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by LondonBikeCommuter
29 Jul 2013, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A touring Amateur asks...
Replies: 19
Views: 3065

A touring Amateur asks...

Having recently moved from Swindon I'm now cycle commuting from north London into the city 5 days a week. Over the past 18 months I've been on long days rides (about 100-120 miles) either on home to home loops or out, stay at a B&B then back home next day. I'm now looking at taking it to the nex...
by LondonBikeCommuter
29 Jul 2013, 5:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike around Britain
Replies: 36
Views: 9798

Re: Bike around Britain

jam_har wrote:Hi,
I'm setting off on 01 May (next Wednesday) to cycle around the coast of Britain in 3 months


Would love to know how your getting on with and your thoughts on the how the Akto is performing as a cycle touring tent.
by LondonBikeCommuter
28 Jul 2013, 7:37pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Akto size
Replies: 6
Views: 828

Akto size

Am thinking of getting a Hilleberg Akto but am having trouble finding out if it will easily fit (tent pole!) into an Ortlieb Back Roller Plus pannier.
Anyone have an answer?
Thanks
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 10:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

Wow! thanks got enough now to be thinking about... looking to pop in to LBS tomorrow lunch time to get something.
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

Pedals vary from regular double sided (or even 4 sided with the Eggbeater) for quick clip-in, single sided for less weight, clip-side/flat-side for use with normal shoes or boots as well. I think I've been offered a 'great deal' on some Eggbeaters which are 'really easy to use' but have been told t...
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

freeflow wrote:You want shimano A530 pedals or something similar. These are the spd system and are eminently suitable for the type of riding you have described.

yes seems like SPD system is getting most peoples vote. Are there varing systems with in SPD i.e SPD-SL and SPD M530?
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

Mick F wrote:If you leave home and go for a ride, then get home ...... or go from A to B without wanting to go for walks, the best thing you can do is use clipless road pedals. Loads of support, light and simple.

which model would you recommend?
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 8:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

If you do in fact decide to go clipless (and I never ride without clipless pedals) there are a few different options. correct me if I'm wrong but are there 2/3? types of clips which would be the first decision. SO if I went with a Shimano double sided pedals I couldn't use a Look? KEO? clip less sh...
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Re: Clueless about clipless

Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=46706&hilit=+clipless

Just skimming that has made my head hurt!
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Jul 2013, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clueless about clipless
Replies: 53
Views: 3506

Clueless about clipless

My bike didn't come with pedals so the shop put some cheap generic ones on till i made the decision as to which clipless pair to buy/use. The time has come to make that decision and I'm still none the wiser about which system to go for. During the week I commute in London approx. 17 miles a day and ...
by LondonBikeCommuter
23 Apr 2013, 6:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New London cycle commuter
Replies: 36
Views: 2536

Re: New London cycle commuter

Tourers are faster than you think. I had a race with a guy on a Cube Agree road bike on the way home tonight. He ramped it up to 26mph, but I was still there, sat on his wheel. The only time the weight comes in to play is if it's hilly and London is mostly flat. My son rides in London and is curren...
by LondonBikeCommuter
22 Apr 2013, 7:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New London cycle commuter
Replies: 36
Views: 2536

Re: New London cycle commuter

Providing you've got somewhere secure to leave it, then i'd go for a quality touring bike, something like a Ridgeback Panorama or a Dawes Super or Ultra Galaxy. I have 3 bikes, but my Panorama is my preferred choice on my commute. Have replied to Big T but will reply to others here as well. The rea...
by LondonBikeCommuter
21 Apr 2013, 4:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New London cycle commuter
Replies: 36
Views: 2536

New London cycle commuter

Will be moving to London shortly so in anticipation will be buying a new bike as I intend to commute to and from work a 17.5 mile round trip. Budget is £2000. Yes to a lot of people that might seem a lot of money but to put it into context a yearly 1-3 zone travelCard is about £1500 and at the end o...