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    Looks like Sports Direct are having a sale on cycling clothing
    Cycling Clothing - Cycling - SportsDirect.com
    There are some nice jackets there for £12.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    They feel comfortable when I have tried them on. I am yet to give them a proper road test as I am waiting for my new pedals (Shimano M324 SPD/FLATS) to arrive but I will report back next week. I have heard good and bad things about them but for my first foray into clipless for £20 they will hopefully do the job. I think if when I get used to riding clipless I will upgrade to some decent shoes for an extra £10-20
    Don't forget to practice unclipping. Do it loads so you can do it really quickly when you need to - it needs to be instinctive. You will forget at some point and probably fall off at very low speed in front of lots of people. Persist, clipless pedals are a fantastic invention on and off road. I liken it to having about another leg's worth of power.

    Cheap shoes are fine ime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mats View Post
    Don't forget to practice unclipping. Do it loads so you can do it really quickly when you need to - it needs to be instinctive. You will forget at some point and probably fall off at very low speed in front of lots of people. Persist, clipless pedals are a fantastic invention on and off road. I liken it to having about another leg's worth of power.

    Cheap shoes are fine ime.
    Bitten the bullett and picked up a pair. Better quality than the Lidl ones from a few years back. Only gripe is the laces over long IMO.

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    Lidl are doing cycling gear on the 11th July: Our Offers - Thursday, 11.07. - Lidl UK
    Not much of a selection, but the jacket looks good if you don't already have a lightweight summer jacket.

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    LOL! Aldi are also doing cycling gear on Sunday the 7th: https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuy...buys-7th-july/
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    I also notice they have the large bike toolkit for £19.95 and GT85 spray for £2.99 (it's usually £4-£5 a tin that stuff).

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    I got a Bike on Cycle to work a couple of weeks back, been using it for leisure and my 2M cycle to work. ( more for the leisure )

    Cycle to work makes it very attractive.

    done 170miles in 9 days so far on the new bike

    Also bought some gear from alid, it's not bad.

    Because it's only 2 miles and mostly down hill, I put my cycling vest over my shirt, and just change into my trousers at work...

    Rob

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    anyone on

    mapmyride ?

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    I live onsite where I work and wouldn't mind a bike right now. Think the school would have any objections to me asking to sign up?

    Looking for a cheapish beginner MTB bike, cheaper the better. Decathlon Rockrider and Carrera Vulcan good choices to maybe go with?

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    Depends on how freindly your school is, technicaly you need to ride it to work mostly. But nobody checks up on this and it makes no odds to the school.

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    Seeing as the nights are drawing in and the mornings are getting darker, anyone have any recommendations for bicycle lights? I want some quite low profile and discreet, but to also be nice and bright too.

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    Lights? I think the best is the Philips LBL (LED Bike Light) - the 80 lumen battery version. It's a proper bike light, it shines a properly shaped beam, like a motorcycle light, not a ball of light like an ordinary torch. I bought one three years ago, cost £99 but don't regret a penny. I've wasted money on ultra bright ebay specials only for them to fail.

    I normally ride on unlit canal paths, but on the odd occasion when I use the road I find that other traffic seem to see you as a vehicle (rather than 'just a bike') as the light tends to give that impression.

    Don't fall into the trap of looking up lumen charts and comparing torches this way.

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...LED-bike-light
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    .. but if you do want lots of lumens, search ebay for "t6 bike light". At £20ish I think I'm going to have to give them a go.

    Mat

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    I'd also recommend some of the cheapo non-branded Cree lights off amazon marketplace or ebay to be honest. I bought this last year and can't believe how bright it is for the money.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's only £20 so if it fails after a few months it's no big deal but mine's lasted over a year so far.
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    Over a year later and I never got round to trying this due to a bike with dodgy gears and no real idea how much longer it'd take to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    I'd also recommend some of the cheapo non-branded Cree lights off amazon marketplace or ebay to be honest. I bought this last year and can't believe how bright it is for the money.

    Pellor 4 Mode 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Outdoor Sports Light HeadLamp White: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Outdoors

    It's only £20 so if it fails after a few months it's no big deal but mine's lasted over a year so far.
    AKA £30 with postage.

    I see that's a single LED light. Does it give a decent spread of light or is it all concentrated in one spot? Currently weighing up single vs multi led lights. Runtime? Do cars coming the other way flash their lights at you?



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