• ass-saver guard on a road bike?1 day 10 hours agoCrud Roadracers are a pain in

    Crud Roadracers are a pain in the arse (excuse pun). I have a pair a lot of other people I know and everyone agrees they are a pain.

    Pain to get on, pain to set up, pain to keep in position, annoying constant 'rub', flimsy, marked my seatstays..

    Amazing on paper, lightest, racy'est guards, awful in practice on my TCR.

  • First look: Cannondale Slate Ultegra + Video, photo gallery, spec and full range info1 day 10 hours agointeresting bike, though I'm

    interesting bike, though I'm rather cynical that 30mm of travel, how ever good, will be work well, certainly to live up to some of the claims.

    and equally unless your talking about MTB tyres 650b limits your choice of tyres.

    interesting technology but i'm not sure it what it gains over a rigid/700c cx/gravel/adventure bike

  • Claris Upgrade1 day 11 hours agoSimon E wrote:Claris has been

    Simon E wrote:
    Claris has been around for over 2 years and doesn't have thumbshifters, as vonhelmet has said, it works just like the 9 speed and higher groupsets. Claris & Sora are as reliable as you could ever find.

    I'd save the £100 and spend it on something worthwhile.

    Cheers mate, pretty certain I can find something else to spend the spare £100 on Big Grin

  • LAS Victory helmet1 day 11 hours agobobby_brains wrote:that chap

    bobby_brains wrote:
    that chap needs a hug

    I think he's just realised he's put the general waste bin out on recycling day.

  • Claris Upgrade1 day 11 hours agoClaris has been around for

    Claris has been around for over 2 years and doesn't have thumbshifters, as vonhelmet has said, it works just like the 9 speed and higher groupsets. Claris & Sora are as reliable as you could ever find.

    I'd save the £100 and spend it on something worthwhile.

  • Tech Roundup: Tour de France Special1 day 11 hours ago2 Wheeled Idiot wrote:That

    2 Wheeled Idiot wrote:
    That isn't a pro trispoke is it?? Thinking
    I'd say that's a hed h3 trispoke...the pro one has tapered 'spokes' that thin towards the rim

    That's correct. We linked to the wrong picture. Hopefully the right one is in there now.

  • "That's no team bus ... " - Lego recreates Sky's Tour de France line-up (and Death Star)1 day 11 hours agoCheck out the Lego Book of

    Check out the Lego Book of Revelation from the link in the article - brilliant!

  • No Hopers1 day 11 hours agothanks for doing this. Very

    thanks for doing this. Very good idea, especially not being allowed just to pick 3.0s and the like - an alternative picking system I thought of whilst doing this would be to pick a single rider from each of pages 1-5 of the race.

  • ass-saver guard on a road bike?1 day 11 hours agoThat tiny piece of plastic is

    That tiny piece of plastic is a waste of time.

    Crud Roadracers (money well spent IME) or Raceblade Long if you want to stay reasonably unsoaked in the wet. Their use will also be appreciated by anyone riding behind you.

  • Giro Empire SLX road shoes1 day 11 hours agorjfrussell wrote:"Laces quite

    rjfrussell wrote:
    "Laces quite an effective way of keeping shoes on- shock"
    FFS

    Quoting from article,
    "[the laces] are designed to remain tied, hold a knot, be light and durable."

    No shit Sherlock- laces "designed" to remain tied and hold a knot? And thank god they are not those really heavy laces that you find so many people who are forced to wear shoes costing less than £250 complaining about. I've got a pair of shoes, the laces are so heavy I can hardly get my feet off the ground. And they barely last a week before I have to replace them.

    And the slippers thing? Slippers are light and soft, yes- but they are not a snug or good fit- they are loose and your feet slop around- dumb analogy.

    My Adidas Samba laces are always coming undone. In fact every pair I have owned have been the same.

    And the slipper analogy works perfectly. They are comfy and light generally. It worked for me.

  • Video: Trials legend Martyn Ashton Back on Track in film charting his first mountain bike ride since life-changing 2013 crash1 day 11 hours agoI'd posted my comments on STW

    I'd posted my comments on STW but missed out doing so on here.
    But as rightly said, this should be the type of thread we are all praising and enjoying.
    Good on Martyn. A nice guy and great inspiration.

  • Tech Roundup: Tour de France Special1 day 11 hours agoAbsolutely love Vino's bike.

    Absolutely love Vino's bike.

  • Tour de France Bikes 2015: Tony Martin’s Specialized Shiv time trial bike1 day 11 hours agoQuote:I'm surprised

    Quote:
    I'm surprised Specialized haven't brought a new version of the Shiv to the TdF this year

    This is a new version of the Shiv is it not? Spesh have have certainly been tinkering and honing design over the years.

    Quote:
    If not Sagan, then I'd guess somebody like Gallopin, Degenkolb, Kwiatkowski etc. The powerful, skillful types, rather than raw TT specialists.

    Those are the names I am thinking of (and Cancellara to). I don't think the course is long enough for Martin to really show his stuff

  • ass-saver guard on a road bike?1 day 12 hours agoI have one that I sometimes

    I have one that I sometimes use on my cross bike. As the poster above says, it only keeps your arse dry. On the other hand, getting a wet base of your spine is the most uncomfortable bit about getting wet, especially if it is cold.

    If I am riding in wet weather I ride my bike with full mudguards and flaps though. Nothing else comes close for keeping your clean and dry.

  • Giro Empire SLX road shoes1 day 12 hours agoJPKD wrote: Bottom line is

    JPKD wrote:

    Bottom line is they make me think I'm Taylor Phinney and money can't buy that feeling.

    true, but you could hire a guy to smash up your legs and then you'd look like him as well!*

    *not advisable

  • "That's no team bus ... " - Lego recreates Sky's Tour de France line-up (and Death Star)1 day 12 hours agogazzaputt wrote: If were to

    gazzaputt wrote:
    Laughing If were to win this there not a chance in hell it'd remain unopen in my with a 4 and 6 year old. They'd bastardise within 5 minutes with Star Wars Lego.

    To make the final combination, Sky Wars.

  • Giro Empire SLX road shoes1 day 12 hours agoThese are my first stupidly

    These are my first stupidly expensive carbon road shoes and while I love them (they are stiff, and light as any shoes I've ever picked up) they are not as comfortable as my reliable old R088's that I use for commuting. Maybe its beacuse I'm not able to compare them to a like for like carbon shoe.

    Also careful with the laces, the temptation is to do them up too tight to start which will result in numb toes.

    Bottom line is they make me think I'm Taylor Phinney and money can't buy that feeling.

  • No Hopers1 day 12 hours agoGesink 20.2 Debusschere

    Gesink 20.2
    Debusschere 15.4
    Peraud 18.7
    Farrar 16.5
    Zubeldia 8.6

    79.4

  • Tour de France Bikes 2015: Tony Martin’s Specialized Shiv time trial bike1 day 12 hours agoNice bit of kit, he deserves

    Nice bit of kit, he deserves a nice classy ride to do the job on. Love the Garmin mount, I might try to nick that idea for my TT bike.

    I reckon Sagan is going to get it tomorrow though. It's not long enough to cause him any major stamina or aero problems and his bike control is insanely good- just the trick for a winding, fast city route. It looks like a crit circuit.

    http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_de_France_2015_Stage_1_Utrecht-...

    If not Sagan, then I'd guess somebody like Gallopin, Degenkolb, Kwiatkowski etc. The powerful, skillful types, rather than raw TT specialists.

  • Tour de France Bikes 2015: Tony Martin’s Specialized Shiv time trial bike1 day 12 hours agoI'm surprised Specialized

    I'm surprised Specialized haven't brought a new version of the Shiv to the TdF this year, although I guess a lot of their R&D has been on getting the Venge ready. I hope TM does well in the TT, I think I'd like to see either him or Dowsett take the yellow jersey, although it sounds like a lot of people could be going full gas for it tomorrow.

  • Tech Roundup: Tour de France Special1 day 12 hours agoThat isn't a pro trispoke is

    That isn't a pro trispoke is it?? Thinking
    I'd say that's a hed h3 trispoke...the pro one has tapered 'spokes' that thin towards the rim

  • Giro Empire SLX road shoes1 day 12 hours agorjfrussell wrote:And the

    rjfrussell wrote:
    And the slippers thing? Slippers are light and soft, yes- but they are not a snug or good fit- they are loose and your feet slop around- dumb analogy.

    Slippers are comfortable to wear, no? Think before typing!

  • Strava Group1 day 12 hours agoThat was quick work Dave,

    That was quick work Dave, cheers!

  • Waltham Forest's radical redesign of motorway-style roundabout could become a "beacon" for others to follow1 day 12 hours agoAs an aside, the bus stop

    As an aside, the bus stop bypasses in the scheme look pretty rubbish. The shelter is on the wrong side meaning the passengers have to cross the cycle path whilst they are appealing for the bus to stop. In the visualisations I've seen there is loads of room to create a bigger island and properly separate the two.

  • ass-saver guard on a road bike?1 day 12 hours agoI used one on a long wet ride

    I used one on a long wet ride back in May. It did the job of keeping my bum dry, but that was about it. It's no good for anyone following and obviously it doesn't do any good for your own feet.

    That being said, most full length guards that you fit without proper mount points are crap and will rattle and rub and generally be a pain in the arse.

    Get a bike with proper mount points, get some proper guards and save your racy low clearance no mudguard frame for the nice days.