• Tinkoff-Saxo considers Vuelta withdrawal after moto takes out another rider1 day 7 hours agoThe thread appears to have

    The thread appears to have been hijacked. To go back on topic, There appears to be far too much traffic on these races, particularly on the the narrow stages. Do all the team cars really need to be on every stage? They all have radios. 2 or 3 neutral cars/bikes are all that are needed. Yes I know it was a neutral in the Sagan case, but the amount of traffic scares me, just watching, and I am a Manchester cycle commuter.

  • The future’s bright – the future’s orange1 day 7 hours agoHmm, maybe KTM were on to

    Hmm, maybe KTM were on to something...

  • To Flag or not to Flag?1 day 7 hours agoScoob_84 wrote:Dave Atkinson

    Scoob_84 wrote:
    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    everyone that has a KOM on strava falls into at least one of the following categories, and often more than one:

    1) they're a professional cyclist, or at least a really, really good one
    2) they had a massive tailwind
    3) they were drafting a car/van/lorry/paceline/whatever
    4) they've found, or made for themselves, a segment that barely anyone has done
    5) they got a GPS glitch in their favour

    I've got a few KOMs and they're all a combination of 2, 3 and 4. unless you genuinely believe you're the fastest cyclist in your area, which i categorically don't, what's the point in wasting any time worrying about it?

    6) favorable set of traffic light sequence

    Just went to check my KOMs and of the 10 I have, 9 of them are elements of 2/3/4/6. The only one that I actually 'deserve' is on a fairly popular route that I've ridden hundreds of times on the commute and know every inch of.

    KOMs are willy-waving, unless they're up a proper hill. Then you know it's been earned IMO.

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 7 hours agoI'm sure there must be

    I'm sure there must be something innate in cyclists that makes them continue against ludicrous odds, up to and including broken bones. Maybe it's because we cyclists are used to finding ourselves in a state of exhaustion 10, 25, 50 miles from home in the middle of nowhere, with a puncture to fix, clouds gathering overhead, and knowing we have to just get back on the bike and make our way home before nightfall. You got yourself all the way out there, you're the only one that can get you back.

  • Vuelta Stage 121 day 7 hours agoDegenkolb Sbaragli Van

    Degenkolb
    Sbaragli
    Van Poppel
    Drucker
    Rojas Gil
    Van Der Sande
    Montaguti
    Keukeleire
    Aru

  • Colnago 2016: New CLX and limited edition C60 Tricolore and V1-r bikes unveiled - prices and photos1 day 7 hours agoQuote:Placing the Arabesque

    Quote:
    Placing the Arabesque alongside something like the V1-r shows just how far bicycle design has come over the years.

    And yet, the guys who raced these skinny-steel framed bikes could still make them fly. E.g. the '73 Giro, there's a great film about it on Youtube (Stars and Water Carriers). Gimondi averaged the 37 km ITT at 47 km/h!

    I'm not so sure bicycle design has come very far since then. Just some quite marginal gains in weight, braking and aerodynamics....

  • Men wanted for Cycle Speed Dating in London1 day 7 hours agoPlease bring picture of bike.

    Please bring picture of bike.

  • 3T Arx II Pro Stem1 day 7 hours agoI agree, T25 and T30 bolts

    I agree, T25 and T30 bolts seem increasingly common on bikes these days, it's pretty stupid to put them on parts unnecessarily like this.

    I like to have the tools to adjust my bike on the road, for example in the case of this stem, a crash could easily put the bars/stem out of whack and I'd rather not just yank them back into place if I had a carbon bars/steerer.

    I'm not going to carry around extra tools just for this eventuality, especially when I could easily go and buy a different stem. Seems like a dumb move from 3T to me.

  • Cyclist says wallet was stolen as he lay unconscious in road1 day 8 hours agojoemmo wrote:Ramuz

    joemmo wrote:
    Ramuz wrote:
    Welcome to neo-liberal Britain.
    Who cares about "society"?
    Every man for himself.

    ...because before 1979 this would have been good, honest redistribution of wealth?

    I hope the chap recovers and gets his stuff back regardless of the imaginary ideological motivation of the criminal involved.

    Hear hear. It sounds a despicable act, but one that's becoming thankfully rarer:
    http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/year-ending-m...

  • Tinkoff-Saxo considers Vuelta withdrawal after moto takes out another rider1 day 8 hours agoLanda is going to Sky, funny

    Landa is going to Sky, funny enough Oleg Tinkov confirmed that in this with me and has the same doubts before yesterday (this was from last Friday)

    Oleg Tinkov @olegtinkov

    can someone tell me what happened with @AstanaTeam ? Were SUPER dominance at Giro, so-so at Tour, and very shitty at Vuelta with same riders

    ian @ianrobo1

    @olegtinkov @AstanaTeam TBF Aru looks good so far but Landa, sky really want him ??

    @olegtinkov

    @ianrobo1 @AstanaTeam they signed him

  • Rapha Cutter's Shirt1 day 8 hours agoPlenty of 100% cotton shirts

    Plenty of 100% cotton shirts are available in charity shops for three or four quid each. Quite often they're top brands which have never been worn. Wink

  • To Flag or not to Flag?1 day 8 hours agoDave Atkinson wrote:everyone

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    everyone that has a KOM on strava falls into at least one of the following categories, and often more than one:

    1) they're a professional cyclist, or at least a really, really good one
    2) they had a massive tailwind
    3) they were drafting a car/van/lorry/paceline/whatever
    4) they've found, or made for themselves, a segment that barely anyone has done
    5) they got a GPS glitch in their favour

    I've got a few KOMs and they're all a combination of 2, 3 and 4. unless you genuinely believe you're the fastest cyclist in your area, which i categorically don't, what's the point in wasting any time worrying about it?

    6) favorable set of traffic light sequence

  • Tinkoff-Saxo considers Vuelta withdrawal after moto takes out another rider1 day 8 hours agoianrobo wrote:700c

    ianrobo wrote:
    700c wrote:
    ianrobo wrote:

    Of course Astana 'suddenly' return to form and Sky bound Landa won and easily, fit in well at Sky for those riders who have a very quick improvement.

    Congratulations for finding a creative way to insinuate Sky of doping, on a day when their GC contender couldn't keep up with the pace Rolling On The Floor

    where did I say that at all ?

    They have took a rider from a doping team and therefore it is fair and legitimate to see how Astana 'improved' today on that course to ask the question what happened to Landa ?

    If I was sky or any other team I would not touch an Astana ride with a barge pole no matter how good they are.

    Especially Landa who until this season had done nothing, nothing at all and wins stages on the toughest of courses. Look at his Palmeres it is one of a very very average rider until the Giro

    You might like to look up the definition of 'insinuate' in the dictionary? And yes, we all know what you're getting at with your comments here.

    I've heard various rumours about Mikel Landa going to Sky, but also heard that about Movistar. AFAIK nothing's been confirmed yet, so you may need to keep a lid on your vitriol a little longer?

  • To Flag or not to Flag?1 day 8 hours agoeveryone that has a KOM on

    everyone that has a KOM on strava falls into at least one of the following categories, and often more than one:

    1) they're a professional cyclist, or at least a really, really good one
    2) they had a massive tailwind
    3) they were drafting a car/van/lorry/paceline/whatever
    4) they've found, or made for themselves, a segment that barely anyone has done
    5) they got a GPS glitch in their favour

    I've got a few KOMs and they're all a combination of 2, 3 and 4. unless you genuinely believe you're the fastest cyclist in your area, which i categorically don't, what's the point in wasting any time worrying about it?

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 8 hours agoHas withdrawn this morning,

    Has withdrawn this morning, shame.

  • Can Speedplay’s new Zero Aero Pedals help you go faster?1 day 8 hours agoMixed with Keep-on-covers.

    Mixed with Keep-on-covers.

    Had a pair of the first ones on zeros for several years with no problems. changed cleats and lost one, bought the version two and lost them far too often. Decided it's better finish the current cleats and try the covers on a new set at the end of the year.

    The covers on my X-series look well shot but have stayed on.

    ebay, got the last lot for around £15.

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 8 hours agoYorkshie Whippet wrote:He

    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:
    He rode all that way and up them hills on a broken ankle!

    Respect.

    And only 8 mins or so slower than the fastest. And then answers press questions at the end when he can't even walk. Big respect.

    Wonder who it was that knocked him sideways? Hope it's not yet another moto incident - saw he was very upset with a moto he passed later in the stage Confused

  • New study examines what influences drivers’ aggressive behaviour towards cyclists1 day 8 hours agoBeatnik69

    Beatnik69 wrote:
    therealsmallboy wrote:

    This for me is what needs to be educated out of society, a start would be some large billboards besides traffic lights (so they can be read safely) saying:

    "The Speed Limit Is The Upper Limit, Not A Target.

    Don't be a dick."


    That's the trouble though. People, these days, are taught to drive at the speed limit. I think it is possible to fail the driving test, if not driving at the limit, for failing to make progress or some other reason.

    Indeed. It seem fair to require candidates to drive at nearly the speed limit, because they'll be licensed to do that unsupervised if they pass. But I think they should be told about how fast they are expected to go as part of the instructions, and the fail would be for not following exam instructions, not for bad driving.

  • Buyer's Guide to road bike wheels, plus eight of the best1 day 8 hours agoI've had a pair of Fulcrum 5s

    I've had a pair of Fulcrum 5s on my commuter for 4 years and they have been exemplary. I'm amazed they are still perfectly true, and with all weather commuting the rims are still pretty decent even with some horrible noise coming from there as the pads get very worn, wet, and or dirty.

  • Buyer's Guide to road bike wheels, plus eight of the best1 day 8 hours agoYorkshie Whippet wrote:The

    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:
    The tension in the spokes is the vital factor. When you load a wheel, the tension goes down in the spokes between the hub and the ground. As long as it never hits zero, the wheel can support you and your bike.

    I think you're partly right - the spokes are all in tension, and of course it's the upper spokes that are bearing the weight. The lower spokes are de-tensioned as you apply load. If the tension in the spokes is reduced to near zero repeatedly, I imagine (and I'm just theorizing here) that the wheel would have a hard time holding its shape, and would probably be very easily moved out of true. If the tensions are all correct, when the lower spokes are not under load they are still under a fair bit of tension, so the wheel can't deform.

  • To Flag or not to Flag?1 day 8 hours agoFlag it - drafting aside, he

    Flag it - drafting aside, he has no taste in tops.

  • New study examines what influences drivers’ aggressive behaviour towards cyclists1 day 9 hours agotherealsmallboy wrote: This

    therealsmallboy wrote:

    This for me is what needs to be educated out of society, a start would be some large billboards besides traffic lights (so they can be read safely) saying:

    "The Speed Limit Is The Upper Limit, Not A Target.

    Don't be a dick."


    That's the trouble though. People, these days, are taught to drive at the speed limit. I think it is possible to fail the driving test, if not driving at the limit, for failing to make progress or some other reason.

  • 3T Arx II Pro Stem1 day 9 hours agoWhat were they thinking?! How

    What were they thinking?! How many common torque wrenches even have torx bits?

  • Can Speedplay’s new Zero Aero Pedals help you go faster?1 day 9 hours agoKeep on Kovers work well for

    Keep on Kovers work well for me, have lasted several thousand miles (of cycling not walking!), though they are due for replacement and seem to be very expensive at the moment. Possibly no UK distributor..

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 9 hours agoHe rode all that way and up

    He rode all that way and up them hills on a broken ankle!

    Respect.