20 January 2017 - 11:46am
Tyre size confusion
Recently, I tried to swap tyres from my day-to-day road bike to a veteran bike I use only occasionally. It led me into a tyre sizing minefield. I checked your website, which told me that ISO 25-630 was a smaller diameter than 32-622. But when I tried to put a tyre from one bike, with an ISO stamp of 32-622, onto a wheel where the existing tyre was marked 25-630, it was too small. Am I missing something?
20 January 2017 - 11:43am
The front mech of my 2007 Trek Pilot 1.0, a Shimano FD-2203 triple, is getting a bit tired, with a lot of play in the main pivot. I can’t find a like-for-like replacement. I am using a 52-42-30 chainset with an 8-speed cassette. All the triple front mechs I have found are now suited to a maximum 50t chainring and, apparently, narrower chains.
20 January 2017 - 11:36am
Heart rate too low?
I’m struggling to get my heart rate into the target zones when I’m training. I take Propranolol 40mg twice a day prophylactic to reduce migraine. I understand it slows heart rate; my max HR has reduced and resting HR is 15-20 less than prior to taking medication. Will I ever be able to get into my zones again? I was able to reach them a few years ago when I wasn’t on beta blockers.
20 January 2017 - 11:33am
Better canti braking
My 1999 Dawes Galaxy has Shimano Deore M65T cantilever brakes. Originally the brake blocks were the replaceable insert type but these are no longer available, so I have been using either Shimano M65T brake shoes (rubber and holder all in one) or similar from Clarks. Touring heavily laden, I find these cantilever brakes really short on stopping power, particularly in the wet. Any advice on how I can improve the braking? I’m touring Norway soon and am a bit worried about those big descents!
20 January 2017 - 11:24am
I have twice experienced a very scary wheel wobble on my new carbon Cube Agree. It seems to occur on a fast descent (probaby over 30mph) when I am braking and steering through a relatively minor bend. I am 178cm tall and weigh about 73kg. I am a fairly experienced rider. Why does this happen, how common is it and what can I do to avoid it happening again? At the moment I do not feel confident on any major descent.
20 January 2017 - 11:20am
My daughter Nicole (aged 12) has Down’s Syndrome and loves to go out cycling with us as a family. For the last few years we have used a Piggy Back 24in-wheel trailer trike by Mission cycles. Now Nicole is getting older, we are thinking of investing in a tandem.
We don’t wish to buy a special disability tandem. It must be capable of going on a roof rack (for a tandem), and the front top tube should be low enough to allow my wife to ride out with Nicole, not just me.
20 January 2017 - 10:51am
I was cycling in Edinburgh recently and came across a lot of new tram tracks in the city center. In places, the road design obliged me to cross them at a shallow angle. Knowing the risks, I crossed them as perpendicularly as I could and avoided any mishap. But I understand that there have been many incidents of cyclists falling on these tram tracks, breaking both bones and bikes. Had I fallen too, what recourse would I have? Is the council liable?
20 January 2017 - 10:44am
DIY Touring gearing
I would like to build a ‘tracks and paths’ tourer with a double chainset (possibly 24-38) and bar-end shifters on drop bars, with a gear range of under 20in to over 90in. What’s the most effective way of achieving this? I don’t mind if it’s eight, nine or ten speed.
20 January 2017 - 10:38am
Rack and Ruin
The three-year-old frame of my electrically-assisted mountain bike cracked where the top tube meets the seat tube. The dealer and manufacturer replaced the frame. However, the dealer noticed I use a seatpost rack and suggested it could have been responsible. I use the bike for commuting, dropping off the odd kerb. I carry 6-10kg on the rack. Should I switch to a permanently mounted rack with stays attached to the frame?
20 January 2017 - 10:06am
A Tick-ing bomb?
I have been unable to cycle for 18 months now and may never cycle again because of Lyme disease. This is a tick-borne disease and I most likely caught the tick while mountain biking across moorland or in woods. It might be worth warning members to take precautions. (I’ll never wear shorts again.) This disease seems to be on the increase and can have serious consequences.
12 January 2017 - 11:29am
A guide to child trailers
Bike trailers for cycling with children can be one of the most useful cycling accessories available. Cycle trailers offer a huge amount of extra carrying capacity, both as a comfortable place to put children while you pedal them around and as a way to transport impressive amounts of less precious cargo, too. Cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains all.
11 January 2017 - 11:27am
6,000 say don't make innocent victims pay
Ask yourself, "Who is cheating who?" Is it the pedestrian or cyclist who just wants fair compensation when they're hit by a careless driver, or is someone trying to cheat them out of what's right, and fair? 6,000 of you agreed with us, and have told the government that road victims are real victims who shouldn't have their pockets picked to profit insurers.
11 January 2017 - 11:14am
Welsh local authorities start consulting on future cycle routes
As part of the next phase of the Active Travel (Wales) Act, local authorities across Wales are beginning to map the routes where future cycling and walking routes should be created. Cycling UK reports where it’s happening and how to get involved.
6 January 2017 - 5:46pm
Continental Top Contact Winter Tyre review
The Continental Top Contact Winter tyre is a foldable tyre with a micro-grip for when it gets cold and slippy. Cycling UK's Ian Taylor has been testing it for a few months to see how it performs as an alternative to studded tyres on a touring bike.
6 January 2017 - 11:47am
The history of Cycle magazine: 1878-1900
Did you know we've been publishing a version of our popular 'Cycle' magazine since 1878! Cycling UK's Historian Dr Sheila Hanlon takes a look back at the earliest editions of the magazine that was sent to members in the 19th century.