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GrahamP

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Nov 2019
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    Direct link to the survey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/movemen­tstrategy1

    Note there's a couple of gotcha questions about "prioritising walking" - if you want them to prioritise walking and cycling you need to be careful answering these!

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    Do you live on a council-owned estate? Camden have plenty of on-street hangars but I think estates are a different department who may have a different view.

    I would never put a nice bike in bike hangar - they’re one step up from leaving it locked up outdoors. They keep the rain off and prevent casual vandalism, but that’s about it.

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    It’s very rare for someone to do a club ride on anything other than a drop bar road bike. You do see the occasional flat bar road bike/hybrid but that’s as exotic as it gets. I have a very well-travelled 6 speed Brompton and have never done a club ride on it (though I have done the 200 km Great Escape on it).

    I think you might be ok on the Intro ride, but only if you can keep up with the group and only if you intended to switch to a road bike in due course.

    I say that because club rides work best when everyone rides in a tight group at a well matched pace and I think having a bike of such a different shape and with different speed characteristics makes that much harder.

    (If you want to do longer/social rides on your Brompton, can I point you towards London Brompton Club on Facebook)

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    Looks rather nice.

    However, it does seem to suffer from the same problem other price comparison sites do, which is when you search even super-popular products, you get a sea of fuzzy matching products and then have to do most of the work yourself.

    The only site I've seen that breaks this pattern is Camera Price Buster, which seems to have a manually-managed product list rather than one created by scraping the retailers, and it results in infinitely better results pages. Compare Sony RX10 with Shimano BBR60.

    I hope this is useful feedback.

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    Just click the Request to Join button. It'll be approved in due course.

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    The signals are covered in the Group Riding Guide.

    (Note you can largely ignore section 3 for rides outside Regent's Park)

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    Normal club route to Swain's Lane is along Pemberton Gardens and Bickerton Road, which is a nice warmup hill. Depending on how much traffic you fancy you might want to go through Finsbury Park (the park) in both directions and use Hanley Road / Marlborough Road to reach Holloway Road.

    In Highgate you might as well start from the very end of Parkland Walk on Holmesdale Road nearer Highgate station, which definitely has a ramp (the entrance you've chosen might be steps, can't remember). Parkland Walk is unpaved so if it's been raining it'll be muddy, but probably traversable.

    If you're going up Mott Street, you should continue to the High Beech tea hut for cheap coffee and Battenberg (keep going straight on at the crossroads, it's at the far end of the car park).

    Other than that, looks pretty good.

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    I think my point is that if you've not done a lot riding it can be hard knowing what kind of riding you want to do or what you really want, and it's best not to blow all your money on something that's not quite right.

    One of things I learnt is that I needed to spend a lot more to get a bike I was happy with. I think the Clive needs to budget a bit more if he's planning this bike as a long term investment, as he's currently falling into the pricepoint void between cheap entry-level bikes (<£500) and properly nice bikes (>£1000).

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    What are you riding now?

    I'd buy your first road bike on the assumption you'll be switching to something else within a year. You can get some amazing bargains secondhand.

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    Very nice!

    And I've just seen your post on Reddit (where I only lurk) - the stroke on the 105 levers is adjustable. Lift up the front of the hood above the 105 logo and there's a tiny screw in a dark hole in the centre, which you can tighten with a 2mm allen key to push the lever closer to the drop bar.

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