• Kinesis launch Aithein in limited edition anodised finish1 year 3 weeks agoDom wrote: Yes, weight limit

    Dom wrote:

    Yes, weight limit still valid. Imposed by the factory. The frame is EN tested to industry standards.

    Ah, shame Sad

    I'm *just* over the limit and want to get under it, but wouldn't want to risk it!

  • Planet X CT45 Carbon Clincher Wheelset - Any Good???1 year 3 weeks agoJust had a look at the PX

    Just had a look at the PX website

    My initial impressions are that they seem heavy - particularly in clincher form - but as usual for the company they are reasonably good value..

    It would depend on what kind of riding you do - the tubular version would make a reasonable all round wheelset - less affected by cross winds than most, some aerodynamic advantage from the depth and light weight for hills, but of course many are scared of tubs (don't be!)

    The clincher - I don't see the point, frankly. For TT, go deeper for the same weight, for an all-round wheelset, any aero advantage is negated by the extra weight, may as well stick to aluminium

  • Kinesis launch Aithein in limited edition anodised finish1 year 3 weeks agokiwiglider wrote:Don't get

    kiwiglider wrote:
    Don't get the excitement. What's the advantage over carbon?

    One of the main advantages is that price for price you are getting a top quality alloy frame rather than a budget carbon frame. It also means you can build up a high performance bike for less or maybe spend more on wheels etc rather than blowing the budget on the frame.
    Carbon is brilliant and is an excellent material for bike frames, but it isn't for everybody and a high-end alloy frame can quite often be better than an entry-level carbon frame of the same price.
    Hope that makes sense.

  • Ban the school run: Experts call for more active journeys to school to combat childhood obesity crisis1 year 3 weeks agoerm, I sort of really want

    erm, I sort of really want the car that the child drew Cool

  • Geraint Thomas, Man of Steel1 year 3 weeks agoI wince with my 'plymouth

    I wince with my 'plymouth argyles' heaven knows what he's going though with a fractured pelvis.

    Respect due.

  • Just done brilliant Sportiv in Arctic Circle1 year 3 weeks agoThat sounds amazing! What

    That sounds amazing! What kind of temperature was it? And what clothing did it require?

  • Geraint Thomas, Man of Steel1 year 3 weeks agocarrying on with broken bones

    carrying on with broken bones is just another Friday night out in cardiff.

    the boy is nails

  • Kinesis launch Aithein in limited edition anodised finish1 year 3 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Dom

    notfastenough wrote:
    Dom wrote:
    We went through 5 p.types before settling on this one and I think it's the best compromise of performance and comfort. Oli loves his and has been on plenty of long rides on it, although he really likes it for it's direct feel and ability on punchy climbs and fast, twisty descents. The Aithein really is designed for the type of riding you describe, but substitute crits for sportives ; ]

    I don't have the legs to substitute crits for sportives! I do wonder if the handling might be a bit towards the twitchy end of the spectrum? Also, are the stack and reach figures published? Sorry for the endless questions.

    The angles aren't overly steep so it's not twitchy, it feels nicely planted actually. It may be worth e.mailing Oli at Morvelo from the contact section on his site, he has spent a long time on the p.types and will be happy to chat re ride qualities.

  • Geraint Thomas, Man of Steel1 year 3 weeks agoalotronic wrote:Hmmm, I must

    alotronic wrote:
    Hmmm, I must be the only one thinking this but it's just stupid to ride that injured. What's he proving? Big cajones? Ok, proved it, now go and recover!

    I think this is one of those injuries where they can't do much with it regardless. I.e. the bone isn't out of place, he wouldn't be in plaster or anything, and the mobility isn't harming his health, it just bloody hurts. Taking that into account, he probably figures that he would rather take the pain and keep riding than be sat on the sofa kicking himself. If the doc reckons he'll feel better before the mountain stages then sorted.

    Not that I have any facts to back this up; that's just my read of the situation.

  • New to cycling1 year 3 weeks agoTo the OP: How much is "a

    To the OP: How much is "a little too big" ?

    I've read some articles on bike fit, the consensus is that you can adapt a bike that is too small for you (within reason) by changing the seat post, stem, crank length etc, but this brings into question toe overlap on the front wheel when turning.

    However, there is nothing you can do if a bicycle frame is genuinely too big for you (even after you've changed the stem, moved the saddle forward etc).

    If I were you, I would flog the Trek and get something that fits you perfect, otherwise you risk to become de-motivated if cycling causes you discomfort / pain.

    Frame Swap: Unless you can do a transfer from one bike to another yourself (can require special tools, which aren't cheap) I would recommend you take it to an LBS (If you know what you're doing, it takes between 2 and 3 hours in my experience)

    As mentioned above, you can pick up some decent used bargains, I recently bought a used BMC SL01 from 2005 with full Ultegra 6600 triple.. Cost? £400. A small overhaul (new bar tape, cables, brake pads and new tyres) was needed, but it's my favourite bike to ride right now.

    For example: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/specialized-allez-sport-road-bike-/151069440006?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item232c70b806

    Cheers,
    Hector

  • Kinesis launch Aithein in limited edition anodised finish1 year 3 weeks agorobert.brady wrote:I still

    robert.brady wrote:
    I still like the way my Racelight RC2 rides so I imagine this will be awesome.

    Rob

    The RC2 is a great frame. Tempted to re-launch that one : ]

  • Kinesis launch Aithein in limited edition anodised finish1 year 3 weeks agoothello wrote:Is the weight

    othello wrote:
    Is the weight limit still valid? I'm sure I read somewhere you were going to up that, or am I wrong?

    (From someone the wrong side of that weight limit at the moment!)

    Yes, weight limit still valid. Imposed by the factory. The frame is EN tested to industry standards.

  • Ban the school run: Experts call for more active journeys to school to combat childhood obesity crisis1 year 3 weeks agoAgreed @jasecd - however

    Agreed @jasecd - however hopefully if the Health establishment stops whinging about helmet laws and starts making noise about getting people out of their tin boxes, we might see some joined up thinking

  • Ban the school run: Experts call for more active journeys to school to combat childhood obesity crisis1 year 3 weeks agoA good read by a public

    A good read by a public health expert about how this is a fraction of the wider issue, is "The Energy Glut" by Ian Roberts

  • Park-and-ride discount for cyclists scrapped because of abuse by drivers1 year 3 weeks agoSeriously? This

    Seriously? This ...

    Quote:
    with more people claiming the reduced fare than cycles left on the site.

    ... is the sum total of their evidence about fare abuse?

    Have they never heard of folding bikes?

  • Eurostar clarifies its bike carriage system1 year 3 weeks agoJust booked a return trip to

    Just booked a return trip to Swiss Alps on Eurostar and Lyria. Could book Lyria all at once via phone (not online of course) but Eurostar. I had to get a code from europerail phone guy, then confirm the bike booking on Eurostar number then call europerail back to confirm and pay. All a bit strange. Will probably be fine but it feels very unreliable.

    Thanks for the article though it explains why it's not Eurostar directly who are doing it.

    I am def. taking my second-best not carbon bike!

  • Best bike carrier?1 year 3 weeks agoPersonally I would go for

    Personally I would go for roof mounted as it would negate the whole blocking of lights, vision and overhang issues on European roads. As long as they were sturdy ones the only issue you would have, as far as I’m aware, would be any height restrictions you would also need to tell the ferry/train about this if you go abroad. Bloody expensive this transportation of bikes lark what with the roof bars, cycle rack or tow hitch versions and the added fuel consumption probably better off with a van but then they sting you some other way Sad

  • Tour de France stage 5 - Cagnes-sur-Mer > Marseille1 year 3 weeks agoHopefully we are now arriving

    Hopefully we are now arriving at the bit that really pisses Enrique off......

    I have gone all in on the sprinters
    Cavs
    Kristoff
    Kittel
    D Van Pops
    Favilli
    with Gerrans and Kwiatowski for overall points

    Couple of no hopers to fill in.

    looking at the early breakaways considered all of those names and put none of the in. Arashiro was a name well up my list, disappointed If he makes it all the way.

  • Geraint Thomas, Man of Steel1 year 3 weeks agoI did read that he had

    I did read that he had obtained medical advice that continuing to ride with the injury would not do any further damage to his hip. Notwithstanding that, his decision to continue to ride with what must be excruciating pain for hours on end and yet still performing is the stuff legends are made of.

    As JonnieC says, footballing "hard men" should take note.

  • FS: CRANK Brothers Quattro SL Road Pedals1 year 3 weeks agoHi, Do you still have these

    Hi,
    Do you still have these for sale. If so can you ring Colin on 01473 257595

  • Ban the school run: Experts call for more active journeys to school to combat childhood obesity crisis1 year 3 weeks agoI doubt this is revelatory to

    I doubt this is revelatory to anyone who regularly visits this site but it's good to hear it being said by someone in a position of (relative) influence.

    However talk is cheap - actions need to follow and definitive actions at that.

  • Geraint Thomas, Man of Steel1 year 3 weeks agoHmmm, I must be the only one

    Hmmm, I must be the only one thinking this but it's just stupid to ride that injured. What's he proving? Big cajones? Ok, proved it, now go and recover!

  • Riders with similar names1 year 3 weeks agoI done it again... Quintana

    I done it again... Quintana and Quinziato. D Oh

  • Just done brilliant Sportiv in Arctic Circle1 year 3 weeks agoThought it might interest a

    Thought it might interest a few people. Norway is not cheap but there are ways to do it that make it just about affordable. I would budget for £500.
    The way I would do it would be to fly to a place called Bodo. This involves changing at Oslo. From there you can get the ferry across on the afternoon of the race. This is meant to be amazing and you arrive very near the start. There's a sports hall that you can use to relax and get ready for the race. All your stuff will be taken to the end of the race by the organisers
    The race is in a straight line and ends in Lodigen. There is a small cheap-ish (i think less than 100 for room for 2) hotel there that you can crash at. There is a party that night that I really enjoyed and then catch the bus to Hasted/Norvik Airport and home.
    Flights cost me £250 with Norwegian Air.
    The race itself is quite small but the fantastic organisers want to grow it. They were incredibly helpful to us and I'm sure would be to any other riders coming from abroad.
    The place is beautiful and you might want to stay a bit longer. It's very far north. To give you some idea if you were travel the same distance south you'd be somewhere like Casablanca.
    happy to answer any other questions

  • stars and water carriers1 year 3 weeks agoOh, great find! Thanks for

    Oh, great find! Thanks for linking that up. Keep meaning to watch it.