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Postby Andrew G » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:32 pm

How do I...? Where is…? Does anyone…?

Some of the useful bits and pieces that crop up throughout the forum from time to time linked to from one handy place.

Web pages and sites full of answers and useful information, some nice bits of exotica for those final touches, and some of the local photographer’s websites so you can purchase that lovely action shot where you look just sooo good darlings.

If you have any links (web or Forum posts with useful info) you would like to add please PM the details to me and I’ll edit the post & add them to the appropriate section. Thanks.

Maintenance & Tech Stuff

Chain Length – can also link to Cyclingnews other maintenance and repair guides from here.

Repairing cut tyres – 5th post in this thread.

MrPVT’s excellent tub repair service – see here

RichV’s superb tub fitting guide

Sheldon Brown’s wheel building guide as recommended by ACC’s very own wheel building Guru Grahame.

Sheldon’s tips for identifying creaks and groans (from your bike, not your legs).

Sheldon’s guide for removing stuck seatposts.

Shifting and Indexing – Want to run a mix of Campagnolo, Shimano or SRAM components and need to know how to set it up? Try looking here:
Wheelworks quick and easy method to calculate indexed gear compatability.
The CTC’s excellent article on indexing and set up with a mixture of components.
This shiftmate could be what you’re after if you are mixing Campagnolo Ergos and Shimano rear derailleur (A touring practice to give low MTB gearing at the back but hidden cables up front to leave space for a bar bag).

Highpath Engineering site also contains a host of useful info, including details on the Marchisio cassette – Handy if you want to run Campagnolo on a Shimano freehub, or vice versa, or to create your own cassette with your own ratios where you can replace individual sprockets.

Park Tools excellent How To guides.

Audax UK guide to Lights – You’ll want them in the dark. May be a bit outdated in some areas but still useful info.

This will tell you how fast you went how far in etc.


Travelling in Europe by Train (Often a better option than flying) – Andrew G’s guide/experience on travelling from London to Riccione(Italy) via Eurostar, night train, and Italia Rail services. Includes the links and info you’ll want on how to find what you want and where to buy it.
As a footnote I went again this year and flew to Bologna and then got an internal Italian train from there. Far easier and cheaper than using the train in the UK to get to Stanstead (to fly to a nearer airport in Italy). I bought the ticket when I got there to save on the commission charge from the UK agent, the best option if you have time and don’t need to pre-book and link up trains. You can still use the sites in the above link to view the timetables before you leave home.

The CTC is a great resource for travel info, bike insurance, and general campaigning for cycling rights. A great organisation to support and join. Being a member will also give you 3rd party insurance which is needed to take part in Club Runs and other ACC cycling activities.


This should help provide you with some links with useful info and advice.
British Cycling – Governing body and where you need to go to get a race licence. Have a nose around and it often answers your questions.
Dr, Toks Crystal Palace tips for new racers and 4th cats here
Cycling Time Trials – Governing body of UK Time Trialling. This will give you details about the sport, events, courses, and the entry form which you need to download and complete to enter Open events.
TT Talk notes - Hopefully a bit of a catch-all of info.
Surrey League – The Surrey League website for all of their road races (open roads rather than criteriums) – calendar, results, how to join etc.
SERRL – As per Surrey League but for the South East Road Race League – Hillier courses.
London Women's Cycle Racing League
London Cyclo Cross League
London South District Blog Our time trial district’s blog which will give updates on course changes, organiser amendments etc
London South District TT Course info – Details of the courses in our district. Some are incomplete and only have the brief detail, others have the full course details.

Exotica & Finishing Touches

Your name on your frame – Graphics

Purely Custom Custom carbon bottle cages, steerer caps etc from the US.

Hubjub do some nice stuff for your fixie.

Want something special made out of carbon fibre (custom chainrings etc) then try – Fibre-lyte

Cycling Innovations in the US sell the Colour coded jockey wheels, bolts and finishing kit from Tiso.

Gorgeous things you don’t need but just want (carbon finishing touches, ceramic jockey wheels, and lightweight bling) – Fairwheel Bikes in the US.

Local Race Photographers

PJ Wright
DG Sackett
Mike Anton
Belinda Sinclair
Phil O’Connor’s Sportive shots
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Postby Ivor » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:49 am

Perhaps with our combined knowledge we can produce a complete set of routes for the local TT courses.

ooh I can get a sticker with my name on it.....
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Postby Elliot M » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:20 pm

Andrew G wrote:Exotica & Finishing Touches

Your name on your frame – Graphics

The real thing like wot the pros use, from the US:
Victory Circle Graphix

Lightweight exotica from Germany (Tune, Syntace, Dt Swiss, etc)
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Postby Will » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:03 am

Here's a site with some good maintenance info. It includes videos too.

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Postby Andrew G » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:08 am

Not on my bike. The first link is the one John L has and the 2nd one from Elliot Jon A has.
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Postby marco » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:52 pm

I've culled some of the less relevant posts posts in this thread to keep it compact and easy to navigate

can we only have useful posts with links in here please to keep up the momentum of Andrew's good work . thanks.

Edit: Also http://bikesy.co.uk for tracking down hard to find kit
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Postby Andrew G » Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:15 pm

Club Kit Repairs
Why buy a new skinsuit when you can get Alex to fix that broken zip for you :D

Hello, im a cyclist with the Speedwell BC, some of your members may know of me already from racing.

I am also a seamstress, with over 20 years of experience in the trade, AND i do kit alterations

This includes repairs, new zips, pockets, chamois,all sorts, not only am I very reasonably priced but very quick AND postage for kit is cheap so please forward my details to all your club members,thanks!

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Postby MJ_1993 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:23 am

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/grou ... 2533966198

and i believe thats the link for the ACC facebook group.
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Postby nick de meyer » Fri May 15, 2009 2:43 pm

what forums etc are good for keeping up to date with cycling? i know of bike radar are there any others that are good?
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Postby Dan_K » Fri May 15, 2009 3:13 pm

Bike Radar's good for general stuff, as is Cycling Weekly:


For up to date racing news and other stuff:


Sportive events etc:

Check out my blog: Aspiring Rouleur
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Postby Andrew G » Mon May 18, 2009 7:48 pm

Forum wise for TTs then http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/ is useful. Any question you have can probably be answered here and the event and course section is useful for some maps but also if you ask about a course then you'll get helpful, and some unhelpful :D , responses. Otherwise http://www.veloriders.co.uk/phpBB2/index.php covers a lot of areas.
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