• Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 11 hours agoUpgraded to DA Di2 fitted a

    Upgraded to DA Di2 fitted a stages power crank and binned the Zipp 404's for Mavic R-SYS SLR's, not as fast in a straight line (not that it mattered anyway) but no crosswind carry on anymore from those little gaps in the hedges. Really enjoying my riding again and that's how it should be.

  • Rapha Cutter's Shirt1 day 11 hours agoThe grey version of this is

    The grey version of this is my new favourite shirt - it's a great cut and fit. I certainly wouldn't want to wreck it by riding a bike in it though.

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 11 hours agoGot to say I just love that

    Got to say I just love that top. One for xmas pressies I think

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 11 hours agoJoined a club, got chewed up,

    Joined a club, got chewed up, go faster now.

  • Lazer Z1 helmet1 day 11 hours agoAren't removable helmet

    Aren't removable helmet covers banned by the UCI? Maybe so long as they aren't removed or put on during a race they are allowed. You no longer see Pros dropping back to their team cars to pick up a cover to give them a few extra watts in the latter stages of a race.

  • Tommy Simpson remembered with Rapha special edition jersey and cap1 day 11 hours agomuppetteer wrote:picko

    muppetteer wrote:
    picko wrote:
    Quote:

    According to the Rapha website: "A portion of the proceeds from the Rapha Tom Simpson Jersey and Cap will be donated to the Simpson family and used for maintenance of the Tom Simpson memorial on Mont Ventoux."

    I'm sure its enough for the Simpson family to be involved with the project. What are you doing to help fund the memorial?

    Nothing. And that has precisely nothing to do with the point being made. Use of the name will increase jersey sales for Rapha compared to a jersey without the name. I wouldn't buy a jersey at £120 with Tom's name on it if only 20p of that was going to the family - it would be unfair. Which is why I asked the question about what the portion was. I'm not suggesting this is the case and I'm not a Rapha hater - I have plenty of their kit and am very happy with it. But there simply isn't anything which lets potential buyers like me make that judgment, so I think it's a fair question.

    You say 'you're sure it's enough for the family to be involved' - have you got any information you can share then?

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 11 hours agoI got down to 65kg.

    I got down to 65kg.

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 11 hours ago28mm Schwalbe One on 25mm

    28mm Schwalbe One on 25mm rims at 70/50 PSI Big Grin

  • Commuter bike - £700 budget1 day 11 hours agoI've been riding a BTwin

    I've been riding a BTwin Triban 540 for the last few months. Loving it. And well under your £700 budget. Flat bar but not hydraulic disks. Worth a look.
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-540-flat-bar-road-bike-tiagra-id_83227...

  • To Flag or not to Flag?1 day 11 hours agoOnly KOM I had was a 13km

    Only KOM I had was a 13km stretch in rural East Yorks when a peloton of 20-25 of us blasted through whilst doing Newcastle to London 24hr. Took 1min off the previous best - but that was entirely due to us riding as a large bunch in a little cycled area.

    These days I just have leaderboards set to show only my times on segments by default. Competing against myself (and the odd look at me vs mates I follow) is my only interest these days.

  • Buyer's Guide to road bike wheels, plus eight of the best1 day 11 hours agocaaad10 wrote:I'm sure the

    caaad10 wrote:
    I'm sure the "2km/h speed increase" of the Reynolds wheels is optimistic, to say the least.

    Well I guess they've got some data to back up that claim so it might be true.. you don't know until you try and the reviewers seem to like them.. At nearly £2k these are well out of my league, though I did get a pair Reynold's older 46's on sale a couple of years ago and I absolutely love them - strong, stiff and feel quick though I have no wind tunnel data to compare! still perfectly true with 2 years of my substantial weight on them!

    The point about the weight is a little unfair, given that they offer a tubular version of these at 240g less.

  • Tinkoff-Saxo considers Vuelta withdrawal after moto takes out another rider1 day 11 hours agobut then again fans and TV

    but then again fans and TV want to see the riders face close up, in pain etc it is part of the story of any stage/race.

    The best idea was Carlton Kirby yesterday when he said have a 15M exclusion zone around a rider and a system of warnings to enforce it.

    Maybe the use of drone tech in the future will make the need for so many bikes/camera's not needed ?

  • Vuelta Stage 121 day 11 hours agoWow my team is gonna get

    Wow my team is gonna get battered today

    Ive just got JD, Rojas and Sbaragli

  • Men wanted for Cycle Speed Dating in London1 day 11 hours agoA gathering of females

    A gathering of females Smile

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 11 hours agoand half the time the pain is

    and half the time the pain is not even due to an injury. Whether it is Froome yesterday, Contador with the broken leg, or plain old road rash the cyclist mentality is usually dont give in unless you are about to die.

    That can cause it's own problems but the recent GT's have seen more pull outs that before, so maybe riders and especially teams are now being more sensible.

  • New study examines what influences drivers’ aggressive behaviour towards cyclists1 day 11 hours agobdsl wrote:Beatnik69

    bdsl wrote:
    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.

    The Institute of Advanced Motorists expects candidates to drive at the speed limit, but emphasises the importance of identifying hazards in advance and taking action to drive accordingly. This would seem far safer than the people who drive everywhere at 30mph but don't look where they are going because they are at a 'safe speed'.

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 12 hours agoI had a traditional bell but

    I had a traditional bell but this year I upgraded (side-graded?) to a flick bell. It's made all the difference! I now have more energy in my thumb and can ride for longer.

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 12 hours agoI did better wheels last year

    I did better wheels last year - this year fitted 105 5800 front and rear callipers to all my road bikes, at £17 a calliper its a no brainer, and the braking is amazing now.

  • Men wanted for Cycle Speed Dating in London1 day 12 hours agoWhat is the opposite of a

    What is the opposite of a sausagefest?

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 12 hours agoN+1

    N+1

  • Your best cycling upgrade? We asked, you answered1 day 12 hours agoDisc brakes and tubeless

    Disc brakes and tubeless tyres - Shimano hydraulics and Schwalbe One's in 28mm respectively.

  • Men wanted for Cycle Speed Dating in London1 day 12 hours agoleaway2 wrote:Please bring

    leaway2 wrote:
    Please bring picture of bike.

    ... "bike(s)", surely?

    Can't favour one of my darlings over another

  • Chris Froome abandons Vuelta as scans confirm ankle fracture1 day 12 hours agoThere's definitely something

    There's definitely something in cycling culture which teaches riders not to give up and always to try and make the end of a stage. But there's also the fact that it's a low/no impact activity and you don't have to bear your weight on your limbs most of the time - it would be a lot more difficult to continue in a marathon, for example, because of the impact on the ankle.

    That doesn't take away from the fact that these guys endure serious pain in order to carry on, just for the sake of professional pride in most cases. Tough guys, without a doubt.

  • New study examines what influences drivers’ aggressive behaviour towards cyclists1 day 12 hours agoEveryone is in such a bloody

    Everyone is in such a bloody hurry all the time. Just the other day I was driving somewhere (to pick up a turbo trainer, as it happens) and was on a fairly narrow, windy, high-hedged single carriageway, single lane road. It was NSL. I came to a bend with very poor visibility - the hedges on the side of the road and the fact that it was at the peak or a small hill meant you couldn't see more than a few yards round the bend. Oh, and it had thick lines in the middle of the road, so no overtaking unless the person you're overtaking is doing under 10mph. Predictable as clockwork, as I approached the bend, a car came flying round the bend on my side of the road, overtaking two cyclists who were coming up the other side. Why? Could the other driver not wait until they had rounded the bend?

    Fortunately I drive fairly defensively so was hanging back from the bend in case of such an eventuality, and so was able to brake and still have one hand available to throw up in exasperation at the other driver.

  • Tinkoff-Saxo considers Vuelta withdrawal after moto takes out another rider1 day 12 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.