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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby willy b » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:39 am

Rolf - I'm thinking about a pair of Veloflex gum wall tyres. You rate them then?

I'll redress the balance and post my piece of crap:
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:42 pm

willy b wrote:Rolf - I'm thinking about a pair of Veloflex gum wall tyres. You rate them then?


I just got an email telling me Ribble have got the 25mm gum walled Veloflex masters back in stock (and at a decent price too). I want to try them but most got the feedback I've seen is that they gum sidewall is more delicate than the black.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby willy b » Mon Jun 10, 2013 13:31 pm

Asprilla wrote:
willy b wrote:Rolf - I'm thinking about a pair of Veloflex gum wall tyres. You rate them then?


I just got an email telling me Ribble have got the 25mm gum walled Veloflex masters back in stock (and at a decent price too). I want to try them but most got the feedback I've seen is that they gum sidewall is more delicate than the black.


Ta for that.

After going away for Ultremos because of puncture protection i'm a little unsure about these...

Also, how light! The record is only 140g each...

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Rolf F » Mon Jun 10, 2013 21:50 pm

willy b wrote:Rolf - I'm thinking about a pair of Veloflex gum wall tyres. You rate them then?


Only been out the once - and I've not ridden the Look in ages so I may have been all over excited about the bike but I thought they were excellent - and that's with Vittoria Ultralite butyls rather than latex tubes (due to one of the Challenge ones I ordered being defective). They certainly gave a great ride.

Asprilla wrote:I just got an email telling me Ribble have got the 25mm gum walled Veloflex masters back in stock (and at a decent price too). I want to try them but most got the feedback I've seen is that they gum sidewall is more delicate than the black.


The Veloflex tyres are made differently to normal tyres - the contact surface (ie the black bit on the gum walled ones) is glued to the carcasse so it doesn't get vulcanised hence doesn't lose suppleness. On that basis, unless the construction is different, the only extra strength in the sidewall of the Corsa (black walled) version would be in the pigment!

I nearly used the Look on Sundays club ride and was glad I didn't - in the group I hit a rock in the road square on and it hit both tyres pinch puncturing the rear. I did wonder how well the Veloflex would have survived that - the Ultremo on the Ribble was fine.

I think basically I'd say they are much nicer than normal clincher tyres but I'd have them on a set of wheels I don't always have to use.

I've also got a pair of Vittoria Open Corsas to try sometime!

willy b wrote:Also, how light! The record is only 140g each...


Veloflex Record wrote:Mileage: Front 2.000 km - Rear 1.000 km


Somehow I don't think they are the tyre for you!
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Mon Jun 10, 2013 22:07 pm

Rolf F wrote:
willy b wrote:Rolf - I'm thinking about a pair of Veloflex gum wall tyres. You rate them then?


Only been out the once - and I've not ridden the Look in ages so I may have been all over excited about the bike but I thought they were excellent - and that's with Vittoria Ultralite butyls rather than latex tubes (due to one of the Challenge ones I ordered being defective). They certainly gave a great ride.

Asprilla wrote:I just got an email telling me Ribble have got the 25mm gum walled Veloflex masters back in stock (and at a decent price too). I want to try them but most got the feedback I've seen is that they gum sidewall is more delicate than the black.


The Veloflex tyres are made differently to normal tyres - the contact surface (ie the black bit on the gum walled ones) is glued to the carcasse so it doesn't get vulcanised hence doesn't lose suppleness. On that basis, unless the construction is different, the only extra strength in the sidewall of the Corsa (black walled) version would be in the pigment!

I nearly used the Look on Sundays club ride and was glad I didn't - in the group I hit a rock in the road square on and it hit both tyres pinch puncturing the rear. I did wonder how well the Veloflex would have survived that - the Ultremo on the Ribble was fine.

I think basically I'd say they are much nicer than normal clincher tyres but I'd have them on a set of wheels I don't always have to use.

I've also got a pair of Vittoria Open Corsas to try sometime!

willy b wrote:Also, how light! The record is only 140g each...


Veloflex Record wrote:Mileage: Front 2.000 km - Rear 1.000 km


Somehow I don't think they are the tyre for you!


Cheers for that.

I've got Vittora Open Corsas and Veloflex Open Corsas sati in the garage waiting to be used, once my current Open Paves die. I was also thinking about getting some Veloflex Open Masters and Challenge Stradas to compare, having really liked the Challenge Open Grifos on the CX.

I gor carried away on the Ribble site the other day and had £200 worth of Italian / Thai rubber in my basket before coming to my senses and closing te browser.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Rolf F » Tue Jun 11, 2013 08:17 am

Asprilla wrote:I've got Vittora Open Corsas and Veloflex Open Corsas sati in the garage waiting to be used, once my current Open Paves die. I was also thinking about getting some Veloflex Open Masters and Challenge Stradas to compare, having really liked the Challenge Open Grifos on the CX.


Are you sure the Veloflex Open Corsas aren't Veloflex Corsas? Therefore they ought to be equivalent to the Master. Easy enough then to decide if you want another pair with gumwalls!

Would be interesting to know how the Challenge tyres compare with the others but, as you found, it's easy to get expensively carried away with something that really isn't necessary!
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:03 am

Rolf F wrote:
Asprilla wrote:I've got Vittora Open Corsas and Veloflex Open Corsas sati in the garage waiting to be used, once my current Open Paves die. I was also thinking about getting some Veloflex Open Masters and Challenge Stradas to compare, having really liked the Challenge Open Grifos on the CX.


Are you sure the Veloflex Open Corsas aren't Veloflex Corsas? Therefore they ought to be equivalent to the Master. Easy enough then to decide if you want another pair with gumwalls!

Would be interesting to know how the Challenge tyres compare with the others but, as you found, it's easy to get expensively carried away with something that really isn't necessary!


Oh yeah, Corsa 25s. Without looking at the box I'd assumed they were called Open Corsas because they aren't tubs. Really looking forward to using them; it says a lot about the flexibility of the tyre that Veloflex manage to fold a 25mm Corsa into a box less than half the size of what Vittoria manage with a 25mm Open Corsa.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby willy b » Wed Jun 12, 2013 09:44 am

Thanks Rolf. Maybe not the right tyres for me then... shame.

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Postby p a t r i c k » Sat Jun 15, 2013 17:51 pm

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Here is my commuting bicycle pictured on its way to the local refuse and recycling centre in Hove. There is a dispute currently between the recycling people and the council in Brighton & Hove so often recycling is not being collected.

Bicycle is a Moulton APB, actually created out of two old ones I had. Trailer is a Roland "Der Roland", a big brute of a thing which is great for trips to the DIY store or the gardening centre.

I don't actually commute in the normal sense because I work from home, but I use this APB for all shopping and general trips.

Currently the bicycle is a 9 speed but it may get a Schlumpf Speed Drive next year.

It has a Schmidt hub dynamo for the front light, which is a great thing imho.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby MisterMuncher » Tue Jun 25, 2013 22:54 pm

My general purpose steed.

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Obviously still a work in progress. That stack of spacers will have to go, for one thing. A better chainset would be nice as well.

Apologies for the non-OCD gear position. I live up a very big hill.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby iPete » Wed Jun 26, 2013 09:26 am

The dry weather crit machine, pretty sure it originates from the USA and could well be the only one in the UK.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby RobK » Thu Jun 27, 2013 17:47 pm

My new commuter in the making :D
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Fri Jun 28, 2013 13:48 pm

For the Surrey to Manchester commute days:

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby bike_addict » Tue Nov 12, 2013 21:56 pm

Just fully rebuilt it including powder coating the frame and forks ready to take the worst of the winter.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby goonz » Wed Nov 27, 2013 15:16 pm

Work has blocked pretty much all the pics here!
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby rubertoe » Thu Nov 28, 2013 18:52 pm

goonz wrote:Work has blocked pretty much all the pics here!


That is because it's mostly porn under the guise of bike pictures. :wink:
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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Daz555 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 00:23 am

My sparkly new Carrera Gryphon. Picked it up today from Halfords - cycle2work.

The bike mechanics made a complete shambles of the assembly and checks so I've had to tweak just about everything, but it is now in fine fettle.

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Wed Mar 05, 2014 08:49 am

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby roger merriman » Sat May 10, 2014 11:35 am

very nice clean looking bike Asprilla! my new um old commute bike is my old MTB Image

It's slow but it handles well, comfortably able to catch up with mopeds etc the other day around Richmond Town center on a wet and greasy day. I had though of changing the tyres, but they aren't that slow and stick to road, how ever greasy and having recently late year given the old girl new brakes and gears, its good that as my wife calls it, my comfort bike is being used, which I am now its how I get to work, sadly rather a lot of frontal area with the wind of late, though being so heavy, well over 40lb possibly close to 50lb it isn't bothered by side winds....

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Re: Commuting bike pics

Postby Asprilla » Fri Jun 20, 2014 18:40 pm

Behold, the Legend....

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Rides really well, I like it.


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