• Free £25 Voucher!20 hours 55 min agoi done did it.

    i done did it.

  • Cycling to work really does make you thinner study confirms20 hours 58 min agoUnfortunately, as we already

    Unfortunately, as we already know, it doesn't matter what proof there is it only matters who has the loudest voice.

    The lead on this is quite simple excercise makes people healthier which is great and obviously that is the angle the cycling community will see and all congratulate ourselves for being provable awesome.

    However, mainstream media will go "shock!" and only look at the postive message and not the flip side, that is the cost of those inactive commuters and how they are costing the NHS stupid money and all the rest of it. Afterall, calling vast swathes of people fat, lazy and a drain on the economy isn't always a great selling point (well unless you are one particular newspaper), which unforutnatley the news business is. It isn't "all the news that fits" it is "all the news that sells".

  • 20 of the hottest disc road bikes21 hours 3 min agoNice to see so many other

    Nice to see so many other models offering discs. The braking performance is superior in the dry and awesome in the wet. You don't need to worry if your brakes might work when you apply them. Hopefully manufacturers will allow clearance for larger tyres than 25mm.

  • 20 of the hottest disc road bikes21 hours 3 min agoNice to see so many other

    Nice to see so many other models offering discs. The braking performance is superior in the dry and awesome in the wet. You don't need to worry if your brakes might work when you apply them. Hopefully manufacturers will allow clearance for larger tyres than 25mm.

  • Giant announce Defy Disc pricing (and the rest of the 2015 range too)21 hours 6 min agoMamil brakes.

    Mamil brakes.

  • Cycling to work really does make you thinner study confirms21 hours 10 min agopikeamus wrote: I'd love to

    pikeamus wrote:

    I'd love to know what was behind the drop in BMI for users of public transport.

    This spring I commuted by train (150km a day, so a little to hard to cycle), but that still involved just over an hour of walking, to and from the stations, morning and evening. I would not get that if I was driving, since I'd be driving almost door to door. So I'd guess it's because public transport rarely takes you exactly where you want to be, and most people have to walk a fair bit anyway. Not that that's bad thing, clearly.

  • Watteam to offer £300 PowerBeat powermeter + video21 hours 11 min agoMNgraveur: Just some

    MNgraveur: Just some objective facts:

    * In this recent conflict, Hamas killed 3 civilians in Israel. Israel has killed more than a thousand.

    * Israel started this recent conflict. Hamas had been observing a cease-fire on rockets for more than a year, until Israel attacked Hamas on the pretext that the 3 murdered settler teens in the West Bank had something to do with Hamas (there's no evidence it did, other than Israel's assertion).

  • 20 of the hottest disc road bikes21 hours 12 min agoWhy reinvent the javelin, the

    Why reinvent the javelin, the discus, or the racing bike? These are not racers, they are a new type of bike, the MTDB mamil technological dreambike, no doubt soon with ABS and traction control.

  • The 3.0 rider competition.21 hours 21 min ago4 of orica was in the giro

    4 of orica was in the giro stage 1 winning team Nerd

  • Giant announce Defy Disc pricing (and the rest of the 2015 range too)21 hours 21 min agotruffy wrote: I have revised

    truffy wrote:

    I have revised my desire for disc brakes to include thru-axles, if they're good enough for MTB why not?

    The thing about MTB thru axle standards is they are designed for a different loading, think about how you smash an MTB into berms, ride it over uneven roots etc. The front 'standard' thru-axle size for an MTB is 15mm or 20mm, but that's designed to combat independent leg movement on a suspension fork, it's probably overkill for a road bike fork. A smaller diameter would be lighter, so it's preferable if it will work.

    The rear axle MTB standard of 12mm would probably do for front and rear on a road bike, but I don't think anyone makes a 12mm axle front hub.

    In an ideal world everyone would just agree a standard at the outset, but of course that's not really in the bike industries best interest.

  • Fat Lad At The Back gear21 hours 24 min agogot myself a 38" chest

    got myself a 38" chest Lantern Rouge SS jersey.
    A little short in the body and a little short in the sleeve, but accurate around
    the chest .... I am 38" !!

  • Jersey & Bib Shorts - Matching or not?!?21 hours 24 min agodrfabulous0 wrote:I bought a

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    I bought a bunch of Rapha gear a while back because I liked it and worked for a "retail partner" so got a discount. Now I think twice about wearing it because everyone thinks I'm a douche.

    People who genuinely think you're a douche for wearing a particular brand must be, well, massive douches. And who cares what they think?

    Anyhoo, like someone else above I usually go for mainly black bibs and then whatever takes my fancy when I'm in the market for a new jersey. I don't have any team kit myself, but it's not that I wouldn't wear it on principle or anything, I just generally don't like it as much as other stuff.
    That said, I wouldn't wear a WC or leaders jersey!

  • Gearmechhanger D99 Universal Hanger21 hours 26 min ago"Snobbery"? It has been said

    "Snobbery"? It has been said that when a person makes an assumption about somebody else's thoughts, their assumption only says anything about themselves.

    Anyway, replacement rear hangers are useful for replacing badly bent hangers, and also cross-threaded or stripped hangers.

    Bending can happen in very simple circumstances, such as when a bike falls over after having been leaned against a wall, or when squeezing a bike into a car, or in any crash or slight tumble, or in many other circumstances. Bent hangers are very common, and indeed I own a tool for straightening them. Actually breaking one, in my experience, is rare to the point of never having happened to me nor anyone I've ever known.

  • La Vuelta...21 hours 29 min ago9 countries represented in my

    9 countries represented in my purist team Silly

  • 20 of the hottest disc road bikes21 hours 33 min agoI emailed Epic Cycles about

    I emailed Epic Cycles about the CAAD 10 disc. It ticks all the boxes.

    They said that it was produced in very limited quantities and is already sold out in the UK. So unless Cannondale bring some more in, that's it, gone.

  • Jersey & Bib Shorts - Matching or not?!?21 hours 33 min agoIts like anything to do with

    Its like anything to do with personal presentation / image / etc : there's lots of emotional baggage goes with it all. Do you care about making a 'positive' impression? Do you want to deliberately ignore the 'conventional' standards of 'smartness' or 'trendiness' ? Do you want to project yourself as 'sensible and functional' or 'trendy and high performance' ? 'Hero' or 'anti-hero' ? 'Look at this great gear' or 'forget the gear its irrelevant' ? Personally, I just like to try and have comfortable gear and keep it coordinated. Its just clothing at the end of the day, and you wont get any agreement in the general population about 'how should you dress'.

  • Jersey & Bib Shorts - Matching or not?!?21 hours 39 min agoWear what you want, you're a

    Wear what you want, you're a cyclist, you look ugly no matter what you wear!

    http://humancyclist.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/cycling-is-not-sexy/

    Cycling is about how good it makes you feel not look.

  • 20 of the hottest disc road bikes21 hours 45 min agoSeems as though another case

    Seems as though another case of the emperors new clothing to me

  • Jersey & Bib Shorts - Matching or not?!?21 hours 47 min agoJimmy Ray Will wrote:My

    Jimmy Ray Will wrote:
    My thoughts on Rapha resentment.... its the same as resenting the owners of Porsches and Ferrari's.

    On one level (a big one) its pure envy... envy that you can afford to spend so much money on cycle clothing (car), envy that you have the balls to go, "sod it, I know there are cheaper options out there that are just as good, but I want Rapha (A Porsche)"... on the other level, its resentment... its seeing someone with the balls, and with the money, making the obvious, boring choices. If you can afford Rapha, you can afford anything, so why buy Rapha? Its resenting the lost opportunity.

    ...

    Glad to see I started an off-topic discussion Devil

    I think lots of people who can afford Rapha (I certainly can) wouldn't dream of wearing it, with the possible exception of the rain jacket or winter tights. Why? Because everyone will think you're dangerous. Why's that? Well in my case, it's because of the guys from Rapha CC (which really exists) who clip the bends and go down like skittles in Regent's Park on regular occasions. They might also think you're a bit of a show-off, just a lots of people who can afford a Ferrari (not me this time) wouldn't dream of driving something so vulgar. Apparently Rapha do nice potions for your legs and "chamois area" though.

    Anyway, I think retro is cool. I saw a guy this morning in a Mapei jersey and black shorts. Looked pretty decent I thought.

    Of course, it doesn't really matter what I think.

  • Gearmechhanger D99 Universal Hanger21 hours 51 min agoI trashed a rear mech and D

    I trashed a rear mech and D hanger due to a link snapping on my chain. It was only the inner plate of the link but enough to pull the derailleur apart and bend the hanger. The chain wasn't stretched, just a known fault with a batch of Ultegra chains at that time. 40 miles on a singlespeed was interesting.

    It probably won't happen to David C but I can see the value of this if you're touring or regularly ride several hours away from home or if you use more than one bike regularly.

    £15 doesn't get you far in a taxi these days.

  • Gearmechhanger D99 Universal Hanger21 hours 51 min agoDavidC wrote:giobox

    DavidC wrote:
    giobox wrote:
    This seems a bit overkill to me. You'd have to start riding with a hex key big enough to unbolt the derailleur from the old hanger too, a key which is largely unnecessary for any road side maintenance. All for something that most folks will never have the misfortune to need.

    Agreed. Through a lot of years of riding I have never snapped a hanger, nor ever seen nor heard of anyone I've ridden with snap a hanger during a ride, under any circumstances, except for one poor new-guy with a new bike I once found at the side of the road, with a maladjusted derailleur twisted backwards in his spokes — and the hanger still wasn't snapped — for him, his ride was over no matter what.

    I'm even having a hard time imagining how someone does this when riding, without completely trashing the bike or body. In either case a drive home would be in order anyway.

    I've bent a hanger quite badly, I was making a slow right turn and didn't see the patch of diesel. Front wheel went out from under me and the bike (and Sleepy went down on the right side. Luckily I was all of 200 yards from finishing my ride, so I just walked home. It could have been much worse though.

  • Cycling to work really does make you thinner study confirms22 hours 47 sec agodrfabulous0 wrote:So, men in

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    So, men in white coats, having completed this study are you going to ride to work now.

    It would mean a lot more if it was women in normal clothes who figured this out.

    Two of the three authors, including the lead author, are women. Not all scientists are men you know. No notes on the report as to what clothing the authors wear.

    I'd love to know what was behind the drop in BMI for users of public transport. Age, income, social class, disability, diet, activity levels at work and sporting participation were all identified as compounding variables and were all included in the analysis.

  • Gearmechhanger D99 Universal Hanger22 hours 6 min agoDavidC wrote:Agreed. Through

    DavidC wrote:
    Agreed. Through a lot of years of riding I have never snapped a hanger, nor ever seen nor heard of anyone I've ridden with snap a hanger during a ride, under any circumstances, except for one poor new-guy with a new bike I once found at the side of the road, with a maladjusted derailleur twisted backwards in his spokes — and the hanger still wasn't snapped — for him, his ride was over no matter what.

    I'm even having a hard time imagining how someone does this when riding, without completely trashing the bike or body. In either case a drive home would be in order anyway.

    An utter nonsense of a post that reeks of snobbery.

    People can break hangers without "trashing the bike or body", nor do they have to be a " new-guy with a new bike".

    If you search eBay you will see thousands of replacement rear hangers for sale, if they're not breaking, why is their such a market for replacements?

    I can see the sense in this piece of kit, if you use a few different bikes it's handy to have, or perhaps if you travel and were hiring a bikes elsewhere, or just to have with you in case someone you're riding with has a malfunction.

    At £15 it's pretty much the same as any other hanger so it's not some outlandish price either.

  • BMX22 hours 7 min agoLeeroy_Silk

    Leeroy_Silk wrote:
    OldRidgeback. My preparation has been pretty poor for this weekend. Originally planned to arrive Thursday night, check into hotel and spend the weekend riding and partying. The reality is I'm having to work Friday and have family commitments Saturday night in Birmingham!
    Current plan is to travel down Sunday early doors and hopefully get a couple of laps in, if not I'm just going to have to mentally figure out the 3rd straight as I've not even seen the track let alone ridden it! I'm not holding out much hope truth be told... Silly

    Hmm, looks like we'll miss each other then. I'm not there on the Sunday as it's my wife's birthday and as my son isn't competing this year. Racing will be done and dusted for me on the Saturday evening. The third straight is ok, though one of the jumps at the end is a bit challenging. The really tricky part of the track is the combination of the high start hill and the big first jump, but if you ride Perry Park regularly you should be able to cope ok and might feel at home at Cyclopark. I'm off for a practice session after work today and then again tomorrow.

  • Raleigh opens Cyclelife store in Bristol22 hours 7 min agoRaleigh, bikes of my happy

    Raleigh, bikes of my happy childhood! Smile