• Tour de France Stage 71 day 1 hour agoTricky one indeed. Only got

    Tricky one indeed. Only got one sprinter left though, because he might get some intermediate points if there isn't too big a break and he might get 5 if the person I think will win does make it this time. Otherwise I hope I've got the winner, a big GC guy who's worth a 10 point penalty if he doesn't fall off, the inevitable green jersey and someone who did well today and could do just as well tomorrow and who I needed to afford the GC guy. Got rid of anyone who's crashed or lost form and Coquard, which could be a mistake.

    Will be driving tomorrow afternoon for a weekend break to a place the tour started in from the place it last set off from in England, so I won't be able to watch it. Couldn't watch yesterday due to work but caught the end of the stage today and that was still pretty good. This could be the best tour for quite some time.

    All three of my cheap guys have now got points from breaks, Gerard today. The high scores for intermediate sprints gives a whole different dimension to the tour. Will keep one of them I think and then go hunting for those key MPs.

  • rider weight1 day 1 hour agoRandom comment, is there

    Random comment, is there anyway to measure or rather calculate your power output roughly, without going to the expense of a power meter?

    Obviously it would be a rough guideline, but it's something I'd be interested in calculating and recording over time (deltas even if absolute values aren't spot on).

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 day 1 hour ago(No subject)

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  • rider weight1 day 1 hour agoSo he does, reading fail on

    So he does, reading fail on my part, sorry. Smile

  • rider weight1 day 1 hour agoPaul J wrote:abudhabichris:

    Paul J wrote:
    abudhabichris: Nice comment (+1). Just one thing, power figures need to come with time to be meaningful. Is your power-to-weight using threshold power (i.e. fully aerobic power, sustainable for at least an hour)?

    He states it's for 20 minutes, not 60. Seems an accurate breakdown IMO.

  • Video: On board with Team Sky as Tour de France heads into London1 day 1 hour agoWe need this viewpoint on the

    We need this viewpoint on the TV coverage as soon as possible, so much more exciting and you can see so much more of how the riders interact.

  • London BMW 4X4 driver faces jail for assault on cyclist1 day 1 hour agoThe car was a BMX X5, well no

    The car was a BMX X5, well no surprise about its driver then.

  • Halfords wants to hire over 400 "cycling gurus" to boost its bike boom1 day 1 hour agoJoeinpoole wrote:Beaufort

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Beaufort wrote:
    Eventually, Halfords will be bikes only. The automobile side has decreased greatly. Seems like the obvious thing to do. Then they'll be as good as Evans.

    If you regularly spend significant money on cycling then I'd be surprised if you spent much of it, if any at all, at Halfords. It wouldn't even occur to me. I'm either at my LBS or on-line.

    Hmm, not sure if I agree with that. My local independent bike shops get my business for big purchases like new bikes or stuff I can't do myself, like setting up wheels for instance. But Halfords is really useful for things like tyres for the MTB or brake cables and so on. There's also a decent range of stuff like locks at Halfords and we've had to replace two in the last few months (one lost key and one lock that fell off a carrier and wasn't noticed until it was too late).

    I also bought the first two bikes my kids had in Halfords and they're still going strong, the Raleigh having been handed on to a friend for his two sons and now doing service as a club bike and the BMX now being used by the sister of a friend of my younger son. I've seen enough badly set up bikes bought from Halfords with the forks the wrong way round not to trust them completely, but Halfords isn't bad at being a mass market distributor.

  • Kinesis Tripster ATR frameset1 day 1 hour agoDave - how much difference

    Dave - how much difference does the Ti seatpost make to the ride? I have an aluminium one at the moment: obviously at 31.6mm it's quite stiff so I'm wondering if it's worth an upgrade at some point...

  • Tour de France Stage 71 day 1 hour agoI've kept three sprinters (of

    I've kept three sprinters (of five) in, not least because two of them will be in the running and the other should get reasonable (in fantasy terms) placing (or lanterne rouge!). Taking penalties for riders who *could* get a breakaway/solo win is a path to massive point-loss (in my experience anyway) so I'm playing this one fairly safe. The two fellas I've got in should be good value till the rest day and perhaps beyond.

    60/40 to me whether S7 will be a win-from-the-break/solo attempt, or a bunch sprint from the more punchy guys. Certainly the stage itself looks tailor-made for a breakaway win but it'll need to be a strong group of riders, even if the peloton decide to have a slow day (which would not surprise me, given the last couple of stages and the upcoming hills). Annoyingly, I've got the day off tomorrow but I'm not expecting fireworks, viewing-wise.

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 day 1 hour agoStrewth! We are *sensitive*

    Strewth! We are *sensitive* aren't we? I enjoyed reading this thread, so thanks for starting it, but I also particularly enjoyed Simon E's observations which I thought were spot-on.

  • rider weight1 day 1 hour agoabudhabichris: Nice comment

    abudhabichris: Nice comment (+1). Just one thing, power figures need to come with time to be meaningful. Is your power-to-weight using threshold power (i.e. fully aerobic power, sustainable for at least an hour)?

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 day 1 hour agoThanks to those that gave

    Thanks to those that gave genuinely helpful comment and opinion, but I have now unsubscribed from this thread.

  • London 100. Getting there and getting about1 day 2 hours agoIt's an easy ride as you can

    It's an easy ride as you can go on the canal towpath to the Olympic park and then the Greenway for a lot of the way, avoiding the majority of any nasty traffic. The canal is fine on a road bike with skinny tyres as it's mainly well surfaced. I do it quite a bit.

    From Euston get to just past Angel then pick up the canal. Just past Victoria Park enter the Olympic Park, ride down to Stratford High Street, go east for a bit and pick up the Greenway. Come off that at Prince Regent Lane in Newham and take that road down to the Excel. 17km Easy! I've mapped it on ride with gps for you...

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5280349

    If you still have your mate's ride entry I'd be interested!

  • Wahoo RFLKT+ iPhone Powered Bike Computer1 day 2 hours agoI have one and love it. I

    I have one and love it. I previously had the RFLKT but upgraded to the plus to get the ANT support. I use it on three bikes, my road bike is fitted with a Bluetooth speed and cadence sensor and I also use a Bluetooth heart monitor. On my commute bike I have ANT speed and cadence sensor. I sometimes wear an ANT heart rate monitor. On my turbo bike I also have ANT speed and cadence and the ANT heart monitor. The reason I have the Bluetooth heart monitor is because before the RFLKT+ it was not possible to mix Bluetooth and ANT and didn't want to mess with an ANT dongle on my iPhone.
    I use the Wahoo app out of preference as it is very customisable and also has single touch upload to Strava and Training peaks plus a load of other services. If you use one of the dedicated apps like Strava it is difficult to get a full set of data into another service.
    To give you some idea of the customisation possible I have my commute activity set up so that I can also control music playback, which plays through my Bluetooth bone conduction headphones. When the track changes the RFLKT display momentarily changes to show the song information then switches back to my ride data. I have one of the buttons configured to move to the next song as well.
    It's a great device. I have K-Edge mounts on each bike and just use the Garmin twist mount back on the RFLKT+. Its as simple as starting the app, pressing a button on the RFLKT and selecting the activity. With the display and wifi off on the iPhone I get around 9 hours of ride time.
    One final point, it doesn't use 2032 it uses a 2450 which is unfortunate as all the sensors seem to use 2032.

  • Video: On board with Team Sky as Tour de France heads into London1 day 2 hours agoGreat video, but please stop

    Great video, but please stop putting bad club music on every cycling video. Please.

  • Lomo 30L High Visibility Backpack Dry Bag1 day 2 hours agoThese are brilliant, been

    These are brilliant, been singing their praises for a while now. For VFM I would say impossible to beat. There is also a white version with a zip pouch.

  • Servicing Time RXS pedals...1 day 2 hours agoClamp and mole grips were all

    Clamp and mole grips were all I needed to change the bearings on my Iclics.

  • Tour de France Stage 71 day 3 hours agoThese are the stages that

    These are the stages that create gaps in fantasy leaderboards. Will the sprinters survive? Will a late attacker hold on for the win?

  • Is it worth a wheel upgrade?1 day 3 hours agoSensible wrote:Isn't that

    Sensible wrote:
    Isn't that what an online forum is.... a stranger's opinion.

    ..and you seemed to have already decided what I am both wanting and thinking. That's quite a skill!

    Firstly, one person's opinion is useless unless you know how they came to their conclusion; purchase justification is a well known phenomenon and happens all the time so I wouldn't trust one stranger's opinion. A genuine pattern across a range of users is of far more use to a potential buyer.

    And I haven't "decided" anything about you, I was describing a very common behaviour with this type of topic. But you're welcome to jump to whatever conclusion you wish. If the cap fits...

  • Tour de France Stage 71 day 3 hours agoI have a suspicion we may see

    I have a suspicion we may see some GC attacks tomorrow so swapped out a few sprinters myself ....my only concern is will Spartacus get over the final climb and attack?

  • Question to US readers (about a weird claim in a French book about cycling in the US)1 day 3 hours agoIt would not surprise me.

    It would not surprise me.

    True story: I was in the mid west chatting away to a normal, what I thought was an intelligent guy, when he asked me where I was from? I told him England, wow, England he repeated, then he asked me if we spoke English in England Nerd so it wouldn't surprise me if over half the population can't ride bikes, over half don't own a passport!!

  • rider weight1 day 3 hours agoJeez I weigh 15st 6 lb .

    Jeez I weigh 15st 6 lb . Don't know exactly what power I put out, but can average 18+mph over 40 miles. I do struggle up hills but Ok ish on flat terrain.

  • London 100. Getting there and getting about1 day 3 hours agoMy start time has been set at

    My start time has been set at 7.40 my last two centuries were 6hr45 including stops.

  • London BMW 4X4 driver faces jail for assault on cyclist1 day 4 hours agoI have seen in other internet

    I have seen in other internet fora people complaining about their wingmirrors being damaged by cyclists. HIGHWAY CODE RULE 163. Tossers.