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General Chat Thread, Cycling to Work in General; What's everyone do about insuring their bikes? Just bought mine today and think it may be worth insuring against theft ...
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    What's everyone do about insuring their bikes? Just bought mine today and think it may be worth insuring against theft seeings as its cost me a fair bit.

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    I don't have mine insured (it's not worth that much) I do have a pretty hefty lock though

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    Does anyone else wear bibbed shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Does anyone else wear bibbed shorts?
    For riding 2 miles to work? No, normal clothes. I will admit to lycra for big rides though.

    Locks - nothing special for the work / hack bike. D lock + cable lock + careful selection of time & place for locking up + on home insurance mtb / posher road bike.

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    I used to cycle in normal cloths but I ruined the trousers to quickly. Why do not make trousers that are stronger in the seat?

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    10 miles in 10 miles out, good quality cycles gear.

    I take in a couple of weeks worth of shirts by bus and take the dirty ones home every day. Replenish as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Does anyone else wear bibbed shorts?
    I use Muddy Fox padded ... things, not very elegant at my age but comfortable for the 12 mile run in.

    Insurance no, - I stash my bike in my office when I cycle to work and carry a fairly decent padlock to hopefully deter casual thieves if I do leave it parked up.

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    I use padded cycling shorts,

    No insurance as ill just get a new bike. its not worth insuring it.

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    I just wear normal clothes with a cycling jacket/fluorescent waterproof cycling jacket depending on the weather as I only have a 4.5 mile ride into work. If it was longer I may invest in cycling pants, but I'm pretty sure there are laws preventing legs like mine being seen in such clothing.

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    What you need is Ronhill Bikester DBX cycling trousers (the unlined version). Extraordinarily hard-wearing, they will last for years.

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    Chain oil

    I've been reading up on cycle chain oils recently. There are hugely differing views on what works and what doesn't, some advocate thin agents like WD-40 or GT85, others shriek in horror at this suggestion. I've tried some of the fancy boutique oils and have been unimpressed.

    Here's an interesting bit of research on chain oils
    Comparison of chain lubes

    The initial result shows that the test with WD-40 provides the lowest friction. However, in further tests, the WD-40 is not durable and should not be used as a lube.

    The winner (in this admittedly small sample) was also the cheapest - the venerable 3-in-1 oil. Yes, the stuff you buy in pound shops.
    Comparison of chain lubes

    Well, that research is good enough for me, so I'm back on the 3-in-1.

    Tip - to check a chain is properly lubed, gently run you finger under the chain. You should see that the rollers in between the links should turn freely - if they don't, you chain is not functioning properly and you are wearing out your sprockets. Free-spinning rollers are essential to prevent wear.

    Dirt is the killer. Never oil a dirty chain, always clean it as best you can before oiling. Remember, grinding paste is made from oil and grit. To prevent the chain becoming a dirt magnet after oiling, always wipe away excess oil with a rag before use.
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    As for chains, I found this:

    Cycling to Work-chain-wear.jpg

    http://www.cantitoeroad.com/chains

    A chain should be changed before it reaches 1% 'stretch'.

    http://youtu.be/RGjcD8xEu8o
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    Aldi have cycling gear on sale at the moment guys/girls worth checking out just got myself some SPD shoes, padded casual shorts, rain jacket and computer which gives speed distance etc

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    Are the Shoes any good for the price? Tried the Lidl ones a few years back and they were very poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_G_R2 View Post
    Are the Shoes any good for the price? Tried the Lidl ones a few years back and they were very poor.
    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

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