Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

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Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 00:38 am

Come on bikeradar...

How about reviewing some gear people can actually afford and care to buy??

A £7000 bike just takes the biscuit! Hmmm think I'll buy one and change the saddle to a £300 fizik.

And maybe adjust my chain with a £450 tool kit... Then I can go measure my power output with a £1000 power metre..

:shock:

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Postby MaxwellBygraves » Sun Oct 07, 2012 01:25 am

To be fair to them, they do try and review a mix of stuff each mag, not just the pro level stuff.

And anyway, I can only speak for myself but I enjoy reading about high quality kit once in a while, even if it's not obtainable.
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Re: Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

Postby Grill » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:01 am

Seriously? BR have reviewed everything from entry level to pro kit since its inception. I for one appreciate it, especially the Domane review which I've been waiting for.

They don't just review things for you. My saddle isn't far from that price pint, and the minute a decent power-meter comes out at sub 1500 quid I'll be all over it like a fat kid on a cupcake.

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Postby Mr Dog » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:06 am

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Re: Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:22 am

Well just my opinion..

I agree nowt wrong with a bit of eye candy stuff to drool over, but I'd also like to see some reviews of entry level stuff aimed at the mass market.

What's wrong with reviewing the latest winter bib shorts etc.. Enough of usk about them in the forums don't we?

Anyway was only a light hearted comment. Maybe one day us plebs will be able to spend 1500 quid on a power metre :p

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Postby Richard Farrant » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:25 am

jimbo0023 wrote:

What's wrong with reviewing the latest winter bib shorts etc.. Enough of usk about them in the forums don't we?
:p


Haven't they just had a feature on Autumn clothing?

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Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:36 am

Richard Farrant wrote:
jimbo0023 wrote:

What's wrong with reviewing the latest winter bib shorts etc.. Enough of usk about them in the forums don't we?
:p


Haven't they just had a feature on Autumn clothing?

Just had a nosey in the reviews/features section and can't see it? Do you have a link? Ta

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Postby northpole » Sun Oct 07, 2012 07:41 am

Anyway was only a light hearted comment. Maybe one day us plebs will be able to spend 1500 quid on a power metre


I certainly hope not - I think I would find the truth about my power output more than a little depressing!! :oops: I'll continue with my philosophy of what I don't know won't harm me.... :)

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Postby Chadders81 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 08:18 am

Anyone read the new Cyclist magazine? It's good but the kit in there is all ridiculously expensive. It's aimed at people who do a few trips to Alps per year and have a wardrobe rammed full of Assos.

Don't get me wrong - that would be me if I had the money but I haven't.

Luckily, I get a load of cycling mags on free subscription.

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Postby MattC59 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 08:36 am

jimbo0023 wrote:Come on bikeradar...

How about reviewing some gear people can actually afford and care to buy??

A £7000 bike just takes the biscuit! Hmmm think I'll buy one and change the saddle to a £300 fizik.

And maybe adjust my chain with a £450 tool kit... Then I can go measure my power output with a £1000 power metre..

:shock:


Perhaps you can point Bike Radar in the direction of some low cost power meters ? Should they only review kit that you can afford ?

If you're using a whole £450 tool kit to adjust your chain, I'd suggest that you should save your pennies and go on a bike mechanics course.

Not sure what you're moaning at to be honest.
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Postby NapoleonD » Sun Oct 07, 2012 08:45 am

Top Gear would be so much better if they only reviewed cars I could afford, like 2nd hand mondeos or a Hyundai i30. No ones interested in the latest Ferrari.
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Postby mrjam » Sun Oct 07, 2012 09:35 am

I'm not particularly bothered about the price points, and feel there is a range of budgets catered for, some of which for many are aspirational. However I do think the reviews are a bit lazy and samey. Seems that often the only thing they can find to distinguish between bikes is what tyres it's 'shod' with, or how the bar tape feels. Surely there must be something more interesting or fundamental to say about a bike than that?! Also think the Cycling+ mag would benefit from more of a balance between kit review and articles on actual riding, at the moment it reads like a marketing brochure for Trek, Fizik, Mavic or whoever.

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Postby NapoleonD » Sun Oct 07, 2012 09:48 am

The problem with reviewing bikes is that the overriding factor in how a bike rides is whether it fits perfectly or not.
Then the saddle, saddles are a very personal choice. I love a Fizik Aliante but my bezzie Dan thinks they are an Ass Hatchet (despite him not being American).
There isn't that much difference between the top carbon bikes other than geometry differences, which comes back to the fit.

Hence the reviewers always seem to try too hard IMO.
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Re: Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

Postby Scrumple » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:54 am

Go and have a walk round Aldi, take a few deep breaths, and calm down.

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Re: Bike radar reviews ... Getting plain silly

Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 16:14 pm

[/quote]If you're using a whole £450 tool kit to adjust your chain, I'd suggest that you should save your pennies and go on a bike mechanics course.

Not sure what you're moaning at to be honest.[/quote]
That was tongue in check comment meaning who the hell pays £450 for a toolkit? :shock: I've owned motorbikes cost less :D

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Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 16:20 pm

Scrumple wrote:Go and have a walk round Aldi, take a few deep breaths, and calm down.

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Postby neeb » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:07 pm

I like the reviews of the high-end stuff, it gives you something to aspire to. The problem is that any review of a bike which is of lesser quality/performance/tech level to the one the reader already has is of absolutely zero interest. Something above your justifiable price point at least provides potential for wishful thinking. So by biasing slightly towards the higher-end stuff the total interest potential amongst all readers combined is maximised.. :wink:

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Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:44 pm

these reviews are handy to look back on when the bike is second hand for £3000 in 18 months time. Thats how i look at them, as a future purchase but not new. I did it with top gears when i was kid proper sad ended up with abotu 15 years of top gears on vhs tapes. I hooked some out years ago and it was the test drive of the new Austin Meastro that talked to you. my god what a waste of a childhood.

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Postby DesWeller » Sun Oct 07, 2012 22:43 pm

jimbo0023 wrote:
MattC59 wrote:If you're using a whole £450 tool kit to adjust your chain, I'd suggest that you should save your pennies and go on a bike mechanics course.

Not sure what you're moaning at to be honest.

That was tongue in check comment meaning who the hell pays £450 for a toolkit? :shock: I've owned motorbikes cost less :D


I must have accumulated thousands of pounds worth of tools over the years. I should really work it out; it would cost me a fortune to replace them if they got nicked.

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Postby Hoopdriver » Mon Oct 08, 2012 06:04 am

DesWeller wrote:
jimbo0023 wrote:
MattC59 wrote:If you're using a whole £450 tool kit to adjust your chain, I'd suggest that you should save your pennies and go on a bike mechanics course.

Not sure what you're moaning at to be honest.

That was tongue in check comment meaning who the hell pays £450 for a toolkit? :shock: I've owned motorbikes cost less :D


I must have accumulated thousands of pounds worth of tools over the years. I should really work it out; it would cost me a fortune to replace them if they got nicked.

Same here.

Kind of a worry actually...


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