• Giro d'Italia stage 131 day 14 hours agoI have 4 left now after my

    I have 4 left now after my ITT is picked. That means one set of changes and then the same team for the rest of the week. 1 transfer will be kept in reserve for a withdrawal.

  • Bent derailleur hangar?1 day 14 hours agoHave you fallen and hit the

    Have you fallen and hit the derailleur. ? From the angle it looks like the derailleur is slightly out of line with the cass. Does it track with this mis alignment over the whole cass? Hangers are cheap £10-15

  • Road Disc brake wheel upgrade1 day 15 hours agoI hadn't decided on which

    I hadn't decided on which discs, no immediate rush Big Grin

  • Join team road.cc!1 day 15 hours agoHmmm, I joined on 15 May,

    Hmmm, I joined on 15 May, payment confirmed and automatic annual payment schedule set up by PayPal on 16 May. Profile page shows membership valid until 15 May 2016.
    No farther communication received. Zip, nada, not a whisper!

  • A lesson in how not to descend wet roads1 day 15 hours agoNothing wrong with speedway

    Nothing wrong with speedway cornering... if you get away with it.

    Sky reportedly switched to Continental tyres to help with bad weather traction. Just as well they've not lost time to tyre problems like punctures, eh?

  • Tyres1 day 15 hours agoNobody reads the request? He

    Nobody reads the request? He doesn't want any other tyre recommendations besides the ones listed!

    I will rate
    1. Schwalbe ones
    2. Conti 4000
    3 Michline pro 4
    4. Schwalbe Lugano

  • Tyres1 day 15 hours agoI use lugano's for training,

    Party I use lugano's for training, the rigid ones, 8 quid each, as puncture proof as any road tyre.

    They are soft and don't last long though, but at the price, replace early.

    1 or 2 punctures per year at the most.

    Survived a wet etape caledonia with no punctures on a day when a good 10% must have punctured.

    A mate punctured 2 gp4000 on the same route as me last month, I'm not sure they are any better despite the money.

    Don't waste money on schwalbe tubes though, I've found them poor value and just use cheap ones.

  • Join team road.cc!1 day 15 hours agoI love socks, but argyle,

    I love socks, but argyle, shudder

  • Tyres1 day 15 hours agoConti GP4000s. Had 1 or 2

    Conti GP4000s. Had 1 or 2 punctures in around 15,000 miles of use, including rough roads.

  • Upgrading my giant defy 5, disc brake a must?1 day 15 hours agoDisc brakes look crap on a

    Disc brakes look crap on a road bike and are unnecessary. But then again the bike manufacturers need to churn that market..

  • Which Bike under £1,000???1 day 15 hours agoGiant Defy 0 for cycle to

    Giant Defy 0 for cycle to work scheme.

    http://www.cyclesurgery.com/giant-defy-0-2015/giant-road-bikes/bikes-com...

    I find the 2014 defy 0 has better components. They are all ultegra in 2014 but 2015 they have some 105 mixed in. hmmmm

    http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/66607/Giant_Defy_0_2014_Bike_4...

    You can get 2015 for 899 with £100 discount already.

    http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Giant-Defy-0-2015-Road-Bike_73907.htm?sku=231977...

  • "Two wheeled rehab" sees crash survivor cycling to Paris for charity that helped save his life1 day 15 hours agoChapeau to Chris.

    Chapeau to Chris. Inspirational. I lived in the neighbouring village of Redlynch for about 10 years and his achievement is that much more impressive by the fact that outside of the New Forest, cyclists are not well served by the roads in that area.

  • Join team road.cc!1 day 15 hours agoI've joined, you know it just

    I've joined, you know it just feels "the right thing".

  • London bike-jackings hit 10 a week, say Metropolitan Police1 day 16 hours agoI go to work very early or

    I go to work very early or ride home very late. My commute takes me straight through East London. It can be quite worrying if you see a group of people. My scariest moment was having a puncture by Mile End station the day before New Years Eve. This bloke who was pretty much a double of Dappy, started trying to make conversation. I'm pretty sure he was just in high spirits and bored and generally a bit curious as to why people cycle when they could use a car, but it's the fastest I've ever changed a puncture!!

  • Upgrading my giant defy 5, disc brake a must?1 day 16 hours agoCome on folks, the OP asked

    Come on folks, the OP asked disc brakes and opinions have come forth. As said earlier, it's a Marmite question. There's a bloke who did the giro on a retro bike with cork brake pads - whatever floats your boat.
    Any piece of design and engineering is going to be a compromise, personally I will favour reliability, durability and cost effectiveness over weight for my riding.

  • Lance Armstrong helped USPS overcome negative PR caused by Cliff from Cheers, claim his lawyers1 day 16 hours agoSounds plausible to me. We

    Sounds plausible to me. We all knew of US Postal. Not that most of us were in a position to use it?

    And what are Festina doing with bloody Virenque as their figure head on their advertising on ES ?

    He got caught and lied too. Festina the watch you can't trust?

  • Schwalbe One Tubeless1 day 16 hours agocrikey wrote:I'm not that

    crikey wrote:
    I'm not that sure that pinch flats are an issue on a road bike; I've had 2 in 25 years because I rode through a puddle without looking. Punctures? maybe 1 a year in a bad year.

    It's an issue, just not a big one. I've had a couple of pinch flats the last couple of years, both in potholes that i'd missed as they appeared from under the vehicle in front. Punctures - none in a good year, a 2-3 in a bad one. So not much, but the punctures have typically been on the way into/from work when I commuted and so a pain time-wise and (no surprise) in crap weather. The year I was running tubeless for the commute I noticed about 3-4 white pin heads on the tyre - so they represent saved time and faffing for me.

    crikey wrote:
    Properly inflated tyres, not running them down to the carcass, and above all, looking where you are riding, ie, not in the gutter will see you right.

    If by 'properly' you mean pumped up high enough to prevent pinch flats then of course that would help - I wouldn't have tyres that high myself as I prefer them pressurised for comfort, compliance and grip rather than pinch prevention. Pinch flats are also affected by the tyre to rim width ratio.

    As for the rest, well of course they are sensible precautions but i've had no punctures due to wear and very few from being near the kerb (never 'in the gutter'). I have got them from going on single track and back lanes, through some urban waste-land type locations and generally arsing about not on tarmac - I could avoid doing stuff like that by why on earth would I ? In those situations, especially mucking about on gravel and back-lanes, tubeless can be very handy... and you know what, i've had the odd puncture that just seems like shit luck. YMMV.

    Just to clarify, I run tubed clinchers as well, exclusively for the last year or so (one puncture in that time, pinch flat on the old bike, and none on the best bike) and don't have a problem with them - generally more supple is the one difference I see but that's between Hutchinson Fusion 3 (tubeless) and Vedrestein Fortezza Tricomp / Vittoria Open Pave/Corsa CX.

    crikey wrote:
    The performance advantages seem over-rated, so I'll not be a faffing.

    There's not much performance advantage i've seen, and the more theoretical ones are small. That said, they have a place and really aren't the faff people think IME. You're happy with what you ride, I am too - all is well.

  • Police launch appeal as cyclist pushed into Regent's Canal in East London1 day 16 hours agoAnd that is why after months

    And that is why after months of reading depressing stories like this, I finally invested in bike cameras' front and rear. I hope though that It will never document a disgraceful event like this and rather nice memories as when I was racing a fox that I came across last weekend. Would be surprised if they ever catch that scum.

  • Join team road.cc!1 day 16 hours agoPaul Bishop wrote:I signed up

    Paul Bishop wrote:
    I signed up and paid Wednesday 20th May. Got conformation first thing Thursday 21st. We will see if I get my membership card and free gifts. What next ?

    Well next is the Initiation Ceremony . . .
    I believe final decision yet to be decided but likely to involve a pair of Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte pants as they are so popular on this site and photographic evidence may be required.
    On completion of which you will be given the secret information on the club ‘nod’ and ‘special wave’ for those days you forget to wear the argyle socks and jersey?

  • Just in: Merida Ride Disc 50001 day 16 hours agoI wonder how this will

    I wonder how this will compare to the CDX 4400 from rose?

  • Which lightweight aluminium frame?1 day 17 hours ago.

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  • Cyclist who died of head injury was either hit by car door or swerved to avoid it1 day 17 hours agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:

    Though, surely, if you are filtering through cars stationary in the general flow of traffic, those cars are not parked?

    Fair point though, I've a couple of times nearly been hit by passengers opening their doors while in a traffic jam and not actually parked. But I'd say a much stronger burden of care applies to the door-opener if the vehicle isn't even parked at the kerb. Not sure it should be legal at all, unless your car is on fire or you are escaping from a hostage situation!

    I've been doored once. Traffic 'almost' stationary and I was going up between the main stream of traffic and the footpath, aiming for a marked cycle lane I could see ahead of me. Suddenly I was on the floor with my bike next to me. Still don't actually remember it happening (too fast). Got up, looked back at the blank gaze of the woman who'd opened the passenger side door without looking. The car just carried on into traffic, and she grudgingly waited while I checked if my bike was broken (it wasn't, luckily). No apology, or even a hint of understanding of what she might have done wrong.

    And that traffic, again, wasn't stationery, just very slow moving.

  • Want to improve your time trial personal best? Ride in the evening, says academic study1 day 18 hours agoGoing out in the morning,

    Going out in the morning, usually less cars = more chance of getting home Big Grin

    Some days there are less cars in the evening too, but a nice warm summer morning ride with less cars and people around is better than a ride in the evening for me personally.

  • The coolest gadget ever... maybe?1 day 18 hours agoAnother piece in the SkyNet

    Another piece in the SkyNet jigsaw puzzle Laughing

    Put a couple of lazers on it and you've got an instant James Bond scene.

    In fact just get a whole squadron of them. I'm sure when the new aluminum batteries become available with a 10x longer life than lithium based batteries, then this will become interesting;

  • A lesson in how not to descend wet roads1 day 18 hours agoAstana going off the course

    Astana going off the course at 0:09