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General Chat Thread, Cycling to Work in General; Originally Posted by nicholab I just had a new bottom bracket, sks race blade longs and continental Gatorskin tires and ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    I just had a new bottom bracket, sks race blade longs and continental Gatorskin tires and a full service and my road bike feels amazing again.
    I get free servicing for 3 years

    Rob

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    Aldi Gloves - Not impressed TBH, Not very water proof and not very warm BUT not bad for <£5 I suppose

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    Cycle to work looks good until you factor in the fact that if you're after a new bike and time it right, you can usually buy last years model at a discount that's as good as the cycle to work scheme would offer. Without the paperwork, requirement to stay in the same job or the uncertainty about when the bike is actually yours. C2W was dreamed up by a committee of tax accountants with no idea how it would work in the real world. Taking vat off new bikes would have been much simpler.

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    It does have it's issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_G_R2 View Post
    Aldi Gloves - Not impressed TBH, Not very water proof and not very warm BUT not bad for <£5 I suppose
    Not tried them in the rain, but at least my fingers weren't white when I got into school this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_G_R2 View Post
    Aldi Gloves - Not impressed TBH, Not very water proof and not very warm BUT not bad for <£5 I suppose
    Is that the new type (on sale about a month back) or the old style ones that they have been selling for about 5 years now?
    The older ones I thought were fine and required waterproofing every now and again, but not had chance to try the new ones in the wet yet.
    As you said though, for less than £5 you can't really grumble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    As you said though, for less than £5 you can't really grumble.
    Well, I'm grumbling. I've added these to the 'cheap-and-not-very-good' drawer chock full of gloves which are cheap and not very good. When will I learn.

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    The new ones, just soaked up the rain last week.

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    it was -.4c according to the computer thismorning. My gloves a Lidl full finger onse. Not realy tried int eh rain yet to any big degree.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieM View Post
    Not tried them in the rain, but at least my fingers weren't white when I got into school this morning.
    Think I may find out this evening though (he says looking out of the window at the heavy black clouds).

    EDIT: Correction - Heavy rain and hail!
    Last edited by StevieM; 4th November 2013 at 01:24 PM.

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    I quite like my gloves, they are very good warm and water proof, got them for about £10 on ebay....These ones: Fox Gloves Not water proof as standard but I had a tin of spray on teflon which works really well

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Go to a shop and try a few helmets. Everyone's head is a different shape (within reason) and you need to try them to find a comfortable fit.

    As for a jacket, I use MountainLife Isodry jacket - fantastic. Make sure you get the cycling version, which is cut lower to keep
    your back/kidneys warm. Not too hot for a rainy summer day, yet windproof enough for subzero winters. I use it everyday in all weathers. It really is an excellent jacket, and very hard-wearing.
    Something like this:
    Outdoor Clothing | Skiwear, Waterproof Jackets, Walking Boots | Mountain Warehouse


    I was going to recommend the Altus NightVision - it's a good jacket, but it ripped quite easily when I fell off. If you don't fall off, you'll be fine with this.
    Just picked up one and am quite impressed so far

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    Aldi have got more bike specials coming at the end of the month:

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuy...-soon/cycling/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    Aldi have got more bike specials coming at the end of the month:

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuy...-soon/cycling/
    Will have to pop in on that one..

    I am waiting for the remaining stock of about 30 tool kits to drop below £10 currently at £15

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