter's dynamo set up. Thanks for the link, got ...
by rfryer
5 Apr 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Dura Ace, Ritchey, Brooks, Columbus, Panaracer, Sugino, more
Replies: 6
Views: 2050

Re: Dura Ace, Ritchey, Brooks, Columbus, Panaracer, Sugino, more

What model is the 11-42 cassette, and how much use has it had?
by rfryer
4 Apr 2019, 7:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?
Replies: 53
Views: 1395

Re: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?

I see this as a counter example to the dehumanising of cyclists. By referring to the cyclists, rather than the bikes, it makes it clear that there was a human element to the incident, rather than just some bent metal. However, it's a good example of the dehumanising of motorists, who apparently had ...
by rfryer
2 Apr 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?
Replies: 53
Views: 1395

Re: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?

Her linked story takes you to Dame Sarah Storey suggesting that we have separate words for sports and utility cyclists. I don't have a problem with that in terms of enriching the language. However, the motivation is that "cyclists" are being demonised. In that context it's not helpful to f...
by rfryer
2 Apr 2019, 8:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise

Some good thoughts there, unfortunately I didn't have any time to investigate at the weekend. I'll have a play this weekend, see if I can get any music out of my sprockets :D One it had happened a few times I was pretty sure it wasn't a problem.I was just curious about whether it was the new normal,...
by rfryer
2 Apr 2019, 8:33am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A red rag to the motoring lobby
Replies: 100
Views: 5903

Re: A red rag to the motoring lobby

I'm astonished at the emergency override function just in case some twit speeds up while over taking. If that happens then one should abort the manoeuvre and pull back in, and not fling themselves head first ever faster and faster into danger. In any case, if lorry drivers are owt to go by most mot...
by rfryer
2 Apr 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise

Thanks for the replies. I meant when changing to a higher gear, or smaller sprocket. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it has typically been mid cassette. I was wondering if it was something to do with the clutch mechanism on the derailleur, occasionally. I've never noticed this on conventional gearset...
by rfryer
1 Apr 2019, 11:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise
Replies: 6
Views: 247

SRAM Rear Derailleur Noise

Hi, I've just got a bike with a SRAM Rival 1x11 groupset, and an 11-36 cassette. I'm really liking the shifting, and the quietness of the drivechain. However, I've noticed that when changing up, I occasionally hear a "ting" from the rear end, rather than the usual, reassuring "clunk&q...
by rfryer
24 Mar 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass - am I overreacting or should I take a stand ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3811

Re: Close pass - am I overreacting or should I take a stand ?

As somebody else on this forum has said in the past, it can be effective to contact the company without mentioning the video evidence in the first instance. Once the driver has had an opportunity to deny any wrongdoing to his management, and they've fobbed you off, you can come up with the evidence....
by rfryer
17 Mar 2019, 7:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What should we have in our bunkhouse
Replies: 50
Views: 9543

Re: What should we have in our bunkhouse

The perfect item for the job is a drying cabinet, such as this. I'm staying in Finland at the moment, and every cabin has one fitted. It's great for drying wet gear after a day's skiing, as well as drying the washing.

Unfortunately, they are like hen's teeth in the UK.
by rfryer
12 Mar 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: coffee machines and grinding coffee beans
Replies: 54
Views: 4350

Re: coffee machines and grinding coffee beans

Moka pots (not only Bialetti - Spain's Lacor seem pretty good too) are far better than an aeropress IMO, plus without the risk of the catastrophic "aeromess" already mentioned. I've not had better coffee than moka short of an espresso machine and those have their own drawbacks too. My opi...