• Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours agoGiven Wiggins' struggle in

    Given Wiggins' struggle in the Giro in 2013 and Froome all over the place today, do you think that Sky include bike handling as part of their 'marginal gains' drive?

  • Kinesis Tripster ATR frameset1 day 6 hours agoHi Alastair, The ATR is not

    Hi Alastair,

    The ATR is not designed as a CX racer, but, it is perfectly capable of being raced and I'm sure that an accomplished 'crosser could win races on it. A 'proper' CX race bike needs a short HT and a steepish HA to make it work on the tight turns and short explosive climbs, the ATR does not have these but if you want to enter a few races at the weekends it will work very well.
    Disc brakes mean your rims won't wear out and big clearances mean you won't have to stop and unclog if you don't have the luxury of 2 bikes! If you find you want to get more competitive in the future, then it might be worth going for a proper CX bike at that point.
    The ATR really shines for covering distance over varied terrain in all conditions and it's riding position/material make it comfortable for long hours in the saddle. Plenty of riders use the Pro6 for distance/adventure > https://www.facebook.com/KinesisUK/photos/a.398025180216955.97296.216936... but if your primary use is exploring, then I would say go for the ATR.
    Hope this helps.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours agostumps wrote:7thGalaxy

    stumps wrote:
    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    Wiggins is a brilliant TT rider but he cant keep up with the likes of Froome et al in the mountains and when he won the tour in 2012 he had Froome to help him, Berti was banned (i think) and Nibs was well out of form. Nibs was third overall 6 min + behind but 5 mins 45 was from the 2 TT's.

    So he won the tour of cali but was dropped on the big climb by riders who are not even in the same class as the big GC boys. People need to get real and accept that Wiggins, although still a good rider, is not GC material for a GT.

    I'd give up fella ....I've had the exact argument and made the same points you just did with members of my club .....a lot of ppl have what I like to call Brad Blinkers it seems At Wits End

  • TdF stage 51 day 6 hours agostumps wrote:Its raining so

    stumps wrote:
    Its raining so Wiggins would have packed in by now.

    Really?
    http://cdn1.coresites.mpora.com/rcuk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CDF_2606...

  • Bringing a Swallow tandem back to life: SW228 flies again1 day 6 hours agoI LIKE this story too. Sadly

    I LIKE this story too. Sadly I only ever got to train and race on a (borrowed) tandem in several events back in the 1970s, despite later on almost pleading with my ever-loving that we should buy one.
    The details of building the machine up reminds me of Tim Moore's account of doing the same with a 1914 era single in his truly hilarious book 'Gironimo' so he could ride the whole route of the 1914 Giro, hence the need for a 'period' bike.
    Tim suffered much more angst in his refurbishment endeavours due to a false start with some dodgy kit, causing him to start all over again with a 1912 'Hirondelle.' The name is French for 'swallow' – is that a coincidence or what?
    On completion Tim took the single speed machine to Italy to ride the route of the 1914 Giro; an absolute monster of a race with average stage lengths of around 390 kilos. One of Tim’s many laugh-out-loud comments was that had Jesus Christ himself been obliged to ride the 340 k longest stage, Christians the world over would now be wearing tiny bicycles on chains round their necks rather than crucifixes.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours ago7thGalaxy wrote:stumps

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    I believe you answered your own question.... wiggo can only win GTs when he can put time into the above riders via a number of ITTs ....

  • TdF stage 51 day 6 hours agoI'm glad Boom won, Belkin

    I'm glad Boom won, Belkin really need a new sponsor, to me that is a great thing for them.
    Nibali was brilliant.
    Renshaw was a surprise.
    Pity for Van Marcke. and Haussler both in My team.
    Keukaliere was quietly fancied by many

    I've got Sagan and Cancellara at least.

    Looks like the lumpy time trial is going to be very very important now.

  • TdF Stage 5: Lars Boom wins, Chris Froome crashes out, Vincenzo Nibali takes time on Alberto Contador1 day 6 hours agoStick thin no muscle guys

    Stick thin no muscle guys crash repeatedly at over 30mph, get back up immediately to put out more power than any normal person ever could.

    Worlds best paid, well built athletes fall over running after ball, stay down face in hands and wait for stretcher.

    The men in Lycra are the real hard men, what a cruel hard sport.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours ago7thGalaxy wrote:stumps

    7thGalaxy wrote:
    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

    Wiggins is a brilliant TT rider but he cant keep up with the likes of Froome et al in the mountains and when he won the tour in 2012 he had Froome to help him, Berti was banned (i think) and Nibs was well out of form. Nibs was third overall 6 min + behind but 5 mins 45 was from the 2 TT's.

    So he won the tour of cali but was dropped on the big climb by riders who are not even in the same class as the big GC boys. People need to get real and accept that Wiggins, although still a good rider, is not GC material for a GT.

  • How to decide on the value of your bike1 day 6 hours agoI had occasion to claim for a

    I had occasion to claim for a stolen bike a few years ago. The LBS did the paperwork, listing the bike and all the 'extras' that were needed (mudguards, rack and lights, lock etc as the mounts were all on the bike - quite a bit when you add it all up). The insurance co claims department (house insurance) questioned the 'extras' and said I should have included that in the value of the bike. They 'cut me some slack' and paid up (£900 in total) but hiked my premium up at the next renewal. I think my house policy now allows for multiple bikes with a max value per bike (not sure, but possibly a £1000 max - don't have to itemise the bikes), so quite flexible. The 'T&Cs' on bike specific policies are so prescriptive that you could get nothing back, but then if you have a mega-expensive bike, it's not going to work on a house policy. I even lock my bikes up at home (inside the house). Conversely, I also do dinghy racing and have to insure my boat (3rd party min - club rules). For a £2500 boat it costs £70/year and I can't stick it on a house policy, so having specific insurance is part of owning an item of expensive sports equipment.

  • Ridley go retro for the Tour de France1 day 6 hours agoLooks like a copy of the

    Looks like a copy of the Flandria carbon frames that have been around since 2011

    http://flandriabikes.com

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours agoMcVittees wrote:Right, time

    McVittees wrote:
    Right, time for Froome to get on with preparation for the Vuelta a Espana! Cool

    A straight punch up between him and Quintana?

    Yes please!

  • TdF stage 51 day 6 hours agoI think I probably scored ok

    I think I probably scored ok today, but could have been a lot better. I told myself I wouldn't make extra transfers & take penalty points for a stage that would be such a lottery. Then I cracked late last night and decided to put in Haussler or Hayman for Taaramae for 10 penalty points. I put in Haussler. Then Taaramae and Hayman score points & everytime the cameras cut to Haussler he was sprawled on the tarmac. That the way it's gone for me all season in this game. If there's a 50/50 decision to make I always chose the wrong option.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 6 hours agoRight, time for Froome to get

    Right, time for Froome to get on with preparation for the Vuelta a Espana! Cool

  • TdF stage 51 day 6 hours agoJimmy Ray Will

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Do we really think that Wiggins would have been a better GC contender than Porte? Liggett certainly seems to think so, but then again he is a monumental dick.

    Um yeah, yeah I do. I think you have to look at the past to forecast the future. Has Porte won a three week tour? Has Wiggins?


    I'm just saying its hardly clear-cut - many would say Porte is just as good a second option as Wiggins would've been, but the commentators were refusing to even acknowledge the possibility of it for a while. Personally I don't think there's much in it - and I'd probably give Porte the edge - say what you like about California but Brad doesn't have the climbing form he had 2 years ago.

  • Cycling's Twitter Angry Brigade mobilises against #TDFselfie craze1 day 7 hours agoMercuryOne wrote:No mention

    MercuryOne wrote:
    No mention of that publicity seeking husband and wife team and his ginger brother who actually stopped the race to have their photo taken? Big Grin

    Bloody Foreigners....

    Wink

  • Transfers - Tour de france Fantasy game1 day 7 hours agoyes

    yes

  • TdF stage 51 day 7 hours agochrisdstripes wrote:Do we

    chrisdstripes wrote:
    Do we really think that Wiggins would have been a better GC contender than Porte? Liggett certainly seems to think so, but then again he is a monumental

    dick.

    Nice One , any different to dog or tool ?

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agostumps wrote:cant believe

    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    Wiggins out time trialed all of these riders.. what do you mean by 'not in the same class?'

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agofarrell wrote: I honestly

    farrell wrote:
    I honestly can't see Porte getting on or anywhere near the podium, not that I am suggesting Wiggins would be guaranteed a 'step'.

    I make you right there. However today's stage is really shaking things up, with Porte putting big time into Contador at the moment!! Can't wait to see this stage. If Porte podiums in Paris, big questions will be asked of Sky!

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agostumps wrote:cant believe

    stumps wrote:
    cant believe people are having a pop at Froome. Wiggins this, wiggins that....Froome fell twice before the cobbles so what difference would it make having a cobbles man in the team - none and Wiggins is not in the same class as Froome, Nibali, Contador etc etc.

    I hope he makes a full recovery and kicks everyones arse in the Vuelta.

    Well said.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agoMust be Mad wrote:Of course -

    Must be Mad wrote:
    Of course - on the flip side, Wiggo rarely goes well in the wet either

    I've seen people repeating this on various social media platforms as truth and fact, as though Wiggins is actually part Mogwai who mustn't be allowed to get wet or something.

    I'd bet my left bollock to London that if you can become a National Champion in the wet, you must be doing something pretty damn well.

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agoThe British summer of

    The British summer of sporting misery gets worse Crying 2 years ago we were full of ourselves; even coming up with reasons why the Aussies were so bad at sport. Oh well, 'it's only a game'. Take note Brazil, you'll get over it Laughing

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agoWell, well, well It was

    Well, well, well
    It was debated and debated on the internet....
    and in the end, the internet armchair experts called it right.

    Sky would have been OK if they had won... but now - we have to look at who they left on the bench and ask questions.

    Of course - on the flip side, Wiggo rarely goes well in the wet either - and I suspect the decision to leave him at home was only partly to do with Froome, but more to do with the form of Contador (as in, Wiggo was not the right 'plan B')

  • Chris Froome out of Tour de France1 day 7 hours agoThe grumbling suspicions were

    The grumbling suspicions were that Froome drove the decision to bin Wiggins off this years tour, what comes after pride again?

    The team should have been built for Froome to fight for GC, but Wiggins should have been in for days like today, as mentioned above a lot of other GC contenders looked far more comfortable, Froome was always going to be jittery, hence he needed extra protection.

    I know some are going to think that it's easy to be wise after the event but I've been saying exactly this for ages and I'm not alone. The overwhelming response has always been "Well, Brailsford knows what he is doing", and I am not going to dispute that, but he's still human, he can make mistakes and I always thought this was glaring mistake. Was I right? Possibly, but I'm not as naive as to not fully understand that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    In my view, bringing Wiggins would have been a better plan B than Porte and it would have been better PR for the team. I honestly can't see Porte getting on or anywhere near the podium, not that I am suggesting Wiggins would be guaranteed a 'step'.