A fun quiz for you. One thing that can make commuting via bicycle a more rewarding experience is – perhaps not too shockingly – having the right bike for the task. Of course, finding exactly which bike that is depends on many different variables, and there are probably many riders who could benefit from a change of ride.
The Bike Radar latest quiz attempts to work out exactly what type of bike we think you should be using for your commute. Simply answer six questions on your route and riding preferences and let us do all the work!
My personal choice is a mountain bike with panniers, I ride mainly along the promenade with some cycleway and road usage it is a five mile journey each way and I have to carry a laptop and paperwork each way. I find that the wider tyres and front suspension make it easier in the sometimes sandy conditions, in certain places I have to ride along a slope so the wider tyre also helps there.
Watch Hope’s new Pro 4 hubs being made a video on the MTR Website
Hope has added a new hub to its range of hubs, the Pro 4, and here’s a video of it being transformed from a simple billet of aluminium through to the shining, clicking freehub that’s likely to be seen (and heard) on bikes up and down the country.
As an engineer that served my apprenticeship in a production environment It’s truly fascinating to see how much work goes into each individual part and its great to see the dedication that each staff member has at each level of the production line. It’s no wonder Hope has machined itself a solid reputation for producing reliable components.
“So what’s new about the Pro 4?
Well to be honest it’s more a case of incremental improvements than a complete overhaul but Hope believes this new version is more reliable and compatible than ever before – after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The Pro 4 replaces the Pro 2 Evo and comes with a 10 per cent faster engagement due to its 44 teeth and four pawl ratchet system (giving engagement every 8.2 degrees). It is available in 135mm, 142m or 150mm diameters, to bring it up to date with the latest standards, and has a wider spoke flange to accommodate stiffer wheel builds.
The hub is available in six different colours including orange for the first time this year. Hope is providing a whole host of other options you can pick from to find the perfect hub for your ride and you can find more information here. Weights for a rear hub start at around 300 grams and increase from there depending on what you pick.
Thankfully Hope has promised that despite all the changes the click will sound exactly the same. A front hub will cost £67 and a rear hub £160.”
An interesting article on the Cycling North Wales website bringing together my favourite subjects local history, heritage railways and cycling (please click link to view full article on external website).
I currently ride along the Prestatyn to Dyserth track past Meliden in Denbighshire on a regular basis and would love to see more routes like this. Railway tracks by their nature have only slight inclines which makes for really good cycling.
“In 1995 a voluntary group called Clwyd Community Roots, based on the now famous Sustrans principles, set about creating a cycle way along the redundant track of the former Kinmel Railway. This ran for three miles from the main line at Kinmel Bay serving the Army training Camp at Kinmel Park during the first world war. With the cessation of hostilities it went on to carry limestone from the nearby St George quarries to the main line at Rhyl until their closure in 1964.
Local cycling activists.
Inspired by local activist and family doctor Stuart Anderson, Community Roots set about acquiring consents and funding around the year 2000. At the time it seen as the first example of a scheme such as this being established entirely by volunteers.
Invaluable support and guidance was provided by Mike Chown, one of the earlier pioneers of converting redundant rail tracks for cycling and walking. Despite cycling being key to the concept, and most of the members involved being cyclists themselves, objections to cycling were raised adjacent landed interests, and consent has never been obtained for its formal designation as a cycleway.
A Gain and a Sad Loss.
It did however win a Welsh Conservation 1st prize. Sadly not during the life of Simon McQuillan, one the founder members CCR, who died suddenly at home whilst construction work was taking place”